Monday, March 30, 2015

Busy as a little bee!






After my precious mama and daddy's visit I knew I had to get busy
on a few special orders!!!

I have a couple of treasure organizers in the making.
I always have to adjust my pattern to the size of the wooden hanger ~
The pockets are created from a long strip of lined fabric and then
measured and ironed into the appropriate sizes.

Then I choose from my collected laces and doilies to see what would
be perfect to adorn each and every pocket!

I will soon decide on a few gorgeous vintage buttons to finish off
each pocket as well.

Here are a few photos to share my progress:






And take a peek at what I finally broke down and purchased...
An Ikea Raskog utility cart!!!
I've always wanted one for my studio and for some reason
they've reduced the price from 49.99 to 29.99!!!
It was such a great deal that I simply ordered it online
and the shipping was only 10.00.
Much better than fighting traffic to get to
the nearest Ikea in downtown Atlanta.

Now...what will I put in it???

Here's the link to it online:






I just found some WONDERFUL magazines that I know you will LOVE too!
I promise to share them in my next post.

Happy Monday angels!
Thank you always for visiting me here ~
hugs and love,
Dawn




Monday, March 23, 2015

It's the little things that make you happy!


Well....we've lived here at the farmhouse for almost five years now!!!
I've looked at the red brick fireplace day after day just knowing
that it could be so, so much more beautiful with just a teeny bit of effort!

I mentioned to my dad that I would love for him to build me a fireplace surround
completely out of gorgeous moulding.
Completely removeable but wonderful all the same.

Well, mom and dad came down last week and he was ready, willing and able!!!
At almost 75 years old, this precious man
(a total handyman by-the-way) wants to make me happy!

He measured and measured again.
We headed to Lowes and started looking at all the components we would need.
We totally designed it on the concrete floor of Lowes!
We purchased some items but after one night's sleep,
my dad dreamed all about it by-the-way...
(he is who I get my artistic goodness from!)
and decided we needed to return some things and buy a few others!

He used thin luan as the foundation for his fireplace surround creation.
He purchased small flat-head screws that he screwed in from the BACK
of the luan so they would not show from the front and need to be puttied.

He used 1 x 6 boards on the sides that he shaved down
to the proper size to apply the luan base to.

Then he began using wood glue in addition to the screws
to add the different mouldings to the front.
The wonderful thing?
The fireplace surround is only attached to the wall on each side of the fireplace!
It can easily be removed if needed.

Here are a few photos of this wonderful transformation!!!



BEFORE:












I still need to add a finish coat of white paint but
I LOVE IT SO, SO MUCH!!!!
It adds so much more character to our sweet living room!!



AFTER:




And as wonderful added bonus?
My sweet son Brad gave me an early Mother's Day gift.
A pretty ceiling fan for my studio with a great light!
My dad and son Brent installed it too...I CAN SEE NOW!


Happy Monday angels!!!
I'm wishing you a beautiful week ahead ~

hugs and love,
Dawn






Saturday, March 14, 2015

Simple joys ~



It doesn't take much to make me happy!
I love to find beauty in the small things.
The old, tattered and forgotten.

Today I received a simple, little doll dress in the mail from a friend.
It's old, stained, has a few holes but is absolutely PRECIOUS!

It got me to thinking about the simple things that bring us joy.
A tiny doll dress like the one below,
maybe a few blooms in water the first days of spring,
an old book with gorgeous illustrations,
a found bird's nest...
maybe a jar full of beautiful old buttons.

Finding the beauty in the simple things...

I just wanted to share a few of my joys with you ~

























I hope you're having a beautiful weekend precious friends ~

hugs and love,
Dawn



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