My Pink Chair

I love My Pink Chair! Seriously. I’m kind of in shock that I even have one.

My Pink Chair

My friend Shelli brought me one of her dumpster diving finds. This old, worn chair.  The girl is a genius at finding good stuff! Unfortunately, when I got it the only thing good I could say about this chair was that it had great bones and it didn’t smell. The existing upholstery had to go.

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My Redneck Pool is Open

My redneck pool is open!

redneck pool 3I get so excited every year to get the pool up and running. My Hubs? Not so much.  Deep down inside I know that the pool has grown on him. But it’s taken about 5 or 6 years.  He hated it so much the first year I took myself down to the Dollar Tree and bought a dozen or so pink flamingos to put around the pool.  Needless to say I don’t have those anymore, they have mysteriously disappeared over time…

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Three Chairs Become a Bench

Three chairs become a bench. I hit the neighborhood garage sale recently and bought three white chairs.bench 13

The minute I saw them I thought they would make a great bench.

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This is what they looked like when I bought them.  Really gross! They were already white and distressed, so I thought once the material was removed and the wood cleaned up I would be able to use the existing finish. WRONG! The wood did not clean up. Definitely needed a new paint job.

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Terri’s Porch Swing

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I just got back from Oklahoma where we celebrated my sweet Daddy’s 76th birthday.  After months of working on the inside, my sister Terri has begun working on the exterior of  her bungalow. With that in mind, I was on Pinterest looking for ideas to share with her and saw where someone had taken a full size bed and turned it into a porch swing.  Well, you know we had to try one! I have to say that Terri’s porch swing turned out pretty cute!

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Pokeno Decor

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Who says that you can’t use paper plates to have a really cute Pokeno decor theme for your table?

I have been on over load lately. I admit that I really dropped the ball. Trying to get the house and yard company ready with all the rain has been challenging. Add two trips to Oklahoma and one trip to Austin in a week, plus a day off to go to the Ranger game and I will admit to not having a whole lot of  time to put a girls Pokeno night together..

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The Natural Gardener

The Natural Gardener is my new favorite nursery! Maybe my most favorite of all time!The natural gardenerWe made a day trip down to Austin, TX to see my eldest son. He had told me about finding a new nursery that he thought that I would love and boy was he right! If you want a nice “normal” quick stop for flowers this is not the place for you. Take yourself down to a big box store. But, if you want beautiful flowers, fun, whimsical garden art and unusual plants then this is your place.

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Tyler’s Dresser!

Tyler’s dresser has had many lives here at the castle…

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I’ve painted this dresser so many times I’m not even sure what the dresser looked like originally anymore.  I think maybe it was white? It was a garage sale find from many years ago. It has had a funky silver faux finish, it has been brown and as you can see black.  It is a smaller dresser so it has been perfect for my son’s apartments all through college. My younger son recently moved into his own loft apartment and thought it was time for some grown up furniture, so Tyler’s dresser came back to me.

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Deer In The Nursery

Deer in the nursery? You betcha!

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The sweetest client in the world called me and asked if I could paint a mural in her nursery.

Sure! I’d love to. What are we painting?



Yup. Seems hubby is a huge hunter and wanted to share that with his sweet baby girl. My client gave me some of the bedding to show me what she was thinking and I have to say it is girly and sweet without being over the top.

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Still Working On The Patio

I’m STILL working on the patio! Why am I still working on the patio? I blame it on the rain. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that it’s raining. Most of the time. The forecast here is for one more day of sun followed by another whole week of rain!!! It just hasn’t stopped raining long enough for me to get my patio, let alone the rest of the yard, put together.

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This is what my patio looked like in years past. As you can see the iron part of the patio furniture is in excellent shape, but the cushions? Not so much!  I bought this set from the Better Homes and Garden line. I really, really love it. However, when I went to purchase replacement cushions for this set I was shocked to find that they didn’t sell any.  Say What?

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Children’s Chairs

Children’s Chairs Before and After

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Our community had our neighborhood garage sale last weekend. I didn’t have my self together enough to participate and sell all of my nick nick paddy crap that seems to just appear out of thin air around here, but I did have fun doing a little shopping! Even the Hubs decided to tag along.

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Painted Flower Pots

So my sisters and I had a pot party this past Saturday. As in painted flower pots.  We had a party with my sister and niece to paint our flower pots. We kept calling it a pot party just to get a reaction out of my husband. So fun…. he he!

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Let’s face it, flower pots can be expensive, especially if they are large or are one of  those pretty glazed pots. The pots we painted may not be that fancy, but we had a great time painting them and they will give our gardens a pop of color that we love at a great price!

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Green Garden Flag

I made a green garden flag! I’ve made garden flags before – You know how picky I am!  I still love this  first one, but I was ready for a new one to celebrate this spring.  You can see how I made the first one  here.


I was inspired by Kari Anne at Thistlewood Farms. She made the cutest monogramed banner ever. I loved it so much that I thought it would make a wonderful painted  garden flag.

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Vintage School Desk before and after

Remember I told you that I scored big at garage sales lately? Well today I’m going to show you one of my finds. A vintage child’s school desk!

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I already shared with you a cute wicker table that I found at a school garage sale, if you missed it you can read about it here. Well, I also bought these awesome tiny children’s school desks at the same sale. Continue reading →

Outdoor Table

I hit the jackpot lately with garage sale finds. One of which was the cutest wicker outdoor table that I know my sister’s bungalow needs!

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My sweet friend Laura called me about a garage sale that her school was having and  I couldn’t get off of the phone fast enough to get down there. The school’s last garage sale  was very, very good to me!

I found many cool things including this wicker outdoor table. The minute I saw it I knew my sister needed it!

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Sofa Table

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We recently decided to give the office a makeover. One thing that had to go was a 50 gallon fish tank that sat on a sofa table that we have had forever. The fish tank went to a good home, but the sofa table stayed and got a face lift!

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This is what the sofa table looked like before. Really, really dark.  It’s new home was in the living room where all of the furniture that is wood is dark. I have been slowly trying to lighten that room up. New sofa, accent chair, flower arrangement and crazy stool – all lighter. My trim is white so it just made sense to go white with the table!

Warning: This photo shoot was crazy! It was either too rainy for good photos or it was too bright! And my crazy dog and cat decided they wanted to be photographed as well. If it wasn’t one, it was the other. By the third time I tried, I was so over it. Done. Stick a fork in me. sigh…

sofa table 15 This is what my sofa table looked like after a few coats of white with a tiny bit of distressing. I felt like it was too white. It disappeared into the white blinds and wood work. And looked like a neon sign at midnight against the stained concrete. Not good. It needed to be a tiny bit darker. Annie Sloan dark wax to the rescue!


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As you can see, it went from old world to a little bit french. I love it. It’s lighter and brighter without being a blinding white.


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The dark wax let all of the detail show up with out being overwhelming.

sofa table 12I love all of the details. You just couldn’t see that when it was all white.

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The sofa table before and after turned out exactly like I envisioned it.  Quite frankly it was easier to paint it than it was to take photos of it

Of course, it’s not totally finished. I am looking for an old crate to go under the table instead of a basket, I just haven’t found the perfect one yet.  And you know that the decor on top will change like a revolving door at Neimans!

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Round Top Texas

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My wild and crazy Pokeeno group and I just got back from a trip to Round Top, Texas. For those of you who have no idea what or where that is  – it is 17 miles of antique venues and flea market fields on highway 237 in the cities of Carmine, Burton, Round Top and Warrenton, TX.  The fields in between these cities are also full of permanent buildings and tents filled with vendors from all over the United States selling everything old and new. It’s BIG people! For those of you who follow Amie and Jolie Sikes, you know that Warrenton, TX is the headquarters of The Junk Gypsies. Today is Part 1 of Round Top Texas.

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Day 1: We started early and drove  the 3 1/2 hours to Sommerville, TX where we stayed. Be sure to book your lodgings as far in advance as possible. The closer to the antiquing week the further away you will have to stay. There are people who go every year and book a year in advance. After checking in we headed out to shop.

We started in Carmine, TX. The first day was super warm and sunny. Carmine is cute and quaint with several stores off of highway 290 and stretches out- with plenty of rural land in between- to highway 237.

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These stores looked like old downtown stores of yesteryear and were filled with antiques, junk and all manner of funky things. They also had some of the prettiest planters filled with spring flowers!

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I also found this funky fertility god just hanging out… can you say UGLY??? Not creepy at all!

Most places close down at 6:00 p.m. so after hitting all of Carmine it was time to head back to the hotel room and regroup for the next full day of shopping. OK… there may, or may not, have been a few margaritas calling our name!

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Day 2 found us in Burton and Warrenton, TX.  I didn’t get too many pictures of Burton as it was dark, cold and very misty and most of our adventures were in outdoor flea market fields filled with tents and a few permanent buildings. Not the best pictures to be had for sure!

By the time we hit Warrenton it was humid, the mist had burned off and we had horrible hair. But, we did have fun!

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Warrenton has a little bit of everything – new crafts….

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Antiques… these would have looked great in my sisters bungalow kitchen!

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Tons of girl shopping!

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Cute clothing of all kinds…

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Zapp Hall is the place to eat lunch, have afternoon cocktails or eat dinner and listen to live bands. Super friendly service and the staff definitely has a sense of humor. It is also the venue for the Junk-O-Rama Prom hosted by the Junk Gypsies.

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And just when you think that you’ve seen it all, you realize that you haven’t. A stuffed coyote for $425.00! Is it just me or is he smiling?

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Anyone want to buy a photo prop? No?

If you are junking there are stalls galore just waiting for you. Warranton is fun, crowded, and has more shops than you can visit in one day. It is truly a full day event.

We left Warrenton proper and headed a mile or so east of there to visit the Junk Gypsy Headquarters to finish off day 2.  That visit is for a whole other post!!!

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Day 3: The weather was again misty and gray… we only had a half of a day before we needed to head home, so we finished our girl trip in Round Top, TX , population 90.  If you are going to Round Top be sure and eat at Royers. I have heard it is the place to eat, so if you go, be sure to make dinner reservations ahead of time. We had planned to eat lunch there, but unfortunately they are not open for lunch!

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As you can see, they knew I was coming and had marked a parking space just for little ole me!

Round Top is mostly made up of a few business around the square and a lot of the cutest houses you’ve ever seen. I was so busy looking at the houses that I forgot to take pictures of the craft fair on the square. ADD much?

Round Top was the perfect ending to the perfect girls get away. We laughed, shopped, and ate our way through that part of Texas and didn’t let the dismal weather slow us down one little bit. I’d say it was a success!

Come on back next week when I will finish up with Round Top part 2. I’ll share our visit to The Junk Gypsies, what I bought and the do’s and don’ts to help you if you decide to visit the Round Top antique festival yourself.

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I’m getting ready to sit down to our families traditional breakfast/brunch- Papa Joe’s Honey Bunnies. When my sons were little we used to go to 8:00 church and then head on out to my in- laws for honey bunnies that Papa Joe made. LOVE THEM! After eating Papa Joe’s HB’s, we would head out to my mom and dad’s for Easter lunch and an egg hunt. Good times!

Many years have passed, the boys have grown up and we moved away from Papa Joe.  Distance made it hard for Papa to make the HB’s, so I started making them to keep that tradition alive. I am so glad that I did. My sons still love them and they are a  reminder to us of our wonderful past Easter memories with ones that we love.

My wish for you this Easter is that you get to spend this wonderful day with loved ones, creating lovely memories for years to come!


On a side note. I’m taking a few days off. My crazy Pokeeno ladies and I are off to Roundtop, TX to shop and have a little fun! I promise to share all of the crazy when I get home.

Happy Easter!

Until next time….