When we bought our house 3 1/2 years ago, we redid just about the whole house. 

 One of the worst parts was the bathroom upstairs.  An old cast iron tub and a yucky wall insert in the shower.  Not to mention, no storage, old fixtures and a terrible cupboard and sink. 

We replaced the tub area with a large shower and added a linen closet in the extra space.  We added a new toilet, vanity, and wainscotting. We did keep the old tiled floor, but we had to regrout it.  The new bathroom was great!

We were happy with the results until the shower started leaking to the downstairs a couple of months ago. 

Turns out it wasn’t bad plumbing but the shower we installed had cracked. It had to be replaced.  Needless to say we were not happy.  It had only been three years.  Tearing out then entire shower was the only option. 

Did I mention my husband’s fear hatred of plumbing?

He forged on anyway and ripped out the old shower. 

 We then painted the vanity and medicine cabinet, added a new swanstone vanity top to match the shower base he installed and put in ceramic and glass tiles. 



Now we can say the bathroom is finally finished! 

(we hope!) And we LOVE it!!

“Patience and fortitude conquer all things”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I am posting again about this fun project from last spring.

We found some vintage windows on the curb, and they inspired this entire project.  With a bit of wood found in the garage and a quick trip to Home Depot, we had the makings of a fun weekend. antique windows

 On a gorgeous day early last Spring,  myhusband  got started on building me a cold frame.. web-kk-014

First he built it,web-kk-023

 then he put on wheels so we can move it into the sun or in and out of the garage if we have a bad frost coming.  


 Next we painted it, web-saturday-014

put the windows on with  hinges, web-saturday-245

and reused the window hardware as handles.web-saturday-236

He added a couple of heavy duty handles on the sides for lifting (you never know) web-k-002

and there you have it…web-saturday-247

a great cold frame to hold all my fledgling seedlings and give them an early start.web-saturday-254


~ All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar. ~ Helen Hayes


This is a Santa Claus tree topper that my son made in kindergarten or maybe preschool.  So it’s somewhere around 25 years old.  I used it for the top of our Christmas tree every year until it was just about falling apart. 

 Last year I decided to frame it and just hang it on the wall to be able to enjoy it and preserve it also.  I used a deep frame, laid it on red velvet and made squiggles out of silver pipecleaners just to add a little pizzazz.  Now I can still enjoy it year after year. 

~”Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. ” ~Deborah Whipp



I bought this Santa sign at a garage sale for $4.  I couldn’t believe my luck, that I had found it.  It stands about 4 ft tall and is made out of wood.   I think it may have been an advertisement of some sort long ago.  Whatever it was, it has new life now bringing Christmas spirit into our home year after year.


~”Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live. ” ~Dennis Miller ;)  

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  I made This Chrismas tree from vintage pins that were given to me. vintage pin tree

Each one of them is so pretty and unique.  They remind me of the person who gave it to me which makes it more special. pin tree

 It is about 15 inches square and each one is pinned to the red velvet and then I framed them in a deep frame.web-pin-tree-007

   What used to be jewelry is now a cherished Christmas decoration I bring out every year to hang on my wall.    It never fails to add a bit of cheer to the holiday season.


web-pin-tree-012 ~It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  ~W.T. Ellis




I made this wreath several years ago from vintage ornaments I have collected through the years. Most of them were saved from family, some from garage sales and ebay.  They are what I always decorate my tree with, but I had so many I decided to make some of the extras into a wreath so I would be enjoying all of them.  When I bring this out of the attic, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 



 ~”Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ~ Peg Bracken.


This is an old cupboard someone threw away several months ago.  While out on a walk with my friend, we came across it.   

 The back was falling apart, the door was off, the finish was horrible and their had been a can of polyurethane that had dumped inside of it.  Quite a mess. It was in pretty sad shape but I took it home anyway.

A little paint, screws, elbow grease and a little vision, not to mention love,and it’s a great antique that hangs in my dining room full of books. 

That was one great walk we took that day! I think of it every time I look at my wonderful cupboard.










~”I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”~ Abraham Lincoln

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Here’s what our yard looked like as they were building our fence when we first moved in here about 3 years ago. 

We had already taken down one tree at that point. The following year we  removed the stump and put in the  stone patio. 

We also planted blue spruce along the fence for eventual privacy. 

 They have really grown alot.   

Behind the stone patio we use for our fire pit we added a perrenial bed despite the horrible soil that was there.

Every chance I get I keep adding more and more plants. 

Eventually it will be just the way I imagine it can be…

…..well maybe~if I would just stop imagining more and more…


~”Growth is the only evidence of life.”  ~John Henry NewmanOutdoorWednesdaybutton543333333












 ~”Fiery colors begin their yearly conquest of the hills, propelled by the autumn winds. Fall is the artist. ” ~unknown




Seeing the beautiful front porches for Metamorphosis Monday made me decide to include mine too. 

 I just love Halloween and all the scary stuff, but I wouldn’t want it too scary,


after all it’s the trick or treaters that I am trying to welcome

 not the spirits of halloween.

~” When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.”~Unknown