Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tablescape Thursday~Christmas 2010

I am joining Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. I have not participated in TT in many months. I was not planning on this week either, BUT I had taken a couple of pictures of my dining room table. So, here they are..... You have seen these Christmas plates before from last year. I used a piece of burlap as my layering piece, and I placed my sleigh and reindeers on top. I made the sleigh arrangement a few years ago.
The reindeer were purchased a The Dollar Store a few years ago. I placed a few evergreen picks, peppermint ornament balls and other ornaments throughout the arrangement.
Thanks for stopping by. I wish each and every one of you a peaceful, healthy Holiday Season! Merry Christmas to all!!!

Faculty Christmas Supper

We had our Faculty Christmas Supper at Shogun Restaurant. We had a blast. I have REALLY enjoyed working with this group of people. They have welcomed me with opened-arms and have been so helpful. This is me with Jen.
Ms. Holly, Nurse Shelia and her Mr. Hubby

Kelly, April, Lisa and Jen

Mr. Hubby and Kim

Susan, Suzanne's daughter and Suzanne

Anne Marie and Mr. Hubby

Debbie and Mr. Hubby

Annie, Krista, and Allison

Friday, November 26, 2010

Howdie! Strangers!!!!

Where in the world have I been the past 4 months or so.......WORKING!!! I have joined the "real world", and I got a teaching job after being home for 12 wonderful years! I have been sooo busy that blogging has been put on the back burner for a while. I still blog surf and check out what you guys are up too....BUT I usually don't leave a comment. Sorry! I am teaching 1st grade at a wonderful little school about 15 minutes from home. It has been hard not being at my son's school, but we are slowly but surely adjusting. :) I was hired two days BEFORE school started, so I had a lot of work to do getting my classroom ready. My best friend from grade school has been a blessing. She has helped me so much and has given me all of her teaching stuff (she is a librarian now).

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. I sure did. Out of school for a nice little break.....I am busy cleaning and decorating for Christmas. I will try to post more often. I miss keeping in touch with all of y'all.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Flowering Beauties

Mr. & Mrs. Cottontail say, "Welcome to our garden!" Please no picking or nibbling of the flowers!

You will notice that Impatiens are my FAV flower. My mother calls them Everbloomers.

This little arrangement is in the inset of the front of the day there will be a FLOWING WATER FOUNTAIN!!! I have been waiting 3 years on that will HAPPEN!!!

These were freebies......they volunteered along the back porch shrub bed. Those are the kind of flowers I like....freebies.

Assortment of flowers along the back porch steps.....

These flowers greet the back-door guests. The Christmas Cactus is probably 15 years old or older. I have had it for 10 years, and it was my grandmother's before that.

I have had this beauty for 3 years. During the winter, she lives in the garage. I try to keep as many of my plants and flowers for years!

Thanks for stopping by and viewing some of my flowering beauties. It is a wonder that they are still alive due to the 100+ degree temperatures with no rain in a month. Stay cool!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

CSN giveaway......

Debbie from Debbiedoos is offering a out-of-this- WORLD giveaway. She is giving away 60 bucks to be spent at CSN store. I have NEVER been to one of these stores, BUT I know I could definitely spend 60 bucks! Be sure to check out her giveaway! Thanks Debbie!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday~ A new vignette in the master bedroom

I am joining Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday, Rhonda from Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Treasures and Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for TableTop Tuesday. I have NEVER taken part in sooo many parties at one time! WOW!!! I purchased a few items here and there, and of course they needed a new home. The thrifty items were purchased at a local antique store, but I thought they were good buys. Of course, I shopped around the house and inside the "secret stash closet". Well, I finally decided where these items would be placed for the time being and got busy.....busy dusting, rearranging, and snapping photos. I liked the "before" photo, BUT more is ALWAYS better RIGHT???? I mentioned before.....nothing wrong with this vignette.....BUT a little change NEVER hurts!!! My Staffordshire doggies are little sad because they have not found the "just right" spot yet! They are howling at the moon and whining a little. Bless their hearts!

AFTER........some of the same items BUT notice the new pretties.

The wall hanging.....I have had this for years. I purchased this at a local antique store for around 20 bucks. The print is nothing special as far as canvas for anything. I was paying mostly for the frame. I LOVE unique frames, but the print was a little added bonus!

I "heart" having items displayed at varying heights...don't you?

The bell jar is a new find that I grab right up at a local antique store for 3 bucks. I knew right then......cloche decorating.......another accessory for Marty's Cloche Parties. Yippee!!!! The pretty shell inside is a recent find a wonderful store that I cannot remember the name. It was a tablescaper's dream!!!!! I wanted the shell for the coloration, so my moma bought it for me. I WAS NOT going to pay 10 bucks for that thing, so she did!!! Nice to have momas around!!!! :)

This little saucer was a find a couple of weeks ago at a local antique store for $1.50. I could pass it up because of the color scheme....just what I needed for my bedroom. ......browns and turquoise

I have had this "eye candy" for several years. Until about 3 years ago (when we change the color scheme of the master bedroom), it waited patiently in the secret stash closet. (You have one of the those places right?) This was a STEAL at Hobby Lobby for between 5-7.00 bucks on clearance. I course it went right into my buggy without thinking twice!!!

Varying heights is what books are for right????? The two bottom books belonged to my MeMaw and Granddaddy Skeets. The top two books are two old New Testament Bibles from my home church. Look....I told you that I even dusted for you! See the reflection of the shining like a new diamond! :)

Thanks for stopping by and viewing my minor changes. Be sure to check out all the other talented blogger and see what they have been up too.

Editor's note: I forgot to add the other parties' buttons. If I had added them later when I realized it then they would have been out of order....... like TableTop Tuesday would be listed first or something like that. Oh well, please forgive me. Not use to participating in sooo many parties!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sunset thru the trees.....

Same Sunset.....same time of the day......Just DIFFERENT setting on my camera. Which is your favorite? I like the darker ones better.

Just need a little time.....

For these to RIPEN........

SO, I can do this.......can these babies!!!!
What do you do with your fresh tomatoes? Canned them for soups and other recipes, make
salsa, slice for tomato sandwiches, or etc........ I am not a tomato eater. I raise them for my husband, family, friends, and neighbors. This year, I am having a slight problem with them rotting on the bottom. Any suggestions? I am throwing away and many as I am keeping!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Just a day in the park......

Crape Myrtles in bloom....the sound of flowing water.....colorful Koi fish swimming.....the joy of feeding ducks.......what more could you ask for????

Follow the red bricked "road" to more hungry ducks and geese.........

Spectacular water fountain......

Beautiful waterway (filled with hunderds of colorful Koi fish) and walking bridge.......It would be so relaxing to enjoy your lunch break here if you worked in this business district.

Enjoyed feeding the fish too......

Notice this little fellow's leopard print feathers......

Ugly way! Every creature is has beauty!

Notice Rylee playing in the water. It is a wonder that he did not fall head first into it!!!

Thought these little cuties would put a smile on your ducks! AAAAHHH