Linky, Linky, Linky

I have officially reached 100 followers with the combined numbers of Google followers and Linky followers!

That means I will be hosting a KISS (Keep It Simple Saturday) Linky party!!!

The first official one will be on Saturday, March 10. I will open it up on Friday night and it will run through Sunday night. This will give me time to come up with rules, a cute, little party button and actually read up on the Linky tool and how to use it.

You will be able to link up any simple tricks or tips you have concerning cleaning, home decorating, budgeting, crafting, organizing, recipes, etc. Also, any lifestyle changes you have made to simplify your life.

Next, Debra over at Common Ground is hosting a new link party entitled Monday Marketplace, open to anyone who buys or sells on Etsy or other online marketplace. How fun! Be sure and head over to link up your shop or your favorite online boutique.

And the last Linky news is a reminder that Google Friends Connect will be disappearing really soon for those who follow blogger blogs, but do not actually have one themselves. If you fall into that category, don’t despair! You can still follow and manage your favorite blogs through Linky Followers. Click on this link and follow the directions to set up your account. It is way easy. And if you haven’t yet started following via this tool, please do. You can find mine on the right sidebar.

Stay tuned for the update on the KISS party before March 10!


Relaxing Sunday Afternoon

This morning we attended our regular church service and then headed back home for lunch. We always like to continue our fellowship by going out to lunch with friends or having them over for a “potluck” style lunch. Today we pooled all of our leftovers and came up with a wonderful spread of ham, mac-n-cheese, grilled chicken and sausage, green salad, mixed fruit salad, sautéed spinach and quinoa. There were tortilla chips and salsa for snacking and some homemade sugar cookies for dessert.

Before and afterwards, the kiddos had some fun running around the yard, collecting “fossils”, building Legos and listening to the guys play a little on their guitars. One of our friends has offered to teach my husband how to play and the kids have already stated they want in on the action, also! Here’s a few shots of our lovely Sunday afternoon.






They’re jammin’!







More Bazaar Projects Revealed

Hey all, I thought it was about time to show you some more of the projects I’ve been working on for the Spring Fling Bazaar Fundraiser.

We had several tin pails donated that originally came from the Dollar General and had big Christmas stickers on them. After soaking the pails in TSP and scrubbing them to death, the stickers were removed and I had blank slates to work with. Here are the results.

One with a chalkboard label, buttons and burlap. Chalkboard paint applied with a shaped stencil does the trick.



A quartet of numbered pails ready for any kind of storage job. I simply stenciled a number on a piece of burlap and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the pail. The embellishments are all vintage lace, ribbon, buttons, jewelry pieces and a few other little doodads.






More chalkboard labeled pails.



I know this looks like a cigarette in this next picture, but I swear it’s only a piece of chalk.


Stenciled with ticking ruffle and chalkboard heart tag.


And finally, a pail just for STUFF.



Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Knick of Time Tuesday

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Tuesdays Treasures

Cedar Hill Ranch Cowgirl Up Party

Coastal Charm Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesday

Faded Charm White Wednesday

It’s Overflowing~Overflowing With Creativity

From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursday

No Minimalist Here Open House Party

The Vintage Farmhouse Creative Things Thursday

At the Picket Fence Inspiration Friday

Redoux What Have You Redone Friday

Too Much Time on My Hands Get Schooled Saturday


Almost Complete…

Remember when I posted about revamping my daughter’s room?

There were (and are) still a few more items that needed to be finished.

The tray I made for the dresser was cute, but was crying out for something to perk it up.


So I added these to make it pop out a little. Plus, they look fun!


Antlers painted red and wrapped in pearls. How Texified can one get?


Now, I have to be honest and admit I did not come up with this on my own. I was in a store in Llano that had some antlers painted hot pink, and both my daughter and I both declared those were what the tray needed.

I added some Bingo call numbers to the little dish for some more color.


And, Dad finally hung up the chandelier! Please excuse the odd bulbs. I bought the wrong kind and we had to improvise with what we had on hand.


The final touches will be some new blinds, paint touch up on the ceiling and some new closet doors. The ones we currently have a dark brown bi-fold. My husband is planning on installing some white, shutter top doors that he salvaged from a job.

There’s a good chance you’ll see this room at least once more in the future.

P.S. It appears I now have 100 followers!!! Time to get busy on that Linky thing.

Linking to:

It’s Overflowing-Overflowing With Creativity

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Tuesday’s Treasures

From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursday

No Minimalist Here Open House Party

The Vintage Farmhouse Creative Things Thursday

At the Picket Fence Inspiration Friday

Stuff and Nonsense Fridays Unfolded

Redoux What Have You Redone Friday

2805 Potpourri Friday

Funky Junk Interiors SNS

Too Much Time on My Hands Get Schooled Saturday

Under the Table and Dreaming Sunday Showcase Party


Thrifty Finds

I haven’t been out shopping much lately, mainly because I’m knee deep in projects for the bazaar and for my house, and I definitely don’t need to bring anything more in for my Etsy shop until I list all the stuff I have! But, I was able to sneak get out last Friday and today for a little while, and managed to find a couple of must haves.

These three wonderful items are my favorite treasures I came home with.

The black scale I found at The Attic here in Fredericksburg. Isn’t it just awesome!!! Now, I have two rusty, chippy, old kitchen scales. I’m pretty sure that counts as a collection.

The basket I found in the cold, drizzly rain at Trade Days. Braving the weather paid off. I haven’t decided yet if I’m keeping it or selling it.


Wanna see some more?



I love the raised rim of numbers around the scale face.



This window frame is already painted the perfect color for Connor’s room. I’m going to turn it into a bulletin board.



I did pick up a few other items, those will have to wait for another day. I just wanted to show you the bestest of the bunch!

Linking with:

Knick of Time Tuesdays

Cedar Hill Ranch Cowgirl Up Party

Coastal Charm Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesdays

Savvy City Farmer Thrift’n on a Thursday

Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday

French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday


Magnolia Pearl Fashion Imaginarium

Saturday night found me settled into an antique chair at Carol Hicks Bolton’s Antiquites, alongside a fabulous runway canopied with tattered burlap, dry branches and mason jar candle lights waiting for the show to start.


It was more than obvious that a lot of work went into creating this one of a kind fashion show. The creative combined efforts of Carol and Tim Bolton, Binky Morgan and Ron Anderson and the Magnolia Pearl team, headed by Robin Brown and John Gray, along with the assistance and support of many others, turned this evening into one to remember!

Me and my friend, Anne, from Fiona and Twig. She personally hung all those glass jars!


I’m just going to share a few photos I snapped to give y’all an idea of the awesome talent these people possess. Besides, there were tons of professional photographers hanging around, so you know you’ll see way better shots in print someday!

Sit back and enjoy….


Binky’s bike all dolled up.


Is this not the greatest thing? The dress is made of beeswax!


Amazing dress form made from anything and everything you could imagine.





She’s blowing bubbles through old spectacles with the glass removed. How clever!


Check out the stockings~gorgeous!

I was also privileged to meet Jo Packham, from Where Women Create magazine. She is such a warm and friendly lady.

Anne with Rose Hicks. Isn’t this a lovely picture of the two of them?


Be inspired!

Linking to:

Debbiedoo’s Newbie Party

Faded Charm White Wednesday


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