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Simple Woman's Daybook

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 05:01:00 +0000

 Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Outside my window...It's a bit cloudy, somewhat cooler than it has been, but looks to be a gorgeous day provided by our Lord.

I am thinking...What a truly lucky woman I am to have a sweet husband, lovely family and loving grand children.

I am thankful for...God, who has provided me with so much in my life.

From the learning rooms...I picked up some flashcards for my two grandchildren and will be working with them daily on sight words and letter sounds.  My grandson read his first book this week and that's a huge milestone for him.   Praise be to God.

From the kitchen...I look out over our freshly mowed backyard, watching the squirrels playing, the birds feeding at the feeder while I am doing dishes.

I am wearing...A pair of khaki shorts, t-shirt, flip flops and my usual apron.  I adore aprons now.

I am first decorative tassel out of ribbons, beading and a little spring bird topper.

I am further than my yard and school today. 

I am reading...the bible and blogs today, when time permits.

I am hoping...and praying that my two adorable grand kids continue to get to live with me!

I am hearing...the sound of cartoons in the background along with the keyboard clacking away.

Around the's never ending housework.  I've never had so much laundry to do before.  I also am planting many houseplants to bring indoors.

One of my favorite things...Is Thursday afternoon bible studies at my home.  What a wonderful time we women have together.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Prepare and ready for my grand son's 7th birthday party, bake cupcakes, and lots of home study for him.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

If you would like to take part or read more Simple Woman Daybook entries then head over to The Simple Woman's Daybook. 


Pink Saturday and Mosaic Monday

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 13:59:00 +0000

I've been absent for several weeks now and I must apologize for this.  You see I have my grand children here with me now and we are still working on a good routine.  As many of you know kids take a lot of time!  So please forgive me for my long absence.  I hope to get back into my regular routine of blogging daily once again.   As you probably already know by now Pink Saturday is hosted by Ms. Beverly of How Sweet the Sound.  Thank you so very much Beverly for taking the time to do this for each of us every week.  Pink has always been one of my favorite colors.  Be sure and visit all the other delightful Pink Saturday posts when finished here.  We have a weekly standing challenge to visit and speak about a fellow Pink Saturday blogger and today I am featuring Phyllis @ Around the House.   Phyllis has posted some gorgeous pink tulips today.  Her blog is also full of gorgeous table settings in all colors and china patterns.  Be sure and give her a visit today.Today my pinks that I am sharing are from one of my favorite online stores - Serendipity-Crafts.  If your not familiar with Serendipity Crafts which is operated and owned by Elizabeth and Hugh, then you really need to go over and give them a visit and take a look at their fabulous plates and platters.  You see Elizabeth and Hugh design and hand paint gorgeous plates and platters for all occasions.  Yes, you read that correctly, they hand paint each plate themselves.  No transferring of pictures, no decoupaging, each one is individually and meticulously painted by hand.   So without further ado here are a few of their fabulous plates that all feature Pink in the design. This plate doesn't have any pink in it, but I wanted to show you just how wonderful their hand painting is.  They can take any picture you send them for a special order and paint it onto a plate or platter.  Check this work out!I hope you've enjoyed my Pink Saturday and Mosaic Monday as much as I've enjoyed posting it.  Be sure and visit Mary @ The Little Red House for all the wonderful Mosaic Monday posts this coming Monday.  Also head over to Serendipity Crafts to see their fabulous work on plates and platters.  I know you'll find something for yourself or for a gift this year.  Plus I know you'll come back and say thank you. Have a beautiful Pink Saturday my friends.  [...]

Pink Saturday

Sat, 03 Apr 2010 04:43:00 +0000

Happy Easter Everyone!  May your Easter Sunday and your wonderful weekend be full of laughter, love, family and Christ. Since I've got my grand babies now I haven't had time for anymore Easter decorating in our home.  Rest assured we are filled with all the love and blessings that Easter brings.  This week since I've been so very very busy I am sharing some beautiful pictures I've found through Google Images.  I know, that is cheating, but I hope you forgive me this time.  The week just got away from me.Easter is of course full of beautifully decorated eggs. Lots of gorgeous Easter baskets:Easter Bonnets:Easter Flowers and Easter Trees:And of course, beautiful children:Have a Wonderful Pink Saturday and Easter my friends.  Don't forget to head over to How Sweet The Sound to see more gorgeous Easter Pinks and Yellows today.  [...]

Sweet Projects Finished

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 23:25:00 +0000

Good morning everyone!  Today I wanted to share some smaller projects I've been working on around here.  Most of these I started early last week but after the unexpected arrival of my beautiful grand babies they were placed on hold momentarily.  Well after a few days of getting into a new routine and life in order again (as much as it can be when little ones are around) I finally got them finished.  Whew I was happy to get this done and am quite proud of the way they all turned out.  Now without further ado here they all are.I completely forgot to take before pictures of this one.  But picture it, Home Interiors Brass Sconce.  One of the globes had gotten broken and I hated the brass.  So I mixed my own craft paints and created the color I wanted to match our new bedroom redo and this is what I came up with.  I really love the color. These two items cost me a total of $2.00.  I love the Moss Rose plate and knew when I found it I wanted to make a cake stand from it.  Later in the same Flea Market I found the wood stand.  It was marriage time for the two.  I first painted the stand with Kilz primer and then gave it three coats of Country White paint.  After the natural drying time (which seemed to take forever) I glued the two of them together using Gorilla Glue.  That was my first time using Gorilla Glue and I had heard several bloggers say that it expanded quite a bit.  Well thankfully I remembered this and took it into consideration.  Bloggers, you were right!  It swelled up quite a bit and I had to scrape up one small piece.  After removing the excess glue I then sand papered the edges for a distressed look.  Here's the final result.The next piece I got finished started out looking like this.It had once been a silver dresser tray and when I ordered it and it arrived the mirror was broken in a million and one pieces.  I hated for it to be tossed and new I could make something useful and pretty out of it.  So I decided to make it a tray for my dining table.  First I painted it with country blue craft paint.  I only gave it one coat.  After that dried  I used Modge Podge and glued some pretty scrapbook paper (which I already had on hand) onto it.  Once that dried I knew it needed more.  but what?  After shopping the house I decided to use some little white flowers on the corners of it.  The flowers were actually from the bouquet my daughter carried when Trucker and I were married.  So they have strong memories for me.  I simply hot glued them to the corners and one on each side.  After that I decided to slightly sandpaper the pretty details on the frame itself.  Here is the final result:Now that I've gotten all these projects finished it's time to move on to the next one.  Here's a sneak peak at what I am doing this week.  I'm sure you can figure it out.  This will be one that will need to be done when the kids are in bed.  LOL.I can't wait to get this one going.This week I am linking this post up to all these wonderful linky parties.  Be sure and head over and visit all the wonderful projects done by everyone else.Made It Monday's @ The Persimmon PerchI Made The World Cuter Today @ Making The World CuterBefore And After Party @ Thirty Decor ChicJust Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl CreativeMade By You Monday's @ Skip To My LouMake It For Monday @ Cottage InstinctsIt's So Very Creative @ It's So Very CheriMosaic Monday @ The Little Red HouseMetamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The PorchShow Off Your Cottage Monday @ The House in the Roses Toot Your Horn Tuesdays @ A Silly Little Sparrow Second Time Around Tuesday @ A Picture is Worth a Thousand WordsDo It Yourself Day @ A Soft Place To LandTrash To Treasure @ Reinvented[...]

Sunday Favorites

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 03:37:00 +0000

What a wonderful weekend this has been thus far.  I hope that everyone that is reading this is having a beautiful one as well.  Even though it's storming here tonight I still love it.  I love a good thunderstorm.Welcome once again to Sunday Favorites hosted by the sweet Chari @ Happy To Design.  As I've said before I just love Chari doing this for everyone on Sundays.  It gives us all a chance to go back in time and read a post from the past.  Remember what we might have been doing, or even how we are feeling.  It also gives us a day "off" so to speak.  This allows us more time to spend with families, church and whatever else we might like to do with our Sunday.  This week I am sharing a post that was originally posted on July 28, 2008.  It's a small glimpse into life as a Trucker and being a Trucker's wife.  I hope you enjoy this post.  Afterwards be sure and head over to Happy To Design and check out all the other wonderful posts.Monday, July 28, 2008 Small Glimpse Into Trucking Before my husband became a trucker I quite honestly never gave much thought about what life as a trucker was or might be like. I never realized how much trucker's do for us. How much stress when driving they have. How almost everything we buy comes from a trucker and his deliveries. But I was under the impression that trucker's were an uneducated, nasty, perverted bunch of people. I guess the reason I had always thought this is because so often television and news stories always portray them this way. For the most part, nothing could or can be further from the truth. Trucker's are a kind group, who love being out on the open road, who want nothing but the best for their families and give up so much to provide this for them. Most trucker's a highly educated as well. Trucker's and their families are not given enough credit for the life they lead. They make sacrifices for not only themselves, but so we can be able to have all we have as well. Yes, they chose this career and I'm not saying they should be put up on a pedestal but they should be given respect for what they do and what they go through.After taking many road trips with Trucker myself I have learned that it is a very stressful job simply because of other driver's (four wheelers) on the road. These semi's cannot and will not stop on a dime. They are carrying on average 70,000# of weight. Often times more. They have numerous blind spots on the truck in which they cannot see you around them. No matter how many mirrors are attached they still have a couple blind spots. Trucking is a hard job and as said it's also very stressful on the driver's and their families. Imagine if your husband were gone for a month or more at a time and only home about four days a month? The rest of the time you only talk by phone or email. Trucker's wives are a special type of person. They must be secure in themselves, enjoy time alone, enjoy for the most part making most of the decisions, and have to have a special bond with their trucker's. They also have to be non jealous of their time apart. They are a very trusting bunch of women. If they are not completely secure in their relationship it is never going to work.One of the happiest days of my life was when Trucker found a local job driving. After almost a year of being gone for a month at a time he would now be home most nights and every weekend. No more crying myself to sleep when the loneliness became to much for me. No more having to "stay strong" so he wouldn't feel terrible about being gone. Wives bottle up so much to be strong for their trucker's when out on the road. They have enough stress as it is without the added stress of wives whining and crying about being lonely.The first year Trucker drove truck the only things he had on board were his cell phone, cb radio, sirius radio and that was it. He had no refrigera[...]

Pretty Pink Saturday

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 14:59:00 +0000

Welcome everyone to another Pink Saturday here at Stepp Into My World.  Pink Saturday is hosted by the sweet Beverly @ How Sweet The Sound.  She's such a lovely hostess for doing this for everyone each week.  Be sure and head over there to view all of the other lovely pinks that are posted.

This weeks theme is Easter pinks, but I've already shown all the ones I have made or have on hand here at our home.  As well since I have the grand kids now I haven't had much time to be crafting this week, so I'm showing some pinks around our house.  I've had all these lovely pinks for about 20 years or more now.  I used to take ceramics class once upon a time.  I loved it and wish I had never stopped doing it.  Here are a couple of things that I painted while in those classes. 

This sweet pitcher I had painted and now resides on my newly repainted Bakers Rack.

Here are a couple more pinks you'll find in the Stepp home.  This is one of my favorite picture frames which holds a sweet picture of my grand babies.  I have it proudly displayed on my desk.

This is a footed small bowl with Moss Rose design on it that was given to me by my son many years ago.  It means a lot to me.

I hope you've enjoyed my pinks today and remember to head over to Bev's to see many many more of them. 


Huge " Table For Two " Give-a-way & More

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 04:58:00 +0000

I absolutely must share this huge, fabulous give-a-way with all you lucky readers.  This is the best give-a-way I think I've ever entered in.  Diann @ The Thrifty Groove is giving away an entire table scape.  Everything you see here and more:

Isn't this fantastic?  I almost didn't want to share this with everyone, but you know me, I'm nice that way.  Plus of course you know I wanted that extra entry as well.  Muhawwww!!!!!

Go over and give Diann a visit today because this fab giveaway ends on March 31st.

While there enter her give-a-way for this beautiful Blue & White Cake Plate and Server!  Two giveaways going on over at The Thrifty Groove.  Now you can't beat this with a stick!


Sharing a Fab Spring Give-a-way

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 16:00:00 +0000

I wanted to take a moment out of my busy day today to let all of my readers know about a fabulous give-a-way going on over @ Little Red House.  Mary is celebrating that she now has over 700 wonderful followers taking time from their days to read her blog.  I've been following Mary for about two years now and have to say her posts always either inspire, motivate or simply enthrall me.  Mary is also the sweet lady who hosts Mosaic Monday each week.  Here's a picture of the two gorgeous spring treasures you can win.

So head over to Marys today and get entered. 


Plans Change

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:02:00 +0000

Good morning my wonderful blogging friends!  I feel that today is going to be a fantastic day.  I know more than feel and I bet you are wondering why?  Well let me tell you the wondrously happy joyous news.  You see these two loves of my life?

They are coming to live with me and Papa tonight!  I know they will be here for the remainder of the school year and praying for much much longer.  I'm not going into detail other than say "I love them with all my heart, and hope they are here a lifetime". 

So since my world is turning upside down (for the better) I was unable to post my finished projects today and will do my darnedest to get them posted this week.  Hopefully tomorrow but we will have to see how it goes.  

I know my life is fixing to be totally different again, but at the same time many things will stay the same.  This blog for one will continue to be exactly how it's been for the last few months. 

So see you later this week my friends.  May your day be blessed and beautiful.


Sneak Peak of What's In Store

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 19:10:00 +0000

Just so everyone knows that I've been busy and not just loafing around enjoying this fabulous springtime weather (sorry not bragging a bit, well maybe a little bit) here's a sneak peak of what's to come.These two little fabulous finds, the stand and the plate were both purchased a few weeks ago on my weekend getaway.  The stand was $1.00 and the Moss Rose plate was also a $1.00 as well.  Can't beat that price with a stick.   We have a little of this going on: This beautiful baby was purchased on Ebay for a whopping .99 cents.  It was originally a mirrored dresser tray but when I received it the mirror (much to my disappointment) was broken into a million pieces.  Not to be discouraged I've decided it still can be salvaged and put to good use.  I also am working on this:See I told you I've been doing something besides absorbing this weather!  Be sure and come back tomorrow to see both of these finished projects.Not to mention coming back because I am going to be announcing another Spring Time Give-a-way!  You won't want to miss it either, I promise you.Today I can be found partying at:Toot Your Horn Tuesdays @ A Silly Little SparrowSecond Time Around Tuesday @ A Picture is Worth a Thousand WordsDo It Yourself Day @ A Soft Place To LandTrash To Treasure @ ReinventedBe sure and head over and check out these fabulous blogs and all the goodies in the links.[...]

Sunday Favorites

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 07:57:00 +0000

 Welcome to another edition of Sunday Favorite's hosted by the lovely Chari @ Happy to Design.  What a beautiful first day of spring we had here at the Stepp home.  Absolutely gorgeous weather yesterday.  Nice enough in fact that I planted some flower cuttings a friend gave me and then (believe it or not) I took a nap outside in my favorite lounge chair.  An absolutely perfect day.  I hope everyone else's day was just as relaxing and warm.This week I'm sharing a post that was originally posted on March 10th last year.  It's about one of our favorite pets that we have had over the years.  I'm sad to say he is no longer with us but I am so happy I had posted this for the memories.  I hope you enjoy the post. Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Meet Snowie After most everyone commenting on the welfare of Snowie yesterday I thought maybe you might like to get to know him a little better. It looks as if he is going to be around for many years to come, thankfully. The vet said he has a horrible ear infection of unknown origin. Might be bacterial and she's running tests. The bad part is she believes it has also ruptured his eardrum and there is nothing we can do about that. He was the best little cat yesterday. We do own a pet carrier but Snowie doesn't mind traveling at all. In fact he has actually gone out on the truck with Trucker a time or two. But to be on the safe side I wrapped him like a taco in a clean towel. When we got there I carried him inside and they immediatly placed he and I into a room. Only because he was not in a carrier. Faster service this way as well. LOL. When the vet came in to examine him I wasn't even aware of what I was doing till she said "Do you always rock and spoil him?" Since I was holding him in my arms and he was wrapped like a baby I was automatically sitting there rocking to him and cooing like he was a baby!! Not even concious of my actions I had even been singing to him she said. Now that's bad on my part. She gave me some special ear drops she prepared herself, and two kinds of antibiotics to give him. I am to bring him back in 7-10 days for a recheck. He's not one problem to medicate.She set about examining him. She figured she would have to sedate him to clean his ear but amazingly he just lay there on the table (without his taco wrapping) and let her. The vet couldn't get over how good he was for this. I told her he was one of kind. The most gentle little kitty we have ever had.You see Snowie came to be with us one day in the spring three years ago. Right after Trucker and I were married. He actually belonged to the elderly lady across the street. Her mamma cat had had a litter of 5. We noticed them each evening when we went for a walk around our neighborhood. She had told us we could have all of them but we had plenty of cats running around and didn't need more. One night it rained so hard it washed lots of things away. I remember this well. That next day while out walking we passed her house and we noticed Snowie. He was all alone standing next to a drainage ditch on the side of the street. He might have been all of 6 weeks old at that time. When we got to him he was staring down into the culvert. All of his little family had drowned that night in the rainstorm and had washed into the culvert. I don't know what kept that from happening to him but we decided then and there he needed love. And lots of it. He must have been a strong little kitty. So we gathered him into our arms and carried him home with us. Where he has been ever since.Snowie loves to party. Here he is getting ready for Mardi Gras.He is also one of the smartest cats around. He studies hard to earn this title.You can often find [...]

Spring Arrangement and Winner Announced

Sat, 20 Mar 2010 01:27:00 +0000

Today after getting much of my housework done I took some time to make a Spring Arrangement for our coffee table/chest.  It is in the family room where everyone hangs out.  I started out thinking that I would see if I could possibly make my own birds nest from things I found outside.  Well "power to our bird friends" because I gave up.  I gathered small branches and twisted and wove them into the shape of a nest.  When I got finished it didn't look to bad but had no bottom and I would have had to cut down all the bushes in my yard to do it perfectly.  :)  So basically what I had was a small branch wreath shape.Ok, back to the drawing board we go!  I found a cut glass bowl that the wreath would fit onto.  It looked really really bare.  So outside I went once more.  I cut some hot pink branches from a bush in our yard and thought I would add these to the pathetic looking bowl.  (By the way, if anyone knows what this bush is please share with me.  I have no earthly idea.)  I added the pretty hot pink branches.  Still needed more to it.  Next I shopped my house (that's so much fun to do) and found some hot pink Easter eggs and a pretty little ceramic birdhouse.  So I started making my centerpiece.  It turned out pretty cute I think.  Let me know what you think about it?The chest belonged to Trucker's grandmother and has been upstairs in a bedroom for years.  I decided to use at as our coffee table and sanded it and re-stained it sometime back.  I should have taken pictures of it, but that was before my blog.  The baby doll quilt in the center was made for me by my Great Grandmother when I was about 2 years old.  That makes it around 45 years or so old.  I love it dearly. Yes, that's still paint on my floor from the painting of our end tables.  Someday (when I find the time) I will get that cleaned up.I'm linking up with:Beverly's Pink Saturday @ How Sweet The Sound Made It Monday's @ The Persimmon PerchI Made The World Cuter Today @ Making The World CuterJust Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl CreativeMade By You Monday's @ Skip To My LouMake It For Monday @ Cottage InstinctsIt's So Very Creative @ It's So Very Cheri-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I am so excited to announce the winner to the Grand Opening Give-a-way at T's Treasures.  This lucky winner won the Moss Rose Perfume Bottle. <img src="" width="35" height="35" class="photo" alt="">Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said... Love the Moss Rose! I have a whole china Hutch filled with it! Unfortunately , I already have everything you have listed except for the wonderful perfume bottle! DebbieCongratulations to Debbie!  Debbie I am fixing to email you the fantastic news.Thank you to everyone who took part in my first give-a-way and for making my new store a big success.  [...]

Give-A-Way Reminder

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 18:46:00 +0000

Just a little reminder that my give-a-way ends tonight at midnight CST.  So for anyone that still hasn't gotten entered now is the time to "git er done".  Just click here to get entered today.  The lucky winner will be announced tomorrow. 

Thank you all for making "T's Treasures" grand opening a huge success.  As well a huge Thank You to all of my lovely blog readers.  For everyone who takes time to comment I want you to know that your comments mean the world to me.  They are what keeps me going! 

Remember that if you aren't the lucky winner tomorrow that anyone who reads my blog can take 10% off their purchases.  Just send me an email (before making your purchase) and let me know what item(s) you would like.  This way I can go in and change the price strictly for your purchase.  This 10% discount is good anytime for anyone who reads.  No specific dates. 

Again, thank you to my lovely readers.


Just Have To Share

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 14:14:00 +0000

Not a lot has been happening around the Stepp home since returning from my weekend getaway.  I've simply just had to much housework to catch up on and haven't quite felt well.  Cold's can really drag a person down.  Don't you worry none though as I've got much going on in the "thinking" dept. for more projects coming up.  The next major project will be re-doing my dining table, chairs and china cabinet.  I only hope this weekend is pretty enough to get started.  Since I don't have anything to share today that I've done I want to take time to let you know about a fabulous give-a-way I've found at Creations From the Heart.

I've been reading Sherry's blog for some weeks now since I had found her tutorial on how to redo a lamp shade.  Sherry's blog is wonderful to say the least.  She shows many DIY projects on a budget as well as hosts her own TV show on her local network.  The TV show is called "Fancy That".  You can watch her shows on her blog as well even if you don't live locally.  So far I believe I've watched every episode of them. 

Today's post @ Creations From The Heart shows you how to make a beautiful DIY Hostess Gift for less than $5.00 and I really must say it looks easy peasy as well.  I plan on making one for me as a table centerpiece for summer.

Now on to the give-a-way!!  Sherry is offering one lucky reader a chance to win this: 

as well as a copy of Somerset Life: 

Aren't those decorated cans the cutest thing you've seen in ages?  I love these.  You can hang them outside on your door handle or in place of a spring wreath.  Or you could also choose to hang them inside for more enjoyment for yourself. 

It's really easy how Sherry has set up the entry process for these to great gifts.  So be sure and head over to Sherry's @ Creations From The Heart and get entered today. 


Happy Saint Patricks Day

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 13:30:00 +0000

I've always loved the group Celtic Woman since the first time I heard them a few years ago on a PBS special.  Immediately afterwards I rushed out and bought their CD.  Since that time I continue to do the same and always always try to catch their beautiful concerts each year on PBS.  I would dearly love to attend their upcoming concert in Memphis in April, but I doubt I get to this year. 

Until that time comes I just continue to enjoy their music on YouTube and on CD.  Here is one of my favorite songs.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I.

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May the "Luck of the Irish" be with you today and everyday my friends.


What Fun We Had - Mosaic Monday

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 03:12:00 +0000

Princess and I decided to have a girl's weekend away!  Just her and I going away together for some fun.  Our idea of fun was going to see my grand kids (her niece and nephew) who live in Mt. View, Arkansas about 2 hours away.  Of course this meant the fun included my son and daughter in law as well.  We left out early on Saturday morning and I practiced with my new digital camera all the way there.  LOL.  I had to learn the in's and outs of it you know?  Who needs a manual when you can find out all the fun stuff from making your own mistakes, over and over again.  So after 200 + pictures I chose my favorites to put together for Mosaic Monday who is hosted by the sweet Mary @ Little Red House.  Please be sure and go visit Mary and all the other Mosaic Monday participants when you leave here.

Besides being some of my favorite pictures from the trip they are also some of my favorite old and new houses seen along the way.  Pastures, rivers, streams and towers.  I have a thing for water towers, don't know why, just do.  Don't worry I am not going to bore you with picture after picture of towers though.  OK, here's my faves.

 Remember to go over and give Mary and all the other participants a visit. 


Sharing Some Springtime

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 03:02:00 +0000

 First I would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone that has entered my give-a-way in celebration of my Etsy store T's Treasures.  To all that haven't yet entered it's not to late.  You have until this Friday, March 19th to get entered.  I know that many of you might still be suffering in the winter land of blahs right now.  Because of this fate of nature I thought I might share some lovely springtime colors with you today.  The weather here has been lovely this week, well all besides the springtime storms of course.  I however, love those spring storms and all the hail, lightening and maybe tornadoes that go along with it.  OK, call me weird but I love a good storm!  I have managed to get outside and enjoy the weather and do some yard work.  My springtime colors unfortunately are not outside this week, for as lovely as it has been I still don't have any colors outdoors as of yet.My pretty pastels are coming from inside our home this week.   It all started when I won this fabulous, gorgeous and pretty Easter Tassel at Life as Lori a week or so ago.  The Easter Tassel that was given away on her blog and was from Lynette's L.A. M. blog.  Lynette had become a new sponsor at Lori's and decided to give the tassel away.  Well a huge Thank You to both lovely ladies as I won the fab. giveaway and my tassel arrived on Tuesday morning.  It was love at first sight as well as the inspiration I needed to change my fireplace mantel to springtime and Easter decor.College Princess came over Tuesday and her and I both set to work on the mantel.  First we added several of the birdhouses that I have in my kitchen.  Blues, pinks, some greens and lavenders.  Such beautiful spring colors all to match the Easter tassel.After this Princess and I sat back to admire our handiwork.  After much admiring we decided it still needed something more.  I remembered seeing various Easter Egg Trees out in blog-land.  So Princess and I set to work making our own version of this tree.  I found a package leftover from Easter's past of pretty pastel eggs that were speckled in red splatters.  We then gathered our crafts.  First we covered each egg in Modge Podge and then rolled them in sugar.  Once those had dried Princess hot glued pastel ribbons in different colors to each decorated egg.  We took one of the birdhouse (which is actually a tissue holder) and placed a wicker ball in the center top (where the tissues should come out).  We stuck tree branches down into the wicker and placed the whole thing into the tissue opening of the birdhouses.  Then Princess hung our eggs onto it.Once we got the Egg Tree on the mantel we knew we loved it.  The best part of the entire redo is that we done this together.  We had wonderful quality time and lots of giggles along the way.And to think it all started with the gorgeous Easter Tassel.  If you enlarge the picture you can see the tassel hanging in front along with my small collection of wind chimes that I keep in the house.Today I am linking up with Bev of How Sweet The Sound for her Pink Saturday party.  Head on over and check out all the other lovely pinks this week.I am also linking up with:Saturday Night Specials over @ Funky Junk Interiors It's So Very Creative @ It's So Very Cheri Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl CreativeToot Your Horn Tuesdays @ Silly Little SparrowDo It Yourself Day @ A Soft Place to LandTrash to Treasure @ Reinvented100 Ideas For Under $100 @ Beyond the Picket FenceBefore heading over to H[...]

What A Huge Difference Paint Makes

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 08:00:00 +0000

I finally got both of my old ugly end tables redone this week.  I do think they turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself.  This project was not fast by any means and I had to re-learn some patience with it.  You might be wondering what I had to have patience for?  Anyone that redoes and paints furniture knows that it is so hard to wait between each coat of paint to dry.  This seemed to take forever.  I don't have much patience but knew for this I had to get it again.  LOL.  At least if  I wanted it to turn out right.  Well once again I had forgotten and deleted the before picture from my computer so if you click here you will see a very close likeness to the before.  Here's the after pictures:I haven't put the knobs back on it yet as they are still drying.  I painted them to a glossy black with spray paint.  So tell me what you think of it?  I gave it a sanding (thank god for sanders) and then painted it once in Kilz primer.  After letting that dry I gave her two coats of Antique White glossy latex paint.  Once those two coats were good and dry then I took the sander again and sanded several (I think I got really carried away here) places on it for making it look good and distressed.  Once that was done then I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain over the entire end table.  Total project time took me (with drying) three days.  I actually done two of these end tables.  When I have gotten the entire living room done I'll be sure and post pics of the room transformation.Today  I am partying here:Frugalicious Friday @ Finding FabulousVictory of the Week @ Design-a-HolicFinished For Friday @ Lit and LaundryFurniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard SeedShare Your Story Fridays @ Remodelaholics AnonymousShow and Tell Friday @ My Romantic HomeHead over to all these fabulous blogs to read all the linked posts to see some wonderful inspiration, fabulous furniture makeovers and more.  You'll find something totally pleasing in each and everyone.[...]

Not once but twice redone

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 08:00:00 +0000

Projects, projects and more done.  A couple of months ago I took one of our ugly brass lamps and gave it a new look.  Then later I took another of our brass lamps and gave it a new look as well.  The first one I had stenciled and painted in burgundy.  The second I had done in glossy black and used ribbons to decorate the shade.  Well both of these were in our living room and neither matched.  We all agreed that we like the black one best and the burgundy had to go.  So makever two done on the burgundy lamp.  I have already deleted the pictures of the burgundy look from perviously but you can click here to see the burgundy transformation.  Once more I used glossy black spray paint and painted her down.  For the shade I couldn't remove the stenciling I had done and it wasn't in the budget for a new shade right now.  So I used scrapbook paper I had on hand that is done in black/white scrolly design.  I modge podged it over the stenciled section.  Once this was dry I added black ribbon to the top of the lamp.  As well I added wider black ribbon above the scrapbook paper and smaller black ribbon below the scrapbook paper.  I have to say this is not my best work but we all like it.  That's what counts the most.  It looks really pretty at night when it's turned out.You can see all the bubbles under the ribbon where I used the hot glue on it.  I wish it wouldn't have done this however.  Right now it's sitting on a small step ladder since I am waiting on my newly redone end table to dry before placing on it.  Today I am linking up to these fabulous blog parties:Power Of Paint Wednesday @ Domestically SpeakingStrut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat SimpleQuick Project Thursday @ Collected TreasuresGet Your Craft On @ Life As LoriThrify Thursday @ Tales from BloggeritivilleTransformation Thursday @ Shabby Chic CottageBe sure and go over to all of these wonderful blogs to see the fabulous links.  You'll love it all I promise.[...]

Ta Da - Newly Redone Bakers Rack

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 20:28:00 +0000

I have been so hard at work the last few days making over many things around the Stepp Home.  The weather has been perfect for many a day of painting outside.  I have taken full advantage of every single second of it as well.  The first project I decided to tackle was a Baker's Rack that has been in my living room for years now.  Naturally since it was in there it wasn't used  as a bakers rack but instead I used it for displaying pictures and knick knacks.  When I first purchased it many many years ago I loved it.  Even in all it's brass and green paint.  My oh my how times have changed since that time so long ago.  I've grown to despise brass (as most of you know).So it was time to whip out the spray paint.  Since a lot of my things in the living room are black, then naturally this would be as well.  I chose glossy black spray paint to use on this piece.  Sorry I once again forgot to take a before picture.  I have got to remember to do this, someone needs to give me a swift kick in the behind on it to remember.  Here is the finished product:Since on this bakers rack the shelves (all except the large middle one) are not solid I decided I needed to make them solid for display purposes.  Once again I used simply things I had around the house.  For the first two shelves I cut pieces of cardboard and covered it using a couple of white curtains with lovely cut work detailing.  For the bottom two larger shelves I used white poster board (which I already had on hand) sprayed both of them with adhesive spray and layed black lace over them both.  Once dried I cut the lace to fit the posterboard.  Now they make perfect semi solid ways of displaying our favorite pictures and knick knacks.I am linking up to:Power Of Paint Party Wednesday's @ Domestically SpeakingStrut Your Stuff Thursdays @ Somewhat SimpleQuick Project Thursdays @ Collected Treasures Transformation Thursday @ Shabby Chic CottageBe sure and go over and visit all of these fabulous blogs and the hostesses and read everyone's links.  You'll find many wonderful ideas, inspirations and just beautiful things to look at.[...]

Simply Amazing Weekend

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 05:02:00 +0000

What a gorgeous weekend we had here at our house.  I almost hate telling everyone how beautiful the weather was, well not that much.......Our temps was in the 60's and it was perfect weather to grill out, do yard work and tackle some projects.  Saturday in between yard work and cleaning house yes I still cleaned house even though it was gorgeous out I took the time to do a couple of DIY projects for my grand children.  You see their mother and father just added on to their house giving both children a room of their very own, not to mention making them larger as well.  A few weeks ago I was at Hobby Lobby (my most favorite store on this earth) shopping with College Princess and picked up a couple of wooden plaques there and over at Lowe's I picked up some hooks that happened to be on sale.  So I decided to make both my grand babies two nice hooks for each of them.  One each for backpacks and one each for their coats or jackets. Grand Son wants his new room decorated in John Deere tractors.  What little boy wouldn't love a room filled with all things John Deere?  He has grown up riding tractors with one of his great grandpa's (my dad) and loves all things JD.  So to make his plaque I found a JD logo online.  My first thought was to print it out and then I realized I was out of ink, both black and colored.  At that point I thought it pretty well hopeless since I absolutely can't freehand draw at all.  Then it was like a light bulb went off!  I remembered another blogger who had the same problem.  So I done what they had done.  I taped a piece of copy paper to my computer monitor and traced the image onto it.  In the meantime College Princess had painted all four plaques the right colors for me.  Naturally Grand Son's was the John Deere green.  Once the paint dried I placed my paper onto the front of the wood and I had no carbon paper so instead I used a sharp tool to poke holes through the paper and leave me an outline of the deer image on the wood.  Then I simply painted it in yellow and then took some yellow narrow cording I already had on hand and made the frame around the deer.  Screwed on the hooks and was finished.  Here's the final product (only of course there were two of them. Total cost for these two plaques:  $1.98 for the wood plaques .50 cents for the two hooks = $2.48 for both.Grand Daughter wants her room decorated in Butterflies and all things pink and girly.  For her wood plaque hooks the cost was nothing.  I had everything already on hand for both of them.  College Princess had two heart shaped wood plaques with with the wood pegs already in place.  I simply had her paint them both pink and then hot glued some colored stones to them.  Easy peasy.  Here's the finished product. Now both of my babies have something special make from their Nana to hang in their new rooms.  It maybe took me a total of one hour or little more to get all four of them done.  Princess and I both had a fun time doing a craft project together.I am joining the below listed blog parties today: Made It Monday @ The Persimmon PerchMaking The World Cuter Mondays @ Making the World Cuter Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative Made By You Mondays @ Skip To My LouMake It For Monday @ Cottage InstinctsToot Your Horn Tuesday @ Silly Little Sparrow Do It Yourself Day @ A Soft Place To Land100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond The Picket Fen[...]

Sunday Favorites

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 05:49:00 +0000

It's once again time for one of my favorite blog parties again.  Sunday Favorites which hosted by the sweetest woman named Chari over at Happy to Design.  I really enjoy this party each week as it is a wonderful way for me to go back in time and remember what life was like for me "back in the day".  I always get a kick out of reading things that I had completely forgotten about in the last few years.  I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do in posting them and reading myself.  This post originally was posted on August 28, 2008.  I had just went to work as a customer service rep for AT&T and wasn't really sure what to expect as I have never done that type of work before.  I no longer work there but actually completely enjoyed it for the year that I did.  For health reasons I had to resign.  Sometimes (believe it or not) I miss it.  Ok, back to memory lane.  This little lady in my post made my day however.  Read about Ms. Ophelia here.Thursday, August 28, 2008 Sometimes you need a little patience As most of you know, if you read my blog, at the ripe age of 46 I have rejoined the work force and couldn't be happier about it. Life is finally good again and my depression has went by the wayside. For those they don't read my blog, all 1,000,000 of you, I am a customer service rep for a large cell phone company. I started taking my first calls on Monday afternoon and it was exactly how the trainers described it to be. Many and varying types of calls coming in to me. So far only one angry customer, who I had laughing by the time we hung up. Nice to know I still got it. At least over the phone. LOL. I have to say having a sweet little southern accent goes a long way with men.But one particular caller will remain in my memory for years to come. Her name is Ophelia. The trainers had told us sometimes you would get ladies like Miss Ophelia but I just couldn't imagine this actually. What I mean is that Miss Ophelia is a little ole lady who basically only wanted to talk. And talk, and talk, and talk more. For almost two hours she talked. And I had to listen. And listen more...................................for two hours I listened to little Miss Ophelia. She talked so much and for so long that it took me over 20 minutes just to verify her information. By the time I finally got this info out of Miss Ophelia and she finally told me her actual reason for calling I was not the least bit surprised. Her cell phone battery would not keep a charge. Well I wonder why?? I then when I could get a word in edge wise explained to her that her phone would only hold a charge for xx amount of time and that it would require more charge time than the newer phones on the market. Miss Ophelia had a very old cell phone. She seemed to understand this idea. So I politely also explained that she would need to charge it each time the battery got low. To which Miss Ophelia informed me, oh so politely back, that she didn't like charging her phone as she felt this was a fire hazard and she just couldn't sleep knowing the phone was charging after all she might just burn alive. After containing my laughter over this comment, to which I was ready to spontaneously com bust myself at this point, I asked Miss Ophelia if she unplugged all of her other appliances at night? I finally got her to realize she could actually charge it while talking on it at home. This then seemed to[...]

Fabulous Frame Makeover

Sat, 06 Mar 2010 01:29:00 +0000

This has been one more busy week for me here at Stepp Into My World.  I've finally gotten the house organized and cleaned from top to bottom.  Let me tell you this was no easy chore!  My butt is dragging right now as I only finished about one hour ago.  Had it not been for the help of my sweet Princess (college daughter) I don't think it would ever have been accomplished.In my rest periods today I did take time to finish one small project I have been working on.  I painted and chose different prints and matted them in their newly done frames.  This was done for our Master Bathroom makeover we are in the process of.  First let me tell you a little about this bath makeover.  Not much as been done yet!  LOL.  So far these pics and some shelf painting and small redecorating are all we've managed to get done.You can see from the picture of the picture below they looked terrible.  These pictures have hung in this bathroom for years and years.  I actually think they belonged to Trucker's grandmother when she owned this house before she passed.  Now that's a long time. As you can tell they are painted the original gold and have very ugly prints in them.  We finally had some nice weather days and I took them apart and headed outside with the black glossy spray paint.  I painted them a much prettier black.  While that was drying I decided to paint the hideous mat surrounding them in black as well.  Then I cut to size some pictures for the inside.  Now let me tell you where the pictures came from.  I purchased a really pretty calendar a while back just for this project.  It was actually dated for 2009 and I got it for .25 cents at the local Wal-Mart.  I know what you're thinking but they really are very pretty.  Especially since our bath is going to have very light gray walls, black shelving and cabinets with pops of pinks and reds.  Really I swear to you it's going to be gorgeous.  Just you wait and see! Before pictureNow the final finished pictures.  Forgive the way the photos look as our bathroom lighting is terrible for now.  I had to use the flash and pray a lot.  This is the best I could do.  They look great in there sitting on the two black shelves I recently painted.I promise as I do more in the bath I will be posting pics and telling you all about it.  We will be taking an old french provincial desk and painting it black as well and this will be our new vanity with a vessel sink.  I can't wait for this to be done.I would like to remind everyone reading to be sure and enter the fabulous giveaway I am having.  It ends on March 19th with the winner being announced the following day on Pink Saturday.  Click here to read all about it and see what you could win.  Today I am blog partying at:Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound Made It Monday's @ The Persimmon PerchMaking the World Cuter on Mondays @ Making the World CuterJust Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative Made by You Monday @ Skip To My LouMake It For Mondays @ Cottage InstinctsIt's So Very Creative @ Its So Very CheriMet Monday @ Between Naps On The PorchToot Your Horn Tuesday @ Silly Little SparrowSecond Time Around Tuesday @ A Picture is Worth a 1,000 WordsDo It Yourself Day @ A Soft Place to LandTrash To Treasure Tuesday @ ReinventedBe sure and go over and visit each of the wonderful blogs and see all of the gre[...]

Rednesday & A Giveaway

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 16:34:00 +0000

Good morning everyone and welcome to another Rednesday, where all things are Red and Beautiful.  Rednesday is hosted by the lovely Sue of It's A Very Cherry World.  So be sure and head over to Sue's to see more gorgeous red's this week.  But first, be sure and enjoy my reds.As some of you may know I am a consultant for Teaporia Speciality Teas.  I wanted to share a few lovely reds that can be found on their website for purchase.  We have the Mini Tea Set for children in the cutest Ladybug design.  Also the LadyBug Cappuccino Mug, The Rooster Red Teapot, as well as many other red pots.  Isn't that LadyBug Mug and Rooster just adorable?Each month Teaporia selects some of their specialty teas and gives you a discount of 25% off each one.  This month's special teas are:  Japanese Green Sencha,Riverdance and Cream Irish BreakfastOf course the month of March is all about St. Patrick's Day so the special discounted teas are in relation to that special holiday.   Now I would like to let you know about a special giveaway that I am having here at Stepp Into My World.  I am giving away ( in honor of my Grand Opening of my New Vintage Etsy store, T's Treasures,  a fabulous Moss Rose Perfume Bottle.  Isn't it gorgeous.  To enter and read all about it simply click here.  Now be sure and head over to Sue's for more great Red's this wonderful Rednesday.[...]

Sunday Favorites & A Giveway

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 19:21:00 +0000

Welcome to another wonderful edition of Sunday Favorites hosted by the lovely Chari @ Happy to Design. I love taking part in this weekly tradition since Sunday's are such busy and yet relaxing days at the Stepp House. It's also a fun way in which we can look back at what we were doing last year or years ago on our blogs. This always makes me smile as I can see how far I've come in life or how much I've changed from one year ago. Before posting my Sunday Favorite with you I do want to remind of you of the wonderful giveaway that I am having. To read all about it and how to enter just read the post below this one. You still have plenty of time to enter. I am celebrating the Grand Opening of my new Etsy store with this giveaway. My stores name is T's Treasures and it's filled with all things vintage. Ok, without further ado here is my Blast from the Past. This post originally was done on March 26, 2009. Oh how funny, that's my birthday and I didn't notice the date till now. Thursday, March 26, 2009 Frugal Friday & A Great Giveaway Good morning all my Frugal Friday friends. It's that time of week again. Time to share some more frugal tips with you. I am enjoying this so much and learning more and more myself each day. Today I am posting more frugal recipes that I cook myself. These recipes are nutritious as well as being frugal. I love trying new recipes myself and thought everyone else would love to do the same. What makes these frugal are that they are made from many ingredients you will probably find in your pantry or on a regular shopping list. I hate recipes that I have to search for the ingredients and always calls for something I may buy once and never use again. So I am targeting things you already have in your pantry or freezer.We'll start with your main dish. For us this is usually always a meat. I know meat is expensive but around here we can't do without it. To save yourself money here, most grocery stores have a reduced meat section. At least I know all the ones in our area do and hopefully yours does as well. Our little home town store places the reduced meat out daily. I try to go by every morning or every couple of days and stock up. Last week I went three times and purchased three large family packages of tenderized round steak, four sirloin steaks, a family pack of boneless butterfly pork chops and a beef roast. I paid for all of this around $25.00 for all of it. That's not to bad in my book.This recipe comes from the top of my head, nothing is wrote down for me to go by so you may have to make some adjustments for yourself. Remember I cook for a family of five, when I cook.Steak and Mushroom Gravy1 or 2 large round steaksfloursaltblack pepperbeef bouillon cubes2 cups wateroil (to cover bottom of skillet)2 small cans of mushrooms, drainedI usually purchase my round steak already tenderized, if you don't buy yours this way then I do suggest tenderizing it yourself.Wash and pat your steak dry with paper towels. Cut into smaller serving pieces. Usually for two steaks I cut about 6-8 pieces of meat. Next combine in a med. size bowl your flour, salt and black pepper to taste. Get out your iron skillet (I always use an iron skillet but you can use whatever you like) and pour enough oil in the bottom to coat and fry your meat. Maybe about 1/2 inch on the bottom of your skillet. I just judge th[...]