HGTV 2015 Dream Home…Martha’s Vineyard Bound

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Martha's VineyardMartha’s Vineyard here we come (fingers crossed xxxxxxx)!! For many, many years past, Coach and I, along with friends and families, had rented vacation homes during the summer months on Martha’s Vineyard. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Martha’s Vineyard is a small island off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, a quick trip by ferry boat or flight. Summer home to presidents and celebrities, this little gem of an island is the perfect getaway if you are longing for the sweet scent of salty air and the quintessential look of New England style architecture. Back when we were renting, a four bedroom home with a view of the sea would cost approximately $800 per week: nowawdays, that same four bedroom would now run you $5000+ for a week’s stay. So imagine my incredible delight when I received the email that this year’s HGTV Dream Home Giveaway is in Martha’s Vineyard!!

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Martha's Vineyard Front EntryNow, initially I was hesitant to share this with you, because the less people who enter means more chance for me to win. But, HGTV has a prettttty big following, so I am assuming that my little mention won’t make a whole lotta difference in the outcome of this contest… but just so you know, I am going to win this home… Here are a few of my favorite pics…

Welcome to my humble abode…

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Living Room EntranceThe soaring ceilings in this great room with rough-hewn posts and beams

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Great RoomCan you imagine having a dinner party in this combination kitchen…

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Kitchenand dining room space?

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Dining Room

Master Bedroom…sweet dreams.

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Master BedroomMaster Bath…what a view!

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Master BathGuest bedroom…if I were a guest here…would I ever leave?

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Guest BedroomNo Vineyard home is complete without some gorgeous outdoor living space. I can see me now, watching the sunset while sipping white wine…and don’t worry, I’ll invite all of you down for a visit : )

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Rear PatioFor more information and to enter, click here:

HGTV 2015 Dream Home Giveaway(but don’t really, because I’m going to win this anyway : ) Have a dreamy Tuesday, everyone! Susan


Hello, Again.

Whew! Well that was quite a whirlwind of shopping, cooking, eating and so much family fun! This year’s Secret Santa clue poems were over the top and so incredibly inspired and hilarious! But now it’s over and the reality is setting in that it’s time to get back into the “making and blogging” saddle and start creating again! During one of my pre-Christmas shopping excursions, I headed down to Vintage Thymes Monthly Market for some “one for me, one for you” kind of shopping. When I happened upon this sign at Fleurish Home & Garden,

Benjamin Franklin Quote from Fleurish Home & Garden

I knew I had to have it for my desk (a “one for me” purchase : ) Its a constant reminder to me that what I do with this blog was never intended to be for the numbers-how many page views, how many readers, how many followers-but instead, it was meant as a vehicle to share my creative endeavors with all of you to enjoy and replicate (if you were so inclined). OR, to share my famous follies (for you to have a good laugh). Remember the time that I drove with the snow pile on my roof with the moon roof open…

snow falling on my head I often say to Coach (typically around the end of May when he’s teaching his last classes and getting ready for his two month summer break…) “why did I not become a teacher too!?” But then I remember that I am doing what I love: building & painting & creating…then teaching all of you the how-tos! Which is just as rewarding…except I don’t get my summers off…especially with the new barn shop at Todd Farm.

Vintage Sink in the Barn at Todd FarmThis year was definitely a DIY Christmas extravaganza for me! I’m excited to say that I received not one, but two shiny black cordless drills from Santa!

Drill Master Cordless DrillsA big one for those massive projects I work on, and the little guy just to have hanging around to tighten a screw or hang a picture. AND, a pile of HomeDepot gift cards to add stuff to my DIY arsenal.  See the one that says “for the one that wears a lot of hats around the house.” That’s me!

Home Depot Gift CardsAnd this year I’ll be packin’ some heat with this 1500w gun, which I am a little nervous about, I gotta say.

Heat GunApparently Santa had the same idea and added some cool bandaids to my tool box.

Glow In The Dark BandaidsAnd with all my new stuff, I am gearing up for a new year of more inspired, vintage rustic projects than ever that I can’t wait to share with you!  So here’s to all of you, my faithful readers (I haven’t popped the champagne yet, but this yummy frozen margarita will have to do for now!)

Margarita thanks for following & commenting & sharing my blog. See you in 2015! Susan  

Being Sick (& Yummy Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel) Bites

I’ve been sick these past few+ days with some sort of flu or cold or whatever is “going around”. Sick as in I couldn’t go to work, couldn’t attend the annual neighborhood Christmas party and essentially just found myself lying on the couch for hours watching Hallmark Christmas Movie Marathons. This week so far has been a total frustrating fail for me. I kind of felt like this guy-agghhh!

Sea Salt Caramel Bites SnowmanNo big DIY projects, no blogging, no nothing, other than trips back and forth from the couch to the fridge to the pantry to open yet another can of soup or box of crackers. Coach would leave saying “my poor darlin'” and come home hours later with me still in the exact same position on the couch and say “really??”-lol-he’s not used to seeing me doing nothing, and I mean nothing-not a paint brush or sandpaper in sight-for days. But, you know, it hasn’t been all that bad. This little forced break given me an opportunity to step back and take stock of what I’m doing with this blog and the barn shop and start implementing a plan moving forward that doesn’t result in me being so run down and exhausted that I end up lying on the couch watching endless Castle reruns and stocking up on kleenex tissues whilst staring at a large, dark green evergreen in the corner of my family room.

Blank Christmas TreeThe house is not even close to being decorated, because I just didn’t have the energy to open up all of the giant bins and sort them out, never mind actually placing the items somewhere decoratively. Coach and I finally got a tree Monday night (good thing I’m not part of any of those blogging holiday house tours…) & it finally has lights but no ornaments.

Lighted Christmas TreeBUT, today marks a new day and newly inspired (and sugared up : ) by our annual work cookie swap which took place yesterday,

Cookie Swap Platter WrappedI’m on the mend and ready to add some holiday spirit to our home : ) In the meantime, I figured I’d share this yummy recipe for Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel Bites I used for the cookie swap. (And I assured my co-workers that I did not breathe on them and repeatedly washed and disinfected my hands before handling!) The original recipe for Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan BonBons

Salted Caramel Pecan Pretzel BonBons by Baker By Naturewas via BakerByNature...but mine didn’t come out exactly as the photo (aren’t these gorgeous?!?), but they were still pretty tasty, if not a bit extra chewy! Here’s the how-to:

1. Assemble ingredients: Bag of caramels, bag of pecan 1/2’s, bag of mini pretzels (these I did not have in my pantry),

Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel Bites Ingredients from Walgreenssome melting chocolate, sea salt, holiday sprinkles (these I had on hand). I didn’t have any of the main three ingredients at home, so I ran over to Walgreens since that is the closest store to my home, and I figured they would have the basic snack bags the recipe required. Which they did, which made me happy, so I didn’t have to trek all the way to the grocery store. And they had more kleenex and cough drops too, which made me healthy (sort of). And that is why they are at the corner of Happy & Healthy. So that was a win.

2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. Or a small one depending on the # of bites you wish to make. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make small batches as you go.

3. Place the number of mini-pretzels equivalent to the number of bites you wish to make. 12 makes a dozen. 24 makes 2 dozen. Simple math.

Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel Bites on Parchment Paper

4. Unwrap the caramels…meh, not fun. When my kids were little and I needed unwrapped caramels, I used to have them race to see who could open them all the fastest-worked every time!

Unwrapped CaramelsBut the only “little one” I have around me these days is a Frenchie named Bartlet,

Bartland unwrapping caramels is near-impossible without opposable thumbs, unless you want caramels with drool and bite marks. Place an unwrapped caramel on top of each mini-pretzel. The recipe mentioned above called for chocolate mixed with coconut oil and vanilla, so I skipped that step by buying caramels that were coconut and vanilla flavored. Right?!?

Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel Bites Caramels on Pretzels

5. Place in oven and bake just until they soften. Now the original instructions said 7-8 minutes, JUST TO SOFTEN. But, I left mine in a bit too long (I swear I was watching them, but then I got distracted and…they over-melted. So I scrambled to put the caramel back onto the pretzel by taking a small knife and scooping it back up.

Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel Bites Over Melted Caramel

6. Quickly place a pecan 1/2 on each one. These look pretty messy because I was placing pecans and scooping up oozing caramel lava as I went along.

Sea Salt Caramel Bites Scooping Melted Caramel Over Pecan

If you melt them correctly, you won’t have this problem. Lightly sprinkle each with sea salt. Good thing sea salt is a thing right now, because I have this giant cannister full that will probably last me forever!

Sea Salt



7. While they cool, you melt the bag of chocolate in the microwave according to the directions. These are the bags of Wilton Candy Melts you can get at your local crafts store. They have many flavors and colors, but I happen to like my chocolate dark, especially when mixed with salted caramel.

Sea Salt Caramel Bites Wilton Candy Melts Dark Cocoa

I always use a heavy bowl and cook in the microwave on high, the first go round for 30 seconds, then take it out and stir.

Sea Salt Caramel Bites Melting Chocolate Disks

Then every 15 seconds until the chocolate is drippy and all the little disks are melted.


8. I dipped the bottom of the cooled pretzel in the chocolate, then flipped them over on the parchment to let them dry.

Sea Salt Caramel Bites Dipping Base in Chocolate9. Once dry, I flipped them back over, reheated the chocolate just enough to melt,

Sea Salt Caramel Bites Drippy Chocolate

then drizzled it over the top,

Sea Salt Caramel Bites Drizzling with Chocolateadding a few holiday sprinkles.

Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel Bite DecoratedCoconut is optional as well.

Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel Bites by Country Design Home

10. Allow to dry, then store in the fridge or a cool, dry place. Like my family room. Because we don’t turn the heat past 55. Sweaters, folks!! Unless I’m sick, in which case I got to turn it up to 60-lol! Then you share the goodies with friends and family, because you can’t eat all of them yourself. Or could you….have a sweet Thursday everyone! Susan

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Thanks, Black & Decker For My Big Finish!

Recently, I had heard of a contest sponsored by Black & Decker called Your Big Finish!

Black & Decker Your Big FinishTheir goal is to get America to finish what they started-“It’s All For Done…And Done For All”! You know all of those projects you have started along the way that are in different stages of completion…like my Hall of Shame...and my mom’s thrifty kitchen makeover? Well, those were not eligible because they are still (unbelievably) in the works. BUT, there is one finished project that I am super proud of…my HI! Rusty Bedspring Marquee Sign.

Rusty Bedspring Marquee SignSo I thought, sure why not enter it? Well, I did, and guess what? My mug is now plastered on a billboard in Times Square!

Black & Decker Times Square Billboard  Times SquareWhat?!?! Now, since I don’t live in NYC, I have no way of actually seeing my face in lights  (ugh, I hope it’s not high def so you can see all those wrinkles), but I am told that it is on the CNN billboard on the corner of 46th and 47th street. So, if anyone happens to be in Manhattan between now and December 27th, could you take a peek? Just look for the giant HI! that is rotating along with the 100’s of other featured projects. You can check out some of the others here (you’ll note that the Times Square featured projects have a little green street sign in the top right corner : )

Black & Decker Project Page

Like my friend Sarah, from Little Red Brick House’s beautiful Fireplace Makeover.

Little Red Brick House Fireplace MakeoverIn the meantime, if you would like to see the now famous Rusty Bedspring Marquee Light in person, it’s hanging in the shop at the Barn at Todd Farm. But right now it says JOY.

Joy Sign in the Barn at Todd FarmBecause that’s a little of what I am feeling right now : ) Thanks to Black & Decker for sponsoring this contest and allowing everyday folks the opportunity for their 15 minutes of fame. And for encouraging all of us procrastinators to finish what we started!! You, too can enter for the chance to have your photo plastered on a billboard in Times Square, but also for some great prizes like some new Black & Decker tools and a grand prize of $10,000!! (which I could then use to buy the new cordless drill that I have been coveting-Santa, are you reading this?!?) Have a great finish to your Friday everyone!! xoxo Susan

Country Woman Magazine…A Girl Can Dream…

My new favorite “country” read! Because I AM a little bit country (but mostly a lot suburbia), I love getting country style magazines in the mail.

Country Woman MagazineFlipping through the pages of Country Woman Magazine takes me to that happy place where can I dream about owning a farm in the country. Big ol’ front porch, a couple of dogs, maybe a horse…

Country Woman Magazine Logowhich I probably never will, but it is fun to dream…Every month the cover girl for this mag is a real person who makes the country their home. Some are famous…hello Country Music Legend Dolly Parton…

Dolly Parton

and some are just women (like you and me) who decided to abandon their city life and make a new life in real country style. Meet Susan Gibbs,

Susan Gibbs Juniper Moon Farmwho was a TV exec but now makes her home in rural Virginia breeding sheep at Juniper Moon Farm.

Inside the glossy pages of Country Woman Magazine, you’ll find all sort of DIY projects…these two are super cute for the holidays. A cookie sheet tray to make into a Santa Style Checker Board and

Cookie Sheet Checkerboard DIY Country Woman Magazine

… and these DIY Peppermint Candy Candle Holders.

Peppermint DIY Candle Holders

Of course, no country-inspired magazine would be complete without recipes. Loads of yummy, scrumptious recipes. This Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle...yum.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle Country Woman Magazine

How about these super cute Meringue Santa Hat cookies for your cookie swap??

Meringue Santa Hats Country Woman Magazine

And where are you going to make all of these amazing goodies? In some of the most inspired country kitchens you will ever see! Can you imagine baking in this beautiful space?

Country Woman Magazine Farmhouse KitchenSo, if you are a country woman at heart, or just want to have a glimpse of what living in the country is all about, check out Country Woman Magazine, and tell them Sue from Country Design Home sent you!! Have a down-home, country-style Thursday everyone! xoxo Susan

SoMe2 #63 SOcial MEdia Google+ Link Party!

Welcome to #SoMe2 – Week #63
Today we are sharing our Google+ pages and posts. This is a great platform that is worth a little time and effort. Not only is G+ a way to share your posts and updates but sharing helps your SEO If you are not on G+ I encourage you to set up an account, them come back here and network.
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Vintage Ski Hat Rack & Wreath

Oftentimes, Coach will come home with stuff and my first reaction is, “not one more thing-don’t buy anything else!” And I stomp off to go find something to do while I stew about the fact that the barn is no closer to being my workshop than it was six months ago. Because it’s still full of stuff…no matter how much we sell, it never seems to get emptied. So after I get over it, I go back and look at the new stuff that he has brought home…sometimes right away, sometimes a few weeks or months later. Inevitably, I discover some new pieces that I can work with. Such is the project I shall name:

The Vintage Ski Hat Rack On The White Picket Fence With The Stove Burner Wreath. 

Vintage Ski Coat Rack

As with most of the items I refurbish, I have no clue where they came from. All I know is one day they just appear on the porch or the deck or the yard or the basement, where they remain until I decide what to do with them. So here is the story of The Vintage Ski Hat Rack On The White Picket Fence With The Stove Burner Wreath. At the barn last Sunday, one of the other vendors was admiring the skis that we had in our shop. He had recently created a coat rack from a large pair and instructed me on the how-to. So, since I had a white picket fence section (doesn’t everyone?),

Vintage Ski Hat Rack White Picket FenceI decided to mount the skis on the fence to create a functional wall-hanging rack for caps. The skis are on the small side, so I supposed you could hang a kids jacket or two on it as well. Once I mounted the skis to the fence. I added the hooks.

Vintage Ski Hat Rack Hanging HooksBut it just looked so plain, so I decided to add the wreath.

Vintage Ski Hat Rack on Picket Fence by Country Design HomeSince I didn’t have a wreath form handy, I used the next best thing: an old rusty burner grill from a stove top. It’s round, it has little hooks for wrapping stuff around it…why not?

Rusty Stove Burner Grill

So I took some garland and wrapped it around the burner ring and secured with wire.

Wrapping Burner Grill with Greens for wreathThen I made a little garland with some berries and twigs and such and attached it to the bottom of the wreath with wire.

Wreath made from Burner Grill

Then I added a burlap bow to the top.

Burlap Bow for wreath

Then I hung it on the Vintage Ski Hat Rack On The White Picket Fence. 

Vintage Ski Coat Rack

Cute-right?! This will be at the shop at the Holiday Open House in the Barn at Todd Farm this weekend. Hope to see you there! Sue


Holiday Open House in the Barn @Todd Farm

As you might know if you regularly follow my blog, Coach and I, along with Lisa from RitaJo’sVintage,  have spent our summer and fall Sundays in the Barn at Todd Farm,

Barn at Todd Farm Postcard

a local antiques and flea market in Rowley, Massachusetts. Lots of 4:30 am Sunday mornings, hanging out with the roosters in dawn’s early light

Todd Farm Antique Truck at Dawnas we sleepily sold our wares to dealers and hipsters and Sunday shoppers searching for bargains and repurposed junque. The Todd Farm Flea Market

Todd Farm Flea Marketis split into two distinct areas: the outdoor fields, where hundreds of dealers spend their Sundays from March to November offering their treasures (at amazingly discounted prices) and the Barn at Todd Farm

Barn At Todd Farm Postcardwhich used to be primarily a junk storage facility, but is now home to various dealers and folks like us

Country Design Home in the Barn At Todd Farmwho love to recycle and refurbish furniture and collectibles. This weekend marks the 1st Annual Holiday Open House inside the Barn at Todd Farm. The barn itself is also split in two: the main barn, where our booth is located in an old dairy stall (sans cows)

Dairy Stall in the Barn at Todd Farmand the beautifully restored rustic annex

Inside the Barn at Todd Farmthat has been completely refurbished from floors to the rafters. The Holiday Open House will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 in the annex of the barn, featuring local vendors like JWrobel Studio

JWrobel in the Barn at Todd Farmand Special Guest Vendor: The Vintage Bazaar!

The Vintage Bazaar at the Barn At Todd FarmBut the vendors in the main part of the barn will all be there as well! Just wear your flannels because since apparently cows never needed heat, there isn’t any in the main part of the barn (other than our warm greetings, our JOY marquee sign and perhaps some hot spiced cider : )

Joy Rusted Bedspring Marquee SignSo bundle up and head on up to the Barn at Todd Farm Holiday Open House at 275 Main Street in Rowley.  Hope to see you all there! Susan

Candy Cane Mason Jars-DIY!

For the past couple of weeks, I have been spending lots of time working on Christmasy crafts in preparation for this weekend’s Holiday Open House at the Barn at Todd Farm. (Full details on Friday, but it is going to be fun, I promise : ). This Candy Cane Mason Jar

Candy Cane Mason Jar from Country Design Home
is one that I created last year and it was a big hit. Very simple and quick to make, it only requires a jar, masking tape, red and white paint and whatever holiday embellishments you may have hanging around. Here are the DIY instructions:

1. Clean and dry the mason jar to make sure there is no dirt or dust on the inside or outside.

2. Paint the jars an under color. In this case, these were home made red chalk paint, but you can start with white, since the stripes are the same size.

Candy Cane Mason Jars Painted Red Undercoat

3. Measure around the neck of the jar.

Candy Cane Mason Jar Measuring Neck
This one was 9 inches around the narrow part of the neck, which is where I was going to begin taping.

4. Mark off @ one inch intervals all the way around, depending on the width of the tape, which was one inch.

Candy Cane Mason Jar Measuring masking tape width


If you have different size tape, you need to figure out the math to make the stripes equidistant.

Candy Cane Mason Jar Measuring One Inch Intervals
5. Following those marks, start your tape at the rim and bring it down the jar to the base at an angle, depending on how much of a “swirl” you want to create.

Candy Cane Mason Jar Taped Jars

Make sure that you press the tape down firmly along the edges so you don’t get “bleeding” underneath. “Bleeding” is when the paint sneaks underneath the tape and creates little bits of color where you don’t want it to be.

Candy Cane Mason Jars Pressing Tape Edges
6. This is where you can change your stripes to be as fat or skinny as you would like. Just make sure you start at the top markings so the stripes are the same approximate width. They don’t have to be perfect, just close enough : )

7. Paint inside the taped stripes with the white paint, not too thickly, because you want it to be slightly transparent to allow the candlelight to shine through. On this jar I’m using Chroma Color by Cari Cucksey in a Crisp Linen White.

Candy Cane Mason Jar Painting White StripeThis is not chalk paint, but a very smooth finish latex that can be painted on any surface, then left with a shine or sanded down for a matte finish. One coat is all you need.

8. Allow the paint to dry completely.

9. Peel off the tape, and you are left with a striped candy cane mason jar…but, you’re not done yet! See all those little jaggedey edges? Those are the “bleeding” dots I was talking about. Very bad. They must go.

Candy Cane Mason Jar Tape Removed Striped

10. Take a piece of sandpaper and lightly sand the jar, exposing the raised lettering of the glass and smoothing out any rough areas and dots of paint that my have bled under the tape. The more you sand, the more rustic the jar appears and the more light shines through. Totally personal preference.

Candy Cane Mason Jar Sanding Edges

11. Decorate the neck of the jar. In this case, a bit of jute rope and some jingle bells completes the look.

Candy Cane Mason Jar Jute Rope Jingle Bells Decoration

12. When you light the votive inside the jar, it glows and shows off the mason jar raised glass lettering. The more you sand the more the light shines through. And there you have it, a pretty perfect Candy Cane Mason Jar to decorate your mantel or tabletop and light up your Christmas decor.

Candy Cane Mason Jar from Country Design Home

OK, back to my workshop to finish up for the weekend-I know how Santa’s elves must feel right about now : ) Have a sweet Thursday everyone! Susan

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