Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thank You Laurie!!

Laurie from Bargain Hunting with Laurie sent me the sweetest "Thank You" gift for "letting" her post our home on her Share a Space Saturday a couple of months ago. I told her I should be sending HER a thank you gift for honoring us...but it just goes to show what a sweetheart she is! I met Laurie over at RMS where we had an instant connection. She is a caring and compassionate person...and also very FUNNY!! I just love her! :-)

Inside the beautifully wrapped box was the prettiest heart ornament I had ever seen! I was so excited that before I unwrapped the next gift I went running around my home to find the perfect stand for it!

Oh it's so pretty!!

Then I unwrapped the cutest dog figurine that looks exactly like my chocolate lab, Elmo! Dh likes him too! :-)

And the sweetest little bird! I wonder if Laurie knew I had a "thing" for birds?? :-)

Thank you Laurie! For the sweet gifts, the beautiful card and for your friendship that I will cherish forever!!!

I am officially out on Spring Break!! Woohoo! We're heading for the lake for a week to get a little R & R!! I hope you all have a wonderful week! :-)


Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Welcome to Friday's Favorite Family FotoHosted by Deborah at Pictures, Pots, Pens

All I ask of my youngest son is to pick up......HIS CHAIR!



I would like you to meet Buddy the Slacker. He would get up and say "Hi" but he's just he's down for the count until Monday!

Have a great weekend!! :-)


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Metamorphasis Monday~ My Mantel of Shame! :-)

This is my first time to participate in Metamorphasis Monday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch! Be sure to check out her blog for a complete list of today's MM participants!

I have held a secret for too long~ I have Mantel Shame. I also have what our Gollum describes as Noah's Ark Syndrome. This occurs when you have to have perfect symmetry by matching both sides of what you're decorating. The first pic clearly shows the severity of my NAS, therefore deepening my Mantel Shame!

I also was quite off on the...ummm, scale of things. Too many things and too many small things~ Mantel Shame deepens! :-)

So I make a trip to Hobby Lobby that is two hours away and look around fearfully, knowing what I buy will be hard to take back if it doesn't work. I almost walk out with all the choices but tell myself I must face my Mantel Shame head on! I buy the candle sticks you see. I know~ not very risky, but it's a first step :-)...
I still have the matchy-matchy thing going on but it's a little better than before...

I move the plate to the left...
And put a cylinder thingy behind it...

But alas, my NAS can't take it and I have to put the plate back in the middle! I take down the crosses from the wall in an attempt to reduce the number of "small things" on a large wall. This is still a work in progress~ it could be less matchy-matchy and I could still go with larger accessories, but what do you think? I'm sure liking it a lot more than before! :-)


I want to thank my good friends Vanna from Delusions of Grandeur and Athella from OCDesigner for giving me the "Let's Be Friends" award! I am deeply appreciative of the award AND of our friendships together!
I also want to thank Laurie from Bargain Hunting with Laurie for the "Finding Heart and Sole of Friendship" award! She passed it along to all those who had commented on her blog and I just had to grab it! Isn't it cute?! I just love the "girlyness" of it! :-)

Because I'm fairly new to blogging, I think I'm going to take Laurie's cue and pass both these awards along to all who have visited me! Your support and friendship mean so much to me!

Thank you for visiting! Laura