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My passion is decorating with vintage and antique finds on a budget. There was a time when I wouldn't have dreamed of going into a goodwill. That day has passed. :) My second love is scrapbooking all those special family moments for posterity, and I recently set up my very own scrapbooking room. I have three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter as well as a sweet (albeit full blooded Yankee) daughter-in-law and two grandgirls. I also enjoy gardening, meeting new friends and relaxing on my patio in the evenings with a glass of fine wine. During the summer of 2001, I spent two glorious weeks at Kennedy Space Center. I've been somewhat of a space geek ever since....

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Monday, November 22, 2010

It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Xmas.....

My parents never had a nice Christmas tree..... For years they had the silver kind with the rotating color wheel. My kids were FASCINATED with that tree..... And then they bought a small artifical tree that usually got set up the day before Christmas. They just didn't get into decorating for the holidays like I do.... So I decided that this year my mom needed a nice tree that would make her smile when she looked at it. Her assisted living apartment is small so it couldn't be a full size tree... Here is what I came up with..... I love love love the combination of bright red and lime green! Doubleclick on the pics to enlarge them.... I ran over to Walmart and picked up some cheap garland and used the limey green ribbon to tie it all together.... Wish I had strung lights through the garland as well..... Sorry for the quality of these pics, I took them with my cell phone camera. Merry Christmas, Mom!!!

Today I'm tackling my tree!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What a Difference Five Years Can Make.....

Here are my two precious twin grandgirls wearing their momma and daddy's Air Force BDUs in honor of Veteran's Day. Aren't they just DIVINE? Five years ago they were wee babies and their daddy was fighting cancer. Today they are happy, healthy kindergarteners and their daddy remains in remission. Life is good. Happy Veteran's Day, all!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's Starting To Look A Lot Like...............

Happy Sunday, my friends!!! You may remember way back in June when I blogged about some neat Christmas resin ornaments I found for a song on the clearance aisle at Tuesday Morning.... I loved them so much that I visited every Tuesday Morning in town to scoop up as many of those 29 cent babies as I could. Click here to go back to that post. I hid them away in the spare closet to await the holiday season.

Fast forward five months and take a look at the first of my gifts wrapped and adorned with those sweet ornaments..... Doubleclick the pics to enlarge the images.....I fell in love with the gold polka dotted paper and got it 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby. I tied the ornaments on but they kept sliding across the paper and marring it, so I bought the white netting and tied it tightly over each ornament to hold it in place. The netting is sheer enough that the ornament shows through.
I'm pretty proud of my gift wrap theme for Christmas 2010...... I love the contrast of the whimsical ornaments against those shiny polka dots.

Don't forget to turn your clocks back today! Check you later; I'm off for more gift shopping!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My Garden Redo

I'm linking up with Kim over at Savvy Southern Style for her very first blog party and sharing photos of my newly redone front garden. It was a JUNGLE, I kid you not..... Scroll down to the previous post to see the before pics.... I hired a tiller guy and with the help of my man Johnny, they ripped out the old plants and brought in top soil to build the beds up. The sagos had been planted way too close together so we dug them up and potted them. Doesn't it all look wonderful???? The holly plants will grow to three feet high and three feet wide so we placed them accordingly. Can't wait to see them once they grow a while. Take a glance at those small lights out front..... you'll see the replacements in just a bit.... The angel has been temporarily replaced with this rusty scarecrow that I bought at the Canton Craft Fair a few weeks ago.....
And once that garden got done, the front door looked so very SHABBY.... So we sanded it and painted it a dark mahogany red, scrubbed the tarnished brass handleset shiny once again, and finished it all off with a nice brass kickplate.... Be sure to doubleclick on the pics to enlarge them.... I haven't yet decided what to plant on the right side of the house in front of the kitchen window.... I want something that flowers.... Any ideas or suggestions???

And here are my new lights........ They put out a beautiful glow at night. My sagos are looking a little rough but I'm praying they will make it. I added a nice fall wreath and a grapevine garland to welcome my guests.

Here's a nice night shot................. Isn't the glow lovely? The large picture window on the right has remained shutterless but I'm thinking of having matching shutters built.... Any thoughts on that?

I can't wait to cover those beds with net lighting at Christmas time...........