Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Open House Party #3

Thank you to everyone that participated in last weeks party and those of you that left such kind comments!

My dad's 85th birthday was last Saturday and I decided to surprise him with a visit to Florida.  He was waiting for my son and his family to take him to lunch and he was so surprised when I stepped out of the van too.  I spent a few days with dad and flew home last night.  It was a great trip and I am so glad I was able to be there for his birthday.

The link to join the party is at the bottom of this post but first I have a new home for you to tour.  The featured home this week is owned by Marcy at  AntiqueChase.  I fell in love with Marcy's beautiful home and blog the moment I saw it.  I think you will agree that she has created  a gorgeous home. Thanks Marcy for sharing your home at this weeks Open House.

Enjoy the tour and I look forward to seeing your links this week.

Please visit  AntiqueChase to see more of Marcy's lovely home and how she uses vintage items to decorate.

Now on to the Party!

  Thanks for visiting.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Open House Party # 2

Hello everyone and welcome to my 2nd Open House Party.  Thank you to those of you that joined the first party and to those that left such sweet comments.  I truly appreciate your support!

The linky to join the party is below but first I have a new Open House for you to tour.  Many of you know, and love, Penny of  The Comforts Of Home.   Penny is one of the sweetest bloggers and she has created such a lovely home.  I am thrilled to feature her home on Open House this week.

Enjoy the tour and I look forward to seeing your links this week.

Who wouldn't love a studio like this?  Thanks Penny for allowing me feature your beautiful home.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Celebrating 1st Day Of Spring

Steve and I thought what better way to celebrate the first day of Spring than make a trip to Ginter Botanical Garden.  It was so nice to be outside and enjoy the warm temperature.  Warning,  overload of pictures!

Inside the arboretum they were having an orchid and bulb show. The colors were spectacular!

Have you ever seen a blue orchid?  This was a new one for me.

Below is my pitiful attempt at decorating for Spring.

See the two little eggs in the dirt?  With our house on the market those eggs may be my
only Easter decoration too!

On another note.  I wanted to thank each of you that joined my new  Open House  party and those
that left such kind comments.  I truly appreciate each and everyone of you!  Thank you for all the support you show me and my blog.

The next party will be available to link to on Wednesday around 6:00 pm.  Hope to see you there!

I am joining the parties at:


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Welcome To The First OPEN HOUSE Party

Thank you so much for visiting the first  Open House linky party.  Each week I will feature a new home for you to tour and a linky party for you to share projects, home decor, great finds or anything home related.

I am thrilled that Alison @  The PoloHouse  is my first featured home.  This unusual and beautiful home was originally built in the 1930's as  a barn and stables for polo ponies and their caretakers.  
Enjoy the tour and please visit  The PoloHouse  for more photos.  Alison's blog is fairly new and I know she would love for you to visit.

Thank you Alison for letting me feature your gorgeous home.  If you would like
your home to be featured at the weekly Open House party email

Please join the Linky party below.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cheap Trophies DIY

I love the look of the vintage loving cup trophies.  Most of the old ones are silver plate and can be quite expensive.  Here is my solution.

I found some newer trophies at thrift stores.  Most are cheap metal and I was able to buy them for a few dollars each.  One was a bowler's trophy and I had to dismantle it and take the six bowlers off the top!

The small trophy in the front is silver plate. The one on left was brass plated and the last one is some type of cheap metal

Here is the secret:

You can find Kryon Looking Glass paint at Hobby Lobby and a number of sites on-line.  I have painted over
painted over brass plated and silver colored trophies and they have all done well.  The secret with this
paint is very light sprays because it drips bad. 

The trophy below in the middle I experimented with adding a little watered down black paint to disquise the
new look.

I used Looking Glass on all of these except the small one.  The different metals give different results.

One day I will find a vintage and engraved loving cup in silver plate for a reasonable price.  In the mean time I am quite happy with my faux vintage trophies.

Now,  if you want to see a truly beautiful collection of vintage trophies head over to Marcy's blog

Don't forget about the Open House party. Links will be up on Wednesday evening.  Hope to see you there


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

French Wine Bottle DIY

  One day while browsing through an antique mall I spotted this canvas covered French wine bottle. Once I brought my purchase home I never really found a place to put it. Everywhere I placed the bottle it just looked a little boring to me so it has been tucked in a basket for several years. I always thought it would look better with some writing or numbers on it but I was afraid I might screw it up.

I made a pledge to myself on this  post  that I would not keep anything in our home that I did not love. At that time I can honestly say that I liked the bottle but it wasn't love. I set out to change that.


Here is the Antique wine bottle before.

Country French Magazine

I used Word to type and print what I wanted on the bottle.  A piece of carbon paper
was taped to the bottle and then the sheet with the printed words on top.  Using a pen
I  traced over the words to get an outline.  The letters were then filled in with a black
paint pen.

Here's the final result!

My bottle is smaller than the inspiration one so I used less words.

Now I am infatuated with the bottle and I think I may be falling in love

I also added the numbers to a $3.00 GW  basket

My sweet friend Andrea of  French Basketeer and Metis Linens  knows I love everything French and especially hand blown wine bottles. She bought this wonderful clear bottle from her favorite antique dealer in Beaune and sent it to me. I was absolutely blown away by her generosity and kindness. I am so very touched by her gift...From the bottom of my heart Thank You, Andrea.

The linky party will be up on 3/16 for you to join in.  If you like equestrian style then
you will love the first home to be featured on  OPEN HOUSE.

If you would like to be featured just send me an email at 
Hope to see you all there.


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