Wednesday, May 30, 2012

That works for me...

   Hello everyone! The paint is flying around here today. I am in the middle of painting my kitchen. Of course, that led to painting the furniture, picture frame molding, doors, trim , ceilings, cabinets, etc. etc. etc.!!!!! You know how that goes. My manicure is totally trashed and I have paint in places that, well, you know. With all the changes I also decided to change my lighting. I thought about what I wanted to go with my re-styled kitchen, trying to pin down just what my style is.?? After thinking about it for a while I came up with the term Farm-cy. That is a cross between farmhouse and fancy, clever right, right,ahem....(insert chirping crickets here). Okay getting to the point here, I purchased a chandelier for cheap at the GW (that's farm-cy speak for Goodwill). She has gorgeous lines but sadly she didn't come with any bling. I took a break from the brush and roller and got out the spray paint. I painted her white and then went onto the internet to search out some crystals. I discovered that what I wanted was gonna cost some dough. It was a little depressing because the chandelier  was such a good deal. I was on a mission. Hobby Lobby is very close to home and it is my go to for crafting. In the bridal isle I found my solution. They carry plastic crystal garlands. On the tag they are called GEM GARLAND. Now before you say ugh plastic,I have to say they are very sparkly and quite lovely.


   The crystals are attached to fishing line. There were 29 on the strand for $9.99. As luck would have it, they were 50% off that day so I bought two strands for the price of one WooHoo! I had plenty to bling out my new to me chandy . I was going to use the fishing line to hang them but decided to use the wire out of some wire edged ribbon I had. The wire is fine enough that it doesn't really show and it was easier for me than trying to mess with the fishing line.
   A drawback with using these is there is no smaller crystal at the top of the teardrop but I'm okay with that.

Here is a sneak peek. I will have to get brave and show you the redone kitchen, if I ever get finished!

   I hope you enjoyed this money saving tip. My chandy is very happy to have her bling and I am happy being able to look at said chandy while I brush and roll, brush and roll. ugh..

                                                  Thanks for letting me share,

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A reasonable facsimile...

Hello everyone! Today, I am sharing another project. I love ironstone, and I also love butter slabs. They are very costly if you can find an antique one! There is a company that makes replicas on the web.Joanne Hudson
I love the one for sale there, but it is a little costly for my budget. Yes, you can probably see where this post is headed. I decided to try and make a butter slab. I searched around  thrift stores until I found a round Pyrex casserole dish. It was chartruse, so I painted it with white spray paint. I also purchased some letter stickers from Hobby Lobby and viola a butter slab!

Okay, one of the "T's" is a little crooked. I ran out of the stickers, and need to go back to Hobby Lobby.(just ignore that)

This was a simple project! It turned out just as I pictured it in my head. I am now on the hunt for more casserole dishes.

                                        Thanks for letting me share,

I'll be linking up at :  Between Naps on the Porch- Metamorphosis Monday
                               Cozy Home Scenes - Your Cozy Home Party
                               Kathe With an E : You're Gonna Love it Tuesday
                               Savvy Southern Style: Wow us Wednesday
                               Debbiedoos : Newbie Party
                               My Romantic Home: Show and Tell Friday


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy Mother's Day...

    Hello everyone! I'm popping in today to wish all my blogger buddies,family,and friends, a very Happy Mother's Day. I hope you have a relaxing and joy filled weekend. My post photos were taken by my lovely daughter Emily. She takes beautiful photos! I am a little biased but I think her work speaks for itself. You can check out her work here EiY Photography

                                Roses from my garden.

    Have a terrific weekend! Thanks for letting me share,


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Rockin' Pet Linky Party...

   Hello everyone! Today I am excited to be joining a great linky party! Miss Charming at Charming Zebra , and Sharla at The House at Bluebird Lane are co-hosting a pet link up, in honor of  the 31st Anniversary of National Pet Week. I love my pets (and animals in general) so I was super excited to join!
   I have three fur babies, all pomeranians. There is Chester, the oldest at 7, Winnie the middle child at 6, and Gus the baby, who is 2. I  love all three of my boys. Gus  is solely my dog. Chester worships my husband, and Winnie is laid back and loves everyone. Gus follows me everywhere. He will jealously defend me if he thinks one of my family is monopolizing his attention quota for the day. In other words he is a bit of a brat! I wouldn't trade them for the world and I spoil them all shamelessly.

                               Chester is black and white, Winnie is gold.

  Winnie's nickname is, Winnie the Pom., like Winnie the Pooh. Chester gets called chi chi, and Gus has many nicknames, gi gi, monkey, baby boy, sweetie sweetum.. Whenever I am blogging or crafting, you will find Gus right next to me. He climbs up (with a little help) into the chair beside me and there he stays. Even when the sewing machine is whirring away he sleeps through it all.

                                     Crafting Buddy, out like a light!

    Gus's second favorite place to hang out is the screened porch. He loves to bark at all the birds and squirrels we have in the yard.

                                      On bird patrol!

I love my boys, and I am glad to have been able to share them with you. I can't wait to see all the other pets, and pet projects! See you there.


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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday Redemption...

Hello everyone, happy Wednesday. I am featuring one of my favorite things today. I'm making up for the clay craft post. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Hey, at least I was brave enough to fail right!? Okay, nuff said.
  I have shared this object in another post Hi ya' doll. I wanted to feature it today because as I said, it is one of my favorite things. My husband gave it to me for Valentines Day.  It is an antique? rosary. I have never seen one like it before.

The rosary has two little panels that slide out  with the 5 Glorious mysteries, 5 Sorrowful mysteries, and the 5 Joyful mysteries. It has a little metal tag attached that says made in Italy on one side and genuine cocoa on the other side. Trying to get pics of the writing that were clear was difficult. It is very tiny print.

The little ironstone vase is full of lily of the valley. I wish I could say I grew these, but they are faux.  They look very convincing ,and are from the Better Homes and Gardens line at Wal-mart.

Something pretty to enjoy in the middle of the week. Have a great Wednesday!
                                                             Thanks for letting me share,

I'll be linking up at:Cozy Home Scenes- Your Cozy Home Party