Beautiful Summertime Rack

Dear Friends

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are enjoying your summer.  This simple coat rack was my Mother's and she had it in her bedroom and hung her gowns and muumuu's.  The little black purse she carried,  I gave it to her as a gift,  I chalk painted it pink, I have a corner that needed "Beautiful Summertime"!

Use to...

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Well it's August and I love it!  Back to school, I use to!  New clothes, teachers, schedules, homework.  Report cards do they still call them, report cards?  For all parents, kids and teachers,  I use to.  I love watching and listening to kids and parents talking about their futures making plans that will shape young lives, it makes me smile and I use to.  Don't get me wrong, this is a happy post!

Ferris Wheel Life

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I might have mentioned that my husband started a new job and was on the night shift with only Saturday off.  Well, my loving man is on the day shift with weekends off!  Yay!  I'm not complaining but for the last 20 years he has never worked an eight hour shift with weekends off.  We both are getting older and we would like to spend some quality empty nesting time together.  This post is about the Ferris Wheel he bought me many years ago for our Anniversary, it sat around for a long time rusty and ugly.  I painted it and added flowers and included it in a celebration for day shift, Monday thru Friday.

Nature

Dear Friends

Thank you so much for your comments about retirement.  I guess it will be another Season of my life and will embrace it as it is better than the inevitable.  I wanted to share pictures of nature and some of these pictures I am most proud of.  The swallow tails which I hope I have named them correctly are my pride and joy they keep coming back year after year and I am so glad I get to be their lunch partner.  Bees, well we all know we need these in our lives and a picture of my cherry tree in my back yard, it was a seedling and now towers my house and provides shade year after year and a beautiful pink snow in the Spring.  The full double rainbow, well it was a long Friday and I was leaving my job "I Love To Hate" and it was magical standing right under the glow, I will never forget it.

She's Retired

Dear Friends

Some people would say, I'm at the age I should be thinking about retirement.  I looked up the meaning: the action or fact of leaving ones' job and ceasing to work.  Let me be the first to tell you, I will never cease to work.  If you cease to work, you die or die soon.  This life doesn't prepare you enough for the beginning of work or ceasing to work.  This is my opinion but if you have retired or intend to retire, I commend you, I also wish you a healthy and happy retirement.  Please let me know, I need input.
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Sweet Summertime

Hi Friends

I hope you are having a wonderful July 4th! So many fun times and memories for this holiday for me and my family.  Although we are not together I will assure you they are in my heart, my brother Michael a beautiful soul who loved children, but left this world giving and kind.  My mom was the heart of our family making sure her grandchildren had everything their hearts desired, my best freind, I miss you both.


Homer

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I hope this post finds you healthy and happy!  My Friday Goodwill Find is this pretty Homer Laughlin platter.  Today it's perfect for displaying some of my crystal salt shakers with pretty roses.


Lighten Bug

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Happy Summer!  Does being outside make you happy! As I mentioned, my husband started a new job, he is on night shift, ugh!!!  So, you are probably wondering why lighten bugs?  When I get off work at 7:00, I come home, change and usually walk thru my garden, sit in my rocking chair and wait for the lighten bugs to appear.  I do other things just leading up to the blog title, LOL!  I've been so fascinated, why, they take me back to my childhood, when kids played out side, remember, hide and seek, red light, green light, Mother May I, do you remember?  There is another bucket list for me to see the annual lighten bug appearance in TN!  It's so popular it's seen by lottery only, about 2000 people can attend and over 20,000 apply.  Not going to happen this year and if anyone has done this will you please let me know?


Limoges

Dear Friends

Happy June, which means summer.  I will be working on a few outside projects that I will share soon.  In the meantime,  My Friday Find is from the same shop I found my chest.  A Limoges piece for 99 cents.  I have a few pieces of Limoges and if you have never heard the word it means hard paste porcelain.

 

Be Still

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Sweet Summertime! My Friday Goodwill Find was the inspiration for my Summertime mantel.  I picked this shabby sign for two reasons, first my favorite Psalm and second it reminded me of beautiful paintings by some of my favorite artist.

Friday Goodwill Find:Pineapple Bowl Planter

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Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I can honestly say another year older and I hope I'm not in any more debt.  I spent some time with my son and he showed me the town.  The pic of the Bloody Mary is proof and the pic of me is from last year on my birthday on the beach my first IG pic!  I will keep you guessing on the age, OK.  My Friday Goodwill Find is a wooden Pineapple Bowl.

Love Story

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Happy Mothers Day!  I hope it will the best day ever for you and all "Mothers" in the world!  Today I am sharing a gift from my mother many years ago.  This was my first vintage find and a birthday gift from my mom.  I was about thirty something and had just moved into my brand new home.


Drying Tears

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Happy May!  It is a beautiful month, don't you agree?  My Friday Goodwill Find is late so please forgive me.  Are you looking for a sweet vintage gift for your mom?  I found these sweet hankies still in the box and added them to my collection.  It is a shame hankies are a thing of the past but I truly love them.  When you think about hankies what comes to mind?


Friday Goodwill Find: Beautiful Simple Things

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April is gone and May is on its way.  I have a few Friday Goodwill Finds!  To me they are "Beautiful Simple Things"!  China, Crystal and a vintage sewing drawer that belonged to my great aunt to help display.


Serendipity

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I hope your Easter was beautiful and you are enjoying the beautiful Spring weather.  I mentioned in my last blog post my daughter and I worked on a DIY.  The story is, I found a beautiful mirror, old and a few pieces broken off.  I love mirrors and this one is absolutely beautiful to me.  I found  the mirror at a second hand store and brought it home.  I have been wanting to update my bedroom for a while.  I've had a Mahogany set for over 30 years.  I thought about painting it but could never bring myself to do it.  The set is in good shape but I wanted something different.  I went a month later to the same shop and found the chest of drawers.  What sold me was the curves and the pulls, I new the mirror and the chest was "Serendipitous"!



Hippity Hoppity!

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Yes, Easter is on its way! My daughter came home home for a week and we worked hard on a DIY, I hope to share soon.  We baked, sharing our cake box cake!  The weather was awful and we spent some time in closets because of tornado's, along with my granddogs, never a dull moment!  My Chinese snow ball bush is pretty this year but did not have as many blooms as last year.  I've been sharing bouquets on IG and sharing with you today!   If you would like you can follow me on IG, "Shabbyqueen".




Friday Goodwill Find:Velveteen Rabbit


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Are you enjoying your Spring?  Do you remember the pink velvet blouse from Goodwill!  I've made puffy love hearts, shabby bracelet and now velveteen Easter eggs.  The children's book the Velveteen Rabbit inspired me and its beautiful story!

Friday Goodwill Find:Pouring Spring

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It's officially Spring!  Yay!  I have been enjoying all the Spring inspiration in blog land.  My Friday Goodwill Find is this "Blush" damask table cloth and eight napkins.  Can you believe someone owned this and never used it!  I couldn't wait to open it up, wash, iron, and impatiently dress my Spring table.  My Spring table with vintage, thirsty, have a beautiful Spring drink!




Vignette's

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Happy St. Patrick's Day,  I'm sharing a little green and wishing much love and blessings!   My post today is a word when I was young, I promise, I would not have known.  So, with wisdom, I've learned to Love "Vignette", the meaning is beautiful itself, a brief powerful scene; a good vignette leaves you wanting more!  A small impressionistic scene; a short, descriptive passage that's more about evoking meaning through "my pictures"!  I only hope so, my vignettes convey "Spring"!




Friday Goodwill Find: A Tisket A Tasket

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I hope you had a good week.  This weeks Friday Goodwill Finds are a couple of baskets.  I'm planning a Easter post full of inspiration for you and lots of fun.  I picked these baskets up for less than $2 and love transforming than into a cute nursery rhyme for now.








Spring Mantel Inspiration

Dear Friends

Do you need a little Spring inspiration?  I know I do, I find sometimes the things in my home need to be dusted and moved to be enjoyed. Refreshing and renewed, right?  My bird houses and sweet birds and nest were my inspiration for my mantle.




Friday Goodwill Find: New Beginning

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My Friday Goodwill Find is something simple and hand painted.  I love anything hand painted and the artist signed it.  I cut a few Iris last weekend and this weekend cut daffodils to fill this beautiful simple vase. Doesn't the simplicity of the painting say "New Beginning"!























Make Me Beautiful 2

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After the second repurpose  of the Armoire, I was left with the center piece that stared at me each day behind the front door.  It kept staring at me screaming "Make Me Beautiful 2!"  Yes, this is the second repurpose of this piece and I decided to make it multipurpose.




Testmonial


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This blog post is a Testimonial for my Fairy Blog Mother, Linda.  But honestly it's really two part. You see, I started my blog as you already know after my mom died, I lost my job and became an empty nester. I've decided to put that behind me and going forward my blog is going to be about the future and a soon to be 55 year old blogger making the world more beautiful.




Friday Goodwill Find:Galvanized Bucket

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My Friday Goodwill Find is a galvanized bucket which I will be gifting to my daughter. Something about galvanized just doesn't fit into my shabby decor but yes I know it's all the rage for "Farmhouse" which my daughter loves. 




Enchanted Moments


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Happy Valentines Day!  I signed up for a Love Is In The Air magazine challenge.  The challenge was to create a magazine cover as if it were one I would create.  I did this with the help of my daughter, Jessica.  She's always known one of my bucket list is to appear on a magazine cover.  Well, I must say this bucket list has been accomplished.  No, it's not on news stands or grocery store shelves but something I never knew I could do.  Thank you Katherine for the invitation and I'm sure this will be a beautiful blog tour.  The winner of my blog anniversary give away....NanaDiana!

 

Friday Goodwill Find:Shabby Cuff Bracelet

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Can you believe I'm still re-purposing from that velvet blouse.  Puffy hearts to a beautiful cuff bracelet, I will wear Valentines Day and through out the year.  Everything is re-purposed, the cuff, the lace from a ugly moo moo my loving man didn't like and a pearl bracelet with broken strands.
Love is in the air and Cupid and Saint Valentine have a special surprise Valentines Day, including my give away for my blog anniversary.  Please leave a comment if you like on my Saving Grace post! Stay tuned for my Valentines Day Post!


Chocolate Charms

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Yes, this is the month of romance!  Valentine's Day and I'm sharing my first chocolate charms.  I've been in the kitchen knowing the way to my Loving Mans heart.  Chocolate, it is the true food of Love!  A Little Chocolate history, in 1849 the Cadbury brothers created the first box of chocolate.  They also created the very first heart shaped box of chocolate.  My friend Claudia let me borrow these chocolate molds and these are my first chocolate charms.  I'm no Cadbury brother but every woman knows the way to her Loving Mans Heart!  I think they are so pretty and my Loving Man will enjoy one at a time during the month of Romance.  I also bought some ruffled pink carnations for myself and created a Valentines vignette for the kitchen.  I hope Cupid is abound at your abode!  You know he has arrows, right!


Friday Goodwill Find:Puffy Hearts

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I've had this velvet blouse I found at Goodwill for sometime, which unfortunately was to small but new I could repurpose it into something pretty.  I made these puffy hearts and painted and spelled LOVE.  How about some beautiful Valentine eye candy to go with the puffy heats.  I've included some of my favorite cherubs on my mantel with porcelain roses.  The blond cherub is my very favorite and included a picture of my mom and dad when they were young and in love.  The architectural piece I found at Hobby Lobby for a song and loved the heart cut out at the top.  Are you in love?  If not my Cupid is ready to shoot his bow and arrow and pierce your heart to stoke the flames of love!


Baby It's Cold Outside!

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Baby it's cold outside and I wanted to share a delicious soup recipe that will warm your heart!  My loving man found this recipe while streaming.  He says he wants to learn to cook but I always end up in the kitchen.  Don't get me wrong, I love to cook but I'm one of those who usually doesn't measure and never follows a recipe so teaching is hard for those who want to learn.  I do know this loaded potato soup was amazing!  I did substitute the cheese for white cheddar which I prefer to cook with  if the recipe calls for cheddar.  I love Cabot Vermont extra sharp, and I added more broth and did half milk and half & half.  I love Laura Vitale "Loaded Potato Soup", recipe.  I'm going to try her garlic bread and lasagna next and can't wait to share.

Here is the link for the soup.  

Loaded Potato Soup


Saving Grace & Anniversary

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Yes, four years ago I hit "Publish"... I love my blog and it has been my "Saving Grace"!  I hope my blog makes you smile and encourages you to make your world more beautiful.  If you have tuned in thank you!  To my family and blog friends thank you.  Today there is no Friday Goodwill Find but I found this print at Salvation Army.  If you love SHABBY you will love this beautiful cherub print and all you have to do is leave a comment and it could be yours!  The lucky winner will receive the print and a beautiful Debby Goes Shabby Valentine Gift!  The winner will be picked randomly by my loving man on Valentine's Day!  The frame is not included, it would cost a fortune to ship, very heavy!  The print is brand new still in the plastic and is pristine and beautiful!  Perfect for your shabby home!

Ladies, do not throw those roses out you receive for Valentines, dry them!    I find if you leave them upright they dry prettier.  I made this garland from my dried roses from Christmas with a light weight wire, all I did was wrap the roses around the wire.  Thank you again for tuning in!

Friday Goodwill Finds: A Shabby Girl Can Change...

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How is your new year going?  I am counting the days down until Spring!!!  With Old Man Winter comes the blues, so I am doing everything I can to stay warm and happy.  I decided to bring Lola out of the craft or sewing room and change her dress.  She so deserved a new dress and I found this one at Goodwill.  It's a beautiful cream and pearl and its beautiful in the candle light.  I added wings that I painted a pretty cream and added lots of pearls around her neck.  Lola has changed from my scissor holder to a shabby beautiful angel.  Next, I decided to change my lamp, I really didn't like the one previously posted so I found "Diana" and I love the way she looks on my harmony end table.  My goodwill finds are a few inexpensive beauties, a hull flower decanter, crystal salt and pepper shakers and a small ribbon milk glass bowl, to hold beautiful roses until I change my mind.  If you are looking for an inexpensive way to freshen up your home, just look around and add beautiful flowers to a few Friday Goodwill Finds to make it shabby beautiful!


Love At First Sight

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Happy New Year!  Is all your Christmas put away?  I always get a sad feeling when it's all boxed up.  My husband tells me he fell in love with me at first sight.  Do you believe in love at first sight?  Well, I have to admit, after 32 years of marriage, two beautiful happy and independent adult children I've had my spell on Robert for quite a while.  My anniversary Armoire I bought for him not so much love.  He disliked it so I was thrilled to transform or remodel this beauty into a smart TV holder we both could love.  This was hard, I had a vision and had a hard time communicating my vision to several people.  I insisted on keeping the integrity of the beautiful mirrored doors.  My daughter was the only one who understood my vision and with her help and my loving mans help, we did it. The armoire is decorated with silk lamp shades from goodwill and a faux rose vine.  Debby and loving man are not your everyday DIYers but with perseverance we widened these beautiful doors and kept the beautiful mirrors that I feel in love with at first sight, LOL!  The center piece of the Armoire is waiting to become shabby beautiful again. This anniversary gift has many layers (paint) similar to everything in life, don't give up on that beauty, it may just need a little love and inspiration or a little shabby beautiful.