Friday, March 15, 2013

Cabin pictures 2013

     I've been busy rearranging furniture at the house.  Below are pictures of my latest furniture moving extravaganza.

     I was able to squeeze half of the bar that was on the porch into this room.

     The buffet was made from old kitchen cabinetry and topped with plywood and handmade Mexican tiles. My friend Melissa and I spent a couple days tiling.  It was a learning experience for both of us.

Close up shot of the buffet top.
This maple buffet was bought at a used furniture store.  Judy from August Gardens, next door to the furniture store, hauled the piece to her shop and custom painted it for me.

                My friend Melissa again helped me tile the backsplash.

This is the redone bed/gun/dog room.

This bedroom still needs some work.

                I managed to squeeze another bed in here.

       The sleeping loft still needs more decorating and fluffing.

We had this porch built a couple of years ago.  We get a lot of use from it.

                                  IT NEEDS A GOOD SPRING CLEANING

The neighbor's dog, Daisy, drug this over to chew on last weekend while visiting our dogs.

                                                                       That's all for now.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Poland Meets England

     What started out as a simple breakfast morphed within one minute to what I thought was a pretty little barscape.
     I cooked my oats (1 min. 30 seconds) placed them in a bowl with a Polish Pottery plate underneath to catch the spills.  Already had out my lovely April Cornell placemat, and plopped down at the bar for a quick breakfast.  I saw how pretty it looked so I grabbed the camera, and here it is, my one minute barscape.

Simple food and simple table was delicious and pretty.


Polish Pottery - Home Goods
Placemat - April Cornell at Tuesday Morning
Silverware - Home Goods

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch

Sunday, August 19, 2012

April Cornell is In The House

     Recently the April Cornell website had a half-off sale.  I stocked up with table runners, placemats and napkins.  But the buying spree did not stop there.  I discovered that Tuesday Morning carries quite a bit of April Cornell products, so I ventured out to several of the Tuesday Morning stores in the St. Louis area.  I've got a lot of new linens to play with.

I had no visitors this weekend, but decided to do a tablescape anyhow.  I can use it next weekend.

But first, I brought in a new/old piece of furniture to the house, an old 1960's maple buffet.  I had it painted and the glass doors removed.  Check it out.  I LOVE IT.

     Once I got the hutch put together and the dishes in it, I decided to do a tablescape, even though no guests for the weekend. 

View from the loft.

White plates are Gibson, Flowered plates are Home Goods find, and the small flower plates and bowls are Cindy Crawford for JCP.

Napkins from Kohls.  Table Runner April Cornell.  Lantern antique a friend gave me.

The table was bought when I first married, in 1986.  It is a heavy wood, and it was stained cherry.  Over time my taste has changed and no longer like the cherry wood stain.  I got up the nerve to paint it navy blue.  I sanded down the table to try and get the gloss off and then stained and rubbed it down.  It's given it an updated look.  And I love blue.

This weekend was quite boring, compared to most.  The neighbor dog, whom I call "Daisy" came by to visit our three dogs.  She's lab and has such energy and happiness, runs and leaps in the air and is always looking for someone to play with her.  I laughed so hard when she grabbed this big stick and wanted to play fetch.  And she loves to lay in the creek.

Rick was working on a parking area for the Ozark Trail users down the road from my house, so I ran by to bring him some sausage, rolls and coffee.  I threw a few logs around.  I guess a little help is better than no help.

If you are a trail biker, hiker, or equestrian, please visit the Ozark Trail in Missouri.  It has a fabulous website to guide you and is maintained by volunteers. 

 am linking this tablescape to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Porch Play

I am linking this tablescape to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday

Last evening I threw together a quick simple table on the screen porch.  I mixed my Polish Pottery with rooster plates and added a little red and black to the table.  There is not a lot going on in the table but just enough to make it useable and darling.  Viewing this pictures has got me thinking I need something hanging on that brick wall.

French coffe sounds good right about now. 

A friend gave me this rooster and he has made his rounds about the house.  The potted geraniums on the porch are suffering from neglect. 

Red bamboo place mats.  From the huge basket of napkins I own, not one set of white napkins.  This setting screams for white.  Yellow will have to do.  On the upside, they do match the chair coverings.

I covet this Polish pottery plate.  I only have four.   I buy them at TJMaxx and Marshall and Home Goods, but have only found plates twice.  I should have bought them all when I had the opportunity. 

This table would be a nice setting for an appetizer, glass of wine, dessert and French coffee.

Splash of color in the corner with the flowers.

I love the sound of windchimes.  After viewing pictures of porches with the blue ceiling, I'm pondering the idea for my porch.

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pack Drive Ride

     A few weeks ago I decided to chronicle the procees I go through some days to ride my Horse Dolly, which is stabled most of the time at a friend's home, which is about three miles from my house.  My family's weekend home and her family's home are located in the Mark Twain Forest in Stelleville, Mo.
     I like to take the scenic route, which is the trail behind my house, down the forest service road, down the blacktop a short way, down the gravel road two miles to her gate, River Oaks Ranch.

     So here goes "The Process".    One needs plenty of hydration during a hot ride.  Sometimes we have a little dehydration before the rehydration.

     Go through the tack room and try hard to not forget anything and load it into the Kawasaki Mule.

     This Mule is a BEAST!  It will take me anywhere I need to go.

     Drive past my house.

       Pass the old barn/cabin.

     Cross the creek over the old wooden bridge.

     Onto the trail.  My trail signs are named after horses we've owned and loved.  A good friend's daughter made them for me.

     Pass the Wagon Trail.  An old wagon trail runs through my property. 

     Down the Forest Service Road.  No problem.  I can get around that log.

     Now a short trip down the blacktop road. 

     Turn at the gravel road, Lower Narrows, to River Oaks Ranch.

     Fetch Dolly.  Yes, she's looking good.  See those Amber eyes?

Finally, I'm on the horse.

     Hooked up with riding buddies and we rode back to my house, via Ozark Trail. 

      Now, it's nap time.