Friday, November 30, 2012


Okay, if you are a close friend of mine, you know that I have had to do a little "trading spaces" around here. Both our children's rooms were upstairs and the master bedroom was on the main floor, but there were some problems with that arrangement...

The color scheme for our daughter's new room

First of all, the bubs was scared of the dark and would not sleep in his room without the accompaniment of either myself or his father.  It didn't matter that his sister was just a few feet away, he refused to go to bed without me or daddy present.  And then, even after he fell off to sleep and we left the room, he would wake up periodically throughout the night screaming his head off until one of us came up to sleep with him.  My husband and I basically had slept apart pretty much from the time we moved into this house.   This caused a huge problem for us.

Source:  Southern Hospitality

Secondly, the upstairs bedrooms have walk-in closets and sadly the master bedroom does not (The guy who built this house must have been a real dummy!).  Therefore, there was not enough room in our closet for both the hubs clothes and my clothes.  His clothes, well... have hung in the basement for the past two years.  Yes, another huge problem.

Thirdly, the bathroom with the only shower in the house is upstairs and, let's just say, our daughter is a huge messy slob when it comes to the bathroom.  Every time we traveled upstairs to take a shower, we had to clean the bathroom first, not to mention that her room was quite a mess as well, which would irritate the fire out of me.  (That's putting it nicely).

So...things HAD.TO.CHANGE...our solution was to give the master bedroom to our daughter and the hubs and I took her room.  See, trading spaces.  We now are able to keep the upstairs bath clean, we have enough closet space for both of us and the bubs sleeps in his room ALONE with me and daddy just a few feet away.  Truly, this has been a positive change and things are working out great with one exception...

That I have to redecorate both the upstairs bath is getting an overhaul too....YAY...I LOVE REDECORATING!!!

I decided to redo the master bedroom first as to make our daughter happy since she did not want to trade rooms with us.  She decided that she wanted a gray and orange color scheme so...I have thrown in a few inspiration pics above for you to enjoy.

I have made a little progress.  This is what the room used to look like...

and now...

I painted the walls a warm gray (Gray Marble by Olympic paints mixed in Valspar Contractors Finish eggshell).  Painted the trim and window sills a nice bright white (plain ol' white by Olympic paints in semi-gloss) and have started on making some new curtains.  I have two more panels to go (though I am kind of liking the one panel at each window look).

These curtains were made using plain white twin size sheets from Wal-Mart ($4.95 ea.) and cut in half lengthwise.  I then painted stripes on them using leftover wall paint.  They are NOT perfect but this was my first try at painting fabric.  I have a lot to learn about this process, but these will do.

New bedding will arrive Christmas morning *wink* and I have orange lamps in the making as well.  There are a ton of projects left before this room will be finished but I just wanted to let you in on what's been going on around here.

I hope to be back soon with some more updates.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Good morning!  Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving?

I had a fabulous time, for one because I didn't have to do much of the cooking.  I normally do pretty much all the cooking, but not this year.  This year we had dinner at my niece's house and she did most of the cooking.  Everyone else just pretty much brought a side dish.  So yes, my Thanksgiving was wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable.

That evening the Black Friday shopping began (kind of don't seem like Black Friday when it begins on Thursday now does it, lol).  I have to admit I have only been Black Friday shopping one other time and that was many years ago when my daughter was little.  I vowed then that I would never put myself through that horrific experience again...people pushing and shoving, taking the coveted items right of your hands or out of your cart.  Standing in line for HOURS...Geesh, people really take this shopping thing to extremes don't they?! LOL

This year; however, I had a little extra spending money (and a lot of nerve) and was in the mood to do a little shopping, so the hubs and I bravely headed off to Walmart.  They had some really good Black Friday specials this year and truthfully the crowds weren't that bad.  Yes, there was a HUMONGOUS crowd but surprisingly enough everyone behaved themselves.  We didn't come up against a lot of rudeness, pushiness or fighting and the check out lines weren't too bad either.

The best part is that they had enough of everything in stock that we got everything we wanted.  They had Beauty Rest white down alternative comforters for just $14.95.  I got for me... ummm, is it okay to buy yourself Christmas presents?...and I got one as a gift for someone else, whose name I won't mention because they might be reading this post.

They had queen size, 700 thread count, Egyptian cotton sheet sets on sale for $19.88, so I got a set of those too.  Yes, another present for me...okay, as to not make me out to be totally selfish and stingy, I'll just say I got these for the hubs' bed.

I also got a Better Homes and Gardens tart burner and 4 packages of fragrance for just $9.98...this was not a gift for me either...huh, huh, (clearing my throat) was for the house.  Yes that's right, the house really needed a new tart burner and some delicious fragrances.

See like I said...GREAT DEALS!!

I got a Simmons Beauty Rest gel memory foam mattress pad (say that three times fast, lol) for $29.88.  Yes, totally for me.  I know, I just can't help it.  I spoiled myself this year!!  The prices were just so good that I couldn't pass them up and these were all things that I NEEDED!!!

I can say with assurance after sleeping on this for the past few nights that it was the best deal of the year.  So comfy!!

And last, but certainly not least, my all time favorite Black Friday deal of the year was at  They were having a 75% off sale on most of their gorgeous rugs.  A big THANKS to Stacy over at South Shore Decorating Blog for the heads up.   If you are interested, they are also having a 75% off Cyber Monday sale.  Today, is the last day for this kind of savings so hurry over!  (Not a paid advertisement!)

This one was OUT OF STOCK
awwwww, shucks!!!
If you'll remember, I got a new rug for the dining room from Garden Ridge earlier this year but I still needed a new one for the living room.  Yes, I know this was another me gift....I just couldn't help it!!!  This sale at RugsUsa was the perfect opportunity to pick out a new rug for that room without breaking the bank!!! At RugsUsa the tax is already figured into their price and they offer free shipping.

The one I was wanting was out of stock (wouldn't ya know it) but I did find another one that I love just as much and that will go great with not only my existing color scheme but will also transition well when I switch over to gray early next year.

This one should be arriving at the house
in the next few days.  YAY!!!
Gorgeous, right?  I'm just so excited I can't wait for it to be delivered.

Okay, okay...don't be too hard on me, I did get some things for the kids too.  I just can't mention them here as my daughter reads my blog and I just couldn't live with myself if I spoiled all their Christmas surprises!!!  So there, I'm not totally selfish, right?

You know, I'm really liking this Black Friday thing.  I think I could get used to this.  I JUST LOVE A GOOD SALE!!!!

So, did you go Black Friday shopping?  What great deals did you find?

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Though we fill up on good food galore, Thanksgiving is really about so much more.

Oh yes, I am thankful for the turkey and the dressing, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings but what I am really thankful for is a God who loved me enough to give me this wonderful life, a cornucopia of an abundance of blessings.

Though I have times of trouble, and don't we all, he has given me peace without measure and joy too.  He has given me the wonderful gifts of his word, salvation and his Spirit that keeps me day and night.  What's more, he gave me you, the most wonderful of family and friends.  What more could a girl want?  Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Okay, so I scored again this week...and at the same thrift store.

Last week I got a gorgeous full-size wicker headboard for a $1.  A great bargain but I really did not need it. However, I think I have decided what I am going to do with it.  It may take a while for me to gather everything I need but I promise I will let you in on my plan once it is in the making.

Okay, I am not one of those people who just keeps buying junk because it's only $1.  Really, I'm not!...but I came across another $1 bargain this week that was just too good to pass up....Again this is one of those things I don't need and wasn't looking for...but I just had to have it.

I'm tellin' ya, this brings back memories...

Does it for you?  Tell me, would you have passed this up?  It was only $1.00...

and it's an original COSCO.  I think it would make a cute plant stand...

or I may resell it...these things are going for about $70.00 at the antique malls.  I think I got a great deal!

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