Friday, June 29, 2012

Love Is In The Air

Love is in the air, everywhere you look around.
Love is in the air, in every sight and every sound.

That was Mr. Comforts and my song.  We met 34 years ago and married 33 years ago.  
So this weekend for our anniversary we are taking a little 2 day trip to Blowing Rock, NC.

See you all in a few days.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer "Garden" and The Winner of The Giveaway

My little "garden" in my container tubs is doing quite well.  The lettuce was very productive, but due to the heat, it started to bolt, so I pulled it and replaced it with ever bearing strawberry plants that are meant for containers.

The tomato plant is really rocking!  Look how tall it is.


And it has tons of tomatoes on it.  Looking forward to picking them sometime towards the middle of July.

Thank you all for your nice comments about my 6 years and 1000 followers post.  64 of the 1000 followers left comments and of those I used a Random Generator to choose the winner.  Drum roll please..............

The winner is 

Number 41!  That is Sam from My Carolina Kitchen.  Congrats Sam!  Ann from Sutton Place Designs will be contacting you shortly.

Again, I wanted to thank all of you for hanging in here over the years.  Let's shoot for 6 more OK?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Celebrating 1000 Followers With A Giveaway!

When I started blogging in 2006 I never realized what a wonderful adventure I would be going on!

Over the last 6 years I have "met" through blog land hundreds of kindred souls.  I have also met in PERSON many of you!

I have often thought how wonderful it would be if all of us could live in the same town.  Wouldn't that be fabulous?  We all have so much in common.  Though, come to think of it, that might create a problem, if all of us were antiquing or thrifting at the same store :-).

To celebrate 6 years of blogging and reaching 1000 followers I am having a giveaway!

I am giving a $50.00 shopping spree at Sutton Place Designs.  I am sure a lot of you know Ann from her On Sutton Place blog.  Ann creates the most beautiful pillows and table runners and sells them in her ETSY shop.
Grain Sack Table Runner Custom Made Your Choice of Red or Blue Stripes
(picture from Sutton Place Designs)

So, go over to Sutton Place Designs and find your favorite item(s), because you just might be the winner of the $50 shopping spree!
Blue Ticking Pillow Cover 18 x 18 Mitered squares
(picture from Sutton Place Designs)

To enter this contest, there are only two rules.  You must be a follower of The Comforts of Home and you need to leave a comment on this post.  If you are not a follower yet, you can sign up on my sidebar.  This giveaway is in celebration of all of you who have become friends of mine over the years or the last few days.  I appreciate your visits and your comments.

I will pick a winner next Tuesday, June 26th.  

And as always........
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Previous House Whisperer Room Makeover


I know I recently told you that Mr. Comforts of Home and I are House Whisperers.  We buy homes, Whisper to them, listen to what they have to say and fix them up.  Then we live in them for a few more years tweaking them until they perfect.

Each home has it's own story to tell.  You wouldn't invest $100,000 on a 3 bed 2 bath ranch in Hendersonville NC.  I mean you could, but you shouldn't.

Here is our home we lived in 2005 - 2009.  Some of you have been followers for years, but if you weren't you might have missed some of the remodeling posts on this house.


Please excuse the quality of the photos.  This was several years ago with a really cheap point and shoot with no editing and I don't have the originals anymore....

These are before and after master bathroom shots.
Before Tub Area
Notice the fiber glass HUGE tub and the wall at the foot of it that is blocking the shower area.

After Tub Area
We removed the HUGE tub and replaced it with a smaller, deeper soaking whirlpool tub.  The white blinds were removed and replaced with mahogany blinds on a remote control, so you didn't have to stand in the tub to open and close them, like you did before.

Before Shower Area

See the wall between the shower and tub?  And see that the shower is fiberglass?

Here is the after, with the solid wall removed and frameless glass and tile shower in it's place.  It really opened up the room and made it feel much larger than it was.

Here is the sink area before.
Basic stock cabinet and frameless mirror.

And here is the sink area after.

We replaced the sink cabinet with a piece that looks more like furniture and added the matching mirror.

It really didn't cost a lot to redo this bathroom.  We did all of the work - demolition, plumbing, electrical, tiling ourselves.  We did have the pros put in the glass shower surround.

Hope you liked seeing some House Whispering from the past....
Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Note Card Party at Vee's!

Vee at A Haven for Vee is having a Note Card Party.  You simply choose 4 photos of pictures you have taken that you would love to see made into note cards.

I decided to go with a beachy theme, since summer is only a couple of days away.





I have taken these pictures over the past few years while vacationing in Naples, Florida.

Happy Summer!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Walk With Me

I have been taking long walks everyday through the neighborhoods around my house.  This isn't a typical flat neighborhood with sidewalks, but a mountainous neighborhood with steep roads to climb.

Want to walk with me?
Up the first steep hill.

Adorable statuary in someones front garden.

One of the herd of deer I passed.  Normally I see the turkeys with their growing chicks and sometimes a white squirrel, but of course today I had my camera and didn't come across any more wild life.

Down a gentler hill.

Pretty flowers along the way.

A wooded view.

Back home, looking up at my deck from the road.  You can see how my herb garden and tomato plants are growing from here!

Thanks for walking with me!

P.S, I have almost reached 1000 followers!  Wow! I really appreciate every single one of you.  When I do reach 1000, I will have a giveaway.  Keep checking back!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Pretty Pair

I have been painting and reupholstering again.


This is how it looked before, below.

This next bench was in my booth for a while looking like this, below.

It sat there waiting to go home with someone, but no one seemed to like it.  So I took it home and painted it.  Here is how it looks now.

Hopefully someone will fall in love with it now.  Both pieces are headed to my booth at Needful Things Antique Mall.

Linking with:

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Fun


I think this is the first summer in a long time, that I haven't had a trip planned to somewhere.

With the move into this temporary home, and spending time thinking about what our next step is (whether we build or buy), a trip is just not in the plans this summer.

But, there are other things I can do this summer that are fun, and in my own backyard.

We can go hiking.  There are beautiful vistas and trails to hike including some like these at DuPont Forest.

Several mountain lakes to boat on.


And summer concerts to go to.


I think a vacation in my own back yard sounds fun!  So what are your vacation plans this summer?

Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Trip to Provence

I went to Provence, France last night.

Well, sort of :-).  Actually Mr Comforts of Home and I went with our friends to a French cooking class.
(Ghislaine, in her kitchen)

I met a delightful woman, originally from Paris who now lives in Asheville at a farmers market a few weeks back.  Her name is Ghislaine Mahler and her business is called Ma Belle France (my beautiful France).

She sells wonderful quiches and pastries at a few local farmers markets during the week.  Once a week she holds a French cooking class in a barn beside her delightful cottage in the countryside.
(chopping fresh herbs from the garden)

We arrived at 5:30 and were handed a chef's apron and a kitchen towel and we were off!  
(Chicken Provencale cooking on the stove)

Ghislaine was teaching us to prepare Smoked Salmon-Avocado Verrine, Chicken Provencale and Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries.

(Ghislaine's potager)

(Her cute cottage next to the cooking barn)

All of the herbs were freshly picked from her garden behind her house.  The eggs used for the chocolate mousse came from the local farmer across the road.
(Mr. Comforts, whisking the egg yolks for the chocolate mousse)

The evening was hands on, we all helped dice, chop, stir, separate egg yolks and whites, measure whisk etc.
(Ghislaine and Me- look close, Ghislaine has garden scissors in one hand and fresh chives cut from her garden in the other)

Eventually we all sat around a white linen covered table and enjoy the fruits of our labor while Ghislaine's sweet dog, Nina was invited in to visit with us.

It was a fun evening.  Did I feel like I was really in Provence?  Yes, for a little while I did.

Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, June 8, 2012

Marble and a Redo

I have been busy in the "shop/studio/basement".  Several years ago, when we lived in our old farmhouse in Tennessee (see here), we bought an old table with a marble top.  I think it might have been a cigar humidor at one time, but I am not sure.  We placed it in a corner of our powder room.

Fast forward several years, this same table was the inspiration for the vanities we installed in our previous home.  Here is that table in our home we just sold.

Now, looking towards the future, I don't think I will have a bath large enough to accommodate this sweet piece.  I think we will be scaling down in our next home and some pieces will just have to go.

So, I decided to redo this piece and put it in my booth to sell.  I loved the OLD marble top, and when we put it in our last bathroom, I bought a marble knob for it.

Here is the redo.

I painted it French Linen and dry brushed a little Old White on top, then coated it with clear wax.


I think it looks refreshed.  A little French...a little Swedish.


It will be in my booth at Needful Things Antique Mall on Sunday.

On another note....

Have you ever created something and just knew it was not right?  You might have shown - oh, let's say the whole world of BLOGDOM, and then knew in your heart it just needed to be FIXED?

Please say yes....lol.  Good!  I knew I was not the only one!

So a few days ago, I showed you a pair of chairs that I had painted and recovered.  I had replaced the 1 inch foam for 2 inch foam.  

Here is the chair I showed you.

Well, I hated the 2 inch foam.  I didn't like the wrinkles in front because of the thicker foam either.

So, I pulled a ton of staples back out, removed the foam,  then cut the foam in half with an electric knife.  Then I reupholstered the chairs.

But still, something was missing.  


 So, I added two more stripes to the fabric to make it look more like vintage grain sack.

Ahhhh!  Much better, don't you think?

Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Heel Toe Dosey Doe...Boot Scootin' Boogie

This post is long overdue!

Just as we were in the middle of selling our house and packing and moving into this rental home, I won the most fun giveaway ever!  Now after finally getting settled, I wanted to share this with you.

I won these wonderfully fabulous RED LEATHER COWBOY BOOTS!

I know!!! Aren't they fun?  Kathie Truitt, from Hillbilly Debutante  had this giveaway back in March.  Now I am hoping you all know Kathie, but if you don't let me tell you a little about her.

Kathie is a published author of two books, False Victim and The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe.  She maintains a blog, Hillbilly Debutante, Musings of a country girl stuck in the city, and a online shop where you can purchase her books and other fabulous things.

Speaking of books, you will love The Hillbilly Debutante!  It is filled with a great cast of characters set in the small town of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

Thank you again Kathie for the red leather boots!  I love them, and I really enjoyed reading your book.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Chair Redoux

I finally bought paint brushes, staples for the staple gun and found my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wax and the chair makeovers are done!

Below is a picture of the before.

I added a thicker cushion.  The original was only one inch.  The fabric is drop cloth, that I painted a blue line on to mimic vintage grain sacks.

I painted them with Old White, heavily sanded them and used clear wax.



I am working on the foot stool now.  It will be different than the chairs, they are not a set.   I am also working on a table.

Still haven't found my wax brushes :-(.
Linking up with:
Cedar Hill Ranch Cowgirl Up
Savvy Southern Style WOW
Redoux
Jennifer Rizzo

Welcome Home,
Penny