Kitchen shiplap decor wall and a Rescue story


On my trip last weekend to Michigan I found this old vintage chippy frame.  I loved the patina on it.  So that came home with us.

It had several layers of wood textures.

I also found these French cottage signs and thought they might look good on the shiplap wall.  They are in glass frames but I might try and find some chippy old frames for them too.

I took my old vintage watering can and added some wild flowers and hang that in the middle of the frame.

I am looking for an old farmhouse apron up cycled with some old lace and material to hang on the hook.  For now my regular apron will do.

Hope your week is filled with lots of fun.
The weather here has been so nice and more springlike than winter.
Loving every minute of this nice weather.

This little girl is a rescue story.   This sweet dog was brought to our attention in a very unusual way.   One of those meant to be stories.  

I have always been a big believer in God bringing people into our paths for a reason.  Either to learn something or for us to teach something or to help in some way.

By accident I stumbled upon this sweet girl and her story.  I was at a point in life after losing our sweet Buddy a year and a half ago to not have a dog.
Terry and I have been married for 44 years and never have not been with a dog or two.
Now we are preparing for retirement in a few years and we were getting use to our freedom from having a dog.

By coincidence and/or  accident I found out about this sweet girl and her story.

She is being fostered by a retired RN like myself and her husband is a retired Fire Chief like Terry.  How weird it that!!!!  They have always loved basset hounds and dachshunds like us.
Another lovely set of coincidences.

The hurdle was how do we get her to us in Illinois from Georgia.

The Foster mom said she was about 3 to 4 hours from Nashville Tennessee and would meet us there.  That way Terry and I would only have to travel 7 hours instead of 11 to 12 hours.

Terry and I will travel to Nashville at the end of this week to meet this sweet girl and bring her home with us.
She is a very small basset hound and is about 5 years old.

She is very tiny for a basset hound.  When they found her she was starving and only weighed 20lbs.  After a month with the foster family she has put on 10lbs.  Probably will never get over 35lbs.  

In Georgia they have retention places that they put found dogs in for a week.  If anyone has lost their dog they can go to these retention places to claim their lost dog.  No one came to claim her.  She was not microchipped, no tags and had several skin infections and was neglected for some time and the Vet thinks on the run for some time.

They treated her for the skin cuts and infections and brought her up to date on all her immunizations and also spayed her.  The Foster mom said she is doing so well with eating and gaining some weight.  Her skin infections are all cleared up and her hair and skin are coming back in nicely.

The Foster Mom said this is one of the sweetest and gentle basset hounds she has ever met.


  1. I love the chippy frame paired with the watering can!!!! The whole vignette is very charming. I am so glad you found another doggie to fill the hole in your heart after losing Buddy. Can't wait to hear all about her pesonality.

  2. I love it and knew you would find some sweet pet to add to. your family life. You and Terry are great pet parents. I am so happy for you, Kris.
    Also love the frame you found the cottage prints. Hugs- xo xo xo Diana

  3. She's so precious, Kris. Sounds to me that it is a God "thing" and meant to be. You'll enjoy your drive down to Tennessee. I'll wave when you come through Missouri. xoxo

  4. What a lucky dog she is! To be loved by you two - she will have a wonderful life. Congratulations. Judy Clark

  5. Yes! A lucky doggie indeed. Be safe.....

  6. What a sweet dog that y’all will love, will be looking forward to the stories and photos! I love the chippy frame with the watering can and the French cottage signs, Kris!

  7. Oh Kris! She is adorable, and I know she will have a great life with you & Terry! I can't wait to see more pix and stories ~
    Hugs ~ bobbie

  8. Love the frame you found. Perfect for your wall. So cute with the watering can in the middle. Really like those cottage prints, too. Oh my goodness on the dog - she looks SO sweet! I bet you will fall in love with her right away. That's why I'm afraid to volunteer at a cat shelter when Clementine crosses the Rainbow Bridge - I'm afraid I'll fall in love with another cat or cat(s) when we've said we're not going to get anymore! ;-)

  9. Oh, Kris, I am so happy for you and that sweet girl. I bet you can't wait to meet her. I think we all say "this will be the last" after we lose a pet, but how could we not! Love the new old chippy frame and all that surrounds it. Happy Days, my friend..xxoJudy

  10. Kris, I love the way the wall came out and it reminds me of spring. I think it is so thoughtful and touching that you are rescuing the basset hound. The story about her is so sad and I know that she will be loved by both you and Terry. I wish you luck in getting your new dog and I can't wait to hear about the updates.

  11. Hello Kris, I love the decorations.
    I am excited to hear more about your travels to rescue your sweet new girl. I enjoyed how you shared how people connect in unusual ways... and we meet kindred spirits.
    How very true.
    Love, Carla

  12. Hi Kris,
    I love the decorations.

    I am so happy for you and Terry. I am excited to hear more about your new sweet girl. I am praying the travels go well.
    I also enjoyed what you said about meeting people in unusual ways... and they end up kindred spirits. Very true indeed.
    xx oo

  13. I love the kitchen decor and your sweet rescue story, Kris! Meant to be indeed. It sounds like you were made for each other. Have a safe trip and can't wait to see pictures of your new, sweet girl!! xo

  14. Aw....I hope all goes well, what a lovely girl to find a happy home likes yours!! Sandi

  15. Hi Kris. Taking in a lost dog is a sign of great heart! Dogs know how to be very sweet and full of affection. You will be happy.

  16. Awww what a sweet face that pup has and how wonderful you were able to connect and adopt. I know she'll be well cared for and loved with you two. The frame is beautiful and I love the way you've used it - so creative and pretty!! Hope you're having nice weather, it's been fabulous here for the last week. xoxoxox