Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Hi everyone. 

 We made it home from Florida late last night, exhausted and happy
to be home.  The trip was really fun, even though there were a few
little bleeps along the way. 

Today I will share the Good times with you and save the
Bad & Ugly for another post.

The Good...

View from our condo balcony in Destin.

Two and a half weeks with our grandson Aden.

Fun at the beach with four of our grand kids.

Precious time with dad.

Spending time with Hubby in Saint Augustine...

and in Savannah.

I hope you are having a wonderful Summer!   I'll be back later
to share more vacation details and announce the winner of the
Cutting Edge Giveaway. 

Thanks for visiting.

I'll be partying at :

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House Party!

If you haven't entered the GIVEAWAY for $50.00 toward a Cutting Edge
Stencil there is still time to enter Here
Steve and I enjoyed our trip to Destin and we are now in Orlando babysitting our six year old
grandson and two very rambunctious dogs.  Our son and DIL left Monday for Miami for a much
needed vacation.  When they return Steve and I will be heading to St. Augustine for a couple of
days and then on to Charleston, SC.  I'll be back later to share pictures with you.

Thanks to everyone that participated in last weeks party.  There are so many great post it is
 always hard to choose just a few to feature.  I decided to go with a Summer theme in choosing
the features this week. Enjoy....

Tammy and her husband built this beautiful waterfall and pond. Check out

Dixie Delights created this fabulous oyster shell chandelier for the porch.  I hope
you will follow along as they decorate their beautiful home.

Sarah @ Hyacinth ForThe Soul linked up this beautiful Nantucket tablescape.  It looks
like we share a love for Cape Cod.  

I hope you will visit the featured blogs this week as well as the links at this weeks party.
I am putting the party up early because we are headed out for the day. Thanks for visiting
and enjoy the party.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House Party!

So Sorry the party the late!  We got back to the hotel late last night and I couldn't
get my IPad to connect to Wifi.  This morning we are at McDonalds using their

The party this week is being brought to you from Destin,  Florida. We are having
a lot of fun and enjoying spending time with family.  I'll be back with photos.

Thanks to everyone that joined the Open House Party last week.  There were so
many wonderful links that it was hard to pick just a few to feature.  I hope you
enjoy the ones I chose.

Laura @ Top This Top That showed us how to make a statement with clocks.
What a great collection.

Terri @ A Creative Princess made these adorable outfits from bandannas.  Check out
her blog for the tutorial.

This beautiful new cabinet belongs to Courtney @ French Country Cottage.   I am
loving the sheep print too.

What a gorgeous kitchen at Dixie Delights.  Beautiful space!

We will be on vacation for the next two weeks so I won't be blogging
as much.  Hopefully,  I'll have a lots to share when we return.

I am looking forward to seeing what you have to share this week.
Thanks for joining the party!

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Spending Our Children's Inheritance & Giveaway

Hi everyone!

Most of you know we have had our home for sale forever!   We hear over and
over again that our home is absolutely gorgeous and how much the buyers love it.
Several couples have come back two and three times to see the home again.
The one negative we kept hearing was that the back yard wasn't big enough.  Actually,
it is one of the largest yards in the subdivision.  We didn't need a large grass area so we
elected to leave all the trees for privacy.  We liked that you couldn't see the neighbors
and the blooming trees were really pretty in the Spring.  After four comments in a row
about not having a large yard for the children to play in,  hubby got out the chain saw
and cut down every small tree!  He was a man with a mission ( a pissed off one) and
he cleared the yard all in one day.

Below is the only picture I could find of the yard before.

Our neighbor owns a landscape company so we hired him to extend the irrigation
system to the back yard, haul off the trees and put in sod and mulch.  Steve and I
thought we would miss the trees,  but actually we like the new look.

Still a work in progress.

Okay, after spending a lot of money on the yard we had a showing Thursday.   They came
back Friday to look at the house again.  Good sign right?

The feedback we got from their agent was he really thought they would make an offer.
The buyers absolutely loved the house and thought it was gorgeous!  They were
having a hard time imagining not living here.  But....

There was not enough privacy in the yard from the neighbors and they
were passing on our home!!   Uggh

We are headed to the beach in Destin, Fl and then on to visit my dad.  Two weeks
away from cleaning and preparing to show the house will be good for us.  I'll
drown my sorrow in Virgin Bloody Marys and LOTS of fresh seafood.  I bet
some antique shopping will help too.

The Cutting Edge Stencil giveaway is still going on and you can enter HERE.

Thanks for visiting and have a great Summer.


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Friday, July 13, 2012

Cutting Edge Giveaway


The nice people at Cutting Edge Stencils offered to send me a stencil of my
choice and now they want to send a stencil to one of you.

I selected the Anna Damask Stencil and used it on this rug.  I have a much bigger
project in the works but I didn't want to wait any longer to start the giveaway.

Check out their website to see all the wonderful projects created using Cutting Edge Stencils.  
Creating gorgeous rooms with simple wall stencils is easier and faster than you
think, and even beginners get great results.  There is also a instructional video
  that walks you through the process.

 Cutting Edge Stencils is offering one stencil of any value up to $50 as a prize for the
winner.  You can choose your favorite from their site and they will even ship it for free.
Sorry,  giveaway is open to US residents only.

To enter the Giveaway....

 Visit  Cutting Edge Stencils and come back here and leave a comment telling me
which stencil you would choose.  You can always change your choice if you win.

For additional entries...

Like Cutting Edge Stencils on  Facebook

Follow Cutting Edge Stencils on Pinterest

Follow Cutting Edge Stencils on Twitter

*Please leave a separate comment for each entry*

You do not have to be a blogger to enter,  just leave an email
 address so I can contact you if your name is selected as the winner.

The giveaway runs through 7/31/12 and the winner will be selected
by Random.org.

Thanks for entering and best of luck !


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House Party!

You guys amaze me with your creativity and resourcefulness.
I so appreciate you sharing your projects each week at the
Open House Party.

There were some wonderful links last week so it was really hard to
choose just a few to feature at this weeks party. 

I hope you enjoy the features....

Check out how Pollyanna Reinvents beautifully transformed a vintage tin cake cover.

Mary @  Mary's Meandering showed us such a pretty and creative way to
display trim.

Kathryn @ Kats Kalamities added a piece of a headboard to the
back of this dresser.  Check out her blog to see how she transformed
this piece.

This beautiful porch belongs to Shirley @ Housepitality Designs.  I love
her new furniture.

There will be a wonderful GIVEAWAY starting here on Friday.  Please check
back to enter the giveaway.

Thanks for visiting and I look forward to seeing what you have to share at
 this weeks party. 


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chalk Menu Board

Hi all!

I hope you are having a great week.

I wanted to do a quick post to show you my latest project.  You may remember
 a recent post about the chalkboard  I made from an old $3.00 frame.  Well, I liked
the board but it still needed a little dressing up.  I found this great image at
The Graphics Fairy and added it to the chalkboard using craft paint.

Much better!

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you at the Open House party starting
tomorrow evening.

I'll be partying at:

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Open House Party

Welcome to the party!
  I hope you are having a fun July 4th.
Thanks to everyone that participated in the party last week.  There were
some great links and I have selected just a few to feature. 

Debbie @ Confessions Of A Plate Addict created this fabulous Pottery Barn
inspired pillow and she even shares how she made it.
Little Miss Maggie  shared her pretty pink and white tablescape.  Don't those
cupcakes and macaroons look delicious?
Kathy @ All About Vignettes  received this fabulous Z Gallerie Clam shell for her birthday.
What a wonderful gift...love it !

The temperature here in Virginia reached 106 degrees last week.  This Skinny Orange Julius
sounds perfect for those hot days.  Rebekah @  Pot Holes And Panty Hose  shares
 this lo-cal recipe with us.

I look forward to seeing what you have to share this week and I always appreciate
you partying here.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I've Been At It Again

Hi everyone.

I keep telling myself to stay away from the antique shops but I obviously
have no willpower!

My latest lapse of resolve resulted in another urn purchase.  Yes, something
else to be moved that weighs a ton.

Hope to see you at the Open House Party starting Wednesday evening. 

Have a wonderful 4th of July!


Partying this week at:

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