Friday, October 21, 2016

Five On Friday: Smitten

Friday again! Hope your week was a calm one. The older I get, the faster time flies and this past week really flew. Joining Amy at Love Made My Home for Five On Friday again this week...
Love this newly opened shop in McKinney called, which already has their shop decorated for Christmas. 
Love is not the right word...I think smitten works better. Just take a look.
ONE:  The flat metal reindeer on the wreaths outside the store's door had me at hello. Smitten! Luckily for me, the shop was closed when I walked by last night on my way to an evening paint class or I would be dead broke today.
The entryway is appealing all by itself. I wish I had gotten a better picture of the whole entry, but it was late and getting dark and my class was about to start.
TWO: Have you ever seen a sweeter sign? Smitten! I didn't mind being told the store was closed in this way. I loved the contrast between the dark wood doorway, the black and white tiled floor, and the straight up and down sign.

THREE:  Here's a shot of the chandelier hanging over the doorway outside. I was really smitten with that light! 

The contrast with the fancy chandelier and the dark wood was very, very appealing.
FOUR:  When I looked to see the store hours on the window, I fell for all the Christmas decor inside. The sparkly reindeer and the large white candle holders in this window made me want to come back real soon.
The class I was headed to was a painting class for Amy Howard's paint and finishes. 
The large candle holder painted an off white probably was my inspiration for choosing a white-ish paint called Linen for my project (a wooden tile) in last night's class. 
I painted the wooden tile linen with a little dark wax to age it. I think I will be attacking everything in the house with my new brush and linen paint!
FIVE:  I peeked in every window of the shop before I hurried to my class. I tried to get the best photos I could. Everything was so pretty and I wanted to remember it all. Amy Howard has a taupe color similar to the shade on this large candle holder below. I might just have to paint some things with that color too. Smitten once again!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Adding Crows For Halloween

Crows are popping up in our house just in time for Halloween. I like to add a little humor by adding them to the scarecrow's perch along with pumpkins.
I've learned to only use faux pumpkins when decorating. That's because I had a mis-que with a few small pumpkins a few years ago.
The little pumpkins seemed really hard and not likely to rot so I wrapped them up and stored them. Yeah, dumb. The mess was really ugly!
The scare crow's patches add some color to his black pants. Here's a close up of the little pumpkin patch on his knee.
The bunny's nest got a crow too. The bunny looks a little uncomfortable with the crow looking over his shoulder.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Not To Be Missed Headline

In case you missed this post on the headline news of Yahoo! I thought I'd bring it to your attention. 

Although the bride's 15 year-old dog Charlie was dying of a brain tumor, that didn't stop the bride from having Charlie as her bridesmaid. 
When Charlie ran out of steam before the ceremony, the bride's sister (the maid of honor) picked up all 80 pounds of him and carried him down the aisle. 
I just couldn't pass up pictures of an old dog as a bridesmaid. If you love dogs too, I hope you'll take the time to read the full article.

The bride and groom are both veterinarians, and the bride has had Charlie since she was 19 years old and he was an abandoned pup. Click below for the full story and more pictures. Hope it makes your day just a little bit better.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Protecting Wood Floors

Before I get to protecting the wood floors, I'd like to give my thanks to Cindy who hosts a party called Amaze Me Monday. Cindy featured a recent post from this blog called Lost and Found. Here's a link to Amaze Me Monday and the features. I am thrilled by Cindy's selection and thank everyone who viewed the post.
Back to the mundane...I'm working on our wooden stools that have been stored in the garage for a while. I'm trying to clear the garage out, and we have room for these in the house now since we sold our metal stools.
I started working on the paint color, but worried about scratching the floors. The stools originally came with slider-type caps on the bottom. They were good for tile floors, but not for the wood floors we have now. 
I've used these temporary cushioned caps on our stools and chairs in the past. You know the type that stick on? Well, the "sticky" ones tend to come off. I decided to find a permanent solution and found these cushioned caps.
These cushioned caps, which are carried by both Home Depot and Lowe's, have a metal brad that nails into the bottom of wooden chair and stool legs. Can you see it just above the wood it's sitting on in this picture below?
After popping off the plastic sliders, all I had to do was hammer these caps in...TA-DA!
I thought I'd share this just in case someone else out there has wooden floors that need protecting. This is a much better solution than the sticky ones for sure. 

As always, just my personal opinion. No one has ever offered to pay me for my opinion and frankly I don't blame them.

Thanks again to Cindy for the feature,
and thanks to all of you for dropping in!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Day 5 Texas Blog Tour

Friday is the final day of the Texas Blog Tour hosted by Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles. 
I had to pass in participating in the blog tour this time. Right now our house is in total chaos with purging and painting going on! I've really enjoyed helping them get the word out though, that's my small contribution for the Texas cause.
 A few of the bloggers forgot last week to remove my blog's link from the Friday list so I thought I'd throw in some old pictures of the kitchen with the pig all dolled up for fall just to show some fall spirit. His sign says "Gobble Till You Wobble".  Perfect for the holidays that will soon be here.
I love these picks from Hobby Lobby and use them in quite a few vignettes. The charming thing about them is the bug bites on the leaves. Makes them a little more realistic, right?
The Scare Crow has been with me for many years now. I bought him at Cracker Barrel way back when. He doesn't take much room to store, so he's in no fear of getting purged.
I'm afraid he's a little like "Elf On A Shelf" in that you never know where he's going to pop up. He sat by the fireplace in 2014, hiding between all the faux Jack-O-Lanterns.
I'd say I have a thing for sunflowers and pumpkins when it comes to fall decor. Too many of both if you hear Wild Bill tell it.
For the list of blogs participating on Day 5, click on over to Katie's blog for the links. Katie has put a lot of effort into this Texas blog tour. She's a real dynamo! Click HERE

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More On The Texas Blog Tour

I hope you've had a chance to drop in on some of the Texans opening their homes to you on the Texas Blog Tour I wrote about recently. 
I've really enjoyed seeing the homes and decor on the tour. I know it's impossible to pick a favorite, but when it comes to economy and crafts, I think Laura at Decor To Adore might have just stolen my heart with her little dog collars she made for her doggies!
Have you ever seen anything cuter??? I was admiring the silverware pockets she made from the shirt pockets, as well as the plaid leaf banner she made from the body of the shirt, but when I got to the plaid dog collars...I Was Smitten Beyond Belief!

Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles is hosting the blog tour so I find it easier to just go to her posts and click on each day there. Hurry on over to Katie's by clicking here on Day 3 and Day 4. 

The whole tour really is a feast for the eyes. And if you want to see more of Laura's little heart breaking pooches all dressed up in their plaid collars, I've linked that below for a quick peek. Ya know, I think she really needs to change her blog name to Doggies To Adore...

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Texas Blogger's Tour Day 1 and 2

While most of us are trying to get our houses spiffed up for fall, there are some very talented Texas bloggers who are more than ready and are opening their homes for a blog tour this week. 

I hope you'll take the time to join me in viewing their homes in a Texas blog tour.
Katie's home can be seen at Let's Add Sprinkles and it's the start of the tour. You can see the first two days by clicking below. 

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Five On Friday: Lost and Found

Friday again! I'm joining Amy at Love Made My Home for Five On Friday and Dwellings for Amaze Me Monday. Here's the things I lost (sold or donated) and found this week.

1. The downsizing of "stuff" continues. I posted an ad on Craigslist for our counter stools and sold them. We met at Costco and found each other by texting (it's a big lot) and it felt like old friends. An hour later I received another text: "Thank You! Love them."  It included a picture of the stools in her house. I cracked up seeing she had the same floor color and wall color as we do. Birds of a feather for sure. 
Our House
Her House
2. Made another trip to our local charity thrift shop to drop off a box of stuff and a large, duffel-type suitcase. We bought smaller ones a year ago, but still held on to our old ones. Wild Bill donated his so now I need to clear mine out too.
3. We donate at a place called The Re-Sale Barn. You know we're country, right? Anyway...this little charity has provided over $3M to the local community over the past several years. They also have a food bank which provides free food for those in need. I love this little shop! I drive 10 miles out of my way (far past the local Goodwill) to give my donations where I know they will help the local community. Our Goodwill puts donations right into a big truck trailer that sits next to the donation area and ships them out of town.
4. Here's the first "found".  A little chalkboard-like sign for the kitchen pig's chalkboard. It's the easy way to pretend to "chalk" the boards this way. 
This one cracked me up and I thought it was perfect for the small chalkboard the pig holds. I tied the twine that holds it around the pig's neck and hid it with an orange ribbon made into a tie.

 5. The second find is a larger sign for the wall chalkboard. Since the FALL banner is on top, I just wanted a few words to show.
Being true to my motto of "complicate the hell out of it" I really made it gaudy.

Yes...if you're thinking I even broke out the Christmas lights you would be right.

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and don't forget the Texas bloggers
home tour next week!