Monday, February 28, 2011

Help Needed

So today I made a quick run into the thrift store looking for a shelf to use in the master bath... which by the way I did not find. What I did find is this wonderful frame.. I have been looking for a good frame to use to display some white (faded and off white) antique dolls and a baby sweater. My plan was to put some linen or burlap as a backing and pin the clothes into the frame. I thought this frame would be perfect for the job, it is  is heavy wood. Here comes the problem.. Problem # 1 that is

I have decided I may want to use the print in the fame for our bedroom.. I used the same colors of blues in the bedroom.. it's certainly not the nicest print in the world ..but I do love the way the sheep are looking at Jesus. So what do you think? Should I redo the whole thing or keep the print in the frame? What color would you paint the frame if I decide to keep the printt? I would diffenatly paint it white and antique it if I use it to display the clothes.

Problem # 2 The Lamp...

again a thrift store find.. I thought I scored.. this lamp was exactly the shape I wanted so I immediately went to buy a shade from Home Goods. Shades are not easy to find. .. any ideas on where to get them? Last week I had found a smaller similar shapped lamp. Hubby sprayed it chocolate brown for me..the paint bubbled.. so he says he will sand it down and paint it again. I haven't heard of anyone else having this issue.. we used Krylon.. anyway back to this lamp.... What color would you paint the base? or would you leave it? What about the shade? Should I cover it? If so what fabric would you recommend? And last question for this one... Is it too large? 

Here is a pic of that side of the living room.. I could not get the colors right... The walls are not as bright  yellow, they are more gold.. I think the name of it is SW Restrained Gold. I thought that would give you a better idea of the scale of the lamp and the colors in the room. You can see a little of the leather color in the room.. the couch and another chair. Also see the lamp on the table between the chairs?
Problem # 3
I painted and stained this lamp.. it was the gold color every lamp from Kirklands was for a few years.. sorry I don't have a before pic. What would you do with the shade for this lamp? It is still that gold color which does not look good with the new color. Any ideas.. would you use a different shade?

I think the base really turned out well and would look great with the right shade. What about you? 
Hope everyone has a good week.. we had a gorgeous day in here in NC, but storms tonight.. the plants will love the drink.  Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by. I would love to have you follow me. I really have enjoyed meeting all you wonderful bloggers.  

Saturday, February 26, 2011

An award

I am very honored that Lynn over at Cottage and Creek Cottage and Creek nominated me for the for the 'Stylish Blogger Award' .. Lynn gave me this nomination on Feb 5th.. I am sooo late in responding, not because I am not grateful. I just spent two weeks staying with my oldest granddaughter in the hospital. I am trying to get back into the swing of things. ... Lynn thank you so much, couldn't have come at a better time!

    The criteria for receiving the Stylish Blogger Award is:
  • Thank and link back to the person(s) who bestowed the award
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other awesome bloggers
  • Contact these bloggers and inform them about the award
Here are the 7 things about me:

1.  I am a nurse of 30 plus years who recently became retired (by a lay off).. yes a lay off in Nursing ..never thought I would see that one
2.  I am the mother of two beautiful and talented women.
3.  I am a grandmother of four .. three girls and one boy, ages 4 years, 19 months, 10 weeks and 12 weeks!
4.  I always wanted to be an interior designer.
5.  I am a Christian and depend on the Lord in every aspect of my life. 
6.  My oldest granddaughter has Cystic Fibrosis. I believe we will see a cure in the next few years. (what a miracle that will be!
7.  I have been married since 1976 (yes I was only 13 y/o .. lol) 

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Thanks sooo much for recognizing Southern Home Sweet Home. This was a great kick start for me.. I hope the new and old bloggers nominees will enjoy it as well. 


Friday, February 25, 2011

Looking for Spring

I am finally back.. I don't know about you, but I am more than ready for spring. My dear 4 year old granddaughter just spent two weeks in the hospital .. Seems that all the viruses start thinning out out once spring arrives. I sure hope so.
While getting ready for spring and moving things around (you know how spring makes you want to rearrange things in your house to get a fresh look? ).. anyway I ran across these old binoculars and thought they were perfect to remind me the birds should be coming home soon. The case is very worn probably because of they were pulled out so often. Don't you think because someone loved using them long ago? .. The pocket watch, binoculars and pocket knife were passed down in my husband's family with no story.. What we do know is my husband's great grandfather sold locomotives all over the world in the 1800's and early 1900's. He passed away  from a heart attack running to catch a train in 1920....for those of you not from the South.. passed away is what Southerners say when someone dies... don't ask me why... guess it sounds less harsh.

I love the worn look on everything.. that's part of the story I think.. I wish we could have an instant replay of what he saw with those binoculars.. He must have used them often traveling the world.

Why did I ever let items like these sit in a drawer? Every item tells a story... maybe I have just starting thinking differently since I have gotten a little older, mature. See the scratching on the inside of the pocket watch case?. I would imagine my husband's grandfather decided to sign his name in it. (he was an only child so it is a pretty safe bet he did it) How do you think it got there, any ideas?..

Here is the outside of the pocket watch..  can't you imagine him riding the trains, checking the time and watching the view with his binoculars?  Wonder if he check the time on his last run to catch the train? What a life he must have had. If only old items could talk.. but they do kind of tell us a story don't they?

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Stay with me

Guys I hope you will bear with me a couple of weeks without an update ... My dear four year old has been admitted to hospital for 14 days. I really do want to do this blog ... It is very good therapy. Hope you won't leave me.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Saving Memories and adding Valentines

I am not a sophisticated blogger by no means. I blog to take my mind off realities of life. It forces me to  think about other things. It would be easy to stop now but I promised myself I would not quit.. (hope that works out.)
 Historically Hubby and I are not a Valentine people, never have been .. is that pitiful? This week I decided I wanted to decorate for the occasion. Searched high and low in my favorite shop Home Goods  and ...nothing.. Finally I did find some vintage downloads on Etsy that I loved. Got Hubby to downloaded them for me .. big mistake.. "how many on a sheet, what are they for?" And the standard question, "did you pay for those?" Yes, they were only around $4.00 so I think I am safe. So I got out my glitter glue and started decorating. This is how they looked before.

Four to a sheet, pretty but doesn't glitter always help things? I stayed on the lite side with the glitter,  not easy for me. I also used a stamp, since my penmanship is not so great. I have seen some of yours on blog land that is unbelievable.
Here are some little tags I bought from another site. Just cut them out added card stock on the back, then glittered them up.

They look cute tied on things.

Back to the faux postcards.
I walked around the house with them for 30 minutes last night. Nothing worked. It was still bugging me today and suddenly I remembered the box of "junk" as I called when Hubby brought it home from his Aunt's estate this past summer. YES! I am soooo glad I didn't get rid of it. I love the pen. There with it was a box of tips.. While I was digging thru the treasure box, notice the name change? I found the watch and glasses.


Looks like a step back in time doesn't it? Makes me wonder about the person who used the items so many years ago. I wonder if they wrote love letters. Maybe they were Valentine people.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kitchen redo

So our house is nothing fancy. It is a 16 y/o builder spec house.. which usually means no upgrades were added when it was built. I had no cabinet space to speak of which you ladies know can be a real sore spot. I decided this past summer enough was enough. I took my savings out and told hubby I was redoing the kitchen.. of course he really didn't see the point, but told me as long as I stayed within my budget it was fine with him. After hundreds of estimates and elbow grease we got it done.. and boy do I love it! It is definitely one of those things I will not regret .. ever!

So here are the before pics

we started with white linoleum floors, we put in the hard woods after a dishwasher flood. See the door closed off, that was to the dining room .. tell you about
that room later. That is the sum of the cabinets! The one on the end is a cheap cabinet from Home Depot for utilities.. not even for the kitchen. 
Hubby tore out all the cabinets..

A look at the table area.. a lot of change there went on as well

in they go!

We had those installed.. job too big for us!

Here is end result... I am in love!

Remember the dining room door? Look at the space I gained

I have a large eating area so I decided to get rid of the "dining room" more to come with that room
Made the drapes with fabric from Joannes, the hutch came out of the dining room. It belonged to my husband's Aunt. We plan on doing a redo to it this summer. We hunted everywhere for a light fixture to match this one. We couldn't find anything so we bought one, took the fixtures lamps off and painted the plastic screws black so they wouldn't be noticeable. 
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