Feature Friday, Pink Post Card

This week meet Denise from Pink Post Card. She blogs from the beautiful state of Oregon, where she lives in a craftsman-traditional style home with an open floor plan and beautiful views.

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Step into the entry and you’re greeted by this pretty old dresser. Read its history and see the tutorial of how she created the lettering. Her home is furnished with many of her thrifted treasures and pretty furniture makeovers.

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The living room is fresh and inviting, furnished with her makeovers and I am truly smitten with the nail head detail on the coffee table. The sofa which she calls “the Beast” was completely made over. Denise sells some of her furniture makeovers locally and at shows.

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A clock made by her late grandfather has a special place in this room. The bookcase is a garage sale find and she reupholstered the chair.

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In the dining room, Denise made the linen slipcovers and flirty skirts for the chairs. I love the bit of bling added by the chandelier and the pretty blue on the back of the hutch.

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The kitchen had dark cabinets which were painted white, giving the room a new feel, more farmhouse than frump! New pendants and lots of new trim were added.

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Painting the cabinets took this kitchen from plain Jane to a pretty space to cook in. Check out that yummy looking cake!

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Open shelving, a pretty chandelier and an old piece of office furniture serving as a buffet, create a cozy breakfast nook.

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In the dreamy master bedroom, a beautiful French, vintage chest at the bottom of the bed was a rare $25 find.

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Denise cut out a curved cornice to complete the fabric wall. It looks fantastic!

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I love this pretty vignette of a Manzanita branch and vintage map above a distressed vintage cabinet.

So there you have a glimpse into Denise’s lovely home, but there’s lots more to see on her blog, the family room, her daughter’s room, home office and studio. Check out her etsy shop and portfolio of all the lovely vintage pieces she has painted and sold. She is a busy lady!

Thank You Denise for allowing this feature!

 

Next week, a furniture makeover just in time for the holidays Smile

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

 

The handywoman’s quick prep guide for winterizing your home

Today we welcome a guest post from Tina for DIY Mother.

5 quick tips for proactive winter home maintenance

Attention handywomen of all sorts! November is here, and that means December follows and the cold, bitter cold is on the way!

Now as a woman, you know that it’s important to be proactive when it comes to protecting your home from the elements. That’s why you probably already have a checklist for winterizing your home while the temperatures are still rather temperate and bright. However, more and more women are buying homes for the first time on their own so this article is meant to make a handywoman out all female homeowners—even if you don’t have experience—by providing tips to help you plug leaks, protect your pipes, and save on energy costs this winter.

Here is a quick handywoman’s prep guide for winterizing your home:

1. Put your thermostat on a program

The easiest way to cut down the heating costs you’ll pay this winter—and to give your furnace a break is to program your thermostat. Think of it this way, why do you need to heat your home on high when you’re at work? The idea is to proactively extend the life of your furnace by giving it a much needed break during the day and in the middle of the night. By doing so, you’ll not only lower your heating bills; you’ll also lower the effort of your furnace from pumping out heat when it’s not needed. So start by programming your thermostat to a lower setting when you’re not at home (i.e., when you’re at work and when you’re sleeping) and program it higher when you need it (i.e., an hour before you go to bed and an hour before you wake up).

2. Prevent pipes from cracking and bursting

One of the most important winter home maintenance steps that you can take is to protect your exterior pipes from bursting. Damaged plumbing is a huge drain on the finances and you can easily prevent it just by shutting off exterior water sources and wrapping any pipes leading out of your home in rags or plastic to protect them from freezing and cracking.

3. Give your water heater some love

A broken water heater can be a nightmare in the dead of winter—especially considering it heats the water in your home and can create a damaging mess if it bursts all over your basement floor. To prevent a disaster, be sure to give your water heater the proper attention by checking the unit to ensure it’s working properly and not overheating. The last thing you want is a pricey water heater replacement bill on your hands.

4. Plug leaky windows and doors

In the cold winter months you want to keep as much warm air in and as much cold air out as possible—otherwise you’ll find your heating bills will soar. As a proactive measure, do a walk around the exterior of your home and re-caulk damaged or cracked areas around your window sills, door frames and electrical outlets leading outside. A few tubes of caulk and weather-stripping are really cheap when you consider the cost of how much it will save you in heating costs and heat retained inside your home.

5. Get a new furnace filter

Another cheap way to prevent your family from cranking the thermostat in the dead of winter is to ensure your furnace is running at prime efficiency. All you need to do is swap your old furnace filter for a clean, new one. Trust me; when you take the old one out and see all the dirt and grime, you’ll know why your furnace was working harder than it should be. A new filter will also protect your house and its occupants against the risk of a fire. Plus your home will use less energy to heat and stay warmer inside due to this inexpensive, proactive measure.

About The Author

Tina is a registered nurse and DIY home improvement maven who has written and blogger for DIY Mother as well as numerous print and online publications ranging in topics from education to health and from home renovations to interior decorating.

Thanks Tina for these helpful tips to prepare for the cold winter weather. Do you leave these chores for your husband or do them yourself?

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

 

New fabric for the kitchen

This is the new fabric I chose for the kitchen. Remember my husband could not stand the other fabric I chose? He absolutely hated it and I called it my happy fabric! Oh well, time to start over. I found this new fabric with much softer colors that we both like.

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I found this fabric at Jo-Anns’s on sale for 50% off and then got 25% off at checkout! Now that’s a deal I like!

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There are still pumpkins on the table but I am determined to finish making the window panels before I start decorating for Christmas.

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I’m thinking that I may actually like the new softer fabric better!

cafe curtain

Here’s the link to the post about café curtains in the kitchen. I can’t believer that I have to start making curtains all over again, these colorful ones just needed to be hemmed.

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We woke up to this scene this morning, making it seem so cozy and warm in the house with the fireplace warming us as we had morning coffee. It felt like the perfect day to decorate for Christmas, but not til I get these curtains done!

Are you finished decorating? What have you done so far?

 

Thank you to all who commented with kind words and wishes on the passing of my father. It’s hard to think he won’t be calling me to take him to the store or on errands but I am so thankful his suffering is over.

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

His struggle is over

My dad passed away on 11-13 at 2:25 am. He struggled so hard for every breath the last 2 weeks of his life. He is now free of suffering, AMEN. The military service at Fort Indiantown Gap national cemetery was touching and meaningful. I believe he is now happy with our Lord and in the company of his family who passed before him.

I need time to handle my emotions and heal.

More about my parents here.

 

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Debra, xo

Friday Feature, The Wicker House

This week’s feature is Emily’s blog, The Wicker House. She describes her style as laid-back and lived in and she’s drawn to coastal, cottage and farmhouse styles.

She lives in a modest 3 bedroom 2 bath house that while not her dream house is a great place to raise her family and her home keeps her busy with projects. She’s created a home for her family that feels comfortable and very much a family abode.

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A pretty vintage shelf in the entry holds treasures and collections.

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Vintage cameras are her recent finds and she made the fantastic driftwood mirror!

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In the living room, the fireplace display changes with the seasons. You need to check out the before and after shots of this fireplace. It’s amazing what paint can do.

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Here’s another look for the fireplace.

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In the living room, I love all the pillows on the red sectional, especially the plaid ones. It looks like a comfy place for the family to gather.

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Her kitchen has undergone a transformation too and given a brighter look with painted cabinets and countertops.

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Two pretty cabinets flank the table and provide storage and a place for pretty displays.

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On the table, Emily put together this fun indoor picnic for her family.

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Many of her grandmother’s straw hats hang on a piece of salvaged wood above her bed. I think this is a great idea, such a pretty look too and a wonderful memento of a loved one.

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She made this unique shower curtain out of a bed sheet and used pieces of a white towel for the Swiss cross.

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I‘m ending this post with Emily’s Christmas display from last year to get you inspired for the fast approaching holiday season! It will be here before you know it!

Go on over to The Wicker House to say hi and feast your eyes on all of Emily’s projects and pretty vignettes!

 

  All pictures are linked to original source.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Update on my Dad

My dad has been in the hospital with pneumonia. He’s still in intensive care.

He was weaned off the vent and doing pretty well but he had to be put back on today. I thought he would be out of there by now but once again he’s teetering between getting well and losing his battle. Because of the sedation he can’t communicate well when he is on the vent.

When he can communicate, he wishes all to be done to prolong his life, so that’s what must be done, but doing that may lead to heart and kidney problems. At this point I just don’t know…..if he starts having heart problems or more kidney problems he wants intervention. So now what? It seems like going in circles if he needs a vent to breathe.

Last night he was in good spirits, joking and being a wise guy. It was good to see some of that come back. He’s a stubborn old guy who wants things his way and will try to manipulate you to get what he wants. Oh yeah, I’ve been on the receiving end many times……he guilts me into doing things.

My dad is 87 years old. In 1944, he served in WWII as a yeoman under Captain Rickover in Okinawa, Japan

 

Having gone through years of dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s on my mom, this situation with my dad brings back a flood of feelings. I do feel like I have a little more support this time with my younger step brothers so decision making will be handled as a group. I’m the oldest and it feels like tons of weight on my shoulders. He does not have a living will or POA because he didn’t ever want to talk about it. Stubborn!

Today I’ll meet with the doctors and social workers to talk about palliative care and tracheostomy.

This is a tough situation. Caring for aging parents puts a lot of stress on the caregiver. I’m not trying to make this about me, I’m just trying to do what I can with God’s help. I call on Him for strength and clarity of mind to make the right decisions.

I’ve written many posts about caring for our aging parents, my mom and dad both. Some are hard for me to read.

If you or your parents don’t have living wills, wills or POA, I urge you to do so. It helps the family fulfill your wishes and makes it a little easier on them.

 

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra

Pumpkin bread pudding

Any recipe with pumpkin and cinnamon is one for me. I’m such a sucker for autumn desserts. If you’re a carb lover then this is one for you too. French bread, pumpkin and cinnamon and warm, oh my goodness! Heavenly scent and heavenly taste.

 

I ate way too much of this so I don’t think I’ll make it often. Willpower, what’s that?

Pumpkin bread pudding with caramel sauce

Recipe Type: dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Debra
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
So good warm with whipped cream.
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of french bread torn into bite sized pieces
  • To make the Pudding:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 15oz. canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 1 c 1/2 and 1/2
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 teas. cinnamon
  • 1/2 teas. nutmeg and vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • To make the Caramel sauce:
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 Tbls light corn syrup
  • 1 t vanilla
  • optional, 1 c walnuts, pecans, raisins or dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all pudding ingredients. Place bread in a lightly greased 9 x 13″ pan. Sprinkle with raisins or dried cranberries if desired. Pour pudding mix over bread and mix lightly making sure all bread is covered. Cover with foil and bake @350 for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15-20 minutes.
  2. Caramel sauce: if using nuts, lightly toast them in a skillet for 3 – 5 minutes.
  3. Heat butter, brown sugar and light corn syrup until sugar is dissolved completely. Stir in vanilla and toasted nuts.
  4. Pour sauce over pudding after baking.

More pumpkin recipes are here:

Pumpkin roll and a tutorial on how to roll it.

Pumpkin cobbler   

Pumpkin baked oatmeal and pumpkin smoothie

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Thanks for visiting, Debra

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Thanks for visiting! Debra(((xx)))