Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry & Bright

I survived Christmas...

If you think this is funny, wait until you see...

This! Jack Nicholson + Elf = Bill
(Yrrem Samtsirhc)

This was our Christmas card picture. I know Locke looks pissed, but someone gets sacrificed every year. Guess who's year it was?

Hope your Christmas was merry and bright!

Ours was.

Well, merry and bright and very messy!

My kids favorite tradition is the poppers we have every year at Christmas lunch. Who knew paper crowns and cheap toys could bring so much joy?

I am looking forward to another year with all of you!! Thanks for being the best readers ever!!! xo Sissy

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Crafty Boy Clay

My boy Peanut, not Butterball, did a fabulous craft during his class holiday party....

Sequin heaven.
Aren't you so impressed an 11 year old boy made this? I know I am.

Here it is hanging on the tree.
We are off to buy more supplies today. One just isn't enough.
If you want to make one or one hundred, just buy Styrofoam balls, sequins and short pins. the key is to make sure they overlap. Your kids will be kept busy for hours!!!

A big thank you to Ms. Wiggins and Ann Richardson.

Update: Just got back from Michael's, they come in a kit and are half price. Be sure to buy an extra bag of multi colored sequins.

P.S. Have you seen a picture of a giant sequin ball hanging in a dining room or breakfast nook? If so let me know. I thought I saved the picture, but I can't find it anywhere!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Blue Christmas

A friend of mine, Ivey B., sent me some fun pictures last week that she thought I would love.

And she was right!! Those are my blue goblets looking all fancy and festive.

I need to remember to actually use them instead of just admiring them.
(But I might cry if one got broken. I would get over it fast, but I just want to warn you that you might see real tears)

The rest of the house is pretty fabulous as well. Love the tree....over stuffed and perfect. Check out more pictures here.

Monday, December 19, 2011

See Jane's Mom

Do you read Sea of Shoes? Do you love it? Did you know Jane's mom has a blog? OMG!! Are you in for a treat!! Thanks to Kathy from My Interior Life I spent 2 hours on Saturday stalking her blog. And just for the record, it wasn't 2 hours straight. I did have to feed my kids, answer the phone and get some snacks.

Judy Aldridge has some serious style and she shares it all on her blog
Atlantis Home.

These are a few of my favorite looks. These necklaces are calling my name....well, especially that squash blossom, since I have one similar. Of course I never thought about layering I need a big chunky cross.

Stylish and casual..does it get any better than this?
This woman can rock some blue jeans.

Now I know the fact that she is the same size as my 11 year old son helps, but still, she's good.

Am I the last one on board this style wagon?
If you want to see more, head over to Atlantis Home. I'll probably see you there. But first I have to squeeze into some teeny, tiny jeans. Wonder what size Clay wears?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The F Word

Not a nice word but I am going to have to say it. I hope I don't offend anyone, but sometimes you just have to let it rip...fake, fake, fake!! There! I said it. And you know what? It kind of feels good!! I know it is a dirty, dirty, word, but I have been sick since we brought our Christmas tree home. Either I have the world's longest lasting cold or I am allergic to our tree (or the mold on the tree...whatever). I may have to go fake...

Thankfully fake/artificial trees have come a long way...this one's not so bad is it?

Here are the the three little pigs on the way back from getting our virus spreading tree. I'll miss that. Running through the rows of trees, yelling, screaming, chasing down the little one.

And here's the culprit, looking all innocent. I would say I would miss the smell, but I haven't been able to smell anything for two weeks!!
Does anyone else have this problem? Will you still love me if I go fake?

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Christmas Miracle

Do you want to hear about a Christmas miracle? Not the one in the manger, the one in my laundry room. Do you remember my laundry room? I started to spruce up the concrete floor in there almost exactly a year ago today. Things didn't go well and it has been on hold for a year. Yes, one stinking year!! But this weekend I got a bee in my bonnet and got to work..

I had made several attempts during the year to pick a design for the floor, but nothing seemed right until I hit on a modified chevron pattern. Let the taping begin...

Thank goodness Bill was willing to help and I didn't even have to cry or beg!! We got it taped off and painted in the same day. Can you stand it?

Almost there!!

It's finished!! It is a Christmas miracle!!!

And I LOVE it!!! I almost hate to move the washer and dryer and other junk back in. Of course, they are sitting in my breakfast nook which is just not working for me.

Today I am tired and sore but happy. I think it was worth the wait. What do you think?

Friday, December 9, 2011

I Spy...

Did you see Angela's guest room makeover?
You'll love it. Here
Does anything in this picture look familiar?

I'll give you a's sitting on the orange bedside table.

My lamps from a few months back!! Can you believe Angela has the same ones??!! Hers look much better and now I am so motivated to finish the makeover. Mine are painted and now I just need the perfect shades.
Be sure to stop by The Painted House and see the rest of Angela's makeover.

That's all for now. Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Green Zebra

Right now I am loving green and zebra together. Truthfully I like zebra with anything, but yesterday when I went to do errands, I was wearing my favorite moccasins, but they just weren't bringing me any joy. I got home, changed into my zebra flats and...

Bam! Joy, joy happy all over.
If the picture looks funny it is because I have my legs crossed.
What? Oh yes, I am wearing a summer skirt. Did you know it was in the 70's here yesterday? December and we still have beach weather...gotta love it.
So are you a fan of green and zebra?

Does this help you make up your mind?
pic here

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy Cake

I want to add more brights to my life and I think I may start with...

The world's happiest cake.
All details here. I don't even think I would frost it. I would leave it just as it is. Maybe pass out some bowls of icing for dipping, but I love the way it looks too much to cover it up. It won't be so bad turning another year older if I have this happy cake to to fill me up. Don't you love it?
picture here

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me

Don't panic. You haven't missed my birthday. You still have time to get those cards and gifts in the mail. The big day isn't until December 16th, but I got an early gift and I couldn't wait to show you.

Ta Da!! My new artwork by Sally King Benedict. Do you love it? I do. I got it from the sale Chassity had at Look, Longer Love. I just propped it up here to get a photo. Now sure where it will live permanently. I do think it will look best if we paint the living room and reupholster all the furniture. Bill totally agrees!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Birds on the Loose

Hooper and Ann are going to be hard to live with. First they started hanging out with Genevieve now they are off to London for a four day shopping-decorating trip. Was I invited on any of these fun excursions? No. I was left behind to work. I am over at their blog today, Birds of a Feather, while they are living it up. Come on over and cheer me up. Here

And by the way, I am fun too. I would be a good addition to any trip. I am particularly fun in warm climates. Just saying.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Card Wreath

What do you do with your Christmas cards? Throw them in a bowl like I used to do? A few years ago I came up with an easy DIY to display and enjoy my Christmas cards.

A cork wreath.
So simple and easy. Well, easy for Bill. He cut the shape out of some wood and then I glued down cork and added a bow. Done.

(I still need to take down my artwork and hang it up)

I know it is not all that pretty right now, but slap a few cards up there and it is happy holiday time. Maybe I should paint it green...
And what do I see in that cute little bowl...

They're back!! Hershey Candy Cane Kisses.
That's how I know it is Christmas. A sugar headache is a sure sign of the holidays.

So how do you display your holiday cards?
Should I paint my wreath green?
Wouldn't it look better with blue zebra wallpaper?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Turquoise Christmas

pic here
A little over the top maybe, but I still love this happy room.

It reminds me of these two new rolls of wrapping paper. Picked them up while shopping for Lighting McQueen, so my trip to Party City wasn't totally without style. Wouldn't it be fun to have a turquoise and lime Christmas? Or are you a totally traditional girl?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Girl Can Dream

I think Bill is getting ready to buy me my dream house. I can just feel it. Want proof? Last night when he was returning some e-mails I asked him if he was going to put in an offer and he said "Sure hon, whatever you say". Doesn't that sound like a definite yes?

With that settled I need to come up with paint colors, fabric choices, furniture plans. I mean this could happen any time between now and November 2025. A girl needs to be prepared, right?

For the dining room, I am thinking something like this from the latest Southern Living. I love just about everything about it. I would swap out the green velvet for blue and I would be good to go. And add some chairs and a bigger table, but other than that...perfect!!

That wallpaper just kills me. Love it!!! I might actually have people over for dinner if my dining room looked like this.
Thanksgiving at my house next year, want to come?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Yes Virginia,

You can plan a party in a day. And Lighting McQueen wasn't all that hard to work with.

This boy had a ball!!

And because I love you... go to Look Linger Love for a big treat!!
What kind of treat?

Sally King Benedict artwork for sale...yippee!! Here

Friday, November 18, 2011

I likey..

This makes me happy
(picture from the very stylish Chic Geek)

So does this. You would think with my big ole head of crazy hair I could achieve this look... Trust me, it's not as easy as it looks.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Grumpy Bear

I'm having a hard time with the end of daylight savings time.

When it gets cold and dark I turn into a bear.

I start bulking up for the winter and getting in my cave (bed) earlier and earlier.

I need some color and pattern to wake me up.

Maybe even some pattern on pattern.

Ahh..isn't that much better?
Because really, bulking up isn't a good look for me.

pictures here

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