Big Changes…Little Desk

It’s so hard to believe that August has come and gone! But…I am excited for Fall and the cooler temps.  Fall is my favorite time of the year down here in Georgia.  Our summers are so terribly hot that most everyone I know looks forward to less humidity and lower temps.  Sweater weather, wearing cute boots again and drinking hot chocolate or a cafe’ mocha sounds so good.

Change can be hard, but sometimes change is a welcomed…well, change!  I love how our creator gave us four seasons and each one has something special about it.  I have been slowly making changes in my home, moving more toward the farmhouse style, out with the old and in with the new.

Not everything I’m changing is actually new though as you have seen in my previous blog posts, like when I redid my formal dining room set from the outdated stained oak finish to the white chalk painted version, and once again I am chalk painting a piece of furniture that desperately needed help!

This project has needed to be done for many many years…as many as 40 or more!  To say it was in bad shape is an understatement.  

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This is a small telephone desk.  My grandmother gave me this desk and the chair that goes with it when I was still in my teens and I have taken it with me to every place I have lived!  It has been in my basement(s), for SO long and I actually just kept forgetting about it.  

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I always thought it would have to be stripped and re-stained and it felt like it would be a lot of work, but with the genius invention of chalk paint, that needs no sanding or prep work of any kind, I decided it was the perfect thing to do to give new life to this adorable little desk and chair. 

I used a new kind of chalk paint on this project.  I found this paint at a local antique store and decided to give it a try.  It is called Dixie Bell Chalk Paint.  I love the way it covered the wood even more than Annie Sloan’s paint.  

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Isn’t it cute?  I’m so excited to have it as part of my decor after all these years.  It sits in the corner of my dining room along with the aforementioned dining room set, so it fits in well in this room.

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I found this replica of an old phone that I thought would look perfect on the desk.  I don’t remember my grandmother using this as a telephone desk, but I do remember it was in the den of her house in Kalamazoo.  I am going to guess that it is at least 70 years old.  

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I’m so thankful to have this furniture as an heirloom that I can hand down to one of my grand kids someday.  My grand parents had 20 grandchildren, so I am blessed to have been given something that belonged to them because I am sure most everyone else did not receive anything like this from them.  I also have two children’s chairs, that I think went with a small table and a rocker that were given to my brother’s and I when we were small from our grandparent’s, probably for Christmas, but I don’t plan on painting them.  

So, that’s it for today!  Happy “almost” fall y’all…the air will be crisp and cool soon!  I will be blogging on Fall decor next time….can’t wait!

There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven.  Eccl. 3:1  

He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time.  He has also planted eternity (a sense of divine purpose) in the human heart (a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God) yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.  Eccl. 3:11 AMP.

God is in the business of making things new!  He can change the heart of a man and take him from a life of death and sin and give him new life, eternal life because of the death and resurrection of His son Jesus.  No one is like our God, our creator and He sees our beginning from our end and I can say I’m SO thankful that He showed me His love and grace and the end is gonna be good.  

Many blessings,

Brenda

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Master Bath Updates

Hey girls….the few who actually follow me! Just want to say that I appreciate you!  I started this decorating blog mostly as a creative outlet since, as you know by now, I love home decor and making things look “warm and cozy”… plus it’s just fun to do.

I have this small wall in my master bath that I have had a double towel bar hanging on since we moved into our house in 2006, and I always wanted something to hang on that wall above the towel rack, but I never came across anything that I thought would look right.  So, last week I got a brain storm and thought, ” why don’t I just take that towel rack down and give myself more options for decorating it”!?  This wall is above the tub, and has tile surrounding it too, so I had the towel rack kind of high so the towels wouldn’t hang too low and take away from the tile.

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I had my hubby remove the rack and spackle the huge holes in the wall, and thank God I still had some of the paint from repainting my bathroom about a year and a half ago.  I love the color!  #SherwinWilliams.  So now I have a lot more to work with.

 

I’m practically a Pinterest fanatic, and I had seen lots of ideas for decorating above tubs and toilets with shelves and love the look.  Last May I went to visit my BFF in CO and she wanted to do something new above her toilet in her guest bathroom and we did something very similar to what I put together in my MB.  We were very pleased with how it turned out.

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So…a trip to the decor stores was in order and as usual I had to check out Hobby Lobby first.  All their shelves were on sale…score!  Another thing I wanted to add with the shelves were a set of hooks, and I had seen some that had a vintage look that I thought would look great with my shelves.  I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted which were three to five hooks mounted on a wood board and preferably painted white.  I ended up finding the hooks I liked, but they were not attached to a board.  

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Next I was off to the craft department hoping to find some kind of wood plank boards that I could add the set of hooks to and I found the perfect thing.  It was as simple as spray painting the wood and then screwing the hooks onto it and ta-da I had exactly what I envisioned.

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Before I headed out of the fabulous Hobby Lobby I chose some accessories for the shelves that were also on sale, of course!  I knew I had a few things that would work for the shelves, but knew I would need a couple more things.  Several of them were only a couple bucks.  I like to mix different textures like glass, wood, paper or fabric to give lots of dimension to a vignette.  I bought a few glass bottles, but wanted a label for one of them.  Pinterest to the rescue again…by putting “free printable labels” into the search box.  I found some cute labels, downloaded them and printed them off and chose a cute one for my bottle.  It came out kind of light, so I used a fine black sharpie to go over the label and make it stand out more, then I used some modge podge to adhere the label to my bottle.

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With my hubby’s help we got both the shelves up and I put up the hooks.  Yay, now the fun part….decorating them.  The “bath” sign was a purchase from Kohl’s several months ago, the ceramic bunny has lived her for many years, but I think he likes his new spot…grin.  A cool rustic candle holder, a bit of greenery and at least one old book and I couldn’t be happier with the results.055

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Another change I recently made to my bathroom was this galvanized tin tray.  I had a small little white basket cubbie that sat in this spot for the past 11 years, but I’ll show you what I did with that next.  I found this tray at Love Street and had most everything else I used to put in it already.  Love Street is a shop very close to me that has the most amazing decor, but it can be pricey.  They always give you 25% off of one item when it is your birthday month, so this was what I decided to use my discount on as I just had my birthday last month.

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Since I still like the basket cubbie and the bird canisters that used to sit on top of it, I reused them in the “water closet” of our bathroom.

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The shelf has been over the toilet and the little birdie thingy that hangs from it is from my friend Irene and it says…Greet the Day with Wonder.

 

So there ya go….my updates to my master bathroom.  I spent very little with these changes, but I think they made a big impact on the room.  Finding items on sale and using what you already have by just moving it around and re-purposing it can make a big difference.  I hope you enjoyed the blog as much as I enjoyed putting it all together.

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Blessings,

Brenda

Creativity is intelligence having fun.  ~Albert Einstein

I love how God has made us creative!  We may not all be creative in the same way, but I believe we all have creativity in us because we were made in the image of God and His spirit lives in us and who is more creative than our God!!!  We have the mind of Christ and he has given each of us gifts to use for His glory!

Sometimes I think, how does my gift of decorating give You glory Lord?  I think He is telling me that it gives joy to others and even inspires some.  Also, it gives ME joy and I get blessed big time!  How sweet of God!

I hope your summer is going well and you are staying cool!  Till next time, be creative!

Decorating With Vignette’s

Hey Y’all, it’s been a while!  It’s a good thing blogging is not my job or I would have been fired a long time ago…lol.  I follow lots of decorating blogs and most of them post at least a few times a week if not everyday.  I suspect they consider it their job and most likely make an income from this job, so it’s more important for them to pump out the info.

I have been doing a bit of traveling over the last 6 weeks or so, with trips to Colorado and Virginia.  My best friend, Irene, lives in Monument, CO and was anxious for me to come visit so we could do some decorating at her house.  We mostly updated smaller areas, but she was dying to get her guest bedroom remodeled.  She has only lived there three years, but the things she decorated that room with were things she had had quite a while.  She is still working on it and should have it finished sometime in July.

Well, anyway, I guess I should get to the theme of my blog today and that is Vignette’s.  I’m a bit obsessed with doing smaller decorative design throughout my home.  Some of the definitions of vignette are:  Any small, pleasing picture or view and a small, graceful literary sketch.  

I love putting a small vignette together, grouping interesting things that catch the eye, mostly on about any flat surface.    Sometimes I know exactly what I want to do with the items I have and other times it takes me a while and I will start putting things together, but I will most likely change or add to it over time.  I just put a new one together in my master bathroom, so I’ll start with that grouping.

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I have a store very close to me that I’ve mentioned before, Love Street, that has wonderful modern decor and since it’s my birthday this month I had a 25% off of one item coupon and decided to buy this galvanized wire tray to put between the sinks in our bathroom with my discount.  I wasn’t even sure what I would do with it right away, but took it into the bathroom and started looking around at what I already had.  I had everything you see here already, although the mini plant was a recent purchase, (I’m a bit obsessed with small potted greenery lately.)  More on that later.

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I have had the small clock for many years.  I have to have a clock to glance at when I’m in the bathroom getting ready, so made sure I used it once again with this design.  

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I love the way this looks, but who knows, I may decide something else fits better with this tray, we’ll see.  Next is another arrangement that I just put together.  Little by little I am updating my home as I find things that inspire me.

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I found this very old window at Christine’s in Woodstock, GA just this week.  I originally went to her shop to buy a tobacco basket, but felt they were just too pricey, so I looked around the shop and found two much less expensive things and still spent less than I would have for the basket.  This window still has it’s hinges on the left side and the latch, so I just loved it.  

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The wire and wood basket is a new find too.  I was browsing at Hobby Lobby and it was a clearance item and once again I wasn’t sure what I would actually put in it, but shopped my house again and ta-da I filled it with no problem.  Once again there’s that fun little potted greenery.  This is a small little hallway that leads to my bedroom and the children’s/prayer room.

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I love using old books, if you haven’t noticed, and have lots of them.  I pick them up at about anywhere I can find a good deal on them.  I follow a blog by Sarah at Little Vintage Nest and she showed how she paints books sometimes to match the decor of the room she is using them in…genius, I can’t wait to try doing that.  

Now I will try not to talk so much and just show you some more areas I put together and hope you enjoy the pics.

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This is a frame lined with pages from a music book.

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Some fun groupings on the shelves beside my fireplace.

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I love trying to use unusual items and layering to give visual interest.  This wall vignette is in my half bath.  Ok, just a few more….

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A side table in the guest bedroom.

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These are a few more areas in the guest bedroom.  I have more projects to do in this room and hope to show you what I changed sometime soon.

 Well, I think that is enough for now.  Maybe you feel inspired to do a little vignetting at your house…if that’s a word?  Grin!

As much as I enjoy my home I am reminded by something Corrie Ten Boom once said, ” Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…It’s something we make inside ourselves.”  God gave me a beautiful home and blessed me with nice things that I never want to take for granted, but if it all went away tomorrow I always have Him , His Spirit inside of me, the source of all joy and contentment.  I’m so grateful!

“But godliness with contentment is great gain”  1 Timothy 6:6

Many blessings to you,

Brenda

 

 

 

 

What’s Old is New Again

I took on a big project that I started about 6 months ago.  I decided to paint my old dining room set that I have had since the 80’s.  It’s one of those solid oak sets, with a double pedestal table that holds two large leaves that make it about 10 feet long.  We only use it with the extra leaves about twice a year, but it sure is handy when my whole family gathers for holidays!  I also bought a hutch with it and still remember when we bought it that I thought it was so amazing and couldn’t wait to decorate it.

My hubs, my four boys and I used this table as our main dinner table back then as we didn’t have a formal dining room, so it had gotten lots of use until about the latter part of the 90’s.  It’s had a lot of milk spilled on it…grin!

I started with the chairs just before the holidays last year.  They took me quite a while because I was having trouble with my right shoulder and arm which sent me to Physical Therapy for a bit.  Slowly, but surely I got all six done, they were not easy with all their spindles and cut out design on the back of them!!  But then it was time to focus on Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the table and hutch had to wait.

Well, everything is done…glory hallelujah!!  I forgot to take a picture of the table before starting it, but I did take a picture of the hutch so you can see what it looked like before all my manual labor!

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I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White to paint all of the furniture.  It’s such a great way to go because there is no prep work with this paint, you just dust off  your pieces and start painting.

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I had to do at least two coats of paint on everything and sometimes three, but I would water down the paint for the third coat and just go overs the spots that needed it the most.  

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After painting everything with two to three coats of paint it has to be waxed.  First a clear wax goes on and has to set just a little bit and then the distressing begins.  I enjoy doing the distressing part!  After I get done sanding and banging on each piece I go back over it again with more wax, but add some dark wax with some clear and antique it to give it that more rustic look.

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I’m so thrilled with the way it all turned out and had a lot of fun adding my white dishes to the hutch!

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Adding a little bit of greenery gives it a warmer feel and the bird sculptures that I inherited from my mother-in-law that were created by Norman Brumm, (An artist from Michigan),  give some whimsy to the design.  I also love to use old books to help give height to some of the pieces.

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Here are a few pics of my dough bowl that I put on the table as my centerpiece.  As you can see I enjoy using cute little birdies quite a bit, they just make me smile.

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I’m not quite done painting everything in this room yet.  I have a couple small pieces I want to do that I haven’t shown you yet.  Who knows when I will get to that though…he he.  

I was thinking how by just putting on a new coat of paint on my aging furniture made it look new again, bright and fitting for my space and how it parallels with how our lives are changed when we submit to our God.  In Colossians, chapter 3, these verses speak to me about just this.  “But now you must also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, since you have  put off  the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another, even as Christ forgave you so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  Col. 3:9-10, 12-14.

Just like it was a decision for me to PUT ON the new paint and refresh my table, chairs and hutch…we choose to put on love and then God can use us to brighten the space we are in and as my dining room set gives me renewed joy, so can we give joy to those around us.  It can be a process, just like it was for me to re-do my furniture, but if we determine to be all we can be for Christ and obey Him, not only do others benefit, but we do!

Grace and Peace Y’all,

Brenda  

 

 

 

 

My Sunny Guest Bedroom

Life has had quite a few ups and downs lately, so I have gotten behind on a few things like posting on my blog.  I have so many things I want to write about,  and decided since it is Spring I would show y’all my guest room today, because it kind of makes me think of spring.  This room is bright and cheery.  

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I found this quilt a few years ago and designed the room around it.  It has red, gold, black and teal in it and the reverse side is black and white.  I’ve probably said this before, but red is my favorite color.  I have been slowly re-doing my home in the farmhouse style, which means lots of neutral furniture, walls and decor and I really love that too, but I don’t think I will ever be able to completely eliminate the color red.  

Above the bed I wanted a big sign and couldn’t find one I really liked, so I made one.  There is this business near me called The Project Studio where you can go and make signs like this and they show you how to do the lettering and have all the supplies and equipment you need to make any kind of sign you want.  It’s such a great idea and lots of fun!  I didn’t need much help because I am pretty good at lettering already, but they have the wood and cut it the size you want and give you any help you need.  

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One of my best friends, Martha, bought me a very old shutter that was from a local home that is over 100 years old for my birthday a couple years ago.  It is in pretty rough shape, but I was able to sand it down a bit and clean it up.  It is very heavy because it is a solid wood shutter.  I had to make sure whatever I used to hang it with could hold it up securely!  If it falls it might break apart.  

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I found this birdhouse frame at Hobby Lobby and put a favorite picture of my brother, Mike and I in it.  We are about 4 and 5 in this picture.  Some guy came into our neighborhood with this pony and I’m assuming kid’s western wear and was selling photos to parents who were willing to take him up on his grand idea.  I’m glad my folks did.

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The other pictures on the shutter are of my dad, my mom, a grandfather and my brother and I again with my dad in our front yard.  I have quite a few old photos. Some are just copies, but I think they are so special.

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I put my grandparent’s (my mom’s parents) wedding photo along with a baby picture of me and a baby picture of my grandma Kimble (my dad’s mom) on this window shelf that a dear friend made and gave me several years ago.  I still love it, Rhonda…grin!  This wall is straight across from the bed and has a baby crib under it that has been used for all of my grand kids except our newest grand-daughter who is only 3 months old.  I didn’t show it because it desperately needs to be painted, and I will be painting it white…someday 🙂

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I have a window seat in this room and it’s great for extra storage.  This little suitcase was a fun find on a visit to my best friend’s house, Irene, in Colorado.  It had the perfect colors for the room and is such a cute size.  I think it must have been a child’s overnight case back in the 50’s or 60’s…I’m guessing.  I thought it looked great sitting on the window seat with the pitcher and bowl set my mom gave me.

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I found this antique table at a nail salon, of all places!  A local antique dealer put a few of his things at this salon for them to use and hopefully sell and I fell in love with it.  It was painted gray, but I wanted it white, of course.  I am planning on distressing it soon.  

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I have been thinking that I might go all white in this room in the near future, but keep the quilt as an accent piece.  I’d love to paint the bed, but I only have about 10 other things I want to also paint white, so who knows if I will ever get to this.  

I have lots more to blog about, so stay tuned for more rooms in my home.  I have to take more pictures, get them downloaded and edit them.  I hope y’all are doing well and are enjoying Spring in all it’s glory.

I think this is an appropriate verse for today:  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all thing are become new.”  2 Cor. 5:17  

Grace and Peace,

Brenda

Elle’s “Let’s Paint” Birthday Party

A few weeks ago was my granddaughter Elliotte’s birthday party.  Elle is a little artist, she just loves to draw and paint.  Her daddy, my son, Tim is an artist and her mama is very talented as well.  So Christy decided to give her daughter a Paint themed party and put together the cutest fourth birthday party ever.

Tim and Christy live in Virginia.  I go and stay with them for about a week almost every year so I can be there for Elle’s birthday and help Christy with the party.  This year was no different and I love helping.  The decorations were all made by hand.  Christy had a vision of paint everywhere, so we traced, painted and cut out about 60 paint splats.

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The paint splats were just made out of poster board and we started with them on the outside of their home first to greet all the guests.  Tim and Christy’s home is over 100 years old.  It is full of character and Christy has a knack for decorating, not unlike her mother-in-law…grin.  So you will see this as you go through the pictures here on the blog.

I had the job of drawing and coloring some over sized paint brushes that would go on the walls and look as though paint was flowing from them across the room.  They were made out of foam board and the paint flowing from them was just your common crepe paper.

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So I wrapped some of the crepe paper onto the bottom of each brush and then streamed it to the middle of the room and connected it to the light fixtures.  

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Christy’s mom, Anita, also helped with all the cutting and decorating.  Tim chipped in too.  One thing he did was make Elliotte’s name for the centerpiece over the goodie table.

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Christy is an excellent cake artist, she used to make cakes for people, but doesn’t do it anymore.  Elle gets the benefit of her mama being so talented and gets a wonderful and adorable cake every year.  I just loved how her “paint” cake turned out!

Another thing I made was the giant pallet for the cupcakes and then Christy made all the cakes and we frosted them all the colors of “paint” we used.  She had the genius idea to use real paint brushes with frosting (paint) on them to put with the cupcakes.

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Probably one of the biggest projects we did for the party was the pallet cookies.  These cookies were a work of love by Christy, Anita and I…they were about a six step process. First Christy made the sugar cookie dough and then she and I used a circle cutter along with a very small one and shaped each cookie into a pallet.  Next we piped a boarder of royal frosting around each cookie…let it set, then we did the flooding step with the same white frosting.  Again, it had to set up before we could do the last and most fun part…putting all the colorful paint blobs on each and every cookie.

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I don’t know how many we made, but it was about 6 dozen cookies.  Christy not only wanted to serve them at the party but send everybody home with one.  We individually wrapped about half of them.

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An easier idea Christy had was to make rice krispie treats into paint brushes.  She simply stuck the large popsickle sticks into each treat and then dipped them into the frosting.  So darn cute!

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Another one of the clever decorations Tim and Christy made was the paint buckets that look like paint is pouring out of them on the centerpiece wall and on the fireplace.  She used plastic tablecloths as the paint.

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Small canvases were bought for each child along with washable paints and brushes so the children could design their own works of art.  They just loved doing this and they were all so careful and neat as they created their works of art.  

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After the kids were finished we hung them to dry and then they were put into large zip lock bags for them to take home.

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Christy out did herself.  She thought of every little detail and it all paid off.  The kids also got to play a fun game with prizes and Elle got some amazing presents.  She is into barbie’s these days and is crazy about Trolls from the Disney movie, which is also very colorful and fun.  

I hope you enjoyed seeing this very imaginable and amazing birthday party for our sweet and adorable Elle…I sure enjoyed taking part in it!

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10

Till next time…love,

Brenda

 

A Ladies Tea for a Good Cause

I had the pleasure of taking part in a fundraiser today for a ministry that focuses on kids and bringing them to special camps where they have a weekend of fun and hearing how much God loves them.  The fundraiser helps to bring underprivileged kids to the camps that wouldn’t be able to attend otherwise.  

I was excited to help and sponsor a table at this Tea and decided to do all neutrals for my design, it’s just my “cup of tea” right now…grin.  

First I want to show you how I used some paper doilies as part of the design, but I wanted them to look aged.  img_0715

I took some plain white square paper doilies and used some brown chalk from my chalk set and a old paint brush and just brushed the edges of the doilies with the chalk and wa-la…antiqued doilies.

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I had so much fun making dessert plates for the Christmas Tea at my church this last December that I decided to do it again for this Tea.  It’s so easy and inexpensive when you buy the white plates at the Dollar Tree and use a paint marker.  I bought the paint marker on-line quite a long time ago, so I can’t remember where I got it, but I have used it several times and it still has paint left in it.  I think it cost me about $6.

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As I said this was a fundraiser, so one of the things they did was have a purse auction and each table was to have a  purse as part of the decor that would be bid on.  I chose a taupe purse from Kohl’s and put a vase inside of it so I could fill it with babies breath and mini carnations.  img_0726 img_0730

I wanted to use a few old books to add to the tablescape, but I didn’t have enough of them that were neutral, so I covered a couple of them with packing paper as you can see under the little creamer pitcher.

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I used things I already had around my house, like the crimped pedestal, the wreath under it and the cute little birdies.

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I am really into the cotton boughs lately and always think simple pine cones look great, so I have lots of them around my home.  I have a yard full of pine cones, so it’s awesome to go out and grab some anytime I need them for a project.  Here is the entire look of the table.

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Each lady was given her dessert plate to take home as my thank you for coming to the tea and I think they all had a great time.  We enjoyed the food and fellowship, along with the speaker, Anne B. Say,  who inspired all of us today.  Knowing that we helped to raise money today for children who might not be able to come to camp this summer unless we contributed to the fund that will give them the opportunity to come and hear the gospel and be changed forever, makes a person feel pretty good.  

Camp Gideon is run by some amazing people that are so dedicated to pouring their lives into young people and it was my pleasure to help them accomplish their goals for this year.  If you want to check it out,  here is the link for the camps.

Thanks for reading the blog, I hope you enjoy it.

I want to share the verse of the day from my You Version Bible App:  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 NIV

God Bless,

Brenda