Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House party!

Thanks so much for dropping by and please take a look at a few of the features from
last weeks party.

Christine at Little Brags  decorated her porch for Easter and included Bugsby, her
sons bunny.  How adorable!
Nancy at Nancy's Daily Dish created a beautiful Easter table using her purple transferware.
This gorgeous dining room belongs to Donna @ An Anglo In Quebec.

On to the party...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my dads 87th birthday and we threw him a small celebration. I decorated
the dining room with balloons and a birthday banner and my son and his family meet
 us for lunch at dads favorite restaurant.  Everyone came back to his house for cake and


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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wisteria Prints On The Cheap!

Happy Spring!
It actually snowed when we went home to Virginia a couple of weeks ago.   With snow on the ground it was hard for me to get into the mood for Spring decorating.  Also, time was limited and any major decorating had to take a back seat to other things. 
One of the small changes I made was switching out some prints in the foyer for a pair of botanicals.  You may remember these framed prints from a Wisteria catalog a couple of years ago.  I always liked the prints,  but not the almost $200 each price. 

Last Summer Steve and I made a trip to Destin, Florida to see family and enjoy the beach.  I found the botanicals at the local Goodwill and we left the store with both of the framed prints for a whopping $16.00!

I added a botanical to each side of the entrance to the living room.  Now, I am on a search
for two plates with green and red to replace the blue ones there now.

I moved the market basket to the foyer and you can see Steve's office in the background.

I am very happy with my Wisteria prints on the cheap.

What bargains have you found lately?


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House party!

Before we start this weeks party I want to thank each and everyone of you that join my party.  I am feeling really guilty for not being able to visit each of you and leave comments.  My life has changed drastically in the last nine months.  Taking care of my dad is a blessing, though sometimes not easy! I no longer have the time to spend on my blog, or visit other blogs, that I once did.  I have thought about shutting down for a while but my blogging buddies have been such huge support and your blogs offer me a temporary distraction from the stress.  Please forgive me if I am not visiting as often and I hope you know how very much I appreciate your support and friendship.
Thank You From The Bottom Of My Heart!
I have some great features from last week and I hope you enjoy....

Aimee @ The Vintage Estate  created this wonderful orb light using embroidery hoops.
Check out her blog for the tutorial.

Carol @ Art And Sand  has a very talented husband and last week she shared some
of his amazing paintings.

This beautiful Spring mantle was created by Revi @  Revisionary Life.

On to the party....

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Giant Clam Shell Goes Home.

Hi everyone!
You may remember this POST about me buying a giant clam shell as a Christmas gift for myself.

I took the shell home on our recent trip from %#$! . Sometime between dads fall down the
stairs and the food poisoning I was able to take a few pictures!

The shell weighs about 100+ pounds so Steve gave me only one chance to get it where I
wanted it.  Luckily I liked it on the buffet...for now!
Thanks for dropping by and have a great week.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

On The Back Porch @ Cedar Hill Ranch

I am thrilled that Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch has included me in her On The Back Porch series.
It is such an honor to be featured on this amazing blog written by a sweet blogging friend.   
I hope you hop over to Cedar Hill Ranch  and take a look at my interview.  Make sure to
say hello to Anita while you are there.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House Party!

I appreciate everyone that joined the party last week, again you showed me what a
creative and talented group you are.  You'll find the link below to join this weeks
party but first enjoy the wonderful features below. 


This beautiful bedroom belongs to Sonya at  Beyond The Screen Door.  Don't you
love the sign she made from a pallet?
Delores at  Vignette Design created this beautiful nature inspired table for her
husband and his fishing buddies. The plates are wonderful and perfect for the dinner!
 Kristie at Market Nine Home  added this wonderful clock to her kitchen and talks about
 accessorizing your home.  If you are not familiar with this beautiful blog you must drop by.

 Don't you just love the colors in Carlene's Spring mantle?  Check out  Organized Clutter to
see more of her pretty mantle.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Great Vacation....NOT!

Hi everyone!
We got back to Florida last night after eight days at our home in Virginia.  This was my
first trip home in nine months and I was so excited to be going home.  I had several projects
planned and wanted to get the house dressed for Spring.   My dear friend Lynn and I had plans
to go junkin.
Most of all I just wanted to enjoy our Home !
I know you have heard the quote "the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray"
Yep,  that is exactly what happened on our trip.
We left Florida and headed to Georgia to stay a couple nights in Dad's second home.
When we arrived we found the house had been burglarized and most of the furniture,
televisions and accessories were missing.  In addition,  the roof had leaked and there
was fallen sheet rock and mildew on the walls in two of the rooms.   It was
 heartbreaking to see my dad's face when he walked into the house. 
In Richmond Steve went to get the State Inspection done on our car.  They found
the tie rods and ball joints had to be replaced,  there went money we had not
planned on spending.
The second day home my 87 year old Dad fell down an entire flight of stairs.  He was
pretty beat up, but luckily nothing broken or life threatening. Thank God he is a tough
old goat (my affectionate name for him) or he could have died from the fall.  The scare
took ten years off my life!
The last night at home the fancy light switch in our kitchen stopped working, which
means none of the kitchen lights will come on.  Not good when your house is on the
We had Chinese take-out from my favorite restaurant and got food poisoning.  I was
sick as a dog for the last three days of the trip and for the fifteen hour drive back to Florida.
Our wonderful trip doesn't end there...I threw my back out the night before we left
Virginia and every little bump of the ride caused agonizing pain.
I obviously didn't get projects done nor did I get to go junkin.   What a week!
On the trip home dad and I talked about the vacations we took as I was growing
up and it hit me that most of our trips had been jinxed!  We had a good laugh
about all the mishaps and I am sharing some of those with you below.
We were once caught in a tornado and a flood.
I found out I was allergic to bees when one stung me in the face.
We were robbed in our RV and they took our money and food.
Our car broke down in a very remote area and the only way dad could
get it to run was by him blowing into the fuel pump, which he had to do
 about every five miles until we reached a town about sixty miles away.
A waiter dumped the entire contents of his tray right on my head.  My hands
and head were burned and my new outfit ruined by mexican food.
I got locked in the ladies room and the owner had to take the hinges
off the door to get me out.  
In Mexico I was stung by a scorpion in my bed.
While in the Smokey Mountains my parents pulled over at a look-out point to
take pictures. They left me asleep in the car and when they turned around there
was a large bear with his front legs on the top of our MGB convertible.  I was awake
and screaming at the top of my lungs.  They actually took the time to take a picture!
There were many, many other crazy things that  happened on our trips but this post
has gotten really long.  Anyone interested in taking a trip with us?  Better make sure your
health insurance is current before we leave.
Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you at the Open House party starting Wednesday
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House Party.

Thanks to everyone that joined last weeks party and for sharing all your wonderful post.
Take a look at the featured links below.

Rita at May Days shared the wonderful transformation of her cabinet and backsplash with
beadboard wallpaper.

Take a look at all the beautiful Spring decor at  Scribbler Unfocused.

Debra at Common Ground created this gorgeous Spring mantle.

If you were featured this week please grab the party button on my sidebar.

On to the party.....

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