Friday, June 29, 2012

Decorating with Red

If you have held a yard sale, you know how tired I am right now.  I got up at 5:40 AM this morning to go put signs at a  BUSY highway near my home, then several others marking the way to my basement.  I decided to have it inside because it was 104 here in N.GA today!  Whew!!  That is some hot weather.  The lawn has absolutely dried up.  We desperately need rain.  Anywhoo, I only decided yesterday that I would have a yard sale today.  Luckily, I had already boxed up things for a sale (when we organized the basement), so all I had to do was pull those boxes out, and lay things out for display, and price them.  I will continue the sale again tomorrow.  I could not believe how many people came!!!! And they bought too!!  I didn't advertise in the newspaper or anything.  My daughter did put it on the school system classifieds. Although this only goes to those who work for the system.  So my traffic was almost completely from my sign on the highway!  I got rid of sooooo much stuff!!  I sold only furniture and home decor and linens.  LOTS of OLD sheets.  Went like hotcakes.  We had two dining sets (both with 4 chairs each), and I sold both, even though we really could have kept one to use when we're in the basement.  I told hubby, that I had sold our seats  right out from under us. There's just something so liberating about saying, "sure, I'll take less"!  (hee-hee).    After the sale tomorrow, I will donate the remainder to the Veterans group in our community for their sale.  They are trying to raise money to build a wall of honor.  Oh, y'all know what this all means.......I can use my money and go buy more stuff.  I'm already planning which consignment stores I'll hit.    I know y'all have heard enough about this so on with the show......

If asked to name my favorite color, I would not say red, yet I decorate with this color quite often.  

The master bedroom at our lake home is decorated with red.

The magnolia picture was bought at Kirkland's several years ago.  It is on canvas, no frame or glass, and the scroll pieces on the sides are black metal.  It is so realistic.  This comforter set is a seersucker type fabric, and is reversible.  The other side is mostly white with taupe and red window pane design. (ignore that little pink pillowcase you see peeking through).  :)

The lamp by the bed is very old.  I just bought a new shade for it.

Walk into the largest guest room, and you will find more red. (and another pink pillow peeking thru)...what's up with this.  I need to use different sheets.   This comforter is a Ralph Lauren, which was one of my very first consignment purchases.  

Back at home in the mountains, there is more red.  This shows the inside of the jelly cupboard.  The inside color is original to the piece.

Love the interest the red roses add to this table setting.

A red sign in the laundry room.

My vintage "Gordon's" Jar.

Here is more red--on the hoosier and in the artwork in the mud room.

Do you find that you do this?  I guess red is a favorite color of mine after all.  At least it seems to be.

Visit the many talented ladies partying at:

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Potpourri Friday at 2805
Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating 
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Thanks ladies for hosting!!!
Happy July 4 everyone!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Cheery Cherry Tablescape

Today I am sharing the tablescape on the sunroom table. A setting for two using my cheery, cherry thrifty finds.

I found this Festival dinnerware about a year or so ago at a consignment shop that is no longer in business.  I got a four place setting consisting of dinner plate, salad plate, serving bowls, glasses, cups/saucers, and salt/pepper for $10.00.  I decided I would use them now since they are red, white, and blue.

I used white placemats, also from consignment shop.  The red napkins are from Wal Mart, and so versatile since I can use them for Valentine's, Christmas, and other seasons.  The smaller white napkin is something I made from a scrap of fabric from the clearance bin at Wal Mart.  The white furniture, and the bright light coming through the windows makes this colorful setting "pop"!

The stainless is from a set of 40+ pieces that I bought at my daughter's consignment sale for $10.00.  

The napkin rings were purchased at a yard sale a month or so ago, 4/$1.00.

The sun room gets so much light, I think these cheerful dishes look great in here. What do you think?

Have you set a cheerful summertime table recently?  I'd love to see it if you have! 
Wishing you a cheery week!

Come with me to these wonderful parties:

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Have a Daily Cup With Mrs. O for Share Your Cup Thursday
The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday

Friday, June 22, 2012

Come In and Sit a While

I don't think I have shared the front screened porch at the lake home.  We haven't purchased any new outdoor furniture, just making do with what we have. We had a swing hung when the porch was built, and that's my favorite spot.  The swing was built locally.

I like the cup holders made into the arms of the swing.
These are just regular stacking chairs.

This is an old coffee table I painted white and decorated with recent yard sale finds.  That's a lazy susan underneath the table.  I need to sand and repaint it and use it inside.

Nothing fancy, just a place to relax, have a cool drink, and look at the lake. 

Come back anytime, and sit for a while!! 

Please drop in at these great parties:
Show and Tell at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest at French Country Cottage

 Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Tisket, A Tasket, What's This Little Basket?

I was looking in one of the storage buildings for a can of paint, and noticed this little basket hanging on the wall.  I am not sure what it was used for, but think it may have hung on the side of a sink.  What do you think?  If anyone knows, please tell me.

It's just very unusual.  I don't know why I had never noticed it hanging there. But once I did, I had to bring it in and find a place for it.

I moved it around to several areas deciding what to do with it.

I like it like this.  This is in the guest room done up in pink.  I moved this little clock, the hydrangea flower pot, and setup a little vignette on the chest of drawers.  Then I added the purple roses, and a baby picture of my husband, that is just a card board type.  I think this makes for a little vintage looking arrangement.

Cute, huh!!

Joining in these parties White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Creek Cottage
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground
You are invited!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Yard Sale and Other FInds

On Friday, we took the 6 hour drive to our home at Lake Seminole. We'll be here for a couple of weeks probably.  Then it's back home to go with my daughter to a conference for her new job. (She was promoted to Curriculum Director/Grades 6-12) for our school system. The conference will be at Jekyll Island, and will be a mini vacation for our little beach lover, Rheagan.

There are few yard sales here at the lake, but I noticed a sign yesterday as we arrived, that there would be a "gigantic" one today.  So I headed out this morning to see what I could find.  It was a neat sale, held in a vacant home... vacant of people, full of stuff!!  Clothes filled three rooms, all sorted by size.  I didn't go through the clothing though, just the 'doo-dads'!  There were lots of dishes, books, dvd's, cd's etc.  Y'all know what a big spender I am.  I spent $3.00!!  Here's what came home with me.

This cute floral arrangement was a dollar.  It has large roses, and rose buds that look so genuine.  The vase is about the size of a 20 oz cup, and is shaped like one, but is terra cotta, covered with a striped design.
I knew I could find a spot for it since the flowers were clean and in good condition.

I bought the other three items especially for a table on the front porch.
Isn't this a cute little bench?  Red, white and blue with stars.  I think I may take the raffia bow off.  ($1.00)  The little fairy was free.  It had a broken wing, but I thought I may take it home and put it in the fairy garden. 
The pink flower is a metal candle (taper) holder ($1.00).
On the way back home, I stopped at Dollar General and found an awesome deal.  They had a cart out front filled with pictures, all half price.  I had been needing a larger picture to go above the t.v., so I bought this for $6.00. 

I like the pop of color it adds to the tall narrow wall behind the t.v.  The blue and white Currier & Ives plates were moved from this spot to the area above the stove.
A pot of fresh peas cooking on the stove.  Yummmmmmm!!!!

Well....that's all folks!!!!!!!!!!

I'll be linking up at some wonderful parties this week, so stop by for some great fun!!
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Creative Blog Hop at Homemaker on a Dime
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Silent Actress, the Major and Grandmama Cherry

Today my post is taking a different direction.  I normally show you my latest projects or something I have changed in my home.  But today, I am showing some very old papers I came across some time ago and placed them in an extra scrap book I had, stuck it in the cabinet, and promptly forgot all about it.  

The other night my grandson brought some momentos he kept from his trip to France this month, for the scrap book I have kept for him his entire life.  I opened the cabinet to remove some scrapbooking supplies and again saw the "extra" scrapbook.  I removed it to see what I had put in there, and re-discovered these old papers.  These were tucked away in a metal box of "important" papers that my MIL had.  

They are from the thirties, forties, and fifties.  This is a rather long post, and plenty of pictures, so enjoy.

First up:
Norma Talmadge
Actress during the silent era
Born in 1895

Her photo is on one side, and the back seems to be an advertisement for a metal corrugation company.

This is an old post card.  I have no idea who the folks in the photo are.

My husband's Uncle (TD Joiner) was a Major in the Military.  In fact we have his Army trunk.  (I'll show you some day).
This freight bill shows where his sister, Cherry Joiner Moreland Aldridge (Hubby's grandmother) sent him a 14 pound basket of peaches to his location in Washington DC
 on July 19, 1939.

Next:  Evidently, Miss Cherry had an illness of some sort and received this get well card.  Don't you love these graphics?

The inside shows where several people signed the get well card.

The gift certificate below was in this envelope postmarked 1947.  It is advertising giving Reader's Digest as a gift.  I think they still do something similar.  I suppose good marketing ideas, stand the test of time.  :)

This appears to be a program for a church service.  

I've never heard of any of these hymns, and I served as pianist at church from the time I was 11 years old, into my forties.  

This is VERY interesting.  It is a premium due notice from an insurance company for auto accident insurance.  The annual premium was $3.00!!!  It was due in December 1947.  Unbelievable!!

I guess they didn't place so much emphasis or value on the loss of life back then.  It only paid $1,000.00.  
Thanksgiving card from 1947, from an automobile dealership.  

The envelope showing the pilgrim is so cute.

Let's not forget this:
Embroidery transfer doesn't look like it's been used; it is not dated. This is the envelope.  The clothing on the envelope makes me think it may have been new in the 60's.
Back of envelope (Priced $.49)  I think Harper's may have been a "Dime Store".

It includes several different transfers on one sheet.

Diagram on back of envelope shows how to make certain embroidery knots.

I'm sorry to have been so long, but I wanted you to see these items.  I'm taking great care of them, and might even try my hand at embroidering some of these designs onto pillowcases or something. (Ha!) Just don't hold your breath until I do.  :)

I'm joining Debra's Vintage Inspiration Party at Common Ground
Show and Tell at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest at French Country Cottage

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