Sunday, January 23, 2011


When we first moved into this house the drapes here weren't that bad.  The previous owners had denim furniture so these curtains went well with their furniture.  Our furniture is a little darker and my accent colors are red, so these curtains weren't exactly matching.  I looked high and low; on the interent and in stores, but didn't find anything I liked that was reasonably priced.  I have six windows that I needed to cover, so didn't want to break the bank covering them.

curtains before

One day I had been blog surfing and saw some really nice curtains on room makeover that someone was posting about .  I emailed her and asked her where she got her curtains and she said, "IKEA."  I was determined to head out to IKEA and buy some curtains.  You see, these particular curtains are only $14.99 per package. ...and yes, you get two panels in a package!  I was so excited !  Until I found out the nearest IKEA was about four and a half hours away.  : (  So, I went back to their website to see if I could order them online and I couldn't.  : (    Long story short, I realized, I would probably have to make them myself and would save up the money to purchase some fabric to make them.

Well, the hubs surprised me and the kids with a trip to Texas and yes, we swung by the IKEA to pick up the curtains and here they are on my windows.  I love them.
I bought the 98 inch long ones even though my windows are only 95 inches.  I like how they puddle and how the light filters in through them during the day.

Another after I worked on was my pantry.  I shared a few months back that I loved how House of Hepworths transformed her pantry and how neat and tidy it looked.  Well, mine looks neat and tidy, but I didn't have extra cash to by those fancy vinyl labels to label all the jars.  Lucky for me, we know what everything is.  The shelving was painted white.  I gave it a good cleaning and then I laid down some red gingham shelf paper to give the shelving a little pick me up.  I also bought a few of the glass jars from Target  to store things like rice, oatmeal and crackers.  I am pleased with how it turned out.

Now to keep it that way.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Hop on over to
Sweet Samantha is having a giveaway.
She is having a generous giveaway.  The lucky winner will receive one of her many lovely pillows like these below:

a set of of these heart shaped slate coasters
and a little sumpin' else just because.
You can check out her etsy to see what other kinds of pillows she makes.

Good luck!

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Friday, January 07, 2011


Meredith from
is my giveaway winner!
Congratulations Meredith!
I will be sending this book out to you this weekend!
If you haven't stopped by Meredith's blog, you need to.  She has some great DIY projects.  So, stop by and tell her "hello."

Have a great weekend eveveryone!
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Sunday, January 02, 2011


I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas.  I frequent many of your blogs and I see many of you had the privilege of having a "white Christmas."  We missed the snow this year....well, just maybe I did.  I really wanted to see some white...but it wasn't in the cards here in Louisiana.  We had rain and it was pretty balmy.

As we roll into the new year, I find myself as always trying to be know, a fresh start.  Most of us say this is the year we are taking over our health and we will exercise more; this is the year I will read my bible more and so on. 

All this to say that my hubby gave me a wonderful gift this year.  He gave me hope.  I received this book from him.

I am here to tell you that I don't want to be a slave to debt.  I want to be able to send my children to college debt free!  No student loans!  I want to be able to have a savings account for those times when the water heater goes up or the car needs major repairs.  I want to be able to have money saved up for retirement.  I want to be able to have my house paid off.  I want to be able to give and bless others....just because; and in that spirit I will be giving away a copy of this book to celebrate my three year blogiversary.  

I can't believe that I have been blogging for three years.  When I started this blog I think I was writing to myself and slowly, I have had some followers who actually read my little ole blog.  To all you who read, I thank you.  It's nice to read comments, they make me smile.

I am passing on the blessing of hope.  If you would like to have the opportunity to win a copy of this book, leave me a comment telling me one thing you would like to be able to do if money were no object.

Dave's tag line in the book is
"Live like noone else so you can live noone else."

Well, this is the year that we start living like noone else so we can live like noone else.  It won't be easy, but it will be so worth it in the end.

Have a blessed day!