About Debra

I am a wife first and a mother second but next to them decorating and being creative comes in a very strong third!!I Well, actually somedays - it may come in first! I have found you don't have to spend the big bucks to get the look that you like. Just keep your eyes and mind open then allow your creative juices to flow!!

Things I Love Week – Copper Gutters, Downspouts & Water Chains

A friend of mine has a new house going up next door to her. This week they have been installing the gutters on the house – ahhhhh and they’re copper.  I love copper gutters!Using copper gutters is just another “attention to detail”.  It really makes a home stand out in a crowd!  Normally when a house is having gutters installed, you don’t even look twice. But when they’re copper………..you just notice! Now today they’re a bit too “copper” if ya know what I mean. Even my friend thought they were a bit garish. Just wait I told her……. and they will have the best patina ever!! Ever!! In my dream home I will have copper gutters.

Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me when I was at my friends house but here are some houses with copper gutters.cooper

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What I really, really, REALLY gets me excited are copper”leader heads”. Honestly, when I saw them the first time I had no earthly idea what they were called. Just knew I liked them. I liked them because they made such a different – again, that little detail that makes such a difference! Regardless of what your gutters are you can get leader heads made in any materail

This is a “leader head” – very strange name if ya ask me!!

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Look at all the options you have!! Too many!

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So, it is very doubtful that we will take down perfectly good gutters and replace them with copper. That would require us winning the lottery.

So in the meantime…………….I will satisfy myself with a copper rain chains. Don’t know if you have ever been able to watch a rain chain when it is actually raining – but they are quite mesmerizing. If it would ever rain, I could show you ours………..but it seems like we are in a drought here in Tulsa, Oklahoma…….but Mr. Weatherman says rain is in our future!! Come on rain. We need you bad. Real, real bad!!

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Are you a fan of copper gutters? Or have you even thought what an impact copper gutters could make on your home?? Hopefully, seeing these photos have made you see what a difference they can make in your home’s “curb appeal”.

Let me know what you think of copper gutters.

Thanks for visiting!!

Deb

Things I Love Week – Silver Champagne Buckets

 

SO !! Whether you call it a Champagne bucket or Champagne urn – it’s not just for stashing your bubbly.  I’m personally partial to the Champagne bucket that is in the urn style.  Silver  Champagne urns don’t have to be used in  fancy and formal settings.   Like the post on silver trays I did yesterday – champagne urns have tons of uses.  Just use you creativity.

We have a pair of champagne urns – they are either used separately in different rooms of the house or it seems during the holidays I do use them as a pair. At Christmas I use them to hold small Christmas trees and then at Easter they hold egg topiaries.  Right now  I have one of them by the stove in the kitchen to hold our utensils.

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Here’s another champagne urn used to hold utensils

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I love this one with all of it’s years of wear – it has been well loved.

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 This urn is such a pretty compliment to a buffet

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They are perfect to use in your foyer

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Orchids are perfect for a Champagne Bucket

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They’re even at home in the bedroom

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And of course they have a place even in the bathroom

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Champagne Urns can even hold your hand towels – kinda simple with a nice impact!

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They are be used for your favorite flowers

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You can find Champagne Buckets at estate sales, consignment stores,  Ebay, or Etsy.  If you want to be frugal you can find them in silver plate.  I even saw some as little as $35.

Thank you for visiting. I hope this post has given you some inspiration to go out and buy a Champagne bucket  to use  in your decor whether it is rustic or refined!!

Deb

Things I Love Week – Vignettes on Silver Trays

I have always had an attraction for silver. I love it’s luster. I don’t save it for special occasions like when company is coming – I use our silver as much as possible  even though I know it will need to be polished at some point. Not that  I can say that I  really enjoy polishing silver – it is a small price to pay. Nothing is prettier than nice and shiny silver.

Silver trays can be used literally in every room of your home. They are not just for formal occasions or should your silver stay only in the dining or living room. They are wonderful accents for corralling any of your decor into vignettes . Depending on what you put on your silver tray will dictate whether is more formal or just casual.

I use a silver tray in our foyer with pieces of cut glass and wine decanters. Imagine these pieces without the silver tray –  they would only look like a bunch of stuff!

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Your kitchen is a perfect place for silver trays.

This silver tray organizes items that are used daily into a pleasing vignette

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A wonderful vignette full of vintage silver

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I love this vignette………if you notice a large silver tray leans against the backsplash with picture in front of it. Another tray holds a silver bucket for wine with a figurine in front of it.

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I love this style of tray – it looks awesome in a family room as well

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Placing a silver tray on an ottoman is pretty classy!!

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Using a silver tray as a side table is very clever and eye-catching.

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Yes, they are always at home in the dining room

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I think nothing is prettier than candles on a silver tray

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And aren’t flowers beautiful on silver trays???

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Candles and flowers – lovely vignette on a silver tray. Notice the flowers are in mason jars!!

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How sweet is little vignette?? Small but mighty!!

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Silver tray vignettes look wonderful in bathrooms

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How pretty is a silver tray sitting on top of a mirror??

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Silver tray vignettes are not just for inside of your home. They can be used in the most unlikely places………outside!

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Do you like to use silver trays in your decor? SIlver trays are either handed down in families, or  could be something you have decided to collect, or pick up at estate sales, flea markets or find through searches on ebay or craigslist.  If you are not using your silver trays and have them stored away because you don’t want to have to polish them – get them out!!! Use them!! They are little “happy’s” to use in your home. I hope by looking at the photos that show different ways to use silver trays has inspired you.

Thanks for visiting!

Deb

Decorating Bookshelves – What’s Your Style?

There are seriously  a million ways to decorate bookshelves. As numerous as our individual personalities.  It all has to do with your taste and style. Bookshelves can either hold your collection of books, or just your collections, or a little of both.

When we were remodeling this last summer and I was designing our 13 ‘ long bookshelves I really never gave it a thought about how I was going to fill them. So when the time came to fill the shelves up it became a tad more challenging than I thought it would be. Those bookshelves started off looking like this – empty! Heck I thought I would have no problem filling them up.Wrong!!

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Today this is what they look like. I still am not 100% happy with the styling but just can not figure out how exactly I want them. I did paint the back with Benjamin Moore Pashima.

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I knew I wanted my bookshelves loaded with my books – but I also wanted some of my knickknacks in there as well. I started really noticing bookshelves on blogs, pinterest and just about anywhere else. And just as I said earlier, there are millions of ways to style your bookshelves.

I especially love the way my niece has her bookshelves styled – books by color. It looks so organized, clean and crisp.

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Many people like to to arrange and style the bookshelves by the color of the books.  This seems to be a popular trend. 

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Just black & white – this is kinda cool.

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Using your bookshelves as  almost a piece of art is awesome. All of these bookshelves compliment and blend with the decor of the room.

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Bookshelves are perfect  to show off your collections plus compliment your decor.

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Even adding wallpaper is a show stopper!!

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My favorite bookshelves are those that are full of books. Just books! And lots of books!!

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Another way to arrange your bookshelves to just throw caution to the wind and not over think the “styling” part of our bookshelves. This is when bookshelves become libraries!!!

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SO! How do you like your bookshelves?? I would love to know. Leave me a comment whether you like to see shelves used for books? Your collectibles? Or a little of both?

Thanks for visiting!!

Deb

The Finishing Touches of our Remodel

For the most part,  phase one of our remodel is complete. Almost. At least we are no longer sequestered to our bedroom . Now the focus is in the finishing touches. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the stuff that we seem to notice.  The detail stuff. So, I am going to put myself out there and show you what still needs to be done in hope that it will spur me along to stay focused and get it finished . Oh –  and maybe winning the mega million might help out as well.

For starters, our living room. Here is what it looked like before. It is even hard for me to remember that it looked like this this time last year.

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and now………..

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1. Shocking as it may be…….that fireplace is cast stone that the previous owners painted white and then sealed it. Gasp! When we bought the house I thought the fireplace was kinda cool looking especially with that little copper do-dad. Now, well not so much. I want a mantle pretty bad now. It would be a very big deal to redo the fireplace as it is total concrete. Just don’t think I have it in me right now. So in the meantime I want to muddle together some glazes and attempt to return it to those same colors of cast stone. If any of you have done a faux stone treatment on your fireplace I would love to hear how you did it.  I have stripped the finish from the copper and want it to patina. As of right now I am not brave enough to help it along.

2. Want to add LED lights in those glass cabinets in the kitchen.

3. Finish hanging the rest of our plates. I am happy to report that after my husband and I hung these plates  we are still on speaking terms. He was very patient hearing me say, “move it a tad to the left, no that’s too much, ok now just about an 1/8″ up” .

4. Our cabinet guy is painting our shutters the same color of our kitchen cabinets. Hmmm, he told me he would have them here before Christmas??? Obviously you can see that did not happen.

Our dining room – this used to be a solid wall and the dining room was orange when we bought the house. Although I like orange – just not in my house.

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1. We need window treatments in here pretty darn bad!!!

2. And a rug would be nice.

3. New Chandelier

Also crown moulding, of course.

You can see how bright and sunny it is in the morning.

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Now the kitchen and butlers pantry

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1. Need window treatment over the sink – but just can’t decide what I want.

Decisions! Decisions!

1. I would like to add LED lights inside the glass front cabinets as well as under.

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The family room – here is a before

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And here is the after. It is hard to imagine it is the same room.

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1. Add crown moulding

2. Window treatment – gets pretty sunny in this room.

3. I want some air vents with a tad more style. These are ugly!! But for now I am trying to keep my focus on eye level.

Oh! I also want to do some beams in this room also and add  lantern style lighting.

Oh – also the bookshelves are not quite to my liking. But that will be a separate post.

And the sofa needs to be re-upholstered.

I guess a house never gets finished, does it?? No sooner do we make a list and complete it than we see something else we want to do. It is a vicious circle.

I will keep you posted on my progress.

Thanks for visiting my blog –  come visit again soon!

Deb

The Books I Enjoyed in 2012

I love to read and I normally read books suggested by others.  For some reason picking  out a book all by my lonesome is a tad intimidating for me. If I start a book I finish it even if I am not loving it. My sister thinks this is crazy because in her opinion she feels she is wasting her time if she is not loving the book. I understand that – I just have to finish the book. Weird!  I love being part of a book club as you are exposed to new books.  Plus I love to sit and chat about the books I read.  The conversation is even better over a good dinner,  a glass of wine and good girlfriends!

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

I started off the year reading the ever popular Hunger Games. It was a New York times bestseller and no sooner did I finish reading it than the movie came out.  I am sure you all know the story ……………..Katniss Everdeen is the main character  who lives in a dirt poor coal mining town in the post- apocalyptic  nation of Panem, where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death.

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Half Broke Horses

by Jeannette Walls

This book is written by the same author that wrote Glass Castles – which I loved and would highly suggest anyone to read it. So, I was pretty sure I would like Half Broke Horses as well – and I did. The main character is  Lily Casey Smith, this novel’s feisty Texas protagonist, a frontier teacher, a rancher, a rodeo rider, a poker player, and bootlegger. She is one tough cookie as she survives droughts, tornados, floods, poverty, and whatever else fate can throw against her. Based on author Jeannette Walls’s grandmother, Lily is a plausible character because she has a voice that synchronizes with her history.

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One Thousand White Women

by Jim Fergus

This is a wonderful  story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial “Brides for Indians” program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man’s world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

 

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The House I Loved

by Tatiana de Rosnay

This was one of book clubs selection and I read this book during our remodel and totally understood the main character, Rose Bazelet, love for her home as she  is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home until the very end; as others flee, she stakes her claim in the basement of the old house on rue Childebert, ignoring the sounds of change that come closer and closer each day. Attempting to overcome the loneliness of her daily life, she begins to write letters to Armand, her beloved late husband. And as she delves into the ritual of remembering, Rose is forced to come to terms with a secret that has been buried deep in her heart for thirty years.  A poignant story of one woman’s indelible strength, and an ode to Paris, where houses harbor the joys and sorrows of their inhabitants, and secrets endure in the very walls.

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The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

Another book club selection………..I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book.  I literally judged the book by the cover. It is based on true events in the early 1950’s. Seventy-seven-year-old Marylou Ahearn is going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs come hell or high water. In 1953, he gave her a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences.  It is a entertaining book in a very dysfunctional way.

 

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Lets Pretend This Never Happened

by Jenny Lawson

If you want to entertain yourself with some dysfunctional humor then you need to read this book.

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments-the ones we want to pretend never happened-are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started.

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Jenny has a very entertaining blog………thebloggess.com

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Fifty Shades

by E.L. James

Of course I read Fifty Shades…………didn’t everyone this last summer?  I even read all 3 of them even though they were the most poorly written books ever. That is part of my life I will never get back.  I guess that makes me a smut!! I won’t bore you with the books description as I am pretty sure you have heard all the details unless you live under a rock somewhere.

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Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

This is one of those books that you start reading and don’t want to put it down because you want to see how it ends.

After Nick and Amy both lose their jobs in New York City they head to all places ….. North Carthage, Missouri! It is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

 

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

Loved this book!!

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

 

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Language of Flowers

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This is another book I did not want to put down because I worried so much about the main character, Victoria whose childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

When Victoria is  eighteen she is emancipated from the system, and has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

 

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State of Wonder

by Ann Patchett

I thought this book was good – but would not say it was a favorite of mine.

As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest’s jeweled canopy.

 

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The Man in the Rockerfeller Suit

by Mark Seal

We also read this book for book club and I did enjoy reading this book.  It was quite interesting as it is a true story! The whole time you are reading this book you are shocked of how one person can lead a totally “made up” life!!

The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story of the self-made man-because Clark Rockefeller was totally made up. The career con man who convincingly passed himself off as Rockefeller was born in a small village in Germany. At seventeen, obsessed with getting to America, he flew into the country on dubious student visa documents and his journey of deception began.

Over the next thirty years, boldly assuming a series of false identities, he moved up the social ladder through exclusive enclaves on both coasts-culminating in a stunning twelve-year marriage to a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed she’d wed a Rockefeller.

The imposter charmed his way into exclusive clubs and financial institutions-working on Wall Street, showing off an extraordinary art collection-until his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, which exposed his past of astounding deceptions as well as a connection to the bizarre disappearance of a California couple in the mid-1980s.

 

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Fall of Giants 

by Ken Follett

I really like any book by Ken Follett. But a word of warning is that the book has many characters so you must pay attention but it is well worth the read.    The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage.

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Winter of the World

by Ken Follett

I am not quite finished with this book yet – almost tho!!

 This book picks up right where the first book Fall of Giants left off, as its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, Welsh—enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.
I hope you like to read as much as I do. What were you favorite books of 2012? I would love to know!! Remember, I normally read books that have been suggested by others.
I just found this photo on Pinterest – a book nook with doors. Hmmmmmm, wonder if you could lock it on the inside?? It’s a shame I don’t have a place for it in my home.
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Thanks for stopping by my little blog.
Until next time…………………..
Deb

 

Let There Be Light

I found the neatest little LED lights that are on a timer. I have placed them on our dining room table. The cool thing about them is that they’re on a timer. Not the type of timer that you have to spin multiple dials………..this one is easy-peasy!! Push one button and it stays on for 6 hours – turns off for 18 and back on when you originally pushed that little button. No brainer!

I am still using the silver, gold and bronze theme on our dining room table.

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Even placed them in an urn

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We got our lights at Nell Hill’s in Kansas City………love her store. I found these online which I am pretty darn sure are the same thing.

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Oh! It’s so much fun to decorate for Christmas!!  Just kinda dread the “puttin up” part!!

Come back and visit! See ya then.

Deb

Our Christmas Front Porch

I love decorating our front porch for the holidays. I was especially jazzed that I was able to use the same decorations we had in Texas which has been stored for the last two years. Of course I had to spiff em up a bit. The front doors we had before  our remodel were seriously ugly! Go check out this post and I am sure you will agree with me.

The red and lime green color combo stands out from the street.

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 I love the pinecones I picked up at Home Depot several years ago. They still have ones similar this year.

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 Our front porch at night – all sparkly and festive!!

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I am going to be kinda sad to take down our decorations.  Things always look so plain after Christmas. A bit of a let down!!

Thanks for visiting my little blog!!

Deb

 

 

 

 

OH Christmas Tree!

Oh dear me! I just totally quit blogging! It is so true what is  said about habits – they are easy to drop and hard to pick up again! We have “almost” got things back together after our water leak that caused nasty damage to our new hardware floors. Still have a list of stuff that still needs to be done.  But there is something about Christmas that really motivates me to get the list finished. We actually had not put up our big Christmas tree the last two years but we did this year. YAY – a sign that things are getting back to normal in our home.

I did our tree this year in silver, gold and bronze. I was really proud of myself that I did not buy anything new. Shocking!!

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A little confession ………………..I love to see lots of presents under a tree so I wrap up boxes with absolutely nothing in them.  My family just accepts this as normal. If there is not a tag it’s just a fake gift!! Kinda sad that I go to this amount of trouble but seriously………do you not agree with me that a tree looks better with lots of packages under them?? I know there some of you out there that do the same thing………right???

Ok….my plans are to post more about our Christmas decor tomorrow.

See ya then. Thanks for visiting.

Deb

Shhhhh! We Have Skeletons in our Closets

Well – we really don’t have skeletons in our closets. Or maybe I could be in denial. And not really “skeletons”  as in more than one skeleton – just one skeleton. This particular skeleton has been part of our family for almost 30 years. We are quite fond of him as he is of us.

He really likes to be part of our family and join us when we’re chillin in the evening. He has very good manners, never interrupts, keeps his hands to himself and his hands in his lap. The perfect guest!!

 He also  likes to hang out on the front porch to show off our pumpkins.

And sometime he really gets out of control…………….striking his sexy pose!!

Guys gone wild!

I still have the pattern for this guy. Thought that one day I would be making one for a grandchild – still waiting on that occasion.  For now I am still having fun with this guy!!

Thanks for visiting. Be back in a week or so as we are off on a little R & R.

Happy Halloween to all!!

Deb