Wednesday, January 27, 2016


I promised you a wall painting project this year and look at the idea I came up with.

I found this fabulous stencil from Royal Design Stencils.  It is called Lisabetta Damask and it is a much larger stencil than I normally see out there.  The stencil itself covers 21"x29".  It is quite dramatic in person.

Here is the image of the stencil on the package.

And here is the actual stencil.

Last May, Mr. Thrifty painted our Great Room in Repose Grey by Sherwin Williams.  I love the clean look of the new grey in the room.

When thinking of painting the parlor bathroom, I wanted to go one shade darker, so on the color line, I picked Mindful Grey.

With the Mindful Grey in the background, I thought stenciling on the one large wall in the bathroom would be perfect.  Stay tuned to see the results.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


I received this recipe from a neighbor, but I did tweak it a bit.  The ingredients used were a large log of Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough and a small can of Nutella.  A 9x13 inch baking pan is used also.
I begin by lining the baking dish with parchment paper.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut a quarter of the dough and put aside.  Take the remaining three quarters and press the dough onto the parchment paper. 

Heat the Nutella in the microwave for 30 seconds on high.  This makes it easier to pour on top of the first layer of cookie dough.  I use almost the entire jar of Nutella.  Make sure that it completely covers the dough.

Take the remainder of the dough and crumble over the Nutella.

Bake between 20 and 35 minutes until brown 

Cool the bars and cut. 
Besides being simple to make, this dessert will win you over.

Sunday, January 17, 2016



 In order to keep a bit of the winter in the house, I pulled out my evergreen garlands to lay on top of the headboard.

Besides being very realistic looking, I love the added pinecones

I placed my 25 cent ornament in the middle of the display.

In the daylight, the boughs really bring that winter aspect inside.

At night, the lights casts beautiful shadows on the ceiling.

 Two garlands complete this headboard embellishment.  That was a quick 5 minute fix for the bedroom.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Because of our unseasonably cold weather in the South, I have been longing for the warmer days to reappear.  As I was looking out the window this morning, I realized something.  When the sun is not out and it is cold, it reminds me of the overcast days of winter growing up in Illinois.
The sun did appear, but at the same time, I realized how filthy the outside of my windows were on the house. 
Given that it feels like 36 degrees outside, I bounded outside with my glass cleaner and paper towels and hurriedly cleaned the top sashes of my windows looking out into the backyard. 

Now I will share with you that those 5 minutes of freezing cold were well worth the results.  The sun is shining in a bit clearer and the day can begin again.
If you are brave enough to conquer the cold just to have the sunlight come inside with you, get your window cleaner and towels now.  Do yourself a favor.  Bring the sunshine back in!
The emotional benefit is amazing.......

Friday, January 8, 2016


I love to collect vintage broaches found at estate sales and purchased on Ebay.  But what do you do when you lose a stone?  While shopping at Michael's one day, I found these in the jewelry section. I liked these especially because of the Swarovski shine.  This particular box came in 
 various sizes which was perfect.

A bit of Elmer's glue was placed under the rhinestone. Can you tell which rhinestone was replaced? 

 I'm not going to tell you!.

From now on, I will be able to replace stones in other broaches.  This was a great discovery.  Now, you too can fix those broaches of yours.

Monday, January 4, 2016


I had been looking for a particular top to wear with jeans for quite some time.  I really liked the look of lace peeking out underneath the hem of a casual top, but I haven't come across one that I like
while shopping.

While Christmas shopping for the girls, I came upon this Loft top at TJ Maxx.  I don't usually wear this color, but I loved the way it hung a bit lose at the bottom.

I had some wide lace ribbon in my bin that I was anxious to use.  It is so pretty and very dainty.

I also found this piece of ruffled lace that I liked even better.

Basically all I did was to sew this lace on the underneath hem of the top.  Here is the top before adding the lace.

And here is the top finished in under 20 minutes.

You can do this with any top with a lose bottom. 
Easy peasy is what I call this one.