Saturday, September 19, 2009

yard sales.....and more yard sales

loads of fabulous yard sale treasure.
vintage white Sunbeam batter bowls  $1.00 set
vintage pyrex 50 cents
"Japan" color block mugs 50 cents each
Avon crock 25 cents
oven bowls with handles $1.00 each

lot of print making supplies $2.00
paper and books $1.00

amazing embroidered textiles
$5.00 each

 old baskets $1.00 each

angela adams bag $3.00
Lucky Brand leather bag $5.00

Ivan's favorite Magic Tree House Books
set of 8 $1.00

Friday, September 18, 2009

wool soap cozzies

Wool is a natural temperature regulator, hypoallergenic,
odor free, stain resistant, durable, animal friendly 
and environmentally sustainable.

I was recently given a gift of soap that had been felted with wool. I loved it....I really thinks that it conserves the bar, along with giving you a built-in wash cloth.  Unfortunately / fortunately when the soap is gone you have a piece of random wool......I was told that you could replace the soap, but it has shrunk so much that it would be quite difficult to get a new bar in.

So..I decided to make a soap cozzie out of a my husbands shrunken felted(washed) sweater.  see below......
the soap is fantastic its from LONG WINTER FARM

I started by cutting about 1/3rd of the sleeve off  of each arm.
I plan on using the cuffs, and the rest of the sweater for additional projects.

cut a long strip that will fit the soap plus a few extra inches. 

sew a pocket for the soap to fit in, then just tuck in the extra flap.

all done! I will post my other 2 sweater projects soon!

Monday, September 14, 2009

back cottage

This spring my husband and I did quite a bit in the way of renovations on our back cottage. We rent it out by the month in the fall, winter, and spring; and by the week in the summer. The cottage itself has pretty much had a complete overhaul.
To start....
The kitchen..... this spring I removed the cabinet doors(with a tire iron) painted it all white with a semi gloss finish....the best part of course was hunting down all the aqua, and cobalt blue vintage pieces that adorn the shelves. I went to the Habitat repurpose store and scored a fabulous new sink and fixture for a mere $100.00. It looks so much better than the 20 year old stainless was a bit icky. Bob installed the sink within a few hours....and presto, a fabulous new kitchen.

A few summers back our friend Mike installed a beautiful tile floor in the kitchen.
It was sad to see the original linoleum go...not. I bought the tile at home depot for a $1.00 a square foot, we need about 100 pieces....Mike had extra grout and adhesive, and installed in for free in exchange for a parking spot (he is an avid fisherman).
We had a GE stack-able washer and dryer put in, about 5 years ago, it's held up ok(even with all the beach sand and salt), however, the dryer sounds like a freight train(need to call the repair man).
The kitchen was painted a papaya color 3 years ago.
I made the cute little valances this spring.

new valances, and food storage

People love the beach, and are quite manic if they can't find a rental cottage. Generally, ours is fully rented, with lots of returning guests.

This is the main living area...either the picture is blurry, or I am...
This spring we painted the walls and the floors. Ok...actaully a former student of mine painted the walls (in trade for a parking spot...he is an avid beach bum). My husband busted his butt on the floor...It came out great...until you moved anything that was on it.....There are tons of scratches, and marks... it is quite upsetting. I don't think the paint ever fully cured, we painted during the rainy spell in June. We will re-paint next spring.


The furniture is from Bob's bachelor pad days.....
it's leather so it actually still looks pretty good 7 years later.

there is a fireplace in the living room...needs a new damper.

living room decor

the dining room aka...the sun porch...fresh paint on all planes. also, a new dining room table.
check out the cool modern chair....from my bachelorette pad.

the back cottage does have a little view of the's there.

this is the other end of the sunporch, a.k.a TV viewing area, a.k.a 3rd sleeping space.

This is the biggest bedroom, which is probably 9'X9' - it has the original 1950's beadboard, we decided not to paint this...I think it's nice to have some of the original character. I did scrub it all down this spring, due to the chain smoker that lived in it this winter. blahhh


blue bedroom details

this is the little green bedroom, which has views to the sunporch, and backyard.

Andrew Wyeth adorns the walls of the green room.

the makeover. We added a window a few years back. I tiled the floor and wall....Mike had to come back and retile the floor......hmm. I tried:0
new toilet, new pedestal sink, fesh paint......presto....a much improved bathroom.

the side yard..... new table and chairs (arlene)....the patio was put in 4 years back.

the backyard renovation.....
beach roses, and a new platform.
fabulous 1960's lounge chair.

a view from the end of the driveway.