Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hand-painted signs & a porch makeover

I saw the cutest hand-painted signs on my Instagram feed this week and instantly fell in love!  I wanted to try to make some of my own and I think they turned out pretty cute.
I used some scrap wood for this one, white washed it and then used a pencil to draw on my design.  I will be investing in some nicer paint brushes because the ones I have are not for something like this.  
 Nevertheless, I love the way this looks and can't wait to make more!  
I made one for the porch and of course I had to makeover the porch.  It is a work in progress but so far it is looking better! 
It is a narrow porch so this is the only way to get a shot of it from the front.  My vintage metal chairs need to be painted, I just have to decide which color to paint them. 
I am going to get some new outdoor pillows and an outdoor rug for this area as well.  One of these days we want to widen the porch and add an awning to it, but that might be a ways off. 
Here is my porch sign.  I used stir sticks to build the sign, then whitewashed it and painted it.  New paintbrushes are a definite must in my near future!
I didn't have a table so I made one using a milk can and an old table top.  It works perfectly for setting your drink on while you enjoy the front porch! 
My vintage window frame is the perfect touch for my sign and vintage Homeco. candle sconces are on each side.  I think they need to be painted as well and I might have to take apart a solar light to put in place of candles. 
I can't wait to paint more signs and do some more work on my porch makeover!

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lilacs & Other Signs of Spring

Lilacs are one of my most favorite flowers, their scent is intoxicating!  I have always wanted my own lilac bush and I finally got one.  This weekend the lilacs were ready to be trimmed and brought inside the house to fill it with that amazing lilac smell.
I spotted this cute little black bunny in the back pasture on Friday night and he is still around.  Trying to get pictures of him has proved difficult because he doesn't know what to think of me and the dogs don't know what to think about him! 
Darker color lilacs in the living room in tiny bulb vases. 
The cows are back in the pasture, different ones from last fall.  There are 3 and this little baby is so cute.  He likes to let you know that he is there with the cutest moooo you've ever heard.  There is also a big red cow who is the "mama" to this one and a hairy little bull with the sweetest horns.  One of these days I will get a picture of all 3 of them. There are little piglets out back too but their location makes it hard to get a picture of them, but don't worry, I will!
Lilacs in a square vase on the mantle look and smell lovely. 
Since this Spring and Summer will be spent working on our house, camping will probably not be happening until at least next year.  So Cody set up a camp spot in the front yard that feels just like being in the mountains.  I am sure we will have some sleep overs out there so that we won't miss camping too much! 
Lilacs in a vintage carafe in the bedroom are a must! 
Another thing I have always wanted was a clothes line and this house had one.  It's not the one I want, but it's the one I have for now.  I hung some sheets up this morning and Cody is already out there building me a bigger and better one! 
I am so happy Spring is here!

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