Met. Monday - Still Tweaking the Kitchen

    Be sure to stop by Between Naps On The Porch and visit Susan to see what she's been up to lately and a list of all the participants. You will be so inspired.

    While reading one of my favorite design magazines, they were stressing the importance of paying attention to all the little details. I have been going around my house trying to take a different and critical eye to everything to see what I can improve. I've made just a few changes so far, but a lot more to be done.

    A couple of weeks ago I showed you some of the changes in the kitchen as I took down the Christmas decorations. Well, as usual I did a little more tweaking.

    This one little spot of cabinet did get a little more tweaking. I changed out the white rooster for the black and white one and I like it a lot better with the chicken wire cloche and eggs.

    This corner got a couple of changes too. I found this really cute tray at HL and thought it was perfect for this spot. I love the 50 cent eggs. lol

    A few green apples in the scales carries the theme around the counters.

    Next, I decided that I wanted something on the island again. So, out came the wheat, coffee grinder and of course a cloche.

    Since I used a lot of the green apples on the rest of the counters, it was fun bringing a little green to this spot too.

    Using my wooden cake stand that my mother made me and one of my tall cloches, I added a few fall leaves, a green berry candle ring and my sassy little white rooster. Topped it off with some brown and green ribbon.

    Super simple, but just what I wanted. Love it, (at least for now, never can tell when it will change

    I am also joining Mary @ Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. Be sure to visit her to see all the lovely mosaics.

    Thanks for stopping by. I love it when you visit.

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Thread Spool Tassel Tutorial

    Several of you asked for a complete tutorial for making tassels with thread spools. This is just the easiest thing. In my last post I made a couple using fringe and tassels along with ribbons, you can check them out below, but I thought I would make this one with just ribbon.

    This one I am making for a friend of mine, and I know that she likes pink and black. She even had a small black christmas tree and it was gorgeous. I've just gathered an empty thread spool and an assortment of ribbons in different widths.

    I start at the bottom of the spool and work my way up to the top. I've started by using hot glue to fix several pink ribbons overlapping each other all the way around the bottom. How many always depends on the width of your ribbon and you can cut them any length you want.

    Next I chose a checked ribbon and started glueing it around the sides of the spool again overlapping a little.

    This row is all done.

    Next I am using an even wider wired pink polka dot ribbon and just overlapping a little again all the way around the spool.

    You can do as many layers as you want, but I don't like for them to be too fluffy. The last row that I'm adding is glued right up at the top of the spool and I decided to use a black and white polka dot in a med. width.

    Now I am ready to finish off the top, so I glued a narrow white ribbon all the way around the top, again overlapping a little.

    For the hanger I just took a really narrow ribbon and cut a piece long enough to thread through the spool and on the bottom I tied a knot large enough that it would not pull through the hole.

    For the final touch I glued a couple of leaves and tiny rose buds to the top.

    Ceekay this is for you. Hopefully we can get together soon.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your visits.

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Shopping & Crafting - I Found Treasures

    Today I am joining Cindy @ My Romantic Home for Show and Tell. Be sure to stop by her place to see her treasures and all the others wonderful finds.
    I am also linking this to Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh @ Tales Frpm Bloggeritaville. Be sure to check out all the wonderful bargains everyone has uncovered.

    I am also linking to Jane @ Finding Fabulous For Less for Frugalicious Friday. Be sure to check out all the wonderful bargains everyone has found.

    They opened a new Hobby Lobby at Arrowhead Center, so a friend and I thought we would go check it out. While we were there we also had to check out Home Goods, TJMaxx, and of course Goodwill on the way home. We had so much fun we even forgot to eat lunch. lol

    I have been trying to add to my blue and white accessories, so when I saw this really cute little kitty at GW, of course she had to come home with me for $3.99.

    HL was just packed full of all kinds of goodies for the grand opening, and as usual a ton of things were marked 50% off. They had quite a few things in blue and white. This precious little bunny at 50% off was $4.00.

    Isn't he just the sweetest!!!

    Look at these two treasures. They are both quite large.

    You know how much I love my roosters and I didn't have a blue and white one, so of course I HAD to have him. He is so sassy and at 11 inches tall a great bargain at HL for the 50% off price of $8.00.

    TJMaxx had the best prices and quite a big selection of blue and white ginger jars and vases all for $9.99. I love this one and it is 15 inches tall.

    My white artichoke has been so much fun to decorate with, so when I saw this pineapple at HG, it really needed to come home with me. On sale for $10.00.

    When we got home I made us a sandwich and then I showed my friend how to make some really simple and fun tassels. I always use thread spools. You always have a ton of spools that the thread is almost or all gone and they are perfect, even have a hole through the center for the hanger ribbon. All you do is hot glue some ribbon to the bottom of the spool and then glue ribbon and fringe around the spool and you are done.

    I made this one for the armoire in our bedroom. Just brown and yellow ribbons and some left over fringe.

    No big deal, but it does give a little bit of a finishing touch to the armoire.

    This one is for the china cabinet. I glued a DT gourd to the top of the spool with an eye hook inserted in the top and then spray painted the whole thing bronze. For this one I used brown with some white.

    It's perfect hanging on the key to the door. Now don't look too much at all the stuff in the china cabinet. I just need more space.

    I've been reading that we should pay very close attention to all the little finishing touches in our room. I think the tassel is a finishing touch.

    I had a great day with my friend and found some real treasures too. I do appreciate you stopping by, and I so hope to see you again soon.

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Tablescape Thurs. - Simple Soup Super

    Thanks again to Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for hosting this fun party where we get a chance to play with our dishes. Be sure to check out all the wonderful tablescapes everyone has created.

    My tablescape today is a very simple one. Since the weather has turned cold, I always want some good soul food and soup just sounded perfect. I am going to make Baked Potato Soup. I just love it. Hearty, creamy and soooooo good.

    Blue and Yellow just seemed like it would add a little bit of a spring touch to the table.

    I love the grape pattern on this tureen and it is just the right size. Not too big or too small.

    A few sunflowers around the tray just add a touch of sunshine.

    Candles always help to warm up a tablescape and these little votive holders are lacy and give off a lot of light.

    Yellow candlesticks and yellow candles add even more sunshine.

    I've mixed my frenchy pattern blue and yellow dishes with a yellow salad/bread plate and a cream ruffled placemat. Dark blue goblets and yellow windowpane napkins with my everyday flatware finish the setting.

    The yellow salad/bread plate also has grapes on it. The pattern is Home Plate Optimum - Nikko Woodbury.

    The matching dinner plate is Block - Avignon. I love this pattern and there are even matching linens to it.

    We're all set for soup. Wish you could join us.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I always look forward to your visit.

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