Friday, December 13, 2019

Red White and Candy Cane Stripes...A Christmas Eve Dress Rehearsal

I'm sharing my "dress rehearsal" of our Christmas Eve tablescape as I like to take my pics and write my blog posts ahead of time to share with you all.
And, as JP always does she manages to find one last little thing to add to her set up after all pics have been done...re: the candy cane touch!

Sadly to say the little candy cane never did make it into my original photo shoot and it would have added the perfect touch. :(

But, "oh well" here we go... on with the show!

I love the messages on our plates.

My year 'round sentiment, perfectly stated.

A, freshly picked, holly sprig added to the place setting card complimented the plates with perfection.





A little chickadee,  atop a mini Christmas tree, co-ordinates with the theme of our mantel and living room tree.


A sweet vintage silver dinner bell is waiting to be rung.


The chandelier has simple touches of fresh yew greens and some grain sack ribbon in red and white. It looks so pretty even at night!

The candlelight centerpiece staged festively aglow.



Gucci, my side kick, watches me intensely almost all the time. 😊

And now, it's "time" for me to go.... I've gotta get working on my next post and show you the rest of our Christmas decorations for this year.


Love, Hugs & Kisses,

JP

and Gucci, too!


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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I'm back with Our German Schmear Fireplace & DIY


My goodness, it's been such a long time since I've created a new post!
 Life is getting shorter, and I'm getting up there in years, I'll be 68 in January. It made me feel the need to get back to posting and adding more to my "memory album." 
 I have four daughters, seven grandchildren and one, new, great granddaughter and want them to all to remember my style and occasional craftiness. Not to forget to, occasionally, inspire others with some of my creations.

Since my last post we have moved from our rental home, of the past 6 years,and into our new "forever home" in Sunset Beach, N.C.
 I've been enjoying, time with the love of my life, family visits, a lot of sunshine at the beach and poolside, friend gatherings and having fun making our little home a bit more updated. We've been doing some upgrades and DIY's, decorating with a lot of our old possessions and have added some new creations, in décor, here and there.

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Now, for my first post back, I'm sharing the makeover of our brick fireplace and entry that we, finally, just completed. 
(it only took 8 months of procrastinating to get this project done) It's late unveiling was due to my fear of attempting the, very popular, German Schmear technique,which, I can assure you, is waaaay easier to do than you might think!


So,here's a peek at our entry...come on in and take a look.

Everything stands out so-ooo much better on the lighter brick.



and I do mean that EVERYTHING stands out so much better!








This gives you an idea of how much brick there was to complete. Thankfully my hubby helped me do most of the joints, it really helped me a lot!

Here's the way it looked before....very nice brick but, just way to dark for our room.



Now, here's a list of what I used to get the project done.

1- 50 lb. bag of white thinset mortar (slower drying time than reg. mortar) $20 aprox. cost
I used 3/4 of the bag
***note some people use chalk paint in lieu of mortar, but it's way more expensive

painter's tape and plastic to cover areas that you are not "painting"

I used one 4" paint brush and one small stiff chubby brush to get into the joint crevices

plastic painter's bucket

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I started by mixing, 4, trowel scoops of mortar into my plastic bucket and mixed it with enough water to create a peanut butter like consistency.
I let it sit for about 15 minutes to thicken slightly and then just started "painting" it on in several swipes across each bricks and lightened on the pressure where I wanted more areas of the brick to show through. Start light, you can always go back and add more mortar to cover more of your brick.

I did not do the "sponge off technique" with water. I tried it and it was just too messy, I liked the pressure technique much better!


I/hubby filled in the joint lines first.

You can see the smaller, chubby brush that I used....you may want to have a few on hand as they tend to wear out in no time.











My little buddy Gucci was always by my side!




I'd love to know if this post inspired you :)

'Til Next Time ~ Happy Decorating and Happy Holidays, too!

JP
&
Gucci, too!





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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

I'm Coming Back!



~STAY TUNED~


I'm working on my comeback debut to be revealed very soon!!!

JP

&
Gucci, too!


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Spring Fever is the Only Fever that Feels So Good!

I've been lucky to have escaped the flu, once again, so far this year, but I did just get a little touch of spring fever. 
Thankfully, it just came in the form of pacifying my urge to see some colorful flowers on our mantle for a change.


Ranuculus  are my favorite flowers, so popping a few, very colorful ones, in my clock box gave me just the "ahhh" that I was after.

Ahhhh!

A few spring  budding branches and some other little buds completed the theme.

Pearls always add a touch of glam.

A pair of  salt dough hearts added a touch of Valentine's day to the birdhouse vignette on the tiny farmhouse milking stool.

Tiny copper wire lights, from Christmas, might stay up year 'round.....they just look so magicall.


 A little touch of spring sits on the coffee table....

with a vintage heart shaped lock tucked in.


The window in our kitchen shed it's wintery look, too with more ranunculus and a little bird hiding in the Christmas cactus as the focal point.


I made a little centerpiece that you can  try with something that you may have. Raising things up always adds a bit of interest to a centerpiece.
I used a large stoneware compote and inverted it on top of a large white platter to make a unique plant stand. It's the perfect attraction for our sunny window.

And I was finally able to put this $6 vintage tablecloth to use. It makes a nice black and white accent underneath the cactus arrangement.



A chippy bird sits in a nest of bookpage curls inside a little stoneware butter pat.

The chippy old window just added a little something extra for background interest.



Gone is the burlap swag that was entwined in the valance...new herringbone bows add to the black and white theme that's been added to the room.
It's one of the most simple window displays that I've done and I like it!

The heart garden plaque is always on display somewhere around the house whether inside or out. I'm sure you've seen it before. It now has a more sentimental hold on us than ever since the passing of our dear Crissy who gave this to us many years ago. She passed on to heaven almost one year ago this spring...:(

I still have one, wee little, touch of winter that's hanging around. Ijust can't seem to bear putting my little snowmen back into winter storage. Especially since I spotted the perfect place to let them have one last show and tucked them into their new hangouts.
 One in the little canvas pouch...
and the other in this rusty hanging heart.... perfect for a touch a Valentine's day that's coming soon.

 Now that spring is done inside I'll be concentrating on making some new signs to put up for sale. It will keep me busy since it's not quite springlike for me to tackle any major changes outside, yet....we've still got a few more weeks to go!
Love, Hugs, and Kisses,

JP
and Gucci, too!

  

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