September 30, 2008
1. I am extremely claustraphopic. I think I got this way because when I was a little girl, I cut my head open on a swing (I walked into someone swinging on the old metal swings we used to have). When they took me to the hospital for stitches, I was wrapped, mummy-like, in a sheet so they could sew up my head....it gives me chills just typing about that!
2. I am a BIG procrastinator....I have all these big ideas and projects but tend to put them off until.....sometimes I never get around to doing them.
3. I am a decorating magazine and book-a-holic. I'd probably spend my last dime on a good decorating magazine or decorating book.
4. I love being by myself. It's not a problem for me if I have a day or night to myself to just putter around and do absolutely nothing except what I want to do when I want to do it.
5. I love to read. I usually have at least two books that I'm reading at one time.
6. I always think every season change is my favorite....when spring comes, I love the planting new things and seeing all the lush plants come alive after the dead of winter; when summer gets here, I can't wait to go to the beach and spend time outside; when fall arrives, I think it is the most gorgeous time of year and when the winter finally comes, I get all excited thinking about the upcoming holidays.
7. I love watching Everyone Loves Raymond!
Now you know my dark little secrets, not very exciting, I know!
Now I'm going to tag the following bloggers:
MiMi Lee at Fleur-De Lees
Tam at Gypsy Corner
N.M.B. at Monogrammed Life
Santa Maker at Santamakersjourney
Debra K. at The Bunnys Bungalow
Mrs. Cherrylicious at Cherrys Jubilee Home
and Julia at Hooked On Houses
Posted by Judy at 3:01 PM
September 22, 2008
Last Friday as I was walking through the Wal Mart parking lot I heard someone call my name. I looked up and saw my friend Linda coming through the parking lot so I stopped to talk to her. Linda is a very talented lady who has a couple of booths at the antique mall where I used to have mine. We got to talking and I was telling her what changes I was making in my kitchen. I told her that I had tried to use a lot of what I already had and that I was using a pedestal table base and glass top that was not really working for me. Not only that, but I could just imagine my little grandchildren and their Cheetos sticky hands on that glass top everytime they come to visit! I told her what I wanted was a dark wood old farm-type table. She said she had one at home she thought I might be interested in and I was welcome to follow her to her house! Well, duh, of course I did! The table had been stripped and sanded but when I saw the barley-twist type legs and the beauty of the wood, I knew I'd found my table......we got it loaded up (with a little help) in the back of hubby's truck (which I've been driving due to high gas prices) and she told me to use this great stuff to refinish it.......
I headed off to the local paint store which carried this product and let me tell ya'll, it is one of the best stains I've ever used and so easy. I just rubbed it on with a regular sponge (which Linda recommended I do) and look at how that table shines! It is Old Masters Gel Stain and the color I used is Dark Walnut.
See the black frame with "Love" spelled out? This was a very inexpensive frame I've had....took the mat out and sprayed it white and taped scrapbook paper to the back. That will do until I can put some black and white photos in there...
I'm loving the dark wood with the white slipcovers! They are being sent for monogramming this week. I have decided to just mongram them in white so I can use them with anything later on. Plus, the white-on-white is so classy, don't you think?
I whipped up these little zebra pillows Friday night while waiting for hubby to get home. I only had pillow forms for two chairs but I'm thinking I might not do all four.....do ya'll think two or four?
Then Saturday morning before we left for the Auburn-LSU game (don't want to talk about THAT!) the cabinet guy and painter were here to work their magic. When we got home Saturday night (after midnight) the cabinet had been installed and painted. I bought brackets to use under this cabinet and also some really neat scrolly (is that a word) ones for under the plate rack. It really makes a big difference and makes them look like honest-to-goodness pieces of furniture. The paint color I selected is not black but bronze. My decorator friend at the paint store suggested we use the bronze color vs. black and I'm glad she did.
These two tea/coffee pots were part of a set we picked up last year at auction. It came with a tray (which is now on my dining room table) these two tea pots and a creamer. Someone had used a craft kit on them trying to make them look like old copper but they just looked yuck! So I got out one of my favorite spray paint colors - Heirloom White - and here's the result.
Put a little fall punkin' on my NEW cake plate. I love this cake plate! I've been looking for one that I could thread ribbon through and use for different holidays and celebrations. This one came from QVC with 4 plates and a bread basket-type thing. Won't this plate be pretty at Christmas with ribbon threaded through the holes?
Here you can see the brackets we added.
EDITED TO ADD: Some of you have asked about the bronze paint color. The paint is by Coronado. It also has on the can "Rust Scat Latex Satin Enamel; 80-424 Duronodic Bronze." I hope this helps!
September 15, 2008
Run, do not walk, and take thyself to see "The Women". The cast is wonderful and the story line was easy to follow and rated PG13. This is a great movie to see, I highly recommend it.
By the way, I think there were two guys in the whole theater!
September 12, 2008
(Gotta iron those slipcovers!)
I haven't put the TV back on the 3 corner cabinet yet and was just playing around with my shells. These will be so pretty next spring but I will be putting them up soon in favor of my fall decorations
Here's my fireplace and mantle (or mantel?). I want to paint the brick and possibly the little mantle shelf. Has anyone painted brick and if so, did you have good results? Did the paint adhere after using the fireplace? Please help me decide on a paint color for the brick and mantle!!!
It's called "Greek Sea" and it's a Valspar paint at Lowe's. Alright, now I need some feedback from all you talented ladies out there......is it too bright?
September 9, 2008
Apparently we have been experiencing some "technical difficulties" with our cable and tv's (according to my husband) so he called the cable company to send someone out. Cable Guy was supposed to be here between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. He finally got here at about 8:30! THEN he wanted to go up in the attic where we store most of our holiday decorations. I've been putting off going up there to get my fall decorations because...well, you'd just have to see my attic to understand why I've been putting it off! Anyway, HE climbs up in the attic and hubby is right behind him. I jokingly said "maybe ya'll can get down the fall decorations while you're up there." Well, they did - both of them! I was not prepared to be handed all those boxes and bags and right now they are just sitting in the messy office which of course will force me to get stuff put out before I'm ready.
Well, that just lead me to surf the net for some inspiring fall decorating ideas and here's some of what I've found:
Isn't this just the cutest idea ever ? You put this out on your porch so little goblins can get a lollipop!!
I hope you get a little inspiration from all these beautiful ideas. I know I did!