Friday, October 29, 2010

Carving Pumpkins

Or should I say, punkins like my hubby says. ;)

My sister and daughters boyfriend got with us all last night and we all carved some punkins.

You can tell just how serious we are about carving pumpkins because of the faces we are making as we carve. ;)


This is my sister carving hers.


Then I HAD to show the one I took after the one above with her grinning from ear to ear.


Then the hubby and Cindy carving theirs. Caught Cindy with her eyes closed on this one.


This is some serious business.


Then her boyfriend Waylon, drawing some art on her Halloween CD cases.


Then the group picture. Notice the windows are open. I had the AC set on 70 and Cindy was hot. ;)


Here’s mine below. I just noticed I didn’t get any of the pix of the others after they got finished. We went outside to take pix and we smelled smoke and we’re under a burn ban so that got me side tracked. Turns out the fire was at his brothers house next door to us. Fire trucks got it put out before it caused any serious threats to any of us.


I think my daughter got some pix of the other pumpkins and I will share those later.

Edited to add: OK I got some pix of the others punkins. ;)

My sisters scarecrow pumpkin.

Elaines Scarecrow

Cindys witch…

Cindys witch

We even baked us a cake for the occasion.

da halloween cake


Waylon carved one but his was a daytime pumpkin and wouldn’t show up at night.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall and Thanksgiving Decorating


I am still working on my table. I want to use these dishes so I am trying to work in some of this color into it. I don’t know IF I will be able to make it work but I am trying! ;) This green color (in the plates) is really hard to find in candles and napkins or napkin rings etc.




I thought about using the green candle in the centerpiece. My plans were to use those brownish napkins stacked up on the other side as well. I’m still playing with it as you can see.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My Retreat on Our Front Porch

I got another idea and I have no idea how long it will take me to get this one done. Hopefully NOT as long as it has our bedroom!

First off, we live pretty far off the main road so this will be nice and private! We never use our front porch. No one ever sits out there except for me and that’s not very often. I have wanted to close it in with glass windows but that doesn’t seem like an option with my hubby. It’s just wasted space and I can’t stand that.

SOOO with that said, I have decided I need a space that is feminine and just for me! I am going to decorate it with pink rose fabrics, really shabby chic but with no chipping paint.  Hoping to find some sheets or whatever at the thrift store to use for this project. I’ve been seeing lots like I am referring to. In fact just yesterday I saw a pillow sham that was white background with small pastel pink roses in it. It was quilted and I didn’t even think to get it. :( It wouldn’t have been but .25 or .50 for the thing. ughhhh

I know I have a couple things I can get started with but I want to get all the wood cleaned and painted. It is all in really bad need of cleaning. As you can see DH’s exercise bike thingie is out here but I will be moving that to the back patio so this will be MY space! ALL MINE! ;)

I also don’t want the swing on here.


I want a hanging bed so I can lay on it and read and just take a nap if I want to. I’d put the bed in front of the windows about where the swing is but the opposite way so it wont get wet or I wont get wet when it’s raining and I’m out there. ;)

I don’t have any shutters on the front porch because I took them down. I  got tired of being stung by wasps!! That’s ALL the shutters are fit for down south, wasps nest areas. lol

A friend of mine gave me the little metal tables. I want to get glass cut for them or put a top on them and use ceramic tiles.

Ignore all the cushions turned up like this. If I don’t do this the cats will sleep on them and I don’t like to sit where they’ve been. So when I do sit out here I turn them back up to keep them off the cushions.


This is a view from the opposite end of the porch. As you can see it’s a really nice size area. I want the hanging bed on the end where the swing is and then on the end where DH’s bike is, I want a small table with 3 chairs I think. Oh by the way, the bike only gets used about once ever 6 months so I’m sure it would be ok to relocate it. :)

I’ve got several beige almost sheer curtain panels I can hang up around the outsides of the porch to soften it up some as well.

I’d LOVE to have some ideas on how to dress it up with accessories. In the pic below I wanted to show how wide the areas are between the windows. I have some metal things like sconces, and a metal planter. I also have several mirrors as well. The areas between the windows and door is 34” and 29” wide. I have a plastic framed mirror that is narrow and long that I think would be neat in between the windows on one end. I’ll need to paint it to match. I think a pastel pink would be neat. With the huge oak out front you wont be able to see it from the road anyway.


The house faces the west by the way.

As you can see I have a wicker lamp that I’m going to paint to match everything. Not sure exactly what color yet though.

I’d like to at least screen the porch in to keep the cats out so I can keep it clean. I figured I would put a piece of clear plastic over the bed when I’m not using it so they can’t get on it. Don’t think they will like the plastic.

I really need to start looking at porch pix online and also I have a few porch books I can get some inspiration from as well.

This should really be fun because I can fix it up just for me and not have to worry about getting too feminine. :) weeeeeeeeeeee

Stay tuned…………. and if ya got some ideas I’d love to hear them.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall and Thanksgiving Decorating

I used to never decorate my table for Thanksgiving and I never decorated at fall time either. That is until the ladies at the Country Sampler forum got me started. :) Thanx ladies, I didn’t know what I was missing!!!


Wanted to show you what I have got done so far. This is just a start. Trying to figure out what to use to make some maple leaves for my napkin rings with. I saw some and the stuff they made them out of looked like really thin plastic. They used a maple leaf to cut the design with. It was fall colors and it was just too neat! I wanted something that would hold up to the attic heat because I always store my things up there. Anyway here are my pix so far.

This is a pottery plate I found for .25 at my favorite thrift store and it has a place for 5 candles sticking up off the plate. I bought it with fall and Thanksgiving in mind. I should have taken a pic of the plate before I filled it with my things. The roll of ribbon out beside it, I made a bow out of it to put in there with the pumpkins and leaves.


Got the idea for sitting the little pumpkins on the candle holders from Cindy over at My Romantic Home. Only thing her pumpkin candle was MUCH neater than mine because hers was SHINY! ;)

I’ve got to get my table cloth and napkins out and fix the table. I have a set of dishes my wonderful Aunt Nellie gave me a couple years back that I want to use with my arrangement. I sure HOPE it works because I’m not good at matching colors and I so want to use THIS set of dishes with this!!!


I’m trying to decide IF I want to leave the little basket on there and just where it needs to sit.


I found the little basket awhile back, again at my favorite thrift store and it wasn’t but .50. It’s shiny to! :) Although you can’t tell in this pic. :(


That was a little piece of Styrofoam on the side of it that I didn’t see until I was loading the pic on here.

Stay tuned for more…….. and I’d sure like to see your fall and Thanksgiving decorations to.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Garage Sales

My sis and I decided to go to some garage sales today. We haven’t gotten to do it at all this summer yet so we took the day to enjoy it.

I wanted to share some of the things I found with you. I found several neat things, but I think my favorite is this magnolia tea set. The lady let me have it for $3. I LOVE this tea set!



And as ya know magnolia is our state flower, here in Mississippi. :)


and these really large candles for $1 each. They’re usually over $5 each.


and two large pieces of toile fabric, $1 ea.


and this nice large vase for .25.


and last but not least some pretty shiny jewelry, at $1 ea. ;) Love this broach and the ear rings are a pretty deep purple and the other smaller pair are like a smoky amethyst.


I also found a dirty clothes hamper that is made of wood and cloth that I plan on redoing and a small CD/cassette/radio jam box. Oh and also a Fisher Price music box for a babies crib that plays music and it was a whopping .25.

That’s all I can think of now.

P.S. did I say I love the tea set? wink wink