Stories from a Piece of Furniture

 I have been looking for a special piece of furniture for a particular corner in our dining room for a long time. Originally, I had it set in my mind that it had to be something  old and white and have  years of stories behind it. Then, one evening a couple of weeks ago we were at our friends house for dinner and after we finished, we were casually sitting around the couch talking when David, my husband told my friend Ali that he would totally buy that hutch off her all the while thinking she would say it’s not for sale. Serendipitously though, it was.

Ali laughed and said actually, I was just about to put it on Craigslist because as much as she loves it and had wanted it for ever, it didn’t fit in their house the way that it should. She lives in a beautiful 1910 craftsman house in downtown Newberg and the hutch blocks one of her incredible windows in their living room. Sadly for her, they needed to get rid of it. Happy for us, we were in the market for something like this.

I have to be honest though. At the time, since I had something completely different in my head, I wasn’t too hot on the idea but David has wanted a red piece of furniture in our home forever. I’m haven’t been the biggest fan of red ever really but I did think this piece had it’s particular charm and so I was on board.

A couple days later we brought her home and filled her with our stories.

I had an old Pier One bookcase that I’d got about seven years ago when my style was a tad bit different. Well, I didn’t really KNOW what my style was yet. It was modern and open and I was wanting to get rid of it badly.

As I was carefully putting our belongings in the hutch I wanted to be careful as to where I put everything. At first, I wanted to keep it sparse and clutter free and then, as I was putting things in their spot, I realized that I wanted it to tell a story, our story, and I began filling it with more and more stuff.

David and I both love cookbooks and it’s one of the things that we have no qualms buying. And although I don’t reference them enough, I know they are there when I need them.

Those glass blown hearts you see sitting on top of some of the cookbooks are very special to me. They were given to me every Valentine’s Day from my step dad. He would get one for my mom and one for me every year when I was living near them and they mean so much to me just as my step dad does.

 

David has a fine taste for Whiskey and Bourbon and has always wanted something beautiful to display it all in. It’s actually why he loved the hutch so much.

These teacups were my great grandmother Maggie’s. An incredible woman and really the only grandmother I had. In fact, for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to name my daughter after her, if I have a daughter one day. She was married to my grandpa Louie or Lewis or as I called him growing up, grandpa wuwie. I have great memories of going up to their house and walking in the front door to the smell of bacon grease (which would probably make me throw up now :) ) and the warm hugs of my grandma Maggie and Grandpa Louie. Every time I was there, I’d be cuddled up with my grandpa and he’d always ask me, ‘what’s my name?’ and I’d always say, ‘grandpa WUWIE!” I think he got such a kick out of the fact that I couldn’t say his name right.

They lived into their 90′s and were two of the kindest, happy-go-lucky people I’ve ever known. When my grandma Maggie passed, my mom got her old tea cups and when I was of a mature age, she gave me some of theme and I’ve been longing for a piece to display them rightfully.

I love hobnail glass. There is something about it that makes me really happy and I found this set at the Goodwill for about $5 and it’s one of my favorite things in the hutch, besides my tea cups.

I love when I’m at someone’s house and they have a piece of furniture that tells a story. I love asking them questions about where everything came from. Do you have a piece like that?

Hope you all have a great weekend! David and I are leaving for Mt. Hood to stay with some friends in a cabin to celebrate his 30th birthday! Happy Birthday my love!

A Fun Summer Necklace with Design, Dining + Diapers.

I’m so excited to have Taryn from Design, Dining + Diapers here today to share a fun little project of hers! Taryn is one of my favorite bloggers out there and all of her projects are so creative and inspiring. You can always guaranteed something good when you visit her blog so if you have some time, stop on by and say hi!

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be visiting Bullfrog and Bulldogs today! Amanda is a great bloggy friend and I’m honored to be sharing a craft with all of you.

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m Taryn from Design, Dining + Diapers! I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, 15 month old baby girl and our spunky Golden Retriever. When I’m not busy being a mom you can find me blogging about DIY home decor, crafts, sewing projects, and allergy friendly foods!

Today, I’m sharing with you a simple yet sophisticated necklace I made for a crafting contest I was a part of! The challenge was to create something using beads and I came up with this fun summer necklace.

Fabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

I used to make a lot of beaded jewelry when I was in high school but it hasn’t been something that I’ve worked with in recent years. While brainstorming for this challenge I remembered that I used to have a HUGE bead collection and since my mom doesn’t throw anything out I had a feeling that my collection may still be at my parent’s house. Oh you better believe that whole thing was still there in the same bin! Bingo! Naturally, a lot of the beads weren’t really my style anymore… thankfully. I mean, I’m glad my style has changed a bit since I was 15. But I did find a lot of goodies in there and I just added a ton of beads to my craft supply for free (love finding old things!).

Fabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

I was originally planning to do a home decor project using beads, but I wanted to keep costs down to a minimum so I forced myself to use the beads from the bin (Like I said, I love a challenge and love being frugal). I found this beautiful piece of fabric that was left over from Baby E’s nursery and found some beads in the bin that complemented the vibrant accent colors. Who doesn’t love some tangerine tango this year? But like all of my projects, they tend to evolve through the creative process and I ended up using more cool colors for this project.

Fabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

I was searching for inspiration for fabric flowers and saw these from Little Miss Momma. Loved them. I used the fabric to make the three flowers and then paired it with ocean blue and gray beads. I love how it turned out and the bright colors are perfect for the summer months ahead. Can’t wait!

Fabric Flower and Beaded NecklaceFabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

So there ya go, a simple project to add to your summer wardrobe! And if you use multicolored fabric it will go with a ton of different outfits :)

Here are a few other projects you can find on my blog:

To see more of my projects you can visit me on my blog, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Please come by and say hi, I love meeting new friends and I would love to see what you’ve been working on too!

A huge thank you to Amanda for having me here today!

14 days of L.O.V.E – design, dinning + diapers

Oh man I am so excited about this. Starting on February 1st, Taryn over at Design, Dinning, and Diapers will be kicking off her first ever big 14 Days of Love event and guess who is going to be a part of it? You got it! On February 13th, Bullfrogs and Bulldogs will be featuring a top secret special Valentine’s Day surprise for my sweetie. I can’t share too much info with you all because well, it’s a surprise for D to tell him how much I love him. I will, however, tell you that it involves some of those beautiful pieces of reclaimed barn-wood I got last week at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage.

The line up for this little love party is pretty fabulous as well. Take a look!

I have to admit, I feel pretty honored to be a part of such an amazing list of bloggers! If you haven’t checked them out, I seriously suggest you do so.  I will provide the direct links below so it’s easier for you.

The Frugal Girls

504 Main

Southern Lovely

Real Housewives of Bucks County or as seen here on a Feature Friday

Thrifty Decorating

How to Nest for Less

Sew Dang Cute Crafts

Amy Day to Day

Just a Girl

Crafty Scrappy Happy

House of Hepworths

Lauren Darlings

 

Design, Dinning, and Diapers will also be featuring their very first link party and Taryn invites all of you to join in on the fun beginning Wednesday, February 1st! So mark your calendars and check back here and over at Design, Dinning, and Diapers for more on all the fun!

Do you have a special surprise for your sweetie? Leave a comment and share! Or better yet, leave a link  and share with all of us what you got going on!

 

top 10 most inspiring blogs of 2011

One of the things I love about blogging is the community it creates amongst others. You can essentially find a blog for anything and connect with many other like-minded individuals. Blogging gives people an outlet to express their interests, emotions, life experiences and pretty much anything that their hearts desire. I am always bouncing from blog to blog and love the blog-love  people share on their own blogs about others. It’s one big happy cyberspace family.

To finish off 2011, I thought I’d share with you my Top 10 Most Inspiring Blogs of 2011 and why. Kind of like one big Feature Friday!

Here you have it:

1. The Wellness Warrior: I started following Jessica about this time last year. A friend of mine and I were having one of our daily conversations about nutrition at work and she emailed me the link to this blog. Right away I found it incredibly inspiring. Her courageous story to fight cancer holistically gave me the inspiration to make a few changes in my diet and I continue to read her post and constantly learn something new.

2. Perfectly Imperfect: I find myself reading Shaunna’s blog when I need a little motivation in the DIY department. She is a true pro when it comes to painting anything wood and her ebook , Creating Your Masterpiece, gives so many helpful and inspiring tips that anyone could follow along and create their own work of art!

3. A Modern Girl’s Guide: Amanda’s story of using both a holistic and eventually, a conventional approach to fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma offers an incredible perspective of a girl doing everything in her power to do something a lot of us take for granted: live. Today, Amanda’s cancer is in remission and she is  living “off the grid” as she calls it, in a solar-powered caravan where she blogs about simplifying her life. Truly an inspiration!

4. The Handmade Home: One of the things I love about this blog are the photos. They are bright and cheery and they complement the content nicely. Not to mention, this blog just gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling and I keep coming back to it.

5. Design, Dining, and Diapers: In the six month since she began DDD, Taryn has created a brand that really sticks out. It’s fun, its creative, and she displays some adorable crafts, yummy (gluten-free) foods, and overall fun on her blog.

6. A Way to Garden: As mentioned in my latest Feature Friday, I love this blog because it offers so much information for a novice gardener like myself. I can find helpful tips for all my questions and so much more. It’s given me so much hope that I too can be a Master Gardener one day!

7. DreamGreenDIY: This blog makes me want to run out to my nearest thrift store and hunt for my next treasure. Carrie and John have done an excellent job at transforming their townhouse into their own masterpiece. Their Thrift Store Scores really make you feel like one man’s junk IS another man’s treasure.

8. The Lettered Cottage: With a possible HGTV show on the horizon, Kevin and Layla have turned their fixer-up home into a full-time job as they blog about their adventure. Take a tour of their cute little cottage style home and gain some inspiration along the way!

9. Cannelle et Vanille: The photo montage on this blog is spectacular. A freelance food writer, stylist, and photographer, Aran captures whatever her subject is in a way that makes me want to hang her work on my wall. Both D and I obsess over the fine details of every photo and the time put into it. A true artistic inspiration!

10. Farmgirl Fare: In many ways, she reminds me of well, me! A self-proclaimed ‘former cultured California chick’ turned farm girl, she’s been bloggin’ about her experiences of farm life, the good, the bad, and the oh so wonderful! Not to mention she has a couple Donkey’s. Jealous! I’ve been telling D I want a Donkey for quite some time now…maybe next Christmas?

 

So there you have it, My Top 10 Most Inspiring blogs of 2011. There are so many more I’d love to share but I guess I can keep those for future Feature Fridays!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I’m looking forward to seeing what the New Year has in store!

 

 

 


the versatile blogger award…and the winner is

Thank you Debby for nominating Bullfrogs and Bulldogs and giving me The Versatile Blogger’s Award. I really appreciate it and feel honored.

Please check out Debby Frisella Designs, Debby’s blog full of her own artistic creations of watercolor and photography. I especially love the watercolors!

By accepting this award, I must follow some rules.

Here are the rules that come with it:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award and link this to their blog
  • Nominate 15 Bloggers for this award, and notify them about the nomination
  • Tell your readers 7 things about yourself

I nominate and want to recognize the following blogs:

The Simple Life of a Country Man’s Wife

Design, Dining and Diapers

Daily Garnish

She Let Them Eat Cake

Grass*Dirt*Corn

Come on, ilene!

One Hundred & 80 Days

Tamara Out Loud

Pretty Handy Girl

Farmgirl Fare

A Spoonful of Sugar

One Shabby Chick

Eat Live Run

Running With Tweezers

DreamGreenDIY

 

Here are the 7 things about myself:

1) I have a dream of writing a book one day and have several stories in my head
2) I recently moved from Seattle to the wine country in Oregon known as the Willamette Valley
3) I live on a vineyard and currently we make  beautiful Pinot Noir. Our label  is called Omero Cellars
4) I love the way a photo captures a tiny moment in time
5) I love and appreciate my family more than I think they realize
6) I lived in Taiwan for 8 months when I was 29.
7) I have so much gratitude for those who follow my blog, have read my blog, and allow me to share with them.

 

Thank you all for reading my blog!