Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A sweet little chandelier.

I notice the sun setting a little earlier each evening here at our cottage at the lake as the summer season passes, and moves closer to fall.
The lights come on as the sun moves down in the western sky.

My dear friend, Debbie, from Florida found this pretty little chandelier for me this summer.
She brought it to Michigan on her trip north.

My point, and shoot camera doesn't take night pictures very these aren't the best.
I wanted you to see the chandy lit up.

I'm using flicker bulbs in the lamp. They look so cozy as they flicker like the flame of a candle.
I would love to find a couple more small chandeliers for the bedrooms.
There's a flea market this weekend. Maybe I will find a lamp there.
Enjoy the rest of your week!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer at the Lakehouse!

Hello everyone!
It's been quite a while since I've posted from the Lakehouse blog.
I'm reserving this blog for a decorating, and gardening type of journal.
Seashells and Lavender will be my spiritual, and family blog.

I felt like I lost my perspective with this blog. So I put it to rest for a few months.
I am enjoying sharing what's most important to me over at Seashells and Lavender....God, and family.

After a very busy summer, so far, I decided to share some photos of the gardens around our cottage here at the lake.

As you can see, I am NOT a formal gardener.
It's all very "cottagey" here.
No uniformity.
It's very colorful here by the water.
The inside of the house is mostly "white" the outside is a mixture of nature's finest.

I used to stay with just the pale pastels...until I fell in love with Cone flowers.
They are such a cheerful flower!  All their colors make me smile.

The Trumpet vine, and Blackeyed Susan are getting ready to open back here by the garage.
They are a pretty combination.

This was my newest rose garden from last year until the Mr. dug it all up for a new drain for the driveway...ugh. I had to start over with new roses  for the arbor, more Cone flowers, and Veronica. I also see a sand  bucket under the white Cone flower....hmmmmm....wonder how that got there?

It looks like the dogs decided to nab some little pieces off the fairy garden already......grrrrr.

Here's the secret garden.
It's still filling in.
Unfortunately, I've been finding the dreaded Japanese Beatles here this year.
We haven't been bothered by them, until recently.
It's been a battle!!!

I've enjoyed being outside on the patio, and dock this summer.
It's wonderful to sit, relax, and breath in the fragrance of the roses, and flowers.....until the breeze drifts over something in the yard one of the dogs left.
Blessings from the Lakehouse!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

First post at new blog...Seashells and Lavender

First post at the new blog.
Click the link on the top of the side bar.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A fresh start.

This road we travel is full of twists, and turns. Ever changing as we reach each new milestone.
When I look back just four years ago, I was in a totally different place.
Physically, my face, and body didn't reveal the signs of stress, illness, and aging.

This little cottage was decorated with the antiques, and vintage furniture that I still love.
I can see more of a shabby/country flair that was popular just four short years ago.
How quickly trends change...and how I strived to stay on top of what seems to be  popular in decor "at the moment".

Add a few years to these little bodies.  Ethan is now starting to drive. Maddie is in junior high. Kayla competes in gymnastics. Zoey has a three year old little sister. Charlotte has a little sister that has taken her place...crying on the floor now.  Anson is playing ball this summer.
It's all going by so fast....this road I'm traveling on.

My quest for keeping up with the changing styles, here at the Lakehouse, had caused me to take some side roads on life's journey.
I wanted what I saw on other people's blogs.  My home wasn't ever as beautiful as the ones I was seeing every where else.
My focus wasn't on the road I originally had started out on. 
I could classify myself as "coveting" my neighbors' goods. 

Blogging was not turning out to be what I had intended it to be.
I had prayed for God to use this blog as a "beacon in the darkness".
It was to be used "for HIS glory".
I had changed....and I didn't like where I was at.

Everything happens for a reason.  I truly believe this.
Blogging was just a small part of my life that needed correction.
I'm still struggling with areas, and issues in my life that I need to change. 
One area is in judging others.
Whatever one's reason is for what they choose to do, should be their business.
 I shouldn't use someone else's life as an example when trying to prove a point.
I've got enough dirt on my own floors to clean up.

Over the past four years, a lot of changes have taken place here at the Lakehouse.
There are a lot more ruffles, roses, and even some French dining chairs around the table.
My grandchildren are growing, and multiplying  faster than the hollyhocks in the cottage garden.
God has healed my body from uterine cancer, and a perforated bowel.
The Crohn's disease has been in remission for three years.

My little booth, Seashells and Lavender, is still thriving.
I don't know how much longer I will be renting space...but for now, it's good.

We have made a few changes this past winter inside our cottage.
The walls were the same color for almost ten years.
Painting them lighter sets a brighter mood.
I feel like we've finally found furnishings that we BOTH like.

The road has been long, and at times, rough.
It shows in my eyes, and on my face.
As of today...I'm looking neither to the left, nor the right. I shall try to keep my eyes focused forward.
I will leave the things behind that need to be left.

I am closing down the Lakehouse blog.
I will be starting fresh, with a new blog called Seashells and Lavender.
I am hoping it will be a reflection of my commitment for the year 2014.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Blog Friends and Joy

The more I blog, the more amazed I am with the people I meet.
The personalities, talents, willingness to share, hearts to pray, thoughtfulness in sending cards, and gifts...just because.

Some of the connections cannot be coincidental.
I feel God has set people in my life that I truly need to encourage, and nurture me along this road I'm on.

This year is the year of JOY for me.
I am consciously seeking joy each day.
Even in the midst of sorrow.....I will look for an ounce of joy that will lift me up out of the depths of sadness I might be experiencing on a particular day.

There have been times when I can honestly say that my joy came from a blogger.
Sometimes, from someone I just met as a new follower, or a blogger that I am getting to know better. Or someone that I've known since I started blogging.

It might just be a word of encouragement. 
Other times, it comes as an email from a friend that really knows my heart. This person knows me, and relates to my situations. She's able to be open, and honest with her advice, and her love.
This kind of blogger friend was definitely Heaven sent.

I appreciate all of you that visit here at my little cottage at the lake.
Your comments are treasured.
I read them all!!
This IS the year of JOY here at Lakehouse.
I hope I pass that along to you as we go along this journey together in the seasons of 2014.
Have a joyful afternoon.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

The dining table is finished.

I'm in a rush to get ready for work...which is no surprise...I'm always running late.
I just wanted to show you how the table turned out.
The Mr. stripped the paint off the top, and I painted the legs white.

She's kind of built like me.
Flat on top, and chunky in the leg area.
Actually, I'm not "flat"....just longer than I used to be, which gives the effect of things looking "flat".
Anyway, she looks pretty, and shabby with the changes in color. I like the mix with the delicate chairs, and the wonky chandelier.
Gotta run!
Enjoy your day!!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bathroom redo...done, and Saturday Feature.

Finally, I get to share pictures of the upstairs bathroom.
I'm painting the trim today.
The hubster just finished caulking this morning.

For such a small room, it sure took him a very long time to get it finished!
Because it's so small in here, I can't photograph much.
There are new white subway tiles around the tub/shower.
We had the harvest gold tub re glazed white.
The bead board is white.
I painted the upper walls mushroom-white.
Hardware was replaced, and hopefully we will have new flooring in the near future.

I found this oh so sweet little hamper last year, and have been waiting to use it in this room.
The new shower curtain from "Summers at the Cottage" is hanging, and I just LOVE it!!!
My youngest daughter, Melissa, found the hooks at Target in the RA Simply Shabby Chic section(I forgot to get a photo). They look like clear glass door knobs.
I know you can't see much...but to the right, there's a little cove where the potty is...and that's about it. Even though it took a while to complete, it was worth the wait.
I'm joining Nancy for the monthly party Every Room In The House that she hosts at her beautiful, and fun blog A Joyful

If you stop by on Saturday, I'll be over at Kris' beautiful blog  "Junk Chic Cottage"  for the Saturday Spotlight Feature. Kris is a wonderful lady with a gorgeous blog!! If you like white, and shabby, then you will LOVE her blog, and her amazing home!!! Also, Susan at "Must Love Junk" will be featuring another blogger at her lovely blog!

Thank you for stopping by today.
Have a joyful weekend!