Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Work In Progress

Decking the Halls
on the Homefront.
my kitchen window
Christmas time is my absolute favorite
time of the year.
I love hearing and seeing the excitement
in the kids voices and eyes when they see
something spectacular
{a blow up Santa or Frosty in a yard}.
I think I'm off to a good start decorating:
The trees are up and lit and
the garland is in it's appropriate place.
Still on the list:
Finishing the embellishing
the Yard.
(and shopping).
I'll share more as I go.
{I photoshopped these different than normal.
Not sure if I like them. Your thoughts?}
Oh, and I brought out some red!

Now, I'm off to plan my baking week.
I have a HUGE cupcake order to fill!
xo, Amber

Saturday, November 24, 2012

'Tis the Season...

Today, Saturday, November 24th,
is the official
"Shop Small Business"
My wish is that people really do care
and support the heart of our Country.
I know that I am.
Today, just sharing photos of
Black Rooster Cottage ~Space #17
at Granny's Attic.


Gift idea: Perusing an Antiques store in
search of something that will bring
back joyous childhood memories
to a loved one...
A gift that took thought, time to find and the priceless
gift of hearing of someone's memories.
Merry Christmas to you and yours...
xo, Amber

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dirty Laundry

Black Rooster Cottage
is keeping me busy for a few days
but once we get through
 decorating and stocking
for the busiest time of year,
some Home changes are coming!

Paint, paint and some more paint!
Most walls in this house are an Antique Cream
and what's not, is WHITE.
I like white but when you add white tile,
white counters and white flooring,
it's a bit much.
I'm going thrifty here...
There's 10 gallons of paint sitting in the garage
and it's all mine!
This paint was for one of my husband's customers that decided
it was too dark after they started painting their house.
As you know, you can't return paint!
It's definitely darker than white.
Our color: Nomadic Taupe.
It's a cross between a gray and a sage green.
It's very soft and sweet.
Petunia's bathroom in Nomadic Taupe
The first dreary room to get a new do:
The Laundry!
I did a sample patch...
I think it'll look way better.
After the laundry:
*Family Room accent wall
*Master Bathroom
*Master Bedroom accent wall
*Backsplash in the kitchen (second coat)
and maybe the downstairs bathroom.
Yeah, that too.
Pictures as we go!
So, instead of shopping on Black Friday,
I'll be roll, rolling away!
I will be out on Saturday though,
to Support Small Businesses!!
Happy Thanksgiving!
xo, Amber

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Treasures

Tell me to put on grubbies
and boots and I'm there!
I went treasure hunting yesterday, in the dirt,
and came home with just a "few" pieces.
I'm becoming a bit concerned though...
I pick things that I love, knowing they need to
be for Black Rooster Cottage (the boutique),
but I find that I question whether they leave the
threshold of our home.
But then...
I've been known to "shop" the house and pick things
of Vintage age, that I've fallen out of love with, to
take to Black Rooster Cottage.
The beautiful thing about that is,
those items have found new loves and new homes.
I guess that's not such a bad problem to have, huh?

Now for the *Keepers*...

"New" chairs for the formal dining room ($5 each!!!!)
I got a full set of 6. Nothing wood glue, paint, stain
and new cushions can't fix!
{These will be a future post, for sure!}


A heavy solid wood door with the original key hole
still intact. The narrow-ness and chippy
paint caught my eye. Unfortunately,
most of the paint is chipping badly
so I'll have to strip it.
I was thinking a
long table for the wall beneath
the staircase,
Unbelievably, it is the EXACT
size of our pantry door
SOOOO... I will paint, rough sand
and stain the frame of it
then chalkboard paint the center.
I already have a crystal knob
 set I've been hoarding
so she'll go on there too.
The original pantry door will go
in the the storage cubby
till we move so we can put it back.
{Yes, this will be another blog post. ;) }

I have caught a breath of fresh air this weekend.
I was very hesitant to make this transitional house
our "home" but the Mr. and I have made a
plan that we are so very happy with
 and will work towards our new found goal.
This means... I'll be painting a little and re-doing
some of our own furniture pieces.
I'll share some more next visit.
Till then, I wish you a peaceful week...
xo, Amber

Friday, November 9, 2012

Through the Lens

Sometimes I forget that photography
isn't all about catching the big picture.
It's about catching some little detail
your eye would surely miss
if that photo were broader.
Today, I played...

Till next time...
xo, Amber