Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mosaic Monday & Outdoor Wednesday

 I am linking with Mary @ Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.

This quilt is a Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt. You can read the story behind this quilt here.

I waited quite a while to get these pictures. When I get an idea in my head, there is no changing it.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Snow and Ice

Well, the ice is finally hitting us. Actually, it sleeted quite a bit last night so I thought we would wake up to a mess. But although the trees were beautiful. the roads were all just wet.



But. as of noon, the sleet is coming down pretty good and I think the temp has hit the freezing mark. My daughter is home and my son is safe at his girlfriend's house. They both have to work tonight so if it keeps this up, I'll be worried. My son may have to call in, he has to cross a mile long bridge. If the roads get bad, that probably won't be a good idea.

All of the area schools are closed so I am home working in my sewing room. If you would like to see what I'm us to, check out my sewing blog. 

Take Care and God Bless!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mantle Party & Show & Tell Friday

I didn't change my mantle around this week so I am going to show my hearth. As I looked through my photos, I realized that they may be blurry. I'm not sure why unless I was shaky. This will probably be the last of my winter decor pics. I will probably take everything down this weekend.

Be sure to stop by "The Stories of A to Z" for Friday's Mantle Party and "My Romantic Home" for Show and Tell Friday to see many beautiful decorating ideas. A big thanks to Beth and Cindy for hotsing these events each week.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Greetings and Outdoor Wednesday

Greetings Everyone!

We have one more day of a little bit of sunshine. Then the weather is moving in. They are calling for freezing ice all throughout the area for Thursday evening and/or Friday morning. 

So I decided to look through my pics and participate in A Southern Daydreamers Outdoors Wednesday. I thought a good dose of sunshine would do me good. 

There's my sunshine fix. Hope you have a great day.

Take Care and God Bless!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tabletop Tuesday

As I looked around to see which table top setting I wanted to share, I realized that the majority of decorating items I have are Christmas and/or winter items.

Even though we have been in our home for over 5 years, I feel like we are just now able to redo and fix up. We ripped out the carpet in most of the upstairs, leaving it in our den and office/library. Both of these rooms have pine on the walls and ceilings so we didn't want to add wood flooring. We plan to put tile in the office/library and replacing the carpet in the den with berber.

Anyway, this is the year I plan to purchase and/or make new decor for our formal living area. Right now I have a simple vignette on my sofa table and that is what I am sharing today.

Don't forget to stop by Grits and Glamour for more tabletop vignettes.

Take Care and God Bless!

Blue Monday- Things around the House

I'm linking to Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.

I always thought I had a lot of blue in my home. But then when I went to look for something to post, I noticed most of my blue things are winter items. I'm planning to let go of my snowman and other winter items and put them up in the next week or so. So, I have a few of those things to show before I store them for another year.

I just heard on the local weather that we have a chance of snow and ice here in Arkansas on Thursday and Friday.  I don't mind if I can stay home, but I always worry about having to drive on it.

Take care and God Bless!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday

Years ago I sold Home Interiors and Gifts. It was a great way to make extra money while I stayed at home with my children when they were small. I also had the opportunity to purchase my showcase materials at 40% off the normal price.

This is a tree that I made during that time.  I know, some say you are not supposed to use artificial plants in your home. But I am allergic to dust mites and am not supposed to have live plants in my home.

The artificial bushes used were sold by Home Interiors. Over the years, they have been washed ump teen times and have shed many leaves. So I decided to purchase some new greenery and add a little color while I was at it.

Now I have to be on the look out for a new planter to sit it in. I'm not sure how I got the white paint on my terra cotta pot. You know, I guess I could always paint it.

I was planning to use it in my living room when I purchased the flowers, but I still have red/burgandy curtains up in there so I put it in my bedroom for awhile.

 Hey, I could hide the paint with a figurine.

That solves the problem until I get new living room curtains and decide what type of planter I want to put it in. 

Anyone have any suggestions for a planter?

Be sure to stop by Between Naps on the Porch to see other great makeovers.

Take care and God Bless!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mantle Party

I love mantles but have never had many ideas on how to decorate mine. If you are like me and need help with ideas, hurry over to "The Stories of A to Z" for a Mantle Party. Every Friday you will see dozens of ideas to help you "rev" up your mantle.

I am also participating in Show and Tell Friday at Cindy's My Romantic Home. 

Please visit these sights for some wonderful decorating ideas.

After the Christmas holidays, I decided that I would like a sleek no fru fru mantle. And I wanted to keep a touch of winter out. What is better this time of year than deer, trees, candlelight, and snowflakes?

Our fireplace extends about 15 feet to the ceiling. It is all rock from floor to ceiling.

I started with a tree from my Christmas decorations and used a few snowflakes and scented pinecones for accents.

I added a set of deer from Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc. I have had these for over 15 years ago. (I do not throw anything away unless it breaks beyond repair.)

I needed an accent to cover a outlet that extends about 1/2 inch below the picture. I turned around and this book was sitting on another tabletop display. I moved it over to the mantle and was amazed at how well the colors on the book cover match the picture.

These candles were purchased at a local flower shop when on sale for 40% off.  Once again I added snowflakes for a touch of winter.

Until next time . . .

Take Care and God Bless.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tablescape Thursday

For the most part, I kept the same tablescape from last week. I used the same dishes, glassware, and silverware (goldware?) and just changed the centerpiece. 

Be sure to visit Between Naps on the Porch to see all of the other beautiful tablescapes.
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