Monday, February 13, 2012

Seeing Orange

or·ange - (awr-inj)

a color between yellow and red in the spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 590 and 610 nm; reddish yellow.
Orange is an easy color to love. Vibrant and cheerful. 

 What color are you seeing today...


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bed Skirt Turned Slipcover

It's so nice to get projects done. Don't you agree?

We have a long bench at the end of our bed which needed a slipcover. Feeling lazy and not wanting to sew yards and yards of ruffles, I came up with a fairly easy solution.

I started with a white ruffled bed skirt. Simply Shabby Chic from Target (you can find it here).

It was such an easy fix. First I placed the bed skirt on the bench. Then pinned where it needed to be adjusted. Cut off the excess fabric and re-attached the ruffle.

 Here is the finished product...

 It's always a good day when a project comes together so easily!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Favorite Things at Home

Recently my daughter Chelsea and I took a photography class from professional photographer Lara Blair.

This morning I spent some time trying out my new skills by shooting a few of my favorite things around the house.

Love, love, love this cow! She was painted by artist Leah Anderson and hangs proudly above our mantel. The heavy finial with it's beautiful zinc gray and rusty patina was a Barn House splurge. Antlers are a constant favorite around here.

Next up is this cool industrial floor lamp purchased at a garage sale for $1.00! It's been re-wired and put to work as a reading lamp.

So very cool...
This old wooden rake speaks to me. Useful and beautiful. Hand crafted around 1914.

A big fatty service bell is a must have for any respectable household. Many children disguised as adults have enjoyed slamming their hand down on this thing!

Purchased from my sweet friends Kari and Kathryn of Manor Bourne
An old White House Cook Book is perfect with hand written notes scrawled inside the beautifully worn pages. It's a fascinating browse. Stewed Pigeon and Gooseberry Catsup are among the more interesting recipes.

White House Cookbook copyright 1902
Who knew plain old ivory soap could look so good?

Believe it or not this is a Goodwill find. Not one but two, yes a pair. A pair of gorgeous, vintage, mercury glass lamps for $25.
For. The. Pair.

We love our pond. Winter is it's best season. The water is full and clear making it possible to see all the way to the bottom. After a morning run we cruise by the pond and look for fish. 

We have lived in our home for nearly 17 years. Many country cats have called this place home too. The photo below is one of my very favorite things. If you look very closely you will see a narrow trail in the grass.  For some feline reason beyond human understanding our  country cats have carved this permanent path. Some are no longer with us but the path they created remains.

What stories do your favorite things have to tell?