Sunday, January 14, 2018

Baby, It's Warm Inside

Hi everyone!

We are bracing for our first real snowstorm of the winter here in southeast Wisconsin.  It's been a cold, but sunny morning so far. However, later tonight and tomorrow there is a prediction of 4 to 5 inches of snow. That's not much for our neck of the woods, but it will mean a messy commute in the morning and a date with the shovel after work!


Since winter has settled in for a bit, I thought I would share some cold weather looks around the house. Get cozy you all!







I'll be waiting out the storm with a steamy cup, toasty fire and a big dog, lol. Wishing you a warm and cozy week.

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Jane

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Comeback Preview

Hi everyone!

Anybody still out there?

It's been a long time since my last post and my last promise to resurrect my humble, little blog. This time, at long last, I am feeling confident I am ready to hop back into the blogging world - visiting y'all and posting myself.

Today, just a few pictures to share - a few Christmas and a few peeks of projects that have happened around here. I'll be back in a few days with a "real" post. I'm the meantime, I hope you are staying warm & cozy during this country wide cold snap!





Thanks for stopping by - be back soon! pinky swear!

Jane


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Blooms & Preview

Hi everyone!

When it came to garden flowers this year, I decided to go for riotous colors rather than an actual color scheme. I'm loving all of the vibrant blooms!













And now for the preview!

In 2013, we tore out our existing patio and had brick pavers installed as well as a pavilion. You can read about that here.
This year we decided to expand the area and are thrilled with the results which I will share soon. The picture below is of the work in progress.



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Monday, February 27, 2017

Early Spring Foyer

Hi everyone!

I switched out the green wicker entry table for this turquoise cabinet I had in the den.


I lined the glass doors with a vintage Purina feedback just for fun.





One of my favorite accessories was soaking up some sunshine in the foyer. He definitively makes our house looked lived in, lol.  Palmer loves the sun!


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Jane

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

At Your Service - Simplified

**IF YOU ARE VISITING FROM A LINK PARTY AND WERE LOOKING FOR MY POST ABOUT MY SERVER/SIDEBOARD - FOR REASONS UNKNOWN TO ME, THE POST DISAPPEARED AND WAS REPLACED BY AN EARLIER POST ABOUT TULIPS. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!!!! BUT, THANKS SO MUCH FOR VISITING. I AM WORKING ON GETTING THIS CORRECTED.

JANE



Hi everyone!

I don't know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods these past few weeks, but in Bluebird-land the weather has been cloudy, bleak, dreary, etc., etc.  However, a bright spot in these mid-winter doldrums is the arrival of tulips at the grocery store!


At $4.99 a bunch, they are a breath of spring and a sign of warm days to come (for a cheap price)!


When I brought them home, my bouquet stood like soldiers in my little, vintage enamel pitcher...


By morning, they were all droopy, as you see in these pictures.  Boo to that!  But have no fear...


A few seconds on Google, and my tulips are on their way to be restored to standing at attention (I think)! There are a gazillion tips to preventing and/or correcting tulip droop online, so I suggest if you need advice on this "just Google" and your problem will be solved (hopefully)!



Drooping or not, the jolt of color is definitely sunshine on a cloudy day.

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Jane

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Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

Hi everyone!

I don't know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods these past few weeks, but in Bluebird-land the weather has been cloudy, bleak, dreary, etc., etc.  However, a bright spot in these mid-winter doldrums is the arrival of tulips at the grocery store!


At $4.99 a bunch, they are a breath of spring and a sign of warm days to come (for a cheap price)!


When I brought them home, my bouquet stood like soldiers in my little, vintage enamel pitcher...


By morning, they were all droopy, as you see in these pictures.  Boo to that!  But have no fear...


A few seconds on Google, and my tulips are on their way to be restored to standing at attention (I think)! There are a gazillion tips to preventing and/or correcting tulip droop online, so I suggest if you need advice on this "just Google" and your problem will be solved (hopefully)!



Drooping or not, the jolt of color is definitely sunshine on a cloudy day.

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Jane

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

At Your Service

Hi everyone!

For awhile now, I have been hankering for a service counter in my kitchen.  I had a buffet and china combo for awhile, but it was black and very, very heavy looking It also was of no use for serving during parties and such. I sold it to a friend a year or so ago and lived with a few "make-do" alternatives since then.

Mr. Bluebird and I love to entertain and often host buffet style parties.  There never seemed enough room for all of the plates, utensils, desserts, slow cookers, etc. - let alone making it all look pretty!  (With my cooking skills, it is important for it all to look pretty - no guarantee how it is going to taste, lol)

I did A LOT of searching for ideas - adding cabinets to match our existing to form a serving bar with storage and free-standing servers.  It was kind of a Goldilocks situation for a long, long time - too big, too small, wrong style, wrong finish and the list went on.    In the end, I decided on a freestanding server with wine display. 


 I surprised myself by picking out a natural wood finish, as I had always envisioned something in white for this space.  I am happy, though, because I think the wood is a nice contrast to all that white.




One feature I loved about this cabinet was the gorgeous hardware.  I am smitten with this knob for the storage door - super cool!



This beauty was delivered shortly before Christmas and I just made what I had on the walls work and added a few things to the top.  It is a little over accessorized and crowded in this picture, but things have changed with a new (to me) vintage find. The look has definitely been simplified. I hope to show you the change on Monday.

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Jane

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