Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More Little Projects

This is a picture of the kitchen taken in the Fall. The builder had gold knobs on the cabinets, as well as cheaper light fixtures in the house. We replaced the light fixtures a while back but had done nothing with the knobs. They were the only gold accents left in the kitchen since we went with brown toned fixtures.

While Ceekay of Thinkin' of Home was visiting in '07 she said I should change out the knobs. Well, being there were 52 knobs and the expense to change them, we didn't make it a priority then. Low and behold, I was at Walmart recently and saw they had 10 knobs in a pkg. for half the price of Home Depot. Now the idea was becoming attractive. (click to enlarge)
I bought them and brought them home and started switching them out. Hubby was at an appt. somewhere and I thought I would surprise him.

Notice I left one on above the microwave to show the difference.

There were 8 more on the pass through counter.
Here's a couple of different shots of the new brown knobs.

What do you think? Does it make a difference? Hubby came home and didn't even notice them right away. I think he got in the cupboards twice before he finally noticed. lol

Hope your week is happy and productive. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Planting Gardens

It's almost time to plant gardens, or at least be thinking of doing so.
I came across something to remind us to nurture our daily garden of living. I thought you might like to read it.

Plant three rows of peas:

1. Peas of mind
2. Peas of heart
3. Peas of soul

Plant four rows of squash:

1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:

1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another

No garden without turnips:
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another

To conclude our garden, we must have thyme:

1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There will be much fruit in your life garden because you will surely reap what you sow.
Have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Last Minute Easter Projects

I've had several projects going lately. Some little some bigger. I painted some Easter eggs that were a bit plain. Didn't like them that plain so I added some polka dots on them. Click to enlarge. They look so much better, I think.

I wanted to get a package together for my grand girls in CA and get it mailed this week. I found the cutest things at Michael's and the Dollar Tree. Cards, stickers, socks, a little journal book, stuffed animal, a stuffed peep and a cute little note pad shaped in the letter of their names.

I think they will be excited when they get the box. They are special little girls. Always thankful, especially when they get those gold dollars for their banks.

I also found these educational books at the Dollar Tree that came with 3-D glasses to make the objects jump off the page. Ceekay was so kind to give me a call and tell me about them.

Well, off they go into the wild blue yonder.

Happy Easter Emma and Olivia!

Happy Easter to you, too.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Recently one of the most loved radio annoucers passed away and I found an interesting article he wrote that you might find interesting .
How many of you ever listened to Paul Harvey?

If I Were the Devil by Paul Harvey© 1999 WorldNetDaily.com

If I were the devil...
I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;
I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's effort, instead of God's blessings;
I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;
I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;
I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;
I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;
I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;
I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;
I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;
I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;
I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;
I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.
I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;
I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;
I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;
I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;
I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;
I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;
I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.

These are sobering thoughts aren't they?

Here's a quotation from him describing his entry into the field of radio at age 14:

"As a boy, I fell in love with words and ran away from home and joined the radio."

Harvey is credited with coining or popularizing such terms as "skyjacker," "Reaganomics," and "guesstimate." Do you have any memories or reflections on Paul Harvey's career?

More quotations:

"If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then 9 times out of ten it will." - Paul Harvey
"I've never seen a monument erected to a pessimist." - Paul HarveyPaul Harvey ... Good day!
I hope you all are having a Good Day!

Friday, March 20, 2009

More Spring Decor

Time is "hopping" by so quickly! I can't believe Spring has officially arrived today. I've had so many little and big projects going. Company just left and believe it or not someone just called from MI and wanted to stay till Wed. and I just had to say, "It's not a good time, SORRY! " I felt so bad. It's hard to turn someone away but I honestly couldn't do it right now. I'm working on a class to teach young married ladies at our church about decorating. There is only so much time in a day, right? I'm not the type to do without my sleep so that has to take 7 hours of the 24. I wish I had unlimited energy. Oh well, off to my post.

Today I thought I would finish Spring decor and next week post some of the projects I've been doing.

Our mantel in the F.R. The big bunnies came from Marshall's. They have so much detail and character.

I've since moved them closer together on the hearth.

A little friend setting on a table.

The next two are bunnies I painted years ago and still love the detail and sweet faces on them. They set on the mantel. Her with her dolly.

He has his pail and Peter Rabbit book.

I painted several wooden eggs dressed in their little suits.

This pair I painted like they had just finished hoeing their carrots. Him with his hoe and her with the "vegetables" from their labor.

Bombay chest in the front foyer.

Others that are setting in numerous places.

The entertainment center decked out for Spring. Notice the big eggs on top. That was some size bird that went over. lol
My friend Ceekay, by phone, helped me arrange the items on the cabinet. She has such a good eye for decorating. I send her some pics and she gives me great tips.

Found these at Garden Ridge. Small ones I painted.

Hope you had fun while visiting and that you enjoy this first weekend of Spring!
Be sure to hop over to Kelli's at There is no place like home for more show & tell.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring Decor

I've had some Spring decorations out for a little while and haven't had time to post them. Have you all gotten yours out yet?
I had company for a few days from MI. It was fun to see my sister and niece, do a little shopping and of course, pig out a bit. My niece comes every Spring for a long weekend and her mom decided to join her this time. We had so much fun playing Mad Gab. Does anyone play that? We sounded like we were just learning to read sounding out the clues.

Here's a few of the things I have setting around the house.
This nest sets on our kitchen table. I found the birds at a material store that has a small gift area. I put this on a pedestal cake plate. A grouping on the kitchen counter. Plate was bought at Hobby Lobby with the weekly coupon. The little eggs under glass are candles that Ceekay from Thinkin' of Home sent me a few years ago.

On the kitchen island I grouped a bird house I painted with dried Hydrangeas (given by a friend) and a little bird's nest. The little bird's nest came three in a pkg. from Marshall's.

I have a long counter dividing the kitchen from the family room and set this green bunny with a moss egg I made last year and another nest. The egg is Styrofoam painted green and then moss glued on.

The dining room buffet.

The D.R. table.

Can't wait to get around and see all the cute Spring things out there. Have a safe week.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Spring Tablescape

Spring is blooming in the Carolinas. Bradford pear trees look like snow with their white blooms and cherry trees with their pink blossoms are so pretty.

I have all my bunnies out and decided to do a spring tablescape. I love the two bunnies looking at each other over the basket of eggs.

Thanks for taking a peek. Have fun looking at all the other pretty tables at Between Naps On The Porch .

Monday, March 9, 2009

Picture Gallery Wall Makeover

A few years ago we moved into our house. It had builders white wash on the walls and it took us a few years to paint each room one at a time the colors we wanted. This is a pic of the family room before we painted it green. It also had a mixture of family photos and an angel I painted. It didn't really do a thing for the room.
I never really like the collage and wanted something different but had to wait until I found the right frames. Last year I found them at Kirkland on sale and finally redid the wall. By then we had the green paint on the walls and some crown molding was added. I wasn't completely happy with the grand daughters matte being the only beige one so I changed it to white, like the others. Today I added the final touch to the wall. I love the lettering you can find at Hobby Lobby and other stores. Have you seen them?

Last week they were on sale for half off. They are fairly easy to put up if you take the time to measure and rub so they adhere to the wall. They make a great addition, I think. Does anyone else have them in their home?

Hope you have a great week and thanks for visiting.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Snow Has Melted

Welcome and "Hop" on over to my house. I put some Spring decorations out front and thought I'd share them with you.

Here's a tall bunny I painted many years ago while doing craft shows. He'll greet you at the front door.

I added some pink flowers to a basket on the front door that I used last year.

A Spring wreath on the other side of the door. A wider shot of the front porch
Another little bunny friend that holds a flower box in his hands. He was a fun project that I used to sell in shows.

A little closer view of him sitting on a wicker table between my rocking chairs.

A tulip made of metal and some wooden egg yard signs

One of the few daffodils that survived the cold and snow we had last weekend

I'll be posting inside decorations over the next couple of weeks. It's beginning to look like Spring at our house. How about yours?