Okay, I may be a teensy bit partial.
But still...how sweet is this photo?!
I know I have told you that my eight wonderful grand-babes all have a cousin within months of them.
And that makes for some pretty precious moments, like this one.
You remember these two, right? They've been hangin' out since...way back when...
Oh my. Time flies.
My camera caught these two cousins taking a little stroll with one of the Daddy's on Saturday, as we were all gathered at T-Ball game.
It makes my heart spill over.
Thanks so very much for all of the valuable input on my truck restoration....the colorway for the reupholstering of the bench seat in particular.(Some of you agreed with the coral, some with the teal, and some of you even added the option of both accent colors!)
I have made a decision!
After much deliberation, I have decided to go with the simple midnight blue and white, without a third color for accent.
And I am completely happy and content with that decision!
While a little slice of my heart wants the pop of color (coral or teal) the (all be it tiny) portion of my brain knows that I am fickle, and I love change, so, going without a definite accent color allows for versatility at the car shows. (and if I am renting my truck for photo shoots and events such as weddings and parties.) This way I can go with pops of coral or teal as I wish, and also go with red for those patriotic times, like the 4th of July, which I am also quite partial to decorating things with. (Jeni, you pretty much sealed the deal for me!)
As for my business logo on the door, I realized after reading your two cents that a permanent painted door would be sweet, but incredibly limiting. After pondering your wise comments, I remembered that I have seen fabulous old trucks with wooden painted signs on the wooden side rails, and so that is what I will do. it will be easily removable, (just un-do a few screws) and I can have my cake and eat it too! Here is an example of the look with a doctored up photo of my last truck (since Old Blue doesn't currently have wooden side rails)
I think..no, I know that I am going to be over the moon with Old Blue when he comes home in a few weeks, and I will be sure to share pictures.
Thanks again for all of the input and ideas.
I shared a while back that my Rock and Rolly Buddy had helped me find a 1952 Chevy Pickup.
(It's my dream car.)
It has been sitting, oh-so-patiently, waiting for me to get the time (and the funds) to do a bit of maintenence, and beutify-ing on it. You know, stuff like getting the gas gauge and the heater to work.
And making the lights on the dashboard light up.
And changing the wipers from being vacuum powered to electric.
(With the amount of rain we get here, that was a gotta-do item on my list.)
We heard about a cool classic car parts store in Portland, and so we took a trip on over there one weekend. I bought a couple of new windows, and a sweet side mirror. (Side mirrors weren't stock items back in the 50's if you can beleive that.)
I ordered a replacement chrome rear bumper to complete the look I was after.
While we were wondering around the parts store, we found a fabulous original hood ornament.
(I knew I needed that too.)
Once I had the parts all saved up, bought and paid for, Old Blue sat a bit longer, while we searched for the right person (or place) to do the work.
That takes a lot of phone calls, and talking to other old car buffs, and looking online.
We ended up choosing a place just over the bridge, near the airport, called Carolina Kustoms. We liked their website. We called and talked to Lonnie. We liked him too.
We took Old Blue down to the shop.
Incredibly cool classic cars and rods in all stages of restoration, and the guys working there are covered in elaboarte body art. It was like something straight out of the Gas Monkey Garage on Fast and Loud on the Discovery Channel.
I knew right then that we had picked the right place.
Since Old Blue will be down there for a few weeks, I started looking into a few other things I want to change up, to make her more...me. I am going to get her seats reupholstered, and here is where I would love to hear your thoughts. I am picturing the bench seat done up in a navy blue, with white up across the top of the back, rather like this....
...and for an added custom touch, I am leaning towards a skinny, coral colored piping line between the white and navy blue.
(Doesn't that sound fun, and girly, and unexpected?)
My Rocker Man thinks navy with teal would be better. Here are the two colorways. Do prefer one over the other, or simply navy blue and white? What do you think?
One more thing I am also debating about is re-doing my "A Cottage Industry" Logo to be white lettering with a ribbon-like coral (or teal) colored banner cascading across it, and putting that on the doors. (Am I making sense here?)
I love old trucks with logos on them....
Do you think my logo on the doors is a good idea, or do you prefer a plain door? I'd really, truly love your thoughts on this!
Well over a year ago we moved our dining room from the small room off the right end of the kitchen to the room on the opposite side of the kitchen, which was formerly the family room.
Little by little, the new dining room has morphed into a very charming room. We added a beautiful crystal chandelier, then the ginormous buffet came along about eight months ago, and finally, about 4 months later, I convinced my Rock and Roll guy to move my antique secretary from the entryway to the dining room.
He was a good sport about that.
Still, something was off. It was the incredibly heavy, dark oak barrel-shaped colonial counter stools. (In my mind, anyway. Ralph on the other hand, is rather fond of them.)
Last week I spied the most spectacular slipcovered stools in a booth at Camas Antiques, just kiddie-corner from my case.
Come to mama.
I struggled with how to approach mister frugality-and-function-over-fashion-and-foofy-ness about my find, because I had been periodically (casually, strategically) mentioning how I thought the old stools were not quite a fit with our newer decor look, and it had always been met with the same answer of "I like these stools."
Finally, after two days of struggling to find my words, I asked him just how married he was to those heavy, dark oak barrel-shaped colonial counter stools.
He got that oh-no-life-as-I-know-it-is-gonna-change-AGAIN-and-it's-gonna-be-hard-to-fight-it looks.
That's when I showed him a picture of the almost-too-cute-for-words stools on my phone.
He pointed out that they were white.
I said they were washable.
He pointed out that they had that fluffy stuff along the bottom edge.
I said they were called ruffles.
It took a few minutes, but I managed to convince him that he would learn to love the slip-covers.
(I told you he's a good sport.)
And so, we drove down and picked them up. It was a win-win, as he had to admit that the new stools were oh-so-comfortable to sit on, and I agreed that we will be keeping the old stools (storing them in our shed) for the back-row seating behind the couch at our annual Superbowl extravaganza.
The killer-find stools look fabulous at the kitchen counter, and they make me smile each time I come into the dining and kitchen area.
Home, sweet home.
(And you thought I was finally through sharing the Ohio trip.)
On our way back to hotel in Fairlawn on the day we went to Canton to the Pro Football Hall of fame, we took an exit to find a snack, and we discovered the sweet little community of Brecksville. Well, of course Ralph obliged me and we took a little drive around town.
We saw some charming homes, and lots of equally charming brick buildings.
(Very Stars Hollow, if you are old enough to remember watching Gilmore Girls.)
(...and you get a warm fuzzy feeling about Lauren Graham as Lorelei Gillmore before she was Sarah Braverman on Parenthood.)
I miss that show.
Oh yes, I was telling you about cozy little Brecksville.
I told Ralph I was pretty sure I could live there when we drove by the park in the center of town,(complete with gazebo...just like in Stars Hollow) and I saw this permanantly installed sign.
If you're ever in the Cleveland-Cantonarea, take an extra half hour and pull off I-77 and take a leisurley drive around. I think you'll be glad you did.