Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I remember when my children were babies and I was so caught up into their "firsts". The first time they smiled, talked, sat, walked. I couldn't wait to grab a pen and note every milestone in their baby journal. Now that my first child will be wrapping up her senior year in high school....I can't help but try to remember all of her lasts. When did she hold my hand for the last time when we were in a parking lot or crossed the street? When was the last time she sat on my lap and hugged me with the tightest bear hug she could give? How about that last butterfly kiss, the last time she gave me the secret code... that she loved me before she got on to the school bus each morning. Or the last time she crawled into bed with us at night because she was scared or just wanted to be cuddled. The last time she said "I'm going to live with you forever" or "Daddy I'm going to marry you." If only I had a crystal ball and I knew that the "lasts" were staring at me right in the face...I would of cuddled her a little longer, held her hand tighter and just savored the moment. ~amy
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Due to the fact that I have learned how to scan this week and how to transfer files on to my G drive....I am initiating My Vintage Blankie's very first giveaway. It's a big one!!! I will be giving away $75 worth of credit from My Vintage Blankie. You will be free to pick out what ever you would like from My Vintage Blankie (www.myvintageblankie.com) up to $75. All you have to do is be one of the first 25 people to leave a comment on this post. After 25 people have left a comment we will randomly pick the winner! Good luck! ~amy
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
The basics of a cottage style are comfort and practicality. Inside you'll find wood floors, sometimes painted a cottage gray. Walk through a screen door, and you step out onto a porch...a must for enjoying summer twilight's. In the kitchen, you'll find painted cabinetry or open shelves stacked with Grandma's everyday dishes. The furnishings of cottage style are simple and include slip covered armchairs, well-loved wicker, or a set of simple painted chairs gathered around a large pine table. Lighting comes from vintage table lamps. Chenille spreads and scrap quilts top off the beds, while faded chintz floral and striped cushions add even more comfort. Signs of the outdoors are evident here. I can see accessorizing with wildflowers in a Fiestaware vase and watercolors of lakeside views adorn the walls.
Now let's take the cottage style and take away the feminine characteristics and a cabin is born. These manly retreats, built to house hunters, fishermen, and summer campers, are more rustic than cottage's. Here, log or wooden walls give a rustic background for simple, furnishings. Tools of the trade...guidebooks, maps, fishing poles and lures, rifles and mounts .... work to accessorize. Lighting may come from kerosene lamps or an antler chandelier, and a black iron wood stove or stone fireplace dries wet clothes as fish and ghost stories are swapped. The kitchen is the place to clean fish and make coffee...housed with vintage utensils like kettles and cast-iron skillets for frying up the day's catch.
Which would you prefer? Cottage or Cabin? They both sound like heaven to me. My summer getaway would incorporate a mixture of the two. I would use finishes such as wood and stone. I'd furnish my getaway with upholstered leather and floral fabrics...accented with pillows and throws made from chenille and wool. Definetly I would use open shelving in my kitchen and would lay stained wide plank flooring through out. The lighting would be a mixture of a kerosene lamp, wrought iron, Tiffany and antler lighting. A stone fireplace would be a must and be the focal point of the interior. I imagine an open floor plan...one bath, bedroom and loft...not a lot of square footage. One stipulation...my screened in porch has to be sizable with a clothes line to hang clothes from...room for a table and chairs and a few comfy sitting areas. It will be my out door living space... a continuation of the house...where I plan on spending a lot of time. I know my getaway won't be a reality this year...so I will continue...to dream and plan for that anticipated day. ~amy