Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Posts To Inspire Your July 4th Decorating

I was stumped this year for ideas to decorate so
I looked up some old ideas from previous
years to get inspired.
Apparently I was focused on the kitchen
and chalkboards last year...
  I'm really going to have to learn to write
something on the chalkboards besides 
Happy 4th!

I used that same snappy phrase for 2013 too:

  Back in 2012, I was all about the chickens
and flags...
That was before we hung the TV over the mantle.
I think I want my mantle back for decorating!
These pictures made me realize I'm not
much of a July 4th decorator, so I checked
out some blogs for ideas.

Over at Let's Add Sprinkles blog, Katie
showed how to make bunting with a table
runner from the thrift store:
(Let's Add Sprinkles)

At Karen's Up On The Hill, I learned I can do
more with those Dollar Store flags than stick
them in flower pots (duh)

(Karen's Up On The Hill)

Karen used a little flag and some iron-on to make
a knock-off Potterybarn pillow...
 And if that wasn't cute enough, she replaced
pictures in frames with the little flags too!


Hurry over to Karen's and Katie's blogs to
get the full details:

Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Probably Wasn't Appreciated

Last Sunday, while skyping with our youngest
daughter's family, our granddaughter Lily
was telling us about her trip to Disneyland
and to the beach in San Diego.
 It was her first time at both, and she
said she loved the beach the most.

When she showed us all the shells she collected
with her cousin Tucker, I told her she could get
an old frame and paint it and glue the shells on.
Lily loved the idea and immediately went
looking for a frame. 

Her mother was not so happy about the idea of
spending her Sunday night cleaning up another
of Lily's DIY projects.

I think my suggestion probably wasn't appreciated.
It didn't phase me though because I spent many a
night cleaning up after Lily's mother when
 she was a little DIY-er. 


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Blue Kitchen

I was happy to be featured over at the
Anything Blue Friday
party at The Dedicated House's blog.

 I overdosed on country blue way back in the
late 80's, so we have hardly any blue in our house.

For the Anything Blue Friday party, I submitted a
 post I did on that lovely green-blue kitchen in a
house we toured a while back. 

Seems everyone loves that kitchen...
If I get brave, I just might paint our kitchen's hood
that color or add it in a few small spots.

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Uncle Sam Joins The Bird War

Someone suggested I might hang flags in our
outside entryway to scare the Barn Swallows away. 

 Seems birds do not like things flapping around.
 At Hobby Lobby I found this Uncle Sam with
streamers and some twisting stick-type thingies.
I know the neighbors must think we're a little crazy
to hang our decorations up so high you can only see
the bottom hanging down from the street view...
Truthfully, this isn't the first crazy thing we've
done so they're probably used to it.

I did add a few holiday decorations to the
planter pots just to add some cheer...
Despite all our gay efforts, the @&%#g birds were
 still trying to nest in the outside chandelier, leaving
their "droppings" right in front of our doorway.
 Wild Bill took matters in his own hands and decided
to buy a BB-gun to scare them off. When he came
home the proud owner of a pink one, I thought
maybe he had lost his mind. 
He said:  
"Can you imagine how I would look carrying
what looks like a real gun around the yard?"

And I thought: 
"'re going to look so much better with
a little pink Daisy-brand one!

For the next 2 or 3 days, Wild Bill would go out
and shoot his little pink Daisy right under the
birds, not "at" them, but "under" them.

Lo and behold...the birds are gone!
We are bird-poop free.

 Seems just the noise of a nearby gun is
enough to scare them away. 

Some towns and malls have BOOM noise-makers
in place where there's a problem with birds nesting
in large flocks. That's where Wild Bill got the idea.

Thanks for dropping by!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Favorite Stairway, Favorite House

If I had a stairway...
I would paint words like this one.
 Our builder left plenty of room in our attic to
build a bonus room, but we would have to give
up our office nook to put in a stairway.

The stairway in these pictures was from a house
tour we did a while back.  

I still drool over pictures of that house...
especially the kitchen.

Remember it?

 I still love that mix of wood, white,
greenish blue, and granite.

It's raining again here in Texas this week.
Love that too.

Thanks for dropping in!

Come join me here...


Mrs. Olson's Share Your Cup party:

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Small Town In Georgia

Last Fall, we set out to do a road trip to
 Tennessee. Somehow we entered Georgia on
the very first day and ended up staying there
for the next 3 days...
We fell in love!
Just before we left Georgia, we happened upon
a little town called Clayton.

I mean, how big can a town be when folks
running for office use only their first name?

There is an old house there built of rocks.
The fountain, benches, and everything else
were built with rocks long ago...

The area around the town was filled with hills,
valleys, and beautiful blue skies.

Leaving Georgia was hard, as I had fallen
in love. We took the mountain road out of
Georgia and into Tennessee.

Truly, some of the prettiest mountains and
towns you will ever see.

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Featured At The Dedicated House

You know how you slow down and can't
help but look when you see a car crash?

I guess there are a lot of people who feel
the same way about a wreck of a house...

I was thrilled to get an email from Kathryn
over at The Dedicated House, letting me
know she was featuring my last post in her
Sunday Showcase as "most viewed".

Thank you to everyone who clicked on
my link, even if it was just to see how
badly I had wrecked my house!

My favorite from that blog party was the
drum table done by JunkChick Life. Of course
 she painted it white and aged it down!

Hope you go over and check out the other features.

Thanks for dropping by! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Recycling Rooms While Dreaming Of New Stuff

Well, since last we talked I have totally
torn up the house to redecorate...

You know how that goes, right?

You decide to focus on one room -- and that
requires you to move almost every piece of
furniture around in the rest of the house --
it's some freaking law of nature!
While stacking stuff on a cabinet, I think I
discovered the right colors for our house!
The aged-yellow frame on the chicken picture
represents the kitchen cabinets...
and some of the other furniture... 

The aged-creamy-white of the chalkboard
represents most of our white furniture and 
the color of the window and door trim.

I love black, brown, dark green, and deep
rose for accent colors right now...
I think I'm over blue!
 Did you noticed the Restoration Hardware
paint chip? 

That's going on some walls if I get brave
enough to go to the dark side!

Most of the Restoration Hardware stores are
painted with that slate color now. I love how
RH mixes the dark gray color with the bare 
and aged wood look...

Here's my favorite two pieces of RH furniture:
 The St James bed frame and the
Willems table in bare wood...

or coffee stain...
Have you noticed that Restoration Hardware
never stocks anything in the stores anymore?

I tried to buy a gallon of the slate paint last
week, but when I took the gallon can to the
checkout,  the saleslady said it was for
"...display purposes only..."

I took the chip and decided to have it color
matched at Home Depot. I like their Behr's
Paint-and-Primer brand better anyway, and I can
buy a smaller sized sample in case I chicken out.

Thanks for dropping by!

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