This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shopping with Brittany!

My beautiful daughter-in-law Brittany and I went out to lunch and shopping at some antique stores and thrift stores after Thanksgiving.
We found several fun ideas at this cute antique store. I like the sign above that says, "Back Yard Bistro". I have a big board at home, I think I'll try to copy this idea and hang it in our back yard!
Here's a cute little rose arbor that looks pretty easy to make. I wonder if my sweet hubby will make this for me????
I love this idea of putting a cloche on a silver tray. What a pretty look it is!
They also showed it with a layered look of a white plate and then the silver tray! Hmmmm, I'll have to try this at home!
We also liked this black tins and realized what a cheap and easy project that would be! Just get some old tins at Goodwill, spray paint them flat black and stencil words on them like Bon Bons and Dessert with gold paint. Then just add a crystal knob on the top and voila, you have a very cute, country french tin!
We had such a great day together! I love having a daughter to do things like this with now and it's fun knowing that we will have many, many more special days like this together!

"May He grant you the desires of your heart!" Psalm 20:4

Love, Sharon

Friday, November 27, 2009

A very happy Thanksgiving!!!

This year for Thanksgiving the whole family packed up and drove to Salem to my husband's sister's home. Here's the whole family having appetizers and visiting before the feast!
Eric's brother, Mark, called all the way from Maryland to wish the family happy Thanksgiving. Eric's sister, Stacey, is sitting on the right with the brown shirt holding the phone which was on speaker so we could all talk to him.
My four handsome sons, Cameron, Mackenzie, Grayson and Hayden.
Stacey set the tables so pretty for Thanksgiving.
We drew numbers to see where we were sitting!
My niece Monique and my daughter-in-law Brittany.
Mackenzie, Stacey and me.
Eric's parents Jim and Alice.
Brittany and me.
Brittany and Monique.
Eric and his Dad.
Alice, Stacey and me in the kitchen.
Alice making gravy. Alice is a very good cook and I wanted to make sure I got a picture of her making the gravy because she has not been feeling well over the past year and has cut many things out of her life including cooking. You never know when life will change and have her health change like this makes me really appreciate her and all she does.
Dinner time!
Mmm, what a delicious meal! We had the traditional turkey, stuffing and all the fixings as well as a ham! We all brought salads and desserts, so there was no shortage of food!
Eric and his mother visiting after the meal.
Time for games! We separated into two teams and played a trivia game.
Here's Brittany,Grayson, Alice, Hayden and Jim on one team. It looks like they are debating what answer to give.
After that we played a new game that Cameron brought called Quelf. Oh my goodness, it is such a funny game. You pick a card and have to do what it says until you get a card that says you don't have to do it anymore. It was pretty funny! My first card said I had to cross my arms and put my thumbs in my mouth.
Alice's card said she had to put the box that the game came in in her shirt!
Stacey had to wrap a belt on her head.
I had to balance a spoon on my nose!
This is harder than you think!
Alice and Stacey cracking up! This game is hilarious! What a fun day we had! We have so much to be Thankful for! Our country, our families and our God!

"Enter His gates with Thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name!" Psalm 100:4

Love, Sharon

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hayden's first elk.....

A very monumental event happened in the life of our youngest son! Hayden shot his first elk! Thankfully, my husband was in charge of all of this area in our son's upbringing. He took them to the hunter safety courses, bought them their hunting licenses and taught them everything they need to know. I get so nervous when they go out; you hear so often about tragic hunting accidents. I get on my knees and pray give my fears over to the Lord. I know they are all in His hands.
He was so excited and so proud and we are so proud of him! He's crossing the threshold to manhood! Thanks to Hayden, our freezer is now full of meat!

"He has given food and provision to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him." Psalm 111:5a

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thanksgiving Decorations!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so I thought I would share with you some of my Thanksgiving decorations!
This is my kitchen windowsill display. If you've been reading my blog for long, you know how much I enjoy decorating my windowsill for every season and holiday. It just cheers me up when I wake up every morning and get my first cup of coffee and see my current display!
I have two sets of vintage turkey salt and pepper shakers as well as a vintage postcard. I nestled some amber colored glass votive holders in the display as well.
Here's a very heavy glass Avon turkey votive holder.
A few of my vintage Thanksgiving Gurley candles.
Here's a few more with a new ceramic turkey candle holder (sorry the picture is so dark!)
Here's my little bookshelf display.
I like how cozy it looks with the candles lit at night!
Another view of the bookshelf. You can see my bee's wax turkey made from an old mold hanging there on the side. I found it at Goodwill for .99 cents!
Here's a close-up. I used to see these at an antique shop I often visited and they were about $15.00 a piece, so I got a very good deal!!!
Here's an unusual orange Lucite partridge, he is not really a Thanksgiving thing, but he looks fallish and I think he fits in just fine! :0)
Here's a new little pumpkin pitcher that I found at a local junk store. It is really old and I only paid .50 cents for it!!! I also added the vintage brown jar to this display. I added a fall foliage mini wreath to the top of the jar and place a votive inside. It looks so pretty at night when lit as it the brown glass casts such a beautiful fall glow!
On top of our computer desk I placed a ceramic pilgrim and turkey together with another amber glass votive holder. The brass pine cone is a Christmas ornament.
In the dining room I used a cornucopia as my center pieced flanked by two tall and skinny Mr. and Mrs. Pilgrim carved wood statutes.
You can see my vintage turkey hanging on the front of the china hutch. He used to be a class room decoration from an old grade school! I simply glued some vintage ribbon on the back and hung him up!
A new set of turkey salt and pepper shakers. I am gaga over ceramic turkeys!
Here's a little corner on the china hutch. I filled an old brown transferware cup up with candy corn and placed a little votive candle inside to create a cute, warm, fall look. I set a vintage cream and brown turkey candle next to it.
More vintage Gurley turkey candles! It's amazing that they survived all these years!
This funny turkey once did not look so well in my house, he had lots of pink on him,so I just got out my burgundy paint and painted his snood and wattle red! Now he fits in perfectly as he holds candy corn and candy pumpkins for me! You know, I'm starting to get a little wattle under my chin now too! LOL!
This cute little vintage ceramic squirrel is warming himself next to another amber glass votive holder. Behind him there is an old orange colander filled with fall colored potpourri.
I'm sorry that this picture is so dark, but here's my mantle. I used the same fall foliage and beads that I had up for Halloween. I placed a big ceramic pumpkin that says "Welcome" right in front of the fireplace. Simple, yet effective!
Here's the entry way table. I place a vintage looking ceramic pumpkin on top of three antique books and placed a cute little pilgrim and turkey next to them. This is the first thing that guests see when they arrive, so I like to have nice holiday touches here!
This is the top of the little shelf/curio cabinet that I have. This is my new awesome turkey candle holder I found at a darling little country store this fall! He is my all time new favorite thing!!! I placed a few more vintage books near him with a giant ceramic nut on top!
I found this new turkey wreath at Goodwill this year for $2.99!
Here's my cool heavy, heavy, cast iron pot that I found at Goodwill for $3.00. I love the oak leave and wheat design on the top. I nestled some pine cones and some votives inside and it looks pretty when lit. Next to this I have a cute little squirrel picture and of course some candy corn in the candy dish!
I put some cute little glass Thanksgiving things in the bathroom with a vintage postcard.
Here's another old cardboard turkey classroom decoration. I hot glued ribbon to the back so that I could hang him from this bookshelf.
Well, that's all of my Thanksgiving decorations! I hope that you have a lovely Thanksgiving this year!!!

"Let the fields and their crops burst forth with joy." Psalm 96:12

Love, Sharon
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