Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Revisiting A Farmhouse Living Area

Daniel was home from work on Monday -- a combination of not feeling the greatest and the weather.  I took advantage of him being here and asked, pleaded, winked** to persuade him into helping me finish the painting that had been started.  We painted the entryway, living room, and dining room (which are all one big room).

When we moved in we had painted most of it, but never completely finished.  I thought I wanted the walls wHiTe.  After living with them completely white for a while and discovering a wonderful color by Valspar called Quail Egg when we painted our bedroom -- Daniel requested that we just run that through the house.  And since we have such an open floor plan, using the same color works very well.

After sooo..... many days of winter gloom and cold weather I woke up to the sun shining, brilliantly.  I thought I would capture some of that sunlight.

This shelf was part of a wall unit.  The ReUse It store thought it was ok to break up the set and it has been floating around the house ever since.  I knew where I wanted it to go... just took the winter to paint it and hang it.  Some Ironstone works great on it.  The little cabinet below the shef holds our printer -- everything has a use and a place.

I needed a little more storage in the living room so I replaced the little white table/desk that use to sit here with an old dresser.  I didn't need anything fancy -- actually the older it looked the better, but it needed to be exactly 34 inches to fit the space.  I didn't realize how hard it would be to find such a piece.  My waiting and scouring Craigslist and thrift stores paid off -- just the one showed up at the price I was willing to pay.  I like how it looks and it provides the storage I was looking for.

The little shelf above the dresser is one I picked up along the way.  I liked it's shape and I knew I'd find the perfect place for it.  I painted it with a color by Glidden called Whispering Wheat; a beige color that doesn't carry the purply-pinky-yellow tones that most do.

The decor I show is a mish-mash of years of collecting and acquiring hand-me-downs.  The pictures in the black frames were found some years ago in Texas.  Sketched by a local artist made up, entirely, of Scripture.  Amazing and oh so time consuming to look at.  It's like a Where's Waldo of verses.

The old step stool was a ReStore find.  I loved the color.  And the copper pot has sat around my mother's house for... ever.  As long as I can remember.  It is affectionately referred to as Chester Copperpot (Goonies).  The linens underneath are cast-offs from garage sales and thrift stores.

The other end of this large room serves as an entryway -- a very well used entryway.  It keeps all the coats and boots and chore shoes.  As much as I've tried to 'pertify' it... it's still very utilitarian.

 The little desk was moved here because we have to keep the return air duct UNobstructed and the picture was just hung recently to see how I liked having a picture there.  Mr. Manly really wants a picture called "Destiny" and I believe that's where it will go.  Everything in our house is used... being two-fold  (1) I do NOT buy anything retail  (2) I don't have anything that isn't put to use.  If I bring something in, it has to be able to be utilized in some way.

Even if the purpose is just to be sweet and pretty in it's own right.

The last area of this room is the wall that separates the kitchen from the living room.  It's the piano wall.  I'm so excited about this wall because it was just finished.  It was the LaSt wall in the house in need of drywall work and Mr. Manly just finished it last week.  And of course our free, upright piano that we have deemed the "Grapes of Wrath".  It is due to have a new coat of paint in the near future -- getting rid of the grapes, but in the meantime it sounds just as beautiful being played.  And on top of it more cast-off linens and an old hardware box that I got for my birthday last year.


I love the simple look of this wall with a garage sale find mirror from Texas and primitive [old] looking candle holders that don't seem capable of keeping the candles upright, perfectly.  Oh well...

And of course I wasn't the only one enjoying the sunlight...

I'm finishing a painting project in the dining room and then I promise I'll post pictures!!!
Pinky promise.

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Snowy Scene

More snow; at this point there's eight inches blanketing the ground.  Not as if we haven't already had enough, but Mother Nature decided we needed one more snowy scene before Spring.  Forecast shows a [much desired] rise in temperatures starting tomorrow!

I'm not the only one objecting.

Looking forward to warm weather again.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentines Day; 5 Year Ago

We went to church - had no heat so service was cancelled.
Daniel took me bowling and out for dessert - we both hurt our hand and now have a headache from the amount of sugar.  But the time spent together was wonderful!  I love spending time with him.
But I wanted more redemption somehow, so I came home and looked at pictures.  I came across the Valentine portraits I took of the girls 5 years ago.

Sydney 5 years ago
Sydney this year
Ali 5 years ago
Ali this year
It's startling to see what impact 5 years has on someone, but more than how much these two have changed on the outside -- I'm blown away at the transformation on the inside.  They have both become young women of God; loving Him in full-abandon.  Giving of themselves in time, energy, and gifts.  With all honesty -- something I had no idea of at either of their ages.

Ali is planning to go to Africa and is currently working toward that end.  
Sydney desires to start and lead a youth choir -- in the future.
Ali is going through online bible college classes.
Sydney is finishing high school early.
Ali love to play the piano.
Sydney sings.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Giftings and Talents

I'm amazed at the giftings and talents God has bestowed upon our children.  Both are musical -- beyond anything I've ever known.  Ali is very artsy/creative and Sydney is an artist.  This is just one little "doodle" of hers.  There are others that blow my mind.  We are all uniquely fashioned for His glory!!!

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