September 21, 2016

Ironstone, Linens and A New Favorite Recipe

I am forever rearranging things.... I have always been that way to, I like the refreshing feel it gives around me. It may be even more now due to our current home being in a total disarray for the pending upcoming move.... (Nothing new on that subject either ... ugh). I only have so much out that isn't yet boxed, so more frequent moving things around helps me in not losing my mind with the clutter that is all around! 

I am the type that cannot handle things not where they belong or disorganization, and living in a home that is partially packed away is starting to make me a little crazy!

A lot of my ironstone I haven't packed yet so I have that to enjoy and shuffle around :)

And my linens as well.... it's the little things, right! And fresh flowers always help too!

These linen remnants are of my favorite colors, I love beige and grays and of course whites. Gingham or checkered patterns as well... (Besides my other favorites ticking and stripes!).

I have been trying to come up with a new creative outlet to fill my decorating void though, and I am really getting into cooking and baking more than ever (If you follow me on Pinterest you've seen a lot my recent pins consist of all that and more!).

If anyone is interested in this adorable cow butter dish, I found it on Ebay (New) for $12 and free shipping!! I love anything with cows or goats! :)

I really wish I would have grown tomatoes this summer,  I LOVE tomatoes and I have been reading up on all that can be preserved and canned too, maybe next year...
I am going to be bringing in my herbs and trying to maintain them through the winter months for meals, as they can get ridiculously expensive to buy over the winter.

I'm a big soup maker too (not just in the winter months either) and I found a recipe on Pinterest last week that is so SO good and I thought I would share it here, it is a MUST try if you like potato soup! It is my new favorite to say the least! Sorry I don't have a picture to show of it, but trust will love it! In fact it's what's on the menu for dinner again tonight too :)

(Shameless Plug) These three bowls are available in my Etsy shop currently too! Link in the right sidebar.

**The only changes I made to the below recipe is I didn't have any thyme on hand so I didn't add that, and I always use heavy whipping cream in my chowder type of soups not half n half, I think it adds to the perfect richness. And I used chicken broth in substitute of the five cups of water, I think that was key as well.**

Summer Corn Chowder



  • 1/4 cut into 2-inch pieces 5 slices bacon


  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp Chives, fresh
  • 8 ears Corn, fresh sweet yellow
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme, dried
  • 1 Yellow onion chopped (1 1/2 cups), medium
  • 1 lb Yukon gold potatoes


  • 1 tbsp Honey

Baking & Spices

  • 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Half and half


  • 5 cups Water

  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until onion has softened and just starting to brown around edges, about 8 - 10 minutes. Add in the flour and garlic and cook 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking, slowly pour in 5 cups water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then stir in corn kernels and potatoes. Add in thyme and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a light boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaf then transfer 2 1/2 cups of the chowder to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir the mixture back into the pot then stir in half and half and honey. Sprinkle each serving with chives and optional cheddar.

Until next time! :))

August 14, 2016

Just Some Randomness

Well that was a quick four months! I thought I would check-in with a small post of a mish-mash of a few pictures (Sorry if you follow me on Instagram, you have pretty much seen these already) but I wanted to update my blog as I am tired of seeing the previous posts pictures! ha ha

I have spent the last few months packing away the things we don't use on a regular basis in preparation for our upcoming move. Which we still are uncertain of the where and when part of it! What we do know is that our landlord has tentatively sold this place, and has told us that the closing will be roughly October 31st. That is about what we know for the when part, but the "where" part, that is still very much up in the air! We really want to move out of this state, as the only reason we are even here is due to my husbands being stationed here in the Navy. We want to move out East but the timing is just not going to be right for that to happen yet.... So another rental it will most likely be here in Washington until we can get our ducks better lined up.

In the meantime we will still be looking for our forever farmhouse (As I like to call it :) out East - NY, PA, NH, CT, NC primarily. It is so disappointing the way this is unraveling, and so quickly! But with our landlord selling our current home out from under us, we don't have enough time to prepare for something as big as a cross country move.... Heck, I told my husband if we find THE farmhouse in the meantime that we really, really like, we are putting an offer in on it, even site unseen!! Yep, I'm a risk taker like that!

I cannot wait to hang my laundry out to dry on my own clothesline, to be able to renovate and restore as I have dreamed about for so long (If you've seen my Pinterest, you'll get it :) and my own white picket fence... to just name a few. There will be plenty of blog posts then, you can count on that!

But until then, we are going to have to make due with one more stepping stone. That is what I am spending a lot of my time on lately, finding a decent rental here to make-do with until we can make our big move.

So please have patience with me as I post sporadically here, and in my strategic photo taking elsewhere, as much of my pretty things are now in boxes lining the walls here... making it not very picture worthy :)

I also updated my Etsy shop today with some new items as well! Here is a few of them :)

April 24, 2016

A Few of My Favorite Things

Old white ironstone: Whether cracked, crazed or chipped I love it! It is my favorite thing to collect! Although lately I am leaning more towards all white than discolored. I do have many pieces that are discolored and I will probably never part with them, but the crisp white pieces I am now gravitating towards.

 Ironstone milk pitchers are another favorite I am always on the lookout for as well. Bowls of all sizes ..... stacked or grouped together or even used to free up counter space. I have ironstone in probably almost every room :)

Soaps: I am always on the look out for pretty neutral colored soaps. Whether they are old or new...
I do love vintage French soap blocks but they can get costly, so I usually buy mine through Amazon. These French Savon de Marseille blocks are a fraction of the cost through Amazon and they still come from France too :)

I am also a sucker for pretty packaging and typography!

Grain sacks: I will never have enough and of course vintage linens too, especially soft and floppy ones with either no markings, or with red or blue stripes and monograms. I absolutely love them all!

I wish there were more of the taupe/caramel striped grain sacks around and not so darn costly! eBay is the best place to keep an eye out for good deals on grain sacks though I have found, even more so than Etsy. The one above with the c.1912 stitched in it, was a splurge but otherwise I don't mind if they have small stains or rust marks because those are typically the less expensive ones and usually with a good soak they will clean right up!

I also keep an eye out for old linens whether pillow cases, tablecloths or fabric pieces at the Goodwill or any thrift store, as you will find they are super inexpensive! And I like the look of stacked cutter pieces here and there in my favorite colors and patterns, not just in the sewing room :) The above was in my craft room but now sadly so much is boxed as we will be moving soon. 

  On that note, I also wanted to say I am sorry that most of my photo's are close-ups here and on Instagram and not a wider view, but with there being boxes in most room corners for what feels like forever now, and a lot of my goodies are in boxes as well .... So until we get moved, close-ups are gonna be it from me :(
But! When we get where we are going next and settled in, I will for sure be sharing wider view shots! I cannot tell you how excited I am for that..... a blank template! :))

                                                ..... More of my favorites to come!

                                  I hope everyone is enjoying a nice Spring where you are!

February 22, 2016

Small White Chest of Drawers

Hello! Remember me?

These last few months have just been a whirlwind! We are in the midst of a lot of upcoming changes and transition here, and I am looking forward to what's next on the horizon for us! (More on that in another post).

Anyways ... I thought I would clean up my blog some today and create a fresh new blog post. I have been contemplating deleting this blog and starting over, which may still happen, but if I do I will post something here first.

The above small chest of drawers is a recent gift to myself for Christmas :) I just adore it and thought I'd share a little about it. It's from the store Hobby Lobby, that I had never even heard of until reading a post on the blog FARMHOUSE5540 that Megan mentioned a recent purchase she had made there. So after looking through their website (Being the closest store here is about 50 miles away at least) I found this great reproduction (at a great price!) that I just repainted in white (from the terrible colors they sold it as) and I couldn't be happier! So thanks Megan :)

Also, just in case any of you have not seen Megan's blog, she has the most beautiful farmhouse she is renovating and I get lots of decorating inspiration from her. You must check out her blog if you like "farmhouse style" as much as I do, hers is the real deal!

 The drawer pulls almost match the pulls on my antique cupboard!

So moral of the story here is, if you ever find something that you really like but don't like the color of, remember you can always paint it!

And per usual this time of year, I have the worst Spring fever going on.... so much that I've already painted my front porch little table and chairs... I cannot wait to open the windows and get outside and start gardening! This year I am thinking of growing a bunch of different varieties of herbs too, nothing beats cooking with fresh herbs!

But until then, this is what I see all around my house, green mossy trees.... That's Washington for ya!

 I did clean up my lone strawberry plant I bought on clearance last Fall, I am hoping that it will have a good production this summer, I may have to pick up a few more depending on how this one does, as I have never grown strawberries before. When I was little I remember my grandma always had a little hill behind her house that was just covered in the most delicious strawberries, and I want to eventually do the same :)

Until next time!


November 15, 2015

New Cupboard

I was going through some of my pictures I had taken recently and thought I would create a little blog post on this gloomy Sunday and share a bit of what I have had going on around here. Starting first with the last of my hydrangeas :) They are such a pretty color this time of year, I'm sad to see them go!

I bought this antique cupboard this Fall that I found on Craigslist, and I have been struggling with what to do with it ever since! It was filthy with so much grime and multiple layers of paint in all colors of the rainbow, that I decided to strip it and repaint it. I was originally going to leave it as it was, but I was also worried about lead paint, even though I did seal it at one point but I still didn't like the look of it after. Here are some before pictures before I stripped it.

 I just love the old latch on the front. There is just no replicating old hardware!

So much paint was barely hanging on by a thread, and after I cleaned it up a lot of the paint whiped right off! That was really the deciding factor in my repainting it. I love the look of chippy white old furniture... but there was sadly no way of saving it on this piece. 

Here are a few "afters" that I have taken recently of the cabinet. I have put a couple coats of paint on it, but I am not liking it such a bright white now, so back out to the garage it will be going this week for a darker shade of white, more so I am thinking a creamy white now. Plus my husband was out to sea while I was refurbishing the cabinet and I need his help to really make this the way I envisioned it :) So I am sharing just a few pictures of it how it is now. More will follow in another blog post!

             The below is what it looks like for now….

            The drawer pulls will be painted over soon as I'm not a fan of their brassy color.

The antique wooden spools in these pictures I just love! I got such a good deal on them and now I wish I would have bought more before they sold out!! If you are looking for this type of thing, you can always find them on Etsy or Ebay. I also have a local shop that is online that I check into here and there called Komedal Road, some things are a bit pricey, but these were sold in sets of 3 for $9.00! 

I have gone back and forth in how I will be using this cabinet. I have (for now) decided that it will be used in my future craft room to hold some of my supplies. As it is pretty good sized and will hold a lot! I cannot wait :)

The guy that I bought the cabinet from also had a bunch of old jars and crocks he was selling, and while I was picking through them he asked me which one I wanted! I didn't want to say "All of them!" so I grabbed this one and asked about an old 3 gallon Red Wing crock he had….. Surprisingly they are now mine for no extra cost! I couldn't believe it! 

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! The best part is my husband will be home for the holidays this year! I haven't done a lot of decorating so far, as we have started to declutter and box things up we don't use regularly or need out while we are planning to move in the next few months. 

I did come across my ironstone turkey platter though that I found at the Goodwill last summer! So this will be staying out until Thanksgiving! And I compiled most of my small pumpkins from Halloween and put them all in a basket on our front porch :)

I truly wish I could post more often here on my blog, but between the dark and gloomy Washington weather (not easy for picture taking!) and honestly…  I'm just not very inspired in our current home (pretty sure you have heard that before too haha). I am hoping that our next home will be the perfect backdrop to start sharing more of my home and the farmhouse style that I love! 

**I do post more often on Instagram if you're interested in following along there :)


September 25, 2015

A Touch of Fall

I've slowly begun to add some simple touches of Fall to our home, and I had taken a few pictures for my Instagram this week that I thought I would share here on my blog as well.

The above pinecone wreath I bought at Jo-Ann's last Fall on clearance for $10 due to it missing one pinecone! I actually left it out front all year long too, because I liked it that much!

I still need to get pumpkins and I will then mix the mini's in through my ironstone pieces. I actually saw a picture come through my Instagram feed of pumpkins at Trader Joe's and they have what looks like heirloom pumpkins! The faded light greens and light orange pinwheel looking pumpkins! They were good sized for $5.99 too! So I am going to check those out, those prices are much better than Lowe's and Home Depot (And sadly the grocery store) where we always end up going ….  Just another reason I need to move out to the country! To grow my own :)

This beautiful old potting bench I always display some of my ironstone pieces on in the dining room, and I am all too often "putzing" around with what's on it! (I always use that word whenever I am moving things around and rearranging, when my husband asks what I am up to haha, he loves that non-descriptive word so much! :)

Last weekend we had to run to Lowe's and I saw they had some of their mum's starting to be put out so I grabbed a few oranges for a change this year. I usually try to buy white or light yellow mums but I couldn't find neither, maybe it's too early…

I have the WORST time with these guys though. I know they aren't meant to last a long time, but within a few weeks mine always get so sickly looking … but here's hoping these won't!

This weekend my husband plans on baking some apple crisp! He is an awesome cook too, lucky me! :)

 I so love this time of year though with the cooler temps and beginning of the holidays. Autumn is by far my favorite season, but honestly being from Minnesota where there are four very distinctive seasons compared to Washington state, where half the leaves don't fall off the tree's in the so-called "winter" and even the grass stays GREEN all winter long! Wintertime here is Washington's rainy season and the temps don't usually drop below the low 30's. Just more reasons why we want to move back East - I can't believe I am saying this, but I miss snow too!

Happy Fall!