Sunday, October 11, 2015

Door Change and My Decor Crazy

With this house on the market I feel like my decor crazy has been stifled of late.  I love change and doing new things in my decor but with the house up for sale I feel like I cannot express my style or change much up.

So it is the little changes I can do that give me some creative pleasure.

This was my front porch starting with some fall decor.  I had my summer yellow front door.  I felt it gave the front of the house a more cottage feel.

We replaced the yellow cottage door with our other wooden front door that matches the garage door.  It is a better door and I thought the buyers would like that it matched the garage door.  Terry switch the doors out for me.
I left the yellow door in the shed so if the buyers want to put the yellow one back on they can.

I  like the wood front door it feel less like summer than the yellow one did.

I brought out one of my white urns that I had my Christmas tree in and re planted this sweet potato vine.  I added some fall pumpkins and fall faux flowers to the potato vine.

I kept my sweet yellow boots from summer and added some fall faux daisies.

My sweet potato vines are really going strong.  The vines stretch across the front picture window.

So just a few change ups to my front porch.  Ohhhhh how I am hoping we  get a contract soon and we can move onto a new place I can release my decor crazy on!!!!

Have a wonderful week.
Hugs and Thank You
Just a  big hug and thank you to Benita from Chasing Quaintness.  I got this special little sachet in the mail from her on Friday.  Sooooo sweet and it smells heavenly.  Benita just sent it to be sweet and to say thank you for being blogging friends.  She has a kind heart.  Love my pumpkin sachet Benita.  Hugs & thank you so much!!!!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Ricki Jill from Art @ Home

 Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger.  Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.

There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.

This week I am honored to introduce you to Ricki Jill from Art @ Home.  Not only is she talented and creative she has a big and kind heart.  So enjoy getting to know Ricki Jill and then head over to say Hi on her blog. 

Hello!  My name is Ricki Jill Treleaven, and my blog is Art @ Home.  I'm so humbled that Kris asked me to write a post for her Saturday Spotlight.  Thanks so much, Kris!  :D

I'll tell you about myself first, and then I'll tell you a little bit about my blog.  I've been married to my college sweetheart for 27 years, and we have two daughters: Shanley Belle, who's a graduate student in Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and Shelley Angèle, who's eighteen and a senior in high school.  I homeschool Shelley and we're often interrupted by our naughty Westie named Finlay.  I'm a former high school English teacher and an artist.  I also have a fairly new second blog, Meditation of my He{art}, for my art journaling and art prayer journaling.

I was trying to think of what in the world to write about as far as introducing my blog to y'all because my blog is not very tends to be "all over the place" like my life!  So I think I'll just share with you my Top Ten List of stuff I like to blog about.

10.  Family Life.  Although we're almost empty nesters (both girls were living at home when I first started blogging) I still like to share about my family with my readers, especially homeschooling.

Shelley's first day of school 2015

9.    MacKenzie-Childs   We've collected MacKenzie-Childs majolica since we married.  You'll see our collection from time to time on my blog!

MacKenzie-Childs flower frog

Honey pot

8.    Home Decor  I love fluffing the nest and sharing it on my blog.

My art studio

Our kitchen

I enjoy tablescapes for all seasons!

7.    Finlay   He's naughty and full of Westietude!

6.    Recipes   I enjoy cooking for my family and sharing recipes with my readers.  I have a recipe page on my blog with links to the recipes I've posted.  My buttermilk pie and iCarly spaghetti tacos recipes are two readers' favorites!

Southern Bourbon Balls

Strawberry Lemonade Muffins

5.    Crafting   I wish I had time for more crafting because I love it!  Whenever I have time for crafts I try to write posts about them and share.

4.    Link Parties   I enjoy link parties, like the Mad Tea Party.  You can read more on my Link Parties page.

3.    Flowers    I love, love, *love* flowers...and anything with flowers on it!

2.    Art    True to the name of my blog, I do write about art (usually on Mondays).

"Peonies in Mercury Glass"

Some of my paintings in various stages 

1.    Books    Hello!  My name is Ricki Jill and I'm a bookaholic!  I write a weekly post on Fridays (Literary Friday) that's also a link party.  So if you read a good book (it can be about anything....I shared a recipe book last Friday!) please write a post and join in on the literary fun!  ;P

Thanks again, Kris, for inviting me to share my blog with your readers.  You're the *sweetest*

Ricki Jill

-- Blessings! Ricki Jill Art @

Thank you Ricki Jill for sharing yourself with us.  It was fun getting to know you better. Finlay is too cute.  Hope everyone has a great week end.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

An the Winners Are!!!!!!

Well my friends thank you to all of you that entered to win a copy of the Somerset Life magazine that I was recently published in.

I am listing the winners below.  If you see your name please email me your address and when I get my order of magazines hopefully this week I will send you your copy.

Nancy Comer Nancy's Notes
Nancy Reinke Joyful Cottage
Sandi Barberry Lane Designs
Deb Garage Sale Gal

Congrats girls.  Please send me your address's.

For those of you that did not get your name pulled out of the hat.  I have the post here where you can read the article and see the feature.

My good friend Nana Diana at her blog is giving away a copy of this magazine too.
So if you did not win one here and want another chance please hop over to Nana Diana Takes A Break and leave a comment.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.  Be sure to come back on Saturday to meet a wonderful fun blogger in the Spotlight.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fall is in the Air but Summer Flowers are still Holding on!

It says fall on the calendar and fall is in the air with cooler days and nights.  My summer flowers just do not want to let go just yet.

My ivy geraniums are hanging on and the passion flower plant while not budding anymore is still green and lush.

The geraniums are still popping with pretty color.

My knock out roses are still blooming with lots of buds ready to open.

My deck boxes still are having a few blooms and the greenery is holding on.

It won't be long and there will be frost on the pumpkins and the flowers will be done for the season.   I am holding on for just a few more weeks of enjoying these pretties.
A little fall mixed in on the front porch.

Hope you all have a wonderful start to the new week ahead.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Elizabeth from Rustic Maple 

 Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger.  Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.

There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.

This week it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Elizabeth from Rustic Maple.  Elizabeth is an over the border Canadian blogger friend.  Love that she said yes to doing Spotlight.  Please take some time and read and get to know Elizabeth.  Then hop over to her wonderful blog and say Hi.

Hello everyone! I'm Elizabeth at Rustic Maple and I am honored that Kris has asked me to be in the Saturday Spotlight. I have been following Kris and enjoying her beautiful blog and home for some time. I have met some awesome people through blogging and am continually inspired by the creative ideas and glimpses into blogger's homes around the world.

My little blog began in 2009 as Blue Clear Sky but changed to Rustic Maple last year when I bought my own domain. I chose Rustic Maple for my blog and business name because we enjoy spending time outdoors in Ontario, our beautiful province here in Canada. I will share more about my blog in a bit.

Since I am here to "spotlight the real life behind the blogger" I guess I should share more about myself. I celebrated my 50th birthday this year and my husband Robert and I have been married for 23 years. We live in Halton Hills, a small town about an hour west of Toronto.

I am blessed to have a kind and loving husband and two wonderful boys. Kyle is 18 and starting an apprenticeship and Josh is 16 and in grade 11.

Up until this year, our boys had been involved in 4-H for many years showing dairy, beef, rabbits and goats. Even though we live in town, our oldest has a passion for agriculture. He sold his pair of goats and show rabbits last year but still owns Jersey dairy cattle (since we live in town he keeps them at my husband's cousin's dairy farm about two hours away.) This weekend is our town's Fall Fair and Kyle takes care of the animals in the Agricultural Awareness tent for the three days of the fair. Josh helps him and they sleep in the tent overnight for the care and security of the animals.

Josh is our fishing and sport-loving guy. He especially enjoys hanging out with his older brother. At 16 1/2 he is already 6'2" (photo at my bil's lodge/hunt camp in northern Ontario with my sister's family's 5 month old Labradoodle puppy, Scout.) This year Josh got his driver's license and his boating license. Josh is saving for his own truck (his brother saved and bought his own truck when he was 17.) We now wish that we had the forethought to plan for a driveway with four vehicles (including two big Cummins diesel pick up trucks!) when we bought this suburban builder home 17 years ago..

We love our 5 year old female chocolate Lab, Remington. She is such a sweetheart!

I am the second youngest of eight children and became an aunt when I was five. Our large extended family is a very big part of our life. I am very proud of my 17 nieces and nephews (plus spouses) and so far I have 19 great nieces and great nephews (not including hubby's side with 7 nieces/nephews and 2 greats.)  Most of our social time is spent with family. We are especially close (and neighbours) to my youngest sister/best friend, her husband and their three children. We live two streets apart and the kids attended the same schools.

I trained as a Practical Nurse in college and after 5 years in patient care I had an opportunity to work in a high school special education program, where I just reached my 25 year milestone.

So back to my blog. I have always enjoyed creative hobbies and decorating. I get excited about paint, decor and hardware stores. Our home is always evolving as I work towards my preferred decor style and adding more character to our home, all on a fairly tight budget. My mind is constantly swirling with ideas for new vignettes, dreams of new pieces to make or how to change what I already have affordably.

Over the past year or two I have focused on defining my decor style. I like to decorate our home in a more rustic casual style that has influences of growing up on a farm (for my husband) and cottaging and camping near a lake every summer (for me), both of which we have made sure our sons experience. 

Speaking of seasonally, one of my favorite things to do is decorate for Christmas. I plan ideas throughout the year and love getting out all my organized clear bins. Then I do my sister's decorating! 

I paint furniture, DIY, do all of our interior/exterior painting, sew pillows (and quilt when I have time), knit, crochet and generally get crafty when the mood strikes. I make extra money for my projects by painting and selling furniture, and occasionally my stitched goods.

One thing that I have learned from this experience of sharing 'the real life behind the blogger' is that I need to spend more time taking photos of myself (and making sure the ones of me look good haha!) We get busy and tend to rely on quick iPhone photos at gatherings.

I would love for you to stop by Rustic Maple and say hello. You can also find me on Pinterest as Rustic Maple Elizabeth Ramage and on Instagram as rusticmapleelizabeth. Thanks so much, Kris, for inviting me to share here today!

 Thank you Elizabeth for sharing about your hubby and son's and cute Remington.  You have a beautiful family and I loved reading about you, your family and what blogging has meant to you.  Have a great Saturday Every One!