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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Our Halloween House 2012

As promised here is our 
Halloween House 2012

If you remember last year 
the theme was
Edgar Allen Poe's 
The Raven
(click here & here to look back)

Well this year the theme is.....

The Haunted Mansion!

Don't let the gargoyles fool you
they may look like stone, but we hear
them growl at night.....

And if they don't alert us to your presence 
the calls of the ravens certainly do! 

Pay no mind to the sounds from the bushes...

This ghostly gentlemen greets you at the door...
warning you to turn back!

We hired an exterminator...but he must have missed this guy!

Looks like the driver of this buggy has been
stuck in traffic for a few years...

 Turtle shells, eggs and birds nest....
When the moon comes out at night
the raven's eyes glow red!

We hope you have enjoyed your tour of our 

....please make sure to shut the gate on
your way out...we would hate
for any more ghost to find their way in!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Downton Obsessed...

I am not at all embarrassed to admit
that I am obsessed with 
Downton Abbey!

Downton Abbey is a television show
on PBS. 
It follows the lives of the aristocratic
 Crawley family and their servants. 
And it is set in the fictional Yorkshire 
country estate of Downton Abbey.

Not only is it a very good show, 
but the scenery and the costumes are
nothing but pure inspiration!  

This makes me want to run out and buy boots,
tweed and hats! I might have to take a bit of this
look and add it to my fall wardrobe 
(or in my case lack of fall wardrobe I do live in hot South Florida) 

 This is the kitchen....
Don't you just love the copper pots lining the back wall!
And don't even get me started on the long farmhouse table.
Look at the copper molds, how many of those have
you passed up while thrifting? 
 I may have to pick those up next time I see them.


The table is set so pretty with just greenery and candles....
oh and I guess lots of crystal, china and silver.
No problem i'll just substitute glass and silver plate,
I think I can manage the china.
Now if only I could find a few footmen to serve.... 

This is my favorite....don't laugh.....but I love
the bells that hang on the board in the servants quarters.

Mind you ,i'm certain that I wouldn't be 
the one ringing the bells back then,
more than likely I would have been 
one of the servants answering it.
But never the less I love the bells!

So pretty...the riding outfit on Lady Mary
 Not to mention the beautiful scenery!

Completely obsessed I tell you....we just love to watch this show!
Sweet husband too if you can believe it!

On another note....we are all decorated for Halloween..
and as soon as I can get my camera to work i'll share with 
you this years theme and pictures.

Hope you are all having a spooktacular October!!!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

All the pretty horses

I don't know when or how
but i've fallen head over heels in
love with Horse Pictures!

I've never even been on a horse...
matter of fact one of my best friends has
a ranch and i'm even slightly afraid
to feed carrots to the horses...
But you put them on a canvas or in a frame
and i'm in LOVE

This is the newest lovely fellow to grace our
home...my girlfriend Sondra spied him
and he had to come home with us!

I just love the neutral colors in the print
...and he looks so serene!

These guys are in our master bedroom...
i'm trying to create a wall of horse pictures.

When we went to Charleston this summer
the girls and I had drinks at
The Thoroughbred Club inside
Charleston Place and they
have this fabulous wall of Horse Art

These are pictures I found online...
not the best but you can see what
i'm talking about..
Great Hotel and Bar by the way
if you're ever in the area!

Here are a few other examples of
using horse art in decoration

I wouldn't mind if this handsome guy
came home with me...



Love this guy in the windowsill...
we actually found one similar in Charleston
he is sitting in my house right now..
but I can't seem to get a good picture.
Maybe one day when we aren't being
pelted by a tropical storm...



And my favorite.....
LOVE this picture by
Heather Bullard
I just love everything
about it!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Monday!

If you are in the line of Tropical Storm Isaac...
please stay safe and be cautious.
We are on day 2 and this storm is
huge and dumping lots of rain!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Back to School Teacher Gift

Well it's the night before the BIG day...

Back To School

Which is similar to a dirty word in our house...
we LOOOOVVVEEE the summer and
hate to see it end!

And this year is a big one!!!
One is starting the 6th grade
I can't even believe i'm saying that
we just started Kindergarten last year...
i'd swear to it!

But i'm not gonna cry,
instead i've wasted time today making
teacher gifts...for the little one anyways..
cause no way in you know what is
it even remotely cool to give a teacher
a gift in the 6th grade....
matter of fact everything is up for the
is it cool discussion lately...

the way we walk....

well you get the idea....
there really hasn't been enough
crafting and/or wine to get me
through the trials of the last couple
of days getting ready for the big day!

But without further delay here's our attempt
at an elementary grade (very important) teacher gift!

While browsing pinterest I saw this and thought it was so cute....

Take a picture frame and place a piece of notebook paper inside...
attach a cute bow.....I like fall colored ribbon even if
it's 100 degrees here in our part of Florida!
Write a cute message with a dry erase marker...
your child's name goes where I placed the star,
sweet husband would FREAK if I posted our
baby's name all over the world wide web!
When you're all done you have a cute, thoughtful,
quick and inexpensive back to school gift!
Don't forget to send the dry erase marker with the gift....

Oh...and cross your fingers they don't smudge
it all off and get it on their clothes on the way to class.
Just to be safe don't dress them in white that day!
Or place it in a pretty bag...which would have
been a good idea...i'm just to tired at this point
black shirts for everyone tomorrow!

Hope everyone has a great day back to school....
and if those days have passed you or if they
haven't happened to you yet...
then I hope you enjoy your peaceful morning!
And please say a pray for us moms dealing
with 6th graders having meltdown over
uncool lunchboxes.....
just kidding....

well kinda

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Breezy Summer Porch

This summer has been crazy busy!
But this weekend we finally
had a bit of down time....
so sweet husband and I
tackled the front porch!

A bit of scrubbing....
a new fern plant...
and a few billowing
white curtains...
just what was needed for a
breezy summer porch makeover

White bargain Ikea curtains...
$6.00 for a pair!

Can you believe sweet husband found this
fern for me at Publix for $9.99??

Hope you all are having a fun and breezy summer!
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