My Breakfast Room

I promised in my last post I'd show you pictures of my breakfast room.
I haven't done a whole lot to it, but let me show you around.

This is the light that came with the house.

I took of the glass shade off and replaced it with this burlap lampshade I got from Target.
Above the sliding glass door is the sign I made, you can read about it in my last post.

My new $30.00 craigslist table and chairs. I bought it because I love the chunky legs.
This is the "before" photo. It will look completely different when I'm finished with it.
That's the plan anyway. :)
The chairs will be going bye, bye, and will be replaced by Tolex style chairs.
Metal chairs are perfect for sticky fingers. Easy to wipe down.

Sippy cup on the window sill.
It's so funny what you see after you download your photos. :)

My peony bush bloomed for about one day and then all the flowers started turning brown.
What's up with that!

Eggs-Butter-Milk Sign

 When I'm at Home Depot I always like to look at their wood that is 85% off.
One day I found a piece of wood that was the perfect length for a sign.
When I went to check out it, the wood hadn't been priced so the cashier gave it to me for free.
The wood was in VERY rough shape, but I decided to try and make that work with my project.
I would make a sign that said "eggs-butter-milk" that looked like you found it by the side of a country road for a little farm stand.
I painted the sign using pure white chalk paint, but purposely left some of the wood showing.
I then stenciled on my letters using duck egg blue chalk paint.
It looked a little too sloppy at this point. (stenciling is not a strong suit of mine)

I then used a small brush to clean up the letters a bit and then lined them using gray acrylic paint.

Finally I used Annie Sloan clear wax on the whole sign.
I then used the A.S. dark wax just around the edges, really rubbing it into the raw wood.
I wanted the sign to have a slightly dirty look to it.
Just like you would find on a sign that's been left outside.

Here is the completed sign.
Unfortunately my letters aren't spaced perfectly, but hopefully that just adds to its charm. ;)
It is hanging above the sliding glass doors in my breakfast room.
(and now I notice it is hanging crooked)

Finally a lil' sneak peak of the breakfast room.
I took more photos and will show them to you in another post.

I'm joining: Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

My Dream Home

You are in for a treat as I take you on a tour of The Pink Ribbon House in  Houston Texas that has lots of French Country style.
This is one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen!
The purpose for the construction and decoration of the home and the tours thereafter is to raise money for breast cancer research and patient care.

I've posted pretty dining rooms on my blog before, but this is the.most.amazing. dining room evah!
Super elegant cottage style at its best!

Mmmmm, I love the kitchen too!!
Gray is hot in kitchens right now and this is the nicest example I have seen.

Very dramatic entry way.
Your legs wold get quite the work out with all those stairs. ;)

Such a lovely, cozy, family room.
The curtains are so pretty.

I adore this gorgeous bedroom.and I neeeeed that rug!

Oh, ho, ho....check out the amazing pillers in the bathroom.
Adore the stone tile set in a herringbone pattern too.

I said the dining room is my favorite, but this outdoor room is a very close second.
The stone fireplace and metal chandelier are calling my name.

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Shop The Shed

Today I had the pleasure of attending Joy, of Savvy City Farmer's, Shop The Shed sale.
This seriously is the most beautiful vintage sale I have ever been to!
I told Joy I think this is what heaven must look like!

Above the workbench, filled with all kinds of lovely, that you saw in the first photo is this
 gorgeous metal chandelier.

Check out this cool bee skep under cloche.

The garden was so charming and filled with so many beautiful plants and wonderful
garden ornaments.

I'm just going to let you browse for a bit.

Years ago I collected seahorses so this really caught my eye.

Now do you see what I mean?!!

I'll show you what I came home with in another post. :)

Crafting Fail!

Is this the most pathetic thing you've ever seen?
Such a sad, sad, lil' topiary.

Image from The Sweet Survival
My intention was to make a beautiful crepe paper topiary like this one from The Sweet Survival.
But for some reason I thought I needed tissue paper not crepe paper.
I went to a bunch of different stores to find the perfect lavender tissue paper only to find out I  had bought the wrong thing. Ugh!

I had planned to make a lavender rose topiary for my Easter vignette.
Hmmm, maybe next year.....

I didn't want to waste the tissue paper so decided I would try to make little "cherry blossom" flowers and glue them onto a dead topiary that I had.
 I ended up with this pathetic sight.
 I hope y'all enjoyed a good laugh today. :)

A day of vintage shopping!

This Thursday I had the pleasure of shopping at two of my favorite stores with my friend Heidi and I got to meet her friend Kathy.
The first stop was Tattered Tiques.
The ladies who work there are just the sweetest!
Come along and I'll show you some of the pretty things I admired.

I thought the display done with these cubbies was so creative.

All of these vintage letters and numbers would look especially great in an office or a boys room.

I am madly in love with the paint on this toolbox.
I probably would have got it if I wasn't already in the middle of a very similar piece at home.
(I just finished it last night and will show it to you soon.)
Good- bye perfect, chippy, aqua, paint...sigh

Love, love, love, this sweet little numbered dresser!!

I'm crazy for vintage scales.
I really loved this white one that has a hint of pretty green.

Isn't this little birds nest plate so darling!

I've ripped the covers off some of my books and tied them with twine,
 but now I must attach old keys!
I love the way this looks!

Another beautiful piece of numbered furniture and the slip covered stool is so cute too!

Finally I was bummed to find out I'd just missed Susan from Maple and Magnolia when she was dropping off some things at the shop.
She made this beautiful stenciled sign.

Next we walked across the parking lot to The Junk Warehouse.
My picture doesn't quite capture it, but this piece had the most beautiful, sage green, chippy paint.
 It was fabulous!

Speaking of chippy paint. I adore the blue on this ladder.
I've never seen a piece like this before.

All three of us loved this little table.
She has some pretty legs!

Vintage shopping with friends, lunch at a French bakery...
it doesn't get much better than that!

I'm joining Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground