Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I am joining Beth at The Stories from A to Z for her Vignette Party today!  She is going to a doozie of a time right now, so be sure and visit her blog, which is always great!

I did a little vignette a week or so ago on my coffee table….using birds and nests and stuff…


I LOVE skeleton keys…and the print in the nest is by the one and ONLY Michelle Palmer…she is amazing!



little tiny eggs…


I love my butter pats too….just all stacked up…


The little rims on them are so sweet…


Thank you for visiting!!  I appreciate it so much!

Lou Cinda :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I’m Seeing Red….

Literally, I am seeing red….

I painted my island, which was previously green…I just decided that I needed a little pop of color in my kitchen and I had been thinking about painting the island red anyway….soooooo Sunday afternoon, I got the paint that I used to paint my front door and just got to it…


the trim was already black, and I just left that alone…

this is the back…


I have thought about wiping a glaze on the island, but I’m not sure….  That little appliqué thingy was a dickens to paint around let me tell you…it’s glued on there…really, really, well…


This is the frame and print I got at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago for $2.  I took down the rooster prints I had here and hung this picture.  Kathy at Creative Home Expressions and I had discussed doing this and I took her advise.  She is such a doll!

What do you think Kathy? 

I hung some plates around it because this is such a LARGE wall, the picture just looked lonely without something else.  I am not sure about the platter on the top…it’s “iffy”


I repainted the black part of the frame as it was pretty dinged up.  I painted it while it was hanging on the wall. 

What?  You don’t do that??


I found these plates at T.J. Maxx and loved them…they also had them in black… I hung them on the wall beside the print but noooooooo it didn’t work!  So I put them in this little basket…


101_0846Well, that is just a small inkling of some changes I have made around here in anticipation of summer!

I STILL want to paint my cabinets and Steve told me he could spray the doors and drawers which would make it a whole lot easier!  I just DREAD doing it!  I HATE to paint! 

Go figure….

But I do have visions of creamy cabinets with a glaze to age it…which would naturally lead to changing the countertops…which…would lead to changing the floor…. I am still pondering…

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Glorious Spring…




Flowers from my yard….hope you are all having a wonderful day!



Monday, May 17, 2010

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays

I wanted to join Linda at Coastal Charm for her Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays party!  I stopped at a yard sale and saw this picture.  I love it!  It reminds me of a print my mother used to have, so that is probably the reason I love it so much.  It was $2!  I also LOVE the frame…




I am going to repaint the black on the frame, but I haven’t had a chance to do that yet.


This print I have had for a very loooong time.  My parents got it at an auction when I was probably 12 years old.  It hung in my room for years and years and I took it with me when I left home.


Pictures are the HARDEST thing for me to take a photo of!  I keep getting reflections!  But I do love this print!



Well, that is all I have today!  Please check out Linda’s blog and visit the other participants!

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Busy Busy!

We have been working in our yard for the past several weeks trying to grow grass where everyone told us grass would NOT grow!  That is one reason for the “limbing up” of the below tree which I have mentioned in a prior post.  We were trying to not only make it so you could actually SEE our house, but also so the sun could shine under this tree.

As you can see in the photo below the grass is growing in nicely!!  We have watered and watered and WATERED this grass and have been told that we will have to continue until at least August.  Hopefully by then their little roots will be deep enough to survive the hot humid summers we have here in the South


You can still see some of the wheat grass we covered the seed with to keep them in place.  I don’t have a before photo of this, but suffice to say there was NO grass here.  The prior owners had put pine straw under the tree over and over again to sort of mask the fact that there was no grass.  But I was determined to grow it!!


The front porch is shaping up.  The small rabbit on the left I got at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago and I spray painted it and planted some impatience in the little basket she was holding…

I have had the ficus tree for YEARS AND YEARS!!  I bring her in every winter and put her out every summer.  I seriously need to do some pruning on her, but I just let her be….


Those things are growing like wildfire and I predict before too much longer, the rabbit’s head will not be visible!



See the tall ugly skinny tree??  I don’t know what it is, but what I DO know is that I do NOT like it!  It is just plain old UGLY!!  I do not see one attractive thing about that tree.  SO ~ I had Steve yank it out…..


And I planted a hydrangea here instead!  My favorite flowers are hydrangeas!  These are pink and they are LOADED with buds!



Thank you so much for stopping by!  I am linking to:

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday

Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Treasures

And Kaysi at Keeping it Simple for Motivate Me Monday!

Thank you ladies for hosting these parties each week!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Met Monday

I went to a few yard sales this past week and wanted to share some of  my finds!  I was on my way to work Friday morning and I saw a yard sale sign in my neighborhood and decided to stop by for a minute and I am so glad I did.  Here are a few of my finds! 

The pitcher was $3 and the vintage silverware was $3 also…


I got the glass at another yard sale a few weeks ago…



The marble cutting board I got for $2!!  I could not believe it!  It is so heavy and I just loved it!


The little glass covered dish I also got.  I have seen these before and I don’t know what they are for, but I loved it and it was $2 as well.  The little ladies who had this sale were precious sweet!


This little dish was $1…




I also found the little rabbit rowing a boat and of course, seeing as to how I am a rabbit lover, had to have it!!  The drawing behind it I bought from Michelle Palmer.  She does the MOST amazing ink drawings and if you are not familiar with her or her jaw dropping talent, please check out her blog!!  I am SUCH a fan of hers…..


Well, these are a few of my lucky finds!  I have another one that I will share later in the week!  I am linking up with Susan for Met Monday at Between Naps On The Porch, Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple and Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Treasures!  Please check it out! 

And thank you so much for visiting!

Sunday, May 2, 2010


The project for this weekend was to limb up this Ginormous sugar maple tree in our front yard. 

The tree really obstructs the house from the road, not to mention the bazillion leaves we rake from this tree in the fall…AND we have been trying to grow grass under the tree, which has also proven to be a challenge….


Big tree….really BIG tree…


And so the process begins….and I might add, it was a hot day….a really hot and HUMID day…


Bella loved it…she thought she was in a jungle…


Ta Da!!  LOOK!  A house!


We cut ALOT of limbs off the bottom of this tree…ALOT!


I think it looks so much better now, and the grass will be much happier!


The foliage!


ALOT of foliage people!!


I told you it was a humid day…Not conducive to a good hair day….

Just sayin’

Please join everyone at Susan’s at Between Naps on the Porch and Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It simple to see everyone’s projects!