Monday, October 20, 2014

How To Win The Contest

I was thinking of a Halloween from 31 years
ago in 1983, when the youngest was 3 and we had just
adopted my best pal, Ginger, from an event called
"Adopt A Pet In The Park"
I learned that year that it isn't always the
costume that wins the contest, it's the attitude.

We were going to a Halloween party and the
littlest wanted to be a bride -- or, more likely,
I just had stuff on hand that I thought I could
use for a bride outfit and talked her into it.

So we dressed her up.
I put her sister's old flower girl dress on her
and made her a veil out of some cheese cloth,
which I held in place in her hair with some little
fake flowers and clips. All three girls picked
some flowers and we tied them together with
some ribbon to make her a bouquet.

The only picture I have of her is after the costume 
party we attended, when she was eating her cupcake.

I had taken the veil off and tried it out on
the dog...

Now she won 1st prize in the costume contest,
but I don't think it was my dazzling outfit that 
did the trick. 

See, she got a little stage fright at the
last minute and started bawling and didn't
want to be in the contest. 

Her father (my ex) told her she had to go on
stage with her sisters and be in the parade or no
candy and treats. So, up on the stage she went
with her bouquet of flowers and round and
round in circles she walked with the other kids,
but she was bawling like crazy and acting
like she was going to her death, which made
her look just like a reluctant bride.
The audience loved it!

Everyone clapped for her, and she finally
started smiling, when they announced
that the contest winner was...
The Brawling Bride 

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Bowl Full Of Pumpkins

This bowl of pumpkins sits on the table
with a little string of lights from
last Christmas.

I filled up the bottom of the bowl with pinecones,
acorns, faux vines, and even three fake pears... 
basically anything in a shade of Fall brown.
This battery pack lasted all last December
and, so far, this past week. I buried the
battery pack down under the acorns
and pinecones.

Most nights I forget to turn it off and
still it runs day and night.
Last weekend, I saw these battery lights at Lowes.
They were in the Christmas section for $10 each.
Lowes has them with red or blue lights.

When I bought these last year at a home interiors
store, they had them in bright white (these) and
ones with a yellow cast. I wish I had bought
more of them when I had the chance.

They're great for putting on wreaths, vignettes,
or even in a bowls of pumpkins.

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Kitchen Has A Hole In It

There's a hole in our kitchen...
See it?

Above the refrigerator, the builder planned
for a TV in the space. There is a plug-in
and cable outlet just waiting for a TV.

The inside of the cabinet was not finished
like the rest of the cabinets (see below)
and there are no doors like these.

Just a big hole.
We don't want to put a TV in our
kitchen. It's part of the great room and
there's already a TV across the room.

Wondering what would you do?

Bloggers always have such wonderful
ideas. Please share your best idea
with us and help us fix that hole.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I like dorky Fall decorations, especially ones that last.
You can only paint so many pumpkins white, right?

This lighted pumpkin is from 2003 or 2004 maybe...

I bought it at Walmart for around $3.99
Knock on wood...It still lights up!

Love this fabric scarecrow's goofy grin.
I bought him at Cracker Barrel restaurant about
8 years ago. He moves around during the season,
much like the furniture.

Last October, we took a trip through Northern
Georgia. I saw this cute collection of pumpkins
and scarecrows and took a picture so I could
recreate it on our lawn.

Hope it's cooling down where you are.
We're expecting a cold snap and more rain.

Thanks for dropping by.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Banner And Pillows

I didn't win that banner over at
Art And Sand's blog,
but don't feel sorry for me --- 

Carol sent me a banner anyway!

 Here's a closer look...
 I guess you noticed I didn't climb back up
on top of the kitchen cabinets to put it up
there like I said I would if I won.

For now, I put it in the TV room I'm making
out of what was the dining room.

Here's a moody shot of the room to give it a
little drama. I really need to just pick a paint
color and paint this room a darker color.
 The "FALL" banner goes well with the Pottery Barn 
pillows I bought last year. They're back in the stores
and catalog this year.

 That's one of my new PB lampshades in the
corner there. I bought them for another room,
but tried them out in here to add some pattern.
I sure love the "Fall" banner.
Carol called her gift "passing on the blog love."
I love that, and I plan to pass some on myself.
If you weren't one of the five winners, you can
still make one of these banners for yourself.
Carol put the easy-to-follow directions for
making them on her blog.

Full disclosure...I love the banner and
Art And Sand's blog. She did send me one
of the banners, but the opinion is my own.

And, I wish I could tell you Pottery Barn pays
me to gush about their products, but they don't.

Check out Carol's blog, you'll enjoy it.
And maybe you're one of the five winners.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another Shade Of White

It's no secret, I like to paint things white.

I went crazy when I saw all the WHITE Fall
decor when I went to Laurie Anna's shop
in Canton Texas earlier this month
All these pictures are from LaurieAnna's
blog. I've put a link below.

Of course, I came right home and started
painting my old orange pumpkins white.

I bought two medium and two small white
pumpkins at Laurie Anna's shop.
The creamy whiteness of the pumpkins
is a perfect brownish white.

I'm planning to take one of the pumpkins down to
Home Depot and have the paint department use
their computerized equipment to color match
a quart of paint to the white color of the pumpkin.

I received no compensation for this post from
Laurie Anna's or Home Depot.

Here's a pumpkin I painted next to two little ones
from Laurie Anna's. You can see how white
the one I painted is compared to the two smaller
ones I bought at Laurie Anna's.

All that's needed is a sample the size of a 
quarter and they can match any color for you.
I'm sure other places can do it too, I'm just
familiar with Home Depot's process.

Once, to match an old wall color, we took a small
piece of the wall out of a corner of a closet.
The touch-up paint matched perfect.

I've also had Home Depot color match paint
to a yellow sweatshirt and a towel that was the prettiest
shade of brown. They put the fabric right on the
equipment and it turned out perfect too.

Check out LaurieAnna's here:

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chairs In The Making

I've been having quite a painting party
here in the cottage. Nothing finished, but
lots of starts.

My main effort has been painting this table
and four chairs that I bought for $20 at a garage
sale when we visited middle daughter last June.
$20...Who could resist?

Do you think Wild Bill was thrilled to learn
we had to haul them home? ...yeah, right!
The seat covers were pretty good, just a few
water stains. Painting them seemed easier than
removing and recovering them.

You can see the type stain they had in the upper
right corner of the chair seat in this picture.

I used an old can of Behr paint in a white color
called Popcorn and a quart of Ben Moore's paint (in
a buttery yellow color) to make an off-white color.

I added a 50/50 mix of Plaster of Paris and water
to make the paint chalky, using about 3 tablespoons
of each and mixing it up in a disposable paper bowl
before pouring it into the paint in the pint jar.

To paint the chair seats, first I wet the material
with the water I cleaned off my brush in.
I'm nothing if not lazy thrifty!

Next I dipped the wet brush in a little paint and
kind of water-washed the paint on.

You need to let the thin coats dry between
coats, and it helps to use a piece of fine-grade
sandpaper every couple of coats to make the
material smoother and less stiff.

If you try this, be sure to paint the seat's material
first, as the watery paint will drip onto the legs
and you can then just spread that out in a
thin first coat on the legs as you go.

When the seats are completely coated and dry,
I'll smooth them with a little more sandpaper
and finish them with Annie Sloan's soft wax.

Hope you'll join the "progress party" at...

Monday party here:

and also at Distressed Donna's

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Giveaway At Art And Sand's Blog

Little Miss Creativity over at the blog
Art and Sand
is having a giveaway.

Hey, before you go there...
let me tell you what I would do if I won.

I would pick a banner.

Here's one she made for Summer.

Of course, I need one that says

for the mirror on top of my kitchen cabinets.
Something to perk it up...up there!
See the ladder just waiting for me to climb
up and hang it across the mirror?

Maybe aged down white with black letters.
Like the tags hanging off the baskets.

Well, what are you waiting for?
Head over and enter:

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Thursday, September 11, 2014


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was a day
in 2001,
when a
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we will...


Monday, September 8, 2014

Two Birds With One Stone

Do you need more storage space?
Me Too!

While putting out the Fall decor, I discovered
some storage for my Christmas decorations
that are too delicate for the garage.
The tops of my kitchen cabinets!

You can't see it, but under the baskets are
plastic shoe boxes holding ornaments and
small decorations.
Then, in the large baskets, the larger
decorations like deer and such fit in.
 I bought some more of my favorite baskets
at Target -- The ones that come with black
wooden tags on one end and one side.

I plan to paint the black tags white like the 
the tag with the number 7 that I hung on the 
basket on the left in the picture below.
Are you still with me?
That was a mouthful!

I really have a thing for numbers and chalkboards.
Luckily, you probably do too -- unless you're my
dear husband, who does not get the whole
chalkboard or number thing --

I've learned to say:
"Bless His Heart!"
A term in the South that denotes the person
referenced is just a little off... can see in the picture above,
I got four baskets up above this side of
the kitchen.
The two on the left are different heights
because I ran out of plastic shoe boxes
and need to go buy some more.
 I bought a new chicken at a thrift store for $15.
I like her because she looks a little pissed.
If Wild Bill riles me up, instead of saying
"Talk to the hand"
I can say
"Talk to the chicken!"
(bless his heart)

So, as you can see in the picture above, down
came a pumpkin and up went the chicken...
to the right of the scarecrow.
One of my favorite things about the kitchen
cabinets is how the molding on this cabinet
wraps around the wall.
Simple things occupy simple minds!

Speaking of that, Wild Bill said he was
amazed how I could spend hours and hours just
putting up Fall decorations and changing them
around. He commented it was a real gift,
but laughed when he said it so I'm not sure
exactly what he meant...
Bless His Heart!

Partying this week at:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Looking Back

Maybe it's old age, but getting out seasonal
decorations seems to lead me down
memory lane a little more often these days.

This "book" will never be a best seller, but
I've cherished it for almost 30 years.

Halloween And Lady Bugs...
It was made by my two youngest daughters.

First they created a drawing and then wrapped
it around a piece of wood.

 Here are the two authors, probably a
little before their publish date...

And here they are during early college days.
No surprise to anyone, they both majored
and earned degrees in English, and both
use their writing skills to make a living.

This picture was taken at a college graduation
party for Jaysa (rhymes with Lisa) 
-- she's the shorter one and the oldest 
by 19 months.

Here's the most recent picture I have
of Jaimee, taken earlier this month...
my youngest baby has the youngest
(and last) grand-baby.

If it's been a while since you've had a baby,
this picture will remind you of how
exhausting new motherhood can be!

So...I know it's a little early for Halloween,
but I like to put this "book" out first thing
when I decorate for Fall.

After all, it's a first edition!

Thanks for dropping by.