Monday, September 24, 2012

A Mom's Bittersweet Football Story - 2

I first published this post last fall but felt it that with football season underway, it might be helpful to a mom or two that are on the fence about their little guys playing the game.

Remember the rewards of playing the game are not always reflected on the scoreboard. 

Read the whole tearful tale here!

Almost Memories

I am such a summer person.   I can live with the heat and humidity since warm weather allows me to play outside as much as I want.  Waking up this morning to temps in the upper 30's was a bit shocking....I mean we have only been in fall for 2 days!  So, since you can't fight the universe, this week I am going to give up the fight and change everything over to fall.
Before I do that I thought I would share a few pics from my garden.  

I fell hard for Gerbera daisies this them :)

This painted bucket is beside my pond and features a dracaena spikes, a gerbera daisy and calibrochoa that just won't quit!

This is my newest garden pretty....a wheelbarrow.  The plan was for it to be a part of the landscaping around Mini's house but I keep finding other places to use it.  Maybe eventually it will get there.  Recently it has been in our back landscaping with a pot of calibrochoa in hot pink and sweet potato vine.

Also beside my pond the metal garden urns I received for mothers day last year.  Beside one of the urns, a pot of verbena and melampodium.

Lastly, the tool caddy I made and blogged about here. It is filled with impatients.

I think I am ready to make these guys memories now and bring in some new talent for the cool weather.  Thanks for taking a walk through my Almost Memories. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Touch of Fall Tablescape

Have you taken the plunge and gone full on fall around your home?  I was all ready to do just that last week before my good buddy Tammy met me here to go shopping.  She had not been in the house for a while and naturally wanted to check it all out.  (Don't worry she knows I'm just picking at her)  Of course she wanted to check things out, her house is freakin perfect!

I have been spending ALL my time in the yard this summer and had let the house go.  Sure, I picked up daily but I hadn't deep cleaned.  As she wandered around she noted,  "you have a lot of stuff", okay what she actually said was "you have a lot of stuff and you have lots of places to put it (i.e. space above cabinets, etc.) and I don't have that.  Of course all I heard was the lots of stuff part. What the heck?  A lot of stuff?  Well, okay I did seem to have one or more unfinished projects in every room but a lot of stuff?  Truthfully, she has a more sleek, modern look going at her house so my knick knacks everywhere probably unnerved her!   We headed out to shop Old Time Pottery (love that place!) but I was preoccupied with cleaning (dang Tammy, she stole my happy).

I was able to focus long enough to spend some money.  I purchased a cute table runner for $2.50 and napkin rings for $.69! I thought the runner might work with some of my Fiesta for a late summer tablescape.

Yesterday, after cleaning and tossing and organizing for 5 days I finally allowed myself to play a little I put together this tablescape.   I call it A Touch of Fall and it is what will will use daily for the next couple of weeks.  I guess I wasn't quite ready to go all in for fall yet!  It is a great mix of some warm fall colors and some cool late summer shades.  Let me give you a wee tour.

I purchased these candle holders back last winter when I also acquired Consuela I blogged about it months later, I still love the crackly, rusty look!

I am always happy to find new things to use my Fiesta with. The table features Paprika (I think this is my favorite) and Ivory. 

I am happy I went the $2.50 and purchased the runner! 


Love the vintage amber glasses.  My mother picked these up for me last spring.

I wish I had the ability to offer smell a blog for you, these candles are incredible!  I purchased them last week at Kohl's (don't you just love some Kohl's?).  One is almost the color the Paprika Fiesta and is Ginger Pumpkin.  The other is Caramel Pecan.  I can't believe how they scent my whole kitchen without being lit.  In fact, I sometimes wake up wondering what is cooking!

As you can see the floral arrangement has Just a Touch of fall with a couple of small gourds and some berries.

I think we will enjoy easing into fall around this table.  Thanks for stopping in for the tour.  Have a great weekend!  I am linking with

Monday, September 10, 2012

Frugal, Fun, Fabulous!

For a while now I have been on the hunt for what I call a "pocket" to use on my front door. I have seem some really unique ones, wicker, metal, grapevine in many shapes.
My front door is a beautiful door but with the glass oval I am limited to what will fit.  I have hung wreaths from above but I just don't love the way it looks so I figured a "pocket" would be perfect. 
 When my friend Tammy and I went junkin a couple of weeks ago I was thrilled to find one that I could up do.  It was going to need some paint for sure, I could not handle the brass and there was a dent, but for $1.99 I figured I would give it a try.

I grabbed my trusty ORB spray and went at it.  After it was dry I rubbed on some copper accents and then stenciled a bit. 

I added a couple of floral picks and ta da.....
I think I love it on my door!

The colors are great with the wood.

I love the colors and texture of the florals.
The stenciling is subtle enough to be the little ump it needed.

There is a bonus to this Frugal, Fun, Fabulous has really gotten me excited about fall and inspired several other projects...that is a bonus, right?
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