Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What a beautiful mess....

Our Memorial Day Weekend at:


Fun in the sun!

So much potential! 
 Dad and husband....
what would I do without them!
 They make my dreams come true!

Visions of potting soil and ivy! 

What a great weekend...
I am so thankful always!

Not completely finished but almost there.
Life is good.

Monday, May 30, 2011


'cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away.
And I'm Proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land..
God Bless The USA!
                                         Lee Greenwood
Life is good.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My "OWN" Oprah Moment

 No, I did not attend a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show, I watched from my living room like millions of others.  I have been watching her half my life and since before my daughter was born ...who now has a daughter of her own. 

My own Oprah moment came this past fall when I posted a comment on Oprah's website and they posted it, along with many more.  I was thrilled!
 She was in the mist of
  The Color Purple reunion show.  
I was stunned to see that it had been posted and look, 
today when I decided to see if I could still find it on Oprah's website it was posted next to none other than 
Nate!  This was my comment.....

Although I would have loved to see a live taping 
of  "Oprah",  I will forever be grateful for her daily
lessons.  Her life has been a great blessing to many, and I am one who has learned much from her presence.  Today was her last show...and Wow...She had a great guest on today...herself....
Thank you Miss Oprah 
 I can't wait to see what's next.
Life is good.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Put a Fork in it...I found them!

Finally  found my fork and spoon artwork.....
I have had this tear out forever.  I know , I know
this fad has been around for some time.  Well,
it just made it to my kitchen...this the 24th day of May, 2011.

I have a small window area over my kitchen sink.
I have searched and searched for something to go on either side.  Can't count the number of times I have called my husband to "re" measure that area to see if what I have found would fit in the area. 
 Obviously, it doesn't take much to excite me.....

Finding the fun fork and spoon artwork today at:
The Family Dollar Store...yes, I said The Family Dollar Store!
Made me a little giddy and put the biggest smile on my face..
Perfect size and the right price.
$10.00 for the pair vs. the $217.oo per piece
in the above tearout!  Yes, those featured in the magazine
measure so much larger...but to large for my kitchen area.

Being a lover of antiquing....everything!
The new found artwork didn't seem distressed enough...
so taking my Distress Ink Pad I went to work on the edges and around the fork and spoon.

Adding just enough ink around the fork and then later the spoon.  
I think it makes a world of difference and creates the illusion
that the fork sets up higher on the canvas.

Perfect size.....Love it!!!
Next ......an awning and hanging of the new chandelier.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wedding Bliss

Two years ago our daughter
Savannah married her prince charming, Robby.
That started a new found love for vintage wedding toppers.   My collection is small but I always enjoy bringing them out for bridal showers and this my special photo message to the happy couple. 
The Wedding Topper on the far right is my favorite..
and believe it or not, that one was found in a 
thrift store grab bag!

The silver tray is just one of many I collected for the wedding reception.
Vintage trays, old lace table cloths and chandeliers hung from the beams in the old barn where the reception was held.
 How did two years fly by so fast....
Life is good.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Birthday Treasury Shadow Box Swap

Amy at Inspire Co. has graciously let me join in her
latest swap.  I am so excited that my swap friend is Valarie at Glittery Daze and Nights!! Check out her wonderful blog...so much to see and fall in love with.  Read on for details on how you can join too!

Birthday Treasury Swap!

Amy posted this fun information:
This Birthday Treasury Shadowbox is a project in the current issue of Inspired Ideas. I had sO mUcH fun making it! So much, in fact, that I want you to make one too. And share it! What do you say to a birthday treasury swap! Won't that be fabulous?

You in?

I created a fun and quick questionnaire for you to fill out so that I can pair you with the best possible match, someone who likes the same sort of stuff you do and who will absolutely love the shadowbox you create for her. Isn't that the best kind of swap?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What I'm Working On.....

I need to move forward....take down Easter/Spring decor and come up with something different for my entry way....  

Here are some of what I am thinking of using.....adding something new for each holiday. 
Honoring the upcoming American Holidays.
Memorial Day...Flag Day and Independence Day!  

While out on the web ...
I found this great reminder of why
we celebrate Memorial Day....

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bye Bye To Spring Decorations....

I had an awesome time decorating the house this year for Easter.  I had the most precious inspiration.
With the arrival of our new granddaughter, I went way over board...( I make no apologies)
Taking it down has not been easy....

 Baby Violet's First Easter Wreath

Easter Candy Counter

Fun new Easter Chicks.
Violet had her own bunnie mobile hanging in the kitchen. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day
In honor of June Clever and
all the TV mom's that made it look so easy
....pearls, lace, floral aprons and dinner on the table at 6:00. 
Just know I did the best I could!