10/19/14

Touched by the Brush!

Hey everyone!  I hope y'all been having a great weekend and enjoying some Fall weather.  These desert-dwelllers have been having awesome mornings and evenings, still a bit warm during the middle of the day, but nothing to complain about.  At least this "hot weather induced whiner" has been able to pack those "whines" away for the next 8 months or so......YAY!

I've been doing some crafting and small project painting, and I would like to share a few of those painting projects with you today.  I'll share some of the crafting another day.  I have recently discovered chalk paint.  I know many of you have been on the "ASCP bandwagon" for some time now, but that brand just seemed way too expensive to me for the small projects that I wanted to do.  So I got so excited while browsing the aisles of JoAnn's one day and found these:
I started out with just these 2 colors & clear wax, but have since added several more.  With JoAnn's great coupons, I've never paid more than $4 for a jar, and a little definitely goes a long way with this paint.  I haven't had to prime or sand any surface that I've used this paint on.....love it!

Soooo......here are a few projects that have gotten a new look.
My little thrifted tool caddy went from this to......

This!  

I found this ugly little wooden box at Ross and gave it a new look and........

A new purpose!

This green pumpkin was a cheap find at Ross about ten years ago.  It had several bumps
and lumps, but got a new life.......

Here on the coffee table in our sitting room.  I added a bit of Antique Gold Rub'n Buff to accent
the ribs.

This very orange pumpkin went from this to......

This, using some black chalkboard paint.

I just added a few chalk motifs for more interest.

I have 2 of this size print & 2 smaller ones that were Kirkland purchases several years ago.  The gaudy gold frames were not gaudy when we purchased them, and they looked very nice in the bedroom of our former house.  In this house, we hung them in the master bath, and they really were not too bad.  However, in my current quest to add some turquoise throughout our home, they all....... 

Met with the brush!

Orange and turquoise has become one of my favorite color-combos!

This is a resin tray that is literally 40+ years old, and while pretty, I was tired of it.

The candle holder and fruits met up with the same fate as the tray!  I was happy with how this turned out, but it was a bit too white for me in this room, so I added some......
Antiquing Wax and a few touches of Antique Gold Rub'n Buff.  I like it better now.

This tray was a BHG fall item from Walmart a number of years ago.

Painting it has made it a piece that I can use throughout the year.  I love it here on my china cabinet holding my sweet MIL's teacups.

Now, how about some real cuteness -- no paint involved.
The cutest little apple pickers ever!

Cannot believe Littliest Miss has started pre-school!  Don't you just love the little chalkboard
and especially what's written on the bottom?  
Sniff, sniff.....Nanna was blubbering, too, when I saw this!

Little Miss looking so grown-up!  My sweet DIL has used the little chalkboard to record each "first day" of school since pre-school -- such a cute tradition!

Thank you so much for popping in for a visit!  You are always welcome here.
I sometimes like to party with these lovely bloggers:
Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays

Tuesday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday

Thursday
Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Friday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 
Amanda at Serenity Now for Weekend Bloggy Reading

Saturday
Natasha at Natasha in OZ for Say G'Day Saturday Party 

10/15/14

Getting Healthy or At Least Trying!

Hey everyone!  What the heck am I talking about with the "Getting Healthy" bit, when we are currently surrounded by so many delicious temptations?  I'm not intending to put a damper on anyone's food cravings, but I thought it might be a good time to share what The Man and I have been doing, because we have reached that age when you'd better take better care of yourself so no one else has to.  We joined a small gym about a year ago, and felt like we were at least putting some effort into taking better care of us.  Then, about four months ago, we found out about this App for our iPhone called My Fitness Pal.  It's FREE and makes logging your food intake so very easy.  It keeps track of a multitude of different things that I won't go into, but it can be set up to record the number of steps you take every day.  My favorite feature of this App is that after inputting some info, it figures out how many calories you can consume to lose a pound per week (you shouldn't lose more than that).

Another thing that I figured out about a month ago, are my energy cycles and how it affected my gym workout.  I'm an early riser, but The Man is not.  That meant we were going to the gym around 8:30 or 9 o'clock in the morning.  That happened to be just about the time I was having my first energy slump of the day, so I was struggling to get through even 30 minutes of exercise.  I also really hated that by the time we got home and cleaned up, the morning was almost shot.  So, while The Man was in Peru, I went to the gym no later than 7 o'clock, and found I could exercise for an hour instead of the mere 30 minutes.  Wow, that was a wonderful and empowering feeling!  It's a good thing our gym is only 5 minutes away, because we now each go at our desired times.


This is what the gym looks like at 7a.m. -- The Early Bird (me) has the place to herself!
I don't have to contend with a bunch of stinky, sweaty bodies (except mine)......heehee!

 I refer to this section as the "torture and blood-letting" area -- I stay away from there!

First up is this "bad boy," and as long as I can watch HGTV, 
the elliptical doesn't kick my butt too badly.

It's harder than it looks, but it really gets your heart rate up, and it's good for 
the arms, too.

Then it's on to the treadmill.  I prefer this one on the end.....don't ask me why.

I'm on the treadmill for quite some time, but again, HGTV is key!  I just love watching those young married couples buying their first house.

So you may be wondering why I would be sharing all this right in the middle of celebrating Fall.  Well, good health does not follow a season, and The Man and I wanted to go into the "major" food feasts of the year a little bit more grounded and better prepared than we typically do.  I'm happy to say that I've lost 14 pounds in the last 3 1/2 months, and while I won't say it has been easy, it has been doable.  Will I avoid Halloween candy or do diet food for Thanksgiving and Christmas?  Not on your life!  Do I have a better handle on how to approach the various celebrations and indulgences?  Absolutely!  It is so very true that everything is more difficult & takes longer as we get older.   When younger people get sick with a cold or the flu, they can usually bounce back in just a few days.  Where as the "older generation" typically takes several weeks to fully recover.  When younger folks (I now refer to anyone under the age of 50 as young....lol) imbibe a bit too much over the holidays, they can go on the "Diet Fad of the Month" and drop that extra poundage in no time.  But for us "elders," it is a real struggle.  So, I truly hope no one is offended by my diatribe, because I really just wanted to give hope to those who struggle with weight and other health issues.  
Now, who wants an apple?

 

10/11/14

A Casual Fall Tablescape

Hey everyone!  Took a bit of a break last week from posting and joining parties.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all the parties and the wonderful things to see, so I felt like being more of an observer & commenter rather than a participant.  But now I'm ready to join in again.  One day when I had the house to myself, I decided to set up our breakfast table with a casual Fall tablescape.

I love our little round oak table, and it is where we eat most of our meals.  I think it looks especially cozy and inviting all dressed for Fall.

I have several of these bright and colorful table runners from IKEA, and especially like this turquoise and orange combo.

I think the layers are so pretty -- wicker chargers are from Pier 1 several years ago, the metal chargers were a Walmart purchase a few years back, along with.......

The colorful salad plates and the cute pumpkin bowls.  I added a few votives just for
a bit of ambiance.

The dinner plates are from my FiestaWare collection.

I found these pretty plaid napkins at HomeGoods a couple of weeks ago, along with another set that I'll show you another time.  We always use cloth napkins, so I have quite a large collection.  The Man would say I have a bit of fetish when it comes to these cloth squares!


The stemware is from Princess House.  I was the "Queen of PH Party Hostesses" many years ago and 
and earned some very nice pieces with hostess points.

The pumpkin bowl and salad plate are from the BHG's collection that Walmart carried a few 
years ago.  I haven't seen anything like them since.

The base of the centerpiece is a little wire pumpkin shape that came with all the Fall elements already attached (again, several years ago at Walmart).  I've had this cute little bright red rooster (I think it was from Kirklands) for several years.  I just added a bit of hot glue to the wire stem on the pumpkin, and Mr. Roo sits there until I simply pop him off.

One last little look......just makes me smile!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please know you are always welcome here!


I sometimes like to party with these lovely bloggers:
Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays

Tuesday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday

Thursday
Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Friday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 
Amanda at Serenity Now for Weekend Bloggy Reading

Saturday

Natasha at Natasha in OZ for Say G'Day Saturday Party 

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