Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Home Tour Tuesday {dining room/kitchen}

Today on our home tour is our dining room/kitchen.  We live in a 1933 Tudor house which we love.  Here we are in front of our house this past fall. 

 This summer we are renting our house out to baseball families that are here for camps.  We have 12 weeks booked.  During that time we are going to move into a little house that we bought last fall.  


Our living room and dining room are two separate spaces on our main floor.  We use our dining room for eating obviously but also for crafts and games.  I love our cozy dining room and we spend a lot of time in this space. 


Here is our dining room from another angle.  My Dad gave us the table and a few years ago we had it refinished and stained darker.  The French doors go out to our back dec k and the doorway leads to our office. 


Here is our kitchen. A few years ago I painted our cabinets and last year we put up the wooden shades. We spend lots of time in this little space :-). 

I hope you loved our tour.  Until next week.


Or weekend

This weekend we moved into our new house!   Since we got back from DC we have been moving stuff over slowly and Saturday and all day Sunday we unpacked and got settled in to our new place. I would say we are about 75% settled.  

I love our new sunroom.  I brought over our blanket chest and made a little seating area.  We are finding out our new house is SMALL.  So this piece is good because it serves two functions-storage and seating.


Friday night Ava's two best friends surprised her and took her to a Chainsmokers concert to celebrate her birthday.  Her friends talked to me about this a few months ago so I made sure we didn't have any plans so she could go.  She was SO surprised and had a great time! 



Saturday my friend Rachael hosted an open house at her family's organic grocery store.  She made canvas bags to sell.  I bought this one.  I love it!!



She also had these cute cookies made because it was Earth Day :-)


We had a table at her Open House to advertise our summer craft classes.


Saturday night we went out to dinner to celebrate my friend T's birthday!  So fun!!


Sunday we unpacked all day and then at night for a little treat we went out for ice cream with Sabrina and Eliza.


I hope to post pics of our finished rental house soon.


Washington {Day 2}

I'm back to talk to you about day 2 of our Washington trip.  Tuesday was our second day in Washington.  We started our day at the Capital.  I requested a  tour through the office of our Represenitive.  We met in his office for our tour.


It was a beautiful day and our tour started outside.  We learned about the history of the building and where the Inaguration takes place and then we headed inside.


Inside we saw The Statue of Freedom.  This same statue is on the top of the Capital.  


 We saw the old Supreme Court and Senate chambers.  So much history was made in these rooms.



These are the stairs that the President-elect and other officials walk down right before the Inauguration.  

The Rotunda was my favorite spot in the Capital.  It was so beautiful.


After our tour we walked to the Library of Congress.  The main building was breathtaking.  The architectural detail was unbelievable.  It was just amazing.  Unexpectedly, this was my favorite building in DC.





After the Library of Congress we went to lunch and then we headed to the Botonic Garden.  


It was so beautiful!  There were so many wonderful plants.  I was in heaven because I love plants.  We explored the Botonic Garden for about an hour.  





 Sadly, the Botonic Garden was the last stop on our trip.  After we toured that we went and packed up our car and headed back to NY.  We had a great few days in DC and we want to go back!  There is so much more to see. 


Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday favorites.  I am  happy it's Friday!  This weekend is going to be a good mix of work and fun.  I love weekends like that!


1-We took a little trip to Washington DC earlier this week.  Ava is on spring break and I wanted to do something fun with her and Anne our exchange student.  I did a post about our trip here and I'm hoping to get another one up this week. 
We have loved having Anne with us and she moves to her new house today.  She is going to be with our neighbors so we will still see her a lot!  Anne is a Rotary exchange student so she will live with three families during her stay.  We were family number 2 and she'll go home in July after her stay with our neighbors. 
2-This weekend we are moving into our new summer house. We are renting our home out this summer to baseball families that are in town for baseball camps.  We have been moving stuff over slowly all week and I bought new bedding and towels and I'm going to get everything washed and ready to go for when we move in next weekend. Here we are in front of our new house last fall  with our realtor.
3-I am in love with string gardens!  This week I did a tutorial.  You can read it here and I'm so excited because my friend Rachael and I are doing string gardens as one of our summer craft classes for Branch and Bloom.  If you are local we will be doing this class in August 😉❤
We are doing four craft classes total this summer
May 13-Farm Retreat
June 9-Plant and Pose
July 13-monogrammed Wine Glasses
August-Cider, String Gardens and Sunflowers (date TBD) 
4-Sunday afternoon I'm headed to a yoga retreat.  I'm looking so forward to going.  Yoga is one of my favorite things ever.  This retreat is for restorative yoga which is a relaxation form of yoga.  I can't wait!

I hope you have a great weekend!



Crafty Wednesday {string gardens}

  We got home from D.C. late last night and and I'll have my last post about that fun trip up tomorrow.  We had the best time but it is good to be home and to sleep in my own bed.  Today I had a crazy, busy day at work so I'm just getting the time to do my crafty Wednesday post.  

Last week I had some friends over and we made kokedema string gardens.  They are easy to make and they are the perfect craft for spring!  Here was our inspiration picture-so pretty!!!!  


Here is one I bought a few years ago at my favorite garden store. It still looks great!  To care for these little plants you just soak them in water for 15 minutes once a week.  Honestly a lot of weeks I forget to water this little plant and it still looks good.  


For this project you need:
Peat moss
Sphagnum moss
Sheet moss
Bonsai soil 
Fishing wire 

I got most of the supplies at Home Depot and I got the Bonsai Soil from Amazon. We made about 10 string gardens and I still have enough of the supplies left to make more! 


Here are the step by step instructions to make your own string garden.

1.Gently shake most of the soil from the roots of your plant. Be careful not to damage the roots when doing this.


2. Wrap you roots with spahagum moss.  You will want to set you moss in water for a few hours before you start your craft project.  It is easier to work with the moss when it's wet. 

3. Make a planting mixture using your Bonsai soil and your Peat moss.  Using a 7:3 ratio.  I did 7 cups of Bonsai soil and three cups of peat moss.  Add a little water and mix the soil and moss together.  It should form a clay like substance.  Shape the mixture into a ball the size of a grapefruit and then break the ball in half.   


4-You put your spahagum moss covered roots in the center of the ball and shape the ball into a grapefruit again.  Does this make sense?


 5- I did not do a good job about taking pictures of this step..but you cover your soil ball in sheet moss and wrap fishing wire around the sheet moss.  You want your string garden to stay together so we used A LOT of fishing wire.  I will be making more of these so I will get better pictures of this part of the craft and post them 😉

Here my friends and I are happy as can be with our new string gardens!  


Here are the three I  made three for the sun room of our new house. 


This is a great spring project!  And these make great gifts!  I hope to make a few more to give away as gifts. 


Happy crafting!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Washington {Day 1}

Ava, Anne and I are in D.C. for a few days for spring break with my friend Sabrina and her daughter. Yesterday we did a full day of sightseeing.  There is SO much to do and see here and we are having the best time.  D.C. is  a great city we have walked almost everywhere, the people are so friendly, and we've had some amazing meals.

We got up right and early yesterday morning and took a quick picture in front of our hotel before walking to the White House.


Our hotel is only 5 blocks from the White House so that was our first stop.


Yesterday was the annual Easter Egg Roll so we saw a ton of families all dressed up in their way to the White House which was fun.  One of the volunteers explained to us that they do reservations by lottery so we are going to try and get in next year!  


After the White  House we walked over to the Washington monument.  It was spectacular. 


We then walked over to the World War II monument.  We took pictures by our favorite states.

Wyoming where my Dad had a ranch


And of course New York where we live