Sunday, August 25, 2013

The entryway is complete!

Finally done with this project! 
Loving the built in shelves...they are perfect for keys, phones, small bags and of course my snow globe collection!  I do think I want to add something to the back of the shelves. Probably some vintage map paper since we have a bit of a travel theme in this room.  I painted the compass rose on the floor a few years ago and it is showing a nice worn look. It was a fairly easy project.  I found a compass rose online and just enlarged it, penciled it in on the unfinished floor and painted.  I did sand a little bit for a worn look.  Then we sealed the floor .  With the dogs and everyday wear, it could use a refresh.  I just say it has that lived in look!
Here is a pic of the other corner.  I have a vintage icebox that I use for storing hats, mittens and scarves.  The artwork is from Key West and also from a friend who is trying to get his business up a running.  Troy Davis Photography.  He does amazing work.  The piece I have is of the Two Harbors, MN lighthouse.  Another beautiful place we have been.  The shells in the glass bowl are from many trips to Key West.  I have a flameless candle in the center for a bit of light at night.

On to the next project!!!!  The yard!
Our side yard has been neglected for several years,  When are kids were younger we had three holes of mini golf in that spot.  I couldn't decide what to do over there and it became a mess of tree seedlings, vines and weeds. 
Got a start on it yesterday.  Pulled all the weeds and little trees, raked out some mulch and created a small seating area on one of the old golf areas.  I am trying to do a no cost makeover, using plants and things from other parts of the yard.  We are removing a garden on the side of our garage, which gives me a number of plants and flowers to move into this space. 
It will be an ongoing project for a few weeks.  Way too hot and humid here in Minnesota for a few days!  I will be inside working on more glass pieces!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekend fun

What a great weekend!  Twins game with the hubby, good food and drink and best of all our daughter returned home from the summer in Colorado! 
I had to do something to celebrate her arrival, so I gathered up some scrapbook paper and washi tape and made a cheery pennant banner for her.  Super fast and easy and great for any occasion. 
It was one of the best weekends of the summer, having the kids here, grilling some yummy walleye, veggies and sweet corn, and of course a bonfire.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wow, this summer is going fast!  All those projects I thought would get done are still not done, but I have been enjoying the beautiful summer weather.  One project that is almost done, is my entryway re-do. 
My husband took an old window opening and built in some shelves for mail, phones, you name it.  Here is a pic of the rough opening.  It is about 36x55 inches.  The shelves are done and installed, everything has a fresh coat of paint, new coat hooks up.  I am feeling more organized already!

And the best part....a new window I just finished!  No more curtains, just beautiful glass!  Have to finish up some small things like switch plate covers.  It is surprising how much these little things make a difference in the appearance of a room.  I will post some pics when it is completely done.
Off to start another project for a customer!  A lovely fall panel in autumn colors with a maple leaf.  Excited to see how it turns out!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It's a beautiful summer evening in Minnesota and I'm thinking about fall!  Trying to get a head start on some glass projects for my Etsy shop and The Market on Oak....the gift shop I work at. 
I am working on pumpkins...short, tall, skinny, chubby. 
And panels with fall colored leaves.  I think they look great on a garden stake, instead of a flag.  I am also planning some panels with pumpkins.  And leaf sun catchers.  Maybe some black cats, bats and witches hats!  What kinds of fall icons would you like to have in your window?  Leave me a comment!  My Etsy shop is  Have fun shopping!