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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A small glimpse of my past and my frogs....

When I was a little girl about 10 years old somewhere around 1986, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents home.  We lived a block away from them which meant that I was there everyday for at least lunch and dinner.  My grandma had a cute backyard space with a garden, a brick pathway lined with hanging impatiens of all colors.  I remember spending most of my time back there just me, my grandparents dogs, and my barbies.  My grandma had cement figurines scattered throughout the garden.  Different types of garden gnomes, fairy's, turtles and frogs.  I played with these statues and they were make believe friends, neighbors and pets for my barbies.

Fast forward to 1991...My grandma Beverly passed away from colon cancer.  I was 15 years old and pregnant with my first daughter.  I was shielded immensely from her sickness and death.  My grandmas items were dispersed through out the family and everyone seemed to pick up and move on.  My grandpa trucked on through trying to make the best out of the situation.  We all missed my grandma and we all knew that nothing would ever be the same in our family.

Moving to 2009....My grandpa Denny was a very stubborn man.  He lived on his own with tons of help from all of us as a family.  My mom took daily drives to his home at least every day if not twice.  When she couldn't, I did.  I love my grandpa more then words can express.  Sadly in 2009 my grandpa passed away.  I think of him everyday and miss everything about him.  I will never, ever meet or know anyone as special as him again.

Last year 2011....In passing I had mentioned to my mom that I wish that we still had my grandmas frogs with the umbrella that she kept in her backyard.  Those frogs were my friends when I was little, and most importantly they had once belonged to my grandma.  I knew even then that my grandma loved her garden, so she must have loved those frogs, which also meant that my grandpa the king of the house loved my grandma that loved her garden and the frogs!

August 5, 2011....My birthday....My mom called me to tell me that she had something special made for me for my birthday.  To my surprise here is what she brought home to me:


MY GRANDMAS FROGS!  After lots and lots of happy tears, she explained to me that she went to person that made fountains and started to describe the frogs and the umbrella.  The guy knew what she was talking about because they STILL have the mold!!  Who would have guessed!  So even though this is not the actual frog that belonged to my grandma, it is exactly like it!  Exactly like it!  Thanks Mom!

Now......does anyone out there have some barbies that I can borrow?

Thanks for stopping by, I know it was a long post.
Josie

Friday, March 23, 2012

Some "new" things around my house....

I'm looking sooo forward to tomorrow.  You see tomorrow is Saturday, and we all know what happens on Saturdays......... You guessed it!

Yard Sales and Estate Sales!!!!!  I have been on the hunt for dinning room chairs for a while now.  The last couple of weeks  I haven't been able to find what I want but I have been finding other treasures :)

A vintage tool box that I will be the home for these flowers.


A crate that is hanging on my front porch.


I found this drawer in my dinning room hutch.  This is the silverware drawer that is part of the hutch.  I painted the sides while leaving the face of it natural.  The backing was a salmon color velvet, so I just slid a see through patterned scrap booking paper to sit up against it.  I hung it in my master bathroom and added some treasures that I had on my bathroom counter.


And lastly,  I found this bread box at our local Salvation Army.  I have been looking for one of these for a very long time.  Guess what, on Fridays this particular store has a half off sale so I got this baby for $3.50!  I cleaned it up, painted it and distressed it.  It is going to look perfect in my newly painted kitchen.

Thanks for coming by,
Josie

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Only in California!



Literally last weekend felt like Spring.  The weather was in the high 70's, with the warm sun beaming down on every single leaf or flower in my back yard herb garden.  Wooo hooo, home projects begin!!!



Then today happens!  I just found out that the weather will be bad this weekend.  Rain like crazy!  Geeeezzzz, the kitchen will look a mess for at least another week!  Don't get me wrong, I love the rain, but not when it interferes with my plans.

Look Mr. Weather....either keep it raining so that I can forget about my home improvements and curl up in bed with hot chocolate and a book OR stay warm and sunshiny so that I can finish my projects!  Im not playing around anymore! :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

How cute is she!

It never fails....I usually work on small projects in my living room.  Which means I am usually on the floor.  It never fails that Ginger finds a cozy spot right smack in the middle of whatever I am doing, and there is nothing I can do about it other then take a break because moving a fat Basset Hound is definitely out of the question!


Here she is doing what she does best!  I was in the middle of making my own chicken wire cloche.  I haven't been lucky enough to find glass ones that don't cost an arm and a leg so like many others I decided to improvise.


I had this metal cake stand for a few years, I repainted it and formed a cloche out of chicken wire.  I quickly spray painted the chicken wire and added a simple black bow.  I also had this cute bird that I sat in it. 

 On another note......my house is a mess!  My kitchen is under construction as I am re-painting my cabinets and adding a super cute chalk board to the side of one.  And within the next couple of weeks I will be ripping out my downstairs carpet and installing laminate wood flooring.  I can't wait!  Meanwhile, I have to adjust to not having things in the spots that I want them in.  My sister came over tonight and said that "my kitchen looks sad" :(   I asked her "are you sure that my kitchen doesn't look  like  it is under construction?"  She answered "nope, just terribly sad".  I will post before and after pics later.....way later :)

Bye, 
Josie

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I see signs everywhere!

I didn't realize all of the different signs that I have in my home until the other day.  Every time I shop the one thing that always draws my attention are signs.  Although I prefer wood signs, I love them all :)











What about you?  Do you seem to have a collection of signs as well?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Remember this little table?



Remember this little table?


Well like always, I couldn't keep my hands off of it.


While painting it, I thought that I would regret it.  But now that it is done...... I don't.   I kept flip flopping back and fourth on whether or not to paint it.  After long consideration, I went for it. Next month we will be installing laminate wood flooring in my home and I thought it would probably blend in a little to much.

I also changed over a ceiling fan in my dinning room.  I chose to go with this 70's wicker light fixture.  It was brown, of course I painted it Ivory.




I found this gorgeous fabric in L.A. and asked my friend to make curtains for me.


She did great job.  Now our neighbors in the 2-story home next to us, cant peak in while climbing their stairs during our dinner time.



I also painted another gold, very goddy picture frame that was given to me.  I hung it above my front door and added a "love" sign in the center.  This window above my door peaking on the lower half of the picture will also get a curtain.



Thanks for coming by.
Josie

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pet Love!

If you haven't noticed yet, we LOVE our pets!  Within the first week that we welcome in our new friend we take pictures of them.  I only do black and white pics so I go to our local Rite Aid and convert them. We then frame them and ink up their adorable paws and press them on scrapbook paper.  These framed pics/paw prints are hung in the kids game room.  This is our official "welcome home" initiation :)




What do you thing?  Is this something that you can see your family doing?  This sort of thing would also be a really cool gift for the animal lover in your life.

Until next time!