Thursday, January 19, 2017

Organizing and Regrouping

Hubby and I have both been sick since the day before our youngest son left after Christmas. Hubby came down with it first and passed it on to me. A cold that has turned into bronchitis. Hacking cough and sleepless nights. In between all that I've tried to finish my little organizing project while being stuck at home.
I've been working on the dishes in the hutch. A shelf actually fell inside, so I pulled out everything and reorganized.
It's fun to go through stuff that you don't see every day. I got the set above from a garage sale years ago. She was a retired music teacher, so how could I pass those up?
Green glass is from my mom. Love to use these at Christmas for dessert. Okay-so here's the jam packed filing cabinet drawer. I couldn't fit one more piece of paper in there.
I used these 2 products. I absolutely love these 3-d labels. So much easier to see then the flat ones.
The file cabinet is in the office closet, so it's super hard to get a good angle, but take my word for it-I am using about 2/3's of the same drawer. That was about a 3 day project going through each file and getting rid of stuff and redoing my filing categories.
Last post I showed this same bathroom cabinet. I purged and got rid of old and unused stuff. These little drawer shelves fit perfectly under the sinks with the plumbing.
Another bathroom. Everything is labeled and reachable.
Under our kitchen sink-it may not be the most beautiful organizing, but it sure works for me. I used alot of little containers we already had. I tried to label everything and group it. Feeling pretty good-now I'm ready to tackle the kitchen cabinets.
We had a light dusting of snow and you can see, Bowie is not sure he likes it.
Anyway, I'm starting to feel better and can't wait to get back into things.
Leslie

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy 2017! We had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas break. We did lots of visiting and game playing. Sons did lots of baking and cooking. 
 Making cinnamon rolls from scratch.
 Christmas morning fruit salad with prosecco for breakfast. I love the way they both pitch in and love to help. We ate and ate.
 Pie baking son made his wonderful chocolate chess pie for Christmas dessert. It was so good!
 We did 3 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles. This was one that was finished-missing a piece. Hmmmm.  It was wonderful having both sons home. So hard to say good-bye.
Each year after the holidays I am ready to get going again. I am forcing myself  to show you this shot of my master bathroom under the sink. I am ready to organize and get rid of some stuff. I will show you the after when I get it done. I thought I'd start with an easy doable project. I plan on revamping our home filing cabinet. I am cleaning today while making 10 bean soup for dinner, because it finally got cold here.
 Great day to stay in and do a little winter decorating, now that the Christmas stuff is all put away.
I hope your holidays were great. Thank you so much for following along on my adventures and projects. My mind is whirring with lists of things to do. Happy January!
Leslie

Monday, December 19, 2016

Happy Holidays!


I'm taking a blogging break until after the new year. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and some enjoy time with your families!
Leslie

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Home Part 2

 I added a little more plaid this year to carry on the outdoor theme. Pillows were made by me years ago.

I added my vintage sheet music framed up over the piano.


I went super simple in the dining room. Just some red candles and few ornaments. I changed out the orange wine cart to red in the winter.
 More of my salt shaker snowmen, made from orphan salt shakers. Candlesticks were made from the cut off legs of our coffee table.
A few red touches.

I feature these special vintage blue ornaments in the bathroom.
 A little touch to our bedroom, I'll be showing the finished bedroom after the holidays. We are going to be working on the flooring after Christmas.
If you missed the rest of my tour here's a link to part1. I am starting my baking this week. Hope to get everything done. Son made it home from Montreal so we are happy campers here! Hope you have a great week!
Leslie

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Tour 2016 at Brookhollow Lane

Welcome to Brookhollow Lane! Come on in.
 If this is your first visit to Brookhollow Lane, my style is cottage, vintage with a little farmhouse thrown in. I love adding thrifted vintage stuff to my house. I love adding little touches here and there to turn my house into a cozy home.
I kept the decorations pretty minimal this year. The house is smallish and I didn't want it to feel cluttered, especially when my boys come home and are hanging out.
 Home is where you hang your hat. I made this little hat hanger from old hooks and piece of scrap wood.
Entryway primitive cabinet.
 Look closely at the letter to Santa.

My Mom's red cardinal always comes out at Christmas time.

 Come on in to the family room and make yourself comfortable. I change out my fall colors for red and white in the winter. The tree is pretty naked, because we wait for our boys to come home to decorate it.
 My salt shaker snowmen and glittered candles in an old tool box tray.


 These candles are so easy to make and are so pretty when they are lit.
Curtains panels are made from Ikea fabric. Just hemmed with straight stitch.
 The stockings are hung.
The tree at night.
 My favorite Christmas movie is It's a Wonderful Life, so I painted this sign on a scrap from an old oak headboard.
 A piece of vintage wrapping paper put in a frame behind my old pick up truck. It was found for a few dollars at an antique store, because it was missing a wheel. I added a wood wheel that I painted black from Hobby Lobby. Perfect for hauling a Christmas tree.
 Stitched this pillow a few years ago.

 I collect vintage children's Christmas books. The Night Before Christmas was mine when I was a little girl. I read it to my boys each Christmas Eve.
On to the little breakfast area. I switch out my seat covers to red check in December. Four thrifted red and white stockings hang at each chair.
 If you've visited before, you know how much fun I have doing up the kitchen hutch.
 I found the metal sign this year at an antique store. New, but looks old.
I change out the knobs and pulls to red and jadite green for December.

 A view into the kitchen. I just add a few touches of red and a vintage tea towel. Gotta keep it pretty clear, because we do tons of cooking over the holidays when the boys come home. Joyeux Noel was given to me by my Mom when she went to Paris so I hung it on the pantry door in honor of son's first homecoming from Montreal. (Microwave over stove just died-trying to decide on a vent hood).
  Little touches here and there.
I hope you had fun touring my home and maybe got a few ideas. I'll be sharing the rest of my decor next week. Be sure to continue the tour here. Lots of pretty decor and great ideas.

Cozy At Christmas Blog Tour
Monday:
Let's Add SprinklesHyacinths for the Soul/ Southern DayDreams/ White Spray Paint/ Garden Up Green/ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson/ Ellie and Elizabeth  
Tuesday:
Brookhollow LaneAt Home With Jemma/ My Heart Lives Here/ The B Farm/ Botanic Bleu/ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen/ Art and Sand/ Ash Tree Cottage
Wednesday:
Sweet Nothings/ At Rivercrest Cottage/ Opulent Cottage/ Decor to Adore/ Fern Creek CottageThe Dedicated House/ Bluesky Kitchen

Thanks again Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles for putting this tour together.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you!
Leslie