Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Tea Table

Happy Easter Everyone!!
It’s hard to believe that the Easter season is upon us!! But, I am definitely ready…especially for Spring to arrive!! We’ve had a pretty cold and dreary winter. I had been planning on sharing my Easter tea table setting for a while, but once again, have just not found the time. So, today(the day before Easter Sunday), I decided to have a little tea and some desserts that I purchased at a local bakery
Because (to me) Easter is, first and foremost, about Christ's death on the cross and His ressurection from the grave, I wanted to emphasize this in my theme.

With a little moss covered styrofoam, some rocks and sticks, I made this simple centerpiece. (I first got the idea off of Pinterest, but made some changes to make it quick and simple to put together-about an hour to complete)
 Here is my pastel tablesetting.
Each place setting has a different teacup and matching plates.







 Of course, I always have to share the lake view through my dining room window.

 Today, I am serving three different desserts with my tea. In front- lemon tea cakes; to the left-mini cranberry scones; to the right-peanut butter no-bake cookies.
Tea is being served in a new white "Tl Mulino" teapot, I purchased a T.J. Maxx. I love that it is a large capacity (8 cups) teapot.
 I also have my ceramic Easter bunnies and bird (not shown) back, as well as my egg cups. This year, instead of Easter eggs, I added some small flowers in the egg cups.



May you have a joyous Easter
and a happy Spring!!!


Blessings, Ann
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bathroom Remodel...FINISHED!!

I am so thrilled to say that our bathroom remodel is finished!! Yay!!!
We started back in September of 2014. We did almost all of the work ourselves, so it did take awhile, since Ken and I both still have jobs we go to. There were many challenges along the way - old wiring, bad toilet, falling tiles, just to name a few.
Also, having a messy area in or near the bathroom was not easy, but now that it's done, I am going on a full-out "Spring" cleaning!!
If you want to see some "before and during remodel" Pictures go HERE.
Below are pictures of the finished bathroom...
 Everything in the room is brand new!!
 I love our new cabinets above the toilet and laundry basket! 
We used Fasade Faux Metal Panels above.
 Here is the new sink area...double sinks, lights, and mirrors.
 I made this shell display myself. (Purchased the window box at TJ Maxx.)
 Here is a view with the vanity lights turned off and ceiling light on. The ceiling light has a dimmer switch, so when taking a luxurious bath, the lights can be turned down.
This "towel holder" is actually a wine rack...I got this idea on Pinterest and loved it!!
 There is also a place for washcloths on the wall below the cabinets.
I love my seashell rug!!
 The new tile, above the tub. 



I am SO happy with our new bathroom!! Now, we can really enjoy it every day!! 

Ann
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Bathroom Remodel- First Photos

It's been 4 months since we began our downstairs bathroom remodeling.(Pretty much a complete make-over, since it looks to me like it hadn't been touched since the 70s or 80s) I have been taking pictures of the process, now and then, and was waiting to show you the slow, but great transformation we are making to this room. Since we have done everything ourselves, it has been a long process...

Removing the old shower
 Cutting out the the wall.
Taking doors off of old dark sink fronts to get ready to strip and paint.
 What the area looked like, after the shower was removed.
Re-doing all the electrical required tearing open the ceiling and taking out the old medicine cabinet/mirror. Ken also added water-proofing black plastic around the new tub/shower walls.
During all this time, the new jacuzzi tub sat in our living room for over a month, taunting me. :(
Finally, the tub is installed. Also new wood ceiling, light/fan, and cement board in tub area. :)
New sink top (we got double sinks, instead of single, which I'm totally loving!). 
 Behind the old medicine cabinet was this old pattern on wallboard (not wall paper). I think it dates back to the 1950's.
 A storage cabinet was added to the wall above the toilet, to the left below. Also, storage will be added to the area to the right of the new bathtub.
New flooring was added, after removing the old wall-to-wall carpeting...yuck! Cabinets were milk-painted white and new handles put on.

Installing the new tub/shower surround, using 2x4's to put pressure on the drying sides.
That's all for now.
We are putting in the finishing touches and will hopefully soon have a completed bathroom!

More pictures to come....so stop back in soon!

Ann
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb

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Creativity Unleashed Link Party @ One Project Closer/The Better Half
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