Number 8 Has Finally Arrived

I am pleased to announce that a week ago today, our beautiful grandson was born. Both baby and mom are doing great and I am looking forward to our trip to New England to meet him the end of April.

I am proud to say that God has blessed us with 8 wonderful and amazing grandchildren. As a mother, You never thought you could love someone as much as your own child, until you hold your grandchild for the first time. They are truly blessings from God and they hold a very special place in your heart.

May God bless you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

What To Wear

As you know, we are hosting a big Easter dinner at my house this year. We will have out of state guests as well as those that live in the area. I have already started planning because there is so much to think about and do.
1. Plan the menu
2. Gather Easter decorations
3. Plan tablescape
4. Prepare rooms
5. Finish projects for decorations and table
Let’s see, have I forgotten anything?
Oh my, what about an Easter outfit!

Shall we go traditional?

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Or shall we go formal?

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Decisions, decisions…
I guess you are just going to have to check back after Easter to see which one we decided on.

Getting Ready For Easter

As you know, I am going to have a full house for Easter this year so I am starting now to get all of my decorating ideas done in time.
A while back, my pre-Pinterest days, I saw a post where someone had glued a martini glass and scalloped plate together and then spray painted the whole thing hot pink. Well, I just loved it so much that I had to make some for myself.

I already had some plates so I hunted like a crazy woman scoured the thrift shops for some goblets in different shapes for the bases. In the process, I also found a jar that had the perfect size lid for a vase I bought years ago at Walmart and a neat looking candy dish (I think). So, here is what I did:

I drew a circle on the bottom of the dish so that I would get the goblet placed exactly in the middle. I also decided that it would be a waste to throw away the jar with the lid. Just because I was using the lid on my vase, didn’t mean that I couldn’t do something with the jar. So, I looked into my stash of candle sticks and found a small one that would go nicely with the jar.

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After they were glued with my E6000, I put something on it to weigh it down and then just let it dry.

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Now that they are nice and dry, I took them out to the garage and spray painted them. I decided to do the little jar red and then I could use it as a vase for Christmas or Valentines Day.

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I have finally completed all of my colorful plates. I just love the bright colors!

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And remember the little jar with the lid? The lid fit perfectly on my vase to make a nice apothecary jar and the jar looks so good holding a plant.

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Well, one project down. Next I will be making some treat bags.

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My Boston Terrier

Marley is a rescue dog. The Capt. and I adopted him from The Boston Terrier Rescue Foundation of Florida. One of the conditions of adoption was that I take him to obedience school. You see, he was 2 years old when we got him and he had been chained outside and neglected. He is a good dog but he had no disciple so that is why they required the obedience class. Well I am here to tell you that the class was so good for me as well as Marley, that we went through all 3 levels. Marley even graduated level 3 with the title of “most improved”. He is the best behaved dog I have ever owned.
On May 18th we will celebrate his 2nd year anniversary with us.

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If you are thinking about adding a pet to your family, consider adopting one, there are lots of great animals just waiting for a good loving home.
Have a nice weekend!

A Way To Stay Organized

As a way for me to stay organized, I make myself a lot of lists. So, as I was considering what projects I would like to get done this year, I got out my trusty pen and paper and started listing them, in no specific order.
Check out my list:

1: I want to use the same glass mosaic tiles that I used in my master bathroom to tile the tops of the tables that I use as nightstands in my bedroom.
2: I want to make something to attach to my bed, on both sides, to organize the remotes, tissues, etc.
3: My recipe file is a mess, I want to get all recipes sorted and filed.
4: I want to make some pillow mattresses for all of my grandkids.
5: I need to redo my linen closet. It is the only one that never got painted. I also need to add more shelves and organize it better.
6: I need to reorganize the closets in both spare bedrooms to make them more functional. And, since I am a ” dishoholic”, I need more places to store all of my thrift store dishes.
7: I want to redo my laundry area. I do not have a laundry room because I have an older Florida home and they put the washers and dryers in the garage back then. I am fine with that but I just want to define the space better, if you know what I mean.
8: I want to personalize Marley’s eating area to make it more “his own space”.
9: I want to rethink all of my passwords. I want to redo all of them with a system that will make them all similar and unique at the same time. I also want to keep a list of them on file.

Wow, I can’t believe that I came up with that many “things to do” just off of the top of my head. I am sure that this list will grow as time goes on.
I will keep you updated as I work on this list and I will post each project when it is completed.

My Cleaning Schedule

As I studied the calendar I realized that there were only 3 more weeks until my company arrives for Easter. I am so excited because, not only do I love seeing my brother in law, his wife and teenage son, but they are also bringing one of my granddaughters with them as a companion. I learned, years ago, to have a cleaning schedule so that my house would always be cleaned and I wouldn’t have to either kill myself trying to get ready for guests or be embarrassed if we had unexpected company. My schedule that I have now was by trial and error and as my life style changes, so does it. When it was just the Capt. and I, the house stayed fairly clean and I could breeze through my daily chores with ease and have the rest of the day to work on my crafts and other projects. But, since Marley came into our lives, I had to adjust my cleaning schedule to accommodate all of the messes things that come with owning a pet.
When I first started out, I made a list of all of the things that needed to be done on a weekly basis. I then split them up into 5 sections, one for each day of the week ( since I consider taking care of the house to be my full time job, I scheduled the chores throughout the week with weekends off). When doing this, I took into consideration how much time it took to complete each task and how much available time I had each day. For example, because I go to a women’s Bible study on Thursday, I didn’t have as much time to devote to a chore around the house, but since I was out anyway, it was a good day to run errands.
Here is what my daily list looks like:
Monday:
Do my daily Bible study lesson / morning devotions
Walk the dog
Water the plants
Pooper scoop backyard
Do laundry
Pick up any messes left over from the weekend
Tuesday:
Do my daily Bible study lesson / morning devotions
Walk the dog
Clean mirrors and windows if needed
Swiffer floors
Iron
Wednesday:
Do my daily Bible study lesson /morning devotions
Collect trash for pick up
Clean bathrooms
Water plants
Pooper scoop backyard
Make menu and shopping list for the week
Thursday:
Go to Bible study
Get groceries
Run errands
Friday:
Do my daily Bible study lesson / morning devotions
Walk the dog
Water plants
Pooper scoop back yard
Dust
Vacuum
Mop if needed
Mow lawn ( sometimes I will do this for the Capt. If our weekend looks busy)

There you have it. This has worked great for me, I make a list, every morning, of what I am doing that day, this way you can add the extras like unload the dishwasher or wipe down the lanai furniture as things come up.
I find that I have way more time to work on my blog and do all of my other projects without feeling guilty that the house is in disarray. The only problem I have noticed with this is that since the house is always clean, the Capt. wonders what it is that I do all day (I don’t know who he thinks keeps it this way!).

Inspiration From Blog Land

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See, I told you I had been lurking around in blog land for about a year now. These are only a few of the goodies I have made, thanks to all of the wonderful ideas out there.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Kitchen Makeover

Well, I didn’t get to post my results of the kitchen makeover on Friday because the Capt. surprised me by coming home early and taking me out to dinner.

So, today we end the tour with the kitchen and dinning room makeover.

This was such a huge undertaking because we started by taking up the tile floor and didn’t stop until the ceiling was redone!

As you can see, this is truly a 70’s decor. What color did I decide to paint my new kitchen you ask? You are going to think I am crazy but I painted it Yellow! I know, I know, one would have thought that would be the last choice after living for almost 2 years with all of this yellow, but hear me out. I was going for a bright, whimsical cottage feel and the buttery soft yellow that I found was perfect.

OK, so now that I got that off of my chest, let us continue. After removing cabinets that separated the dining room and kitchen and the “cove lighting” ( for you youngins it is fluorescent lighting that lines the ceiling), we opted to keep the rest of the cabinets because they were custom-made out of real wood.

We just painted the cabinets white and splurged on granite counter tops. We also removed the yellow formica backslash and replaced it with small white tiles.

The dining room doesn’t feel so closed in now but I did have one more issue, the wall of mirrors. I hated it! Until my sister said to put my china hutch on that wall to soften it, plus that was the only place in that room where it would fit. So that is what I did and what a difference. That wall is one of my favorite features now because it makes the space feel much larger than it really is. (Is that a ghost I see in the glass?)

I have always wanted those pretty glass doors that hide the glasses but since we were keeping the original cabinets, we had to get creative. We discovered that the middle piece of the door was a separate piece so the Capt. was able to remove it and we replaced it with some of that plastic ( that looks like glass) for fluorescent lighting. That was easier said than done and we used several pieces of plastic until we got it right. But, I love the look!

I am also in love with the french doors in the dining room that open up into the lanai/pool area. I had always wanted a set of french doors so you can understand my gasp when I saw them in this house.

This is where the whimsical comes in. The door leading to the garage was an eye sore and I kept wishing that I could put a single french door there to match the set leading to the pool. But, since it goes out to the garage, I didn’t want to be able to see out the door. I thought about maybe frosting the glass but then the light bulb finally went off. I know, sometimes it takes a while! I decided to paint a faux french door and I am crazy about how it turned out.

Now, back to my yellow walls. I painted all of the walls with an eggshell paint and then proceeded to tape off stripes using painters tape. Once all of the stripes were taped, the Capt. was hyper ventilating because after all of the great work he had done, I am now turning the area into some kind of circus. Oh yee of little faith! I then painted the untaped areas with the same color paint in a high gloss finish and walla, a subtle, whimsical striped wall that the Capt. now really really likes.

The last thing to show you is Marley’s space. When we removed the cabinet separating the 2 rooms, we had an odd end that was hard to get too. You know these old cabinets, plenty of room but no way to get to it, back then they didn’t put carousels in the corners. So, since we needed a place to put the dog dishes, we the Capt. opened up the end of the cabinet, put in a sliding bottom and now the food bowls are out of the way. I do have some ideas in mind to spiff this area up a bit and make it his own, but I will save that for another post.

This ends our tour, thank you for visiting my humble abode!

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Livingroom Redo

We have finally come to the livingroom,

It was a dark man cave!

It now has a light beachy feel (so light that is was hard to get a good picture because of all of the sunlight).

We painted everything, including the styrofoam beams on the ceiling.

I love the fireplace but it had to be softened a bit too, so I just dry rubbed some wall paint over the bricks, especially the black ones and now it has that soft salty feel.

I really love how it turned out!

OK, I had to add this one but don’t let Marley fool you, that is just his toy box, he sits on the couch with us.

Friday we will be wrapping up the tour with the kitchen and dining rooms.

Master Bedroom and Bathroom Update

Now, at the end of the hall is the master bedroom.  I love the layout of this house because we are at the very end and it is more private when we have guests (which is a lot when you live in Florida).

This must have been fabulous back in the day. Oh, what I could do with that headboard now!

I wanted a king size bed in this room so back to the drawing board I went.  I knew that I wanted something tropical yet spa like and it had to match my thrift store vanity and chair. So I came up with this simple plan and the Capt. did an excellent job making it happen.  We were at a flea market and found a roll of this weaved grassy looking material that I knew would be perfect for the head and foot boards.

Because the bed was so big, I had to reorganize my closet because I didn’t want any dressers in the room.

These thrift store cabinets were just the right size to help organize my closet and they were half price so I got them both for $75.00.

On to the master bathroom. This was the last room to be done over and it was a major project.

 We had to remove wallpaper and tile both on the floor and in the shower.

 

 It is a small space but I wanted to somehow fit 2 sinks in there for both convenience and to fool the eye into thinking it is bigger that it really is. I absolutely love the glass mosaic tiles but because they are so expensive, I opted to use them on the small vanity area and just make a border in the shower and then just use inexpensive white tiles for the rest.

I thought about putting in the seamless glass shower doors but it just felt soooo much bigger with nothing there so I opted for just a clear shower curtain. I think this is one of my favorite rooms in the whole house.

Wednesday I will take you into our living room.