Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Little More Valentine's Day Stuff

Here's a little more Valentine's Day stuff I have around. I left my Christmas tree in my foyer and added red lights and heart ornaments to it. There are some red lights amongst the white ones, but it's hard to see them in the picture. I got the little mailboxes at Michaels. I informed my husband we were to write each other sweet notes and put them in the mailboxes. I was so happy the other day when I found my mailbox on my desk with the flag up and a note inside. We are going to do this through the end of February - at least that's my intention! I can't wait to do this with my son when he is older! On a not so happy note, we found out today one of my dogs, Zoe, has really bad hip dysplasia and will require surgery on both hips to the tune of about $2000. There goes the next home improvement project! Oh well, that's all part of having pets and children. They cost money and are well worth it!!! Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Little Decorating Here and There

I have done a little decorating here and there around the house the past few days. Nothing exciting, but I had to post something! I changed out what I had on top of my green pie safe in my kitchen. The lamp has an animal print shade on it and I thought it might be kinda cute for something a little different. I really like a lamp up high on a piece of furniture. I love it lit up at night. I added these fake potted herbs on either side of my HOME sign in my kitchen window above my sink. I have had these a long time and always liked them, but now I LOVE them with the addition of the polka dot ribbon. Aren't they just adorable? I love easy little fixes like adding ribbon to something to dress it up. I added a T to the magnet board in my laundry room and put some grass in an urn and put it in my dining room. One of my most favorite things to do is just play house and rearrange accessories. So much fun!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another Look for My Mantel

Most of you liked the star I showed yesterday and some of you gave great suggestions. I took the window, star, and white plates down and put my old, faithful bunny picture that I've had for close to 10 years back up there to see if I liked it better than the star. I also added 2 toile plates out of my dining room. I still want opinions. Y'all have such great taste and I like to hear what others think, as long as you're nice about it and of course all of you always are! Is this more me? I know it's really symmetrical, but I have trouble doing anything but the same on each side.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My New Star

I bought this animal print looking star from Hobby Lobby on Sat. and am trying to decide if I love it or not. I love it, but I'm not sure if I love it hanging on this window on my mantel. I am going to do what I want of course, but I still like to hear your opinions. Ignore the rest of the stuff because I'm just getting started on it. I know there needs to be some sort of softness up there, like some greenery or something. Remember I love French country, but I also think some animal print thrown in is cool. The shades on the lamps are a red and white/cream toile. Tell me what you think.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Some Valentine's Day Decorating

Here is some of the Valentine's Day decorating I did this weekend. Of course I love all the red stuff since that is the predominant color I use in my house. I think red is just a happy color and makes things look warm and cozy!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Two Great Books

I want to share two books I have that I think are just awesome. I bought them from Michaels over a year ago and have never done anything with them. They contain hundreds of vintage images such as postcards, borders, frames, letters, and labels. You can copy the images from the book or use the CD it comes with and do it on your computer. I randomly picked some pages to show you some of the pictures in the book. I am telling you they are gorgeous! I am planning to pick out the "lovey" and "Valentiney" looking stuff and do some simple V. Day projects. Hopefully I'll have something to show before the week is over!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Random Stuff Around the House

Here are some random things I have done around my house the past few days. I am finally getting back in the creative and decorating mood since Christmas is now gone and a new year has begun. I am ready to be inspired!

I put some moss and pears in a new apothecary jar I bought at T.J. Maxx and it sits my kitchen table. LOVE apothecary jars!!!

I bought this HOME piece at Ross and put it in my kitchen sink window.

I hung this platter on my planter chair by my back door and love how I can write different things on it. I wrote on it with a Sharpie and can clean it off with fingernail polish remover.

I hung this rooster tray over my stove. Click here to see the redo if you haven't seen it already.

I absolutely LOVE the different magazines Better Homes and Gardens puts out. My favorite is Creative Home and I just bought the Spring edition. I can't wait to plop down in my chair with some coffee and read it which is what I am going to do as soon as I'm finished with this post.

Have a great Monday everybody!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

An Easy Initial Project

I did this very quick and easy project yesterday afternoon and love how it turned out. This picture was hanging in my guest bedroom/office. Nothing wrong with it, just wanted to do something with an A I bought a while back at Hobby Lobby. All I did was take the print and glass out of the frame and taped wrapping paper to the cardboard insert. I spray painted the letter black (it was gold) and hung them both on the wall. By the way, that is the same wall in both pictures. It is so crazy how it can look like a totally different color. I was thinking of distressing the letter or painting some small white polka dots on it. What do you think? I have some black and white plates I am probably going to hang on each side. I'll probably do that this afternoon and show you tomorrow. It feels good to do a project 'cause it seems I haven't done much lately besides decorate for Christmas and then take it down. Ya know?!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Redecorating After Christmas

I am about done putting away all my Christmas stuff and am so relieved! Well, the stuff is up in the attic, but it is in no way neat and organized in boxes yet. But, at least it is where I don't have to look at it and can worry about it later. I haven't started any new projects yet, although I have a very long list of ones I want to accomplish this year! I am just putting back out my accessories I took down during Christmas and rearranging some things. I just love shopping my house and looking for new ways to use things I've had for a long time. It makes it seem like I have new stuff, but I haven't spent any money!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Friday Favorites

My favorite things I got for Christmas are a large apothecary jar filled with apples and 3 Nell Hill books by Mary Carol Garrity. I have been wanting these books for awhile and always look at them when I go in the bookstore. She has great ideas about accessorizing and setting up vignettes. I am going to try to incorporate her ideas in my home and rearrange some things to look better. I am in the process of taking down my Christmas stuff so it's pretty messy around my house. It's hard to remember how I had things before. I have been dreading taking it down, but it's fun to get things cleaned off and back in order. Hope y'all have a great weekend!