Happy 2011

Sending prayers on Angel Wings....
        Wishing you all a Happy, Prosperous, Healthy, Joyous and Peaceful 2011.

These were on my dining room chairs this Christmas.

Ignore the mess in the background - as I was putting away my dining room Christmas decor, I realized that I hadn't shared pictures with you of my decor this season.  Caught a quick glimpse of the remains of my dining room (my angel wing chairs). 

I promise to do better and will definately incorporate this again next Christmas so stick with me.  This year has been a whirlwind for me, new challenges at work, and at home have made it almost impossible to participate in blogland.  I am catching up slowly but surely and didn't want the year to end without sending out my best wishes to each and every one of you my dear blog friends.

Participating in:
Show and Tell Friday, at My Romantic Home
Favorite Things
Get your craft on Life as Lori
The Shabby Chic - Transformation Thursday
White Wednesdays at Faded Charm
Strut your Stuff at Somewhat Simple
Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous
SNS at Funky Junk Interiors
Everything but the Kitchen Sink at a Little Knick Knack


Fall / Halloween Decor

I have been absent for so long I almost forgot how to get this post going.  I have had some changes in my day time life that have prohibited me from posting as often as I intended to.  My day job has taken me through so many changes in the past several months and the travel that has gone along with these changes has made it difficult to take time out for myself.  So for the last couple of weeks I have taken some time to decorate my Florida home for Fall.

Nope, Florida really doesn't have any seasons. Only season we ever see and feel is hot, humid Summer but I had felt the need to attempt to decorate my home in the rich colors and "feeling" of Fall.  I added Halloween to the mix - what is Fall without a little Halloween?

Thanks to all my Friends/Followers for sticking with me through my journey.

These are my Dollar Store wreaths, 1- rattan wreath, 2- fall garlands, 1- Fall flower bunch (cut it up and stuck the flowers where I needed to fill in) .  Not bad for $4 each.

Sideboard with some rafia pumpkins, turkeys that my daughter and I painted and put together, acorns and my bottles of poison.

What's your poison ?

A simple centerpiece (simple is in this year). A pumpkin soup tureen, the ladle is one of the leaves; sitting on a fall leaves placemat.

My Haunted House (terrible picture I know - don't know what happened to my crappy camera). I wanted you to see the details on the tree as well as the miniature skulls, spiders and pumpkins.

 Goblins and more goblins. 

A smiling glass pumpkin.  I light up the candle every night and the glow is amazing.

Love this bubble candle ! You can't see it in this picture, but when it's lit, the inside bubbles up and the ghosts and goblins move around.

Boo !! Aren't these the cutest ?

And last but not least, my absolute FAVORITE piece, a skeleton that my Daughter made in pre-school over 20 years ago.  It is made from paper plates and yarn.

Happy Fall everyone and many blessings this season.


Dollar Store Hurricane

$3 Dollar Tree Hurricane -
$1 for the candle holder, $1 for the glass vase and $1 for the white rocks.
Pink Roses given to me by my daughter = PRICELESS !!!!!


Wannabe Darcy

I have coveted the famous Darcy Chair since she first made her debut but at $425 a pop, no way was I going to splurge on them.

What called me to her was her feminine flair.  She is so graceful and I had to have her.  I wanted six but wasn't willing to put down a small fortune for them.

Image - Rachel Ashwell

So I have been on a mission ever since to try and find a wannabe Darcy chair and I think I found her.

What do you think? Close enough?

I love her feminine curves (just like Darcy's) and they are a dream to sit on.  I paid $65 a piece and got my 6 chairs.

Now on to my new dilema...
Do I paint them out white or light grey or keep them as is?  I do plan on making them a skirt (when I get brave enough to do it).  I would love your opinions.

Linking up to:
Sunday Showcase Party
Todays Thrifty Treasures
Nifthttp://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/y Thrifty


Table Makeover

I have been away for so long I think I have forgotten how to take pictures.  The pictures that follow are so blurry and the light is so bad that it is almost embarassing.  I decided to use them regardless since I haven't posted in such a long  time I bet some of you thought I up and moved.

This is a table I had in my living, hand painted by someone (don't know who) .  I loved the curves of the table and the carvings and moldings but I felt they got lost in the creamy paint . 

SO out came the trusted supplies I already had on hand AND my helper:

And on to the finished product:

See the beauty of the carvings?

This picture shows the true grey color it is.

Linking up to:

Frugalicious Friday
Show and Tell Friday
Frugal Fridays
Saturday Night Special
Weekend Wrap Up
Favorite Things Friday
New Friends Fridays
Friday Furniture Feature
DIY Showoff
Just Something I Whipped Up
Motivate me Monday





Change and Inspiration ...

I  have been away for some time due to business with my day job. The only thing constant in business is CHANGE and boy am I getting a whiff of it now.  I am extremely grateful to have a job in these trying times and am not complaining in the least, rather expressing some challenges that are coming by way.

I  work for a very large company and have been at my current job for 17 years. Yes I have been through my ups and downs with this company, but few people stay at a job for 17 years unless they love the job and the company.  I love both.

The company is going in a new direction where almost everyone in my division will be re-training.  This will enable us to better service our clients.  The first problem is, the training consisted of two and a half days of one product and two and a half days of the second product. The second problem is, we go live with this new service model on June 1, 2010 and we just got back from training. Can you say STRESS.  We are all chasing our tails, learning as we go along and not letting on to our clients that we haven't been trained. STRESS.

So.. needed some relaxing pictures to distract me tonight and came across these....

I think I found these images on Cote de Texas.

Sorry I haven't been visiting you all lately but I promise to catch up this weekend.  Oh and I have some good stuff coming up so stayed tuned.




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Sherry at Country Wings in Phoenix

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Happy Mother's Day

Sweet and simple like most Moms I know.

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$40 CSN Giveaway !!!!!

CSN Giveaway

I was approached by CSN Stores to select to review an item for myself or have the opportunity to giveaway a $40 gift certificate to one of my followers. I chose the gift certificate for one of you.

CSN sells merchandise from the top manufacturers in the world. They have over 200 stores where you can shop for furniture, lighting, shoes, housewares, kids and baby, health and fitness and much more. Check it out for yourself by visiting CSN for yourself.

I am Chandelier obsesed and stumbled onto these beauties at CSN Lighting:

To enter this giveaway:

1. Visit CSN Lighting and leave a comment telling me what you would pick if you won.

2. If you are a follower you will get an extra entry.

3. Blog about this giveaway and it will get you another entry (leave me a link to your blog post).

Please leave me a separate comment for each entry you complete above including with each, your e-mail address so that you can be contacted if you are the winner.

This giveaway will end May 18, 2010 and is open to the US and Canada!

*There may be shipping charges or in the case of Canadian readers, international fees, for certain products.*

**The gift certificate for this giveaway was provided at no cost by CSN Stores. No product was received and this was not a paid post. My honest opinions have been given, however others experiences and opinions may differ from my own**

Good luck everyone !!!!!!!