Saturday, January 3, 2015

Vintage Sewing Cabinet.... Re-Do!

This post is from a couple of years ago.. believe it or not!  I must have forgotten to upload these photos.  Oh.. can I get a little more organized?

This old sewing cabinet used to be in the grainery of my childhood home.  The grainery became my father's workshop.  He would spend hours out there and reappear with some neat thing he made. Many times my Mom would see a picture of something and give it to him.. and he'd create 'his own version' of it.  

The sewing cabinet, I believe, was left behind from the previous property owners.. stashed away in a cobweb-filled grainery.  

And today.. it makes a nice bedside table for our guest room.  Faux pull knobs by Hobby Lobby.

A Bucket List Trip...Out West (1 of 5)

National Dahlia Festival, August/September 2014
Swan Island Dahlias

A "bucket list" vacation for me has been to travel to Oregon and British Columbia to visit family.  Of course if we could coincide this trip with the National Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias would have been the bomb.  Well.. we were able to do that in 2014!  This post will be one of several as I have so many excellent photos it's hard to dwindle down just a few for this blog from this amazing trip.  We were able to experience some amazing landscapes, trees, flora, mountains, water falls, and all that nature has to offer.  In addition, we were able to visit and meet family that, in some cases, we have never met in person before!

Canby, Oregon - The Dahlia Capital of America.  We were able to visit Swan Island Dahlias who were celebrating their 87th year.  Swan Island Dahlias, in business for over 87 years, is the largest and leading dahlia grower in the United States.  They are located in the town of Canby, in the rich soil of the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The farm was originally located in Portland, Oregon, with some buildings on Swan Island, which is where the farm’s name was derived from. There was also a roadside stand in Sellwood, a suburb of Portland, so the business was known as both Swan Island Dahlias and Portland Dahlia Gardens at that time. Swan Island Dahlias was moved to Canby, Oregon on rented land in the 1940’s. Around 1953, twenty acres of farmland was purchased in Canby, and the business was relocated to its present site.  

And it is truly a wonderful place!  Barns and several acres full of dahlias!

Here, my beloved is showing exactly how big his head is in relation to the gigantic dahlias .. kinda puts it into perspective!

Inside one of the barns
While we only had an afternoon at Swan Island.. I can now say I've experienced the festival.  It was amazing to see so many varieties of dahlias.. every single one of them, simply beautiful.


Definitely, a trip of a lifetime.  And I want to go back.. there are more things and places to experience!

Post Christmas 2014

There is nothing like putting a post of Christmas 2014.... on January 3, 2015.  This should reflect exactly how busy we've been for the past few months!  Way too busy for my liking, but I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.  Just getting back to "normal" would be nice.. whatever that might be.

Christmas time was busy again this year with a three different family gatherings as well as hosting a company holiday party.  For the first time in some 28 years, my Mom was in Michigan.. so all of "us kids" got together to spend a little time with her. It was a very memorable Christmas.  We also had Christmas with our kids as well as Steve's family Christmas.  Lots of baking, wrapping, cleaning, planning, organizing, decorating, shopping, writing (cards).. and everything that goes along with the hustle of Christmas.. and then some more on top of that!

Decorating the house for Christmas this year was a daunting task.  The house stood still for over ten days with only half of the Christmas decorations up.. and open boxes everywhere.  We went with our artificial tree again this year and just decided to burn "balsam-scented" candles for the true holiday experience..!  Maybe next year would afford us a little more time to find a real live Christmas tree again.

Once all the boxes were taken to the basement and the decorations were in the "right places", then it was beautiful again.  And relaxing.  Have you ever noticed how LONG it takes to decorate for Christmas... and then how QUICKLY it takes to tear everything down?  Decorating is hard work.. and very time consuming!  But it is something I love to do, and usually goes better with a glass of wine (maybe that was my problem...).

Since Christmas is now over, I think about the New Year.. and what it may hold.  While I haven't tackled the Christmas decorations (taking them down) yet, I am thinking of ways to make life more efficient.  One of them is carving out time one day a week for the blog updates.  It shouldn't be that hard... right?