Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Welcome Home Wednesday #4

Welcome to our Classy Coop!

Today's featured room is our Living Room/Entry.
Before moving in, I always new I wanted an old horseshoe above our front door...being the daughter of a farrier, I just figured I would get our lucky shoe from Dad. Imagine my delight when during construction, we found an authentic, antique draft shoe!

Our house is over 100 years old, and we continually find treasures scattered about the property.

As you enter through the front door, this built in sits to the left. It is original to the house (used to be in the dining room), we just relocated it. It has glass doors that we have yet to put back on. The previous owners had busted out the amazing leaded glass doors, so they will have a more simple, craftsman look when we put them back on.

Off to the right is the living room. This room has undergone some MAJOR changes. The built-ins to the left of the fireplace are original...again, we need to put the doors back on. We couldn't strip the original chipping plaster from behind the piece, so it's now backed with bead board. I'm not sure what the original fireplace looked like. When we purchased the house, there was the ugliest pellet stove shoved into the opening, and the whole thing was a mess. Not able to afford rebuilding the masonry chimney, but wanting a wood-burning fire, we opted for a zero clearance insert, and a wood chase. We then pieced together a mantle using leftover crown molding and trim from my grandfather's woodworking business. I did all of the tile work in our house and am so pleased with the surround. I used some small, glass subway tile that I found at the Home Depot in a beautiful aqua color, then accented with some tiles scrounged up at the Pratt and Larson seconds room. The hearth is covered in slate.
The view from the dining room...
To the right of the fireplace is an original wood box disguised as a seat. We added some wall work to help with flow. I plan to someday add a cushion and some pillows. Another thing on the "to do" list is to cover those green swivel chairs. They are from my Great Grandmother, and I was lucky enough to inherit them!
The sofa caught my eye last summer as I drove past an auction house. It was sitting on the side of the road with a sign on it that read....well, you don't want to know how cheap I got that antique sofa for!
It is in amazing condition, has down cushions, and gorgeous tufting!

The lighting in our home is another thing we had to save on.
It's one of the last things to purchase, so we were running low on funds. This is when it helps to be creative. I purchased the living room light at the Habitat Re-use It Store for $7.
It was an awful avocado green, and covered in grease.
I cleaned it up, gave it a coat of paint, and used some Amy Butler gift wrap to spruce it up.

Over the Entry, is a reproduction schoolhouse light from...gasp, Lowes! Believe it or not, Lowes has some decent repo's for only $40 each!
That beats $140 any day!
My mantel is ever-changing...I envision a painting of a wooly brown cow. I am crossing my fingers that Teresa Sheeley will do a custom piece for me. I would even take a print of a past piece if she had one.
Ah, I see another project...that coffee table.
It has a great base and will soon get a fresh coat of paint.

Loving this new mirror I found on my latest trip to GW, and the horse head purchased from Sarah at Roost ReImagined.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Happy Sunday!
There is something about Sunday mornings that makes me happy.
I enjoy a slow morning with a hot cup of coffee and Legends and Outlaws playing on the radio.
One of my favorite songs is, "That's what I love about Sundays" by Craig Morgan...
(I even had it on my labor playlist while in the hospital delivering our second baby).
Any who, while folding laundry this beautiful Sunday morning, our oldest decided to "throw me a party "! A girl after her mama's heart. She decorated my bedroom, got all dressed up, and sang me happy birthday (even though my birthday is not actually until December).
It was the sweetest thing ever, we had hair bows on hand towels (in the master bath).
Barbie scarves tied to knobs.
Cinderella books with pretty jewelry around the base.
Rosette pins on the curtains.
And butterfly clips too.
Little gems and colorful rocks were scattered about.
Necklaces carefully draped over the TP dispenser.
We are off to a good start around here!
Hope you enjoy your Sunday.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Molly Mo's and The Petticoat Saloon

August 20th is just around the corner...have your saved the date?

Molly Mo's is a wonderful outdoor antique faire, and The Farrier's Daughter is so excited to be one of the many vendors.

Focusing on my Cowgirl Canteens, I have decided to go with a Petticoat Saloon theme for my display.

I'm seeing swinging doors, whiskey barrels, pistols, and wanted signs...

Only The Petticoat Saloon wont be your typical Old West Saloon, nope, we are going putting a cowGIRL twist on things!

Try imagining a marriage between the photo above and below.

Are you feelin' it?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Family Camping, The Paleo Plunge, and Shop Talk

Wow, it's been one of those months where I look back and wonder where the time has gone.
How quickly it goes by when we are busy having fun!
We just returned home from a week long family camping trip to the Mt. Hood National Forest.
After nearing being eaten alive by mosquitoes at Olallie Lake, we hopped back in the truck and changed plans. We needed a new place to camp, and preferable one with less blood sucking insects.
On map duty, I spotted a place that sounded interesting: Bear Skull Springs
Only as we entered that area, we ran into a mama bear and her cub (almost literally), so we decided we would press any place that didn't include bear, or cougar in the name.
We soon found Summit Lake, and decided to call it home for the week.
For our little campers, we took lots of fun stuff for activities, arts and crafts. A big hit this year was rock painting. Our youngest turned two when we were there so we also had a birthday party. It was soooo hard for me not to decorate and make a big deal about it. At the last minute I contemplated painting a banner with the paints the girls were using for their rock masterpieces, but knew that my husband would give me a bad time, so I resisted.
We did have cupcakes, a candle, song and gifts.....oh and music, because our 5 year old insisted it's not a party without music!
Luckily, we had very few neighbors (I'm talking maybe one other person every night). It was quiet...well, except for our own noise, which I am used to. We hiked, laughed, played, and napped. It was a rejuvenating trip, that I needed dearly.
The girls were in heaven, picking wildflowers, hiking, and getting filthy.
Our oldest even did a little photography (she took the one above)
We ventured out to nearby lakes...this one, Little Crater Lake, was indigo blue, 45' deep, and you could see all of the way to the bottom.
While away, the fresh air got to my head, errr, should I said cleared my head.
I decided it was time to make some much needed changes.
For some time now, I have been feeling tired, low on energy, and just not very good. Having a family history of diabetes, I started talking with my hubby about his new food lifestyle...
The Caveman Diet
aka Paleo, Primal Blueprint, whatever you want to call it-it's the idea that our bodies were not designed to process grains and that it is best to eliminate them from the diet. This sounded absolutely absurd to me when my husband first started looking into it. In fact, I will admit to making fun of him for it on more than one occasion.
I will also admit that I am a carb-y.
I love my carbs.
But, after doing some internet research (or rather after picking my husband's brain about his internet research), I decided it was time for a change, and this could be a good one for me. I am not, and will never be a dieter. I am just going to take this one day at a time and see if it works for me. So far, I have not had grains since yesterday morning, and it is HARD. However, I am assured that once over the hump, it gets easier. I also started looking into ways to satisfy my hunger, and carb urges. I picked up some Almond Meal today and am going to attempt substituting for flour/breadcrumbs.
On tonight's menu, bread less meatloaf...I will let you know how it turns out.
On to Shop Talk
There are new women's flasks, aka Cowgirl Canteens™ listed in the shop. Blogger isn't cooperating with my on the hyperlink, but if you click on the big pink cash register in the right sidebar, you'll find them!


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