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Friday, December 30, 2011

Open That Door

Time to open the front door to greet 2012 and welcome it with open arms. 
2011 is going to leave by quietly slipping out the back door.

2012 will hold some wonderful times for me. 
-Becoming a grandmother...YES!
-Hosting a large bridal shower for my niece
-And then celebrating my niece's beautiful wedding
-Feeling of pride for my nephew who will be graduating from college 
(while both his parents will be there looking down from heaven)

2012 will also hold some painful moments.
-Family and friends are facing some challenging health battles
(they are always in my thoughts and prayers)

I know we all have to face the ups and downs in everyday life.
Here's to a year of being able to handle them with grace and with strength. 

At the end of each year, I allow myself some quiet time to become inspired.
It's a time for self-discovery.
I do not make resolutions, but I do have aspirations. 

So this is my year to believe in myself and 'just do it'.
I've pondered a few things this past year wondering what solution is best.
I've discovered that sometimes there is just no 'right' answer.
Sometimes ya just need to do something. Better to do something rather than nothing at all.

And now is the time to let ya all know that I do appreciate your visits, support, and comments.
It amazes me how quickly we bond and become friends.
So cheers to my blogging friends...hope that 2012 treats ya all well!

Until next year...

Have a good old time in all ya do,

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Simple Moments

Often, the most memorable times in our lives are from the simple moments.

So no need to overdo this season. 
No need for the best tree, perfect decorations, and expensive gifts.
It's not what your loved ones will remember anyway.

It's the simple moments that make the season.
Enjoy them.

Wishing you and your family the happiest of holiday moments!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dreamin' Of A Blue and White Christmas

Dining room. Blue and white decor.

Collection of white dishes. Blue stockings.

Some chippy whites. Old blue ornaments.

More whites. With candlelight.

Antique white gloves. Rustic ladder.

Imperfect vintage in shades of blue. On a white background. 

All of it makes for a dreamy blue and white Christmas.
What are you dreamin' about this Christmas?

Linking up to these wonderful parties:

White Wednesday @ Faded Charm

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ Primp

Happy Holidays,

Friday, December 9, 2011

Rustic Christmas Corner

Kitchen counter Christmas decor.

Just added a little greenery and some lights.

See the lights peeking through the grater? And that is the rooster I saved/picked awhile back.
I couldn't decide whether to sell it or keep it. Well, he's a keeper for sure!

Hope ya all are caught up on your holiday check list.
Plenty to do and so little time.
Don't blink! It will be 2012 before we know it!

Have a pickin' cool weekend,

Monday, December 5, 2011

Barn Wood Farm Table

Need more table space? Make some!

I came upon this project when all my tables were used to seat our Thanksgiving guests and I needed somewhere to display our yummy desserts. Needed something quick, inexpensive, and uncomplicated. What to do? Shop my stash, of course! Three barn boards, two treadle sewing machine legs, and some tools...I had a vision. So easy!

The barn wood was free! One was used for the bottom shelf and two were used for the top. Basically, it was all screwed to the treadle sewing machine legs.

Thanksgiving was such a whirlwind, that I had no chance to take a picture of the table with the desserts. So here it is in Christmas mode.

I have family members who on Thanksgiving gifted me with (some homemade) wines and this table has now provided the perfect spot for them. And yes, that is a chicken feeder. Fun display piece and goes great with the barn wood.

Behind the table is a divider with lace panels. It's just enough to hide any kitchen mess I may have. Of course, I never have any. Wink, wink. It's just that when you walk through our front door, you are smack dab in our living room (no entryway) and the whole kitchen which is just beyond that is visible. This divider breaks it up a bit.

For the Christmas display on top of the table, I used an old galvanized bucket with garland, rustic sleigh bells, and pine cones spilling out. I quickly made some book page trees and topped them with some rustic stars. This was all so fun!

Thanks for the visit and checking out my farm table!
See below for all the parties I'm hooking up with.
Thanks to all the great hostesses!

My pickin' best,






Friday, December 2, 2011

Just A Peek

Okay. Just a peek. For now.

White. Weathered. Worn. Wonderful.

And chippy. Still in the back of the truck.
Saved from a building that was being torn down and before being thrown on a burn pile. 

Isn't it fantabulous? And ya know what?

We saved two of them!
A matching pair of big old wonderful doors full of character and charm!

Now what should I do with them? So many possibilities...hmmm...

Have a pickin' cool weekend,

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Aged To Perfection

Flowers from my daughter's wedding which was held more than 2 years ago.
The faded rose petals, over time, have aged to perfection.

I added the flowers along with touches of white lace to a wreath I had made.
The book pages of the wreath, with the passage of time, have yellowed and are aged to perfection.

I recently relocated the wreath within my home and added an old frame.
The frame is fragile and not perfect. Just aged to perfection.

I would like to think that as I become older...
I am wiser, more patient, and have a gentler nature...
aged to perfection.

Linking up to 

My pickin' best,

Monday, November 28, 2011

Yes I Am!

My daughter just announced that she is expecting!

Yes, I am going to be a grandmother! I am very excited and so ready for it!
My daughter told me during their stay with us over Thanksgiving.

It was a very special holiday this year and I feel very blessed.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

This is an especially busy week for me so I thought I'd better pop in and wish you all a 
Happy Thanksgiving!

I promise to share some of my projects after all the hustle and bustle settles down around here.
Family is here staying the week and I'll be hosting on the big day.
This will be interesting to say the least as I'm a vegetarian fixing a turkey!

I am so thankful for my family and friends, including all of you who take the time to visit me.
I appreciate all of you and your wonderful comments.
May you all have many reasons to be thankful this beautiful season!

Blessings to all this Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


First of all, I'd like to thank all the new followers here. It amazes me that I haven't blogged for quite awhile and some pickin' cool people find me anyway and wait patiently for me to make an appearance. So here I am. Taking a break from all the projects I've been working on.

It has been beautiful here! In the 70's in November! So when the muscles begin to ache midday, I get a cup of tea and my constant companion, Kit Kat, to go outside and sit on the bench overlooking the lake. Such a perfect setting!

Oh, do you want to see why I really need that break? Take a look at this!

Total chaos. I don't do well with chaos. Makes me crazy!
But 'it' is starting to all come together...thank goodness. And that makes me smile.

And the view of the lake. That definitely makes me smile!

Hookin' up with Outdoor Wednesday.
Until next time...

My pickin' best,

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Good Day To Paint

Beautiful morning. This is the view from my deck.

Then the rain came. That's okay as I had planned to paint the kitchen today.
It wasn't in my original plan, but my updating has taken on a life of its own.
Totally out of control and taking some time.
Hope to wrap it up soon.
I'll be back to visit everyone after...
painting, staining, sawing, hammering, and whatever else it takes!

Until then...
My pickin' best,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Welcome

I finally have my vintage metal baskets hung on our front doors!
The picture below is what they looked like when I bought the pair for $5.00.
Very old, chippy, and rusted through in a few spots.

 I do like that look, but not for the front doors.

After cleaning the baskets, I painted them white and gave them an aged finish.
Then I gathered natural materials from the yard and added some fall elements from my supplies to create a 
'Fall Welcome'.

I'm pleased with the look. It should last through Thanksgiving.
And this is the only orange you will see around my home.

Now I know I have not been blogging or even visiting other blogs much.
I apologize.
I started a small project. Well, I thought it was small then it became larger and just grew into a monster task.
No turning back now and I keep asking myself 'WHAT HAVE I DONE?'
Maybe I'll be brave and post about it next week.
Until then...

Have a pickin' cool weekend,

Friday, October 21, 2011

Left Behind

See this?

And see these?

I picked them last weekend at a shop in a nearby town.

I had to leave the table, stools, and cabinet behind. Why? Because of this!

This past weekend this teeny tiny town had their festival that brings in about 20,000 people.
I couldn't make it through the crowds with my picks to load the truck.

So I went back to the shop this week to pick up my picks. 
Thank goodness...the town is teeny tiny once more.

Hope ya all have a pickin' cool weekend,

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pickin' Makeover


Found these lovely ladies on a pickin' spree and just could not pass them up.
They were old, worn, and rusty.
Pickin' cool and a great price, but...the chippy paint was extreme and the rust was creating a few holes.


So I grabbed my wire brush and started scrubbing.
After a good cleaning, they received some fresh white paint.


Hard to see in the photo, but now they are just right since
I aged them with some grey blue paint.

I'll be gathering some fall materials to make arrangements in the baskets 
and hang them on my double front doors. Pictures soon!

My pickin' best,

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pickin' Stuff

Here's some stuff I picked over the weekend!

White letterpress drawer, two crates, a muffin tin, a Zero fan, and a red mailbox.

There's  more, but I'll have to show ya another time.
I'm doing a tad of painting, slopping in some stain, and doing the never ending yard work.
I'll be back soon. Until next time... 

Best pickins,

Monday, October 10, 2011

Quick Pickins

Been sooo busy with yard work and errands. Also prepping the house so I can stain the kitchen cupboards and do some painting. Ya know how it is...never enough time in the day. I'm tired and sore, but all will be worth it once the cold weather rolls in. I'll be snug as a bug in a rug with all the major work done!

Made a very quick stop while running errands to see if there might be anything worth pickin' and I found a few goodies. My fave is that metal rooster! I'm a struggling with the thought of keeping him, but I know it will probably be best to put him in the shop. He had sat on the peak of a shed and was saved just in time as the shed was being torn down. How pickin' cool is that? Very! 

Until next time...

My pickin' best,

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Touch Of Fall

Here's a touch of fall around the homestead.

Blue skies.

Leaves beginning to show their colors and fall to the ground.

And temps in the wonderful 80's.

I'll be missing in action as I quickly prep the garden for the new season,
do the necessary cleaning in the yard and on the exterior of the home,
and finish washing down the inventory for the shop before a cold snap appears.

Be back soon! Until then...

Have a pickin' cool weekend,

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