Thursday, January 28, 2010

A new baby...

I had a post already planned for yesterday afternoon, but that must be postponed because we have some very exciting news at Creeky Hollow Farm. Lily had her first baby yesterday. I don't know if you have ever seen a baby goat, but they are the absolute cutest little things. We haven't given the little girl a name yet, but hopefully soon. Until then, here are a few pictures of our newest addition to the farm.


Monday, January 25, 2010

I love to repurpose

So, today's blog is about a big, tacky, black and gold mirror that years ago I loved. I say loved in past tense because my style has evolved greatly from those days. But, I can't manage to part with anything I think I may need in the future...which is just about everything. I wish I had a before picture of the mirror, but unfortunately I don't. In all of my excitement in repurposing, I completely forgot to take the, you are just going to have to trust me on this one. The before was truly awful, but the mirror was huge and had great detail, so I knew I could make some quick changes to it and reuse it in the new house. All I did to prep the mirror was clean the frame really good, and tape off the actual mirror portion.

I used supplies that I had from building the house. Fortunately, we have lots of paint samples (thank you to my husband for being so patient in the paint department numerous times). I used a color from the Martha Stewart paint line called Forest Lichen, but I just had it matched in the Lowe's Valspar line. I used a foam brush to apply the paint to the mirror frame.
After I finished painting the frame with the Forest Lichen paint...the color was very pretty, but too perfect. So, I went to our stash of building supplies again, and grabbed a small can of the stain we used on the floors in the house. We tried multiple colors of stain before deciding on this one, so I have lots of small cans of stain. This one is called English Chestnut, and it's by Minwax. I grabbed a roll of paper towels and dabbed the towel in the can just a little...a little of this stuff goes a very, very long way. I wiped the stain on the mirror frame and then came back with another paper towel to tone it down a bit. I suggest wiping in one direction to keep the stain looking neat and not smeared all about.
I am very pleased with the end result and it didn't cost me a thing!!!! I set the mirror on our buffet and let it lean on the wall...I think it looks great. The lamps are from TJ Maxx.

I really wish I had a before picture...I'm sorry I don't. But, I promise I'll be better in the future. Although I do have one more transformation to share with you later in the week that I don't have a before for...but that will be it..I promise...unless I forget. :)

Thanks for stopping by...have a lovely week.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Whatcha got cookin'?

I love to cook. But, I also love to decorate. Sometimes the two can get in the way of each other. I love to have my pretties out so that I can admire them, but I try to keep the main parts of my counter space clear for food preparation. I wanted to share some pictures of my kitchen now that we have (mostly :)) moved in. My kitchen design involved lots of things, but one thing was mandatory. I had to have a place for the chop block and scales out of my Granny and Grandaddy's mom and pop store. My mother promised them to me a long time ago and I have anxiously awaited a kitchen where they could be front and center. The chop block even has the last roll of butcher paper that my Grandaddy used part of. I am very excited to have these family heirlooms in my home and I love sharing their history with my children, in-laws, and friends. There is a picture of my kitchen when the house was just finished in the previous post. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Thank you for stopping by!


This is a shelf made from heart-pine out of the old farmhouse.
It is above my stove and displays some of my ironstone collection.
Some more ironstone.
A little more ironstone...I know I have a problem :)
One of my prized possessions...the scale out of my Granny and Grandaddy's
mom and pop store.
Another of my prized possessions...the chop block from their store.

I would love to hear about any kitchen goodies you have that are near and dear to your heart.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Thank goodness it's Friday!!!! The sun is shining and it is warming up outside...just a change in the weather puts a little pep in my step. I have so many projects I want to get done inside the house and out as well. I have major projects (installing some sort of shelving and hanging system in the closets) and minor projects (painting small pieces of furniture). But, the main project I really want to get done is my daughter's room. She turned two in December and because she can scale her crib rail before I get the light out and shut the door, I believe she is ready for a big girl bed. It's hard to part with her baby bed though. But I do have a good home to send it sister found out she is expecting on Christmas day....what a wonderful Christmas gift! I want to take some before pictures of her room as it is now and then some after to share what I hope to accomplish. But until then, I will share some interior pictures of our farm house before we moved in. Thanks for stopping by and have a HAPPY FRIDAY!!


This is a picture looking across the dining room into the kitchen. The floors are shiny because they are still wet. The beams on the ceiling are from the old grist mill that was on this property and the wood shelf in the kitchen above the stove is made from heart pine out of the old house.

This is the fireplace in the family room. The mantle is wood from the old house and the rocks on the hearth are from the foundation of the old house.

This is a picture of our kitchen. We did pine bead joint on the ceiling throughout the entire house. I love the chandelier we chose for our kitchen. I applied all 61 crystals by hand :) But it turned out beautiful and is even prettier with the light on. Sorry for the dumpster outside the window...this was taken when construction was winding down.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Beginnings

Let me start this post by saying my pictures are in reverse order. (I'm learning here :))
This is the entry into the laundry/pantry/mud room on the front porch. We chose colors that were on many farmhouses in our area. White with a sky blue ceiling...the blue is suppose to keep wasps, dirt dobbers and such away from the house.

This was the house just before the siding and roof went on. This is a view of the front porch.
This was during the final phase of framing.
This was the first day of's amazing what our framers were capable of. Mr. Jem (our lead framer) was amazing. That's me and Wyleigh Jane standing in a door frame. We opted to go with 10' ceilings and 8' doors in an effort to resemble an old farm house.

For the past few weeks I have been in a whirlwind....busy with the holidays, a wedding, a couple of birthdays, snow and ice (meaning school has been out :) ), and moving. But now..yes is my time. I have looked forward to concentrating on our new home for some time. But before we get to all the good stuff, I have to start with the you can see what got us to where we are now. Tomorrow I will start posting finished pictures of the interior. Thanks for stopping by.