May 18, 2012

Friday Finds

It's a gorgeous spring morning here in Idaho, and I'll be outside in the sunshine planting flowers for the rest of the day. But first, Friday Finds! 

I never tire of looking at the work spaces where artists and crafters create. This week, I came upon Jane's studio over at Mamie Jane's, and it pretty much made me swoon and make those little oooh-ing and aaah-ing noises you make when you really love something. You just gotta see it. 

Mamie Jane's

Sometimes wood furniture has a grain and patina that makes it perfect just the way it is. Or perhaps it's a historically significant piece. There's no way to get back a hundred year-old patina once it's been painted over. The piece can be stripped or sanded back to natural wood, but the patina from age will be gone forever. Sometimes wood furniture just screams to be improved with painting, though, and I think this roll top desk that Todd and Jodi painted is a perfect example. Check out the before and after of this sweet little desk over at Cottage Charm Creations to see if you agree.  

Cottage Charm Creations

Maria Elena at Our Home Away From Home decided to change her front porch summer decor from her traditional red, white, and blue to trendy tangerine and teal this year. It's so pretty. Her daughter used some leftover porch pillow fabric to make the flowers for this lovely wreath.

Our Home Away From Home

This charming garden fireplace mantel was made by Lynn's husband over at Shabby Story. Don't you just love the ruffled chair, mirror and candelabra? 

Shabby Story

 Kari Anne at Thistlewood Farm used real honest to goodness barn wood to make this beautiful letter Z. Talk about patina! I'm wondering if I could make something similar from new wood aged with one of the aging techniques from Pinterest. I've added it to my to-attempt list (which is now about 15 miles long.)

Thistlewood Farm

Green is my favorite color, and it was love at first sight for this bright and pretty bedroom at Coastal Living. Sigh...

Coastal Living

 And another big sigh for this Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bar made by self-professed foodaholic Christy over at The Girl Who Ate Everything. Oh my!

The Girl Who Ate Everything

This diy watering can made from a milk jug went pin-crazy on my Pinterest. It's the brainchild of Astra from A Journey to a Dream, and she has posted a super-easy tutorial for making your own. 

A Journey to a Dream

Well, I'm heading out to plant those flowers now. Thanks for checking out my Friday Finds today! I hope you have a great weekend and  a

Happy Friday!



  1. Oh, Laurel! Thank you so much for including my wreath on you Friday finds! I am so glad you like it! You just made my day! I love, love your blog! I am your new follower!

  2. I love all th wonderful craft rooms we see on Blogs but they also depress me as my craft room is a disaster. It is so bad that I am afraid to start on it. I love the watering can idea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. thank you so very much for sharing my mantle, laurel! such a great group of features! have a great weekend:)

  4. Thanks for the feature Laurel! I love your blog by the way!!

    Jodi @ Cottage Charm :)

  5. Of all your Friday Finds, the bedroom with green is favorite. Makes me want to go in, shut curtains and take a nap. It looks so serene and welcoming. We love our bedroom but that one is super.
    I just changed out the curtains and quilt for summer so our room is lighter and softer. We have a nice size room so it's easy to get around in it. We traded places with our chifarobe and chest recently also. I put an old window with chicken wire on back and a shelf between shutters on wall over the chest between the windows. I hung an old vintage mirror on the window also. It's amazing what small changes can do do for a room.
    I need to rearrange the wall art soon also. Almost all the art I have is homemade out of old frames and now bird images and cages off the Graphics Fairy site. I love our room as it has high ceiling and the tall chifarobe looks great in the room. It was an old waterfall chifarobe that I painted white with green and lavender accents. My husband put shelves in the closet part so we have more storage in it.
    Love your house, adore the porch. We've spent a bit of time in Boise and I remember the tree lined streets. My husband was over road trucker so I got to see alot of our country, miss traveling with him. He retired trucking in 2004.

  6. I'm loving that green bedroom! It brings the outside in!

  7. I loved everything here (the mantelpiece in the garden is just wonderful!) but the milk bottle watering cam is exactly what I need. No more drowning seedlings in a clumsy deluge from a bucket. Thank you so much for sharing! (And also, yes, may the Force be with you, too!)

  8. I want a pretty mantle like that in my house and my yard! Those caramel apple cheesevake bars are amazing!


  9. Oh my, that craft space is absolutely swoonworthy. I'm making the ooohing and aaahing noises now! And that little garden mantel is so awesome, what a fun space.

  10. Hi Laurel,
    I was reading through some of my past posts and just saw your comment on my studio space. Thanks so much for featuring me on your Friday Finds!! I love all you showed this week. I've been contemplating updating my bedroom and the Coastal Living picture you featured today really has me thinking!!
    Have a great day.

  11. Was für herrliche Fotos.
    Ich könnte mich sofort in dieses schöne Bett legen. Mit dem leckeren Kuchen in der Hand.
    Liebe Laurel, danke, dass ich an den schönen Geschichten und Fotos teilhaben darf.
    Du bist ein Schatz! :-)
    Liebe Grüße

    Mit dem Übersetzer kann ich auch alles lesen.


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