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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rags to Riches Lampshade Trim

You have surely seen many times over strips of rags turned into spectacular items. Christmas Balls, a  Garland, Welcome home signs enhancement, rugs, Wreath so many things. 

I had four Batten-burg Lace Napkins all starched and Ironed. 
 So why not make something with them!



Rags (Napkins)

Tied on to Lace

 Such a simple project but oo la la...
Tied on to this Lampshade..


 I cut strips and tied the strips to another piece of Lace along with some extra pieces of lace included into it to give more interest.  
Now a New trim for my lamp.   I love it! 
 It is the simple things in life!

Hugs, 
Cindy
I went to a great Party:  
 A Stroll Thru Life 244 Party

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Spilling the Beans... Acknowledgement!!

Some time ago I wrote about my father which I met when I was about twenty One year old.

Not looking like my family I was always wondering why?  Until I finally got the answer when I was twenty one. 
 Time went by and I found out I had half sister and another brother.  Due to circumstances my dad did not want his family to know. So I waited..
And waited and waited...  Lots of birthdays, two children, three grandchildren have been born.
But the wait is over... As of October 2014 My dad finally told his family.   I got to meet my brother and bitter sweet his age 52.  Mine... a little bit more..You didn't really think I would say my age out loud  did you.. You can add all the numbers I gave and get the age if you need too.   My half sister hasn't come around, I get the sense that, it is probably not going in that direction with her.   But, that is okay!
                                                  
So Nice to be Acknowledged!!!!  

Hugs,
Cindy

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Story of this old Farm House



Moving Mom and Dad!  The house is on the market now.  It has been, for some time I would say about four months. 
This old house has so much charm.   If Walls Could Talk!! 
                                                 Come on in! 

I thought I would give you a tour of this brick farm house of my parents. 
Nothing better than a porch swing on a beautiful day
 The house was born in 1940.   Her floors creak a bit now, they talk of many children and people moving, dancing, wiggling, and giggling.. Can you hear it?  Lots of laughter, and happy memories.
The walls have heard so many meaningful conversations over the years... Can you imagine it.  Christmas tree's up, stocking hanging on the mantel.  Crinkling of the wrapping from the packages..
Formal living room

Dinners, coffee time, holidays, friends, family with good conversations.
Bench seat storage windows with built in cabinets on each side.
 The secrets this old house knows. Shh.. Listen to the whisper of  the stair case with its scroll work on the top of the steps swing around to the two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs.  

 upstairs :


I hear a lady named Mrs. Smiley lived here when the house  was new like a shiny copper penny.   We have had other neighbors tell us that a lady used to hold dances in the addition on back of the house at one time.  What joy that must of been.
 My parents made the back room into a laundry room.  
The back area also has a family room not shown in the pictures.
As I go through the rooms  I  reminisce about Holidays, Grand children and Children too. The Christmas dinners, Easter egg hunts and the meetings of new family and friends have transpired in this old house.


 Many turkeys and Easter eggs have been cooked and dyed in here.
One of the bedrooms down stairs There are two more upstairs!


Down stairs another room made into the office through those french doors a family room.  

 My parents have a house in Florida they have been coming back and forth for a few years now.   As I think about all the memories of this house I will miss it.  I am attached to it for when my parents move that will not just be the end to our ties to the house but, to Tennessee.  
  I remember when my mom was younger she always wanted a red brick house with a big front porch... Well here it is!
 Now that she is getting older she wants  less square footage.  A more reliable winter temperature, also less than three acres to mow.  Understandable!
 One more thing this house sits near a cemetery. 
In the front of the driveway as you drive up to the house.
 My Great Great Grandfather John M. Wilhite is buried there. 


 I will look back at our stay in Tennessee for all the years with fond memories.  For now I have pictures that I will hold dear to my heart.  I mostly will enjoy having my Mom and my Step Dad closer to me in Florida.
Thanks  for coming by I hope you enjoyed a trip down memory lane, walking through our old farm house.
Hugs,
 Cindy
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thrifty Finds that Make a Home!

So many wonderful finds out there that can make a difference in your home. Old treasure, new treasures, modern or antique.. When I go out to treasure hunt I often say out loud I am looking for a type of piece for a certain area.  I end up finding just the right piece. I am so thrilled and amazed at the items I have found. Yes, it does take time.. but, oh the joy! Once you lay your eyes on it.. One crucial thing  for me.  when I go hunting it has to be in my budget... Under five dollars perfect.. Ten dollars okay that is a bargain.   Come and see some of the items I have found over the years that have made my house a home... What fun...
This basket I painted and embellished was found at a yard sale.. I use it every day in my kitchen for my bread basket... a quarter purchase a nickle worth of paint...  Oh it is a bit worn and could use a new paint job again. It is handy...
A lamp I purchased at a Garage sale they wanted five dollars for... OM/Goodness was I excited...  Still love it even though my house has changed to a more modern house...  I try to blend the old with the new..  In the background the globes on those dripping prism candles where also a garage sale find. I paid a dollar for both globes, they had four.  I always wished I had purchased the the other two globes.
A purchase at a yard sale I think I paid eight or ten dollars for it.  It sits by my door waiting for the wet umbrella's as we live in Florida now.
All three of these items purchased at a yard sale.. The large mirror I paid five dollars for it.   The small mirror was 2.00 and the lady holding a rabbit on the same pedestal she came with I think I splurged and paid 20.00 for her..

So many little things that make up a home and yet what memories of collecting each piece and what pride to know you paid little but have much love for each.
Thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoyed a few of the treasures I have picked up along the way..

Hugs,
Cindy

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Framed Roses

I was thinking about Fall right around the corner.  How time flies with Fall then Winter comes swiftly. The roses are only here for a little while in most places.  When thinking of that, I  thought I was inspired  to paint a rose.



 However, Like all things, sometimes your in the mood to be creative and other days you struggle with it.  I must say although I felt inspired and all things turned out. They did not turn out as well as I would of liked.   The more I  messed with it... Oh maybe I need to fix... Dang I should of left it alone etc.  It didn't come easy as some days for sure.  My roses are always a work in progress..

This frame was beautiful but was gold and so I painted it white with a little black.  I think it  looks so much better what do you think?

Hugs, Cindy
Join me at these parties this week!
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Crafted Ornate Chalkboard Frame and Updated Clock!

I have been wanting to bring into the kitchen a chalkboard or memo board of some kind for writing grocery list's.
 I am always looking for paper to write my list on before heading out.   I have seen some cute idea's for chalk boards and some of the cutest I have found have been in fabulous frames.
  I did not have a shabby chic fabulous frame but I did have a frame.   I bought some wood decal accessories some time ago. I haven't had an opportunity to use them until this project.

The items you will need for making this project:  E-6000 Glue, A Frame,  Wood embellishment decals, white all purpose caulk, wall board, painters tape, white acrylic paint, chalkboard paint.


Glue your Wooden decal to your frame using the E-6000 Tape into position to hold and then place heavy items I used some books to hold in place.
This my fancy taping of the wood decals to make sure they hold after placing heavy books on them I waited till the next day to remove the tape.
I then painted the wood accessories and gave the frame a coat of white to match.  After the paint was dry I used the white caulk to seal any of the raised area's to make it look like one piece.  I then applied a second coat of white paint to the caulk, frame and accessories.  I then cut the wall board to fit the opening and began painting with the chalkboard paint.  I used Americana Chalk board paint. 

I coated the board once horizontal let dry and then coated vertical to assure good coverage.( I did this a couple of times) I then let it dry well before curing with the chalk. ( which means I slathered chalk up and down the chalk board all over) I then wiped it off.
Here is what it looks like on my wall ready for my grocery list...

 But, something wasn't right!  I had a gold clock on this wall.  It did not look right with the white wall decorations.  So down the clock came ready for a new look.
Before

After
Thanks for stopping by I hope your having a great summer.  I hope to see you around at the parties I attend... See below..
Hugs,
Cindy


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http://diybydesign.blogspot.com/2014/08/sizzle-into-summer-its-party-182.html
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http://www.clairejustineoxox.com/2014/08/wordless-wednesday-blog-hop.html
 http://www.lifewithgarnish.com/teach-tuesday-linky-party-17/
 http://www.kathewithane.com/2014/08/youre-gonna-love-it-tuesday_18.html
 http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com/2014/08/its-party-172.html
 http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com/2014/08/lighten-up-your-kitchen-and-simple.html