Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!

When you get older you realize what really matters in your life…
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family and friends!

Merry Christmas to all my readers and blogger friends♥


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Changing Décor for Christmas

Next year I’m going to start Christmas decorating earlier than the day
after Thanksgiving! I just change things around to much…I just finished
up everything that was bothering me!
Changed out the boxwood wreath for the black star!
Added bows that I made to each side of the mantel and a picture I found at Marshall’s
also red beaded garland that was my mothers!
I love these cute little chalkboard clips with the grandkids name on them!
I’m really liking the black in with the red and silver so I got out these
old plastic snowmen…maybe from the 40’s or 50’.
I also love some sparkle so I used this gift box from Dollar Tree to give the old
bottle brush tree some height!
Pillows are such an important part of decorating for any
style, I had this ticking stripe one and tied a red, velvet
bow around it!
Here it is with the other Christmas pillows!
I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday before Christmas, cold here and
we are supposed to have snow for Christmas Day!
Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Christmas Home Tour 2014

Hello everyone! Are you done decorating? I’m not… every year
I start out simple and liking it but everyday finds me adding
just one more thing! Are you like that?
I’m joining Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk
Link Party, be sure to stop by to see all the wonderful
inspiration that all the homes have at this party!
This wreath is on the back of our front door, I bought the
bow at Lowe’s now I wish I had bought more, I wrapped
a rusty, tin garland around the wreath and added  Christmas pics from
JoAnn’s. Plus the “Got Snow” sign!
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The Joy picture I made a couple Christmas’ ago
out of burlap and stenciled the word JOY on it
also a sparkly snowflake that you can’t see to well.
The xo letters are from Michael’s !
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A view of the entryway!
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I love my coffee table from Pottery Barn found it on
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Boxes are from Dollar Tree and so is the ribbon.
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My stepback cupboard that I’m always going to
paint but never do. Smile
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My best ever consignment find, a Willow nativity set for
$40.00 for all pieces except for the angel, my son bought
me her last Christmas!
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The red, chippy window I bought years ago from an
antique dealer for $10.00, she said it was from an old
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My boxwood wreath from Josh & Main on a Goodwill
picture that I painted with chalkboard paint!
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Buster’s new stocking from Homegoods.
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Santa’s in and on the hutch, banner is from
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The bamboo mirror I found at Goodwill and the
barcart is from Target on clearance!
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Grocery sign I made S&P’s from Goodwill, light
from Target on sale!
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I always love lights above kitchen cabinets!
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An old Rumford baking powder can on top
of the fridge!
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This is a room off the kitchen I can’t show the other
side because I’m painting the window trim and it just
has the primer on so it’s sort of messy!
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I hope you liked my Christmas home tour this year, I

went with the colors red, silver and black plus added

red velvet bows to the tree, bows are made from ribbon
I bought at Homegoods!
Merry Christmas !
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Monday, December 1, 2014

A Little Bit of This and That

I’ve had this post saved and just have been busy so I’m going to go ahead and hit publish it without any changes to it, hope
you don’t mind! I don’t have to much to do on my project it’s just getting the time to do it!
Hi everyone, it’s been a busy month for me and probably for you too!
Thanksgiving is next week,our 21# turkey is in the fridge thawing out for
the big day. Until then I’ve been trying not to get overwhelmed/stressed out… just
trying to enjoy the days whether they are spent Christmas shopping or just being at
home. I usually wait until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas
but was getting my fall dishes out of the cabinet when I found these Williams Sonoma
mugs I had found at Goodwill a couple years ago and decided to enjoy them now

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I also decided to move my cookbooks from above the fridge to up above my
stove and I couldn’t resist putting a faux poinsettia up there too. Once I put the
lighted garland up there it will really look nice!

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I have most everything out just waiting to be put in their special places…things
from Target, TJMaxx and Walmart! I’ll get it all put together right after turkey
day, it’s so hard to wait when I see all the great inspiration out there in blogland
and on instagram!
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My oldest grandchild Sydney turned 13 this past week… I can’t believe it! We celebrated by
having her friends and family at the bowling alley to bowl and have pizza! I’m so proud
of her she does so well in school and sports.
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Here are her friends , they had such a good time, and  it was fun for me just
to sit back and watch Sydney have such a good time!
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My Fridays have been taken up by football, my oldest son coaches a highschool team
and they made it to the semi finals , here he is talking to a reporter. I will say that I
froze at every game that we played lately, I don’t do cold very well! Well, the
game before we would play at Heinz Field we lost, he did such an incredible job
with those kids. No matter how old your kids get your heart still hurts when they
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I’m glad I’m caught up now, I’m decorating for Christmas and I’ll be taking pictures
for you to see!


Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is an older fall picture for you to see and visit again. I hope you
had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!
Hopefully I’ll be back to show you what I’ve been working on and
haven’t finished yet! I’ve been really busy plus watching kids.
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Tomorrow I plan on decorating for Christmas, my tree is up but not
decorated with ornaments.
Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Part Two of Vermont

Hi everyone, Happy Veteran’s Day!
I think I left off on my last post when we were visiting Stowe Mt. After that
we went to Ben & Jerry’s where we took a tour of the factory ate ice crème
and watched and listened to an employee tell about how it all started. It was
very interesting!

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I couldn’t tell if this was chalkpaint or not but I thought it was pretty neat, we
were at a restaurant in Burlington, Vt. and all the doors were like this.
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Hubs and me with the Green Mountains in the
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This is the burial plots for the Von Trapp family
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Here is another view of the mountains.
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After saying good bye to our relatives we took a ferry and
crossed Lake Champlain, it took about 30 minutes.
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Little islands!
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They frown on having docks on the lakes so they have boat
houses instead that you can see on the left. We took the
scenic route home which was beautiful!

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Hope you enjoyed seeing Vermont, I loved all the scenery…it is a very beautiful state!
I still wish I could have brought their Good Will home with me.LOL
I’m also working on something, I have it all primed but today it turned to cold to
work on maybe in my next post I’ll give you a peek at what I’m working on!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Home from Vermont

We are home and what a great trip we had, we drove to Burlington,  Vermont and had Buster with us who
travels well, he likes the car so it was easy having him in the back seat!
They told us we missed the peak of the leaves by a week but it couldn’t be helped because we
were going there for my sister-in-law’s surprise birthday and didn’t have a choice.
I did take pictures with my iPhone as much as I could plus tried to see the sights myself, so
here we go:
This is across from our nieces house where we stayed, notice all the evergreens!
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Another home to the right of her place!
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It seemed like a lot of people decorated around their mailboxes
on this street! 

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I was pretty amazed at the look of this Goodwill… a lot of people there too, I scooped up
some Halloween decorations they looked brand new, they had everything! As you can
see Burlington is a really nice place. I asked where their Target was and they told me they
don’t have them there because on there businesses the signs are to be very small no big blingy ones
high up in the air, so Target said “no way” I was a little disappointed!  I saw a Lowe’s sign and
if I hadn’t really looked I would have never seen it, it was really strange oh, and you should
have seen McDonald’s arches,  they were maybe as high as my shoulder!
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Saturday  night was surprise party so during the day we drove to Stowe Mountains,
you can see the neat General Store they had, but expensive!

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On the side of the store!
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The church was beautiful, to bad about the wires!

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To the left you can see the drug store!
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I have more photos to show so they will be in my next post!
Glad to be back blogging, oh, and don’t forget to vote!