Friday, December 21, 2012

happy holidays

happy holidays. this house is a pleasure to decorate any time of the year, but christmas is especially fun. and we have room for a tree, which we didn't have room for the past couple of years at our old house. i didn't realize how much i missed having one. 

 lights are my favorite part of christmas.

a succulent arrangement we got as a house warming gift that i've somehow managed to keep alive. i have to say i am doing much better at keeping plants alive in this house, because it gets a lot more sunlight. i believe i am up to a survival rate of about 60%.
 a little wreath action above the new bench.

 hallway nook which desperately needs artwork hung on it.
dining room. 
 and more dining room.
 hallway with mozzie bear.
 and my sewing room.
happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

a wooden bench

so it started out that we needed a piece of furniture for a little nook off of the kitchen. we decided on a bench and i had been trying to find one for months. luckily in early october i saw a sign on the side of the road about the highland craft show and decided to check it out. that is where met john from JC Sterling and he had a table and bench set that was just what i wanted. he made one just for our nook and delivered it this weekend. look at this thing! it's so beautiful i don't even want to sit on it. 

and it turns out the original nook we had planned it for just didn't work. it seemed too hidden away. dave had the bright idea to switch places with the credenza in the living room and it works out perfectly. 

 i never thought a bench could be sexy, but just look at it.

now we are on a mission to find some cool lights to hang over it and i need to paint the radiator cover behind it the same as the wall color. 

below is the credenza in the space at thanksgiving. 
and here it is in it's new spot off the kitchen.
and here is the view from where you would be sitting on the bench if you actually sat on it. i prefer to look at it. 

and just because. here is a pic from fall, with the sun setting behind the japanese maple, which turned orange. it was gorgeous. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

winter wreath

i watched this video on etsy and it made me very excited to make a wreath. so i went to the craft store and the back yard and whipped up this moss, pine cone and bird wreath. 

straw wreath
moss (i bought a bag of the regular kind and a bag of a mixture of different kinds)
pine cones
optional bird or knickknack of your choice

 step 1: get out the glue gun, heat it up and start gluing the moss to the wreath form.
step 2: use glue gun and fill in with other types of moss, or use just one kind of moss.

step 3: glue on pine cones
 step 4: glue bird to wreath and voila.

the door i hung the wreath on was too dark to get a decent picture. and the door is all banged up and in need of some new paint. soooo i just bought some, and i'm sure you'll be seeing how that turns out soon!