Sunday, March 22, 2015

Here are more scenes from our trip to the Latta Plantation's Celtic Festival (in no particular order)....

Bands setup outside the main barn

My Darlin' Julie decided she wanted to give this wood lathe a try
Longview of the Plantation's grounds
Miniature bowls and spoons (note the business card)
Rooster, being difficult to photograph
We searched and searched until we finally found a wee leprechaun enjoying the beautiful Spring day on her daddy's shoulders...

I'll be linking up to Rubbish by Roan and Good Fences at RunARoundRanch.  I recommend that you stop by and get in on all the fun, too!

Hope you enjoyed pictures of the Celtic Festival near Charlotte, NC.  Until next time .....
                                                               ~~ Karen ~~

I've also linked up with Barns @ Rose Street Reflections

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Good Fences - Celtic Festival

This past weekend we went to the Latta Plantation near Charlotte, North Carolina, to attend their Celtic Festival.  What a lovely day even though it was a wee bit muddy ....

The crowd forms outside a corral for the livestock

The fence of the corral was hand hewn
One of the corral's gates
 I've gotten a few more fence shots from this day that I'll share next Thursday for Good Fences by Theresa.  Join us in the fun !!

                                              ~~ Karen ~~

Monday, March 16, 2015

DOT March 9th, Baby Bonnet

DustyOldThing this week - my old Baby Bonnet for Rubbish by Roan

I have 3 baby bonnets that Dad kept for me.  Here's one of them on my little dolly I got for Christmas in 1957.  Her hair has suffered the years, but the bonnets are in much better shape.  Here's my favorite one....

Love this embroidery.

Until next time .........                ~~ Karen ~~

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Virginia Remodel -- Dining Room

This house came with a formal dining room that adjoined the living room via a 4' arched doorway.  The cornice a shudders gave it great character, but those shutters were broken, like the others throughout the house.  It broke our realtor's heart  when I removed this cornice, but we couldn't open the upper shutters in order to tilt the windows in to clean them....nor to take the shutters down.
Before ~~
Dining Room Before Reno
As a designated dining room was on the small side.  At 12' x 11' it was plenty big enough to seat 8, but it felt a bit cramped with little room for any storage.  So, we decided to open it up to the kitchen, and place a french door in place of the window to give us access to the backyard. 
Dining Room Window to be replaced with French Doors

French Doors installed, wall above trim patched
After ~~
By combining the two rooms, we gained 6" more floor space that the previous wall had used.  We were able to use this little bit of extra space to gain some flexibility in the design of the new kitchen layout. 
New ceiling throughout, and new oak flooring weaved into old floors of the dining room
We painted the wall adjoining the laundry room an accent of deep blue; the trim and doors are of Gypsum, and the walls are a pale mint.  Did you notice that I painted a strip of the blue accent above the double windows above the sink, too?  The fixture above the table is the one that came with the house.  Its a burnished silver, 6-light candelabra.
Taken from the doorway to living room
This feels much more homey to me.  We had a formal dining room in our old home, and we seldom used it.  This seems a much more comfortable arrangement for us.  Plenty of seating space for 8+ when needed.