Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

The girls were out of school for fall break this week and the Mr. took Friday off from work.  We took a quick trip to the Smoky Mountains to enjoy some of the fall colors before they're all gone and it's wintery gray.

I snapped a few pics and thought I would share them.

Meanwhile back at the ranch house, I'm halfway finished repainting our guest bedroom and will hopefully have some pics of the finished room in the next week.  There's still some caulking to do and baseboards to paint, and I'm really slow at finishing projects, but I've got company coming at the end of November and must have it finished by then!

Here's some of my pictures.  Do you have a favorite?  I do. 

 This lonely little leaf was just floating down the creek.

 The creek was filled with newly fallen leaves.

 The flashy red leaves are some of my favorites.  I used photoshop lightroom to "turn down" all the colors except the red in this shot.  My daughter said it looks like it's surrounded by snow.

 The view from an overlook near Laurel Falls.  The bright blue sky was gorgeous against the yellow foliage.

 Another floating leaf.  This one was casting a shadow on the rock underneath the water.

A vintage Dodge pickup truck.  We accidentally found this truck last winter when were staying in a nearby inn and went out for an afternoon drive.  I wanted to come back and photograph it with the fall colors in the background.  You can read about the wrong turn and our adventures and see a few more pictures from our visit last winter here.

Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week.

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Woodsy Wednesday

Fall is in full swing here in Tennesse and the colors are absolutely gorgeous.  I'm planning to go on a hike this weekend with the Mr. and the girls and take it all in.

I thought I'd share a few pictures from one of our hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains last fall. 

This is the view on the way up to Spruce Flats Falls, just 1/2 mile from Tremont.

Mr. Snail out for a moring stroll/slither/whatever it is they do.  Isn't his shell beautiful?

Snapped this beauty at the campground we stayed at, the KOA in Townsend, TN.

I love the muted grayish colors of the lichen contrasted against the bright greens of the moss.  Beauty in nature at it's finest.

I hope you're able to get out and enjoy the colors of the season before they're gone, even if it's just a drive through the park.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Have a great week!



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The story of the "Cute" dry erase board made from an old frame

Cute isn't a word I would usually use to describe things around our house, but today is different.  Yes, we have two daughters and have definitely had our share of cuteness around here, but they are 12 and 16 now and no longer let me do "cute".

And this is for sale at my space, therefore it doesn't actually reside in my home, so there ya go.  It got it's picture taken at our house, but that's about it.

Anyhow.  I had fun making this "cute" dry erase board a couple of weeks ago and thought I would finally get around to showing you how to do it.  If you follow me on facebook you might have seen a picture of it earlier.  It's a very simple process that you could do in a couple of hours at the most.

If you know much about me (or have peeked into our garage), then you know that I brake for estate sales, thrift stores, and yard sales.  Occasionally I get lucky and find something I need want.  Or something that I think another like-minded person might want to buy.  This is one of those things.

A quick and easy "cute" dry erase board.  From a thrifted, old, forgotten wooden frame.  Sounds kinda like a Cinderella story or something, doesn't it?

Here's how this story goes.

Chapter 1Once upon a time....

I picked it up at a yard sale.  I'll bet we all have a few stories that begin with that.

The "before" picture.  I got a little ahead of myself and started painting it before I remembered to snap a picture...with my phone at that.  My apologies for the blurriness.  You don't need to adjust your screen.

It had a dingy mat and dirty glass in it, along with a piece of cardboard in the back that was holding it all together, attached with masking tape.  It was a lovely sight to see.  (NOT)  

And her wicked stepmother made her do all the housework.  Oh, wait.  I keep getting distracted.

It's definitely not very cute here. It's bordering on ugly, as a matter of fact. 

But it has potential!  It's a diamond in the rough.  You can see it, right?

Chapter 2.  I painted it using a small amount of one of the little sample jars of paint (Benjamin Moore Georgian Green), distressed it, and applied some dark finishing wax.  (Minwax dark finishing wax)

It's looking better already!

She wore glass slippers and a beautiful dress.

Chapter 3.  In the meantime, while the paint was drying, I took the cardboard piece from the back of the frame and attached a scrap of fabric with spray adhesive.  Getting closer! 

She danced with the prince!

Chapter 4.  After the fabric was attached and the paint/wax was dry, I put it all back together.  

And I broke the glass.  

The clock stuck midnight!

(I think I might have said a word or two that I shouldn't have at this point.)

No big deal, though.  I took the frame to the local hardware store and had a new piece cut for $4.  

Note to self:  Never try to force the glass if you notice some resistance while putting it back into place.  It will cost you time and money.  :)

Chapter 5.  Glass replaced, backing secured, and all is well.  We now have a cute dry erase board.

The glass slipper fits and she marries the prince and lives happily ever after!

Here she is with her friends, looking all pretty and stylish.

I just love happy endings, don't you?

FYI, I had such a good time at the Southern Bloggers Conference this past weekend!  I met lots of talented people and got some great ideas.  Even made a few new friends.  :)
I'll likely be making some minor changes and updates to the blog this week, and will introduce you to some of my new friends.  You probably know some of them already.
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!



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Things to do and see in Kauai and Oahu, Hawaii

I don't know about you, but we actually had to turn our heat on this week.  It's too early for that, especially here in the South!  So I thought it might be a good time to share the 2nd batch of pictures from our trip to paradise.  The first batch can be seen in this post.

We feel so blessed to have gone on this trip, and thankfully we had wonderful weather the whole time. 

I hope these pictures make you feel a little warmer, no matter what your zip code is!

Furniture transformations and treasures for sale

Hello friends!  I've been busy the last few weeks painting some furniture pieces and adding some accessories to my corner of the shop.  Just thought I'd say hello and show you what's new. 

Let me know if there's something you're interested in purchasing, or if you'd like a quote for a custom paint job.  I'm having fun transforming pieces with paint, wax, and new hardware.

I transformed this vintage china hutch by painting, distressing, waxing and changing out the hardware.  I must admit, I don't mind terribly if it doesn't sell because I'd love to take it home!

 A sweet pie safe, went from drab gray green to a cozy red with black accents (SOLD).  Perfect for extra storage in the kitchen or even the garage.  The game board (SOLD), vintage canteen, vintage picnic basket and vintage throw are all for sale as well.

The accent table, preserved boxwood topiary and faux pumpkin are for sale, but the trophy has already sold!  These topiaries are $38, which is about 40% less than the ones I've seen in designer catalogs.  Three shapes are available. 

 These faux pumpkins are very realistic and last forever.  There are 6 different ones, ranging in price from $8 to $12. 

 How about a picnic and a vintage game board?  I saw these boards in a designer catalog recently for much, much more than my price of $19.

 Need some serving pieces for the upcoming holidays?  These creamware pieces are perfect and coordinate with everything.  The largest piece, which would be great as a turkey platter, is $20.  The smallest one is $12.  Medium sizes are $16 and $18.

Painted, distressed and waxed, these mirrors, step stool and dry erase board (in green) would be a fun addition to any space.

 Another picture of the preserved boxwood topiaries.
 This is a piece that I'm currently working on.  It's an oak bathroom wall cabinet that's getting a gray wash, and probably some new hardware.  I'll post a picture when I'm finished with it.

 This accent table for $85 is a nice neutral shade and would complement any color.  And the wooden lanterns would be great on a fireplace hearth or front porch.  $35 for the smaller one, $48 for the larger.

I love the lines on this curvy dresser.  Painted in a rich turquoise hue, it has knobs that are turquoise glass and silver.  It has been distressed and waxed.   Priced at $195.

If you're curious about all the fabric swatches hanging and seen in the pictures, they are all stocked in the workroom that makes our pillows, valances, draperies, shower curtains, and just about anything you can dream up.  They've added some really fun prints and colors to their extensive line this fall.  All of them are also available by the yard.  Prices start at around $15 per yard.

So now you know what I've been up to lately.  That, and also I've had several design consultations already this month.  (Yay me!)  October is always a busy month at the shop.  Everyone always wants their house to look it's best for the holidays so there's lot of paint mixed and fabrics coordinated for people up until mid-November.

And.... this weekend is the southern Bloggers Conference!   I should have lots of fun and exciting things to report on.  And I can't wait to meet some of my blogger friends face to face.  Good times!!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a great week!