Monday, April 18, 2016

More Sprucing Up for Company!

The plumber comes back tomorrow to replace a hot water pipe, then the real cleaning can begin.  In the meantime, I have been washing rugs and things that I can take up to the house to be cleaned. 

I've had this old blue folksy mantle for quite some time and never had a place to hang it.  My original plans were to have the bedroom in cream and rose with a lot of floral linens, but the blue is sort of taking over, but it does look nice with all the dark wood. 

It also gave me a place to put some tiny paintings that were stashed away and not being seen. 

The roses in the garden by the farmhouse are starting to bloom -

- as are the bridal spirea by the front gate.  These have just been snippets of things going on, but the big reveal is yet to come!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Antique Lights are Up!

No longer just a light bulb in the living room, my antique fixture is now up and really makes a difference in this room

The plastic light that was in the bedroom now has a vintage shade that looks like needlepoint flowers, found for only $2 at the Hospice store.

One day I will take down a portion of these ceiling tiles to see what lies beneath, hopefully old shiplap or beadboard.  What I would really love is to vault it and put in a ceiling fan.  This farmhouse could fast become a money pit (haha)!

In the bathroom a $7 base light from Home Depot replaced the strip of big light bulbs and I added an antique globe with vines and leaves, another purchase of $1, making this the cheapest light fixture ever, a mere $8! This weekend I hope to have help and get the metal mirror up.

I have had this hand painted shade for decades and hope to use this in the bathroom once the mirror is up, depending how low it hangs.  If not, I will definitely find a place for it.

Not a light fixture, but an old blue painted shelf a friend gave me before I left Georgia.  It took some work getting it together and up on the wall above the basin in the kitchen.  It now houses my chicken collection given to me by my mom.  The bottom shelf holds an old baby chick feeder.

A hummingbird was at the feeder outside of my kitchen window at the main house which I always keep full for those passing through, and that may have been the case with the one I saw this week, he was only here one day, but I erected feeders all over and one at the farmhouse hoping to lure as many as I can.  Spring is here!