Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 Top Projects

Rhoda at Southern Hospitality is hosting a Top Projects of 2011 party and I
thought It would be fun to join in.

My most viewed project this year was  Make Your own Chalk Like Paint 
with 189 comments and over 60,000 visits.
I was blown away by the response!

This  Pottery Barn Inspired Lazy Susan was the next most popular project.

A close second in views was the post New Shabby Look  where I showed you
the transformation of my frenchy sideboard.

For a while there I was Spackling everything in sight!  The Altar Candlestick  project
was one of my favorites.

Here are some other projects I completed in 2011...

The largest project I started this year was hosting the Open House Party each Thursday.

I thank each of you for visiting and for your kind comments. 
May you have a wonderful 2012!


I'll be partying at:

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House Party.

I am looking forward to seeing what you have to share this week.
You will find the link to join the party at the bottom of this post.

First, we have the fabulous home of Sue @ Sullivan And Murphy to tour. 
Sue has created a warm and beautiful home and it is my pleasure to
feature it at this weeks Open House Party. 

This is so pretty that I had to throw in a Christmas picture.

What a warm and inviting kitchen!

Isn't this landscaping fabulous?

Sue,  Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.

I hope you will visit Murphy And Sullivan to see more of this home as well
as the gorgeous vignettes Sue creates.

On to the party...

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

After Christmas Sales

I hope everyone had a great holiday!

.  I normally take the decorations down Christmas night or at the latest the next morning.
  I know this is a little strange but once the celebration is over I am ready to have a
clean and organized house.  Now that we have a smaller artificial tree I need to get
some of the ornaments sorted and donated.  This is no easy job because we have hundreds
and hundreds of ornaments collected over the years. My daughter-in-law has requested
some of the Radko ornaments and I will be keeping a few of my favorites.

I did a little after Christmas shopping,  though the store's selections seemed rather limited.
I purchased a couple of sweaters while out shopping Monday and also ordered two things
 on-line from Wisteria .  This cute tree skirt from Wisteria is perfect for my coastal design
Christmas and at 75% off it was quite a deal.  

These little hearts remind me of French memorial markers.

I got away without too much damage to my pocketbook!

The Open House Party starts tomorrow evening.  I hope to see you there.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Early Christmas Gift & INTAGLIO WINNER

My dad had a giant clam shell that has been sitting in his rock garden for 30+ years.  I have asked him
numerous times if he would sell it to me,  and the answer was always NO.  He asked me
what I wanted this year for Christmas and I jokingly said the clam shell,  but never really
expecting he would let go of it.

Dad could not understand why in the world I would even want the "old, dirty shell"
and he said all the times I asked to buy it he thought I was kidding. He even said he
would be so embarrassed if anyone knew he gave me an old shell for a Christmas gift.

Last week while visiting my family for an early Christmas, Dad gave me the giant clam shell as
well as the largest conch shell I have ever seen.  He had cleaned and bleached both shells
and had them ready for me to take home.

The only problem was they weighed between 60-70 pounds and couldn't be checked as luggage.
Shipping them home would have been really expensive, so I had to leave my shells there
for now. Can you believe I forgot to even get a picture?  I plan on getting them
next time we drive to Florida,  or if we get moved there anytime soon.

Until I can get my Christmas gifts home here are some photos for inspiration.

A beautiful vignette created by Tot at Time Worn Interiors.

House Beautiful

photo via Knotting Hill

Photo courtesy of Centsational Girl

Do you like to decorate with shells?  Any creative ideas appreciated.


Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway for the  framed intaglios selected #42 as the winner.

Congrats to Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

In honor of my new product I am offering a 10% discount on the custom intaglios
 in my Etsy shop.  Email me if interested.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Christmas hugs,

Joining the parties this week at:

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House Party.

I have another fabulous home for us to tour today.  Jenny at  Evolution Of Style has
graciously opened up her home for the party.  As an added bonus we get to see Jenny's
home beautifully decorated for Christmas.
Enjoy the tour!

The kitchen cabinets were recently transformed with paint.

Jenny and her husband added the board and batten to the hall.

Jenny,  Thank you for sharing your gorgeous home at the party.

I hope you will visit  Evolution Of Style to see more of this beautiful home and blog.

Today is the last day to enter the  GIVEAWAY  for three framed intaglios.
A winner will be announced tomorrow.

On to the link party....

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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