Oars and Paddles



I'm so excited!! I won a giveaway!! You guys read/have heard of Frugal Farmhouse Design right? Lori owns the most charming shop called White Flower Farmhouse on Long Island, where she creates "simple country style" and sells unique finds and beach, cottage and farmhouse wares. To celebrate her 2000th follower, Lori hosted a super generous giveaway, a pair of vintage oars straight out of a shipyard on Long Island.

Oh boy, I thought! Sign me up!!! Imagine my surprise and shock the other day when I got an email from Lori saying I was the winner!!! (Like out of more than 100 entries, people!!!) Saweeeeet! I'm so happy!!!

This is awesome because:

a. I already have an old child's paddle I bought at the Brimfield Antique Show this year and a painted paddle that I got once while browsing HomeGoods (I like the size and shape but not the colors, so I want to repaint it). So now I'll really have a paddle/oar collection.
b. My Dad grew up on Long Island. And Dad's a sailor. And during the summer, on the Cape, I'm his crew (we'll have to see what happens this year once you throw a 10 month old into the mix!). Our sailboat is moored in the middle of a cove, so to get to it we row out in our dinghy (well, Dad rows and I direct him, since he's sitting backwards.) Every time I look at these oars I'm going to think of that special time spent with Dad.

The oars aren't here yet (I can't wait!), but once they are, I'll take some pics to show you.

In the meantime, I have to figure out what to do/where to put my oars/paddles. They look great just simply leaning against the wall like this, but I think this option is out now that we have Maura.

{Completely Coastal}

{Cafe Cartolina}

I could hang them up as part of a larger group, with other objects like frames or an old wood vice:)

{Emerald Cove}

But I think now that I'm going to have 4 (so psyched!), I want them to be their own collection, a real statement piece on the wall together somewhere.

{Pottery Barn and Coastal Living via 3 Meadow Lake Cottage}

{Completely Coastal}

{Layla and Kevin's guest room}

Thank you again, Lori!!! And congratulations on your big milestone - you deserve it, you are an inspiration!

Now, who knows the difference between oars and paddles? There's a couple: oars are usually much longer than paddles. Oars are actually connected to the boat using oar locks, whereas paddles are not. And probably most importantly, oars come in pairs - if you are rowing, you're using both oars, one in each hand. If you are paddling, like in a canoe or a white water raft, you're just using one paddle. (Kayaks use double-bladed paddles.) And thus ends today's lesson on propelling small watercraft:)

Have any of you decorated with oars or paddles? Ever won a giveaway?!

Have a great July 4th weekend!!

My Glass Fishing Float and Bookcase for Summer



It's cool when you have a mom who knows and understands your style (mental note: try to be this cool when Maura is grown). Back in May, as this year was my first Mother's Day, my mom got a me a gift. A vintage glass fishing float from Wisteria!!

Since the turn of the century, these hollow glass floats, woven into the rope line of large fishing nets, were the worldwide choice of commercial fishermen from Norway to Japan to America. Often these round glass renegades escaped their worn-out nets. With the advent of plastic and the decline in commercial fishing, these lost, blue/green clear glass floats are now rare and highly sought after by collectors around the world. They were made by fusing glass together, so each ball has seams. Since age and origin is difficult to determine, no two will be exactly alike.

I love it! The color is so pretty, and the cloudy, bubbly texture is really interesting. I wonder where this guy has been?! I wanted to add a bit more of a nautical vibe to our place and this is another step towards that without being too cliche or kitschy. Thanks, Mom!!

I though that the perfect place for my new/old fishing float (at least for now) would be on top of the bookcase in our foyer that I restyle for the seasons. It needed something large and anchoring behind it, so I stole this white frame and fun sun/floral print from my my family room ledge shelves for winter (ironic, huh?!). I was going to swap out the print for something different in cool tones, but once I had it up there I realized I loved the contrast of the warm yellow and orange with the sea foam, it really made the glass float stand out.

Once that was done, I just did what I always do to finish the look, shop the house for other items in this similar color palette and rearrange/test until I'm satisfied.

My Hardy Boys books from when I was a kid (that I've been saving for my kids to read) were the perfect blue/teal to balance out the glass fishing float. Yay! These have been in our basement in a Tupperware and I've been waiting to put them somewhere:)

Coincidentally, the orangey-red behind Frank and Joe's portraits goes great with the sun/floral print. Sweet!

I swapped out one of the photos in the frames for this new one of Maura's hand (from her portrait session at 10 weeks - gosh I love that baby girl!).

On the bottom shelf I added a white tray from Target (helps to balance out the large white frame up top), a teal book, and orange book and Paul's baby shoes. All fairly sturdy items should Maura decide to play here.

So, this doesn't totally scream summer, but I'm diggin' it. The color combo is fun and bright, its got a hint of nautical, and the books remind me of summer reading and afternoon trips to the library with a stop at 7-Eleven for a Slurpee on the way home:)

Did any of you guys read The Hardy Boys too? Or were you all just Nancy Drew fans?!

Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner!!!



Hi! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Shabby Apple Giveaway last week! We have a winner...according to random.org, its lucky number 16!!

Congratulations, Day Lilies!! You'll look equally as gorgeous in North Shore! I'll be in touch via email soon so that we can get you your dress:)

Remember, you can always still use the code
"pewterandsage10off" for a 10% off discount when shopping at Shabby Apple. Hope everyone's week is off to a good start:)

A Visit to Hazard Ave.



Remember in April when I met up with local bloggers Casey (of loft and cottage) and Carrie (of Hazardous Design) at a stella and dot party at Casey's house? We got together again on Sunday, except this time we ventured down to Providence to Carrie's GORGEOUS home on Hazard Avenue. Built in 1886, this place has such charm and character, wonderful architectural details and loads of fun little hallways, staircases and a butler's pantry...I got lost more than once going to the bathroom:) Carrie and her really handy husband Chris have been renovating it room by room...and they are doing it right! I was so excited to see these beautiful spaces in person:

{Carrie and Chris' master bedroom}

{Carrie and Chris' office...and that's Harry, btw}

{the newly revealed powder room - AMAZING, and I'm in love with this light, I think I want it somewhere in my house - it feels very scientific to me, maybe cause it looks so much like an astrolabe?, like something Dumbledore would have in his office}

At the stella and dot party, Carrie was the lucky winner of a free design consultation with Casey, which is why we decided to meet at Hazard Ave. Ok, so its why Casey was supposed to go down to Providence and why I just invited myself to go along!! I got to sit and watch as Casey helped Carrie with some ideas for her family room (next up on the to do list). It was so cool to see a real interior designer in action...and really hard for me to keep from interrupting and asking a million questions. Here are the ladies talking window treatments. (Its such a great room, love the high ceilings, all that trim, crown molding and its got a fireplace.)

Can't wait to follow along as this room starts to take shape! After the serious stuff was over, we headed out to lunch and then on to some shopping. First we stopped in at this really cute shop called Comina. I was immediately smitten with these Glass jug lamps from Cisco Brothers, so pretty!

{cool star chandelier}

{loved this file cabinet handcrafted of reclaimed and recycled wood from Northern and Southern China}

I was so excited to find out that Comina carried Dash and Albert rugs, I've never actually seen one in real life before.

So of course I had to buy one! I found this
2' x 3' diamond indoor/outdoor rug in this lovely shade of blue/green/gray ("Ice")...its not often you see rugs with this much gorgeous color subtlety (at least in the places I've been looking!), so I snagged it up. I think I'm going to put it under the sink in the kitchen...where I've been wanting to add more of that soft cool tone.

Yay! I love it! Anyways, next we stopped in at another fun boutique shop called Butterfield. I must have been on a lighting kick, because I was really into this:

And if you didn't already know, I have a slight decorative throw pillow obsession, so was immediately drawn to these:

{the Ikat chair isn't bad either!}

And because what blogger real life meeting wouldn't be complete without antiques (?!), we rounded out our shopping excursion with an antique mall. The first thing that caught my eye was this old spice cabinet. (I think the first thing that I actually thought was "hey, its miss mustard seed!")

Upon further inspection (taking a pic of the tag so that I could tell you guys what it was), I discovered this spice cabinet is, no joke, from the town in Pennsylvania where I grew up!! How about that for random? Too bad it was $6,800:(

After hand painting my own, I'm on the lookout for old sign inspiration so that I can try another one. This one was cool.

And again with the lighting! This candelabra was $35...Carrie and I said how pretty it would be hanging outside all lit up for a night time party.

Carrie was the only one of us who bought anything at the antique mall (I did buy an old key at a really small antique store we ran into quickly, I'd been on the look out for one after regretting not getting one at Brimfield in May when I had the chance), and she scored big! After much debate about whether he was weird or totally awesome and unexpected, she went home with this large, framed oil painting of Abraham Lincoln for $25!! Although off by about 20 years, its cool that he was president not too long before the time that Carrie's house was built. A nice nod to the home's past. When we got back to Hazard Ave., Casey and I helped hold up Abe in different spots around the house so that Carrie could see where he fit best.

Thank you so much for a fabulous day, guys! I had such a great time!

PS. Check out Carrie's post about our day here (with a pic of Abe in his new digs) and read Casey's post here.

PPS. I think our next gathering might be at my house. Aaahhhhh! I gotta get my act in gear and like get some projects done! These girls have such great taste, I gotta step up my game. They've definitely inspired me:)

Summertime Favorites



Hi! I'm guest posting at
Little Blue Prints today. Megan's hosting a really fun Summertime Favorites series and I'm honored to be a part of it. Head on over to find out some of my favorite things about summer (my favorite season)...and what's on the agenda for this little black cabinet:)

PS. Megan is an awesome DIYer with a really cute etsy shop. And she's a stay at home mom to 3 boys. How does she do it all? I can barely get anything done with only one baby who naps twice a day and goes to bed at 8pm!

PPS. Today's the last day to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway!

9 Months!!!



Maura turned 9 months old on Friday. Wow! Unbelievable. She's now been with us for as long as we were pregnant waiting for her:)

Dada and I love you very much, baby girl!

Here's this month's bunny chair pics:

Weight: 18 lbs. 15 oz.

Height: 29.5 inches

Breastfeeding/Bottles/Solids: We stopped breastfeeding this past month, so she's just eating solids and drinking bottles. She has 3 solid meals a day and 5 - 6 bottles.

New Foods/Eating Habits: We've tried lots of new foods over the last month! She's still eating the Stage 2 purees and we are constantly experimenting with finger/table food. Maura's meals always consist of a fruit or veggie puree (depending on the time of day and usually mixed with rice cereal, we also alternate with baby yogurt instead of puree for breakfast), some Gerber Lil' Crunchies (she now likes all the flavors) to keep her occupied and one real table food. So far for real food she likes bananas, mozzarella cheese sticks, Ritz crackers, pasta, hot dogs, popcorn, and blueberry pancakes.

Bedtime: 7:45/8 pm

Sleep Habits: We have come so far with sleep in the last month! We borrowed the Dr. Ferber "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems" book from a friend and it worked like a charm!!! Maura had a couple of "problems": 1. she would only fall asleep at the end of a bottle or on the breast and then we had to successfully keep her asleep while putting her down in her crib and 2. she would wake up in the middle of the night randomly, cry and only go back to sleep if I breastfed her. After reading the book, I realized that this all went back to the fact that she did not know how to fall asleep on her own. We had to break her of the associations of the bottle/breast with going to sleep and teach her to fall asleep in her crib while awake. Once she had accomplished that, if she woke up in the middle of the night (which is normal), she would be able to fall back to sleep on her own. Both Paul and I were dreading the "ferberizing" because we thought it would be terrible and she would be "crying it out" forever, etc. We started with nap time on a Friday and she did so well! We only had to go back into her room to comfort her a couple of times over the next few days, mostly she just fell asleep after a few minutes of crying/talking to herself, moving all around in the crib. Nap time and bed time are so not stressful anymore! She takes two naps a day and now sleeps consistently for an hour each time. She sleeps through the night until about 7am and has not gotten up in the middle of the night crying since we started (3 weeks ago) - she has woken up a few times, we can hear and see her on the monitor, but she makes little noises to herself, turns on her Fisher Price Aquarium, lays there quietly and falls back to sleep. It is sooooo nice going to bed at night knowing you won't have to get up at 2 or 3 am:) I'm really proud of the great job she has done and I feel better knowing we've helped her with one of life's big lessons...learning how to fall asleep on your own.

Developmental Milestones: Maura is constantly pulling herself up to a standing position, she can stand for a few seconds on her own, she can walk/side step holding onto to something (like along the coffee table) and will walk a few steps if you're holding her hands on either side or will walk toward you from something else if you help her, she learned how to actually sit down from a standing position as opposed to just falling down onto her butt, she has started waving (although I'm not sure she really knows what it is), and just over the last few days she has clapped a couple of times!

first Memorial Day, first time putting her feet in the ocean, first time on a ride at the mall

Favorite Toys: still loving all her toys from last month - books, Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups, VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker, the plush Rocking Caterpillar Paul's parents got her for Christmas, the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Jar, Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Laughing Kitchen, and Haba Wonder Dice. I think we need to get some new toys to add to the mix. Any suggestions?

Favorite Pastimes: listening to music (she starts bopping up and down the second it comes on), playing in her room, following mommy around (crawling), Gymboree Play and Learn class, standing holding onto anything and everything, bath time, play dates with Jack

{Maura and Jack}

Least Favorite Pastimes: getting into her car seat, getting her diaper changed and getting dressed

{Tuesday Gymboree class...bubbles!}

{Thursday Gymboree class...Mason, Cam, Morgan, Maura}

PS. Don't forget to enter the Shabby Apple dress giveaway!!

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