Wednesday, December 29, 2010

More Christmas Decor

This is the last of my Christmas decor that I thought I would show everyone. I am hoping that this weekend I can get it all put away and the house cleaned and back to normal. I am looking forward to having everything all crisp and clean and un-cluttered, even though I love the christmas stuff but having it up since November 12th is long enough for me.

So we start off with some jar's I made that went up the stairs to the bedrooms. I got this idea from Char over at The Pickled Pepper Patch and I thought they turned out pretty good and looked awesome at night with candles in them.

Next is my little table that we eat at. Just did something simple here. Love the pantry cakes and can't wait to make more with my new molds!!! I love making them.

Next is my new cupboard that just got put up before fall, so this is my first year to get to decorate it inside. I left it closed for the fall and just decorated the top but decided to open it for christmas, I am sure it will end up closed again after the holidays. You can also see my beeswax belsnickle up on top I got from Melissa at Farm Field Primitives.

The old pair of ice skates are my husband's uncles from when he was a little boy. His Aunt wanted me to have them as she knows how I love and appreciate anything old.

My new blanket crane as well, love how it looks!!!

My cheese basket from Pam at basketsnprims, she does such a beautiful job weaving baskets. What a great talent to have!

My husband's old school desk that I re-painted flat black but have to distress it yet and my neighbour's 52 year old tool box he gave me. Told me that he built it when he was 16 in shop class. I love it!

My new prim 7ft tall twiggy tree, best investment yet. I love it and it is so nice to have a slim fit fit tree that doesn't take up so much room. Going to think about getting another one for the family room downstair's. I love it. Grunged the santa hat on top and added the sign for something different then an angel or star on the top. I liked how it turned out!

You can also see in the picture of my tree that I did some stenciling. I think it turned out really good and actually didn't think it was as hard as I thought it would be. Kind of fun actually going to probably work on some more this winter and do my hallway! Also want to make some gameboards since I got the stencil and maybe even a floor cloth??? Hmmm decision's, decision's!!! Guess I have some projects ahead of me!

This is my $10 farm table that I bought with my $20 one. They matched other than I had to have my husband put a new top on this one because it was just sheet of plywood on it for the top. I had my friend build me the shelf to add to the top so I can display my primitives on it instead of on my counter. My kitchen is small and actually this comes in handy when I need alittle extra counter space. I love it and think it really add's to kitchen!

Well we are back out in the 4 season's room once again and this is a picture of my hutch out there. I have in mind to paint it barn red and distress it because it blends in with my pine walls. Once again there is another project for me but it wouldn't take to long. Then I think my stuff would stand off it much better.

My large tree that I think turned out pretty good, added tons of coloured lights to it and orange slices with my homemade candycanes. I love it and never thought I would like the coloured lights until I seen them on Kath "The Olde Wheeping Cedar" tree in Country Sampler. It just brought back so many memories from when I was little with all the coloured lights.

This is a sign I made from old barn board. Never thought I would be able to stencil but it's not to bad. I enjoyed making them.

My spoon rack that my friend bought me as I traded items with her, she always like to go through my stuff before I take it to good will and this time she came out with some pretty good things so she bought me this in return. Thanks Mel.

My new water pump I got at an antique store here. I wanted one for so long to add to my dry sink.

So here's my bowl rack and dry sink in my 4 season's room. I don't mind it but I don't love it either???? Might not stay there? Once Christmas is over then I can move some things around.

Thanks for stopping by the Hoskins' Homestead! Wishing you all a Happy New Year!
My next post will be of some great finds I have gotten over the past year!
Have a good one!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Holidays are coming to a close

I can't believe how quickly the holiday's have come and gone. New Year's is just around the corner and I am so looking forward to the beginning of a new year. This year for Christmas morning was a blast, my daughter is just starting to understand who Santa is and had so much fun opening all the present's he brought her. My son well needless to say he was opening stuff before dad even got out of bed because he was so excited to get his new toy gun that he had santa to bring him. It was so much fun to see the looks on their faces and how happy they were to receive the items they did.

Hopefully everyone else had a nice holiday. We shared Christmas Eve at my sister's with my family. Christmas morning after opening presents here we went to my in-laws for Christmas brunch, then late afternoon we came home, I put the turkey in the oven and we were joined by my parents and grandpa for a nice Christmas Dinner. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Well I promised everyone I would show some pic's of my fire place mantle my hubby built me out of old barn board!! So here they are. He did such a great job even though he doesn't seem to think he did but I love it and I love how I can move it anywhere in the livingroom, doesn't always have to be in the same spot every year or if I get tired of it I can put in the garage for like the summer or something. I love it and am so thankful he built it for me.

Well I will be back with more holiday pic's coming soon!
See ya soon!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My First Post

Well it's 2 days before Christmas and finally I thought I should do my first post. I wasn't sure on were to begin but thought I should start somewhere. I love to decorate prim style and some colonial with alittle farmhouse added in. I love anything old and rusty as I wish some of the stuff I have collected over time could tell me a story. I have been blessed by neighbor's, family, friends and even strangers to pass on antiques to me that I love. My first large purchase was my 2 old farm tables that I found at a yardsale 2 summer's ago. The long one that seats 8 and another small one that I have had someone build me a hutch on the top to keep in my kitchen to display all my collections as I don't have much counter space. So I guess I will begin with showing you around my house. Now please forgive me as my camera is old and I need a new one badly, why didn't I think to add that to my christmas list??? Maybe next year, I wanted a fireplace so badly to insert to my new fire place mantle that my DH built for me this fall out of old barn board from my gramps.

So this is a picture of my farm harvest table. My friend and I this past fall decided I should turn my 4 season's sunroom into my diningroom since I don't have one and my upstairs livingroom and diningroom are attached. I love the change and it's so much bigger for family gatherings!

Here is a little sitting space that I created for when you come in the back door. I just need to add a bench that is waiting to be painted. It's a nice place to sit when the ground is covered with snow and the fire place is going. I like to sit out here and read while the kids are out playing in the snow. Warm and cozy!

This is my farm table that I found at a yard sale for $20, I couldn't believe it. I told them to put sold on it. I brought it to my father in law's to store in the barn until I could sell my other diningroom set. My husband took one look at it and said "That's junk, why did you buy it and no that is not going in our house." Needless to say he thinks I did a great job refinishing it and likes that we have alot more room to sit at our table now. And he even let me go and find some farm harvest chairs to go with it. This is my best find so far!!!

And thanks to Dan over at Yesterday Once More for the great centre piece idea, now I can leave my centre piece on the table for Christmas Day while we eat. I hate when I have a nice centre piece and have to remove it to sit at the table.

Well I am off as I have just spent over an hour on here and still have some house to clean, errands to run before the stores get to hectic. Yeah right they have been crazy for the past month who am I kidding! LOL! I am hosting Christmas Day again this and I love to do it! Then the kids get to play and have fun with their new toys from Santa!

Thanks for checking my home out and I will be back with some more home photo's to show you.

Merry Christmas to all and enjoy time with Family and Friends!