Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Mini Mantle Makeover

I get bored often with things around my house and love to change things up.  Because I certainly don't have the money to buy things with every whim, I have learned to shop my house and change things around from one place to the other.

My mantle needed a little pick me up, so I went shopping. I didn't change a lot; just enough to give it a bit of a new feel.  Yep, it feels better...and it didn't cost me a dime.  My kind of makeover...FREE.

I know everything is so much the same color, but I love the look.

My little tiara that my Granny got me when I lost the Miss Dairy Princess Contest.  This little rhinestone beauty sits in a trophy won by my Papa, my grandfather. The engraving reads Senior Champion Jersey Show 1959, Lincoln County Fair.  So cool, isn't it? 

I showed you the flour scoop my mom got me for my birthday.  Such a fun way to hold a candle or some other neat thing.  The tall piece was an ashtray that I took the yukky ashtray part off of.  I love empty frames propped up.  They just fill in gaps and layer things so nicely.


Do you shop your house? 

You really ought to try moving things around from room to room.  It satisfies that need that we all get to redo something and make it prettier, and it's free.

Head over to Finding Fabulous for her Frugalicious Friday party and My Romantic Home.

Also linking up with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.

By the way, did you notice my new header?  Once again, my son came through and fixed it up for me.  That ladder is in my dining room.  Yeah, it was free, also. (Side of the road free, as a matter of fact.)

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Lot Of Bottoms Have Sat Here...

I had a friend call me a few weeks ago and told me that someone had old church pews for sale for $25 each.  Now you know that I was all over that and couldn't get my answer of yes out quickly enough.  Boy, I have good friends who think of me in times like this.  (thanks, Daff)

Quick story about the pews...There was a group of people (not Christian group) that bought an old church in a small community in Tennessee.  From what I have been told, this church was rebuilt in 1907 after a tornado or something had destroyed the original building.  So, from what we are guessing, these church pews were from the early 1900's.   Are you like me, and think that is so cool?  

I can only imagine the history of these pews.  How many people accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior while sitting here?  How many people felt God's calling on their lives as they sat here and listened to the preacher preach?  What about the guests that sat here to see a loved one get married or possibly the funeral of  a family member who had died?  I can only imagine the stories.  Wouldn't you love to know?

I do know there are initials carved in the seat...

I would love to know who these people are that carved their initials into this wood.  I wonder if they got married or what their stories are. 

Can you guess what's under this end?

No, I haven't gotten it off and no, I'm not going to show you because it's gross. 

It could be worse, but I really don't want to touch other people's chewed up gum.  I'll have to get something and scrape it off eventually.

My pew is sitting out on the deck right now because it is too long to be inside anywhere and I don't have a good covered area for it.  I will have to put a protective coating of something if it stays outside.

For $25, I got a great old church pew with lots of history and also got lots of extra seating for outdoor guests.  Love it!!

Softball update for those of you who knew what I spent the week last week doing...

Beth's team got ninth place out of 36 teams in the World Series Softball Tournament!  My goodness, it was HOT, but what a week it was watching these amazing athletes.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

What I Am Doing This Week

No, that's definately not me. 

That is my oldest daughter, and just she and I are in beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at a world softball tournament.  She is playing fastpitch softball and I am happily cheering her along.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Simply Lovely Wedding...Using Burlap

I have been to a lot of weddings but never to one that used burlap.  Yes, you heard me right, burlap. It was a simple yet beautiful wedding sprinkled with two things that I love...burlap and white.

Didn't get many pictures, but you will get the idea from what I did take.

Simple yet lovely...don't you agree?

If I got to do my wedding again, I would love to have an outdoor wedding and be able to incorporate some of these things that I love.  I would love to throw in some amazing vintage loveliness also. 

I have grown to appreciate the more simple things.  My mother calls them "simply elegant".  I like that.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sharing a Little Rust Over At Donna's

I have to say that the Rust Party that Donna is hosting at Funky Junk Interiors is probably one of my favorites so far.  I LOVE all of the rusty crusty treasures that everyone is sharing.  It just makes me want to find more to add to my small but hopefully growing collection.

This was an old ash tray.   Love the rusty handles with the pretty crystals hanging from them.  Such a great contrast.

My flour scoop I just got for my birthday.  Isn't it a neat candle holder?

Love the pour spout on this old bucket.

I know it's just a small little lock, but I love it...

Have to show you what this little lock goes to...

My great little door that I bought at the flea market. 
 I wish I had oodles of these doors hanging around my house.  I love the character.

Not a lot of rust to show off just yet.  Hopefully Donna will do another one of these parties in the near future and I will have more to share.

Make sure to go check out what everybody else has and join the party yourself if you have some neat rusty goodies hanging around your place.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Surrounded With Letters and Numbers

I love using letters and numbers when I accessorize my home.  They speak to me.  Really they do...

I love using K for our last name.  I love using the number 9 or any derivative of the number 9 or even if it just has the number 9 somewhere in it.  Yep, 9 is my favorite number, but I think I've told ya'll that before.  I love having my kids names, random words, just whatever really. 

Got way too many photos today, but gonna share them anyway, if you don't mind.

There are more, but I spared you. (or saved them for another post)

What about you?  Do you use letters and numbers in your house? 

Do you have a favorite number?  I would love to know what it is and why.  I enjoy reading your thoughts so please share if you have a minute.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Keeping It Real

This is the reality in my house most of the time.

"Barbie World"

Just thought it would be good to keep it real...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Should Ladies Talk About Their Drawers?

Oh, yes we should when they look like some of the ones that I have seen at Funky Junk Interiors tonight.

I want to show you two drawers that I have.

I think this is a card catalog type box.  Not sure...

Do you see the old Bible?  That is my family Bible that has been passed down for generations.  It is bound together with tape and I would love to have it fixed.  Big money I hear to do that.

An old sewing machine drawer.  I love the front detail and the handle.

That side panel is gorgeous.

Perfect for holding these things, don't you think?

I can't wait to check out more of the good stuff waiting over at Donna's tonight.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

White Frames From Wal-Mart

I found some great white frames from Wal-Mart to frame our beach pictures.

I love the way they turned out.

I absolutely love beach pictures with my kids facing the water. 

 So pretty.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

You Have To Try This Recipe...Chinese Cole Slaw

This is a wonderful recipe that I got from a friend of mine. 

I've told you that I like easy and this is easy and it tastes outstanding.

Follow this recipe...

1 1 lb bag of cole claw
2 pkgs beef flavored ramen noodles (break up the noodles)
1 cup slivered almonds (I left this out because I didn't have any)
1 cup sunflower seed kernels
1 bunch green onions, chopped

Combine all of these top ingredients

1/3 cup white vinegar
1 cup oil
3/4 cup splenda or sugar
2 beef packets from ramen noodles
Mix liquid and sugar
Pour over dry ingredients
Refrigerate overnight
Toss all ingredients before serving to make sure flavors are distributed evenly.

I promise you that you will LOVE this recipe.  I fixed it for a ladies fellowship group last night and it was a big hit.

Did you notice the bowl it's in?  Got that baby at IKEA when I was in Florida for vacation.  Love it...

I would love to know if you try this recipe and what you think about it.

Linking up today with Jen for her Tasty Tuesday Party.

Friday, July 2, 2010

A Quick and Easy Breakfast For Your 4th of July Guests


1 8 oz can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (I used biscuits because that's all I had)

1 8 oz pkg. ham, chopped (I used sausage that I cooked and crumbled)

6 eggs

1/2 cup cold milk

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup mozarella cheese

Heat oven to 350.  Layer rolls in 13x9 dish, press to cover bottom of dish, firmly pressing holes and seams together to seal.

Sprinkle ham (or other meat) over crust.  Beat eggs, milk and pepper with whisk until blended; pour over meat.  Top with cheeses.

Bake 25 min. or until center is set.

This recipe is delicious and easy.  Great combo...

We have chickens and get about 8-12 eggs a day, so this is a great way to use our eggs.

Hope you enjoy!!