Hot Chocolate Bar


a warm winter gift. I've seen several versions of the Hot Chocolate Bar and decided that it would make a great hostess gift. I included 2 white cups and spoons. A white canister with a scoop for the hot chocolate, a clear lidded jar for the marshmallows. I assembled everything on a wooden square charger, from WalMart. Instead of ...

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I recently shared my chalkboard over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia (Thank you Kristin for having me!).  Here we go, just in case you missed it! I had been looking for the perfect frame/picture to create a large chalkboard. I found one recently while visiting my daughter and family,  I love thrifting with her. The frame was a cool color, ...

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Christmas at a Discount – Kitchen Dine-In


This is the Eat-In kitchen dining area.  Spruced up with more poinsettias. (What can I say, I love their velvety beauty.) Here's a closer look, Three poinsettias $4.50 (they were half-off at Walmart) Small wreaths tied with raffia on the back of my white chairs $4.00 total. (Dollar Tree) Branch over the window $5.00 (bought at the ...

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Around The House – Christmas 2011


Come on in, and welcome to the wordless home tour from pictures that I haven't posted. Thanks for visiting! Sharing at: The Inspired Room DIY by Design Dittle Dattle ...

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Starlight Peppermints

peppermint bowl

We had our book club meeting this week and you would think that I found out that Santa Claus is real.  Mrs. P (she's in my book club and she lets me put stuff on her door) pointed out that Sue was serving us cookies on a real peppermint plate.  Stop the presses!  Forget book discussion, how on earth did she do this? Here's what I did based on ...

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The Wingback Revisited


Back in July, I talked about how much I love Sarah Richardson and how I used her kitchen as inspiration for my own: and then I found a couple of  wingback chairs under $40 and had a cute Marine and his wife help me load them on my truck and bring them home and hide them (from Mr. reFresh - because he loves it when I bring junk home) for a couple ...

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Spray Paint


Sometimes all you need is a tarp and a can of spray paint to change your world, or something like that. I've had these for a while, I think they were some shade of green when I first bought them. I used Krylon Satin Ivory for this project. This is a large ceramic candle holder.  I think Kim from Savvy Southern Style has two similar ones. ...

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In The Kitchen


A while back I talked about cooling my kitchen, you can see that here, but here's where I am so far.  I never finish. The oven really hasn't been used much since February, when Mr. reFresh and I went on a diet. The kitchen is where I do most of my projects, thank goodness for granite. It has a large eat in area. Please ignore that other ...

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I ❤ Sarah Richardson, who doesn’t?


When I saw the dining area of  Sarah's Summer House, I fell in love.  I had been wanting to change my eat-in Kitchen area and knew that I wanted a sign, somewhere...maybe GROCERY, GROCERIES, or GATHER. Like the one Becca made over at  Adventures in Decorating As usual, we have lumber, neatly (in my dreams) stacked and waiting for me to ...

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Kitchen Island- From Red to Blue


Remember this delicious red piece? Well I've been working on cooling my kitchen, literally! I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue on the bottom and Old Ochre on the top. Finished with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in dark and clear. I love this paint! No sanding required, you can finish a project in less than a day! It's funny how much lighter the room ...

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Auction's for Alabama @ Restore Interiors-ends June 1st!! As Murphy discussed on Monday, well she did, I have been working on some curtains.  When am I ever going to learn to just buy stuff!  Never, I'm sure.  I broke two needles and I think my feeds need some kind of adjustment!  I started out with my new machine, finished with my old ...

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My Bench


I have this bench that I love, but it was a little drab:   So I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and did a little dry brushing to brighten it up: I was going to paint it solid and sand. As I started painting, I realized that it wasn't necessary. The dry brush over the gray was the look that I wanted. Can I just ...

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