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Labor Day Weekend (or getting ready for Christmas)


Yes I know.

It was just Labor Day.

I am knee-deep in Christmas craziness.

I have been buying and stashing vintage holiday decor all year to sell and to use for my retro crafting. I will be selling items in my shop and also on Etsy and Ebay.

This is what my basement work area looks like. I know;  it’s pretty bad. But it is the only place where I can leave it all out and if someone stops by they won’t have to see that I really am a hoarder. All of those containers are FULL!

I also hit a great estate sale last week.  Everything was $1 or less.  Check out that groovy two-tone  aqua typewriter!  That little box is full of old Christmas gift tags. I am keeping the matte cream vase; the rest is to sell.

I picked up this star burst clock at a garage sale for $1. The balls were orange and it needed new hands.  After a little TLC I think it looks pretty good in the green bathroom:

Most of Labor Day weekend was spent doing “labor”.  Hubby had a 4 day weekend so he spent it working on landscaping in the side yard.

First he had to unearth all of these 252 bricks and stack them nice:

Then he dug up old tree roots, leveled the ground, laid landscape fabric and installed these:

Bless him, he only suffered one bee sting the whole weekend.  Little did we know that there is a colony of bees living underground back there 😦

I think the patio area is looking nice:

We did manage to take a break later on Labor Day. We cooked out and had family over, but it was too hot and humid to stay outside 😦

I am so tired of summer. I long for the day when I have to put on a sweater, make a pot of chili just to warm up the kitchen and bake pumpkin cookies. If it would cool off I would put up my fall decorations!

The Many Faces of Mid Century Homes


Well…..I got up real early to take my walk while it was still cool. Camera in hand,  Woody and I set out to snap up photos of homes in my mid century neighborhood. I just got around the corner and ran into this:

This little guy was loose (no tags) and followed me closely the entire walk. I did manage to get some pretty good shots though. I apologize up front about the waste cans and yard waste in some photos. It was pick-up day and the trucks had not come around yet 🙂

My subdivision is steeped in history, even though it was developed mid-century. It sits smack dab in the middle of the former farm of a prominent local family. Because part of the farm was a nursery, many of the big old trees are still standing.

I believe this fence is a remnant of the old farmstead; it sits in front of a brick ranch 🙂  Note the little fella is still walking with me:

This home is just around the corner. I love the built in planter and the sloping post holding up the porch roof.

This home is a very cool jade/aqua color with shake siding:

This home, with its soft gold color and split rail fence is a nod to Colonial.

This one has a more modern vibe with the nearly flat roof on one side and a slanted roof on the other:

My neighbors home gets the biggest chimney award:

This is the front of their lovely home:

Another nearly flat roof and crank out windows.

This one has a carport:

I love this wooden screen/divider on the porch:

This beauty if for sale:

I just like this one;  plain and simple.

I love the wrought iron details here. Note the lamppost.

Another lamppost:

Here is ours. See the cupola on the garage roof. Another nod to Colonial.

Our front yard is very park like:

Another built in planter:

I LOVE this lamppost. It looks like a flying saucer. And yes, I have walked up close to see if  I could find any markings on it. Anyone recognize the maker of this cool yard light?

One of my favorites; love all the windows/glass.

But THIS ONE came up for sale shortly after closing on our house. We went to the estate sale here (twice) and then to 2 Realtor open houses. If it had been for sale before we would have jumped on this one. It had an original kitchen and baths, a screened in breezeway, full basement with additional fireplace and groovy bar, a brick planter INSIDE, 4 bedrooms, and was just plain cool .  It sold for less than we paid for ours 😦

I could have taken dozens and dozens of more photos; none of these homes are alike. I just love all the different styles of mid-century represented here!

The Horrors of Former Paint Jobs


Hubby and I decided it was time to help the kitchen return to its former roots. At least with the wall color.  Because the extra paint left by the former owners of Croydon Place was unusable (can we say “put the lid on tight when you are done with the paint”) we couldn’t even touch up anything. All of the paint for the entire house was lumpy/stinky/goopy/rusty. All those gallons were hauled to paint recycle day at the Farmers Market.

Remember the Tuscan taupe:

Now it is aqua. We had enough paint left from the guest room redo so it didn’t cost a thing!

Hubby found evidence of former paint colors in the kitchen when scraping the dried drips of previous paint jobs. There was red, paler aqua, minty green, peachy pink  and yellow.

Of course under all that it was originally stained and varnished and looked like this:

Most of the woodwork in the house has been painted, with the exception of the knotty pine mudroom, 1 set of closet doors and the inside of 2 other doors 😦 But even those have drips of paint all over them:

When is it ok to let you kids put stickers all over the doors? And not wipe up the paint drips?

This is the inside of a painted  kitchen cabinet drawer. The whole house was painted in this manner 😦

I guess you can see why it makes me crabby.

On a brighter note, want to see my cutest laundry room ever? You remember that mid-century copper light fixture was a garage sale find ($25) and the little valances were only $7 on a Facebook linens page. The aqua pottery was picked up here and there for very little.

Oh, one thing that I forgot to mention. That washer and dryer are BRAND NEW. My old washer quit on me at 10pm a few Friday nights ago. Full of water no less. We did not plan on that little setback but…. now I have a new set to move into the big bathroom, where the laundry was when the house was built.

Next up for paint will be the living room/entry/hallway. We are looking at the greens in the Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern collection.  I am hoping to have it done before the holidays.

Then we will move on to the master bedroom. I am leaning towards the golds/corals maybe?

Stay tuned 🙂