Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Quick, Fun Project

I have a friend who recently realized her dream of owning an RV. What fun!

 She sent me a text one day saying she'd seen this cute saying:

"RV There Yet?"

I instantly knew I wanted to make her a sign with that saying on it.

To begin, I pulled out some old fence pickets and got busy. A few hours later and ta da!

a cute RV sign:

I had so much fun with hers, I am making a second one:

It is put together and ready to paint. This one will get a different color and saying. It too, will go to someone who has just recently bought their RV!

 Neither know I am doing this...well, until they read this post. LOL. So surprise!! I hope you like your signs. Sorry, Denise, you'll have to wait to see yours finished. :o)

I know they are all going to have a blast traveling in their RVs. Let the good times roll, y'all!


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Touch of Spring

Ah, Spring
How we have longed for thee...

The daffodils and snowdrops are blooming at the farm:

The weather was perfect...warm, breezy, and cloudy in the morning with sunshine in the afternoon. First thing I did was  switch out the winter decor for a Spring one.

 I changed all my chalkboard signs to Spring sayings:

And put out this sign:

Changed  up the mantel:

And entry table decor - I need to bring my Spring garland up to drape over the window frame as it still looks a little bare:

I freshened up the look of the hearth with my Spring wreath and flower arrangement:

And then, I did something I've been wanting to do since we bought the B Farm  - I made a flower bed!

The bricks were already there - I discovered them when I started to dig...they were overgrown with weeds. So I dug out the weeds, reset the bricks, moved one of the Lantanas from the other side of the sidewalk, moved some bulbs, and placed my galvanized tub with irises in the corner.

 I can't begin to tell you what a pleasure it was to work in this soil compared to the thick, black gumbo we have in the city. Yes, I'm going to love gardening here!

Another spot I've been wanting to tackle is along the driveway. Once again, someone had gone to a lot of trouble to plant a lot of bulbs and irises. But after years of neglect, they were buried and almost lost under layers of leaves and the thorny vines and shrubby stuff had taken over.

Leaves raked away from the irises
Bruce was sweet and helped me. We raked, cut, and pulled out years of growth. I made several trips back and forth to the burn pile to dump the debris.

 By mid afternoon, we were tired and scratched up yet we were happy with our progress.
top of the driveway now all cleaned up
 I'm looking forward to adding my own flowers and plants to the flower beds. Slowly but surely, the farm is looking cared for again!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Finished Closet

Our closet is mostly put back together, things sorted and placed on the shelves, and everything nice and organized. I only have two boxes to go through and sort. Can I just say I love my restyled closet?!
You can see the boxes I still need to go through...once that's done, I will cover them and place them on the shelf above.
I placed my extra blankets on top of the chifforobe 

I hung this to use as a hook. It works great! I found it at Hobby Lobby in their knobs. Love the chippy look!

The shelves above got all organized:
Here the hook has a shirt hanging on it

Bruce's side

I covered some plastic mesh baskets with some pretty fabric and added a band of the same fabric on the navy bins. They all have labels (well, almost all! )

And the spot above my shoe shelves? Well, this is what I did with it: I used a canvas and covered it with my beautiful fabric to make a jewelry spot.

I added trim and upholstery tacks, then hung two frames - one holds my earrings (with the addition of some mesh wire) and the other showcases a couple of necklaces hung on a mercury glass knob.

I took the rest of the tacks and used them to hang all my necklaces.

Placed some pretty containers on the shelf to hold more pieces like some bracelets:

And this beautiful dish from a sweet friend holds my post earrings:

I love my jewelry all out in one spot. So easy to find!

Finally, I added the banner ( sent to me by Vicky of "Life On Willie Mae Lane" ) with my word of the year "Balance". Thanks Vicky, for this sweet reminder to keep my life in "Balance".

 With my closet cleaned up, my life definitely has some balance happening! I feel so much joy and yes, peace, when I walk into my closet. Here's to neat organized spaces!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Master Closet Makeover

Today, my post is not about the farm....

It is about our city house, where we have lived for the past 20 years....

Crazy! I can't believe that much time has gone by. It's the longest we have ever been in one house. We have made several improvements over the years, getting rid of wallpaper and upgrading flooring, repainting (several times!), upgrades in the kitchen, etc.

I have attempted to organize my closet before but it never quite felt right.

The cheaper storage shelving just weren't cutting it anymore and the top of the closet was a mess.

The wardrobe used to be in the bedroom before I talked Bruce into moving it into the closet. It belonged to Bruce's grandfather. I stored the sheets and extra blankets in it.

So I pulled everything out...and I mean everything (ok, not the wardrobe but then we'd have to pull the door frame off for that ). Ugh, we have a lot of stuff. I think it's time to get rid of some of it!

I decided to paint the walls the same color as the bathroom walls, Benjamin Moore's Alexandria Beige. It is really more of a taupe. I love it!

Bruce said, "Isn't that going to make the closet dark?"
Me - "Maybe. But it will feel cozy."
Bruce - "O..K.."

My sister and husband came over- "Isn't that color going to make it dark in there?"
Me - "Probably, but I have a plan."

Let me tell you, it doesn't feel dark at all. Just like I thought, it feels cozy! I'm not sure I really captured the color well...it was hard to get a good picture of it.

The woodwork got a fresh coat of paint too - Benjamin Moore's Swiss Coffee - it's really a nice ivory - not glaring white.

I had Bruce add a shelf at the top and build me a unit for shoes with an open area above - I'll show you what I'm going to do there soon - I'm really excited about that part!

Building the shoe shelves unit
 And I had him add a lower rod for pants.
shelf added up at top and shoe shelves with open area above them

We moved the wardrobe over to Bruce's side of the closet after adjusting the bottom shelf and rod. He  is now using it to store his shoes, workout clothes, and other clothing he doesn't hang. I like it better there than the back of the closet.

I found this fabulous light fixture at Home Depot and it was only $69! I love the chandelier look! I can't tell you how happy I am to get rid of the cage light.

The clothes are back after sorting through them and the shoes lined neatly up on the shelves.

 I just have to go through all the stuff I want to store and then neatly put that back. Of course, it also means I will be shifting/cleaning out stuff from the linen closet so I have a place for the sheets. Funny how you fix one area and then you need to fix another - the whole project snowballs.

Now when I walk into my closet, I smile. Nothing like a clean, organized closet! :o)

Next time, the final reveal.


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