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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Puppies and Projects

Bon jour!
How is your spring going so far?
It's been cooler than normal here at the Chateau, but the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming!
So I thought that was the perfect time for a little visit with Molly.
 I took these pics last week, while Molly was enjoying a little break beneath the crab apple trees!
It was no easy feat trying to take her picture with one hand (while holding her leash with my other!) using just my cell phone, and getting her to hold still!
Not to mention look my way!
It was such a beautiful day, with a nice gently breeze.  The petals that were falling looked just like confetti that was being tossed!
 She is growing by leaps and bounds, and is really learning and soaking everything up!
At 3 1/2 months old, she will undoubtedly be a wild and crazy little puppy for quite some time!
Ok, moving on to a few projects of mine.........

I found these neat and very large candlesticks while treasure hunting a few weeks ago.
They didn't look this lovely when I discovered them, though!
They are made of metal, and very tall and heavy.
Anyway, around their middle sections was glued printed burlap.  I just didn't look right, and gave them a cheap feel, I thought.  I knew right away I could make them pretty.
Well, removing the burlap proved to be much more challenging that I thought!
It was glued on, and I must have spent well over an hour getting it, and the glue residue off!
Then came the fun part, the painting!
Using chalk paint, I gave them a special 6 step treatment to give a faux zinc look.
I had alot of fun with this project, and think they look so much better!
Just wish I had thought to take their before pic!
 I've been on an angel wing kick lately, and painted these sweet little cast iron cuties in a pretty soft pale pink.  It's hard to tell from my photo, but I added a final coat of shimmery pearlized paint, making them even more angelic!
 I used the same shade of pink to paint these metal wings, that feature a cross and heart in their center.
 This next pair of wings is huge!
They are wood, with unique metal "feather" accents.
I've painted them my signature creamy white chalk paint, and added some of the pearlized finish.

 They are massive, at 40" tall, and together weigh 13 pounds.
I think they would make quite a statement wherever they are hung!
 I've added all of the projects you see here in my Etsy shop, if you care to take a look!
Thanks so much for visiting, I do really appreciate it, and your comments!
Looking forward to seeing what you all have been up to!
In the mean time, I leave you with one more pic of Miss Molly.
I picked up this basket at the Salvation Army to not only store her toys in, but used it to bring her home when we first adopted her back in April.
The other day I spotted her as she had hopped in, and just had to run and grab my camera.
I couldn't resist taking a picture of her with her little paws crossed!
(she posed that way herself!)

Have a great rest of the week! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Master Bath Renovation Reveal and a Visit with Molly

Hi Everyone,
how is your week going?
Today I wanted to share our master bathroom redo.  I had intended on sharing it quite some time ago.
Anyway, we are beyond thrilled with the end result!
While it was many months in the making, it was well worth the wait.
The great thing is that my handy hubby did 99% of the work!
From the demo to the drywall, plumbing and electrical work, the beadboard installation, to the tile work, he did it all!
The only thing he didn't do was install the frameless glass shower enclosure.
For some strange reason, the walls look yellow in my photos. They are not yellow!
They are a soft and creamy color which I love (Behr).
We chose white cabinets by Merillat, and a gorgeous sand colored quartz counter.
For the hardware and faucets we went with brushed nickle, and I am so glad we did.  Initially I wanted oil rubbed bronze, but the only hardware we could find had lots of copper tones in it, which I did not like.
This is a small room, with very high ceilings, so we had to make the most of every square inch!
I'll give you a reminder in a bit of what our bathroom used to look like.
One of the best parts of the transformation (well, they are all good!) is now we each have our own sink!
Yeah!  Prior to that, we just had one, and it drove me nuts having to share.

Ok, here is what it used to look like!  This photo actually made the room look better than it really did, as it was taken with a wide angle lens (by hubby's son for our then real estate listing).
I can honestly say there wasn't a thing I liked about thus room!
Ok, there was one, the light fixture! And that was only because it wasn't that old.
Everything else was very 1980's, and not in a good way!!
 I cringe just looking at this mirrored sliding shower door.  Ugh!
 And as much as I love blue (it is my favorite color), I don't want a blue bath tub or fiberglass shower enclosure.  Or a blue toilet!  Notice the "lovely" wooden toilet seat in the mirror?
 I was more than ready years ago for this room to be transformed.
Now we couldn't be happier with the end result!
Ok, remember those upper walls are light cream, not yellow as they are showing!
I am loving the beadboard, and also our double towel rack.
Hubby did an amazing job with the ceramic tile floors and shower.
 I picked out most everything for the bath, including what I call my "fancy tile", the pretty glass mosaic tile used as an accent in the shower, as well as back splash above the vanity. They are made in Italy, are iridescent, and change colors with the light. They remind me of the inside of a seashell.  I just love them!
They were not cheap, but I am so glad that I decided to splurge.
The rainshower head and hand held  are made in Germany, and come with a lifetime warranty.
You don't find that much these days!  Nothing like German engineering!
 We both feel like we're staying at a fancy spa hotel!
 Ok, what do you do when you have huge and unsightly shampoo and conditioner bottles?
Well, I just wasn't happy with the way the looked in our niche, they hid my fancy tiles!
So, I found some clear acrylic soap and lotion dispensers at Bed Bath and Beyond, then created labels for them.  The pretty graphics are from the Graphics Fairy, and I just added the writing on PicMonkey.
I then used outdoor ModPodge (which I happened to have on hand) to attach the labels. Then I gave them a few more coats.  So far, over a month later, the labels are holding up beautifully.  And the pump dispensers  look so much nicer, I think!

 At Home Goods (love that store!) I found the most gorgeous mercury glass soap dispensers, tooth brush holder, and soap dish.  I like corralling all of our things in these ceramic trays, which I purchased years ago at Home Goods.  We each have our own.

 We just love the frameless glass shower enclosure. The door swings both in and out.
It is a huge improvement from our tub with sliding mirrored doors!
I was always stubbing my toes or bumping my shins when I climbed in and out of that thing.
I may or may not have yelled a few choice words over the years!
 Up above our vanity, I've hung this pretty cream colored iron piece, found at Hobby Lobby.
I think it's a perfect fit for the space.
 Oh, who do we have here??
Well it's little Miss Molly!
We've had Molly for a little over 2 weeks, and she has already made herself at home.
She won our hearts, and came to us at a time when we were totally heartbroken over the sudden loss of our Katie.  We still miss Katie terribly and always will.  But having Molly in our lives has been a big help.
Plus, she keeps us more than busy!
 Hey!  Just look what happened at the end of my little photo shoot today!
Someone decided that the toilet paper is just way too fun to unroll!
 "Hey, it wasn't me!"
 Thought I'd share a few more pics of Molly.
We just love her.
 She is almost 3 months old, and is full of energy and mischief, like most puppies are!

 I can't get over how quickly she is growing.  I snapped the photo below (which is one of my favorites) a week ago. She already has grown by leaps and bounds.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really do appreciate your visits and comments.
And all of the support you've shown me, it has meant more than you know.
Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Meet Molly

Hi Everyone,
It's been quite some time since my last post.
The past month has been a very difficult one, with the sudden loss of our sweet Katie.
I wanted to thank you so much for all of the kind words and comments you left.  It truly means alot.
Katie was our heart dog, and we will always miss her.  Losing her left a huge hole in our hearts and lives.
As difficult as it is for hubby and I to move on, to us a house isn't a home without a fur baby.
So, I would like to introduce you to our new dear one, 9 week old cocker spaniel Molly.
We just brought her home Monday night, and we love her already!
She has brought laughter back to our house, is very active and happy, and is keeping us more than busy on
"puppy patrol"!

 She has a face that would melt anyone's heart, I do believe.
 We are having lots of fun, but are tired keeping up with her:)
 While it is a bittersweet time, with thoughts of our Katie, we know that Molly will 
become our kindred spirit pup too, and help heal our hearts.
She loves looking at herself in the mirror.  Wow, looks like I have quite a few little paw and nose prints to clean!  Both of Molly's parents are show dogs.  Her dad is a national champion.  We aren't into the show thing, so Molly won't be going that route.
But it sure looks like she may be into a little primping!
 Just had to share this "action shot" below.  Much of her day is spent chasing and playing in the house.
 I've not had the heart to blog since Katie.  I thought I would discontinue writing my blog, life just hasn't felt the same.  But, I have missed you all and will be visiting to see what you've been up to.
So, for now my plan is to just post once in awhile, not that often.
I will be popping by to visit, though.

Hope you all are doing well.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Goodbye Sweet Friend

My heart is breaking as I write this.  Yesterday we had to make the terrible decision to say goodbye to our sweet little girl, our cocker spaniel, Katie.
Katie was our best friend, the brightest spot in our lives.  She was our child.
Wednesday we received the devastating diagnosis that she had a very accute severe form of anemia. The same type we lost our sweet cocker Emily to three years ago.
 We are crushed.  Katie was until Tuesday a happy, very healthy and active little girl. She was very energetic, and played just like a puppy.  Her mischievous ways always made us laugh.  
We brought her home as a little 8 week old ball of fluff.  She was just the cutest puppy ever.  She helped heal our hearts after losing Emily.
 She went everywhere with us.  Long walks each day, car rides, camping trips, trips to the beach, and boat rides. She was a constant companion, full of love and fun.
 We are beyond shocked.
We rushed her Wednesday to the animal hospital, where she ended up getting three blood transfusions.
Yesterday at 6am, we received a phone call that she had a blood clot on her brain.
We rushed to go see her, but by then, 2 hours later, were informed she had additional blood clots on her lungs and in her stomach.  They said there was nothing more they could do, and that most likely she wouldn't make it thru the day. That is when we made the very, very painful decision to end her suffering.
 There are no words to describe how devastated we are.
We miss our sweet Katie so very much, she meant the world to us.
Our hearts are hurting, and it feels that life will never be the same again.
 It is a huge loss, we are numb.
 We miss our baby.
To all that left such kind comments on my last post, I thank you for your support.
It means alot.  I am sorry I was not able to respond to you all, I am sure you understand.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Prayers Needed for our Cocker Spaniel Katie

It's hard for me to ask for help, but today I have a very urgent prayer request for our sweet cocker spaniel Katie.
Katie is three years old, and if you visit here very often, you know that she is a very, very important part of our lives and family.  She is like our child.
Yesterday morning, she just wasn't her usual active and energetic self, she was very lethargic. I became worried, so we took her to our vet right away.  They said she probably had the flu (she had a high temperature) and gave us meds, and said if she wasn't better by this morning, to call.
Well, this morning she was worse, so we took her in again.
Blood tests show that she has a type of anemic disorder that is unfortunately common in cocker spaniels.
Our vet said it was very rare for a dog Katie's age to get it.
Our sweet cocker Emily had it, it came on very suddenly three years ago, and we lost her to it.
The ironic thing is that we lost Emily three years ago yesterday.
So today our vet had us rush Katie to an animal hospital he highly recommended, 45 minutes away, for an emergency blood transfusion.
To say we are in shock is putting it mildly.  I am very worried and scared.
The vet at the hospital was very kind and said they would run other tests on her to see if something else was going on.  Best case scenario, she will be there for several days. But still will be in critical condition.
To come home without her, and see her toys scattered about the house, is very painful.
She is like our daughter.
So, if you could please keep her (and us, too, please) in your prayers, it would mean so much.
We are back home, anxiously awaiting word how the transfusion went.
I will be sure to keep you posted.
Thank you.

Monday, March 7, 2016

New Creations in My Shop

Hi everyone,
How is your week going?
It seems that spring will arrive early here in Michigan, and that is just fine with me!
Today's temps were much warmer than normal, and tomorrow is supposed to be a balmy 66 degrees!
For us that is a real heat wave!
Today I thought I'd share with you some of my latest creations which I've listed in my Etsy shop.
I just love galvanized anything, don't you? So when I spotted this tall bucket awhile back, I couldn't scoop it up quickly enough! Actually it was in it's natural state finish wise.  I decided to paint it a pretty and soft
dove gray, followed by some dry brushing in a lighter shade for interest.
Then I added one of my all time favorite labels from the Graphics Fairy.
I have used this design many times, and never tire of it.

 Next up is this sweet tea pot, fashioned from chicken wire.  I've painted it my signature creamy white, and embellished it with a pretty rose tag,  Petite cream silk flowers and crinkly cream seam binding ribbon add to the shabby cottage chic charm!
 Here is a close up.

Shelves have always been a best seller in my shop.  I think every home could use more shelves!
So I'm always on the hunt for interesting ones that I can paint and transform.
I lucked out and found this beauty at a thrift shop when we were in Florida.  It is in excellent vintage condition.  I freshened it up with some nice bright white paint.
I love wicker!

 Perfect for storing treasures or necessities.

I painted this pretty wood shelf in a lovely light blue chalk paint.
Love the curvy side brackets and the pegs for hanging everything from coats to bags to dog leashes:)

 I couldn't resist this sweet little vintage lamb planter, which I found last month at one of my favorite haunts.
Isn't she just darling?!  It's by Napco, and features a lamb with just the cutest little face, who is pulling a pink and white cart.
 I wouldn't be too sad if she didn't sell!
 I think it would be so cute for Easter, or would be darling in a baby's room.
 Last but not least is this painted and stenciled cloche.
Cloches are another favorite of mine that I am always thrilled to find.
Actually hubby came home with this one for me.  It makes me so happy when he stops to treasure hunt for me!
I've painted it with white chalk paint, then stenciled it just for fun.

 I also added one of my glittered Eiffel Tower tags to the top. Because you know what I always say................
"You can never have too much glitter!"
That's it for today, thanks so much for stopping by!
I do appreciate your visits and comments!!
Have a great week:)