Friday Finds #4


I have some fun finds for you today.  Just click on the picture to visit the sites.  Happy Friday!

This peach walnut dump cake looks yummy and easy from Mostly Homemade Mom. The other recipes look really good too!

These pumpkin designs are cool from Alisa Burke.

Halloween and Fall graphics from The Graphic Fairy and don’t you love that they’re free?!

50 Fantastic Halloween and Fall Graphics  //  The Graphics FairyAwesome and inexpensive Halloween crafts from Better Homes and Gardens — I think this wreath looks really easy to make.

Sophisticated Swarm Wreath

I think this idea from My Soulful Home is really clever.

Pumpkins from Scrubbing pads a repurpose http://mysoulfulhome.comBlessings,


“Then I was the craftsman at his side.  I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,”  Proverbs 8:30  NIV Bible

Christmas Extras


I thought I’d share some additional Christmas decorations in the house.  I shared my tree earlier this week. You can check it out here.

We’re in the middle of a renovation in our living room so I didn’t decorate much this year but it’s still festive.  If you remember, we tore out our old fireplace wall and we’re relocating the fireplace.  The living room isn’t the only room we’ve been working on.  I’ll be sharing more about that in the new year.

A mix of fresh cedar, pine, magnolia, and cleyera for the front door.

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Fresh cedar for this pitcher to spruce up my kitchen.

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My daughter-in-law put a festive touch in my kitchen hutch for me.

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I went simple but big on this wall in our living room.   I took 3 large frames and 3 grapevine wreaths that I bought at thrift stores, spray painted them, added bows and a touch of pink jingle bells.  Everyone has pink jingle bells, right?

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I put a big bow on my old sash window mirror in my foyer.

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Just a few more days left…are you ready? decorated? shopped out?



“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”  Luke 2:8  NIV Bible

Saving Money on Clear Ornaments


Who doesn’t love saving money especially around the holidays?  I know I do.

I’ve got a great tip if you’re in need of clear ornaments for your tree or gift making.  I decided to decorate my tree a little different this year and I needed a lot of clear ornaments but I hated to buy them.  I found this box at a thrift store that was filled to the brim with old ornaments that had seen better days.  For only $3, I had all the ornaments I needed.  That’s what I call a bargain!

ornaments pic I removed the hanger part off of each ornament and then, I submerged the ball into hot sudsy water with a little bit of bleach.  The paint on the outside comes off quickly and leaves the mirrored ball interior.  If I had wanted silver or mirror ornaments, I would have stopped at this stage and taken them out but, I was after clear ones.

The silver is on the inside of the ornament and requires a bit more effort to remove.  To assist me in getting it off, I spooned a teaspoon or so of salt into the ornament.  Next, I  added a small amount of  sudsy water into the ball and then, I placed my finger over the top and shook the ornament like crazy.  You’ll be able to see the silver coming off.   Don’t bother with smelly paint thinner, paint remover or fingernail polish remover, I tried them and they don’t work quickly or nearly as good as plain old soap and water.ornaments in bubbles picRemoving takes a little effort but the result is worth it. Nice, clean glass ornaments for my tree and I spent less than $5.  clear ornaments picCurious what I’m doing with them?  I plan to share sometime next week.



“…the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. {It} shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.”  Revelation 21:10,11 NIV Bible

Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion


I took a field trip yesterday to our Governor’s Mansion to see it all decked out for Christmas.  And of course, I need to share!   I only had my cell phone so please excuse the poor quality of some of the pictures.

The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion is the second oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the United States with Virginia being the first.  The Mansion was built in 1841 for about $50,000.  The tour takes place in the original historic part of the Mansion which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.

The Foyer

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The Gold Parlor

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State Dining Room mantel: I wish I had a picture of the table. The center was decorated with boats similar to the one on the mantel.

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Front Rose Parlor: This room was decorated to reflect our Gulf Coast.

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The Back Rose Parlor: This room was decorated to reflect the Delta.  Our state flower is the magnolia and you’ll see it sprinkled around the tree.  You’ll also see cotton bolls since cotton is grown in the Delta.

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The Pumpkin Bedroom is on the second floor and was decorated for children.

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The Gold Bedroom on the second floor was decorated with a woodland animal motif.

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The Green Bedroom on the second floor had a music theme.

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The Cream Bedroom on the second floor was decorated with a book theme.  President John F. Kennedy once slept in this room as did the novelist William Styron.

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The Second Floor Sitting Hall was decorated with trees and a Santa holding a teddy bear which is a nod to the origins of the teddy bear.  When President Teddy Roosevelt visited Mississippi to bear hunt in 1902, he refused to shoot an old bear and the story was depicted in a political cartoon.  A New York shop owner placed a couple of stuffed bears in his window and called them “Teddy’s bears”.  The name eventually stuck for the stuffed animals and forever connected teddy bears and President Teddy Roosevelt with Mississippi.mansion second floor landing santa pic mansion second floor landing pic

I really enjoyed the tour.  I hope you did too vicariously.  Did you catch some of the clever and easy ideas to copy like I did?  I’m hoping to share some of my decorations next week.

Don’t forget the Awesome Christmas Giveaway of goodies.  You have until Sunday night to enter.  Click here to get all of the details.

How’s your decorating going at your house?



“The days are coming declares the LORD, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.”  Jeremiah 23:5 NIV Bible

Mistletoe Marketplace 2013


Yesterday, I spent the morning at Mistletoe Marketplace.  I look forward to this event every year.  I love seeing the decorations and doing a little shopping with a friend.  Usually, I take the opportunity to start some of my Christmas shopping but yesterday, I shopped for me.

The money raised from this event goes back into the community to fund projects for children like a Children’s Cancer Clinic and a summer camp for the under-served.   Over 150 vendors from across the country set up booths in our Trade Market Center.  The theme this year was “Be Merry” and the colors were bright pink, turquoise, lime green and bright blue.

I thought you might like to see a few pictures to get your holiday ideas flowing.  I saw many DIY possibilities. : )





Wooden beads painted black and strung together with vases lined with greenery leaves


These snowball trees would make excellent DIY projects.


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Decorations in the brunch tent

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Hanging open air terrariums in glass globes


Decorations in one of the main aisles   IMG_1618

I apologize for the blurry shot but I wanted you to see the reindeer up close and this shot was the best of the bunch.


A toppled-over-on-purpose tree for another aisle

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Still need more inspiration?  See these past Mistletoe Marketplace posts here and here.

Are you ready for the holidays?  What do you like to do to get in the holiday spirit?



“They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”  Psalm 145:7 NIV Bible

Beach Trip and House 2013


We stayed at a wonderful beach house this year in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida.  The view was stunning out our back door.  We saw all sorts of marine life this year:dolphins, skates, sand sharks.  But, my personal favorite was the sea turtle.

Blue Mountain is trying to maintain the dunes so the habitat is left to grow.

Come on in and enjoy our beach house 2013! 
I love the gloss on this canvas in the foyer, but what a bugger to take a shot without a reflection!

One of four bedrooms –  Besides the incredible views of the ocean, the other bonus to this property was everybody had their own bedroom and bathroom. 

The house had an open kitchen, dining and living room plan.

I loved the coastal decor.  This artwork would be a great project out of a pallet.
Just looking at the pictures takes me back — I told Honey Do I wanted to stay longer next time! 

After all, you only live once.  YOLO, anyone??

If you didn’t get enough coastal house pictures, here’s the  link to our beach house in 2011.



“The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.  Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the LORD on high is mighty.” 
 Psalm 93:3,4  NIV Bible

Quick Holiday Projects

 Quick Holiday Projects
I thought I’d share some quick holiday projects that I’ve made over the years.  All of these projects were made with inexpensive materials that were either purchased new or found at my local thrift shop.

Transform an ornament with spray paint.  I bought these nutcrackers at Michael’s and sprayed them this year. 

Hot glue old brooches, earrings, necklaces, buckles into a Christmas tree on a canvas and frame.  I used black velvet from an old dress I picked up from a thrift shop as the background.

Sew buttons to a pillow in the shape of a tree.

Spray paint and stencil an old outdated or beat up tray or cookie sheet into a new holiday tray. 

Hot glue candy onto styrofoam shapes to make candy balls and topiaries and seal with clear acrylic spray paint to preserve.  I decorated this table for a Ladies Night Out at my church.  

Make a wreath out of old Christmas ornaments.

Decoupage and seal pictures on tile squares to make Christmas coasters.  I’ll be posting a tutorial on this craft in the future!

What kind of Christmas crafts have you been doing?  I’d love to hear about them!



In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. 
 Isaiah 28:5  NIV Bible