Makings of a Shabby Tote

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My Favorite Things!

Hello Everyone! I decided that on Wednesdays I would do a post on my favorite things. I usually post on only home decor but this will give me a chance to share just a little bit of outside flavor with you. I would love to have you share your favorite things with me through your comments or email and then I can share it on a Wednesday post.

So here we go . . .

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My first favorite thing is for all  you lovely ladies that like to get your hands messy yet love to see your nails with a pretty mani (that is if you don’t go out to have your nails done).  I heard about this nail polish from another designer and she loved it, she said that it stayed looking nice for ten days. So I had to give it a try. I got almost two weeks out of it! The polish is amazing, it dries within minutes, the colors are beautiful and it goes on seamlessly. One thing that I noticed that really helps it to stay on for me is to rough up my nails with a file before I put on the base coat. I didn’t use a Sally Hansen base coat though and it worked fine. I used 1 base coat, 2 coats of nail polish and one coat of top coat. It really is amazing.

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My second favorite thing is an awesome Etsy shop called “Neat Old Stuff” . CP Phare Sales, she sales the coveted Jeanne d arc living magazine there.  Now you can buy the magazine at several other shops on-line but none will surprise you more than CP’s package when they arrive. Look at the one above, this one is wrapped in vintage wall paper with bits of ribbon, music and vintage pictures and always a sweet surprise inside the envelope. (Click on picture above to go to her shop)

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I never waste a good thing. I stuck another one of CP’s master pieces in my old violin, it goes along with the music theme that I have in my dressing area. I always love and appreciate it when someone goes the extra mile, and she guarantees her shipping. Thanx CP!

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My last favorite thing was to see a precious child smile with delight.

A few weeks ago I was sewing away and my little granddaughter Juliette was playing with many of my fabric pieces. She found some light pink tulle and said that she needed a dress to twirl in. I stopped what I was doing and put her together a fun little tutu. I just gathered the fabric and sewed it on a gross grain ribbon. Very simple and easy.

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It wasn’t anything special but you would have thought that I had just given her the world. She twirled and twirled and played princess and tea party all afternoon. I love this little darling so much. As you can see she has very short hair. Jules is very good with the scissors and decided one day to cut off a pig tail. O my gosh I almost cried and Mom and Dad were not happy. But I gave her a quick little trim and now she says that her hair looks like grandmas! LOL Oh the joy of a child.

Have a beautiful day!

((WARM HUGS))

Jo

Shopping Your Home for Valentine Decor

Hello again, junk’n fanatics, home decor connoisseurs and those that just love to make their home as beautiful and inviting as can be! :))

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First of all I just want to remind you of “Grow Your Blog” still going on at 2 Bags Full.com, stop by and get all the links to great new blogs and bloggers around the world. REMEMBER that there is still time to leave a comment on my blog and this enters you in the drawing for the beautiful parrot I am giving away to some one very lucky!  The winner will be announced on February 15, 2015. In celebration of the Grow your Blog party! Make sure that you stop back to see if your the winner! 

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Isn’t he beautiful! He will be flying to your home soon!

On to the business at hand. I want to share some of the very easy peasy Valentine decor ideas that I use in my home. All of the items that I am sharing I already have had on hand. I’ve used many of them for Christmas decor, or just everyday decor. All I did was shop my house for them.

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I have been hording a huge bag of dried roses. Then I thought why not make some wreaths out of them. These were the simplest thing to make. I took old wire coat hangers, and strung the rose heads on them, I twisted the two ends of the wire together and added lace. I could have as easily made a heart but I liked the look of the circle. The one above is has a bit like potpourri.

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Here is a larger one done in pink roses.

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A white one hangs on my reindeer.

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If I had more wire hangers and roses I think that I would have made them all day. Some of the roses were very fragile so be careful if you decide to make one they are pretty fragile.

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As I was shopping my home for Valentine decor I came upon my old paperback book (I was gifted this from Santa when I was a young girl)  “LOVE STORY” I add some twine on it and now its an art piece!

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I’ve had this old wooden heart for years. After my grandmother passed I was given some old scrape books of hers and in one of them I found this card that was given to her by my parents for Valentines Day in 1950, it even had writing on it by my Mom. I took it apart and glued it on the front of the heart with hodgepodge. Now its preserved for ever.

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My rusty bucket hold a piece of burlap with a few wooden hearts that my son Dane made for me when he was in Shop. I have used these hearts forever and this year I painted them and added some pretties.

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Here one hangs from a basket.

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I added some lovely sheet music.

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Tucking in a wooden heart into a display makes any display become a  Valentine vignette.

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Here I just shopped my jewelry box to decorate one of my manikin’s.

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I scattered a few great rusty hearts around.

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I made these piggies when I was 18! They hang next to a tissue paper heart garland.

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Last but not least I put out some scrabble tile words that describe Valentines Day. This one sits on my work bench, reminding me of my passion for decor, and family!

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Have fun with Valentine decor it really doesn’t take much to add this lovely holiday into your home. 

((Warm Hugs))

Jo

 

2014 in review

Hello dear friends I hope that your Christmas was joyous and full of family and friends. I am taking down Christmas and getting ready for the new year when my yearly report from WordPress came in and I want to share it with you. These are the results of my first 9 months of blogging results. Kind of like having a baby. LOL Thank you dear readers!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I love it when you leave comments, let me know what you would like to see more of.

Have a very warm New Year! Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends that have helped me along the way!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty

. . . and all through the house

Merry Christmas to all my dear friends out there in blog land. This will be my last post until after the first of the year. It’s time to enjoy the family while school is out. I want to share a poem that I thought was cute and reminded me of when I was small, thinking that if I was out of my bed and not a sleep Santa would not come. Also I would like to show you the rest of my home that is ready for Christmas!

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A squeak on the stairs.
Could Santa be here?
Better pull my blankets,
Up to my ears.

He comes down the chimney,
That’s how he gets in.
Santa uses magic,
To make himself thin.

I better keep still,
Can’t make a peep.
He doesn’t leave toys,
Unless you’re asleep.

My door just opened
Someone’s by my bed.
It wasn’t Santa after all,
Cause Mom just kissed my head.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/listening-for-santa#ixzz3MHYZs5rW
Family Friend Poems

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I love making Christmas stockings. The stockings hanging from the fireplace I made to match the pillows on the sofa. The single stocking I made from vintage table cloths.

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I add little touches of Christmas all through the house, yup even the bathroom.

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Here are some fun vignettes in the kitchen.

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Ice skates hang ready at the back door.

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The back door.

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Kitchen window.

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My vintage bread box is so fun to fill with Christmas decor.

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This Santa sits on my work bench sewing away. LOL He is my favorite Santa.

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Great rusty buckles, rings and old red thread make for a lovely vignette on my work bench, which is closed down for the season.

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The presents are wrapped and under the tree. Now I will spend most of my time in the kitchen baking.

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Here are some fun areas from the sitting room.

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I got this lovely wooden star this year from a Etsy shop.

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I hang star garlands around the house.

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A wooden bowl full of antique ornaments.

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If you want more inspiration get Jennifer Rizzo’s book Creatively Christmas it is amazing you will not want to put it down.

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No matter how many pretties that we put into our home and know matter how many good smells come from the kitchen the reason for Christmas is because of the Jesus Christ and his great sacrifice that he went through for us. Because of this we celebrate Christmas.

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Have a beautiful Christmas with love in your hearts. Merry Christmas!

With love, Jo

Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty