Jersey Girl

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I just get downright giddy whenever I think about one of my pillows propped on a chair in Europe.  Tracey won my pillow giveaway a while back and sent pictures of their new-to-them cottage in Jersey.  And no, it’s not that Jersey

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This Jersey is one of six small British islands off the coast of France.  Tracey traveled to Jersey with her family when she was young and now is back to live for good. 

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Their sweet cottage is over 100 years old and according to Tracey, “very quirky”. 

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To me, it just looks absolutely adorable. 

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And extremely quaint.

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With all the charm of Europe that Americans try so hard to replicate. (and rarely are able to pull off)

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Thanks for the little house tour Tracey.  May you have many happy years building wonderful memories here!

My family is headed to the mountains for a summer holiday, and so this little blog is taking a vacation too.  We’ll both see you when we get back.  :) 

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A frequently asked question is… where do I find the time?

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For blogging.

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For sewing.

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For organizing.

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For designing.

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For sleeping…sometimes.

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It’s called “Rest Time”.  It occurs from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in our house, Monday through Friday.  While the littlest naps, the big kids take on some school reading. 

It’s amazing all that can be accomplished in a two hour period once you set your mind to it.  It’s really as simple as that! 

Simple Truth

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Beautiful words.

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Wonderful words.

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No adornment necessary.

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Simple truth, simply put.  In the shop.

Waste Not

Our latest craigslist special came with this “waste” pull installed between two antique faucets. 

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It wasn’t useable for the sink anymore, but how could we just throw it out?

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We had been desiring a top for our lantern-turned-waste-can. 

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So husband extraordinaire delivered yet again- this time with a perfect fitting lid.

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And we recycled the waste pull into, well…

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a waste pull!

Bathing Bohemian Style

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I really do like color. 

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In small doses. 

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And the bathroom is the perfect spot for it.

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A couple of years ago I found this bohemian style skirt at Macy’s in the girl’s section. 

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I snatched it up, knowing it was not destined to live its life hung from my little girl’s hips.

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No, it needed to be hung somewhere in my house to liven things up a bit. 

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I think it adds an element of surprise, wouldn’t you say?

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The legs of this sink were old bed posts we found at the local junk shop.  Flipped upside down, they make quirky legs for the antique marble sink we got off craigslist.

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The top came with the ugliest shiny brass legs with chicken feet. 

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The mirror was just a frame from an antique store.  We had a mirror cut for it.  My handy husband made an inset cabinet behind it.  The frame came in black, which I almost kept as is, but ended up painting it my signature color.  (if you haven’t guessed, that would be white)

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The sweet enameled container on the wall came from TJ Maxx.  I use it to store paper towels for drying.

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The vintage looking wall hook is from Pottery Barn.  I purchased it using a gift card I won from Houzz’s interview with Miss Mustard Seed (aka Marian).  So now you know I always think of my bloggy friends every time I enter the restroom.

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But maybe that’s not the most flattering thought.  Moving along…

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On the other wall, we have a three tier basket from Pier-1 for storage.  And another Pottery Barn purchase is sitting beside it.  It’s advertised as a hurricane lamp, but it’s more useful as a waste can.  We have fancy plans for the top.  Stay tuned!

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Thanks for visiting our little pocket of color!

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Perhaps she was inspired by all the labeled tags I’ve been working up this week?

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Or perhaps she just likes a good labeling project. 

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Maybe a little too much.

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What’s certain, is that we will have no problem finding anything now.

 

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Living with white

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Living with white.  Oh the joy!

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Such rest and relaxation it brings.

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Calmness. 

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Serenity.
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And…   cat hair.

Mr. & Ms.

Okay, so I’m having a little too much fun lately with burlap.

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But I gotta get it out of my system. 

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It does get a bit itchy after awhile. 

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Mr. and Ms. are currently labeling our children’s bedroom doors.

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I made some extra in my shop.

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