Thursday, October 28, 2010

If You Want To...

My son has come through for me once again... 

 He changed my blog button tonight to match my blog header.

Now for the hard part for me because I never want to seem pushy or prideful.  If you would like to take my button and post it on your blog, I would be very honored and pleased.

I also want to take this opportunity to say thank you all for following me and being interested in the things I do.  I do not have near the gifts and talents that some of you ladies have, and my DIY skills are pretty much not, but I do love playing around in my house and trying to make it comfy and pretty.  I love that you all care enough to stop by and see what I have been up to.

  I never dreamed that in January of this year, which was when I did my first post, that I would be enjoying this blogging world this much.

I truly have made some very dear friends.  Funny, because I know it doesn't sound weird to any of y'all that I call you friends, but to the non-blogging world, they probably would think I am nuts.

Really, you are my friends and I want you to know that.

Thanks!

Okay, so mushy stuff done. 

Here's my new button...

(Thanks again, Keith)


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Lamp On the Little White Table

I had a few people ask about my lamp that was sitting on the white table yesterday.
I did a post on it several months back, but I know that I have some new people looking at my blog now.
I decided to do just a quick post today on what the lamp looked like before and how she became a whole lot prettier with a little love.
Here is the lamp when I brought it home from Goodwill.
lamp 1
I don’t want to say it was ugly, it just wasn’t my taste…at all.
lamp 3
This was after a coat of Heirloom White paint. 
lamp 2
Now with a little antiquing glaze rubbed on.
lamp 4
Got this great graphic from the Graphics Fairy.
lamp 5
Used a little mod podge to attach my graphic…
And now here she is all prettied up.
white lamp 2
I think this is one of my favorite before and after projects.
Linking this project up over at:
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Flea Market Finds

 

I had another great trip to the Nashville Flea this passed week.  I actually got to go twice.  WOO HOO!! 

I really didn’t buy very much this time, but did find a few pretty cool things I wanted to show you.

 

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I found this awesome letter K that had been cut from some really neat tin.

flea 2

The sunlight hitting it makes it look a lot more bronzy gold than what it is.

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I thought I would show you around the corner from the K for a quick second.  I have had the little slate board for a long time, and my mom had it a long time before that.  I added a few little things to hang it with to soften it up just a bit.

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I got this great ammo box to use in my kitchen.  Got this great idea from somewhere to use a crate similar to this to hold cooking utensils, but I can’t remember whose blog I saw it on.  Sorry…

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Love the color, love the handle, love it all.

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I don’t think I ever showed you my little cart I bought a few months back.  This is the neatest thing to take to the flea market.  I can just load her up and off I go.

I only showed you a couple of things today of what I bought. 

I am going to be showing you a few more things later and one thing in particular I want to ask your opinion on.  I have made a change on something and want to show you the  before and after.  You will have to tell me which way you like best.

Did you notice my larger photos?

What do you think?

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Little White Shelf

The Nashville Flea Market has become one of my favorite places to go.  I always come home with some pretty cool treasures. 

The last time I went,  I picked up a neat little white shelf made out of old wood.

It has made a perfect little place to hold some pretties in my master bath.







 

I planted lavender this year and have loved using it in my decorating.  My two vases are a vanilla flavoring bottle and a salt shaker minus the lid.  I love finding little bottles like this to use.

I am headed over to Faded Charm for White Wednesday and my weekly party at Marty's, Tabletop Tuesday.  Come on over with me.

By the way, the flea market is coming up this weekend.  Yep, I will be there.  (I did get rid of a whole bunch of stuff... remember)





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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Project Attic Clean Up...Done

How much can you really say about an attic?

Remember that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Be prepared for the worst here, my friends.













So, what were the thousand words that just ran through your mind?

No, don't tell me.  I really don't want to know.

Let me just say that over the last few weeks, I have just been dumping stuff in there knowing that I was fixing to start cleaning out.

One of the first steps in our clean up was to pull a bunch of stuff out and put it into my son's bedroom. 




Keith also had the great idea to open the attic window and throw out the garbage...




This is what was sitting below and the idea worked out great.




This wagon was filled to the top with trash.  It felt so good to get rid of so much trash and junk.

The organizing part was the fun part.





















Just thought I would tell you what this rack is for.  I have done a consignment sale for about 15 years now and always have clothes hung and ready for sale time.  Very convenient. 











Everything has a place now.  Isn't that wonderful?!


This is the floor!  I forgot I had one!!



Just had to show you one of the treasures I found while going through an old box. 




This was mine when I was about seven or eight years old.  My family showed Jersey cattle and I had my very own shirt.  My first name is on the front.  LOVE this!

What do you think?

Are you in shock at all the stuff?

Oh, but doesn't it look so much better?

Project Attic Clean Up...Done...Check Mark

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

50's Soda Shop and Pizza Parlor

My youngest turned eight this past week and for her birthday she had her first slumber party.

Her party was a 50's party complete with soda shop, pizza parlor, and "money" to shop with.  Of course, all the little girls were dressed for the occasion. 


Lil' Bits Soda Shop and Pizza Parlor open at 5:00 pm...




The shelves were stocked with all sorts of sweets and treats.




There were pink gumballs, licorice, pixie sticks, candy jewelry, bubbles, pastel mints, lollipops, and rings.



Of course, everything had a small price.


Our menu for the evening was displayed on a chalkboard for all customers to see.



No soda shop is complete without a variety of milkshakes.








Cupcakes galore...



The records were displayed in my dish drainer.

My husband's old coke cooler held the glass bottled sodas that we drank with our pizza.





The girls loved these little bottles.

  (I sent a bottle home with each girl with a sprig of lavender to give to their moms)

This big round tray was painted black and had Faith's Greatest Hits painted on it.  I cut a circle out of sheet music and glued in onto the middle to look like a record.



Great place to hold the milkshake glasses.

The center piece of the table, I struggled with.  We ended up putting the cupcake holder in the middle of the table sitting on top of some small records and an Elvis record case.  (can't hurt Elvis, you know)

We also traced some records onto the paper table cloth we used.  I personalized each traced record with the girl's names and some sort of music genre.  They loved seeing their names.


The girl's place setting was marked with a pastel little bag which held their play money for shopping.

This next  idea was  something that I googled and wanted to share a little how to on...

Take an old record and place it on top of a metal bowl and place the bowl on a baking sheet.


Put everything into a 200 degree oven for about 8 minutes until you see the record beginning to "flop".

When you see it looking like this below, take it out and with an oven mit, begin to shape it into a bowl.


This is what your record bowl will look like...


Cool, huh?

Sorry, my photo is fuzzy but at least you get the idea.



These little rock and roll girls had a splish splashing good time.



Let me just tell you that one of their favorite parts was me and Beth taking their orders just like they were at a real pizza joint.  I even had a menu book that I wrote their orders down on.

We also had them tell us what they wanted from the "store" and they got to "pay" for it.

They loved it!  What little girl doesn't like to play restaurant, dress up and store all in one evening.

And, to top it off, they had tons of candy, milkshakes, cupcakes and pizza.

Remember, this is a once a year thing so we had to do it up right.

And, no, to answer your question, there was not much sleep had, but that's okay, it was worth it to see how happy Faith and all her friends were.

Slumber Party 2010...check mark...done

Going over to The DIY Showoff tonight.  Come with me.




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