Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MUD ROOM IN THE BARN

Hello everyone:)
I've been very busy working on redoing our mudroom. I have cleaned, deleted, painted and redecorated it and am almost done. I was excited to show you what I have done already. I hope you like it.

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 This is going down stairs into the mudroom. I painted the top portion of the stairs a pretty blue. The bottom I had painted and plastered a while ago but I still really like it, so it stays. These are the original barn stairs. LOVE them:) I hung only my favorite vintage photos back up and gave the others away. That is a wool tube that was used to transport wool.
   I have collected over the years select mirrors for this wall.
                                    Another view looking up the stairs.
I love fabric and paper covered boxes. I only have a few, but they are enough to make a pretty display on top of a cupboard.
 If you look closely you can see that this great wreath is made of 100s of tiny paper flowers. It is really amazing all the work that went into this wreath.
When I bought this cupboard, it was such a mess. I saw potential in it. I added the bow appliques and painted it cream and blue. It now holds my linens.  The needlepoint suitcase in front of it is a new find. I have never seen one like this before. Again, so much talent and work. Love that.

 I found this fabulous piece of teal tin and nailed it to the front of a shelf for a one of a kind. Old pitchers sit on top while straw hats hang from the bottom. I am going to add millinery flowers and vintage trim to them.
                 A small bench made from a bed awaits us to sit and take off our boots.
           Fergie was supposed to be helping me but.......................
                  A wooden cubby was perfect for flower pots, some vintage, some just pretty.
My Granddaughter Stella and I collect ribbons. So far we have horse , chicken and cattle ribbons. We sell the horse ribbons in the shop. I love to read the backs because some have notes written on them by the horse owners or judges.


 The cutest size hamper. I decorated it with vintage linens, ribbon and millinery flowers. It is perfect for glove and mittens.
 This area is the last place that I need to work on. I hung the old tin that I bought from PA. It came out of a church. The armoire holds jackets and coats, scarves in the drawer. The wood on the side of it will become hand painted signs and the cabinet to the left will have to find a new spot or new home.
                                                  Pretty detail and knobs.

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.
'Till next time.......................................................
~Debra xxx

Saturday, June 6, 2015

COUNTRY LIVING FAIR 2015

Who went to the Country Living Fair in NY????? We did, we did!!!
Last year was the first time Nicole and I had gone and we knew right away that it would be a yearly trip.
I tried to document the day to show you what it is like. And is it FUN!

                         To start the morning we went to Pete's Famous Restaurant for breakfast. Delish.
                       Hi Julie, Martin, Alice, Gretchen and Nicole:)
We had a yummy breakfast and was ready to start our adventure to the Great Country Living in NY.

 It is at the Dutchess Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. A beautiful place to have it, and the weather  was gorgeous.
                                       First stop, buy our guys beef jerky. lol
 We got there as it opened. We bought our tickets before breakfast so we were able to skip the long lines and walk right in. Live country music welcomed us.


          They had everything there. I have never seen whoopie pies this enormous. No, I did not eat one.

 Loved this dresser! And the artist who paints pictures in this booth is really awesome:) 'Blue Bird' is the name and it was packed with pretty things.


              Everyone was enjoying the weather and the great shopping experience in the country.
                                     Lots of wooden ladders and boxes.
                                                                  How cute is this?
                                          I love old cars and their parts;)
 OMG, this booth had the most beautiful boots and shoes. We were amazed at the  work that went into these  embroidered beauties.
                     Oh, I did love this booth and had to bring a topiary home. Love my plants:)
                                                                         Pretty whites.
 Some of the dealers were in buildings, some in tents, while others were outside under the sunshine.
 This woman sells at Brimfield too. I have bought so many great burlap treasures from her. Very creative and hard working lady.
                                     These  pumpkins were huge and fabulous.
                                             Yea, USA!!!! Love the pillows in an antique crib.
                                Nicole poses with the most delish latte in front of 'Stash Style'.

The owner of this booth took our pictures in front of the cool backdrop.



                                                                           Silly us:)


                                        They also had this cool Tee pee.






 This is Kim Rodrigues. She is the one in the gray chatting with her friends. She has a great eye for treasures and owns '2 Chix and a Barn' Her camper is adorable. Way to go Kim:)
                                               FUN, FUN, FUN,..........................................
                                                                An artist at work.


                                                                     My peeps food!
 
I hope you enjoyed seeing just a bit of what Country Living Fair has to offer. If you can make it to the next one, you will love it....promise:)
 
'Till next time.....
~Debra xxx

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MAKING MEMORIES

 
As I was driving to work this morning, admiring how beautiful Spring is this year, I reminded myself, as I often do, of how blessed I truly am. I wanted to breath in every second of the gorgeous morning. The trees are almost through leafing, the flowers in the gardens are blooming, the birds are singing and enjoying my feeders. Just the perfect day.



 We spent the weekend at the lake.  There is nothing quite like having family and great friends to spend time with. Another blessing.
 This is where memories are made. Don fished with the girls in the morning and caught a fish right away.  We all slept at the cottage and were up very early. Don surprised me with coffee in bed and made everyone his specialty eggs and bacon.
 Fibi tried to catch a large bass that was protecting her eggs. The girls are growing like little wild flowers.
                              Teo was there to help them out if their fishing poles got tangled.
 Our newest baby love, Silas enjoyed sitting with Stella. He is already a little ham loving his photo taken.


 The kids spent the day in the lake never even testing the water to see what the temperature was. They just ran to the end of the dock and jumped in. lol
                     The raft was big enough to hold a bunch of them.
             My son Deg is a great Dad. He has so much fun with Si.
                                                      Maci, my little mermaid.
                        Liz is a great Mom too. So devoted and fun.
              Sara and Erin came and brought yummy smore cakes.
 These girls are making memories. They will remember the time they spent at the lake and how much fun they had.
 
Hope your weekend was a great one. We are all blessed to be celebrating Memorial Day. Thank you to all Veterans for keeping us free and safe. And also to their families. God Bless each and everyone of you.

'Till next time.............
.~Debra xxx