Holy Cow Table Transformation

Wednesday, September 2, 2015



A cute, trendy knob
can update most any piece of furniture,
about as well as just the right piece of jewelry can
perfectly beautify an outfit, wouldn't you say?




And there are many inexpensive options available now,
at stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Anthropologie.




I bought these tables from a friend for $20 each.

They were old family pieces, 
but over the years, had gotten in pretty rough shape
and were no longer used.

I fell in love with the cow head knob found at Hobby Lobby,
and thought it would be perfect for the more rustic table.




I was thrilled to be able to save the natural wood top of the red bottom table.
All it needed, was a good sanding, a coat of stain, and poly to seal.
{Bottom painted Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk.}

Unfortunately the wood top of the more intricately designed table
was too damaged, and couldn't be salvaged.
But it turned out to be a sweet little piece painted Annie Sloan Old White
and Provence, sealed with AS Clear Wax.

The vintage crystal looking knob also came from Hobby Lobby.




Both of the tables were sold in my former booths,
and didn't last long before finding a new home!

If you'd like to see more of my past painted projects,
please visit my Painted Furniture Projects Page.


In the words of Batman and Robin,
...Holy Cow -- Table Transformation,
...mission complete,
...onto the next project!  :)
~Rhonda



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Saturday Morning Adventurehood of the Traveling Basket - A Fall Arrangement

Sunday, August 30, 2015



I love this basket,
 ...we've been together for a long time!
Very versatile, it's perfect to fill with seasonals!

Saturday morning, we went for a little ride in my old Surburban
 to the local Farmers Market.

Following a lead from earlier in the week,
I set out in search of a small pumpkin and some gourds.
The basket stayed stashed in the car, just along for the ride so I
could make sure I got enough pieces to put together an arrangement in it.




Mr. Fipps, below, of Higher Ground Gardens,
...just the man I was looking for,
 had a good selection of small pumpkins and gourds to choose from!

But...
Before I share what I bought from him,
and the arrangement I put together,
I'll give you a quick tour of the Farmer's Market....



Not only is there a wide variety of fresh locally grown produce offered,
{a majority organic},
but also vendors selling local honey, jams, jellies, crafts,
and homecrafted beeswax soaps. 







I bought a lemon scented kitchen soap
and a bar of the honey oatmeal.

After a recent bout with poison ivy, oatmeal has been a great friend,
but the bar I got from this vendor sure smells much nicer than the drug store brands!

...and they were packaged in the cutest little bag!



Another vendor specialized in home baked wheat bread.
Couldn't leave without a loaf!



Most every Tuesday,
a friend and I meet for lunch at Byrdville Farms Restaurant downtown.

On Saturdays, the two sisters, owners of the restaurant, set up at the market.









I have a weekly standing order at Byrdville Farms Restaurant,
a pimento cheese and bacon sandwich toasted on wheat, and a side salad.
{I'm a creature of habit, what can I say.}

After raving about the pimento cheese for so long to my husband,
I bought home a package to share with him.



When I got home, I carved the wheat loaf...




...and toasted a sandwich for lunch. 
Oh my, it was such a treat!



While I was working on my sandwich,
the pumpkins and gourds I purchased were soaking in clorox water,
hopefully to prevent rot.

Once dried, I filled the basket...

















I may have been a tad hasty :),
but I've vowed to hold off on the rest of my fall decorating until after September 1st!

How about you?  ...have you begun?
~Rhonda

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Linking Post To:
Dwellings - Amaze Me Monday
Our Southern Home - Inspiration Monday
Between Naps on the Porch - Met Monday
Coastal Charm - Show and Share
Cozy Little House - Tweak It Tuesday
StoneGable - The Scoop
A Stroll Thru Life - Inspire Me Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style - WOW Us Wednesday
My Journey Back - Fabulous Fall Linky Party
A Delightsome Life - Home & Garden Thursday
Common Ground & Essence of Home - Share Your Style
From My Front Porch to Yours - Treasure Hunt Thursday
The Charm of Home - Home Sweet Home

Soul'spiration Saturday

Saturday, August 29, 2015






Have a great weekend!
~Rhonda

Revisiting Fall From Yesteryears

Friday, August 28, 2015

One wonderful thing about blogging
is that you have a record of what you have done in seasons past.
...and I often forget!

So I invite you to take a trip down Memory Lane,
amidst orange and cream colored pumpkins, burnt umber leaves,
 and harvest yellows, spanning over the last several years.








Kitchen...







I almost bought real pumpkins Tuesday,
but wasn't sure what sizes and how many I needed.
Can you believe they're already available?



Entertaining...







The piano top decorated two different ways, for two different years...




The second...







The creations below, Jack 'em Up Pumpkins,
 put me on the "Pinterest Map," so to speak!
They by far, still draw the most traffic from Pinterest to my blog.





The next two pictures are the only ones I can find
 from last fall on my Ipad,
a mum in a vintage ironstone chamber pot that a friend
 and former fellow vendor at CCPM gave me,
and the outdoor scene.

I was taking a break from blogging at the time,
but I'm certain I did more.
...I think... ha!



I bought the vintage John Deere Hay Rake, below,
 at an auction about 3 1/2 hours from home.
For $100, you can bet I wasn't passing it up!
But... I had no way to haul it home.
I called my husband after I won the bid,
 and asked how he would like to take
 a little road trip in the next day or two!  :)




It's hard to focus on fall
when the temps and high humidity have yet to lighten up.

But I'm so ready to decorate, and sitting on go!
How about ya'll?
~Rhonda  :)

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Linking Post To:
Dwellings - Amaze Me Monday
Coastal Charm - Show and Share
Cozy Little House - Tweak It Tuesday
StoneGable - The Scoop
A Stroll Thru Life - Inspire Me Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style - WOW Us Wednesday
My Journey Back - Fabulous Fall Linky Party

Decorating a Ladies Luncheon on a Dime

Wednesday, August 26, 2015



Decorating for a fifteen table Ladies Luncheon,
with a none existent budget can be pretty challenging.

You rely on a whole lot of creativity and imagination!

The Luncheon was a fund-raising event for an upcoming
Crusade in our community, so it was understandable that it
had to be done on the cheap.
...but still, I was aiming for fresh and pretty!  :)

Knowing that real flowers would be pricey,
I set out to Michaels for {inexpensive} inspiration.
Perusing the clearance aisles,
I came across the flower clips below,
 originally $2.00 for a pack of 2, marked down to $.80!

Now these I could work with...



I had six vintage blue Ball jars in my stash on hand...



...so to fill in the other nine needed
and to add a little interest,
I bought glass vases from the Dollar Tree
and added extra fine aqua glitter to the bottoms.



 Short branches were spray painted with Krylon Maxx Aqua Matte,
to add to each table with the vases.



The theme of the luncheon was... Inspire.
  I printed off Inspire tags on the computer in different fonts,
 and clipped one to each vase/jar.



The vases/jars were filled with shrub greens, including gardenia
which has a beautiful waxy, "florist" finish to them.









The church's white tablecloths were paired with
turquoise burlap table runners, also very economical!

Combined with an online sale price and additional coupon code,
the 108" table runners were purchased at Tablecloths Factory.com
for around $2.70 each.





The luncheon committee requested a few tables to be set up for speaker product
and for the upcoming crusade materials and information.

My friend and decorating partner, Julia,
put together a vase of sunflowers grown on her farm,
in a gallon vintage blue jar, to dress up that area.





And for one more little extra added touch,
we borrowed chairs, tables, lamps, and accessories from around the church
to create a staging area for the speaker,  Ann Platz.





As I mentioned,
the very inspiring speaker of the luncheon was, Ann Platz.

Some of you Atlanta bloggers and decorators may be very familiar with her.
Mrs. Platz is a noted interior designer, author, and speaker.

I was sitting at the back of the room, and unfortunately did not get a good picture
of her presentation.



A friend gave me one of Platz's books a few Christmases ago,
and it is a wonderful devotional read!



The luncheon setting was not a grand one,
we certainly stretched a dollar decorating,
...but it turned out sweet, simple, and refreshing!

Just goes to show,
you don't always have to spend a lot to make a nice impact!  :)
~Rhonda




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