Fall Flowers on the Patio

Fall flowers on the patio are a must here at the castle. We spend more time in the back yard than we ever do in the front.

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Plus, let’s face it. I just can’t resist all of the beautiful fall flowers that are in the nurseries right now!

Beautiful mums, kale and even a few pansies are for sale everywhere right now. There are even pumpkins for sale.

There is only one major problem. It still feels like 105 degrees here in Texas!

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Fall Centerpiece

I decided that less is more when it came to my dining room fall centerpiece this year.

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I usually have a table set with all the bells and whistles. This year when it came time to decorate my fall table, I really longed for something a lot more simple. Clean lines, less clutter, but it still needed to have that wow factor too.

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Touch of Fall

I’ve been adding a little touch of fall here at the castle. Just a few things here and there…

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Small reminders that before long the leaves will be turning and the air will get a little colder.

I’m ready for Apple cider, pumpkins on the front porch, lighting a fire in the fireplace and grabbing a warm, fuzzy throw to curl up in with a good book!

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Fall Front Porch

My fall front porch is  slowly coming together. It’s still in the 90’s here, so it’s a little hard to shift from summer flowers to autumn leaves.

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In fact, until this past weekend, you couldn’t find a mum or pumpkin for sale anywhere.

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Fall Pillows

I just want to say right up front, that I love my new FALL pillows even if they may look a little like a Halloween pillows.

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I like to change out my throw pillows every so often.  Don’t you? Pillows on the sofa are like jewelry on a beautiful black dress. They help usher in seasons, holidays and celebrations at my house.

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Changes In The Bathroom

I’ve made a few changes in the bathroom. The changes are so small that I’m almost embarrassed to show them to you! They certainly weren’t planned,that’s for sure.

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The Cutest Fall Throw

I bought the cutest fall throw, maybe ever!  I know, you are rolling your eyes right now because it’s still so hot outside, right?  Well, me too! I am so conflicted about fall decorating right now.

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On one hand, I am so ready to break out the fall decor.  My summer stuff seems to be hot, tired and slightly wilted. Or Maybe that’s just me?

On the other hand, I can’t believe I am even thinking about cuddling up in a throw blanket even if it is the cutest fall throw ever. As I write this I am sweating glowing like a true southern belle!

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Monogram Coasters

It’s rained here a lot lately, so I’ve been trying to catch up on a few inside projects that I  have been putting on the back burner this summer.  One of those projects was to make a set of monogram coasters for the living room.

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A few years ago, I discovered that you could take natural stone tiles, a stamp and some paint and make some really cool coasters.  They were so easy and fun to make that I couldn’t make just one set for me. Oh no, I  made a set for everybody on my Christmas list.

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Put Some Lipstick On It!

Put some lipstick on it!

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The other day I got a wild hair to deep clean my bathroom. I know, shocking!  Seriously, as I was scrubbing away, I noticed that there were a few things that needed a little facelift, or as my Granny used to say: “Girl, put some lipstick on it!” Which was her way of saying that something needed a little refresh.

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Blue Cigar Boxes

I’m STILL working on my guest room. I haven’t found the accessories that I want. So I made some blue cigar boxes. My biggest dilemma has been that I haven’t found accessories that I love. Or if I do find some I love they are way out of my price range.  I hate buying something that I don’t love just to fill up a space.

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I bought a huge box of cigar boxes a few years ago.  I only needed a few boxes, but hey they were really cheap.  For a mere $20 I had about 20 or so cigar boxes. I’ve created a lot of things out of the boxes. A remote control holder, jewelry boxes and a box to hold my dryer sheets, just to name a few.

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Hand Painted Glasses

Long before I blogged, I hand painted glasses. My niece recently called me and asked if I would be willing to paint some glasses for her. The glasses are for her sister- in law and her bridal party. Of course, I said yes!

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My niece had been looking at Pinterest for ideas and came up with these glitter glasses.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always a little leery of all Pinterest posts. I have had some really great results and I’ve had some absolute disasters.  When my niece showed me these glasses, I thought it would be a perfect time to test this Pin. Would it be fabulous? Or would it be a fail?

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Erma Nash Library

A long time ago, in another state, I used to be a children’s librarian. It was truly my most favorite and the most rewarding job that I have ever had.

Last year my best friends daughter became the librarian at Erma Nash library. She asked if we would consider painting the walls in the library. I couldn’t say yes fast enough!

We only had two weeks to get a lot of painting done. Roxanne and I painted as fast as we could, but sadly, didn’t get everything done.  Fast forward one year and we are back to finish the job!

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If you missed what we painted last year, you can see them here. These are just a few things we painted last year.

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Don’t you just love those bright red, sparkly boots and the purple hand bag?

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The giving tree is just the sweetest!

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The Lorac is one of my favorite characters.

Erma Nash elementary has a large Spanish speaking enrollment. Because of this, it was only natural that we would add some characters from the Spanish book section.

Erma Nash LibraryAshley, the librarian, chose some really fun books for us to paint. Esperanza Rising, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter, and Magic Moments just to name a few.

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We are almost done painting. Just a few more titles on the spines of the books need painting. I don’t know about you, but I would have loved a mural like this in my school when I was a child.

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Working on the Erma Nash library mural has kept me so busy this past week that I haven’t gotten much else done. I’ve been ignoring all of the paint projects that were on my calendar for this week.  However, I’m not complaining.  Painting and reading are two of my most favorite things to do! I’ve been in heaven. Besides, those projects will still be patiently waiting on me next week.

Life is good.

 

                         Tammy

 

Swing Arm Lamp 2.0

Last week I was writing about my new swing arm lamps and realized that it was one of those posts that goes on and on. It really needed to be a part 1/part 2 kind of post. So, here is the part 2, swing arm lamp 2.0.

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If you missed how we put the swing arm lamps together, you can see how we put them together here.

When last I left you, the swing arm lamps of my dreams had been installed and were ready to use.  They were beautiful and almost perfect. However, I felt like the lamp shades were a little plain.

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Swing Arm Lamp

I think that the first time I ever saw a swing arm lamp, it was in a movie. I’m not sure which movie, as my mom loved movies and it was a rare weekend that we didn’t go to the drive-in or the movie theater when we were younger. We saw A LOT of movies.  I have drooled over swing arms lamps ever since.

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When it came time to decide on the guest room design, a swing arm lamp never even crossed my mind.

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Guest Room Art

Finishing my guest room restyle has been a challenge y’all.  I have been working, with a few stops along the way, trying to mark off the projects one by one. One of the biggest challenges on my list was to find guest room art that I loved. Art that screamed “look at me, I totally rock!”.

guest room art 5I have had this piece of art for some time now and I could never seem to find the right spot for it. I was hoping that the guest room was the perfect place. However, it just wasn’t giving me the wow factor I was looking for.

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Recovering the Bench – Again

I’m recovering the bench – again! I loved it before, but it just didn’t seem to go with anything in my house.

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My hubs and I made this bench awhile back, if you missed it, you can find that post here.  Once it was finished, I put it up for sale.  I loved the material, but it never sold. Oh, well sometimes that’s just the way it goes.

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Styling The Hutch

Instead of this post being about styling the hutch, it should be about giving a mouse a cookie. You remember the book, right?  If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask you for a glass of milk.  If you give him the milk, he’s going to ask for a napkin.  It’s the never ending story.

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It all started when I went to dust the kitchen hutch.  My design boredom hit me like spider monkey hyped up on Mountain Dew.

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July Projects

My July projects are piling up!  I’ve already accomplished a lot, but I still have a long way to go.sports lettersI had a friend recently ask me if I didn’t love summer because things seemed to slow down?  I almost laughed out loud! Has summer slowed down for me? No! But I couldn’t be happier.  I’m still working on quite a few projects.  These painted sports letters for one.

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Closet Mural

I’ve been busy painting a closet mural.

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Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve been painting a mural in a closet. Which is a first for me.

A client of mine bought her granddaughter a play kitchen. My client thought that it would be fun to put the kitchen in her butler’s pantry closet. The closet is a perfect choice because it is close to her kitchen and living area and offers an out of the way place for toys.

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Kitchen Pendants

I finally found kitchen pendants lights to go over my island!

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My kitchen has a lot of windows. You would think that it would be light and airy. You would be wrong! For years we had a pot rack that hung over our kitchen island. It didn’t hold anything but dust, so I had the brilliant idea for the Hubs to put in pendant lighting.

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Happy 4th of July!

I don’t decorate all that much for the 4th of July, but I sure do love the holiday! The 4th brings back so many great memories of food, fun and fireworks. The cicadas and lightening bugs are out. Front porch – and back porch- rocking, drinking lemonade and visiting with neighbors. Kids having to be home when the street light comes on. Summer is in full swing.

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I’ve already shared my July table with you…

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