Our show was well over a month ago, and I have finally found the time to sit down and post some pictures from the show. I must admit, I did not take any of these photos. I was so stressed from getting everything ready to go and set up that I totally forgot to take my camera. These few photos were taken by my daughter and are from her Facebook page, Rustic Market.
Here we go - I'll let the photos do the talking . . .
We sold about 95% of our merchandise, but have some beautiful things still left. The smaller remaining items that can be shipped will be listed over time on my Etsy shop, which can be accessed at the top of my blog, just under the header. My daughter is also listing some of the larger remaining items on her Facebook page. I'm also now making maps of states other than Ohio if anyone is interested. If you don't see your state listed, please don't hesitate to ask. They were big sellers at the show and make lovely gifts.
I tragically lost the last of my two chickens last October and after mourning them all winter, I took the plunge and got six new chicks last week.
This time I purchased three different hardier breeds and hopefully healthier.
They are so sweet and soft, and just what I needed to help me get through these last dreary weeks of winter and endless snow.
I'm still picking out names for them, but I'm thinking Bitsy for the small brown Speckled Sussex and Betty for her sister.
Then for the Golden Comets, I think I'll go with Marigold and Merry Sunshine, which will probably end up as Goldie and Merry. And lastly, for the Buff Orphingtons, they will be Sybil (Sibby) and Annie. Did you notice that two of them are named after the children in Downton Abbey?
That is Betty standing so watchful and tall. I think she looks like a meerkat in this picture.
Here's to hoping they bring a bit of spring to your day!
Two years ago I started remodeling my kitchen. Now, finally it is finished. I repainted, laid a new kitchen floor, installed new counter top and sink, repainted the cabinet bases, but never put on new cabinet doors. Two years, I went without cabinet doors. I got used to it that way and loved being able to reach right in for anything. Talk about being lazy. Then one day a few months ago, I saw with new eyes how bad it looked, and realized how tired I was of it not being finished.
So . . . I called my brother-in-law and told him I was really serious about making the new cabinet doors (he had bought the wood at least 8 months earlier). On New Year's Day we went to work in his work shop and cranked out all the doors. I have a very small kitchen, so it wasn't that many doors, but by the end of the day, thanks to his expertise and fabulous array of tools, we had all the doors glued and clamped.
These first pictures were taken right after I hung the doors when they were still unfinished. There was an immediate difference.
I only have a few cabinets along one wall and a tall cabinet on the opposite wall.
Here is a photo of one door painted and one still unfinished. I used Caromel Colors Reclaim paint on my cabinets and rolled it on. I was so surprised how quickly I could apply 3 coats of paint.
I painted the fronts of the doors while they were still hanging and then removed them a couple at a time to paint the backs.
Finally - all done.
Like I said, my kitchen is small. These are the cabinets on one side of the sink.
And this is the other side of the sink.
There is nothing extravagant or fancy about my kitchen like the spacious grand ones in all the new builds. But, it suits my needs and I absolutely love it and how much brighter the room is now.
I keep only a few things on the counter tops since there isn't much space. I love having my silverware on the counter top where I can reach it easily.
Here is the tall cabinet across the room.
In between, under the window, is a green free-standing cupboard that I use for extra storage and for displaying fun vignettes.
Over the stove I display two sets of a plain white frame with a canvas print in the center. The canvas is covered with paper napkins that were torn and laid in place, applied with Mod Podge. Every few months, I change out the canvas to match the season - an inexpensive way to change my artwork and the mood of the room. I got the idea from Stone Gable and Yvonne gives wonderful instructions on her lovely blog.
Rounding out the room is the door leading to the utility room where I made the door into a large chalk board for doodling.
And off to the right of the "Dream" sign is a peek into the dining room. I told you it was a small kitchen.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new kitchen and it makes me smile every time I walk into it.
I'm a mother of one "out-of-college" daughter, inheritor of one cat,a dog and four chickens, full time medical secretary, gardener, painter of furniture, fixer-upper and handy woman around my house, passionate about decorating, lover of flea markets and yard sales, restorer of old things, but most importantly, a daughter of God. Blogging is a way to journal and share my life, passions, and journey with anyone interested enough to follow along.