★Please Pardon My Wordage, Friends ★

this kitchen reno has been H*E*{double tooth picks} l*l*!!
...and it's still NOT done!


Hello Friends~
I hope you've all had an enjoyable week!
This is sorta a long post...hope ya'll stick with me till the end :)

First of all....

I know, I keep griping about this weather we've been having, and I know complaining won't change it......but this is just CRAAAAAAAAAZY! I mean WA is having a flippin heat wave and before that they had a 30 day DRY SPELL....and we're getting low 70's (some days we've not even been lucky enough to hit that) and RAIN-RAIN-RAIN....It's like I've moved back to Seattle!!
I didn't liked it the first time...the weather, I mean!

no offense Seattle friends :)

Whatta Bummer Summer!

I am finally getting around to sharing some pictures of the kitchen!!

We still aren't finished, but we are just wiped out and totally exhausted. We are at the point where it's mostly "cosmetic" finish work now...Crown molding on the wall cabinets, base trim and window trim...new dining room doors and trim....and little knit picky stuff, like painting the recessed light covers, painting the chairs (black)...building the pantry units...we still have the old frig sitting in here, haven't gotten that moved yet, and I have to use my old tall wall cabinet for a make-do pantry for now...so that end of the kitchen won't be photographed and shown yet!!

So- other than all that little time consuming, finish work, we are, for the most part...done... or as done as it's gonna be for a while...anyway!

I love how the chimney turned out...I'm thinkin I mighta been a bricklayer in my past life! ;)

I L-O-V-E my faucet!

I see in this issue of CS, Linda Harris...has these same faucets in her BEAUTIFUL kitchen!

(they look like mine anyways, from what I can tell in the photo)

Its hard to find black faucets....really hard!

Her home is Spectacular BTW, didn't ya just love it??!!

Pineapples, big ones, little ones (even one in the cabinet).... I love pineapples ;)

I can't wait to get some shelves above the windows,

Flooring, hickory planks...adds to the Olde look -in a new kitchen-that I was tryin for...[this is laminate], I have 3 big dogs and no time for scratches on wood floors...prim-look or not...I don't do scratches! ;)

Can't wait to get rid of these naked walls...

The door ya see in the pic above, that's the basement door, it will be "aged" when I get around to it.

this is just a small breakfast bar, off the cook top area, just the right size for me and Steve to grab a quick bite, rather than eat in the dining room...we just eat here when it's only us two here.

Blacken Tin Light fixtures above cook top
these actually came on a chain, we took the chain off and added a drop instead, with the fan there, I didn't want it the light to move...I think it looks great, and I'll bet no one will even notice that we made that change, the matching light above the island still has the chain...as does the light above the sink.

where you see the pine trim on the top wall cabinets, that's where the crown molding will go...
I don't know if you can see it very well, but the frig cabinet has the crown up already

Chairs will be black-eventually :) and trim still needs to go around the entry to the family room
on the other side of the doorway you see, is the other end of my kitchen, where my double pantry will be and there is also another window.

Sink base juts out and has "legs" I will try to get a better pic of that later. we ordered the regular/standard sink base, and made it this way ourselves...just built it out from the wall and purchased one "leg" and cut it length wise and added build outs to it...It turned out awesome! SAVES A LOTA $$ doin it this way too.

I really didn't get good pics of the cabinets. Sorry...

these prim pears and napkins and star-rings were a gift from Debbie at
~Country Gatherings~
she also sent me two little plates I have on my window sill one says Dream and other says Faith
thanks, Deb I love 'em!

Wall oven unit and Frig unit go all the way to the ceiling...I wanted height and depth...so I figured my cabinets at different heights and different depths.

big deep sills, plenty of room to hold a large crock, love that!

I went with the wall mount fan, rather than a ceiling fan...I am so happy with it!

gathering I have displayed atop the prep island and I am goin with tobacco cloth window treatments on both end windows, this end I just stuck up on a tension rod temporarily until the trim goes up...don't kn0w yet what I will dress out the window above the sink with...

I thought I got a better pic of this, but I guess I didn't....
oh yeah I did... it's way back towards the beginning of the post, I think,
and I am too lazy to move it down here...blogger doesn't cooperate for me and it's getting late, way past my bed time So I'm just leaving up there!
...anyway the cabinet between the wall oven and the cook top, Steve made, it wasn't part of the ordered cabinets...I wanted a bigger space between the cook top and the wall oven so he built and finished it to match the other black cabinets... I have my bowls displayed there... I love it and I'm so happy we made that change!

below pic is my steppin stool, another re-do I managed to get done.
I have my late summer gathering on it..dried hydrangea, faux apples and some Old Hard Cider in a Jug :)

mom got me the crock that my rolling pins are in, thanks mom, love it!! the bowl and spoon in the second shelf down, are a re-do...I will post pics of that in and some other re-dos I've done in another post!

I am very happy with how this turned out. It's so hard to make a "new kitchen" look "old" especially when I wanted SS appliances, but with adding the olde worn brick and the pewter here and there and aging the wood work, I think it came together pretty well....or will come together when it's finally DONE!
I love everything about it, mostly I love that we DOUBLED the size of the kitchen, my old kitchen was so tiny....

Once it gets all decorated it will look a lot better...

Steve did an awesome job, didn't he?!
I think we are a pretty darn good team...
I "saw it" and he made it "real" :)
Oh...that sounded too EASY............believe me...it wasn't!!
This renovation was H*E*{double tooth picks}l*l* on both of us...
but when I stand here now, and look at it, I feel like I'm standing in my own little piece of HEAVEN--and it was all worth it! ;)
...Now if I can only learn how to cook! hehehe!

That's it for now!

I will post more pics once I start getting the walls decorated and once we get the "finish" work "finished" :) This has been one loooooong reno, huh??

Thanks for hangin in there with me...and thanks to my special bloggin' buds who sent me the wonderful prim "kitchen warming" gifts! They added such a warm & special touch to my kitchen ;)

Have a Wonderful Weekend, everyone!
Thanks for stoppin by...

~♥ ~hugs

Congrats to the ★WINNER★

Hello Everyone!
What a dreary, WET day here!! It's been wet, it's been cool sometimes even COLD, I haven't had shorts on but 3 times this entire summer...had the heat on a few times...what is goin on??? It's like summer skipped over us up here in NW PA!!
It's a good day for a GIVEAWAY--that will brighten my day! :)
Betcha thought I forgot all about it??? I didn't, I had an appointment this morning.
I had to take Issak to the vet. Took forever in there!!!
When I got home I got the mail and I received a special package!!
My little granddaughter sent us a CD full of pics and videos! :)
So- of course, once I saw what it was....I just had to pop it into my computer, and YES....I had to sit here and watch the entire thing, and my other plans got put on hold for a little while!! Awwwwwwwwwwwwh she so stinkin CUTE!!! She's getting so big!
...oh yeah... I was goin to keep this post short and to the point....
Point being, I have a winner :)

So...are ya ready......................????


Black Sheep Prims

I will email you here in a bit or you can em me, which ever happens first :) I'll get your mailing addy- OH and... Don't forget to let me know which candle holder you'd like too ;)

...and I want to say...
"Thanks to you ALL" for leaving such sweet comments,
and also a warm "Hello" & "Welcome"
to those who just joined my blog, (I don't really like the term "followers", never really did! I prefer that you "join me" along this journey through blogging.... not 'follow' me ;)
[Geeeeeeeeesh, it's hard tellin where I may lead y'all and I don't want that kinda responsibility!--hehe!]
But either way, I am so happy to meet you all and happy that you're here!
I LOVE meeting new friends, and finding new blogs! I have checked out a few new ones so far.... and they are just amazing!! You all amaze me :)
Thanks again for taking part in my giveaway...
I am planning another one here soon...my blog-a-versary is coming up too!
Sooner than I thought, September!! WOW, did this year fly by!!!

Have a GREAT Thursday afternoon, everybody! I'm off to clean Issak's ears and give him his meds...then it's time for his physical therapy!
Gosh my life is exciting...LOL!
Poor Issak is gonna be really, really bummed out this evening when he finds out he's been put on a DIET!
LOL...he's a big ole loyal, lovable, LAZY Lab with a bum knee :(
We are tryin to prevent surgery if we can...so weight loss and PT it is.....hopefully the combo of the two will do the trick!

Until my next post.....................TGC!

"♥" ~Hugs ~

This is it.....MY 100th POST...Time for a GIVEAWAY!!

Hello Everyone, how the heck have ya been???
It's been awhile since I've been around...a loooooong while!
Hope you all are doin great and enjoying your summer :)
I've been busy, busy, busy...and...NO...my kitchen is not finished :(
BUT it's almost complete-we have a little bit more to do...just a LITTLE BIT MORE...
...can I hear a BIG "YippeeeeeeYAHOOOOO"
...."Yippeee" it's almost done...very very close...PTL!!!
"YAHOO" I am still married-this was a true TEST (lol)....
"Yippeeee" I finally have a functioning Kitchen....
"YippeeeeYahoooooo" you all don't have to listen to me gripe anymore!!!!!!

This has been the longest reno we've ever done, and we've done many!
I'll post pics soon :)

I have been busy trying to get caught up in my flower gardens, ya just can't believe how well and how fast I can grow WEEDS! We have had pretty unseasonable weather here...lets just say it's heading into the middle of July, and I have been wearing sweats and sweat shirts! Had to turn the heat on the past couple of mornings...it was in the low 40's--I don't like the heat, but I would like a couple of weeks of SUMMER! ;)
My parents are here for the summer. They have a home in Ft. Myers and come up here in the summer. They've been home for about two weeks now. I'm sure they would appreciate some SUMMER weather too!!

I am trying to get the garage hoed out...my old kitchen is in the garage...that's where I do all my crafting, so my crafts have been put on hold for a while. I think we are goin to install the old cabinets out in the garage along with the old counter tops and my stove/oven and microwave! I will be able to do all my crafts out there, from woodworking to fabric staining/baking pantry cakes and candle making...I am so tickled to have a workshop with a place to put things...everything will have it's place!! And all my crafty stuff will no longer be scattered through out the house!!! YAY!

OK, now...on to my giveaway!

I can't believe I finally made it to my 100th post!!! LOL...I was beginning to think I would never get here ;)
If ya would like to be entered to win ya just need to leave me a comment and be sure to leave an email addy if you don't have a blog!
Sorry-I have to limit my giveaway to U.S. and Canada friends only, due to shipping cost. :(
My giveaway will stay opened for about 2 weeks, I plan to draw the WINNER on July 23rd.

★Now...there's also a bonus gift....

If YOUR NAME is drawn, and you are a follower of The Olde Weeping Cedar OR ~All Things Prim~ you will get a "follower appreciation" gift too! So, YAY for YOU! :)

So.............without further ado....................................



I am offering this set of stack boxes, stenciled and primmed up by me.

With the boxes you will also receive a prim wooden candle stick and a prim bottle.
I finished the candle stick olde and prim to match your boxes....and I made a label and added it to the bottle along with an aged cork and a bit of Sweetannie.

(label reads: Doctor Dickerson's Stomach Bitters)

These stack boxes are done up in my Historic Preservation Color; Hotel St. Francis Fawn over Colonial black, distressed, and have a hand rubbed wax finish.

The candle stick, I finished, to match the stack boxes

Now for the

Follower's Bonus★

You have a choice of this sconce primmed to match the stack boxes and candle stick
(tin/globe candle holder not part of giveaway)


This sconce... made with olde cracked wood, in a plantation red (redish brown tone) with a waxed finish

So, if your name is selected and if you are a follower, you can pick which ever sconce ya'd like!!

I'd like to Thank You All, for sharing my bloggy stories with me...for sharing my happy times with me and for leaving me such sweet and caring words! I have made some AWESOME friends through blogging...and appreciate you all........though it seemed to take me forever to get to my 100th post.........I sure have had a blast gettin here :)

Good Luck, Everyone!

Today is Ava's 2 month birthday :) She's already 2 months old!! I can't believe it...she's getting so big, and she's starting to show her little personality! I can't wait until we are able to go visit her! She cooed on the phone to us the other night...the kids called and put her on the phone and she was just cooing and goo-gooin away :) I think she's gonna be quite the little jabber jaws when she's older!! ;)

Thanks for visiting~"♥"~hugs to ya all