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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Girls Halloween Costumes

I think the reason I like Halloween so much is because of the creativity involved in the holiday. Ever since my children were little I could dream up different costumes for them. Now that the are grown I don't have as much fun on Halloween like I used to. Now the poor dogs are the ones I get to dress.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thank You Party #2

It is that time again!

Having blogger friends that read and comment on my posts are so important to having a good blog! I try my best to thank everyone that has commented or featured my blog at one time or another. It NEVER seems enough. I don't have a linky party on my site so I decided in order to truly thank them I would have a Thank You Party!

What is a Thank You Party?
It is my way of giving back! I do this by Showcasing YOU! You read and comment the most!
All I ask is that you read this and GO VISIT the person. If you like them please follow them but that is up to you. If you do, you will be glad you did because they are truly sincere in what they write on your posts and who knows, you might want them to follow you too!

You might be next! I like comments so I am going to start doing this hopefully every week! 

Blogging is so much more than finding someone that does what you do, to me, it is exploring all around and learning things I never knew before. I like diversity! I like meeting new and different people.

My next follower is Robin from The Cranky Crow. She says she is "Cranky" but she is such a dear! Some of the sweetest comments I get are from her. Take a look!

Hello, Hello, Hello!!!
....from TheCrankyCrow!

Wow....I am sitting here in my Halloween socks a little more confused and bewildered than even I normally am....
I am humbled that Deneen would ask me to be a guest of honor at her Blog Thank You Party (and let me wear my Halloween socks....) ~ but still a little befuddled as to why....and as to what I am going to say.....
See, I am NOT a Redo Queen like Deneen....
or like Queen Deneen's guest last week, the very talented Lesley from The Homeless Finch....
In fact, I am not really sure WHAT I really am other than cranky most days....
But, I guess the best place to start is to tell you a little about me and my blog....
I first started blogging about 8 months ago....and what an amazing journey it has been.  I have met so many amazing artists, friends, soul mates, kindred spirits and talented folk that my head is still spinning.....(Think that might have something to do with my confusion and bewilderment? Nah, you're right....probably not....)
As I say in my blog profile, I'm many things and not much at all....I am an attorney by profession (but currently not working), wife, and mother. I like primitive decor and crafts.....What crafts say ye??
Well, hooking....
RUG hooking (Exactly what kind of hooking were YOU thinking???!)....
And punch needle:
And cross stitch:
I love antiques and all things old (including my husband)....
In particular, I love.....
Old photographs:
 Old books:
Old Chocolate Molds:
Old cemeteries:
To see more of the things I love, check out this post and this one.
My blog isn't "neat and tidy" as far as the topics I cover....I go where my heart tells me to go.....One day I may take you on a tour of Nod (that's where I live...):

(You can see more here....)
Or I might take you with me on a very personal journey home:
 (You can see more here)......
Truth be told you (nor I) may really know what might show up on my blog....but it will be from my heart, and usually laced with a healthy dose of whimsy and nonsense (unless I'm feeling particularly cranky....)
Oh....and I LOVE this time of year, you'll see lots of that on my blog....The spooking hour is drawing near...and I've been decorating....Wanna peek??
 (Among other things, I have a degree in pumpkin hoarding....)
So....that's a proverbial nutshell.  If you'd like to know me a little better,  I recently did a post on getting to know TheCrankyCrow A-Z.
I'd love for you to visit....I'm probably not everyone's "cup of tea...," but believe that diversity is the true spice of life.  So I follow many different types of blogs (I started stalking following Deneen because I was mesmerized by her furniture transformations and amazing sense of style....), and am blessed to have to many different types of people follow my blog.  All said and done, though, my followers are some of the best folk you'll ever, ever, meet.
And Deneen....thanks for being one of them!!

Please go visit Robin and say Hello! If you like it there follow her!

Since this is a Thank You Party I want to thank Knock-Off Decor and The Vintage Farmhouse for featuring my Theatre Sign!

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Red Painted Hutch with Birds

It all started on the 84 mile yard sale. My last stop was in Leiper's Fork. I had remembered stopping at Serenite Mason before and seeing such wonderful papers! I knew I had to go buy some as I passed through.

It was the sweetest bird/postage stamp/french paper I had ever seen! I loved it! This became my inspiration for my new hutch.

Well new isn't the correct word! It looked like this when I got it.

It needed some work but lucky for me that's what I like to do! See those doors? Remember them!
I painted this hutch red. I know I have done a painted red hutch before but that one is mine. Although it will be hard to part with this one, it is going to The Three French Hens for our Christmas Open House on Nov 5th! So if you like it come on down and see what else we got or better yet you can purchase this one!

I did something different with this one. I put it in the bathroom. WHAT?
Yes I love it in there because of all the storage.

You can put all your lotions and potions on the shelves.

All your handmade soaps and bath crystals

The fun for me came with those doors. Always striving to do something different then what I have seen, I began to mod podge the beautiful paper I bought to the front of the doors!

I am in LOVE!!!
Then I antiqued the paper so it wouldn't look so new by staining it around the outside and some in the middle.

Isn't this paper to die for? I am so glad I remembered it! It totally transformed this piece.
And then.......I added some hand painted knobs to the the drawers and doors.


Great Knobs+beautiful paper+vintage hutch=LOVE

 This one is my favorite to date. What do you think?



I also want to thank The Homeless Finch for featuring my Pier I Knock Off Pumpkin yesterday!
And I almost forgot....I won a giveaway at Sissie's Shabby Cottage! So excited! Thank you both!!!

It is such a busy week getting ready for the open house. I need more coffee!!! 
Bye for now!

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