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Monday, July 21, 2014

Furniture refinishing projects I am working on

Picked this 5 piece vintage wrought iron set up for free off of Carleton Place swap shop our local facebook swap shop.  I fell in love with the scroll work.  The table is yellow with a heavy glass top, just needs to be cleaned up and repainted.  The 4 chairs are yellow with a tapestry type of material in amazing condition.  I want to clean them up and repaint them (not sure about recovering will decide later when I figure out where they are going).

Furnishing our Sparta Georgia Home

Being the frugal people we are, my husband and I wanted to furnish our home a little bit at a time, and take advantage of all the wonderful flea markets, antique stores, thrift stores, re-stores (habitat for humanity), local decor stores, to decorate and furnish our new home.  The following are the pieces we purchased, where we purchased them and the cost to us.  It is a work in progress.

The first thing we purchased was a 9 piece living room set off of Craigslist for $700.00 it was a french provincial set consisting of a couch, love seat, chair, 3 side tables, coffee table, telephone table and  display table (behind the couch).  We had spent 2 days sitting on the floor (as we had no furniture) so this seemed the obvious first thing to buy.  Once we got it set up, my husband didn't like it, but we ended up keeping it and moving the couch and chair into our master bedroom, the telephone table into the spare room as a night stand.  I am planning on sanding down the other tables and painting them to match our decor.

The next pieces we bought were a cabinet for the upstairs bathroom and the kitchen.  Since all the trim in our home is green, we were pleasantly surprised when we spotted the bathroom cabinet as the colour matched perfectly.  These were purchased from a wonderful Flea market in Madison, Georgia 1291 Eatonton Road, approx 40 mins away.  The Bathroom cabinet we paid $89.00 for and the kitchen one was $120.00 (it has lights inside).  The flea market was located inside a big red barn, and was amazing I could have spent all day there.

We purchased a set of matching mirrors, to go over mine and Steve's separate sinks, these were purchased at our new neighbour and friend Maria's store in Sparta called RoomsUlove, Maria refurbishes old pieces to look amazing, her husband Bill is a great craftsman and builds beautiful unique pieces for her store as well.  We fell in love and bought these mirrors for $75.00 
These 3 pieces we purchased in Lotcus Grove, Georgia about 1.25 hours away in the Tangers Outlet Mall at Kirklands store.  Steve fell in love with the large cow picture $39.00, and I with the piglets $24.00.  

 The large mirror for the downstairs bathroom was on sale for $29.00 and was the perfect size.  We got a couple of other bargains at the outlet mall, but the rest were clothing related.

Our most fabulous finds were at Glen's Flea market in Sparta.  Glen goes to estate sales during the week and every Saturday and Sunday he opens his doors and sells his amazing finds for amazing prices.  This gorgeous 8 place setting hand painted embossed dish set with matching Canisters we got for $39.00.  
 The gigantic Armour was a steel at $75.00 it has double hidged doors.  We originally bought it for the upstairs spare room, but couldn't get it up the stairs, so my wonderful father made 3 extra adjustable shelves for it and it fit perfect in our kitchen as a large pantry.
 This matching set included a nightstand (which we brought back to Canada) it was $80.00 for the set which will eventually be used in the upstairs landing as a computer center and book shelves once we get a bedroom dresser etc... for our master bedroom.
 Glen graciously donated this couch and chair to us for free as a welcome to Sparta gift from him.  They were perfect for the spare room (may need to recover eventually) but for now they work well.
 We purchased the king sized cannon ball bed from Glen for $299.00 the ironic thing is we have the exact same bed in queen size with matching night stands, dresser, mirror and high boy at home in our spare room in Canada (we may bring some of the pieces down from Canada for this room).  The Mattress we bought at a flea market in Saunderson (1/2 hour away) for $200.00 it was brand new and so comfortable.  We kind of snuck in when the owners were in the store setting up it wasn't open until the next day, they let us browse and sold us the mattress, very nice people.  The box springs were two twins the previous owner left behind.
 Glen sold us this queen sleigh bed with brand new beautyrest box spring and mattress for $199.00, it was perfect for the spare room.
 This I bought off Glen for $12.00 it fits perfect in our living room fireplace all I need are 9 large candles to finish it off.

The following 3 pictures were purchased at the Madison Flea Market on our trip back to Sparta in June the pig picture was $5.00, the poppies $12.00 and the other flower picture was $8.00.
This picture we bought for $8.00 at the Goodwill store in Reynolds plantation (1/2 hour away)

We then visited the Re-Store (Habitat for Humanity) in Reynolds Platation we did a bit of wheeling and dealing, picked up this gorgeous walnut dinning table and 6 chairs for $288.00. My plan is to recover the chairs (depending on how difficult) or I may purchase matching chair covers (although I hate to hide all the beautiful detailing on the chairs).    
2 super large and comfy matching white couches for $400.00.  The tragedy is that on our way home from the store we lost both of the large seat cushions, we went back and found one propped on a stop sign, the other was never found.  So I will have to be creative I have a large couch pad in a different colour so I am hoping to cover both seat cushions in matching material so the couches look good together. 

 Steve feel in love with this dream TV watching chair and ottoman and got them down to $20.00 for the set.
 We also purchased a set of matching end tables for $30.00 to use as night stands in our bedroom.
The stackable washer and dryer we purchased new at Sears in Milledgeville.  We got the set on sale for $1000.00 ($800 off), so we were happy.  Although we had to purchase all the hoses, stack kit, electrical plug, and vent connection for them separately.
 I bought this bench in Walmart it was on clearance for $20.00, and Steve put it together for me.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Have A Look At This Home In Sparta

Our 200 year old Winter Home in Sparta Georgia

Front of the home 

 Back of the home

This is the home we purchased in Sparta Georgia.  It was built in 1820 and is 3100 sq feet with 6 main rooms each approx 20' x 20' kitchen, dining room, living room, main bathroom, master bedroom, spare room, each of these rooms has its own fireplace.  There is also a 1/2 bath downstairs and a walk in closet upstairs.  The ceilings are 12' tall throughout the home.  It has the original plank flooring throughout and plank ceilings as well.  The in the dining room is the original hand painted ceiling.  It sits on 1.4 acres of land.  Following are pictures of the interior before we moved in.
Historical Society description
The Berry House, with construction dating to before 1820, is one of Sparta's earliest houses. Historically known as the Richard Malcolm Johnston-Ann Berry House, the house's design is reminiscent of 19th-century New England homes. Originally built with a detached kitchen, the Berry House is now two rooms wide and one room deep with an el housing the kitchen and a bath.
The woodframe house features two large rooms, each roughly 20' x 20', on either side of the main entrance hall on the lower level and two large bedrooms on the second level. The dining room, with its original fireplace and painted ceiling stencil, flows into a new modern kitchen. Above the kitchen is a large bathroom with a showerstall and separate tub. Original interior features, such as wall planks and wooden mantels, have been well preserved and maintained.
The Berry House is in excellent condition and will require very few repairs and upgrades. Recent work on the house employed energy saving techniques and included system upgrades and the installation of insulation.

This is the floor plan
 2 pictures of the kitchen 
A picture of the dining room
A picture of the living room
A picture of the 1/2 bathroom
 2 pictures of the main bathroom
A picture of the master bedroom
A picture of the spare bedroom 
  A picture of the upstairs landing (outside the walk in closet)

I also posted a video of the home taken by a real estate agent prior to us purchasing it in March 2014.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Drops of Jupiter: Its been awhile

Drops of Jupiter: Its been awhile: It has been awhile since I last posted a blog.. We had a rough spring and summer with my husband ending up in the hospital for 2 months and...

Its been awhile

It has been awhile since I last posted a blog..  We had a rough spring and summer with my husband ending up in the hospital for 2 months and recovering at home for the summer.  I now have some free time to dedicate to my blog and look forward to getting back to it.

Today I want to start getting into the Christmas spirit with it being just over a month away, I have seen a lot of websites, twitter, and facebook pages with great ideas and inpirations for gifts etc... already.  I noticed one about the 40 best advent calendars and thought that was a good place to start, As Dec 1st is fast approaching.  I will post a link to that sight if anyone wants some great ideas to purchase or make your own.  I especially like the ones that you can reuse every year... I am thinking I would like to make a stocking one with little stockings on a clothesline and fill them with some type of treat .  Maybe combine a couple of the ideas where each stocking could contain a new decoration for a small tree to be decorated.  Not sure if I want to sew the stockings in bright Christmas colours or knit them in bright colours of wool.

The next item on my list of Christmas items to complete is my annual Christmas letter, I like to make it funny as well as informative this year with 6 kids, a wedding this past summer, 3 grandkids and another on the way we have lots of news to share.  I just have to put my comedian hat on and start writing.

Christmas shopping is always on the to do list.  This year I am hoping to get it all done before mid december I tend to get clostrophobic in the malls after that.  Every year I promise myself that I am not going to get the kids gift cards, but with varying tastes they don't always like what I think they should so inevitably someone gets a gift card or 2.  I would love to hand make all my gifts but alas the creative fairy didn't grace me with a talent for creating things by hand.  I know practice makes perfect and I did perfect the perfect mitts for big hands (as all our children being over 6' tall ) have big hands, but with 5 of them being boys they are not into hand knitted mitts to keep their fingers warm.  I promised my husband a pair without fingers to wear around the house as his circulation is not the best and being frugal our home is never toasty warm.  Now that I have grandkids the knitted mitts may be something they will wear.

That being said over the following days up until Christmas I will try to come up with some great gift ideas, deals, blogs, crafts or goodies to make that I have stumbled upon in my facebook, email, twitter or searches and I will share them with you.  One that I found today that may be of interest is Wall words, they make great gifts or a nice decor for a wall needing that little extra.  Here is the link

check it out and get some of that shopping done early.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

To my daughter Cynthia

Tomorrow is my daughter Cynthia's 23 Birthday.  It was December 1st 1987 that my little girl came into the world and she has been a going concern ever since then.  Cynthia always had an independent streak and seemed to charge into life head on.  She learned to walk at 9 months and was forever determined to get outside, when she was two, I had to lock the front and back doors if I went to have a shower because she would be out the door and on her way to the road. A few times I was seen in only a towel running down the driveway to catch her before she hit the road, her older brother Tyler was always a big help rescuing her a few times. 
When Cynthia was four she would get up by herself at 6:00 AM on a Saturday and head outside and over to the neighbours to see if they wanted to come out to play (we got a few irate phone calls, until they got to know Cynthia).  Everyone on our block knew who Cynthia was she was always friendly and talked to everyone, even when we would go shopping she would chat with the sales clerks and tell them our life story as we were shopping or in line at the cash.  Cynthia was lucky growing up we lived close to my parents (Her Oma & Opa ) so we would visit them often.  One day when she was four she decided to ride over on her bike.  I was outside with her and turned around and she was gone, we looked all over the block for her, when I went into the house our phone was ringing it was my parents Cynthia had shown up and they wanted me to know she was OK.  Apparently she arrived with a car in tow, someone saw her riding her tricycle on the road and wanted to make sure she got to her destination OK. 
Another time we were in the mall which has 3 floors of shopping, I was looking at clothes and Cynthia and her brother Tyler were with me getting bored.  I looked up and she was gone, Tyler didn't see her go, we looked around and called her name no answer.  I went to the cosmetic counter and told them my 3 year was missing I described what she was wearing and they called security, I explained to them what had happened and what she looked like and they put out an alert.  About 15 mins later my son Tyler says look Mom.  I look out into the mall and I see Cynthia she has an umbrella in either hand and she is dancing down the mall towards us, not a care in the World, no idea that she is lost or that we are looking for her.  We found out later she had gotten on the elevator (around the corner from where I was looking at clothes), went down to the 1st floor and grabbed 2 Alfred sung umbrella's out of the stands and made her way into the Mall, in the middle of the mall she got on the elevator and made her way up to the 3rd floor and was heading down the mall towards us when we saw her.  Once again someone followed her to make sure she was safe, and I thanked them and the security. 
Cynthia has since grown up and this year 2010 she has had a year full of Celebrations.  On March 14th, Cynthia gave birth to her son (Our Grandson) Damian he was 6 weeks early and like his mother charged head on into the world.  I was so proud of her, she was as the hospital everyday feeding her son the milk she had pumped and stored for him, she was exhausted and determined her son was going to be OK, he was and still is, now he is 8 months old and her little fatman, he has big blue eyes like his Mom and strong and happy, he loves to laugh and his smile lights up a room, can't wait to see him again at Christmas his Paw and Memaw miss him terribly. 
In June, Cynthia graduated from Fanshawe College in London Ontario with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, even though Damian came 6 weeks early she was able to finish her classes with Damian in tow and Graduate with her class, Another proud moment for my husband and I.
Tomorrow Cynthia turns 23 and this is her first Birthday as a Mom.  Cynthia Happy Birthday Sweetheart !!  You are beautiful and amazing and keep just being you and charging head on into the world.  You are a wonderful mother and daughter and I hope this year all your dreams come true.

Love Laughter and Happiness