3 Halloween Table Settings & A Halloween Craft

Inspiration Setting for Halloween

Welcome to the 473rd Tablescape Thursday! Things are still a bit crazy around here with furniture still piled into the breakfast room and the deck furniture piled onto the porch. Fortunately, they are coming today to put everything back onto the deck now that it's dry. Looking forward to getting everything back to normal! Update: Sorry this post is going up a bit late...painters arrived while I was creating it and I had to help with moving the deck furniture … [Continue Reading...]

A Visit to Marie’s on All Hallows’ Eve

Halloween Lantern Lit Up at Night

I'm working on a little project inside one of the closets in my bedroom, and as usual, I've run into a little snag. It wouldn't be one of my projects without at least one complication popping up involving a need for a mere 1/4 inch. It's always those little quarter inches that get me! lol Looking forward to sharing this little update soon.   In the meantime, let's go visit my friend, Marie! Marie decorates her home for Halloween in the most amazing … [Continue Reading...]

Door & Deck Progress and A2 Milk Finally Reaches Georgia

Paint a Railing Brown for Easier Maintenance

Welcome to the 455th Metamorphosis Monday. During the summer of 2016, I visited my son and daughter-in-law in Ohio. While shopping in a nearby grocery store I learned all about A2 Milk and gave it a try, not expecting it to really "work." A2 Milk comes from cows that naturally only produce the A2 protein in their milk and not any of the A1 protein. From what I've read, milk from cows who naturally produce the A2 protein is easier for folks to digest since it … [Continue Reading...]

Wardrobe Additions & How to Keep Boots from Losing Their Shape and Falling Over

Frye Boots, Handbag and Tote

Work continues on the decks but they are getting close now to being done. The basement door-staining project inside has been a nail biter. I gave my painters a stained piece of trim (left over from when the hardwood flooring was installed in the living room) so they would have something for matching the door stain to the surrounding judges paneling. The first stain they tried on the door wasn't remotely close--like night and day. Next, they had the paint store do … [Continue Reading...]

Blue Willow & A Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece for an Autumn Table

Blue Willow for Fall Autumn Table, Orange Accents

Welcome to the 472nd Tablescape Thursday! We've decided to skip fall and winter here in Georgia this year. As you can see, the trees are still green and leafy in my back yard, and yesterday was in the 80's. Today we'll reach 85! I'm really not complaining, though. I love summer and love the heat. I wonder when fall arrives, if it will just hit all at once and all the leaves will change and fall off the trees overnight.   The deck work, painting, … [Continue Reading...]

Critters On My Feet!

L.L. Bean Raccoon Scuffs

Just a quick post as I take a break from working on tomorrow's post for Tablescape Thursday. Remember these adorable scuffs I shared recently? I purchased a pair for my daughter-in-law since she's a kitty lover, too. I also thought my grandsons would get a kick out of them.   She texted this photo last night saying that my oldest grandson who is 3 years old now, thinks they are hilarious. Apparently my youngest grandson, who is 1 and just started walking, … [Continue Reading...]

Antiquing at A Classy Flea

Thanks for all the input yesterday on the new finial I was trying out. I had seen the brass shamrock several folks mentioned, but I really had my heart set on a dragon or something a bit fanciful and fairy-tale-like. I think I'll just stick with the two finials I have already for now, but will keep an eye out in case something better comes along. Appreciate all your helpful input! Today while out running an errand, I stopped by A Classy Flea. I love going there, … [Continue Reading...]

A New Door & Which Finial Do You Like Best

Griffin Lamp Finial

Welcome to the 454th Metamorphosis Monday! A few weeks ago I had the door to my  lower level replaced. Sadly, I no longer had a need for a pet door and the door had been scratched rather badly on the other side by the previous owner's dog. It has only taken me 27 years to replace it. I move at a glacial pace as Miranda Priestly would say of Andy in the movie, The Devil Wears Prada. That was on TV last night so Miranda quotes are stuck in my brain this morning. … [Continue Reading...]

Catching the Sales for Some Fall Wardrobe Additions

Fair Isle Sweater

Raining up a storm outside today thanks to tropical storm Nate, so I'm inside catching up on mail and doing a bit of online shopping at my favorite stores. Talbots is having a killer sale right now, ends tomorrow so thought I'd share it now in case  you are interested. It's 40% off any regular priced item with the code OCT40 and 25% off everything else. Here are a few of the items I'm eyeing to use the 40% off code on. Love these velveteen jeggings! I have … [Continue Reading...]

Found: The Perfect Bark-Edged, Wood Chargers for Woodsy Holiday Tables

Bark Edge Wood Chargers

I love using chargers in a table setting. They add so much to a table, another lovely layer that beautifully highlights the other plates in the place setting.   Over the past 10 years I've gradually added to my charger collection whenever I've found them on sale or greatly discounted. I've also enjoyed making them when a design I wanted wasn't available anymore, or was more than I wanted to spend. (Find a tutorial for making shell chargers here: … [Continue Reading...]