This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween decorations at the new house!

 Our house is all decked out for fall and Halloween!
 It was kind of hard for me to decorate because everything was new to me! I had to figure out how my old decorations were going to work at the new place. I usually love decorating challenges, but for some reason, this was difficult for me and I had creative blocks, but I finally pushed through. At our old house all of my outside decorations were in a garden shed right off of the front porch, but at this house they are stored far away in the backyard. Instead of hauling each box individually, I got smart and loaded up the quad with all the boxes! That worked out pretty slick!
I really like how everything came together!
 This old wheelbarrow is one of my favorite props to use for fall decorating. I love to fill it with pumpkins. I use fake pumpkins, but hopefully next year we will have a big garden and I can grow many of our own!
 This beautiful Cinderella pumpkin, however, is real and it was given to me by my friend, Mary. I love it!
 I wasn't sure how my wooden crate display would work out on these brick steps with the different levels, but they worked out fine!
 My same friend, Mary, also brought me these beautiful rose-hips! That's little hand-painted "Trick or Treat" sign was painted many years ago by my son, Cameron, and it's one of my favorite things!
 My porch looks like the front of a country store!
 I placed a few fun things around the wicker furniture. Okay, that's it for the outside of our home, now let's take a walk inside!
I hung a fall wreath on the closet door in the entry way and also hung my cute vintage owl on the curio. If you look closely, you can see my pumpkin bell that is hanging on the front door knob. He is a traditional piece that has been in our home for many years!
 Oh...I meant to explain to you why some of my photos are such poor quality. My camera has been a big disappointment to me and I am hoping to buy a new one soon (especially so I can take pictures of my new little grandson!), but for now, I must put up with poor quality photos. Anyway, here's a picture of our entryway table.
 I collected a bunch of black and white Halloween items and placed them here together. Don't you adore that black and white checked pumpkin!
 Scary books and chocolate eyeballs!
 This is a vintage school room decoration. He's kind of scary, so I might have to keep him in the box the next few years while my grand-baby is young. I want Grandma's house to be warm, safe and comfortable, not scary!
 I hung another vintage cat on the china hutch in the hallway.
 I put more black and white decorations on the back hallway table.
 This spooky silhouette of a house is a new find this year.
 Love the old crows!
 I hung this fun vintage party garland on the fireplace mantle flanked by more crows.
 A cute black kitty and pumpkin sit by the fireplace.
 In this corner of the living room I placed a few fun items.
 My son, Cameron, and his sweetie, Megan, took me to see a play at the local theater (Spamalot) and I made us all dinner before we went. I decided to set the table with a Halloween theme! We had such a fun evening!
 Let's head into the kitchen now!
 I displayed a bunch of whimsical owls, kitties and pumpkins on top of my little bookshelf.
 This is one of my favorite things! My friend, Mary, and I were thrifting a few years ago and we found this vintage, Halloween party, paper tablecloth. We decided to buy it and cut it apart and frame a section in a black frame. We each made one! Isn't it cool!
 Here's my windowsill display.
 This little scene cheers me up every time I'm at my sink!
 This little framed picture cheers me up as well, it's a picture of my little munchkins all dressed up for Trick-or-Treating many years ago!
 I love to put these little seasonal votive holders all over the house, they are so cheerful!
 A little display in a nook on the counter.
 Here's another one on top of my china hutch.
 I hung my antique paper-mache pumpkin lanterns on this shelf on the brick wall.
 This is a new display area for me, it's the top of my pie safe.
 Fun stuff!
 This old black basket is full of vintage goodies!
 I found this darling black and orange owl at Micheal's this year. He's so cute!
 Another stack of scary books topped with a vintage candle, a black light up candlestick and a black crow.
 Let's head into the family room now!
 I'm so thrilled to finally have a proper place to display my vintage glow pumpkins!
 They really warm up the room and are so much fun! This pirate pumpkin candy holder does not light up, but isn't he great? He's so rare, I've never seen another one like him. I found him in the bins at a local thrift store and paid just .99 cents for him!
 I placed a few more goodies around the room in different spots.
 Love this vintage reader, "Fall is Here" with Tom and Betty carving a pumpkin on the cover!
 I placed these cute little light up lanterns on top of our computer desk. I painted these many years ago.
The best thing....this little mini pumpkin that I carved for our new little punkin...Ridley! I can't wait until he's old enough to come to my house and ring our doorbell and shout, "Trick-or-Treat Grandma!"

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galations 2:20

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, October 28, 2013

Our family room....

I believe this is the last room in the house that I have not shown you yet. As many of you know, we moved into this home back at the beginning of July. It's so hard for me to believe that we've already been here for almost 4 months now! We have been having so much fun living on this beautiful 7 acres and it's been really fun for both my husband, Eric, and I to have new projects!
This is what the family room looked like when we saw it on-line. It used to be a man cave with a pool table and lots of dead animals on the wall! I'm so glad they took these things with them, but they did leave some problems for us.
Because it was a man-cave, it had a "wet bar". This makes me laugh because why do you need a sink in a room that is 2 feet from a bathroom with a sink and about 20 feet from the kitchen? Any way...it's going bye-bye this winter.
We were also left with this pool table light fixture....
...track lighting....
....and an insert in the wall for a dart board. This winter when my hubby won't be able to work outside anymore due to the rain, we are going to concentrate on this indoor projects. We are going to get a new light fixture above the dinner table and a matching one above the computer desk and then a big ceiling fan light fixture right in the center of the room. For now though, we must put up with these things.
We also have issues with the lamp cords. I'm hoping our electrician friend can give us some solutions for these.
Another big problem I was dealing with was my husband was being stubborn about wanting his lazy boy in the family room. I have no issue with this, but it did not fit. We bought two love seats that are hide-a-beds for this room and then we have our big leather couch with lazy boys on each end. I left the chair like this for several weeks, then moved it back by the white cabinet in the back there and then he finally agreed that he could live with out it! Whew! Now it's on the back deck and I'm hoping he will have room for it in the new shop. I'm hoping he will make a fun man-cave area in there where he can chill out while making projects and watching the game!
The furniture was all placed, but the next step was overwhelming to me. I had to figure out what pictures would go on the wall and where to place all of the nick-knacks. This room is so large, it was hard to balance everything out. This was the last room I did and I finally got it pulled together after 8 weeks from our move in date.
I really like the way it turned out.
It's rustic and country, but also very comfortable.
I love the bright colors.
The good news is that there's room for all of our sons and their girls (and now our little grandson too!) when we watch movies!
I also love it that we have a dinner table in there now for our big family dinners!
I've always wanted a sofa table behind the couch and finally I have a house where I get one!
I think this space will be great to showcase family pictures and also to decorate seasonally!
My husband is going to make us a custom fit farm table and benches here. I can't wait!
This marble topped antique table used to be in the dining room. We placed it here on the day of the move and it's stayed there ever since!
Country!
I was so happy that I found a spot for my antique Singer sewing machine base!
I topped it with some fun brightly colored items including this great gum-ball machine that was forgotten about in the attic at the old house!
I love my green hutch filled it with red transferware dishes! This is the first thing I see when I look into the family room from the kitchen.
The old black plastic silhouettes really pop on the yellow walls. These are old advertising pieces from the 1950s; they were the tops of calendars and given out by small businesses. Such a clever idea, they should bring these back!
More country charm.
When we moved in, I had no idea if my old favorite things would work in the new house and I was so happy when almost everything did find a new home! This red shelf with the chicken-wire door is one of my favorites and I think it looks perfect in this room!
I still need to figure out window treatments. We like having the view out to the property, so don't want anything to big and heavy. I will probably just to blinds and a small valance.
I was very happy that we have a spot to hang my husband's grandfather's oil paintings! Eric is going to make a big long shelf above the TV, kind of like a mantle and we are going to display antique logging items up there in honor of my husband's career.
We have two green bookshelves on each side of the TV cabinet.
It's fun to display all of my favorite old books.
The more I look at them though, I feel like they are too busy and I'm trying to find a solution for that. I'm thinking about finding old windows that my husband can attach to them so they are like glass cabinets. That might cut down on the the junky look.
Love my light up globe!
It was my husbands desire to hang these old antlers on the wall in this room. These are actually sheds that he found in the woods. He often times finds singular antlers, but it is very rare to find a matched set within a few feet of each other.
This must have been a huge elk!
I'm pretty happy with how filled up the large space with many different areas, a computer area, TV area  and eating area.
We also have this cute little cozy reading nook!
Another fun shelf filled with antique goodies!
Decorating a big space can be very intimidating, but I feel like we brought it together nicely and I'm looking forward to making the changes I mentioned. So far, we have had many fun family times in here and I am looking forward to all the fun times to come!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." I Peter 1:3

Hugs, Sharon
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