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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You should be.

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The picture at the top is of my Aunt a long time ago( She’s 88 now).  I think she is sporting the height of outdoor fashion.  That’s her daughter in the car with the silly spotted shorts.  That photo always gives me a laugh.  I couldn’t stop with just this picture though, not when I have a spotted dog.

Thunder is our English Setter,  not a long haired dalmation like many seem to think.

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The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.  ~Author Unknown    

 

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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.

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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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I found these vintage castiron andirons on the curb several years back.  My neighbor threw them away. 

 Again, I am amazed at what people will put out to the curb to sit in the landfill.  But I am so glad she did because they are mine now.

I keep them near my fireplace but every October they don the front porch for Halloween.  Their green marble eyes glow if there is light (like a fire) behind them.  I just love Halloween, don’t you??

 

~”A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”~ unknown

 

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 This is the chair I got at the Madison Bouckville Antique show back in August.   I had never seen one like it and when my husband and I laid eyes on it, we both sort of looked at each other and we knew right then what the other was thinking.

 The price was only $50 and we ended up paying $40.  Not a bad deal for a vintage piece that matches my metal garden chairs so well, especially since I have been searching for the chaise lounge of my dreams forEVER. 

 

I painted the worn handles, touched up the wheel paint and spray painted the rest a fresh coat of white to protect it from the weather. 

It took  me until now to finally get around to making the cushion.  That was the expensive part of the whole thing. Foam is not cheap and good outdoor fabric either,but now that it’s finished I couldn’t be happier.

I think my dog thinks it’s a new bed for him….

 move over thunder, it’s mine!

 Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.  ~Danny Kaye

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 My husband brought me home a surprise a couple of weeks ago. 

 He found this wonderful cupboard on the curb.  Someone had thrown it away.  In better shape than these pictures show in the before pics. 

The paint was still in tact, I scraped it to see the wood.  The glass was unbroken, even the shelf paper was in good condition. 

 But with a little bit of love, some sanding, painting, a new knob and adding some pulls to the drawer as well as  adding top moulding for some character, new shelf front moulding (to put a facade in front of the curvy shelf I didn’t like)

and it’s a different piece altogether. 

I bet if they saw it now they wouldn’t have sent it to the landfill. 

Here it is in my kitchen.  Still have to put some stuff in it but that will be no problem. 

 One can never get enough cupboard space.

 

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