Friday, September 30, 2011

Thank You (and need your advice)....

Woo Hoo...today we reached 300 followers! Signed on this morning and there you were...all 300! We are so excited to have each of you following along with us, especially since sometimes I feel I let you down. Thank you for hanging in there with us! As soon as I yelled upstairs to Tony the great news....his words were, "lets plan a give away"  I have an idea....and so does he...so we'll try to marry the two together!!

And since I have your attention, I thought I would ask for your advice. You have helped me in the past...and we love your help. Our kitchen, family room, stairs, and hall need repainted! Which means we need to choose a paint color. Making this decision is not one of my strong qualities. So, here I sit with two paint swatches taped to the wall. Scared to actually pick one.

Realist Beige (pink undertones) or Popular Gray (gray undertones).....


I did ask Blue for his help....but I think I have talked his ear off too much about it....
(in case you were wondering why the blanket chest is up against the sofa...it was to keep him off the sofa...guess that doesn't work!)


So...give it to me...
what do you think?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A new collection...

What do you collect? This was a question asked of Tony and I when we toured an antique dealer's home. We found ourselves having a difficult time answering this question. He noticed our hesitation and proceed to tell us everyone collects something....most of the time we do not realize we are collecting. He said it is the item you see in the store and you tell yourself you don't need another _______!  As soon as he shared this advice, we started to think of items we collect.

Which leads me to my newest obsession collection. When I was little, I remember my mom always working on a needlepoint project. I have completed some small needlepoint projects, but nothing large scale. Lately I have been noticing them at thrift stores. When I see them it evokes sadness and I feel a need to rescue them. Someone spent a lot of time to complete this beautiful work of art.....and my collection began.

Here are some of my recent finds.....

The flower needlepoint picture in the center was found at the thrift store for $5.00.

Can you believe this large needlepoint was only $18.00 at my favorite
antique store!

The small cross-stitch flower print was $4.00 at the thrift store
and the cross-stitch ballet picture my mom made me when I was in ballet.

My goal is to continue with needlepoint pictures up the wall....
(new paint will be added to the walls this weekend....hopefully)

This is my newest find...$6.00 from my favorite antique store!

A cross-stitch I made for our first house....

There is my newest collection!
It is so much fun to hunt for these
treasures when thrift shopping!

How about you...what do you love to collect?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Up up and away....

If you remember back in May, Lil Tony got a rocket for his birthday from his Grandparents. He loves this rocket....actually I don't know who loves it more...Lil Tony or Big Tony. The boys took a recent trip to the hobby store to buy new engines....the rocket should sore a 950 ft high!

This weekend we took a trip to the a local park to launch the beloved rocket. They were fearful to launch it at our house because it might go into the woods and they would not want to loss the rocket in the trees.

No need to narrate this story....the pictures will tell all.....



Yes....stuck in a tree (30 feet high)

Sliding board races while dad ran home for a ladder....

Plan A:




 Plan B:

Plan C:



The End

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Indoor smores...

The weather is changing...warm days...cool nights. In the evening I  usually grab my sweatshirt and sit outside; enjoying being caught in the middle of the changing of seasons. This is also our favorite time to light a fire in the fire pit and roast some marshmallow's....of course for smores!

Rain has slowed our marshmallow roasting down, so we opted for a Sara Lee recipe for some indoor smores!

We broke out the pannie grill...cut a few slices of Sara Lee pound cake and topped with a marshmallows.

Topped with chocolate chips....

Topped with one more piece of pound cake....

Closed the grill....

Yum......
Melted marshmallow and chocolate...
messier the better....
Oh...how we love them!

Joining Alison at Stuff and Nonsense
for Friday's Unfolded!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fall Window Boxes....

This weekend we were excited to find a farm which sells beautiful mums.....


 And fresh brown eggs.....

After buying the mums we went to the local grocery store for white pumpkins.....
My original plan was to recreate the inspirational photo of the window boxes with the white pumpkins. The problem arose when we felt how heavy white pumpkins are.  I was worried the window boxes might become too heavy. So, I decided to improvise.

In a week or two the mums will fill the boxes in beautifully.  When planting the window boxes I become impatient....I want instant boxes filled with blooms. Tony is always saying....think long term...they will grow!
I am thinking of adding a few little pumpkins to the ends of the boxes....any thoughts?






Happy Autumn!!

Have you tackled any fall decorating?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday inspiration....

Yesterday was a beautiful day, the kind of day where the sun is shining and filled with the cool fall air. The other wonderful part of yesterday was the discovery of a farm house around the corner that sells fresh brown eggs and mums! Today I am taking the kids to help me pick out some mums for the window boxes and of course buying some brown eggs!

Before we travel to the farm house, I needed some inspiration for the window boxes.....here are some of my favorites (all photo's are from My Home Ideas)

I love the colors in this picture....

And the use of lettuce in the flower boxes....


This might be my favorite...
love the white pumpkins!

There were so many ideas with the use of kale...
Do you use kale for decoration?

So many ideas....
I'll let you know how we make out today!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blue....The digging-est dog ever...

Blue...if you could only hear the tone of my voice (softness) as I say his name and then I take a large sigh....


A dog with character...is how my SIL, Shari, describes him. I am sure my nephew has a few different choice words to describe him. Michael did get to love him for one whole week....our lovely, sweet, dear.....Blue (who ate Michael's brand new shoes)!


Wait...does he smell something...this nose works overtime!


No, maybe I felt a vibration in the ground....


Yes...right here...


Maybe if I dig fast enough mom and dad won't catch me this time....


Hurry, I can almost fit my whole head in the hole...


Aww...they caught me...


Maybe if I don't look at them and they won't notice me...maybe I'll just go inside and lay down....


And play with Barbie....

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