Friday, February 27, 2009

Welcome, Come On In

I finally got to put my "Welcome" decal from Scribble It on my front door. I hope it says, "Welcome, come on in!"




Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Picture Re-Do....Again!

When I posted about these picture frames, several of you asked what I was going to do with the little one. I wasn't sure but I knew something would come to me. Well, on Sunday I decided to stick with the basics and frame something pretty and add ribbon to it. I also took pics of the step by steps instructions this time since I always forget that part.

STEP 1: Find an ugly picture that you can re-purpose. Usually from a thrift store.

STEP 2: Rip off the paper backing.

STEP 3: Pull out all of the staples with some pliers. (This is not hard!)



STEP 4: Keep the old cardboard backing and paint the frame.

STEP 5: Staple some coordinating ribbon to the back.

STEP 6: Probably the most important step. Decide what you are going to put in the frame. I could not decide if I wanted to go with Wendy's idea with the toile or use a picture of some old escutcheons from The Vintage Moth. I decided to figure out where I was going to hang it first so that I way I would know what would look best there.

STEP 7: The last step is to put the glass, new picture, and old cardboard backing back in. This is personal preference but I tape it all back in with painters tape because it is easily removed. I'm sure I will want to change the picture out at some point.

Hang it up and you are finished! I also added a bow to my ribbon. I decided on the picture of the escutcheons because it tied into the white platters.

I found the top platter at a thrift store and I bought the bottom one at TJMaxx and More when I went to my friend's baby shower. She knows that when I go visit her that more than likely I will be wanting to go there. If any of you are lucky enough to have a TJMaxx and More in your town as opposed to a little 'ole TJMaxx then you know what I mean!


Also, she always takes me to The Kitchen Store and I found this perfect little sign. I love the quote and especially the little bird sitting on top.

Do you like antique white plates and platters? Even better, do you like them hanging on the wall? I mean, really, who doesn't? Go check out how my friend Mandi hung them over her bed. She did a guest post on Designer Girl's blog. Leave her lots of comment love because I really want her to start her own blog! :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

More Mistreating

I have always wanted to put some window treatments in the living room since this room is the first thing you see when you walk in. After my mantle post most of you suggested some window treatments and that was all the motivation I need to get going! I love having a project. Cody says I am constantly thinking of new things just so I have something to blog about.

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AFTER:
I found some ready made red silk panels at a local fabric store 1/2 off. They were only 96" long though so I had to add some fabric to the top. I had some silk fabric in my stash that tied everything together. I used the "new-sew mistreatment" tactic and just glued the fabrics together. One day I might add some trim where the two fabrics meet.

I think almost every window in my house has straight panels with clip rings on a rod so I wanted to do a little something different in here. I didn't really have a choice on the panel part but I saw these wall hooks at Hob Lob and thought those could work. They turned out to be the perfect size.

I'm so glad y'all gave me the extra little push to do these! They really warm up the space. Cody came home from work a couple of days after we hung them and said that he really liked them and was glad that "we" made them.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Song

Crown Him With Many Crowns
Matthew Bridges/Godfrey Thring

Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns All music but its own!
Awake, my soul and sing Of Him who died for Thee;
And hail Him as thy matchless King Through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love; Behold His hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above, In beauty glorified;
No angel in the sky Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends His wondering eye At mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of life, Who triumphed o'er the grave.
Who rose victorious to the strife, For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing, Who died and rose on high.
Who died eternal life to bring, And lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of heaven: One with the Father known,
One with the spirit Through Him given From yonder glorious throne.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail Throughout eternity.

Matthew Bridges, a Catholic, wrote this hymn based on Revelation 19:12. He called it, "The Song of the Seraphs." However, in 1874, Godfrey Thring who was a staunch Anglican, thought some of the verses were based a little too much on Catholic doctrine. He wrote six new verses so the hymn now has 12 verses that hymnal writers pick and choose from.
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Friday, February 20, 2009

More Organizing

After I organized my pantry, I decided to tackle two of our closets. This first one is in the guest room. I was getting a little embarrassed that there wasn't any room for our guests to hang clothes. My mom gave me this changing table to put in my closet and use as shelves. This is where I put a lot of my decorations that get rotated in the house.

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I moved some extra pictures and things to the attic and got about 2 boxes full of garage sale items. I hung one picture in there because I love it and couldn't send it to the attic just yet. :)
The next closet I did was in our office. This is where I keep most of my books and my scrapbooking and craft supplies. It was a little out of control.

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Now I can breathe! All my supplies are organized now and I can do little paper projects on top of the bookcase. I hope I have inspired you to organize something if you need to. It is so easy and does not take a lot of time at all. The results are worth it!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Baby Shower

A couple of weeks ago I got to go visit one of my best friends, Christina. We have been friends since 7th grade...about 14 years!! We have so many inside jokes, mostly from 7th grade, that we still talk about and we even use our "secret codes" whenever the situation calls for it! Her and her husband are expecting their 2nd baby boy soon, so some of her friends gave her a diaper shower.


The hostesses with Christina in the middle (in pink).

One of her sisters, her mom and Christina.

The beautiful milkglass punch bowl and cups.

We even got to use milkglass snack plates!

Look at the cute diaper cake and real cake that the girls made.

The party favors. They really went all out on the decorations and special touches.

A cute blanket her mom had monogrammed for new baby, Logan Jameson.

Back at the house, cute big brother Jay was eating lunch and hamming it up for the camera. He is such a great baby!
**In other exciting news, Zach is going to be a big brother! I'm going to be an aunt again!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Organizing the Pantry

I have been cleaning out and organizing anything I can get my hands on lately. I started with the pantry. These pictures will hopefully inspire you to clean out something you have been wanting to for a long time. It honestly took about 20 minutes. I just tossed out the trash and expired items and rearranged the items I wanted to keep. No special bins and pretty labels in here. I just used what I had.

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If you want to see how I made the chalkboard door then go here.
P.S. If you want to enter another giveaway then please go here!! It's a good one!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

And The Winner Is....

Kim from The Walker Family!!!





Congratulations!! Please email me (row35401@yahoo.com) so I can mail you the picture, cloche and nest. I'll get you in contact with Cammi from Scribble It so you can use your $20 gift certificate to her site!



Thank you so much for all of your comments! You really know how to make a girl feel special! I never imagined there would be that many entries. Thank you!!

Sunday Song

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
James M. Black

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks eternal bright and fair,
When the saints on earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder I'll be there.

On that bright and cloudless morning
when the dead in Christ shall rise,
And the glory of His resurrection share;
When the chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies,
And the roll is called up yonder I'll be there.

Let us labor for the Master from the dawn 'til
setting sun, Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care;
And when all of life is over
and our work on earth is done,
And the roll is called up yonder I'll be there.
This old hymn was written in 1893 by James M. Black. One day while calling roll for his youth meeting, one name did not answer. It was the daughter of an alcoholic. He said to himself, "O God, when my own name is called up yonder, may I be there to respond!" That night he sat at his piano and wrote this hymn.
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!
Love,
Shannon

Friday, February 13, 2009

200th Post and Giveaway

Today I am celebrating my 200th post! I never dreamed I would last this long! Ha! I have a habit of starting something and then kind of loosing interest but because of all of you and your sweet comments I have stuck with it! I love blogging! Ok, on to the giveaway. I am giving away an assortment of some of my favorite things. A birds nest, cloche and a wall hanging.

I know several of you are having a hard time finding a cloche so I thought I would help you out!


I stuck a piece of paper behind this so you can see the eggs but when it is hanging on your wall, your wall color shows through and the eggs show up nicely. There is also a ribbon attached on the back to hang it with. (The easel is not included)

Also, Cammi from Scribble It is adding a $20.00 gift certificate to her site!! How cool is that?! So one of you is going to get a nest, cloche, plaque and a gift certificate! Thank you, Cammi!
All of this is just to say "Thank You!" for my faithful readers! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner Sunday around noon (central time). Anonymous comments are welcome just be sure to leave an email address. If I do not have a way of contacting you I will have to pick someone else. :(

Remember how I said I would also have something free for everyone?! Thanks to Faith, I now have a blog button! I feel so official! If you want to add it to your sidebar then just copy the code and go! If anyone else wants a blog button I know she would be happy to make you one and she is very reasonably priced. I almost felt like I was stealing! And don't worry, you do not have to add the button to enter the giveaway. :) I hope you win!








Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Little Of This and That

I have been hitting the jackpot with giveaways lately! Look at this absolutely adorable frame that Brittany made me. She hand painted everything. I love it! Thank you!


I also won a giveaway over at Bella Casa. She was hosting an Etsy Giveaway Party and I won a gift certificate from Scribble It. They have the cutest things! I picked out this Welcome sticker.

(Picture from her site)

I also picked these cute little knobby knee birds. They greet me now when I walk in the door from the garage. They are in the laundry room. I think they are adorable but Cody is not so sure. He thinks I might be taking the whole bird thing to a new level.

I also got this tin sign.

I would definitely recommend checking out all of these great sites! Thanks ladies!
Be sure to check back soon because my 200th post is coming up and I am going to be hosting a giveaway! There will also be something free for everyone. Confused? Come back and see!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Thanks For The Help

Last week I asked you to help me with my mantle. You had the best ideas! Thank you so much for taking the time to put your two cents in. I really appreciate it! This is a reminder of what was on there before:

This is how I interpreted the majority of your ideas:

The consensus was that the topiaries were too small to stand on their own so they needed to be grouped together or not used. Also, there were too many hard angles so I needed something round to soften them. Stephanie (sorry, her link would not work) suggested I get a little extension cord that had a 90 degree plug. I had never heard of those but I found one at Target and it worked perfectly! You cannot even see the plug anymore.

Of course I added a little bird and bird nest.


I am very happy with it now. Thank you so much for all of your ideas! I really loved the idea of finding a round mirror or something round to hang beside the picture so I will be keeping my eye out for something. Until then, I can definitely live with this. Also, a lot of you suggested window treatments and I have been on the lookout for the perfect fabric since we moved in so hopefully I can find that soon too. :)