Wednesday, March 30, 2011

sister trip!!

Packing, loading, and getting ready for a sister trip! I leave tomorrow with my vintage Silver Streak for 4 days of fun with 75 of my sisters all of who have vintage trailers, and are a ton of fun. The sisters will come from San Antonio area, DFW, & Oklahoma! Our destination: East Texas for a few days of junkin', a night on the red carpet, campfire chats and ohhh so much more!

Today I added my "HOUSE" numbers on the door! LOML and I share the trailer so I added our numbers! 0430!! 0430 was the day I met and fell head over heels in LUST LOVE with LOML. We were engaged on 0430, married on 0430 so I thought the numbers were perfect!

I have house numbers for our blue cottage too... I did a post on those about 2 years ago... CLICK HERE... 

Will share more when I return!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pink Roses

GIVEN TO ME TODAY with a gift that said "Impacting Lives Forever" 

Aren't they beautiful? 
Hope your day is full of blessings! 

Monday, March 28, 2011


Planting ferns today!
Happy Monday..

Sunday, March 27, 2011


 Was here... Friday night for a second showing... they love it!  

The gated front entrance and all the stone work... ooh la la!! 

Front of home located on the West side of Mckinney - fabulous! 
and here.....  for a first showing yesterday, located in Allen


AND TODAY.... I WILL BE HERE SHOWING ... first time client finding the perfect first home....
Located in Winsor Meadow .. a new subdivision of cottage style homes!!

Hope you all have a blessed Sunday!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Week-end!

Happy Week-end from my blue cottage @1110!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


LOML & Jonathan left early this am heading to Lake Fort Smith for a few days to enjoy Jonathan's spring break from the University of Arkansas.

So.. I have a full day 3 days of a quiet house, relaxing, eating out with girlfriends showing property after property.. Spring is here and lots of folks wanting a new home! The market is turning in Texas and I could not be happier!!!
LOML & Jonathan
They took all they toys, bikes, kayaks, my sweet gypsy trailer!! 

Isn't she adorable??? Just got her lettering on the back of the trailer yesterday!! I love it!! 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ottoman makeover...

Before - This ottoman was left behind in a house that I just sold..It was in dire need of some TLC!  

After- The top of the ottoman is black burlap - OH HOW I LOVE IT! The other fabric on sides and ruffle is left over fabric from other living room projects! 

Have a great day!!

Monday, March 21, 2011


Going for a bike ride with LOML! 
Hope you had a Marvelous Monday!  
Hugs, Valarie 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

SHADE GARDEN "AFTER" with new pathway!

We  LOML finished all the rock & flagstone today.

View from the steps of LOML office.. new pathway!  I can not wait until all the flowers and hosta are blooming! 

View from the street to LOML's office... Mulch and flowers planted on the left side...  
these were the "BEFORE"

We put in the flower bed in 2008- These beds are over 50 feet long.. stretchs all the way down the side of the house to outdoor space. 

We put the left bed down in 2010, planted tons of grass in center - grass would not grow too much shade etc.. 
Hope you love it.... LOML is very proud!! Now his clients have a pretty path to walk down!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

before and a little of the after of shade garden!!

Do you remember last Spring when we were working on the shade garden??
Click here for the before and after... to see how far we have come... such a labor of love!

Almost finished... will show you the look tomorrow.. IF we can get out of bed! 

Friday, March 18, 2011

oh happy day!!

Happy Friday!! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

playing in the dirt.....

Working in the yard 

and playing in the rock!

More to come tomorrow!! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Because you asked...

A few of you emailed and said pictures of the make over were dark.. so here goes again ...


What is the paint color: Ralph Lauren Natural Canvas

Did you paint your ceiling the same color? Yes, at the recommendation of a friend..

Where did you buy your ruffled curtains? An individual made them for me, she sews for others if you want her name, email me or leave a comment.
Where did you get your table runner? Becky @ Sweet Cottage Dreams (link attached yesterday)

Are my table & chairs new... Yes, steal of the day from OVERSTOCK.COM

Will I cover the french side door? Yes, more burlap and ruffles roman shade. Coming soon..

You asked about my mantles.. yes, I have quiet a few of them.. I pick them at garage sales.. anywhere I can find.. I have about 5 in the house and I love them. The one in picture I paid $15 for it a local garage sale. When I purchased it was very "EARLY AMERICAN 1970'ISH looking" stripped down to bare wood and started the shabby process.

All the silver & crystal are goodwill, garage, & thrift store finds

Thank you for stopping by .. I love your questions.. that means someone does read this crazy blog of mine... much love and hugs! Valarie

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Before & After

Remember WHEN YOU ALL VOTED HERE???  When I was going to make-over my dining area.

This was the before....
I loved all the color above in the before.. Was ready for a change!

AND NOW THE AFTER!! Welcome to my Nest!! 
Found this flirty buffet on craigs list - added a mantle out of my shabby room, brought out only my favorite silver pieces... and yes the buffet has great storage! I needed storage space for vintage napkins, silver pieces, etc..  
Brought all my mirrors to one wall for more of a WOW!! 

View from living area... Still have not put my roman shade back on french door...
Love the burlap runner with white ruffle... THANK YOU BECKY 
This is the view from the side door... i did purchase new table and chairs.. remember this post? 
Ruffled burlap valance!! Thank you Sallye .. I love it! 
This is the corner where the hutch used to be... totally opened up the space and gave me so much light! 
i am having some cushions made out of cotton and coffee bean bags... stay posted on those! 

love the new look.. clean, crisp & cool .. just waiting for spring! 

Hope you enjoyed the tour... Stop by anytime and please leave me a comment!! 

Friday, March 11, 2011

I love home...

Trust you all are enjoying your nest today!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

enjoying sunshine, flowers and my red glider

Remember yesterday I shared the urn by LOML's office that I planted... well today I planted a few more flowers... this is the waiting area of his office...  

Love my new oilcloth cushion??  


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A little spring at the blue cottage...

If you read my blog you know that LOML (love of my life) offices in a very small cottage out back. Thought I would spruce up his office with a spring touch....  

RED GERANIUM-- Bought a few things here yesterday! ((Be sure and sign up for gardening classes here as well!) 
Fern, geranium, little bird feeder in a beautiful black urn.

Have a great week!

Monday, March 7, 2011

I love a little bling!!

Wow!! Thanks for your kind comments yesterday on my roosters! A few of you asked about my chandeliers in an email.  Yes, I do LOVE a chandelier!! I have a total of 8 in the blue cottage and have a few in storage that have not hung yet... SO you think I am a chandelier snob?   :( 
The 5 arm chandelier are my favorite! I find them at thrift stores, junk piles, Goodwill, wherever.... 

This one hangs proudly over the sink area. I painted RED and I love it!! 
Love the all black with the bling and the black bobeche with black prism! 
This one hangs proudly ... all crystal prisms! 
A glimpse of all 3 in the kitchen area!! They are perfect for the blue cottage!

Happy Monday!!
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