Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Welcome To Our House Christmas 2017!!

I'm not sure what has gotten into me this year but I actually put some thought and effort into decorating this place for Christmas this year!!  I usually stick with the bare minimum.  Christmas tree, some garlands, a few lights....  And I'm not saying I went ALL OUT, but for me to take EVERYTHING off my mantel and start from scratch is very un-Kammyish.  Not to mention switching out the pillows in my sunroom even. (Can I end a sentence with the word even?  Well I did).   I'm feeling like a total over achiever and the Christmas tunes have been blasting from my Pandora.  By the way, does anyone else have to hit the "thumbs down" like fifty times before they get the station they really want?  Or do I just have crazy good musical taste to have to fine tune it so much? :)


This blog is OVERLOADED with photos, but don't bale out because you have to see the very last photo - the house at night!  For the first time, Hubby finally hung some lights across the top!! 
I know, I know, they're not twirled around the pillars like I've been reeeeeally begging for every year, but I figure it's a start in the right direction!

First up, the formal living room:

Take a guess as to what you're looking at there.
You're right on the mattress bed spring.  How about that silver metal "tube"?
Guesses? :)  Hint: Cows.  Milk.

Under the Christmas tree, a vintage soda crate filled with Christmas books!
And no, somehow I did not manage to take a picture of the tree itself!

Moving on to the sunroom....

I've ALWAYS wanted to have a wreath hanging in every window!
I bought these 75% off after Christmas one year.

Keep the most important thing, the most important thing!
The reason for the season!

I'm still planning on putting lights around the stair railing, just didn't have time yet.  But still using the stockings I made from old feed sacks several years ago!

Extra christmas ornaments go in the glass lantern!
You can see one of our Christmas trees in the background.
That's as close as you'll get to seeing a pic of them - oops!
We have two - One for the kids' handmade ornaments, etc. and one a little more "uniformly" decorated one for Mom. Ha.

Little bit of the mantel in the family room:

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Hope you enjoyed a little Christmas at the old "Trail Acres"! :)  

Stop back soon for the annual "Family Christmas Photo Through the Years". 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Another Chair, Another Feed Sack

I'm always picking up chairs.  Yard sales, Habitat for Humanity, on the curb....

The above one I picked up a couple weeks ago at a rummage sale - isn't it GORGEOUS?!
And the one below, was my kind of deal - fifty cents at a yard sale!!

I painted both of them a super light aqua blue.  The bigger ornate one was really awesome to distress since red was the base coat.  I LOVE when some red peaks through!!!  Always adds some extra authentic-looking "oldness".  

So where did I get my feed sacks?
Here!  Here's where I got them!

From my buddy Calvin, who I buy my hen's feed from. :)
I just love the Old Parma Mill.  Isn't it totally picturesque??
Most of the feed sacks had been in a pile back in the elevator for so long they were too mildewy and stained to salvage.  I managed to get the bags that were good enough to keep clean, but did not manage to get all the stains out.  I tried a soapy bleach soak, but that almost faded the stamped words and stripes out completely!

After Calvin gave me some of the feed sacks (many of which were stamped and had local farmers names on them) he said two pickers from out of state pulled in asking for some.  He said he already gave them to the "gal down the road" but if they wanted to ask me for some, go ahead.  No, sorry dudes, these Parma bags are not leaving the area!! :)

This one is stamped "Property of Albion Elev. Co. Albion, Mich.
I think the little sewed up tear and the stains add some character and authenticity!

The stamp is rarely centered between the grain sack stripes so I'm never sure if I should center the fabric on the cushion using the stripes or the stamp!  

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Love It Or Hate It: My Mirrored Wall... how I'm working with it!

 When I first walked in this house and laid eyes on that wall of mirrors, my first reaction was DUDE, it's like Grandma Snyder's dining room! Except I think her's even went a step further with gold flecks on the glass.  It was wild.  And I never thought a thing of it at the time!  (Did my brain make that up, Mom??  I can't find a picture to verify this memory...)  My second thought was, it must come down.

So there was never really any question on whether or not the mirrors stayed.  They had to go.   But the more we tore into things at this house, the more I realized that whatever the LeFere's did, they did to stay.  Forever.  Nothing was easy to rip out.  NOTHING.  I imagined each mirror being held up by something like Gorilla Glue, only multiplied by 100.  Along with being held up with all the moulding.  And then there were the people who walked in and gasped at the "awesome mirrors..." And I was like really?  I thing you have AMAZING taste... and you actually like the mirrors???   But then we'd be back to the others who would walk in and be like "Oh nasty mirrors, you're going to take those down, right?!"  So guess what?  Three years later, and I've decided to just WORK WITH 'EM, BABY!

So what's a girl to do?  You can't exactly put a nail into a mirror to hang a picture!  For awhile, I propped a big framed photo against it from the top of my sideboard.  But that really didn't cut it.

A family friend took some family photos of us this summer in Sheboyagan, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan so I had one of my favorite shots blown up on a huge canvas.  If you're curious, I used and ordered the 36" x 48" size. 
How exciting when that came in the mail!  I almost never spend money on home decor so this was kind of major for me. :)

Then enter hooks and chains..

I screwed to hooks into the top of the canvas and then two into the moulding up by the ceiling.  For a math challenged individual, I am quite proud of myself for this all matching up right!!

I found an old chain in the basement - this is when it pays to be a hoarder - and snipped it to size with a metal cutter.

So not only is a large portion of the mirror covered, the decor is hanging suspended, like it's meant to be that way.  And who doesn't want a larger than life canvas of themselves on the wall?  I mean, nobody every would believe that I could actually have a decent hair day so this proves that it HAS HAPPENED!

I know, my antique sideboard needs some serious help. The bottom door doesn't close all the way. It is crying for a refinish job.  I started sanding the top once... but well.... that's why it's covered with a table runner!  One that I quick made so I could take photos for this blog post.  Haha.

I had this fabric left over from my dining chairs (see those HERE) and I'm not much of a seamstress so I just cut the fabric nice and straight, adding some "fringe" on the ends
(mom's suggestion, thanks Mom)... and then searched through my stash (again, this is where it pays to be a hoarder!).  I found this long piece of white pompom trim that I must have cut off the bottom of a curtain once?  Well, it was just what this needed.  If you look close, you'll see I can't even sew in a straight line. And I was too lazy to switch the thread from light blue to white. Whatevs....  You do you and I'll do me.  Imperfect.

Picked up a pair of bronze deer at an estate sale to sell in my antique booth in Parma, but I just can't part with them.  So one has found a home here in the foyer.  Plus, I can't sell one of them because my wild boy was throwing a ball in the house and somehow an antler ended up on the floor, separated from his shiny head. :(

 So my mirrored wall is still going to greet you in the foyer when you open the door!  For now anyway.  And don't mind the curtains hiding that area in the back that is waiting.... and waiting.... and waiting.... to be a real closet some day.

View from the stairs!

And there you go, folks!  Now where did I put that Windex bottle.....

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