Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More Ornaments

A few more of my favorite ornaments:

Victorian heart




Red and gold glass

Fitz and Floyd

I never spend a lot of money on ornaments and it's hard to find pretty ones on sale after Christmas because they are picked over by then so I buy most of them at discount stores like T J Maxx or Tuesday Mornings.  The Fitz and Floyd ornament is the only one I remember ever buying after Christmas.  It was at Belks and was on sale for a ridiculously low price, $2.00 if I remember correctly.    

Here are some vintage Shiny Brite ornaments that belonged to my mom and my grandmother.  I use to put them on my tree, but have broken several over the years so I had to quit hanging them.  Now I display them in a bowl.  
They will always be among my favorites!    


I love Christmas ornaments.  Here are a few of my favorite:

From New Orleans.  

A nestling doll.

Santa fishing.

Bought 21 years ago for a baby boy.

Bought 24 years ago for a baby girl.

Froggy goes a courtin'

Souvenir from Mexico.

Always been one of my favorites. 

Old World Santa.

My latest.

Pretty as a peacock.

Decorating a tree. 

 Manger scene.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hall of Shame

Our latest project.  The hallway.  As ugly as it looks right now you'll just have to trust me when I tell you it was even uglier with the carpet.  So much so that for the last several years I have refused to turn the lights on in there!

This is the antique hall tree that was sitting at the end.  Right now it is in my foyer.  It may stay there, not sure.  It's in really bad shape and needs refinishing or painting.  I have other plans for the end of the hallway.  Hope to have before and after pictures in a couple of weeks.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Spirit of the Season

And I'm not referring to the Christmas season.  No, today I am posting about Thanksgiving!

OK, there ARE a FEW shiny things beginning to show up at my house so I'll go ahead and give you a sneak peak.  But let me warn you first, don't expect too much, it's pretty "slim"!

There are also some pretty yucky things showing up, as well, as we continue to rip out our 20 year old carpet and replace it with laminate floors.  Not sure why we chose this time of year for such an intense DIY project, but it's too late to turn back now.  We're on a roll.   

OK so back to Thanksgiving...

I LOVE Christmas.  Always have.  I love everything about it: The reason, the gifts, music, trees, smells, decorations, lights, secrets, whispers, hints, glitter and sparkle, food, family, shopping, anticipation, and everything else that makes this time of year sooo much fun!! I love it so much that I am guilty as charged for overlooking Thanksgiving!  

I have been married for 32 years and for 30 of those years we have gone to my mom's for Thanksgiving.  The day included:  The most wonderful meal prepared entirely by her, Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, football, naps, family, movies, sales papers and wish lists.  These are memories I will cherish forever and a day! Sounds traditional, typical, and picture perfect, doesn't it?  It was, everything except for my spirit.  It, along with my house, would have been in full swing Christmas mode by then, actually since late October or early November.     

For the very first time in my 31 years of marriage everyone came to my house for Thanksgiving last year.  What made it different than all the other Thanksgivings?  Other than some of the obvious, my mom no longer had to prepare the entire meal.  Everyone brought something.  My dad, step-mom, and mother-in-law joined us.  My house!  It was full of pumpkins instead of trees.  And then there was my spirit as I began to grasp the significance of the day.  Oh yea, and the rolls I set on fire!  Oh well, we survived even though they didn't. 

Last Wednesday in the midst of cleaning and cooking in preparation for the second Thanksgiving meal at my house I received an invitation for lunch to celebrate my step-mom's birthday.  I said,"No".  Evidently I meant to say yes and didn't know it at the time because from the moment I hung up the phone I knew I would call back to get the details.  It was truly an enjoyable time spent taking a break from my chores, eating steak and all the trimmings, and birthday cake, but mainly the fellowship with her, her daughter, and my dad.   I am so thankful I didn't miss out.

Weeks before Thanksgiving God placed something in my heart and then He began to pave the way for me to see it through. I simply wanted to say thank you to my family, but didn't know how to deliver a thank you to 11 people without giving a speech.  Did not want to do that!  May very well have been my second and last time to host Thanksgiving lunch!   He knew that too, so He provided me with a note card that came with an envelope perfect to use for a name place to use at the tables.  Everyone got a personal message from me AND things were a little less chaotic since everyone knew where to sit.  This may sound trivial to many, but I can assure you that when I see God's hand in something it is anything but trivial to me.  Thankful again that I didn't miss an opportunity!

B.J. and I started the day out with prayer asking specifically for our spirits and for His blessing on the day. Did this keep Satan from trying to put his big ole foot in the door? No.  However, it DID keep him from coming in, sitting down, and eating lunch with us.  Our spirits were intact.  They were where they needed to be.  And for that I could not be any more grateful.  Here are some of the sights and sounds of the day:  laughter, smiles, thank-you's, I love you's, hugs, tears, pumpkins galore (my friend gave me many beautiful pumpkins to decorate with that she no longer needed, a nice surprise!), food galore, contentment, and soft cuddly puppies!   
If I were to write one of those essays that I had to write in elementary school, here's what mine would say:
What Thanksgiving Means To Me
For me Thanksgiving is not about the Pilgrims, Indians, John Smith, or Plymouth Rock.  Thanksgiving is not about the Macy's parade, eating turkey, or anticipating the big shopping day. But rather it is about the day that  everyone gets away from the everyday mania of working, school, blogging, or whatever else we do on a regular basis and coming together all under one roof and realizing how blessed we are to be able to do just that. I have missed many years of celebrating Thanksgiving because I skipped over it.  So from now on it will also be the "Day Before" for me.  The day before shopping, decorating, and all the other things I do to celebrate Christmas.  And I promise to not feel like I am missing out when others have homes already adorned with trees while mine is still pumpkin laden.  I never want to miss one more Thanksgiving because I have skipped over it.  But most importantly the day will be about my spirit, a spirit of Thanksgiving!!  The End.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Animal Prints

When I saw this comforter last year I just KNEW how much fun it would be to use in my son's room.  It was only after he moved out that I was able to pull it off.  Never in a million years would he have allowed this:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Not the turkey! The duvet cover! What a chore that was!  Glad no one was watching.

All Done!

Last piece down!  As I shared in a previous post we decided to replace the carpet in the master bedroom with a laminate floor.  Many reasons: 1. The carpet was old and nasty and to make matters worse, while preparing to paint we moved an elliptical machine out and spilled battery acid all over it.  2. We wanted to make sure we liked it before putting it down in the family room and dining room. 3.  It was good practice before tackling those larger rooms.    

I decided that I do LOVE it, so we will attempt to continue on into the other rooms.  They were fairly easy to install, very affordable, and look incredibly like real wood.  
Now I am trying to put my house back together and get ready for Thanksgiving.  Things have been upside down around here.  I will decorate for Christmas as soon as Thanksgiving is over and then we will begin to tackle the hallway.  The rest of the house will have to wait until after the first of the year.  It will be a good project for January and February when it is too cold to get out.  

I took a break from all the floor madness and went shopping with a friend one day last week.  We had lunch together and then hit some local antique shops.  I forgot to take my camera but I spent a lot of time drooling because drooling was about all I could afford to do.     The prices were WAY over the top, at least for me.  I couldn't even afford a Christmas ornament in most of them. Seriously!  

By the way, I will post pics of my room when I am finished decorating.  That will be the fun part, but since I am making my curtains, I can't promise it will be anytime soon.  Have I ever mentioned that I hate sewing!!

Here is a recent purchase from one of my favorite antique stores.  She actually has many affordable things in there.  I bought two of these, one for both sides of my window in the dining room.  They were only $30.00 each.  I figured that was about a fourth of what they would have cost in one of the other stores I visited.    

Well I am off to clean and cook!  Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Half Way There

HAVE to be finished this weekend so I can move furniture back in.  Thanksgiving at my house! Expecting around 12 total.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Antique Malls

Last weekend in Oxford, MS:

Loved this booth:

Beautiful Christmas decor:


Looking down from balcony:

My daughter-in-law loves this bed.  So do I!

Painted furniture everywhere:

And roosters:

I almost bought him.  Isn't he adorable?  Now I wish I had! I couldn't believe the reasonable price: $55.00.  

More outside:

I WANT a plate rack!

Anyone remember her?

Look at what they did with turtle shells: