October 3, 2015

New Hampshire in the Fall

Two years ago, hubby and I went to New Hampshire for our twentieth wedding anniversary.  
It was a wonderful trip and this time of year brings back those memories for me.
So today I am reminiscing about New England in the fall with some of my 
favorite photos from two years ago.

~ The Hancock Inn ~

~ Old Cemeteries ~

~ Antique Houses ~

~ Churches ~

So lucky - we had this gorgeous weather every day.

Bye, bye New Hampshire ~ hope to see you again soon!

Thank you for joining me on my trip down memory lane ~


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September 27, 2015

A Little Fall On The Mantel

Hi Everyone,
I was recently inspired to change the arrangement that I've
had on my mantel for awhile.

Below is a picture from the blog that was the source of my inspiration.
It's from the blog, Vintage Whites.
I just love the way Vanessa has used softer, pastel colors
for her fall decorating.  There are many more beautiful, inspiring photos
like this on her blog if you haven't already seen them.

So this is what I came up with, using things I already had around the house.
I used a lot of white with some greenery and some real branches with leaves
that were just starting to change color.

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I found this autumn printable here.
I thought it was so cute and it had the soft colors that
I was looking for.

Here is my Goodwill rooster you saw in my last post.
He looks so much better after his makeover with some white paint.
Don't you agree?

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I would like to add a couple little pumpkins 
when I have a chance to get some.

Thanks so much for taking a look at my mantel.
I'm really enjoying the change.

Have a great week!


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September 10, 2015

Our New Goodwill Store

Over the summer, I was watching as a brand new Goodwill Store 
was being constructed right next to the Meijer store that I go to often.
So when it opened recently, my daughter and I just had to stop in.
I mean, how could we resist, right?

We saw this nice display as we walked in and then
we saw a sign saying that everything was 50% off that day only!

Look at all the great things I found for about $11 all together.

I thought this little crock was really cute.

And look at this pretty covered dish ~ perfect for Fall decorating.

So many goodies.
It's good that my daughter was with me or I probably would
have bought more ~ I'm suppose to be getting rid of things, not buying more!
She didn't want to browse quite as long as I did.  : )

Oh, I also got this cute wooden rooster and I'm giving him a makeover.
You'll see more of him later.

I thought this outfit displayed at the front of the store was really cute too.
But sadly, I am not a size 2.

I have a feeling I may be going in there again.
I mean, being so convenient and all.

On another note, yesterday I saw these two deer in our yard.
I had not seen any in our yard in a long time so it was a nice
surprise ~ I always love seeing them.
That little one up front had his ears on "full alert" when he spotted me!

Have you spotted any special treasures lately?

❀ ❀ ❀  JoAnne


September 1, 2015

Little Things I Love Around the House

Sometimes I forget to look around and appreciate what I have.
It's often the little things that I enjoy the most like a simple
basket of white mums.

Or a mason jar covered in chalk paint with some 
country flowers from the dollar store.

And of course anything in my favorite shades of blue.

I piled a couple quilts on top of a cupboard so I could see
them everyday.

And I'm loving some little touches of rosy pink here and there.

I'm always trying to cut down on the amount of "stuff" I have.
I feel like I either need to use it or get rid of it.
The cloth draped over my pink stool is actually a valance from
the Rachel Ashley line at Target that I picked up a long time ago.
I have never been able to use it as a valance so I thought 
I would try it here.

I did a little more tweaking to my entryway bench
with my recent Homegoods finds and a few
other things in my stash.

Even something as simple as a pickle jar with some
wooden spools in it make me happy.

Once I find an arrangement that I really like, I tend to
keep it that way for a while like this mantel vignette.

Above all, I want to remember to appreciate my family every single day.
My daughter is in eighth grade this year and my son just started 
his senior year - I have no idea how that happened.
This year is going to go by way too fast.
I hope he doesn't catch me just staring at him too many times!  : )

Thanks so much for stopping by and let's remember to
really see the things that make every day special!


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