Wednesday, December 28, 2011


 As the year draws to a close, it has me reflecting over the past and some of the projects I've done.
Rhoda from  Southern Hospitality  is having a  party for your top projects of the year; and I thought I would join in on the fun and share my top 10.

I'm so grateful to all of you for visiting my blog and all your kind comments.  I apologize because I've been a bit behind on responding to your emails for a few reasons..... #1: We've just been blessed and became proud grandparents of our second granddaughter, born December 23rd.  She's a beautiful baby weighing in at 7 lbs 1 oz. 19 inches long.  #2: Sending time with family for Christmas.  #3: I now have 1200 emails to sort through... :(
(If you would like to read the details on these  top visited posts just click on the heading above each photo.)

To my surprise, a post that I blogged a year ago in December is the #1 post with the most hits.  Even this past month the hits continue to climb on my
Epsom Salt Ornaments & Candle.

#2  DIY Tufted Upholstered Headboard 

#3 Board and Batten for the Bedroom

#4 Reupholstered Wingback Chair

#5 DIY  Spring Artwork

#6 Christmas Decor

#7 Pottery Barn Hanging Mason Jar Knockoff

#8 Pottery Barn Inspired Pillow

#9 DIY Pocket Pillows

#10 Create Your Own Wedding Candy Buffet
(It was a toss up on # 10 because the diy wedding posts received  a lot of hits as well.)

Blogging has been a real JOY for me.  I’ve been inspired and encouraged by you along the way.  I thank each and every one of you; and I'm looking forward to sharing more with you my readers in 2012. 
Have a happy  
New Year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011


May you all have a very blessed Christmas
and great holiday season!

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Do you love to attend blog parties as much as I do?  I've been enjoying going to Blog parties and seeing all the great decorating ideas, tour of homes and  DIY projects.  While attending a party, I came across some free printables  from Amiee @ It's Overflowing.  I decided to use her free printable to make a quick project. 

Here's what I did.

1. Printed ~ Let it Snow onto translucent paper. 
2. Removed the back from a 5 X 7 inch frame I already had.
3. Taped the glass in place (to prevent it from falling out).
4. Taped the ~ Let it Snow ~ print into the frame.
5. Place a battery operated light (candle) behind the frame ~ to give a flickering
light effect.
6.  Taped a snowflake ornament to the front of the frame.

Here it is sitting in the Hoosier cabinet with my other snowflake items.
(Sorry about poor photos - I made this in the evening.)

I'm linking this post to...

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


This year we found some very pretty sparkly/glittery gift wrapping paper.  It's blue; and I thought it would be so pretty for wrapping gifts.  Guess what, it has a glitch!  It will not allow the tape to stick to the glitter! Since I had a big roll of it, I had to find another use for it.  I decided to use it as a runner on our dinning room table.  I'd love to go out and buy some fresh flowers or poinsettias, but since I'm thrifty and on a budget, I had fun and did another DIY.

Here's what I came up with.

I used candles along with some faux poinsettias, glass ornaments, ribbon and some beads.

The beads give it a little extra bling.

Here you can see the glittery table runner made from wrapping paper.

There you have it, a very easy DIY  
using what you have.

Linking this post to....
The Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday

Monday, December 19, 2011


While in Nashville, we had the fun opportunity to tour the  Opryland Resort.  What made the tour even more GRAND was that it was decorated for the Christmas holidays.  I thought I'd share some of the photos with you.

The walkway up to the building is graced with
beautiful garland lined fences.

 Each window is decorated with a wreath or garland and Christmas decor.

View of the front of the building.

One of the wings to the side of the building.

The entrance to the resort is very GRAND, with a grand staircase.

 My husband and I on the stairway with the beautiful  poinsettia tree off to the side.

The resort is filled with many shops and a beautiful conservatory.

Many beautiful poinsettias line the walk way.

Orchids were growing out of a palm tree.

 The balconies to the guests rooms.

The bar and dinning area.

The gazebo area was set up for an afternoon wedding.

After seeing the resort, we headed out for lunch.  I loved these rocking chairs  that were sitting in front of the restaurant all decorated for the season.  I also had to include a photo of the menu (not being from the south myself).  You know you're in the south when the menu has Cajun Gator Tails, Green Fried Tomatoes and Frog Legs !

Saturday, December 17, 2011


In my last post I told you that I've just returned from Nashville.  It's such a pretty time of the year to visit Nashville.  I've never been to Tennessee before and fell in love with the beautiful homes and all the churches with their grand steeples.  We were able to view downtown Nashville from the roof top on two occasions.  

Here's the view we enjoyed!

The clock tower along with the other high buildings.

 The moon was gorgeous peeking out from
behind the tall buildings.

The Grand Old Opry Resort all lit up at night.

These trees are gorgeous with each branch on the tree lit with lights!

This photo is a little blurry...but you can still see how pretty everything looked.

The next photos are lights inside the resort at night.

As you can see everything is very GRAND!

In my next post I'll share the resort in the daylight.


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