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Spring Came Calling

I bet you're wondering what happened to the telephone chair. Is it painted; is it recovered? Well, the answer is no. I did manage to pull off all the layers of fabric on the seat. You see, Spring called. The weather has been warm, trees are budding out, and flowers blooming. I just had to get outside and enjoy the delicious weather...which is a good thing because Winter decided to come roaring back. It's not super cold (60's) but the wind has been blowing like a banshee making it feel colder. Plus, I got sick about the time it decided to act like Winter again. However, I did finish up a few quick and easy projects. I found an old magazine rack - a big one - pretty golden wood color (not). But it was just what I was looking for. (Bad blogger! I forgot to take a picture of it before I painted it). I painted it then whitewashed it.  Here it is finished and in the kitchen. It is holding my cheap cutting boards. One day, I will put my cookie sheets and w


I had a post all planned out for this week. I was going to tell you why I haven't made any progress on the telephone table then share what I did work on. But this morning I woke up with what feels like the flu. I'll see a health care provider this afternoon but in the meantime, I'm laid out on the couch, coughing and feeling pretty yucky. Bear with me as I strive to get better. You'll find me under the heap of blankets with a washcloth on my forehead. See you later, Cecilia

Love Your Pet Day

Did you know tomorrow is Love Your Pet Day ? I didn't either. But yes, there's a day set aside for loving your pet...haha, as if we need to be reminded to love on them. I don't know about you, but my fur babies are spoiled. :o) One of the ways Buddy and Herbie,  my border collies, get spoiled is taking them to their favorite places to run and play. Of course, their top spot is the farm. Here, they have a very large yard to run and play in. They jump happily out of the truck the minute we open the door and dash around the yard. Then they are ready to go walking (or actually running) around the farm. They wait impatiently at the gate and zoom off when we tell them "ok". They're actually getting better at coming back when we call them. :o) They come home tired but happy. They love the farm! But what do we do when we're in the city? Well, we live near Austin, TX which happens to have lots of dog friendly areas. We take t

Making a Truck Seat Cover

We have an extended cab pickup truck. It's what we normally drive to the farm in. Bruce and I sit up front and Buddy and Herbie get to ride in the back seat. Buddy Herbie They like having a whole seat to themselves. (Although I'm pretty sure either one of them would happily sit in my lap...all 50+ pounds of them). heh. We had a moving blanket I attached straps to that we would cover the back seat with but when the dogs were puppies they would chew on it. Over time, it got pretty full of holes. Oh puppies! We finally had to throw it away. Lately, we've just been throwing a sheet on the seat but that doesn't protect the seat back. The dogs have loads of fun running, swimming in the pond, and digging at the farm so they are often pretty dirty when we load them up to return to the city. (And yes, if they are really nasty, they get a bath before heading back. Often, it's just loads of sand hiding in their coats). The back seat had thus gotten pretty gr

Wordless Wednesday #1 - Blooming Roses

My climbing rose doesn't know it's Winter.

10 Things I've Learned From Decorating The Farmhouse

Since we bought the farm four years ago, I've learned some important lessons about my style and what makes me happy. It was pretty much a blank slate when we bought it (lots of brown paneling) that needed some love (and lots of cleaning!).  I was so excited to put our stamp on it and started gathering ideas right away. There were so many looks calling my name; I was hard pressed to choose a single direction. But I finally decided I wanted a "rustic farm" look so I started using lots of burlap and other rustic elements. But over time, it started to not feel right, so slowly I've been changing things up. Here's what I learned in the process: 1. It's ok to change your mind. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in a trend and suddenly you     realize that's not who you are. It's ok to switch directions. 2. Don't do something just because someone else thinks that's the way you should do it. I was really     leaning towar