Back Through the Years

Welcome everyone! I am most grateful to all of you for your support of my blog. It has been a fun road to travel. Meeting new blogging friends has been the best part. I have learned much through many of your blogs on home design and through that I have carved out my own design “Romantic Farmhouse”.  For almost forty years I decorated my home in the primitive design. When my nest was empty I wanted my new nest to reflect me not the other five family members that lived with me at the time. Since I was single and ready for a change.  I thought that I would show you my little nest through my years of blogging, which will be three years coming up in April. Wow, time goes by so fast! I will be celebrating that with a giveaway so make sure you stop by in April for the details.

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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

Living with Sheep Skin

Welcome dear friends I am so glad that you are here today. I have been studying a little bit about sheep skin rugs. Don’t you just adore the beautiful feel and smell of them and the comfort that they bring? I’ve seen so many in home decor photos and they really give a nice feel for texture and comfort in them. My Son bought a beautiful dark brown rug for his wife’s birthday. She has some health issues and he thought that this would help give her a better nights sleep. Which it has. He paid $200.00 for it. A lot of money. So when my Mother ask what I would like for Christmas I said a “SHEEP SKIN RUG.” I found a great Etsy shop that sales nothing but these beautiful rugs and Mom bought me two of them! She really spoils me.

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Being that this Etsy shop comes from Poland it took me two weeks to get the first one and then just one week for the second, special thanks to USP! My grandkids (and myself included) were really excited to see a package come from so far away. I just had to take photos.

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I couldn’t believe that the rug was rolled up so tight and tucked into an envelope. When I took it out of the envelope it was wrapped into nice paper with a darling pink and white polka dot bow . It made me feel special. LOL

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After I unwrapped it I saw that it was all bound tight with blue and white string. You could tell that this company really loves and believes in what they sale. This shows the tanning side which was so smooth and soft, they had done a beautiful job.

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This lamb skin rug is the second one that I received. I unrolled it and then shook it out. LOOK how think this is! I measured it and it is 7″. Talk about luxury. I paid $10.00 more for this one than I did my first because of the thickness of the skin and the length. This rug is 43″ long. I paid a total of $86 including postage. I thought it was a good deal.

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I sure wish that I had this sheep skin all the time that I worked as a financial assistant and spending long hours in a chair. The comfort would have been awesome. I might have not come out at all! LOL

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They look so lovely in my home.

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This rug is the first one that I got and it sits on my wooden love seat. My stuffed lamb doesn’t usually come out until Easter but I thought she looked cute her. I paid $76 for this one with postage, it is not as thick and as long, but it’s just as beautiful.

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I received a note from the company Magdalena Pociask Exclusive Rugs. He said that this rug was made of high quality leather and that it was not only attractive but a great material that will improve the health and longevity of your life.

I found this part of his note quite interesting so I thought I would share it with you.

“Wool helps with many diseases, kills bacteria, relieves pain. Neutralizes the negative effects of water veins and electromagnetic waves. Wool improves the psycho-physical condition of the body. The latest research shows that sheep’s fleece has properties effectively neutralizing the harmful substances in the air in enclosed spaces. Protects against electromagnetic waves.

Did you get all that. If this is true to its word boy I’m going to get a few more of these lovelies! LOL  I hope that I gave you something to think about today and I’ll let you know how it works out for me.

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((Hugs)) Jo

Thank you dear friends!

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Anne’s Attic – design 2015!

Welcome, welcome my dear friends!

It seems like I have been away from blogging for ever. I did take a short break while the grandchildren were home for Christmas break and then I made some changes to my blog which took a few days before I could use it. But I am back and roaring to go! I have so much to share with you that I hardly know where to start! After I took down Christmas decor I had a huge long look at my home. I looked at everything at how I was styling my vignettes to the insides of my cupboards. I did not like much what I saw. Being that I have a very fussy landlord I can’t do much with anything structural, which is a bummer, but someday I’ll be in a house of my own. I have a math equation French Nordic design + Shabby Chic design = Romantic Farmhouse. I looked around and realized that I needed to do my decor a little differently.

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Go JUNK”N!!!!

Junk’n is one of my favorite activities. I do some Junk’n at home on Etsy and some at the great shops around my home.  Take a look and see what I scored.

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White iron stone was high one my list this year and I found some great pieces at the shops here in Bountiful, UT.

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I found a four piece antique copper set. One bowl, a small fry pan, and two different sizes of tea pots. The copper really shines out in my kitchen.

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I scored big finding this ornate silver tray.

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I found this 100% cotton yarn for three bucks a piece. I should have bought more.

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During the holidays a friend of my was headed to drop off somethings to Good Will and ask if I would like to look at them first. One of the pieces she had was a big black aluminum star that had been sitting outside her house. I knew that I could clean, and fix it up great and it looks perfect and my wall.

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I found this old gal on an Etsy shop it still had mud and rocks inside of it. But it cleaned up nicely!

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For Christmas my Mother gave me this gorgeous sheep skin rug from a Etsy shop from Poland, I have one more on the way! They are so soft and comfortable. I’ve got some more great things and several are on the way, I ‘ll be sharing those with you later.

I just finished a fun project that turned out terrific, it has been an eye sore in my home for quite some time,  I’ll be sharing that with you next.

Have a great time redecorating your home after the holiday flurries. January is a really good time to take a good look at a few changes at home. Hoping to inspire you.

Time for some hot chocolate and whip cream and to check out the Etsy shops and eBay.

((Warm Hugs))

Jo

Thank you 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
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