Monday, January 31, 2011

Time for the OWOH Giveaway!! Come join the fun!

Hello friends,
I've decided to join the wild ride again this year. This apparently will be the last year that OWOH will be featured across blog land. It is a huge undertaking for one person to spearhead ,with the event having over 900 blogs featured last year!... and it has been a fun way to meet fellow bloggers. I hope to meet a few new faces this year myself.(stop by the Whimsical Bohemian to see other blogs that have joined the wild ride here:

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my little blog..
 I hope that you enjoy your visit and will take the time to browse around a little.
 What can you win? I will be giving away a compilation cd that features articles on such things as self sustainability, gardening,  raising backyard chickens, and lots more. The cd is from when my husband and I had a free online e-zine.(in 2006- 2009) It features over 1,000 pages of information. If you enjoy learning about being more self sustaining, how to grow your own garden, and so forth you'll enjoy the cd.
Simply leave a comment on this post to be entered in the contest. Contest ends Feb.17th.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Some more pics of our new abode...

This is the kid's bathroom. My oldest daughter decorated this with a quilt that she received from a quilt swap she was in and also with a beautiful card that someone had made her.You see the quilt reflected in the mirror. She chose a bubble looking clear shower curtain and since the window in the bathroom is frosted glass and a small window she put antique bottles on the tile ledge. The hallway leading into the bathroom also has a quilt that she obtained through a swap.(a little of the wall paper trim needs to be glued back down in place, but it is a pretty blue bathroom with blue tile)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Some pics of the new abode

As promised I will begin sharing a few pictures of our new abode. I am not done yet...will I ever be? I hope so I like to be organized and to have a clean home. This time around seems to be taking me a lot longer to figure out where to put things, not that we have a lot of clutter, its just that I haven't gotten everything figured out yet and still need to have some curtains made for various rooms, etc. It is getting there though. My style is very mix and match and I don't really fit into any set decorating theme. I guess you could call it Wild Gypsy style..ha. There's a bit of this and that like from a gypsy peddler wagon..:0)
 Today I thought I'd share with you my entry foyer area.

to the right of our front door as if you were walking out. I have a small collection of Dutch themed items. Love how cheery they are.
This is the main wall of the foyer area to the left as you walk out
Here we have 2 art/photo areas hung on either side of this large mirror. I simply hung jute onto 2 L shaped hooks in 2 rows. My 2 youngest kids made the plates about a yr. ago. I have always wanted to do this sort of thing in a foyer too.
oh... and although he's not part of the decor.. I can't resit including my little side kick/Collin...he follows me everywhere.

I've always wanted to put a collection of wooden shoes in various sizes by a front door/so fun!
My collection of Dutch themed items.                                                
This is  as you walk in on the left. It displays a non working antique phone and I love the image of the gal on the phone above it. The botanicals date back to the 1930's- 40's for the 2 small ones and from the late 1700's early 1800's for the large one.
this is past the phone table on the left hand side tiny wall as you start to head into the kitchen.

Thanks so much for visiting.
~The Garden Goose!~

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Year Round Tree

So, since we found one of those tall, slender trees at Lowe's this year for Christmas, we really liked the look of the tree and decided that we'd keep it out year round and decorate it for each season.

 Here it is decorated with paper hearts of all kinds, a heart garland, and a paper chain. Using things like paint color cards available from the hardware store..I simply picked out a hand full of bright pink and red colored paint sample cards and brought them home and cut heart shapes and used a hole punch in the top and a little bit of white crochet thread..wallah..easy- peasy Valentine tree decor... and free. The heart garland and other paper hearts were created by my  oldest daughter using a variety of left over scrap booking papers and glitter. Again easy-peasy and nearly free. There are a few bright red heart shaped glass Christmas ornaments  that we left on the tree also.

 Please don't look too closely at my messy book shelf..right now its holding a mish mash of knick knacks from our collections..Quarry Critters, a Spanish Flamenco dancer, and a bit of this and that. Some of which will be displayed up high along the ledge that surrounds the room..I just have to figure out yet which pieces will star in the "up high" place..smiles.
 Making a house a home takes time that's for sure, and a bit more time when the entire family wound up getting sick right at Christmas time a week after our moving in. Not fun, and a huge nuisance and set back on being able to get around to everything as quickly as I had wanted to.

This past week we worked on having a tree service and debris removal crew come in and help to clear our back yard of a huge rotten oak, and about 4 other oaks that were leaning, plus 3 palm trees from the front yard, and 2 great big debris piles that had been left in the  backyard by the previous owner(when I say me..these piles of debris required a backhoe and a huge dump truck type trailer to remove the debris). The yard looks so much better now having those areas cleared out. And with the huge rotten oak removed from next to our back patio we now have an area that we plan to use to put in several raised beds for gardening. We will test the soil throughout the yard this coming week and see what we need to do to make areas prosperous for growing edibles.

Thanks so much for stopping by. and yes, I'm a bit slow on getting photos posted here on what I've been doing throughout the house, but I hope that when I do share that it will be worth the wait. :0)
  Have a great evening!
  ~The Garden Goose!~