• Let the shenanigans begin
    Holiday decor,  home decor

    Let The Shenanigans Begin

    Now that Valentine’s Day is over it’s time to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of my favorite because it’s such a happy holiday. With all of the green, it reminds me that spring is just around the corner. At this time of year I am soooooo ready for some Spring weather! So, as my chalkboard sign says, let the shenanigans begin! In years past I have used a green “pot of gold” and put an Oxalis plant in it for my table centerpiece. Unfortunately, when I went to my local nursery there were no Oxalis plants to be had. I thought that maybe it…

  • I love terrariums

    I Love Terrariums

    Anybody who knows me well knows that I love to garden and I love glass. Which may be why I love terrariums. All that goodness rolled into one thing. Makes me so happy! My love of terrariums may date back to my short lived membership in 4H. I joined at the end of school my 5th grade year, just in time to make a terrarium in an old 5 gallon pickle jar and an ill fated homesick trip to camp. I was hooked on the terrarium, even if 4H was not for me. Recently, I was cleaning out a cabinet and came across this glass container and thought it would…

  • my favorite material in the bathroom
    home decor

    My Favorite Material In The Bathroom

    Hey all! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and your start to the week is awesome. The weather here this past weekend was cold and wet, so it only made sense to stay inside where it was warm and add my favorite material in the bathroom! I recently added this material to a new seat for the bathroom, if you missed it you can see it here. It’s been along time since I found a fabric that I love as much as I do this one. I want to girl squeal every time I see it. Silly, I know! Honestly, I thought that I had a picture of…

  • ten on the 10th

    Thrift Store Find

    It’s Ten on the 10th! Which would normally mean that ten bloggers share awesome ideas on the 10th of the month for under $10.00. However, this month we have 13 bloggers participating. Woo Hoo! Bonus for us. Our theme is a Thrift Store find, which is totally up my alley! I didn’t actually go thrift store shopping because, well, my garage is already full of thrift store finds. I had this sweet little chair that was beyond repair and thought that it would make an awesome little stool! First, we was sawed off the back of the chair and sanded it. Next, a few coats of white paint gave it…

  • Birdhouse remodel

    Birdhouse Remodel

    The weather was fantastic here at the beginning of the week. The Hubs decided to do a little yard clean up. While soaking up some beautiful rays The Hubs found this sad little birdhouse. It had definitely seen better days! Now, I could have looked at this sad, dirty and moldy thing and tossed it in the trash. Instead, I decided to do a birdhouse remodel! The first order of business was to remove the mold. First thought? Bleach. However, Bleach is a harsh chemical and the wood on the birdhouse was already in sad shape. Hydrogen peroxide is suppose to be a good cleaning solution, so I decided to…

  • Mother Nature Is messing with me
    flowers,  gardening,  home decor

    Mother Nature is Messing With Me

    It was a beautiful 80 degree day here in Texas yesterday. After weeks of cold temps and gray days, it sure was welcome. It feels so much like Spring. I love it! But I know that Mother Nature is just messing with me, before long it will be cold again. After all, it is Texas in February. It was way to pretty to stay inside all day, so I headed out to do a little work in the garage. While there, a few things caught my eye. My fringe flowers were going crazy! My cabbages are so huge and pretty this year! Don’t you love that purple? My mint is…

  • One of those weeks
    home decor

    It’s Been One of Those Weeks

    Between jury duty and pulling a hip muscle it’s been one of those weeks that I haven’t gotten anything done. Instead of my usual “here’s what’s going on at the castle” posts, I decided to share a few of my favorite things! At the beginning of January I shared how beautiful this Amaryllis was. Sadly, those beautiful blooms have come and gone. However, a few new shoots have shot up and I’m really hoping for round 2! Tuesday was jury duty. Unfortunately, Monday I pulled a hip muscle. I pulled up my big girl panties and hobbled my way through it. Thankfully, I was not chosen for the trial portion!…

  • Updating the master bedroom part 2
    home decor

    Updating the Master Bedroom Part 2

    When we last spoke, I was impatiently waiting the arrival of my new duvet and shams. Well, I am happy to say that they arrived last week and I got to spend the weekend updating the master bedroom part 2! This is what my master looked like last week. Cute, but it was time for a refresh. I couldn’t open the new duvet and sham up fast enough and get started. My new duvet cover and shams came from Pottery Barn. I have to say that in the past I have only purchased children’s bedding and quilts from them, so when I opened this up I was a tiny bit…

  • Updating the Master Bedroom
    home decor

    Updating the Master Bedroom

    In the past few months I’ve been slowly updating my master bedroom. Nothing major, just a few things here and there. This is a truly horrible picture from, when I changed out the bedding. We’ve had this faux cherry wood bedroom set forever. It is a little dinged, scratched and truly in need of an update. Last fall I changed out the comforter and the dust ruffle in preparation of the arrival of my new headboard. When the new headboard arrived, I started updating and painting the old bedroom furniture. I’m still painting furniture, I swear it’s the never ending job! Earlier this month, my BFF and I went to…

  • I Love Mardi Gras
    Mardi Gras

    I Love Mardi Gras

    I love Mardi Gras! I love the beads, the fun, the bright colors, the king cake and celebrating the Wise men finding the baby Jesus! As I’ve told you before, I fell in love with Mardi Gras many years ago when we visited some friends in Biloxi. Before then I thought it was all about beer, beads and Bourbon Street. And while for some it is, it is also a family celebration! Of course, my decorating starts with my front door. One of my favorite Mardi Gras decorations is the front door wreath. Which, of course, has a crown! Once you enter my home, to the left of the entry…

  • Valentine's Day decor

    Valentine’s Day Napkins

    Today I’m sharing my Valentine’s table with you. Specifically, my Valentine’s Day Napkins. No one could be more surprised than me! Full disclosure: I’m not much of a Valentine’s Day celebrator. I don’t like chocolate. Hey, don’t judge! I’m not really a sweet eater, with one exception. If you are standing in front of iced sugar cookies, girl you best get out of the way! I tell you all of this because I don’t normally decorate a lot for Valentine’s Day except for my kitchen table. As you can see from the above picture, my Valentine’s table decor is usually pretty simple This is what I started with. And to…

  • crafts,  home decor

    How To Make A Faux Boxwood Wreath

    Hey! As I write this it is a beautiful, but cold, sunny afternoon. After days of dreary cold, wet weather the sunshine is so welcome for this girl. I did manage to get a few things done with my enforced confinement indoors. One of which, I want to share with you today. How to make a faux boxwood wreath. I purchased this boxwood wreath on a trip to Magnolia years ago. While it wasn’t terribly expensive, it wasn’t inexpensive either. However, I use it all over the house. I’ve been super surprised at how versatile this little wreath has been! Shortly after the new year, my BFF Roxanne and I…

  • crafts,  Valentine's Day decor

    Mixed Media Valentine’s Decor

    It’s the first Ten on the 10th of the new year. I’m so excited! If you’re new here, that means that ten fun bloggers get together on the 10th of the month to share fabulous fun ideas for under $10.00. A great big thanks to Carol from Blue Sky at Home for hosting this month. This months theme is Valentine’s, so I’m sharing a fun and easy mixed media Valentine’s decor project. So, let’s get this party started! List of supplies: Wooden blocks of various sizes. I used scrap wood from The Hubs pile of scrap boards. Sizes varied from 8″x8″, 6″x6″ to 3″x3″. Paint colors of your choices. Paint…

  • home decor

    Cleaning Up After Christmas

    It’s funny how a project can take on a life of its own. We recently started a mini makeover in a guest bathroom. Everything was rocking right along until I pulled a muscle in my hip. Now everything, including cleaning up after Christmas, has come to a slow crawl. After a few days on the couch, I was determined ( and bored out of my mind!) to get a few things done. Things that I don’t have to bend over, twist, or lift to do. The first of which is getting my Happy Planner decorated for February. I always try to keep my planner ready a least a month or…

  • bathrooms,  makeovers

    My Least Favorite Room In the House

    Want to see my least favorite room in the house? Don’t we all have one of those? NO? Well, I certainly do. I have a room that has taunted me from the day we moved in 13 years ago. Every time I would walk by, its lousy layout would scream at me. Not only is the layout bad, but the door placement is a nightmare. And don’t even get me started on the fact that the previous owner put carpet in the sink area…. What room is it? It’s the jack and jill bathroom between the guest room and my office. In case you were wondering, this is my favorite…

  • Holidays

    Merry Christmas

    It’s Christmas Eve and the festivities have begun here at the castle. So before all of the crazy begins, I wanted to take a moment and wish you and your family the very best holiday season. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! All of my boys will be home for a few days, which is a rare occurrence, so I will be taking some time off. This momma’s got to get her family time in when she can. Don’t worry, I’ll be back after New Years and have the start of a bathroom reno to share with you! Until then…. Merry Christmas and the best of 2019!

  • table
    children's furniture,  Painted furniture,  Uncategorized

    Ella’s Table and Chairs

    If I’m totally honest, I love painting children’s rooms and furniture more than anything else. Which means that I love my job during the holiday season, as I get to paint a lot of things children related. This year I got to paint a super fun toy chest and and Ella’s table and chairs. I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had painting both pieces! Queen Lally asked if I would paint a table for her granddaughter, Ella. Of course, I wasn’t passing up the opportunity to paint something fun! This set is from Doug and Melissa. It started out a plain light wood that was primed and painted…

  • earrings

    Another Christmas Craft

    I have another Christmas craft to share with you, just one more. I promise. Again, like last time, it’s an easy one. Which sometimes are my favorite kind!  Every year I try to make, or buy, something small for all of the women in my family. This year I decided to make leather earrings! I found this “faux” leather here. It is the perfect weight and thickness for cutting on my Silhouette. Cutting out the earrings was super simple. Simply choose a design in the Silhouette design catalog, edit the size, and cut them out. Since I was making over a dozen, I cut multiples out at once. The sampler…

  • children's furniture

    Children’s Toy Box

    Christmas is just around the corner, so the elves here at the castle have been very busy. Not just wrapping presents, but painting all sorts of things for little girls and boys.  This children’s toy box is one of my very favorite projects! My sweet friend asked if I would be willing to paint a toy box that she had built for her granddaughter? Oh, yes I would! I love painting furniture for children. It’s my favorite. I can’t believe that I didn’t take a picture of the chest before I started painting. Oh, who am I kidding? Yes, I can!  I get so excited to start painting, I always…

  • ribbon
    Holidays,  organization,  Uncategorized

    Cleaning out the Wrapping Closet

    Have you ever read DIY articles about what to do with your “extra” closets? Yeah, me too. I used to laugh hysterically. Ain’t nobody that I know got an extra closet! Until I did. Empty nesting is good for something. So I made mine into a wrapping closet. My one guilty indulgence. Unfortunately, from time to time, mine blows up and its time to start  cleaning out the wrapping closet. In a big way! See what I mean? Being a small closet, thankfully it also makes me clean it up in a timely manner. There is no room to do otherwise. Also, Christmas is the perfect time to change things…

  • Christmas crafts at the castle
    crafts,  Holiday craft,  Holiday decor,  Holidays

    Christmas Crafts at the Castle

    Here at the castle, the stockings are hung. The tree is up and the elves have finished sprinkling Christmas decor through out the castle. So, what’s a girl to do? Why break out the Christmas crafts at the castle, of course! For the first time in many years, I have almost all of my Christmas stuff done! I’d love to pat myself on the back, however it’s mostly due to my car being in the shop off and on for the last month! Certainly not because this girl is rocking it! When you are forced to stay home it’s amazing how much you get done. Who knew?

  • What Happens At the Christmas Party
    Holiday craft,  Holidays

    What Happens at the Christmas Party

    What happens at the Christmas party, stays at the Christmas party. Especially the Queen’s Christmas party! When the Queens get together it’s always fun, this year was no exception. We ate, laughed, cried, told crazy stories, made a craft and had a cookie exchange.  In other words, a normal night with the Queens!

  • centerpiece
    Holiday decor,  Holidays

    I’ll Have a Blue Christmas

    I’ll have a blue Christmas with a big splash of hot pink, please!  My dining room colors are blue and hot pink, which just happen to be my favorite colors. So naturally, when it came time to decorate the dining room I couldn’t help but think that they would also be perfect Christmas colors. And boy, did I find some hot pink! It’s so hot that it was truly hard to get pictures that didn’t hurt my eyes. But, I love it!

  • black, white and red Christmas kitchen
    Holiday decor,  Holidays,  Uncategorized

    Black, White and Red Christmas Kitchen

    The elves have been busy decorating here at the castle. Of course, they always start in the heart of the home, the kitchen. This years theme is simple, less fuss and not as over the top as in years past. It’s a black, white and red Christmas kitchen! I don’t buy all new stuff from year to year, instead I like to mix and match a few new things with old things from years past. Don’t get me wrong. It’s tempting, however every time I consider it I hear my sweet Granny’s sarcastic voice saying “Well, aren’t we Miss Aster!” For those of you that are younger than dirt, that…