A Nautical Nod & A Cozy Nook

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 |

Hope that this blog post finds you sitting round the tree, reading this over a nice cup of egg nog...or if you're like me and find egg nog vile, a lovely cup of Bailey's and hot chocolate.

Not much happens that's newsworthy here around the holidays.  So, in the absence of anything new to share, I thought I'd share an older project with you guys.
In our old house, this was my son's room before we moved in.
This house is a cape cod, so the upstairs has really fun angles, nooks and crannies everywhere, which is what I fell in love with when we first looked at it.  The wall color, on the other hand, I was not a big fan of.  Reminds me of that old Nickelodeon show...
Remember??  The one with the slime?  (I realize I'm dating myself).  Super appropriate too, because this is kinda what it felt like when you walked into this room...
SMACK!  Care for some slime green?!  Or, being kinder about it, the color kinda reminded me of this guy (again, dating myself)...
Everyone loves Gumby...myself included.  I just didn't want him splashed all over our walls.  Ick.
We painted the walls with a faux linen technique.  Hard to tell in these pics, but the technique gave the walls a bit of a textured look, nothing overwhelming, just added a little more interest than a flat, monochrome color.  And gives the walls a paneled appearance, like wallpaper would.
The room has a nod to the nautical, and really, all things transportation related.  We hung a couple vintage-looking model airplanes in one corner, and made a couple short cafe panels from a cheap pair of white full length curtains we had on hand from Target.
This chandelier was a total steal...bought it on craigslist for $15.  Here's what it looked like originally...
Oh, how I love a $3 can of spray paint.
A little nautical, and a LOT of chandelier for $18.
Some storage and a little reading nook...
But my favorite nook is the one where we stashed his bed.  An Ethan Allen sleigh-style trundle, also a craigslist find!  We bought the wooden nautical flags on Etsy years ago for our son's nursery.   Each one represents a letter, spelling out "Baby T".  We placed a couple fisherman style sconces on either end of the nook, and hung these madras panels to set off the area and make it feel cozy...
If I designed this room today, I would have done things a bit differently, but overall, I still like how the room turned out.  Hope you all approve too.

And on a really fun note, it's definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas, huh?!  Only a few short days left to wait.  Wishing you all a wonderful season, and hoping you all are surrounded by those you love most over the coming weeks.

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Why I love leftovers

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 |


"What's for dinner Mom?"  That's what I hear every day at exactly 4pm as my oldest pops off the bus.  My favorite answer?  Leftovers.  What Mom doesn't LOVE leftovers?!  It's two meals for the price of one.  It's 50% effort for 100% yield.

So, what's with the picture of that lovely, builder's grade, 1989 bathroom, you ask?  Well, that's my master bathroom.  It's a great space...
A great space which I made BIG plans for the moment I walked through those double doors the first time.  My plan, simply, involves gutting the whole thing and starting over.  It's a lovely little dream.
The thing about BIG plans and dreams, sadly, is that they usually require a BIG budget...or at least SOME budget.  And therein lies the rub.  Here's my budget for this space right now...
That?  Well, that's a goose egg.  Meaning, my budget for this bathroom is exactly ZERO.

Unfortunately, unlike most well-adjusted, normal people, I can't really wait for that money to magically appear while I brush my teeth each morning in my builder grade baño...I'm not known for my patience.

Instead, I will employ the power of...leftovers.   Here's my list of changes and their costs:

1. LEFTOVER paint (White Duck by Sherwin Williams) to re-paint the space.  COST = $0.
2. LEFTOVER chalk paint (graphite by Annie Sloan) to re-paint the vanities.  COST = $0.
3. LEFTOVER curtains (from an old guest room).  COST = $0.
4. LEFTOVER rope & couple feet of galvanized pipe (from who knows what).  COST = $0.
5. LEFTOVER mirror, frames (from various walls in our old home).  COST = $0.

The result?  Well, it's definitely no miracle, but it's a cost-free start...
The walls were painted, as was the vanity.
Took a bunch of frames out of storage and slapped them up on the wall.  If you look closely, you'll see some of them don't even have pictures in them yet...it's a work in progress, like much of my home.
Someday, I'll rip out this jetted tub and get the old clawfoot that I dream of finding on craigslist...
And I'll hang yet another chandelier...this one above the tub...and add beadboard, or some sort of moulding feature...maybe get a bigger window, you know, when my ship comes in.
Of course, that will be then, and this is now.  And for now, I'm happy (enough) with my $0 "leftover" renovation.  I'm sure that will last at least another week or two.
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You're Invited! Heathered Nest Holiday Open House

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 |

Come on in!  Care for some eggnog?
There's no place like home for the holidays.  And we'd like to welcome you to ours this holiday season.
Having only been in this home a year and a half, we don't have a lot of experience decking these halls,
But little by little, it's feeling more like home, and we're figuring out where things seem like they want to situate themselves over the holiday season.
Since we have little ones at home, we really do almost everything for Christmas in all the most traditional ways.  Lots of RED, lots of GREEN.  Even down to the colored lights.  We try and keep it looking like we remember our parents' homes looking when we were young.  
I adore homes with less traditional takes on holiday decorating, and someday, once the nest is a little less full, I have visions of ours going that same direction...
But not yet...and trust me, I'm trying to cherish the Christmas seasons we have while they are still young.  Not always easy when the "gimmees" work their way into our December-dialect, but I do my best to carpe these diems.  
Once in a while, I'll give a little Christmas craft a go.  Our "carolers" above were made by the kiddos out of toilet paper and paper towel rolls.  I love them.  
Peanuts Christmas has always been a favorite in my family.  I grew up in an era when we all got excited for the "Christmas special" to come on network television so we could get our annual fix of Snoopy and the gang singing "loo loo loo" around the little scrawny Charlie Brown tree.  
Some brilliant bloggers turned me onto this idea for falling snow with the cotton balls and fishing line, so I gave it a try this year to spruce up our Peanuts Dept. 56 display.
This is a shot of a little alcove in our basement, which is still not quite finished with construction.  But, we decorated anyhow...I can't help myself.
Even our guest room got a little holly and jolly.
Bessie appears happy with the seasonal flair.
There are lots of fantastic holiday decorators in the blogging world.  I'm certainly not of that calibur, but the kids are happy with the changes and are eagerly anticipating all the holidays bring. 
Hope that things are well in your own nest, and your brood is also anxious to enjoy the holiday season.
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Dept. 56 Village at Dollar Store Prices

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 |

There's something calming and magical about a ceramic Christmas village.
As a child, my favorite thing to do during the holidays was to curl up under the tree, next to my Mom's ceramic village and while away the hours just looking and imagining.

I adore Christmas stores...especially ones with the big Department 56 layouts.  I love all the intricate little details of those ceramic wonderlands.  Problem is, the price tags are enough to twist that love into loathing.
My Mom's Christmas village was not the typical store-bought-pre-finished variety.  Somehow, she won a full Currier & Ives set back in the day.  She has always been amazing with a paint brush in hand, and I loved watching her work.  When I was about 8, she got me an inexpensive ceramic church from the craft store, and told me that I could start my own set, if I wanted to.  Of course I did!

Here's my church, painted circa age 8...

That was the beginning.  And for many years, around Thanksgiving time, I'd start to work painting a new piece for my village.
Just 17 years later (yes, that does make me 25) I now have a nice little Christmas town for my family to enjoy, at a FRACTION of the cost of a pre-painted set.
NO, this is ABSOLUTELY NOT a quick and easy project.  In fact, it's quite the opposite.
But, it is an endeavor that you will take immense pride in, when complete.  And it is also a project that your family, and hopefully generations to follow, will pass down and make part of their own holiday traditions.
Many craft stores carry unpainted village pieces.  There are also some great online sources.  I purchased a lot of my pieces online from a store in Arkansas, R&R Ceramics.
I do have a few actual Dept. 56 pieces that I've acquired for Christmas presents, etc.  No buildings though, just people and accessories.  The little campfire crew below is one of those pieces.
This year, my daughter, who is 6, wants to paint her first ceramic ornament.  I am hoping she falls in love with these projects as much as I did.  Sharing a love of painting is the perfect Christmas gift for me to give.  It's one that I was blessed that my Mother gave to me, and I am hopeful that my daughter will continue the tradition. 
Giving thanks this day for all of my old and new-found blog-reading and blogging friends out there in cyberspace.
I hope that you each have a blessed and wonderful holiday.
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