Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Tree Time!

This weekend John and I will be picking out our Christmas Tree!  Last year we got it at a tree farm stand and we will probably go back to the same place.  We live in Mint Hill and this little old man has the tree farm stand there.  I love shopping local!  Maybe even the grandboys (and their parents) will want to go with us!

When our girls were little, we would go to the local tree farms for our tree.  We were lucky enough to live in an area that had so many tree farms.  Actually we raised Christmas trees on our own farm but they were to small to harvest when we lived there.  We would go in the morning before the crowds got too bad.  We would traipse all over the farm looking for just the right tree.  My girls would loved "hunting" the perfect tree down.  Then we would come home and warm up in front of the fire drinking hot chocolate.  Then we would bring the tree in, get it in the stand, fill the holder with water.  We wouldn't decorate the tree for a few days, we would let the tree take in water and let its branches come down a bit.  The girls and I actually strung cranberries and popcorn strings for the tree-we had such fun!!

Even though our girls are grown now, I still remember those tree hunting days like they were yesterday!  Great memories!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ocean Breeze Shawl Complete

I was working on a Mystery Knit Along called Ocean Breeze by Boo Knits.  I used hand dyed silk yarn and silk/mohair yarn.  There are 1,000 beads in this shawl!  I am done with beads for a bit.  I really love the way this shawl turned out.  Here are some pictures:

This is the tussah silk mixed with mohair yarn I used.  It is hand dyed.

Ring of leaves around Ocean Breeze shawl
 Closeup of Shawl

Ocean Breeze Shawl
Me wearing my shawl.

I will be wearing this shawl alot this winter!  I love the simmering of the beads-it will be wonderful for the holidays!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Completed Nightstand Makeover

John and I finished the nightstands last weekend!!  They look so much better in our room.  Here is the steps we took:

This is the nightstand before we started.
Sanding the finish off.

The nightstand all painted ready to take upstairs.
Tada!!  All done!
We added new handles and put a basket where the drawers used to be.  I love the white color!  Now I will be doing something fun with the lampshades.  I will post that when I have decided what I'm going to do with them. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Master Bedroom Makeover in Progress!

John and I have been married for 35 years and we have finally decided we needed a King sized mattress!  We went to Ashley Furniture, where our daughter, Megan works and we bought one.  It was delivered on Saturday and it is wonderful!!  The Queen sized bed we moved into the front guest room.  So now when we have guests we have two Queen sized beds to offer everyone.  Now I have to decide if we want to have a headboard, footboard, etc. anymore.  I am liking the no footboard bed, but the comforter falls to the floor in the night if you fold it down.  I would like a head board but now I have to decide if I want a wood one or a material covered one.  Decisions, decisions!  I am leaning towards a material one, but now I'm thinking I only want one that come just above the pillows, so a wood one would work for that.  I have talked to Jenny about she or Kevin painting me an abstract painting in an oblong for over the bed.  I'm thinking sand, sea and sky abstract.  I've seen them done before and I love them.  John likes them too!  Here is the bedroom the way it is now:

Now I don't like the brown stained nightstands anymore either!  They are in perfect condition so I think I am going to rehab them!  This coming weekend I am going to work on them.  Here is a closeup of the nightstand:
So I have decided to cut off the "wing" on the top of the nightstand to make it flat.  I will fill that with wood putty and then sand the entire piece.  I am also going to remove the middle and bottom draw.  I have seen on pinterest that they take those drawers out and the hardware also.  Then they put a basket in there, just makes it look a little more airy.  I am going to replace the knobs of the remaining drawer also.  Then after it is sanded I am going to paint it white (semi-gloss).  I think it will brighten up the room!  I'll let you know how that turns out.  Eventually I am going to remove our dressers and make a sitting area with the TV.  I have to organize the closet with shelving, etc. to do that.  So when you are looking across the room from the bed you would see the TV and a small sitting area.  I think it will look great and I can't wait to get started!!  Pictures to follow after the weekend nightstand redo.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What a beautiful weekend!

I took this picture this afternoon in our backyard!  This weekend has been gorgeous!  There is a nice breeze filtering through the trees, the sky is Carolina Blue, the sun is shining and the humidity is almost non-existent!!  What a truly lovely day in Mint Hill!  I hope your weekend is just as beautiful!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Painted the Front Door and New Color!

Well I decided the front door was just too blah!  I wanted to paint it a color that would "pop".  I chose Valspar's Ancient Burgundy.  It turned out so pretty.  Now I think I'll paint the 2 sets of shutters on the second floor the same color.  I am really happy with the way the door turned out. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

What a really crazy week!!

Fountain at work outside my window

This week has been a busy one!  I was offered a job by a company that has offered me a job with them 3 times.  This time it was too good to pass up, so I took it!  I will be an office manager/construction administrator for a high-end residential builder who also does commercial framing and siding.  My boss also just opened up a millwork company!  Very ambitious!  Can't wait to start working there on 9/29!

Gave notice at my present job.  Very nerve wracking for sure!!  Glad that is done!

John has been home all week with pneumonia.  I have been doing my chores and his (including mowing the front lawn on Sunday).  So glad today the Dr. told him he doesn't have pneumonia anymore and that he can go back to work on Monday.

I really think that is enough for this week!   Tomorrow I will painting my front door a beautiful burgundy color!  I also want to make a nice Autumn wreath for the door.  Megan told me she would help me create one!  I got some lovely ideas on pinterest!

The rest of the weekend will be resting up from this crazy week!  What do y'all have planned?

Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!