Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Southern Porch

I have always dreamed of having a big front porch to sit on that is outlined with white posts and railings  where I could enjoy the warm sunny Southern afternoons.


Southern porch with white wooden rockers

 My dream also included a couple of rockers where I could sit and rock away the worries of the day and a  swing with a wonderfully inviting pillow or two and a beautiful old quilt where I could lay and get lost in a great book. A peaceful retreat for me to escape with my afternoon coffee or glass of sweet Southern ice tea.  I think maybe Papa had the same dream also. 

lake view from our front porch

And oh the nicer if my porch looked out over the ocean or a beautiful lake where I could watch as the sun made the waters glisten like diamonds and sparkle like fireworks.  And if there were some sort of wild life to watch that would just add to the fun of watching.

a view of the lake and our neighborhood

There would always be beautiful clear blue skies with fluffy white clouds so I could imagine all kinds of imagery they make.  A place where I could sit and dream and conjure up all sorts of cool projects and ideas to share with you.

a southern porch with white wood rockers

Well, we were lucky when we found this house as it has the nice front porch with the white columns though no railing.  And for Papa's birthday I bought him a couple of white wooden rockers to sit out there so we could wile away the afternoon hours, chatting and day dreaming while watching the clouds float by and the waters come to life by the rays of the sun.  We don't have that swing and it is winter here but I have lots of plans for this area so it becomes a lot like what we dreamed of.  Our porch looks out over a body of water - a lake of sorts- that is home for families of ducks, geese, and cranes with a few sea gulls here and there.  The porch is on the Southern exposure of our house so the sun dances on the water all day making beautiful glistening dancing diamonds of light.  Our street in front is actually a loop that circles two bodies of water that makes a perfect "walking, running, biking track"  for our small community.  This gives us that old fashioned sit on the porch and greet your neighbors feel that small Southern towns have.  And we love it!  

a lake view


So come on over, sit a while, have a glass of sweet Southern ice tea and some great conversation while we gaze into the clear blue skies and sunlit waters enjoying a lazy afternoon daydreaming.  

Do you have a great place you spend your afternoons daydreaming?  Share it with me in the comments below. 





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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring Wreath



Before I get into today's post I need to address an issue we just discovered.  Remember signing up for Vintage, Paint and more's emails so you wouldn't miss any of the projects and tutorials?  Well, we just discovered that they were being blocked due to a technical issue.  But with the help of an expert in this field we were able to get that issue resolved and now you will be receiving those emails just as you signed up for them.  Thank you so much for your patience in this manner and if you have any questions just ask in the comments below.  I will get back to you.



My how time flies.  It actually seems we were just making our New Years Goals and putting away Christmas - then the Valentine decorations and here we are thinking  of Spring already.  But when so many are still experiencing lots of snow it is hard to believe that it's just around the corner. So in celebration of Spring soon arriving I am going to show you a quick little Spring wreath you can make. This little wreath could be used for St.Patrick's Day as well as the Spring season.

Vintage, Paint and more... Spring wreath made from fabric and a Styrofoam wreath form

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A New Sofa

a coastal color scheme used in a neutral room by using colorful accessories

When we recently moved into this home we did not have a sofa for the living room.  We only had two and they went in the family room and loft area.  So we needed to purchase one for this room.  It took us a bit of shopping and discussing it until we finally all agreed on one. (For those of you who are new to the blog - we are a multi-generational family with four adults)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Unique Little Table


a small side table with built in electrical outlets and USB ports


Like most of you we are a family with many technological devices.  We have computers, I-pads, notepads, kindles, cell phones, etc - you know. With all these devices there is a problem of charging them in a dedicated spot.  I have tried charging stations but they get in the way and a lot of times I find these devices just plugged in wherever the owner happened to be and there was an electrical socket handy. One day I found a cell phone dangling from a socket in the dining room - really?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New House

a two story home

In October 2014 we purchased a new home and if you have been following me you know that we moved in the first part of November.  It took me a couple weeks (actually a lot more) to unpack and then the holidays were upon us. Then it was the new year and I was still trying to catch up so I never was able to post any pictures even though I had requests for them.  Today I am going to share the pictures taken on the day we moved in - just empty rooms.  This house is only 3 years old so needs no renovations - just our personal touch to make it our home. I will be sharing what we do with all of you as we do it.  But until then I only have these empty rooms to give you an idea of what we may be doing.