Vacation Rental

Hello sweet blog friends.

I am putting the new bathroom together to show you hopefully this weekend.  I am happy how it is coming together.

In the meantime,  I wanted to share with you a cute vacation rental that Terry and I will be staying at in a few weeks.  

We planned an escape from life weekend in May.  So need this!!!!! 

You know that I love the area and small towns along Lake Michigan in Michigan.  

It is only a 2 to 2.5 hour drive for us from Chicago.

This is the entry to this sweet cottage.  Hopefully in the middle of May when we visit some of this will be in bloom.

Gorgeous Front Porch.

So sweetly decorated.  This is definitely a "Kris" cottage!

It has beautiful doors and windows to let lots of light in.

This is just one of the sweet bedrooms in this home.

Lake Michigan at the back door.

This is a cute shop inside the old Fire Station in a neighboring town.  With Terry being a fire chief I thought this might be a fun place to visit. 

Fun places to eat.

Lots of the restaurants are right on the Lake.
I cannot wait to have our escape weekend in May.
It really does refresh your soul to have fun little trips like this.

Have a great rest of the week.
I hope to have the bathroom re do for you this weekend.

Farmhouse Bathroom Beginnings

Hello sweet blogging friends.

I have a new project to hopefully share soon.

I am making some changes to my bathroom. 

 I want to get a farmhouse look.

This is how my bathroom looked before we removed the vanity and mirror and light fixture.  Which by the way I sold in two hours on Offer Up.  Love that Offer Up!!

She went to a good home.
Here are some inspiration pictures that I found on Pinterest that have the look I like.

This is my new found piece that Terry is  rehabbing and making into and new vanity and mirror for the bathroom.

You won't believe the changes we are making to this piece. 

I will say this,  the funky design at the top of the mirror is gone!!!!! 

This blah vintage piece is turning into a very nice farmhouse vanity.

Here is an inspiration picture I found on Pinterest to show checked wallpaper in a bathroom.  I purchased some light gray and white buffalo check wallpaper similar to the one in the picture.

This is another inspiration picture of the look I am going for in my bathroom.

I will have the bathroom done soon to have a  reveal.

 I am waiting on the wallpaper to arrive.

Hope you all had a nice Easter and are enjoying the new week.


Counter Top Revive

Hello Sweet Bloggers.
Happy Easter Week.

I wanted to share with you today how I revived my butcher block counter tops in one easy step.

This was the kitchen when we moved a little over a year ago!!!!

These pictures hurt my eyes to remember how this kitchen looked when we first moved in.

Here is the kitchen after we renovated. 

This is how the counter tops looked before we revived them. 
We never sealed the butcher block and kept them natural. 
We would used a butcher block conditioner on them only. 
Using just the conditioner and not sealing them left them open to wear and drying out. 

They needed to be conditioned and sealed.

I used this Watco Danish Oil Finish.  It  penetrates deep into the butcher block.  It then seals and protects the butcher block.  

It is easy peasy to do.  You use a clean rag and wipe the oil onto the wood.
You do not need any fancy applicators or brushes.
 It penetrates deep into the wood. 

With each coat it deepens the color and the beauty of the wood. 

We did three coats.  The more coats the deeper the color.

Now the counters have a nice rich color and more importantly are sealed and food safe. 

After using Waco the butcher block counters match with my kitchen floors.

Wishing all of you a Happy Easter.

A New Angel In My Life

I love to be surrounded by angels in my home decor.  I have been collecting angels for years and have been gifted some very beautiful ones.

Today I want to share with you one of my newest and some of the ones I have had and cherished for years.

I would like to introduce you to my newest angel Grace. 
Terry gifted Grace to me for my birthday. 

Cathy from Cheswick Company makes these beautiful angels. 

I have been collecting them for years.

I love her sweet basket with a baby chick, egg and violets. 
I have her hanging on my office door.

Buddy wanted to photo bomb and point out the detail on the bottom of this beautiful gown Grace is wearing. 
Thank you Buddy you are a great assistant.

This is one of my angels Hope that adorned my Christmas tree.

Hope has also been know to hang out in the Christmas Wreath.

This sweet angel is hanging out in the office lamp.

This my autumn angel with her sweet vintage coat.  She was hanging out on my kitchen shelf with one of my little birdies this past winter.

Here is my Original Grace Angel that I gave up for Adoption when I did the fund raiser for the Dog Rescue I support. 
She has a new home and her proceeds went to help other dogs and cats in need.

I am so lucky to have another sweet friend that can sew and create beautiful angels too. 

Cil is a great friend I met through blogging and she gifted me this Belle angel last Christmas. 

I treasure her because she is beautiful and because Cil made her special for me. 

Thanks sweet friend.

This is another sweet angel that Cil gifted me along with this beautiful sign.
Here are three sweet angels. 
The one on the left was also made by Cil and donated when I did the fund raiser for the Rescue. 
She got a brand new home. 
The witch angel Cil made me as a gift and the Wren angel on the right is one I had in my collection for the fund raiser too.

 So happy they raised money and have new homes.

My most favorite part of my witch angel is her red locks of hair and her beautiful face.  Her sweet face just draws you in and makes you smile.
This picture of my beautiful Grace hung on the old chippy farm door in the old house.

Here is my little Harvest angel in an autumn vignette from the past.

 Hope a few years back hanging out in our Christmas tree.

Here she is in our last house at Christmas.

One of my little angels hanging out on the old bird house.

Here is my original grace many years back at Christmas. 
It was hard to let this Grace be adopted since she was my first angel in my collection but it was all worth it to help out the rescue agency that we got our sweet Cooper. 

They gifted us such a special rescue with Cooper so it felt good to raise some money to give back.

  I know she has a great new home and will watch over her new person like she did for me.

It was so sweet when Terry gifted me this new Grace for my up coming birthday. 

He said it was time I had another Grace to watch over me.

Do you believe in Angels?  I feel Angels are all around us in our everyday life.

Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend.
I am working on a few DIY's around the house to hope to show soon.

Privacy Film DIY

Hello Sweet Blogging Friends.  

Awhile ago I did a switch a roo with my big farm house window in the living room.

We moved the farmhouse window and shutters to this side window of my living room it fit almost perfect. 

The problem was how to get privacy so my neighbor cannot see in at night. 

I did not want to put blinds behind the farmhouse window.  I thought that would look weird and take away from the farmhouse window.

I found this at Home Depot.  It is a window film that lets light in but gives you privacy.

It was easy peasy to apply. 

The first thing you do is clean the window.  The next step is to use a spray bottle of water with a little dish soap.

You spray the window and then apply your measured cut piece of  film to the window.

  You then use a small scraper to get the bubbles out.
It seriously was so easy to do.

This is how the applied film looked on the window. 
It was a raining and dark day with no sunshine. 

Even with the rainy dark day the light was still coming in the window. 

We no longer saw my neighbor. 
Complete privacy.

Hung the farmhouse window back up.

Now we have complete privacy without taking away from the farmhouse window. 

Light still can filter in through the window.

This was such an easy DIY.
Have a great new week ahead.