Thursday, July 31, 2008

When Time Stood Still

Welcome to another Show & Tell day! Thank you to all who left sweet comments last week on my blog.

I thought I'd share with you a sentimental idea that could be done with different pictures around your house. Below is the hospital photo of our first born daughter. I found a small clock at an estate sale and set the time at exactly the moment she came into this world, 2:09 p.m. to be exact.

I did the same for our second daughter born at exactly 7:47 p.m. using an old pocket watch. I display them in the entertainment center in the family room. (picture below)

They are setting on the shelves to the left.

You could do this with a wedding photo or any special occasion. I hope you have enjoyed your visit and have a great weekend.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Little Box

I have a little dilemma and wanted your advice on what to do.

I painted this little box for my hubby many years ago. It sat on top of his dresser where he could deposit everything out of his pockets at the end of the day. ( Don't worry, I had a piece of glass cut to fit over the painting. ) Anyway, back to the dilemma, our furniture was Oak way back then and now it is Cherry.
Do you think I ought to paint or stain the box or just leave it as is and put it somewhere else as an accent piece? Let me know what you all think, ok? Thanks a bunch!

Monday, July 28, 2008

God's Goodness

Jenny from has started works of God on Monday. I read about it on my daughter, Andrea's, blog and went to Jenny's to take a look. I decided to take part in it today.
We all need to take time and reflect on what we have to be thankful for and what God has done in our lives.
This past week our daughter Sarah, who is pregnant, had to go to the doctor for an unscheduled visit. What could have been a serious complication turned out to be of no real concern. Our prayers were answered that she and the baby were in no danger, for which we are very thankful.

Andrea and her family, recently arrived to their new destination in CA without incidence. They see the Lord's hand leading in all the steps they've made. I'll let her share the details.
Just praising God for his goodness.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

It's A Cover Up

Rugs, Rugs and More Rugs

They are a great accent to most rooms and add a new dimension to the floor area.I have found them at a variety of stores from Tuesday Morning to Walmart.

This first one is in our office (featured in a past post).
This one came from Penny's Catalog and is in our Powder Room (past post)

This is in our Master Bathroom and adds so much color and dimension, as it is a large open area. We got this at Marshall's. (before the Home Goods was added to it)

This came from a local store named Old Time Pottery. It was rolled and wrapped with Penny's wrapping. It is part of Chris Madden Collection and had a price tag of $300. All of them were in a barrel for $35.00 ea. Needless to say I bought all I could that would match my decor. I put this one in our sitting area in the Master Bedroom and one in the Dining Room.
I know we all love it when we come across a bargain.
This came from Kirkland and is in the guest bathroom.
This also came from Old Time Pottery ( I love that store) and we put it in our Great Room. (shown below)
This came from Garden Ridge store and is a runner in our foyer.

There are two of these small braided rugs in a guest room that I have all my country accessories in. ( picture below) Last but not least. I had to find the right one for the kid's playroom closet. I found it at Walmart.

I hope you had a fun visit and will come again. Have a wonderful weekend!

I've Been Tagged

Kathy from Mimi's Garden has tagged me.


Five Years Ago:

I was very busy decorating the house we had just moved into. The painting, selecting and arranging things was non stop.

Five Things On My To-Do List for Today:

1. Laundry
2. Make two different salads to have on hand for lunches and dinner
3. Post something on my blog
4. Go through my closet and get rid of things not being worn
5. Go to Ross and Marshall's to look for a top


1. Build a house or buy one that would have an apartment for my Mother and disabled brother.
2. Help our daughter and son-in-law with their church planting endeavor in CA
3. Set up trusts for all the grandchildren for college educations
4. Help our local church
5. Travel


Warren, MI
Sterling Hts. , MI
Roseville, MI
Mt. Clemens, MI
South Carolina

Anyone who would like to participate--I tagg you

Have a fun day!

Monday, July 21, 2008


No, not bodies, swimsuits or elephants (smile). Storage trunks, that is.

Trunks are easy to decorate with, without breaking the bank. You can pick them up at many different stores now days.

I'll show you a few ways that I have used them around our house. Does anyone care to share how they have used them? I would love to see your ideas.

This is in our family room with several trunks sitting on the top.

This is an old travel trunk probably used to go overseas. It is on wheels, has different compartments and is dated 1880. (I posted this trunk in the past) It sits in the foyer area.

A small trunk sits by a couch in our family room and stores toys for our grandchildren. It's like a treasure chest to them.

This is a small one the table in the front foyer.

This is not exactly a trunk but is used for storage and decorating. My hubby gave this to me when I was still in high school. I started storing household items in it. (planning for that wedding day) I could never seem to part with it and it has been in all 7 homes we have lived in. I made a seat cushion to cover the top that is slightly damaged and for comfort. It sits at the end of our bed.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you all have a great week!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Award Time

Brillante Weblog Award

A few days ago, I was pleasantly surprised to receive this award from Celestina Marie at I feel so humbled and honored. She has such a beautiful blog and is a wonderful artist. Please drop by and visit her.

Thank you so much Celestina, it was very sweet of you.

Here are the rules to pass this blog on to someone you think is deserving:

l. Display logo and link to who gave it to you.

2. Nominate at least 7 blogs.

3. Add links to those 7 blogs.

4. Leave the nominees a message that they received the award.

Passing this on to:

1. At Home in Scottsdale

2. There's no place like home

3. Rue's peanut butter and jelly life

4. Ask Kari & Kijsa

5. Gracious Hospiltality

6. Shirlsrosecottage

7. Quill Cottage

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Necessary Room

In the past, a few have commented on the wallpaper in my powder room when I showed a clock hanging on the wall in there. ( previous post on clocks)

I thought now would be a good time to show that room and tell the story behind the wallpaper.

I begged my hubby to help me put up wallpaper in there. He said, " Let's just paint it." We have done lots of wallpapering in previous houses but this time we did mostly painting.

He finally relented and I found a paper I really liked and brought it home and we dove into the project. The ceiling is 9ft high, so I stayed under the ladder working on the bottom half of the sheet while he stayed up working on the upper half. He started rubbing and said, "It's not sticking," and I said, " Just keep rubbing". He said, "IT'S NOT STICKING ," and I said, "JUST KEEP RUBBING". Well, this went on for a while, as I was rubbing my half. He said, "I'M RUBBING THE PATTERN OFF!"

We took that piece down and tried one more then called the wallpaper store and was told to cut a piece from a second roll and see if it felt pasty. Needless to say, it wasn't! We took it all back and had to get a different wallpaper. (They said this happens every once in a while.)

The new pattern is the one in the pics and honestly I like it so much better than the first.

Hubby said never again---but don't you know, he forgot " NEVER SAY NEVER"!

Com on in! I would say," And sit awhile, but we don't want anyone banging on the door, do we?"

I got this very tall painting at Tuesday Morning. It was damaged and marked down and then took an additional percentage off, as well. With my painting background, I just took my paints and matched the colors of the birds and frame and fixed it right up. I was so happy that I found it, as the paper has birds all over it.

I tried in this next pic to show the height of it.

This shows the toile pattern in gold and red.

They say you shouldn't forget the fifth wall (ceiling) so we painted it a light gold and put up crown molding.

Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Hilton Head Island

It was good to get away for a few days to beautiful Hilton Head Island. The weather was perfect and the ocean and sand are always wonderful to enjoy.

We just enjoyed shopping, eating, walking on the beach and even played minature golf.

I wish I could say hubby thought to do this for me but-- I can not tell a lie. (commuter enhanced)

I think it's cute though. In the past, he has done some amazing romantic things for me.
The birds are always soaring overhead so beware. View from balcony
Another guest's dog playing with the waves.

Water washing over our feet.

Getting a few rays on the balcony A sand castle in the lobby of the Hotel.

This is a court yard, by shops and restaurants, on Sea Pines. The flowers are gorgeous all over the island.

Hubby found an old tree by the docks to sit on and pose for me.

See my new Yacht? I wish I could claim it but no such luck. It's the longest one we have ever seen.I thought the name of it was interesting. It's something we all should strive for in our daily lives.
Thanks for visiting and have a safe & productive week!