Sunday, May 8, 2016

Flowers for the porch.

The weather warmed enough for us to work outside the past few days.
Today I put the flowers on the porch.
It was a most enjoyable Mother's Day.

It will take a while for the window boxes to fill in, but for now, having some color helps so much!
I'm going with mostly pinks, lavenders, and white this year, but did add some yellow for spurts of happy color.

We needed a new mailbox.
I had The Mister cut the old one in half so I could fill it with flowers, and use it as a container on the porch.

Hopefully the flowers will perk up in a day or two.
I just filled the box today.
I used a bread pan with little stones in the bottom for drainage...then slid it inside the mailbox.
I have to watch the weather to make sure the nights don't dip below the freezing mark. If they do, I will cover the annuals, or move them into the garage. It's still "iffy" here as far as cold nights go.
Lots of weeds got pulled today! and there are plenty more that need to be pulled!! 
It gives me something to do as I wait for the roses to bloom.
I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Strip garlands as valances.

I know, I know....this gal really loves strip garlands!
It must be a shabby "thing" with me.
I have them all over this cottage!  Mostly in windows.
(I got the idea from my youngest daughter.)
I'm sure the neighbors must wonder if we have either a moth infestation, or I leave the curtains on the windows until they rot from sun damage.

I love this time of year when the morning sun comes in the windows...especially when it reflects off the water, and dances off the ceilings like diamonds.

These valance/garlands allow lots of light to come into the windows, and also allows us to see the view of the water, and boats as they pass by on the canal.

There is one more window to go, and then I can work on the window boxes on the outside! 
Having the windows "curtain-free" at the bottom allows us to see the flowers in the boxes on the inside as well as the outside.
It's starting to finally feel more like Spring here at our shabby cottage!!
Have a great week!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The living room floor is finished!!

Finally.....The walls are whitewashed to look like faded barn wood.
The wide plank pine wood was put down, but a change was made with the paint for the floor.
ORIGINALLY I was going to paint the floor white. Hubby has this "thing" for wood floors, so I said I would white wash the pine so the grain of the wood could show through. After hubby put down the pine, I purchased milk paint which is supposed to be mixed equal parts water with equal parts powder.
The paint was thick, so for white washing, I added more water......the properties in the powder didn't stay mixed with the extra water, and the process turned into a big mess!
I did NOT like the way the floor looked, and washing it off, with more sanding turned into more of a mess!
Happily, I went back to my original idea to paint the pine white........

You cannot see the "planks", because the paint is "fresh"....eventually the boards will be more defined with daily foot traffic.
I will add one or two throw rugs when I find "just the right ones".
For now, the bare floors are looking good to me.

The walls and floor give the room more of a "cottage" feel, and I'm loving that!

I keep moving things around, and adding pieces, then removing things.
I'm sure it will take a few days before it feels "just right". will all come together, and won't look too slap-stick.

Here's a look from the dining room.
(The dark corner is the pellet stove. Someday, that will be lighter, and thing at a time.)
Now we wait for nights to stay above the freezing mark so we can plant, and have flowers!!!
It's time to be Outside!!!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bloom where you are planted.

As you can see, we are still waiting for Spring to arrive here in the "north".
We have no flowers blooming, and our boats are still docked on dry land!
This is obviously the "street" side of our house.
The other side being the "canal" side.
We took down both of the wood arbors. and the fencing that was old and rotted this past weekend, and are replacing it with iron pieces we recently found at a favorite garden shop I frequent.... located in Midland.

The bricks need to be set in, and I bought two more roses that need planting.
It looks so barren right now.
Hopefully, everything will start filling in VERY soon!
The nights get below freezing wait.

Another thing I'm waiting for is the sealer for the wood floor.
The floor is ready for the milk paint, but I don't want to do that until I have the finish.
The walls were done to resemble faded barn wood.
We have the old, wide panel wood on the walls. I dry brushed over the blue that was on them and ended up with a faded/white washed effect.
I'm going to use the milk paint on the baseboard trim, after I white wash the floor with it.
Hopefully, the wide trim will be put up along the ceiling, as well.
The cupboard you see to the right....I'm not sure if it housed an old record player, or was a dry bar of some kind. The top opens, and the upper door drops down. The two bottom doors open, also, and there are brackets for shelves inside.But those might have been added later. After I finish painting, then distressing this piece, it will be used for the tv.
So.....while we wait for Spring to get here, and finally STAY!!! There are a few things to finish here at the Lakehouse. 
I envy all you folks that have flowers blooming, and roses ready to cut for your tables......
"Bloom where you are planted" I keep hearing in my head. Yet my heart yearns for roses.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 more snow!!!

Just a few days ago I was inspired to buy this sweet little bell jar for the cottage garden.
The snow had all melted away, and some of the early Spring bulbs were popping their heads up out of the dirt to say "hello".
The sun was shining, and the temps were warming up nicely.........

and then came the rain, sleet and snow.
Last night it all returned.....AGAIN!!!
The ground is covered with the heavy white stuff.
As I sit here and type, I can see it on the garage roof just outside the window.

The next few days have more of the same in the forecast.
Below temps.
Rain, wind, and snow.

These are the times when I struggle.
Living in Northern Lower Michigan where we are three weeks behind the lower portion of the state in the growing season.
Just three hours south of here, where my girls and their families live....they have flowers coming up in their gardens, grass showing, and large buds on the trees.
It's frustrating, at times.
This is not a place for a gardener to live.
The seasons are too short for growing, and digging in the moist, warm earth.
It's a trade off. Living on the states largest in-land lake farther north.
My husband loves it here with nature at it's best.
I question our decision all those years ago to move this far north.
I love our shabby, romantic cottage on the water.....but on snowy days like this one in April, I can't help but wish Mother Nature were on some better meds for her "mental-pause" symptoms.......sigh.
Joined Instagram, and loving it.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Screen doors on bedrooms???

It's still too chilly to be working in the gardens, so we are working on the inside....waiting for the wood to arrive for the living room floor.
The upstairs hallway is VERY tiny.
Too open it up, and give it a "cottage" feel, I wanted to add screen doors to the bedrooms.
Plus, it will help with air circulation in the hot summer months.

The screen door is on, with the addition of a vintage table cloth for some added sweetness.

The Mister will be changing the wood trim around the screen door to match what is around the six panel door to the left (the bathroom door).

I had saved a drawer pull from one of the dressers from my girl's bedroom set, (when they were young).
I've been wanting to use it somewhere in the house, and this happened to be the perfect spot.
It now graces the door in the guest room...sigh.

The other room will also have a new screen door, and trim very soon.
I also have a pretty chandelier picked out for the hall.
One thing at a time.....

Screen doors on bedrooms aren't for everyone.
For me, it just adds to the "cottage charm" here at the Lakehouse.
I'd like to thank everyone for your prayers, and kindness during my illness.
I am on my way to wellness.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A short break.

I apologize for not responding to the kind comments left on the last post.
I will do that soon.
I will be away from my blog for a few more days.
I just returned home from the hospital due to an obstruction in the small intestines.
I have Crohn's Disease, and have had issues dealing with this disease in the past.
Thank you all for following this blog called Lakehouse.
I appreciate each and every one of you!
Have a wonderful week....and enjoy each new day!