Saturday, January 24, 2015

My First Project of the New Year...


 Yes, I know - I haven't been very productive...but I've been enjoying the quite of winter with my family.  It won't be long and things will be in overdrive!  I start seeding in the greenhouse in just a couple of weeks and baseball is just around the corner.  Hope your time spent indoors this winter is restful!

So even though I haven't been very productive with big projects - I have accomplished a few small ones,  one of which being this small filing cabinet.  My craft closet was getting kind of out of control - especially with all the "little" stuff - like stamps and ink, and glue and tags, and scissors and wood burners...well, and...and...and....- you get the picture.


So a while back I had spotted this lil' filing cabinet at our local antique mall.  I just love all those drawers!  I could see the potential but it was just a bit more than I wanted to spend.  I pondered it for several weeks and finally I just treated myself!  After all, it would make for some great organization PLUS - I knew it would be to cute all painted up!

It had a few places where the paint was peeling and it was a tad rusty...

Nothing that a lil' sandpaper couldn't fix...

Be sure to always sand until you get a smooth edge.


Next I cleaned the cabinet well - and let me just say there were some interesting things on this cabinet - dirty is an understatement! I then sprayed the entire cabinet with gray primer for metal surfaces...

Seems like no matter how hard I try to get away from green - I keep going back to it.  I love this color... "Leafy Green" from Rust-oleum - reminds me of spring!
 

Snowball kept his distance yet he kept an eye on what I was doing.  He wasn't for sure what to think of me when I was shaking those spray paint cans -all the while channeling Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off".  I'm glad no one else was watching! ;-)


This cabinet has 30 drawers - yep... took a while to paint all those little drawers.

This paint has great coverage - two coats and I was ready to take it inside - with Shaun's help of course.  It may be small but it is heavy!

I simply cut some kraft paper to size and used some of my small stamps to label the drawers.  


You can see - all of those drawers are already being put to great use.  I love it - feeling all organized.  Now, only if the rest of my house was like this.


It fit perfectly at the base of our steps - right outside my craft closet.  I'm glad I decided to treat myself  with this cabinet.  It's nothing fancy - but I'm sure it will be a piece that will be serviceable for years to come.

Happy Winter Friends!

Cathy



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry CHRISTmas!


Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!
































May your day be blessed with family, friends, health and hope!

Cathy

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas in the Kitchen...


  Are you doing lots of baking in your Christmas kitchen?  I hope so.  I wish I could say that I have... but honestly - I haven't been home enough lately to cook anything!  But...I do plan on it real soon!

Once again - I used what I already had - just changed it up a bit from last year.  Enjoy the look around!

 I kept my red and turquoise color scheme just like in the sun room...


My kitchen shelves
- a basket and some berries
- my mason jars that stay there all the time
- and my lil' houses my mom gifted me when we moved here.


Y'all have seen these carolers for years - but I must say once again - that I just love them because my mamaw, Cleo, lovingly made these for me.  


My hutch painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint...


 ...all lined up with my canned tomato juice and applesauce...


One new addition to the kitchen this year is my walnut table.  My husband made this for me for Mother's Day out of lumber from our farm.  I enjoy sitting there in the mornings looking out at the cows.


I placed the base of my tree in an old flour sack...


...my carolers under glass...



...on the table - just a simple basket arrangement filled with greenery, pine cones, antlers and ornaments...


 It's a good thing I have lots of shelves - because I have lots of stuff...;-)



And lastly - my tree at the end of the kitchen table is filled with all of our family ornaments - the ones that mean so much to me.



Now...lets go bake some Christmas cookies!

Merry Christmas!

Cathy





Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy December...


 As my Mamaw Ruby would say "GOODNESS GRACIOUS" - where is time going? Well, I second that Mamaw.  It's December already.  Not only is it the Christmas season, this month I'll celebrate my 18th wedding anniversary - (can. not. believe. it) and my hubby's birthday plus many other wonderful seasonal celebrations.  I hope you and your family are well - had a blessed Thanksgiving and are looking forward to lots of family time over the holiday season.  That is what I enjoy the most - getting together with family and friends.

Of course, we do have other rooms in this house of ours besides the sun room - but according to my posts - you wouldn't know it - haha.  That is where I seem to like to hang out the most and for some reason it gets the most attention.

So we will start the little Christmas tour there...the rest will soon follow.

I simply used a set of reindeer that I had, a small tree and some flocked greenery. I kept the decorations on the tree to just a couple of things - some ribbon in a bright turquoise to match the pillows I already had and just added some sweet lil' burlap birds and a few cardinals.


...tweet tweet...



The stockings that I have had for years just hang from some greenery over the windows...


 ...Even the plant has a welcome guest, a cardinal, nest and some pine cones...


This corner holds the chair I curl up in, a festive pillow and simple lit wreath...

...Over in the other corner is my "door" shelf.  It is home to another simple tree, some packages and a picture of my family when I was growing up and a few gardening things.  My watering cans stay out year round - they were gifts to me from my grandfather.  They are extra special now... because this will be the first Christmas he won't be with us.  He is celebrating in heaven this year.


Easy breezy lemon squeezy ornaments I made from pieces of cedar - brushed on a little white paint and stamped them with one of my favorite words for EVERY season - "JOY". 




This is the view from our kitchen table... it says to me "Come in and sit a while". This is where I love to watch it snow!

 
This is our family tree nestled in the corner of the kitchen with all the ornaments we have collected over the years.  I decided to keep the turquoise color going in the kitchen too.  I'll show you that next.

 Merry Christmas Friends!
God Bless!


Cathy



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall At Cobblestone...

It's been rainy and cool here so it's really starting to look and feel like fall around Kentucky.  One more week or so and I believe the leaves will be "showing off" with all their beautiful colors on display - simply one of my favorite things in nature. 
 
One of these days I will make it back to the Maine/New Hampshire area where I saw the most breathtaking fall color EVER several years back - absolutely stunning.
 
Honestly, I didn't do as much fall decorating this year as I usually do.  I simply used what I already had and didn't spend an entire paycheck on pumpkins, mums, gourds, Indian corn, fodder shocks - you get the idea ;-)  See, for 13 years I grew my own - and I just decorated every nook and cranny - but now that I have to pay for all those pretties - needless to say - I don't go quite as crazy.
 
Enjoy the look around!


 
Keeping it simple in the kitchen...


Love my lil' autumn barn print - fifty cents - gotta love that... 

 
Mantle in the dining area...

 
Basket full of dried gourds and antlers...

 
Sorry about the glare - I reeeeally do need a photography class ;-)

 
The entry chalkboard - nothing fancy...

 
In the sunroom...


 
I'm ready to turn on the fireplace...

 
Let's go outside...
 
...loving my "warty goblin" pumpkin...

 
I'm still hanging on to my ferns - they are still so pretty...

 
A few mums scattered around. This is one of my favorite varieties - it is called yellow "Bethany".  A late compact bloomer - she's just now getting started!


Simple window boxes...

 
My ornamental cabbage is outgrowing my lil' pumpkins - that is o.k. - they will be great through winter!

 
By the fountain...

 
Y'all just pretend you don't see my flower bed that needs some serious TLC right now - like some weeding and pruning and mulching and the list goes on an on - but doesn't it always.
 


All lists aside - we have to stop and truly
Enjoy this beautiful time of year!
 
Happy Fall Friends!