Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Cool Find


I found this cool little side table about a month ago and I wanted to share it with you.

 It was painted green when I bought it. I painted it white and now I have to decide where to put it. Any suggestions? I do this all the time. I buy something intending to put it in the shop, bring it home, paint it, all the while in the back of my mind thinking about where I could use it in our home:) I think I have a problem! Anyway let me know if you have any suggestions.

Hope you are having a great weekend! I've been shopping for the store and found some great furniture to paint, and yes, I'm doing that thinking in the back of my mind thing again and I haven't even starting painting yet!



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Our Beach Cottage Kitchen

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

 It is really beginning to look like Spring around here! The weather has been in the 80's the last couple of days and people are beginning to come back to the beach. I've been so busy around here I have not even been over to the ocean! I have been trying to do a little, much needed, Spring cleaning around here.  Also,   I've been painting furniture for the shop and we have a few other projects going on. Over the last couple of months we have moved our 13 year old son, Tanner, and our almost 12 (B-day is Friday) year old daughter, Kinsley,  up to the third floor of our house.  I will share their new rooms in a later post. Tanner and Kinsley's old rooms are being converted into guest rooms which need to be painted and I am working on some furniture for them as well.  I will show you them later too.  I mentioned earlier that I've been spring cleaning which brings me to the last project we have going on. We are trying to get the garage cleaned out so my husband, William, can finally have a room in our home! He says it is long overdue! The garage will probably take the longest time to complete. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

  Today I wanted to share some pictures of our kitchen. When we built this house, we built it as a vacation home with thoughts that we might make it our permanent residence. It is not huge by any means, but comfortable.

 Our kitchen is equipped with two dishwashers, which has been great, and two ovens. The ovens have not been used as much as the dishwashers. The ovens have been nice to have when the six of us are here. We have a 22 year old son, Tyler,  and a 21 year old daughter, Kayla.  The extra ovens our also nice to have when we have extended family and friends over. We have a center island which was added after we lived here for a year or two (I really didn't get a good picture of it, sorry!). We also have a bar that we use as our dining area most of the time.

I wish that we had put in two refrigerators and maybe just one oven. I never seem to have enough room for everything in the fridge. I think we could have put two side by side here. Oh well, maybe one day, but for now I will continue to rearrange to make room:)

Below is our pantry, all of our can goods and other food with the exception of the kid's snacks for school is stored here.

We have all our baking stones and cutting boards stored in the basket below. I got the basket idea from The Polished Pebble. Kelley has a great blog and I love to check in with her to see what she has going on. Our everyday dishes are stored on the hanging rack and on the blue cart ( a beach shabby find).

Here is one more picture of our island. Our kitchen, living room and dining room our open, which is nice especially when we are all here.

Well, I guess I should go, but before I do, I wanted to mention that I have linked up with Sara over at A Beach Cottage for the "Good Life Wednesdays" blog party . Know I'm off to finish up some painting. Have a great day and I will talk to you all soon:)


Did you notice the beach cottage button? Now if I can remember how to do it..... Thanks Grace!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Love of Sea Glass

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

It is beginning to warm up here! I'm so excited because it won't be long until I will be spending much more time walking along our beautiful beach on Topsail Island! In the past few years that we have lived here, I have spent many hours walking the beach with friends family and sometimes by myself. I have collected many treasures during these walks, shells driftwood, fossils, sand dollars, pretty crab shells, and my absolute favorite treasure,  SEA GLASS! I thought I would share some pictures of my favorite treasure today.

Here are some of my larger pieces. I have them in several jars around the house

Sea glass is glass that has been softened around the edges and frosted by being covered and uncovered by the action of the waves and sand. Some of it has been around for decades and some of it is newer. The glass came from shipwrecks along the coast, from being left behind on the beach and from being dumped into the ocean. My favorite time to treasure hunt is during a falling tide. I also like to go after a full moon, when there seems to be more glass and other treasures that have been uncovered by the higher tide. I love to treasure hunt after a storm too. That seems to be when I can find the most unusual treasures. :)

Here is one of my collection jars. I took the lid off so you could see the beautiful colors of the glass.

Here is a lamp that I reworked and filled with more of my treasures. My friend Sara helped me fill this lamp (which was featured in an earlier blog). We like to walk to the pier in the mornings especially late summer and early fall. It is quiet and the water is so beautiful some days.

Here the glass is displayed in a vintage McCoy planter, another favorite collection of mine.:)

One last piece to share! My mom noticed this unusual piece of clear. I think it is the bottom of a jar. Doesn't it look like a fish head?

I hope that you enjoyed looking at my treasures today. It has been so long since my last post and it made me happy to get a chance to share with you today. I will be linking up with Sara over at " " A Beach Cottage" for her " Good Life Wednesdays" . Please join me over there! Sara has a beautiful blog and a relaxed beachy style that I just love!

Take care and I will be back soon with another post. I have a few things around my house that I want to share with you. See you soon! Have A great day!


PS: I still have not figured out how to grab buttons! Hopefully my sweet neighbor, Grace, has figured it out and will show me:)