Monday, August 18, 2014

First Allegan Junkin' Trip of 2014

Ahhh.... Summer Time!   Sunshine and warm breezes, garden-fresh vegetables... and the Allegan Antiques Market! The last Sunday in each month (May-September) from 8:00am - 4:00pm. There is so much to see.. you really cannot see everything in only 8 hours!  

It was an overcast day .... rain and storms were predicted.  But, we went anyway.  We made it through the main booths so fast.. just to get there and L O O K !!!  So many neat things.. re-purposed.  Ideas galore!

And we missed the rain...

We packed the truck with a few pieces that were unique... "metal" art just throws a different texture into the landscape or home.  A bottle tree which I've wanted forever.. now I have a pale green one that is distressed.. for all those wine bottles!  This nice little ditty will go in our gardenscape somewhere. Another garden piece is the tall wire pedestal.. already in use in a vacant deck corner.  Perfect!  

The antique gold fireplace screen was a steal.. while it looks very cool as it is, I may paint it due to the price! That remains to be seen yet.  Don't worry.. it's not a "true antique" like I'd be ruining it!  

Here is the pedestal flower stand already in use... I love it!  It gives just the right amount of height needed.

A fruit tray found at orchards was a find as well.  So many uses... such as taking drinks or lunch outside to enjoy, using as a centerpiece on the dining room table, to coral odds & ends, oh.. the uses are endless! Right now, it found a spot on the kitchen hutch....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bathroom Hide-A-Shelf

While all the rage today is "open air shelving".. I'm just not a big fan.  It's an area that tends to collect dust and, in our house.. well .. dog hair to be perfectly honest!  We have some "open air" shelves in our bathroom that always looked cluttered.. even when I used the pretty wicker baskets.  Somehow rolls of toilet paper, hot rollers that are only occasionally used and mismatched towels don't look so great in an open-air shelf.. or sticking up in pretty wicker baskets either.

Fabric for shelf curtain.. and future matching window curtain
So... I made a curtain to hide the mess!  I know, it may not be "fashionable".. but it is "practical"!

The new curtain on our "open air" shelves
Of course, I fell in love with the fabric that was on clearance (always a plus) at Field's Fabrics.  It matches the bathroom wonderfully and there was enough to make a window curtain as well.  Truth be told.. I haven't made the window curtain yet.. but I will!  Hopefully, I will not tire of the fabric by the time I get around to making the curtain (always a possibility and cannot be ruled out).

The fabric before cutting
Always so many projects and such limited time.  Luckily, I have folded the remaining fabric for the curtain.. and it's sitting nicely in my "in queue" pile, which is getting larger than I care to think about!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Our "Not So Hot" Deck

The South-facing deck which we added on to this old house is a very nice, large space.  It always has beautiful sun shining down on it, which made the flooring so hot you literally couldn't walk on it barefoot in the summer!  So.. then what is the use of having this great deck if you can't use it?!

But.. our back deck is "not so hot" anymore... thanks to our new Natural Light Patio Cover.  The day that the installers and patio arrived was a very dreary day.. not only weather-wise, but I had to attend a funeral on the other side of the state.  So, the pictures were taken by my hubby who did not attend the funeral. While the day was long and tiring for me, it was nice to come home to our new patio cover!

The Natural Light Patio Covers filter the sun's harsh rays to create a soft, even glow underneath the cover.  It is made with Acrylite Acrylic, the most "weatherable polymer" on the market which keeps the space dry and blocks out up to 75% of the sun's heat (it really does this)!

We absolutely LOVE the patio cover!!  It is amazing how comfortable it is sitting underneath it when it's very hot outside!  Maybe even more comfortable than I thought it would be.

We are debating if we want to enclose the patio cover to make a 3-season porch... but frankly, it's so nice and open & airy the way it is now.  We will think about it... but the nice thing, is you have options.  There are many varieties of this patio cover and so much you can do with it (just check out the website at

For now, we are enjoying it each and every time we sit outside.

Now.. it's time for some different patio furniture and decorating it.  A nice cozy conversation seating area is what I'm picturing, but that will come later.  Have you priced outdoor furniture lately?  Oh my... some of it is more expensive than leather furniture you'd get for your living room!  Talk about sticker shock!  So our brand new "deck reveal" will have to wait.. for a bit longer until I can find the right seating arrangement (at the right price, of course).

But until the day comes when we can get our new or different patio furniture, we'll enjoy it how it is with our old furniture.

We (well, the hubby!!) are also in the process of scraping and repainting all of the deck posts too.  You probably noticed how bad they look in the pictures?  Much of the paint was chipped away and peeling from a hail storm we had this Spring.. and hubby has been "chipping away" at the project.  I look forward to when I can take pictures of the entire new back deck... all "decked out" !