Saturday, January 28, 2012

Guess what I’m going to do with these….

what to do with old drawers 
Can you all guess what I’m going to do with these drawers?  Remember when I was telling you I was able to glean some things from the old 1916 house that was being torn down in our town? I got glass door knobs from all the old doors, I got a bunch of old drawers that I made into under the bed storage….you can see those HERE. I also retrieved some old doors and these drawers.

These drawers were part of a butlers pantry in the old house……I’m questioning their paint color choices, but hey I’m from KY and my boys think they’re just great this color! :0) Go UK! lol


what to do with old drawers

There are 8 drawers in this piece and I’m seeing LOTS of storage!
I can’t believe how well made these things are…just look at that old bead board they used to build this unit…and that’s on the BACK!  They sure don’t build things like that any more!

what to do with old drawers

When I pulled these from the old house, they were in pieces…I sat down in the middle of the floor of the old place and started putting them back together with my trusty hammer…..they were grimy, and so was I by the time I got them back together, but I think they’ll be worth the trouble when I’m done with them! :0)

what to do with old drawers

Got any ideas what I should do with them?

what to do with old drawers

Oh…the reason I haven’t posted in a few days is that I was at the dentist’s office for three days straight, so I wasn’t feeling much like posting anything.  My hubby is changing jobs so we decided to get some dental work done before our insurance changes over next month.  I had a cleaning, a crown and some old fillings replaced…I survived. :0)   Going to the dentist has never been my favorite thing to do (except for the smooth feeling you get after a cleaning), but I have to say, I didn’t even feel the shots or anything this that made me a happy girl! I also am lovin’ that my old mercury fillings are getting replaced with the nice white ones.    Doesn’t take much to make me happy! lol

Ok…so now guess what I’m going to do with the old bank of drawers!

Blessings and Hugs!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Another Birthday!!….It’s busy around here!

Today our Lincoln turns 20 years old! 

Where does the time go?  It seems like only yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital!

Just watch him grow up right before your eyes…..

my good lookin' boy!

Happy Birthday Lincoln!

We love you!
Mom and Dad :0)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Birthday to a Special Guy!

good one

Happy Birthday Daddy!!

I’d like to introduce all of YOU to my daddy….he’s a special guy!

Won’t you all leave him a birthday wish or two…I know my mom will show it to him, and I’m sure it will make him smile.  He’s given our family so much to smile about over the years!

Thanks so much!

Love you guys!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A “SPECIAL” Delivery…


Well today was a wonderful day!
This morning I heard the doorbell ring and looked out my bedroom window to see our mail lady, Darla, standing at my front door.  I opened up the window and yelled down for her to just leave the package she had in her hands because I was a  mess.…still in my pj’s, no make-up and hair in a sort of ponytail. (you know the half falling down kind) :-0

I went downstairs and grabbed my package out of the rain and got all giddy when I saw who it was from!  Cindy, from Cindy’s Fractured Fairy Tale!  Now if you don’t know Cindy, you’ll have to hop on over to her blog and see the amazing talent this gal has!  Anyway, I ran upstairs and plopped on my bed to rip open the large envelope. (yep, it felt like Christmas again!)

Here’s what was inside the envelope……

how to wrap a pretty package

Isn’t it a lovely little package…all tied up with a purple bow and vintage earring.    Just so pretty.  I grabbed my camera to take a couple of shots because I just knew I would want to remember what special care she took in wrapping my surprise.  And OH, what a surprise it was!

vintage earrings

Just look at what was inside that pretty little package all tied up with string….
This is now one of my favorite things!…..

Cindy's Fractured Fairy Tale

Yes, she sent me a painting that SHE painted just for ME!  I’m always telling her what an amazing artist she is, and she got on my blog and looked around to see my house colors and actually painted me this beautiful picture.  Yes…I cried.    You blogger friends sure know how to make a gal cry!

When Linda, from Itsy Bits and Pieces, sent me those beautiful ornaments for Christmas I cried…
Remember these??… Beautiful and so special!

vintage christmas ornaments

When Patty, from Lemon Lane Cottage,  sent me the beautiful baby blanket she handmade for Sweet Pea, I cried….


Either I’m getting mushy in my old age, or you gals are just amazing. (I think it’s you gals are just amazing!)

Now back to my beautiful painting!  It goes in so many rooms in my home that I’ve just been walking around and around looking for the perfect spot.  I still haven’t settled on where it’s going to hang, but it’s just perfect….in every little way!

beautiful rose picture

I promise, these pictures just don’t do it justice….It’s so deep and realistic.  (and I can still smell the paint…it’s so fresh!)

picture of a rose

Cindy is SO just have to go over and see the amazing cows and sheep she’s painted.  They’re so light and airy…almost misty. :0)  I’m tellin’ ya, she’s good!
Look how good my painting goes with my throw I just got from TJ Maxx…it looks so pretty with the pink.  See why I’m having such a terrible time trying to figure out where to put it…it looks good EVERYWHERE! :0)

the perfect rose

Thank you Cindy, from the bottom of my heart….you’re such a blessing and a joy to have as a friend!

Love you Cindy, and ALL my blogging buddies. I just can’t imagine if I had never started this blog…oh how many wonderful relationships I would be missing out on!

I am blessed.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Guest Posting

Laundry room reveal

Just wanted to let you all know that I’m guest posting over at It’s So Very Cheri today.  She asked me to do a post on my laundry room…..and you all KNOW how much I love to talk about my laundry room! lol

You can go HERE to check it out if you’re not sick of it by now! :0) Or if you’re new to my blog and would like to see the post on the big reveal, you can go HERE.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

How to Organize (even when you’re sick!)

Sorry for not posting for a couple of days, but I’m fighting a nasty sinus infection and am just not feeling so hot!  I think it must be the weather here in KY….one day it’s almost 60 and the next day it’s 16….holy degree difference Batman! :0)

sick girl

Since I’ve been sick I’ve been watching TV at night because my head has been hurting too much to sleep.  I watched a mini marathon of Hoarders and I’ve decided that show disturbs me,  BUT it makes me want to clean house and organize…a lot!  (how do you not know there are dead cats in your house??  Oh my!)


After watching several episodes I decided I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to start cleaning…sick or not!  I swear all I have to do is watch a couple of those shows and it kick starts my cleaning gene every. single. time. !  (that and I took a 12 hr Sudafed that made me hyper as can be! I’ll NEVER do that again!…well, at least until it’s time to organize again in the middle of the night! lol)

Since everyone sleeps upstairs I decided to start organizing my kitchen.  (I apologize in advance for no before pictures….remember it was in the middle of the night and I was in a crazed cleaning frenzy from watching that show!)  I started in my corner cabinet where all our coffee, tea and mugs are stored.  I have kind of developed a plan when I organize.

1.  I first remove everything from the area that I’m organizing
2.  then I throw away and condense as much as possible
3. then I put it all in like groups. 

For instance, I had multiple boxes of the same tea, so I condensed them into one big jar and threw away the bulky boxes. I also try to put things in areas that make the most sense.   The reason all our coffees and teas are in that cabinet, is that it’s closest to the tap water and the coffee maker, so I don’t have to run all over the kitchen to make a cup of tea or coffee, it’s all right there.  I also try to re-use things….see the three big glass jars? 

how to organize your cabinets

We buy cherries at Sam’s Club every year to make chocolate covered cherries  for Christmas, we save the jars and re-use them.  (and yes, those jars will eventually get little tags that say coffee, tea and creamers….cause I LOVE tags!) Oh, please ignore my scratched up cabinets…it’s time to paint them again after a couple of years of abuse….glad the scratches are only on the insides! :0)

I left specialty teas in their own boxes because there weren’t very many of them and they’ll be gone in no time flat! (did I mention I like hot tea?) :0)

how to organize your kitchen

I put our mugs on the 2nd shelf because it was so shallow and there was no wasted space.  The plates etc on the top shelf are just extra we use when we’re desperate cause I haven’t had time to run the dishwasher. (can you say, “not enough time in the day”?!)

organizing your home

The next cabinet I tackled was the dreaded baking supply cabinet!

organizational tips

I condensed as much as possible by putting like spices together…i.e., I had 4 bottles of cinnamon which I was able to condense down into 2. (don’t ask me why I had 4 bottles….who knows around here!)
I also put in a little hanging basket shelf…those things are wonderful! They make an extra “shelf” so you can use all the space in a cabinet or closet..I have them in several areas of our home.  I put all my sprinkles and baking spices in the little shelf area and stored my Wilton cake decorating books underneath. 
(Have I ever told you I used to do wedding cakes….lots of wedding cakes! Don’t really have time anymore, but it sure was fun when I was doing it!)  See the Tupperware container on the shelf?   I put all my MANY cupcake papers in there….it takes up much less space than all those little cupcake paper containers and it closes up and you can stack them..I love containers!

Next I did this….

kitchen appliances

Not much you can do with an appliance cabinet…I just wiped it out and rearranged.  I think I should purge some appliances, but I really do use them all.  Such dilemmas!

Under my sink (and hopefully everyone else’s) is always a mess.  To me, it’s the hardest place in the house to organize.  I have grand plans to build some kind of storage device down there, but for now it was purge, straighten and close the door. :0) So eventually this will be my before picture instead of my after!  (oh, and see the Finish dishwasher detergent box (the blue and red one)…that is the best dishwasher detergent I have ever used! Just sayin’)

under the kitchen sink

The next area I tackled was the cabinet beside my stove.  I keep all my pots and pans in that cabinet because…well, it’s beside the stove..duh.  :0)  I have my crockpot down there that I got as a result of a review because of my blog….I love blogging!

organizing your kitchen

Here’s the other side…more pots and pans and some Pampered Chef stoneware.  After looking at these photos, I’m thinking I need some new cookware…mine is looking a little shabby. :-/  I rearranged everything and made a little more space. I keep my cutting boards vertically down there for more storage space. (hey look, you can see my pink house shoes in the reflection! lol)

how to organize

The next cabinet is the one that we re-did when we did our cottage kitchen makeover….we put glass in the doors.  When you put glass in your kitchen cabinet doors, you really better be sure you’re gonna have pretty stuff to put in it, or at least make sure it’s super organized.  I chose to keep all our regular dishes white and glassware plain and makes for a much neater looking cabinet.

how to organize cabinets with glass doors

tips for organzing open shelves

I know this post is going on and on, but I was up all night organizing, so somebody needs to appreciate all my work, so stick with me! lol

I did our cutlery drawer next.  I have found that stacking our forks, spoons etc, makes it much easier when unloading the dishwasher…..not to mention it just looks nicer.  I did a little purging in the drawer areas of our kitchen and just straightened them all up a bit…..

organizing your utensil drawer

Can you see my affinity for pink even creeps into my utensil drawers! I would LOVE to have all the Kitchenaid utensils in pink, but I just can’t afford them, but hey I got two!

how to organize

Cookbooks and baking pans oh my! To say I have a lot of cookbooks would be an understatement, but I have managed to get them all in one cabinet on one shelf.  Here’s half of them….

organizing cookbooks

and here’s the other half…… :0)  Again, all my pans to bake with are in the cabinet on the other side of my stove for easy accessibility.

how to organize your home

The last place I organized was the bottom of my hoosier cabinet.  This is where I keep things I don’t use very often, or items that I keep extras of like pasta’s, cake mixes and sugars.

how to organize

I put labels on the front edge, inside the cabinet, to show where everything goes……. (looks like I need to add some shelving paper too. Nothing like pictures to make you see your stuff in a “real light”)

how to organize your kitchen

Oh…I did want to show you that my pantry that I re-did at the beginning of last year, is still nice and neat.  That was one MAJOR re-organization and prettification project, but I still LOVE the outcome! You can see that project HERE.

pantry organization ideashow to organize your pantry
Well, that’s it.  That’s what happens when you take too much Sudafed and watch too many episodes of Hoarders when you have a sinus infection.  Most people sleep….I organize.  Pretty much sums me up in a nutshell! (I’m a nut) :0)

Hugs to you all!
Missy :0)

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