August 20, 2014

what was I thinking?

Okay, I admit it.  I had a brief moment of panic yesterday as I hung my new dining room curtains to check them for length.  What was I thinking...they are just so...colorful.

But then the sun came out and cast the most dreamy glow over the entire room.

And I knew I made the right choice.

I still have to finish the lining and hem them up before I can share them with you.  I just hope my camera can capture how pretty they really are.

In the meantime what I can show you is this wall of plates I hung randomly meandering to the ceiling.  I saw Flower Patch Farmgirl do this a while back and I knew I had to find a place to include it in my revamp.  I am so happy with the affect they have on this part of the room next to the hutch.

And the best part is that I had all but a couple of the plates in my cupboards.  I did have to head to the thrift store to finish off the arrangement and found the plain blue plate and the white plate with the blue rim for .49 cents each.

One section at a time the room is coming together.  I think I'm on target for an end of the month reveal.  I've decided I'm not in love with the blue I painted the wine storage case so that is back on the project list but I figure I've come this far, I shouldn't settle for any thing less than love, right?

In other less fun news, we are one week into the school year and a yucky allergy/cold/cough has already found it's way into our midst.  Hopefully it doesn't stay long!

xo, Patty

btw...I found the fabric I shared yesterday at Joann's.  It was in the designer quilting cotton section.

August 19, 2014

cause it makes my heart sing

I woke up today with a light heart.

I don't know when and I don't know how, but somewhere along the line I had let a cloud of heaviness invade my mind.  There was nothing I could point to that was wrong just a lot of tiny little things that I let steal my joy.

It may sound silly but I think taking control of my home, clearing clutter and prettifying my surroundings, has had a lot to do with the lightening of my mood.  We are after all, visual people.  I have purposefully set out to create an environment that feels soothing, a place to retreat to.

So when it came time to pick the fabric for my dining room windows I went shopping with the idea of finding a clean, calming, peaceful, neutral design.

And then I saw this...

And my heart began to sing...

So I bought five yards of it and today it's just me, my cup of coffee, my sewing machine and this yummy fabric.  Sometimes you just need to throw caution to the wind and follow your heart and that feeling of peace will find you!

Happy Tuesday.

xo, Patty

August 18, 2014

a whole new rythm

Just about the time I forgot what it's like to have a quiet moment to myself and a few days before I officially lost my mind, school started again.

What a difference a year makes.  Just 12 short months ago we were walking this little guy to his first day of kindergarten and in the blink of an eye it was time to line up for first grade.

He was still a little nervous to be sure but nothing like the quivering lower lip we dropped off for kindergarten last year.

Now that school is back in session, the baby is six months old and mom is back to work again, the house is finding a whole new rhythm for this baby sitting gramma.   Naps are more scheduled (both the babies and mine) so I've actually had a chance to start on the dining room revamp.

I finished painting the big oak hutch the same white as the kitchen cabinets and I can't tell you what a difference it makes in lightening up the whole room.  If you follow me on instagram, you've seen me style and restyle these shelves a few times already.  I think I'm finally happy with the way they look and I can't wait to show you more but for now it's just a quick peek and I'm back at it.

Have a wonderful Monday!

xo, Patty

August 13, 2014

kitchen revamp - the details

It's been a few weeks since I finished my kitchen revamp and other than a couple of small tweaks, (like adding the red band to the curtains) I am still loving the new look.  It is actually a joy to be in there.

I've started the same process of streamlining, decluttering and organizing in the dining room so I thought I'd better share the details of the kitchen before I bombard you with pictures of the projects I'm working on now.

(white curtains without and with the red striped band.)

I started the revamp with a 30 day time frame and a $500.00 budget.  I am happy to say I was able to stay on time and budget with both.  Here is the break down of how I spent my money.

Stainless Broan range hood - $85.00 on Amazon
Behr Paint, Zimmer Primer and painting supplies for the cupboards - appx. $100.00 at Home Depot
shelf and brackets for above the range - $40.00 at Home Depot
red vintage looking clock - $32.00 at World Market
wire basket, new dish towels - $20.00 at Home Goods
paper towel holder, new galvanized buckets - $10.00 at Ikea
new rug - $6.00 at Ross
drapery rods, pot holders - $30.00 at Target
cutting board, organizing dividers - $20.00 at Bed, Bath and Beyond
Post and hardware for small shelf between range and fridge - $20.00 at Home Depot
New coffee pot - $40.00 at Walmart
Miscellaneous trips to Ace Hardware and other stores for odds and ends around $50.00

Because we did the work ourselves and I was able to use supplies I already had on hand, I actually came in under budget at $453.00.  The only thing I wasn't able to replace was the light fixture.  The one I have my heart set on will cost me around $150.00.  So I cleaned up the existing one and will learn to love it until I can afford the one I really want.

I think the most important lessons I learned were to break things down into manageable projects if at all possible.  Set a task and complete it before moving on to the next one.  Be prepared to live with piles of stuff for the duration of the revamp and be flexible.  Somethings will turn out just as you envisioned and others...not so much.  For me, the ones that didn't turn out like I thought, ended up turning out even better with a little tweaking.

And lastly, learn to love the home you're in.  It may not be your dream home but that doesn't mean it can't be a beautiful place to dream in.

xo, Patty

August 9, 2014

hello Saturday

Look who I'm rolling around on the ground with this morning while his mommy's working.  I can already tell I'm not going to get much done today...but then, who cares?

I'd much rather soak in all this rollie pollie wonderfulness while I can.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo, Patty

August 7, 2014

happy sigh

Every morning after I start the coffee maker I head outside to turn the sprinklers on.  It's one of my favorite morning rituals because it allows me to peek at the gardens and our pretty view of the nearby foothills.

The last couple of weeks have been so hot and humid that it's been a quick dart out and right back in.

Yesterday morning as I stepped out the side door I was greeted with a nice cool, crisp breath of air.  The kind that stops you with an instant moment of thankfulness to the Creator.

This morning was even prettier.

I knew immediately that my coffee and quiet time would find me in my favorite wicker chair on the back patio listening to the birds and the gentle whir of the sprinklers.

For the first time in a long time I reached for my garden shears and started dead heading and removing overgrow plants.  I even managed to find this delicate little pink rose thriving in the parched bed.

I had the most amazing (big, happy exhale, sigh) time. Sometimes I forget how connected I am to the garden and how much I miss my time out there.  I can get so caught up in what I'm doing that I neglect those "big, happy exhale, sigh" things in my life.

How about you?  When was the last time something in your life caused you a happy sigh?  Don't you thinks it time for another?

xo, Patty

August 6, 2014

for the love of bread

I have a problem with carbs.  There I said it.  While I take pictures of these gorgeous red and yellow cherry tomatoes that my friend Elaine gifted me from her garden,  innocently giving you the impression that I snack on these straight from the bowl, what I really munch on absentmindedly are carbohydrates.

I am not picky in my love of the white stuff....cookies, bread, rice,'s all fair game.

I think I've always know it was a weakness but it really hit me square in my ample bumm yesterday as I cut up a fresh loaf of french bread that I impulsively bought hot out of the oven from Albertson's.  (I mean, how can you say no when the bags are still warm and steamy and they're on sale for $1.00).

The bread didn't even make it all the way home before I ripped off a nice hunk for the drive home and now less than 24 hours later the loaf is gone...completely gone.

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, check.  The next would be not putting them into my mouth.

One step at a time, one step at a time.

xo, Patty