Friday, December 30, 2011

Moving Forward

Are you ready for the New Year?  I'm getting excited as I plan to retire from my job on March 31st.  I'll have over 24 years, but will turn 60 in March and want to be home with my hubby who is already retired.  We look forward to being able to go to our home in South Georgia and not have to come back so quickly so I can go to work.

I packed away all the decorations the day after Christmas and shopped the house to get a different look.  I am happy with the changes.  See what you think.

I changed to my drop cloth ( need to iron it)!  I used white dishes (Wal Mart), the gold chargers from Dollar Tree, my stainless (40 pieces $10.00 at Santa Consignment Sale), glasses, Fred's $1.00, each, the white candle sticks that were once green, silver grapes are ornaments, napkin rings from Good Will, the urn is a consignment shop find.  I already had the greenery, roses, etc.  The green holly stuck in the napkin rings came from a silk bush I have had several years, I think from Dollar Tree. The little crystal dish belonged to my MIL.
See how thrifty I can be??? 

I am really pleased with it but will definitely iron that table cloth.  :)

I had to keep a pop of red with all the white.  Love the look!

I changed the mantel also.  The wire lantern on the left came from a consignment shop and the one on the right was a gift this year from a coworker.
The picture in the center is my creation.  An owner of a consignment shop GAVE it to me because there was no price on it.  The frame and mat I already had, so a light bulb went off and I thought, Kathy, put the two together!  DUH!!! I love how it turned out.

I'm still on that "White" kick.   :)

Check back in a few days, I got some FABULOUS things from Kirkland's today! 

This week I will be linking up to
Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special,
A Stroll thru Life, Tabletop Tuesday,
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

I plan to also attend a few more parties, so check back for links to great linky parties.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

These are A Few of My Favorite Things

Today I am sharing a few of the projects I did in 2011.  I put away all the Christmas decorations on Monday since I had to go back to work on Tuesday.  The house feels less cluttered.  On to the projects..............

Put chicken wire in the jelly cupboard.

Painted the wire chicken white.

Tried my hand at using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax.

More Annie Sloan

Made this lamp shade cover from burlap and eyelet trim.

Gave this little table a much needed face lift using Annie Sloan Paint.

Spray painted and distressed this old table.

Painted and distressed this candle holder (was brass and UGLY)
Again using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax

Again used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to update this mirror, formerly black.

Made a drop cloth table runner trimmed in burlap ribbon.

Guess what I used to update a pair of cupids?  Annie Sloan!

Made a coffee filter wreath.

Changed this chalk topiary from green to white with ASCP.

Looks like I've had a white theme going on.  Love me some ASCP!!!
 Is there any doubt?

Can't wait to see your favorite projects.

I'm linking to these fabulous parties:
White Wednesday at:
Wow Us Wednesdays at:

I hope everyone has a healthy and prosperous New Year!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone

Wishing all of you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Christmas Topiary

I've had this chalk-like topiary for several years.

I have used it in several rooms of our home
I decided I'd like to change it this year.
So out came the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Olde White.
  The topiary required no preparation.
I painted the entire piece with ASCP, added some dark AS wax, and this is the result.

I chose not to completely cover it in paint so it only took a minute or two to brush it on.
After giving it a few minutes to dry, I brushed the wax on, wiped the whole thing down and viola!

I tied a simple Christmas ribbon around it and am enjoying the change.  By painting it this way, it reminds me of how snow looks on the shrubbery.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

I'll be partying at the homes of these gracious ladies:
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Versatile Decor

I love cupids.  They just speak to me.  There's something gentle and peaceful about them, romantic, pure.  They are appropriate decor for Valentine's, Christmas, and any season of the year.  As you can see, I use them in so many different ways.

 I bought a pair of these a few years ago at Kirklands for about $4.95 each.  They were a brassy gold color until I dry-brushed Annie Sloan Old White on them.  I think this aged them perfectly.  They look as though they have been in the weather for a while.

 This is where they hang in the sun room.

 Here's the other half of the pair.  

 I also have a pair of these that are resting on the mantel now.

.A favorite consignment find.

 I hope you've enjoyed seeing how one type item can be used in different ways.
Joining in the festivities at 1929 Charmer for Sunday's Best 

House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday.

You're all invited too!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow (and a few thrifty finds)

Since we have no snow and no promise of any.... (62 degrees), I'll just have to be satisfied enjoying my snowmen collection.  I never thought about collecting them.  But I just gathered them together and I have quite a few.

This handsome guy was a gift this week from a co-worker. He's also a cookie jar.

Here's the whole gang, corralled in this thrifty tray.
 Aren't they adorable?  The tall guy on the far left was found yesterday at my favorite consignment shop. He is heavy!  For $6.00, he was calling to me.  I passed him up once, but before I got out of the store, he yelled one more time and I gave in. 

I'll introduce the back row now.

Left to right, 1st up is Daddy Snow, next is Mom Snow, and  the 'hefty' one on the right is Grandmother Snow.  She's dressed in her kerchief.  All those little guys in the front,  that's the Snow children.  Goodness, that's a lot of kids to put through college.  Hope they win the lottery!!

Can't forget these two little sweeties!

This lovely tin came home with me too.  $4.00. Isn't it just lovely?

It's a great place to put these napkins I've had for a very long time. 

I tried using these napkins with my holly dishes, but decided I liked the solid red ones.

I bought one other thing.  It's a 9 foot garland of cranberry colored wooden beads seen here on the mantel.  It looks black in the picture.

 Whoops,  almost forgot some snowmen.
Snowmen on the tablecloth in the breakfast area.

Snowmen on a platter in the sunroom.

And I have a snowman on the front porch, but my camera has decided to be stubborn and won't let me upload the picture.

What do you think?  Is this a collection?

Joining Kim at Wow Us Wednesdays.

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