Wednesday, November 26, 2014

To You & Yours

I'm Thankful for You
Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let's be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
You are one of those people.
On Thanksgiving,
I'm thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!
~Joanna Fuchs

During this season of thanksgiving, I would like to thank each of you who visit me here on Willie Mae Lane. When I started blogging almost two years ago, I had no idea I would make so many new friends. 
I am thankful for each and every one of you and wish you and yours a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving. And for those of you who live in another country...have a blessed and beautiful day as well.

And just for fun...this vintage postcard cracks me up! 
This isn't exactly what we think of when we think of dressing a turkey, is it? 
I thought it might give you a chuckle.

Until next time.....

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

To Do & a Few Transformations

To Do:

Is your list as endless as mine? I have had such a hard time staying caught up lately. 
Tell me I'm not the only!
My list on that white notepad below is not one, but two pages long!
I am happy to say I have checked off many of the things on the list. Let me share a couple with you today.

I cleaned under my rug in the living room and turned it on the diagonal. I really like it like this!

Remember my coral can see it in the photo above. 
Well, I decided coral isn't a good color for winter, so I repainted it.
Here it is...and I love it too! Now I'm trying to decide what color to repaint the coral mirror as well as a picture frame in my living room. Decisions...decisions!

I forgot to mention that I visited the Goodwill while I was in Tallahassee. While I didn't buy even one thing for myself, I did find these for Miranda. 

Cute pencil bookends. Miranda is an aspiring writer...I mean the girl amazes me! I have no doubt that she will someday be a published author. These bookends seemed to be perfect for her. 
But...we didn't like the red. 
I had a plan in mind though, so I bought them!

I also found this vintage metal file box and showed it to her. 
She loved it too.....but again, not the color.

It's a large file box and it came with some vintage file card dividers...:)

I brought both items home with me and worked a little spray paint magic on them and voila....
now they are classy gold!

I stuck a few of my books between them to see how they look and I like them. 
I think Randa will too. It's a dreary, rainy day here and my photos reflect that today...sorry!

I am hoping to get enough crossed off my list to feel free to start this book soon. I love Christmas novels and Richard Paul Evans, so this is a win win! I have several others I hope to find time to read before Christmas as well. One of the things on my list is to scan all some of my books into my favorite new app....
Book Buddy +. It is so cool! It scans the bar code and pulls up the book. You can then decide how you want to categorize your books. I am saving mine by author for the most part, but I also will save some by theme. For Christmas books. This way, when I'm thrifting and find a book I want, I can make sure I don't already have it. I have bought duplicates more than once! When you have as many books as I do, it's easy to forget what you have. I can also make notes on the app if I loan a book out, or if I have the soft cover but am looking to replace it with a hard cover book. I can create a wish list and many other things. Anywho, it's a great app. There is a free version, but I wanted the upgraded version in order to put all my books in it. It was $4.99. I hardly ever pay for an app, but this one was worth it to me. 

Ta Ta for now! I am off to tackle some more things on my To Do list! 
Until next time.....


Monday, November 24, 2014

I Love Weekends in Tally

Woo! Hoo! 
It's Monday and I didn't have to go to work this morning because I am off ALL week! I wanted to start my week off by sharing a recap of my weekend. 
Shall we begin?
My mom and I got up early Saturday morning and headed up to Tallahassee. Most of you know my daughter, Miranda lives there. She moved up there a few years ago to attend Florida State University and she has decided to make it her home. I love to go visit her in the "big city". You see, this country girl lives in what we refer to around here as "the boonies". That means I live in the woods...literally. I am 20 minutes from my school and it is located in a one red light town....tiny! Anywho, I love to go stay with Randa because she lives right in the middle of the city and is surrounded by awesome shopping places and restaurants. It would not do for me to live there as I would never cook and I would gain 100!

We began our day by picking Randa up at the service department where she was getting some recalls repaired on her car. We went to The Egg....formerly Another Broken Egg, for breakfast. It was so yummy! I had the Popeye scrambler which had spinach, bacon, onion, and mushrooms in the eggs. So tasty! My mom ordered the large pancake. Check it out...she had no idea it was bigger than her head! She could not even eat half of it! Miranda had a scrambler of some sort as well.

Most of the weekend was rainy and dreary, but it was still so pretty to me. I enjoyed seeing the pretty fall leaves scattered all over the ground. We don't have such pretty leaves where I live. Miranda is two hours north of me and it makes a big difference. Tallahassee gets rain almost daily and it gets colder there as well. It's a very hilly city for Florida as well. I just love the look of the land there. This is taken from Miranda's balcony. See the fence in front of her car? There's a ravine on the other side.

It's a pretty steep drop down. There was water in the bottom.

Pretty leaves stuck to the wet windshield. 

After breakfast, we dropped Miranda off at work. She had to work for a few hours, and mama and I went shopping. I found two new coffee cups at Marshall's. My goal is to collect a few white cups with black designs for my kitchen. I want to create a coffee/hot cocoa station. I already do that for Christmas, but I want to leave it all year....maybe!

I bought this two cup measuring cup at World Market. It has the measurements on the inside. Mama had told me how much she liked hers like that and she spotted this one and showed it to me. Of course it came home with me...and how perfect that it was white.

I have been wanting some gold striped candles and these are beautiful!

I bought a few new sweet themed ornaments. I can't wait to share my sweet treat themed kitchen/dining room with you this year! I am planning to make a tree topper with the big candy canes.

This is a Dala Horse ornament. Kindergarten studies Sweden for our Christmas Around the World program at school and the Dala Horse is a popular Swedish handicraft that I can share with my students.

I had to have this adorable truck ornament. It won't be used as an ornament though! I can't wait to show you what I am doing with it. It's so sweet...:)

Look at the little wreath on the front!

I found a few crafty things in the Target Dollar Spot. The little clothespins will be used for a Christmas project as well.

Saturday evening, we went to a movie....Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It was such a cute movie and very family friendly! We went to the Dollar Theater to see it and I was going to take a picture of the marquis but it was raining. Here's a picture from the Internet though. I love the old fashioned look of it.....

Sunday morning, we were a bit lazy before getting up and about. After we did get ready though, we took a couple pictures....

Here's my beautiful Miranda and Mama....

and the three of us. I love both these ladies so much it hurts.

For lunch, we went to Miranda's favorite place....Uncle Maddio's pizza joint. Oh my goodness...I now know why she loves it so much. It was amazing pizza...the BEST I have ever had. I will be returning. They assemble your pizza in front of you with fresh ingredients. I had the Portabello Pesto which had a white crust and sauce, portabello mushrooms, pesto, feta cheese, tomatoes, and spinach on it. They are baked in a brick oven and now I want to build one like Karen's hubby did over at The Feral Turtle! Miranda's was delicious as well...Chicken Club on wheat crust. Mama had a meat lover's which I didn't try because I am not a big meat lover. I do like meat, but prefer my pizza without it. They also bake these amazing thick and chunky chocolate chip cookies there...delicious! I will be back...EVERY time I visit!

And one more thing...just for fun! Miranda's roommate, Amber was not there this weekend. She was home visiting family and friends and this pretty lady you see below....her grandma. Now, these pictures were taken many years ago...when her grandma was a model for Maxwell Coffee. Isn't that so neat? She was a stunning classic beauty...was she not? I just thought you vintage lovers like myself would enjoy these pix. 

And with that ladies, I am off! Off to the post office to pick up a package that I was not expecting. Apparently my cousin's dog tried to eat the mailman's car tires and he didn't leave my package Saturday! Can't wait to see what it is...I love surprises! Have a blessed and beautiful Monday.

Until next time.....

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thrifty Finds and An Autumn Table

Hello friends. I haven't had much to blog about recently, but I do have a new tablescape to share that includes a couple of recent finds. Please ignore the mess in the background in the photo below. We have begun hanging new doors, and have stuff everywhere! I don't like the mess, but unfortunately it's the only way to get things done. 

 I was thrilled to find a couple end chairs for my new table at the Hospice thrift on Veteran's Day. They are in excellent condition and will look great when I refinish and recover them. They were $4.95 each. Here's the back side.

I kind of like the old fabric on the seats, but has definitely seen better days and needs to be replaced. I'm considering a grey and white toile fabric, but haven't decided yet!

This table is a simple one. I didn't use place mats since I wanted to feature the beautiful new table runner I found at the flea market today at my favorite booth. It is not vintage, it is actually brand new. It was only $3 and I knew it would look great with these pretty autumn dishes my mother-in-law bought me last year.

I love the cut work and the scroll design.

The colors of autumn are such warm, rich colors. I just love them. As we were driving home from town today, leaves were actually falling from the trees due to the wind. It was so pretty. We don't have a lot of trees here in Florida that shed their leaves in the fall. 

I used things I already had for the centerpiece, except for the white pitcher in the background. It was a flea market find today. It is such a pretty Camark pitcher, in pristine condition and was just $1! 
Sold...:) You know I love white pitchers. This one will soon be placed on my shelf, but for now I am using it on the table.

I still love these dishes. I think I will always love them....they are just gorgeous!

Here's the bowl from the side.

These sweet little acorn salt and pepper shakers were a Cracker Barrel find on Veteran's Day. The hubby and I went for breakfast and of course I had to look around for something to buy! These were super cheap...around $2 I think.

You can see the pitcher a little better in this shot. 

And here's another view of the runner. So pretty!

Here's one last one of the pitcher by itself. It has such pretty lines and details. It will make a beautiful addition to my collection.

I have been busy this weekend...yesterday I had a workshop at school and then a couple of my team and I worked on lesson plans so I didn't get home until after 5 o'clock. I spent the evening watching Christmas movies and making ornaments for my exchange partner. If you are part of the exchange, I hope you are having fun making or picking out something for your partner....such fun! Please try to get them in the mail by November 20th if at all possible. Thanks again for joining! I hope everyone has a blessed and beautiful week. Mine will be a busy one! Tomorrow at school is our annual faculty and staff Thanksgiving feast. I have a few things I want to do with my kinders this week as school and I have lunch duty all week...not fun! The hubby and I will be working on doors and trim, and  I'll also be finishing up my Christmas ornaments and mailing them. I also need to take my new car for an oil change and give it a good cleaning as I am driving it to Tallahassee next weekend to see my beautiful daughter Miranda. Weeks like this one make me wish they were over before they even begin, but I try to stay positive and remember to count my blessings. Who knows what great things may happen this week and every day is a gift! After Friday I am off for 9 glorious days and can get some things done at home. 

Until next time.....