Monday, April 30, 2012

Rain, Rain & More Rain

We have had terrible weather the last few days....
                   tornado watches, hail, flooding and green skies!

All I can think about is.........

And of course!!!!!!

No words needed...........You get the idea!

Have a great day no matter what the weather is doing outside!

Blessings My Friends,

Friday, April 27, 2012

Goodwill Hunting

I just had to share my finds with you today!
 I have been so disappointed in the Illinois Goodwill. I have been there many times and  I never seem to find anything.
Well, I love what I bought today.

Do you know the maker? I think it is so pretty!

I know this one is Mikasa Peppermint Clear

 I think they are also Mikasa Peppermint votives. Every other swirl is frosted. So I am not sure.

 Ladies, I have one more thing to show you...I bought it for a particular reason.
 See if you can tell!!!!

If you said, "The Feathers" you are right! They are so pretty! I love feathers.

There are so many of them I am going to turn this into a gorgeous creation!
Stay tuned for my next reveal......

Thank you for stopping by...
I haven't been joining any parties because I keep forgetting and I am behind........
so much to do and so little time!

I think is going to be my story from now on!!!! lol
Blessings My Friend,

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Beautiful Lady

Just thought I would show you my little hallway between my bedroom and a half bath.
 I bought everything second hand.
This little hallway makes my heart sing..........

I bought the chest first, at Consign & Design here in Illinois.

My husband and I went back to the consignment store and he bought me this lady lamp!
I love her!!!!!

The Victorian blue vase was a gift. I hate to put water in it so I just hang pearls.
The pitcher is from a Goodwill in Texas.

In Texas, the pitcher  sat on my armoir in our bedroom holding dried roses. The feather I bought for a dollar at Michael's.

I love this little corner of my world. I am so happy that I got to share it with you.
Thanks for stopping by....Please leave a keeps me going! lol

I have been painting again.....A reveal is coming!

Blessings My Friends,

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Earth Day.....

I think I missed it! I am so busy lately that things are just passing me by....

Earth Day was the inspiration for this table.......I was suppose to join a few parties.
I would have loved to set the table outside but we still have to put it together. lol

I used to different salad plates; a yellow one and a green one. The placemats are from Wally World! My favorite store.

I love this little crock I bought at the Dollar Store in Texas. I use it often for soups, stews, desserts and even ice cream! The color is just perfect for any season.

The dinner plate came from Old Time Pottery for 39 cents. A real bargain for me! I love bargains because I can't afford to be a dishaholic if it wasn't on sale!

I love this geen plate with the yellow pattern below.......You have seen it many times.

My fishing duck that my husband gave me years ago when we were first married. She is too cute!

I love this picture frame......I never put a picture in it because I love what is says.

My blue bird follows me everywhere!

You can never go wrong with greenery for a centerpiece.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you for stopping by and please leave a comment! I look forward to hearing from you.

I am joining:
 Susan at Between Naps on the Porch

Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish

Blessings My Friends,

Monday, April 16, 2012

My Hidden Treasures in Illinois

I have been promising you  that I would show you where I am storing all my dishes in my new  Illinois house.
Well, today is your lucky day!
If you have been following me for awhile, you  know what a huge walk in closet I had in Texas for my dishes. I had two walk in closets plus the kitchen, living room, china closet and a buffet to store everything. Texas had lots of hiding places!

Here is a picture of one of my walk in's.

When I moved in to our new house in Illinois I wondered what would I do with my 17 dish packs! Yes, I did  say 17!
Not counting my everyday dishes.
I wish I had taken more before pictures.....but here it is.......BEFORE!
  I did add a bookcase to the right. It does have to be painted but at this point I just needed it in place. It is difficult to unpack and not have a place to put stuff. I had stuff all over on every inch of my counters for at least a month! lol

After a long wait......I am finally finished! Ya right! It looks good and is useful at this point in time............I know I will tweak it!

My husband added more wire shelving......
It took us so long because tools had to be unpacked to do the job. Plus we have so many things going on at the same time.

This is the orginal picture with food, the same one as above. The bookcase holds my black iron pans, crock pot, punch bowl and cake plates. I used a shoe rack to the left and put all my cupcake papers, sprinkles, cookie cutters, party toothpicks etc.

These are the two shelves we added on all the way around the whole top of the pantry!

They are my life savers! I have brought the big pans in the basement because I only use them for parties or when my family visits. It gave me more dish space.

I put the pans, dishes, platters and anything I use less often on the top. Eventually,  I would like to label all my dishes. I did put them by color or season. Christmas, Fall, Fourth of July and New Years on the very top shelf.

I put extra shelving on the wall to hold the smaller boxes next to the door.This is from my husband when he was in the hotel for three months! lol  We rarely eat too many things that come out of a box!  All my sugar, flour, Bisquick and Oatmeal are in large containers. I am a container freak...everything is in containers if it comes in a box. Once cookies are opened they go  in a container too!

My cherished possession in my pantry is my step stool by rubbermaid  I bought it at Lowe's. The best thing I ever bought!!!

Well that is my organized pantry!
I hope I inspired you to redo your pantry or just fix it a little.....

I will be joining:

Ceilo from House in Roses, Show for Off Your Cottage Monday

                            BeColorful for Motivated Monday

I hope you have a beautiful week! Please leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!

I will be very busy in the next month working on a big project. I hope you will bear with me. I am very excited to share my news with you!

Blessings My Friends,

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Welcome to my Unfinished Dining

I decided to just go ahead and set this weeks table in the dining unfinished dining room I may add!
This dining room has had furniture moved in and then out again. I just can't seem to get it together. My dining room in Texas was so big and I loved the color .
Here are two pictures in case you are new to my blog.

      This is my Illinois Dining Room
         It is beige and  smaller.
         It  needs help!

Why do always notice one leaning candle after I post the pictures????
In the corner, are picture boxes that need to be unpacked and hung.
 Any volunteers???  I didn't think so.....
You are looking directly into my entry. The front door is on the left. The sliding doors are a closet.

I bought these napkins at "Something Special" a thrift shop that helps battered women in Texas.

A side shot......
The yellow straw placemat  was bought at "Consignment & Design", a beautiful shop here in Illinois.
The glass blue charger was bought at "Something Special". The white pleated plates at Goodwill in Buffalo, NY. The yellow salad plate is from Marshall's in Texas and the cobalt blue bowl was a gift from my Mom years ago.

My blue bird of happiness was a gift from my daughter.

I thought this was a cool shot! Yes, that is cardboard still on the entry floor!

The glasses are etched.......the smaller wine glasses have grapes and leaves on them and the other have flowers. I use wine glasses for any thing I'm drinking. I think they are all so beautiful!
I mix and match too!

I hope you liked my hydrangea....they are from my front porch. I guess I can say they were they inspiration for this tablescape.
This tablescape was fun to create. Everything just fell into place!

Today I will be joining:

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Share Your Creations Thursdays at Kristen's Creations is in Dallas this week!

Sherry at No Minimalist Here for Open House Party on Thursdays is on Spring Break.

Have a great Easter week!

Blessings My Friends,

"We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works"
 (Ephesians 2:10)
When you get anxious about what to wear or your performance in life.....
Jesus tells us that our heavenly Father's opinion about us is all that  truly matters. If He approves of us, that is all we need. He gives us our identity and an our inner beauty. Look to Jesus for approval.
Be obedient to Him.  Don't worry about what others think!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy Birthday!!!

                                  Happy Birthday


                          My Sweet, Sweet



She was part of our family from the moment we got her......

This is the first picture of Chloe in Buffalo meeting our other dogs.
 We got Chloe from friends. She was nipping their children's playmates.

Chloe and Ceasar were Best Friends.
Ceasar passed last year on September 17, 2011.
She was very sad.........
She grieved a long time with us!

She looks so tiny here! Chloe is a Maltese. She weighs between 9-10 lbs. 

Chloe is where ever mom is......she has such a sweet way about her.

Daddy is painting the Family room in Buffalo and Chloe is resting.
Two Christmas's ago.

                              I love this munchkin to death! She is the bright spot of my day!

                         I am so happy to have her........Do you have a dog you love? They are so much apart of our families I wondered what I did before I had three dogs. What about you??

Blessings My Friends,