Sunday, May 20, 2018

Happy New Week

 Hi everyone!

Just want to wish you all a great start to the new week!




Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

Monday, April 9, 2018

I'm Getting Married In the Morning

Hi everyone!

Well, I'm not getting married in the morning, lol. But there is wedding news in my family - Baby Bluebird is engaged!


Mr. Bluebird and I are so happy for her. We adore our son in law to be! Currently, she lives in Ohio, while he lives in Virginia. I am over the moon thrilled they have chosen to get married in Wisconsin. They found a beautiful ski chalet as their venue.

I am currently in full on planning mode for a combo engagement/wedding shower this coming summer. So many ideas running through my head!

I look forward to sharing some of the details for the upcoming party with you all - from invites to decor to menus. I just bought a planner to help stay organized. (We will see how that works out, lol).

Anyway, love is in the air here at the Bluebird house!

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane



Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Cozy and The Crazy

Hi everyone!

I've been busy this weekend putting away all the bunnies, eggs and other Easter accoutrements. I didn't put much out this year as we went to Cincinnati to spend the holiday with Baby Bluebird, still, there was plenty to pack up!

While putting a few things away, I took my quilts out of my antique cupboard and set about refolding them. I thought they looked so cozy all piled on the settee.


Quilts have always been a favorite of mine. They just say comfort to me.

In other news, I had been making plans to paint our living room and kitchen this  coming summer. Now that I am working full time, I 've had to put projects like that on hold until school gets out.  Until now!  As I was packing the bunnies, cleaning and rearranging, Mr. Bluebird asked, "why not paint next weekend?" My first thought was no, and then I thought , "why not next weekend?" So, I decided to start with the living room. Today I've torn my living room apart, clearing everything out. During the week, I'll fill the nail holes, tape anything that needs taping - you know, the usual, but all important paint prep. I've already selected colors, so a quick run to the paint store one night after work and I 'll be ready.

Maybe I will finally patch the old surround sound system hole (instead of covering it up!). I still like the stair tread shelf I made years ago, but not so much the color. A little cream paint will be just what the doctor ordered. With my plaid sofa, the green is just too Christmassy.


Speaking of Christmassy, the green accent wall will be the first to go! I really liked it for awhile, but it is just too much. I had been toying with the idea of jumping onto the neutral furniture bandwagon. In fact, I even had buyers for my current furniture lined up. I had narrowed down my new sofa choice to two.


I even covered my furniture with white sheets for a few months to get a feel for it. In the end, and at the moment, neutral is just not me. I really like my furniture. I love my furniture. With that being said, I still want to tone things down a bit. Neutral paint, no accent wall, a few painted pieces in cream. More live greenery.

So, this week, our house looks like a disaster zone - typical of painting time. I'm looking forward to getting it done and having a fresher space. There are some big events happening at the Bluebird house this summer and I will share that news with you later this week.

 Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Operation: Sow's Ear to Silk Purse - It Begins


Hi everyone!

We are gearing up for some serious front yard changes this spring, so I thought I'd share where we are starting from today.

We built our very simple, yet classic, saltbox style house 17 years ago. We've painted our shutters several times, changed out light fixtures, we even added a little front yard patio. All have served us well, but we always thought the front of our house could be so much more.


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We started this weekend by replacing our badly faded shutters with fresh, new ones. The shutters on the right were the same color as those on the left at one time. Talk about an overdue project!


Mr. Bluebird owns many ladders, but for whatever reason, his favorite is this rickety, wooden deathtrap. Only the good die young...


Nice and fresh. Love a classic hunter green and white exterior combo.



I've chosen these oversized onion lights and can't wait until they are installed!




And now, the biggest change! This is the drawing from our landscaper. We are so excited for the new driveway and front entry redo. I am most excited about my red brick steps - I've pined for those for many years! It will be fun landscaping this straw and adding our personal touches.

So, phase one of Operation: Sow's ear to Silk Purse has begun! I will share our progress with you all along the way. Please feel free to give ideas of how to accessorize this "new" space!

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

 Hi everyone!

Just wanted to share my cute kitchen table for Easter with you. I fell in love with this dapper fellow from Kirklands, but not the price tag. I can't tell you how many times I've looked at him in store and online the past few months, and found myself unwilling to pay full price. I  couldn't buy him fast enough when I found him marked down to $22.49 today!







Just look at his sweet face...



This cottontailed boy is huge and really makes a statement! Love that he is fairly neutral, without any pink or purple. He should be part of my Easter decor for years to come.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

First Bits of Spring


Hi everyone!

I thought I would snap some pictures of my spring decor before it is time to decorate for Thanksgiving! Okay, I'm exaggerating, but if I wait for perfect pics, editing and all that jazz - I might be posting in November, lol. Just a glimpse of our living room. 

So, here is a little Bluebird spring raw and uncensored.  

Thanks for stopping by, 
Jane








Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cozy Kitchen Tablescape

Hi everyone!

Today was a pretty gloomy day around here weather-wise, so it was nice to cozy things up around the house.

A week or two ago I picked up a vintage brick mold from Decor Steals. It stayed in s corner of our den for awhile, because I just wasn't sure what to do with it.

Well, inspiration finally struck and now it graces my kitchen table, filled with flameless candles, scented rose hips, berries and some evergreen cuttings & pine cones from my yard. Simple and simply perfect for this time of year.


I think the rustic wood & metal of these piece are perfect textures for this time of year. Now that all the glitz & glam of Christmas is over, natural elements are a welcoming touch. Did you notice the not-so-tiny photobomber?

Monday here we come! Have a great week.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane