More Lovely Ideas!

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 . . .



. . . and all through the house

Merry Christmas to all my dear friends out there in blog land. This will be my last post until after the first of the year. It’s time to enjoy the family while school is out. I want to share a poem that I thought was cute and reminded me of when I was small, thinking that if I was out of my bed and not a sleep Santa would not come. Also I would like to show you the rest of my home that is ready for Christmas!


A squeak on the stairs.
Could Santa be here?
Better pull my blankets,
Up to my ears.

He comes down the chimney,
That’s how he gets in.
Santa uses magic,
To make himself thin.

I better keep still,
Can’t make a peep.
He doesn’t leave toys,
Unless you’re asleep.

My door just opened
Someone’s by my bed.
It wasn’t Santa after all,
Cause Mom just kissed my head.

Family Friend Poems

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I love making Christmas stockings. The stockings hanging from the fireplace I made to match the pillows on the sofa. The single stocking I made from vintage table cloths.

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I add little touches of Christmas all through the house, yup even the bathroom.

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Here are some fun vignettes in the kitchen.

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Ice skates hang ready at the back door.

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The back door.

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Kitchen window.

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My vintage bread box is so fun to fill with Christmas decor.

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This Santa sits on my work bench sewing away. LOL He is my favorite Santa.

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Great rusty buckles, rings and old red thread make for a lovely vignette on my work bench, which is closed down for the season.

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The presents are wrapped and under the tree. Now I will spend most of my time in the kitchen baking.

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Here are some fun areas from the sitting room.

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I got this lovely wooden star this year from a Etsy shop.

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I hang star garlands around the house.

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A wooden bowl full of antique ornaments.

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If you want more inspiration get Jennifer Rizzo’s book Creatively Christmas it is amazing you will not want to put it down.

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No matter how many pretties that we put into our home and know matter how many good smells come from the kitchen the reason for Christmas is because of the Jesus Christ and his great sacrifice that he went through for us. Because of this we celebrate Christmas.

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Have a beautiful Christmas with love in your hearts. Merry Christmas!

With love, Jo


Thanx to all my dear friends!

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Lots More Fall Decor

Thank you for coming! The Fall days have been so beautiful! I hope that you are taking time to get out side and enjoy the beauty of this time of year. I just want to share a few more views of Fall with you, and some great finds.

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The Grandchildren and I made it to the Farmers Market near our home in Bountiful. We had so much fun picking out the perfect pumpkin. It’s incredible the colors that they come in now, BLUE, PINK, who would have thought?

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Look at this pumpkin, the patina on it is beautiful, the Grand kids thought I crazy for wanting this one.

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I also picked up this beautiful Mum which will last all Fall and then I can replant it.

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Don’t you just love these Jack Be Little’s in white? They make a statement all their own.

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As we move into the house I want to share some of my recent finds and a couple of my creations. This tray is a large picture frame that I painted and lined it with blue fabric, then I turned it over and I use it to corral some of my counter things.

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I found this great scale on Etsy, the color and the patina are just perfect for my kitchen!

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I found this little scale on Etsy to, isn’t it cute? I did give it a little coat of paint.

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Putting them side by side looks so great.

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Here is just a cute glass jar with lace, I think it is so pretty to look at.

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Here I found a great sugar silver sugar bowl. Some of the parts of it is sorta bluish I’m pretty sure that the silver isn’t as good, but I like the color of it. I found this piece at a thrift store in the area.

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This great owl got a new coat of paint. He was green but I like him much better this way.

Thanks to all of you that gave me advice on repainting my vintage picture frames, your advice was great and I will be trying them.

Have a beautiful weekend! Go do something you love with someone you love. Life is LOVERLY!

((HUGS)) Jo

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Thanx to all my dear friends!

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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