Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Little Bits of Heaven!

I woke up this morning and thought to myself:
How Great is Our God!
I am so guilty of getting wrapped up in everything else, that I sometimes forget to stop and thank God for all that he has blessed my family and I with. God has given me so much and has blessed my life in so many ways that I am grateful to Him beyond words.
Thank you for blessing me...
with a wonderful and supportive husband who is always there for me.
He allows me to stay home and be a homemaker and to be
with our two beautiful boys. What a Blessing for sure!

Thank you for blessing Doug and I with two boys. I pray they will continue to grow with you God and be good boys who will in turn grow into wonderful Godly men. May you give us the guidance and patience we need to get through the crazy years.

and all of His people said; Amen!

He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.

Job 8:21

It doesn't matter how old or young you are God can be in all of us. I hope all of you feel the Joy of God's love for us and I hope that you can take time out of your busy days to

Enjoy Life's Little bits of Heaven.

God Bless, Dana

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sofa Fabrics

I love this floral that I found and I would do the red in cording My Drapes My big chair next to floral, red and yellow grid fabric. Love the floral but I would have to ditch the chair. Not Good. I think the green chenille is the easiest with kids and I think the color is good. My only concern is...boring but practical, safe and versatile. What do you think? I like this and I know it would be comfy, but I just don't know
As you can see there is a lot going on in here. Between the leopard rug the plaid sofa the floral drapes and chair and the big chunky brown leather recliner it stumps me on what to do for the sofa fabric. Big chunky chair stays. This is from the living area, looking into the kitchen and dining area. Don't mind the mess.
I need Help!
There are a few issues at hand.

I want a Smith Brothers sofa. We purchased one for our basement and absolutely love it! They are so well built and our good friends sell them at the fabulous local furniture store. I have to leave the other chairs in the room because there is really no other place I could put them and we cant afford new. So I need a coordinating fabric to match the drapes and chairs. As most of you know my colors are red, yellow and green. I have many red pieces of painted furniture, some black and some wood tones. I am very eclectic and I do not like everything real matchy matchy. The fabrics obviously have to coordinate... but I just am having a hard time deciding style of sofa and the fabric. I love florals, but with the other large chair being a large floral print I don't know what is the best thing for the sofa fabric. If you have any advice, I would love to hear it, I would love to hear your ideas. Thank you all of visiting, I hope you have a wonderful day.

Many Blessings, Dana

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Lovely Day for Mother's.

Well the party was wonderful. It was very nice to sit down over coffee and discuss the everyday lives of motherhood. I missed all of my girlfriends so much and it was great to see everyone again.
God Bless the Mother's...
Life can be so challenging, raising small children can be the most
rewarding and exhausting job in the world. I thank God for giving me a support group

that understands the ups and downs of Motherhood.

God Bless all of you and your families.

Hugs, Dana

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More Homes I LOVE...

Good Morning All!
Just wanted to share a few more of the homes with you that we have seen while out
driving about. I love driving around looking at different homes.
I just got back last night from visiting mom and we had a great time. My nephew and his wife are having their first baby and we went to her shower this weekend. The shower was lovely and Doug's sister was there from out of town, is was great to see her. She had never met Nolan so it was nice that he finally got to meet his Aunt Debbie. I wish I would have snapped a picture of my nephew's new house because it was beautiful. I am so proud of them and I can't believe that he is old enough to have a wife, a baby and a new beautiful home.
Congratulations Ryan and Vanessa!
I am getting ready to host a coffee and conversation tomorrow and I need to get my house in order and the menu finalized. I am thinking about something light.
(Since I have started Weight Watchers you know.)
What do you think? Any ideas for great coffee, conversation and *#^? So far...
The Menu
Coffee and Tea
Build your own yogurt parfait
with fresh berries and granola
Homemade - Banana Bread
with cream cheese
Maybe a 1 point
key lime tart
(a weight watchers recipe)
Short and Sweet or Is it too Sweet?
What do you think, do I need more, less or other?
I want it to be simple, the most important thing is making my friends and fellow mothers feel welcome, relaxed and special.
Please leave a comment to just say hello or to give me any other ideas
for my get together.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Share your finds...

Welcome to Rhoda's share your finds party!
This lamp was purchased at a local antique shop, it needed the wiring redone and a new shade. My grandpa showed me how to rewire and old lamp with an easy lamp kit.

The fabulous gal is also a lamp and we got her the same day we purchased the other lamp. Great Finds, I absolutely love both of these lamps. This Island was a perfect find for the guest house it was made from antique doors and topped off with a beautiful butcher block counter.

Okay... so can we have more than one or three things that we have found junking?
Hope So!
The apple green velvet chairs were found in an amazing French Antique store a few
summers ago by my mother. We got 6 of them for the guest house and they
are just amazing don't ya think.
I love antiques, mixing the new and the old gives the home
a much more lived in and warm feeling.
Join in the fun visit Rhoda's site Linked above!
Thanks Dana

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Dish on Kitchen Design.

So, I have designed many kitchens for people and just for fun. I am working on a farmhouse plan right now and I have been experimenting and researching good kitchen layouts. The farmhouse is just something fun that I am designing for a future home for my family so I think it is harder doing something for yourself. There are so many different things to consider when doing an entire house including a fabulously functional kitchen (which is a must).
So here are some of the things I am trying to consider for my fabulously functional farmhouse kitchen:
  1. My working triangle... It is a must to have good function in a kitchen layout. The sink, stove and refrigerator need to be within a few steps from each other.
  2. Adequate Work Space... I am a baker and I love to cook. I need a large area in my kitchen that is solely designed for rolling, chopping, pricking, plucking, cooling, sprinkling and the occasional taste testing. A large island would be perfect, designing the perfect center island in the kitchen is tricky. The design should include, plenty of outlets for small appliances, different size drawers and cupboards to store towels, small appliances and baking utensils.
  3. Lighting... I love the look and function of pendent lighting. Not only does it provide for a well lit workspace, but it creates height and softness to a sometimes bulky center island. In the rest of the kitchen, I prefer recessed lights and maybe even a beautiful antique or unique chandelier over the breakfast table.
  4. Storage... One of the most important consideration to make when designing a kitchen is to have good storage to help keep you organized. I would love to have a nice a big walk in pantry with shelves floor to ceiling. Roll out shelves in the lower cabinets are a must for getting to the back of those deep cupboards. Some glass and some solid cabinet doors are a good mix. Some things are for storage and display and some things just aren't pretty and they need to be hidden. Putting a space in the kitchen for the computer, phone, calendar and the work stuff is always a good idea to help keep the family on the same page.
  5. Seating... I love to have a kitchen full of family, friends and helpers when I am in the kitchen. Designing a kitchen with enough seating is the key to a good kitchen design. In the kitchen I am working on for the farmhouse, I have placed three counter height chairs at the center island, four-five bar stools at the peninsula bar by one of the sinks (there's three), and an eat in breakfast table with six chairs in the nook right beyond the kitchen. Kids love to help in the kitchen and I want to have plenty of room for me to teach them about the fun that they can have with food!
  6. Appliances... Finding the right appliances can be fun, but overwhelming. There are so many new products out on the market right now and some newer appliances have proven to be a great addition to a kitchen. The refrigerator and dishwasher drawers, warming drawers, commercial cook tops with griddles and water access. The ideas are endless and if you have a budget that to is endless... the sky is the limit. Good Luck with that!
  7. Texture... I love to add texture to a kitchen by using many different products. I use bead board, corbels, fabrics, glass, buther block, stone and different products for counter tops. Mixing different textures and materials give the kitchen character and warmth.

So, these are just a few of the things to consider when designing a kitchen.

Don't be afraid to use color and different materials in the kitchen to add warmth and character. The kitchen is the center of the home and an important place to not only entertain family and friends but to share memories and laughter for many years to come.

Many Blessings from Our Kitchen to Yours!


Monday, August 4, 2008

Summer Fun, Traveling and more Traveling...

Well, it has been awhile since I have had time to blog. I have missed all of you and I thought I would just try and cluster all of what we have been up to into one post.
Camping, Fishing, Eating...
We went camping this past weekend and had a great time. Blake, Grandpa and Doug fished a lot and caught quite a few 4-10 inch blue gills. This may sound a bit small and uninspiring to you... but Blakey was in heaven with his little fish and spider man fishing rod. He came up for breakfast yesterday morning and wanted to give me a big smooch, then he proceeded to tell me that he had kissed his last fish he caught and wanted to share that kiss with me as well. Yum...

Nolan is getting so big and he did great on vacation. I was proud of both of the boys, we have been haulin' everybody all over the countryside and they seem to keep up with us just great.

God Thank you for blessing us with such adaptable boys and I pray that they continue to be this good for many many many more years. Amen.

We went Kayaking for the first time and it was so fun. I had never done it before and it was such a great workout and family thing to do. Blake sat on Doug's lap most of the time and the baby stayed on shore of course.

Good Morning Sunshine!

Nolie all wrapped up in a warm towel on the boat!

Swimming at our Lake! The kids and I having a great time splashing in the water. Aunt Deanna and Nolan.
Thank you Aunt Dee Dee for your hospitality this past weekend,
we had a great time at your Lake House.
Our Beach Vacation!
Grandma Sue was our Nanny for the weekend and we had so much fun.
Thanks mom for the help with the boys, we are so blessed to have such
a wonderful mom and grandma. Homes that I love. Love...
Well this is what we have been up to. I am glad you stopped by.
What kind of family fun are you having or planning?
please leave me a comment, I would love to know!
Many Blessings, Dana