Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oops, I've Done It Again!



Hi, everyone!  We've finally been getting some gorgeous spring weather and I've been thoroughly enjoying it!

I'm always changing out the top of this little cabinet, and I've gone and done it again!

I started by taking this pitcher of pussy willows from my mantel and relocating it here...




Then I added this little cardboard canister...




I just got this silver pedestal dish and I topped it with a cloche that I already had-it fit perfectly!




Inside is a tall nest that I just got. (You can never have too many nests! :)




They're all grouped together on a silver tray.




I kept the old chicken wire window frame here, but hung a small clock face on it...




...then above it I hung a little barn wood sign that my friend Carol made...




'You are the love of my life.'  Isn't it cute?




I kept my little glittery 'dream' hanging on a knob...




...and that completes my new look!




Thank you so much for stopping by!




I hope that you're getting some good weather in your neck of the woods!  It's actually supposed to get pretty cold here again :(




So I'll enjoy this while I can!  Have a great day :)




I'm sharing at these wonderful blogs:   thoughts from alice
                                                          Ivy and Elephants

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!!



Hi, everyone!




My wish to you all...




...is a very happy and blessed Easter!




Enjoy your day! :)



Friday, April 18, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Christine from Little Brags

Hi, everyone!   Kris from Junk Chic Cottage and I wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Kris's and my blog. 

      


Today I'd like to introduce you to Christine from Little Brags. Christine has a comfortable, rustic style that I love and a great, upbeat attitude! I also love seeing pics of her adorable bunny-he'll make you smile!
Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Christine better.
First off, I want to give a BIG thank you to Susan from Must Love Junk and Kris from Junk Chic Cottage for inviting me to be featured here today!!!!!

Hola, I'm Christine from Little Brags. I started my little blog a little over a year ago, after discovering so many wonderful blogs through Pinterest. I was quickly drawn into the beautiful and inspiring land of blogs. I really had no idea what I was doing, I was just so inspired and I wanted to improve our home and share my journey along the way. Here is a little glimpse of my style ....
INSIDE

I really don't know what my style is called "exactly", since I love so many things...But I definitely love rustic accents throughout, nothing too formal. One can never have enough old crates, string lights and lanterns...lol 
Outside

So, what can I say about myself? I was born and raised in Germany. I moved to the US in 1993 at the age of 19 to get married to my husband of 20 years. We have one little 8 year old boy who is truly a gift from God. Here is our little Family of three.
Family

We live in a little subdivision on the outskirts of Olympia, WA in the beautiful and wet Pacific Northwest.
I am a Bookkeeper for a local Real Estate Company that is owned by my husbands Mom and Dad. Since I work for Family I have been blessed with flexible hours. I am home early enough to pick up our son from school every day and I was able to work out of our home a lot through the first years and avoid the "Day-Care thing".


We also have a little fuzzy rabbit and a tortoise. Sadly, we just lost our sweet sweet Newfoundland Bruce this year. He was almost 12 years old and we miss him much!
Pets
Thanks so very much for coming over and reading about me.
I tried to keep is short and sweet....I know how overwhelming ones inbox gets with blog posts to keep up with.

If you liked my style, please come visit me at Little Brags 
You can also find me on 

xoxoxo Christine

Christine, thanks so much for sharing with us today! Please visit her blog Little Brags, then head over to visit Kris's blog to read more about Theresa from The Old White House!
Have a great day :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A New Chair and a Catnap



I was out shopping with my mom recently when we spotted this fun chair.  I had to have it!

I love everything about it...the chippy paint, the stenciled bee on burlap, and the checked print.




I brought it into the house, and while trying to decide where to put it, someone wasted no time in taking it over! (Bob)




When I finally chose a spot for it to 'land' (at least for now) someone else immediately took it over! (Bo)




I guess it's been approved as a pretty comfy chair! :)




I've been changing things up a bit, and this is an area that has been recently 'freshened'...it's part of our living room and part of our front hallway.  Kind of confusing, I know, until you see it.




The first of my changes was bringing this ladder draped with vintage linens down from our master bedroom.

I then hung my new set of antlers above it.




Then I brought over the drop leaf table that was is the center of the hallway.




I kept the birdcage here but added the topiary in a bucket...




...and placed this basket underneath the table...






I thought my new chair would be a welcome addition, so I tucked it into the corner...




...and I think it complements the ensemble nicely!







Now I just wonder if I'll ever have a chance to sit in this cute chair...?




Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day :)

I'm sharing at these great blogs:   thoughts from alice
                                                  Coastal Charm
                                                  Revisionary Life

Friday, April 11, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Olive from Olive Out

Hi, everyone!   Kris from Junk Chic Cottage and I wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Kris's and my blog. 

      

My guest for today is Olive from Olive Out.  She is a true kindred spirit with her love of vintage items and staying true to her decorating style.  On her blog you'll find evidence of her amazing green thumb, see her fun vintage finds, and read about her sweet cat and dog.
Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Olive better!



Hello y'all. I'm Olive from Olive Out. I have been happily blogging for four years. I had not one iota of knowledge about it when I started and simply dived into the deep end of the blogging pond. I have learned from all of you as I went along. I have much that needs doing and much that I absolutely ignore. 

I am a retired R.N. I worked in a large university teaching hospital for twenty five years. Nursing enriched my life greatly. It also made me kind of crazy.  A teaching hospital is nonstop chaos. You have to be an adrenaline junkie to make it in that environment. One burns out fast. I burned out fast. 

As part of that university system I also worked for the Department of Corrections in two state prisons. I retired at age forty-five with a full retirement because I had the years to do it. Thank God. I have sweet, sad, and scary stories to tell. You can read some of my stories, personal and professional, in my Hold Everything Lightly Series.


This charming, beguiling, and wonderful man is an enormous blessing to me. We recently celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. We are incredibly thankful to have found each other at our advanced age. He enjoys Olive Out nearly as much as I do. He reads every comment and goes to many of your blogs. We spend a lot of time on our yellow house and on my antique booths.


This is South Korea Girl, or CC to many of you. She is our smart college age daughter who will be returning from a semester in South Korea soon. She also followed that by an internship there. She had been living with a missionary couple. Now she is living with a Korean family from the church. CC's faith in God has deepened with this trip. The Korean language is her minor. She has studied Korean for almost two years. No doubt she will be returning to South Korea. If only she would do all my tech work for the blog.


I propagate my own hydrangeas by the layering method. 
It sounds difficult but is very easy.



I am obsessed with transferware. 


I have a growing gallery wall.

I  love thrifting like my cat loves milk. I have been a thrifter since I was a teenager. We have two houses. An old old one and a yellow house which for now is our second home. The yellow house and it's garden appear on the blog. We furnished the yellow house almost completely with second hand finds. I hardly ever buy new items. An item with patina means much more to me. Saving money means quite a bit too.


After completing the decor of the yellow house (which is never done…wink), I could not stop thrifting.  I had been a pretty large consigner therefore it was not a big leap to go into an antique booth with my business partner (and dear friend). Beth and I now have four antiques booths and would like to have more. They keep me quite busy but I love the work. The joy of the hunt is thrilling. Ya'll know, right?


I especially enjoy working in my flower garden. I may not be an expert at gardening but my soul is certainly soothed and bathed in peace in that garden. There are always flower pics on the blog.


We have two fur babies. Shelley, a male German Shepherd and Gremmie a gangster dilute calico female cat. 
We three are at their service at all times.

Please come see me at oliveout.com .
 I would love to chat with you.

Thank you Susan for giving me this moment on Must Love Junk.

Olive, thank you so much for sharing with us!  Please visit her blog at Olive Out then pop over to Kris's blog to read about Melissa from Shabby Love!
Have a wonderful day :)