Wednesday, September 30, 2009


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I'll have a new feature here every Friday! Kelli at There is no place like home asked me if I would like to take over her "Show and Tell Fridays" she does every week! I was very honored to be asked and enthusiastically agreed! It will still be held every Friday and I will be using the same guidelines as Kelli which you can find at the bottom of this post. The only change will be that I will be using MckLinky in place of Mr. Linky.

I'm really looking forward to this but I know from past experience that there may be a lot of bloggers participating once this gets going. If you are joining in I really encourage you to visit the other participants and leave comments but I want to keep this fun and not become a chore so by no means is it necessary that you leave a comment on everyone's blog! We all need to show support but sometimes life outside of blogging gets in the way and there is no sense feeling guilty or judging others. Keep it fun...that's my motto!

I would like to thank Kelli for passing her baby over to me! It's so wonderful that her Show and Tell Fridays will live on in blogland!

We'll start this Friday! Please read the guidelines below if you plan on joining in.
The Guidelines:

  • What:For Show & Tell Friday, you show something to an audience, and then tell them about it. Your Show & Tell Friday item must be something that you own, and in your home or garden. Put thought and care into choosing your item. Is it something you would take to show a group of friends in real life?

    Why: Many of us have special things that we may have forgotten about over time. Show & Tell Friday is a great reason to look around your home or even dig through those boxes in your closet. Of course, it's always more fun to share our treasures with friends, and that is what Show & Tell Friday is all about!

    Here are a few ideas to get you started:
    -Family heirlooms
    -A special collection
    -A piece of jewelry
    -A new (or old!) gift
    -A project or craft you are working on
    -Decorative items

    What doesn't work well:
    -Posts with no photos: They have no "Show." Please don't use them.
    -Recipes or pictures of food
    -Photos of events (trips, vacations, celebrations, etc.)
    -Photos of things you are selling, planning to sell or that anyone else is selling.
    -Giveaway posts: The idea is to share something from your life, not something you are no longer keeping.
    -Photos found on the internet, graphics or screenshots: Please use only photos you take yourself.

    Where: My Romantic Home

  • Do not host your own Show & Tell "Mr. Linky" on your blog. Readers use the list here at My Romantic Home to visit each blog that participates.

If you are participating in other themed blog carnivals or memes, do not sign Mr. Linky. Use a separate post to participate here.

When: Show & Tell Friday takes place each Friday. I usually post Mr. Linky at 12:00am PST.

How: It's easy as 1-2-3:

1. Publish your Show & Tell Friday post on your blog.

~Offer a link back to the main page of my blog. This is a courtesy to me, as well as your readers--they will know where to join in the fun, too.

~You are welcome to use my Show & Tell Friday picture. Just copy and paste it on to your blog.

2. Copy the "permalink" from from your Show & Tell Friday post, not the link to the front page of your blog.

~People will be looking through these links all week long. If you link to your main page, it will be harder to find your Show & Tell Friday post. For instructions on how to do this, go HERE.

3. Add your permalink to Mr. Linky.

~Do not sign Mr. Linky until you have your Show & Tell Friday post published on your blog. This is only fair to the other participants.

Inappropriate links will be removed at my discretion.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A New Project

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I bet you never thought you would see these colors on my blog! ...or in my home!!! You'll be seeing more of this in the near future...Lauren and I are redoing her bedroom! I've always loved Rhoda's (Southern Hospitality) green and black office and laundry room. Luckily Lauren loves these colors too so that's what we're going with. We are also adding a very small touch of pink to the mix! The walls will be Behr Paint in Grass cloth (the second color from the top).

We had fun shopping for some new things last weekend. We went to HomeGoods and found the black and white quilt, the big picture frame which she is going to personalize with photos of her and her friends. Lauren also found this adorable crown plaque and knew she wanted that in her room. I don't like the colors on this so I'm going to paint it...probably black with a white crown....or maybe pink??? I figure I could use those paint pens to fill in the crown area.
What a perfect opportunity to show off Lauren's school picture that we just got last week! She's now a Junior in high school and I cannot believe she'll be 17 in just a little over 2 months! She's changed so much from her first day of high school! I'm so happy that she finally appreciates her auburn hair and stopped dying it! Isn't that an amazing color? Now...if I could only get her to appreciate her curls and not straighten it!

We'll be busy painting walls and furniture and shopping for accessories but I think it will be a lot of fun! I hope to have it all finished by the end of October if not sooner!

Monday, September 28, 2009


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I LOVE topiaries! I have quite a few of them in all different shapes and sizes. I started them from small 4" pots of ivy many years ago. Here is a wreath shape one I made. I started this with just a couple cuttings of ivy from one of my other topiaries. I put the cuttings in water until the roots formed and then planted them in a pot with a wire hoop-shaped form. It's not a fast process...ivy really doesn't grow all that fast until it's about 2 or 3 years old.

I recently transplanted it in this beautiful urn. You'll never guess where I bought this! Walmart! It's just one of those lightweight faux concrete planters but I thought it looked really nice and pretty close to the real thing ...which I would love to have but can't afford! This one was only $20.
I love the handles on the sides! I added my little cherub with the cracked neck that I bought at the flea market awhile ago. He's so cute, even with a cracked neck!
My big HUGE begonias are blooming. It's still summer here in California. It was in the 90s this past weekend so you won't be seeing any Fall decor here until it cools down a bit a lot!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!

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Oh I'm just so excited to share this with you today!!! I'm finally the proud owner of one of Linda's (of Linda's Blue Gate) yard conservatories!!! I have wanted one of these since I first laid eyes on them! I kept telling her I was going to get a truck and drive to Texas to buy one!

When Linda told me she was going to make smaller ones which she calls "Apartment Conservatories" that could be shipped I was so excited! I didn't have to drive to Texas after all! She shipped it to me unassembled and it was so easy to put together. She even included a DVD of herself putting it together so I could just follow her directions. I had the DVD playing while I was assembling it in my living room. It was like I was working side by side with her! Both our power screwdrivers were humming in unison!
Isn't it gorgeous? I put it in the corner of my patio so when you walk through my front door you can see it through the sliding glass door that leads to my patio! I even put a spotlight on it to light it up at night!
My wonderful dad made the table that it's sitting on! I sent him a picture of conservatory and the dimensions and he made the perfect table for it! I LOVE you dad!!! I used the same paint color on the table that Linda used so it looks like all one piece!
The detail Linda puts into this is just amazing. The mosaic work is done with beautiful blue and pink china dishes. There is a beautiful glass door knob with an old key hanging from it. The front door even opens up. She has one of her signature fork chandeliers hanging in it. She made mine with a beautiful blue rhinestone piece of vintage jewelery because she knows I love blue! The conservatory itself is made from vintage windows. Mine even have the old wavy glass in them! With the table it's over 6' tall!

You can see more of her beautiful work on her website, Linda's Blue Gate, just click here.

Thank you all so much for the wonderful birthday wishes yesterday! Wow you really know how to make a person feel special!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

49 and Happy!

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Today I am 49 years old and I think I'm happier now than I've ever been in my life. Well, you know...except for those special days like the birth of my children, I was really happy then! I don't remember a time in my life when I was in an "up" mood for so long. I occasionally have a bad day but hardly ever. You know what changed? My attitude! I choose to be happy now!It's sounds so easy but changing the way you think about things isn't always takes time! I've been working on it and I'm proud to report that it does work! A positive attitude goes a long way!

I made myself a small 3-layer 6" birthday cake last night! Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! I brushed camellia leaves with melted chocolate and firmed them up in the fridge and then pulled off the leaf. I made about 12 of them and got 5 that didn't break! Five is all I really needed so it worked out perfectly!!! I can hardly wait to taste it tonight!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

White Wednesday

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Kathleen at Faded Charm is hosting White Wednesday once again so I'm joining in. There is a lot of white in my home...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Trash to Treasure!

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Notice anything different? I added shutters to the side of my mirror...the mirror that my dad made me in 1992! I've been wanting to do this for a long time! I've been looking around at flea markets and thrift stores for shutters that would work but I couldn't find anything until just by chance I drove down a street and saw these on the curb with a "Free" sign posted on them.

I almost didn't stop for them because they were too big. In the photo above they've been cut in half. I forgot to take a picture before I cut them (actually my ex-husband cut them for me). They were door size and hinged together. I noticed that there was a divider between the slats and that's when I got the idea to cut them in half. The only problem is one end was too short and the other too long. I put the short ones up but they would look better if they were about 2 inches longer. I can live with it though...after all, they were FREE! I also lowered the mirror so I could put the plates above. Do you like the plates above or is it too much? It looked a little plain without them. If I take them down I'm going to have a lot of holes to patch. I think there are probably at least 2 nail holes under each plate because it was so hard to get them even. I first primed the shutters with spray primer and then I brushed on gray paint that was left over from my kitchen. It's gray but it looks like a soft blue. The color is Benjamin Moore "Feather Gray". I just love this color and I have my daughter Lauren to thank for picking it out! I nailed on some of those picture hangers on the back and just hung them on the wall. I also put a little piece of double-sided tape at the bottom to keep them in place. By the way in case some of you are wondering...I still love my Ikea slip covered sofa!

Below is the mirror before the shutters...
I'm so happy with how this totally-free project turned out!!! Now I need to think of a way to use the two larger halves I have left over!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Through the streets of Willow Glen

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Last week on my way home from "Move it Elsewhere" I drove through the streets of Willow Glen to look at the homes. Willow Glen is an area in San Jose, California and it's full of older, very quaint homes. To add to the charm, most of the streets are lined with huge trees. I used to live there many years ago and I wish I still did! It's only about 5-10 minutes from where I live now so at least I can easily visit. At Christmas time it's especially beautiful. There are many blocks where everyone puts out a small lighted Christmas tree on their front lawn. I try to drive through every year to look at the lights, it's so beautiful!

I mentioned last week that I found something on the curb that I was going to work on this weekend. I actually found it in Willow Glen. I finished it this weekend and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I hope to share it with you tomorrow!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

How I spent my Friday night

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Last night I was playing around with iMovie on my MacBook and I made a little movie with some old photos from my blog along with some beach shots I've taken. can hear the ocean!

(double click on the movie to get a larger view)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Giveaway winner!

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The photo at the top has nothing to do with this post but I just felt the need to put something pretty up there. Drum roll please......The winner of the $20 Amazon gift card is Joy from Northwest Indiana! I used a random number generator to pick a number and Joy was #15! Congratulations Joy! I will be emailing your gift card to you today!

Have a great weekend everyone! I'm hoping to get time to work on a project from something I found on the curb last weekend! I'm also getting together with my supper club on Saturday night and I want to go shopping with Lauren to find a new comforter for her bed. Her room will be our next big project! It will be a busy weekend!