Friday, December 30, 2011

My Christmas gifts……


My darling husband gave me these

two pillows from

Restoration Hardware

for Christmas.


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A little closer look…..

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I added down pillow

inserts so they

would be super soft……

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He also gave my this gorgeous Orchid

which has been blooming ever

since! The pot it came in

was decorated for the holidays so I put it

in this one which is from Wisteria.

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I have had this candle holder for at least a year….

possibly even longer?!?! I originally purchased it because

I loved the shape…… but not the color.

I always planned on painting it but just never got around to it.

Finally a couple of days ago I decided it was time I

transformed it from the dark grey

color to something lighter.

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year….

may all your dreams

come true!!!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Naked house= changes!



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that the Christmas

decorations have been


down and packed away


next year the house


a little bare.

This of course means re-arranging


tweaking vignettes


is a necessity in a decorholics


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 I recently bought


of these

old chippy

corbels salvaged from a

house in New York.

The seller had a unique way of


them and describing

the color in the listing.

When they arrived they were

certainly not the size I

had expected and they were



ugly tan color.

At first I was going to



in another room but

the color wasn’t really

going to work in that room either….

or any room of the house for that matter.

I really debated what to do

and finally decided to just

paint them. *gasp*

Yes, I know all you purists

are probably thinking

I am absolutely crazy!

I mixed together a concoction

of what I refer to


dirty paint and painted

the new color on with a detail

paint brush.

It took a little time

but in the end they were just as



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The crackled


chippy paint is wonderful!

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I also like that some of the paint

and part of the corbel


missing all


two things that can only


achieved over time……..

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I added these little zinc sap

buckets to the


for a little variety of color



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Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas?!?!?


big plans for New Year’s Eve?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Stuck on you!


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Here is Mr. Handyman holding


after he picked him up he noticed

Teddy had something stuck to the bottom of his foot!

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Upon further inspection it was determined

it was a manufacturer sticker off

one of the dining room chairs.

Believe it or not it was really stuck on

and pulled some of his hair out when I removed it.

 I actually left a couple of tiny pieces

stuck to the pad of his paw because I was afraid

it would pull the skin off!

 He wasn’t phased in the least bit and

would have probably kept walking

around with it stuck to

the bottom of his foot………..

Silly dog!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas



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your family



Merry Christmas


a Happy New Year!!!!


Derek & Des,



Judy too!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas card display ideas……..



I’m sure by now the Christmas cards are piling up?!?

 The question is how do you display them in a way so that everyone can enjoy them?

 I came across these clever ideas on Pinterest and thought I would share them……..

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I absolutely love them hung inside this gold frame!

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This is my favorite idea and one I plan on using next year.

Since we are still in the middle of renovating the upstairs I wasn’t able to decorate our baluster this year.

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The Christmas shopping is finally all done.

Now it is on to the baking!

 Have a great week everyone!!!!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

All wrapped up…..


Are you ready?

 I still have lots of shopping left to do!

Time seems to have really slipped away from me this year…

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A little shine…

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A little greenery and twine…..

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Hope you are having a great week!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Paula Deen’s magical peanut butter cookies



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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet.

In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, 1 cup sugar replacement, the egg, and vanilla, and stir well with a spoon. Roll the dough into balls the size of walnuts. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. With a fork, dipped in sugar replacement to prevent sticking, press a crisscross design on each cookie. Bake for 12 minutes, remove from the oven, and sprinkle the cookies with some of the remaining sugar replacement. Cool slightly before removing from pan.


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These are so easy to make……. and insanely delicious!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The stockings are hung……..


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Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! May all your dreams and wishes come true…..


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Monday, December 5, 2011

Paper white progress…….


Can you believe how much they have grown in just a week?!?!?! Looks like we will have blooms very soon! I added a few mini silver ornaments yesterday to bling it up a little. A girl can never have too much bling you know……..

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Today was really overcast and dreary……and very cold! The sun peeked out for just a moment and I managed to snap this one.


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

A little sneak peek……



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Have the Christmas elves been busy at your house too? Can’t wait to see…….