Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentines Day Table

This Valentines Day I wanted to set a pretty and romantic table, loaded with my favorite flowers.

I bought an  armload of flowers inexpensively from my local produce outlet and got to work.

I used my thrift store Homer Laughlin china, silver, candlesticks and vases. The chargers are a recent purchase from The Christmas Tree Shoppe and the glasses and flatware I've had for many years.

I rolled the napkins and tied them with jute twine and made name tags from images from the The Graphics Fairy.

I don't usually mix metals but I thought it would be fun and festive to mix a little gold and silver on the table.The china has a gold rim and so do the glasses, so I used my gold flatware.

The gold flatware ties in with the gold rimmed glasses and china and the silver chargers tie in with the vintage silver pieces.

Hydrangeas and roses, my favorite flowers and in my favorite colors just make me happy.

My tablecloth is a thrift store purchase. It has been mended in many places by whomever owned it before me. The thought that someone loved it so much that they repaired it when it became worn makes it precious to me.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful Valentines Day filled with love. I'll be linking up with these great blogs this week,

                                               Savvy Southern Style

                                             French Country Cottage

                                            Craftberry Bush

                                            My Romantic Home

                                            Ivy and Elephants

                                           Thooughts From Alice

                                         Snickerdoodle Sunday

Monday, December 29, 2014

Favorite Projects of 2014

                        Painted Wood Burner and Bathroom reno

                                          A New Window Treatment

                                                 A New Side Table

                                               ANew Coffee Table

                                                         Giant Coasters

This wasn't a year of big projects for me, but I hope you enjoyed looking back at some of my favorites. Joining these fun linkups this week,

                                                  Southern Hospitality

                                                 Savvy Southern Style


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

                   Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year   

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas 2014

Well I started my Christmas decorating early and ended late. We took a trip and I came home in a full blown flare up. I was only able to do a very minimal amount each day. I ended up scaling back my plans considerably. I'm  grateful that I was able to accomplish what I did.The struggle was real folks, I'm late for every holiday link up but better late then never! So here's my living room and dining room dressed up a little for Christmas!

I used my tabletop tree again this year and placed it in a wine crate that I wrapped in the same birch wrapping paper that I used for my dollar store candles makeover. The cute fawn pillow was a H&M Home purchase.

 I bought faux fur from the fabric store with the intention of making fur pillows, nope didn't happen, so I just draped the fabric over the back of my chair and called it a fur throw.

I put my dollar store Christmas house on the floor under my mora clock. I just like the way it looks with the tree and the clock.

Just another view of the sitting area, you can see my sad little paper whites struggling along. I just am not good with growing things indoors.My armoire will be moved to my bedroom someday and a DIY Trumeau will go behind my as yet unfinished settee.

A fast coffee table vignette using bottle brush trees purchased from Target, some trees that I bleached and flocked a couple of years ago, my snowy dollar store village and a thrift store bowl filled with mercury glass ornaments, feathers and a few sprigs of greenery.

 Here's a close up of the wine crate wrapped in the birch paper and my white deer that started out a bright turquoise, it was a pretty color but the glitter was atrocious.  I applied a coat of  gesso to the turquoise glitter and then two coats of antique white paint, a light coat of snowy glitter and I liked it much better.

 I ordered paper script ribbon from Decor Steals, it kind of reminded me of bark so I added it to the tree.It kind of ties in with the birch candles and planter.

I only used birds, nest, ribbon and icicles on the tree. Oh I also added white faux hydrangeas deep in the branches.

This is the vignette that I created on my buffet. I ordered the download for the print from  Dear Lillie and had an engineer print made at Staples. The standing deer started out life the same as the one next to the tree. It got the same makeover.The sitting deer is a new purchase from Target.

A few close ups of the buffet vignette. The ice skates were made last year.

The repainted deer

I set the table using my mom's china, my everyday flatware and chargers that I purchased years ago from the dollar store.

The arrangement is a combination of real and faux greenery placed in a silver thrifted bowl.

  The  candle holders are all thrift store finds and the goblets were bought from the dollar store years ago. The vintage tablecloth was a Goodwill purchase a few years ago. It's tattered and mended in spots but I still love it.

 Thanks for stopping by, I hope everyone has a blessed holiday season. Linking up late at these fun parties.

                                                                     Nesting Place

                                                                    Savvy Southern Style

                                                                   Ivy and Elephants

                                                                  Craftberry Bush

                                                                  French Country Cottage

                                                                 My Romantic Home

                                                                Thrifty Decor Chick



Monday, December 8, 2014

Quick Dollar Store Candle Makeover

This Christmas I wanted to add a little white birch to my Christmas decor and while I was cruising the aisles at Pier One I spotted this great birch embossed  wrapping paper. Immediately about twenty potential projects popped into mind. I started with wrapping it around my dollar store candles.

I used these dollar store holy candles, you can also find them at the grocery store.

Just measure the height and circumference of the candle, cut your paper to those dimensions and glue or tape the paper around the candle. I used double stick tape.

I sprinkled a little snow glitter around the top edge of the candles. After about ten minutes of crafting I had these pretty faux birch candles. The paper is very sturdy and realistic looking. The roll was only 7.00 bucks and it's 30" x 96".  I have a couple more projects I'm thinking of using it for.

I used these same candles to make  these  a couple of years ago. If you would like to see a few more dollar store projects click here and here, for one more go here. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these fun linkups this week,


                                             Savvy Southern Style

                                            Thoughts From Alice

                                          Ivy and Elephants

                                         Craftberry Bush

                                        My Romantic Home

                                       French Country Cottage

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Snowball and Cotton Boll Wreath

I'm decorating for Christmas earlier than usual this year because we're going out of town for a week the day after Thanksgiving. I'm excited about visiting family and at the same time anxious because it's a whole weeks setback. I'm sharing my first Christmas project now because I'll be away and I don't think I'll be taking my computer.

 This year I'm doing a snowy woodland winter. I thought a snowball wreath would work well with that theme.However  the thought of making tons of pom poms by hand was not appealing to me so I bought two large bags of white pom poms in assorted sizes and glued them to a Styrofoam wreath that I first covered with an old white sheet torn into about one yard strips.

I glued on a few cotton bolls for a little extra texture and because they're pretty and remind me of snow balls.

 I added a little silver glass glitter to the husk of the cotton bolls for a little sparkle.

 I bought the chalkboard print from Dear Lillie to use on my buffet but I thought it made a pretty back drop for my wreath. You'll be seeing more of that later on. Thanks for stopping by. I'll have a few quick and easy projects to share later. I'll be linking up with these ladies this week,

                                        Savvy Southern Style

                                      French Country Cottage

                                     Craftberry Bush

                                    Ivy and Elephants

                                   My Romantic Home

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In Memorium

 Paris our beloved fur baby has departed this earth, She was our little ray of sunshine for twelve wonderful years. Paris had one mission in life and that was to love and be loved. She was the most gentle  and loving dog I've ever known. She displayed no signs of illness and left this earth gently, the very same way she lived.She went to sleep on Thursday evening November 6th and slipped away early Friday morning November 7th. We are crushed and our home has a large hole in it. We are grateful for the 12 wonderful years of unconditional love and joy she bought our family. She is and always will be, deeply missed.

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