Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


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Hope everyone has a safe and fun night!!

Tara

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Finds at Marshall’s HomeGoods

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Lately I have been finding some amazing deals at Marshall’s HomeGoods.   Each of these lamps were only $40!!  Also, I’ve been wanting lanterns for the holidays.  I think they can be used in so many fun ways.  Of course with candles lit in them, they are beautiful, but I also love the idea of stacking pumpkins or other d├ęcor in them.  I think they’ll look beautiful on the side of the fireplace during the Christmas season.   The two above were a great deal.  The small one was $20 and the large one was $40!  I know they sell for way more at other retail stores, so I was so excited when I found these!!  I had my sister-in-law guard them while I went to get a basket. Maybe a little too protective…but I just couldn’t risk someone else possibly walking away with them.   I did also see a beautiful floor mirror that maybe I’ll go back for….

Tara

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Random Going On's Around Our House

Where do I even begin?  I feel like there are so many different things I wanted to show you all, but then again I feel like everything is a whirlwhind right now.  Time is just flying by so fast, and I'm having a hard time keeping up or maybe it's just that I'm having trouble staying focused on one thing.  haha  I did start decorating around the house for Halloween/Thanksgiving.  I do have a wreath on my door, a festive spread on the dining table made up of pumpkins and candles, and some other things around the house to make it feel like Fall.  I even made a yarn wreath I was going to show you and started a second one that I wanted to hang on our double front doors (still not quite ready).  So, the house was getting all cozy, BUT then this happened on Sunday:



Not the greatest pictures as I snapped them quickly with my phone, so they are a bit blurry, and just in case you can't really tell what's going on, my Sister-in-Law and I decided to paint my dining room!!...yes on a complete whim.  It was the first rainy day we've had in LONG time down here in south Texas, and while our hubby's were watching football, we jumped in the car, bought paint and supplies, and got busy painting the dining room.  That is just a start, I'm painting the whole downstairs!!  The faux finish has driven me crazy for two years since we bought the house, but hubby kept insisting he liked it, so when he finally said he was fine with us painting, we took full advantage!!

I can't wait to show you actual good before and afters  (you can see more pics of the dining room Before if you click here), and I can't wait to finish the rest of the painting. 

Oh yeah, also if you look in the first picture on the middle of the dining table, you can kind of see a hint of the candles and a pumpkin that I had for the fall decor on the table! Also, there is a white lantern that I just purchased on Saturday at Marshall's that I'll have to show you as well. We had some great finds!  So, that's it for now....just a little of this and a little of that...not too much going on around here, is there?  ;)

Tara

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkins

I've been slowly adding some Fall decor around our home (I'll take some pics soon!).  I have a few decorations that are specific to Halloween, but I'm trying to keep it as nuetral as possible so that my decor will last through Thanksgiving as well.  I love the bright colors with the orange, yellow, reds, etc.. but I also like the look created when mixing in Mercury Glass or other textures to add interest.  As such, I've been on the lookout for Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkins, and here is what i've found:

Pottery Barn's Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkins $19-$39

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Z Gallerie's Antique Mercury Pumpkins $20-$40



Wisteria's Antiqued Glass Gourds - Set of 3 is $34


I think I have to order the ones from Wisteria, since I can get all 3 for a good price although the PB's ones are so pretty, but a little too pricey for me!
Tara

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weekend Recap

Friday night was a night in with the hubby at home.  We picked up pizza, popped open a bottle of wine, watched some of our recorded shows and did things around the house.  It was a great evening!  After a long week, I was ready for a relaxing night.  Goat Cheese and Mushroom Pizza, oh my!! 


Although we ordered in dinner, we did spend some time in the kitchen to make a few things to take over to a friends house for a fish fry that we were going to on Saturday afternoon.  Jeff made his tasty homemade tartar sauce, and I made Peanut Butter Topped Brownies and Toffee Blondies. 






Saturday was a busy day of meeting friends for brunch and college football watching.  Then I went to a great friend's baby shower.  We topped off the day at the fish fry.  My husband and some of our friends go fishing on the coast regularly throughout the summer and this was a gathering to celebrate and EAT the fish they caught this summer! It was delicious!! We usually grill the fish or make fish tacos that my husband and I make for just the two of us at the house, but this fried fish was a treat.  The batter had potatoes in it to make it crunchy, which was amazing.  Mmmmm.  As you can see, our weekend revolved around food.  Doesn't it always?? :)

Tara

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Herb Garden

Finally I got around to potting some herbs for an inside herb garden.  I got these cute ceramic urns from Marshalls ($5 each for the big ones and $4 for the small one). 


There was a sale at the grocery store for 3 for $12, so I picked out Basil, Parsley, and Chives.   It was hard to decide on only 3!

And here is the final result.  I didn't find the perfect place to put them yet, so I just added them to a random corner in our kitchen for now.

I'll admit I did this a couple of weeks ago, and I'm not having very good luck.  I DO NOT have a green thumb.  Any advice on how to maintain an indoor Herb Garden?  I do not know if I over watered, but there is water that is sitting in the pots, so I was told that you are supposed to make sure you have pots that drain.  Is this my problem??

Thanks for the help!!

Tara