Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Framed Sheet Music

Hello everyone!

Last year, I bought some sheet music at an antique store and never really used it. So, when  I ran across it in a drawer, I  decided to make use of at least one sheet!  LOL.  

It was the perfect solution for a picture frame that I wanted to use.  I had this picture, but really didn't want to use the floral in the location that it was.

So, I turned it over and pulled out the canvas from the frame.

Then I selected a piece of sheet music to frame.

And I simply placed the sheet music over the canvas and placed the canvas back in the frame.  I let the canvas be my backer.

I secured the canvas with some masking tape and that's it!


Now, it's hung on my wall in a little hallway.  I like the combination of the aged sheet music with the chunky white frame. 

Do you have any good ideas on how to use sheet music?

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Preserved Boxwood

Hello everyone!

I've slowly been collecting more preserved boxwood items.  I love the look and how many different places I can use them.  

I started out with the little mini wreaths a few years ago.  I recently rehung them on my secretary glass doors.

Then I purchased this large one and have it hung in the hallway leading to our kitchen.

But I wanted more!  So I found this cute little topiary sized one that fits perfectly in my grey stone pot.

And this smaller wreath size that I have lying on top of some old books.

But did you know that you have to take care of them?  You really can't just go buy them and set them out and expect them to last forever.  I found out that you're supposed to mist them about once a month.  Kind of like a fern.

So, I use this little spray bottle to do that.

I found this great source for tips on  how to take care of  preserved boxwood HERE if you're interested.  It gives you some do's and don'ts for displaying it and caring for it.

Hope you all are having a nice Sunday!  My poor son has been covered up in homework every night, including this weekend, since he started 7th grade!  I guess it's going to be a loooong year.  

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Friday, August 15, 2014

Coffee Table Switch-up

Hello everyone!

Well, if my constant tweaking around the house is any indication that I'm feeling better, then I must be feeling fantastic!  LOL!  If you know me well enough by now, don't get used to something staying the same around here too long.  So  today................here is what I've changed.  Who knows what it will be tomorrow etc.  

I decided to try using my Kubu trunk (from Ikea) as a coffee table.

I was thinking I would love the texture that it gave the room and be a bit smaller than the huge coffee table that I had in here. 

And I must say, I'm really liking the change.  Now, I'm not parting with my old coffee table.  I still love it.  I'm just switching things up for now.  So, it will go in our basement until I'm ready for it again.  (And you know I will one day!)

I even changed up the artwork in the room.............again.

My dog print came back in here.

And another dog print with the frame painted in white.

Now, since I was using my trunk as a side table, I decided to bring in another piece that would compliment the trunk in it's place and be the perfect height for a side table.

Do you know what it is?  It's a grey wicker hamper with a liner and an attached lid!  Yep!  Simple and borrowed from another room in the house.  And the best part is it stores our throws.

And since I'm bringing in all this texture everywhere, I just had to show you these cool  birch logs I found for sale the other day.  I love them!  (We won't be burning them though.)  They will fill the fireplace until we actually USE it this winter. (I know all of you in the Midwest are laughing that I had to buy something you can grow in your own backyard. Wish I was that lucky.)

So here is the full room reveal.

I hope that all of you have a great weekend planned!

We are having beautiful weather and I am grateful to be feeling well again.  

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Antique Shopping

Hello everyone!

Yesterday, my husband and I spent the day together going shopping and out for lunch.  We had such a good time.  We went a little north of us up to Jasper, GA and then into Ellijay.  It's close to the mountains and very rural.  We found some great places to shop.  I had no idea that there were so many antique shops there!  

We first stopped here.

This place had just about anything you were looking for!  
I thought this headboard was pretty.  It was marked sold.  You'll notice that in this store, there is no "styling" that takes place.  Everything for sale is out in the open for your own imagination to do with what you want.  Notice the big traffic light for sale just behind the headboard!  

I spied this large tobacco basket hanging outside.  Too bad it wasn't in very good condition.  The price was good on it though.

After going inside, I spotted this old Toledo scale.  Loved it!  I don't have a place for something so large though.

One thing that caught my eye at almost every antique store we went in were these old cameras.  I really liked them!  They would make a great collection mixed with some books.  They were in the $40 range. 

I also noticed a lot of enamelware everywhere!  Tons!  It was available in lots of different colors and sizes too.

I love these old crocks.  Plenty of them were for sale.

After all that shopping, we had worked up an appetite for some lunch.  We went to this place in Ellijay. It's called the Canterberry Restaurant. It was SO good.  They sell mostly soups, sandwiches and salads.  And they have a decadent dessert counter too!  I had a cup of tomato basil soup and chicken salad sandwich.  My husband had a turkey club sandwich with chips.  Everything is made fresh and homemade there.  We WILL be going back!  

There were more shops in this town too.

So, it was a fun day of exploring, shopping and eating!  

Nothing better than a little day trip to rejuvenate your spirit.

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Monday, August 11, 2014

What I'm Crushing On

Happy Monday!

Or at least I hope it is for you.  I've gathered a list of things that make me happy today (and other days).  It's a list of miscellaneous things from food, to analytical thoughts on some one's blog, and even saving at the grocery store!  So, if you want to see what some of them are................please read ahead.  

1)  I came across this post a few weeks ago and wanted to share it with you in case you don't already follow this blog.  This post was written so well and I agreed with it so much that I just had to share it!  

It's called "Enough" from The Cottage Nest blog.  Click HERE to read it.  I think we can all relate to it!

2)  Another thing I've been enjoying is having a little fan sit next to my chair at night.  Do you know how refreshing it is to be able to turn on a fan directly on your face while taking steroids that cause insane amounts of sweat to build up on you while sitting in a perfectly air conditioned house?  Do you know?????  

3)  I'm also enjoying eating a lot of this.

I love spinach salads!  It has been a great way for me to get more iron and potassium in my diet too.   

4)  While shopping for these yummies, I've been enjoying the extra savings at Walmart as well.  I'm not trying to sound like a commerical, but they have this new savings catcher plan that I love.  You just enter the receipt number, at the bottom of your receipt, online and then they compare all the other stores in your area for a better deal.  If there was a better deal out there, they will send you a credit for the difference!  I've already saved about $35 since they started this back in June.

You can read more about the program HERE

5)  Finally, I'm completely smitten with Holly Mathis's new kitchen.  Have you seen it yet?  She just moved into a new house and had the kitchen redone in a charming cottage style that makes my heart skip a beat.  Go check it out HERE on her instagram!

Well that wraps up my "happy" list for today.  Do you have a list like that right now?

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Friday, August 8, 2014

Platter Collection

Hello everyone!

This week has been a crazy one!  I've been getting my son ready to go back to school and he is now already on his second day back.  There was shopping to be done, lunch food to be planned and supplies to be labeled.  There was an open house to meet his teachers and find his classrooms.  I'm SO glad that this week is over and now things can begin to fall in place easier next week.  

I wanted to share another "tweak" I did on a wall in my foyer.  You may recall I only had a couple of platters hung, but decided to expand on that on this wall. 

I opted for some different shapes to make it more interesting too. 

This wall has always given me fits because it's in a narrow space and a door opens into it.  So, I'm limited on what I can put here. 

But, I'm liking the grouping of platters for their pleasing shape alone.

I already had these, so I didn't have to purchase any either.

I added some more of my vintage leather books in my foyer too.  Remember I took them out of my secretary recently.

I'm liking the warmth of the leather against the pale blue chest.
And of course, a little candle light never hurt either!

We have been getting some much needed rain lately too.  I hear it thundering off in the distance right now.  Everything was so dry here this week, so I'm thankful for the rain (for a change).

Hope you all are having a good Friday so far and have a nice weekend planned.  We may try to go see that new movie, called Into the Storm that just came out today. 

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Real Life and Some Changes in the Family Room

Hello everyone!

I'm finally starting to feel the cloud lift around me.  My meds got straightened out and I'm hoping to feel well enough to get me through this hectic week.  School starts back this Thursday and I still have some things to do to get ready for that.  

Our garden is slowing down, but our tomatoes have been popping out like crazy!  This is the second batch full this week alone.

There's one lonely cucumber in the mix too. I've been clipping those like crazy too.  Still waiting on some more to mature first though. 

I promised last week that I would share some changes I've been working on in the family room.  

I found some pretty vintage artwork at an antique store and propped it on my mantel.

The new one is on the right.  Isn't it cute?  I've always liked floral paintings.  

I placed this peony arrangement in a burlap sack on the other side of the mantel.

And on the hearth, I placed a demijohn bottle in an old rusted wire lampshade that I found while out shopping too.  

I thought about using it on a lamp, but it's too big for most of mine.  So, I'll use it like this or even as a cloche in the future.  Lots of fun uses in store for it, I forsee!  I was happy to snag this since I've been on the look out for one.

Here is how my mantel looks now.

I'm liking the romantic look of it with a little color.

My old crate on the coffee table received a mix of old books, demijohn bottle and a sprig of greenery.  

I like the natural look of it and the texture it has. 

Do you see that mess on my sofa over there?  That's real life around here right now.  See?  I didn't even straighten it up for you.  Sorry about that.  I'm running around like a mad woman with too much on my plate this week, so I had to set some boundaries.  LOL!

And look whose all kicked back and taking it easy? At least he's out of my hair when he's sleeping.  This little guy has been keeping me good company while I've been sick.

And lastly, my other two chairs received some french ticking pillows that I've had.  Decided to mix up the ticking on the chairs with the florals on the sofa.  

So, that's it for now.  I've done some more tweaking in other areas as well, which I'll share at another time.  

I'm hoping to get back to a regular schedule around here now that school is starting back.  

Hope you are all doing well this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~