My 1st GIVE-AWAY-- NO April Foolin'!




I decided that when I reached 25 followers 
(THANK YOU for becoming my friends and listening to lil' ol' me!), 
that I would have a give-away.

Not only that, I decided that when I reach 100 followers,
and every 100 after that.
I will have another giveaway.
Just for fun!

And not just items for the decorating of your home, 
but for your health
and the decorating of your heart!

The pictures are a few hints 
of some of the neat stuff 
that I want to give to 

The theme is: 
Happy Spring

The sign-up for it starts tomorrow, April 1st.
Won't you come back tomorrow?
I'd love to see you win!

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways 
so that you're ready for anything and everything, 
more than just ready to do what needs to be done. 
His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, 
never wear out. 
This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer 
that becomes bread for your meals 
is more than extravagant with you. 
He gives you something you can then give away
which grows into full-formed lives, 
robust in God, wealthy in every way, 
so that you can be generous in every way, 
producing with us great praise to God.

2 Corinthians 9:7-9

I Got a Hug Today, (otherwise entitled:) Kilz Paint Love

Have you ever been thinking about and wanting something 
and maybe only you and God knew about it?
Maybe you have been hoping for a certain doodad for your home, 
or a relationship mended or I don't know, just anything?

And you have waited for the answer and out of nowhere, it shows up?
That very miracle, that very THING that you had hoped for?
It stops you in your tracks because it was so unexpected, 
and you know it was meant JUST FOR YOU, and no one else?

Well, it happened to ME today.
I call it a hug from God.

I have had this paint swatch on my wall(s) for months 
(tell me you do this too, please!):

This is in our dining room:

In our kitchen (on the iron thingy):

Just another shot of our kitchen above the French doors:

I know what you are thinking.
I think I do, anyway.
You are thinking, "The walls are yellow, 
and she wants to paint them yellow again, so what's the big deal?" 
Well, the paint swatch color is called Soft Pebble, 
and is actually a khaki-ish yellow, 
a more mature shade of yellow. 
Hard to capture, it is!

So, I have an affection for Kilz Paint, yes, paint
This paint gets used in all my staged homes
Not primer
But made by the same company as the primer:

We subscribe to Consumer Reports, 
so we can get the best products for the best price 
with the best ratings of items that have already been tested. 
We do this with cars, tools, appliances.
Kilz Paint is one of CR's Best buys, see? 
Who knew?:

(Click the picture to make it larger, if you wanna)

So, back to the hugging part.

I was wandering through Wal-Mart today, and thought, 
"Maybe I should just by a quart of "Soft Pebble", to see if I really like it.
I priced the quarts at $12.00. 
Hmmm... the gallons were only $10 more for 75% more paint... 
Hmmmm...lemme check the oops! paint aisle.

Guess what is WAITING FOR ME, on the end, 
in the front of all the other cans of oops! paint on the shelf???
Can you guess????

If not, here's a picture to help you:

Another of the front to help some more:

Yep. A can of oops! Soft Pebble, just for ME.
And the WHOLE gallon was $11.22!

God gave me a hug right there in the Wal-Mart.

Where have you been hugged by God?

The Lord looks down from heaven and sees all His children.
Psalm 33:13

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Antique Mantel Makeover, Jamaican Honeymoon-Style

I've started the master bedroom makeover. Finally!
I started with the sitting area wall. I still have much to do, but here's what's there as of today.

The 1840's mantel before, when rescued from a friend's shed:

She got a bath and found a place inside our home:
(Some candlesticks, a window, and the grating I am still working on, need to go in the mantel opening).

The smaller shells and pitcher were found at yard sales.

The hydrangeas are from my Pee Gee hydrangea tree.

This mirror has a gold plastic frame. It was hanging in our 1/2 bath when we bought the house.
Five packages of sea shells from the Dollar Tree, the HGG (Hot Glue Gun) and hours later:

This gold, glittery, foam thing found for $1.00 at Good Will was painted--

and now it likes being right here:

The candleabra was purchased off eBay.
I have had the large conch shell since I was 2 years old
when my Gram bought it for me in Key West, Florida.

Our honeymoon was in Jamaica and we stayed in the Half Moon in Montego Bay.
I did NOT steal the key holder- really, it broke, so I went to the front desk to report it, and they let me keep this one as a souvenir!

My lady was found at Good Will for $10.00, as were the necklaces and scarf.

I think she is sweet, but she creeps my hubby out, especially if she looks like she's staring at him in the reflection of the mirror.
I tell him to get over it, she's an air-head, and besides, she knows he's already married.

The chairs were a barter with a friend for some slipcovers.

Down pillows ($3.00/pair at a yard sale) were covered
with clearance Target napkins sewn into pillow slips

This week, I am working on another wall, here is a sneak peek:

I am so enjoying making our space into an island-get-away for me and my groom!


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Sunday Serenity

Each Sunday, I will feature a picture taken by one of my daughters, 
and some words of faith, hope and love given by our Father:

We can understand 
dying for a person 
worth dying for, 
and we can understand 
how someone 
good and noble 
could inspire us 
to selfless sacrifice.

But God put His love on the line 
for us 
by offering his Son 
in sacrificial death 
while we 
were of no use 
whatever to Him.

Romans 5:7-8

Organizing of a Closet

Our closets can be compared to our souls. 
As we grow in Christ, the contents of our souls change 
as we learn to purge our closets of undesirables 
and keep the wardrobe that is best-fitting.

I have been reading Colossians 3 (The Message version), 
and did you know that it talks about closet organizing in the Bible?

Yep. Verses 5-9:
Get rid of everything connected with the way of death
sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, 
doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, 
and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. 
That's a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. 
It's because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. 
It wasn't long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. 
But you know better now, so make sure it's all gone for good
bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
Don't lie to one another. 
You're done with that old life. 
It's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you've stripped off and put in the fire. 
Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe
Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, 
with his label on it. 
All the old fashions are now obsolete.

The job of organizing your closet doesn't end when you've organized your clothes.

We also keep other very important stuff in our closet: 
ties, scarves, handbags, hats, belts and shoes.

The closet that we are looking at today is in a client's home. 
It is an older home, therefore quirky (which I love), 
so she has another, larger clothing closet to the right of this one. 
This closet is mainly used for items she uses occasionally, not daily.

Ways this closet was simplified:
  • Took everything OUT OF THE CLOSET and eliminated everything that wasn't worn within the past year. We were ruthless!
  • Put the items back in the closet inside baskets or bins or on hooks. This is helpful, so you can just grab the basket/bin you need, and not have to dig around for something. Over-the-door hooks are excellent organizers, especially for a small closet, like this one.
  • Brought in only the smallest baskets that were needed, so she wasn't tempted to fill it up with more stuff she didn't need which is why we were organizing the closet in the first place.
  • Added cute label/tags tags to the sides of the baskets.
  • A draw-string, just-for-dry-cleaning bag is placed on the floor.
  • A lined hamper with handles is handy to take to the laundry room.
  • This closet's space is limited, so for each new item put in, one item must go out.

Tags read: 
Garden & Beach
Handbags & Scarves

Tags read:

Clothing care convenience:

Other pictures of this room:

I confess I need to rid my closet of the ill-fitting clothing of irritability and selfishness.
They need to be thrown out. 

Which "old fashions" do you have that you need to get rid of?

Let's purge. Let's be ruthless!

Spring Means Hope- My Foyer Decor


I have only just started putting out the decor. 

The postcards are from 1901-1910 and I got a whole lot of them (130 cards--Spring, V-Day, Christmas, etc...) at Salvation Army for $6.

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.  
~Bern Williams

I Still See Children

My younger (home-schooled) daughter and I were at the dentist, 
which was in the vicinity of the college where my older daughter is a freshman.

We decided to stop by Furman University and have lunch with her.
As we turned the corner by the lake towards her dorm building, 
she was walking down the sidewalk towards us with camellias 
(and some white weeds--she wouldn't call them weeds-- for filler) in her hands.

In that moment, I remembered all the times when she was a very little girl 
who would inspect and then perhaps pick the flowers, wherever we happened to be.
And then hand them to me as a sweet token of love.
I saw her once again today as a two-year old watching a ladybug on a rose, 
and trying to count her dots (yes! She could count!)

It reminded me of a poem I wrote many years ago in my journal, 
knowing the day would come that they would be no longer girls, but young ladies.

by Mary Mason

Awhile ago, my little ones
were playing at my feet
with tiny hands clasped firm in mine,
my joy became complete.

I didn't ever realize how fast
those carefree days would go.
I seldom paused to think-
back then, I could not know.

I saw them only yesterday
at play upon the floor.
Today they're grown; and silence marks
the closing of the door.

Now two grown girls have claimed the place
two small girls once shared.
But sometimes in a word or look
I still see children there.

If you are reading this and have wee ones: 
cherish each day and treat them as the gifts to you that they are.
They won't be little forever.

How about going outside together to look for flowers?


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Whole Foods vs. Amazing Savings (Episode 1)

I have a secret to tell you: we eat well.
This doesn't mean we eat a lot.
It means that through the years we have learned to eat foods that are natural and organic.
This used to come with a hefty price tag.
Well, not anymore!

We are so blessed to have a store called Amazing Savings in our area.
I save HUNDREDS of dollars a month shopping there!
The shopping trip you are about to see is just a sampling 
(a teeny, teeny sampling) of the 1,000's of foods/items they carry, 
and a teeny sampling of the assortment of items I find.

They don't take coupons, but trust me, sister, 
the prices are better than any coupon deal I would EVER find at Whole Foods. 
So, now I don't even have to fiddle with coupons.
I went through Whole Foods and priced all the items below, 
so you (and my hubby) could see the deals I get!
So, let's get on with it, and I'll show you what I am talking about:

Whole Foods price combined total of below: $24.23

Whole Foods price combined total of below: $13.96

Whole Foods price combined total of below: $21.45

Whole Foods price combined total of below: $12.66

Whole Foods price combined total of below: $16.67

Whole Foods price combined total of below: $17.76

Whole Foods price combined total of below: $34.09

Whole Foods price combined total of below: $11.07

Whole Foods price combined total of below: $10.57

Whole Foods price combined total of below: $35.40

Not shown in a picture, 
but shown as the last 5 items on the receipt are 
a whole chicken and 4 pkgs. grass-fed beef (cube steaks).
Meats are 1/4 the price of Whole Foods, too.

Total cost at Whole Foods including meat would have been: $227.72.

Wanna take a guess before looking at the receipt as to what I paid?

Amazing Savings.


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