Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Flowers


“She turned to the sunlight
    And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
    Winter is dead.
-A.A. Milne
My favorite flowers are daffodils and this time of year I have a permanent smile as I drive around.  I love seeing the speckle of yellow welcoming Spring.  I also love to find a spot to pick some to bring inside and enjoy.  This weekend I stopped by an old home site that I know and much to my surprise my very favorite daffodil variety was blooming.
By the house
The sight of a field of daffodils always takes my breath away.  I just love them so much!  I enjoyed snapping pictures of them to share with you. 
Field of Daffodils
field
Growing by the tree
This is just my absolute favorite daffodil and that is the only variety growing here.  I have loved this type since I was kid.  I remember there was an old house I used to go pick them at and there was only one bunch like this there.  I called them shredded or chewed daffodils then, they look like a pop of confetti.  They are actually called Van Sion and are an old heirloom bulb that creates a double bloom. 
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I also found a new to me flower, Snoflake, such a pretty bell shape and gorgeous among the yellow daffodils.
Daffodil and Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley
There is truly something special about seeing forgotten flowers spring to life each year.  Of course I had to pick a few.  I didn’t take to many as they are beautiful growing right where the are but I can tell you I have enjoyed them inside and they smell great!
Picked Daffodils

bells vase
Hope you are enjoying Spring as much as I am.  The Spring buds are so much more welcoming to me than the leaves turning in the Fall.

April

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Wreath

I hope it is feeling a little more like Spring in your area.  We had a fantastically beautiful weekend and the weather finally seems to be getting a little warmer. 
I wanted to update our front door wreath with something a bit more cheerful.  After Christmas I usually just put up my plain grapevine wreath with our family monogram on the front.  Its simple and easy and could be used anytime year round. 
But for Spring and Easter season I like something with a little more color and something that is a bit more seasonal. 
I updated my old Spring grapevine wreath with Easter eggs by just removing those and revamped the wreath with flowers and a cute Spring sign.
Spring Wreath
I found these beautiful ranunculus flowers at Michaels Crafts at 1/2 off and they made the perfect pop of color for what I had in mind.  The branches I already had on hand.  I found the little tags at Target in the dollar spot and hot glued those to twine and strung them across the wreath for a simple spring sign.  The best thing about this is once we get in to Summer I can remove the Spring sign easy and use this wreath well into the warmer months.  
I love using grapevine wreaths, they are so easy to decorate and change out.  They give you a natural feel and are great seasonally.  I just cut the stems on the flowers and stuck them in the wreath, very easy.  I highly recommend having a few grapevine wreaths in different sizes on hand.  You can find them at any craft store.

On another note, I wanted to pass along a new company I learned of,  Patience Brewster.  They offer whimsical designs and are best known for their ornaments.  Check them out online if you have time.  Patience Brewster Online 



Hope you have a wonderful week!

April

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Exciting News!!

Hey everyone!  I have been hiding from you, waiting to share our good news.  I have been thinking of decorating a new room a lot lately. 
Bunny Nursery
A nursery!  That’s right we are expecting a baby this Summer!  We just found out this week it is a baby girl and we are thrilled.  Although, I am feeling like my intuition needs a check up, I have been convinced it was a boy,  All the while, most of our family thought it was a girl.  So, needless to say I was surprised!  We feel so blessed and we could not be more excited.  Now I just have to start planning a girl’s nursery, a boy nursery was fully complete in my mind, lol!.
I will open up those secret Pinterest boards so you guys can see what I am thinking.  I can’t wait to start decorating the nursery and sharing it with you guys.  I have learned a lot about babies and baby needs in the last few months but one thing I know is the decorating.   
I am 18 weeks along and just starting to see a little bump.  Now that we know the gender I already feel more connected. 
I hope you will enjoy the journey with me.

April

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Painted Bath Cabinets

Over the weekend I finished a project I have wanted to tackle since Summer.  I painted my bathroom cabinets!  I have never liked that the bathroom cabinets and the kitchen cabinets looked the same.  Originally when we planned this house the builder was going to paint the kitchen cabinets white, but once they were installed we loved them dark so we left them as is but that left me wanting a change for the bathroom cabinets. 
I bought the paint for this project in the Summer and it’s been waiting on me.  I also purchased new bath mats and towels in the Fall to spruce up the bathroom but still hesitated on painting.  Now I can check it off the list! 
Credenza Cabinets
It makes the bathroom look so much brighter!  Just what I needed on these long cold days of Winter. 
Here is the before.
before
After.
Painted Bath Cabinets
This was an easy paint job as I used chalk paint so there was no prep work to be done.  I also cheated and didn't paint the backs of the doors.  It took most of the day Saturday to get it done but by that night we had the doors and hardware back on so it didn’t disrupt the use of the bathroom. 
Upclose Cabinets
Here is a close up of the rugs I bought at Target back in the Fall from the Threshold line.  I love these rugs!
New Rugs
They are neutral but add just a little color with the orange and it ties in well with our bedroom.  These are not pictured with the cabinets, they sit in front of the tub and toilet.  I have white towels and matching orange hand towels.
I also have a bathroom shelf in this room that went through a before and after some time ago.  This was a $7 estate sale find!
Bath Shelf
I knew this was perfect for the bathroom.  Here is the before.

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After some white spray paint it looks much better!
White Bath Shelf
I am in love with the new look for the bathroom, what do you think?
Painted Cabinets Bath

April

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Neighborhood Development Update

Happy Weekend!  I have been traveling for work this week and it always feels good to have some time at home after work travel. 
Just wanted to give you guys an update on our development for those of you following along.  2014 brought much success with selling lots to builders and they have been very fortunate to sell homes quickly as well.  The neighborhood is filling up quick and it is so nice to see our vision come true. 
New Sold Home
Recently Sold
Towards the end of 2014 up to now we have sold 4 more lots and have 4 more under contract.  On the sold lots the builders have already started construction and if the rain holds off it won’t be long before these homes are ready for Spring buyers.
New Home Build
New build 2
Under Construction
There is one completed home in the neighborhood for sale and one almost complete.  There are 3 in the beginning stages of construction.
New Blue House
For Sale
We are very blessed that things are moving at a quicker pace.  We started with 43 lots and have 14 more available for sale.  The 14 left are in the back part of the neighborhood and they are beautiful lots with more wooded areas. 
We are hoping for the continued success in 2015!

April