Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Merry Christmas to you!

Just had to share. 

My dear husband is about as Scrooge has you can get around the holidays.  I hang the lights, I put up the tree, you get the picture.

This year however, I vowed to have him a little more active. 

Enter Pinterest.  I found this picture.

And thought, "I can do that".
I showed Mike and he got on board.  On board to make it bigger and badder.
I had to get a step stool to reach the top box!
I love it!  And putting it together with Mike put me in the holiday spirit.  My nephew, however had other things to say.  "Aunt Kimmy, that notta a itmas tree!"
I hope you see my vision and will have a Very Merry Christmas!!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Patience is a virtue


Hello Strangers!  LONG time no see!!! You know I usually don't show up unless I have something amazing to share with you.  Well...

This is pretty amazing.

See this...

It use to be this...

(I'd say excuse the mess, because I forgot to take pix before... but it was so dang ugly, the mess just looks at home!!!)

And this...

Is now this...

And this ugly thing...

Is now this...

In progress...

A few more details...

After years, since we moved in to be exact, I have hated, loathed, despised, my kitchen.  Not only because it's ugly, but because when everyone comes into my house everyone congregates in the kitchen... and well, it's ugly.  So, I had a vision.

These cupboards my dad bought a farm auction 3 years ago needed more love then sitting outside covered in a tarp.

HOWEVER... with a remodel comes a budget.  And I always have a small one for any project I do.  I'm a penny pinching hillbilly.  So I collected items from my father's sheds, begged and bartered for wood, the sink, barn hinges.  And after installing a new window, moving electrical and some plumbing, and LOTS of oil... my grand total was... drum roll please...


Like I told my friend Robelyn, If anyone says they can't make a beautiful kitchen on a tight budget they have never been junkin' and re purposing before!!!

Hope you enjoyed my virtual tour!  Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gotta Love Rednecks!

So, I'm attempting to catch up on my blogs and notice my dear friend Robelyn over at

find her here

Decided to do a post on all her great 'sparkles' she has aquired.  And there I am, in the pile! :)

As  Leslie over at Retreauxgirl  said, "I feel as though being mentioned in your blog with all of these fabulous ladies that i have won some type of award."   And I completely agree!!! If you haven't checked out either one of these lovely ladies blog's it is a must! (AND of course all the other ladies Robelyn let you in on!)
I am not as blogger friendly as some of the other ladies.  I'm a fair weather blogger!  I appologize, but do thank all of you who do swing in every once in a while when I do emerge from my hole!

I do have to share my newest creation with you today.  I decided to make these for some of the teachers that work with DH.  I made over 15 of these, and after he gave the 6 away the other 9 were sold the same day to others in the school!  They are quick and easy to make. 

 I did have to keep the last one for myself.  I am a hat freak and this added the perfect touch!  I wish the pictures would have turned out better... but that's what you get with an IPhone and 6am!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

One down...

Hello All!

I have been trying to work on some Christmas presents that will be a little easier on the wallet, and more meaningful than store bought gifts.  I mean, why let all this talent go to waste!  :)

So, from my many, many hours on Pinterest I found this great idea for my mother-in-law and momma.

And here is my version:

I hope they like them. What do you think?

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Good Grief!

Did you know I have a blog?  Yeah, someone should have reminded me this last month.

Good Grief!  Have you had moments months where you wish there were two to five more of you?!?  Between youth football, junior high volleyball, a craft show, The Changing Season, and everyday life I think I ate supper twice in two months. 

AND if I was a good parent, or blogger I'd take pictures of everything... the only picture I took was this...

 When I look at it all I can hear in my head is this...

Did you guess which thing is not like the other things?

Yep, I was in such a hurry to get my jewelry display done before the craft show and football game, I was 'slapping it together' (junker slang) and realized I put one footing on one end of the baby bed springs and the other on the other end.  BRILLIANT! 

So, here's to basketball season, cheerleading, Thanksgiving and Christmas... I hope to see you soon!

Thanks for stoppin' by,

Monday, October 3, 2011


I have started a passion for re purposing jewelry.  My niece, Lauren, just turned 18.  She attended the What Cheer Flea Market with me in August and helped me scour the grounds for vintage jewelry.  I decided to take some pieces we found and make her a one of a kind necklace for her birthday.

What do you think?

I hope she likes it. I do.  How about you?  Should I try some more or stick to what I know?

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Would You Buy It Wednesday

Well, I finally hit an auction last night.  I was having SeRiOuS withdrawals!!!  There wasn't much on the smalls side, so I hit the stoneware side of the auction.  Now, I am in no way a dealer in stoneware, so I'm a bit nervous at what I purchase.  My intent, as every auction is, is to purchase things for resale purposes.

So, here I sit, thinking, "Wow!  That seems cheap!"  And bid.  After all the stoneware is sold, I realize I have bought 10 crocks, all but three are either Red Wing or Western Stoneware.  I tally it up, $167.00.  I further inspect... (that's what I get for flying by the seat of my pants) and notice only two, the 4 gallon Red Wing, and the unmarked #2 are in perfect shape.  The rest have some hairlines, big or small.

As I sit here today, I am scrambling on the Internet trying to find a value for these crocks.  Afraid I won't make money but break even on these pieces. (Worst case scenario I will have a collection sitting at home!)

So, my question is, Would YOU Buy It Them?

I have a 12 gallon Red Wing, 10 gallon Red Wing, 10 gallon Western, 4 gallon Red Wing, 3 gallon Red Wing, 3 gallon Western, 2 gallon unmarked, a pottery bowl, 2 pottery deep bowls.

Anyone have any advice where to look or any general advice?  (like don't quit my day job!)

Thanks for any input and for stoppin' by!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

And that's a wrap!

Hello All!  And how is your week going?

I decided to take a vacation day last Thursday (remember I don't work Friday's) so I could get some much needed work done around the house... ALL BY MYSELF!

I am in the process of purchasing a step back cupboard from the store I consign at, but I need to remove two cupboards in the process.  (Yes, you can have too many cupboards.)  So I needed to move furniture and rearrange.  I admit, I haven't done that in months, possibly a year or two... but I was motivated!  I decided some of these items that I collect and gather at auctions doesn't need to be sold.  I can keep some things.  So, I spent the day working on this in the house.

Gathering old boxes...

And doing this...

(for some reason my iPhone was not in the mood to take good pix)

I then compiled a few suitcases...

and some old frames...

Ah, much better!

Now I needed to move outside... the fall air is here, the leaves are falling and this cupboard was going to fall apart if I let it set in the rain one more storm!

Got my vinyl machine out and added a few personal touches...

And that's a wrap.  On my fall decorating that is!  Gotta love days off!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Halloween on the Horizon

The corn is changing, the leaves are falling... fall is in the air.  It's time to start thinking about Halloween! I have always enjoyed Halloween.  Each year I try to re purpose items to decorate with, or hit the Dollar Tree.  I don't like to spend a lot of money to decorate for the holidays.  There are so many things that a coat of paint can do.  Like here:

If you've been to the Dollar Tree you've probably seen these pictures. They are in some cheap plastic frames.  They are also easily removable.

With a little black spray paint and some frames lying around you can turn them into this.

So cheap and easy!

And how about some old books?  Everyone has those.  Tear off the covers, wrap in ribbon, lace, whatever you have lying around and ta'da!

This one is my favorite so far.  I had an old pottery piece lying around, a little paint, some spanish moss, sticks from my yard, glue gun webs and Dollar Tree crows...

As a busy mom, I don't have much time anymore to sit down and get creative.  So all these took about 2 hours, coming up with ideas, gathering supplies, and putting together.  AND all but $4.00 of supplies from the Dollar Tree were items just lying around...

So, take an hour, and get creative!!!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

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