Monday, November 30, 2009

Snowmen & Santas & Bears ~ Oh My ~!

 I'm participating in :: Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Between Naps on the Porch
 I guess I dont have to tell ya'll what I've been doing.. Thanksgiving and then the holiday decorating began.
 I've done every color of holiday decor through the years but rarely do I decorate with traditional red and green.
 I had planned a music theme for this room and then I went to Lowes and before my wandering eye, what did I see? Small ,chubby, oh so adorable snowmen. My eyes misted up a bit, my heart flip flopped and the child in me awoke.  I have done adult holiday themes for a very long time so this is new for me and a joy to my eyes as I sit here at my desk and work. I look over at my tree and giggle. Its good to feel this happy.  I've learned a valueable lesson this year. Its ok to enjoy my child within and to bring her out in my holiday decor. To let her dance and sing Christmas carols, LOUD:-)  My DH is like this all year so he's enjoying watching me turn loose, get out of adult mode and just enjoy life and all the joy it has to offer. 
 I wish each and every one of you a spring in your step, a twinkle in your eye and joy overflowing in your soul..
 So with no further ado. On with the show.....the lil guys that started it all...
  This is Tommy's favorite snowman so we of course named him Tommy.
  I just cant tell you how much fun I am having with these decorations. Its been a great 4 days for me, hubby and my daughter.
 Noel repainted all my snowmen so their capes and coats would be bright red. Believe me this took the patience I dont have, so thank goodness she does.
 these gift cards are good for 5.00 certificates at mcdonalds and since they had Noel's name on them and suited the theme, well they worked just great.
The Teddy Bears came out just in time to gather round the tree to save it from my 6 Pom babies.. So far they are doing a great job.

Thank you for stopping in to see our Family room.  Come back soon as I am moving to the living room next so I'll have more photos.  Hope you enjoyed this little tour....Sonny

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Trayscape for my Livingroom

I'm participating in Tablescape Thursday via Between Naps on the Porch... Mine is only a Trayscape
as my table is being painted this week lol

 I'm redoing my living room yet again.  I went from multi beige/brown to red florals and plaids and now I'm working on my black~white and apple green theme.  I keep thinking any day now I'll have it all done but for some reason I never seem to have the time to get it completed.  Working keeps getting in the way of my decor time.. Does this happen to you too? annoying as all get out isn't it lol... 
I made my window treatments and about 8 pillows, so far using fabrics I was able to get for a very reasonable price. I just cant invest in expensive fabrics in this economy or for that matter any economy as I tend to change things to often.  My husband always says " If you can do the whole room for less than 200.00, go ahead" since he never fusses about how many times it changes I do TRY *wink* to stick to that budget as best I can.
 The ability to make the needed items helps alot , of course. Add to that the fact that I was blessed at birth with creativity ,the ability to do things on a frugal budget and the willingness to learn what I need to know in order to accomplish the task at hand..
My Grandfather always said, doing anything was 99% the willingness to try and 1% get off your duff and do it. :)
 His belief has served me well through the years.
I  did a trayscape for the ottoman I made. I hope you like it, I do for several reasons..
Here's a little break down of the costs for you.. I only tell this in an attempt to let you know that just because you cant spend a lot of money, you can still have something attractive for your home.
 Saving money ~ something you created ~ an attractive display for your home..
It doesnt get better than that, does it..
old tray at goodwill ~  2.00
black spray paint ~1.00
small piece of fabric for tray~ 50 cents
tea set 3.00 thrift store :: its a 4 place setting I only used a few pieces
 ceramic jar 75 cents
white spray paint 1.00
fluer de lis emblem 50 cents
greenery and pot~ free from my stash:)
cookies~ 1.50     lol
buffalo check napkin~ 20 cents worth of a 1.00 piece of fabric I got off a bargain table
 silver spoon~ from my inherited silver set
total cost approx. ~ 12.00
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed doing it.. Now, go forth and do yourself a trayscape:) and if you do I would love to hear about it~! and see photos ,so please let me know by writing me here in the comment section OR via email at
If you have any question, I'll gladly offer whatever answers I have or can find for you.'
If you have any ideas about how to make my display better, I would gratefully accept them. 
I'm hoping this blog can be a learning experience for me and all who enter here. We just must help each other on this journey we call, Life..
 Thanks again for taking time to come and visit my blog .. Please leave a comment and join me as a follower.
I'd love knowing I had lots of folks joining me in my decor adventures and an adventure it will surely be as I will show you the GOOD~the BAD ~the Ugly and the Beautiful as we go along together..
I have got to remember to start taking before photos so you can see where I started and where I ended up.
Lives and financial situations change , but we can always have
Brightest Blessings to ALL