Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ricky Bobby

Photo credits: My Brother

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Elves

My little Elves have been busy at work...

On another note... I've always thought that it'd be fun to have a "wrapping station". Now I've got one! I've designated this chifforobe for that purpose. I need to tweak the wrapping paper section - but it's a start. Eventually, this cabinet will get relocated near the dining room table so it'll work out perfectly when I need a flat surface - besides the floor.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Bling

Just me playing around with my camera...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Lakeport Plantation - Lake Village, AR

The girls and I checked out Lakeport Plantation Saturday. It's the only remaining Arkansas Plantation home on the Mississippi River. The house is being restored by Arkansas State University.

I didn't expect the house to be painted a "color". Most that I've been to are usually white. This was it's original color.

Love this restored door. So pretty.

Just a bit of "mythical" plantation trivia... the "story" is that many of the homes have these huge windows because there was a tax for each outside door. So they would make windows that were tall enough to walk through. Regardless, they were good for ventilation.

I was also surprised to see some ironwork on the house. I guess I figured that since it was a working plantation, it wouldn't have such a "showy" detail.

This is the view from the second floor balcony. The bright green patch at the top of the picture is the Mississippi River levy - I believe.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bird Watching

Once the weather started getting cooler, we had some geese show up in the pond. Then these little fellows showed up. They actually show up in this picture better than without the camera. With the naked eye, at this distance, all you would see is a floating white dot.

I think they are called Hooded Mergansers. The white headed ones are the males. The brown are the females. Not only are they funny looking, they are funny to watch. They dip into the water as they swim.

They don't swim. - They motor - fast.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

I found this at Kmart and just had to have it...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bathroom - Let there be light!

The most recent paint project...the outhouse.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mini Frame Grouping

After my painting binge...I did a little picture hanging. - Trying to keep the momentum flowing AND eliminate some of these stacks...

I have this framed map that we used to have hanging in the basement for the girls. I hate to get rid of it, I love the colors - but didn't want to use it in either of their rooms, so I've opted to use it in the short hallway outside their rooms.

I had a collection of colorful lacquered frames (bought on sale @ Pottery Barn) that I wanted to group on the opposite wall. It's the first time I've ever really hung a "group" of frames so I traced the back of the frames onto wax paper and cut them out. Then I just taped the templates onto the wall until I figured out how I wanted to arrange everything. Since I had marked the placement of the hooks on my template, I was able to hammer my nail directly where it needed to be! Worked like a charm. Since my frames were different sizes I opted to keep the frames level across the top and bottom - to keep it uniform.

I'm really pleased at how it turned out. Next I plan to sort through my photos for some great pictures that depict specific regions. I think the girls will get a kick out of looking at the pictures and then finding that place on the map.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hallway - done

The hallway is officially DONE!!! Of course this is only after I changed paint colors AGAIN. Still wouldn't mind if it were a tad darker but it's a good happy medium - especially for low light evenings.

I got these hooks at Anthropologie a while back...

Back door nook...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


The big question I get whenever I come out of hibernation from my house..."Are you "settled in yet"?.

Unpacked - yes. Officially "settled in" - no. It's going to be a while until I feel that way.

So far we've finished one bathroom (2 parts) and two bedrooms. Even though these rooms have been painted, they are still far from being completed. Still have hardware to change, furnishings to replace/acquire, walls that still need some extra attention., etc. But we'll get there!

Today, I'm working on the hallway. I've learned that it's impossible for me to just "pick a color" that I like. I'm definitely a "neutral" gal. But it's so much more than finding a color that I like. It's finding a color that I can "live with". I'm really bad about scrutinizing my color choices - shades matter! Here's the existing color in the majority of the "common" areas of our house (excuse the dirty baseboard) ...

Here's my new color choice...

I debated going a litter darker but it's a hallway - no natural light. Tried to find a shade that would reflect a night light well. Can't stand walking through a tunnel. See how much better the wood floors look with this different color?