Saturday, April 30, 2011

We Are Okay Here At Coastal Charm

I have received several comments and e-mails asking if my family is okay here in Alabama...yes...we are fine and thank you so much for thinking about us. I live on the Alabama coast and we had some bad weather, but we were never under a tornado warning..thank goodness. I knew that some really bad weather was coming to parts of my state, but I really didn't ever think it would be this bad. Strange thing is...all these tornado's hit in several cities where I have family and friends and they were in three different states. First hit was Preston, Mississippi (very rural area) where my parents are from and where I have a uncle and aunt still living there...thank goodness they made it okay and are just fine. Next it went on to Tuscaloosa, Alabama...where I have family and friends. My best friend (this is my friend that hosted Haley's shower at her home this month) has a 22 year old son that lives there (a jr.at UA) rode out the storm at a condo that only missed the storm by 400ft...this young guy was really scared and is still very upset about what all happened around him on Wednesday afternoon. He came home on Thursday, so he could get all his windows in his car replaced...yes...they were all blown out. Last year he shared a house with another one of our friends son and that house is GONE...we are now all so thankful that they moved out of it last summer. Then another city hit was Birmingham, Alabama...there we also have family and friends...they are too all safe. It still wasn't over...went on into Georgia and hit Ringgold...there I have a niece and her family (you might remember my mom and I visited them back in Feb.)...they stayed in their basement during the storm and are all safe. As I'm thinking back on this time, it's just so hard to believe that all of this happened in cities and towns where I have loved ones...thank you LORD for keeping them all safe. Please keep all the families that are hurting today in your prayers...prayer is so very powerful!
                                                         Blessings,
                                                           Linda
                                              These are the condos where
                                                  he rode out the storm.
                                      Just look how close he was.
                                 This was what he saw from the condo after
                                                    it was all over!
                                             Still can see the condos.
                                           Look at these young people,
                                          some living away from home
                                                    for the first time!
                                          
                                 Now this pic really got to me since I have
                                 a 21 year old daughter off at college...this
                                               could have been her.
                              HUG your kids and tell your family members
                                          how much you LOVE them,
                                         because you just never know!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sunday Brunch At Blue Creek Home and Paris Porcelain

What a wonderful time Mr.CC and I had at a Sunday brunch at BLUE CREEK HOME. Rhonda and I have been visiting with each other thru our blogs for about 18 months now...so when Mr.CC and I planned a trip to the lake for a few days...we both knew it was time to meet up face to face. When I told Rhonda where we would be staying...she couldn't believe that we were only a mile from her home, so she offered to have us over for a Sunday brunch. Her daughter Alex loves to cook and we love to eat, so with that said, we were happy to try out all the delicious food that she whipped up for us. Now this girl is one outstanding cook, everything was sooooo good...looking forward to getting that awesome breakfast casserole recipe. Rhonda and her husband Al are both lovely people and Mr.CC and I felt like we had known them forever. All of us are HUGE AUBURN TIGERS FANS, so really we are already family (if you are not in the Auburn family...then you probably don't understand this). I'm hoping that all of us can get together in the Fall for some good ole AUBURN tailgating...know that will be a lot of FUN! Oh yes...I got to meet Rhonda's darling little grandson Mason...he is just a doll! I have been enjoying seeing all the cute pics of him on Rhonda's blog, so when I found out that he would there, I was really excited. Blue Creek Home is beautiful on her blog, but it's even prettier in person...Rhonda has great taste and a talent for decorating and it shows. Last week at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS, I told all of you about her new thrifty party and I hope you all got a chance to go by and party with her...so speaking about this new party...today I'm going over there and sharing my new thrifty treasure...it's my "Paris Porcelain" vase. I found this vase at garage sale last Saturday, with it's $5.00 price tag, I knew she was mine! I have found one a lot like mine on e-bay for $40.00, so I pleased with my purchase. Do you own any "Paris Porcelain"?  This is my first piece, but it just might not be my last one. Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays is still going on and you can link up here.
                                                 Happy that you came by
                                                   and I hope you have a
                                                              fun day,
                                                               Linda

                        I wasn't kidding...look at this beautiful mantel display at
                                                BLUE CREEK HOME!
                                Love this display of seashells and antlers...want to
                                 see more? Hop on over for a visit and please tell
                                               Rhonda that I said HELLO!
                                            If I say so myself...I think she is
                                                  soooooo PRETTY!!!
                                                Just look at all her details!

                                        Here she is with a few vintage napkins
                                               that I also found at the same
                                                          garage sale.
                                      I always like adding more napkins to my
                                                           collection.
Linking up here...
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Show and Tell
Open House Thursdays
Show Off Your Stuff
Transformations and Treasures
Catch a Glimpse Party
Thrifty Things Friday
Frugal Friday
Show and Tell Fridays
Saturday Nite Special

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays No.60

Oh my...what a wonderful Easter we had here at COASTAL CHARM...hope all of you had a blessed Easter too. Both of my daughters were here with us and that made for a special time...I love it when the four of us can be together and hang out. Did any of you get out and do some thriftin'? Mary Claire and I hit a couple of garage sales Saturday morning on our way to the flea market. Our purpose on going to the flea market was to buy 10...yes 10 ferns for Haley's wedding...when our florist told me that he rented his ferns for $15 each...I knew then that I would be buying them from the garden man for only $10 each...then when the wedding is over...I will be giving them to friends and family. My mom and sister are helping me out by keeping two each until the wedding...thank you ladies...this is a huge help! I thought I would share with you some of my THRIFTY flowers that I posted last week at NTT with you today...they are all planted and looking good. I also bought a few more plants at the flea market...sent some home with Mary Claire for her condo and added the rest around here. Now about my luck that I had at the garage sales...I found a pretty "Paris Porcelain" vase...vintage 50's tablecloth...a bamboo easel and some pretty white vintage linen luncheon napkins to add to my collection. Okay now it's time to see what you have to share this week...so link right up...then fix you a tall glass of lemonade and visit around with the other party gals here at NTT. Now you all know that a party is NO FUN...unless you mingle around and meet some new friends...so go on and have some FUN...now do be sure to tell them that you found them at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS...thanks ladies:)
                                               Thanks so much for coming
                                                and I hope to see you here
                                                              again,
                                                              Linda
Some of my Home Depot 49 cents plants looking good
here on my patio!
Here we have even more of them!
A little VINTAGE CHARM added here.
   Some of my FLEA MARKET beauties!
Cost...$6.00!!!

   One of my all time favorite flowers...what
  a pretty shade of PINK!!!


     I'm a BIG fan of window boxes? How about you?
  I have them on all my front windows.

                                             I really feel good about the deal
                                            that I got on these ferns...not bad
                                                          for only $10!!!
               
                              
                               Hoping this $4 bamboo easel will come in handy
                                        for one of Haley's bridal pics at her
                                                         wedding.
                             Adding more vintage tablecloths to my collection.
                                                  Price tag...$3.00!!
Let's take a close-up look!
P.S. Looking for the pics of my
"Paris Porcelain" piece?
If so, check back with me
later this week...it's
so worth the wait!
****Please everyone, follow these guidelines!****

1. Be sure to refer back to my blog so everyone can see who is participating today, include the NTT button in your post (copy and paste the html code under the button…the button is located on my sidebar). Please make sure that you have put my NTT button or my blog name with a link on your post where it is easy for others to find it...the more people at the party...the more fun we will all have here.

2. This party is for sharing thrifty finds from garage sales, thrift stores, consignment shops, craigslist and even those awesome deals that you find at any retail store. Also you can share any thrifty DIY projects...love seeing what y'all can make on a dime!

3. Please go and visit the other participates and leave a comment about their treasures and thrifty ideas…this is what makes the PAR-TAY so much FUN and what a great way to meet new friends. I would love for you to add yourself as a follower if you haven't already and please let me know, I love to know when I have a new friend. I appreciate all your comments, they really make my day.

Linking up here...
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Change is Good and Happy Easter

Here we are on Good Friday and I'm still changing things up around here...somebody please stop me! My Easter vignette in the foyer just needed a little fluffing and I love to fluff...how about you? So what should I do? I will add my vintage wicker funeral basket to the scene...it will serve as my Easter basket. Now Mr.CC has never really understood my love for these baskets...honey these are for funerals...why do you want a FUNERAL basket in our home? Because I like them...'nuff said! I hope each and every one of you have a blessed Easter...remember this...he died for us...he rose up from the grave and he is waiting for us!
                                                                   Blessings,
                                                                     Linda


                                                   Love the chippy paint!
                                               Still kicking myself for selling all my
                                                     metal funeral baskets at a
                                                   garage sale a few years ago!

                                               My new best friend...chicken wire!

 
I'm seeing some fresh cut flowers here next week
in my funeral basket.

Linking up here...
 http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nature Inspired

Lovin' my newest addition here at Coastal Charm...whatcha think? I was shopping with my daughter Mary Claire last weekend in Hobby Lobby and she found these cute twig/chicken wire cones...I knew at first sight that I had to have one. It got even better when I got to the check-out and it was 50% off...yes this cutie was only $4.98! Now let's take a look at what I did with it for now...you never know...next week you might find her in a bathroom with a guest towel and some soaps.
                                              Hope you have an awesome
                                                      day and thanks for
                                                            coming by,
                                                               Linda

                                        She found herself here at my vintage
                                            hutch with a red bird and nest.
                                            Can you see the chicken wire?

Linking up here...
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Wow Us Wednesday
Open House Thursday
Strut Your Stuff Party
Making It With Allie
Inspiration Friday
Thrifty Things Friday
Home Sweet Home
Feathered Nest Friday
Fridays Unfolded
Frugal Friday
Met Monday
Todays Thrifty Treasures
Keep It Simple Sunday

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Love Winning

The title says it all...I LOVE to WIN...how about you? In the past few weeks I have been one lucky gal at winning some really great giveaways here in blogland and today I'm going to share with all of you one of them. Misha over at FROM MY FRONT PORCH IN THE MOUNTAINS had a giveaway for a copy of the FLEA MARKET STYLE magazine and this darling birdie and I WON! Now when the package arrived, it also had a few more goodies in it, sweet Misha had added several other goodies, so now let's go see what she sent.
                                                  Thanks for coming by,
                                                              Linda


                                     Just look at all this awesome stuff!!!!
                                              * Cute "Welcome" sign*
                                     * Orange candle (my favorite color)*
                                              * Pretty compact mirror*
                                       *Yummy chocolate Easter candy*
                                        This came just in time for my five day
                                               trip to the lake...more on that
                                                                 later.
                                                What a darling addition to
                                                           our NEST!
                                        He has found a new home here!
Thanks Misha!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays No.59 and a Invite to a NEW PARTY

I love to get a great deal and a couple of weeks ago...Home Depot was running a 4 day special on some garden items that I already had on my shopping list, so off I went to get me some bargains. They had just the right plants that I wanted for all my window boxes and flower pots...they were only .49 cents. We also loaded up on the mulch that we put in our flower beds...it was 50% off...$1.38/bag! I had a $10.00 off coupon from Lowe's (yes...they take Lowe's coupons)...so it really was like getting 20 free plants for my yard...can't go wrong with FREE!!! I still need a few more plants, so I will head out to our local flea market in a few weeks to get more...they have really great prices on plants too. I really never read the Home Depot and Lowe's ads, but after finding this ad, I will be checking them out more often. Link up and let's all see what incredible deals you found lately. Before you go, I want to invite all of y'all to a fun new THRIFTY PARTY called TREASURE HUNT THURSDAY...it's hosted by my friend Rhonda over at BLUE CREEK HOME. The party starts up on Wednesday nights and goes on for a few days, so please be sure to go by this week and join in on all the fun going on over there and tell her that I sent you by...click here to find her blog.
                                           Thanks for coming and please
                                             be sure to invite your friends
                                                      to come join us,
                                                             Linda


                                             




                          Looks like I have a lot of work ahead of me...I just get
                                                      tired looking at it!
                                  My $5.00 palm...now don't think that I'm
                                      keeping it in this ugly black pot...just
                                           need to find that perfect one!
Mr.CC's cucumbers seeds.

I'm linking up here...
****Please everyone, follow these guidelines!****

1. Be sure to refer back to my blog so everyone can see who is participating today, include the NTT button in your post (copy and paste the html code under the button…the button is located on my sidebar). Please make sure that you have put my NTT button or my blog name with a link on your post where it is easy for others to find it...the more people at the party...the more fun we will all have here.

2. This party is for sharing thrifty finds from garage sales, thrift stores, consignment shops, craigslist and even those awesome deals that you find at any retail store. Also you can share any thrifty DIY projects...love seeing what y'all can make on a dime!

3. Please go and visit the other participates and leave a comment about their treasures and thrifty ideas…this is what makes the PAR-TAY so much FUN and what a great way to meet new friends. I would love for you to add yourself as a follower if you haven't already and please let me know, I love to know when I have a new friend. I appreciate all your comments, they really make my day.
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