Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What Makes A Garden Shed A Shed?

Happy Wednesday!
I hope and pray all your kiddos are having a wonderful first week back to school.
When I asked my boys how it went yesterday the six year old said "It was awesome". The 12 year old said "It was cool. I finally got to see my friends." The 16 year old said "was alright". So I asked him a few more questions, trying to have somewhat of a conversation, but all I got were a few grunts and "i dunno, i guess".......teenage boys.......gotta love em :)

A few days ago I showed yall some pics of my garden shed at the new house. If you missed it, HERE it is.
And since the only project I'm currently working on is packing up everything we own...... not a whole lot to blog about there.....And because I'm SOOOO excited about our new house, I've been sharing a few pics from my "Ideas" folder with yall.

If you like kitchens or the color red, check THIS one out!

So, here's my question. What makes a garden shed a "shed"??
The term is pretty vague and encompasses everything from a giant rubbermaid storage bin to an elaborately constructed victorian mini mansion. It seems that as long as it's located in the garden or backyard, it can be considered a "garden shed".

Loooooove......oh this sweet little shed just speaks my language so well. I've always had a thing for antique blue houses. The simple shape is very similar to mine and the finials on the roof are such a cute cute accent.
Plus, the vegetable gardens on each side of the walk are to-die-for!

Rustic stone and cedar charming. I like the way this one is tucked back into the trees and bordered by the clipped boxwoods.

Another blue one :)

Same shed, different view. Oh this one is sooo sweet.

This tiny little shed is so precious. It looks to be made completely from vintage items and may in fact be. Almost reminds me of an old telephone booth. Love!

Too cool!! Cabin chic at it's finest!!

Yes! This is the ceiling in a garden shed. It is fabulous!!

Who needs a house when you have this??!! Gorgeous design. Perfectly in scale. Beautiful colors. Surrounded by beautiful gardens.......I'm ready to move in :)
A girl can dream, right?

Well I hope you enjoyed this little garden shed open house of sorts!
Thanks for stopping by!!

This week I'm sharing with

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Open House Party @ Old Sutton Place

Monday, August 15, 2011

Precious Memories.....

Maybe it's because we are moving and starting a new chapter in our lives

Maybe it's because in doing so I have uncovered so many little pieces left behind by my grandparents and the flood of memories and emotions tied to those treasures

Whatever the reason, I have found myself deeply missing the two very special angels who were my grandmothers. They both passed away within the last year and although I know they are healthy, happy and reunited with Christ and so many loved ones that went on before them, the selfish little girl in me sometimes wants them back. I understand this is a normal emotion and it will pass and probably resurface again from time to time.....

My grandmothers were Bobby Jean Tucker (Grandmama, in photo above) and Bobbie Lea Mackey (Mama Bobbie, pictured below with me and mom). My sister and I share their middle names.

They were both incredibly strong women, enduring both physical and emotional pain with grace and courage. They shared a love of gardening which thankfully they passed down to their grandaughters as well :)

One was an excellent southern cook. One preferred to throw a pizza in the oven and color or play dolls with us while it cooked.

One was a skilled seamstress, quilter and crocheter. (is that a word?) One could paint anything, draw anything and play the piano by ear.

One was blessed with a kind, loving husband of 45 years. One was not so fortunate. Her fiance was killed fighting in WWII. She married a few years later but was left behind to raise her children alone. Not by death this time an abusive alcoholic that broke her heart and abandoned his family.

One was strong and healthy well into her 80's. One was burdened with health problems for almost 20 years.

Both loved flea preferring to scour the "junk" and discover the story behind every piece she preferring to find a new variety of plant or flower she hadn't seen and eat fried green tomatoes.

Both had beautiful handwriting. One wrote long letters to everybody she loved....oh how I cherish those sweet letters. One wrote out her favorite family recipes and slipped them in our Christmas and wedding  presents.

I am so thankful to have been blessed with such amazing women in my life and to have inherited even an ounce of their wisdom, talents, passion and strength.

It is for them that my little jewelry business is named. Not their actual names. One is a nickname given by an aunt. One is a name that is testament to a deep abiding love and faith.

If you're still here after all this rambling, thanks for hanging in there with me. For listening to the memories of an emotional woman/child.

blessings to you and your loved ones


Friday, August 12, 2011

Red Farmhouse Kitchen...

Dreaming of my new kitchen today.....

Those of you who have followed my blog from the beginning probably know that we have been in the process of selling our home and finding a new one for the last few months.

Caution: Lots of rambling ahead.....

 Initially, we thought we had ours sold before we even put it on the market....but the buyer backed out. Ugh.
Then the beautiful log home we fell in love with turned out to have some major structural issues that were just more than we wanted to take on. Ugh Ugh!

So, I quit blogging about the house all together until I had something solid to tell yall about!!
Well, to make a long story short, we listed with a realtor and got a contract within a few weeks! Yaay! We were so thrilled about this but at the same time, we still had to decide on a house to buy. Well, we did!! And we close on both houses in a couple weeks :)
More about that later.....

Ok, thanks for sticking with me this far, here come the pics

This was taken before the current owners began packing........this is not my decor :)

One side of the new kitchen.
I LOVE the red cabinets! The scalloped window and door trim is another vintage touch I adore.My dream kitchen would have distressed and antiqued white cabinets.....
...and these may get a makeover one day.....but for now, I really like the red. We WILL be changing out the faux wood laminate countertops and backsplash soon though.... and updating a few of the appliances.

Hmmm....Maybe something like this

The black granite looks amazing with the red cabinets!! Traditional with a kick!!

Or maybe something like this farmhouse dream.....

Oooh.....the mixing of the red and white cabinets, beadboard, wood countertops, black's just total farmhouse yumminess to me! And since I'm definately going to paint the built in hutch white in the dining room , which is open to the kitchen, this look would really tie it all together beautifully. Mommy liiike!!

If it were in our budget to do a total gut-it redo, I would open the kitchen up like this! I'm so drooling over this island!!

Sooo......Decisions! Decisions!!
Which one is your favorite?? Will keep you posted on the progess and be sharing more house pics soon!!

I'm linking up to Farmhouse Friday  @ LaurieAnna's Vintage Home

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Have a blessed weekend :)