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A bit of fluff, quite messy really...

Updated: 2018-03-06T05:13:00.788-05:00




My first post

New Haircut


I've been wanting a short 'do for a long time
awhile back I finally took the plunge & cut off all my hair!
I've learned how to style it too so my new haircut has made my daily life easier.
Let's face it, I'm up at 4:20 AM and must leave by 5:20 AM
so easier is mandatory *smiles*

(image) No more french braiding!
No more ponytails!
No more worries about putting my hair up for work!
Best of all - No more NON style!
I have a style now *smiles*

So what do you think? Do you like it?

Birthday Cake!


Do you bake your own birthday cakes?
I do!
Or sometimes the Hubs will buy a ice cream cake cause they love those
but I love white cake with white buttercream - always have!
So this year Hubs said "I want to help!"
So we baked my birthday cake together *smiles*

(image) I've been wanting to try a ruffled cake!
It was easy peasy!
Use your rose tip & go back & forth all the way up in a narrow swatch then do that over and over and over again till you're all the way around your cake. Pipe a border on top to cover the edge and you've got a pretty, sweet, feminine, girly cake!

$10 Pedestal


You know how Hobby Lobby sells those faux wood pedestals for about $100? I've always wanted one but there was no way I'd ever spend that much on one, not even with a coupon or sale price so I waited patiently... Remember I worked for Hobby Lobby while waiting for my dream job to be built. My patience was rewarded after 2 1/2 years!

All the furniture items that Hobby Lobby sells comes in boxes which the employees put together. Now some people just naturally have skills at putting together things whereas others do not and whomever had attempted to put together this particular pedestal ending up stripping out the screw parts in the particle board type stuff it was made out of so no amount twisting it was going to hold it together. At this point most store managers would say toss it down the dumpster but fortune smiled on me as I had a repuation for wanting anything broken beyond repair and it was offered to me for $10!!! Naturally I knew my ober skilled hubs could fix it *smiles*


(image) (image) (image) Both ends of this pedestal needed repair and hubs used lots of wood glue and clamps to hold it together while it dried and set up. I waiting patiently...


Here it is looking all pretty and sturdy!

Not bad for $10 huh?

Gosh I miss Hobby Lobby!


Now if only I could get a new Ikea couch for $10...

a quick Charleston lunch


Much earlier this year I had the chance to go to another food show in Charleston SC. Now I've mentioned several times before how much my husband and I love Charleston, it's simply our favorite place ever so a quick mid-week expenses paid trip to our favorite place is a no-brainer, absolutely ! We are there! So this is us on our way. (image)
After lots of food show stuff on the first day and a huge customer appreciation party that evening we decided to spend our second day going downtown and having a quick bite of lunch before making the return trip home. The day was sunny and clear with a cool breeze, perfect weather! I wish we could have explored more but since we both had to work the next day we enjoyed this little slice of Charleston till our next visit.
If you've been to Charleston then you can imagine how rare it would be to have a picture of this particular location without another person or vehicle in sight! Charleston mid-week is a slightly different city from Charleston weekends.
(image) One of our favorite local casual places to eat is the Noisy Oyster. Their food is always yummy, excellent service and reasonably priced menu.


Forgive my awful photo! But this is one of my absolute Charleston favorites, She-crab soup! See the melting butter pool? Yum!
And another Charleston lunch favorite of mine is the Shrimp Po'boy sandwich with cheesey grits and red rice!

I have to visit Charleston several times a year or else I feel displaced and disquieted. Charleston calls to me, I can't explain it but I just know I have to be there. I feel a harmony within when I visit and wish I could live there all year round never leaving.

A Summer Evening Party!


Recently I prepared a little selection of nibbles for an investors meeting.
I had a great time coming up with my menu!
Mini Blue Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce
Black Bean Hummus with Whole Wheat Pita Chips
Antipasto Skewers with Pickled Okra
Firefly Sweet Tea Peach Soup Shooters
Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Lightly Sweetened Iced Tea

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The strawberries were the favorite of the evening, everyone commented on how huge they were!
(image) The anipasto skewers were drizzled with a Balsamic Vinegrette and had mushroom caps, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, dried apricot, kalamata olive and sundried tomato with basil - YUM
(image) I used the Magnolia Bakery in NYC recipe for the Red Velvet Cupcakes - they were oh so easy to pop into your mouth! (image)
I also put out a bottle of Toscani Caramel Syrup for those who enjoy flavored coffee

(image) (image) Sorry I didn't get a picture of the Chilled Peach Soup Shooters, I just put the shooter glasses into a large rectangle dish with crushed iced water and drizzled each shooter with a honey yogurt swirl, they truly were unique, pretty and oh so trendy!

a photo-less post and a lot of anxiety


After sharing in my so very long ago last post about the loss of a special friendship I've had some anxiety about continuing blogging. I don't know why... I think in my case the reasons for anxiety doesn't make sense after all I've been shown nothing but kindness and loving support from blogging friends and their comments but yet it's there physically manifesting as weird expectant feelings of impending doom in the pit of my stomach along with a racing heart as I comtemplate posting an update... *smiles*

So what have I been doing?

A whole lot of work for one thing, my job has taken off and grown steadily but just last week it's exploded as a local competitor sold out and all their little friends were frantically searching for a new place *smiles* We bought a car just after the first of the year so I'm no longer sharing my 3 hour round trip commute with my dear hubs in his vintage '86 Ford Ranger pickup but I now have bi-weekly car payments which drastically cut into my discretionary spending money. Our son is about to graduate college and is looking for employment while I daydream about having an empty nest *smiles* My dear husband and I are in the early months of a major life style change as we reject the word diet because diets have never gotten us anywhere and we are losing weight and feeling great eating cleaner, healthier and more wholesome foods. I've suffered from some unbearable foot pain and will start seeing a massage therapist soon for treatment. Hmmm, what else? Went to Charleston SC to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary in March only to come down with a wicked case of Noro-virus which pretty much ruined our visit. I managed to walk around the city I adore for a bit on our last day, otherwise I was too weak to get out of the car for the other days. That's about it friends, nothing major, just regular day to day living going on with a grateful heart for the blessings we enjoy in our lives.

I've been keeping with you guys on google reader though even if I don't comment. I've turned into a major lurker *smiles* I've been watching... lol I'm so proud of you guys for all your creative endeavors! Miz Darlene I'd love to know if your chicken spaghetti is a hit because I have an even simpler version of this dish that I serve at school which everyone loves and I'd be happy to share it with you. And Miz Susie I'd love to know how your daughter's allergies are coming along... what on earth do you feed that child since she is so limited? I have little friends with allergies too and I'm very curious how you and your sweet girl handle it.

OK anxiety is slipping away and I'm starting to feel better...

maybe I'll even get around to posting a little more often with some photos... I'm working on a Jane Austen inspired altered canvas tote bag that has cost me ZERO dollars in the making *smiles*

And Thank you friends for your sweet comments while I've fallen off the face of blogland!

Weighing on my heart


During a trip late last summer to my favorite town resulted in a loss of a friendship of many years standing. I've been on a journey of intense self discovery since, rethinking my own personal definition of friendship and what value it holds in my life. Asking myself if I am the toxic friend, the friendenemy. My attempts to repair this friendship have fallen upon deaf ears. Chances are it's truly over. I never once thought this was all her fault, this misunderstanding. But it's not all my fault either although I willing took the responsibility of apology upon my own shoulders. I'm not convinced I handled it in the proper format but I tried. I tried as much as I'm capable of trying. Let me explain this. It's hard to put yourself out there when you fear failure or rejection. No one enjoys having their feelings hurt or stomped on. While my apologies and attempts were genuine and sincere I did not give in to her demands of a post mortem rehashing of said events. I felt it would not serve either of us well. So instead I apologized, I apologized with contrition, I apologized with love and remembrance of years of friendship and finally I apologized the last time with an economy of words and simplicity, the final plea of can't we just be friends again? Only this weekend I asked her will we ever speak again? and yet she is unmoved.I somehow thought once we got through the apology stage then we could move on to the why did this happen stage and we both could then acknowledge our own parts in it , we'd somehow be friends again. I thought by offering my apologizes and an willingness to accept the majority of the blame that it would create an safe haven of forgiveness where our friendship could survive while we worked thru our differences. I was wrong. This is not what happened. My apologies have been rejected. It seems I'm not worth having for a friend after all these years.This hurts. Have you ever been the last one chosen for a team? Have you ever been rejected and found lacking? Have you ever looked around and thought is it me?I can tell you it's much easier to lose new friends, easier on your heart than to lose an old friend. While new friendships can be destroyed easier than old ones, when the old ones are lost they cut deeper and leave a bigger hole in your heart. The new ones don't have such a hold on your heart like the old ones do. It's much easier to let the new friends go, to move on, to say it's not me, it's them... but the old ones? Oh let me tell you, it's hard to hide from the truth.So after yet another rejection of my attempts to open a dialogue between us I've about come to the conclusion that my wise friend Miss Barbara was right in her advice, all that I can really do at this juncture is to pray for her.I wrote this post a year ago in December of 2008. Since that time the friendship has not resumed, we have not patched things up, spoken, anything. I did happen upon a semi-hidden blog post she wrote within days of the falling out, me and all my faults were the topic and she goes so far as to say that she had been building me up falsely, feeding my ego and how she created this monster that I had become.Wow that's pretty toxic... You can imagine how you would feel to have someone you considered a dear friend write such things about you... on a blog no less! to know that they were systematically set upon a course of feeding you a line of bull -- for what purpose I have to wonder? I was sick to my stomach when I read that blog post of hers. Then I realized that I didn't recognize this person she was speaking of... these horrible things were not me, although she wrote it about me MY SPIRIT REJECTS IT!!!Well I'm back to the sage advice of my friend Miss Barbara, wise woman that she is... pray, pray, pray... so I have been praying for her, she deserves nothing less than happiness in her life and if that means sans friendship wit[...]

Kitchen Desk Makeover


I thought y'all might like to see how I personalized my desk at work. I'm in a kitchen so there's certain drawbacks like the pebble-y white walls & all that stainless steel which gives off a definite vibe of cold & hard but trust me it gets plenty hot in there.I also have my super easy to clean VERY RED floor to coordinate with, what a challenge!Here's my blah before, I started to work on covering my binders. Would you look at those blue plastic boxes *sigh* I want to paint them so bad and my boss totally doesn't care but I can't decide on a color. I was thinking black but I'm very open to suggestions, maybe a nice almond or heirloom white would be a better choice... What do you think? What color would you paint them? Or leave them alone?I got a scrapbook paper kit from my dear friend's store, Scrapnesia, and added a few more sheets to go with it so everything would coordinate without me having to pick and choose a bunch of papers on my own.The papers have reds, browns, blues and a few have a tiny bit of yellow and green but I haven't used those papers yet. Spray adhesive is my new friend! It made covering those ugly green hanging file holders a breeze! They look so much better now and I can still do a bit more personalization to them if I choose, maybe some trim or a tag on the fronts...3 drawer plastic chest from my attic with paper lining the inside fronts of the drawers, great place to store my bandages & burn cream packets!!!The desk blotter I've had for a long time, it was a clearance find at Hobby Lobby. I love that I'm able to use it here as I never could at home. The baskets are from my scrapbook room, ones I painted black and hot glued fabric inside of, perfect size for pens and sticky note pads. I wanted to decoupage a pen cup holder thingy I haven't gotten around to it yet.So what do you think? Definitely better right? Thanks for looking! Have a wonderfully blessed week![...]

a little outdoor fall nesting


Hi Y'all... Welcome to my mess! This is our backdoor area which we use a lot more than our front door as we park back here. I scrubbed the green funk off the siding & set up a workspace. It was such a beautiful afternoon to work outside *smiles*Then I dragged down from the attic a fraction of my decorations, most of which were bought on final clearance last year @ Hobby Lobby I opened bags and thought to myself "I don't remember buying this!" This plain grapevine wreath had been hanging around my craft room awaiting inspiration. I came across this very ugly swag in my mess of shopping bags and wondered what possessed me to buy it, it was THAT ugly but somehow wired together with the grapevine wreath I can tolerate it *smiles* A handicapped scarecrow glued between the two definitely helps ~ a mini pumpkin hides his missing legs! Looking better already! I absolutely adore pumpkin topiaries & have wanted one forever! I found this urn at Dollar General on summer clearance marked down to $10 ~ too bad there wasn't two!I just wound one of my clearance garlands around and around then set the pumpkin on top, no wire, no hot glue, easy peasy to take apart later.My window boxes have been an eyesore for the last several years. They need serious help, one even fell down while I was decorating it. Dear hubby had to come out with his drill and a very long screw to fix it. Hopefully next spring he will build me some new ones or revamp these. I just stapled some wimpy cheap garland around the edges and stuck a scarecrow in. As we're off the road a little the view isn't so bad from a distance *smiles* We rarely use our front door so this thing banging against it each time we open it won't be such a bother like it would have been at the back door.And that's the end of my fall nesting outdoor tour, from back to front door *smiles*[...]

Potluck Bridal Shower food


I miss blogging! I miss visiting all the wonderfully creative and beautiful blogs of my friends, I miss commenting on them every day and feeling like a part of the blogland community. But I know many of you struggle balancing work, family, and blogging too, so I know you understand where I'm coming from. Between our single vehicle daily commuter lifestyle and the rigors of family life there's not enough hours in my day. I fall asleep within minutes of going to bed... who won Big Brother??? But here's the joy, I'm loving my career path! All the passion and excitment I felt years ago when I entered this field has been renewed. I'm happier with my work life than I've ever been before, what a blessing. And since I have been blessed with a wonderful although very small family, it's all good. Small challenges like a single beat up 83 small Ranger pickup truck to make an hour+ one way commute in is NOTHING compared to my daily joy with life in general. Frugal lifestyle aside, I feel like we are living rich and I anxiously await each day to see what unfolds...Fringe benefit of working with children is the sweet spontaneous hugs they give. Imagine that...We had a little staff meeting with a potluck bridal shower tossed in. Here's my contribution... yummy chicken salad with grapes. I've never made it that way before and this recipe certainly was a huge hit, definitely a keeper! More cupcakes, white on white! The little cupcake decorations were super easy to make once my brain got to thinking! I've seen so many adorably sweet cupcake decorations but really didn't have the time or computer skills to invest in making them. So I bought a few packs of K&Company 3 D wedding stickers from the local Mightly Dollar store along with some Sizzix die cuts and toothpicks. What do you think? Not too bad for being made "on the fly" and it gave me lots of ideas for other cupcake picks to make *smiles*If you want to make your own just sandwich a toothpick between a sticker and a diecut or punch. Press together carefully, easy peasy! Next post will be some fall decorations *smiles*Have a wonderful weekend![...]

Labor of Love


Allow me a moment to gush about my first two weeks on my dream job.Yes it's all that I hoped for & more, so much more! My boss is simply amazing, she is so inspiring! She has provided us all with the tools & environment necessary to succeed. I can't tell you what a blessing it is to work for her, she truly, genuinely, sincerely appreciates all of our efforts. I don't expect pats on the back or atta'girls because I believe as a professional that I have the drive, motivation & integrity to do my job to the best of my abilities without extra rewards or praise... but gosh, it wonderful to be told how great of a job I'm doing! She paid me the nicest compliment while introducing me to her accountants explaining how I was the perfect chef for this job because not only am I great chef but I'm a germophob who likes to save money! In honor of my thrifty nature I'm doing a little bit of rework on these adorable bibs for the babies and toddlers. They are pvc free vinyl like fabric with a cute little crumb catcher pocket across the bottom but the tee shirt style neck holes are way too small to go over their heads. I promise you these bibs will be thoroughly washed before being used but trying to get a picture without Indy-bug on them was a trick. I'm just going to open up the back seam, do a little fold over or in as the case may be and stitch a piece of velcro on them so they will be useable.Oh the fabrics are too cute ~ see the little purses & monkeys! I have 20 bibs to work on... And this weekend is the Hendersonville Apple Festival ~ And I'm hopeful for a bit of fall decorating time ~ And of course time spent with my family ~ Enjoy the holiday weekend![...]

Jane Austen Obsession


I have a not so secret obsession with Jane Austen. Pride & Prejudice is my favorite book, I've read it atleast a dozen times finding something new each time I read it. I have read her other works as well, several times but I keep coming back to P&P and currently am reading it again.Of course I love the movie adaptations...each one "just as it is"I even have a VHS tape of this early version of Pride & Prejudice, too bad my VCR died a few weeks ago cause I'd dearly love to watch it again!Who makes the best Mr Darcy? That's a topic for heated debate in many circles. I have my own favorite *smiles* Given the opportunity to travel back in time to experience life as it was then, I think I would choose this time above all others. It captures my imagination completely!A favorite family activity is to trade movie quotes and since I'm so obsessed with all things Jane, my family are good sports and well versed in Jane Austen inspired movie dialogue, perhaps it's the countless hours of having an adaptation playing in the background *smiles* We can exchange quotes in the form of conversation for atleast a half hour or longer before exhausting our reportoire. My darling husband particularly has a knack for quoting Jane, he even sends me text messages of a Jane nature. Oh how I adore him!My favorite Jane Austen quote "I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them."What is your obsession? [...]

Toolbox Makeover


***Edited to join in Kimba's DIY Day over at ASPTL***
I'm sure all you DIY-crafting diva's out there can appreciate the impatience I feel when I just have to start another crafty project, I'm in a hurry and I can't find my tools, you know the ones Husband says are mine to use so I'll keep out of his! Like the ugly blue hammer when I'm just dyin' to have a pretty sweet pink hammer! I spied a green plastic toolbox way up on a shelf in our garage so I grabbed a broom and proceeded to knock it down. I've been wanting to do this project forever and after being inspired by a few blogland ladies I went for it. Now I love green but this just wasn't rockin' my DIY-diva world ya know?


I was in such a hurry after rooting thru hubby's stash of paint that I didn't get a true before shot but you can imagine it easy enough. Hubby has this hobby of making 16th century Japanese Samauri armour out of plastic barrels (yeah I know!) so he has a stash of Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint. Since I was going for an improvement over the green the only color he had that I would consider was burgandy. The photo is showing it more red than it really is.


A few coats later and Oh this is so much better now! Then I added little embellies of my own, not much, just a touch, afterall this isn't a for show toolbox but a real honest to goodness working toolbox!


You can even see where I messed up the one on the left side but that's ok 'cause Nester tells us "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful"


Open House!


This has been a crazy 3 days for me! Every day I'm up at 4 am, preparing for my day, searching for recipes or working on my menus or initial food order. Then I'm grabbing up a mess of papers/notes/binders and I'm out the door. I've had a couple of 7 am morning meetings in McDonald's at the half point of my commuter journey just so I could keep in touch with my HL friends before I drive on to my school. So exciting but tiring hours with my commute even longer than before. But dear friends let me tell you it's worth it! It's so worth it! I've smiled more at work in my first 3 unofficial days than I have smiled in the last month atleast! Wednesday night once I got home I quickly grabbed some decorative items and serving pieces to use at the school for a small open house Thursday evening. Our conference room/breakroom is lovely. My photos don't do it justice. And yes I scrunched up the fabric in that tacky fashion! This is what happens when Chef has ten minutes to set up *smiles* No one cared! They were interested in the food! I knew that chalkboard tray would come in handy, I grabbed it at the last minute going out the door ~ good thing I remembered the chalk! What's that in the chaffing dish? Why it's good ole' batter dipped, deep fried green beans with spicy ranch sauce! Yum! These were a huge hit! Thank you to my dear husband for snatching up that piece of granite display when they were discontinued at his work. He thought I could display food on it, SMART man my husband! And the cracker spread? Roasted Red Pepper, super easy and very yummy. I'll give you the recipe! Not as beautifully presented as I would have liked but it was well received and most importantly my new boss *Cindy* loved it! Now for that Roasted Red Pepper Spread... 1 jar of roasted red peppers drainedabout 16 oz of cream cheese but you could certainly and very easily with great results get by with less then just increase it to taste and consistency that works for you!a touch of fresh lemon juicesome paprikagranulated garlicand that's about it as far as I can remember because I literally just cut up the cream cheese and tossed it all into the robocoup and blended. then I tasted it and added a bit more of garlic and wished all the while I had ordered more spices for my kitchen! If I had had it there I would have added a few shakes of Tabasco for the flavor and bite ~ not for heat! But everyone loved it and it had a nice balanced flavor.I've discovered that sometimes simplier really IS better. And this is how I do it most times, I just toss it together and wonder afterwards what was it I put in that? So I promise in future to take more care to semi accurately recall proportions and such for y'all. [...]

Wicker Bookcases Makeover


I've joined the party at Kimba's of A Soft Place To Land fame DIY Day, A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words 2nd Time Around, Southern Hospitality Today's Thrifty Finds & Twice Remembered's Make Your Monday & Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday!
I love my wicker bookcases ~ got 'em for free too, now THAT is Thrifty! Friends offered them to me after helping them move to their new home. My husband pretended not to hear their offer ~ shame on him! They were destined for a yard sale & I just couldn't let THAT happen!

(image) They look a bit of a hot mess with junk piled up in front of them.

(image) I adored the fabric when I hot glued it to their backs ~

I thought I was clever.

Now I've fallen out of love with this fabric and was yearning for change...


Of course the only real choice was BURLAP!!!

For less than $5 ~ an updated look

Be still my heart...

I have fallen back in love!

Makes a nice neutral backdrop for my treasures ~ they really pop now!

Just a touch of rustic texture to go with my wicker.


P.S. I put the faux greenery back up! I had to, it helps to keep the kitties off the top!

My Dream Kitchen Reality


For quite a while I've been involved in a project that I couldn't say too much about and it was killing me because it's so exciting. I've been dying to share it! Forgive me as I indulge in a very personal post about me as a real person and not just a craftin' decorating blog surfin' kitty lover but mostly it's a post about the incredible blessings I've received. I promise there's pictures of something I created further down *smiles*Remember when I went to the Sysco Food Show in Charleston earlier this year? I didn't exactly explain why I was there, what purpose it served other than I was helping out my friend Cindy with her project. Here's Cindy's project. Now y'all know me as a Hob Lob lovin' gal... but what you don't know is way before that I went to school to fulfill a dream of becoming a Chef. I ran out of money half way thru school and decided to learn the rest on my boss's dollar. And I did... I learned a lot. I also learned that a woman with a teenager son and husband who traveled for his career at the time wasn't an ideal candidate to climb the corporate kitchen pot rack to the top ~ super long hours, late nights, weekends, holidays, basically no real family life. I worked here and there... Met some incredible people along the way, made friends, kept in touch. But I couldn't find just the right fit for me and my family so I ended up in retail. I never meant to stay there so long but it just sort of happened. What was supposed to be seasonal work to get me thru the holidays till I could find something in my field turned into years. I got lazy, I quit looking, I shopped the sales *smiles*Then I got an email, I've had the same goofy email address since 1996. It was from one of the friends I've made along the way in my working life ~ Cindy! She was in the planning stages of making her dream come true and God Bless her (!!) she invited me to join her. And by joining her, my dream came true!Hello... I'm the Chef!Welcome to my dream kitchen I designed! My pot rack table, how cool, I can't wait to see if all filled up! My beautiful hot line where the magic will happen!The giant monster back in the corner is my HIGH temp heat sanitizing ware washer!My beautiful floor! My desk! My pot filler!!!Top left is my steamer and on the bottom left is my baker's DEPTH combi oven! Be still my heart!I went shopping yesterday for my smallwares and once they are delivered then I'll share some photos of those. And I met with my purveyor Jack from Sysco and dazzled him with my menus I've been working on. The whole experience has been exciting and a dream come true. Thank you for coming on my little kitchen tour, I hope you enjoyed seeing it as much I have enjoyed sharing it with you![...]

Burlap Pet Placemat


***Edited to add: Join the party at A Soft Place to Land's DIY Day*** Oh how I've been itching to do this project ~ I had everything so once again a ZERO CASH project *smiles* Here's what I used: craft paintburlap scrapfoam stampsiron on vinylI bought the whole bolt of iron on vinyl off the clearance rack for a great price & saved it ever since ~ why? Just cut your piece to fit your item, peel the paper off, place it sticky side down on top of the right side and hand smooth.Then take the piece you pulled off & lay it over the top & pressThat's it! Easy Peasy!Indy-bug loves his new placemat...Shhhhh, we won't tell him he's gotta share with Miz Sissy!Two seconds later & look who shows up at the food dish?Miz Sissy![...]

How to Make A Roman Shade from Mini Blind


**Edited to add: Join the party at A Soft Place to Land DIY Day, A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words 2nd Time Around, Southern Hospitality's Today's Thrifty Treasures , Twice Remembered's Make Your Monday , and Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday***Are you like me and love the look of roman shades but are too intimidated to attempt making them? When I found this project on Little Green Notebook I knew it would be my salvation to the despised decorating peril of plastic mini blinds. Mini blinds sacrificed for the greater decorating good instead of evil?YES!Supplies needed for this makeover:plastic mini blindstape measurefabric gluescissorsfabric***Edited to add ~ This was a ZERO CA$H project as I had all supplies on hand. The fabric was end of a clearance priced bolt, purchased several months ago for about $5 without a project in mind ~ just for my stash! Mini blind was older than dirt but recently destroyed by one very rambucious Indy-bug kitty. A very thrifty repurposed project ~ the best kind!***Carefully cut off all the ladder sections of string being careful not to cut the lift cords. Remove the plugs from the bottom, set aside, and remove all the extra slats.As my blind was already shortened to my desired length, I just took that measurement and divided by 9 (the desired length of folds) to arrival at my optimal remaining slat number of 5.Retie lift cords evenly, trim excess, and push back into hole. Replace plug covers.I'm showing this next step without fabric because it's just easier to see.Lay your fabric face down, fold fabric over an inch or two for a nice finish across the top of your shade then place your blind face down making sure to keep fabric folded edge flush with top of blind.Measure down 9 inches or desired fold length and place a slat, continue measuring and placing slats until you reach the bottom of the blind. Using fabric glue attach your folded fabric edge to top of blind. Then apply glue to each slat and press to fabric to adhere. ***DO NOT glue the lift cord, stop and start your bead of glue on the slat about an inch or so from the lift cords so they can work freely. This is a vital key to success***When you reach the bottom trim your fabric leaving enough to cover the bottom slat and wrap over slightly. Glue in place carefully avoiding the lift cords. Trim your fabric down both sides leaving enough to fold over making a nice hemmed edge. I left about 2 or 3 inches on mine.Make a neat fold at the top carefully leaving the sides of the blind mounting bar free of fabric because it must be able to slide back into your mounting bracket.Glue in place.Continue gluing side hem all the way to the bottom of the blind.Make a nice neat fold at the bottom, repeating what you did at the top.You can add trim to the bottom if desired.Wait for glue to dry then hang in place!I loved how it turned it. I'm planning to do my living room blinds as well. I think I'll do those in burlap and attempt to line them as well. [...]

Front Door Makeover


Back in the 90's I had this whole country Victorian thing going on! This door was long overdue for an update. Once again I challenged myself to use stuff I had on hand, so this was a ZERO CASH project ~ my absolute favorite kind!So the paint I'm going to use is a bit on the creamy color side, like a golden cream instead of white because that's what I had and it's interior paint but I'm not going to worry about it. This last paint job lasted entirely too long!Printing out the numbers should have been a lot easier but I ended up with this overlapping cut & taped mess, it worked. No transfer paper so I read in blogland how one lady made her own by scribbling across the back with a pencil, it WORKED!I recycled my used painters tape *smiles* This was really easy to do, I could have used a pencil to trace around but mistakenly thought I needed something more like a stylus to use and since I couldn't find mine I used the end of a round paint brush instead. A pencil would totally work.Ok this is where it stopped being an easy project and suddenly became a pain in my you know what project. I am not Miz Susie Harris, I just can't do that kind of painting, paint a house? you bet. paint a room? sure. trim work without taping off? yeah no problem, but these numbers gave me a fit! So no "I'm ready for my close up" shots, this is as close as I'm willing to show afterall this is supposed to be an improvement *smiles* It's not THAT bad but it's a tad wonky & I'm going to try to touch it up a bit more but I was anxious to show off.Linked up to Kimba's DIY Day! [...]

Chalkboard Tray


I've had this cheapy Dollar Store tray for years. It's looking worse for the wear! Since I've been seriously wanting to copy all the cute chalkboard trays I've seen all over blogland, this tray is a perfect candidate for a makeover.(image) I had all necessary supplies so it was a ZERO cash project
LOVE THAT!(image)
I seriously love the spray paint trigger! (image) And here it is all done displayed on my island!(image) Naturally I had to bake some cookies to properly show it off!
And the little green saucer is stamped Fireking on the back
and it cost me 10 cents in a yardsale!(image)

Burlap Framed Pear


*edited to add link to Make Your Monday @ Twice Remembered* & *Miz Rhoda Today's Thrifty Treasures @ Southern Hospitality*&*Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch*&*Second Time Around @ A Picture is worth 1,000 Words*
I spotted this at a church rummage sale and thought what a fancy frame. I immediately thought of a project I've seen all over blogland recently.(image) Did you see the price tag of 10 cents?

(image) Trusty black spray paint to the rescue, left over burlap, hot glue gun and sacrifical faux pear ~ ah much better!(image)

I just love the results!

Porch Makeover


Just over three years ago this is what our home looked like after we moved back in after having rented it out for five years. And this is what it looks like now after our 4th of July mini porch makeover. All over blogland ladies are turning their porches into beautiful outdoor rooms. Just cause I was faced with a less than perfect "before" doesn't mean my "after" can't be beautifulWe spent just over $100 cash & purchased rug, black side table, animal print pillows, candles, drop clothes, ring clips, some hardware bits, fabric, foam, potting soil, hanging baskets and flowers. I shopped the house for picture hanging wire, table top water fountain, black spray paint, ficus tree, little metal & glass round table, birdhouse and chains for hanging baskets. The red wicker barstool came from dumpster diving in North Charleston last year. My husband bought that oak rocker from an junk~tique shop in Lake Lure about 19 years ago with a broken runner and made a new one to repair it. The swing came with the house so it's atleast 19 years old.A weekend's worth of work & $100...Blocking the ugly view across the road& spending quality chillin' time with my sweetiePriceless[...]

A few words


I've been lurking... not really commenting much but trying to keep up with everyone's blogs. My lack of posting is because my heart hasn't been in it lately. There is stuff weighing on my heart that I've wanted to share but didn't have the words to express. And there's been something life changing going on as well that I've not been free to speak of. But first I'd like to tell you about a very dear friend and co-worker who passed away last month after a brief illness. She was only 47 years old. We worked together, every day, she's been a part of my life these last 3 years and I miss her terribly. I have some powerful emotions mixed up in her passing, feelings that I'm trying to work thru, come to terms with. Vernessa had a smile that would light up the entire store, she had a quiet humor, and a kindness that touched many.

And her passing has made me realize that it's time for me to move on as well. A major project that's been brewing in the background for months is starting to take shape and will be finalized very soon. Until then I'm not free to speak of it but soon, very soon I'll be able to share all about this amazing ride I've been on.

Don't delete me yet. A few more weeks and I'll be back.

Framed Silverware Copy Cat


(image) Sorry for the glare! Y'all know I'm camera challenged around here.
The shadowbox frame was dirt cheap because the glass was broken
The faux silverware was free out of the trash from work ie: broken wall decor
The mini frame in corner was free, same as the silverware
I purchased a pack of vintage sheet music months ago on sale at local antique shop
Basically I ripped and tore the sheet music down to size & distressed inked the edges
Hot glued the faux silverware after careful eyeball meausuring
Stamped our inital on a piece of cardstock and glued the whole thing to the corner
It now lives on my wall above the sideboard in the dining room
shhhh... don't tell anyone but I've still not painted that sideboard yet
for shame!
I think my next post will be about the color crisis I'm having choosing between
creamy white!
I seriously need help!