Thankful…

Well, another Thanksgiving is upon us. How can that be? This year has gone by so fast!

It seems to me that everyone wants to rush through Thanksgiving and get to Christmas. I love the Christmas season, but, I also think that it is important for us to celebrate Thanksgiving, especially before the Christmas holiday. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what is really important in our lives. It is a special time to spend with those we love, to give thanks for our blessings, and to appreciate the goodness of God in our lives. We don’t spend enough time being thankful, at least I know that I don’t. We take so much for granted on a daily basis. We take our loved ones for granted, having food in our pantry, clothes in our closets, a warm bed, friends, finances, and so many more.

I want to tell the world how greatful I am to the One who daily provides for me and my family. The Lord has been so good to us, even though we fail Him so many times. He has never failed us. I am so thankful that I can talk to Him about my problems, and concerns. I am so very thankful that He listens to my prayers, and answers them. Where would my life be without my Lord, and His wonderful Salvation? With Him, I can have hope in what seems to be a hopeless world. He is the anchor that keeps my soul grounded to what is really important.

This Thanksgiving, I want to encourage you to take the time to really count your blessing. We all have them. There is always something to be thankful for, always!

HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING!

Lovely Autumn…

Then It’s Fall

When the children gather pumpkins and the chipmunks bury seeds,

When the squirrels carry walnuts to be stored for winter needs,

Then it’s time to say, ” I thank You,”

To the One who made it all,

For of all our changing seasons, none is lovelier than fall.

  • – Author Unknown

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, when fluttering from the autumn tree.” -Emily Bronte

Fall is my favorite season, and I am so thankful to live in a state where we get to experience all four seasons.

“Autumn carries more gold in it’s pocket than all other seasons…” – Jim Bishop

 

Lilla Rose

Are you familiar with Lilla Rose products? I have been a fan of their beautiful hair accessories for a few years now. The products are very feminine and elegant, but are simple enough to wear in your hair everyday.

For several years, I have been pondering the idea of becoming a direct sales consultant with a company. I wanted it to be a product that I could really be excited about, one that wasn’t outrageously expensive, and one that would really have a positive impact on the buyer. I don’t make decisions very quickly, and this move was several years in the making, but I finally decided to become a stylist for Lilla Rose.

I really think that all the products are beautiful and functional. They add style to the simplest hairstyles. Their products include flexi-clips, bobbies, beaded hairbands, u-pins and hair sticks. The flexi-clips are a really unique design, and come in multiple sizes. The hairbands are attached with elastic bands which are adjustable.

Each month, there is a new flexi-clip design and monthly special.

I am still learning how all the business works, but for now, if you would like to check out all their beautiful products, please go to my website and browse. I will add the link below.

I am so thankful (and a little nervous) for this new opportunity to earn extra income while selling a product that I feel confident about.

Lilla Rose is offering a special for the month of November. The company has developed a beautiful Poinsettia design(seen above & below) for the upcoming holidays.

For Customer & Guest Online Orders Only
Receive special Poinsettia Trio with Retail orders of $125 or more.
Reward Includes 2 Poinsettia Bobby Pins, 1 Poinsettia Brooch,
and 1 Silver Metallic Zipper Bag.

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checkout. While supplies last.

For more details, please see my website http://www.lillarose.biz/CandyPriddy/

 

It’s Pumpkin Time…

Well, it’s hard to believe that we are approaching the holiday season. Baking season is almost upon us. One of my absolute favorite things to bake in the fall is pumpkin bread. It’s sooooo easy, it’s sooooo good, and smells sooooo wonderful. I love to have a slice with my coffee in the morning, in the evening, and any other time I want a sweet treat.

I also love to share this bread with others, so I am going to post the recipe so you can try it for yourself. I hope you enjoy it. This recipe makes two large loaves, or three small loaves, or you could make muffins.

Wet Ingredients: 1 can of solid pumpkin, 2/3 cups of water, 3 eggs, and 1 cup of oil (I use Canola)

Dry Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups of sifted all purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. baking soda, 1  1/2 tsp. salt, 3 cups sugar, 1 tsp. each of ground cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg, and 1/2 – 1 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts).

Preheat the oven at 350. I mix the wet ingredients in my mixer first, then gradually at the dry ingredients. Be sure to grease your bread pans well. Bake for approximately 50 minutes – 1 hour. Check with a toothpick for dryness. Muffins will bake a lot quicker (20 – 30 minutes). Time will depend on the size of your loaves – larger = more time, smaller = less.

This is a great recipe to make for the upcoming holidays, and also makes great gifts for the neighbors.

 

A Little Respite…

Recently, my husband and I had a day all to ourselves. Normally what happens is he will get caught up on things before he goes back to work, and I get caught up on housework or homeschool planning. However, I had other plans in mind. Do you remember when Jesus says, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place and rest a while,” (Mark 6:31). Well, we were going somewhere that we could get away, if just for a day, and rest a while.

We decided to go on a day trip all by ourselves. I couldn’t believe it when all the pieces fell in place and we were able to go. This almost never happens for us.I had planned for us to go to Mount Airy, you know, Mayberry – Andy Griffith. We only live about an hour from there. If you have never been, go, you will enjoy it. Once, we took the squad car tour with the kids, and really enjoyed it. Every time we go, we want to eat at the Snappy Lunch, famous for their pork chop sandwiches, but they are always full with a line waiting out the door.

Well, believe it or not, we were able to enjoy one of those famous sandwiches. We saw the line had disappeared, and went over to the door. There was about 20 minutes before they were to close, so we got in, and didn’t have to beat the crowd. The sandwiches were so good.

Next, I wanted to visit Pilot Mountain. If you are familiar with The Andy Griffith Show, then I am sure that you have heard them mention “Mount Pilot.” Well, that was our next stop.

I was hoping to see some of the fall colors, but it didn’t happen. Our area hasn’t reached it’s peak in color, but maybe within the next couple of weeks. It was still beautiful. I never tire of looking out at God’s beautiful handiwork. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He hath made everything beautiful in his time…”

It was so nice just to get away by ourselves and enjoy each other’s company on a beautiful autumn day. We need to plan another day soon.

Note: Sorry about the quality of these pictures, my camera wasn’t working right, I guess maybe it needs a little respite.

Dresser Project

I finally did it, I finished the dresser!

My daughter (now 14) wants to update her room. She wants to make it more “grown-up.” Well, I knew that I was going to have to go thrifting to pull off this makeover. She wanted a new dresser, and gave me a picture of the dresser she liked.This dresser was definitely out of my price range, so I started looking in thrift stores. I found one that I thought would work, but she wasn’t real excited about it when I brought it home. What do you think?

It wasn’t the right color, had been embellished with stickers, and was missing several knobs. Somehow I was able to see passed all it’s flaws and notice that it was very similar in design as the dresser my daughter had picked out.

The dresser had a really slick, laminated top. I was worried that the paint wouldn’t stick to it without a lot of sanding, which I DID NOT want to do. I had heard that chalk paint will coat most surfaces with one coat, so I was going to use chalk paint. When I priced the paint, I was disappointed. It was going to cost too much, so back to the drawing board.

My oldest daughter had painted an old laminated coffee table with a flat wall paint. She said the coverage was very good, but you couldn’t wash it off if it gets stained. So, I thought, maybe I could paint the dresser with a white, flat wall paint, and then do a top coat in a semi-gloss to protect it. I bought two quarts of paint, one flat, one satin. I also found some new knobs for the drawer pulls.

The first thing I had to do was thoroughly clean the dresser, and scrap off all the stickers. I removed the old drawer pulls. Then, I started painting. The flat paint covered beautifully. I applied two to the base of the dresser and three coats to the top and the drawer fronts. Next, I used the satin paint for the final coat. It dried very quickly, and I was so pleased with the results.

This isn’t the best picture, but you can really see the difference between the old dresser, and the painted one. Here’s a side by side view…

       

I had a problem with the drawer pulls – the screws were too long, so I had to add some washers to make the pulls tight. This was an easy fix, and I am so pleased with how the dresser turned out. I only spend $17.50 for the dresser, $25 on drawer pulls, and $21 on paint.

Here’s a side by side view of the dresser she picked out next to my redo – pretty close!

           

Now I’m looking for a small computer desk, and reading chair, curtains, and a mirror. I also have to buy some paint to change her room color. At least I have one item crossed off her list. And, by the way, she loves the dresser now!

Catching Up

Hello Hello

I thought that I would just do a quick post to fill you in on all that’s been going on in my world lately.

The last post was about the dresser that I found, and planned to update. Well, that project hasn’t moved very quickly. I was hoping to get it finished before we started back to school (we homeschool), but that didn’t happen. I did buy some new knobs, and price my paint, but then I got sidetracked with other projects. (That’s Life)

   

We started back to school and now have two weeks under our belts – yay! Things are going pretty smoothly this year. There were three students, then two, and now only one, so it has gotten a little less stressful. Hannah is starting 9th grade this year. We have been doing a lot of hands-on activities. We have a short day on Fridays, and do Bible, nature studies, and handicrafts. This gives us something to look forward to during the week.

                  

I also had to help host my sister’s baby shower.

This will be her third baby, a girl. Her second child is now 14 1/2 so, we are very excited to have another little one in the family. We are looking forward to the holidays and passing her around! My daughter and I hosted the shower, and wanted to keep it really simple. I made the cupcakes with homemade butter cream icing (yum), and Emily made ham and cheese rolls with a refrigerated pizza crust. Just slice them and bake.

I bought a fruit platter with caramel dip, and a small vegetable platter with buttermilk ranch dip. Since my sister is having a girl, we decided to make pink lemonade, water with lemon, and diet soda (we have several diabetics in our family). I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

So, you see that I have been busy. I am excited to finish the dresser, and will make a post on it soon. We are taking Monday off of school, so I am planning to work on it then. We will see….

Until next time,

 

DIY Dresser

Well, I really wasn’t looking for another project so soon after finishing my kitchen make over, BUT…

My youngest daughter has decided that she would like to update her room in a more age appropriate manner. She will be 15 on her next birthday, and wants a more “grown-up” look (imagine that). She has researched her paint colors, curtains, furniture, and accessories. She showed me her list, and of course I knew that I would have to be thrifting a lot of these items, the main item being the dresser.

I went to a local thrift store today, and found a dresser that has a similar look to the one she picked out, but it is old, brown, and has been adorned with some cute little stickers from a previous owner. Normally I would have just walked on by, but this dresser was already cheap ($25), and it was marked down 30 percent. This got my attention. I walked around a while, and went back to the dresser three times. I tried all the drawer to make sure they weren’t broken, and pulled out easily, then I said, “I’ll take it.”

Here is the dresser in it’s current state

Sorry about the quality of the picture, but you get the idea. It really needs a redo. I’ll post better pictures when I get my husband to bring it in the house. It is currently still in the back of my car.

I’m wanting to try my hand at chalk paint, so this will be my first project using this type of paint. I am excited to see the transformation. My daughter wants white and gray as her color scheme, so this dresser will be painted white, and I will let her pick out new knobs for the drawers. Her current dresser is a tall style, and way to overwhelming for her room. This one is short, wide, and is very similar in design to the one that she found online.

I’ll keep you posted. I want to get this project finished before we start back to school in a couple of weeks. In case you didn’t know, I homeschool, so school consumes a lot of my time when it’s in session.

Have a great week,

Do you love beauty? I do. There’s just something about a beautiful picture, beautiful words, beautiful music, colors, smells, clothing, scenes…I could go on and on. Why do we crave beauty? Well, I crave it because it makes me feel better. When I see a beautiful scene of God’s creation, I am in awe of it. When I hear beautiful words spoken, I ponder them, and they speak to my soul,and I am inspired. Beautiful music stirs my heart.

I believe that God has put a desire in each of us to crave beauty. God created us in His image, and God loves the beautiful things. Just look at His creation, the variety and complexity of it all. Think of a sunset, a mountain scape, the ocean, a beautiful field of wildflowers that God planted. Think of all the beautiful animals, plants and living things that He gave us, such diversity, and beauty in them all.

The Bible tells us that “He hath done all things well.” (Mark 7:37)
I want to live a beautiful life for myself, my family and most of all my Lord. God’s Word encourages us to think on those things that are beautiful. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Why does God want us to think on these things, because it is good for us. We need to surround ourselves with those things that lift our spirits and inspire us to live a life worth living. If we go around with what Zig Ziglar called “Stinkin Thinkin” (this kind of thinking dwells on the ugly/negative things of life) we will be discouraged in our spirit, wrong in our attitude, and miss out on living a beautiful life. There’s plenty of ugly things to dwell on, but why do we want to do that?

Colossians 3:2 says “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.” We are to have lofty thoughts (Philip. 4:8), a beautiful song in our heart (Ephesians 5:19), beautiful words to share with others (Ephesians 4:29), a beautiful attitude (Ephesians 4:32), and beautiful wisdom (Colossians 3:16).

A child of God shouldn’t have to live a life of defeat, fear and discouragement. We have been commanded to think about what’s good, and pure, and lovely for our own good. It is to help us live a beautiful life, even when life sometimes isn’t so beautiful.

To encourage you today, I have created a print to remind you to surround yourself with beautiful things. Just click on the image below, it will open in a pdf file so you can print it out. Have a beautiful week!

Please click here to receive your printable download.

Kitchen Update

Well I finally finished my kitchen update. My last post was about updating my kitchen with a little paint, new cabinet knobs, and a lot of elbow grease. I started this project on a Saturday, and didn’t finish painting until the following Wednesday. Of course I did take Sunday off, but all the hard work was worth it.

I showed you my plans and my before photos in the last post, but I though I would remind you of what my kitchen was like before. It had red walls and white cabinets. I loved the red for a long time, but I had repainted my living and family room areas with white and blue, and the red kitchen just didn’t fit any more.

Blue and white have to be my all time favorite color scheme. It creates such a peaceful, calming atmosphere. I repainted my upper cabinets white, and painted the walls white. The lower cabinets got several coats of navy (almost a cobalt) blue. The kitchen looks so open and bright. I removed all my counter clutter, and hope to keep it clutter free because it looks so much cleaner. What do you think?

     

This is a before and after of the eat-in area. Notice how dark the first image is compared to the second.

    

Notice the difference between these two photos.

    

I just love how my kitchen turned out. The curtain topper you see in the second photo is one that I found at Goodwill for about $2-3 dollars. I saw it, and thought it might work, so I have been saving it until I could update my kitchen. I like that it adds the blue color to the upper area without blocking out the natural light. This is the only window in my kitchen.

     

This second picture shows you the blue color a little better, and also how well my rugs go with the color scheme. Remember I bought my rugs on sale a while back, and used the blue color in the rug to pick out my blue paint.

  

I also found this blue and white tray at Goodwill. It was the perfect accent for my counter top. It pulls in the blue color with a touch of gold. I use this for my fruit, and it makes the apples, oranges and bananas look so pretty. The chickens you see were all purchased in antique stores. I’m sure that I didn’t pay much for them, but I love that they are white, and can go with any color (especially my blue).

      

This is the only solid wall in my kitchen, and you can see that it isn’t very “solid.” I love the white shutters that give a view into the living room. They can be closed when I feel my kitchen is a mess, but the wall is only a partial wall. I love how the white looks. I moved my microwave off the counter, and placed it on this cabinet. It works perfect here, and gives me more counter space in my kitchen.

I added this bookpage wreath that I made, and this basket of sunflowers. The flowers look so cheery. I like blue and yellow together, and these were left over from my daughter’s wedding. I always search my house over when I am updating a room to look for things that I already have that I can use to change things up.

Over two of the shutters on this wall I hung two plates. I also purchased these from Goodwill (I love plates). These were especially cute, and applied to my home, so I bought them. Here are close-ups of the plates.

        

  

I hope you can read them, these photos seem a bit blurry to me. The first plate above says, “Thank God for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell, while others may go hungry, we’re eating very well.” This reminds me to be thankful that I have a family, food, and a home to clean up – Thankful reminders. The second says, “My house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy!” We live in our homes, they aren’t supposed to be perfect. What a sweet reminder of what’s important.

One last item to show you – this belonged to my grandmother. She was one of the sweetest ladies, and she loved her family. When she passed away, I was asked to come and pick out some of her things, and this was one of the items I got. I love vintage images, and I just loved the little chicks on this coffee container. I keep my sugar packets in it. It is so precious to me because it was hers, and it reminds me of her each time I look at it. I love to have items in my home that remind me of the really important things. Praise God I will see her again on day.

   

This is the front and back.

Well, what do you think of my kitchen update? I love it. I have been wanting to work on this room for a while, but I knew that it would take a lot of time, but it was worth the wait. I spent about $15 on blue paint, and $30 on new cabinet knobs. I had already purchased my white paint for my back entry update, so I spent very little for such a big change in my kitchen. The biggest investment was my time and effort. There are still a few things that I would like to do in here, but it would require more time and money than I have right now. I want to put in a tile backsplash on the sink wall, and update the lighting in my kitchen. I will get it done eventually. That’s the thing with a home, there’s always something to do – right?

Hope you have a great week.