Giving a Glider New Life & Creating a Back Deck Oasis

Thursday, August 25, 2016

An added bonus of blogging is the really nice people you "meet,"
and if you're very fortunate, form long lasting friendships with!

One treasured friend is Cindy!
Cindy and I started with RMS (HGTV's Rate My Space Forum)
and both transitioned over to blogging about 8 years ago.

Cindy blogged at Just Another Day In Paradise,
but in recent years has returned to school and is a very dedicated Grammy
to five precious, beautiful little girls!

Cindy and I keep contact via Facebook these days,
and she recently shared pictures of a few projects she's been working on this summer!
She's a handy, talented lady!

The glider below, was a Father's Day gift to her husband 27 years ago.
Sitting out in the weather under the deck for quite awhile,
had taken it's toll on it!

Cindy reslatted and sealed the pieces, and painted the frame.
Added pretty, fresh pillows and cushions,
the glider now looks brand spanking new!

The glider makeover was just the first step to transforming her deck
into her own little oasis once again.

I can only imagine how she must enjoy the teal umbrella on a sunny day!

The pretty rug, a great find from Lowe's, ties the space together perfectly!
Cindy says that it is made up of some sort of plastic composite that can be
hosed off and allows the redwood deck to breath!
The deck was also resealed.

I adore the two chairs, below, that Cindy says she has had for 7-10 years.
They only needed new cushions, which she bought at JoAnn's, 70% Clearance.

I would love to see more of the gorgeous Utah mountains
 that we get a peek of in the photo!

Cindy color coordinated the space so well in soothing, relaxing aquas,
 and salmon accents.

The space was completed with a table and stools added in the early in the season.
 They are enjoyed by, and have gotten lots of use from, 
Cindy's grandaughters this summer.

Cindy sure has inspired me to makeover my back door space!

She's also a very skilled seamstress!
Some of her sewing creations can be seen {here}.

Thanks Cindy, for letting me share your oasis! ;)


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The Rooster's Last Hurrah

Monday, August 22, 2016


Over the last month,
I've been purging and cleaning closets and cabinets every spare chance I get,
accumulating a large pile for a yard sale I hope to have in October.
Sounds like a lovely way to spend a Saturday night, right?

When we first moved in the house,
roosters and chickens were a popular trend,
and I was all too happy to jump on that bandwagon.

I must admit, I went a little overboard, kitchen for a time, looked like a fowl sanctuary.
"Too much of a good thing, can be too much!"  ha!

I've since weeded through the chicken and rooster decor,
selling a lot of it when I had my "junk booths,"
storing a few items, and still displaying a piece of two.

I found the long forgotten set of eight salad size rooster plates
tucked in the back of a kitchen cabinet.
Thought it would be fun to put together a little tablescape,
"one last hurrah," before they hit they hit the yard sale stash.

The cute dishes were paired with The Pioneer Woman towels,
 square white dinner plates, and green lucite handle forks.

A casual setting for two at the kitchen island...

The one rooster that will remain, is the lamp!
It was the first item I bought for my kitchen twelve years ago,
and I still adore it!

A new TJ Maxx find, below,
holds a few blooms and fern from the container gardens on the porch.


I feel somewhat like a traitor,
trading off my chickens for a new love... cows!
But I've vowed to not obsess over them!
...all in moderation!  :)

So if you're wondering the need for purging our home...
We've decided to sell our house.
I suppose if you announce it on social media, that makes it official, huh?

It's been the plan for years, that when our youngest reached driving age,
we would sell and move to our farm.
 "Our baby" just began his senior year in high school.
And a big incentive, moving will put us 30 minutes closer to work.

The farm, which is now in Mr. Ramblings' hands,
 has been in his family for over 100 years, and on it sits an old farm house,
 where several generations were raised.

Long story short,
the farm house is far from ready to move in,
this house is not ready for the market just yet,
so during the transition time, we'll be living at the lake.
We'll be moving there after our summer rentals are fulfilled.

The process seems a little daunting and overwhelming, but in the end, 
we think it'll be well worth it, and we're pretty excited!

My uncle has a saying,
"How do you eat an elephant??? bite at a time!"
So goes this journey... stay tuned!  :)


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Reflections Of Fall

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Thirty five days until fall!

This has been a hot, humid, wet summer for us in my part of the Carolinas.
I, for one, welcome the transition to my favorite season, fall!

I was browsing through my posts from last year and wanted to share 
a few highlights from Fall 2015!

In August, I started getting ready to the season by crafting a few

An old faux pumpkin got a pretty, blingy makeover with toile and rhinestones,

The dining room was the first of be decorated for fall,
with A Fall Dining Table Arrangement in an old dough bowl.

After a trip to the local pumpkin patch, I added unique pumpkins in different
spots around the house!

On the official first day of Autumn, I shared the antique Icebox
decorated for fall, and a few other shots in the kitchen.

Before the season wrapped up, I invited readers into my home virtually

For the outside of our home,
I recruited Mr. Ramblings help, and one of his big green tractors!
My crafty daughter, Ashley, painted the cute pallet sign.

And A Versatile Lamp For The Seasons was decked out with burlap
 and a big sunflower for the front porch.

I couldn't let the season pass without sharing Ashley's Lilly P. Inspired Pumpkins
 Made for her apartment, weren't they precious???  :)

We had several guest parties staying at the lake during fall,
so I crafted a few Pumpkins With A Nautical Touch, to greet them on the kitchen table.

Fall decorating will be delayed for us this year.
...More on that Monday!

When are ya'll planning to start?
Under different circumstances,
 I'd be real tempted to start easing a little out this weekend!  ;)

Thanks for visiting!


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Gold Tipped Succulents

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Succulents are one trend I'm very fond of!
But unfortunately, succulents just don't do well under my care.

Back in June,
I found fauxs at Dollar Tree... perfect for a succulent challenged gal!

I used them for a couple of projects, which can be seen at the end of the post.

And then, I was in DT last week, and had yet another brain storm...

...give them a modern twist, white with gold tips.

Grabbed a can of white spray paint from my stash and headed outside to spray them.

After they were painted and dry, gold tips were added.

With the neutral white and gold color scheme,
 the succulents could be used most anywhere.

I considered using them in my master bath, 
but they looked right pretty sitting in my kitchen windowsill.

Wouldn't they make great {and thrifty} name card holders
for a dinner party or wedding!

Instead of white, they could be spray painted mint, navy blue,
soft pink, fuchsia, or whatever color desired, and tipped with gold,
 to fit any party theme.

And considering even more possibilities for these pint-sized painted succulents,
fall is only 40 days away! 

They would be perfect for autumn vignettes!

It's amazing how a little paint can give most anything versatility!

Thanks for visiting! :)


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