Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More home projects

Hi everyone,
Thanks for all the sweet responses about my illness. I am feeling much better now. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. Our son held a Seder dinner at our house on Friday night. We have never participated in one before. He has been attending a messianic Jewish congregation and has been studying about it and what an eye opening experience it was. We read almost all of the 1st 12 chapters of Exodus. We ate, sang songs and enjoyed fellow shipping with several of our friends. We even had one family that lives in Memphis, TN join in via Skype. Here are some pictures of our (passover) table. We are now planning on making this a tradition in our home even though we are not Jewish. It really opened our eyes to an in depth look as to the real reasons we celebrate this holiday and why it is so important.

I went shopping at a garage sale the other day and picked up a few items that made me happy. I got the clock for $5.00, the mask for $.75 and the Coke crate for $5.00. (Can you believe that one?) It has 1963 stamped on the inside of it. The same year I was born if you can believe imagine that. I'm planning on Mod Podging the mask and will show you later how it all turns out. My husband is crazy about the Coke crate. He wants to use it as decor in his man cave when he gets it finished. The clock I put in the music room/study.

Here are some more tassels that I made a couple of weeks ago.

I am redecorating our bonus room upstairs. The walls are chocolate and I am using zebra and turquoise as the accent colors. Here is a better picture of the dresser after I finished painting it. It used to be an olive color.

Here are some more pictures of the room. The zebra quilt on the table I actually made it myself with the help of a friend of mine.

This is an old flower cart I picked up from the side of the road that someone was throwing away that was rusting and I painted it and threw some of my magic on it and wha-la, a new decorator piece. What do you think?

I copied Liz from Savvy Seasons and bought this candle warmer at Wal-mart. It's wonderful. Thanks Liz for the great idea.

Here are some of the Easter decorations we had on our kitchen table this year. My husband colored the eggs and I decorated the cake platters with them.

Last but not least, this is my new leopard roo!!!! I picked him up from my favorite store that by now I must have some kind of stock in by now...Hobby Lobby.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoying some of the things in my life that make me smile. May God bless you all. (Y'all as my husband would say)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I am still here.

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I have been sick all week. Finally went to the doctor on Tuesday, and found out I have strep throat.  I have just been laying around trying to take it easy.haha 
  We went ahead and had small group at our home on Wed, then we hosted a Seder dinner last night for 20 people and tomorrow we are having Easter dinner here.  So maybe next week I can rest and get to feeling better.  I do have some pictures of things I have been doing I will maybe post tomorrow!
 Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter,

Thursday, April 14, 2011

This weeks happenings

Hi everyone....hope you all have had a wonderful week.  The weather here has been absolutely beautiful, all my flowers are starting to bloom, my yellow birds are feasting on the thistle I bought for them and I think I have finally finished decorating for Easter this week.

I had a unexpected surprise on Tuesday, my cousin from out of state dropped by for a visit, it was so good to see her! We went to lunch and she came back home with me and we made a tassel, she loves crafting as much as I do.

Here is a little project I made this week, so very simple. I started off with an empty tin coffee can, spray painted it, added broken earring, then ribbon. For the top I added tissue paper and covered it with Mod Podge.  I thought it would be cute to hold packets of sweeteners.  I may make some for the bathroom to hold cotton balls.

Here is the finished product, I really had fun doing this.  The pearl earring is one of my Mom's, she passed away 2 years ago so this reminds me of her. The other earring is mine, I lost the mate.haha

Here is my other project, I got the idea for this next project from Sherry over at Creations from the heart, she has some great ideas. If you have never been on her blog, you need to go check it out!
I am going to make more of these for other places in my home. For mothers day I am going to make one for my mother-in-law.

Here is the finished project, let me know what you think.

I have a new member to our rooster family, got him of course at Ross. Aren't they the rooster capital of the world?

He is setting on top of the fridge, guarding the food.

I have one more picture....another rooster. This one I ordered from QVC. His tail feathers are measuring spoons, love the black and white polka dots.

He looks chocolate, but he is made of porcelain and is black and white.

Well this is all I have for now, hope you enjoyed going through my week with me.
Love and prayers,

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Easter Dining Room Project

Hi everyone. I just wanted to share some of the things I have been up to with decorating for Easter. My Easter eggs this year have all been hand crafted by my niece and nephew. They used tissue paper and Mod Podge to decorate them with. I glued the ribbons around them.

I got the idea for the chocolate bunny on top from Kim over at Dear Sweet Home blogsite. Thanks Kim for the idea. I think it looks great as a topper to the egg tower. It looks good enough to eat, but can't because it's made of plastic. Kind of like the fake deserts you always see in the restaurants that always looks so good. The wreath underneath was an old wreath I've had for years and kept stored in the basement. I took off the old flowers and wrapped this garland around it.
Here is how the whole table looks after the Easter makeover. I got the chargers at Hobby Lobby for 40 cents a piece. They were this hideous color so I spray painted them black. The lime green plates on top are from Wal-Mart for next to nothing each. For napkin rings, I tied ribbons around black napkins. (I just love the roosters guarding the eggs.)

Here is my bunny arrangement I made and placed our buffet table. It is an old urn that also was stored in the basement that has been brought back to life. I used the same plates as is on the table to set it in. That way if there are more people coming for dinner, we have more plates. I purchased the bunny and the eggs on sticks from Hobby Lobby. The flowers were some I had stored in the basement as well. (I tend to keep things in the basement for awhile sometimes, but as you can see they can be brought back to life quite nicely.)
Here is a Springtime Wreath that I made and hung up in our powder room downstairs. I got crazy with ribbons, plastic letters from one of my favorite stores (Hobby Lobby), a few Easter eggs and hot glue and wha-lah there you have it.

I have also been busy decorating old picture frames. Here is one that I just finished. I got it on the bargain bin at a local store because it was coming unglued on the right side and the veneer was coming off. Most people wouldn't have given it a second look in the shape it was in, but I thought I could do something with it. Once again all it took was a little ribbon and getting crazy with the hot glue gun and I was able to take a frame that was considered almost junk or at least ruined and turn it into really cool home decor. The way that I have it placed keeps anyone from seeing the messed up side. The picture is of the world's smallest operational church. It is located just outside of Niagra Falls on the Canadian side going towards Niagra on the Lakes community and is on record as being the worlds smallest functioning church. We stopped and took this pictures last year while my husband was working in Toronto. He picked the family up in Buffalo, NY and we did some sightseeing on the way back to Toronto. I took the color photo to a local drug store where they had a picture processing setup and turned the original into a black & white. If you look carefully you can see the time date stamp that we forgot to turn off before taking photos that day. (We still have yet to turn it off in these photos.)

Here is how it fits in our powder room downstairs. Notice the Springtime wreath above it on the mirror. We have several pictures that we have taken and done similar things with. I'll try to post some of those later. We have found out that you don't have to spend a fortune on really cool pictures to hang on the walls or place on furniture. You just have to have a little imagination and you can take almost anything cheap, or run down and turn it into something nice.

That's all for now, but keep checking back as I am always keeping busy with new decorating ideas and stuff around the house.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Finished Cabinet

Here is the cabinet I started last week.  If you can tell by the picture it was brown with palm trees.  Well with 1 coat of primer and several coats of black spray paint and....scrap book paper, here is the finished product:

 New Knobs
Finished project.

I think it looks soooo much better, let me know what you think!