Wednesday, April 25, 2012

the kitchen envy continues.....

the kitchen envy continues....

Don't you just love kitchen eye candy?
I do!
Follow my kitchen envy board here .

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kitchen envy.....

I often have kitchen envy.
And here are some kitchens that give it to me....

see my entire board of kitchen envy here.
Have a good Tuesday!

Monday, April 23, 2012

cottage exterior....

These are some picts of the front
of our little stone cottage.

We put down pine needles this year
instead of mulch, and let me
tell you that we will always do the
pine needles from now on.

They were about 1/10th the cost of
the mulch and took about 1/10th of the
time to put it out.
And I think they look even better
than the mulch!

It is hard to see what a difference
they make since I don't have any
before pictures, but they really did
make a big difference.

We decided to try these topiaries
in the front planters
this year instead of the big ferns
that we normally do.
They were more expensive than
the ferns, but considering that we
have to replace the ferns
year after year, I think these will
actually end up saving us money in the long run.

aaahhh, the stone cottage on Covington
that I call home.
I just love it.

Happy Monday, ya'll!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

the new tree house....

I am sharing today
another one of hubby's projects....

a two story tree house,
featuring an out-look porch,
a rock wall and a rappel rope.

He is such a rock-star
 to the girls right now.
You can see the work in progress...
Hubby and Katie built this tree house together in two days.
I think that is quite impressive.
Here is the rock wall and rappel side.
They are debating adding a slide on this side as well
onto the first floor platform.
You can also see the bucket they rigged up
for getting their goodies up and down.
Can you spy one of our hounds in the picture?
The dogs keep checking the bucket to see if there
is anything they need in it,
but there never is.
Here it is with some left over
and salvaged pieces from the yard for decoration.
The size of the pieces are actually
perfect for the size of the house.
I love that my girls instinctively think know that furniture alone
is not enough and that they think know
that they need a centerpiece for their table.
You know the old saying about the apple and the tree....

The girls have already divided it up.
Katie and her friends hang out on the second floor
and Mogie and her friends hang out on the first floor.
{for the most part, that is, there are still some turf wars being waged}

To be honest, the second floor was added
after I got home from work
and saw how high the top floor was.
It made me too nervous to have my little one
up that high, and I knew she would
not be able to resist it.
So, the second floor addition was built.
This did not help anything.
She still goes up there
even though she has a floor to herself,
and to top it all off, she glides up there
 faster and easier than anyone else.
What is a mother to do?

So, there it is, tree house Bradley!
There are still some touches here and there
that need to be added,
but for the most part it is
ready to go, and definitely
ready to be played in!
I am loving all these projects getting done!
What will I come home to next?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

as seen in Country Living magazine.....

These pillows were
featured in this months issue of
Country Living magazine....
So, I thought I would
let every one know that
if it was one of those features
that you just
Then you can pick them up at my shop.
We carry these and have them in stock
and ready to go to their new home.
Next week, you can order from our on-line store ,
or you can send me a message today!
You can also call the shop at 270-781-5550.

We have lots and lots of other
great goodies too!
Stop by and see us or shop the on-line store!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

the beginnings of our veggie garden....

I mentioned last Thursday on
hubby's birthday that we were
building raised veggie gardens this year.
Happy Birthday to us both!

So, I thought I would share with you
 how they are coming along...

I wish I had gotten a picture of the soil
and railroad ties before they
were placed and filled.

I was at work when they were delivered,
and this is where hubby had gotten with
it all when I got home.
Pretty amazing considering
that the ties weighed 250lbs. each
and the soil was a mini mountain.
I helped finish them off,
but all the credit goes to hubby for these.
I am so excited about them.
Who's birthday was it again?
Here is what we did on Sunday....
Everything is planted, labeled, watered
and ready for the growth to begin.
We are taking major precautions this year
to keep the animals out.
{ours and wild}
Last year, we grew great and glorious veggies,
just to have them all eaten by 
the little woodland creatures in our yard
 and our dogs.

So, we have planted marigolds around the perimeter,
put up metal fencing, and my hair dresser
is saving some hair for us to sprinkle around.
Hopefully, that will all be enough.
I love how I can see the rows
where we planted the seeds.
They were a lot of work,
but now that they are here
we will always have them,
and next year it will not be nearly
as much labor.
Now, we just need for everything to sprout!
Grow baby, grow!

Monday, April 16, 2012


mir•ror / mir r/[mir-er]noun 

1. a reflecting surface, originally of polished metal 
but now usually of glass with a silvery, metallic, 
or amalgam backing. 
2. such a surface set into a frame, attached to a
handle, etc., for use in viewing oneself or as an

Mirrors are truly ornaments in
our homes. Their reflective surfaces
can make a room look 
larger, pick up natural light and 
disperse it through a room or, 
when grouped together, they 
can complete a room by becoming 
a collective piece of art.

I have thought for as long as I 
can remember that there should 
always be a mirror in every room.

But my new view on mirrors is the 
power they possess when
grouped together.
With most groupings on a wall, 
there has to be some cohesive element in the design,
such as the same color or finish,
the same shape, or the same subject.
However, with mirrors,
the cohesive element is the mirror itself.
Because of this, 
you can mix and match every color,
 metal, shape and size and
they still look and feel like a planned out design.
Mirrors translate into every design style.
If you’re into a funky,vintage vibe,
the old ornate mirrors that your grandmother once 
proudly hung can get a face lift with a vibrant coat of orange, 
turquoise, or red. And if you’re really
brave you can paint each mirror a 
different color, but still hang as a group.
If your style is more modern and sleek,
you can focus on square or 
rectangle frames with simple lines and
 hang them very close together.
 They will begin to look like one large 
but simple piece of art.
Once you have established what style you 
are and the type of frame to use,
you then have to decide where
 the group of mirrors will go in 
your home.
Try to remember the areas that 
might not be considered the “prime real estate.” 
The wall space in a hall or a stairway can 
become highlights of your home when 
given the opportunity to shine with mirrors.
The “prime real estate” like the mantel or wall 
behind the sofa will always make a brilliant display 
when given the reflective treatment.
 There is really no place in your home that a mirror can’t affect,
 and a group of mirrors makes that
effect shine just a little brighter.

Your home is a reflection of you. So, don’t
just let your little light shine — REFLECT it!
{all pictures via pinterest}

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Well, I decided to take some
pictures of the chandelier
in the dining room in the day time,
like I said I would.
However, I forgot to turn it on!
Oh well, here are a few shots of it anyway.
I love it!

Happy Birthday to my Hubby today!
He took the day off to celebrate.
His way of celebrating:
building 3 8.5' raised flower beds
Man, do I have it good!
{or does he have it bad?}