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Showing posts from October, 2011
"Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,  voices whisper in the trees,  'Tonight is Halloween!'"                                          ~ Dexter Kozen

Have a safe, fun and Happy Halloween everyone!

Thanksgiving Tablescape ~ Already?

I know, we're not even past Halloween and I'm posting about Thanksgiving! Well, I can't help it! I just found out that I will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. My Mom moved to a smaller house recently so we decided to have everyone at my house. She will be helping me with the dinner ~ thank goodness!
Anyway, I instantly started obsessing about the tablescape. I went to our nearby Dollar Tree and bought a few things and used mostly what I already have.
This is what I have come up with so far. . .

I really like the color combination of aqua blue and deep red this year. This is actually the china we received when we got married 18 years ago  and I still really love it! I can't believe I was insightful enough at that time to choose something timeless or more likely, I was just lucky.

I found most of these flowers at the Dollar Tree. I would like to have several small bouquets rather than just one.

This basket was also found at the Dollar Tree. (I'm lovin' that place right …

Chippy Screen Door

Hi Everyone,

I spotted this old, chippy screen door at a garage sale a couple weeks ago. It was only $6.00 so I snatched it right up! It's adding a little charm to this corner by our computer desk.

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This old pie tin is the perfect accessory don't you think? I think the wording on it ~  "Blue Bird Pies" ~ is especially appropriate!

Don't you love how old pieces like this just add so much character and charm to your home?
I think they're just so special!



LaurieAnna's Vintage Home * Farmhouse Friday
My Romantic Home * Show & Tell
Common Ground * Vintage Inspiration Friday
French Country Home * Feathered Nest Friday

My Sorta Mudroom

Hi Everyone,
I'm so happy to finally be able to share a little project that I had been putting off for way too long!
I found this cute shelf with cubbies and hooks over a year ago at HomeGoods. Ridiculous, I know!
I also had this bench that I found at a yard sale.
And we have this little area by the sliding doors to our backyard which I thought would work well for a sort of mudroom area to keep extra coats, hats, etc. especially during the winter. When it snows, the kids come in and out of this door to play in the snow.

Exciting picture of a blank wall, right?
~ so I painted the shelf  ~
~ painted the bench ~
~ and put it all together ~

We now have a previously unused space that I think will be very functional for us.

Of course I had to pretty it all up for you!  It won't stay this way, but I can enjoy it for a little while until the winter coats and boots have to come out of the closet.

It's also a great feeling to have this DONE!! I'm trying to be more careful about buying things that n…

Kitchen Shelf Color

Thanks so much everyone for the sweet and helpful comments about
 the color I painted on the back of my kitchen display shelf.

 It looks like the color will be staying.

After living with it for awhile, I really do like it.

But you never know when I might suddenly  decide to change it!  : )
You don't know anyone who would ever  do anything like that do you? 
 See you this week ~

Perfect Little Table

I found the most perfect little table
 for a corner of our eating area recently.

~ already painted white ~

~ with sweet curves and a little drawer ~

~ a bottom shelf with the perfect amount of chippy-ness ~

~ adorable details on the legs ~

I couldn't ask for more.
It was just meant to be!

This miniature rose that my Mom gave me is like the cherry on top!

~ i'm in love ~

Don't you love it when you stumble across the perfect piece
 you weren't even looking for?

I sure do!

¨¨ JoAnne ¨¨

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LaurieAnna's Vintage Home ¨ Farmhouse Friday
My Romantic Home ¨ Show & Tell Friday
French Country Cottage ¨ Feathered Nest Friday

Adding Color to Kitchen Shelves

Are you all having a totally gorgeous weekend like we are here in Ohio? I think it's the best weather we have had all year ~ so wonderful!
This week I worked on a little project in the kitchen.

Something I have wanted to do for awhile is paint the back of this shelf unit . But it was hard to decide on the color.

I finally just decided to go for it and I used the leftover paint from our family room.

~ Tide Pools by Behr ~
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What do you think? I really like it but I am wondering if maybe a little bit deeper shade of aqua/blue would look better. I would really love your honest opinion ~ you all have such great taste and ideas!!
I hope you enjoy every second of your weekend ! We'll be outside most of the day doing some chores in the yard and enjoying the weather.
Don't forget to enter my Ramsign giveawayhere ~ it runs thru Tuesday, October 11th.
~ joining ~
Between Naps on the Porch • MET Monday Boogieboard Cottage • Masterpiece Monday The House in the Roses • Show Off Your Cot…


Hi Everyone,
is offering a free Enamel House Number Sign to one of you ~ 
see, it's your lucky day!!
The house number signs are from 1 digit up to 5 digits and you will be able to choose from five styles. You could actually have any number you wish put on the sign ~ like a number that has special significance to you,
 your family, or one of your kids. You could hang it anywhere in your home. It's like a cool piece of graphic art ~ 
just use your imagination!


To Enter:
• Leave a comment letting me know that you would love to win a Ramsign Enamel Sign or let me know what you would do with your sign

• Become a follower and leave a comment letting me know  or let me know if you are already a follower
• Write a post on your blog about the giveaway
 and leave a comment letting me know
~ this gives you 3 opportunities to enter ~

The giveaway will be open thru Tuesday, October 11th. I will let you know the lucky WINNER on Wednesday, October 12th.


Have you ever heard of a Bespoke Kitchen? I started noticing this term while looking for kitchen inspiration. It seems to be primarily used in the United Kingdom  and means a kitchen that is handmade. And let me tell you, these Bespoke Kitchens are  totally gorgeous and amazing!   ~  of course I’m going to share some of them  with you ~

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October Calendar

~ Happy 1st day of October ~

Sylvia at Inspirations from Life offers a free desktop calendar  each month featuring her gorgeous photography.   Aren't these anemones just so beautiful?    If you would like this calendar for your desktop or just to see more  breathtaking photography pop on over to
Inspirations from Life.

~ have a beautiful weekend ~
~ JoAnne ~