Saturday, March 17, 2018


Every year, I make a St. Patrick's Day card for particular friends and relatives.
This year, I thought that I could incorporate the family crest--Sweeney--into
the card.  For those in the family that are unaware of the crest, here it is.

Leave it to Mr. Thrifty to ask me why there was a lizard on our crest? 

I looked up the meaning of the symbols on the Coat of Arms.  Yellow/gold means generosity.  Sable/black denotes constancy and sometimes grief. The Fess or design of the shield denotes a military belt or girdle of honour.  The  boar represents the bearing of a warrior.  There was no mention of what the lizard symbol meant.  Do you know?

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Just wanted to share a few of my treasures, given to me by family and friends. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018


I bought this ceramic planter at a yard sale for $1.00 over 10 years ago.  I loved the shape of the planter, but didn't really like the coloring on it.  I tried and tried to incorporate the planter into my décor but never had any success.

The markings on the underside were not anything special.

I initially began painting it with a silvered chalk paint.  The paint was not sticking at all.  And I knew that with watering the plant that would be inside the planter would not have a long lasting effect.

This next picture shows the second coat.  It wasn't much better.  Time to try something else.

I taped around the inside the planter, and filled it with newspaper and took it outside to spray paint.  It took a few sprayings to cover the entire piece, but I was liking the spray primer color.

I used my favorite Rust-oleum 2x ultra cover grey spray primer.

After the primer dried, I put a little bit of the silver guilding wax on my finger and went over the raised areas of the planter. 

I left the inside of the planter free from paint because I didn't want the primer to leech into the soil.

I was very happy with the result.

I added my cuttings into the planter.  Sitting it on top of a few vintage books gave the planter some height.

I am thrilled with the latest project. 

The planter works well with the great room décor.

Monday, February 26, 2018


So sorry that I am behind on the postings.  Back in the saddle again.

I was trimming back my mini schefflera and  needed a receptacle to root it in.  I brought out my vintage pickle jar that I had received as a present.  Filling it with water and inserting the stems was the perfect solution.

You can never have enough plantings in your house.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


I was interested in doing a new updated paper quilt that I could frame.  I came across this scrapbook paper book called Barn wood Pretty. I used my Hobby Lobby 40% coupon on the book, so it ended up being around about $12.00 for the book.  I loved the idea of meshing(?) barn wood with spring colors.  A white frame would look stunning. 

Before I started, I wanted to see a smaller version to see if it was easy to put together. 

I bought a stencil cutter that had a 6 sided shape.  It reminded me of the fabric quilts that I had seen.

I began cutting a shape out of multiple pages in the book.  In no time, I had a paper quilted card.

I was happy with the random design. 

Using my sister Terri's punch, I punched Happy Birthday out of another sheet of scrapbook paper. Thanks again Terri.

I think that I'm going to make a full paper quilt and frame it for another auction at the school next year.  This will be another blog.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


At Christmas, I used this adorable, silvered lighted Christmas tree.

Now,  Valentine's Day is coming up and I came across these cupcake picks that my dear friend Tara gifted me few years ago post Valentine's Day.  As you can see the price, originally they were $14.00 but I bought them for $3.00.Now, some would say, how tacky to leave the price on a gift, but Tara and I love to get a deal and she wanted to share with me the spectacular price.  Love her!

I believe my days of making cupcakes for the girls' school parties are pretty much over and it got me can I use this gift??

What about using the picks as ornaments?  It was worth a try.

 It only took a matter of minutes to place the picks on the tree.
What do you think?

I moved the tree over to the great room.  What a pretty sight!

At night, the tree is lit.  Beautiful!!

Thanks Tara for the inspiration!

Friday, February 9, 2018


Instead of doing a Valentine mantle this year, I decided to do a vignette in the great room.

My youngest helped me haul down the 'mental hospital' shutters I purchased years ago in New Hampshire.  I pulled Grandma's red and white star quilt out, a red V that I bought at Hobby Lobby a few years back, my assorted hearts, some red and white paper straws, a German translated 'of the house blessing of piety' vintage lace cross stitch and my dear friend Tara's beautiful charm garland.

Together they put together a nice scene by the chaise lounge.