Sunday, February 17, 2008

Out with the old-In with the new.

The Valentines decorations have come down and the Easter decorations have come out! I love the pieces I have on my table.

The pink shimmery fabric I got from the $1.00 a yard Wal-Mart bin. It is just pooled on the table with the unfinished (unsewn) edges turned under. The ceramic bunny and basket came from Old Time Pottery. You can't really tell from the picture but the basket has little ceramic eggs suspended right below the rim. It is so cute! I bought the eggs at the Goodwill. I bought two huge bags for $1.48 each. The colors are perfect, so spring-y! I bought the grapevine milk glass vase at the thrift store for either $5 or $10, I can't remember which. It was a little pricey but such a nice piece. The flowers are .97 stems from Wally World.

I really found good deals yesterday. This vase was marked down to .75 and the stems were were .50 each.

Jacob did my arrangements. That boy is Talented (with a capital T)! Jacob if you're reading this give a blogger a shout out! This arrangement is pink dogwoods.

I have one more thing I'd like to do before easter. I found some cute things yesterday at Ross Dress for Less. If you have on in your area you should check them out! I'm going to decorate my living room coffee table. I'll post a picture when it's done.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Wonderful Day and Yellow Bedroom

I've had a wonderful day today. My sister Diane and I hosted some friends for lunch. We had a great time. Lots of laughter which is so good for us! I made spaghetti. We also had salad and french bread and Diane made Strawberries in the Clouds for dessert! Yummy! Too bad I didn't take a picture! Since I was having friends over I spent my morning cleaning house, which in turn, encouraged me to take more house pictures. Today I'm showing our yellow and purple guest room. Yellow and purple you say? You have to remember that Mobile is the original birth place of Mardi Gras. So maybe Mardi Gras inspired my colors. Nah, I doubt that! I've lived here all my life and have never been to Mardi Gras and don't really care to go. So maybe it was the quilt that's on the bed. Or wait! It must have been the cute green tapestry chair I found at a yardsale for $15.00. I had to bargain with my husband over that chair but I stood my ground and it stayed! Whatever the inspiration... this is the result:

As I told someone the other day, disturbingly, my decorating tastes are turning to the cottage-y, Paris Flea Market chic. So many things in this room are special to me for different reasons. The bed and dresser were my Great Grandmother's. The pitcher on the dresser was also my grandmaw's. It's special because as babies my mom and her brother were bathed in this bowl. My mom is 65.

The curtains are special because they were my first curtain project! I made the panels and Mister did the cornice. I also made some of the pillows on the bed and the purple table skirt and dresser table runner.

The chair is one of my favorite parts of the room. Mainly because I love pieces with character. And I love a bargain! Getting it in my already full car after a day of yardsale-ing was the fun part. Thankfully Jacob was there to help me. Hmmm-He seems to be my partner in crime. I couldn't help myself. I had to add the crocheted arm and neck protectors. Did your grandmaw have these? Mine did. (Too, they hide excessive wear on the chair arms! Shh!)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Chicken on a Stick and More Blue Room

Mister and I made chicken on a stick last night. Oh my goodness! It was dee-lish! I came up with my own recipe and if I must say so it is quite tasty. Onions, thinly sliced red potatoes, dill pickle slices and chunks of boneless chicken on a wooden skewer, marinated in my special marinade and then dredged in flour and fried to a crispy golden brown. SINFUL! Is your mouth watering yet?

I decided to go back and post more of the blue bedroom to show some of the beautiful detail in the ceiling and some more of my favorite accessories. This is a close up of the ceiling and molding:

After searching endlessly for the perfect chandelier this one was actually Mister's idea. We went to the antique consignment store and this was not what I had in mind at all and had actually overlooked it in the store when he said "Hey, what about this one?" He added all the prisms. To me it just pops against the cornslik blue walls.

This is the view facing the closets. I love the new 6 panel doors. It makes a world of difference!This is another picture taken from the doorway. I love the morning light! This is a close-up of the bed. My mom gave me the crocheted bed spread for Christmas a couple of years ago. I made the blue pillows.
Close up of the bedspread detail and throw:

The tapestry pillow in the chair in the corner came from Hobby Lobby! I paid way too much even with 50% off. But is this not gorgeous?