Friday, March 20, 2015

New kitchen sink.

One more project crossed off the to do list!
The kitchen sink.
I forgot to take a picture of the black acrylic sink that was in me, it was a scratched up mess!

The new one is porcelain, and large enough to bathe a baby in!
LOVE it!

Home Goods, and TJ Maxx carries the neat glass soap, and dish soap bottles that I really like.
The lavender dish soap is the best!

Hobby Lobby carries some nice decorative pieces, and I found the one we put on the front of the cupboard there.
I plan to fill in between the faux brick with mortar before warm project on the to do list.
We are crossing things off the list as we go.
Hopefully we will be finished before warm weather is here to stay.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Gentle Thunder.

There are many reasons God saves you: to bring glory to Himself, to appease His justice, to demonstrate His sovereignty. But one of the sweetest reasons God saved you is because He is fond of you. He likes having you around. He thinks you are the best thing to come down the pike in quite a while....

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.  Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart...

Face it, friend, He's crazy about you.

(A Gentle Thunder by Max Lucado.)
I do not think it was coincidence that I picked up this book and turned to this page just before I started to write my post for today. 
Someone needed to hear this. I truly believe that.
I haven't read this little book for a long time!  I cannot believe I would just happen to turn to the page that says March 10th, either. 
For whoever He is speaking blessed. I know I was when I read it.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Beauty Slumbers Beneath the Snow.

Aahhhh....that time in the morning when you are in between slumber, and waking....
Your mind is still swimming with the cloudiness of sleep, yet you faintly hear the outside world creeping in.
That's where I was this morning when I realized I heard the sweet sounds of song birds in the distant realm of reality.

I drew in a deep breath, causing my mind to clear.
 Rolling over in bed, I opened the window...letting in the sound of the birds more clearly.
My heart filled with the joy that Creation brings.

The earth, and it's creatures are waking from their winter's slumber!

God always knows what I need, when I need it.
This taste of springtime encouragement is the boost I've been needing after the harsh winter we've been experiencing.
I know that the winds of winter will blow, and more snow will fall, but I am also assured that beauty slumbers beneath the snow. When the time is right...spring will come calling....waking the earth from it's deep sleep, and all of God's creation will awake with the sounds of the song birds.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Meet Woody.

This is Woody.
He's my munchkin cat.
I see by this photo that I should have cleaned his eyes before taking his picture.
Woody is a breed of cat with short legs...kind of like a dachshund dog.

Woody is not your normal feline.
He's about as agile as a moose!
When he runs, it sounds like a herd of first graders wearing flippers running across wood floors!
Jumping off anything is always a challenge with those short legs. He has no cushion as he lands, so it's like a bag of sand landing on the wood floor.

Woody tries to be a Ninja, but is more like Chris Farley from Saturday Night Live.....whaaaaaaa.
He looks more like a chubby little stump....but ya gotta luv him.
He's my goofy wiener cat.
There are those days when I wonder what I was thinking when I decided to bring him home with me....but then there are those days when he makes me laugh when he sits on his hind legs, like a prairie dog, and slaps the dogs in the face like he's boxing them.
Woody can be as cuddly as a kitten, and as obnoxious as a blister!
He's as soft as silk, and as gassy as the sulphur pits!
He's as cute as a bug, yet sheds like a shag carpet....but I love him.
I admit he should be medicated most of the time....but Woody means well, and makes me laugh a lot.
He's actually a pretty fun guy to have around.
He's a keeper.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Finishing touches in the dining room.

After finishing the chair pads, and table runner, the dining room table seemed to be standing alone in the middle of the room with the new fabric. Having nothing else in the room wearing the design, it was like the game we played in grade school....."and the cheese stands alone".

I made a simple pillow, and ruffle for the front of the iron crib that I'm using for a love seat in the dining room..... to tie the room together.

I don't want the new fabric to take over the room, because I am more of a shabby chic kind of gal...but I DO like a little "French" added to the mix.

I feel this is "just enough" for me.

As the winds blow in another blast from the frigid Siberian region, I'll be tucked inside...working on another project here at our little cottage at the lake. 
Have a great week!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Chair pads...crossed off the list!!!

I've been seeing spring blooms on some of the other blogs that I visit.
It gives me hope that all of this snow, and cold will soon end, and we too will see what is hidden beneath the frozen earth.


Okay.....this is so not me.
A friend of mine had a bolt of material, and was willing to share.
I've been wanting to make chair pads for the dining chairs ever since I got them.
I was planning on doing white covers.
However......the hubster is NOT a delicate man.
He is more like a man that lives in the woods kind of guy.

Needless to say, white was out!!!
I didn't really want ruffles, because I love the detail on the chairs.
So this is what I came up with.

The fabric is very upholstery.
It's really stiff, so it's not laying on the seat quite right for now.
The ruffles on the table runner are also stiff!!  lol

I used what was left from the vintage runner used for the hearts (see previous post) on this runner for a little bit of a vintage look.

As you can see, the sides of the chair pads are not laying down because they are too heavy, and STIFF!!! Hopefully they will be okay with time.
I'm not sure I like this look, since I'm so used to "white".
I plan to make a couple of pillows for the crib, and also a bedskirt for it.  Maybe to tie it all together?
I just don't want too much color in here.  Ya know what I mean?
One more thing crossed off the winter to do list!!!  Yay!
Have a good week!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Inspiration from "Romantic Country".

Good Saturday morning to you!
While working on projects here at Lakehouse, I decided to take a break, and look through the latest "Romantic Country" magazine.
There were lots of design ideas in this issue.
The image on the left gave an idea for lace in place of a mirror on a vintage medicine cabinet.
I LOVE the photo, but what really caught my eye was the heart hanging on the knob of the cabinet.

Making hearts is not something I do very well, but after seeing the one in the photo, I thought I would give it a try.

Mine did not turn out as vintage looking as the one in the magazine, but I am okay with the end result.

I used linen from an old runner, a doily similar to the one in the photo, and some of the crinkled seam binding that is always tucked in a drawer here at the lakehouse.
I truly love the original heart in the magazine photo, and would like to give credit to the person that made it. The only names associated with the image are Fifi, and Mark.
So now I will get back to sewing the chair covers for the dining chairs.
Have a super Saturday!