Sunday, January 24, 2010

Home Decor Inspiration from blogland..

When last years Pottery Barn catalog came out I fell in love with those subway wall art signs. They had different kinds with different names of streets of a certain town. There was another one that had a hand pointing on it with verbage. They were very cool. Here is one similiar from art style.I tried to think of a way I could make them myself cause there was no way the hubs was letting me spend that kind of money on something decorative...and rightfully so. Well, I ran ways to make it in my head, but they weren't efficient or even do able. I have since been surfing in the wonderful world of blogland and I am hear to tell you that two wonderfully creative ladies have been gracious enough to share how they did it. Each one gives step-by-step directions with great pics to go along with it. So, if you are wanting some DIY art to display in your home give their links a read.

Check out Ashley's version over at

Here is Susie's version from

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Inspiration for home decor

I was taking a stroll through at Homegoods today to get "inspired." I came across some things that I liked, but couldn't buy. You know, just window shopping and getting inspired. I did see a very cool fabric basket that I would like to make and so hopefully I can share that with you next week.

One other thing I saw were these. I thought, "How cool!" Forget painting your own chalkboard. Look at this. It's peel and stick. You can't get anymore instantly gratified than that.

photos: Wallies

Right next to it was this.

I am all about instant gratification with a project. I might use these in the future.

Loving this light fixture from I would love to hang it over my sink in my kitchen.

They have some great linens too. I love the the simpleness of this star quilt with the pop of red on the white.

I have always liked white enamelware with the black on the rims as an accent. Loving this tissue, tp holder.

I finally acquired all the materials necessary to make the roman blinds in our master bath. Hopefully I can get to that in the next week or so. Once I do, I will post pics to share with you all.

Have a great weekend.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's GIVEAWAT time again....

Hop on over to Traci's blog

She is having a wonderful giveaway sponsored by Dee from Red Letter Words

If you haven't seen any of her work, you must click on her link and check it out. It is beautiful !

The giveaway ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, Jan. 21st.
The winner will announced on Friday, Jan. 22nd.

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Friday, January 15, 2010


Hi there!

Hope you are having a wonderful day so far.

I don't have much to post today because I have company coming in town this weekend. So, have to get groceries, clean, etc. Not much time for playing on the computer.

First off, I just wanted to touch on what has happened in Haiti this week with the earthquake. Such devastation. So many people without shelter, food, etc. We need to pray for these people and give them HOPE. I have been reading articles all over the web and listenening to the radio and it seems right now, the best way to help is by sending in donations to well known agencies that can provide for these folks in a quick manor. If you feel so led to donate monetarily to this cause, here is a link for you:

Also, check with your local church. Our international mission board is collecting donations from Chicagoland area churches to help .
Keep the Haitian people in your prayers.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Traveling and photogrpaphy..

Back in November we headed back east to attend a family wedding and visit with family. We drove through a lot of states and logged many miles. I have some photos to share with you and maybe a story or two.

We headed to Florida for the wedding where we enjoyed sunny, beautiful warm weather and got totally spoiled. You see after we attended the wedding We drove to the Eastern Shore of Maryland where it was quite chilly and then from there we headed to Baltimore where it was equally as chilly.

As we drove through North Carolina we were enjoying the tunes from our CD and the good driving weather when we saw this from the highway.

Now, just seeing this might not mean a thing to you. I should of taken a pic of the building to the right of this shot. There was a banner across the building reading "FREE FABRIC" and underneath that said "FABRIC OUTLET." Well, I jokingly said to the hubs, "We have to stop and check it out." To which my fellow partner in crime..(my daughter) said, "Yeah Dad, we have to stop." Mind you I was just kidding around because I knew he wasn't interested in stopping. Daughter on the other hand was serious. Well, imagine my surprise when he took the exit and we went in and scoped out the fabric. The hubs even came in and rummaged through the free fabric bin with the daughter and me too. I couldn't believe it. He was a total sweetheart for stopping and rummaging. Gott love it when they indulge us ladies. Unfortunately the free fabric bin was all dark upholstery weight fabrics. Nothing i was interested in. I did however find some gorgeous fabric to make the roman blinds for our master bath. So stay tuned for that. By the way, this store is in Burlington, NC. If anyone wants the address or phone number or website, drop me an email and I will be happy to share.

One of our other stops was the Billy Graham Museum and Library. Wow, is all I can say. If you live in driving distance of this or will be driving through Charlotte, NC this is a great place to stop. Growing up I knew Billy Graham's name, but never knew the impact he had on so many people or what a powerful speaker he was. It was an absolute privilege to tour the grounds and library to learn more about him and how he brought hope to so many people.

Their home resides here on this property. It wasn't originally built here. It actually was built a couple of miles away from this site. The docent shared with us that it also resided in another spot as well and that the house had been moved twice before it resided at this property.
I love old homes. They have so much character. The hardware , the moldings and you gotta love old kitchens. So simple. No frills. All functionality. I have to admit though, Ruth Graham's kitchen all the functional looks quite charming. Here is a pic of the hardware on the kitchen door. I love old glass door knobs as well as old porcelain ones.

Below you will see a rocker in one of the rooms. I also have a love for anything homemade. I love crocheted blankets and this pattern especially is one of my faves. I think it is called the ripple. It's one pattern I haven't been able to learn. It's on my list though. I hope to make one this winter.

Here is a pic of Ruth's charming kitchen.

and on the other side more cabinetry and the ice box.

Look at these. I love this staircase. I hope to live in an old home someday that has beautiful character and attention to detail in the moldings and hardware.

To the right of this was a barn, and it wasn't just any barn. Take a look. I thought this was so cool. Inside here is a walking tour and a gift shop. It was beautifully dressed for their upcoming Christmas tour with lights and tall Christmas trees. I couldn't get a good pic on the inside. The photos kept coming out dark.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Walking through the museum and looking at the different exhibits and reading about Billy's life led me to reflect on my own. In 2010, I hope to be a better disciple and better witness for the Lord.

I will leave you with one last photo.

Later in the week I will share with you another stop we made while in Maryland. Its' the B & O railroad museum in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Have a blessed day.
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Monday, January 04, 2010

Good things come in small packages

I had to show you this beautifully wrapped box I received for Christmas. Actually, there were lots of them wrapped just like this one wrapped in a big box wrapped just like this one. I love pineapples; so this little added touch made me squeal.

And here is the lovely pineapple that was added on.

Inside of all these boxes was this! Williams-Sonoma everyday dinnerware. They were having a sale and I have been wanting some white dishes that can go in the dishwasher, micro and oven for a while now. I hinted to the hubs and surprised me with them on Christmas.

Our meals look so much more appetizing on the white plates. We use them everday and I have washed them in the dishwasher and by hand and they are holding up great.

On a side note, I went thrifting today. Well, actually I had a trunk and backseat load of stuff to take to Goodwill. I thought while I was there I would look around and see if I could find a dress for an upcoming evening event we wil be going to. But, I didn't have any luck there.
I did however find a cream cardigan with Mother of Pearl buttons on it. Love that little detail. I also saw this handpump for lotion or soap and I thought to myself as I looked at it that it looked like a Longaberger piece. Sure enough, it was! I got the Longaberger lotion/soap pump for 99 cents! Can you believe that??? I had to casually scoop it up and walk quickly to the register. For $8.00 I was a happy camper.

We have a bigger Goodwill about 25 minutes north of us. I am hoping to go there later this week and see what goodies I can find there.

I will share more later in the week.
Have a blessed day!

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