Sunday, July 24, 2011

T minus 2 weeks....

until LM starts school. Fourth grade. Seems like yesterday she was starting pre-school. Guess we all say that, don't we? The summer has flown by just like it always does. So we'll be spending the next 2 weeks just enjoying the days, trying to stay cool & finishing up back to school shopping. I also need to try to fit in a visit to the eye doctor.So I will take a blogging break for the next few weeks to enjoy everything and try to be productive. But I am sure I will take some time to read my favorite blogs at some point.

See you in a few weeks!!

The pictures were taken last year at the Fourth Ward School in Virginia City, Nevada.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summery Mantle

It's been a while since I switched up my mantle so I thought I needed to do it today. It's a quick way to make a big change. I do wish I could do something in place of the tv but that's the one thing that needs to stay. I wanted to add in some summery touches with shells and blues & whites. This is what I came up with: I placed white votives in some jars I had to make DIY candle holders. I put sugar in the bottom but I really think salt or sand would be preferable. But as with much of my decorating I like to use what I have. You may remember the silver vase from my DIY Mercury Glass post. Although it doesn't really look like mercury glass I still love it and use the heck out of it.

This shell print was printed from the Graphics Fairy. If you haven't been there you need to check it out. Karen has a wonderful array of graphics available for download. The tiny blue vase is a new purchase from our vacation. I couldn't resist it!

I love the apothecary jars I got for Christmas. They have hundreds of uses and I really enjoy changing them out every so often. The cute tag is some scrapbook card stock I trimmed up and added ribbon and buttons too. I am quite smitten with it! :)

Another close up of the faux mercury glass vase. You know, this vase is one I kept after I had flowers delivered one time. I loved the shape and knew I would reuse it. I am lucky enough to have it's bigger sister which I haven't painted yet. But you know I am tempted!

So, for very little money (I got the light blue vase for $20 with my vacation money) I once again transformed my mantle. I think we all have so much laying around our house that isn't always used (am I a the only one with a cabinet dedicated to candles, frames and other decor?) It's a project I really enjoy so I usually do it quite often. And you know we look at it constantly since the TV is right there!

Do you have an area in your home that gets lots of attention in the form of redecorating?

I am linking up to Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm,Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage, Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest, Transformations and Treasures at the Pink Postcard & Open House Party@ No Minimalist Here (and check out Sherri's beautiful beach house).

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I am sure a lot you have read Rhonda's blog, Blue Creek Home and enjoyed it. She lost her domain name over the weekend. She has posted a letter on her blog and I am re-posting it for her to spread the word to others that she has a new address. Here's her letter:

Some of you may have heard that I lost my blog over the weekend. Thankfully, I had started it at before I purchased the domain and changed it to .com. This allowed me to continue to access the blog at the blogspot address with all of the contents intact. The problem is that any links you guys have do not come to me now and most of my internal links are broken. The man who bought my domain (fair and square, I might add) has set up house at my old blog address ( For the first few days when you visited, you were redirected to GoDadddy. Today, he suddenly has six or seven posts - a new header - some talk about interior design and decorating, and google adds. Please if you go over, don't click on anything. I don't want this guy to make a cent on my traffic to this address.

Find me at for now and please change your link address to the new blogspot address if you have my button, follow me, or have me saved to favorites/bookmark.

This has taken the wind out of my sails. I am trying to decide if it's time for a break so that I can focus 100% on little Mason and family. I will keep y'all updated.A few of my best blog friends have offered to post this on their blog for me and I appreciate you guys. Anyone else, please feel free to copy this and post it for me -I want to keep this man from getting my traffic!

And, a word of warning to those who may own their domains - don't let it expire!!! Domain squatters are waiting like vultures in the wings to buy it. One thing I WILL NOT DO is try to buy it back from him.I sincerely appreciate each one of you,


Quite amazing isn't it? There are bad people out there and what for? We work hard and put our hearts and souls into our blogs and bad people (I'd use other terminology but this is a family blog) take advantage. This is a good reminder to us that it's a big bad world out there, unfortunately. As the good guys (or gals) we need to support each other.

So head on over to Blue Creek Home and give Rhonda some love! :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Small Dresser Makeover

When we got our new bed we no longer had space for this chest in our bedroom so I moved it into LM's room. Almost a year later (I work fast, don't I?) I have made it over to match her room. You can see the before here. In the 'true confessions' department I will admit that I don't love it and it's a little sloppy. My original plan was to paint the stripe pink but I ran out of paint and didn't want to stop working and move everything back into the garage (hubby was out of town) so we could run to Ace and buy another can. So I went to plan B - the brown paint I already had. I redid the wooden knobs I had on another dresser using this idea from the Vintage Pinecone.

I LOVE the way the knobs turned out. The resin finish was the perfect finishing touch although I didn't enjoy using it very much. Even so it was worth the end result. They look almost like ceramic close up. Really neat.

For now this dresser looks so cute in LM's room and is perfect with her pink and brown theme.

My hope is that in time the sloppiness will look more Shabby Chic than just Shabby. I am (very) slowly finishing up this pink and brown room. Since I have gotten an inspiration for the room things seem to be coming along more quickly than they were so I hope to be able to show the whole room in the not too distant future. For now, it's the dresser...

I'm linking up to Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design,Show and Share Day @ Just a Girl, Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest, Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed, Open House Party Thursday @ No Minimalist Here & Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

We're decluttering...

Image from

LM informed last night that she will be decluttering this week. Sounds good to me. I have been thinking about my closet since I read this post and saw pictures of Sarah's closet. I am amazed how streamlined her closet is. Like most of us, I have lots of clothes that don't fit me in my closet. Things I will wear as soon as I lose 10, 15, 20 pounds or (heaven forbid) I gain a few pounds. I cleaned out the closet in the spring, kind of. While I purged a bit and straightened things up I didn't really get rid of everything that doesn't fit. I think I might like the results better if I did. We have heard over and over again that most of us only wear a small percentage of our clothes. So do we really need everything we have anyway?

If you're looking for me I'll be in the closet....

Monday, July 11, 2011

Beach Day...

We spent a day at Donner Lake (as in the Donner party) in California last week. The weather was perfect. Warm and sunny. At the west end beach there is a little area marked off for swimming and lifeguards for the area. There are a couple of playgrounds, picnic tables and volleyball. The perfect way to spend a day. We came prepared with some beach toys for LM. She spent hours building a moat and a little pool area for the ducks.

The water was a bit chilly but quite refreshing when it got too hot on the sand. I loved the fact that we were standing in the water, in our bathing suits looking up at a mountain that still had snow on it. Some of the ski resorts in the area were actually open on July 4th. I think I prefer the beach to the slopes this time of year.

They had paddle boards and kayaks and pedal boats for rent. LM insisted on renting a pedal boat. I gave in. She cried because she was afraid and she didn't want to go out too far. I was horrible at driving it. I found it really hard. It was a good time, I tell you! I had planned to take it around the lake but didn't think I'd be able to get the back before our rent time was over so we stayed close to the dock.

We spent most of the day there and it was heavenly. I did get a bit sunburned on my shoulders. LM was slathered down pretty good with sunscreen and I thought I was but I guess I missed a few spots. Every time this happens to me I wonder how old I have to be to finally get this sunscreen thing down perfectly!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Small Town Parade....

We went to the July 4th parade in my sister's town on Monday. A small town parade that draws big crowds. Crazy big crowds from near and far. There were some great floats. The traditional horse drawn carriage. The not so traditional snowboarder on a trampoline. My favorite by far.

The local Michael's had a float. Unfortunately they were not throwing out any 40% off coupons!

The ski patrol had their own fun float. We decided that this guy definitely had the best seat in the house!

I have no earthly idea what this float was or who sponsored it but it was neat looking and the float riders were having a ball. See the house on the right hand side of the above photo, #1203? It's for sale! Wouldn't that be a great house to have on July 4th every year?

We got to the parade a bit early and staked out a spot for us so we could have a good view. I think we did a good job.

After the parade the city put on a big party with food and beer and bouncy houses and cotton candy. But it was super crowded and we here at September Acres aren't big on crowds so after a few minutes at the park we decided to head somewhere quieter for lunch. Even LM was on board with it...

How did you spend your July 4th?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Let's eat cake...

My sister got this cake plate as a birthday gift. Cute, isn't it? A lady in town makes them from vintage dinner plates and glassware. She sells them at the farmer's market. Of course, when I saw this lovely I thought "I can do that!" I love the idea of using found items to make something useful. I am headed out to the thrift store tomorrow to find some plates and glasses.

I am sure many of us also have some stray dinnerware and glassware in our cabinets. You know, that one piece of great grandma's china that hasn't broken yet. I think this cake plate idea is a great way to honor that lone piece.

I think a smaller glass and a salad plate would make a fun way to serve cookies at a tea. You could use casual dinnerware and an everyday glass. So many options. I have often seen one plate for sale somewhere but wonder 'what can I do with just one plate?'. I think this is one great way to use it.

I really love the glass that is used on this particular plate. Would love to find a set of them one day!

I am on the hunt for some plates and glasses to use in this project. I can't wait to share what I find. I think these will make great gifts for anyone who loves to entertain. I always love great inspiration for a new DIY project...

I am linking up to Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday & Not Just a Housewife's Show Me What Ya Got.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad...

We cooked out tonight and my sister made a yummy potato salad.

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

Bag of small red, white and blue (purple) potatoes (about 2 lbs)

4 slices of crisp bacon, crumbled

1/2 red onion, sliced

2-3 Green onions, sliced

Red Pepper, sliced

1/2 bottle of ranch dressing (add more or less depending on your taste)

salt & pepper to taste

Boil potatoes until soft, drain & cut potatoes into quarters. Leave peel on -so you can see the colors!

In mixing bowl add potatoes, bacon, red onion, green onion & red pepper. Add ranch dressing and salt & pepper. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate 2-3 hours.

Linking up to Rook No. 17 4th of July Craft & Recipe Roundup, Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch & the Red, White & Blue Linky party @ ItsyBitsyPaperBlog.