Building a beautiful life

Building a beautiful life
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Easy Tips To Dress Up Store Bought Stockings

Good morning !
Let be just begin this post by saying two things:

1.  This  project is easy.  
Even kids can do this.

2.  I had soooo much fun doing this!!!!

I bought these stockings at least two years ago at Hobby Lobby  in Myrtle Beach.  My intention was to monogram them and I just never got around to it.  So this week as we were digging through all of our Christmas decorations I came across them and decided to doll them up a bit to coordinate with the new colors we are currently using in our living room.  I got a roll of gray and white checked ribbon at Walmart for less than $3 and and a single square of gray felt at Michaels $.39 and off I went!

Next, I went to the computer and printed out our initials on to a piece of heavy card stock.  This would become my pattern for my felt initials.

I used Georgia for my font and 350 point for the size.  I wanted my initials pretty chunky.  

I fooled around with their placement until I was happy and then tacked them down in a few placed to make sure the looked good when they were hung.  Once I was happy then I hot glued the entire letter to each stocking.

I did the same thing for my plaid ribbon.  I tacked the ribbon on in just a few places making sure that the overlap of each end of that ribbon was on the back of the stocking.  When I was pretty sure I had the ribbon straight I glued the entire ribbon down.  

Then I could not leave well enough alone.

Big shock there.

Y'all can now add 'button' to my list of hoards.  I love how these tortoise shell buttons look on Big Daddy's stocking!

And abalone for me.

So less than $4 to doll up these babies and in a few years when I want to change them yet again ......

It peels right off :)

Have fun!


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Chalkboard For The Christmas Season


I love everything about it. 
I love the lights, the movies on Lifetime, I love the SMELL.  And by smell I mean Frasier  Fir and orange peel.  I don't care if it's the 4th of July, I can smell either one of those things and I instantly think of Christmas.
But I do not go nuts on Store Bought Christmas.  
I go nuts on Natural Christmas. 
Or maybe  I should say Organic Christmas.

This is my very first project of the Christmas Season.

I like to do a different chalkboard every year.  This year I chose a quote from our favorite movie to watch in December.  I think we have six versions.  

Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843.  It was published on December 19th of that year. He wrote the book in hopes of bringing the plight of the poor and needy to light.  There is a small , red first addition of Mr. Dickens' book on display in the library at the Biltmore House here in Asheville. 

I personally think he probably put the fear of God in to a lot of people as well.

My very favorite thing to do when it comes to decorating for Christmas is bring in fresh evergreen in to our home. I used cypress clippings in the arrangement.  They look good for a least a couple of weeks and they don't shed!

I also use red and green books in my Christmas decore.  You'd be amazed how lovely a small stack of red books looks on your coffee or bedside tables.

In keeping with Mr. Dickens' wish I would like to encourage you to keep the needy in mind this Christmas.  Clean out your coat closet.  Donate a couple of blankets. 

Don't pass by that little red kettle.


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Our Thanksgiving Table

Good morning! 
 I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving !  We are currently lounging about in our feety pajamas and contemplating our next BIG move:
Cleaning up that God forsaken kitchen!

Since I've written several post regarding  ideas and inspiration for your Thanksgiving table I thought I might share what our Thanksgivings table actually looked like.

We actually set two tables for Thanksgiving .  The other table is in the dining area of our kitchen but I forgot to photograph it. 

The 'Give Thanks' plates I found last year on clearance at Marshals for less than $3 each.  I just love them.  The white china dinner plates with the silver rim are part of an entire set of china that my Mother in law gave me this past Summer.  The set belonged to a dear friend of hers.  For Thanksgiving dinner I used the plates and the sweet little gravy boat.  

Thanks for stopping by :)

Enjoy this holiday weekend!


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

An Antique Wardrobe And The Last Of The Pumpkins

Over the Summer I tried to chipmunk as may pieces of furniture away in The Hell Hole as I possibly could.  I don't have as may sources for well priced stuff in the Winter as I do in the warmer weather so now I have a nice little stockpile to work through.  The weather here in Western North Carolina has turned colder and you can feel Winter coming.  My days of painting large pieces  outside are drawing to a close for the year so I'vepicked the biggest piece of furniture for my last outdoor  paint of the year.

Only when I got hold of it, it kinda looked like this:

Fact of business, I walked right by it twice!

It was 25% off day down at my Habitat Restore and this little wreck  rang up to just about exactly what was left of my Restore credit, so out the door it went with me.

I did not deliberate or fret the least bit over this one.  I knew in my heart from jump that the color needed to be white.

This was my very first time painting with a General Finishes white.  Now it has always been my experience that ANY white paint is difficult to paint.

GF Antique White was no exception.

It took three coats of the Antique White to cover this mahogany wardrobe.  That is frustrating to me.  But one thing made it all better:
No bleeding!!
The GF paint worked like a charm :)

The appliqué details on the front were in bad shape and actually missing in a few places so Big Daddy uses a small hand held saw.

He gently scored them and then pried the piece of appliqué up slightly with a flat screwdriver to snap it off from the rest  of the detail.  

These knobs I found at Hobby Lobby for $3 each.  I love that backplate detail!

These are the last of the big bag of pulls that I got from my neighbors.  I'm really loving the antique brass finish of the hardware with the piece .

And the top came out sooooo pretty.  I truly had my doubts about it.  It was quite the mess when I brought it home.  The finish is just my standard:
Annie Sloan Dark Wax

On this Thanksgiving Day we have a lot to be thankful for at our house.  Please take a moment and think of folks who may be by theirselves and give them a call.  There is always more than enough to go around so share it with everybody!  

Big Daddy and I want to wish you and your family a Happy and wonderful Thanksgiving. 


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