Friday’s Fave Fives and Show and Tell Friday

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Susanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts a “Friday Fave Five” in which we share our five favorite things from the past week. Click on the button to read more of the details.

I’m also linking the first item to Kelli’s Show and Tell Friday. showandtellmf3I know Kelli doesn’t want the Show and Tell combined with other memes, and I hope she’ll forgive me, but I just couldn’t see making a separate post, especially when I have another one and am thinking about one more already today.

1. Finally getting this done:

I bought this door decoration at an online shop (I am sorry to say I forget now which one) and showed it for a Show and Tell last September:

Wall pocket

Then a few weeks ago Hobby Lobby had all their floral stems on sale, so I bought several stems. I just put them together this morning:

Roses and Hydrangea door ornament

I can see I should have gone with the lavender hydrangea stems rather than the dark purple — I just loved the richness of the color when I bought them, but they get kind of lost against the dark door. I lightened the picture just so they’d show up. I am not entirely sure I am done fiddling with it, but so far I like it.

2. Talking to my future daughter-in-law. My son’s cell phone has about died, so his fiance called the home line last night, and I happened to answer the phone. I have missed her being able to come over on weekends (she has finished school and is back home for the semester), so I enjoyed chatting with her for a bit and hearing about wedding plans.

3. Jesse’s tip-off. Jesse got to do the initial tip-off for the last two basketball games, and he was excited. Melli asked earlier whether they won their last game that was to determine whether they’d be in the playoffs (thanks for asking!). No they didn’t, so I thought they were done, but evidently there is a tournament later this month they might be going to, so they’re still practicing. Jeremy videotaped parts of the last game since that was the only one Jim couldn’t attend due to work, so I may add video of the tip-off later on if I can.

4. Nice temperatures. Even though it is February and still winter, we have had some bright sunny days and springlike temperatures this past week. It’s chilly again this morning and I am sure we will have more winter-like weather before it is over, but I soak in those warmer (but not hot yet) days whenever I can.

5. Valentine’s day! OK, that is tomorrow and not from this last week, but it is one of my favorite holidays.

I’m going to add just a few more — it is hard to stop at five once you get started!! But I don’t want to make the post go on and on, either, so I’ll just list them: a good dentist’s visit with one filling I was concerned about being ok, a wonderful ladies’ meeting Monday night that I am still enjoying even days later, our cable coming back on after being out for six hours yesterday (and the fact that we even have cable! It’s one of those easily taken for granted things until it’s off for a while), and old movies — I just watched an old version of David Copperfield (the one with W. C. Fields as Micawber) recently and started watching A Tale of Two Cities — I taped it, so I will catch the rest tomorrow. Plus the fact that as Christians we don’t have to be superstitious about things like Friday the 13th!!

Have a great Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

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Show and Tell Friday: Christmas presents

Kelli at There’s No Place Like Home hosts “Show and Tell Friday” asking Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there’s a story behind your special something, that’s even better! If you would like to join in, all you have to do is post your “Show and Tell” on your blog, copy the post link, come over here and add it to Mr. Linky. Guidelines are here.

I wanted to show some of my Christmas presents my dear family showered me with this year.

My husband got me two new Boyd’s Bears:

Winter Boyd's
I love this pretty winter one.

Boyd's bear present

This one says around the bottom, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, Mother was right after all.”

Some new books:

New books

My blog friend Anita in Germany often mentions these Tilda books. I just love her style.

New books

This pretty cameo:

Butterfly cameo

My future daughter-in-law sent me this beautiful tablecloth:

New tablecloth

I love the lace and pretty stitching, especially the hearts in the corners.

New tablecloth

New tablecloth

It’s small, about the size of one you’d put on a round end table. It’s almost too pretty to use. But then again, I really hate it when I give something to someone and they stick it in a closet because they don’t want to mess it up. I want them to use it. So I will look for a place to display this.

Hope you are having a good first week of 2009!

Show and Tell Friday

Kelli at There’s No Place Like Home hosts “Show and Tell Friday” asking Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there’s a story behind your special something, that’s even better! If you would like to join in, all you have to do is post your “Show and Tell” on your blog, copy the post link, come over here and add it to Mr. Linky. Guidelines are here.

I’ve been wanting to put a miniature Christmas tree on my dry sink for a long time, and got some components in previous years, but this is the first year I got everything I needed to complete it and actually put it up.

Miniature Christmas tree

It’s a smidgen too tall for the space there — I think I might snip the top of it so the little star topper fits under the shelf. I love the tree skirt (half off at Hobby Lobby, as were some of the other decorations). I’m pleased with how it turned out.

I won from a giveaway Miss Sandy had at Quill Cottage this lovely Nativity decoration she made.

Christmas Nativity decoration

She has one she uses as a tree topper. I don’t want to put mine there but I haven’t decided exactly where to put it yet. But it’s lovely — thank you, Sandy!

I have a couple of Christmas pins, one a little more dressy and one more casual:

Christmas pins

I got them both at an annual craft show when we lived in GA. That’s one of the things I miss most about that area. Unfortunately it’s a little too far to drive there just for this event, but I’ve been tempted.

And, finally, it has been a little while since I showed my “work in progress,” so I thought I’d do that today as well.

WIP

I’ve had to lay it aside to get other things done over the holidays, but I’m looking forward to getting back to it soon.

My college student’s last day of school was yesterday, and my youngest’s last day is today. My husband is working from home today and then off next week, so we’re about to enjoy some vacation time. I got a late start on Christmas tasks — I don’t know what kind of fog I was in, but it suddenly dawned on me that December was nearly half over and I needed to get down to business. I kicked it into high gear, and praying much and leaning on the Lord for grace, got out-of-town packages in the mail as well as the Christmas cards to far-flung relatives. I’ll finish the other Christmas cards today and have some odds and ends shopping to finish up. Last night was the last “official” event to go to, my youngest son’s Christmas concert at school. We do have a Christmas Eve service at church, and my anniversary is Sunday, for which my husband is taking me out to dinner Saturday night. We may go to one of the drive-through Christmas light displays nearby. I haven’t done any baking and hope to get some Harvest Loaf Cake made this weekend. But overall I am feeling good about the progress on holiday activities and looking forward to next week. Have a great weekend!

Show and Tell Friday: Gifts from China

Kelli at There’s No Place Like Home hosts “Show and Tell Friday” asking Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there’s a story behind your special something, that’s even better! If you would like to join in, all you have to do is post your “Show and Tell” on your blog, copy the post link, come over here and add it to Mr. Linky. Guidelines are here.

My husband took a business trip to China last week and brought home several goodies.

This one was for my youngest, but I thought the packaging was neat:

Skittles from China

Chinese Skittles!

This is a box of chocolates…

"Manly Pandas"

…that claimed to be “manly”..

"Manly Pandas"

….that were shaped like pandas.

"Manly Pandas"

We joked a lot about the “Manly Pandas.” They had pandas on a lot of things.

A couple more treats:

Treats from China

The left is like peanut brittle. I am not sure about the one on the right. I don’t think any of us has tried it yet.

I thought the packaging here was pretty:

Gift from China

And it contained this lovely necklace:

Necklace from Jim's China trip

Real Chinese chopsticks!

Real Chinese chopsticks!

Real Chinese chopsticks!

A hand-dyed bag:

Hand-dyed bag from China

A beautiful fan:

Chinese fan

Chinese fan

I love the detailed cutwork and the pinkness and those flowers — cherry blossoms?

Thanks for looking at my new Chinese treasures! My husband made it back home safe and sound and tired, and we enjoyed looking at pictures, watching videos, and hearing stories.

For more Show and Tells, or to join in on the fun, head over to Kelli’s.

Show and Tell Friday: Jesse’s room makeover

Kelli at There’s No Place Like Home hosts “Show and Tell Friday” asking Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there’s a story behind your special something, that’s even better! If you would like to join in, all you have to do is post your “Show and Tell” on your blog, copy the post link, come over here and add it to Mr. Linky. Guidelines are here.

We moved into a house that was about 30 years old at the time, and most of the wall and floor coverings needed to be replaced. Of course, you have to space those projects out as time and finances permit. So after ten years we are just now getting to the bedroom of Jesse, my youngest son who just turned 15. He had three days off due ro a teacher’s conference, so Jim took those days off as well.

I didn’t really get a “before” picture as it was before we started working on it because…I would have been too embarrassed. He has the smallest bedroom in the house but the most “stuff,” some of it from younger days and no longer really played with, some that his older brothers passed down to him as they cleaned out their things. We would sort through and purge a few shelves or drawers at a time, but it was overwhelming for both of us.

My husband’s strategy was to pack up everything into boxes and put it in the attic, because if we took time to sort through it before painting we wouldn’t get done in the time frame we had. As we packed things away, if there was something obvious that needed to be thrown away or put in a give-away box, we’d do that, but otherwise we’ll just take the boxes out one or two at a time as we have time later to sort through.

So…here are the “before pictures I took after most of the furniture was out and they had done some spackling:

Jesse's room "before"

Jesse's room "before"

The walls look a little greenish here, but they were actually a barely-there blue.

Of course, you notice the hideous carpet:

Ugly carpet!!

We were delighted to find nice hardwood floors underneath:

Nice hardwood floor under that awful carpet

Jesse first wanted to paint the walls red, but we felt that would be a little too intense. Then he said brown: we weren’t sure how that would do in a small room, but we were okay with it. Then he said he wanted to paint the trim blue. I wasn’t sure about that at all. But Home Depot had a computer setup where you could click on the paint color and then on the walls or trim of a picture of a room, so we tried it out, and it wasn’t bad.

It actually turned out better than I thought it would:

Jesse's room "after"

It was hard to capture the right shade with the lighting in the room and this camera, but this is pretty close. The walls are Double Chocolate, the trim is Smoky Blue. The doors and dresser are supposed to be Oyster, which I had thought was a little tanner than this — this pretty much looks barely off-white. But it’s fine.

I think he was wanting to try for a look that was grown and masculine, and I think this definitely fits the bill. I probably would have done things differently…but then, he is the one living in it, so as long as it wasn’t too outlandish, I was fine with letting him make the choices.

It hasn’t arrived yet, but I ordered this comforter — I let him choose it out of a catalog. And this weekend we’ll look for an area rug — I found a couple that incorporate the different colors.

He’s very pleased!

I also wanted to show my “work in progress.” It’s about one-fourth done.

My cross stitich WIP

You can find more Show and Tellers at Kelli‘s.

Show and Tell

Kelli at There’s No Place Like Home hosts “Show and Tell Friday” asking Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there’s a story behind your special something, that’s even better! If you would like to join in, all you have to do is post your “Show and Tell” on your blog, copy the post link, come over here and add it to Mr. Linky. Guidelines are here.

I wanted to show you a couple of sweet items found on sale at Forget Me Not Dreams on a Pink Friday sponsored by the shops at Make Mine Pink (which actually does have more than pink items. 🙂 )

Hot pads

I just LOVED these pot holders — I rarely see anything in pink for the kitchen in local shops. I didn’t realize how big they were when I ordered them, though — maybe 8 or 10 inches on each side.

Wall pocket

I loved everything about this wall pocket, too — the color, the design, the heart shape. I was thinking it was too bad I’d have to wait til spring to use it on my front door, but, I don’t know — it might look ok with fall decorations in it. What do you think?

I have to say, I totally love Pink Fridays at Make Mine Pink (and no, I am not paid nor asked to say that!) We don’t have shops like this in town, and it’s like visiting a nice sidewalk sale without having to leave home.

I also wanted to show my current work in progress:

WIP

It’s coming along! I am not finished back-stitching the scissors, but this shows how the back-stitching really defines specific areas:

Close-up to show detail of back-stitching

I’m off to visit with other Show and Tellers at Kelli’s.

Show and Tell Friday: Family room and pin

Kelli at There’s No Place Like Home hosts “Show and Tell Friday” asking Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there’s a story behind your special something, that’s even better! If you would like to join in, all you have to do is post your “Show and Tell” on your blog, copy the post link, come over here and add it to Mr. Linky. Guidelines are here.

Recently I found this sweet little pin on sale at Sweet Necessi-Teas.

Sweet pin

If you’ve been reading here long, you know I love hearts and pink roses and vintage/old fashioned things…and sales! So this fit the bill all the way around!

As the shop’s name would suggest, most of its items have something to do with tea, but I didn’t notice until after I looked at it a while that the little charm at the bottom is a tea bag. Isn’t that cute? Unfortunately it’s a little dark right there in the picture.

I also loved the way it came packaged:

Package

Something I hope to accomplish in the next week is to figure out how to arrange these

Family room decorations

On this wall.

Family room wall

A while back we replaced our TV and entertainment center, and the new cabinet was wider than the old one, so we had to take out bookcases that used to flank it and put them in another room. That left a lot of wall space. I’ve been collecting various items through sales and received some as gifts. I want to get a shelf as long as the long piece there (which, by the way, I got half-price at Hobby Lobby!) I am thinking of making three separate groupings, one over the TV, and one on each side, maybe placed a little lower. I’m thinking of putting the long plaque and a shelf over the TV.

The picture up there now is an older one I got during a Home Interiors craze that went through all my friends years ago. 🙂

Family room picture

It shows a mom stopping what she is doing to sit down and look at her child’s picture. I loved that — and hope I remembered to do that often! Of course, I love the house and flowers and colors in it, too. It’s appropriate for a family room, but I am trying to downplay pink and flowers in this room for the boys’ sake. So I haven’t decided whether to keep this in here or put it somewhere else…though there is really no room anywhere else for it.

I also had this painting over the mantle before receiving my Shepherd print.

Painting from Gayle

It is special to me because of who made it. Several years ago when we lived in GA, the church we attended had a “secret sister” program where we drew names at the beginning of the year and prayed for and did little things for our secret sister anonymously throughout the year and then found out who our secret sister was at the end of the year. I drew the name of a lady named Gayle, who was very artistic and crafty. She couldn’t do much in that vein for her secret sister, though, because then that would reveal who she was in our very small church. So she often waited to do something special til the end of the year. Well, that particular year I had her name, but we found we were going to have to move in May, so I went ahead and revealed my identity to her. She gave me this as a thank you. I love it because it is from her, and I love the dogwood blossoms — two of the four homes we have lived in have had white dogwoods. She admitted that the little bird ended up “looking like he was ready to peck someone’s eye out.” 🙂 She added the verse because she said it reminded her of me, though it is actually speaking of wisdom. I hope I have gained and display wisdom, pleasantness, and peace, though I assured her I am far from walking in any of those elements perfectly.

But I am not quite sure where to place this little birdie. Decisions, decisions!

Hopefully I’ll have this figured out and can show you the finished project next time.

Thanks to Kelli for creating and hostessing Show and Tell Friday! Other show-and-tellers can be found there.