Saturday, January 30, 2010

My First "Silver Sunday" Post

My 'silver' accents are more the muted silvers of pewter, zinc, tin and tarnished silver.

I love this old 'make-do' piece....a vintage silver bowl atop a creamy white wood base. 


~ I couldn't resist this 'bunson burner' with the tarnished silver top ~

~ I love the juxtaposition of the dulled silver bowl with the shiny glass balls ~

~ Zinc Wings  and Nature's Silvers ~

My 'puffy heart' sterling necklace.  The smaller hearts were broken earrings that I cut into heart shapes!

Be sure to visit The Gypsy Fish for more sensational silvers!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

White Wednesday ~ Hearts, Hearts & More Hearts

I started pulling out my hearts today since February 14 is right around the corner.  February is definitely a month of 'love' in our home!  In addition to Valentines, it's also my hubby and son's birthday month, and we will be celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary!

`Stuffed Linen Hearts~

~Paperwhite Love~


~The block soaps were made by a friend of mine with an imprint of a heart~


~Paper mache' bread rising bowl with heart soaps~

Head on over to Faded Charm hosted by Kathleen, to see her wonderful White Wednesday posts, as well as many other participants!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

2010 Year Of The Digit ~ proclaims Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine

I've blogged about my kitchen cabinet knobs before, but still haven't done anything about them.  You see, they are this funky square shape, and there are a total of 25 of them in my little, tiny kitchen. I've had mixed emotitons about the knobs since we moved into this house just over 1 year ago.  So, finally, I had a lightbulb moment.....NUMBERS!!!  I found a stencil and took off....well, at least until I hit #8.  Somethings just not quite right. 

I like the general idea, but I think the numbers need to be larger, don't you think.  Also, should I fill in the entire number free-hand (I can paint)?


I always welcome and appreciate helpful suggestions and opinions!

My latest find ~ vintage, 14" tin number 'em...and 23 is my favorite number!

So, the following has nothing to do with 'digits'.
 When I placed this vintage french basket on top of my new shelf, I wasn't quite sure what to put in it.  The other night I walked by and saw the sweetest little thing in my basket ~  my "Annie Britt".

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

White Wednesday ~ New Year......New Look

Our "Big Event" antique show was this past weekend in Mt. Dora.  I was only able to be there for a short time on Saturday, and only found one thing...a stool for my kitchen.  My husband helped a friend set up on Friday and guess what.....he found this cool old white cupboard!  Good job Michael!  And here's the best part....he only paid $30.00 for it!  At first I couldn't figure out where I could use it....but the old brain kicked in and here it is in my kitchen.  I've put my cookbooks in it, which freed up much needed room in my cabinets.  The doors do have glass inserts, but they are currently out, pending a good scrapping and cleaning. I'm contemplating putting some fabric in instead...what ya think?

The stool....perfectly white and very sturdy.  I'll make a padded cover for the top from some old nubby linen fabric.

A new vignette, featuring one of my favorite antiques.  I just love this little sawbuck table with the drop sides!

Isn't it just the cutest?

And lastly, I've decided what to do with my cozy chair and ottoman, thanks to help from Shellagh,  She has made some wonderful slipcovers and offered me some great suggestions. 

This has to be the ugliest footstool ever....but I'm a gonna make it cute!

Look what I found in my closet!

I had almost forgotten that I have 2 of these wonderful vintage laundry sacks.  I'm going to use one for the back cushion of the chair.  I have an old linen tablecloth which is a great match that I'll be cutting up for the remainder of the cover.  Wish me luck as Shellagh has convinced me to add piping...Ahhhh!

This gathered linen fabric is from a bedskirt found at the thrift store (real cheap), which I'll be using around the base of the ottoman.  I will probably make the top with the other sack, or make a pillow for the sofa...haven't decided yet..

So now that I've posted about this project...I'm feeling more motivated to get started this weekend!

Be sure to visit Kathleen at Faded Charm, our hostess for White Wednesday and check out all the Wonderful Whites.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

~ My Best Friend ~

I first met Brenda in the 6th grade.  I was shy and introverted....she was a tom-boy, spoiled rotten only child with no fear...of anything!  Not sure what really drew us together 43 years ago, but we've been 'best friends' ever since.
So, this afternoon, I dropped by for a visit and brought her my present since we hadn't see each other since Christmas.  She handed me my present...I gave her hers, and as we opened them, we broke into joyous laughter.  You see, we had each bought the other the same gift!

We had been in Saks back in November (just passing through on our way to the Anthropologie and Pottery Barn).  We stopped at the Kiehl's counter and both fell in love with this amazing cologne called "Forest Rain".  I'm sure we both thought we had the perfect gift for the other....the only thing is........We both also bought ourselves one too! We'll be smelling good for a long, long time!

Have a wonderful week!


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Out With The Old ~ In With The New

Well, finally, the  green is gone!  I have been wanting a new sofa for quite a while, and recently, found a matching sofa and loveseat on Craigslist.  They are from Ikea...I got them both for $250.00. I sold my old sofa on Craigslist for $100.00.

Of course, they have a black slipcovers currently, but I will soon be purchasing new white slips from Ikea....can you believe the white slips are only $49.95 each?

I wasn't really looking for a love seat, but it just replaced this:
(The chairs are now at my dining table)

I also sold this green cupboard and replaced it with the white one! hanging cupboard ~
(Still tweeking the innerds)

Now, I just need to make a slipcover for my cozy chair and ottoman...

I think I might cover it with an old matlasee cover in white...what do ya think?

Well....I'm happy and still ahead $115.00!  Isn't it fun to change things around.....?

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

While I'm not superstitious, I do enjoy certain traditions. One of my favorite  is a  'Southern Tradition'  to eat ham, black eyed peas, collard greens and rice on New Years Day.  It is believed that these foods bring good luck and prosperity!  I also make a cornbread casserole and homemade chocolate pie...Yummm!

I usually host an open house for friends and family, but this year was spent with my Pastor and his lovely family.  The food was good and we had a nice relaxing time...a great way to start the new year.

God is Good and I am looking forward to 2010!

Blessings to all,