Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Open House Party

Welcome To the Open House
No Tricks Just Treats At This Weeks Party.
I am starting the party early so you can spend time with your little ghouls and goblins.
Thanks to everyone that joined the Open House party last week. I have chosen
a few entries to feature from the party.  Please take a minute to visit these blogs
and tell them you saw their post at the Open House party.
Claire @ The Rustic Pig  transformed a plain Jane chair into this beauty.
Just look at the beautiful bathroom remodel at A Pinterest Addict that Eliesa and
her husband just finished.
How cute is this antler pillow made by  Aimee @ It's Overflowing

Check out Katie's pretty renovated kitchen at  Lets Add Sprinkles.  
I hope you have a fun Halloween and please be safe.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House party!  

Before we begin the party I want to give all of you a big virtual hug.  Less than a year ago I put a little gadget on my blogs sidebar that records the number of page views.  This week the number exceeded
 1,000,000.00 ! 
Thank You.
There were so many great links at last weeks party.  Below are just a few I would like to share with you.  Enjoy....

 Okay,  I'll wait for you to catch your breath.  How gorgeous is this dining room?  Des @
Peeking Thru The Sunflowers  shared her beautiful new ballet tie slipcovers.
Angie @ Knick Of Time  made these adorable grain sack inspired gift tags.  She is
so sweet to share these for our use.

Shirley @  Housepitality Designs  added beautiful Fall touches to her porch.  Check out her
blog to see more of this pretty porch. 
How fabulous is this Marie Antoinette scarecrow?  Andie at  Divine Theater  made this amazing couture scarecrow for her boxwood parterre.  You must see all the wonderful details she added
to the dress.
On to the linky party...... 

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Friday, October 19, 2012

A Different Kind Of Fall

Hi everyone!
The Fall season is a little different here in Florida than many of you are experiencing in other
parts of the country.  Growing up in central Florida, we never celebrated or decorated for Fall.
It was just an extension of Summer for us with 80+ degree days.
In October we still had picnics, went to the beach and swam in the warm water of our pool.  Halloween costumes were limited to those that wouldn't be too hot or scratchy and our Thanksgiving meal was normally eaten on the large screen porch.  Christmas day we rode our new bikes through the neighborhood and played outside with our toys.  Later that day my cousins would come over and we would all have fun in the pool.
My parents were both raised in Florida and neither could tolerate cold weather.  Though they
loved to travel, we never took trips outside of Florida in the Winter.   I saw snow for the first time
at the age of twenty.
Having moved to Virginia four years ago, (Dad calls it the great frozen North) was the first time I
really got excited about  decorating for the season.  Of course, blogging added to my need to nest.

Yesterday I rode around the neighborhoods near Dad's house in Florida.  There was not a single
pumpkin to be found nor a wreath hung on any door.  What I did find were beautiful lawns and
blooming plants, people sitting on their porches and working in the yards.  Children were walking
home from school dressed in their shorts and t-shirts, men were fishing on the lake and the outdoor
farmers market was doing a brisk business.

I thought you might enjoy seeing what Fall in Florida looks like....



The above photos are from dad's yard and below is his neighbors house.  

 Aren't these hanging plants amazing?   They each measure about four feet wide!

Speaking of FALL(ing).  Look what I found when I got out of the shower this morning.
 If you are a regular reader of my blog you already know I have moved to Florida and I am
living with my 86 year old dad. . He had reached a point where he needed full time care.
After having several mini strokes his mobility is very limited.
This morning he wasn't in his room and I saw the garage door was open.  I threw
on my shoes and ran outside. 

I found Dad painting the tile roof!

God,  please give me understanding and patience.
Now,  I have to find a place to hide the ladder
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 
I am partying at...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Open House Party

Welcome to another week of the Open House party.  Thanks for dropping by and I look forward
to seeing what you have to share. The link to join the party is at the bottom of this post.
Last weeks party had some amazing links and and I so appreciate each of you joining the party.
Here are just a few selected to feature this week....enjoy.
Lynn @ The Vintage Nest shared plans for her Halloween party and this beautiful
Fall display.

Don't these pumpkin bars looks fabulous?  Elizabeth @ Pine cones and Acorns
was kind enough to share this yummy recipe with us.
This beautiful sunburst mirror was made for $5.00!  Sheila @ Beyond The Portico shares the
 tutorial for making this paper mirror.
Giant spiders have taken over the home of Ron @ The Uptown Acorn.  Don't you just love
his New Orleans home?
On to the party
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Past Fall Decor

Hi everyone and thanks for dropping by.  Last week I showed you the no sew velvet pumpkins I made.  Though I love decorating for the seasons that will probably be the extent of my Fall decor this year.  The attic in our home in Virginia is full of decorations for all seasons but here in Florida I would have to start from scratch.
I am enjoying seeing the beautiful Fall decor being shared by so many talented bloggers.  From now through Christmas is my favorite time to be a blogger because I love to see all of the unique and creative decorating ideas you come up with. 
There is nothing new to show you so I thought I wouldn't feel so left out I would go through my archives and share previous photos with you. 



Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!
I'll be partying this week with....

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Open House Party and Winner

Welcome to the Open House party!
Thank you to everyone that joined the party last week on such short notice and please forgive me
if I didn't get around to leaving a comment for you.  I am up to my neck in alligators right now. 
Actually swimming with alligators might be easier than dealing with Medicare, VA and insurance
companies..oh my!
I am always impressed by the talent and creativity of bloggers and it's so much fun to see what you have to share each week.  This weeks features are a prime example.....enjoy!
 Cindy @ Beaux R'eves  Fall decor in her kitchen and hearth room is beautiful.
Janette @ The 2 Seasons has been taking lessons and she painted this adorable rooster.
Marty is the queen of beautiful cloches.  She is having a Fall cloche party starting October 16th
and I know she would love for you to join the party at A Stroll Thru Life.
How perfect is this setting for a Fall dinner?  Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue set up this
beautiful vignette in their orchard.
Before we begin the party I want to announce the winner of the $50.00 Amazon
gift card and thank Appliances On-line for sponsoring the giveaway. 
Congrats to Linda @ Coastal Charm.  I'll be sending her an email shortly.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Still Time To Be Crafty

Living with my dad I found I really missed the little craft projects I was always
working on at home.   Off to JoAnne's for velvet fabric and to Walmart for the
little pumpkins.  The two larger ones are from the dollar tree. 
I just cut a hole in the top of each pumpkin and scraped out some of the
Styrofoam.  The fabric was tucked into the pumpkins and finished off
with spray painted stems.  I would have loved to have real pumpkin stems
but there are no pumpkin patches anywhere near here.
They were soooo easy to make with no sewing or hot glue required. 
I am rather envious because Steve is home in Richmond enjoying the Fall
weather and leaves turning.  There is not a sign of Fall here in central Florida!
It is still 90+ degrees and humid as can be.  I haven't seen much in the way
of Fall decorating either.  I went to a large craft show Saturday and can you
believe there was not a single velvet pumpkin?
I hope to see you at this weeks Open House party.
Take care and have a great week.
Linking to Debra @ Common Ground
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Open House Party + Giveaway

Open House Party.

It has been a crazy and pretty stressful couple of months.  I am excited
 to get back to blogging and hosting the weekly Open House party.  Right
now anything "routine" sounds wonderful to me.
It isn't necessary to include a link back to No Minimalist Here  this week due to
the short notice of the party I would love for you to put the Open House
party back on your weekly link up list.

This weeks Open House Party is sponsored by Appliances Online.

 Not only is Appliances Online sponsoring this party, they are also giving away a
$50 Amazon Gift Card
to one lucky participant of The Open House Linky Party.
It's very simple to enter this giveaway!

1- Add the below tagline at the bottom of the post you are linking to The Open House Party this week.
(copy and paste it into your post):

My entry into No Minimalist Here Open House Party  sponsored by Appliances Online.
2- Once you have done that, just leave a comment telling me
you have added the tagline to your post.
The winner of the $50.00 Amazon gift card will be selected
on 10/9/12 and announced at next weeks party.
Of course,  it is not necessary to enter the giveaway to
participate in the linky party.  

I am excited to see what creative things you have
to share this week.

Please email me If you are interested in sponsoring a Open House party. This weeks party is sponsored by Appliance Online.
Please email me If you are interested in sponsoring a
Open House party. 


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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Open House Party Giveaway

The party is back....
The Open House Party will resume this Wednesday evening and I hope to see
you there.  I know this is such short notice so don't worry about linking back to
No Minimalist Here this week.  I am just so excited to be hosting again and
looking forward to seeing what great things you have to share.

 Those that join the party with have the opportunity to win a $50.00 Amazon
gift card courtesy of  Appliances Online
It's very simple to enter this giveaway!

1- Add the below tagline at the bottom of the post you are linking to the Open House Party(copy and paste it into your post):
My entry into the No Minimalist Here Open House Party sponsored by Appliances Online.

2- Once you have done that, just leave a comment telling me the number of your link-up.
Of course you are welcome to join the party without entering the giveaway.  
Hope to see you tomorrow night.

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