teen room update

A few weeks ago I shared this design board  for my daughter's room with you.   We had a chance to go shopping that following weekend, also known as payday :)  to get some of the things on our list.  I decided to make a fun girl's day out of it and to capture it on video.  I don't have the capability to embed.  So, I'm providing the links to each … [Read more...]

living rich on less at the hines house-

home decor, dining room decor

Last week when I featured susan's beautiful buffet decor, I mentioned that I love it so much that I was inspired to create my own version.  Susan wrote to say she hoped I would show y'all my version...So, this post is dedicated to Susan at Living Rich on Less. To refresh your memory, this is Susan's buffet decor I just love the sparkly, simple … [Read more...]

winter mantel

decorating your mantel for winter, seasonal decorating

Until next time, Sharon I'm linking to these fun Friday parties: Friday Flair @ Whipperberry Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage Potpourri Party @ 2805 Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff and Nonsense … [Read more...]

there’s no place like home

home

  Isn't this home beautiful?  I'm a big time fan of front porches.  Patios are nice, but front porches make my heart sing.  "Wild thing, you make my heart sing"...sorry, couldn't resist. {source} … [Read more...]

Show & Tell party started

show and tell party button

Hello everyone!  Do you know what time it is?  It's Show & Tell time!  I'm excited to show you the new party button. We had a nice turn out last week.  It's so exciting for me each week when I check the linky list and a new link has been added.  I hope you are taking the opportunity to look at other links.  It's a great way to meet new … [Read more...]

Beautiful Buffet

I've finally settled on what to put on my buffet.  There was nothing wrong with what was there. It just wasn't me. I'd been waiting to decorate the buffet for Debbiedoo's Magazine Copycat Challenge  until one day, I "let go" of the notion that  keeping this vignette full time wouldn't work because it wasn't "real"...  just something pretty to look … [Read more...]

Show and Tell party started

We will get right to it.  Here are the party rules: ~ I would love for you to become a follower of my blog.  You can click the little gray follow tab at the bottom right or top left of your screen or see my sidebar for other ways to join.  If you do join, please let me know and I will be sure to follow you back!   ~ Kick your shoes off and stay … [Read more...]

My word, features and reminder

We don't visit Granny as much as we should, but when we do, I cozy up on the corner of the couch with a few copies of her Guidepost magazine and read through the articles.  Well, one day I mysteriously started receiving my own subscription of Guidepost in the mail.  Hmmmm, wonder where that came from?  :)  It's been several years, and my … [Read more...]

Chili Recipe and Desserts

main entree, dinner ideas, meal planning, menu plan

I love cookin', and I love hostin'.  Today, I got to do both since we had friends over to watch the Texans play off game.  It was a good time of food and fellowship. Our menu: Appetizers: chips and salsa, crackers with your choice of hummus or cream cheese topped with raspberry chipotle sauce, roasted almonds and stufffed jalapenos Soup of the … [Read more...]

Teen Room Design Board

One of my goals this year is to let go.   I took a pretty big step with that goal in the breakfast room when I took down the curtains I made.    Now, I'm taking another step towards that goal by letting go of my romantic notions about having a guest room.  I am in love with the idea of it, but I don't need it.  For the last four years, we've had … [Read more...]

A bookcase and the back story

home decor, how to decorate a bookcase

One of my biggest challenges/projects that I'm taking on for 2012 is my fireplace wall. So, I've been trying different ways to do that. Yesterday, when my daughter got home from school, I asked her opinion on having a bookcase next to the mantel. She said no because it makes the wall look like I just stuck a bunch of furniture together. Okay, I can … [Read more...]

Sweet Tea and Show & Tell Party

picture by Southern Living  We typically have tea with dinner; sweet tea that is.  Friends tell us we make good tea.  So, I wanted to share our recipe with you tonight. ~bring to boil 4 cups of water ~add two family sized tea bags to the boiling water and let steep for about 5 - 7 minutes (depending on how strong you prefer your tea.)  We use … [Read more...]

dirty laundry, features and a reminder

It was Saturday night.  I didn't have any clean panties.  So, I went to my closet and put together a load.  I was feeling a little light headed and weak.  Must.do.laundry.    I proceeded to put the load in the washing machine.  Once I sat down on the couch, I decided to take my temperature.  100!  I knew I wasn't well.  Luckily, Mr. Hines witnessed … [Read more...]

Carryin’ on in the Kitchen, Part 2

Well, kids, I believe it has been a week since I shared with you that I was ready to change out my breakfast room curtains. It was hard for me to make the decision to take them down because, as I mentioned, they were a labor of love.  If you remember, though, I fell out of love almost as soon as they were hung.  They look cheerier in this photo … [Read more...]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

decorating with mirrors, DIY, knock-off decor

When I saw this mirror in Ballard's catalog, I was inspired to transform my dining room mirror from this  to this. I already had the paint in the garage.  So, this project didn't cost me a dime.  It doesn't get better than that!  To achieve this look, I painted the mid section of the frame with three coats of SW Tranquil Aqua, … [Read more...]

Show & Tell Party

My passion, my mission, is to encourage others. That is why I started the Show & Tell party. It is an opportunity for you to show us your creativity. In turn, our creative limits are pushed and our d.i.y skills are tested. Being challenged and learning from others is encouragement in my book. I think we are each other's biggest cheerleaders. So … [Read more...]

Fish Tacos

fish taco

  I just finished cleaning up the kitchen after a yummy dinner of fish tacos, with a side of black beans, and some chips with salsa and guacamole.  This is such a quick, easy and enjoyable meal, that I wanted to share our fish taco recipe with you. You will need a light, flaky fish.  I keep a bag of individually wrapped, frozen tilapia … [Read more...]

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report. … [Read more...]