New Beginnings at JCC III

Happy New Week.  Hope your holiday weekend was good.  We had a very productive weekend starting some things at the new house.

This is the picture of the house when we took ownership last Thursday.  

I am not a fan of Juniper bushes.  They are usually half dead and bite!!! I do not like bushes that are prickly!   So we removed the two under the window.

I added these 60 inch black flower boxes under each side of the front house windows.  We also trimmed back the tall evergreens on each side of the entry too. 

After the Juniper bushes were removed I moved around some hosta's and planted knock out rose bushes under the windows.  

I added my bird house from the old house out front.  I feel like it needs a little wreath or some bling under the bird house entry hole.  I will be working on that!!!

Filled the flower boxes with some of my fave annuals. 

I love knock out roses.  They are easy to plant and very low maintenance.  They bloom all summer and into the fall.

I added a couple of urns planted with sun loving geraniums.  Added my wreath to the front door and a new painted mail box I got on Etsy.

Don't you love this sweet hand painted mailbox.  It was made by Teresa Moran at her Etsy site called A Beautiful Gift.  Teresa has not reimbursed me to give her this shout out.  I just like to let you know about very talented peeps that I purchased from on Etsy.  You can check out her other painted items she sells on Etsy here.

I also planted impatients out around the tree in the front yard.  This little girl with her bunnies was left by the previous owner.  I think she is very cute and she will be perfect out there as the impatients fill in.

I have a hanging bag of rose impatients out on the tree.

Removing those two bushes really opened up the front of the house.

Hopefully as summer moves on the new plants will begin to fill in the front of the cottage.

We have begun to do some work on the inside of the house and I hope to have pictures of some of those changes soon.

Waiting to see if we get some news this week on the building permits being granted so the contractor can start on the garage build and the basement work.

Hope your Memorial Day Weekend was fun and safe.  I took some time to think about how blessed we are to have the wonderful men and women that have served our country in the past and the ones that are now serving and have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Have a great start to the new week.

Musical Chairs

Hi Everyone.
I am almost done with packing and am ready for the Pod to come on Tuesday to be loaded with our things.  Our house items will be in storage until we can move into the new Cottage.  We will close next Thursday on our new cottage.  It is finally here!

We will have a contractor putting up the garage and basement after he can get permits pulled after closing next Thursday.
Hopefully that will not take a long time and he and his crew can begin the work.  In the meantime Terry and I will be staying with my older daughter and SIL and grand girls for a month or so while the work is being done.

Abby is very excited that MiMi and Bop are moving in with them!  We are called MiMi and Bop, not grandma and grandpa!  To this day we do not know how Terry got the name Bop but he did and it is his forever!

Abby is excited to have a sleep over every night with us!

As a lot of you know I am also going to be moving my mom into her new senior apartment in June.  So I am getting us packed and also getting my mom ready for her move too. Since we are downsizing,  my mom will be taking a lot of my furniture for her new place.

One of the pieces I am giving her is my small dining table and chairs.  Well I was giving her the dining table and chairs and then.......

My daughter Jen wanted the chairs to match her farmhouse table and she was taking my chippy china cabinet too.  So we played musical chairs.

My mom will be taking 4 of Jen's current dining chairs and then Jen will take mine.  Got all of that!!!!

These are the four chairs that my mom will take from my daughter.  These chairs by the way were from our very first dining room set  that Terry and I purchased when we were first married.  They are nice oak chairs.  That dining room set was the first real wood furniture we could afford after being married.   I am happy they are still being passed around in our family.  

As you can see lots of warm sunshine here in Chicago land today to work on the chairs outside.
My daughter had burlap fabric on the chairs.  Not my mom's taste.  My mom picked out some  new fabric from Walmart for the seat covers.

We took off the chair covers and then cut the fabric to cover the seat.  Using a staple gun we attached the fabric to the chair.  Easy Peasy.

Gives the seat covers a whole new look.  The fabric is a steel gray with the white pattern.

Here it is the new chair seat covered with new fabric.

The covers look a little blue in these pics but they are a true darker gray.  The sun was setting as I took these pictures.

Terry being the sweet handyman he is gave each of the chairs a new coat of white paint.  Now the chairs look brand new.

My mom will have 4 pretty chairs for her new apartment to go with the pretty dining table I am gifting her.

My mom will have this sweet dining table with her new chairs and my daughter will get the farmhouse chairs seen in this picture for her dining area.  I have 6 chairs from this set to gift to her.   The musical chairs is complete!

In the new cottage we will not have a dining room area.  I will be excited to share with you soon the new idea I have for our dining needs.

Have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend.

This is our final weekend in Junk Chic Cottage II.
I will miss this sweet home.  I know I can make Junk Chic Cottage III a beautiful nest for us too.
Stay tuned for updates.

Progress and Happy Mother's Day

I am moving along with lots of sorting, purging and packing up boxes for the move at the end of this month.  

I am up to my eyeballs with bubble wrap!  Sorting through the things I will take and finding new homes for things I will not be taking.

Sorting and wrapping up my chippy pieces that will be used in the new cottage.

So while I move through the process of sorting and packing.  I wanted to take a moment here on my blog to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend.

While I was sorting and cleaning out my pantry cabinet I came across a precious Mother's Day gift from my youngest daughter Kimmie.  Kim made this cookie recipe book for me when she was in 1st grade.

On one side of the cookie recipe page was the kids version of how to make the special cookies and on the other side of the page was the mom's recipes!

So cute to see the different interpretation of the recipes.
As I continue through the sorting and packing process,  I get a moment of love when I find things like this recipe book made for me by my daughter so long ago.  Just love finding memories like this to move on to the new cottage.

Have a wonderful rest of the week and have a great mom's day.

Summer Inspiration

Happy New Week Everyone.

First I want to thank all of you for your sweet and kind comments shared on my last post about losing our sweet Cooper.  He was a sweet boy and we miss him so.  That little guy with his long ears and big droopy eyes will be in our hearts forever!

I thought I would post some of my past flower garden pictures for a little inspiration and uplifting post today.  I am a summer girl and love my time with garden flowers.  I love to water, feed and just get my hands in the dirt.  So relaxing and peaceful for me.  

With us moving at the end of May and construction starting at the new house,  I will probably have limited flowers this season at the new place.  I did order some cute flower boxes for the windows up front on the new cottage.  Hope to do a few beds of flowers out front too.  We will be staying with my daughter for a month or so after we close to get the construction under way of the new garage and basement before we officially move.  So I will be limited on what I can do in the garden this year with being far away to water everyday. 

I will be taking out the lower bushes on the left side under the window to put up the new window boxes.  Then where the bushes are I will be putting in knock out roses and annuals to fill in the beds.  Eventually pavers will make this sidewalk look pretty too.

Here goes some of the past flower garden pics.  Enjoy the inspiration.

I have begun to take down and sell or wrap up  for this next move.  Packing up my favorites  to move on to the next cottage.

Enjoy this new week.  Hope to have upcoming changes to show you on the new cottage as we move forward.