Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tarnished Silver Mantlescape

Kinda antsy this morning. Big storms are supposed to roll into Houston soon and I keep going to the window to see what's brewing. A tornado actually touched down in Kingwood last week and I was minutes away from escaping it. It was only an F zero mind you, but it was scary and exciting nontheless. My best friend, visiting me from New Hampshire, and I were having lunch at the La Madelaine in Kingwood. The sky was black, rainy and flashing with lightning but tornadoes are a spring thing (so I thought) and didn't even enter my radar, so to speak.

No sooner had we gotten into the car, my husband calls and says "There's a tornado in Kingwood...but you girls are at home right?". Uh...negative ghostrider. HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

Of course I worked my best friend into a frenzy by being a little overly dramatic as we raced home. :) Sooo...long story short, they are saying there's a possibility for tornadoes today and that's all I can seem to think about.

Since my mantle is near the window facing the storms I couldn't help but do a little rearranging with my new tarnished silver items.

This is my wedding shower bouquet made with ribbon from my shower gifts by my cousin. I've always loved it...

That's all I've got for now. I'm gonna try to do some painting after lunch (ie...toddler naptime). If I get blown over the rainbow to munchkinland this afternoon tell my mama I love her...haha.


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Thrifty Finds #5

As you gals know, I hit up my favorite local thrift store every Monday morning. There was a line of people waiting for the doors to open!

Today I was in a "tarnished silver" sort of mood. Each of these was $1. The tray is so cute, and pretty heavy.

I'm thinking arrangements of glittery ball ornaments, nut bowls at xmas parties, maybe even plant some paper white bulbs in them right now...LOVE paperwhites.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

HOUSE TOUR Part I...Loads of PICS!!!

My parents have a beautiful house. My mother, a floral designer and professional artist, shares my love for all things crusty and farmhouse. She's my best shopping buddy! We'll gladly skip the mall to rumage through an architectual scrapyard anyday.

My Dad is a computer savvy, semi-professional photographer. I say semi because he only does it as a hobby but he's good enough to go pro! He is also a retired naval officer. You will notice his "vintage submarine" themed office in some of the pictures shown.

Here is the dining room. Recently updated with brick pavers and a sliding barn door my parents made by hand.

And the kitchen...

The entry...

The master bedroom...


Dad's office...

Phew, that was a lot of pics. But there are many more to come! Stay tuned for part II which will feature the living room and outside of the house (barn and garden house included) which is just as beautiful as the inside!
If you want to direct any comments to my parents go ahead, they will be reading what you have to say.

Thank you Mom and Dad for allowing me to share your gorgeous home. I love you!


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Easy Burlap Knot Wreath

I ventured into a new thrift store about a week ago and found a stack of 6 crafting wreaths for 50 cents each. I snatched them all up, not knowing what I would do with them.

I decided to try the "As seen all over blogland" burlap knot wreath this morning. So easy, and I think it turned out great! Especially when layered over a mirror or chalkboard, or draped over a curtain rod or headboard.

I started by cutting strips of burlap about 8-10 inches long and 1-2 inches wide. I didn't measure, I think the irregularity adds to the design.

Then just tie the burlap strip around the wreath, making sure to cover the the wreath well by putting each strip partially over the last. Pretty straight forward.

When finished hang with some ribbon. So easy and no sewing involved!


I just did one with fabric. It needs a bauble hanging in the middle I think...any suggestions? It screams little girls room to me.

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