Sunday, December 16, 2018

A BIT OF CHRISTMAS

The decorating is going slowly this year.
We had a busy few weeks prior - Country Sampler magazine was here 2 weeks ago to do a 'general decor' photo shoot.  We were so honored that they wanted to do a shoot again being we were in 9-1/2 years ago.  This won't be in until at least Feb., Mar. or April but I'll sure let you know when it is. 
We had to put all our Fall decor away and get the house in general order. That was harder than you might think. One generally decorates according to season. They didn't want anything that was specific to a season or holiday.
So after they did the shoot we immediately started to decorate for Christmas.
Again we decorate with a lot of greens and berries and a few decorative items.
Just yesterday I got the tree decorated although I don't have a picture of it.
Here are some random shots.





Our newest vintage ornaments we purchased throughout the year.
We search all year long at flea markets and antique shops for them.
























Hopefully I'll get a full room shot of the den with the stenciling.
The rooms have been so torn up with totes and piles of stuff that I haven't had a chance to as of yet.

Also...remember blogger doesn't let you comment anymore if you don't have the right settings so feel free to email me!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Monday, November 26, 2018

DEN RE-DO

The last month has seen lots of redo in our home.
First it was painting the upstairs hall walls and trim, then carpeting in the family room, stairs and upper hall.

The past 2 weeks we have re-done the den - first I had to strip the wallpaper, then primer and then paint. We decided on the same color as the family room because the two rooms are almost connected - just a step down to the family room.

The paint is called Jute - kind of a Caramel color.
Then I stenciled the walls and we are loving it!
I don't have a full room picture yet just the one wall.
I used English Ivy, Khaki Tan and Brown for the stencil colors.

The brown to pick up the dark Brick Red trim.




NOTE:  I've had many emails from friends saying they can't comment on my blog - it won't let them.  Blogger changed many of the settings and there's no way I know how to fix it and I don't think one could - Blogger has it locked.
So I appreciate all the CAN COMMENT...and those that email me personally.
That's all I have this week - see you next week!
Blessings
Karen

Monday, November 12, 2018

FESTIVE TIMES ARE COMING!


The wonderful festive family times are almost here...Thanksgiving and Christmas.
So many things to reflect on at Thanksgiving...so many things to be thankful for.

Christmas...opening gifts and celebrating. But we all need to remember during those fun moments the real reason we can celebrate...our one huge gift of all.


I have finally caught up on orders for my penny rugs and can now
give my full attention to things around here.
This one was very hard to part with...it is 19-1/2" x 51-1/2"
I mailed it this weekend so hope she loves it as much as I do.

This one will get shipped to IL today!


Last week we got new carpeting for our family room, stairway and upper hall.
We disliked the carpet we had installed 4 years ago and could not wait to replace it...
now the room looks like it should - Warm and cozy.

Here's the room with the old carpet...it's a beige but shows a very pink tone with red.
Even after vacuuming it always looked dirty where you would walk and it wasn't dirty.
Very frustrating.





The next project here is stripping the wall paper in the den, painting and then stenciling.
We can't make up our mind though if we want to carry the family room paint color into the den or do it a light color. So I painted several poster boards and will do a mock stencil to see how it looks on that paint color.

Thes are kind of blurry but these are the designs I'll be using.

This is the divider

This one will be all around the top (below the crown molding)


These will be down the wall (between the divider)



I want to thank all my wonderful customers who purchased all my left over merchandise from the show....it is now all gone!!!
Except for the gourd garlands...we have a few left that I put ON SALE.
If interested check them out here - sale goes through the 15th:


I'm anxious and ready to get going on Christmas decorating but that will start the day after Thanksgiving....how about you, when do you start your Christmas decorating?

Blessings to you all and thank you for visiting!
Karen

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A few pictures

The month of October is a bit past half over and it seems it just started...
is time flying by for you?
Is it that we pack so much into our days/weeks or because we are getting older.
Haven't figured it out yet, have you?
I remember when I was young and it was like a week was as long
as a month and I couldn't wait
for time to go by and now a week is like a day and I wish it would slow down.

I never did get the show pictures on. We took a few as we were setting up but didn't get the end result but here's what Doug took as I was getting things out.








Doug manned the checkout area so he had the whole family room to himself
and when it was busy there was enough room for customers to line up
or mingle and to sign up for the drawing prize
that was a cute framed Punch Needle Joy stocking.




  





There are just a few items available left over from the show if you are interested.

A few gourd garlands are left as well


Last week we did get the plastic up around the screen room
(this helps keep the snow from blowing the screens in)
It's about the only time Doug gets alone time with the boys and grandsons and they have a whole lot of fun back and forth conversations....middle son Dan was missing - 
he has a broken hip and this would have been too much for him.

I never did show you how the cradle turned out that we purchased a couple months ago.
It had been stripped and there were a few areas that still had paint and or stain
and we couldn't get it off so I suggested a Terra Cotta paint
and rubbed with dark walnut after we sanded it.
I love how it turned out.





Between working on customers penny rugs I have been trying something new.
Drying beets
I saw a garland made with them but not sure what they did to them so
this is my version...I'm anxious for the end result!
Until they get to the end they look like dried pieces of meat lol
But the ones I saw when finished showed the rings and there
were little dots on the rings...really pretty. Wish me luck.




Thanks for stopping by today!
Karen