Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Goodwill lamp....

My $10 Goodwill lamp received it's simple transformation today. One can of spray paint and a new shade and this lamp is perfect! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A $10 Goodwill find...

This lamp may no longer be in style. However, at just $10, it certainly fit my budget. The weight, shape and style are just what I was looking for. The brass? Not so much. Time for another makeover....  Also, you can now follow me on Instagram at GirlRural.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The finished desk....

If you've been following my desk redo, thank you! I found this beauty on my local craigslist for free. It's originally from Bombay Company and had already been primed.

I first added a couple coats of Privet Hedge from Valspar with Loire Valley, also Valspar, in the centers. Then the whole piece was distressed and rubbed down with Minwax Wood Finish in dark walnut. 

Then it was knob shopping. I chose green acrylic knobs from Threahold for Target. I don't have to worry about the kids breaking these! I purchases an Ana chair from World Market with a cover that was on sale in Dragon. 

Overall, I'd say this project is a success! The jolly green giant is home in out living room where it will become my design, gardening and blogging command center. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Step Two: paint

Now that the desk is home and taking up a large part of my dining room I'm racing to finish it! Sunday I painted three coats of Valspar Privet Hedge onto te desk leaving the inset in the drawers taped off. 

Later that day I added Valspar Loire Valley to the centers of the drawers and gave a day for drying time....more to come! 



Sunday, September 7, 2014

The best things in life are free.....

     This weekend we've been in recovery mode. Our eighth and final foster placement left Thursday. We have officially closed that chapter of our life and are moving forward with our two boys. 

     This weekend we were set to celebrate both my mother in law and Mr. Rural's birthday. Before leaving the mountain I like to check craigslist to see if there are any finds in town. Wow, what a find! I saw an add for a desk that was primed in white.... for FREE!!!!

     I couldn't get to the pick up fast enough. Turns out this little (gigantic actually) desk is from Bombay Company and the owner had primed it but decided he didn't want it. Score!!! I hate priming. 

     I will show you the full makeover tomorrow. I'm already hard at work! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

A vintage drink station....

Every morning I hunt for my coffee. I usually knock a few things out of my over full cabinet in the process. A few days ago I came across a vintage silver tray I've had kicking around a while and an idea was born. 

Today, while I was out shopping, I came across a great, simple jar for my coffee ($4). I added a little Pyrex dish for tea ($8) and a plant I already owned.

This simple drink station is useful and pretty. A great combo!  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Gearing up for fall.......

     If you are an Instagram person, like myself, you simple must check out SarasVintageHome. She posts some really inspiring photos of her home. Recently she posted about some darling crushed velvet pumkins she found at Marshals so I tried to find some of my own. Score!

     I added some moss, a really fun glass owl and the pumpkins into my antique dough bowl. Then I found a couple of mercury glass votives at the Pottery Barn Outlet. Voila, instant fall centerpiece. I'm really excited about the splash of color.

     Labor Day weekend is a great time for sales. World Market is having their annual dining room sale and I was able to get a pair of the Anna chairs I'd been wanting marked down to $75 each. Plus, I purchased the display chairs for $10 more off per chair. I added two sets of clearance covers so I can change out the look of our dining room. The Baked Apple chair covers look great and I'm really happy with them paired with our windsor chairs (Target). If we put in our leaf we can seat eight. Plus, simply changing the covers means we get a whole new look.

     Have you started fall decorating.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fostering update....

I've been so busy I haven't been able to update everyone. We have currently welcomed home foster placement number eight. Crazy I know! For the last few months Mr. Rural and I have felt that our fostering journey was over. We are so happy we've adopted Baby Rural and were eager to have some time without DHS in our lives. However, calls come, children are taken into care, bed space is limited and these are people. Sometimes it's hard to say no. We had back to back emergency placements and then we were really, really sure we were finished. Joke is on us!

Baby is under two and in serious need of a wide variety of services to help her combat what could be her lifetime of neglect. We don't know much at all about this case other than it will be long and dirty. In addition to multiple therapy appointments each week in another county we have to work really hard at home too. Attachment therapy, feeding therapy, occupational and developmental therapy and physical therapy are just some of the things we'll be working on from the onset.

We have gotten a lot of flak for taking on foster placements. Some people can be less than supportive. To them I ask, what inconvenience are my life choices causing in your life? Mr. Rural and I are compassionate by nature, we are want to change the world and we see a way to make a small, sometimes very insignificant change. I remember the old story about the person chucking starfish back into the ocean. You know, the one where someone tells the guy "hey, you can't save them all." The man throws another starfish back while saying "well, I made a different for that one." That is foster care. One tiny gesture that means nothing to anyone but the person receiving the hug, the positive touch, the meal, the warm bed.

I'm not altruistic. I want to adopt a little girl. That's the plain truth of it. However, this system is messy and we've learned that the path to foster care adoption is not a smooth road. We have to take the bumps and turns and twists and try to find our way to our destination through the darkness. One day at a time.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Baby chicks.....again

Thank goodness our new baby chicks are almost six weeks. We can kick them out of the garage and into the run with the big girls. Of course, they'll be separated until they fully integrate into the flock and are large enough to defend themselves.

Glady, possible roo
Mildren
Right now the girls are getting big I'm worried at least one, and possibly two, are roos. That would mean rehoming. I'm afraid a rooster might be too loud for our house. We'll see. The exciting part will be adding blue/green eggs to the brown eggs we already have.

We have named the girls Mildred, Edna and Gladys.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Foster update.......

     Things have been quiet in our county and no placement calls have come. However, I've been proactive in seeking placements in other counties and states. We've heard back on a few cases which didn't seem like a good fit. Then, tonight, we heard back on a case we were really excited about. Our hopes are raised and we are awaiting more information on the children.

     Sometimes waiting for the call, whether it's fostering or an emergency or adoptive placement, is the worst. I hate waiting and days can seem to drag if there aren't enough distractions. Though this is still a long shot, we are hopeful. A step forward is a step forward. I can't wait to learn more about these beautiful children.

     We are nearly two years into our foster/adoption journey. We've had many ups and downs and it's a tough ride. We are still excited to add to our family and hopeful that we can do this through foster care. Only time will tell.