Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rainy Days


Here lately, we've been getting a lot of rain. There is something comforting about a rainy day in the summer. Sometimes, I curl up by a window, with a soft throw, a hot cup of coffee, and a good book. During this downpour, I spent some time on Pinterest. Browsing through home décor pics is such a great way to get new ideas and I've been soaking up all the design inspiration. Today's post includes a few rooms that were definitely eye candy for me.

motleycraft-o-rama:

From Kotivinkki









Very chic.



dustjacket attic: Interiors | Lake House


Small eat in kitchen - love the use of the ladder. 





  


Bedside vignettes


Great desk


Kitchen Organization


Nice!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.

Rain

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Records, Good Food and Pianos

sing!

Hello?... Crickets chirping... Anyone still there? I know I haven't been around lately and I apologize for the lack of posts. I didn't plan to take a blogging break. It just kind of happened. It is good to be back at it again, though and I'd love to fill you in on what I've been up to lately. I'm currently reading Ezekiel in the bible.


Oh and my daughter and I spent part of the day in Lancaster last weekend. We had so much fun. She was really happy to find a record shop to browse in and found some old albums for $1.00 a piece.


We noticed that there were several pianos throughout downtown Lancaster. I found out that Lancaster city is now known as the Street Piano Capitol of the world. A total of 14 pianos, all designed and painted by local artists are available to the public 24/7 until the end of September. The objective is to provide access to musical opportunities, foster creativity and build a sense of community among the public and, in the process, raise resources awareness for local music and visual arts education initiatives. While we were walking, we didn't find all 14, but we did find a few.


I can't tell you how tempted I was to sit down and play, but at the time, I didn't know that I could.



If I make it back before September, I'm going to hop right on and go for it.



We stopped to admire these pretty flowers. I would love to try to recreate something like this.


After walking around for a while, we were ready for a snack. We found a wonderful little cupcake shop. 




I ended up getting a peach cobbler cupcake and it was oh so good! .


The fam and I also went to one of my favorite restaurants, The Olive Garden. Here's some of the things we had. Salad...


Chicken gnocchi soup,


Rigatoni with traditional meat sauce,



and Fettuccini Alfredo.


Just one more thing... I would like for you to hear my daughter play a song. I always enjoy sitting back and listening to her play my favorite tunes The clip below is probably familiar to you, it's from Beauty and the Beast.
 
video
 
Wishing you a day filled with beauty and a weekend full of joy... :)

♫♪♬ piano ! piano ! ♫♪♬
 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Picnic in the Park



Don't you just love Spring? There's just something wonderful about taking long drives with the windows down and going on a relaxing picnic. This weekend the weather was perfect. I wanted to enjoy a fun time with my family, so I packed a basket with some delicious food and we all hit the road.


We found a new park to visit. 
 

It was Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, PA and what a great find.



It was a great day for a walk, so we started off following one of the many walking trails .


... and found an interesting spot to rest for a bit.


After our little hike, we were ready for lunch.



There were lots of picnic tables right by the water so we had a couple of great spots to choose from.


This quiet little area seemed to be calling our name.



We unpacked our lunch and were ready to dig in. My oldest made the fruit infused water with lemons, blueberries and limes... yum.


 

Just in case someone new to this blog may be wondering what angel eggs are, we've never liked calling our eggs deviled eggs so we renamed them. Some people look at us kind of strange, but we've been calling them angel eggs for years now.
 

I hadn't made macaroni salad in a long time so I was really happy to see everyone enjoying it.


Unfortunately, at the end of our lunch, I forgot to take a picture of the dessert. The picture below is actually not from me, but from The Food Network. I found the recipe for strawberry oatmeal bars from the Pioneer Woman.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
 
My family loved them so much I wanted to share the link. Make sure you watch the video, too:
 
 
 Have a beautiful day! ❤️

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Another DIY Project

 
 

Confession: I have a black thumb. It's a true statement and it's such an unfortunate issue in my life because I actually adore flowers and plants. I hate to say it, but I have killed more plants that I can count and was beginning to think I was a serial plant killer. I could just never get houseplants to stay alive. 

I pretty much gave up on buying plants that is, except for the holidays. We would always get one poinsettia, sometimes two. Well, just this past Christmas, hubby brought home a poinsettia as usual,  but instead of tossing it out after the New Year, I decided to try my luck and keep it around. Now, I didn't expect much, but I kept my fingers crossed and hoped he would survive. Do you know what? He did!

Most of his red leaves have already turned green and there are lots of new leaves coming in. Since he's the first plant I owned that has lived this long, I wanted to celebrate by buying some potting soil and a new larger terra cotta pot. I also wanted to make my plant's home pretty and at the same time do something fun, so I found some inspiration on Pinterest and immediately went to work. I headed outdoors because I always prefer doing a project like this outside. I covered the area with a trash bag that I used as a drop cloth then I sealed the inside of the pot with a coat of clear acrylic spray paint.

 
Because terra cotta is so porous, if the inside is not sealed, it will absorb water and the orange color will show through the paint on the outside of the pot after a while. The sealer also protects the paint from scratches, adds durability and makes the pot easier to keep clean. I let the sealer dry completely between coats because I also needed to spray on a second coat. The same process was used for the bottom of the tray as well.
 
 
Because of the design I had in mind, I added more sealant to a portion of the outside of the pot, too.


After about 24 hours, the sealer coat was dried sufficiently. I used painters tape again, but this time to tape around the top of the pot. I made a make shift stand by using a can from my kitchen cabinet then I was ready to add the pretty paint color which I used two coats of.
 

Then I painted the inside of the tray, too.
 
 
 Once I finished painting, I used the sealer again.
 
 
I let the pot dry for 2 days before adding soil and my poinsettia. The final step was using my glue gun to add some twine around the pot. It allowed me to keep any flaws hidden.   
 
 
This isn't a project that can be completed in a day or two, but it was lots of fun. I think the plant looks great in his new home even though I made a couple of errors with the glue gun... oops! By the way, I'm linking up with Roses of Inspiration today.
 
  
 Thanks for letting me share, but I've got to go now. My stomach is starting to growl and breakfast isn't going to make itself... ;)
 
 ofsparrows:Breakfast sorcery: the only superpower I want to have.