Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Walkabout Wednesday is back! (At least momentarily.)

As most of y'all know, I have a small booth space that I rent in a neighboring city, as well as a place to sell DL's industrial stuff here in town.

But that doesn't stop me from wishing I had my own shop. 

And if I had one?

I would want it to be like this one.

It's The Paris Market and Brocante in Savannah.

Everything is simply stunning. 

(I wonder if we could use the 12,385 pieces of wood my husband bought to make something like this?)

Anyway, if you ever hear that I ran away from home to open a shop, look for me in a place like this. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


I am joining a number of other talented bloggers on this year's Home Tour and I am excited!
This year, I started in the dining had undergone a transformation this fall and I wanted to make sure I was helping to build its self-esteem.  (Facelifts sometimes leave us feeling like we aren't quite ourselves anymore.) 

I chose to leave the glitter alone this year and focus on simple and natural.  I have two lovely big holly trees in my yard and they are bursting with holly.  I added some to the dough bowl (which also has green raffia and straw balls from Big Lots) and to two clear vases. 

 I am somewhat obsessed with battery-powered candles right now, so I wrapped two in wired white berries, and put a white vase filled with boxwood cuttings under a cloche (on sale at Target last month).
More fake candles in Target lanterns (also on sale at Target) in the antique dry sink.
Then it was on to the living room, which got a completely different vibe.
While the dining room got simple and natural, the living room got retro glitz, thanks to a plethora of DPS*.
It's funny how a lot of this old stuff is popular again!
My mantel got a lot of vintage goodness, including the mercury glass lights that Shannon clued me in on (from BigLots).  (I promise you neither BigLots nor Target compensate me in any way, shape or form...but they should.)
Of course, no Christmas would be complete without some hanging balls...
...and the tree, of course!
Thanks for stopping by!  I LOVE having holiday company!

*Dead Peoples' Stuff

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas is coming...


And I'm STILL way behind...but getting caught up, thank goodness!

Meanwhile, check out these fabulous home tours!

Meegan has AQUA! (Y'all know how I feel about aqua.)

Mrs. Major Hoff shares ideas...

And Karen?  She is tres glam!

Friday, December 5, 2014

I have been a little slack about blogging recently, because "real life" has taken up most of my waking hours. 
First of all, my laptop (on which I do most of my blogging) decided to give up the ghost.  The guy I have fix my computers is a one-man show, and it was over a week before he was finished putting Humpty Dumpty together again. 
And one thing I noticed was that without blogging, I had time for other stuff.  Like cleaning the house.  And reading books.  And baking cupcakes.
And it was GLORIOUS.
Then, there is that pesky day job.  And the state of North Carolina is NOT being cooperative with my retirement plans.  They change stuff every day and now they're telling me that after I retire, I cannot teach part time and still keep my medical benefits (which was totally the plan).  So now I have to make a new plan.  I WANTED to make a little extra money blogging, but that $100 a year just isn't going to cut it.
So that has led me on a hunt for a new outside the classroom. Which takes a lot of time.
All this being said (and really just lousy excuses for not blogging), I am sending you around to other folks' blogs to see pretty Christmas d├ęcor, and I hope you'll come back here to see mine on December 10th! This tour has been coordinated by Brooke at Creative Country Mom.
First up, it's Anne at White Lace Cottage!  She has a minimalist style I LOVE but I cannot achieve it with all this DPS* in my house.
Here is a lovely boathouse in PEI.  I LOVE the maritime provinces!!
Finally, I'm sending you to Kerryanne's home in Australia. I wonder what it would be like to have Christmas in the summer?
I'd love for you to come back all week and see what we have going on!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Club, November

Brenda at Cozy Little House chose our book club selection for November, and she certainly didn't disappoint! 

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica was a great read!  (1) It was told from different perspectives, which is always a win for me, and (2) It provides the twists and surprises that one wants in a thriller.  If you like to be surprised--here you go!

For December, I have chosen Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening, by Carol Wall.

It's a memoir, which is different for us. It was suggested by my mother, who is 80 years old.  That is both a threat and a promise.  (My mom is a life-long reader, and I owe her for my love of reading and writing.  The least I can do is read the books she sends me!)

Here is Cassie's review of November's book.

Here is Brenda's review!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Tablescape for Two

...only it's not the two you think.

As much as I would love for all of us to be together at Thanksgiving, most years it's just not possible.

With my work schedule, the work schedules of my grown-up children, and they fact that we are all approximately one zillion miles away from other family members, it's not always possible to spend it together.  (Last year, my son and I drove the 450 miles Thanksgiving Day, just in time for a few leftovers and bedtime.  Then we turned around and drove back.  Never again, folks.)

So this year, it's JB (my grown up son) and me here in Winston, while DL visits his mom and brothers in Pennsyltucky.  Miss LC will celebrate Friendsgiving in NYC, and then we'll all get together at Christmas.

I will have my single-serving bottle of Barefoot, and JB will have some apple cider (he doesn't care for wine) and we will laugh a lot, as we share a similar sense of humor.  He'll drive back to his apartment (30 minutes away) with a box full of leftovers, and I'll clean up.  It will be a nice time, but not like when the kids were little and I had my whole little family around the table.

Happy Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving/Helpsgiving to you and yours!