July 28, 2014

Blog Tour

Good Morning Everyone!

This morning I am happily joining a Blog Tour that my friend Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces passed my way.

You can check out her post from last week here if you like and maybe discover a new blog, I know I did.

If haven't already had the pleasure of knowing Linda and her blog, you are in for a treat.  

Now I am suppose to answer four questions for you today so lets get started.

1. What am I working on?



Phew!  I have so many projects going right now I'm beginning to think I'm a crazy person.  To highlight a few, I'm working on a bedroom makeover, sewing a quilt, building a plate rack and two embroidery projects.  I have a long list of upcoming projects I'd like to get started on also.

2. How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

Truth be told, I'm not overly concerned about being original.  

I just try to stay true to my style of a simple, clean look with a limited color palette. Working in vintage or re-purposed finds wherever possible to keep things looking interesting.

I adore a rooms filled with light, decorated in light colors with pops of an accent color thrown around the room to make it look cozy.  The contrast between the light background colors and the vibrant accent color is so comforting and energizing to me.
As I work on projects, keeping the image in my head of how I want it to look in a room keeps me focused on staying true to my style.

This focus on what I enjoy is all I am concerned about to tell you the truth.  I make things to fit my tastes and hopefully someone out there will like it too when I hit the publish button!

3. Why to I write / create what I do?

The hands on approach of searching for treasures, re-purposing them and finally displaying them in a room is such an enjoyable and rewarding process.  It's something I can't seem to get enough of and I know there are alot of you just like me out there.

On the other hand, creating something new from a pile of supplies like a new quilt is it's own reward.  

Being able to share my creations through blogging is sort of like when I was a little kid and just finished with a new drawing or coloring page.  I'd dash off to show mom and her praise of my project gave me a warm fuzzy feeling of delight.  I get the same thrill when people comment on a current project of mine.  Truth be told, I would most likely be doing the same things even if I didn't blog but blogging about my projects tends to keep me motivated to work on more.  Forcing me to find time to create and finish projects amid kids activities and mountains of laundry.  LOL.

4.  How does your writing / creating process work?

Ha, I have to laugh at this question simple because I'm not sure that I have a creative process at all unless you call it a list.

You see, I keep this notebook next to my computer and in it I have a running list of all the projects and idea's that pop into my head that I want to accomplish. 

If for instance one project is to build a new display shelf I'll find an open page in the notebook and draw a quick sketch of what I want.  I'll add notes like where I want to hang it, what color to paint it along with measurements and a supply list if I know I don't have the materials on hand to complete the project.

Whenever I feel the need to start a new project I check my list and see what tickles my fancy on that particular day.  Simple projects like "paint thrift store mirror" are quick and easy and need no instructions.  More complicated projects like building a new shelf I'll simple consult the page I made for the project, run to the store for supplies and get to work.

Now for the fun part. 

 It' my turn to introduce some of my favorite blogs for you to check out.

But first a confession... apparently I am unable to read a calendar correctly. 

 When I first agreed to participate in this blog tour I knew that I was leaving for a week long camping trip with the family the following day.
After a quick glance at the calendar it looked like I had a week at home before the family and I once again had a week long reunion/vacation planned.  

As it turns out . . . I only had three days to get ready to depart again.
Needless to say, blogging sort of took a spot at the bottom of the to-do list.
Because of this I have not had time to line up a group of ladies willing to participate.

So I thought I'd do things a little differently . . . hopefully I'll be forgiven for switching things up.

Here's what I'll do.  

Below I'm going to list three blogs that have been an big influence on me of late to hopefully share the inspiration.  If any of the wonderfully talented ladies I've list would like to continue this tour they are more than welcomed to prepare a post for next Monday, August 4th.

Ok, here goes...

#1
Pam at House of Hawthornes

House of Hawthornes

I love her quick wit that always has me laughing not to mention the fabulous finds she has an uncanny skill at detecting while stopping by thrift stores, tag and estate sales.  I'm constantly drooling over the things she brings home (most often wishing I had gone with her, LOL)  Pam not only has amazing skills at finding great finds she also uses them in unique and fun way that more often than not have we wondering why I never thought of that.  Plus the lady likes vintage camera's and typewritters - - enough said!

#2
Susan at Evelyn and Rose
Evelyn and Rose
Susan has a style all her own that seems so effortless and timeless.  I love her collections and how she uses them to make beautiful displays to fill her home.  Plus she's not afraid to add a little whimsy in her decorating, which is charming and adds to the character of her rooms.

#3

Vibeke at Vibeke Design




I discovered Vibeke's blog a little over six months ago and I am still blown away by her styling every single time I stop by her blog.  Her take on Scandinavian style is so fresh and inviting it is nothing short of inspiring and her photos are gorgeous.  I have found myself studying many of her photos trying to pick out my favorite detail (which I must say is very hard to do) and am often left wondering how on earth she would have thought to but together such an arrangement.  She is so talented.

July 23, 2014

Garden Delights

Does anyone else feel like summer is flying by to fast?

Between vacations, reunions, lacrosse and kid activities I feel like I'm gone more than I'm home.  Luckily, only one more week of activities are planned for the summer and then I'll get a breather.

When things are getting a little to hectic for me there is nothing like walking out to the garden and picking a bucket full of weeds to clear my head and calm my nerves.  
I enjoy every second I spend working in my garden.  With our slow start this past spring, blooming times are a little behind schedule but the garden is finally starting to look colorful and pretty.  

The past couple of years have been transition years in my backyard garden as I've been removing plants I didn't care for and adding to the ones I like.  The plan is to have only those plants that I adore included in the garden in big chunks of space. Our nasty winter last year did a number on the garden but it seems to be bouncing back pretty well even with the bare spots from poor plants that didn't survive.

 Happily, all my waiting seems to be paying off as the plan in my head is emerging into reality.  I still need to add a few more plants to fill in empty spaces but all that will come in time.  Like any gardener knows - - it's all a process.

A few days before the family and I felt on our vacation I quickly snapped some photos of the garden to share with you.  

Hope you enjoy.

In the veggie garden things are progressing nicely.
(don't mind the weeds, LOL)



My poor fence is looking like it needs a little TLC.  
I'll have to add it to the August To-Do list.



I'm growing bunches of pumpkins this year in hopes of having plenty to decorate with come autumn.


As always, my little helper is nearby to keep me company.


In the main garden, flowers are blooming with more on the way very soon.


I can not wait for the grouping of phlox to start blooming.
Phlox are one of my favorite flowers and they smell so good.


They are all sporting healthy looking buds - - it won't be much of a wait now.










It's always fun to find new plants blooming. 
Here are a few that have started in the past couple of weeks, or are on the verge of showing their pretty colors.





 









Hope you all have a wonderful day

bye now,

Robin

July 22, 2014

Home Again

Home Again, Home Again,

As much as I love vacation it's always so nice to be home again.

The family and I; along with my parents, my sister and her family took last week off for some camping time.

It was wonderful!

The weather was amazing, it seemed almost like fall with cool temps in the morning and then heating up just in time for afternoons at the beach.


We all had a great time, filling up our days with hikes, ATV rides, beach time and swimming, naps and plenty of campfire sitting.  It was the most enjoyable week.

On the trip home, things got a little crazy

You see,  we normally travel caravan style from my parents home to wherever were going.  Grandpa leads, followed by my sisters family in there RV, followed by my hubby in our RV, and I normally am the caboose in the rear pulling the ATV trailer.  

Looks a little like this.


Well for some reason or another hubby ended up in front followed by Grandpa, then my sister and myself in the back.

An hour from my parents place, hubby was ahead of the caravan by a mile or so  . . . my sister pulled off for a pit stop . . . placing Grandpa (dad) and I in a mini caravan on our own.

Three miles down the road things got a little hairy - - FAST.

All of a sudden Dad's truck and the RV he was was pulling started swerving wildly followed by sparks flying everywhere.

Being a ways behind dads I of course started slowing down immediately not knowing what was going on!

Then all of a sudden a tire shot straight up, flying up at least thirty feet into the air . . . it bounced off the top of an overpass ahead of me and then down onto the highway in which I was driving.

In awe, I quickly realized as the tire continued to bounce down the highway towards me that we were about to get hit . . . and indeed we did.

It all happened in under a half of a minute!

Luckily, no one was hurt and both dad and I were able to drive our vehicles toward the side of the road without further incidents.  A blessing in which we are both very grateful for.

My poor truck needed a tow . . . 


You can see here the damage where the tire hit the hood of the truck.

We are so lucky it hit the hood and not the windshield.


The tire came from the back of the passenger side of Dad's truck.

It seems all the bolts just broke off at one time.


Of course both his truck and RV needed to be towed also.



It was crazy, sure to be a good story and a day the kiddo's won't soon forget.

Robin

July 9, 2014

A Hankering For . . . Glamping Time

With camping season in full swing I can't seem to shake the desired for a little camper to fix up and take camping. 

Hubby thinks I'm crazy, and sure it's not at all practical for the family but I image it would be so fun to show up at a campground pulling any one of these fabulous examples . . . 



1947 Westwood Coronado vintage travel trailer


Stunning Restored 1954 Airstream Flying Cloud Travel Trailer

absolutely swoonworthy vintage camper!



camper


such a lovely #shabby #caravan


Vintage Camper

Of course one of these might be needed too!
Airstream Cookbook, Cooking on Wheels by Arlene Strom - Vintage Travel Trailer and Home Decor

They are all so cute don't you think.

Do you want one too!

Robin

July 7, 2014

Mini Bathroom Makeover - Cottage Style

Good Morning!

Hope you all had a safe and fun Fourth of July!
The family and I spent our day at Grandma and Grandpa's house, which is always delightful!

Today I'd like to show you a few changes I've made to the guest bathroom in an effort to make it more pleasing and cozy feeling.

Not wanting to spend alot of money on the project, I weeded through my stash of thrift store finds for inspiration.

It quickly became clear an easy, cottage style makeover was the best way to go.

After updating a few items with paint, everything fell together quickly and I felt like I had a new room


 The walls have been painted a pretty blue that I still haven't tired of yet.
Other than a few accent piece in various shades of blue, I tried to keep everything else cream or white. 


At the vanity area, bathroom essentials where placed within easy reach.






Have you ever tried Bath and Body Works "Just Picked" line.  

It's amazing.  

I've used the Garden Strawberries scent here, oh it smells so good a swear you can practically taste strawberries
.
Image squeezing a handful of fresh picked strawberries in your hand - this soap smells just like that.
I also have their Lemon scent which is equally good.


Small canning jars holding bathroom essentials are corralled on a simple ironstone platter.





A small wicker basket hold extra rolls of toilet paper within easy reach.


And some pretty artwork and chippy frames dress up a small corner wall.


On the other side of the room, the bead board and hooks I installed a few year back and are still a favorite of mine.





The over-sized hooks are so handy and easy to use I have a hard time believing I will ever go back to using towel rods.


 Underneath the hooks I brought in a simple, pale blue bench to add a pop of color and to help fill up the space with useful items.


To fill up the space above the beadboard, I printed out two vintage prints of birds and placed them in distressed frames.


To carry on the bird theme, small Home Interior birds where painted and distressed and then hung above the frames.  I think they look very cute.


And last but not least, a simple basket was placed in the corner to corral anything needing to be washed.



Hope you enjoyed this mini makeover

bye now,

Robin