Friday, March 30, 2012

It's Official

As of 5:00 PM, EST, I am officially retired!  Twenty four years with the Georgia Department of Public Health!  Up until I went to work for the State, I had worked part-time jobs so that I could be available for my daughter's needs while she grew up.  I worked as an accountant for my first 25 years in the work force, often working for two or three companies at the time.  I was able to go to my daughter's activities, serve as grade mother during her elementary years, and watch her when she was cheer leader.  I'm thankful for those years.  When I was 36, I decided I needed a job with benefits including retirement, and was hired at the second interview I went to.  I first worked for Mental Health (Substance Abuse).  I was a Secretary I at the beginning, transferred to Public Health in 1994, and ended my career as a Confidential Secretary to the District Health Director of a 13 county region. Confidential Secretary is a title which is the same as an Executive Assistant.  I had decided to have this past Wednesday be my last day, and had requested no retirement reception, but my boss, coworkers and daughter sent me off in grand style.  Just look at all this!  Unbelievable!!
First up is the arrangement my sweet daughter sent me.  Look at the pottery!  It is so beautiful!!  I can see this showing up in lots of vignettes.

Tulips from my boss.

 Pot of succulents also from my boss.

One of my co-workers gave me this signed and numbered Gayle Strider print, dated 1985.  Isn't it gorgeous??  Gotta get it framed.
The same co-worker gave me this hydrangea.

This Celebrating Home reed diffuser is from a very special co-worker. It smells so wonderful, and looks nice in my powder room!

 This lovely scarf is from the accountants!  Love this color!

In addition, the nurses, my daughter and I went to lunch and they gave me a generous gift card. 

Can you believe all this?   

Retirement! Ahhhhhhhhh! 

I'll be linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound!  

Saturday AM:
Back to add two more photos to Pink Saturday.

The winner of the Easter Bonnet Contest at her daycare
is Rheagan Dalton, my granddaughter.  She and her Mom (my daughter) made her bonnet from newspaper, ribbon (which they painted, it was all white), and live flowers.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Yard Sale Items Get Makeover

This morning I had a few errands to do, so I stopped in at a yard sale being held to benefit the children of Nicaragua.  It was quite a good sale, and I came away with a few things.

 Basket, $.25, garden tool, $1, and mitre box, $1, so I spent $2.25.

I like the markings on the mitre box and thought about leaving it the way I found it, but my love of white paint got the best of me.

I taped off the markings and sprayed a very light coat of white paint over it -- only one coat.  The wind was blowing, so I didn't really try for complete coverage.  I used a jagged piece of masking tape to cover the markings and like the way it turned out.  Once it dried, I brought it into the basement and sanded it off, and hit it lightly with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.  I like the way it looks on my mantel.

 I switched out the picture I had as a backdrop on the mantel, to this half moon one found last year at a consignment shop.  I placed my little dollar tree birds atop the mitre box, added the bunnies, and white and green orbs which originally were brown, purple and green.
So they got a coat of white paint, then I painted some of the leaves green.
 The garden tool got a light coat of left over turquoise spray paint which was sanded to remove the gloss.  I love the rust on this piece.
I gave it a home in my little box I revamped last Saturday.

 The basket also received a coat of white spray paint and found a new home in the dining room.

 I placed some of the items that were on the side cabinet inside the basket, added the silver dish, and raised one of the candlesticks by using books for a new vignette.

 This silver dish was a gift from my daughter.  I just love it!

 Have you visited any yard sales this Spring?  They're just beginning here.  I plan to have one myself, but it will be a few weeks.

What have you found to change up your decor?  There's nothing like decorating on a dime!

I'll be linking to the following parties: 
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junky Interiors,
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch,
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at House in the Roses
Tuesday at Cozy Home Scenes,
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

 White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home 
Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground 
2805 Potpourri Friday at 2805 

Please drop in at these wonderful parties!
Thanks so much for hosting ladies!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Olden Wooden Box

My husband and I have been working in the basement this weekend, as well as another evening this week.  We have sorted through almost everything in there and separated it into areas, for yard sale, Good Will donations, keep here, take to the Lake House, etc.  We have the entire center area clear of items, and soon hope to have much of what is left either donated or sold.  We are two tired people!  Up and down those stairs sooooo many times.  The good thing is, it is now in order, and in the process I cleaned out an area and set up a little table and shelves for my paint, and fun stuff! It doesn't look good enough to show you yet, but I will before too long.  We plan to have some more electrical outlets run and ceiling fans hung, as well as painting the concrete floors.  The area covers about 2600 feet, so if we wanted to spend the money, we could have a whole other house down there.  That's not going to happen!  We need the storage so that's what it will be.

Anyway.....I came across this rather plain utilitarian wooden box.  I remember in the early seventies when my first husband and I rented a home just north of here, he had our landlord build this little box to store 8-track tapes in.  He was a truck driver at the time, and needed a place to keep his tapes.

 Here's the front.  I love the little fastener.

 The back.  You can see it's pretty banged up.

Well this little box was just begging for a makeover.  So what did I do accept get out the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and go to work.

After allowing time for it to dry, I sanded it, added a couple of french graphics from the Graphics Fairy, and here is the final product!

 Isn't she a beaut?

 Love the changes don't you?

 Added a doily

 Isn't it pretty!

I've decided I will cover the inside with pretty paper.  I'll give an update then.
Update:  OK, I've covered the inside of the lid with some left over scrap paper, and added more treasures.  What do you think?

A side note:  the little spatula in front of the white box, was used by my mother while I was growing up.  We found it while cleaning out an old cabinet in the basement on Saturday.

I'm partying on Monday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch,
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at House in the Roses
Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy,
Tuesday at Cozy Home Scenes,
A Return to Lovliness at A Delightsome Life 
Kathleen's White Wednesday at Faded Charm
With Kim at Wow Us Wednesday
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home 
Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground 
2805 Potpourri Friday at 2805

Be sure you visit all these lovely ladies.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Sure Signs of Spring

Today I'm sharing signs of Spring in my home.  What says Spring better than bird nests, birds, flowers, and cloches?

This is a favorite.  In the header, I have a large glass cloche covering this one.  

I removed the glass cloche to cover this little floral piece I bought today at the consignment shop.

Very simple little flower pot, nothing really special until the cloche is added.

Just look at the difference the cloche makes.  It gives it more elegance, and elevates the importance of the small floral.  Much prettier, but I still may add some embellishments, maybe a small bird.  

 We can't forget the little cloche with the roses.

I hope Spring has settled in at your home.  I think we're going straight into Summer in Northeast Georgia.  It was 80 degrees at 5 PM Friday when I was driving home from work.  Unbelievable!  

I'm linking to Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Night Special.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Reviving an Old Picture

My sister-in-law gave me this picture of a little chapel a very long time ago.  It is a Home Interior product, and  the year 1987 is stamped on the back, so it has been around for 25 years.

 I came across the picture last Saturday when I was shopping the basement and brought it upstairs.  Once upstairs, I decided to give the frame a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  

 Once I let the paint dry, I simply sanded it with a sanding block but didn't add any wax.  I really do like the frame painted Old White.

Now, where to place it?  First I put it in a corner in the dining room.

 We were unable to enjoy it placed in the corner of the dining room, so I moved it into the foyer. Now it is seen when you enter the front door.

 I think I found the perfect spot.  Don't you?

Come with me to these linky parties:
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors 
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Cozy Home Party at Cozy Home Scenes
White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Winter Blues Wednesday at DIY by Design
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home 
Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground 
2805 Potpourri Friday at 2805
Ladies, thank you so much for hosting these weekly parties!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Silver Bon-bon Dish

Just had to do a quick post to show you what my sweet daughter gave me for my birthday! I just love it!  See what you think.

 It has three legs, and heavy engraving across each side.

It sits on the mantel in front of the tulips picture I posted a few days ago.

 I placed a bunch of roses in it.

I absolutely love this little bon-bon dish!  Don't you?

It's going to make a great addition to my vignettes.

I'm showing off my new gift at the following parties:

Winter Blues Wednesday at DIY by Design
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home 
Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Shop the House for Free

Today I'm sharing my mantel decorated for Spring, as well as several other areas that I've changed.  All these changes were possible without spending a penny, which I love, love, love!

This is what I had on the mantel for about the last 2 months.  I like this, but wanted to lighten it up for Spring.

I removed the candle sticks and platter from the mantel to the dining room, here.

I had the pitcher already, I believe from Good Will, so I moved it to the cabinet. OK, the candlesticks, etc., have a new spot, but what can I use on the mantel?

 I originally matted this print with a green mat.  Here, I have just flipped the green mat over and now have a white mat for the print.  (BTW, the print was free).  The frame and mat (with another print), were a gift a number of years ago.

 Here is the same print and mat, turned to the green side.

I also shopped the basement and found quite a number of items I will show you in the next few posts.  I do want to share this one today though.  I'm not sure where this came from, maybe the hubs had it before we married.  :)

Does anyone know what these pans are called, and what their original use was?

I'm using mine for a tray in my breakfast nook centerpiece.

I hope you've enjoyed shopping the house with me.  Give it a try.  It's lots of fun!!

I'm joining in these fabulous parties,

Saturday Nite Special,
Met Monday, 
Table Top Tuesday. 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
P.S.  I did some research on the pan, and this is what I found out.  It is  a
Circa 1950s Ovenex Baking Pans Starburst Design

So.....this pan is probably as old as I am.  :) (And that's pretty old!)

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