Happy Halloween

The grand dogs are ready for Halloween.
Charlie (Boston Terrier) Frank (Yellow Lab) and Bruce (Great Dane)

Little Snickers bumble bee!

Buddy is going as Casper the Ghost lol!

These were pictures from last year of my grand dogs.

Can't wait for the trick or treaters.

Happy Halloween.

Cottage Retreat

Hello Sweet Friends.  

This past weekend Terry and I took a weekend trip and drove to our favorite areas in Southwestern Michigan.  Very cute towns along the lake.

This time we found a new and cute cottage to stay.
I thought I would share some of the pictures with you.

I loved this place it was decorated in my style so it felt like I was home.

The Front Porch of this Cottage Rental was decorated for Fall and Very Welcoming.

When you walk in there are two living room areas.  I did not realize when I took this picture the pumpkin pillow was upside down lol!

This is the other side of the living room as you enter into this cute cottage.  The sofa is a sleeper on this side.

This is the cute dining room and sitting area plus kitchen.  French doors off the kitchen go to the outside screened in porch.

This is the Master Bedroom.  Gotta love those vintage shutters flanking the window.

I just loved all her sweet touches in her decor.  That white chippy bench made me feel right at home.

There is a second bedroom with twin beds.  

My daughters and I are planning a girls get away trip and I think this will work out great.

Here are my sweet little deer females that would stroll into the yard each morning to eat what little bit of greens are still left.  I could not capture them looking at me.  By the time I grabbed my phone to take their pictures they were off.

Here is the porch off the back of the house.  Every morning this is where my female deer friends could be seen.

A short walk from the cottage is the shores of Lake Michigan.  It was very chilly but a nice place to walk before dark wearing our heavy sweaters.

One of the places in this little town is the Blue Moon Vintage Market.
We stopped in and saw some pretty cool things.

I kind of was swooning over those shutters and that beautiful cabinet.

I am glad I got a picture of this fabulous Turkey because after I took this picture he was gone!  Someone bought him.  That guy was solid concrete.

See the white chippy bench.  That came home with me!!!!  Shocker I know!  White, Chippy and fabulous.  Had to have it.

In the little town of Three Oaks is a great distillery called Journey Mans.  You can see them making and storing their whiskey.  The food was all organic.
All ingredients in the recipes are from local farmers.
I had a great salad with a gin/vinaigrette dressing that was so delish.

Journey Mans also has a huge loft area you can rent out.  Many people have weddings here and then rent out the huge loft for family and friends to stay.
One of the kitchen areas of the lofts in this place.  There are 5 all together.  Each with huge kitchens, living areas and bedrooms and baths.

There is a beautiful porch off the back of the lofts.  Just a great place to have your special family gathering.  See those great chairs I found 4 just like those in a resale shop for $15 dollars each.  Wooo Hooo Score!

Then it was onto my favorite place.  The Found Cottage in Hudsonville.  About an hour drive north of where we were renting the cottage.

There were so many fun fall things in the shop.

So that is what I did this weekend.  It was a very cozy, sweater weather get away.   
I cannot wait to plan a girls weekend with my two daughters and stay again in the cozy cottage.

Have a good start to the new week.

A Little Jingle

Happy Monday.  Hope the Weekend was fabulous for all of you.

Just a few things to share with you today.


Ok this is not a post for those of you that do not think ahead of the holidays and only try to do one at a time.  You might want to move on from this post or do you.................

All Right I was minding my own business in the Hobby Lobby just strolling along the aisles enjoying the views.  Then something magical happened.....

These different cute little Christmas crafty items started to jump into my cart!  You know when things are 50% off they tend to leap into your cart before you know what is happening!!!!

Every Year I make my kid's and granddaughter's an Advent Calendar for Christmas.  I gift them these Calendars at Thanksgiving so they can start with them at the beginning of Advent.  I usually like to make them to make it special.

After getting these pieces I was able to come up with a Santa Advent Calendar.   I got out my trusty glue gun and away I went with burnt fingers to make up this advent calendar.

My kids love the scratch off lottery tickets I put on the advent calendars along with a few little gift cards and of course a few pieces of Chocolate.

This works perfectly to clip on the cards and lottery tickets.  I have  not purchased the cards or lottery scratch off yet so you will have to use your imagination to see them clipped onto each day.

The Grand Girls of course do not get a lottery ticket calendar so I found these cute Barbie Advent Calendars for them.  I love that it comes with a full size Barbie doll and each day the girls get a different outfit for the Barbie.

This is about as crafty as I get but I am happy with the way the Santa Advents are coming out.  I have one done and 2 more to go.

Now on to a peak preview of something in the works at Junk Chic Cottage.

These old drawers will be made and re loved into my new project.

These gorgeous old farm house table legs are going to be part of the new project.

The framing pieces in this old table top is going to be incorporated into the new design too.

So stay tuned and I will show you what all these oak furniture pieces will be turned into.  Hope to have that to show to you soon.

I will end this post with Buddy. 
He got a new ball from the neighbor next door and he is crazy for balls.  He has his squeaky toys that he loves but now he has discovered balls.  We can play throw and fetch for hours!!!! His energy is endless.

Speaking of Buddy we purchased this portable fence from Lowes. 
Our backyard is all fenced in but the new driveway and new garage is open. 

Buddy discovered just recently that there is a whole new world outside his backyard! 

With his sense of exploring we needed to find a way to keep him in the backyard.

So we went to Lowes and found this stake fencing.
It is not permeant so you can remove it if you like.  It has the stakes attached so you can just stick them easily into the ground. 

I think they look attractive enough too. 

They were only around $29 dollars a set and you get two fence pieces in a set. 
This was a good solution to keep Buddy safe in the backyard for not a lot of expense.

Have a great new week.

New Old Mirror Door

This is the door/mirror piece that Terry made for me.  I loved that we could use a lot of architectural pieces to make up this piece.
I could not quite figure out why I was not real happy with this piece on this wall.

I felt like maybe it was the wallpaper competing with the door/mirror.  So down came the wallpaper and we painted the walls gray matching the rest of the living room.

Then we sanded down the door to expose more of the woods underneath.  That was a problem since the woods underneath were several different colors with it being different woods. I wanted to take all the white off and then stain the door.  Nope was not going to happen with all these colors of different woods.

Then this came in the mail to me.  It was a saying I bought from a person on Etsy about 3 weeks prior.  Hmmmm while I was thinking about where to hang this piece I got an idea!
After it was sanded we added some white wash paint to the sanded areas.  Made the wood bleeding through look more uniform and a little more gray.

You can see the details come out on the door now.

The new saying piece looks good attached to the bottom of the door.

So now the door/mirror has a little more character to it.  Trust me it is not as washed out as these pics show.  It looks pretty on the light gray walls.

I like the chippy woods of the door and also my french window together in the entry.

Still on the hunt for a rug for the living room.  No luck yet.  I am determined to find one before the holidays!
I am on the hunt for something to hang just inside the door on the wall of the entry.  Hope on one of my trips I might find something interesting for this space.

Mr. Buddy has grown a lot since we got him a month ago.  

He is such a love.  The puppy training is going great.  He and Terry go to puppy class on Tuesday evenings.  So far Buddy is the best one in puppy class. 

He still is hesitant to be around big dogs but loves the smaller dogs in his class.

He knows how to sit, stay,  fetch, release, give and leave. He has mastered walking on his leash with his harness.  He is such a smarty pants!!!

  He is doing great with the potty training. 

 He is a big snuggler and loves to play with his toys.  It has been fun to see him growing into such a great little dog.

Glad we took the plunge and got this sweet guy.

Have a great rest of the week.
Vintage Charm