Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Platter, platter, on the wall...

Well its finally done! I got the idea from a few different blogs. It seems plates on walls are everywhere these days. Being the dish lover that I am, there was no way I could be left out! I had most of them up last weekend, but I had to wait until I got a couple more plate hangers to finish it up. I think it turned out very nice. All but one of them were thrift store/yard sale finds. Its definitely one of the cheapest decorating projects I've done. Now, if I could just get that hardwood down...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Say it isn't so...

Isn't he just the cutest? That's my baby. He'll be 4 in a few weeks. Today I got him registered for preschool. Surely he isn't old enough for school! Now, it isn't as though he'll be far away across town at school while I pine away for him. He'll just be a few doors down from my classroom when school starts, but still! I can't fathom the thought that my baby will be starting school. Sigh. They do grow up too fast.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Yard sale-ing...

Meghann and I went yard sale-ing and thrifting Saturday morning. We had a great time together. We visited a few yard sales, the Goodwill store, our local Vendor's Mall flea market, and even had breakfast out at our favorite breakfast spot, Dairy Queen. I didn't find too many treasures, but I did find a few pieces of Milkglass. And I only spent $7.50.

I found the plate at a yard sale (I sorta wish I 'd gotten the matching, bigger plate to go with it), and the urn at Vendor's Mall.

This compote dish also came from Vendor's Mall.
I'm excited about next weekend. Its the once-a-month antique sale downtown. Maybe I'll find some treasures there!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tag, you're it...

Shannon over at Bless Our Nest has tagged her readers to list some random things about themseves. So here goes...

Six unimportant things about me:
1. I am the head carpenter in our house. Whenever something has to be built or assembled, I am the one in charge.
2. I hate swimming in lakes. There's just something utterly repulsive about getting into water that has fish swimming around in it. If I were to get nibbled by something, I'd probably totally freak out!
3. My dream car would be a truck just like John Boy Walton's, except that it would be retro-fit with an automatic transmission and air conditioning. If I couldn't have a John Boy truck, I'd drive a Chevy Nomad.
4. I always touch my husband's foot with mine when we go to bed at night.
5. When I'm nervous I wiggle my toes really fast.
6. I'd rather buy things for my house than to buy clothes for me.

Okay-you've been tagged!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Let's Dish...

I have always loved dishes. When Derek and I married, I already had two complete sets of dishes (and I still lived at home with my parents!). These weren't dishes we'd registered for; I'd had purchased them before Derek and I had even met. I knew that sooner or later I'd get married or move out on my own and need them. After we got engaged, we didn't even register for china since I already had a set of my favorite pattern, Blue Willow. We did, however, register for Corellware to use for everyday dishes. If I had my wish, I'd have a room in my house full of place settings and china cabinets!
I especially love old dishes. I've had these since I was a little girl. My mom found them at yard sales and I've had them on display ever since.

This cup and saucer was a gift from my cousin Lori. She got it on a trip she took with her mom (my aunt JoAnn) and my mom when they went to New York a few years ago to visit our other aunt, Frances. Everyone came back with a set and she brought me this one. It reminds me of another one of my favorite patterns, Old Country Roses by Royal Daulton. So when I started noticing plates on the walls of bedrooms on some of my favorite blogs (Nester, Shannon at Bless Our Nest), the wheels started turning. This would look great in my master bedroom, the one with the toile. All I had to do was find some solid white dishes (or some I could paint, a la Kimba). I took off to my newest favorite store, Goodwill. I'm fortunate to have two nearby, plus a couple other thrift stores as well. And after checking at two thrift stores and a Big Lots, here's what I got, all for the whopping price of $4.25:

That one is my favorite one. It was only 50 cents! They'll go up with a couple of larger plates that I already had. I do want a pretty tray for the center, but I haven't found one yet. I'm going yard sale-ing in the morning. Maybe I'll find one then.

The funny thing is, the plate hangers cost me more than the dishes did! I had Derek get them from the hardware store where he works, so we did get a discount. I could have gotten cheaper ones at the dollar store, but Derek's store has white hangers, so they won't show up as much. The only bad thing is that his store doesn't carry the white ones in stock; they had to be ordered, so I'll have to wait until the Tuesday truck comes in a few days. I'll post a picture as soon as I get them all up!

Monday, July 14, 2008

I Drank the Kool-Aid...

Over at Nester's place you're very likely to see lots of tassels. She puts them on everything! She makes all kinds of tassels and they are very beautiful. I finally gave in and bought a couple. They're not nearly as ornate as Nester's, but its a start.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

What to do, what to do...

For quite a long time now, I've been thinking about painting our front door. Can you believe it is still the same white that it has been since we moved in nine years ago? White. Boring white. I want to paint it black to match the shutters and to coordinate with the gray siding. I even went on an internet search yesterday to find out the right way to do it. I thought I had it figured out, and mentioned it to Derek. He asked a few guys that he works with about it (he works in the office at a building supply store--handy huh?) and came home with the bad news. It would seem that if I painted our door, it would turn into a huge disaster. See, we have a glass storm door, too, and a lot of heat gets trapped between the two doors. This would inevitably cause the paint to bubble up. Apparently, what is on there now is just builder's primer, therefore, no bubbling. Sigh. I'm stuck with a white door. Oh, I could order a new door. Yeah, that's gonna happen.

Anyone have any ideas about what to do about a boring, white door?

Monday, July 7, 2008

All hands on deck...

After two years of talking about it, Derek and I have finally decided to do something about our deck. It has needed a new coat of stain for a long time, as well as some sprucing up to the furnishings. I couldn't tell you the last time I had a flower out there. So when we got our "G.W. money" as Derek calls it (our economic stimulus check), we put a few dollars into some new stuff, along with plenty of elbow grease.

So far, we've had the deck stained a beautiful Red Oak color, and I spray painted all of my old green chairs black. They finally match the table I bought three years ago! Yesterday we bought a new umbrella and umbrella stand. Our old one was nearly blown away a couple of weeks ago during a storm and couldn't be repaired. The stand had to go because the screw that holds the umbrella in got stuck and no amount of WD-40 could get that bad boy loosened.

We also bought these beauties. They'll be a nice splash of color to an otherwise almost all black deck.

And here's the new fire pit. Assembled by yours truly. I can't wait to roast some marshmallows!

Hopefully tonight we'll get everything in place (I'm waiting for Derek to get home because some of that stuff is pretty heavy). I'll post a picture when its all done!