Monday, July 30, 2018

Lazy, Daisy, Crazy Days of Summer

I have rewrote the song - Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer - it is now the Lazy, Daisy, Crazy Days of Summer. 
Inspired by this cheerful daisy tablecloth, I went forth to set a table that would make me smile.
The way our summer has made us smile, with lots of visitors enjoying being lazy on the lake.

I was going for a very casual, happy look here!
Except for maybe a little angst over the few bees that showed up,  other wise it is a very friendly table.
That is what the Flower Garden Pinot Grigio is there for!
But then the photos start to look like this:
Ooopsy Daisy!!  Looks like we enjoyed a little too much wine!
I hope you are enjoying some lazy days this summer!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tablecloth and napkins - HomeGoods - earlier this summer
Blue placemats, Rattan Chargers and napkin rings -Pier 1 several years ago
Bee Plates - Sur La Table - at least two years ago
Yellow plaid plates - Elderbeerman - many years ago
Blue plaid plates - Dutch Valley Gifts, Sugar Creek Ohio 
Flatware - HomeGoods many years ago

I have linked up to the following parties:
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Monday, July 23, 2018

Life is a Boat of Cherries - Dining Alfresco Hop

Hi All!!  I have packed our little row boat full of cherry goodness for a fun outdoor dining experience!
Since it is cherry season and boating season - I have combined the two for my Life is a Boat of Cherries - dining alfresco tablescape for our hop.
Once again, Chloe Crabtree has assembled a wonderful group of talented table stylists for a week long hop of outdoor dining.  All of the links to the blogs participating are listed at the bottom of my post.  It is always fun to see what everyone has come up with and how creative the tables are.

I hope you enjoy my little take on words with this one!
Years ago I had purchased these faux picnic plates with cherries on them up in Michigan when we were on vacation.  I have been meaning to do a table with them every summer and never did.  Our dear neighbors, Patsy and Ron, had just recently given us this adorable little row boat - and the boat just happen to match my cherry dishes!!! Who would have thought- but that is the way my mind works!  And after picking up some fresh cherries, it all fell into place.
I had an extremely hard time with this, though,  because the weather was just not cooperating!!  I poured a lot of sweat into this - literally - I was sweating buckets setting this up in 93 degree temperatures with about 100% humidity. 
After checking the weather forecast I dragged all the stuff down the hill to the water and started setting up my boat - and with the sun still shining - down came the big huge rain drops!
So I packed it all up, hauled it up the hill and waited for two days.
 I watched out my window as my little rowboat filled up with water.
I finally got a beautiful day of sunshine and hauled it all back down the hill -and dumped out my boat, set it all back up again with new food.  I should pack a picnic basket that nice when we really do eat out on the pontoon boat!
But more trouble came when some of our other neighbors had guests over with a couple of dogs visiting as well.  I am a dog lover - you have seen my dogs make a few appearances - but these dogs were running all over the place and I was so afraid they were going to eat my food sitting in the boat! It kind of reminded me of the the scene from A Christmas Story - when the Bumpuses dogs came over and stole the turkey! Plus I am sure they thought I was nuts for putting all this stuff in an old row boat and walking around it taking a million pictures - shooing away the dogs at the same time. It is hard to explain to someone just what you are doing and why!!!
But we had fun with it - no dogs were harmed in the process,
and they now know that the lady two doors down has a very odd hobby!
I battled with sun and exposure issues as well.  
I baked these mini cherry pies and boxed them up with boxes and labels I made on my Silhouette, but I had a hard time getting a decent shot of those through the acetate window I put on the boxes.
Oh well!!  It was still a beautiful sunny day and I was doing what I love to do!
A couple of bottles of Stewarts Black Cherry pop (yep, I am from Ohio!)
are on ice for a nice cold beverage on a super hot day.
See that ice in those polka dot glasses - faux ice - that's why it's not melted.
After we (because my husband came down when he saw all the dogs)  hauled it all back up the hill - we jumped in the lake!!!  Oh, and if you are wondering why I didn't put the boat in the water - well - she is not sea worthy!!  She is going to be filled with flowers and used in our landscaping!

I will be updating the links as each day goes live.  I hope you have the time to check all these great tables out and enjoy our versions of alfresco dining!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I have linked up to the following parties:
Reader Tip Tuesday @ Jodie Fitz
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch 
Dishing it & Digging It @ Life & Linda
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Nautical Tablescape

Summer is in full swing here at our little lake.  Boating, water skiing, fishing, and pontooning are a big part of our social life, so this nautical themed table is appropriate for a little gathering before going out on the lake.
Although, because there is no horse power limit on the boat motors, we see very few sail boats on our lake.  Occasionally in the middle of the week when it is real quiet, you will see someone out sailing.
I filled my sailboat with some different varieties of hydrangeas.
I am not much of a gardener!  My hydrangeas just don't look as big and gorgeous as everyone else out there in blog land!  I just live vicariously through the ladies who post on Floral Fridays!
My husband will not allow me to decorate our lake house with any "sea" items.
So no mermaids, no seahorses, no shells, no sand dollars, no lobsters - you get the idea!!
Anchors are allowed!  Even though these are not the type of anchors we use -the nice guy that he is-  let this slide.
I chose these blue dyed napkins and a knotted rope napkin ring to top of the dish stack.
This sailboat is from Pier 1 Imports, it is sold as a fruit basket.  I picked it up as soon as they marked it down.
A few nautical accents scattered about the blue striped table cloth join the sailboat.  These cute little buoy candles were left over way past summer at Joann Fabrics last year so I got them for mere pennies.
I am a fair skinned, freckled red head.  For years I had one wish - that was to get my shins tan. Well, I can tell you, my wish came true!  My shins are finally tan!
When it gets up in the 90's - you know were to find me-  
I will be out by the lake with at least my toes in the water or floating on some sort of watercraft.
I hope you stay cool this summer!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tablecloth and blue tumblers - Target - about a month ago
Jute placemats, anchor plates - HomeGoods - last year
Dinner and salad plates - Dillard's on clearance about 2 years ago
Flatware - HomeGoods years ago
Napkins - I think I got these at Marshalls quite a few years ago
Napkin rings - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Sailboat and Chargers - Pier 1 Imports
Buoy Candles and rope accents - Joann Fabrics last year

I will be linking up to the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday - Between Naps on the Porch

Monday, July 2, 2018

Before and After of our Lake House Stairs and Landing

We recently finished the final touches on the renovation of our lake house stairs, so I wanted to share with you the dramatic before and afters!!

For those who had not heard the back story of the Fixer Upper we bought - here is a photo and a link to the original post about our fixer upper.

As you can imagine, a house that was this ugly on the outside- wasn't too pretty on the inside! Here are some before photos of the stairs/landing area. It is pretty small, so I am not even sure if I can call it a foyer.
I was not kidding!  This house was kind of an early 70's disaster.
Don't ya just love the fire extinguisher as an accent to the green carpet?! And we never could figure out way the railing only went half way down the steps!! Plus the railing across the top along the hall way was so low - it only came up to my thigh.  So I figured anything we put in would be better than what was there.
One of the very first things we did was to rip off the carpet on these steps to see what we were dealing with underneath.  
Which ended up being - not much!  Just cheep wood steps that were not of the quality that you could finish them as nice hardwood steps. You can also see how dark it was in this little foyer/stair well.  There was a lot of dark wallpaper to go with that green carpet.
We found some funky colors and things under the wallpaper!  Some water damage to to the corner of the ceiling.  So many repairs had to be done before the new could go up.
We striped all the wood work and primed the stairs, wood work and the walls.
Then we painted the outside of each step blue - since we were putting down a runner - we figured there was no sense in painting the middle of the step!
Next was the exciting part - the new railing was going in!

We knew we wanted rope incorporated in the railing to give it a nautical look, but we wanted a strong secure hand railing. I, also, wanted some sleek metal connectors vs. knotting the rope at the ends because we have two dogs and a lot of dog hair!  I just imagined the dog hair clinging to some knots like it clings to the felt pads on the bottom of our chairs - and I did not want that! 
This was the least fuzzy jute rope I could find - again, looking for something that dog hair would not stick to.  These are the connectors we ended up going with.  At the top is just a hook and eye.
And what I thought was going to be a snap hook at the bottom, but when they came there were no actual snaps.  But it works fine - the ropes are taught enough that they won't come unhooked.
I am thrilled with how the railing came out!

We hung our new light fixture- it was one of the first things we bought just after we purchased the house - so it was nice to get that up after it had been in a box in the garage for at least a year and a half!  But then came the most time consuming part - the board and batten.
God Bless my husband!!!  This was not easy.  We had a lot of windows and doors to configure in this process.  Then of course - none of the walls were actually straight.
We did a lot of caulk, filling the gaps and a lot of sanding and several coats of paint.
Then the floor in the landing was laid- it matches the hardwood we laid on first level. 
We installed the carpet runner and it was all starting to come together! 
My girlfriend, Renee, was keeping a look out for an oar at garage sales for me - she found this one for $8 - it was perfect for the lower hand railing.
Lastly, we painted the inside of the two doors - one is our front door and the other leads to the garage.

All in all - this was a ton of work and we did it in steps over about 6 months time, but well worth it!
I love our end result.

Now it is on to another project!!

Thanks for stopping by,


Wall Color - Sherwin Williams Ovation - Snowbound
Stair Color - Sherwin Williams Showcase - Northern Pike
Door Color - Sherwin Williams Resilience - Take Five
Runner - Lowes - Mohawk Home Topaz Indigo/Blue
Rope - Pat Catans  (craft store) 
Hardware - Rope and Knot Supply

I am linking up to the following parties:
Inspire Me Monday @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Inspire Me Tuesday @A Stroll Thru Life
A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch