• 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…

  • A pony for Christmas
    Holidays,  Painted furniture

    A Pony For Christmas

    Anybody who’s had children has probably heard “I want a pony for Christmas!”. My great niece, Beep, is in love with ponies. In fact, her Grandparents on her Dad’s side bought her a pony recently. She’s crazy about horses. So when a neighbor of mine was moving and had this horse themed table and chairs for sale I couldn’t resist. ( I thought  I had taken a picture of the before, but no. My bad.)  This table is the quintessential DIY project. The base, or horse part, was originally a cigar ashtray.

  • reindeer
    gifts,  Holidays

    Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

    I can’t believe the holidays are just around the corner!  With that in mind, I’m trying to stay ahead of the game by getting as many of the little things done as possible. Although, I’m pretty sure I’ll forget something! While at my grocery store today, I found some really cute items that would not only be great gifts, but wonderful hostess gifts for the holidays! So I thought that I would share them with you. Some of the items are a little more expensive, like these reindeer, however most are so reasonable priced you’ll be tempted to buy quite a few of them to gift to your favorite people.

  • painting the nightstand
    home decor,  Painted furniture

    Painting the Nightstands

    A few weeks ago, I shared that I replaced the quilt on my bed. Which led to me buying a new dust ruffle. Unfortunately, the dust ruffle was a little too short. So, I bought a new bed.  At this point, I am sure that you know where I’m going. Now, none of the furniture matches. Which leads me to painting the nightstands! Now before you think that I’ve totally lost my mind by buying a new bed to fit the dust ruffle, you should know that I have been thinking of replacing my bedroom set since I moved into my house 12 years ago. In fact, I bought a…

  • ten on the 10th
    crafts,  Holidays

    Handmade Christmas Gifts

    Happy November! Can you believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner? With cooler weather, it puts me in the mood to make a few handmade Christmas gifts. It’s also the perfect time for Ten on the 10th! I can’t wait to see what Christmas gift ideas my blog friends have this month!

  • My house is in transition
    home decor

    My House is in Transition

    My House is in transition!  You know, when your between decorating seasons, but ready to gear up for another one? Thankfully, Halloween is put away and fall is down to a bare minimum. I’m totally gearing up to get my Christmas on! The fall front porch is staying until the last possible minute to decorate for Christmas. I love the decorative cabbage, the pansies and the sweet faces of the violas!

  • Thanksgiving table
    fall decor,  home decor

    The Week That Was

    This is the story about the week that was. I certainly hope that it’s over anyway! I hate to complain because all of our issues, for the most part, were first world problems. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad. I did have quite a few pick me ups to get me over the less than fun parts for sure!

  • The tale of two dust ruffles
    home decor,  kitchens

    The Tale of Two Dust Ruffles

    Yesterday was definitely a Monday. I had two things to do, just two. Make a quick trip to Lowe’s to get paint to finish up a child’s table and chairs. And plant some plants I purchased on Saturday. Neither of those happened. Instead, my gas cook top blew up. Which leads me to the tale of two dust ruffles. Have I confused you yet? If my BFF Roxanne had been with me, it would definitely been another of our Lucy and Ethel adventures. Unfortunately, this one is all on me!

  • things to do for the holidays now
    Holiday decor,  Holidays

    Things To Do For the Holidays Now

    I know that we haven’t even celebrated Halloween, but the big holidays are just around the corner. Yikes! If you are like me, I like to plan ahead of time so that my holidays are a little less stressful. Today I’m sharing a few things to do  for the holidays now. You know, things that will leave you feeling a little more like wonder woman and a little less stressed out!

  • brooms and bats on the front porch
    Halloween,  Halloween decor

    Bats and Brooms On The Front Porch

    I’ve got bats and brooms on the front porch! Well, I’ve got a few other things too. Like pumpkins, cats and spooky lights! I always love decorating for Halloween. It’s such a fun time of the year. For the first time, in a long time, I changed up the front porch decor. Come on in and see!

  • How to make a witch's broom
    Halloween,  Halloween decor,  home decor

    How To Make A Witch’s Broom

    Last week I made the cutest broom parking sign. However, it’s been raining too much to even think of putting it out, until today. With a brief window of time before the next round of rain, I knew it was time to put out this sweet sign. Now that the broom parking sign is hung, all that is missing are a few witch’s brooms to park! Today I’m sharing how to make a witch’s broom. Much to my surprise, making a witch’s broom was super easy and a lot of fun!

  • Broom Parking sign
    Halloween decor

    Broom Parking Sign

    It’s raining here. Again. Or should I say still. Today was the day to decorate my Halloween front porch, however since it’s so wet I thought my time would be better spent in the craft room. No, I’m not building an arc, although I should probably consider it. Today I’m painting a Broom Parking sign. I had this crazy idea that all of the witches here at the castle might need a designated spot to park their brooms.  Who wants to be constantly be tripping over that mess, right?

  • ear bobs, gold lame' and go go boots
    home decor

    Ear Bobs, Gold Lame’ and Go Go Boots

    Ear Bobs, Gold Lame’ and Go Go Boots. All three remind me of my Granny. She hated being called Granny, but pulled her big girl pants up and embraced it anyway.  As they say in the south, she was whiskey in a tea cup. So why am I telling you this? Have you ever seen something that not only reminded you of someone, but also made you nostalgic for that person? That happened to me recently and I can’t help but share that story!

  • Easy halloween Place Card
    Halloween,  Halloween decor

    Easy Halloween Place Cards

    A few weeks ago, I shared my Halloween Table with you.  I’m always on the look out for fun, inexpensive ways to present my place cards. This year, I found what I think are some really fun and easy Halloween Place cards. They light up and are super easy to make! Oh, and did I mention that it’s also Ten on the 10th? If you are new here, that’s where Ten fun bloggers share fun ideas, under $10.00 on the 10th of the month!