Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Getting My Fall On...




Every year I plan to start fall decorating early and it seems I always get side-tracked. 



Some of you probably think this is early, but for people like me who hate summer, anytime after the 4th of July is open to fall decorating around here!


Do you think it's the colors of fall that make the season so warm and welcoming?

I like to add drama to the browns and golds by adding my DIY chalkboard for the background. 

I'll add my fall banner to the chalkboard as soon as it's uncovered in all the fall decor bins.


This year, half my stash of fall decor is going out the door as a donation...that's a promise!


I was moving the spring-like trough (above) out of the room when I noticed if I turned it around backwards so the words didn't show, the plain old-wood side and patched ends fit right in with the rustic fall themed colors...


So that's the entryway cabinet all dressed up for fall. I'll keep adding and taking away things until I get it the way I want. How about you? Has the fall decorating bug hit you yet?




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Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Finds For Fall




I love a good project and this one is perfect for fall and Halloween. 



Talented Tracey over at Porch Day Dreamer created this Witch Leg Candy Bucket, and if you want one too she generously gives step-by-step instructions on her blog. I pinned it for next year and look forward to having time to make it then.

There's lots of cute fall projects in this Farmhouse Style magazine that's in stores now.


My favorite uses a knob added to a frame to hang a wreath, thereby adding layers of decoration for your wall! 


Here's a close up of the knob the wreath is hanging on. Notice they used a length of twine to allow it to hang in the center of the frame...


I'm a more-is-more type gal so this inspired me to start pulling out some frames I had stashed away and hunting for some old knobs I'm sure are around here someplace. 

If you don't have an extra knob or two around, Hobby Lobby and Lowe's are both good places for hunting knobs...And don't forget to save the knobs off old furniture if the piece gets taken apart or is no longer usable. 



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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Whatever Happened With The Bead Board Wall?



This is a story that starts with "Long, long ago there was a girl who wanted a cabinet/bead board wall to block the view from the front door..."



The cabinet/bead board wall got built a long while ago, but we planned to paint it when we finished framing all our windows too. 

The idea was we would frame the rest of the windows, then have all the window frames, bead board wall, and all of our trim professionally painted in the same color.



While waiting for that to all come together, I started trying out different chalk paint colors trying to pick the "perfect" color...yeah, like that will ever happen!



Finally, the bead board wall-side of the built-in cabinet got painted this summer when Middle Daughter visited. If I haven't mentioned it before, she's a GSD (Get Sh*t Done) type girl!

So much has been going on around here medically that I never got around to showing that pretty painted wall. 

Even today, we spent almost the whole day at an Emergency Room with my 95 year old father-in-law going through a whole litany of scans, X-rays and tests. 


Someday the bead board wall will be the same color as the front door, but for now I'm just happy that it has paint on it!

Here is a picture taken from the front door. As you can see, the view from the front door no longer allows you to see all the way through the house, which means we have a lot more privacy.


I would still like to add a high shelf and a row of hooks to the bead board wall, but for now it passes as finished if we sell the house before we add anything more to it.





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Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday Finds




Oh how I wish I had an old piano to paint a bright color like this...



I love the idea of a great big yellow prop for fall decorating. Of course that won't happen here! 

Wild Bill (who spent 5 or 6 years of his childhood taking lessons) goes crazy when he hears about people painting pianos and other musical instruments. The lecture goes...paint can block the pores in the wood and change the tone...yada, yada, yada.

But the point Wild Bill misses is that most old pianos aren't kept anymore for playing unless it's an expensive one that's been well cared for. Usually old pianos have long past their prime and may have missing parts and are seldom played. Why not repurpose one for another use?

I found the yellow piano, and lots of other wonderful ideas at the Grace At Home party over at the blog IMPARTING GRACE




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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Three Pretties In The Family




This year our youngest granddaughter went off to kindergarten. Of course a new backpack was necessary to celebrate the occasion!


Her older cousin, our only other granddaughter, got her long hair cut and a sophisticated hairstyle for her return to school this year.


Not to be outdone, my 95-year-old father-in-law made it to his monthly appointment with Mary at the beauty shop in his retirement community. 

Pop And Mary Getting The Pedi Started

A haircut, a mani, and a pedi is something Pop loves and looks forward to each month and I don't blame him. Mary has done his hair and nails for the last 5 years, and she always makes him feel special.

How about you? Pedicures...like 'em or loath them? 

I don't like my nails touched by other people so I thought I would hate them. I finally tried it this month for the second time in my life. I did cringe a little at times, but it was so worth it in the end.



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Friday, August 24, 2018

Copy-Katting Penny's Darling Tiered Tray



Browsing the web for inspiration recently, Penny's 3-Tiered Tray stuck me as oh-so-adorable!



I had all the stuff to make a copycat of the tray except for the cute white enamel farm animal ornaments. 

Lucky for me and you, Penny was kind enough to let us in on her secret supplier...Hobby Lobby in the Christmas section!

Now I've been downsizing like crazy...but what's a girl to do? 

Of course I've been to Hobby Lobby's Christmas section hunting down those dang little farm animals! Our local Hobby Lobby doesn't have them so I'll look for them in other locations.

A few weeks back I found the link to Penny's Post on the Amaze Me Monday blog party at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home. If you're in need of a little inspiration, hop over to either of these blogs.



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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Things We Keep: More Precious Finds



Our garage is finally getting back to normal with more boxes of things going out the door than being stored! 

The two youngest daughters convinced me it is time to "Marie Kondo" the things my mother-in-law collected or saved, and then left behind.


This Hand-Painted Box Brings Me Joy!

In her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo tells you to touch each piece and ask yourself if it brings you joy? 

That's a hard one to start doing, but it gets easier the more things you touch and pass on.

At first I wanted to keep everything of sentiment or value, but our life is in fluctuation right now...this is NOT the time to store a bunch of things!

My mother-in-law's next younger sister has always shared mom's interest in collectibles and hobbies. I breathed a sigh of relief when she happily accepted the many boxes of dolls and doll parts!

If I had kept these things, it would only be to sell them on-line or in a booth. If I passed them to this favorite aunt, I knew she would love them or find a good home for them. 

Whatever she does with them it's now up to her...Kind of a "Tag You're It!" action.

The night I called the aunt, she had just finished putting an old doll together so I knew she was the right person for mom's favorite vintage dolls and doll parts. 

Here are a few things I kept as they really do bring me joy. They are all old and had been stored away inside this hand-painted old wooden box:



1. This little wooden case holds thimbles. Mom gave me some vintage thimbles years ago, which I plan to add to the old thimbles she had stored in this box.



2. This very odd clamp was also in the box. I knew it must be something involved with sewing, but was perplexed with it until September's Country Living Magazine arrived.


Mom's Clamp

Country Living's "What's It Worth" Section had similar

According to the magazine's article, this is probably an Early-20th-Century Sewing Bird Clamp! Mom's bird clamp has what is probably a pin-cushion on the back of the bird. 


Appears To Be A Pin-Cushion On The Bird's Back

3. A cute metal cat with a pin-cushion-bucket attached to the cat's side.


Another Pin-Cushion Of Sorts

The cat's head bobs up and down, and it feels like it might come out, but I don't want to ruin it if it doesn't.



4. An old case with lining, with a logo from a jewelry store in Birmingham. At first we thought Birmingham, Alabama, but the spelling of "Jewellers" and "Crooke" and the address on "High Street" makes us think it might be from England.


What Are These Used For?

Alabama or England?


We plan to do some research, especially to determine what were these used for...cracking nuts...crab cracking...hair crimpers maybe? 

Since they were with other sewing things, are they used for something in that field? Anyone have an idea for us?




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Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Weekend View...Fall Ahead




We have passed the halfway mark in August... September and fall are just around the corner. 



You can wait if you want, but I'm breaking out all the pumpkins and welcoming fall right now. Summer is done as far as I'm concerned!



If you've been to Hobby Lobby or PotteryBarn lately, you're probably convinced (like I am) that fall is near and Christmas will be here before we know it.


Hobby Lobby even has their Christmas displays out and their Christmas decor was on sale this week.

This "Fall Find" came from PotteryBarn. I'm a big fan of crows and really like this more subdued version of brown, black and green.




On other news...Wild Bill has been to the emergency room 3 times in the last 10 days, and had to go into the hospital 3 days the first E.R. visit and overnight the third visit. I started thinking he might have a girlfriend up there! 

The first time it was pneumonia, and then breathing problems and insanely high blood pressure readings. 

He's doing better now so don't worry. We're tough Texans after all! 




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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Staining The Sawed-Off Bed Frame The Easy Way



Finally got around to finishing up the footboard to our bed frame that we cut off a while back. 

Raw wood was left when we took a saw to the bed and sawed off the overhang to reduce the likelihood of running into it at night. I posted about it HERE.


I used a mouse sander to smooth the edges and sides, then colored in the raw wood with a Minwax Stain Marker...



There were many options for different stain finishes to match most wood stains with the Stain Markers. We just took a guess and picked the one we thought would match the best. 

We found our Minwax Stain Markers at Lowe's, but I'm sure every hardware store has them. They were around $5 or $6 if I remember right.

Here's a full shot of the bed in a before photo...



The "before" photo below shows how far the foot board stuck out before we sawed it off...

Believe Me This Was A Hazard At Night!

Here's the foot board after we sawed off all the outside edges...


After sanding, I started coloring in the wood with the Stain Marker...



If you can color in a coloring book with a marker, you pretty much have the skill necessary to complete this job!



I filled in the first coat of stain with the Stain Marker and then went back over the wood several times until I was satisfied with the results.



The bed is kingsize and very heavy so we had to saw, sand, and stain it inside the bedroom using a drop cloth.

It was hard getting a good photo of the results in our dark bedroom and, as you can see, blowing up the photo makes the wood look a little wonky.


I would highly recommend the Stain Markers for small jobs like ours. The match of the Stain Markers to the finish on the bed frame turned out way better than we expected! 


You might want to do a test spot on a part that doesn't show if you're worried about matching perfectly. We weren't too worried about trying the Stain Markers out as we figured we had nothing to lose. 

Besides, I was more than willing to paint the bed frame white if need be! In fact, I was a little disappointed that painting the bed frame white wasn't necessary.




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Friday, August 3, 2018

LaurieAnna's At Canton TX Trade Days



Just a reminder to all local Texans that Canton's "1st Monday - Trade Days" is this weekend.

Here's the latest photo from LaurieAnna's shop in Canton...



LaurieAnna's shop is broken up into different type rooms. This bedroom setting is in the entry room of LaurieAnna's. Their Kitchen Rooms and Dining Rooms are always my favorite rooms to walk through and pick things up for our house. 

LaurieAnna's shop will be decorating for fall soon, my favorite time of year in their shop.  I'll be impatiently waiting to go there even if it's just to look around and get ideas on how to use the fall decor I already have.

Speaking of fall decor...this mustard colored spray was new at the Frisco Mercantile shop the other day. The vendor was just setting them out so I plucked one out of the box to try at home. Love them!



The Kitchen Pig got this fall sprig to replace the pansies he's been sporting since spring. He does seem to smile a little more since his mini-makeover!


The colors of fall go well with our house since it's a blend of browns, yellowish golds, and such. 

How about you? Do the fall colors make you happy the heat is almost over...or sad because summer is coming to an end?






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