October 21, 2014


Today I thought I would show you this bed and breakfast
sign that I made.

The frame belonged to an old picture that didn't fit my style anymore.
I still liked the frame and it's a nice size.
When I saw craft board at Joann Fabrics that was the same size 
as the frame, I decided to make my own sign.

First, I painted the board in ASCP Old White.
 Then I just came up with the wording, found a font that I liked,
determined the size and spacing of the words, and then printed it out.

I positioned the pages on the board and secured with masking tape.
I used a pen to trace over each letter leaving a small indent in the board.
My daughter has a really nice set of markers so I just used one of those
to fill in the letters.

That was all there was to it ~ pretty easy!

It fits just right on this wall near our computer desk.

It's not perfect, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Now I just know you're wondering where I got my inspiration for
an English B&B sign ~ you are, aren't you?
Have you ever watched the show Doc Martin
I love that show and the setting is a quaint seaside village in Cornwall, England.
It is actually taped in the town of Port Isaac, but on the show, it is called Portwenn.

So now you know where I got my inspiration since you were
wondering and all!  : }

If you haven't seen the show, it airs on PBS and it's also on Netflix.

October 17, 2014


Isn't this a sweet kitchen?
I love the soft colors and how light and airy it is.
But more than that, they have used some great 
salvaged finds which add loads of character to this kitchen.

I found this kitchen at This Old House.
The insets in the following pictures were to show
similar items that could be used in place of the salvaged treasures.

Gorgeous, gorgeous chandelier!

The old brackets used for the shelf are amazing!

These stools are a similar style to the one I just ordered for my kitchen.
Of course, the chippy goodness isn't so easily replicated.
See how the two stools in the picture aren't even exactly alike - they don't even have to match!

I think most of us would adore this sink.

I really like the idea of using free standing furniture for some of the storage
 in the kitchen.
Especially if it looks as great as either one of these in the picture.

Do you like this kitchen?
What do you like or dislike the most?


All photos from This Old House

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October 14, 2014


I really want to thank everyone who commented
on my post about which counter stools I should buy.
It was so fun to hear all of your thoughts and ideas.

Here are the unofficial results . . .

Stool No. 1 received the most favorable responses.

Stool No. 3 received the second most favorable responses.

I really love both of these.
No. 1 would fit perfectly with my cottage style.
No. 2 would look great too and bring in a little
industrial style which is so popular right now.
Our kitchen tends to be cold in the winter so I'm a little
concerned that the metal would be a bit chilly.

 So guess which one I chose?
Actually, neither one of these, not yet anyway.
You see, right now, I'm really loving farmhouse style
and I would like to try to bring a little more of that into our kitchen.
I think No. 4 might do that the best.  
 It is unfinished so I would probably just give it a light stain
and try to achieve the look of old, aged wood.
The stools in the picture below have the finish I have in mind.
Farmhouse Kitchen by East Midlands Kitchen Designers & Remodelers deVOL Kitchens

The lowest price I found for this stool was online at Staples of all places
for only $53.99 each plus free shipping.
  I decided to order just one stool so I could see if I like it, the quality
 and the comfort of it.
  I'll let you know what I think when I receive it.

Thanks again for all of your input.
I still may end up with No. 1 yet!  : )

See you next time when The Counter Stool Saga continues . . .

October 11, 2014


I don't think I have ever shown our patio to you.
Well, I have a good reason.
It was made with old concrete blocks and it always 
looked dirty and just really yucky as you can see in this picture.
And I have always hated how the concrete goes right up to the foundation
of the house so we couldn't plant anything around it.

I am so happy to say that it is going bye, bye and
being replaced with some new pavers.
Hubby enlisted the help of our son.
Believe me, he wasn't smiling for long.

It's very hard work.
They are using flagstone that was already on our
property when we moved here along the edge of the patio.

This is how it looks so far.

A little ways to go yet.

The leaves are falling faster than hubby can get the pavers laid.
It will be so fun next spring to have a pretty patio ~ can't wait!

Thank you so much for stopping by ~ I truly appreciate all of your visits!
I hope you have a great weekend!

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