Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jute and a Clay Tag…And Congrats

A simple little project with a great big message…

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Months ago, I found an old shutter on the side of the road and  took most of the slats out of it so I could use it as a ladder in my guest room.

I then had all kinds of the slats that I knew could be used as something.  These were perfect to make my jute covered cross.

I simply wound and wound the jute around each slat and then hot glued them together.  How easy is that!

I  learned from Laurie at Heaven's Walk how to make clay tags so I made a crown tag, stamped the words I AM, and then tea stained it a little to darken up the clay.

Now I have a sweet reminder of the cross that my Savoir died on.

Simple and easy project with big and bold statement!


I want to thank each one of you for entering my giveaway.  I was very pleased at how many people came by and entered.  I love meeting new people and this gave me just that opportunity.

The winner of the giveaway is a brand new blogger.  Her name is Patricia and her blog is Grammy Goodwill.  Isn’t that a fun name?

Congratulations to you Grammy!!!


Friday, January 28, 2011

My Favorite “Pop” of Color

My favorite pop of color throughout my house now is beautiful bluish green.   I love the way it looks with my whites and browns.
It also reminds me of spring so that’s a good thing.
My sweet husband brought these flowers home to me yesterday.  I am fighting a cold and these were a great way to boost me up a little.  I love this old tin holding them.
carpenters box
egg basket
This old egg basket holds some beautiful old books and my grandfather’s trophy bowl.
utensil holder
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Check out my new bottle. I fell in love with it when I saw it in  Urban Farmgirl’s Etsy Shop.
I also want to show you a great necklace I bought from Mary.
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Love this!
You should go over and take a look at her beautiful ETSY shop.  She has gorgeous pieces and they are all displayed wonderfully.
What is your favorite color to accent with?  Or, do you have many?

Linking up at Common Ground...Vintage Inspiration Friday

French Country Cottage

Don't forget the giveaway that ends tomorrow night.  Stop by and sign up.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What I Love (Have) To Sleep With

I am one of those girls who loves a good night’s sleep and is kind of grouchy when I don’t get it.  I just feel better when I am well rested.

I am also a girl who spoils herself a little at bedtime.  I have certain things that I just have to have when I go to sleep.

The first thing that is an absolute must is this…


My satin pillowcases are a must and have been my whole life.  I literally don’t think I have ever slept on anything else but satin.  I take my pillow with me wherever I go and if I couldn’t take my pillow, I would take my pillowcase. 

Does that sound spoiled?  It’s just what I have gotten used to throughout my life. 

When I was a wee little girl, my granny made me my first satin pillowcase.  It was the first of many.

They made me feel like a princess.

I have heard for years that sleeping on satin was better for the health of your hair and now I hear that it is supposed to help alleviate wrinkles.  I can attest to the hair part as it has always been strong and healthy.  At 42, I really don’t have many wrinkles but that might just be because it’s not time yet.  I will let you know as I get older if the wrinkles are at a minimum.

Now that my granny has gone to be with the Lord, my mom has taken over the satin pillowcase making  job and she has taken it over beautifully.  She picks the softest, silkiest satin. 

My next sleep must have is this…

sleep mask

No, it is not a fuzzy animal even though it sort of looks like one.

It is my sleep mask and yes, I sleep with it every single night.

My husband bought me my first one about three years ago and I haven’t slept without one since.  I LOVE that it keeps the morning light from waking me up so abruptly.  I also love that it keeps the room dark if my husband is working on his laptop in our bed.

Can you tell by now that I am a creature of habit?

The next thing is something that my oldest daughter got me for Christmas.

It isn’t really a must have, but oh my, it makes me feel spoiled, special and princessy when I use it.

sleep mist

I spray this on my pillow every night before I lay my head down.  I also try to get a few sprays on my husband’s pillow just in case my head goes over his way.    Bless his heart, he doesn’t complain.

This stuff, my friends, smells wonderful.  Of course, I love lavender anything.

You really need to go to Bath and Bodyworks and get you some of this stuff.  Trust me.

The other sleep necessity is something I am not going to show you because there is nothing pretty at all about it.

It’s my big white box fan that sits right beside my bed.

I can’t leave out the who that I love to sleep with at night.  My hubby…

Do you have certain sleep must haves?  If so, I would love for you to tell me about them because I might just want to add them to my list.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Piece Of Word Art For My Kids

I saw the coolest idea on a blog somewhere that belonged to somebody and I can’t remember who it was or where it was.  I am so sorry that I can’t give credit where credit is due.

I took this picture that was bought at Kirkland’s several years ago that wasn’t used anymore…

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and turned it into this…

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(I am so sorry for all of the shadows…I know, I need Tracy's photo help, don’t I)

This is a very special message that I have said to my children their whole lives.

I always ask them and then answer that I love them more than the sun and the moon and the stars up above…that’s how much I love them.

I know this message isn’t unique to my family, but I love it.  Always have.

Now, every time my children walk upstairs to their bedrooms, they see this at the top of the steps to remind them just how much their mama loves them.


Great thing about this project is that I didn’t hurt the original picture at all. 

I took a drop cloth, that I probably should have ironed first, and cut it to fit my frame.  I stenciled the letters on and then hot glued the cloth onto the back of my frame.

Easy project to do.  The hardest part would have been the ironing that I decided to skip. 

The one like this that inspired me was an entire drop cloth that was hung on the wall.  I think I remember it saying, “You make me happy when skies are gray”, or something like that.  She did a wonderful job and I love the larger size, but I didn’t have a place to accommodate that size.


Don’t forget my giveaway that I am hosting.  I think you will like it.

I am joining a party over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia tonight. 


Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Giveaway Filled With Love

Ok, my friends, it’s time for my giveaway!

Can I just tell you that I had so much fun shopping for this and keeping all of you in mind that I have connected with over the last year?

I also have to tell you that the whole theme of my giveaway was not really intended at first, but it just kind of happened.  Cool thing is…I really like how it turned out.

Keep in mind that the Bible says that Love is the greatest gift.

Check out the goodies that I picked out for you…


There are two 16 oz mugs, a Starbucks gift card, the beautiful February edition of Romantic Homes magazine which features some of our talented blogging friends,  Burt’s Bees lip balm with pomegranate oil, pretty little pink rose petals, and a great wicker basket lantern from TJ Maxx.  I am also including one of TJ Maxx’s spring reusable totes that I love to take shopping with me.


The cup that looks black is actually a pretty, deep brown. (I bought that one for myself)



I hope this is something that you all would enjoy. 


Now for my simple rules:


Please leave  me a comment  ( I love reading your comments and always try to respond to each one of you because I think that makes us better friends)

If you are not a follower already, I would be thrilled to have you follow me, but it’s not a necessity

I would love for you to tell your friends about my giveaway if you think it’s something that they might enjoy (maybe they need an extra little bit of love too)

If you tell your friends, please let me know by leaving me a second comment and that way I can have your name entered twice

So, that’s it…

You have a chance to get your name entered twice…once for leaving a comment and another if you share the details with a friend and make sure to let me know that you did

My “random generator” will be my youngest child who will draw a name on Saturday , January 29.  I will announce the winner the following Sunday, January 30.

(If any of this does not make sense, please let me know)


I want to remind you all that today is Sanctity of Life Sunday.  Please take a moment to pray for the mom and/or dad who is considering abortion.  Pray also  for the mom who has already had an abortion and needs a healing touch from God. 

Life is precious and it is a gift from God. 


Saturday, January 22, 2011

I’ve Been Shopping For a Gift

I just wanted to let all my friends know that I have been shopping for  special gifts.  The reason for the gifts is because I want to share something special with you.

How I would LOVE to be able to get something for each one of you that I spend time with here on my blog.  But, since that is not possible, I have to pick one of you. 

Within the next couple of days, I will be having a cool giveaway that I think you all will like.  I would like it, so I think you will too.

I am doing this giveaway to say thanks to all of the sweet people that follow me.  I want to say thank you for spending time with me and my family in our home.

I want you to know that you are special to me.  Truly, you are.  You are special to me, because you are special to God.  And, I appreciate you and all that you have added to my life.  Man, I have made some good friends on here.

Make sure to be on the lookout over the next couple  of days and see how to sign up.  I can assure you that there will be no big rules.  I am such a simple girl.


One more thing…

There are a lot of you who are introducing people and doing special features on other bloggers.  I would love to do the same thing on here on occasion. 

I have so many friends that I have made that I would love for you to know about.  Some of them are already well known, but why not give them another shout out.

I love to think that I could give someone a little extra encouragement every now and then and I think this is one way to do just that.

That will be coming real soon.


Have a great Sunday, my sweet friends.


Friday, January 21, 2011

The Old Door and the Master Bedroom

Remember my old door that I got out of a hundred year old house not too long ago?

I knew what I wanted to do with it, but it took me awhile to get around to it.

I finally found a pretty enough day to take it outside, clean it up a bit, put some poly on it and bring it inside to where it now happily resides behind my bed.

This gorgeous old chippy white door is now my headboard and I LOVE her.

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I found my shabby chic king size pillow shams and California king shabby chic dust ruffle both on EBAY for what I thought was a good price.  Both were new…


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The blue ticking pillow was bought at the Nashville flea market this summer.  I saw it in the back of one of the vendor’s trucks and knew I had to have it.  It was full of old down feathers.  I decided to get rid of the feathers because I  just didn’t know how I could clean it up to my liking.  I bought a body pillow from Target to put inside the pillow and ta-da…

My mom made the little burlap pillow for me.  Simple but so sweet…

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I LOVE this picture.  The combination to me is just perfect.

Yes, it does have a doorknob on my headboard and there is no way I would take it off.  We just have to be careful not to hit our noggins on it.

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This bench at the end could easily be replaced at some point but for now, it’s what I have and it works.

Story behind it…I found it on a sidewalk where an old building was being cleared out.  It was dark wood and had to have a little reconstruction done on it, but it was FREE!!


I love this old cotton basket and it houses extra pillows perfectly.

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The grapevine wreaths remind me of the crown of thorns and being three of them reminds me of the Trinity. 

I did another post a few months ago on my bedroom and would love for you to take a look if you are interested.  It actually shows a few other projects I did in this room  Check it out here


Linking up over at:

My Romantic Home

Common Ground...Vintage Friday

French Country Cottage 



I want to take a minute and say a big THANK YOU to a beautiful lady that I just won a giveaway from.  Thank you to Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for my wonderful prize.  I can’t wait to use it over at Urban Farmgirl Etsy shop.  Go check out both of these lady’s blogs.  INCREDIBLE stuff, I promise!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Outdoor Snowy Whites










kinser sign

Tennessee doesn’t usually see very much snow, so we took this as a great gift.

I will be sharing this beautiful snow over at Faded Charm for her White Wednesday.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Truly a Sweet Sixteen

Our beautiful daughter, Beth, is turning 16 tomorrow.


Beth is one of those young ladies who is just as beautiful on the inside as she is the outside.

She has an inner beauty that is brought on by her deep love for God.

She truly fell in love with her Savior several years ago and has a deep passion to serve Him.

What a joy it is to be her mama!

What a gift she is!

She will go tomorrow to get her drivers license.

She is on another journey in her life now.

Pray for her.

Pray for me.

(I would love to share birthday wishes with her for her special 16th birthday if you have a minute) THANKS!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pantry Challenge-Week 2

Another week come and gone, and the challenge is going great.

This weeks grocery bill was a little less than $25.00 

I have to tell you that I did end up taking a few things out of my buggy before I got to the checkout counter this week because I would have gone over and I was not going to do that.

Just to let you know the few things I bought:

Milk,  juice, apples, bananas, pears, canned pumpkin (only because it was a good sale price and I hated to pass it up)

Now to share with you what our menu consisted of this week for dinner:


Sunday night…Chicken with rice, sweet peas and whole grain bread (Beth’s night to cook)

Monday night…Homemade vegetable soup made with venison and served with cheese and fresh fruit

Tuesday night…Pulled barbque sandwiches made from a roast I had in the freezer along with seasoned potatoes done with diced potatoes tossed with olive oil and lots of seasonings

Wednesday night (church night)…Homemade granola served with blueberries I had frozen from this summer (granola recipe at bottom)

Thursday night…Scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits, gravy, cheese grits and fruit smoothies that we made later that night for a  snack

Friday night…Out to dinner

Saturday night…Soup and sandwiches


For breakfast this week, we have had oatmeal, cereal, eggs, toast with homemade jelly and juice that we juiced ourselves from apples, carrots, broccoli, and kale


My pantry is still stocked very well and I don’t see any problem making a good variety of meals next week.  My freezers are still full and the things I canned are still abundant, so we are good to go.

I am keeping a running list of what I am getting low on or am out of so I will be ready in February when I go back to the store.

That’s last weeks run down and now we are off on the third week of the challenge.

Wish me luck!!!


I want to also share my granola recipe that we have used over and over and that we love…

Nonfat Granola

3/4 cup brown sugar (I use sucanaut)

1/3 cup concentrated apple juice from frozen concentrate

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk

1/3 cup honey

5 cups quick cooking oats

2 Tbl cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup dried fruit (optional)

Mix sugar, juice, dry milk, and honey in saucepan and heat over medium heat only until sugar dissolves.  Combine dry ingredients and fruit in mixing bowl.  Pour sugar mixture slowly over dry mixture and blend well.  Place on cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 10-20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Stations In the Kitchen

I love having little stations designated for certain things…especially in my kitchen.

station 1

This is our snack station. 

We have cashews, sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, golden raisins, dark chocolate, and gingerbread cookies.

station 3

My spices are easy to get to on my lazy Susan.  Some of the spices I grew myself this year.  The other ones, I typically buy in bulk at Sam’s Wholesale.  I have also started purchasing some at Trader Joes when I can make it to “the big city”.

station 2

Our coffee and cocoa station makes it easy for everyone to wet their whistle during the winter. 

Can I just tell you that I had never put a candy cane into my cocoa until this winter when I saw someone on a blog doing it?  Am I the only one who hadn’t tried it?

I am hooked!  The peppermint is the perfect addition…along with a little whipped topping.

station 4

I have probably shown y’all this before.  This sits on my kitchen table and houses lots of things that we use for breakfast.

It’ holds our local honey, millet, wheat bran, sucanaut, flax seed, stevia and spoons for stirring. 

This is one of my favorites because I can remove it easily from the table when we put our food on. (or when we need the table for game night)

Do you have stations in your kitchen?

I’d love to know what you do because it might give me more ideas.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Why I Love Him and Them


donnie and kids



dad and faith

How many people do you know who would put their bathing suits on in 30 degree weather and pose with a snowbabe?

This was Donnie and Faith’s creation while mine and Beth’s tiny little snowman sits in the background.

Just had to show you all why it’s so easy for me to smile and be happy.  I am a blessed lady to have such a fun family.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Week 1…Pantry Challenge

***I am sharing our week a little early because we will be gone the next few nights and won’t be eating at home.

We are off to a great start with the “eating from our pantry” challenge.

You do remember that we are eating from our stockpile and trying to spend no more than $25 per week for the month of January?

This week, so far, we have had for dinner: (please know that I am not a fancy cook…I am usually a pinto beans and potatoes kind of girl)

Spaghetti with meat sauce that was made from venison that a friend gave us.  We also had a whole grain bread that was delish.

Applesauce Pancakes (recipe below) with turkey bacon

Homemade Mexican taco bake.  Again, made with venison from the freezer and pinto beans that I cooked and made into refried beans.  Such a cheap way to make refried beans.  No need for canned ones anymore when these are so cheap and easy.  Do you make your own or buy them?  We also love ChiChi’s salsa and had this on hand to go with our tortilla chips.  Sadly, salsa is almost gone so this will be something we wait on to buy again unless it makes it to the $25 list.

Grilled mozzarella cheese sandwiches with tomato soup


Our breakfasts have been mainly oatmeal, toast made with 9 grain and seed bread,  cereal, breakfast casserole made with our farm fresh eggs and juices that we make with our juicer. 


Lunches are always a hodge podge of things that we have left over or soup, sandwiches, or hummus with broccoli or pita bread (my personal favorite)


My only purchase this week so far is milk.  I will end up needing to buy more fruits and veggies for our juicer but that should do me until next week. 


Just a little fyi…we juice apples, carrots, broccoli, kale and sometimes pears on pretty much a daily basis.  We love our juice!


These are the applesauce pancakes I was talking about earlier.

applesauce pancakes

Here’s how you make them…

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour (or substitute another cup of all-purpose flour if you want)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 1/4 cups milk

2 eggs

2/3 cup applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

Mix together all dry ingredients first.  In another bowl, mix your wet ingredients and then combine.

**My family loved this new recipe that I found from The Hazel Bloom.  They were hearty and delicious. **


We also love breakfast for dinner so you will see breakfast quite often on our dinner menu.  Since we have chickens and get fresh eggs, it’s also a cheap and easily available meal for us.


So, that’s how our week played out food wise.  We still have a ton of food to make meals from and should be going strong next week on our week 2 of our challenge.

I have not been to the grocery store yet but will probably go on Sunday for a few things.  I’ll let you know what I spend.  There should be no problem keeping with my $25 weekly budget.

Cheer me on if you would like or offer any suggestions…I would love it!!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Winter Mantel

I love TJ Maxx and always find the coolest home accessories there.
A few of my Christmas presents came from there this year and helped me redo my mantel for the winter.
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You know my love for words. 
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mantel 2
The Thyme box and the three basket lanterns all came from TJ Maxx.  They look great and they were all so very affordable, which I loved.
My mantel can easily be changed up for the spring by just changing up the wreath and the little flowers.
Heading over to Kathleen’s at Faded charm for White Wednesday and Beth's at Stories of A to Z for her mantel party.