I’m back from Jeanne Oliver’s amazing retreat and back to real life. What an incredible time I had at the art retreat and I will share stories and photos in an upcoming post.
I mentioned previously that our beloved house is now on the market and I would like to share photos of it with you. I have shown some of them in older posts as we completed projects but I have never shown my entire house.
The Living Room
French Doors leading to the stairs
Sitting Room leading to the Master Suite
Guest Bedroom #2
Back downstairs now in The Kitchen
The Dining Room
Laundry Room right off the kitchen
2nd room in Wine Cellar
Back of House
We have poured our heart and soul into this home for the past 22 years. We took it from a house in very poor condition that nobody wanted and turned it into a home that we have loved and enjoyed raising a family in. Although it’s sad to leave, we have been house hunting and have found a few smaller homes we like, one of which I know we will enjoy making our own.
With Halloween just a few days away and the holidays approaching there will be many opportunities for goodies and gift giving. Today I have a tutorial that will show you a creative way to present a gift. It’s a twist on using a gift bag and tissue.
I chose plain brown paper bags but you could use any solid color. My love for baby boo pumpkins inspired me to use tissue in an aged beige color. The pumpkin would be very cute in orange too.
For the star I used a smaller bag. My plan was to use a matte gold tissue paper but the store I went to didn’t have it. They did have this beige and gold glitter paper so I decided to give it a try.
Now for the very simple instructions and supply list.
1) Gift Bag 2) Tissue Paper 3) Scissors 4) Glue 5) Pencil
Right click to save the above template to your computer and print it in the desired size
Trace around the star onto the bag
Cut tissue paper into 1 1/2 inch squares. You will need 35-50 depending on the size of your bag, etc. Crumple each square up into a ball and then open back up enough to pinch from the middle and create a sort of pointed blossom.
Begin gluing blossoms in the center of the star, dotting the pointed end with glue and pressing onto bag. It won’t have defined edges during this part of the process but keep the bottom (glued portion) of each blossom within and against the pencil border.
Once the glue has dried, define the star shape by pinching, pressing and scrunching the outer edges. Any simple shape will work and the design could be adapted to fit any occasion.
Here’s the template I used to create the pumpkin bag. Feel free to use, pin and share! Happy creating!
This week’s tip for A Little Bird Told Me is on a subject I loathe ~ cleaning.
This is how I clean my oven door and it works beautifully!
I decided to show you the dining room reveal while it’s arrayed in its fall glory. Along with all the other rooms downstairs, the dining room got a couple of coats of Benjamin Moore Crystalline to brighten it up and bring more cohesion between rooms.
It was previously (and for several years) this pumpkin color.
A little bit different now, huh?
The change I was most eager to make was to move the chippy old hutch off the top of the corner buffet…
and place it on top of the longer, more suitable white buffet.
The architectural header made the perfect topper and a day at the orchard last week yielded my ever favorite bittersweet.
I flanked the hutch with a pair of Italian sconces. I love their elegance in juxtaposition with the rustic farmhouse hutch. The sconces are each located right next to a window so their dripping prisms really sparkle on sunny days. When I show you my entry hall you will see where the sconces previously hung.
I love how much lighter everything feels now. One of the things I still want to do is make over the dark trestle table and chairs. That will have to be a 2016 project.
At the opposite end of the room sits my desk. I will show you what I did to make that area so much more appealing in part 2.
This week in “A Little Bird Told Me” I am sharing a tiny tip that made a huge difference in my life.
Anyone who suffers from debilitating migraines should really give this a try!
In case you were thinking that I’m ready to start talking about Christmas, I’m so not! I do however want to let you know about an event that I’ll be selling at. Sugarplum Festival is St. Joseph, Missouri’s annual kick off to the holiday season held at the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art.
Great shopping, a “Deck the Halls” auction, wine tasting and a lunch café will get shoppers going on their lists for gifts and décor. I will be selling my jewelry and a few other goodies including these wood slice ornaments.
I may be back later with a tutorial on these ornaments.
And now it’s time for A Little Bird Told Me where I share a weekly tip from my own bag of tricks.
In Part 2 of my farmhouse kitchen reveal I showed you a rolling pedestal stand that I made to display coffee cups on. It is part of my coffee station I keep on the kitchen counter and it also makes a great serving tray. The antique casters give it an industrial feel that I love.
Hot cider season is coming!! With the changing seasons, I changed out the springy green pillow in my breakfast nook for this vintage crochet pillow in fall hues.
Back to the rolling pedestal stand. Today I want to share with you how I put it all together. Here’s what you’ll need:
2 9″ plywood circles (found at craft and hobby stores) Caning strips White paint Metal candlestick or other base with “legs” 3 small casters E-6000 adhesive Tacky Glue
Starting with a metal candle stand, I removed the center plate from it and flipped it over on its other end.
I used 2 9 inch plywood circles that I painted white. I doubled them up to give more thickness and stability.
Next I used some caning that I’ve been keeping in my craft closet for the right project.
I cut and glued 12 vertical 1 3/4 inch strips and a horizontal strip around the circumference of the plywood circles using Tacky Glue.
I then glued a strip around the top to complete the border, securing it with clamps until dry.
I used my Drimmel to cut the posts off 3 casters.
Then I used E-6000 to glue the casters to the “legs” of the candlestick, again securing with clamps until the glue was dry.
Once the glue on the casters was dry I flipped the base over and glued the tray on top with E-6000.
Hello! Happy start of a brand new week! I’m very excited to finally be sharing the reveal of my farmhouse kitchen makeover. I have a lot to show you so I’m going to break it down into 2 or 3 posts to avoid photo overload.
Here we go!
The first thing we did was give it a fresh coat of paint. We used Benjamin Moore Crystalline, the same color we used in the breakfast nook.
While my husband painted I got busy on my window treatments.
Fifteen years ago when we replaced our tiny little kitchen window with this huge window, I was unwilling to cover the view at all. So I have not had any window treatments on it for all that time. The problem is, the window faces west and just about time to prepare dinner the sun is at its brightest / hottest. After pondering what to do to add softness to the window and provide protection from the sun, while not obstructing the view I finally came up with a solution I love.
I wanted something that I could take down completely rather than just push aside. I also wanted to add some rustic elements to the window. Step one was to focus on the center portion of the window. My husband and I stripped the green paint off two big window screens that just happened to fit perfectly in my two windows (one had to have some slight tweaking to the size.) Then I added old hooks from which I would hang fabric that I tea stained.
I can easily hang them at that time of day when the sun is an annoyance, as well as at night if I want privacy. The rest of the time I can hang them on a vintage coat tree in the corner where I keep a few aprons.
Once that issue was solved I started thinking about making Roman shades for the two smaller windows that flank the larger one. I found a great tutorial on making faux relaxed Roman shades using vinyl roller shades as the base. I knew I wanted a grain sack look so once again I tea stained some fabric and then painted on the stripes using painters tape to create straight lines in the widths I wanted them to be.
I can roll them up as high as I want and pull them down to the bottom when I want complete coverage.
I’m so happy with my new window treatments!
The other window in the kitchen / breakfast nook had the same story, so I used the second stripped window frame with added hooks to create a similar look.
And when I don’t need the fabric up I love the bare rustic wood frame propped in the window.
Here’s what it looked like before:
Just a few more shots before I conclude part one of my kitchen makeover.
I’ll soon be replacing these glass baby boos with the real thing from my garden.
I thought I’d show you the view from my desk since that is the next area of my home I will reveal in a couple of weeks.
This is what I’m looking at as I write you each week.
In part two I’ll show you the other side of the kitchen and some more DIY projects and vignettes.
Thank you so much for allowing me to show you around my kitchen!