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....


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Bookshelf is Not Just for Books!

Hello friends. I decided to squeeze in time for a post this evening...even though I really should be working on things for school. I need this's a release for me to type up a post and share my life. Remember when I shared my new built in bookcase? I believe it was in that post that I mentioned sharing close-up photos of each shelf. So, here I am on this lovely evening to do just that.

Forgive the poor quality was night time when I took these and it is hard to get a good angle of some shelves due to the new chandelier hanging in there.  Some of the shelves hold more than others, but I love them all. They hold some special memories. 

These are the upper right hand side shelves. The top one holds some children's books that belonged to my kids when they were little. My bronzed baby booties sit on top of a stack of Disney classics. The second shelf holds many novels as well as a photo of my family at my daughter's graduation from Florida State University a couple of years ago. The flag frame holds a photo of Dakota and I on his 5th grade Safety Patrol trip to Washington DC. A replica of the Washington Monument bought on that trip stands beside it.

The third and fourth shelf on the right side hold a variety of things. The top one in the photo below holds more novels, a piece of stone purchased at the Smithsonian Museum in DC, a pewter horse head bookend, a jar filled with stones collected on my trip to Utah several years ago. My mom and dad bought the stone vase and red rock arch back to me from one of their trips out west. The leaf is one my Aunt Loretta brought back from Europe. This little vignette is done around my western books.  The shelf below holds my armillary and a pewter family tree with small frames filled with pictures of my kids. It also holds my favorite authors...Charles Martin and Nicholas Sparks!

The bottom shelf holds even more children's books and Dakota's bronzed baby booties...:)

This is the middle, bottom shelf. It holds a vintage globe, a jar of marbles, my Galileo thermometer, and a vintage ink well.

The two shelves above it hold my classics, and my Christian books. My alabaster doves sit on top of my classics. A framed photo of my Granny Willie Mae and Grandpa sit on the same shelf. My husband's grandpa's watch is encased beneath a dome and a glass apple with NYC inside sits beside a picture of Miranda and I on our trip to NYC when she was younger. We went with her Girl Scout troop...such fun! The little wooden box has leaves hand-painted on it by Miranda when she was little. 

Above that one is my angel, and a large plate with my favorite scripture on it. Miranda bought this for my office the year I took on the role of guidance counselor at my school.

More kid's books and my galvanized orb on the top, left shelf. My little gold leafy tree sits atop a stack of books. The cube with the 4 and 5 on it is new...just bought it at Tuesday Morning over the weekend.

The next two hold a frame with baby photos of the hubby and I, lots more books, and my A to Z bookends that my parents bought me when I graduated college. Love them! A garnet and gold jeweled frame holds a picture of my daughter sitting on lawn at FSU.

And here is the same daughter as a pudgy 3-month old baby wearing the same booties that are bronzed. So sweet. 

Well, that's the tour. I'm sure a few little things will change with the seasons. I look forward to decorating them for the upcoming holidays as well. Prayers for a safe and beautiful end of the week my friends. 

Until next time.....

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Little of This and a Little of That!

Hello! I can hardly believe my 3-day weekend is coming to a close. It was such a nice weekend and I got a lot accomplished, and had some fun as well. I wanted to thank you all for the sweet comments on my last post. I'm sorry I didn't get to reply to them. It was my first full week with my kinders and it was an exhausting week. I was just too tired to get everything done, so I'm afraid I slipped on replying, but please know how good your words make me feel. I am loving my "new" spaces, even though they aren't complete, but I love hearing that other people think they look as nice as I do. You all are the best! As for what I accomplished.....the hubby and I finally got my chandelier it! I'm debating hanging some crystals from it. We'll see!

We also hung my shelf and I created some sweet vignettes on it. I'm looking forward to fall decorating, but am loving having my bee items back in place after being packed up for weeks!

I also did a little shopping at TJ Maxx and Tuesday Morning and found some sweet things. I love my new milk pitcher! I'll share the other things soon.

I had a couple really tasty with my sister and two nephews at Longhorn Steakhouse on Saturday night and another with the hubby and son at Chili's today. I love the pork carnitas fajitas from Chili's! So yummy...check them out.

We also went to see this movie......

It was excellent...cannot say enough good things about it. Sony Pictures says this about the movie......Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. 
I love sports movies and true stories, so this was a win win! So clean too...don't remember hearing even one bad word and even had scripture references throughout the movie. I will definitely be purchasing this one when it is released.

I am happy to report that I also got a lot of junk cleaned out this weekend and am trying to get rid of stuff. We have a truck load of donations to haul to the Hospice Attic soon. Feels so good to purge! We also got one of the bedroom doors hung and trimmed out, just need to paint it. We cleaned out a spot in the shed for all of our supplies and tools to get them out of the house and my dining room is looking good. Still waiting for trim...hopefully in a couple weeks we can get started on it and finish it up this month. I cleaned out the guest room closet and reorganized my decor shelves. I did a few things for my classroom as well. 

I'm excited about a book club/study my friends and I are starting. Our first read will be this one.....

I love Charles Martin...he's my favorite. I have every one of his books and have this one releases tomorrow! He's very similar to Nicholas Sparks, but an even better story teller. I always love his characters. He's from Jacksonville, Florida and references things in the south a lot, so I relate to that too. He has been to our middle school twice to speak to our students about writing. I missed him both times...:( 
Maybe there will be a next time...I really want to meet him and have him sign one of my books!

I hope each of you has a blessed and beautiful week. It's just a four day work week for me, so that's exiting. I'm even more excited to have my daughter, Miranda coming home this weekend for an early birthday celebration. She will be 25 this month! I can hardly believe it...time flies!

Until next time.....

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More Mobile Home Renovations!

Hello friends! I am happy to report I survived my first week with students. This week I only had 4-6 per day on Tuesday through Friday, so it was pretty easy! Starting Monday, they will all be there and I will be totally exhausted at the end of each day for the first few weeks. It takes some time to get kinders to learn all the rules and procedures. For you non-teachers, procedures are those things you have to train the kids to how to enter the room and where to put their things, how to push in their chairs and sit on the rug, how to act properly in the bathroom, how to walk in line without touching the person in front of you, and about a million other things...;) So, while I still have a bit of energy, I thought I would share the part of the renovation that I gave a sneak peek of on my blog tour on Monday. 

Several months ago, my sweet blog friend Magali  shared this project she did in her cottage. I fell in love with it and immediately knew I would do something similar when we started our renovations. Here's a photo of Magali's wall with built in shelf. You can read her post here. If you don't already know Magali...I highly recommend you pay her a visit. She shares updates to her little cottage, photos of her sweet kitties, yummy recipes, and she takes you on trips around France. I so enjoy my visits with her...:) Thanks so much Magali for giving me this idea.

Here's my opening with my shelf. While mine is not just like Magali's, it is very similar and I just love it! My shelf drops down around 12-14 "...can't remember for sure, and the hubby is gone to the races so I can't ask him. I never liked this big opening between my living room and dining room, but now I love it! The photo below is taken from the dining room side. You can see my front door and the plank wall on the right with my entry area. That white spot on the door is a reflection from the entry mirror. You can see a peek of my new curtains in the living room as well. 

This is taken from the front door. You can see the same curtains in my dining room. I have two windows in there, one on either side of my china cabinet. I will share more of that room soon. We still have a few things to finish in there, like trim and hanging the chandelier. I also haven't found a table I like and we may end up building one. Anywho, the arrow in the photo points to where we stopped with our bead board. When we remodel the kitchen one day, we will be tearing out everything and starting over from this point. The bar will be bumped out closer to the window with a wider overhang for bar stools. I have lots of plans for the kitchen, but that reno will have to wait a while. We still have to reno our master bathroom and bedroom first. See the little black table on the right? 

I don't think I shared it and this area yet. The little table holds my phone charger and purse and is where I drop my mail for a few days until it makes it to my desk in the craft room. The gold chalkboard is a mirror that used to hang in my living room and was painted turquoise blue. I just took the mirror out and spray painted the backside with chalkboard paint. That way, I can still use it for a mirror when I get tired of this. I am really into gold lately, so the turquoise went away and I love how it turned out. 

Here's a shot of the opening from another angle in the dining room. You can see that my new built in bookshelves are to the right of it. 

I love the cast iron brackets I found at Hobby Lobby. I had a 40% off coupon and a $20 gift card, so for two brackets and a cast iron anchor for my gallery wall, I only paid $1.20 out of pocket! Great deal! The brackets were just over $8 each which I though was a really good deal even without a coupon. 

Here's another little update on my plank wall. We hung my print and clock to the right of the TV stand. We really want a larger flat screen and are hoping to get a good deal during the holidays. It may be mounted on the wall, but I haven't decided yet. 

So, that's it for today. We are slowly finishing things up, but are having to save a bit to totally finish. That's OK though since I have been so busy with school. We were also getting a little burned out on all the work, so it's been nice taking a break from it for a bit. The hubby has enjoyed having time to piddle on his race car and clean and organize his shop. It had been neglected for weeks. I'm off to finish up a few things for school and enjoy my night at home alone. I can watch what I want to on TV and just relax in my pretty new living room. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. 

Until next time....

Monday, August 18, 2014

On the Blog Tour!

When my blog buddy Tuula invited me to be a part of the blog tour that's been going on here in bloglandia, I was honored and excited! I immediately said I would do it because it sounded like fun! I'm all about fun! Tuula and I share a love of vintage things and we both like to take a lot of those things and transform them into something else or at the least, give them much needed updates. Tuula is the queen at transforming things into unique, one of a kind items. Just check out these gorgeous plate flowers.

I'm always excited to read her latest post so I can see what awesome project she has been working on. Lately, she's been redoing her master bedroom. It is looking so good! I love the colors she is using to decorate. They are so bright and cheerful! Just check out her funky toile dresser she recently redid!

In addition to turning her vintage finds into treasures, she also has gorgeous garden spaces in her yard. She creates some beautiful pieces of art to place throughout her outdoor spaces as well. I love this most recent vignette she created. Go check out how she did it!

Tuula also sells some of her treasures. You can visit her Etsy shops, Spoonfuls of Whimsy, where she sells the whimsical items she creates from her found treasures. She also has Thrifty Rebel Vintage Collectibles which features vintage items of all sorts. I love this gorgeous plate flower in the Spoonfuls shop!

You can read Tuula's blog tour post here. Go by and give her some love. 
If you've never visited, you're in for a treat.

Now, it's my turn to share!
I am supposed to answer four questions. I'm a teacher...I'm used to asking the, but I will try to answer them to the best of my ability. So, here we go!

What are you working on right now?

OK...let me try to answer this one quickly. I (along with my hubby) have been working on renovating my living and dining rooms in my mobile home. For those of you who are new here, I live in a 24 year old double wide mobile home. That's a home that's built somewhere else and delivered to your property when complete. We were planning to build a house in the future, but since now is the future we had planned to build in, and we don't want a mortgage at our age, we opted to renovate what we have. It has been a blast! We get to do what we want and pick out what makes us happy. So, with that said, here are a couple shots of  what we've been up to. 

First up is the built in bookcase that I am in LOVE with! You can check it out here.

Next up is a project I haven't shared yet. I will blog about it soon, but here's a sneak peek!

You can see the entry I created here and my dresser turned buffet project here

OK...on to question 2.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?

This one is a tough one to answer for me. I mean, in a way, I think we are all different, but in other ways, I feel we are the same. I mean, I create what I love. Sometimes it may be something I came up with on my own, and sometimes I may create something similar to a project I saw online. One thing I do know is I create what makes me happy. I don't care if anyone else likes it. If it makes my heart happy, then that's enough for me. I don't try to keep up with all the current trends, although I do love some of the current trends and incorporate them into my decor. My decor is very eclectic since I mix old and new, trendy and vintage all together. it's what makes me happiest. I love a mix of things....just look at my new buffet area in my dining room. 

I took the vintage French Provincial style dresser from my bedroom, chalk painted it and placed it in from of my trendy new plank wall. I topped it with vintage milk glass pieces, two old repainted brass lamps topped with new nailhead trimmed shades, scrabble tile words, an anniversary clock my mother in law gave me years ago, an antique candy dish that belonged to my granny, and a few other odds and ends. Above it hangs a thrifted print that I fell in love with! So, I guess my work isn't all that different, it just fits in several different genres. Does that make any sense?

If not, just pretend it does and let's move on the question 3!
Why do you write/create what you do?

Well, this one's easy for me! I write and create what I do because I love it. My blog is an online journal of sorts for me. I am documenting my life on here. My blog is a lifestyle blog. I don't share just one type of post like many bloggers. I might share my thrifty finds one day, and a new recipe the next. I may share vacation photos, furniture makeovers, my grown up children, my sweet Sadie Lou, or some kindergarten fun. It's always's my life folks. Life changes daily and I just share what's going on with mine. So, here's a recipe for's one of my favorites!

And just for fun, here's my Sadie Lou...:)

Last, but not least, question number 4!
How does your writing/creative process work?

Well, I wouldn't really call it a process...not for me anyway. I almost never plan a post. I mean, I might have an idea every now and then, but like I said above, I blog about my life and what's going on in it. So, I write about something that's currently happening in my life. I'm a very visual person as well,  so I take (and share) lots of photos in my posts, since that's what I enjoy. I love visiting blogs who also post lots of photos. 

Here are a couple of my favorite photos.....I love photographing nature.

Read post here.
Read post here.
As for my creative process, I am often inspired by things I see online or in magazines, stores, etc. I will use the idea and create my own version of it. Sometimes it's very similar and sometimes not. I see it in my head and then make it come to life. That's why my renovation has been so fun....I am finally getting to see all the pictures in my head come to life! It has been amazing....truly! I am blessed to have my own creative space to play in as well. It's one of my favorite places to be because it's such a happy place. Check out all my craft room posts here.

You might find me creating something like this sweet sewing basket. See the before photo here.

Or...maybe something like this little ironing board project!

Whatever I'm creating, you can be sure I am having fun! It may not always turn out like my original vision, but that's usually because it turns out even better! 

Well, I did it! I answered all the questions. So now I get to introduce you to my sweet friend Cecilia! She blogs over at The B Farm and she'll be taking over next Monday, so be sure you go visit her! Cecilia and I have been blog buddies for a while now. She took part in the Christmas Ornament Exchange I hosted last year and she was my partner. She is an amazing artist and she sent me two pieces she painted just for me! I will treasure them forever! Check them out....

Aren't they precious? I can't wait until Christmas gets here so I can unpack them and see their sweet little faces! You can read more about them here. And now, here's a face to go with the name. Cecilia is such a beautiful person...on the inside and out! I just love this photo of her, barefoot in front of the big oak tree! 

Cecilia is an artist who loves to create and decorate. She started her blog "The B Farm" two years ago after buying the farm to document all the projects and improvements she and her husband made to the house and land. She looks forward to the day they move there permanently and she can have the art studio of her dreams.

Cecilia will be posting her blog tour next Monday, the 25th. Be sure to go pay her a visit. You will love the projects she's always sharing. I always look forward to visiting and seeing what she has been up to. 

As always, thank you so much for stopping by. May your day be beautiful and blessed!
Until next time.......