Monday, October 2, 2017

Builders Home Tour

Each year toward the end of September, there is a builders home tour in my area. Do you enjoy looking at the latest home building and decorating ideas? I sure do! Even though we just moved, I was interested to see if I could pick up an idea or two for my new house. Let me show you what I found.


Before I started the tour, I told my friend that I was going to see how many barn doors I could find. We have one in our new house and they seem to be really popular now. On my journey, I found 9 barn doors in the 5 homes that were on the tour. I didn't realize there were so many styles of barn doors, even on a piece of furniture. 


Here are some walls and decorations I really liked.


And adorable nooks.


I have never thought about a butterfly theme for a room, but how fun is this!


Here is some wall art that I especially liked.


I see these shaped frames at Hobby Lobby, but never would have thought to group them together like this!


I love these 3 pictures in a bathroom.


I loved the texture on the walls!


And can you imagine having a spa in your basement? We came across two...



as well as professional-looking exercise rooms enclosed in glass, just like you would see at a hotel.


Two interesting features included this wrap around bench near the laundry room...


and circular dining table right in the middle of a kitchen.


Most of the views from the back of the houses consisted of water which were very refreshing.


Here is an amazing pantry.


One basement had this really neat simple square room. Oh, what a lovely creative space it would make!


We saw beautiful landscaping


and children's closets that doubled as playrooms.


I took this photo because I have always had a small wire sculptured bicycle propped in my laundry rooms.


I thought this was clever, using white mesh to give the illusion of bubbles in a bathtub.


Here are two ideas that I think I can use in my home: random hooks on the wall and


a towel rack like you would find in a hotel.


And finally, I found The Incredible Hulk!


It's interesting to see the changes in home ideas throughout the years. I blogged about the 2015 home tour here. If you enjoy decorating like me, I hope that this blog post will give you some inspiring ideas for your home. 

I love this arrangement of hydrangeas and roses.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

New Home Porches


It seems like ages since I've blogged. Well, it has been a few months. That is because we've been in the process of moving, downsizing our home. We built a smaller home with 2 bedrooms. It has a small office for Dan and a loft for me. :) Someday I'll show you my creative loft space when it gets to the presentable stage. For now, though, I can show you our two covered porches. 

This morning I was reading some blogs about Fall decorating for outdoor spaces with lanterns, pumpkins and mums. It inspired me to take pictures of my outdoor spaces. I've been promising friends I would take pictures so I thank the bloggers for the nudge.

I'm so excited about the porches. Here is the front porch. The wicker chairs from the previous front porch work great and Dan and I have actually sat in them already a few times.


I've always wanted to make a pumpkin topiary for the front porch. I finally made one. The pumpkins were purchased from a vendor on a street corner. They just sit on top of each other nicely. The  garland came from Hobby Lobby.


I found these two identical planters filled with gorgeous purple mums, cabbage, orange peppers and tall grass at Costco. I've enjoyed watching the mums bloom. I didn't realize when I purchased them how vibrant they would be! I haven't been a Costco shopper for very long and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of these plants. 




Here is the side porch. We celebrated Labor Day with our first dinner on the porch with our daughter and son-in-law. I enjoy looking out of the sliding doors at the flowers on the porch.


I found these daisies at Home Depot. I was so surprised when I saw them. I love the color of the pots! I'm not a gardener, but I imagine these should be put in the ground right away. They desperately need water or they shrivel up pretty quickly. Maybe at some point I will get them planted. In the meantime, I will just enjoy the Fall colors.


We really didn't use our former back deck because of the sun exposure. This new place sits the same way as the former house, but since the porch is on the side, we can enjoy this table and chairs more. 


I found the lantern at Hobby Lobby, using the 40% off coupon.



I'm so happy to have the new house completed. The former house has still not sold. Please keep fingers crossed for me that it will sell soon!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dragon Boat Woven Holiday Ornament

Time to brag again about our local library that offers outstanding craft classes! Last evening we made a dragon boat woven holiday ornament. This is how mine turned out.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

June Art Class: Door Knobs

At our tables we were greeted with a special treat: a popcorn-filled jar that served as a wedding table favor from a group member's daughter's wedding.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Art Class

There are always 3 parts to our monthly art class: swapping artist trading cards, sharing the pages we made for a circle journal and making a project.

Here are artist trading cards I received from my friends. Since we made envelopes with the Envelope Punch Board last month, our trading cards reflected what we learned from that. So our trading cards this month were little envelopes with notes inside.


Friday, May 12, 2017

April Art Class

In April, we created some interesting pieces with the Envelope Punch Board.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Make It/Take It: Thanks Mom!

Last evening I attended a craft event at the local library. It was to make this spinning photo cube for Mother's Day. We were told to bring 4 photos that were 3 3/8 inches square. Of course I waited until the last minute to find my photos. So I got out a box of random photos and found 4 oldies but goodies. They seemed to coordinate well together so I decided to give them a try. Also, they were already 3 3/8 inches square. That's the size that photos used to be when I was a kid. 

Here I am in the 70s with my little sister 8 years younger than me. Isn't she adorable?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

What is Gamsol?

I'm a bit behind on posting what we've been doing in my monthly art class. We created this framed layered flower in our March art class. 


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Plants for the Planet

Once again my local library presented an interesting class, this one in honor of Earth Day. It was called "Plants for the Planet." The library provided all of the materials to make this recycled vase with a Sweet William plant inside.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Leathercraft Bracelet Class

My local library offers many kinds of classes each month. I attended an Excel class in January and some craft classes too. The craft classes are free and include all of the materials needed. Isn't that amazing? The classes are normally very simple but I always learn something new. This month I attended the "Make Your Own Leathercraft Bracelets" class. I had never worked with leather before and probably never would if it hadn't been for the generosity of my library.