Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Austin's Senior Portraits: This Amateur Photographer Strikes Again

I make my husband real nervous when I agree to take someone's senior pictures. I'm not a professional by any means, nor do I have a very high quality camera!  But I've found that if I shoot under an overcast sky and stay outside, it all falls together nicely.  :)  I'm sure "real" photographers will look at these quite critically - but please cut me some slack!  I really do not claim to know what I'm doing! 

Here's a sneak peak ofa few shots I got of my husband's first cousin once removed (got that?).

  Another awesome thing about living at the "Lefere Mansion"?  All the great photo opps!

This is standing in the doorway of our old Dutch Windmill
Don't touch the poison ivy!



 Someday, I will show you some recently acquired photos of what this stone bridge and the beautiful waterfalls and cement pond that surround it once looked like!  Amazing!  Sigh.... :)




 And wish me luck as I do my first family photo shoot today!! 
 I'm praying for overcast skies and a steady hand. :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features


Hi folks!
Every Monday night I open this party up.
It is for fellow bloggers to share the "trash" they've turned into "treasure" with the world!
They add their link at the bottom and you get to be inspired!
So if you're new here, welcome and have a look around the blog world!
If you're linking up, please follow my rules (listed after the features) as it takes a lot of time to do this each week and I'd appreciate your full cooperation.  Thanks so much!  I think ya'll are GREAT!
Last week on the blog I shared:

Another functional repurposed drawer



Now let's see a couple of features from last week's party:

MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
My Love 2 Create is at it again - this time creating amazing little tables for vintage toolboxes... :)

My Thrift Store Addiction made over the cutest bench with a bird table cloth!

Want to see highlights from the party each week?
Follow along the Trash 2 Treasure Highlights on our Pinterest Board here.

Now 

Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  Please no recipes, advice, etc. 
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Visit the link before you and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)

Link up, Buttercup!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Drawer Front to Towel Hook


Most everything seemed to be half hanging or had disappeared when we purchased this foreclosed home.  That was okay when it came to the towel bar in this bathroom.  I wasn't digging it anyway.  I knew what I wanted though.  A rustic piece of wood with a hook screwed in the middle.  While on my search in the shed one day, rather than finding the perfect piece of wood, I came across this:


An old drawer I had salvaged off a pile of junk on the side of the road during what I call "Parma junk days".  It had a cute front, and who knows...  I might do something with it someday.  :)

It was well made, and prying the face off wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be!  But it eventually came off and I just needed to give it a fresh coat of white paint.


Exactly what I needed, and I didn't have to spend a dime!  Now that is what I'm all about. 


Can I say something about that adorable sink and those vintage copper faucets?  I'm not sure who ever thought those were a good idea....  You either scald your hands under one, or freeze them off under the other!  No in between. But they sure are cute!




Other repurposed drawer ideas from Kammy's Korner:

  

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features

It's another Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Party!
PLEASE only link up your trash 2 treasure projects... be a sweetie and follow the rules. :)

Did you miss my post about our windmill last week?
It was a big hit!!
I still can't believe we own this thing:


Let's see some clever features from last week's party:

MyLove2Create Salvage Style Lamp Shade Basket
My Love 2 Create blew me away with her creativity on how to repurpose an old lampshade.  Not to mention paint can handles too!

Thrifty treasures used spackling and a stencil to dress up the door of this corner cupboard.
Want to see highlights from the party each week?
Follow along the Trash 2 Treasure Highlights on our Pinterest Board here.

Now 

Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  Please no recipes, advice, etc. 
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Visit the link before you and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)

Link up, Buttercup!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Old Windmill {Restoring the Lefere Mansion}


Along with the fabulous house, there sits on this property the most picturesque windmill around.  Most people do not even know it is here because of the huge overgrown pine trees that hide it from view.
Beautiful as the above picture makes this look, it was a bit of a mess as you can see in the next picture.
In order to get inside, one had to balance on top of several old wood beams that had fallen down, and old picket fencing, all covered in weeds and vines.


So last month when my parents came, mom brought her chainsaw (she asked for it for Mother's Day!) and we went to work pulling vines, cutting, and clearing.  

Here is a before and after of what a few days of muscle and itching poison ivy did:



We were fortunate to receive some newspaper articles, some professional photos, and a large map from the previous owners when we bought the place this summer.   We learned that the arms were actually imported from Holland, and that Mr Miner was quite ready for a fire!  Here are some old newspaper clips about the windmill from the Jackson Citizen Patriot and the Parma News:




There is a staircase that hugs the wall and winds around to where the outside railing used to be.


My adventurous Mom decided it would be easier to get at the vines from this angle. :)



Our buddy Luke decided to check and see if there was still any water in the five story concrete tank that was inside the structure and he and the Hubby, who scoff at heights, climbed to the top and peeked in:


It was dry.  In case you were wondering.  He got docked pay for playing since he was on the job.  And a swift kick in the pants from the boss (me).

Until next time,

Kammy :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features

It's a Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday!

I went through my "trash" stash today and dream of someday having time to turn it in to treasure to share with you all like I did in days gone by.  Right now, I'm rearranging it in the "shop" so Tim will someday soon be able to fit his tractor in there too.  Really?  A tractor next to my beautiful antique hutches and end tables?

Here's what I shared last week on the blog in case you missed it:


I also finally reopened my Etsy shop after taking a break all summer because everything was packed up in boxes and stuck in the attic of our new home and if someone would have bought something I would not have been able to find it! :)  I'm busy making new scarves to add to the inventory so if you have a color you'd like, let me know!

Green and Deep Pink Infinity T Shirt Scarf/Necklace LOVE One Another  Rustic Board Sign Blue White Gray Fringe Infinity Scarf

Here are a few links from last week's party that caught my eye:

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702 Park Project turned an old apartment kitchen into a stunning master bathroom.  
Beautiful aqua buffet by Victoria's Vintage Designs

Want to see highlights from the party each week?
Follow along the Trash 2 Treasure Highlights on our Pinterest Board here.

Now 

Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  Please no recipes, advice, etc. 
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Visit the link before you and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)

Link up, Buttercup!


Friday, October 3, 2014

The Stained Glass Window {Restoring the Lefere Mansion}


I've always thought it was pretty cool to find a place in home decor for old items found on a property.  Like the old chippy cupboard door I pulled out of the barn at our last house and hung on the wall with a clock.  (Yes, I brought it with me to our new place!)

But when the insurance agent said the old stained glass window in the bathroom had to be replaced and my mom said that I just had to find a spot for it, I'll admit I was a bit hesitant.  No way was was I going to toss it (I'm part hoarder after all) ... but the yellow was just so..... yellow.


I'm sure this bathroom with it's window was a trophy back in the day with the shutters and yellow painted trim.

And isn't that wallpaper something?  I wish I would have kept a swatch of it!  It was rather cute in it's own little vintage way!


In my opinion, everything can be fixed with some paint.  But in Hubby's opinion, not so much.  What?  We need to have heat ducts going to the bathroom?  Outlets that actually work?  That marble surround tub won't get you as clean as a new fiberglass one?  Picky, picky!


So my mother, the staging queen, decided the perfect place for my window was on the piano.


 I whole heartedly agree!  Mom, you the bomb.  As usual.



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Monday, September 29, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features

Welcome to another round of Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday where YOU get to show off what what someone thought was "trash" and you've made beautiful!  Please, no recipes, blog advice, etc.  This is a place where trash is turned to treasure and we want to see how you did it! :)

A couple of projects that caught my attention last week:

Bombay console table makeover.  Country Chic Liquorice Paint with gold highlights using DecoArt Metallic Lustre (Gold Rush) and Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic Gold spray for the hardware to match.
Orphans With Make Up turned something glum into something glam!

The before of this kitchen will have your jaw not just drop, but fall crashing to the floor.  Check out Backwood's Babies incredible kitchen before and afters.

Want to see highlights from the party each week?
Follow along the Trash 2 Treasure Highlights on our Pinterest Board here.

Now 

Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  Please no recipes, advice, etc. 
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Visit the link before you and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)

Link up, Buttercup!


Uncovering the Root Cellar {Restoring the Lefere Mansion}

Lots of people who visit wonder what in the world the little stone structure directly behind the house is.  My one friend who came to help one day was super excited to see that we had 
"A Hobbit House".  :) Others ask if it's a bomb shelter.  Actually  it is called a root cellar.

According to Wikipedia:
root cellar is a structure built underground or partially underground and used to store vegetables, fruits, and nuts or other foods.
Root cellars are for keeping food supplies at a low temperature and steady humidity. They keep food from freezing during the winter and keep food cool during the summer months to prevent spoilage. Typically, a variety of vegetables are placed in the root cellar in the autumn, after harvesting. A secondary use for the root cellar is as a place in which to store wine or home-made alcoholic beverages.
Vegetables stored in the root cellar primarily consist of potatoesturnips, and carrots. Other food supplies placed in the root cellar over the winter months include beetsonions, jarred preserves and jamssalt meat, salt turbot, saltherringwinter squash, and cabbage.[1] A potato cellar is sometimes called a potato barn or potato house.
Separate cellars are occasionally used for storing fruits, such as apples. Water, bread, butter, milk, and cream are sometimes stored in the root cellar also. In addition, items such as salad greens, fresh meat, and jam pies are kept in the root cellar early in the day to keep cool until they are needed for supper.[2]
The photo below was taken back in May, before everything greened up and before it became completely engulfed in vines, blackberry brambles, and trees.  Can you see it there on the bottom left?

Yes, the backyard had gone back to the way of Cain.  Looking at this picture now, I can't believe how far it's come in a few months! You leave nature to herself long enough and she will just take over.  Can you spy the root cellar now??


Our friend Daniel clipped the padlock off the door so we could see what was in this mysterious little Hobbit place.


My mom was just itching to get started cleaning up this bad boy.



The Hubbs and my Pops inside, searching for dead bodies and buried treasure........


Go mama bear!


And here's what we managed to get it to look like before my mom left a few days ago!!


Can't you just envision the flowers and landscaping that once surrounded this beautiful root cellar?
I'm hoping that once again, it will be eye candy... rather than an eye sore!


And when I called my kids in for showers before bed tonight...  they had their sleds out and were sledding down the dirt on the hill. I told them to be patient and wait for snow!

If you're curious about the windmill in the background... stay tuned! :)