I love fall! I think it's one of the most gorgeous times of the year. Of course, I will probably say that about Spring too! I don't go "all out" with any of my seasonal decorating anymore but use pretty much the same things every year now. I used to be a "more is more" kinda girl but each year I find the "less is more" philosophy works better for me now.
With that being said, I'm happy to share some fall touches around my house. We'll start in the sunroom. I don't know why I don't share this room, because it's one of my favorite rooms in the house. It has been a "holding zone" for holdovers from my mom's house when we moved her to assisted living, then from assisted living to a nursing home. But I'm slowing working my way through either storing or disposing of them.
I ordered this colorful, soft throw from Amazon of all places. The pillow is from Society 6 she has some beautiful things in her Etsy shop. I have my eye on several items for the upcoming holiday season. When the throw arrived, I loved how it looked with the pillow.
Can we talk a minute about my thrift store wicker trunk? It was priced at $25 (which I would have gladly paid) but asked the shop owner if she'd take $20 and to my surprise she did! Right now it's storing extra throw pillows and a blanket. It was in near perfect condition and had no musty smell. I really wanted to use it and the end of our sofa in the den for a place to put a drink or remote control but according to my husband it was too big (and it really was) so I put it here in the sunroom for a coffee table. I love it in here!
A few years ago I decided to paint a faux pumpkin turquoise since I use that as an accent color in a couple of rooms in the house. It got a lot of attention! Here in the sunroom I just put it on the distressed little table next to the leather chair.
My daughter was telling me she heard that if you put a turquoise pumpkin outside your door for trick or treaters it will let the parents/kids know that you are handing out non-food treats in recognition of food allergies. Here's an interesting article about it. Good to know.
I've been busy working on cleaning up areas outside....pressure washing mainly. Our deck is in sad shape and my husband wants to tear it out and replace it but I don't know when that will happen. So I just pressure washed the patio outside the sunroom and a small area outside the laundry room. I'm hoping Thanksgiving day will be nice and sunny so some of us can eat outside....you just never know here in the South what it's going to do this time of the year. So I'm trying to keep it simple outside with just a few things.
I spray painted an old urn I had flat black and set it on top of this old capital (capitol?).....I used a berry wreath and a white spray painted faux pumpkin. I love how easy this was.
(I should have pressure washed the capital....it's been outside for over 20 years and it needs a "bath"!)
The pumpkin isn't that glaring white....I didn't notice how bright it looked until I downloaded these photos....it must have been the glare from the sun. Kinda ghostly looking!!
Last year I saw these pillows on another blog (don't remember which one) where you spray painted your design on burlap. I got a leaf and pumpkin felt thingies at the Dollar Tree. I just placed them down on my burlap and sprayed all around them with orange spray paint. Then my sewing machine broke and I didn't finish making them until this past fall when I decided to get the machine fixed.
In the den I always do the same thing on my mantel....I didn't replace anything but worked around what stays up there year round. That way I don't have to remember where I put the things I removed or how it looked (LOL)! I just added the fall garland and the burlap "Fall" banner I made a few years ago and some white twinkle lights.
As far as the galvanized bucket, I just used some things I pulled out of my fall bins that I didn't know what to do with. (BTW, I have waaaay too much fall stuff, don't use but about 1/3rd of it....I keep telling myself I'm going to edit and get rid of the majority of it but so far I haven't done that). So before packing it all back up I decided to use some "leftovers" in the bucket. I placed a cardboard box in the bottom to elevate everything and just wrapped the garlands around the outside, then filled in with the two pumpkins and some other branches and things. I love how it turned out!
On the coffee table I used a candle ring on top of an urn and added a silver pumpkin. I added a little orange pumpkin too....I like how the orange and turquoise look together. You can see how I made over this old wooden tray here by adding the typewriter burlap fabric. (Please ignore the fan in the next room....it's still hot here people!)
On the sideboard behind the sofa I just used a boxwood wreath with a ceremic pumpkin..
Next time I'll share the kitchen and dining room.
Hope everyone has a safe Halloween and DON'T FORGET TO TURN BACK YOUR CLOCKS TONIGHT!
Hello? Anyone still out there? I think it's pretty obvious that this blog is way down the list of priorities at this season of my life. I won't bore you with the same old excuses, suffice it to say that I spend a lot of time with my 95 year old mom at her nursing home, as well as family here and out of town. I have good intentions to post more often, just doesn't seem to happen.
Moving on.....last January my son received an awesome job promotion but he had to take it right away. It was with his same company but it meant moving from Birmingham (which was a little over a hour away from our home) to the Daphne/Spanish Fort area, about 3 hours away! BUT he could not pass up the opportunity so they moved. Let me state here that I couldn't be any more proud of him. He works hard and deserves all the accolades he's getting. They bought a beautiful home with wonderful landscaping and a pool! Plus they are only about 45 minutes from the beach....doesn't get any better than that now does it?
Here are a few photos I took back in August when we went down for our grandchildrens' joint birthdays. They are 5 years and 5 days apart so so far, my DIL has just had a joint birthday party for them. I imagine that will quickly come to an end soon as my granddaughter will be 11 next summer and won't want her little brother "bothering the big girls"....at least that's what she told me!
Here's my little grandson "posing" in front of his baby picture. He's so silly!
(#hurryuptakingmypicture #fakesmile #iwanttogoplay!)
Their backyard is spectacular! The house belonged to a doctor and they had extensive landscaping put in as they hosted a backyard wedding. This is looking out from inside toward the gazebo. It has a TV, ceiling fan, and a sound system....we really loved sitting out here at night and watching the kids swim.
My daughter in law has done a great job getting the house unpacked and set up. She and I are working on ideas for the den and my grandson's room. My son has put her on a "budget" but I think that will have to change (LOL)! But I have to give my daughter in law credit, she's really trying to stick with it, within reason. We'll see how that turns out! We're planning on giving them a housewarming gift so that can hopefully get her started on her vision.
We are hosting Thanksgiving here at our house this year and my husband knows I want to re-do his bathroom before then. I'm going back and forth on the wall color....something white but not stark white. I'd love to have plank walls in there but that ain't happening! So I'm going to use beadboard wallpaper instead. Basically, I want a farmhouse feel to it. It's been the same color for almost 10 years now, which is a miracle! Here are some of my inspiration photos from my Pinterest board:
I think out of all the photos I have pinned, this one is my favorite. See those plank walls? Love! She gives the paint colors and I've got samples of them. My bathroom mirror is almost identical to this one. I even ordered the same light fixture. But then the question is what to do about the vanity? If I paint the beadboard wall white and the other 3 walls in the light gray, what do I do about the vanity? I don't want it to be the same color as the gray wall. Do I paint it a darker gray or what? I have two different "shower" curtains to consider. I don't use shower curtains, but full length curtains as that gives me more of a choice and the length I like. I have a pretty gray linen and a solid white....not sure which one I'll use.
The other room on my to do list is my daughter's old bedroom. I will get a plank wall in there....behind the bed. I've ordered a gray upholstered headboard and the whole room will be a pretty white color. Again, using whites and grays in there to tie in with the bathroom which is right next to the bedroom.
The other night my husband surprised me by saying he'd talked with our handy man and asked him to come by as soon as he could so that he could start work on the guest room. He wants me to show the guy what I want so that we can get started on the planks. I don't expect to have both rooms done by Thanksgiving but I'm so happy that it will get done sooner than later. At least the bathroom will be done....fingers crossed!
Well, that about wraps it up for now. Oh, one more thing. If you read my blog you know that my daughter has 11 year old boy/girl twins. Then last December they had a little "surprise"....another little boy! We're having such a good time having another little baby in the family. He's getting so big and is just about to walk.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Taylor and her baby brother taken at the hospital after he was born....she is such a good little helper
I try and keep this blog a happy place but there's something on my heart I need to share. I recently found out little 10 year old Elijah Aschbrenner was diagnosed with Epitheliod Sarcoma cancer in May 2014. I don't pretend to know or understand what that is but there is no good cancer.
This precious young man is the son of a girl my son knew and dated in high school. His mama was one of my "favorite" girlfriends my son dated but their relationship never progressed beyond friendship.
There is a Facebook page devoted to little Elijah and if you have the time please visit it and offer your prayerful support for this sweet boy and his family. I also understand that his story was featured on the Today show this week (I think Monday) and that Cam Newton, my favorite Auburn quarterback (now playing for the Carolina Panthers) made a special visit to Elijah.
Please remember this precious family in your thoughts and prayers.
Well, it's been a while since my last post. My computer died and I had to get a new one. I had to get all my photos from the old computer transferred to the new one, plus I'm still trying to learn how to use Windows 10.
Going through some of my old photos, I found this picture from a few years ago of our twin grandchildren....hard to believe they are 11 years old now!
I have done a project or two and will be sharing that along with my fall decorating soon. Please don't give up on me yet!
Well, half the month of August is gone and I, for one, am anxious for fall and all the lovely things it brings....especially cooler temps! Here in Alabama we won't really get that until mid-October!
Today I'm going back in time and talk to ya'll a little bit about my obsession with clothes. Yes, I LOVE all things decorating but I have a love for clothes too! I think I can attribute it to the fact that my mama made most of our clothing growing up. She was an expert seamstress and we always had lots of pretty things. HOWEVER, when you are "coming of age" in the 60's (just dated myself there) and you see all the latest styles from London, you don't want your mama making your clothes!
When my daddy was in the military and we lived on base my mama and her best friend took up sewing for their girls. Mama and Mrs. "D" wanted the best sewing machine available at the time....which for them was a Pfaff. Even back then they cost quite a bit but somehow mama convinced my daddy it was worth it and so he broke down and bought her one....it served her through 3 girls and 2 granddaughters and others she sewed for until it finally quit.....all in all she had that sewing machine about 40 years! I'd say she got her money's worth, wouldn't you?
Okay, back the the clothes story. I don't think the "homemade" clothes bothered me much until my junior and senior years in high school. I had a good friend (in fact the one that I worked with on our recent class reunion) that NEVER wore the same outfit twice all during high school! Now that's a feat! I also remember going to another friend's house just before school started for our senior year to see her new back-to-school outfits. One that I remember was a gorgeous plaid skirt with matching sweater. Back then we'd wear that kind of outfit with knee socks and loafers. Another friend, who's mother sewed professionaly, had traveled to Mexico during that summer and I remember she told me she lost 13 dresses coming back to the United States! 13! Wow...her mom had really been busy sewing!
Then during my senior year I met some girls from another school that I became friendly with. There was one girl who's daddy was a big time lawyer in her town. I used to go to her house to get ready for our Friday night dates and her closet was full of new things with tags still on them! That really impressed my little 17 year old self and I wanted to fill my closet with the same thing! (Shallow I know but at 17 I didn't think anything was wrong with that).
So, the summer before I was a senior, I "worked" for my daddy. That is to say, he basically paid me to show up a few hours each day to answer the phone. I saved a good bit of my paychecks that summer in anticipation of buying myself a new wardrobe for my senior year. My mom's best friend was a Jackie Kennedy type....she dressed very well and had great taste.
Back in those days, when you shopped at certain stores, there were chairs and/or sofas for others to sit on while you tried on clothes and the clerks brought things to you in the dressing room. You could even take things home "on approval" and bring back anything you didn't keep. Anyway, I asked my mom's friend to go shopping with me for my back to school clothes.
Let me stop here and say during that time we dressed quite a bit more "formally" if you will than today's students. In fact, it wasn't until the year after I graduated that students were allowed to wear pants (not jeans) to school. So what you bought was a lot different from today's attire.
So Mrs. "M" and I took off on a shopping spree that netted me what I thought was the "coolest" wardrobe. Oh my, what an experience that was.....I was in heaven! I can't remember all I bought but one thing was a "coat dress"....who remembers those? It was an A line dress (almost identical to the creme one above) with a matching coat. Another one was a cute little burgundy "swing" dress with large white collar and cuffs....I was stylin' ya'll!
Of course, all the charges were reviewed when the bill came in and I got put on "credit card restriction" more than once. I didn't go hog-wild but I did use it from time to time.
But the best part came during homecoming and prom season. Every year my mama had made my homecoming "formal" and prom dresses. That year I talked my daddy into buying me my first "store bought" formals. The homecoming dress was a gorgeous white lace number that I loved.
We wore long white gloves and matching heels. Man, I thought I was "the bomb" back then.
For prom I wore a knee length dress in a pretty soft aqua shade that had "streamers" (instead of the fringe like below). I wore it to my prom and again at another school with the boy I was dating then, who was crowned prom King!
Oh, a funny story about prom night. Sometimes we would wear hairpieces or "falls" to enhance your hairstyle. The night of my prom I had my hair pulled back on the sides and added a little piece to the crown that was curls....cute. A bunch of us were in someone's parents' stationwagon (classy I know) and one of the guys thought it would be cute to pull off my hairpiece! Luckily he gave it right back and I just put it back on my head! Good times I tell ya!
To this day I love to see clothes hanging up in my closet with tags. Guess I never got over that obsession. Right now if I go to my closet I have a few things with tags still on them (sorry not sorry)!
I bet some of you have a few "tagged" items in your closets too!
We don't usually do a "date night" as in getting dressed up and going out but due to my husband's schedule we either pick up some and bring it home or run through a drive thru (not the best alternatives but it is what it is!).
So when Bonefish Grill contacted me offering a gift card to check out their newly remodeled location, I was excited and quickly accepted their offer.
Reservations were made for us (I don't think reservations are usually required but it was nice to have them so we didn't have to wait in a long line).
Just as soon as I gave our last names, the hostess immediately knew who I was and took us to our table. Our waiter quickly took our drink order and went over the menu with us....pointing out several choices we might be interested in. We decided on an appetizer of raw oysters and when they were brought out, they were not served with crackers or horseradish. When we inquired about crackers, we were told that "corporate" did not authorize crackers! That was a little odd, I've never had oysters without crackers but we made do.
I ordered a talapia dish with ceasar salad and steamed broccoli. My husband ate most of my salad and declared it the best ceasar salad he'd ever had. I thought it was good too. He ordered a steak with steamed vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes.
My dinner was very good and there was quite a lot of it....I couldn't finish all of it at all, although the hubs made a "happy plate"!
We decided to go "all out" and order dessert too. I got the creme brulee and he ordered the doughnuts which were three warm croissant-type doughnuts, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with sea salt caramel and chocolate sauce.....he ate all of that too!
All in all we really enjoyed our dinner and will definately go back to Bonefish. We had not eaten there in quite some time but it will go back on our regular rotation when we want a nice sit down dinner.
The only "con" I will say is that our waiter was a little overly enthusiastic and eagar. I'm not a fan of a waiter hovering over the table and constantly trying to engage you in conversation while you are trying to eat. Checking back with us one time (two at the most) to see if everything was okay and refilling our glasses is fine with me but this guy kept coming back and kept coming back. I know he meant well but it was a little annoying, but that's just me.
Right now Bonefish Grill is offering $10 off your meal good through August 3rd. Here's the link to the coupon which you can either print off or take a screen shot of and show to your waiter.
(image only...go to the link to print your coupon)
If you have never eaten at Bonefish Grill I would recommend you giving it a try. We enjoyed our visit and will definately go back.
No, my husband and I are not breaking up....just want to put that out there right off the bat. But there is a breakup on the horizon and I'm just not sure how to handle it.
I've been going to my hairdresser about 8 years now. When I first started going to her, I loved everything she did to my hair....color, highlights, cut...you name it, I always got compliments and I was always able to fix it to my liking. A year or so ago, things just didn't seem to be the same with the cut or style. And I had to book my appointments 5 weeks in advance! Now I'm not talking about a salon in a big city that would warrant that much ahead of time but the salon was a little bitty one in a small town...she had been doing hair for years and had a pretty good clientele but come on now....5 weeks every time?! I had to drive about 20 miles from home to the salon. Once I retired it wasn't a problem as I was able to go pretty much any time but it really irked me that I never felt I could cancel and/or re-book due to her "5 week" policy. There were a few times I went not feeling well but was afraid I couldn't re-book soon thereafter so I'd just go ahead to my appointment.
My husband, daughter and granddaughter got tired of me complaining every month about my hair....sometimes I'd just cry it was so frustrating. You couldn't tell her that you were having problems as she got defensive and would say "that's what you told me to do"! I really just tried to emphasize to her that "something" wasn't working and I'd hope for the best every time I sat in her chair. She could not fix my hair either...I have a lot of hair and I'd go out of her salon with "hair helmet" and I'd run home and re-wash and re-style it which, to me, defeated the purpose of getting my hair "done." Not to mention the amount of money I was paying her, it just didn't make sense for me to keep going back, but I didn't have a Plan B so I just kept going to her.
A couple of weeks ago, I found out about a local beautician that was really good at what she did. She had a Facebook page that showed her "work". On top of that, she was "friends" with a lot of my friends! So I went to her for a consult and decided to cancel my already scheduled 5 week appointment with my "old" stylist and see how I liked this new girl. I loved how she "did" my hair and I made the decision to step out and make a change. She is local, I don't have to book so far in advance and she works with you on problems I might have once I leave her salon. In fact, I went back to her the next week so she could show me how she fixed my hair. Now this salon is a "high end" one but she was able to fit me in with a 2 day notice! The cost is a little more but the convenience is well worth it to me.
I texted the receptionist at the old salon to cancel my July appointment and got a text back from my original stylist asking if anything was wrong. She's never contacted me in any way whatsoever so I found that a little odd. Then she left me a voice mail yesterday....I still haven't cancelled my August appointment but I'm going to. I don't want to burn any bridges with her because we did become friends over time and I like her as a person. My daughter and granddaughter still use another stylist at that salon so I don't want things to be uncomfortable for them.
I'm having a dilemma as to handle my breakup with my original stylist. My husband says to just tell her that he wants me to use someone in town and that is a little more flexible to get an appointment with. I'm not good with things like this. I want to make a "clean" break but still be able to maintain a friendship with her in the event I ever need to go back....does that make sense? Because why would I go back if I've been unhappy for a while? See...confused!!
So help a girl out! How would you handle this situation and what would you say? I know some folks would say I don't owe her an explanation, just cancel and that would be that. But I do feel like with the time I have invested with her, I owe her some kind of reply, don't you?
I'd love any suggestions on how you would handle this sticky situation. Thanks!
I recently attended my class reunion and although it was catered, some of the "girls" brought snacks and appetizers to munch on until our main meal was served. One of my high school friends brought these pinwheels and although I missed out on trying them (too busy socializing!) my husband loved them. So I asked my friend for her recipe and I'm sharing it with ya'll today.
1 8 OZ. pkg. creme cheese
1 container of chive and onion creme cheese
1/4 cup sour creme
12-16 oz. shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped jalapenos
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 pkg. flour tortillas
Mix all until well blended. Spread filling over tortillas. Roll up and cover in plastic wrap for several hours (or overnight). Cut into pinwheels. (The end of the rolls won't have filling in them, but put them aside and watch how fast they go!)
DISCLAIMER: Since I haven't made these I don't know how many hours to cover them....I'd say at least 4-6 and would probably be best if left covered overnight. She also didn't say to refrigerate while covered but I would think so. I copied the recipe as it was provided to me.
I plan on making these soon as my husband raved over them....of course he loves anything with jalapeno's!
Here's a picture of our "class" someone sent me. I went to a small private school and we only had about 26 graduating seniors....two of which are deceased.
(I'm on the end wearing black top and white jeans...my friend that I worked with on the reunion is also in black and white...not planned!)
My good friend and I worked on the reunion for about a year and were able to contact all of our remaining classmates but some were unable to attend. We combined our class with the ones above and below us so we had a pretty nice turn out.
We had a great time and it was great connecting with some people I haven't seen in a looooooong time! I really enjoyed meeting some of the spouses of the guys in my class.....even the wife of my high school "crush"! Several people were really unrecognizable (not necessarily in a bad way) so it's a good thing we had name badges! One of the men, a local dentist, was such a quiet unassuming guy in school....and man has he changed! He and his wife were a lot of fun.....he's also my daughter's dentist. My best friend from high school was unable to attend but we have reconnected and hope to have a visit soon.
Have you ever attended your class reunion? If you haven't and ever get a chance, I would recommend going....I had a great time at mine!
Today my "baby" turns 41! How can that be? I'm so proud of the man
he has become....loving father, wonderful husband and fantastic
provider to his family. He has worked hard and it's paying off for
I love trays! They are so useful and attractive just about anywhere in your home. Over the years I've accumulated (you might even say hoarded) a number of different types of trays. I have quite a stash of them in our storage building as well as around the house.
I love seeing how other people use trays and when I saw the burlap lined tray that Yvonne made I knew I had to have one for myself! I recently came across a rustic divided tray at a local flea market for a whopping $17.50! I couldn't get to the register quick enough to pay for it! Shortly thereafter I bought some typewriter inspired burlap and made my own version of Yvonne's.
Here are the quick and easy steps I did to make my lined tray
Instead of gluing down the fabric to the inside of my tray, I decided to cover a form that would fit snugly into the tray but that I could remove when I wanted and/or change up from time to time. I had a piece of foam board that I had my husband cut to fit inside the two sections of the tray. It wasn't precise but no one was going to see that foam board but me. He cut the pieces just slightly smaller than the measurements taking into consideration the slight bulk of the fabric so it would be a nice, snug fit.
I found the burlap at Joanne's Fabrics...the only place I could find the typewriter burlap
After that I used my foam board pieces as my pattern to cut two identical pieces of burlap. Then while my husband pulled the fabric tight around all four sides of the foam board, I used heavy duty tape to tape it to the back....real technical I know! When all four sides were taped down, I did a test run to see how it would fit and it was perfect!
This was my kind of project...quick and easy with big results!
I put it on my "new" wicker trunk (more on that on another post) in the sun room but ultimately decided to put it on the coffee table in the den.
So here's where it ended up....on the coffee table in our den
(You can see the base of a fan in the left corner of this photo....we'rein Alabama here and it's hot as all get out...even with the ceiling fan)
I love, love, love how it turned out! Do you love trays as much as I do?
I'm a Southern girl who loves my family and home. Born and raised in the Deep South, I have a great respect for our heritage and try in my own little way to keep the Southern lifestyle alive and well! I'm happily married to a wonderful man and we have two grown children and four grandchildren who are the love of our lives! I hope you enjoy your visit to my Southern home and as we say here in Dixie, ya'll come back now, ya hea!