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!

September 17, 2015

Autumn Bedroom

Today I decided it was time to bring out some of my Autumn bed linens, and I thought I would take a few pictures of the bedroom to share.

I usually don't use bright and bold colors in any of my decorating, but these pillow cases added just the right amount of Fall-like colors.

It is a rainy day here today, which I am now thinking maybe I should have waited for a brighter day to take these pictures …

We recently ordered this bed frame, and although it is not a true "antique" it looks close enough for me. Sadly, antique queen sized bed frames are apparently non-existant …. so this works!

The below quilt across the foot of the bed is also a recent buy (with the matching big pillow cover on the bed) and I honestly bought it not for the top side of the quilt, but for the backside, which is a solid plaid design with my favorite creams and whites. Plaid and gingham design I have always been drawn to, whether it's bedding, clothing, linens …. if it's in my color palette, I want it : )

Below is a picture of the top side of the blanket, it's not terrible, just not me :)

The below bench I found last weekend and I am so thrilled with it!! It was a steal too, I got about 75% off what the shop was originally asking for it :)) The bench seat lifts for extra storage too, which I never have enough of so that was just an added perk!

One of my other slowly growing collections is antique baskets, I have then scattered everywhere around the house!

Happy "almost" Friday!

August 20, 2015

I'm Back!

As I always seem to start my posts saying …"It's been awhile" … well it has once again! :)

I've begun working on this blog of mine again recently (I'm still on the fence if I like my banner or not…) but my plan is to start to post more regularly (as my schedule allows). I have also started an Instagram (link on the right side bar) of which is way less time consuming compared to typing up a blog post, but my plan is to start sharing more of my home and anything else I feel worthy of sharing on both! 

When we were first planning our move out to Washington three years ago, I ran into some antique shops while we were here for a few days and I saw this old potting bench, but I couldn't buy it at the time because we didn't even have a home yet! I was so happy when we did move out here that it was still for sale almost a month later!

Until I can find the perfect antique cabinet to store all of my antique ironstone in (and there's ALOT) this works! I am forever changing what is on it … it just never feels right! And please ignore the ugly carpeting … Just envision dark hard wood, wide planked floors like I do! :)

We live in a rental house right now as we didn't have much time to find a place due to my husband deploying just two days after we moved out here! Soon we hope to find that perfect house of our dreams … I cannot wait!!!

 We are still undecided if we want to stay out here, or go back to Minnesota where we are from and have family there, or really throw caution to the wind and move out East! We have never been out East, not even once, but I am so pulled in that direction due to the fact that is where all the most beautiful old farmhouses are and honestly, I have seen enough through other blogs, that is where the best flea markets/antique shops are too!

The above English silver cutlery I found on Etsy this summer, they still need to be polished, but they will be our new holiday flatware for years to come! I actually think I may be listing some other sets I have in my Etsy shop soon, as I don't have a need for so many …

Last Mother's day I was given the choice of what I wanted to do for the day, and well that was a no-brainer, off to my favorite antique shops we went!

 The shop I found these antique linen napkins at, their credit card machine was down and we sadly didn't have any cash on us (They were only $3 too!) I was so bummed that the only thing I found ... and for so cheap, I wasn't going to be able to buy! Then the sweet lady behind the counter said, "They're yours! It's Mother's day! Enjoy!" I was so surprised but so so happy! Sometime's it's the little things that bring you the most joy I guess :))

It has been an extremely hot, record breaking summer here in Washington - No it doesn't always rain like Washington is stereotyped for :) July was even the hottest ever on record! But I am starting to get Fall inspired with all the Autumn pictures I'm seeing on Pinterest lately that I have started putting just a few things out here and there.

I also just received these putka pods from the Etsy shop
and they are just so adorable for Autumn decor and the price cannot be beat for the quantity you receive!

Until next time! 

April 19, 2015

Happy Spring!

  I love this time of year! For me it is a time to de-clutter, organize, and clean! This morning I decided to move things around a bit, while adding some new things to my shop that I found while out and about at some thrift stores yesterday, and I figured why not share a picture while I was at it.

 I picked up these pretty light green carnations at the grocery store yesterday also, and decided to put them in an old French canning jar I had, they will make due until my own flower garden is in bloom! :)

May 12, 2014

It's Been Awhile & A Little Road Trip

 This blog of mine has sure been neglected! I always have such good intentions to start to post regularly, and then life gets in the way. Plus we have been kind of in limbo with where we are going next (hubby is in the Navy) and where we currently live it is not really "my style" of home...  so I am not too proud to show it off!

 A few weekends back Brian and I decided to drive up to Port Gamble, WA which is about a 30 minute drive from our house, to tour an old mill town that we have driven through many times that we always talk about stopping in, but we never do! 

I thought I would share a few pictures I took while we were there. I absolutely LOVE old houses, (especially old farmhouses) and even more so the ones that are abandoned that you see driving in the country. I always want to stop and peak in the windows! : ) 

I was pretty bummed though as the tour office was closed the day we were there, so I could only take pictures from the outside looking in.

This town was built in 1853 to exactly replicate the Maine town many of the workers came from, so they wouldn't become home sick. This old mill town is now a National Historic Landmark, as it was/is the longest running mill town in the country. 

The below Victorian was built in 1888 for the lumber mill manager. The house faces the water where the mill was set up for the ships coming in and out through the canals of the Puget Sound. They purposely built the house to face the water to welcome the incoming ships and captains.

                               The below picture is looking out from the front of the house.

I didn't think at the time that I was going to be posting any of these pictures on my blog, so I didn't think to take a picture of the mill that was directly in front of the house.


I love the details put into old houses and this one had plenty! The below pictures are again from me peaking into the what looks like the keeping room room, as it is adjoining to the kitchen and right on the other side of the above door.

Almost every room we could see had a fireplace in it, as fireplaces were their only heat source back then.

This looks to be the pantry. Nevermind my finger that got into the shot : )

Houses sure aren't built like they used to - the details and charm of an old house just cannot be replicated now-a-days.

The below is the kitchen, it was hard to get a good shot of (again looking through the windows).

I am also not quite sure what that haze is in the middle of the above picture ... but I am just going to say it was the bright sun shining in! This town is supposedly haunted and this house is one of the "hot spots" they say, so it may have been a good thing we couldn't go in! haha

Look at that big ol' sink! 

This old town is filled with gas burning street lamps as you walk through and see the town physicians home, the girls dormitory, post office (still operating) and the general store etc. 
Maybe my next post I will share those photo's :)