Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My First Tablescape Thursday

Here we are at my FIRST Tablescape Thursday...guess it's okay for my FIRST one! I love the simple look of BLACK and WHITE so this is what I wanted for my FIRST tablescape. I used a mixture of items...everything from family antiques to dollar store bargains! Take a look around and I promise my next one will be much better...thanks sooooo much for looking!

Please join Susan and all the other ladies over at BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH for a GOOD time!

Grandma's White Wednesday

This week I'm posting about two of my favorite treasures that belonged to my GRANDMA. When time came to clean out my grandparents house... I only had one request...can I PLEASE have that CUTE little white CHICKEN from her dresser? request was honored and now I was her new owner...I was one happy gal. As a little girl, I had always admired this little chicken candy dish that sat on her dresser filled with her HAIRPINS...yes hairpins! I didn't know as a child that it was a candy dish...boy I sure would have been disappointed. I also came home with several other items from their home and this wardrobe was one of them. I painted it WHITE and it has been used in my cottage...oldest daughter used it in her condo at college and now it's located in my youngest daughter's room here at home. This wardrobe is by no means a fine piece of furniture, but to me it's worth a million bucks!

I guess GRANDMA wanted to keep the little ones away from her cute CHICKEN we got HAIRPINS instead of CANDY!

Family treasures...they don't get any better than this!

I did add these cute glass knobs.

I'm joining the following parties today with my GRANDMA's WHITE TREASURES!

Kathleen@Faded Charm


Monday, January 25, 2010


I'm a huge fan of SWINGS...I can spend hours with a great book or magazine and just swing away! My favorite place to swing is out on my balcony at the beach watching the surf and of course...PEOPLE WATCHING! When we sold our beach house in 2008 the buyer asked for two things to remain...guess what?...yes you are right...they wanted my SWING!!!! I was soooo sad because I knew I had to let it go. Houses were not selling at the beach at this time and we were sooooo lucky that someone was buying ours...soooo GOODBYE buddy...I sure hope your new owner will LUV you as much as I did! A month later my SWEET hubby bought me a NEW swing and I'm lovin' it now. I have one question...are you a FAN of swings too?

Oooh...I LUV the cushion...soooo inviting!
(Photo from Southern Living)

COZY...COZY...COZY! Perfect for you and your SWEETHEART:)
(Photo from Country Living)

This is my DREAM swing...a BED SWING.This photo was taken right here in my area at a home on the bay. I do have a swing on my balcony at my beach condo that folds out to make a bed, but it's not near as neat as this one!
(Photo from Coastal Living)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Low Tide High Style GIVEAWAY!

My friend Kat@LOW TIDE HIGH STYLE is having her first GIVEAWAY...I must say...this is one INCREDIBLE GIVEAWAY! The goodies up for grab are know me...I LOVE anything BEACHY! Kat's blog is sooooo AWESOME...if you have not been by for a have been missing out on one AMAZING blog! Go over and check it out and PLEASE tell her that I sent you will be glad you did!

Sea Anemone Plate...LOVE the AQUA color!

Yummy Seafood Spice Packages...I can smell the SHRIMP cooking...can YOU?

Coral Votive Holder...these are just adorable!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Work or Play?

With a view like this right in front of your you work or play? I'm sure glad the hubby chooses to work instead of see...we looove to eat and have a roof over our heads. Yes...this is the view that the hubby has from his desk at his office at the BEACH! His business is real estate and if I say so myself...he is one AWESOME real estate broker...his clients LOVE him and so do I! If you are ever looking for real estate on the ALABAMA GULF COAST, just e-mail me and I will get you in touch with the best...MR. COASTAL CHARM (aka JACK)!!!!

Another tempting view!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mantel Party

Please join me for a MANTEL PARTY with the NESTER...come by and check out some awesome ideas for your own mantel!

Simple is my STYLE!!!

My beautiful baby girl...she will be 20 next month...but she will always be my BABY!

Yes...I have wrapped BURLAP and some black ribbon on my WHITE candles...I'm lovin' the burlap and black about you?

Well how did this happen? She has a much larger pic and is front and center...she is the oldest...enough said! The real reason is...I just love this sorority pic of her and I had the perfect "OLD" frame just waiting for her to come along!

Coastal apothecary at COASTAL CHARM you will see lots and lots of COASTAL decor!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Table Top Tuesday with Marty!

Today I'm joining Marty over at A STROLL THRU LIFE for TABLE TOP TUESDAY...check it out for some awesome ideas for your own home!
This week I will be sharing some vignettes in my dining room...please excuse the paint color...I have grown tired of the yellow and have plans to change it this year. It would already be done but we are going to be tearing down some walls to open up the room and that's going to take lots of TIME!!!!! Thanks for looking and I hope you have a FUN day!

BARGAIN ALERT...found this beautiful TUREEN in a thrift store in Tampa last month...she was only $4...what a beauty!!!!

I'm having soooo much FUN with rub-ons these is a plate that I did with a fleur-de-lis motif with "Cherish the Moment"...I will show you more check back!

This little beauty has been around for years...I bought her while shopping for "COTTAGE CHARM"...she was only $2!

I have been collecting MILK GLASS for years...found this vase back in the Fall for $1!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Michaels Alert!!!!

Hello ladies...if you have a local MICHAELS then you need to head right over to their 5 for $1.00 SALE! read that correctly...20 cents for some of the cutest items...most of them are Christmas but all of them...I came home with 33 items and only spent $6.60! This is part of their 80% off Christmas SALE...the items were part of their dollar section. I found more dollar sections in other areas of the store yesterday and had a FUN time there too. My daughter said that MICHAELS is beating TARGET in the dollar stuff...I agree. I'm going to try my best not to stop by there today on my way to work out at our church gym...but it sure is going to be really hard...wish me luck!

What a PRETTY little PEARL monogram...soooo many possibles!

Love these magnets...guess I should at only 10 cents each...WOW!

Polka Dot Christmas Note Cards...a girl can never have too many Note Cards!

What cute Wine Bottle Tags...the polka dot ones can be used year round!

Write down some of your favorite Christmas recipes and mail them in your Christmas Cards...your family and friends will love it!

Christmas ornaments for only 20 cents...these will make AWESOME NAME TAGS for next years gifts...they are wooden with fabric on the front...just sign the back and your done! can't go wrong only spending 20 cents on these wooden words...I'm going to paint some of them for using in wreaths and add ribbon to some for ornaments.

Loving all this glitter!

These little tin stars are just too stinkin cute...soooo I went way out on them and spent 25 cents each!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

La France

Welcome to La France...beyond its ornate tiled doorstep, the cheerful shop bursts with clothing, hats, shoes, jewelry and other objects from the past 100 years and more. Located in Ybor City, I discovered this AWESOME shop while I was in Tampa for the Outback Bowl. I knew this shop was a must see, as soon as I saw the window displays...and boy was I right. The shop was full of customers and it was very hard to get pics of all the neat items, but I was able to get a few. I have never seen a VINTAGE clothing store that was sooooo full of merchandise and soooo organized...hats off to her owner! If you are ever in the Tampa area...check La France will be glad you did!

AWESOME window displays!

If shoes could only talk...I'm sure we would love hearing about all the places they have been to!

VINTAGE HATS...they are soooo much FUN to display in you home...I have some in my dressing area outside my master bath.

Can you picture your HUBBY in these?

I'm going over to Suzanne's please join me!
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