After Christmas Consignment Shopping


On Saturday, I decided I needed a little MORE retail therapy! Can you believe it!!  I knew there would be bargains to be found, and I love a bargain, so I brought a few pretty things home with me.

My favorite find was this gorgeous runner for $8.99.

AND it's reversible!!

It also goes well with the runner on the pie safe.

I got this sweet little cushion for $1.99!

The "Snowmen Melt my Heart" sign/picture, was only $1.99 as well.  I'm just loving snowmen right now.

I also found this planter for my aloe plant for only $8.99, too.  The ones I have been finding have been $12.99 and more.  I was glad to find this one. 

I want to show you the cute roosters my daughter bought me for Christmas. (everyone feeds my "rooster" habit).  So cute, and they add a touch of whimsy to the breakfast table.


This sweet rooster is also a lamp!

She found these at Cracker Barrell.  So cute!!

I also scored these two birch log candles for $5.00 each at BB&B (1/2 price).  I've been wanting some, but never came across any.


Have you shopped the after-Christmas sales, or are you kinda "burned-out" with shopping?

Sharing here:

Tweak It Tuesday @ www.cozylittlehouse.com
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Whimsy Wednesday @ Simply Designing with Ashley
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 

Fave Projects of 2013

Rhoda at Southern Hospitality is having a party to share our favorite projects from 2013.  Here are some of my favorites.


I made these fabric hearts for Valentine's decor.


I drew a pattern and made this lamp shade cover for a touch of Spring.


I painted this table with a free Valspar sample, and love it so much!!


This was originally wood toned, then black, then I painted it turquoise and added a fleur de lis.

I made over this old wooden tote that I found for $20.00.



I made over this wood compote, and this is probably my favorite DIY for 2013.

From this,


to this.


I made a centerpiece for the sunroom table by using old jars that I painted, and placing them in a canning rack.  Loved this!!


I altered some bottles.

I painted all the items in this vignette, candlestick, picture of angels, and picture frame with free Valspar paint sample.


I found these shutters for $10.00 and painted one side blue, and one white.  Use them all the time!!


These are ten of my favorite DIY projects, and most involved painting.  One other thing I've done, is to try teaching myself to paint with acrylics.  Here are a couple of samples.
(my first attempt)

A favorite.

I've had a wonderful year doing DIY, blogging, and enjoying the new friendships I've made here.  I wonder what I would be doing since I've retired, if I had not started this blog three years ago.

Wishing all of you a fun year in 2014, and God's richest blessings.

Come over and see all the inspirational links at Southern Hospitality!!  You don't want to miss this!

Also sharing at these great parties:

Brag About It Linky Party @ VMG206
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House 
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

My Winter Mantel

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas with family and friends. We had a wonderful time.

I've been busy today!!  I got all my Christmas decor down and put away!  I know that's fast, the day after Christmas!  But we plan to go out of town the first of the year, so I wanted to get things back in order.  So, here is what I did for the winter mantel, and I have to say, I'm lovin' it!!


I kept out several of my snowmen, and a pine spray from my Christmas decor.  Then I intertwined some of the white ribbon I recently bought at a consignment shop, placed some white berries, and snowflakes in the spray, then hung some white snow flake ornaments from it too. The wreath originally had red and silver mesh.  I changed the red mesh to white, and hung it on the mirror.




I added a string of clear lights to the spray.


I really like the white and silver on the mantle.  I have also redecorated the bookcases, and have done a new tablescape in the dining room, and neatened up the china cabinet.

Have you already put away some of your Christmas decor, or do you leave it up until after the new year?

Sharing here:
                
           Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
                        Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
Frugalicious Friday http://decormamma.blogspot.com/
Junk Party @ Funky Junk Interiors
Thrifty Things Friday http://thethriftygroove.blogspot.com
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper

Merry Christmas Everyone

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!  
May we remember the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.


....and this shall be a sign unto you.  Ye shall find the babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.
Luke 2:12

From humble beginnings.....Lord of all!

Christmas Consignment Shopping

Today I went to a favorite shop for a little Christmas (for me) shopping.  I just needed to go browse, and take my time.  I've had terrible bronchitis for almost 2 weeks and have felt terrible. Feeling a little better, I wanted to get out for a while.  I found some of the sweetest Christmas decor pieces.

 I found this darling red basket for $4.99.

 Some crafty person had made this vintage post card into a lovely tree ornament, but this was the only one they had left.

 Who could resist this sweet wooden snowman?

 And this precious snow family.  This is all one piece, and so sweet!
Then I found this sweet wood hanging snowman.  He's now beside the front door, on the porch.


I couldn't leave this sweet Lenox candle holder.  

Here are a couple things I've made that I haven't shown you.

I made this arrangement for the front porch,


and tried my hand at a book page Christmas tree.

I used items on hand to create and decorate the tree, so it's a freebie.


Just wanted to share a few things with you.  Do you have your shopping done?  I do, and the gifts are wrapped and under the tree!  Whew!!  My family will come to my house on Christmas Eve for an early dinner.  
My menu:
Baked ham, potato salad, deviled eggs, green beans, sweet potato souffle, creamed corn, rolls, corn bread muffins, vanilla wafer cake, strawberry cake, pecan pie, tea, coffee, hot cider.  I will do all I can the day before, such as the baking, and the potato salad.  

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and a Happy New Year!!

I'll be linking to these great parties:

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
          Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
            Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters Stuff
Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal
Junk Party @ Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday Show Off Linky Party @ Twigg Studios
DIY Sunday Showcase Linky Party @ VMG206







Favorite Christmas Shots, 2013

Decorating for the different holidays always produces some favorite photos. So here are a few for this Christmas that I wanted to share one more time.











One favorite from last year (above).

I'd love to see some of your favorite photos of your Christmas decor!

Sharing here:

What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 
 A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Ms. Olson
 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Throwback Thursday @ Glitter, Glue, & Paint

2017 Fall Decor Tour

I've made several trips to the GoodWill stores in our area, and have found some great bargains that I will share with you.  My intention...