Tuesday, February 28, 2012

More White, Wood, and Metal

Hey my friends from far and near!

Hope you all had a great weekend and are having a wonderful week so far. 

I am catching up today on lots of stuff and one of those things is showing you a few more photos of some of my favorite elements in my home.  Remember I showed you over here that I love white, wood, metal and fabrics all mixed together. 

Here are a few more small spots around my home…

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This old drying rack is perfect for housing some beautiful old white plates. 

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Vintage and new ruffled linens are perfect on this old ladder that greets our guests as they come into our home.

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A simple wooden crate holds our mason jars that we drink out of.  Love finding the jars with the handles. 

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This bottle drying rack that I purchased at LaurieAnna's  beautiful shop is one of my favorite things.  Love it filled with petite white vintage cups.   

Did you notice my new apron hanging from the corner of the door?  Love it and all of its beautiful colors.  Yes, I do like wearing an apron when I am cooking.  I picked it up at TJ Maxx yesterday. 

Off now to do some cleaning and photographing of some things I found at the Nashville flea that will be going into my etsy shop real soon.  Man, I found some cool things.  Can’t wait for you to see.

Blessings, friends.  Have a super day!

 Linking up over at Faded Charm  and


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cooler Full of Hydrangeas

Happy weekend, friends!  Hope yours is fabulous!

I want to show you a simple addition to the top of my jelly cabinet.

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Look at that little blue wooden handle peeking out at the top.  Love that and love that blue band that wraps the top of the cooler.

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So fun to make simple little changes that make great statements!

Hope you all have a lovely day.  Blessings from me to you.

Linking up at Donna's place at Funky Junk Interiors

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kitchen Cabinet Update

Hey all my friends!

**This post could also be titled, "Working With What You Have"**

Thought I would give you a quick up date on the kitchen cabinets we discussed a couple of weeks ago.  Remember my question and the cabinets I showed you?

Well, nothing has been done in the painting or staining department and that’s okay.  Contentment…remember…is what I am striving for.

I did decide maybe I could take a few more cabinet doors off and maybe that would help open up that area a little as well as deoakify (not a word, I know) the kitchen a little.

It also gave me a chance to play around with my dishes a little, which is always fun to me.

This is what it all looked like before…

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Now, with the cabinet doors off, it looks like this…

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I think it helped a whole lot.  They’re still oak, but they are open.

And, yes I know they are waaay full, but it cannot be helped.  I have to have all that stuff accessible and I really do like dishes stacked to the brim.

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Most of my white dishes I have bought at Goodwill or flea markets.  So thankful for thrifty shopping.

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Love having these jars of snacks at our disposal.  When it’s in sight, it’s easier to remember we have it.

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I use wooden and bamboo cooking utensils 95% of the time so I like having them out and easy to get to.

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As much as I enjoy simplicity, this is one place that simple doesn’t work for me.

I am sure you noticed my sign above my sink.  This is my sweet and not so subtle reminder to a few people in my family who often forget that they too can put their dishes in the dishwasher.  That’s not mean, is it?  I don’t think so.

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There you have it.  My temporary solution to my orange oak problem. 

Someday those babies might just get a major makeover but hubbie is just not ready yet and I am okay with that.

Trying some other things in my kitchen to soften it up a little and will show you that next.

Have a great rest of your week!

***update on my mom who just called me about 5 minutes ago.  Dr. told her two more treatments left because she is doing so great. (we were thinking eight more)  All of her blood work has been great and she is doing wonderful!!  PRAISE THE LORD!!

Linking up over at The Vintage Farmhouse

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wonderful Gifts

Hi all my friends!


Hope you are well.


I just have to show you what a sweet friend sent to me after placing an order from her beautiful etsy shop.


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This is the beautiful pillow that I ordered for my daughter.  It’s wonderful and she loved it.



This is what my sweet friend sent me along with my pillow…



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Look at all of this great stuff!



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These little darlings are filled with very fragrant lavender.  Devine!



I just have to tell you how fun it was to open up this package and have all of this spill out.  Christmas in February.



I know you are wondering what wonderful etsy shop owner is so very thoughtful…that would be Tracey from Raggy Girl Vintage, and you have to go visit her shop and her blog.



Guys, I have made such wonderful friends through blogging, and for each one of you, I am thankful.


Monday, February 20, 2012

The Perfect Burlap Heart

Why is this burlap heart the perfect one?


Because my precious nine year old daughter made it with her very own two hands… all by herself…just for her mommy.


That’s what makes it perfect, my friends.



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I am in love with this heart.


I am more in love with the sweet girl who made it.


Have a beautiful week… full of awareness of how much God loves you and how much you matter to Him, the King of Kings!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

An Old Prairie Farmer Magazine

Hey friends!  It’s almost Friday and we have big weekend plans.  What about you?  Anything big planned?

I have to tell you about a blog that I am in love with.  Her style is  beautiful, yet simply stated.   Do you ever just feel peaceful when you look at some of the beautiful photographs on other people’s blogs?  That’s how I feel when I see her rooms.

The blog I am referring to is The Apothecary Shop and it is a must see if you haven’t already.

A big reason I am bringing up Chrissy’s blog tonight is because I took one of her beautiful ideas and tried to make it work for me as well.

***Let me just say that her wall of paper is so much prettier than mine, but I still love mine.

For my bedroom wall,  I used a  beautifully aged, worn and torn Prairie Farmer Magazine that I found at the flea market this summer.  I love old magazines and their great articles and advertisements and I LOVE having this on my wall to look at. 

See what I did…

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Look at these gorgeous pages!  Are they as pretty to you as they are to me or am I a weird lady?

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I love this page with the picture of Jesus so it takes the main spot.

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I included the truck ads so my husband wouldn’t mind magazine pages on his bedroom wall.

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Butterflies and ladies clothing were a perfect choice.

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I just have to tell you that I am loving this.  Even if some of the accessories change, I’m thinking that the magazine pages will be staying for a while.    To me, they make a great statement.

The chair you see in the picture was my grandmother’s and has been in our family for a lot of years.  I love that it’s in our home now.

Now I have shown you what I did with my wall,   I wish you would  take a minute and go visit the beautiful Apothecary Shop and tell Chrissy that Amy said hey.   

Hope you come back soon for another visit.  Blessings…

Linking up at French Country Cottage, Common Ground, 2805

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine’s Breakfast Guest

Hey friends!


Just a quick post to show you who I had breakfast with on Valentine’s morning.


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This little (actually big) fellow was sitting at the table when I came in for breakfast. 


He was a gift for my youngest daughter from her daddy and he is pretty huge.  He is also soft, fluffy, and adorable.


Included in the Valentine’s gifts were these delicious heart shaped pancakes that my husband made for the family before he left for work.



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Such a nice treat when someone else fixes a meal.


So, who did you eat Valentine’s breakfast with?


Monday, February 13, 2012

Favorite Elements

Hey my friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend and that your upcoming week is amazing!

While doing a little moving around this weekend, I noticed a real pattern in my home decorating.

I love old wood…white or natural…I love it.  The older the better.

I love metal…rusty, galvanized, weathered, new…whatever…I just like metal.

I love white dishes…again, the older the better.  And, I love the crazing on the old dishes.  Beautiful!

I also love textiles.  They don’t have to be old.  I just like the softness that fabric adds to a hard piece of wood or metal.

Do I need to even tell you how much I love the combination of all of the above elements?

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I’ll show you more of my favorite combinations in the next few days.

I found a great old galvanized cooler back during the summer that now sits atop my white jelly cabinet holding beautiful dried hydrangeas. 

I also pulled out a great old metal dish drainer and filled it with white vintage dishes.  Love it!

Will show you those later…okay.  Hope you will come back by for another visit.

Blessings, friends.

Oh, and happy early Valentine’s Day!

Linking up over at Northern Cottage, Knick of Time Tuesday,  Faded Charm

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Few Shots From the Master Bath

Hi friends!

It’s almost Friday!  Are you as glad as I am when Friday arrives?

I have been doing a little freshening in my master bath and actually trying to decide if it’s time to paint the bathroom and bedroom.  It’s been dark for awhile now and I almost think it’s time for a little lightening.

Until the decision is made whether to paint or not, I am making a few small changes.  I changed out the shiny brass hardware on the cabinets and am saving to buy some new light fixtures above the sinks.

Of course, there’s always the fun of fluffing.

(It is so hard to get good pictures over my tub)
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Absolutely love this old apple bucket holding towels and soaps.

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My favorite white tulips!

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Junk to Joy etsy shop.
I love dried lavender also.  I bought this little lavender filled peat pot last summer from my friend Becky over at her beautiful etsy shop.

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Candles in the bathroom are a must, right?

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I usually don’t have the chance to take bubble baths, but when I do….I am in heaven.  Jets and bubbles are so relaxing.

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A couple of old prints rest on my flea market shelf.  I love the black and whites and how subtle they are.  Another few pieces of lavender are contained in two old salt and pepper shakers.  Take the lids off and voila…great vintage vases.

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me for a few minutes today, my friends.

Have a blessed upcoming weekend.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Signs Over Our Bed

Hi my friends!

Hope this day is going beautifully for each one of you.

I was thinking about how much I love using words in our home and thought that a shabby sign over my bed might be just the thing I was looking for.

I love my old door that we use as a headboard and really don’t want to compete with it so I try to keep things simple over the door.

This is what I recently decided to do in keeping with the “simple décor” I am going for in our house.

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A sweet reminder of the day we got married and that US (he and I ) equals FOREVER.

Nothing fancy but full of meaning.  Just what I like.

Have a great week and God bless you all!

Partying over at:  Knick of Time Tuesday, Northern Cottage, Faded Charm

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bringing in the Flowers…

Hey my friends!!

Tennessee has evidently decided to skip winter this year and move right on into spring.  We are having unseasonably warm weather and it’s wonderful.

The warm weather means I am in the mood for flowers and for bringing a little spring into our home.

My mantel is the first thing I changed up…

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White tulips are my favorite and I think they look beautiful in that great old blue Ball jar!  I love the way tulips just fall perfectly, don’t you?

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Old books, a chippy white birdhouse, my husband’s baby shoes that I love using, and gorgeous blue bottles, along with white tulips, turn my mantel into a happy spring thing for me.

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If we do get some more cold days and want to light a fire, I will definitely take my French book page garland down. 

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This flea market bench is great for extra seating and also pulls in my favorite green color.

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I know I just showed you way too many mantel pictures, but I told you that it made me happy to look at it with all of it’s springiness.

I set out one more little bouquet of flowers on our coffee table.  Bright yellow and full of cheer!

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I’ll leave you with that little bit of cheer and I will tell you thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.

Thanks for your friendship and God bless you all!

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