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Happy Fall Y’all Banner

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in banner, fall, front porch, outdoors | 5 comments

Another crazy beautiful day here in Tennessee.

Another day that felt exactly like what you think fall should feel like.

Today I am going to share how to make the fall banner that my scarecrow is sporting.

This is super quick and easy.

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Chevron Painted Stool

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in banner, chalk paint, paint, painted furniture | 36 comments

Can I just start by saying how much fun I am having with this blog?!
You ladies (and I am sure gentlemen – at least my husband is reading) are such encouragers!

I LOVE to read all of your comments!

I try my best to respond to everyone with an email.

One of the best things about this blog is getting to know other like-minded decorating sorts!

The talent out there is just amazing, and I can always learn SO MUCH from all of you!

All you folks who follow this blog – A HUGE THANK YOU!!!

If I knew how to make the font bigger, I would!  You will just have to know that all of those exclamation points mean that I am shouting that from my rooftop!!!

(I am still in need of learning some basics!)

Hopefully, you are going to be seeing some great changes to the blog.

A little more streamlined.

A little more user-friendly.

I am getting some professional help.

If I can’t even figure out how to make this font bigger, I sure can’t figure out how to make the changes that need to be made for this blog!

If you have any suggestions on ways that I can improve things – PLEASE let me know!

I want this blog to be the best that it can be!

On to the project.

I have a dear friend who is the Room Mom for her son’s 3rd grade class.

Their fall fund-raiser is going to include auctioning off chairs and stools that each of the classes has created.

She was given her stool and her theme “Mix and Match Funky.”

She knew that I had been painting some furniture and she needed a bit of help.

I got the stool from her, and this is what I came up with.

I hope that it fits the theme!

And, makes LOTS of money!

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Framed Banner

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in banner, burlap, yard sale | 36 comments

I am a sucker for an old frame!

I mean the really old kind: real wood, plaster, chippy. . .

I remember when I was in college, I saw a pile of trash out by the side of the road, and I dug through and rescued 2 really old frames.

That was before “junking” was even cool.

(It is cool, isn’t it?)

Somehow they have been lost through the years.

I wish I still had them. . . I have a couple of projects I would do with them!

Today’s project is very simple.

I have a hard time keeping things simple.

I tend to keep on adding and embellishing.

But, I made myself keep this simple, and I like the way it turned out.

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Backyard Ideas

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in art, backyard, banner | 100 comments

Backyard Ideas

Not only is the inside of my house a constant work in progress.   The same thing goes for my backyard.

We have recently graduated from “Little Tikes” decor and swing sets to a fire pit and entertaining space.

I miss the fact that my children are not toddlers anymore, but I am not sad about the giant plastic sandboxes and climbing apparatus in neon colors no longer being part of my backyard decor!

But when we moved them out…I was looking for backyard ideas on a budget!

Here are a few Backyard Ideas that you might be able to use yourself!

Simple Backyard Ideas

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“Welcome” Banner and Another Yard Sale Find

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in backyard, banner, outdoors, sewing, yard sale | 11 comments

This year, we have talked a little more with our girls about what Memorial Day is.  It is truly an overwhelming thought.  Men and women who choose to protect our nation.  Knowing the danger, knowing the risks, but loving our great country enough to put their lives on the line.  We can NEVER forget the cost of our freedom!

We did what a lot of families did.  We invited some friends for dinner and cooked out.

It was very hot here in Murfreesboro, but we had a great time!

I wanted to create a “cute” entrance to our backyard.

Here is what I came up with.

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Madeline’s 13th Party!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in banner, birthday | 17 comments

I had the honor of decorating for Madeline’s 13th birthday brunch.

Here are the pictures:

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