Friday, January 29, 2010

When Time Stood Still

I put the entertainment center back to it's original state after taking down Christmas decorations and thought I'd share an idea with you.
Notice the small oval baby pictures on the shelves. One is on the upper left and one on the middle right shelves.
I took small clocks and set the time to the exact time that each of our daughters were born.
It felt like time stood still when they made their entrance into the world.
Our oldest was born at 2:09 in the afternoon.
A few years later our 2nd daughter arrived at 7:47 p.m. We tell her she flew out like a 747 jet, which she did. The timing couldn't have been more perfect.
Enjoy your day! Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to visit other Show & Tells over at Cindy's My Romantic Home .

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cleaning Project

It all started when I said to DH that we should get a small shed to put the lawn mower, yard equipment, etc. in. He gave me that look like-- what for? Everything is fine where it is. lol
I told him we could organize things better if we had shelves in the garage. I also said we wouldn't have to store so many things in the attic. They would be very accessible, even for me, if he wasn't around.
He finally came around and we put up this small shed in the backyard. It really has so much room and everything for yard work will handier for him, too.
This is the mess in the garage while Christmas decorations were down, hubby had hunting garb down, and we were filtering through things to throw out. So it looks extra bad in this pic.

We purchased some more shelves from good ole Sam's Club along with some tubs from Walmart and it looks so much better, don't you think?

This is another wall of the garage. I color coordinate the tubs according to the holiday. Ex., orange and black has all my Fall decorations and the blue ones has all my snowmen items.
If you look back at the previous post, you'll see I have way more red and green tubs. lol
We put up a board with hooks to hold the large wreaths that we put on the windows outside at Christmas.

I have been in the cleaning mood lately. Anyone else out there doing this?
I've cleaned out several kitchen cupboards and closets.
It's not Spring yet--but we have had fun watching all the bird activity in our backyard recently.
See the prettty Cardinal near the bird feeder? They are our morning entertainment while we eat breakfast.

He just flew over to the clock. I am reminded often by my hubby that the males always have the more striking colors. lol

This birdie likes object hopping.

How's your week going thus far?
Please let me know you stopped by, so I can come pay you a visit.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Shoji Tobuchi

We had the opportunity to see violinist Shoji Tobuchi while in Branson last Sept. He has his own theater and was celebrating 20 years of performing there. It is quite elaborate. He was born in Japan. He came to the U.S. with just several hundred dollars determined to become a performer and he realized his dream.

He puts on quite a show. Very classy and very clean.

He played several show tunes from Broadway.

The most talked about things in his theater are the bathrooms. I know--bathrooms! Just wait till you see them. Come take a peak with me. Now I didn't actually go in this one but a reliable source took the pics for me.

Hubby was glad to do it. Many people were snapping pics.

Look, hubby got someone to take his pic while resting by the fireplace in the men's room.

That's nothing--just wait.

All the fixtures are quite beautiful.

Now this is what I was talking about. A pool table and viewing gallery for the men. Can you believe it?? All in the bathroom! You can imagine the size of these rooms.

The women's bathroom was very nice but nothing as elaborate as the men's. We did have a fireplace, though.

Chandeliers and a tin ceiling.

Check it out!

They had personal attendants and a cart loaded with lotions and perfumes for you to try.

A cute baby changing station.

Ladies were snapping their cameras everywhere.

Sorry Shelia, I forgot to snap a mirror photo. Maybe next time.

It was a fun trip and we'd love to go again sometime.

What's been happening around your place?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Snowman Tablescape

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to visit all the lovely set tables.

I used my snowmen plates from Cracker Barrel '09 to create a fun winter table in the kitchen.

Each plate has a different, cute snowman face on it.

An apothecary jar serves as centerpiece filled with snow tipped pine cones placed on a snowflake plate with a red charger under it.

Cute mitten plates serve as a bread plate. I used these with my Santa place mats at Christmas.

Snowball candles help create the winter scheme.

Red place mats from Kohl's buy one get one. '09

White plates from Big Lot

Snowmen plates- Cracker Barrel '09

Mittens- Cracker Barrel '09

Silverware from France- Tuesday Morning - years ago.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sprucing up a Few Things

I've been getting the house back to "normal" little by little. I left the snowmen out, as I mentioned in the last post but I hadn't gotten the groupings together right yet.
We went to a home show at our expo center last Friday and got some great ideas. We also picked up a few pine cones from Lake Tahoe. They are from the Ponderosa Pines. They are huge compared to the small ones on the ground here. They are picky, like you wouldn't believe. We put them on the mantle with Mr. & Mrs. Snow. I had to get some height in those red candle holders to balance things out. Mr. & Mrs. Snow are quite tall.
We didn't get the cones when we first saw them and my sweet hubby went back and surprised me with six of them.

I did a grouping on the pass through between the kitchen and great room. The big guy is a cookie jar.

I found him on clearance a couple of weeks ago for $7. He had two chips in his scarf around the neck. I tell some of the girls in my decorating class not to pass up things that are slightly damaged because paint covers a multitude of sins. lol (Notice the white chipped out spots?)

I took my paints and had to mix a couple of them to get the right green and red but it works so well. My hubby couldn't find the spots at first.

I moved my gourd snowman to the front staircase and grouped him with some snowballs and a little playmate. They are there to greet you when you come to visit.

I did another group on the sofa table in the great room.

I have been busy giving my garage a bit of a makeover. Whew, I can't believe how much junk you can accumulate in 7 years. My motto was if we hadn't used it in that time... it was tossed.
What have you been up to? Would love to hear about it.
Thanks for stopping!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Welcome! Come on in! It's cold out there. I decided it was too cold to put away snow -related things. How about you? I left snowmen and their families out.
I put just a few around the house in different spots. Here's some on the mantle. I painted this snowman head many years ago. He could use a little freshening up-like all of us as we age. lol

These items are on the kitchen counters.

The grand kids love the snowman on the side of the fridg.

A little pillow to soften the chair in the living room.

Here's the big guy in the bunch. He's really a gourd but don't tell him. He thinks he's a snowman.

Although it's still cool here-it's warming up a little everyday.
Please keep the people of Haiti in your prayers. We have a friend that is a Music Pastor that is there on a mission trip and he has not been accounted for as yet.
We are praying it is because of lack of communication.
Thanks for your visit and prayers.
We are off to the Red Cross. Their needs are so great right now.
Just received an update:
Dr.Frank Garlock and Sarah Bennett are on the Red Cross survivor list. Thanks for your prayers