Thrift Store Brass Tray…

Reviving a 10 cent hammered brass tray

I'm popping in today with a quick brag...umm, I mean post about another great thrift store find.  Now, don't be jealous...I found a hammered brass tray for 10 cents!  This tray is real brass and has some weight to it.  There was definitely a bit of tarnish and pitting, but I figured for 10 cents it was worth the purchase. Here you can see the pitting spots and tarnish. I had a bottle of Brasso brass cleaner on hand.  I didn't wear gloves with ... read more

Christmas Card Holder


Like most of us, each year we get so many Christmas cards and each year we don't really know what to do with them.  Do we put them on the fridge?  Do we set them out on the mantle?  I don't know about you, but I just never like how those options look. So this year I decided to do something a little different.  One of our good family friends gave us this door, which was original to a home built in 1908.  In our old house it served as our ... read more

DIY Map Magnets

1-Map Magnets...DIY. Great gift for Christmas

I saw this recently and thought it was a great idea and would make a perfect gift for Christmas!  I got my supplies from my local Dollar Tree & Target and probably spent about $5.00 total. Items you will need: Map Glass Beads Rubber Cement or Modge Podge Exacto Knife Self Adhesive Magnets And that's simple! First you'll want to decide which places on the map you want to use.  You could do places you've travelled ... read more

Homemade Dog Treats with Pumpkin & Peanut Butter

1-Christmas Tree Dog Treats in the Oven. Homemade with Pumpkin & Peanut Butter

For the holidays, we always like to do something special for our dogs...typically it's embarrassing them by making them dress up in some sort of outfit.  But we also like to give them a stocking full of goodies. This year I thought it would be nice to make both Teddy and Starbuck a homemade treat that I know they will love. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:16] First, you will add all of the ingredients together... After this, use a whisk ... read more

Fall Tablescape

Fall Tablescape with turkey plates, cork place cards, rustic candle holder, Cynthia Rowley napkins, twine

My mom did her fall tablescape last month using turquoise and coppers, but I opt for a more simple and rustic look.  We have a smaller home and therefore a smaller dining room table.  I don't like to put too much on it to avoid feeling cluttered. I found these great turkey plates by Johnson Bros. at Replacements during their annual sale.  If you are unfamiliar with Replacements, it's a store in Greensboro, NC that has thousands of pieces ... read more