Friday, May 26, 2017

Decorating the Front Porch for Memorial Day

Although Memorial Day isn't officially summer, that's when the pools in our neighborhood get busy, and yard work gets more regular.

I did a little weed eating yesterday to help my husband out, and noticed I still had the daffodils wreath on the front door.  Time for a change.

I went to the basement to look over what I had and there was a huge red, white, blue one from last year, but I didn't like it.  I dug through my stash and found some thin white ribbon with glitter. So I took the whole wreath apart and re-made it.

It's made smaller than the one from last year, and I added some roses.

Last year's can be seen here.

 I used the same tote dressed out in patriotic colors!
 This is a greeting card that I framed last year, so this time, I'm hanging it beside the entry door.

 Summer holidays always make us think of family.

My little flower garden is doing great.  I'm going tomorrow and get a bird bath for it.  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How I'm Using Today's Good Will Finds

My husband had to get up really early this morning for a doctor's appointment near Atlanta, so I got up early as well.  I changed the bed, got the laundry started, and took off to the Good Will.  Tuesday's are Senior Discount Day of 25%. They didn't have a whole lot on the shelves I usually go to first, but I found some neat items.

I found this whimsical picture that I could not resist.

If I had this in a huge print and frame, it would go above my fireplace!  I just love this and it seems like I've seen larger copies.  It was either 99c of 77c minus the discount.

Another item that I was thrilled to find was this rug that ended up costing around $8.00.  The colors and design work perfectly on the screened porch.

When my husband is out of the house, it's the ideal time to do a little furniture switching.

We bought this drop front desk in Alabama a few months ago, and it's been in the living room, dining room, now, today, I moved it to the office.

The corner is a little crowded but this is an odd shaped room, and I have to have a spot for the printer.

And of course this room acts as a 2nd guest room.  The loveseat makes a twin bed and its presence in the room makes it more crowded too, but it sure comes in handy at times.  I can't forget, it's the perfect spot to cuddle with a book from the cabinet.

Plenty to choose from, and I bought 4 more books today!

Where did the table that was in the office go?  In the dining room.

With it in the dining room, it can serve as extra seating, dessert table, and it only protrudes 2" farther into the room than the drop front desk.  I brought the table cover from the master bedroom to cover the table.

I keep distilled water under the table beside the bed, for the bi-pap machine, so I had to cover underneath the table to hide those jugs of water.

I found this sweet mirror.  This is just how I found it.  It looks really old.

Mother's Day gift (sign) from my daughter.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing what I bought at Good Will on Tuesday!  Have a great day!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Coordination of Living and Dining Rooms

I've had various panels and colors on the windows in the living and dining room.  I finally got tired of that.  Most of them were made from remnants, were narrow or something.

After we purchased the new living room furniture, I decided I wanted to buy panels that would color coordinate with my accent chair.

I found them at Bed Bath & Beyond.

After this photo was taken I bought a 2nd pair and have 2 aqua panels on each of the french doors.

I decided it was time to get matching curtains for the dining room since it is straight across the hall from the living room.

These panels are washable, textured, room darkening curtains.  They have Grommets at the top.
These in the dining room are 95" long, living room, 84" long.

They come in a pair in the 25 to 40 dollar range per pair,
based on the length, and are high quality.

If you are a follower, you know I have turquoise/aqua colors in most every room of my home except the guest room, and I'm thinking about how I can make it happen in there as well.  
  I recently gave the master bath a mini makeover by replacing   white blinds with turquoise curtains and sheers.

The master bedroom now has a turquoise coverlet, which I love.

The sunroom has lots of aqua.

In the powder room.
 Powder room

I'm using aqua as my accent color anyway, in most rooms of the house.

I use my favorite color to accesorize as well.

2nd guest room/office/library
Even these walls are aqua.  Benjamin Moore, Copper Pa

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Time to Plant

Ecclesiastes 3New International Version (NIV)

A Time for Everything

     There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,

In sixth grade, my teacher, Ms. Roe, loved this scripture. She would read it to us frequently.  That was back in about 1964, back before Bibles were removed from the schools, a time when we were allowed to say the Lord's Prayer, recite the pledge to the flag, including  the phrase, "one nation under God"!  That was a long time ago. But seeing where some of you are busy potting plants, I thought that might be a good project for me today.  Just a few small pots with dainty little blooms.  Just a hint at God's wonderful creation. My blog is about home decor, and I always keep it to that mostly, but today, I couldn't help but think of this scripture. There are times when life around us is just heartbreaking, through no fault of our own, but something that breaks us anyway.  I've had quite a few of those times very recently, and am trying to remember that there will come a time to laugh, a time to dance, a time to embrace.  Life isn't meant to always be perfect, and sometimes you just have to step back, take a really deep breath, and trudge on.  That's the time it is for me now.  I was at the Dr. for an appointment a few days ago, and when she asked how I was doing, I completely broke down and cried like a baby, that old ugly cry, the one where your heart is breaking in two, you're sniffling and feel really stupid.  The new medication has helped with the crying, but the reasons for my heartbreak still bear on my mind and soul.  I'm trying to remember that there is a time for silence, and a time to love, and most of all a time for prayer, prayer for our families, friends, our nation, just the whole world situation.  So with a hope for peace and silence, I think I will gather a few things to plant and let my mind and soul rest.

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