Category Archives: House

The Girls

Per my dearest MMH’s request, I introduce to you our girls. Hilda, Bernice and Gertrude…

I have learned that trying to photograph three actively mobile chickens is nearly impossible. So, I figured a video would do more justice…it also gives you a little taste for their quirky personalities. Yes, chickens are incredibly dumb, but they do have personalities.

Without further ado…

Bernice is the largest chicken and she is obviously in charge. She bullies the other girls around and always makes sure she eats the most scratch. She is the one in the video that you see first.  Gertie comes into the frame next, she is my favorite, she always puts up a fight, she is also the least skittish of them all. This makes me think she is the smartest, but I could be wrong. She knows I feed her, so she doesn’t freak out and run away every time she sees me (but, she would probably be the first to die if a predator came around, so I guess that doesn’t make her that smart).  Hilda is the runt, she wears grey socks. I have no idea why, but it certainly makes her the easiest to tell apart from the rest. She also has lighter colored feathers… and she gets picked on endlessly. As you can tell from the video, she has no tail feathers, as soon as we brought her home Bernice removed all of them and will not allow them to grow back. Poor thing. All three of them are New Hampshire Reds. They are very hearty and lay a medium-sized brown egg. Well, they are supposed to anyway. They have been less than productive so far but I am hoping to turn that corner soon and start making some scrambled eggs.






I thought it would be a good idea to share a few photos of our garden. A lot has changed since some of these photos were taken. At the end of spring, Mr. Sword and I removed about half of our lawn, built a fence, rented a sod cutter, removed the grass, rotatilled the hard soil and built raised beds. It has been the largest project we have taken on since buying our house last August. Here are a couple of photos of what our space looked like after removing a large portion of the sod.

Then we got it cleaned up a bit and put our raised beds down…

Then we planted…

Then I made a bench to watch things grow (a Craigslist score & recover of course)

Now, we are reaping the benefits!




I love all of our beautiful produce…and there are so many other items growing: tomatoes, beans, peas, herbs, onions, tomatillos, egg plant…oh, and don’t forget the girls! Here I am with Gertrude.

Do you have a garden? How large is it and what are your favorite things to grow?


I stole a few images from Desire to Inspire that make my heart swoon. I would love to have these rooms in my house, or maybe even just a tiny piece of them… like that gorgeous chaise, or that tub! So dreamy…

Just looking at these images makes me feel a little bit more relaxed. Maybe if I go to bed now I can imagine myself under these crisp white linens, waking up  in the morning to that beautiful sunlight coming through my large windows while Mr. Sword runs the tub for me…maybe one day 🙂

Dining Space

I love this image from Row House Nest. I think this would be prefect in our tiny little eating space. We would be working around a couple of windows, but I think we can make it cozy and sweet.

Here is another variation from ohdeedoh. This is probably more feasible for our space, given how low our windows are in the dining area. Isn’t that settee a heart throb?! I think she would really compliment Lola.


I came accross this page and love the idea of reusing and repurposing pallets. I used to do shipping and receiving for a company and was always thinking about how I could reuse all of the pallets we received. Here are some of my favorites. I think I will try one…

What do you think?

Beautiful Kitchens

The next major house project we plan to complete  is a kitchen renovation. The idea is to take down the wall between the kitchen and living room to open things up. By doing this we hope to make things  feel light, airy and clean. We have also discussed doing open shelving. We do have some space restrictions so we are constantly planning  and trying to come up with the best possible layout. So in honor of planning and dreaming, I have decided to post some inspirational photos of beautiful kitchens. I am hoping I can harness some of this beauty and reflect it in our space some day soon. Enjoy!

You have probably already sensed the theme…white/light cabinets are a must for our renovation.

*Again, I do apologize, these images are all from saved files on my computer so I do not have links to the sources. If you see a photo and have information on whom I can credit, please let me know. Thanks!



Beautiful Bedrooms

These are not pictures from our home, simply pretty bedrooms to look at.

For years I have been saving images of rooms that I like, so I apologize I don’t have links to the blog(s) I saw these on. If someone runs across them and has the information for me to credit, please let me know.

Good night!

House Tour Part 1

I have decided to post a tour of our home. We are planning many renovations on our little place but, for the time being, we are simply decorating and making it comfortable for our family. I might also add that things move and change almost daily.
Our quaint place is 1,592 sq. feet, two bedrooms and one tiny bathroom. Our entire basement is unfinished and we are essentially living in half of our house at this point in time. This is our living room. Lola is my pride and joy, so of course she is front and center 🙂

Here is our dining room. Your eyes are not deceiving you, not one of those chairs is the same as the other. This is one of my “near future” projects. Either four matching chairs, or a bench with a high back against the wall where that mirror is and who knows what else on the other side. I am up in the air about the decision. But, of course, money is the main contributor to not having made a decision yet. In time….

That is all for now….Part 2 of the tour will show our entry way, the other side of the living room and our bedroom.

See you then!


Today is the day.
We are FINALLY closing on our first house. We will be signing our papers at 4pm today and calling this little beauty home!

So, she needs a lot of work…but we cannot wait to move in and get started!!

World, Meet Lola

From the moment I laid eyes on her, I knew it was love. She was perfect. Her curves, her pattern…everything.


The love affair all began last April when I saw a posting on Craigslist for a couch taken out of the old Idaho City Hotel. It was crushed velvet with a tufted seat and back, and a beautiful shape. I had just received birthday money from my parents, and thought this would be the perfect purchase, and for a mere $100. I had to go see it, so I called my mom up and we drove on over.
Much to my disappointment, this was not the couch for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great piece; however, it was missing one of its legs and in its place was a horrible peg of wood. This may not seem like a big deal, but I knew it would be difficult (if not impossible) to find a replacement leg that the couch was so deserving of. I was nearly broken hearted; I went to the house expecting to take this lovely couch home. In fact, I was already doing research on reupholstering it, but knew it was no longer possible.
Then, the clouds parted and the sun shined through. The man mentioned he had another couch inside that he had also been planning to put onto Craigslist. Although I am not sure this is true because it was in his daughter’s room, obviously being loved/used.
I am grateful he mentioned this secondary beauty, because once I saw it, I knew it had to come home with me. I asked him his price and nearly fell to the floor when he spouted out, “uh, seventy-five bucks?” I tried to act cool, continuing to look around at the couch as if I was unsure, catching glimpses of my mom smirking in the corner of my eye.
We loaded her up and headed back home. She was…she is, my Lola.

I love the way her original pattern looked, the colors were perfect too. However, others clearly loved her also. She was dirty, worn and covered in kitty scratches. Much to Mr. Sword’s dismay, she sat front and center in the living room, even in her tattered state.
After months of waiting, pricing, researching and saving, I have finally given her a new life. Mr. Sword’s boss recommended the perfect woman for the job and we couldn’t be more pleased with the way Lola turned out!
Check out the transformation. I sanded her down and stained her a dark ebony.
Tah Dah!

Is she not gorgeous?! My next project is to sew her some pillows out of the beautiful fabric I bought while getting the material to recover her. The small side pillows were made by the lady that did the re-upholstery. If any one needs her services, let me know. I HIGHLEY recommend her, she did a fabulous job and was very reasonable.