Thursday, August 28, 2014

{ Fall is creeping our way ..:) }

I stepped outside our front door today with the cool breeze blowing & the smell of leaves & wood burning, yup Fall is on its way!! As soon as I smell Fall aromas & catch that cool breeze, you know that breeze where it's cooler outside then in?..Ya, that breeze! I know then it's time for Fall to roll around { Yay } !! I couldn't resist the beautiful flowers & bushes turning colors outside our front door ,so I cut a few stems  off & used them in our kitchen. They were so vibrant ,I  obviously couldn't  stop snapping pics !!! 

I risked my life today trying to cut some branches off - bumblebee galore! Although, I love bumblebees ,& they're  said not to sting,I was still weary ..

We all know I love my wispy grass, & I adore when it changes to brown 'wheat' like strands!! 

Prettiest little homemade bouquet ! 

Happy early weekend everyone, and be sure to enjoy the last bit of summer !!!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{ Our Living Room Chandelier Revamp }

Rainy night in.. means blogging! Tonight I'm sharing a hand-me-down chandelier that was an awful 1980's brass finish. I gave this diamond in the rough some much needed TLC & 'she' turned out great! I decided I would put her in the living room to add to the cottage/cozy feel I have going on! I'm still on the fence about keeping it all cream or dying the shades a brown/ tan color. I would love to hear your input or opinions :) ! Enjoy & stay tuned for { possibly } another post about the new shade colors !!

Stripped the shades off & gave it a light 'dusting' before spraying! 
Note: I find it easier to spray chandeliers while hanging,much easier to catch every angle! 

First coat of spray paint..

If you've been following me, you know this is my go to color - {satin cream} & always Rust-Oleum :)


The hanging beauty after some quick TLC! Like I said above, I'm still debating on coloring the shades a tan or brown...hmm
Side Note: This chandelier isn't hard wired. It's only for looks- for now..;) 


Friday, August 22, 2014

{ Breakfast for Dinner with delicious Cinnamon,Vanilla, & Chocolate chip Pancakes}

Sharing this delicious & simple dinner for breakfast recipe! It's one of our favorites in our house ,& I think you'll love it too! Who doesn't like breakfast for dinner?! :).

Some summer  table flowers, fresh from our neighbors tree outside our kitchen window !

  • 1 Packet of pancake mix of your choice
  • Mix the ingredients the pack calls for
  • Add 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • Add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • Chocolate chips {sweet} any amount to liking
  • Pinch of sugar{ Optional }
  • Mix again & continue to cook!
  • Add a slice of Canadian bacon or ham for a side { I used Apple-wood Canadian bacon}
  •  Add some butter pats or powdered sugar for garnish !


Note: I used one pack of pancake mix & added some flour along the way and adjusted the ingredients! Have fun with it, you can't go wrong! 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

{ Our cute little red barn/shed makeover }

Seems like it's been forever since I painted this cute little rustic shed ,or as I like to call it the little red barn. This barn was deemed to be scrapped & my husband loaded, yes loaded the whole thing into one of his work trailers. When he came home with it I thought oh, boy what in the world is this rusted piece of junk?! The shed/barn looked like The Grinch Stole Christmas sleigh hanging off the back of the trailer . It was funny ,but also kind of scary!! I got right to work on it after we picked some paint & trim colors out. It kind of grew on me & added to our storage behind our garage. I also thought it would be cute for the holidays ;)!

Basic tools you'll need..^
Side Note: The paint color is Behr Exterior paint in Candy Apple Red! The trim is white & we used exterior kilz!

This little shed ate the paint literally..2 gallons later!

The final coat drying... I wasn't thrilled with the end color at first. The next day the color had been hit by the sunlight & actually the pinky/red color subsided into a 'true barn red' !!

The pots were originally in front of our house & decided to move them back here. The galvanized tin,John Deere sign, and wreath are all thrift or garbage finds. The rustic flowers in the tin are from Dollar Tree.

I hope you enjoyed this little makeover, & remember anything can be cute with a little TLC & a vision! 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

{ Pure Michigan / Bed & Breakfast Vacation & Review }

Wow , it feels like I haven't been on here in ages! If you haven't noticed, I took a week hiatus & spent a few days enjoying 'Pure Michigan' @ an amazing Bed & Breakfast with my  husband! The stay & vacation were both phenomenal to say the least! I snapped about 200 shots &we both managed to turn a lobster red color, even with sunscreen { porcelain skin problems  ha-ha}! We left Friday & stayed until Sunday & let me tell you we didn't want to leave!!  This was our first stay at a Bed & Breakfast & the quaint, cozy & warm touches definitely made us LOVE the experience.   We stayed at the Torch Lake Bed & Breakfast ,& Deb & Mike { the owners} were amazing .We loved every minute of our quaint stay! Check out below some of the  highlights from our stay !

Drive along the beautiful winding shore line of Torch lake!

The B&B sets high atop a hill overlooking Torch Lake. You go past the B&B & turn onto a tiny private drive lined with beautiful homes & gardens looking over gorgeous fields.

Torch Lake B&B !

The decks/ gardens & walk to our room !

The hot tub is perfect for star gazing over the lake at night! 

The room was filled with cozy beach charm & the fridge / bathroom were both stocked with lush complimentary goods!

Each morning you're welcomed into Mike & Debs grand kitchen & family room for a delicious gourmet 3 course breakfast overlooking Torch Lake! Hows that for starting off the day?!

The private dock is stocked with kayaks,paddle boards , swimming & lounging goods, radio & snorkeling gear!! 

The crystal clear blue water of Torch Lake, MI! No wonder it's voted 3rd prettiest lake in the world by National Geographic!  

Mark getting our kayaks ready for us :)

Not only is Torch lake amazing ,but Lake Michigan is only 2 miles down the street. There is a public beach access with beautiful & warm sandy beaches awaiting you! The views , antique shops,beaches, & quaint Pure Michigan escape are definitely all combined within Central Michigan/Torch Lake. 


Public beach to Lake Michigan!

Of course we had to stop at some country junkin shops!!

In town looking at some cute little quiet & peaceful!!!

Once a blogger always a blogger ..

We stopped in at Fudgee's too! They were voted best ice cream in 2009 by Good Morning America!!

Heading to dinner on our last night { sorry about the quality  }.

That completes our vacation tour! If you're looking for a quaint Pure Michigan experience visit the  Torch Lake Bed & Breakfast- I promise you'll love it! 

*** Torch Lake B&B link for more inquiries/reservations!