For the last few months it seems that life has really thrown us some curve balls. Our latest curve would be that our nephew went missing. It is 8 days today. He is gone, just vanished. No sign of him or his car. How does that happen? The longer he is gone the longer the days seem to be. We all sit and search the internet for clues, words, signs...anything that we can get or grasp! Here is a copy of one of the many news articles that have went out about him...Missing Endangered Adult - Chris Babauta
He is 28 and we want him to come home! The feelings that are present in all of us family members near & far is the same. It's taking a toll on all of us. We cry, we think, we pause, we don't sleep, we have anxiety. We can only pray, pray that he comes home us, his family SAFE! There is little real concentration, little conversations that don't involve him, Chris being gone. We are now the "family" that people feel sorry for, pray for and try to comfort. There is little comfort that he is gone and we have no answers, no leads, we are left with only questions. Chris, I pray that you will come home to us soon. We all love and miss you more than you could ever know!
Thursday, August 2, 2012
It's time to jump back in the saddle!
This year so far, has been one crazzzyy mess...both in good ways and in bad! We've had a lot of personal stuff happening.
We planned this for a whole year...
With this, came all 3 of these little angels...our new granddaughters...aren't they cute??
Then came a very serious surgery for my sister, the death of my brother in law
and so much more...
With all of this going on, I haven't had much time to think of blog posts, keep my online store up to date or have much of a life.
Now that it's mostly over...I want to get back on track and get my life going again!
(And OMG I started a new job in the midst of all of this, he's been pretty patient but I think I've over-extended his kindness...he thinks I'm crazy or have too much of a crazy life to deal with...can he please walk in my shoes for a day??!!)
My hope is to get my blog back on track, get my store up to date, start working on my projects again and enjoy life, family & friends!!
So...with that, this first post back I've decided to feature some pictures that are my inspiration and favorite color right now...
Aqua, baby blue, teal, Tiffany blue and turquoise - they are all speaking to me at this moment in time...maybe the guest room will get a little makeover this month...
This is the look I'd love the guest bedroom to have...
I can't say enough how much I'm in love with Coastal Design right now
(picture from Interior Design Pros)
I've been working on something similar to this but with a little difference...tutorial to come when it's completed!
(picture from oakstudioofdesign...etsy)
Azure Blue accent wall, by Jim Howard via Unique Furniture...so in love!
A pop of turquoise, nothing better and goes with any design style you want!
Until tomorrow enjoy!
Posted by porter place cottage at 8:41 AM
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I have been a very bad girl! I love to read blogs, lots of them...in reading all of these beautiful blogs I somehow got lost...I started feeling a little down! Is my blog not good enough, can't I write very well, why after all this time don't I have more followers? The questions and self doubt all starting coming at me like I was in the middle of a cross fire! I joined a Blog Sorority and immediately felt like an outsider, not a good thing! I know there was no intention or ill will, it's just the spot in my life where I was...
Well, with 2012 there are gonna be some changes going on around here. First off in the next month, my little 'ole blog and store site are both gonna be getting an updated look. Second, I am changing the name, one that better suits me and my business. Yes, I am going to work very hard at getting my business off the ground and running good!
I think that I have always been a "pleaser". Doing what I think people expect of me, having the job that I think everyone wants me to have. Well, let me tell you sister, I've not been happy for a long time, I am a more creative person, I have suppressed that to "conform". I am almost 50, I need to quit making excuses and start fresh, for this is my year!
I hope that the holidays were great for everyone, and I wish the New Year will be everything you need or want it to be! We have to work hard to make things happen! So let's roll up our sleeves and get busy!
I look forward to all the new happiness and happenings this year!
Posted by porter place cottage at 6:16 AM
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Today it is raining...
It has me dreaming of fall decorating...
Is it too early??
Decorate my front porch like this...
and not forget to add some of these...
I hope you all have a wonderful day and if you are dreaming of fall always remember...
"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." (from:Elizabeth Lawrence)
Posted by porter place cottage at 1:32 PM
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tomorrow is my daughter Ashley's Birthday. She will be 22...wow hard to believe that my babygirl or babydukes as I call her will be that old!
This is babydukes! I love this black and white of her...
Vegas 2010 with her bestfriend Nicki or Howlie Girl as the family calls her!
So grown up!
This picture is a couple years old but one of my all time favorites of her!
In the last couple of months we have had our ups and downs. On some level I think it is growing pains for us both. She is growing and going away and I am trying to grow into an empty nester without her.
Over the last few years this girl has been my rock, my bestfriend, shopping partner and ray of sunshine!
I am a mom, I love my baby and I miss her so much every single day. My hope is that once she
gets her growing pains out of the way, we can become as close as we have been in the last 3 years! I really can't wait!
So Happy Birthday babygirl. I hope your day is as incredible as you are!
I love you mom...
Posted by porter place cottage at 10:21 PM
Monday, August 22, 2011
Well, as promised I will show before and after photos of a pair of nightstands that I picked up for little of nothing! I had fully planned on redoing these little (ok, not so little) and reselling them. Once my daughter laid eyes on them, she had to have them for her place. They turned out so cute and goes with her bed perfectly...so without further ado...
This is the before, green distressed but very blah...
Here it is, black (my daughters favorite furniture color)
lined decoupaged the bottom with distressed scrapbook paper
Closer view ...
Here are the knobs that she picked, she did not like the gold...so I painted them...
Grey, outlined with black and layered a couple of layers of stain on to age them to perfection (and of course no close up...omg...I forgot!)
Here it is done, and slightly distressed!
Hammers, nails, chain...all do wonders to get that aged look...
So what do ya think? The pair turned out great and she loves them...
She has a high bed so the taller legs were perfect!
Thanks so much for stoppin by and takin a peek...see you
Posted by porter place cottage at 8:45 PM
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I feel like I have been gone forever...and really I have! When I first started blogging, I tried so hard to keep this blog very impersonal. I thought that using this blog as an inspiration on decorating and such would be enough. I found very quickly that it wasn't...it wasn't enough for me anyway. I quickly ran out of inspiration photos that were new, new to me and my readers. Then it felt as if I hit a wall, a big brick wall...I only wish the wall I hit was this beautiful!
One thing I have come to realize is that I miss blogging. I miss the wonderful people that I had started connecting with.
This although has been a very busy summer for me. Mr. B had Shoulder Surgery. I've been busy taking care of him. He starts back to work Tuesday. I think he is looking forward to it. I know I will miss him but it is time to start my fall cleaning. We had a hail storm again this summer that wiped out my flower gardens (oh how I hate that!).
I have taken care of family members...done yard work and struggled with health & weight issues. I have struggled to find my way through a maze of unemployment and trying to start an Internet business. I must admit that I quickly became very discouraged on the Internet business and gave up (that did of course mean on my blog also). In my mind they were connected! I am trying to pull myself up...by these...
One thing that I did do and loved every minute of it was...refinishing a set of nightstands for my daughters apartment...
I will post those pictures tomorrow...In the meantime...Have a wonderful evening and I will be back tomorrow...
Posted by porter place cottage at 8:31 PM