Friday, December 30, 2011

My Favorite Project of 2011

One that will go on and on into 2012, my kitchen! I never thought it would happen but it did, one day I just had it and went and bought paint and primer and it was a go from then on. LOL
Here it is before…
I’m pretty sure this is the ONLY picture I have of the cupboards because I just didn’t like them, they were your plain, old maple looking cabinets from the 80’s! and also another decorating style, funny but I don’t miss it at all.100_2405
Here is the same cupboard as above.
And a new light fixture, really makes a difference!PC281836
I love my counter top and can’t wait till the other side of the kitchen is done and when that happens I’ll take loads of pictures for you to see!
When I walk down the hall I still can’t believe it, it’s always so bright and that’s what I was hoping the Cottage White paint would do. We still have alot to do, so far though I’m happy and happy it was at least done for the holidays.
Well, that was my favorite project for 2011, I have another paint project waiting for me out in the garage this baby, just sitting there waiting and waiting for me to pick up a paint brush and make it
I’ll be joining these parties:
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
2805 for Potpourri Friday
Stuff and Nonsense for Friday Unfolded
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
 The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt it Friday
Please stop by and visit there is so much to inspire you in each and every entry!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

After Christmas Shopping!

I never go shopping the day after Christmas but this year my girlfriend and I decided to go, after all I had some gift cards that were burning a hole in my wallet!
I think my greatest buy was this pendant light fixture that I found at Target, it has a nickel finish that is the same as my hardware on my cabinets and it totally brought the room together, I’ll be selling my other light fixture on Craiglist! My new one only set me back $19.99 on clearance. I also bought wrapping paper for next Christmas, tags and bows, no more Dollar Tree ones!
Here is another shot of it, can’t wait to get the time to paint the window trim, I did get the outlets painted though.
Found the cutest S&P’s at Macy’s to add to my Christmas collection of S&P’s. While there I picked up a jacket and nice sheets with a black ticking pattern by Martha Stewart on sale!
While at TJMaxx their Christmas decor was 50% off so the reindeer only cost me $6.00
I received so many nice and pretty things from Stush and the kids but this one was really special, Alex and Nicholas, given to me in a Martha Stewart frame. Sorry about the light on it but I just couldn’t get a good position with it because of the light in the diningroom, so precious anyway!
I have two more things to show you but I want to get all the Christmas decorations down and put away before I do, we leave everything up until New Years I like to enjoy them a little more since I had to work more days than I usually do.
I’ll be joining these parties so stop on over and see all the talent out there in blogland!
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Thrifty Thursday at Thrifty Decorating


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top Projects of 2011

Hi Blog Buds! Did you have a wonderful Christmas? We sure did here, came so fast this year and it was such a whirlwind wasn’t it? I received everything I wanted and more, hope it was the same for you! Having everyone together was just wonderful and we also celebrated Nicholas’s first Christmas, how blessed we were!
I thought I’d list some of my favorite projects from this past year, changing from one style to another was hard work but fun, I have never painted so much as I have this year but so worth the time and trouble it took to achieve the look I’m going for. I’m not done at all but will I ever be? I doubt it. LOL
So here they are in no particular order :
This was a quick transformation but I think it turned out just lovely! Amazing what a coat of paint and embellishment can do! This is in the guest room! Read about it here!
Found this on Craigslist, Stush bought it for me for our 5th anniversary! Read about it here!
Thinking on moving this table into my diningroom, I’ll have to see what the man says about it! Read about it here!
I really had to talk myself into painting my hoosier but so glad I did.  Read about it here!P4300638
Drop cloths, don’t you just love them? Read about it here!
The best thing I ever did for the outside of the house was painting the door black! Read about it here!
Besides painting my kitchen cabinets white this past November, I think this was my favorite! Maple diningroom cabinet painted white!  Read about it here!
I hope you enjoyed my projects for 2011, loved having you here today!
I’d like to say a big HELLO to my newest followers, I’ll be by soon after the holidays and the craziness of this season is over!
Joining these parties:

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Wishes♥

Just wanted to stop by and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
See I told you I keep adding to the tree right up to Christmas Eve! LOL We are on our way to church with the granddaughters and family. Love to you all on this special night!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Look What I Found at Macy’s!

I was looking for something to top my little tree with because I didn’t want to do a bow, while Christmas shopping I found this adorable top hat ornament at Macy’s and wondered if it would work, it did and it looks so cute!
The perfect fit! Love my little tree!
Here are some random pictures that I haven’t showed yet, if I have please forgive me, it’s been just crazy here as I’m sure it is at your home too!
I always decorate my willow tree branches!
White bottle brush trees in my GW cloche on a GW plate!
So shabby chic!
On my worktable, made up so cute I think, don’t you just love ball jars?
Speaking of ball jars, I finally added some greenery to the market basket on my hoosier!
Looking in from the front door!
Well, gotta run I work today…MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Joining these parties today!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
2805 for Potpourri Friday
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
At the French County Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Stuff and Nonsense for Friday Unfolded

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Adding and Adding On!

Hello blogging buds! Sorry I’ve been away for a while, just been busy working more days than I usually do plus parties and yes, still decorating but I’m pretty sure I’m done with that!
I wanted to show you some pics where I added a little bit more, things I found after I thought I was done decorating, have you ever did that? Digging thur boxes and finding things that you bought at the after Christmas sales? I had bought these sparkly sprigs at Macy’s (for a dollar each) and forgot all about them, love how they look!
On some blogs I would see such cute Kitchen Santa’s and knew if I saw one I’d buy him, Macy’s didn’t have any but K-Mart did, isn’t he neat, I love the cupcakes he is holding. I added some greenery to my Roo lamp made it look a little more festive I think!
Here is a closer look at him, love his little, black boots♥
This is one of the my favorite parts of my “new” kitchen, it really makes a statement, everyone comments on it!
I had to decorate it up for Christmas, I went with red and silver this year!
This is in the room off the kitchen, each Christmas I bring out this little tree, it leans a little and I always feel it was sort of like me then, broken but still standing, it was the only tree I had that year all I had was in storage! I lived with my sister for about nine months. A hard year for me, I lost my best friend, my mom, left someone, which was a good thing, let me just say a very bleak year! Good things happened too though, Sydney was born and the following year I met Stush. BTW my walls are not that color at all, hate that it looks like mustard!
The white Dove ornament my mom had bought me!
The vintage bank Santa was given to my youngest when he was about three years old, we were at the fleamarket and a vendor just up and gave it to him with the pennies in it, Chris is now 31 years old but I always bring him out too!
Sitting on my Hoosier, S&P shakers, love them but don’t have room for them but at Christmas time I do buy them, I have three sets so I guess that’s a collection right?
I bought this wreath last year but can never find a place for it, so for now it hangs on the chair!
I added another swag to my mantel and bought it at Michael’s for half off, it brightened it up more and that’s what I was going for!
Each year I buy an ornament/ornaments and this year I found this swan at Macy’s she looks like she’s made of glass but she’s not but sparkles just the same!
My entryway done in holly!

My kitchen…I still sigh over it and smile, amazing what paint can do isn’t it? Just can’t wait till the counters come in………and a new light. Next we will paint the ceiling fans black and all the gold on it will become nickel. I’m thinking on those school light fixtures for it too.
Here is the one side that is done.
Santa mugs waiting for the grandchildren and I did get myself and others the peppermint handsoap and the silver cover for it at Bath and Body Works, smells so good!
I’ll leave you with this photo of my diningroom, I wrapped gifts last night while Stush and Chris watched the Steeler game!
Thank you all for stopping by I love having you, you are all such a part of my life in the blogging world! I so enjoy stopping by your blogs and seeing what you are up to and I hope you feel the same way! This will probably be my last post before Christmas so I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year, this Christmas may you have laughs, hugs and kisses from your family and friends, so here is a great big hug to YOU!
Please leave a comment so that I know you have been visiting, I love to read each and everyone of them!
I’ll be partying with these great hosts:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle
Tuesdays Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thur Life
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time


Friday, December 9, 2011

Vignettes Around MY Home!

Let’s start in the livingroom, there are just a few right now though, this shelf Stush made for me for Christmas when I was into a different decorating style. I still love and always decorate it,Everything on the shelf is from GW.It sits above my couch/sofa and has a beadboard back to it!
My $5.00 vintage suitcase that sits way on top of the stepback cupboard Stush also made me, dressed in holly and silver Poinsettisa.
Now to the little room off the kitchen, I put my blue mason jars back up there and I just keep forgetting to buy more greens to put in the market basket or tomato basket as some may call it!
This is on my white sewing machine, so pretty I think!
Let’s go into the kitchen, I just bought the Fitz and Floyd plate at Macy’s and it’s sitting by my canisters and I’m still loven the rooster lamp!
The rooster mug filled with holly I found for $5.00 at our yardsale this summer and almost forgot about it till just the other day!
I keep a couple old pictures in the DT votive cup, that’s my mom and dad, I remember her telling me that she traveled by train to Mississippi to my dad’s naval base, he was going to be shipped out. Mom never saw him again for the next four years, she must have sent him this picture because on the back she had wrote “What a pair” they were only in their early 20’s here in this photo.
Also filled my “Chocolate Cloche with some silver ornaments and next to it is my new roo!
Hope you enjoyed my vignettes today, I’ll be taking pictures of my whole kitchen soon, not tomorrow though, I’m off so I’ll be shopping with my daughter tomorrow after Sydney’s Christmas concert in the morning! 
I’ll be joining this Christmas Blogger Block Party at:
French Country Cottage for At the Feathered Nest Holiday Party
and a new one at:
Stuff and Nonsense
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday