Monday, September 27, 2010

Dresser Makeover

Happy Monday everyone! Slowly but surely I am getting a few projects completed. As you know we got the beach condo last fall and have been working our fingers off  restoring and decorating to make the place more "us".
Last week I posted pictures of the guest room with recent nautical finds. I'm returning to this room again today as I have  finally  finished my  dresser redo and created a small reading corner. The dresser was free as it was a cast off in my attic back  home. I sanded, primed and painted it white to go with the other pieces we are collecting. I put a table runner across the top for the photo as it was blending in with the wall.
The wall looks white but IRL it is a creamy yellow, Behr Innocence. I love the shade so much I plan to paint the master bedroom that color back home.

The mirror, that I chopped off... luckily my painting skills are better that my photography skills, I got at Hobby Lobby for $20.00. It was one of their 1/2 off sales.

The little light house is a night light and the other items are items I've collected this summer.

I needed something in the corner so I pulled together a little reading corner. The floor lamp was a Goodwill find.The little picture frame I got at Dollar Tree, painted it white and added a ribbon. I printed the grand babies shot in black and white to give a more vintage feel. The magazine rack was $2.00 from a thrift shop. It was red and green and had holly decorations for Christmas. I painted it navy.

The chair was another attic find. I covered the seat in a navy upholstery fabric. Just stretch and staple!
The nautical pillow, another Goodwill find. I ordered the fabric from a lady on ebay to make the two pillows in the floor. And now it is complete. One more corner of the condo finished.

I had plans to go out thrifting today to some shops along the beach strand but the rain is relentless. I'm afraid to venture to my car without a life preserver. Anyone know anything about boat building?
Y'all come back anytime!

Linking the post to Metamorphosis Monday Party at BNOTP.
Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Beyond The Picket Fence Linky Party
Debbies Garage Salening Party

go by and visit for lots of decorating ideas!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sunday Reflections

All your waves and breakers have swept over me. (Psalms 42:7)

They are HIS waves, whether they break over us,
    Hiding His face in smothering spray and foam;
Or smooth and sparkling, spread a path before us,
    And to our haven bear us safely home.

They are HIS waves, whether for our sure comfort
He walks across them, stilling all our fear;
Or to our cry there comes no aid nor answer,
And in the lonely silence none is near.

They are HIS waves, whether we are hard-striving
Through tempest-driven waves that never cease,
While deep to deep with turmoil loud is calling;
Or at His word they hush themselves in peace.

They are HIS waves, whether He separates them,
Making us walk dry ground where seas had flowed;
Or lets tumultuous breakers surge about us,
Rushing unchecked across our only road.

They are HIS waves, and He directs us through them;
So He has promised, so His love will do.
Keeping and leading, guiding and upholding,
To His sure harbor, He will bring us through.
Annie Johnson Flint

Linking to  Spiritual Sunday

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


This quaint little cabin is nestled in Pisgah National Forest. It is part of a simplistic peaceful scene of  yester year maintained by the Cradle of Forestry.

Heirs of George Vanderbilt sold the U.S. government some of the first land to become the Pisgah National Forest and Cradle of Forestry.

While viewing this peaceful setting I found myself longing for the slower, peaceful life of generations past.Time for family and visits from friends...only the natural sounds of the forest to interrupt my thoughts

then I realized...

There would be no microwave, no dishwasher and no fast food. My family would starve! There would also be  no computer to visit my blogging friends!!
That settles it. I'm going to be happy in the present.While nostalgia has it's draw, each era has its'positives and negatives and I'm sticking with the present.
Have a quiet, very modern good week and y'all come back.

Linking this post to Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer

Monday, September 20, 2010

Thrifty Finds

Happy Blue Monday   Thrifty Treasures   and    2nd Time Around Tuesday    to everyone.

I picked up these "blue" items thrifting and grouped them together with grand baby 1's hand print. The nautical items were $5.00 for all, the handprint.... priceless!

The nautical grouping is on the wall to the right of this cute little night stand I found at Goodwill. For some reason the wide shot of it together turned out too dark. I found the table for $10 and all I had to do was clean it up, yea!  for once no painting required.... at least for now. I may paint it white later but am loving the touch of red for now. The lamp and picture frame are earlier finds but I don't remember what I paid for them.
Have a blessed day and y'all come back! I'm also linking with DebbieDoos Garage Salening Party

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sunday Reflections

What to do when you feel Discouraged

Lord, even when I have trouble all around me, you will keep me alive.  When my enemies are angry, you will reach down and save me by your power.     Psalm 138:7

Jesus said, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust in me."    John 14:1

I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don't let you hearts be troubled or afraid.           John 14:27

So do not lose the courage you had in the past, which has a great reward.  You must hold on, so you can do what God wants and receive what he has promised.             Hebrews 10:35-36

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

Early evening at the pier at Myrtle Beach. Gone are the summer crowds, beach chairs and umbrellas lined up in a row...even the sign has been replaced to warn of no life guard on duty.An occasional fisherman walks quietly down the beach headed home from a day of fishing.

Just the calming rush of the tide to the shore and an occasional cry of a seagull.
A perfect time for reflection. Reflection about life and the magnificience of God's creations.
Tomorrow morning will bring more visitors, children playing in the surf and lovers walking hand in hand but this evening all is quiet.
Goodnight ocean, Goodnight beach, Goodnight Moon!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Table Makeover

Hey y'all! Hope you had a good week-end. We have been getting in some good beach time as the weather is a little cooler. I did get in a few yard sales and thrift shopping. I wanted to share this little table I picked up earlier at Goodwill for ten dollars. I sanded, primed, and painted it. I still need to distress it and put on a sealer.

Here it is dressed out in some thrift finds. I know the lamp is brass,ugh. That is a project on my to-do list.

I left the original hardware for now... undecided what I want to do.

I found this cute little frame for .50 and painted it white. The picture is a Birthday card. I found at
Dollar General. It is so sweet. I picked it up not knowing what I would do with it.

Simple enough, I cut of Happy Birthday and framed it. My kind of project. She says doing the happy dance.

While on the beach early Saturday evening we witnessed this cute little couple getting married!
There was no one there but the couple and the minister. I'm showing the photos from the back for privacy.

The minister insisted on taking our picture after the ceremony. Sooo here we are all dirty, grimy and with no makeup...  and no that is not a seagull on my head . Note to self, call the hairdresser when you get back home.

Have a great week and y'all come back to see us.
Fabulous parties I am linking to are:
Metamorphosis Monday
White Wednesday

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sunday Reflections

Thoughts are the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. If I feed my mind upon doubt, disbelief, and discouragement, that is precisely the kind of day my body will experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to thoughts filled with vision, vitality, and victory, I can count on that kind of day. Thus, you and I become what we think about.
Excerpted from Day By Day with Charles Swindol

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Warbird Park

Warbird Park is dedicated to those who served at the now closed Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

Pilots often painted nose art , a decorative painting or design, to go with the name they had given their planes.

The park sits near the former main gate of the base.

Linking this post to Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Dining Table and Chairs Makeover

Last winter, as many of you know we bought our little home away from home condo at the beach and started the process of making it our home. I posted a picture of my thrift store china hutch and  a glimpse of the table and chairs.

Today I thought I would show you the chairs up close and personal. I found the table and chairs at another thrift store. There were four side chairs and one armed chair (sounds like it's packing heat). Anyway...
They were dark wood and badly scratched  so I did what I always do ... painted them white!

I always forget to take before pictures, just to anxious to get started I guess.

The plan was to cover the seats in blue toile but I just couldn't cover over these seats.
All of them are in pastel colors.

 There was no stains so I just cleaned them for my own
piece of mind with upholstery/carpet cleaner and kept them as they are.

The armed chair guards the door with a little $1.00 Goodwill pillow.

The plates and chargers are yard sale finds. The chargers are wooden, Pier 1 and they were Christmas
red and green. I painted them with a Folk Art taupe color. 
The cute little ceramic shell napkin rings are vintage, like me. One of my special education classes painted these as a fund raiser.
 I think they did a great job of getting them so realistic.
They got them in greenware, cleaned, fired and glazed them.

The table cloth is another Goodwill find and I got the pitcher at Target as a clearance item.

It is difficult to see in the picture but it matches the turquoise oops paint I used inside the china
hutch perfectly.
If you're still reading, thanks so much for visiting my little dining area. Have a great week and
come again!

          Linking to  Metamorphosis Monday
                           Thrifty Treasures
                           Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
                           White Wednesday
                           Show and Tell

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Sunday Reflections

What to do when you are frantic and stressed...

Wait for the Lord's help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord's help.   Psalms 27:14

Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times.   Romans 12:12

Wait and trust the Lord. Don't be upset when others get rich or when someone else's plans succeed.
Don't get angry. Don't be upset; it only leads to trouble. It is better to have little and be right than to have
much and be wrong.       Psalms 37:7-8,16

It is better to finish something than to start it. It is better to be patient than to be proud. Don't become angry quickly, because getting angry is foolish.    Ecclesiastes  7:8-9

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Friday, September 03, 2010

Dinosaur- writing checks

I know I'm getting older but today topped the cake! I went to do a little shopping at a local department store and came away feeling like a dinosaur!

Cabazon Dinosaurs by Victor Solanoy

While waiting, forever, in the check out line I completed my check except for the amount. When I get up to the register the cashier says,"Oh! your going to pay with a check? let me see what I haaave to do! He then leaves the register and goes to another employee and starts a discussion. They talk and look over at me like I am holding a gun instead of a check book. When he returns he says "Fill it out and I'll have to go to another machine to run it through, then I'll need a picture ID and you will need to sign," ...all the while eyeing me as if I had dropped from space.

I give him the check and ask Do you not ever get checks? To that he replied, even more annoyed, checks are going out! Everyone uses debit cards now. Soon there will be no more checks. I was so humiliated. A customer behind me having heard the conversation says "A lot he knows, my mom and a lot of other seniors will never give up their checks." I know she was trying to make me feel better but somehow I felt older and more out of touch than ever.

My question- Do you still use checks or do you use a debit card? Am I the last of the check writing dinosaurs?