Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's the little things.

My man has been gone since last week and he gets home late tonight.  Every time my man goes away on a business trip, I find a ton of little things to tweak around the house.  Mostly, it keeps me busy after the kiddos head to bed, but it's always good to do a little tweaking now and then. You don't have to spend gobs of money (I sure didn't) to do that either!  I am always amazed at how sometimes, it's the little things that can make the biggest difference.  Hmmm kinda like life.
  When we moved into this house ten years ago, it was a brand new spec. house.  Every thing was already done so I didn't choose anything... I certainly didn't chose the builder-grade brass fixtures, but I was so happy to have a three bedroom house that I didn't even care!  It actually took me years to change them, one by one.  The final brass fixture remaining, was in JJ's room.  I could never find a light that worked in there.  I wanted something boyish but also neutral.  I found an ugly, dirty old brass light but saw it's potential. (Don't ask me how I forgot the "before" photo.)  It was about $5.00 so I grabbed it.  His room is gray and green so I thought glossy gray with an Edison bulb would be perfect... We are so happy with it.  (When my man returns he gets to install it.) 
 And in between house tweaks, I worked.  I watched episodes of Foyle's War into the wee hours of the night while embroidering. (I've restocked my shop this morning, and there are still a few left... )

 I also added more oil cloth pennant flag banners to my shop, just in time for Valentine's Day!  (There are a few of these left too.) Remember how cute they looked hung from my ceiling? They really make me want to throw parties. 
I swapped out the big chalkboard that was above this cabinet and traded it for a framed place mat that had been hanging where the ladder now resides. (Which incidentally got painted rustically, with a creamy coat of white.  And when I say "rustically" what I'm really saying is "sloppily."  I painted a sloppy coat of white.  I adore this ladder.  I mean, I liked it before... but oh my word, now it's even better!! Just saying.)
 The matching cute canisters that said "flour" and "sugar" broke.  Well, one of them broke.  I was going to replace it... but I couldn't find it's twin anymore so I settled for these giant canning jars from TJ Maxx.  Sadly, my mismatched tea cups that I used as cup measures didn't fit inside.  Bummer.  Love those teacups. (I will find another place for them though... don't you worry.)
 This was a midnight whim.  See those antique-y crocks?  One holds my kitchen utensils and the other, a small collection of vintage rolling pins.  (LOVE.) I taped them off, primed and painted the bottoms cream, and now they look like they were dipped in paint.  I can't tell you how blissfully happy looking at these make me.  The problem with them before was "blah."  They were just a blah color.  I liked them... but they needed something.  So I "dipped" em.  I will add a glossy top coat at some point to seal them. But I was too busy doing other things, so for now they are fine.

 I added an old stand-by bucket of fake forsythia from my bedroom, to the table.  I really needed a pop of bright yellow and I don't even care if it's fake. 
 I found random places for my beloved antlers...
I covered this lampshade in Charlie Brown's shirt.  Ha!!  I'm still on the fence about it. 

I can't lie, it's beginning to grow on me. 
 I cleaned my tiny studioI know, it's hard to tell.  You should have seen the January crafting explosion that previously happened in here.  There were baskets and piles all over the place.  I thought my husband would appreciate not tripping over anything as he stumbles into bed tonight. 
 I organized my thread one night.  It's ombre now.  Kinda.
 I organized my small supply of shipping supplies.  I realize this probably isn't a huge deal to you, however I felt compelled to photograph and share.  I do that sometimes.
While I was at the Goodwill getting my son a Pottery Barn-ish light fixture, my heart fell in love with this small soft chair.  (My Ava has been begging me for a grown up girl room makeover in orange and hot pink.  I've been attacking it bit, by tiny bit, as payday's allow..  It wasn't exactly a "need."  Then again... big blue eyes and sweetness do funny things to a Mama's heart and I get super thrifty.) One thing Ava has been asking about for the past few years, is a reading chair in her room.  I spied this one at Goodwill for under $15 and though the front lower part has some dirt on it, (that I am currently scrubbing as you read this) it was in fantastic shape.  You should have seen her face when she saw it. 
 My final fun "project" was a little sick day package for my girl, Alli.  I spied this almost exact idea on Pinterest... and flat out copied it.  Honey bear, tea, lip balm, a sweet little meyer lemon, and some tissues.  Almost makes me want to get sick. 

I kid. 

I don't have time to get sick. 
 I am looking forward to doing nothing for the rest of the weekend with my man finally home again.  I might have worn myself out, but it was so worth it!! 

I love that feeling. 


Mandy said...

love foyle's war :) love the chair for ava!

slip4 said...

I love it all! I have a huge old crock that I would love to paint cream on the bottom. What kind of paint did you use?

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

I love so much about this post-its so me and what I do. Fluffing our nest, finding useful thrifted items to add to our home(based on need). I'm loving all of your wire baskets and blue canning jars too.
Happy weekend!

I'm Sally. said...

You go girl!! I do the same thing when my hubby's gone. =)

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

You got A LOT done!! All looks great! I love your bunting hoops, so very cute. I tend do do most of my tweaking these days when my husband is out of town for work too :)

Erin McG said...

I love seeing how you can turn the plainest of things into such beauty! You have a gift. I am in love with the Charlie Brown lamp. As I was scrolling down and saw the picture I thought "Oh my goodness!! I Love that lamp! Then I read your comment. LOL!

Little for a Little While said...

I love it all! You are so awesome. Wish I could have your creativity and eye for a day, I would conquer so much! Hope you have a great weekend with your fam, you deserve it!

Mary said...

i LOVE every bit if this!!!
come over and help me???

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

you busy woman, you!! : )


deannag said...

So glad to see that kitchen buffet cart being put to such good use since it didn't get to move to a farmhouse!

And that chair. What a steal. It is adorable!

Barbara said...

What a cute chair it was meant to be. And that get well gift cute cute cute!

Happy weekend!

Kim said...

You were very busy. Just wondering... is your house always that clean?? You really got it together.. You have a beautiful home. : )

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Thanks Kim! That was a reallt nice compliment...I can assure you that I dont have it All together. My house is nearly always that clean yes.. but i have my own areas of mess in other less noticeable places in life. :) (i have always been a person who cleaned when stressed and because i enjoy it.)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Thanks Kim! That was a reallt nice compliment...I can assure you that I dont have it All together. My house is nearly always that clean yes.. but i have my own areas of mess in other less noticeable places in life. :) (i have always been a person who cleaned when stressed and because i enjoy it.)

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

I am loving your studio/office room, so organized., can you please come to my house and help rearrange and organize for me ?

Jeannie S said...

Love your sewing machine cover with the pocket and your spool stand. Everything looks clean and fresh!

Lorraine and Jessica said...

Ummm I want to be you!!! haha :) You seem to do all of the things that I only dream of doing...well except moving and tweaking things...I do do that!! But oh, it all looks so wonderful!!! The crocs look perfect!! I'd love to see a better picture of that ladder, I have a thing for ladders (not sure if I could paint them or not- but your picture may change me), those forsythias!!!! I was DYING!!! Thinking "WHERE did she get those at THIS time of year????" I love that they are "faux"!!!! Charlie Brown looks good on that lampshade and your shipping station is quite impressive!!! The get well cup is super cute!!!!! What a sweet idea!!! You are good girl!!! Thank you (always) for your inspiration <3 I can't go a day without some Lemonade <3 Have a blessed weekend and enjoy your hubby coming home <3

Nantucket Daffodil said...

You have been a busy girl! I adore your home, how you decorate it, and the fact that it's so darned clean! I also wish you'd fly over to MAssachusetts and teach me to sew!

Kerri said...

You have been busy girlie! I was practically on the floor rolling about the Charlie Brown comment! (He is a favorite with my girls!) The forsythias look amazing~I am thinking of getting some fake ones for my kitchen! Love, love, love Ava's chair. I can't believe you got it that cheap! Can I just tell you how happy I am, like a little kid on Christmas, when I see a new LMM post in my blogroll! Have a great weekend with hubby and the kids! MWAH!

Ginnie Renner said...

I love it all! Where did you get the place mat for the frame?! What a clever idea! I need to have new eyes for potential artwork for my home! You inspire me :) Bless you!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

Ok I'll pm you my can stay for a house needs re-vamping. I promise to make all your meals and have fresh baked goodies on your pillow daily. :o) your house always makes me feel homey!

Leslie said...

Love your style and decor. I want to know where you've found all your antlers? I looked at buying some online but can't be promised the larger ones when I look at buying from hunting stores. LOL I keep meaning to go through my BIL's throwaways while we visiting them during the holidays but keep forgetting. My next idea has been to make my own using paper clay. LOL So any help in good places to shop or find them would be appreciated. :) Thanks!

Mandy said...

Every single one of your posts inspires me! THANK YOU!

Jessie May said...

Ohhhhh (I'm sighing with happiness), I just love seeing pictures of your home and how you tweak things here and fluff things there... you inspire! Enjoy your weekend :)

Tiffini said...

oh can you come to my house? i am up to me eyeballs in stuff lying everywhere..even in my yard. wait till you see the next post...our yard looks like a trash heap. embarrassing i tell ya...but it will be worth it.
i love all the touches you do to your home -- you have a heart for home and family and it just shines through your blog.
your man must be so proud to be your husband. and i know ALL about as paychecks allow. it is how we roll here too:) love the lampshade btw

Jackie at Roots and Wings said...

I love the lampshade. And I love that you are so intentionally creative. It's inspiring!!
Enjoy your weekend! :)

Between You and Me said...

i always love seeing the special touches that you add to your home....
and i think that get well package is so kind and thoughtful...i am SURE you are a true blessing to everyone in your life.

Flor said...

wow, well you've been busy! :)
your craft area is so clean.. almost makes me want to go upstairs
and organize mine a bit. almost.
you are a good friend and such a blessing.
have a wonderful day. xoxo

Sheri said...

You seriously have the best pics - I love your style :)

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