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 :)