Friday, September 30, 2011

Apple Farm

My husband and I along with some good friends Susan and Buzz went on a fun trip together to the beautiful Central Coast of California! We stayed at the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo. This is the Millhouse behind the Inn. 
Here's a view of the entrance to the Apple Farm Inn.
Just inside is this beautiful stairway.
There are lots of little places to sit and relax. Hot cider and coffee are always available in the lobby and in the evening there are even freshly baked cookies!
Sweet little vignettes are everywhere!
Of course, right now everything is all decorated for the Fall season!
This was our charming room!
I wish I had taken a better picture because you can't see the fireplace or sitting area!
Susan and Buzz stayed in this adorable room!
Each room at the Apple Farm is decorated differently and they all have a charm of their own! I think they are all very romantic with the canopy beds and fireplaces! 
The Apple Farm gift shop has lots of cute gifts and home decor. 
You can spend a lot of time just browsing!
There are enchanting gardens everywhere!
The restaurant and bakery serve up home style cooking!

We had such a wonderful time while we were here! It really put me into a Fall mood!
We also went on a fun day trip, as there's so much to see and do in this area. I will share about that in my next post!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Toile Pumpkin!

I always love to do projects with things I already have on hand. So when my copy of Country Living magazine arrived the other day, I knew I would be making a toile pumpkin! 
 I painted my orange faux pumpkin with some white craft paint. Then, with some left over toile wallpaper from my dining room, I photocopied it and resized it a little smaller. After cutting the different images out, I used some mod podge to glue them on. Then I had a beautiful toile pumpkin! I know mine isn't quite magazine worthy, but I really like it because it matches my wallpaper and curtains!
The directions are in the October issue. It was pretty simple to do. There are some other cute ideas for decorating pumpkins in this issue, as well.  Maybe I'll try another one!

I'm so excited that my husband and I will be getting away for the next few days! We are going to a beautiful Bed and Breakfast along the coast of California!


Monday, September 19, 2011

100 Yard Sales!

This past Saturday morning, I got up early to go to 100 yard sales! A gated retirement community near my home has a yard sale once a year and over 100 homes were going to be participating! I sure didn't want to miss that! My sweet husband and daughter, Jessica came along. My husband was more like the chauffeur and drove us around while following the map. Jessica and I would jump out of the car with our Starbucks and sweet hubby would try to find a place to park! I think we only made it to about 25 yard sales, but we did find a lot of really good stuff!
All of these Staffordshire "English Garden" dishes were $6.00! I absolutely love them!
An assortment of vintage bottles, vases, a charming white wicker flower basket and cute hand crocheted pot holders... 25 cents a piece! Yay!
I already added some flowers to this charming basket!
I am going to repaint the mirror window frame and the an antique tool box. I also found a topiary to redo, letter holder and a brand new light fixture for my husbands office, which we've already installed! The window and light were $8.00, and everything else was either $.50 or $1.00.
I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to paint the window and shutters, as yet! 
I even found some fall pumpkins to add to my collection!
We found so many others things, too! Picture frames to make chalkboards, cute little dishes and jewelry. Maybe I should be thinking about Christmas gifts?

It was such a fun morning! I'm so happy that my daughter, Jessica is really starting to get into yard sales now! She's developing a good eye for things and is learning how to bargain politely!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A New Floor!

I've been absent from blogland for a few days because I have been busy laying a new floor! Yep, I actually did a lot of it myself! Of course, I did have a little help! Well, actually a lot of help! The first day, my brother came over and helped my husband lay about 2/3's of the floor. Over the next few days my husband and I finished it up!  We just need to finish adding the baseboards!
We laid the wood laminate in our family room, kitchen and down the hallway, over 400 square feet! 
I had a really hard time deciding which color of wood laminate to choose. I couldn't decide between the darker Brazilian Cherry or a lighter oak color. I decided to go with the darker Brazilian Cherry and am glad I did! I like the darker shade with all the white and am so happy with how it turned out! It feels like I have a brand new house!
 I admit, it was a much harder job than I realized. Just the preparation alone (removing the carpet and pad, tack strips, nails, etc) was a lot of work! We are hoping to install more laminate in the rest of the downstairs, but maybe not until next year after we've had a chance to recover!!!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Anniversary Blessings!

Today is our 31st Anniversary!!! I can't believe it's been that long, because it seems just like yesterday that we got married! (Yes, I was a child bride!) lol We've had a wonderful life so far! The Lord has blessed us with 5 great kids and a fun, full-time ministry! Of course, we've had many difficult and challenging times, but through those times we have stayed committed to each other and the Lord has really blessed our marriage! I love you so much, Jim!!! Happy Anniversary!
As you can see we haven't changed at all! lol
He chased me until I caught him!

I'm reposting this from two years ago, because I wasn't really out there in blogland and I don't think anyone has read any of my posts from that long ago! Also, we are in the middle of laying down a new laminate floor, so my house is a complete mess! I'm also starting up home school today! We are going out tonight for dinner to celebrate and are planning on getting away for a few days later this month. 


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Antique Dolls

I'm so excited to share about my sister and brother-in-law's antique doll collection! There are 1000's of dolls dating as far back as the 1790s! Tina and Wayne inherited this collection from Wayne's mother, Christine. All of these dolls are displayed in their very own doll museum tucked inside their antique store in Arizona! 
 Christine started collecting dolls when she was just a small child. Her home life wasn't the best and so she put all her love into the dolls. Over the years she just kept collecting and collecting! 
 Wayne said when he was growing up, their house was full of dolls, dolls, dolls everywhere!  In High School he would have friends come to the house and they would always ask him if he liked dolls?  Wayne didn't have any sisters, so it was embarrassing to him for his friends to think that he was the collector! 

Tina said, there are a lot of stories which Christine has told them over the years about the dolls. In fact, there is a motorized doll in a buggy that has movable arms and legs. Years ago, Christine hooked it up to a battery and pushed the buggy in the Rodeo Parade in Tucson. The Rodeo Parade is the longest horse drawn parade in the world, no cars whatsoever!  The crowd could be heard saying that they could not believe that they were leaving that baby in the sun for so long!  

One time they had bought a life size man doll and left it in the car because they got home so late.  Since it was sitting in the passenger seat, they just left it there.  In the middle of the night a police officer was seen standing outside of the car with his gun drawn telling the doll to raise his hands! 
The very large dolls are from 1890s-1915.  They are some of the largest dolls that Tina and Wayne have ever seen! The life-size dolls were mannequins and are from the 1940s.
I think this wax doll looks really creepy!  It was said to have come over on a wagon train in the 1800s! Wax dolls are often called "wax overs," which means they are wax, over some kind of mold.
The Shirley Temple dolls were first made in the 1930s and are still being made today.  Most of these dolls are from the 1930s when she was so popular!  
The Dionne Quintuplet dolls were also made around the same time as the Shirley Temple dolls in the 1930s. Several different companies made them and I am told that even Sears made some. 
 The Boudoir dolls were mostly from the late 1930s into the 1940s. They were also called bed dolls.
Abraham and Mrs. Lincoln dolls from 1915! They are made out of wood.
 The Oriental dolls date back to the early 1800s!  

This is an actual foot binding shoe from the 1790s!
Food binding is so disturbing to me! I can't believe they actually did that to young girls in China years ago!

It really is fascinating to visit Tina and Wayne's doll museum whenever we are in Arizona!  They have stories about almost every doll and with 1000's of dolls, it's hard to take it all in!  I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into their collection!

I'm linking to Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground and
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home!


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