Finds and Fashions

Good morning! How is your first week of 2017 going? We are busy working on projects in our home.We have a huge mess right now. Steve removed the popcorn ceiling before we moved in, but now we had the ceiling textured and next come the paint. We have been living inside a plastic wrapped house for the last couple of day. I will be very happy when this part is done and I can actually put the house together!

The post today isn’t really Finds and Fashions. I received these from my mom, but I thought they were pretty neat.

My Grandma made this quilt for one of my uncles. Each white square has one of the 50 states’ flower embroidered onto it. There was a lot of work put into this. I have done a lot of embroidery and cross-stitch, but I have never done a quilt. They always impress me.

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The second item is this trunk. Hopefully I get the story right. Mom, let me know if I miss anything! My Grandma (same one as above), was born in 1903 in Colorado. Her parents decided to move and traveled in a wagon towards California. According to a great-aunt, this trunk was one of the items to travel in the wagon. They stayed in two other places, where 2 more daughters were born, before finally ending up in Lemoore, Ca.

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My great-aunt had some items inside the trunk that were going to be used to repair it, but it was never done.

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I think it is pretty cool just like it is! It looks like a pirate chest to me! I love having these family heirlooms in my home, especially when they have a cool story to tell!

Hope you have a great day!

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Beachy Dining Room Refresh

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Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We have been enjoying some amazing weather here. A little bit of rain, a bit of wind and lots of sunshine!

The beautiful weather has inspired me to freshen up my dining room! This was the corner for spring. I still had a bunny there, some silver branches and some heavier quilts on the ladder, so I decided it was time to lighten up and add a few beach items.

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First, I took everything away. As you can see, we have a lovely wall air conditioner here. Isn’t she a beauty! She’s not pretty, but we sure do need her in the summertime! So I had to move the door out of the way, but decided to replace it with a shutter. That way we can open it up when we need it. I’ve never done it before, so I will see how it works. Hopefully it won’t block too much of the cool air.

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I put the ladder back, but added a lighter-weight blanket. The white and gold one was one of the Lily Pulitzer items from Target last year, but guess where I found it! Goodwill!! In fact, I found 2, this one and a pink one for Lauren. I also replaced the wagon and the driftwood bowl.

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As you can see, I already changed where the driftwood bowl was placed! I decided to hang it like a wreath with a grey ribbon and I added a seashell garland, which I made with more of my stash of seashells.

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I added some nautical pillows into a big metal basket. The anchor design is a pillow cover from Amazon. I love these! They store so much easier than a bunch of pillows.

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I added a large driftwood candle holder and a basket of fishing floats into the wagon.

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Here is a closer view of the seashell garland. I used a couple of seashell necklaces we received when we went to Hawaii and made them into one long string. I drilled holes into the different shells and then strung them on the necklaces using twine.

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I moved the door to the other side of the dining room, behind the bar cart. I kept the Welcome sign, but added a fishing net that has hung in my bathroom forever!!

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I also gathered up some flowers and blossoms from my yard, arranged them in some bottles and then placed them in a metal basket. Such a fresh look for spring!

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If you want to look at last years spring decorating, click here. Although looking back, most of what I took pictures of, has completely changed!

I hope you enjoyed my little dining room spring tour! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunshine and Blessings