No Sew Southern Style

Hi All,

I grew up in New York, just north of the City.  I live in Ohio.  No part of me can pretend to be a Southerner.  I love the southern style – lots of stuff, inviting, hand made, lots of detail and always with monograms!  Everything has a monogram!

When a dear friend moved up here, she schooled me a bit.  Apparently, there are rules for monograms too.

In true Yankee fashion, I have gone in my own direction.  I cannot sew and I cannot remember all the rules she taught me.  I found a cheap solution.

Remember my fabulous find?

Pottery Barn Chair

It is now in my kitchen.

Clean and in the house

It now has a little Southern charm.

Oh yeah!

This is a peel and stick from JoAnn’s.  For under $3, 20 seconds to adhere – I am a Southerner!

The letters are on clearance in the home dec dept.  They show them on lampshades, pillows, bags…really anything.

Taking it a step further, I tried Etching Cream.

I took a plain water pitcher, used the vinyl outline that I cut with the Cricut, applied etching cream, rinsed it after 60 seconds and now I have a monogrammed pitcher!  Easy!

Can you see it?

I had a terrible time getting a photo of this.

Stencil & etching cream



There you have it – I am a Southern-lady!

Cheers to you on St. Patty’s Day!



Before and After Rolling Cart

Hi All,

I have a before and after to share.  This rolling cart came home with me a few weeks ago.




A couple of coats of SW Creamy White, some dark gray textured vinyl-type fabric and some Oil Rubbed Bronze paint on the wheels, and now she is ready for spring!



I love this new look.  It would make a great bar on the patio this summer or even a plant potting cart.

As you can see from the pictures, she is already at the store.  I will have some booth updates tomorrow.  Fortunately, some items have found a new home, so a mini makeover was necessary.

Have a great day and make mine by leaving a comment!


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For the love of Cloches

Hi All,

I have a thing for cloches.  Imagine my delight when my girlfriend presented me the cutest little cloche I ever did see!  it’s darling!

So little

Yes, there is a gift card too, but really it is all about the cloche!

Insert nest with eggs

Lets try a better shot:

and now:

Look at the detail of the glass

Really, you could put anything under a cloche and it would look better!

Nest in teacups

And to show off more of my obsession.

Painted and distressed base

They are not all glass:

They come in different sizes, shapes and uses.

The glass came from this:

This is only part of my growing collection.  I just love my newest baby!

Any suggestions on displays?  Different uses?  I am in need of some ideas!


Happy Birthday to Me!

Hi All,

What a difference a year makes!  Last year around this time I was in CABO with 2 of my besties (from NY) and hubby’s.  We have been friends since grade school…that is a looong time!

Ra, Me, Pam

We spent a whole week relaxing, indulging and celebrating our birthdays.

Breath taking

A true vacation involves no cooking!

Chef and assistant

Luxerious accomodations.

Patio Pool

Just thinking about the trip brings back wonderful memories!

This year, I am without my gal pals.  I am not basking in the sun or walking on the beach.  No one is cooking for me.  I am not at a luxeroius pool with an adult beverage.  Instead, I am celebrating my 10 year old’s major accomplishment!

Priceless smile!

We are attending the state swim meet at Bowling Green U.  She will swim both Saturday and Sunday mornings.  We are so proud.  She has worked hard and has earned this.

Quick Update: The Free Relay finished in the top 10 in the STATE!  It was a great race!

In my world, both birthdays – last year and this year, are perfect!

Enjoy the day!


A Table Reveal

Hi All,

I am excited to share a finished makeover! 

First, I found this table at a thrift store.  I had to fight for it, it was a coveted item.

The top was recently stained and varnished but the base was a bit rough.

Brown legs, before.

Sorry for the shot, it was already in the paint booth.

Great detail

I love the detail of the legs but the brown paint was not doing them justice.

A light coat of Creamy White

Some distressing (of course) and a light stain.


The entire base received a light coat of white.


Thought I was done, but decided I was not a fan.  The finish was too blotchy.  So, I dry brushed the base with the Creamy White.

Now Complete!

In place

Yes, I said it – in place.  The table is behind the sofa in the living room.  So for now, I believe it’s a keeper.

You like?  Leave a comment!

TGIF!  I am linking up to my fav: Furniture Feature Fridays


A Consultation?!

Hi All,

I have a great bathroom transformation to share.  The story starts out with an email that I received from a friend who works for my hubby.  She wants to renovate her half-bath and has asked my opinion.  Yep, someone wants my opinion!  Actually asked for my opinion!  Oh the pressure!

Getting started:

Jessica forced the transformation by tearing a large part of the wallpaper off.  A girl after my own heart!  Chad took over and completely removed the rest.  Bless his heart, that has to be one of the worst jobs ever!


Next, Jessica’s dilemma was the paint color.  She was afraid that she was limited due to the flooring.

Our solution was wainscoting!  By installing this, the paint color was far from the floor and opened the door for many possibilities!  I must add that it saved Chad some time, as he did not have to clean up the bottom half of the wall!  I love a good shortcut!


In every home we have owned, we have painted EVERY room (at least once).  I am not a great paint picker outter, so I refrained from this part.  I think Jessica did a fabulous job on the selection!

Fresh paint

Next came the vanity. 


A simple update with new hardware, makes a big difference.  Her daughter selected these!

New Hardware

All done!


All done

I just love it!  Jessica and Chad worked so quickly, this baby was done in a few days!  What a difference a little paint, hardware and wainscoting can make.

Jessica has the decorating bug, so this will not be the last project of hers that I share! 

I am so flattered that I was asked for my opinion!  I usually give it without being asked.  And I am thrilled for them, since I know how much they love it.

Thanks for stopping, leave a comment and follow along by email!


A Table and Footstool

Hi All,

Everyone loves before and after shots.  Well, I have just a few.  I have tons of pics of in-progress shots, but those are not as fun!

Craft gone wrong

I scored this baby while thrifting.  I looked beyond the stamped leaves and thought a fresh coat of white would do her good.

Nice and smooth

No signs of leaves!  After it was sanded, it received 2 coats of SW Creamy White.  Then it was lightly distressed with a sanding block.

Lightly distressed

All done.


I am a sucker for a footstool.

Beat up

With a fresh coat of paint and a new coffee sack.

Costa Rica coffee sack


Some distressing

Are you catching the theme?  Distress everything!

Going to the store

Thanks for stopping.  Love to hear from you!

Going to:

Transformation Thursdayand The Shabby Nest


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