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I want to get to know you and I want you to get to know me. I have a girl dog and her name is Murphy. Which is confusing, to some people. It's kinda like a boy name. She's a labradoodle, that nobody wanted.  She hasn't always looked this gorgeous. These are my grandsons, and my son Justin helped them create a gingerbread train. I love to ...

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A Nest for All Seasons


One simple natural element, oh the possibilities! The idea started with a magazine copy cat challenge. More about that at the end. Spring And I thought, why stop there. I wanted to show how you can reuse the nest for each season. Summer By combining the starfish, nest and white dishes, you have a summer look. Same place card (a ...

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Spooky Mantel


A few changes to bring in the spirit of Halloween! Fun and easy spooky mantel! There's nothing like a noisy lightening storm to spookify the night. And nothing scares me more than a spider (except a snake)! Pumpkins aren't the only ones sporting a spooky smile these days. How about a stroll through the graveyard? Shadows can play ...

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UPrinting and Ramsign


I won a couple things and wanted to share them with you. I won a canvas print over at Linda's Coastal Charm from UPrinting:   UPrinting did a great job and they are fast!  It took me several months to decide on a picture.  Luckily, I had until December 31st to claim my prize.  It only took them a couple of days to ship, I'm glad they're ...

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Chalk Paint on what?


Even though I love red and it's different degrees of depth, I've wanted to lighten things up. I have these items, similar in texture and color. One Southern Living ($2.99) from Goodwill. The others from some overly priced home decor store made of stone or something of the sort. DIY - Paint Your Ceramic Pieces Prepare your pieces, clean with a ...

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8x10 Hamlin Fam 6-15-11 025

I won a give away at Linda's Coastal Charm. It's a 16" x 20" rolled canvas from UPrinting. That was back in August and I finally decided on the photo! I was in Tennessee last week visiting my grandsons and my daughter and son-in-law.  Here's the photo that I decided to use!   I placed my order today and I can't wait to get it!  I will ...

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favorite things


in my home town. (Actually in my weekend home town of  Dadeville Alabama!) When I saw that Centsational Girl was hosting a party about favorite things in our town, I knew what I was going to share.  Our favorite place is Lake Martin Alabama.  Talk about reFreshing!  Spend some time here and you'll never want to leave! (Details of sign ...

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Using Photos and Free Fish


I have a difficult time finding art that I like.  Or that I think goes with my style.  So most of the time I just use photos... Sunset from our balcony at Lake Martin   It just makes me feel good to walk by a picture that I've taken and remember a person or a place that I love. I also use family members... Other than my ...

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reFreshing birthday picnic


Refreshing Birthday Picnic on Flag Day and Mr. Refresh's birthday! We don't have big birthday celebrations, but because we were going to be at the lake... and we needed to eat anyway, I thought why not make it special.  Mr. reFresh has a birthday on Flag day, June 14.  Here's how we celebrated: I took a lot of pictures.  But I'll only show ...

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The other day I read a Facebook comment that talked about the power of words.  An idea popped into my head to create something with words for my grandchildren!  I thought of some funny things that they say, do or eat!  I smile when I think of some of these, and hopefully they will too.  I used PowerPoint to create the document, saved it as a jpeg, ...

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