Friday, January 25, 2013

Hearts & Flowers for Valentine's Day

  Hello there! Come on in and sit a while.  It's another dreary day here in Texas, but a nice temperature, so I'm not complaining.   I'm not doing very much decorating for Valentine's Day this year, but am concentrating on Mardi Gras decor for a change.

 I did find some previous Valentine's Day photo's from 2008 (5 years ago -wow-za!!), and thought I would share with you.   Used some plastic red and white plates and pretty red paper heart doiles from Dollar Tree - just wanted to use what I had on hand.  (I love thrifty decor)!  Maybe these photos will inspire us.  :)

 You never know, I still may get the "itch" and decided to do a small table for Valentine's Day.  I hope the "bug" bites!   I was thinking about doing a little vignette in my guest bedroom, nicknamed the "Angel Room" by my grandchildren. 

  Yes, as you can probably guess, lots of pink and white, roses, lace, romantic decor and Angels galore! Check back to see if I come up with something.

Til Then,
Hope you enjoy and many blessings!
P.S.   I would love to hear your comments!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuscan Kitchen Update

Hi Everyone!  Glad you stopped by.   Sitting here in my Secluded Garden Office and the sun is shining in the window and it feels soooo good.  I am dreaming of Spring, aren't
 you?   But I thank God for all His blessings and for giving us all these amazing wondrous days.  As promised, I am sharing photo's today of my kitchen with a little blue and white.  
As the song goes...."changing, rearranging....".

We remodeled this kitchen in 2003.  It really doesn't seem that long. Wow!

I know the toaster is not very attractive, but we use it daily.  What do you do with yours? I would love to put a large decorative plate or bowl back in that corner.

I did add some Blue Willow plates in that upper cabinet with the lights and it adds a little more color with crystal stemware in front. 

View of kitchen facing the D.R.  (All open area)  I have a small stainless steel movable cart here as I need it.  

Kitchen Dining Area

Well, my friends, hope all of you are doing OK.  Keep your eyes on Jesus and the sunshine on your face.....we will survive this cold weather.  God is good,  all the time.

I am going to post some Valentine's Decor one day this week.  Come back soon!  I would love to hear from you and what you think.  I welcome any suggestions also.

Til Then,

Blessings,   Carol

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Kitchen Valance Tutorial

Welcome!  Come on in.

 Changing your valance in the kitchen periodically is a great way to liven things up.  I saw a picture of this fabric on Pinterest and repinned it to my "Crafty Inspirations" board.  The pin was from " and I luuved it!  The Damask pattern is really popular now.   After the holidays, I gave it a whirl and ordered the material from "Warehouse Fabrics Inc. on the internet in the Black/White as I have black accents in my kitchen. I already had a black rod at the window, so I decided to try and use it.  The molding on my upper cabinet is somewhat in the way of my window, but I tried to make it fit and look like a pulled up roman shade.
Found this adorable hand towel from Kirkland's.

You can see a little wall space on the side, but from the front, it looks just fine.
I could fix that if I made the valance with the wood and L-brackets, but was a little lazy daisy you might say.

Here is a quick tutorial on how I made this.

  1. Measure the top of your rod across from end to end right where you want the material to hang (before the bracket) and add 2" on each side for seams.  (Fold and pin your side seams and hold up the material on rod to make sure it is accurate before sewing.  (Want it to hang flat and straight).
  2. Then measure how long you would like the valance.  Take a measuring tape and measure from the top of your rod down to about 40" + 4" for top rod pocket + 2-3" for bottom hem.   (My rod is about 3-4" above the molding also)  
  3. Measure and measure again and then cut out your material.  Sew side seams first, then sew the top pocket for rod.  I made a 4" pocket.  It depends on how large your rod is, adjust accordingly. Sew bottom hem.
  4. After the valance is made and hanging on the rod, you will be folding up/under about 6" of material from the center to pin and make a faux pleat.  (Just take a finger under the material on each side, lift up about 6" or so and pin on each side (underneath) and one pin in the middle (underneath) so it doesn't show.
  5. Wha-la!  It sounds hard, but it's not.  If you can sew a hem on your sewing machine, you can do this.  Good Luck!
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Hopefully, I dind't leave anything out.  

P.S.   I almost forgot, you can use the iron on strips for hemming if you do not sew and the total cost for 1 yard of material was about $10.00!  The material is nice; thick and silky.  Didn't even have to sew a backing or iron it.  Whoo-Hoo!!

Til Then,

Many Blessings,

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Master Bedroom Update

Hey Everyone!  Bring a cup of your favorite hot tea and come on in, glad you stopped by. I hope everyone is staying warm!  Here in Texas it is a cold, dreary, boring, day.  What a day for blogging in my Secluded Garden Office where I can enjoy springtime touches, cool colors and I must say, quiet relaxation.  If you haven't seen it yet, just click on the post "Secluded Garden Office".  I think we all can use a place to hibernate sometimes don't you?

It recently dawned on me, that I have never shared our Master Bedroom with you.  I haven't done anything to it for quite a while though because I really enjoy these soothing colors.  Again, you can see how much the ocean, the blues and whites softly enter into my style.

The picture above the bed has two Victorian ladies dressed in their finest white dresses, walking on the beach at sunset. It reminds me of sweet memories with my angel of a sister, Debbie, and our wonderful trips to the ocean.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.   Here is the "The Good".  This chaise lounge is a favorite of mine which I have had for a long time.  It was originally a mauve color (that tells you how old), when I purchased it and I made slipcovers for it a few years back. Made my own pattern which I still don't believe; I am definitely not a seamstress.  I am going to tell you a secret....shhhh......, I still haven't made the skirt for the chair. Ugh!  I just keep looking at it and it keeps saying, "cover me.....cover me) poor thing!  Maybe I will this year.  I have a little problem finishing things sometimes, do you?  :( :(   Will let you know, miracles do happen!  OK, I'll show you a little of the bad - I warn you, it's not pretty.
The Bad.  (No!  Comanchee really was not really bad, just taking his nap) - He is so much like Momma, likes his naps!
The Ugly. Oh my!   :( :(

Opposite left wall of the bed is a very large blank area.  I am looking at a mirror in Ballards' that I might have to get as it is on sale now I believe.   The wall keeps calling to me - mirror, mirror, mirror, on the  How did those candles get off center?  Must fix.

Thinking of adding some small white embossed plates on that small wall??

Blue & white tea set from Mr. N.

This space is really calling for an electric fireplace don't you think??

Well, if I can just finish my chair, get the mirror and maybe the fireplace, this space will be pretty well finished, that is, if I don't decide to change the bedding this summer (you never know)..... I am really leaning towards the aqua and browns - hmmmmm.

Til Then,
  Have a blessed day and keep warm!  Don't forget to join my site and leave your comment on "my 1st Blogging Anniversary post" to win the FREE Drink Dispenser - it's great!  Drawing will be on Feb. 1st!  Hurry. Hurry.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mardi Gras Entry

Hi everyone!  I'm glad you stopped by.  My New Year resolution is to learn photography.  I didn't realize how important it is in blogging, but I am determined.  Anyone else have a New Year resolution?

Just to show you I haven't been too lazy lately, wanted to share with you a few little updates I did to spruce up the house a bit for the new year in the Entryway and Dining Room.  Found this perfect rug for entryway at Ross that coordinates with all my animal decor (I just do this in the entry....don't ask me why....just luv it)!  The only problem is...our Yorkie thinks it's his new bed!  (He has an animal print bed out on the porch)  Can't blame him though, it is comfy.

This shade matches the rug perfectly (the shade is faded a little, but will do for now). After all, I believe it's 5 years older or more (but it still looks nice).
 Don't you just love these Mardi Gras colors!

Sorry, for the bad pic.  I am trying to learn about photography and lighting, because I know absolutely nothing! I know, it's all in the lighting.  Yes, and I am learning by trial and error.  I just use my digital Nikon Coolpix which takes pretty good pictures, but I really need a new camera hubby! lol (Maybe for Birthday or Christmas??)

This pic is a little better isn't it?.  I'm learning.  Opened the door and used natural light. Click on the pic to enlarge.

Zebby in the spotlight.

L.R. with a little Mardi Gras decor on the mantle.  These pillows are going to be covered (eventually).  Check back to see what I come up with.  
Dining Room/ L.R.  is one large room.

Made this new centerpiece for the Dining Room Table.  

I will try to post the kitchen updates in a few days.  Incorporating blue & white decor touches throughout the house (accessories, dishes, pillows)  Hey, that gives me an idea....what about new pillow covers (White or cream/tan background with blue & white vases)  I think I have seen these on "The Enchanted Home" ??  Hummm.

Til then,  don't forget to join my site and leave a comment at the bottom of the "1st Yr. Anniversary Blog Post" to have a chance to win the beautiful drink dispenser!!  Look at the post for more details.  

And again, I do apologize for the fuzzy pictures, I promise I will do better!