Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Card Table Set Makeover

 

One day this summer we went garage saling with some friends.We took a large van and pulled a trailer behind it. We headed north, toward Lorain,Ohio and hit a few estate garage sales. It didn’t take long for the trailer to fill up! We had a great time and found lots of bargains.

 

I picked up this old ugly looking card table set for under ten dollars…

 

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The last few days have been unseasonably warm, thus giving me the urge to go outside and spray paint something. (the forecast is calling for a forty degree temperature drop by tomorrow .. only in Ohio Sad smile) I went into the shop where I have a stash of junk future treasures and chose to redo this card table set.

 

I started by removing the table top and chair seats.

 

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I used a water based paint and my sprayer to apply.

 

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This color is one of my favorites, walnut valley haze mixed with a little bit of white.

 

I purchased this vinyl table cloth that I used for the top and seats at Family Dollar. (notice the price!) I think I checked eight different stores before I found one I was satisfied with!

 

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Since my large stapler staples would go through the cardboard, I borrowed my son’s little stapler. I also glued the edges. Since the staples didn’t go very deep, I felt the cloth should also be glued.

 

So again, here is the “before”…

 

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And now, the after…

 

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Pretty amazing what a little bit of paint and a $3.50 table cloth can do!

 

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I hope you enjoyed this makeover as much as I did, and are inspired to think twice before getting rid of “junk” that may still have potential!

 

Thanks for visiting..

-Mary

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thrifty Fall Table Scape

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower  -Albert Camus

 

I know I’ve used this quote before, but isn’t it true? Fall never ceases to amaze me with it’s many striking colors!

With any season, I love to bring the beauty of nature indoors. The last few months I was pretty well booked full with tea parties and I decided to use white pumpkins, old wood and some grape vines for the table center piece…

 

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For the napkins I rolled them up, wrapped a piece of natural hemp around them and added a leaf…

 

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For the evening parties I used candles for the lighting…

 

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For the tags hanging from the pumpkins, I just printed out the letters and glued them onto burlap squares. I tied them using hemp string.

 

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All these decorations were very simple to fix and I didn’t spend much money at all!

I have a few other areas in our home that I place leaves to bring some fall color inside…

 

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For a tutorial on the burlap pumpkins click here.

 

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On a different note I want to share some of the fall beauty that I captured cruising the country roads in our area. (Holmes county was after all, voted in the top three for fall beauty in the world!)

 

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Love old, abandoned buildings…

 

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A few weekends ago we were down to the lake for a little get away, and I managed to bribe my guys into taking some family pictures. I did manage to capture some pretty good ones, but of course, there were these too..

 

The shoe photo bomb…

 

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The distracted trio because of an old truck cruising down the road… (believe me, the photographer was a little distracted too.. love historical vehiclesSmile)

 

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The clumsy photographer vault …where the photographer didn’t make the first jump onto the log in the twenty seconds she had to get situated into the picture…

 

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The beauty of the lake..

 

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After all the driving around, looking at fall splendor, it was right here at home where some of the nicest colors were!

 

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Happy November, everyone!

 

-Mary

 

 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

An Earthly Heaven

It was hard for me to find the right words to describe Cades Cove, Tennessee. I can really go on and on about beautiful and serene places I’ve seen, but this has to be the topper. If you ever get the chance to visit Cades Cove, don’t hesitate. I’m sure there are other places in the world filled with magnificent beauty, but for me, I find a connection, almost a divine connection here in this cove.

Earlier this summer I had the privilege of spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with  hubby, the boys, my parents, and my sis & her family. This was the first time I got to see Cades cove. I of course, took lots of pictures as we walked through some of the old homesteads, reminiscing about the old days. We slowly drove through the seven mile long drive that loops through the cove. Most of the time I was almost in a daze with the beauty that surrounded us. I told my family that if I ever run away, this is probably where they can find me. Smile I don’t believe they were too worried.

 

Let me begin by somehow offering a brief description, if possible, of the setting, and of course, sharing some pictures, which still don’t do justice compared with actually being there.

Jumping back a little, this week I was blessed with the privilege of again being in this beautiful land of the Smokies. My sis, niece, and I are spending about five days down here doing some hiking.

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As I write this, I am on the seventh floor of a motel with a raging river flowing directly beside it in the heart of Gatlinburg. I owe it to sis for making this possible, and to my wonderful hubby for, even though it didn’t work for him to take off from his schedule to go, he allowed me to, and to my mom for helping to make sure the boys make it to school & seeing to their needs while daddy was at work… thank you!!

 

Now, back to the cove… as much as I love majestic mountain views, clear mountain streams, and the wildness of the mountain wilderness, which I could rave about for awhile, I need to share the quiet serenity of Cades Cove with you..

 

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Upon entering Cades cove, you will see a field of horses peacefully grazing in the meadow. I believe there is a riding stable close by and they use this meadow to allow the horses to be out.

There’s something about these meadows being surrounded by mountains that just makes everything so peaceful and tranquil.

 

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This week, as we drove through the loop, we saw an abundance of deer, a bear, a coyote, among the usual wildlife such as squirrels, chipmunks, etc.

Towards the end of the drive is my favorite place, where I would choose to reside in the cove. It is called the Peter Cable house. It seems to me that they had heaven on earth, living there, years ago. I mean waking up to those mountains and the sounds and smells of that area had to have been paradise!

 

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I would have a couple of horses grazing in the meadow by the barn and maybe a few cows and sheep.

Behind the barn, there’s a couple of trees that caught my eye. Perhaps there would be a swing hanging from one of them for the boys. Smile

 

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Here’s the view these people had from their front porch…

 

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I realize things probably weren’t rosy for these people most of the time but I sure hope they appreciated where they were. I hope they took early morning walks in the mountains and spend some afternoons sitting on a blanket under a shade tree, drinking lemonade or tea, or whatever they drank in that era.

The other home sites in the cove are also very peaceful and tranquil, but for some reason this Peter Cable place just stole my heart!

 

I did manage to get some pictures and a video of a bear in the distance…

 

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Again, I feel pictures can’t capture how it is to actually be there,but hopefully you get a little taste of the awesomeness of this place!

 

I hope you enjoyed the tour of this earthly paradise and are inspired to visit this place someday, if you haven’t already, or if you’re like me to just continue to go whenever the opportunity arrives!

 

-Mary