Friday, April 29, 2011

Chunky Candle Holders

A couple of posts ago, I showed you my mantel fluffing.  I said I was looking for some chunky candle holders.  Well, I found some! 

I found mine at a resale shop for $18.  Yes, $18 for ALL THREE. 

p.s. I noticed I am close to 700 followers.  When I get to 710, I am having a giveaway....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Backyard So Far....and The Kitchen Table Project.

You know that we have been working on our backyard.  Last spring, we built a raised kitchen garden. 

Last fall we started the pergola (that reveal is coming soon)and added a fire pit area.  See the picture below.
The thing is, we took our back porch furniture off the porch and moved it onto the fire pit area.

Now I want to move it back to the porch (which is empty) and find 4 chairs to place around the fire pit.  I am looking for something comfortable because I plan on spending a lot of time sitting by the fire on cool mountain evenings.

Another project I have been working on (or trying to) is to paint my kitchen table and chairs.  I got the top sanded and re stained - but the poly didn't go on very well.  So I will have to sand it again and this time I am thinking about painting the top too.


Stay tuned to see what I end up doing.

p.s. don't forget to sign up for my giveaway, you can find it posted on April 25th.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mantel Fluffing

I took down the grapevine balls and the chippy candlesticks from the mantel.

I found this wonderful planter at a website called Favorite Things Home Decor

I love the color, the Fleur De Lis on the front and back, plus the lion face on the sides.

Now my mantel looks like this...

I still have some fluffing to do with it.  I am looking for some great candlesticks to replace the hurricane lamps.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for Flea Market Makeovers book.  You can enter by leaving a comment on the previous post. 

And if you haven't taken the poll on my sidebar yet, I would love it if you would!
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Do You? And A Giveaway!!!

Do you like makeover posts?



I am taking a survey.  It is on the top of my sidebar....let me know what you like...

The survey runs until May 1st.  If you take part in the survey and then leave a comment on this post you can win this book, Flea Market Makeovers, filled with wonderful projects.  I will use a random generator to pick a winner on May 2nd.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Easter

I am taking the weekend off.  Happy Easter everyone!
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

French Kitchen Garden

I was busy yesterday in my French Kitchen Garden.  In order to be able to plant these.....

I need to take care of the weeds...

And there were a lot of them!
Love my new red trug, above.  I had to add some cow poo and mushroom compost to amend the soil.

This is part of one of my raised beds.  You can see the garlic, chives, leeks and herbs are all doing well.

On to another subject....the other day I went to my mailbox and found a surprise package!  My sweet friend Kathy of Kathy's Cottage, send me a Mug Rug, that she created just for me!
Look how cute this is!  I love the lavender fabric with the script on it.  I love the black and white toile, checks and polka dots and mostly the sweet Lavender plants for Lavender Hill Studio.

Thank you Kathy!  It is going to hang out in my studio and I will think of you every time I look at this sweet Mug Rug. 

I am linking this post with No Minimalist Here's Open House Party.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

For The Love of A House and Maple Syrup

A while back, one of my favorite blogs, For The Love Of A House had a giveaway for New Hampshire Maple Syrup.

I was the lucky winner!  And I LOVE real maple syrup, don't you?  So last weekend Mr. Comforts of Home made blueberry pancakes for Sunday breakfast and I got to enjoy this sweet syrup.  It was heaven!  (i know they are a litte misshapened, but they tasted wonderful!)

Now, if you don't know Joan and you are not familiar with her blog, you really need to go visit her.

Joan and Dan have moved into a once unloved antique farmhouse and are turning it into the most amazing home.  Here is just one picture of their beautiful home.

Thank you Joan!  The syrup was amazing.  Almost as amazing as your beautiful home!

Please take time to visit Joan at For The Love Of A House.  You will be amazed at the before and afters!
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Monday, April 18, 2011

First "Crop" of the Season

This weekend we picked our first "crop" of the season from our potager.

French Radishes
You are getting a sneak peak of our new granite counter top.  The tile back splash won't be finished for a few weeks, so I won't do a grand reveal until then.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

And The Winner of the Birdhouse Competition Is....

Not me....

Here is my entry on the table.

Here is the First Place Winner...

Here is the Second Place winner...

As you can see, I don't think this was the birdhouse competition I should have entered.  This was more of a  rustic/arts and crafts type competition.  If you enlarge the pictures by clicking on them, you can see some of the other birdhouses in the competition.

I wanted to thank all of you for your sweet compliments and encouragement.  It meant a lot to me!

On a good note, this is the view from the hallway of the Grove Part Inn and Resort.  Pretty isn't it?

Have a wonderful Sunday!!
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Want To Know What I Am Doing This Weekend?

I posted a little about this on my Lavender Hill Studio Blog the other day, so I thought I would mention it here too.

I am entering my mosaic birdhouse in a Decorated Birdhouse Competition at the Grove Park Inn and Resort In Asheville, NC.

This is the 12th Annual Decorated Birdhouse Competition.   I have wanted to enter for several years now, but just did not have the time to devote to it.

There will be all kinds of birdhouses there.  Not just mosaics.  Judging is based on Craftsmanship, Originality, Difficulty, Theme and Overall Appearance.

I used 12 different patterns of china on this birdhouse and the two bluebirds are vintage salt and pepper shakers.

This birdhouse is HUGE.  Just so you can see a comparison, here are pictures of the normal size birdhouse I usually mosaic, next to the one I am entering in the contest.

All pictures can be enlarge if you click on them.  And they will enlarge ever further if you click on them once more.

The awards ceremony is at 4:30 on Saturday.  So if you are in the Asheville area and want to come see the birdhouses the event is free.

Wish me luck!

p.s. I am linking this post up with Decor to Adore Spring Craft Party


and Beverly at How Sweet The Sound Pink Saturday
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Snowball Effect

Did you ever notice how one little thing can snowball into an avalanche?

We are having our kitchen counter tops replaced.  In fact it is happening today.

This is what it looks like before the new granite goes on.

The drywall had to be removed, because we are lowering the bar height section to counter height.  So now that has to be replaced and painted.

There is a hole in the wall - see above - that has to be patched.

The tile back splash has to be fixed - there was no tile behind the now removed appliance garage.

The appliance garage, had to be removed in order to install the granite, and it came out in pieces.  So now, I have to take some time to empty and reorganize this pantry  so the food processor and blender can fit in.

This was a project I had planned on doing this winter, before I had shoulder surgery.  Now it looks like that is what I will be doing next week.

Stay tuned for the kitchen and pantry reveal...

p.s. want to see the special mosaic I am working on?  Click here.
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lilacs and Iris

Living in North Carolina has some wonderful advantages this time of the year.  The spring comes early and along with spring comes the beautiful flowers.

My lilac bush blossoms are almost all open and they smell wonderful!

Last summer a friend gifted me with some of his iris plants.   I brought them home and stuck them in the ground.  They seem to like it here!

Do you have any spring blossoms yet?
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Friday, April 8, 2011


I am just barely starting to spruce up my front porch for spring and summer.  I know we will be having a month of pollen, covering everything, so I will wait until that is over for the real sprucing up.

I just bought some new cushions for the white wicker chairs.

The old red ones in the pictures below have spent the past 3-4 years in the sun, rain and snow.  They are faded and worn.

Here are the new ones.  I love this big paisley pattern.  It is kind of a modern take on French Provence style. (edited to add:  the cushions are from Pottery shipping and a sale going on now.)

I am juggling a lot of plates right now. Literally - I am working on a big mosaic project that has to be done a week from today.  I will tell you more about that later this week.

So what are your weekend plans?  Is it spring in your neck of the woods?
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Garden Bed

I spotted this while out shopping in Biltmore Village and thought you would enjoy it as much as I did.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Shopping and Dining

So, I have been complaining about the rain and not being able to finishing painting my dining table and chairs.  Today was sunny and warm. 

But, I was bad and played hooky with my friend the "other" Penny from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen.

We went shopping and out to lunch.  I will show you what I bought another time.  We found the cutest place to have lunch.

It is a little bookstore as well as a restaurant.

Cozy rooms filled with books and tables.
I had the soup and sandwich special.  All of the meals come served on a bread board.
Penny had their "Mile High Quiche" and fresh fruit. 

We had a wonderful time catching up after a long winter.  Tomorrow, I will get back to working on projects.....maybe.
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Saturday, April 2, 2011


Here's what is happening around my house....

The granite people have made the template for the new counter.  It will be ready in 2 weeks.  In the meantime, Mr Comforts of Home is doing some de-constructing.

This is the counter before...

It was raised to a second level.  I wanted my counter to be "counter" height, not "bar" height.  It gives you more working room.

Here is what it looks like this morning....

What's happening around your house this weekend?
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