More Lovely Ideas!

Good day everyone! I hope that you are surviving old man winter. We had blue skies for about half the day yesterday and It felt so wonderful. I just sat on the porch and let it all soak in while the grand children played in the sunshine.

I would like to give a special welcome to you that are coming from Vicki’s 2 bags full blog, and her wonderful party “Grow your Blog”. This is exactly the purpose of this great party for us new bloggers to grow. I would love to have you FOLLOW my blog on a full-time basis. This makes blogging worth while. There were days when I would send out a post and I know not a soul read it. Really frustrating right? My blog is growing a little at a time thanks to lovely bloggers like Vicki who are there to help us first timers.

Special thanks again to Vicki and 2 bags full.

On some of the past posts I have been showing you the changes that I have made in my home since Christmas. I totally took everything down from the walls, shelves, tables, cupboards . . . I’m pretty sure you get the picture, so here are some more rooms that I did changing in, I hope that through this post you will get excited and help beat winter doldrums by up doing your home, or some parts of it.

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The bathroom got an up date. I have a sea-side theme going on here. My colors are all neutrals. With dove-gray paint white trim.

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I bought this lovely tin bucket to hold my magazines. Some days this is the only time I get to look through them. LOL The tile is dirty gray with throw rugs to match. The shower curtain looks just like a giant petticoat. I have a vintage hand stitched runner and baskets filled with sea shells on the back of the toilet.

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I love these little pictures with the embroidery on them.

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Lovely lavender sits in a metal bucket with a pink mermaid who is soon to get a face lift. I wish that I could get a face lift that easily. LOL

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Last but not least I added some new lovely towels to freshen up the bathroom.

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This area is where I keep my lovelies, it’s like a small room before you walk into the bathroom. I put anything that I don’t want my three-year old grand-daughter to get into on this shelf. She is really into PRETTIES right now. LOL I tore pages from an old book and then tied them on vases and jars with old string, it gives it a fun feel. The painting in the back ground was my first try of painting a tutu. I just can’t seem to through it out.

BeFunky_15 urn.jpgLavender is divine. Here is a fun little vignette with a cement urn full of pine cones, lovely lavender, and a place for cotton balls. A vintage linen cloth lies on top of the chest.


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This old blue chest is going to get a make over and I was thinking about putting some silver foil on it or a new paint job. What do you think? On top of the shelf is a vintage bag that I keep all of my make up in, nice and safe.

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Here is a fun little tray that you might enjoy making. I took and old picture frame and placed lace in it instead of a picture. It makes a nice place for my little antique Wind Song perfume bottle as well as other perfumes. I have made several other trays in all different sizes. Give it a try.

BeFunky_15 bed.jpgNow for my bedroom. This bed is going to get a very big up date soon, so I will have a big reveal coming up. The bed has a Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic spread and matching pillows on it. I’ve had this for about five years and it washes up so beautifully, and it’s warm and comfy. I really love it. Oh course I trade it in and out with the seasons. So sorry about the pictures in this room it is very dark and I must have all the lights on so they glare some.

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This shelf holds many of my vintage pretties. Can you tell that a man doesn’t live in this room! LOL I love the old romantic pictures in this little cupid is ready to make a match. Maybe he could make one for me! LOL

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At the end of my bed sits my pine cedar lined chest that I refinished in white. Some sheep skin and a white metal urn filled with buckles. The picture tied to the turquoise vase was a Mother’s Day card given to my grand mother. Next to it is a refurbished wine bottle that I did. I’ll have a post on those later on.

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On the other side of the chest top is a great old drawer filled with roses and shabby ribbon. An old metal horse door stop rides on top. The calf trophy was won by my Father in a calf roping event. I painted it white, I wonder what he would say if he were still here? Sorry Dad I just had to! LOL Covering the chest is a white burlap table runner that I made with old cotton sheet ruffles and tulle ruffles. I have more fun with old pieces of fabric.

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This great piece is a family heirloom. I received it from an Aunt and she said that her husbands great-aunt brought it to Utah. If you take the drawers out you can see Victorian news paper that is dated 1865. I wish that I could display the paper but it is pretty stuck to the inside of the chest. At least it gives me some kind of idea how old it is. On top of the dresser I display some old family photos with a lovely linen table-cloth. This little dresser is going to get a make over. Any suggestions what I should do?

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I put my lovely bakers tray in my bedroom. I have always loved the great patina that it has. A top is a manikin she wears a vintage bridal head-piece with a vintage cameo around her neck. In the crown is the head-piece that my Mom wore at her wedding, with the topper of a bride and groom that was on Mom and Dad’s wedding cake. Surrounds the crown a piece of sheep skin. An angel wing adds some softness to the display.

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Here is a little better view of it. I put twinkle lights on some of my vignettes during the winter it helps to perk me up.

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My old jewelry box even got a few ruffles.  As you can see most of my colors are in the French Nordic tradition I really love the look.

French Nordic + Shabby Chic = Romantic Farmhouse.

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I love wicker. Some designers say that it belongs outside, not so for me. It brings in texture and a little of the outdoors. One of my Capodimonte style lamps from Italy sits next to my bedside.

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Above the harp chair are doilies that I made with my Grandmother when I was small. My hands are always busy.

I know that this post got a little lengthy but I really wanted to show you the fun ideas that I have. I hope you enjoyed my little tour today.

Please send shoot me some comments on what you think I should do on refinishing my chests. I would love to get your opinions.

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Until next time . . .

((WARM HUGS))

Jo

2014 in review

Hello dear friends I hope that your Christmas was joyous and full of family and friends. I am taking down Christmas and getting ready for the new year when my yearly report from WordPress came in and I want to share it with you. These are the results of my first 9 months of blogging results. Kind of like having a baby. LOL Thank you dear readers!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I love it when you leave comments, let me know what you would like to see more of.

Have a very warm New Year! Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends that have helped me along the way!

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Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty

. . . and all through the house

Merry Christmas to all my dear friends out there in blog land. This will be my last post until after the first of the year. It’s time to enjoy the family while school is out. I want to share a poem that I thought was cute and reminded me of when I was small, thinking that if I was out of my bed and not a sleep Santa would not come. Also I would like to show you the rest of my home that is ready for Christmas!

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A squeak on the stairs.
Could Santa be here?
Better pull my blankets,
Up to my ears.

He comes down the chimney,
That’s how he gets in.
Santa uses magic,
To make himself thin.

I better keep still,
Can’t make a peep.
He doesn’t leave toys,
Unless you’re asleep.

My door just opened
Someone’s by my bed.
It wasn’t Santa after all,
Cause Mom just kissed my head.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/listening-for-santa#ixzz3MHYZs5rW
Family Friend Poems

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I love making Christmas stockings. The stockings hanging from the fireplace I made to match the pillows on the sofa. The single stocking I made from vintage table cloths.

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I add little touches of Christmas all through the house, yup even the bathroom.

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Here are some fun vignettes in the kitchen.

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Ice skates hang ready at the back door.

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The back door.

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Kitchen window.

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My vintage bread box is so fun to fill with Christmas decor.

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This Santa sits on my work bench sewing away. LOL He is my favorite Santa.

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Great rusty buckles, rings and old red thread make for a lovely vignette on my work bench, which is closed down for the season.

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The presents are wrapped and under the tree. Now I will spend most of my time in the kitchen baking.

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Here are some fun areas from the sitting room.

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I got this lovely wooden star this year from a Etsy shop.

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I hang star garlands around the house.

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A wooden bowl full of antique ornaments.

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If you want more inspiration get Jennifer Rizzo’s book Creatively Christmas it is amazing you will not want to put it down.

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No matter how many pretties that we put into our home and know matter how many good smells come from the kitchen the reason for Christmas is because of the Jesus Christ and his great sacrifice that he went through for us. Because of this we celebrate Christmas.

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Have a beautiful Christmas with love in your hearts. Merry Christmas!

With love, Jo

Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends!

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More Re Do’s

I am so glad that you have come to Anne’s Attic – design there is so much going on and I really want to continue to share them with you. As I have said in the past I have been redoing all of my furniture and turning it WHITE! I live in a basement apartment that is pretty dark, and the walls are painted a pale dove-gray, with white trim, adding the white to the furniture really reflects the light and brightens all the rooms.

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Here is the beginning of one of my projects, turning my blue wicker end tables into white ones. Usually I would use spray paint on wicker but I really wanted a real flat look so I painted them with a brush. If you choose to paint like this method use old paint brushes because they wear out pretty fast.

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This robin egg blue really looked great in my last apartment, but in this one with the lovely gray paint on the walls white on the furniture really does it right.

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Here is the look with the flat white paint. The paint washes finish washes up nice to.

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I was really surprised as I was painting these end tables, they painted up really fast and it left a nicer coat than the spray paint.

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I am very happy at how they turned out. I will have more to come don’t miss a post! Have a great Halloween weekend!

Life is LOVERLY when you are doing what you love!

((HUGS))

Jo

Weekend Junk n

Welcome, welcome all my dear friends, and welcome to all you new friends! I sure hope everyone had a beautiful weekend. I had a great weekend, and I has able to go Junk n! I have to share with you one of the items that I found and just had to take it home with me.

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Luck was with me and I found on my first stop a Capodimonte lamp! I wanted just one more for my bedroom and there she was waiting for me at the Urban Country Store. She is pristine. I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was just the right size that I wanted. I paid $50.00 for the lamp, not to bad for one that is in such good shape, and the shade was perfect as well.

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Here is a close up of the swans, not even a scratch. Sorry the photo is so dark, but it gives you and idea of the beauty of this piece.

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Here is another close up that shows the whole loveliness of the lamp.

I spent time finding great deals on vintage fabric as well. I’m going to make new pillow covers and Christmas stockings out of it. Yup, Iv’e been searching through magazines and the Pinterest for Christmas ideas for my home and family. There are so many great ideas out there I want to make them all, but being that time & money is not on my side to make them all I had to choose a few. LOL I’ll be sharing them later on with you.

If you had any great finds this weekend let me know, I would love to hear about them.
I would love for those of you who are not following my blog to go over to the right hand side and hit the FOLLOW button, Don’t miss out on anymore great posts.

Life is so LOVERLY when you are doing what you love!

((HUGS))

Jo

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Capodimonte – Porcelain

Good day to all my dear friends from blog land. I hope you are really enjoying these beautiful cool Fall days. If this is your first time here please take your time and peak into some of the other posts and pages that I have written. Please be a FOLLOWER by clicking on follow this blog, and you will receive a post that comes right to your email in box.

Junkers, have you ever heard of Capodimonte – Porcelain? Or have you ever been over come when you are out junking when you fall upon a beautiful lamp, vase or figurines with beautiful roses and other flowers on them. Well, I have. I first discovered two beautiful lamps that I could not go home with out.

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I found out later that they are made by a family in Naples Italy, established in 1743. The business stayed in the family until 1867. Their product is famous for the molded figurines and decorative flowers.

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I saw a beautiful lamp go for $10.00 dollars with the shade the other day! Wow what a steal! I am now a collector of these beauties. One thing that I think is very funny is that my grandmother gave me a small vase of Capodimonte porcelain years ago that started my love for them.

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I am a rose lover so having these beauties in my home is so fitting. I would love some smaller lamps to make candle stick holders out of them. They can be used in many different ways.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post, when your out junk’n you just may run in to Capodimonte.

Life is LOVERLY when you do what you love!

((HUGS))

Jo

I’ve been featured by these lovely blogs.

Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things