Sunday, July 20, 2014


A couple of weeks ago we realized we were going to have a couple of days that we could get away. That is a pretty big deal for us, most of our travel is planned well in advance. Wonderful suggested New Orleans, now I love New Orleans, the hubby can take it or leave it (mostly leave it) so I was pleasantly surprised.

I love the colors and the decor of New Orleans.................

Oh that yellow!
Fans, ferns and flowers.

I love the architecture and history..................

Street lights and wrought iron.
Jackson Square
Such history!
And the food...........

Worth the wait.

No words needed!
Fried goodness.

We had a great few days even though it was rainy. I was disappointed that we didn't get to visit the Garden District. As I said it was rainy and the street car was not running the day we wanted to visit. Oh well another reason to return, but now about the weight I gained.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Upcycled Clock

I ordered this clock online, and I didn't like it from the start. I tried to like it, I hung it in the room I bought it for and tried to talk myself into it, but it just wasn't what I wanted. I put the clock in my donation pile and decided it was a lesson learned, I couldn't return it!

Well fast forward a year. We were gathering all of our donation stuff and I ran across the clock. I decided to see if I could upcycle it!

The back was held on with four small screws. After taking them off, I took the clock apart one piece at a time. I painted the frame of the clock just like I did my lamps.

I took the clock pieces off and unfortunately broke the clock mechanism. (I picked up a new one at Michael's with my 40% off coupon.)

After spraying the clock face with adhesive, I placed a whole sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper over the face. When dry, I cut around it with scissors. My Cricut came in handy to make the numbers. I made the 12, 3, 6 and 9 slightly larger than the other numbers.

The final step was reassembly. It was very easy, the hardest part being putting the tiny screws back in the back of the clock. I am so happy with how it turned out. The cost was around $5 for the clock mechanism and one piece of scrapbook paper. Everything else was something I already had!

This was my first clock, but I don't think it will be my last!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

A Brick Wall Electrical Box Cover

Don't you just love it when something that happens by accident ends up being perfect. We are still working on our yard , I look forward to the day we reach maintenance stage, but we are still in the tweaking stage.

I had painted a peg board blue!

We have the outdoor electrical box in our yard! Yeah super ugly. Not only is it ugly, you can't build anything permanent too close to it, the electric company has to be able to get to the box at any given time. Well we tried to paint it and still hated it. (Then I started using it to paint on!) We planted pampas grass in front of it and although it covered the box, it almost overtook the yard. I looked online to see what other people had done and there was everything from a painted mural to a faux rock that fit over it. Nothing that appealed to us. So when we were redoing the patio, we had plenty of pavers left over after we built the walk on the side of the house. We were trying to decide what to do with the rock and I suggested we build a brick wall around the box, just until we came up with a solution for what to do with the extra pavers and the box! Well you guessed it, we love it. We dry laid the pavers and built the wall to cover two sides. Because it is dry laid, the electrical people can get to it, even if they knock it down, no big deal!

Laying the brick!

Instead of an ugly eye sore it now looks intentional. I set a fern on top and although several people have been over, no one guessed it was the electrical box. It has gone from something I hated seeing to an attractive feature in our yard. I just love it when that happens.

Dry Laid Brick Wall

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th

I love holidays that mean family time. We are cooking out with my daughter, son and his girlfriend for lunch. You know, the traditional burgers, grilled corn, potato salad and baked beans with banana pudding for dessert! YUM! Then it is on to friends for barbecue and fireworks. A perfect summer holiday in my opinion.

I love my blue mason jars with the red straws, bandana napkins and blue plates with a few flags and the table is complete.

One of my favorite things is a chalkboard made from a picture frame. I change it up for different holidays, it is usually just free handed and unplanned.

Remembering that my American freedom isn't free, thankful for those who serve and their families. Also remembering the cost of my spiritual freedom (John 3:16). Happy 4th!

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