Friday, December 19, 2014


 Thought I'd share a few of my blue Christmas decorations.
This tall mercury glass tree sits in my garden window in the kitchen
overlooking my closed in porch.(which use to be an open carport)
It's one of my favorite decorations.

This is a refinished table that I redid in cobalt blue.

Here's a close up of the centerpiece.

 This is a metal tree that I got from Pottery Barn (I love that store) years ago.
It's been decorated for many different seasons,
but this is what I do for Christmas.
It sits in my bedroom.

Here's a close up of the sparkly bird nest.

Another close up.

And of course I couldn't leave out one of the cutest things.
Maggie Ann.

She's a beauty!

And last but not least by any means is adorable

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea-
the Lord on high is mighty.

Psalm 93:4

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Merry Christmas.
Thought I'd share a few of my Christmas decorations.
Hope you enjoy.

First up is our big Christmas tree in the dining room.

Here's a close up of the tree topper.

Next is the mantel in the dining room.
The mantel itself is made of a solid piece of thick walnut that my dad had in his shop 32 years ago.
One side has the natural curve of the tree and the side against the wall is straight.
Years ago this was a living room. Since we turned it into our dining room
we can fit 18-20 people pretty comfortably.
I decorate it for every season.
I thought this scene would take me completely through the winter.
Not just for Christmas.

Here's a close up of the deer family.

And the baby.

This is my pottery nativity scene that I've had for years.
I painted a star to shine over the scene.
It's really sparkly in real life but it's hard to see in this picture.

Here's a close up of the pottery angels I've collected over the years.

And a closer look at the nativity.

This is a window in my great room.
I leave the lighted tree up all year.
It looks so pretty in the evening, or a rainy day.

I hung a few of my sparkly ornaments on my chandelier in the dining room.

On my dining room table this year I used a metal arrangement of bird nests.
All of them are attached with metal leaves.
I've decorated them with ivy and other things in the past, 
but this year I just glued some sparkly bead garland around the nest
and around the votive holders in the color of my choice.
I also sprayed the votive holders in a mirror paint.

Here's a close up of the nest where you can see the beads better.

This arrangement sits in front of the logs (of course when they're not on)
in the dining room.

This is my feathered snow owl.
I set him in a lantern with lights, greenery and white pine cones.

This is an arrangement I have in my powder bathroom.

One of my favorite things is this frog mirror.
I just put a collection of mercury glass trees in front of it.
I think the reflection of the trees in the mirror looks really pretty.

And I've decided to save the best two pictures for last.

First up is our growing girl
In five weeks she's tripled in size.
She's the sweetest thing.

And next up is
Talk about a cutie pie.
Just look into those eyes.

I hope you enjoyed a few decorations from around my house.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.

Luke 2:14

Saturday, November 29, 2014


After Molly died October 2nd. we knew we would get another outside dog.
We just didn't know it would be this soon.
So after I started researching the type dog we wanted I came upon
some puppies that would be ready very soon. So we went ahead and picked her out.
So here she is.
She's a golden retriever/yellow lab mix.
She's five weeks old in this picture.

She weighs 5 pounds.
Isn't she adorable!

She really knows how to sleep.

I didn't remember how much a puppy sleeps.

And boy do they chew.

She's found my pocketbook strap.

Her favorite buddy is Zippy the monkey.

We took her to Florida the week we got her.
She did so good. Loves to travel.
She also loved her orange juice from the Florida welcome center.
Who doesn't..

I've not tried to house break a puppy in 14 yrs.
Not since Tilly.
Boy is that a lot of work and commitment.
I'm also crate training her.
You really have to stay on a schedule with that.
So far it's going well, but exhausting.
Here she is at 8 weeks old.
And 10 pounds. Boy is she growing.

She really enjoys eating leaves.

As you can see, she's very photogenic.
I think she's quite beautiful.

Stay tuned for more of her growing life.

You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
Psalm 18:28

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


This was once an ordinary large vase.
After a little work it became a very versatile lamp.
Especially for seasonal decorating. 

I started with an ordinary large vase.
I forgot to take a picture of the vase so I found this image.

 You need lamp parts, which you can get at Lowes and
also a wooden square to fit the bottom of the vase.

I already had odds and ends of lamp parts
which were different finishes so
I spray painted everything silver including the wooden square.

I then attached everything to the wooden square
 and epoxy it all to the bottom of the vase.

This is it clear and empty.

I eventually put a white shade on it
and in this photo it's filled with a little birdhouse.
 Those are some good looking cords aren't they. Sorry.

Here I've filled it full of pumpkins for fall.
One of my favorite things to fill it with.
Isn't it pretty.

This one is filled with a small piece of pottery
that I filled with painted twigs and a little bird.
This is a great one to use for spring and summer.

And finally filled with Christmas balls
for the Christmas Holiday season.
Sometime I use multi colored balls,
but this year I used silver and blue.

Hope you have fun making one too.

We live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7