Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Whimsical Week

"S" is for Saturday! Hope you're having a happy one...:) 

I thought I would share a cute little art project my kinders made yesterday. Our letter of the week was "S", so we made silly, spotted snakes! Aren't they cute? I ordered some glittery bingo daubers from Amazon and they used them to spot their snakes after they cut them out. They added some brightly colored googly eyes to finish them off. They did a great job and had such fun making them.
I love the way they look hanging in our window...:)

We also make crayon box hand fun! We read a book titled The Handiest Things In the World and made this to go along with it. Cute or what? Their parents will love them.

OK...enough kindergarten stuff, let me share what I did today. I, along with Mama, my sister, and niece went to a neighboring town for a festival called Pioneer Day. It was a nice day out. I didn't take many photos, but I will share the ones I did. First up is my delicious funnel cake. I love these delectable fried concoctions! The saying on the cup says it all...:) It was so good.....but I was nice and shared with mama. 

The festival used to have more old fashioned activities going on. They were grinding sugar cane today to make int cane syrup. Most of you have probable never tasted it...I personally don't like it. I used to love cane grinding every fall though when I was young. My grandpa and granny used to do it every year. Sweet memories! I haven't been to this festival in years and it has changed a bit, but it was still really nice. This old house is on the property. I love the breezeway that runs down the middle of the house. There were lots of Christmas quilts hanging on the porch and pretty! 

This adorable calf caught my attention....isn't it precious. Such a unique and pretty color. He was so sleepy, but he did wake up when someone was petting him so I was able to snap a quick photo. There were many goats & bunnies waiting to be petted too as well as ponies waiting to be ridden.

I love to walk around and look at all the handmade items. Seems like there are more and more booths that have what I call junk these days though. This one was by far my favorite and the only one I purchased anything in. If you can't tell, they are wind chimes made of glass. 

When I walked inside, the owner shook the frame, causing all the chimes to start moving and making their beautiful sound. It was absolutely enchanting. I could have stood in there all day looking at and listening to all the beautiful, whimsical chimes. 

Since the park is very shaded, it was hard to get good photos of just how beautiful they were with the sun shining through. The cobalt blue glass reflected so pretty on the ground. There was a variety of items the glass was attached to....birdcages, conch shells, driftwood, miniature bicycles, candle holders, mirrors, and so on. Each one unique and beautiful. I bought three strands to make my own using something I already own. 

We are finally going to be able to start building our dream porch around Christmas and my wind chime will be so pretty hanging on it. I'll be sure to share when I get it made. This one below was made with all clear and frosted glass and chandelier crystals. It was gorgeous! I love the name of their craft.....Chaos Glass. I asked them if I could take photos and share on my blog and they said sure! I was going to share their information, but the web address she gave me wouldn't work. Anywho, I hope you enjoyed looking at them!

I didn't take any photos at the other booth, but they had the most uniquely adorable quilts I have ever seen. I got this one from their Facebook page. I think the bears were my favorite, but they were all so cute.
You can check them out on their Facebook page here

I hope you had a wonderful week...I sure did! The hubby and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary on Wednesday the 8th. I am so blessed to have such a loving husband....he makes me whole. Anywho, we went out for a nice dinner....I had fried shrimp! Then Thursday my sister and I went to visit our friend Heather after work. Most of you probably remember me sharing Heather's battle with cancer. She is doing very well right now. She recently had another PET scan and the cancer is still inactive. Such awesome news! So, a beautiful week and another one in store, because life is beautiful every day. You just have to look a little harder for it some days. I am thankful for each and every day....and I am thankful for each and every one of you! I'll be sharing information about the ornament exchange soon! So...stay tuned!
 Have a wonderful weekend and week to come!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Few Thrifty Finds

Hello friends and happy Saturday! I don't know about you, but I do treasure my weekends. Don't get me wrong, I love my job and my sweet little kinders, but I love the downtime the weekend provides. Mine started last night with watching my nephew play football and then sleeping in a little this morning....something I rarely do. My allergies have been giving me a fit off and on and this morning they were terrible. After I finally got up though, I decided to do just a little thrifting. I have been so much better recently....I try not to go too often and am much more selective in what I allow myself to bring home.  With that, I will share the things I have bought in the past month. Not much at all, but some great stuff!

First up is this silver-plated tray. I bought this at the Goodwill about a month ago. It was $2.99.

I love the detailed sides. I still need to give it a good cleaning!

Here it is with the set of glassware I bought last Monday when I went to the Hospice Attic. I had my frequent shopper card filled, so I got $10 in free merchandise. These glasses were $0.99  each, but free for me! 

I love the amber colored stems. They will be perfect in a fall tablescape.

I found two pillowcases recently...they were about a quarter each I think. They will join the many others I have sitting in my craft room to make a quilt with someday.

Next up are my finds from today.
I love this adorable bunny pitcher. I know it's fall, but I couldn't resist this piece for spring decorating.

Here's the back. It's a nice size too...around 10" tall. It will be so pretty with a spring bouquet in it!

I looked it up online and the cheapest one I found was $38. I saw one listed for over $60. I paid just $4 for mine and it is in mint condition! I would love to have some plates to match, but at $30 each, I'll have to hope I luck up on some at a yard sale or thrift store someday!

These sugar/olive tongs were just $0.50 and will come in handy for parties.

I also found a couple pieces of like new clothing. This Liz Claiborne top which I love!

And this pair of pants. I love the pretty pockets and the stitching on the sides. It's only at the top, not all the way down the leg. The two pieces were $7...not bad for an outfit!

And, that's it. Well, I did buy a book and a shelf for my classroom, but I haven't unloaded it from Lucy yet. That was a great find because I was needing something like it at school and I got a great deal on this one! I will probably paint it before I take it to school and I will show it to you soon if I do. 

I was so excited to find out I won a giveaway and can't wait to be able to share it! I also wanted to mention that I will definitely be hosting an ornament exchange again this year and will be posting information soon, so stay tuned! It was such fun last year and I can't wait to do it again. So, with that said, I am off to my craft room to clean. It's also my home office and it's a mess. I can't stand it anymore. Maybe I will get creative while I'm in there...we'll see! I am hoping to drag my fall decor out of the shed tomorrow and decorate my house. I'll share when I'm done. Hope you have a blessed and beautiful weekend.

Until next time.....

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Meet Lucy's been a week again! It seems I stay too busy to create or do anything blog worthy recently. Life is good though so no complaints from me. I do hope to find some time in the near future to craft or create something though! I haven't even done much thrifting lately either. I do want to introduce you to Lucy today though! No...I didn't get a new pet or anything like that, but, as some of you may remember me mentioning, I did get a new vehicle. she is!

I just love her! I had been driving a 2001 Ford Expedition for the past 11 years and it was giving us a little trouble, had a lot of miles on it and was just too big for me since my kids are grown up, we decided to go ahead and upgrade. I bought this pre-owned  2014 Chevy Equinox LT. It is so nice and like brand new....even still smells new! Here she is from the back. My education license plate even looks great on her.

Here's what the plate looks like...:)

She's a girly girl with her gold bow. I just love is my favorite metallic as you may know.

Here's the inside. I am thrilled with all the features she came with....back-up camera, blue tooth, OnStar (if I subscribe), and many more. The blue tooth is so nice and saves me having to use my hands and take my eyes off the road to dial my cell phone. I just press the button on the steering wheel and give it a command and it dials for me. The radio stops playing and the person I am talking to is on the speakers. So cool! Oh...she gets great gas mileage too...something my old vehicle did not.

Here's a shot of the trunk area. It is very spacious. I have a can of paint there that I have to the wrong kind. Hopefully we will get back to working on the house soon. We really want to finish the living and dining room trim and doors before the holidays.

I think my favorite thing about Lucy is that she lights up in aqua blue at night! If you know me at all, you know I love aqua blue! She was made to be mine...:)

I ordered a monogram to put on the back glass. I was just going to get my initials, but while browsing Etsy,  I found this apple one for teachers. I fell in love...:) I ordered the gold glitter and it is perfect!

Here's a close-up...:)

I wish I had something more to share. Hopefully soon! I do plan to run to the thrift store before my Dr. appointment tomorrow after school. I've had a $10 loyalty card filled up for over a month, just waiting to spend it. I only hope I find something on my list or something I need since I am trying to be much more selective in my buying. If I get something good, I'll share soon! 
I pray each of you has a blessed and beautiful week. 

Until next time.....

Saturday, September 20, 2014

This & That

Can't believe it's been two weeks since I last posted! Life sure gets busy when the school year begins. Nothing too exciting going on around here right now, but I thought I would share a few things I have bought/received recently. First up are a few crafty things I found at Tuesday Morning a few weeks ago. They have such awesome prices and nice, quality items. I bought a paper cutter...I needed a new one for home. I also bought a tool to use for torn paper edges. I have been wanting one of those.

I couldn't pass up this cute little number 4, since it's my favorite number. I can easily repaint it! And I just fell in love with these cute buttons!

Last weekend, my friend Jeana and I went out to dinner and did a little shopping and I was thrilled to find a small mercury glass lamp. I have been looking for one for weeks for my living room. This one was perfect in every way! I found it at TJ Maxx.

Here it is on the black cabinet in my living!

I also found a galvanized "H" at Michael's. I have a hard time finding the letter "H". It must be one of the more popular beginning letters for last names. 

Joey and I went to a yard sale and I only purchased one item...and it was just $1! I love this large metal plate rack...but I won't be using it for plates! Stay tuned.....

After school let out one day, I was walking my kiddos up to the parent pick-up area and one of my moms met me with this little beauty! She made it just for me! I never receive a handmade gift and never out of the blue like that. I was so tickled! Her little boy, my student, picked out the colors himself. This couldn't have been more perfect for me if I had ordered it custom made. So sweet...:)

It holds three pint sized painted mason jars. I can't wait to put some fresh flowers in it!

I also finished my book.....and it didn't disappoint. It was a little different for this author, but after I read the end, I totally understood why. I highly recommend him, but I would start with his older novels first.

I know it's not much, but that's it for today! I did finally receive a little something I ordered for my new vehicle and I hope to share just a few photos of it tomorrow. I am loving it! For now though, I am off to lay back down. My allergies hit me full force yesterday and have just about done me in. I haven't done much other that lay around today and it's almost 7 p.m.! I am hoping and praying I feel better before Monday morning though because I really am not ready to leave my little kinders in the care of a substitute yet. Have a blessed weekend all.....until next time.....

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blessings & a Gallery Wall

Is the weekend really over? 
It has been such a beautiful weekend, even though it rained half the time. My daughter, Miranda was home for an early birthday celebration and we had such a nice time. Yesterday, we had a yummy Mexican dinner (Miranda's request & prepared by yours truly) at my mom and dad's house. My mother-in-law and her new fella, and my sister and her family were there. Mama made mini cheesecakes with blueberry topping and my sister made Nutter Butter pies. I made pork carnitas, spanish rice, refried beans, chips and queso, and of course fresh guacamole and pico de gallo as toppings for the tacos. It was pretty tasty! 

Yesterday evening, Miranda and I went to watch this movie.....

It was excellent! I only wish I had read the book first. We had a nice ride over to watch the movie in my new vehicle. I haven't mentioned it yet, but I got a new (to me) vehicle last Thursday. I was driving a 2001 Ford Expedition and it was beginning to give me a little trouble. I didn't trust it to drive it off very far which isn't good since Miranda lives in Tallahassee....2 hours away. It was also too big for me since my kids are grown up and it was a gas hog! So, my hubby talked me into going to get a new vehicle. I bought a 2014 Chevy Equinox. It was pre-owned, but is like new...even still smells new. I will share a few pictures soon! I am loving it and am blessed to have been able to get it.

Anywho, today, we slept in and then I made a yummy breakfast. We lazed around the house and then went to my sister's house for lunch. We had a fun afternoon playing games and talking. Love times like that! I also finally started hanging things on my gallery wall in the living room. Check it out.....

I know it might not appeal to everyone, but I LOVE it! It represents my family and I very well. I plan to add to it over time, but this is my start. Of course the big H is for our last name....Hunt. The small, silver trivet also has an H engraved on it. The Family is Everything picture in the blue frame was handmade for me by Miranda for Mother's Day. The 2+2=4 vintage flashcard stands for 2 parents, Joey and I, plus our two kids, Miranda and Dakota, equals a family of four. Four is my favorite number for that reason and you can see the large 4 at the bottom of the wall also. I hung a vintage clipboard from my craft room and will change out the quote or scripture on it occasionally...maybe seasonally. The cross is of course for our belief and faith in God.

The coral mirror is just to add a splash of coral to the wall. The speed limit sign is antique. My hubby bought it home for his shop, but I quickly snapped it up for the house. It reminds me of him...he is a slow and steady driver on the road, but loves to race cars on a track...:) I found the Home Is Where the Dog Is sign at TJ Maxx the other day and had to have it. I love that it is aqua blue too! I bought the anchor at Hobby Lobby when I got my cast iron brackets for my shelf. I love anchors! The wooden piece is something I found at the thrift over the summer and thought it was cool. I planned to do something with it, but after I stained it to match our plank wall, I just left it plain. I like it like that.

What do you think? I really love it and look forward to finding meaningful pieces to add to it.

I suppose I should go prepare lesson plans for the week. I am feeling rested and content and ready to tackle a new week with the kinders! I pray you all have a lovely week. 
Until next time....