Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Features from TTF #119

Once again Diann and I are so thrilled that so many of you joined us last week!

Francine from Ethereal PLUS what I Love shared a lamp makeover.  She changed it from brown to a zinc it!

Redesigned by M shared a Beginner's Guide to Homemade Jam

I can't wait to see what you all have to share tomorrow!  See you for TTF #120

Now be sure to check out Diann's feature picks for the week Here!

Monday, July 29, 2013

It's That Time Again!

Time for???  
The Worlds Longest Yard Sale!
I know!
With moving I wasn't sure I would go this year but my friend Kathy @ Happy Mrs. C is going to be a seller this year.   She will be at Lone Oak Community Center in Signal Mtn, TN
Kathy and I met online a few years ago and finally met face to face back in June when I took her some things to sell at the WLYS.  She invited me to come and visit her 
and so I decided I would!

I do plan to shop a little bit, but since I'm downsizing something will have to be really special for me to buy it!  What I really want to do is help Kathy in her booth and get an idea of how it is from the selling side! 
BUT, I still want to do my yearly 
Let Me Shop for You Giveaway!
This year will be a little different.  I'll find something that I love that I want to give away and I'll share it with you when I return and let you enter to win it then!

So stay tuned for my 2013 WLYS Adventures!


Wishing you JOY,


Friday, July 26, 2013

Coffee Mugs

I'm a woman who likes her morning coffee!
My children know this! 

When Sara was little she picked out this mug for me on Mother's Day
I've kept it ever since!  

Last Mother's Day Sara & Tiger gave this to me!
I love it!  From a newborn to a two year old! 
I drink from this most mornings!

Yesterday my other daughter found this and sent it to me as a gift!  I think it says it all!
It is a travel mug and just perfect! 

So thank you to my sweet daughters and my darling grandson for three of my favorite things from three of my favorite people! 

Joining Claudia at 
A Favorite Thing! 

Wishing you JOY,


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thrifty Things Friday #119

Welcome to week #119 of
Diann and I are always so happy when you join us!

As you know I'm not doing much thrift shopping since I'm 'downsizing'...but...
It's hard to stop looking and of course when I look I usually find a little something I need!
I just had to have this cute little Rooster! 
A nice bright spot in the new kitchen for $1 

I've been doing a lot of summer reading in the evenings and was in need a few new books, so of course I go to the thrift shops
I found five books and the total was $2 for all!!

So what thrifty thing have you shared this week?
Please go over to The Thrifty Groove and link up your posts! 


I'm also going to join the party at

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Features From TTF #118

Diann and I want to thank all of you for joining us this week for TTF!!  So many great posts!
( When looking at posts to feature, I noticed some of you did not have a link back to TTF and The Thrifty Groove,  Remember you must have a link back to the party host on your post to be featured)

My first feature is from Denise...on a Whim!

Be sure to check out how she turned a $5 piece of 'junk' into an adorable pie safe!
I just love creative bloggers!

Which brings me to my other feature from Vicky at
She took a couple of light fixtures that we all see at thrift shops and yard sales and turned them into the cutest solar lights!! 

I love TTF for all the inspiration I get from each of you every week! 
 See you tomorrow for TTF #119
And don't forget to visit Diann and see her features this week! 


Monday, July 22, 2013

Busy Me!

I have been busy today!

Enjoying family time! 
I've been Tiger sitting!

You should read 'Ladies Night' it is really good!
(I'm on page 218)

Waiting for the 'Royal' baby
It's a BOY

Unpacking and purging more stuff! 
I have about 3 or 4 boxes of yard sale stuff so far.

So what have you been up too?

Join me at 

Wishing you JOY,


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Charlie Kitty

Charlie has settled in pretty well to his new digs!
He stays close to me but I see him getting more comfortable every day! 
Today this made me so happy!
I've been waiting for Charlie to discover this window so he can sit and look outside.
Now that we have moved we no longer have the screened porch 
which was Charlie's favorite place!
Seeing him enjoy looking out the window is a favorite thing!
Mama are you taking my photo again??
Yes my sweet kitty boy I am! 

I'm joining Claudia for

Wishing you JOY,


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thrifty Things Friday #118

Join Diann and I and link up your post HERE

During my move I'm sending more to the Thrift Shops then I'm bringing home...
thank goodness! 
of course I have found some things for my new place!

I really needed chairs for my dining room table and look at this!  I found four of these amazing chairs at the Project Safe House thrift shop!
Look at the backs!   
They are pretty old and have had some repair done to them but they are sturdy and comfortable!
I took the thrift my four ladder back chairs and brought these home!  I love them!
I paid $35 and felt like this was a super bargain!
This thrift store is my favorite one in Athens, GA.
I donate to them and purchase from them often.  They have great prices and the money supports a great cause 'working to end domestic violance'
So I love spending my money here!

I also found these cute glasses at another thrift shop
Just some random glasses that caught my eye! 
Less then $1.50 for all! 

I hope you will go over to 
The Thrifty Groove and link up you posts!
I can't wait to see what you have to share this week!

Wishing you JOY,


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Features from TTF #117

Once again Diann and I are so thankful for all of you who join us for Thrifty Things Friday!
This week I had a hard time choosing but these two are a couple of favorites

Lynda Bergman Design shared a wonderful way to capture memories with this charming shadowbox.
She kept sand from her daughter's first sandbox and this photo to create a lasting memory!

Land of EnCraftment found some really thrifty things to share with us, but this stunning cabinet was my favorite!
I can just imagine this filled with all my treasures! 

Thank you ladies!  Grab an "I was featured" button for your blog if you wish! 

So now hop on over to see Diann's favorites this week and we will see you tomorrow for
Thrifty Things Friday!


Monday, July 15, 2013

A Bargain

Something is only a bargain if you really need it or really LOVE it!
Recently I shared a bargain I found for my new home
I bought this at Hobby Lobby for 80% off and was excited because the colors were right, it had the Eiffel Tower, french words and Paris on it! 
Perfect!  Except it wasn't! 
I love the pillows which were also a them!  No hesitation, no second guessing my choice....but the wall art...hmmmmmm
I wanted to love it but somehow I didn't!
I think it's too big for my room and the dark center feels like a black hole somehow!  So today I returned it!  Whew...I'm glad I did.  
Because a bargain isn't a bargain if you don't love it!

The right thing will come along and when it does I'll know it and I'll love it! 

I am settling in here and finding this 2 bedroom duplex just perfect for me.  I adore being closer to my daughter, SIL and of course Tiger! 
Tiger recently spent a few hours here with me while his Mom and Dad did some chores at their house.  We played and of course he had to 'eat'!
I think he is in a growth spurt again!
After lunch we had a treat!  Grandma has these little tiny ice cream cones that are 'Tiger' size!
Yummy Grandma!
Want a bite??? 

I'm joining these parties!

Wishing you JOY,


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wishing You A 'Ducky' Day

Saturday, between rain showers, I went to the park with Tiger and his Mama! 
 As we took a walk around the pond we saw the ducks!
Hello Mr. Duck!
With so much rain the pond was very muddy and the ducks were all out of the water!
We had a lot of fun and made it home before the next rain shower started!  

Tiger and I are wishing you a 
very 'ducky' day!


**I know so many of you are praying for rain and I sure wish we could send some your way!**

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thrifty Things Friday #117

I showed you my new sofa the other day. I'm so excited about having a new look for my living room.  I've got a small decorating budget using some birthday money.  I know I don't have to do it all at once, but I would like to get a little style going!
This pillow has been my 'dream style' for awhile.  I bought this when Judy at 20 North Ora had it on sale in her Etsy shop.  I love it!  So when sofa shopping I had it in mind.
And it looks fabulous on the new sofa but of course I need more stuff!
Yesterday I popped into Hobby Lobby just to look!  Well LOOK what I found!  On clearance for 80% off!  WOW!   Makes it in my price range.
It has the wonderful french script, a beautiful red Eiffel Tower and of course it says Paris!
What's not to love, and only $20
I also found these pillows at Big Lots for 1/2 price! 
Two really cute pillows for $12 (that's only $6 each)!
It adds another touch of the red!

I am pretty happy with both items! 
Now to figure out what else to add to the wall with the painting.  I was thinking plate rack or something black and scrollie???  Ideas??
Of course whatever I find has to be thrifty! 

Be sure to hop over to Diann's and see what other thrifty things are happening today!

I'm also joining Jann at Share Your Cup


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

TTF # 116 Features

This week Ivy and Elephants shared this post called Bubblicious
I fell in love with this idea of a gum machine full of beautiful pearls!  
Thank you Patti for linking up this amazing idea!

I turned a little 'green' with envy at the post on
She said it was a 'yard sale jackpot' and she wasn't kidding!  This set of Federal Bowls is only one of the many amazing items she bought!  
Thanks Jill and if you get 'tired' of those bowls...well..ah..I know of a good home for them!

Be sure to pop over to the Thrifty Groove
  and see what features Diann has choosen this week!

Then I'll see you tomorrow for TTF # 117



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Settling In

Are you bored with my moving posts yet?
Sorry my friends, it's all I've got right now! 
 I brought Charlie home and this was his reaction!
He kept looking around, like where am I????
He has settled in nicely!
Watching TV with me last night on my new sofa
  I love it!  

Thought I would share with you the view from my front door!
My neighbor's door is to the right...
She has all these wonderful flowers and I get to enjoy them also!
They (meaning not me) mowed the grass this morning so everything looks great! 
    My side of the parking pad.  
As you can see the duplex's are not right on top of each other.  
It is really quiet and lovely here.  The deer come out every morning and evening.   I will try to get a photo of the two babies.  They don't seem to be too afraid!
I got some more unpacked today.  I had to take a long break since I got sick last week.  I'm all better now but had a very rough couple of days.  It felt good to get the Pyrex unpacked and put away and the Paris things back in the cubbies!
I received my new book for the book club that Brenda at Cozy Little House is starting.    I have never been in a book club but this one is online and sounds fun.  Check it out!  So far the book is really good!

Many of you asked for my new address when I moved.  You know I can't remember!
If you would like it just let me know in the comments or email me and I'll send it to you!

I'm going to party here this week!

Wishing you JOY,