Monday, October 8, 2018

Fallish Tablescape

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Eccl: 3:1

All tablescape items are thrifted.
Fresh flowers by Mom.  She picked them up during her daily morning walks.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Updated Jack-O-Lanterns

I was at one of our local grocery stores, and I was absolutely thrilled when I spotted these Halloween pumpkins in their florist shop!!!
  Boo-tiful!!!
Simply decorated with a "BOO" rhinestone sticker and a batty ribbon!
How about these two?!
I think I can replicate these for a fraction of the cost.
 ~MEOW~
Pretty cute!

But then I spotted these spray painted pumpkins with a very lush ribbon bow!!!  OMG...I love them!
I can't wait to get to the pumpkin patch!!!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Farmers Market Day

I love coming home from a morning spent at our local farmer's market with fresh bright fruit and vegetables.
This time I bought gold beets to try out in a salad like the one below.
Hubby had this roasted beet salad at a local restaurant last month, and it was so yummy!
I'll let you know how it turns out.

Honestly my most favorite thing is getting beautiful and colorful flower bouquets!!! 
Sunflowers have to be my favorite flowers.  So sunny and cheerful.
 This time I splurged and bought another flower bouquet as well.
Zinnias remind me of Mom's garden.  Mom has always love gardening; and her garden never failed to have all kinds of different flowers, fruit trees, herbs, and all kinds of other plants.  Now that she's older she has switched more to container gardening, and her patio always looks so alive and colorful!

Anyways...because it was about half and hour to closing time, the bouquets were $1 cheaper (originally $8 each), and...
as a bonus Mom and I received a giant delicious free donut from this bakery stand that was ready to close.  The vendors only sell fresh baked goods to their customers, and these leftover donuts were going to go to waste.  I'm sure they probably are donated to a food bank or home shelter.

These coming Sunday my big splurge will be handmade scented (with essential oils) hand soaps, Wisconsin cheese, local honey, jellies, jams and pickles.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Be A Pineapple

In a world full of apples, be a PINEAPPLE:
Stand TALL, wear a  crown, and
Be sweet on the INSIDE.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Autumn Door Basket Wreath

 A bit early for fall, but I just couldn't helped myself!
I put together this fall autumn basket together as our front door wreath to welcome fall this year.  I had the hanging basket for years.  All of the supplies to make the wreath were thrifted, except for the flowers.  Yup...from Dollar Tree.  The burlap button flower I made myself several years ago.  I tried using it in other DIY projects, but it just wasn't a good fit.  I think it has finally found it's niche.   
 I apologize for the ugly unkempt and ugly front doorsteps.  This year with Hubbie's illness, not much up keeping has been done around here.  Needless to say, we have a long To Do List for next late spring-early summer.
It sure feels like fall around here...cooler and rainy weather, shorter days and pumpkins everywhere I go!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

When Life Gives You Lemons...

...MAKE LEMONADE!!!

I don't even know where to begin...
Our home in Arizona was broken in and one of our cars was stolen, and now dealing with police reports and home insurance, blah blah blah....
This is just one more buMp in my life lately.

I'm trying to stay as strong as I can and keep going on, and being faithful that things will only get better.
I'm stressed out and completely overwhelmed to say the least.
It has been a hell of a year for me.  My Hubbie has been diagnosed with Diabetes Type II, and it took something drastic earlier this summer for him to finally seek medical attention.  I honestly thought he had early on-set symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's.
Even though he is now being treated for this disease, he is working on accepting it; while I have to deal with his constant mood swings and lashing out at me.
I comprehend his anger and unhappiness about it all, but my emotional side is hurt. 
Just venting before I explode!!!

Faith is about trusting God, even when you don't understand His plan.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Lord on this Labor Day,

We thank You for the blessing of work.
We ask for strength to complete each day.
We ask for rest when we are weary.
We ask for Your guidance for everyone seeking employment, and
we ask that
You be with those whose faces we might never see, but who tirelessly work each day for the good of us all.
Amen

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Goodbye August & New To Us Lawn Chairs

It seemed to me like August would never end!
Which I'm glad because usually for me the month of August simply flies by so quickly.  On the other hand, I realized that the next four months are usually the busiest time for me and for everyone else as well...but fun, too!

DIY
At the beginning of this summer, I found three Adirondack chairs by the end of one of our neighbors' driveway curb with a for FREE sign.
I wasted no time in piling them in the trunk and back seat of the car and brought them home with me.
Happy Day!!!
 After
The above picture is of two of the chairs after I painted them (about a week ago).
Yes.  It took me about 3 months to paint them.  The last three months have been pretty chaotic around here, but more on that for another post.

 This is the third chair which I have not painted yet, but it's in great condition.  This chair folds to store away, and as of now is in our backyard.
I'm trying to create a little quiet place or nook where I can place this chair "for one" in the backyard.
Before
 Here are the two chairs before I painted them.
The chairs were in great condition, just a tad loose and wobbly and in need of a fresh coat of paint.

 I used Rust-Oleum Door Paint Cranberry Satin for metal and wood.
 The wood was so dried.  It took several coats for the wood to fully absorb the paint.  I made sure to do a thorough job of painting the chairs...top & under.  
Confession:
I haven't had much experience with painting.  I used to find this task pretty daunting!
I have now painted both sides of our front door, entry closet door and the baseboards as well...I'm fearless now!

 Ta-dah!!!
 I'm so pleased I took the time to do a good job at painting the chairs!
Once the chairs dried completely, they became very sturdy and firm...no more wobbliness.
I placed these two chairs by the front south side of our house.
They're not just for curb appeal, but to actually sit and enjoy.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Thrifty Finds Decor

Estate and garage sales were not easy to find this summer.  I think the main reason was we had very rainy weekends, which made it impossible to browse freely.
The few weekends that I was able to find a sale here and there, I was lucky to find a few treasures though!
This corner hutch top was empty for the longest time.  Most of the time it held a lonely plant.
This summer I was able to actually create a pretty vignette or tablescape with all thrifted items.
The white and blue vases I found at different sales super cheaply.
The silver tray was absolutely horribly tarnished but at a great price.  I brought it home and gave it a good cleaning with regular toothpaste and O M G it ended up so shiny and like new!
The two little birdies are from another sale at a dollar each.  Oh yes...the lonely plant doesn't look so lonely now. 

I think the corner hutch finally looks finished and so much better.
The round silver tray on the top shelf was also thrifted for about $2; and it was in the same horrible condition as the top tray.
Believe me when I say that toothpaste works really well when cleaning tarnished silver pieces.
The reproduction wood radio on the table on the right of the hutch was a freebie from one of our family members.  It actually belonged to her dad.
The little white applique oval mirror is also from a sale at $1.  The frame is made out of plastic, but you have to really look closely at it to tell the difference.
I think it goes so well here with the family vintage wash basin and pitcher.
The one vintage hand towel hanging from the left side handle of the antique wash stand actually belonged to my late mother-in-law.  The other one I found at a sale last summer.
The small needlework pillow/cushion is from another sale from last summer.  It was brand new in it was stored in it's own packaging.  I can't remember how I paid for it.

I love this huge tall vase I found this summer at a estate sale for $12 (it was $18, but I was given a 30% off).  I rarely pay more than $10 for thrifted items, unless I have to have it!  The greenery came with it too.
 The artichoke is from several summers ago from another sale.  I like it, but I just can't seem to find a great place for it around the house.  I'm thinking of taking it with me back to our AZ home...just maybe there it will find a perfect spot.

The golden spheres are from last summer at a great garage sale down the street from our home.  I came home with a very heavy and huge box filled to the brim with these gorgeous Christmas glass ball ornaments all from PierI, and I paid $10 for the box.
I'm displaying the spheres making sure I hide the hanging part of it.
The brass lamp was a freebie from my brother-in-law and his wife.  Over two years ago they totally redecorated their home, and this pretty brass lamp with the new burlap shade came to us.  BTW...the round basket on the brass coffee table is also from them...another freebie!
Talking about freebies...the standing lamp is also another freebie from another family member.
Most of the picture frames on the antique pie crust table I found at sales at well.
Now this pretty handmade needlework frame I found last weekend at a sale for only $1.
I don't know what you call the needlework, but I think it's lovely and I thought it goes perfectly right on the mantle above my big vase.


As of right now, I'm pretty happy how everything in our living room is.  I feel like it's finally completed.
If you spot any crochet doilies, are all from sales, estates or thrift stores I rescued from.

There's a few things I would like to change.  For example, I would love to have a matelasse fitted sofa cover for our old couch; and be able to roll out our nice area rug (stored due to naughty little doggie that refuses to learn where to go potty!!!); have the framed watercolor painting cleaned professionally; and so many other little details on my wish list.

As you can see, our summer home has a very eclectic d├ęcor.  I love how most everything here goes so well and complement each other; but the best part of it, it truly makes me feel happy and at peace.
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