Monday, March 23, 2015

It's the little things that make you happy!


Well....we've lived here at the farmhouse for almost five years now!!!
I've looked at the red brick fireplace day after day just knowing
that it could be so, so much more beautiful with just a teeny bit of effort!

I mentioned to my dad that I would love for him to build me a fireplace surround
completely out of gorgeous moulding.
Completely removeable but wonderful all the same.

Well, mom and dad came down last week and he was ready, willing and able!!!
At almost 75 years old, this precious man
(a total handyman by-the-way) wants to make me happy!

He measured and measured again.
We headed to Lowes and started looking at all the components we would need.
We totally designed it on the concrete floor of Lowes!
We purchased some items but after one night's sleep,
my dad dreamed all about it by-the-way...
(he is who I get my artistic goodness from!)
and decided we needed to return some things and buy a few others!

He used thin luan as the foundation for his fireplace surround creation.
He purchased small flat-head screws that he screwed in from the BACK
of the luan so they would not show from the front and need to be puttied.

He used 1 x 6 boards on the sides that he shaved down
to the proper size to apply the luan base to.

Then he began using wood glue in addition to the screws
to add the different mouldings to the front.
The wonderful thing?
The fireplace surround is only attached to the wall on each side of the fireplace!
It can easily be removed if needed.

Here are a few photos of this wonderful transformation!!!



BEFORE:












I still need to add a finish coat of white paint but
I LOVE IT SO, SO MUCH!!!!
It adds so much more character to our sweet living room!!



AFTER:




And as wonderful added bonus?
My sweet son Brad gave me an early Mother's Day gift.
A pretty ceiling fan for my studio with a great light!
My dad and son Brent installed it too...I CAN SEE NOW!


Happy Monday angels!!!
I'm wishing you a beautiful week ahead ~

hugs and love,
Dawn






Saturday, March 14, 2015

Simple joys ~



It doesn't take much to make me happy!
I love to find beauty in the small things.
The old, tattered and forgotten.

Today I received a simple, little doll dress in the mail from a friend.
It's old, stained, has a few holes but is absolutely PRECIOUS!

It got me to thinking about the simple things that bring us joy.
A tiny doll dress like the one below,
maybe a few blooms in water the first days of spring,
an old book with gorgeous illustrations,
a found bird's nest...
maybe a jar full of beautiful old buttons.

Finding the beauty in the simple things...

I just wanted to share a few of my joys with you ~

























I hope you're having a beautiful weekend precious friends ~

hugs and love,
Dawn



Friday, March 6, 2015

The sweetness in my life ~


Our boys are truly our blessings in this life!!!
I've scanned a few photos that I've shared on Facebook
and I thought I would share them with you here as well!


Our second and third born, David and Brad! Only two years apart and VERY animated!!!
They were about four and two years old here...now?
30 years old and 28. REALLY?



A sweet photo of David at the beach when he was just a wee little one.



A precious photo of our fourth born, Chase...he looks like he's up to something!!!
He's now just about to turn 24 years old.



A sweet photo of Noah, our baby who is now 17 years old...he was only about two here!


This is a photo of our oldest son Brent who was a mere 1 3/4ths year old checking out
his new baby brother David...in 1984.
My goodness ~ Brent is 32 and now David is 30.


A precious photo of Brent when he was only about four ~



Chase, our fourth born is such a sweet angel here and only a teeny toddler!


David and Brad. Exactly two years apart to the day!!! Discussing The Night Before Christmas....




And here is a much more recent photo taken just a couple of years ago...
Our beautiful babies!!!




I hope you don't mind me sharing my sweet sons with you ~
I've been looking through old photos
and just can't believe how fast the time has gone by.
Cherish the moments dear friends!!!!



A few scans for you from my sweet gifts from Lisa!!!!













Wishing you all a wonderful Friday and weekend!!!
hugs and love,
Dawn





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