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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Life In Pictures

Hello! How are you? I don't know why I can't seem to blog more than once a month these days, but I really want to try and change that. I have been busy but I would like to find time to post at least once a week. I promise to try! I really haven't had much to share recently so I decided to just share a few things from the past month. 

First up is this adorable little plant stand I thrifted for $2.50. It got a new paint job and now lives in my tiny hall area. 

I have enjoyed spending more time with my beautiful Miranda. It is so nice to have her close again!

We have had some spectacular sunrises over the past couple weeks. I love the drive to work every morning. This one was taken at school on my way inside. So pretty!

I've been trying to walk more in addition to my workouts with my trainer. I am still loving working out and look forward to it. The pooches are loving walking too! I can barely keep up with them and when they see an armadillo....oh my! They almost pull my shoulder out of socket. LOL!

I dressed up as French Toast for our costume parade at school. 

And then that evening, I did a photo booth for our annual fall festival. 

I've done a little thrifting. I am much more selective than I used to be. I try to only buy things I am looking for or know I will use. I have a future project for the hoops. The grey and white background is an ironing board cover. I found the perfect little ironing board to hang in the laundry room.

See...I love it. And, it partially covers the breaker box.

I was thrilled to find another Scrabble game, and the Around the World game seemed like a fun and educational game for kids.

I found a couple like new for home to display prints on in my craft room and one for school. 

I bought this awesome organizer for my classroom. I had been on the lookout for something to keep all my printer papers in and this fit the bill! Super sturdy and cheap...can't beat that!

I gave it a coat of black spray paint and it looks great. The top tray usually holds white printer paper but I used it all up and need to pick up some more. I love that each slot holds an entire ream of paper. 

I've been organizing and rearranging a bit in my craft room and will be sharing an update soon! This was one of my projects.

The hubby and I, along with Sadie and Rooster went for a ride and gazed at the super moon last week. It was so beautiful!

I had a wonderful parent volunteer come in and make Stone Soup (vegetable soup) with my class for Thanksgiving. They absolutely loved it...and so did I! 

I am excited to say at the age of 47, I have finally developed a taste for coffee. I am enjoying trying new creamers. This one is so yummy! The hubby is going to build me a coffee cart like this one Cecilia and her hubby built. I have been wanting to build an industrial style bookshelf for the longest time, so when I saw this, I knew it would be perfect. We have some of the items needed and will pick up the rest soon. 

I have also been enjoying this cup. I am thrilled to have finally found a cup that will keep ice all day. It is amazing! I bought the handle separately and it has been great for transporting it along with my other things back and forth to school every day.

We have had several chilly evenings/nights recently. The pups love laying in front of this little heater.

My most recent thing to share is my niece, Taylor's wedding shower. We did a boho theme and it turned out so cute!

Yummy punch and cake. We did brunch but I forgot to take a picture of the food.

The fruit display turned out beautifully.

As did the cake. My friend Jeana is so talented with food. 

We used mismatched china plates that we collected at thrift stores. We are saving them to use for future events.

Jeana had lots of teacups packed away. She used to collect and display them. Thankfully she kept them. My friend, Heather set up the coffee and hot cocoa station. 

I decorated using a variety of my own decor.

It was such fun and Taylor loved it. I was happy to have the chance to help.

And that is it for now. These were just a few highlights from the past few weeks. I am looking forward to the next several days. Today was day 1 of 9 days off work. I have several things I hope to accomplish during my time off. Decorating for Christmas is definitely on my list. Speaking of Christmas, I opted not to have my ornament exchange this year. I just didn't feel that I had time to dedicate to it. I enjoyed it so very much and am a little sad to not be hosting this year. If anyone wants to host one, I would be happy to participate!

Until next time.....

Monday, October 10, 2016

Feeling Fall In the Air and Life Updates

Hello friends and happy fall to you!
I decided to take a few minutes to check in and let you all know I am still alive. LOL!
Most of you probable heard about Hurricane Matthew hitting Florida as well as other states on the east coast. Fortunately for my area, we didn't suffer any major damage. We had some wind and very little rain. Other areas if Florida were not so fortunate. As bad as it was on our east coast though, I feel so bad for Haiti. Those poor folks had nowhere to go and the death rate there is staggering. My prayers are with them. 

Due to the hurricane approaching and not truly knowing how bad it would be in my area, school was cancelled Friday, which gave me a 3-day weekend. I had a lazy day Friday and played around with my Heidi Swapp light box that I purchased a few weeks ago. I bought some beautiful clip art on Etsy and designed a fall sign.

Here it is unlit. It was glaring in the photo so I had to turn it off. It adds some fun to my buffet vignette.

I didn't purchase anything to decorate with this year. I just dug out all my stuff from the shed and picked some favorites to use. I love this wooden pumpkin and the Scrabble tiles. 

I also love the fall colors with my favorite aqua blue color.

Here's the light box again.

The china cabinet just got some fall foliage and the banner I made a few years ago using tags and grapevine twigs.

I finally used my chalkboard blocks I purchased from the Target dollar spot several weeks ago. 

A couple items on the bookcase. I would like to put some fall colored candy in the pumpkin, but I would be too tempted to eat it!

The table centerpiece.

Another candy dish on the bookshelf. Yes this one is empty too.

And here is the entire room. I draped a floral garland around the chandelier above the table to add some more color. I love how it turned out, 

I also changed up my kitchen shelves a bit. I added some branches to the milk pitcher and placed a fabric pumpkin beside it. Sorry about the quality of the photos. It was dark when I took these and even when it isn't I don't have good natural light here in the woods. Anywho, I was excited to find a set of saucers and small bowls to match my fall plates and large bowls that I got a couple years ago. I found them at TJ Maxx for $7.99 a set. So, I fibbed when I said I didn't purchase anything new. I forgot about these. I placed a set of vintage glassware beside them that belonged to my hubby's granny. They have orange, yellow, and green bottoms and match perfectly. I thought we might use these dishes more if I left them sitting out, and I can enjoy looking at them as well. They are so pretty and the colors are so vibrant.

And that is all I have today my friends. I do have a couple blog posts planned to share. Hopefully I can carve out time soon. I am happy to report that I am still working out 3 days per week with my trainer and getting stronger every week. My goal this week is to start walking on the days I don't work out now that the weather is cooling off. My workouts are outside and I work up a sweat in this lovely Florida humidity, so I haven't felt like walking and sweating too. I know that's not a very good excuse, but baby steps! I am sad to say I have never been a very active person so the fact that I am working out hard 3 hours a week and loving it is huge for me. I feel so much stronger than I ever have! I am really hoping to get up to North Georgia to see the fall leaves on the trees and go hiking at the end of the month. I have always wanted to do that and never have. Hopefully this is the year! I am excited about and loving life more than ever. I have some good news about my daughter, Miranda too. Not sure if I mentioned it before, but she works for a travel company about an hour away and is loving her job. It is her favorite job yet. She is hoping to move  closer soon. Also, she is dating a very nice guy and they have really hit it off. She is happy and doing well and I am so happy for her! We recently celebrated her 27th birthday and just a few days later, on October 8th, the hubby and I celebrated 28 years of marriage. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and can't imagine life without him. 
I hope you have a delightful week! 
Until next time.....

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

All Aglow About My New Light Fixture from Parrot Uncle!

Who doesn't love a gorgeous light fixture? After living in a mobile home for over 20 years with downright ugly very plain light fixtures, I had a ball picking out pretty ones when we started remodeling a few years ago. We have successfully remodeled every room in our home except our master bedroom and bathroom. We hope to finish them by the end of the year, but I thought I would share one small project we completed. 

Over the summer, I was contacted by the nicest guy from a company called Parrot Uncle. I had heard of this company before and had even looked at some of their lighting. Of course, I discovered them after we had already bought the lighting we needed for our previous remodels.

 I thought their fixtures were beautiful and very affordable compared to other companies and I was planning to check with them when I was ready for lighting for the master bed and bath. 

Well, even though we weren't quite ready to start the remodel, I couldn't pass up the offer of one of their gorgeous light fixtures in exchange for an honest review. I was told the amount I could spend and I immediately started looking and trying to narrow it down to three or four I loved. After much deliberation, I finally decided on this one.

I received the light fixture several weeks ago and we just didn't have time to install it until recently. Thanks to Hurricane Hermine and a few extra days off work, we finally got it done!

Let me just say...I am in love with it! After having a ceiling fan light fixture in my room for over 26 years, I am enjoying having this gorgeous, stylish light fixture to gaze at from my bed. 

The quality is very impressive for the cost and the assembly was easy as well!

I love the design it casts on the ceiling. It is by far the prettiest part of my room now. 

This fixture came with more of the crystal pieces to hang from the bottom but we liked it better without them. I will save those beauties for another project. They are really large...around 5 inches long. 

I am in love!

Here it is unlit. Not the best quality photo but it is just as pretty.
If you are in the market for new lighting, I would highly recommend Parrot Uncle, just click on their name. They have something for everyone!

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my most recent project. I really hope to get to work on our bathroom & bedroom soon. Hope your week is going great! Mine is flying by...two more days until the weekend. 

Take care and until next time.....