Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thrifty Prom Night


Silver Shoes...$1.00

Beautiful young lady...Timeless beauty


The dress was purchased at a local consignment shop for $30.00. 
 I had a $10.00 gift card so it only cost me $20.00.

The silver shoes were bought on an impromptu yardsale stop for $1.00.  They had some missing beads, so we just removed all of the beads for a quick and easy fix.  (I believe God sent me to this yardsale just to find these shoes...truly, I do believe that)

We bought simple jewelry and hair accessories from Wal-Mart which only cost around $15.00 total.

Very quickly, I want to show you both my babies dressed for their homeschool prom...

(By the way, Keith's shirt came from GW)

Faith didn't get to go to prom, but I couldn't leave her out.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Nashville Flea Market Finds

My son and I made a quick trip to the Nashville flea market after an eye dr. appointment this week.

It was quick, but it was fruitful.

Oh, for more time, and more money budgeted for thrifting...

These were my finds...

Great old toolbox...look at that great color...

Old galvenzied bucket...

2 big Ball jars...

old wooden ladder...

My favorite number 9 metal sign...

Old locker basket with the number 162 (numbers added together equal 9) so cool...

Take another look at my tool box...


I know this would be great outside with flowers in it, but

I would love to do something unexpected with it...

Any suggestions...

Please share your ideas and I'll let you know what I end up doing.


Linking up tonight over at Rhoda's party.  Come on with me to Southern Hospitality.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Remember My Washtub?

I wanted to show you what I did with my washtub that I had asked you all about a couple of weeks ago.

I cleaned her up a little...but, of course, not all the way.

I also put several coats of a clear spray paint on her to make sure anything bad was sealed in.

All she needed was a few little goodies added to her and she was ready for a party...

Linking up over at The Shabby Chic Cottage 



Monday, April 19, 2010

Chicken Wire Brought Inside

I have seen several neat items lately that incorporated chicken wire into them, but unfortunately cannot remember where I saw them.  I did love that look, though, so I tried to come up with something for myself using chicken wire left over from our chicken coop.

I found this neat frame at a yardsale this past weekend.  I know the floral is probably very pretty, but it just didn't go in my house, so I needed to do something different with it.

I decided this would be a good time to try the wire.

So, with my frame, chicken wire, book covers bought at GW, scrapbooking glue and my staple gun, I went to work on my little project.

This is what she looked like before. 

This was all I needed to change the look completely...

I took the paper and just used scrapbook glue to paste it down. I wanted something that could easily be changed since I change things up so often.

I used my handy little staple gun that I got for Christmas to secure the chicken wire. 

By the way, chicken wire hurts if you are not very careful in how you handle it.

Here it is with the paper and the wire all in place...

Now what to put on here...

This is where I am going to lose some of you that are thinking this is pretty neat so far.

We found what we think is an old razor strap inside of a piece of furniture that belonged to my grandparents. And, because my daughter and I both really like the way it looks, we decided this was a great way to show it off.

So here is the razor strap showcased on the chicken wire...

And, here it is hanging in my dining room.

Did I lose you?

Maybe an odd place for such a thing as this, but I like it and Beth likes it, and well, I'm not sure if anyone else in the house really cares, so there you go...dining room it is.

Now, I'm thinkin about other places I can use chicken wire besides the chicken coop.   

I am linking up to a few parties tonight so come on over and visit with me...


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Once a Puzzle Always a Puzzle

I had another productive Saturday, but this one was mostly fun project kind of stuff instead of so much hard work kind of stuff like last week.  Whew...I needed a craft day.

I am excited about several things I accomplished today but am only going to take up enough of your time tonight to show you one.

This is what I found a few months ago at GW and knew that at some point it would click what I wanted to do with it and where it would go. clicked.

If you can't tell, this is a huge, ginormous puzzle that someone I am sure spent hours putting together and then had mounted into a neat frame.

I can only imagine how long it took to put this thing together.  Puzzles are okay, but I just really don't have the patience to sit for that long.

I thought long and hard about this one and decided on a quick and fun way to spruce this baby up.

I took my Heirloom White spray paint, some family black and white photos and another little find from GW and this is what I came up with.

I decided I could just keep the puzzle pieces on and use it as a bulletin board type thing.  Instead of using tacks, however, I used poster putty to hang my photos.

I am really excited how this turned out.  I love new and different ways to display our family pictures.

Now she's all finished and hanging over my bed in my guestroom.

I would love to hear any thoughts you have on this project.  Please share some if you have a minute.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dogwoods Dogwoods Everywhere...Inside and Outside

The dogwoods are blooming in Tennesse and they are beautiful!

What an amazing artist that our heavenly Father is.

Don't you agree?

This is in my backyard.  What a gift.

I brought some of these beauties inside so I could enjoy them even more.

Aren't they pretty?

What do you have blooming that you can bring inside?

I am linking this up to A Stroll Through Life and Just A Girl

Monday, April 12, 2010

What We Did the Last Two Days...

Cleaned out a shed from one end to the other. 

Hauled off two truck loads of trash to the dump.

Moved a big pile of lumber and cleaned around the shed.  You know the cleaning up that has to be done after a long winter.

Beth built a big turtle home for a turtle Faith found in the yard.  It's name is Shelly if it's a girl and Sheldon if it's a boy.  Since she's not sure, she just calls it Shell.

Keith cleaned out the chicken coop and of course put that great fertilizer in my garden.
Cleaned out our garage that was insanely upside down.  It was disorganized, messy, dirty, and full of stuff that nobody needed.  I would be embarrassed to show you photos.  You would cringe.

Loaded up four BIG trashcans of more junk and trash.

Tilled the garden at least four times this morning to make sure it was good and ready for the plants that were beginning to die in my little greenhouse in my garage.  The garden had already been tilled numerous times but was still clumpy in places and had some new chicken fertilizer that needed to be tilled into it.

Planted all of my plants that I had started from seeds the second time around.  Yes, this was my second go round at seeds because the first time around the wind blew my greenhouse over and everything I had planted spilled out all over my deck in one big pile.  I now have a huge pot full of hodge podge plants because we scooped all of the dirt into the pot to see what would happen.  I am going to plant these in the garden soon and just see what comes up.

Back to the gardening today.  I got everything planted that hadn't withered away into nothingness. I also planted some beautiful plants that my mult-talented friend, Karen had shared with me because she felt sorry for me for losing my first rounds of plants.  She gave me lots of heirloom seeds that she had planted.  What a lady she is. 

Planted all of my flowers in pots and put out shrubbery around my shed and chicken coop. Shoveled gravel for the flowerbeds.

And, that was just the outside jobs.

Do you ever have one of those weekends where you just know there are things that have to be done and you do them no matter how hard or how much time it takes?  This was one of those weekends.

Now, let me make sure you understand that I didn't do all of this alone.  My sweet husband had to work all weekend so all three of my precious children worked right along beside of me to see all of these projects to completion.  We make an awesome team.  These kids know how to work.

Oh yeah, Faith taught herself how to ride a bicycle this weekend also.  Sadly, we had done a poor job teaching her to ride without training wheels.  It took her a little longer than my other two kids, but yesterday she got on there and just kept trying until she got it.  Hooray for Faith.

We also didn't forget about school.  We make sure to always do math and science and don't skip those two subjects.  But, today was Home Economics for us.  My kids worked hard and learned all kinds of life skills in the process. 

So, tell me what you did this weekend.  Really, I would love to know.  I love all of your comments.

Friday, April 9, 2010

King Of the Roost

This is Big D.

Is there any wonder why he is the king of the roost at our little hobby farm?

By the way, we are getting from eight to twelve eggs everyday. 

How great is that!!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Do You Want To Smile?

I love to smile!

I love to laugh!

I love to laugh so hard that it makes me look all goofy.

My kids would tell you that I laugh so hard that I snort.  (yes, snort)  I know none of you wanted to hear that, but it's just the truth and the truth hurts sometimes.

You know the Bible says that a cheerful heart is like good medicine.

There are actually lots of things and lots of people who put a smile on my face and laughter in my heart.

Tonight, however, I am going to send you over to meet two of my blogging friends that always make me smile and laugh out loud as I read what they have to share.

A lot of you already know Shannan at Flower Patch Farmgirl, but if you don't, you have to go for a visit with her.  She is one neat lady.  God has blessed she and her husband with an amazing family and she loves to share stories about them.  This lady is full of so much honesty and humor, and the combination is great.  I look forward to scrolling down my blog roll and finding what she's written because I know something good is waiting.  I'm telling you, this lady can write some funny, heartwarming stuff.

And then there is another lady, who I absolutely adore.  She is one of the funniest people I know and I have never met her.    Kolein, at Kitchen Table Productions, is new to blogging like I am.  Can I just tell you that this lady is a hoot?  Do you all know what a hoot is or is that a southern thing?  I'm telling you, she makes me laugh.  She would be the one who if I was sitting at a table with her, I would be snorting.  Sorry with the snorting thing again.  It's really not that bad, just a slip here and there.  Kolein is hilarious. I have totally fallen for her personality.  There is always something comical in her stories and she puts pictures of herself that crack me up. Let me also add, that this lady is very sweet and caring.  She tells me that she is praying for me and I know she is.  She has such a unique and fun personality that truly shines through in her writing.

So, there you go.  I had to share these two ladies with you in case you hadn't already had the pleasure of meeting them.  It will be so worth your time to go over and spend some time with them both.  I promise you that you will be blessed and you will walk away with a smile on your face and with a cheerful heart.

Final Thoughts...

I know that I am new to the blogging community, but I have already made so many good friends on here and so many people that I think you should meet also.  Periodically, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to some of my new buds and to some people who probably don't even know that I exist, but that I really enjoy visiting with anyway.  Does that make me a stalker if I really like them, and they don't even know who I am?  I hope not.  I might call these posts,
"Moments Of Encouragement...", because I love to encourage people and lift them up and let them know what they mean in my life and how precious they are to God.

See, even if I can't build a new bookcase, I can sure help build someone's self esteem.  This world tries to tear us down so often and  I want to be about building up. 

Hey, I'll post this to What I Built Without My Husband over at Shanty 2 Chic...

What do you think?

Now, go over and meet yourself some new friends, and if you have the time, let them know that you dropped by for a quick visit.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Can Anyone Tell Me What This Is?

My awesome mom is always giving me the neatest treasures.  Most of them she gets from my uncle who has some great old things.  Thankfully, they like to share with me because I am so grateful for them all.
I know there are some well informed people out there who know what this piece is.  I am not one of those people. 

Can you help me with a little information?

Any help you can provide will be much appreciated. 

And, if I could see you, I would give you a big hug or at least a pat on the shoulder.

Also, it has a white wash on it of some sort that comes off all over your hands and clothes.  What should I do about that?  Any suggestions?

Thanks...I'll look forward to hearing back from you.