A Visit to Burt’s Farm

A couple of weeks ago my grandkids were out of school so my daughter and I decided to take them on a visit to Burt’s Farm for pumpkins. Burt’s Farm is in the North Georgia Mountains near Dawsonville.

Burt's Farm

We started the day with a stop at the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall for me to visit the Pottery Barn Outlet and my daughter and granddaughter to seek out princess costumes at the Disney Store.  Then on to lunch at a local favorite and the farm.

Burt’s always has so many pumpkins and

a great variety to choose from.

I love the name of these pumpkins.  Makes you wonder how they got their name.

These pumpkins are huge.

In addition to the abundance of pumpkins, Burt’s has Indian corn, squash, and gourds.  I especially like the turban squash in the foreground of this photo.

Don’t you love the colors of these gourds?

The Baby Boos are beautiful!  I wish more of them had come home with me.

Amicalola Falls Creek runs through Burt’s Farm.

It has a covered bridge to cross the creek to a picnic area.  Two of my grands check out the bridge.

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Always

Sharon

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Mother’s Day 2016

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Sharon 

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Merry Christmas From Me to You

First things first Friday Thrifty Treasures is on hiatus until January 2016.  Decorating for Christmas took a back seat to renovations this year at the Blue Willow House.  It was not my plan to have renovations done during the Holiday Season but that’s when the people I wanted to do the work were available.  After the first of the year I will share the sun room and dining room improvements with you.

Vintage Ornaments

Since I don’t have a Christmas house tour to share with you I’m sharing a few photos from past Christmases.  

Christmas Mantel 2

Christmas Mantel 2013

Red Truck

My little red truck hauling a Christmas tree.

z3 & Corvette

A silver BMW convertible and red Corvette hauling Christmas trees.

57 Chevy

1957 Chevy Bel Air like one my Dad owned hauling home the tree.

Santa 2

One of my favorite vintage finds – Santa planter.

Christmas Deer Planter

This Bambi planter is another favorite planter.

Christmas Lunchbox

All fun vintage finds

Snowman Pin Wreath

I used a mold for a Christmas wreath.

Snowman

I even made a snowman for vintage molds.

Christmas Past

Angels from the 50’s that I inherited from my Mom.

Deer Head

 I was an early adopter of the deer head trend.

Santa's Workshop

Tiny house I found thrifting.

Peace on Earth

If only we could achieve peace on earth.

White Santa

Sweet Santa ornament

Demijohn lights

Demijohn full of fairy lights

Dream Tree with ornaments

The dream tree in my bedroom Christmas 2013

Coke crate collage

Some fun with a coca cola crate

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The foyer last year

Riding the Pink Pig

I’m going to close this post with this photo of my youngest daughter and grandson (his aunt) riding the Pink Pig at Macy’s – Lenox Square in Atlanta.  He is five in this photo.  So many changes in him in the last four years.  Time really does fly so don’t waste a minute and have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.

Always,

Sharon

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Checking In On My UN Word for 2014

I went back to January of this year to read my UN Word for the year 2014 to see if I have made any progress. Progress yes, but my journey is not complete.  Here is what I wrote back in January.

 Choosing a word for the year is circulating all over blogland.  I considered choosing a word for the year but never did.  Yesterday as I read the Nester’s post about choosing a UN word of the year it struck a chord with me.  So my UN word for 2014 is UN complicated.

Peace on Earth

You know how something just sneaks up on you and without even realizing it you have complicated your life beyond all reason.  You never meant to do it.  You just wake up one morning and wonder how did this happen and what can I do to fix it?

2014 is the year to UN complicate my life.  Just how do I go about UN complicating my life?

The first thing I plan to do is to get rid of anything I don’t love, need, or want.  I’ve already started that process but I am going to step up my game.

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Next I am going to evaluate my obligations to others to see if there are areas where I can cut back without causing a significant detriment to others.

Center 1

Learn to say NO.  This is a big one for me because I’m a people pleaser and hate to tell anyone NO.  This isn’t something that is going to change overnight since it is a personality trait.

Giving up the guilt because I cannot be everything to everybody.  We all have limits and I have to accept that.

Concord Bridge

Here’s hoping that UN complicating my life will make a real difference to both me and my family in 2014.

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Always

Sharon

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Family Sunday Funday

Well no décor or vintage post today.  Today I spent with children and grandchildren and I am feeling sentimental.  So I wanted to share a few photos from the last few years.

T and Lucy at creek on nature trail

T and Lucy at Nickajack Creek four years ago.  This photo is forever etched on my heart.  We have since lost Lucy and my husband who made this photo with his cell phone.

Dino AudTroy

T and his Mom (my eldest) at Fernbank summer before last.

C and Hunter

C (my youngest) and Hunter our giant cat (pre hardwood floors).

C&T

 C & T goofing around.

K

K my oldest granddaughter aka Miss Sassy.  She will be three next month.

K 2.0

K 2.0 my youngest granddaughter and she is just as sweet as she looks.  She just turned one.

T & K

Recent photo of Miss Sassy and T.

Isabelle

Isabelle the Yorkie Extraordinaire

Boukie

Boukie the sweetest dog and she is as smart as a whip.   She always has this big old smile on her face and her tail wags are lethal.  My oldest daughter rescued her from certain death when she was just a pup nine years ago.  She  was a bait dog to teach other dogs how to fight.  I guess she hadn’t shown a killer instinct.  Reprehensible.   I’m so glad she found a forever home with us.

 Please be sure to come back tomorrow when I am sharing more Quick and Easy Holiday Décor and More.  If you don’t already subscribe to my blog be sure to sign up by e-mail on the right, so you will never miss a post.  Thank you for visiting.

Always,

Sharon

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

 I wish my Dad was here today so I could tell him all this in person.  He died way too young at age 53.

Dad, you are my hero and thank you for always being my biggest supporter.  One of my regrets in life is that my girls never had the opportunity to meet you.

Nature Trail

You believed in me and your belief in me has given me strength throughout my whole life to enjoy the good times and handle the bad ones.

Ferns

So Thank You Dad for all you did for me growing up.   I love you and miss you.

Always

Sharon

Ikea Table Top Upcycle

This could have been a TST (thrift store transformation) since an old table top from Ikea is the type of thing you often find in the thrift store.  I actually bought the table from Ikea back in 2005.  In fact I bought two of these small tables for my daughter’s condo in Athens when she attended the University of Georgia.  The table came in three pieces a metal base, cage top, and a piece of glass that fit in the cage.  When she moved home only one table top and base made it back to my house.  I’ve always thought we might turn it back into a table but a better idea came to mind.

The table parts were stored in the garage and then later in the basement which flooded.

Ikea Table top nasty

NASTY!

Ikea Table top nasty 2

Really NASTY!

The first order of business was a through cleaning.  After it was clean I liked the color and decided not to paint it and who knows it may become a table again and the base is this color.

Memo Board 2

With the addition of some small clothes pins it became and instant memo board.

Memo Board 1

Memo board 3

Then I thought some more….

BW Photos 3

and it became a photo holder.  If you have read my blog for a while you may recognize my late husband in the center.

BW Photos

Most of the black and white photos are of his family.

BW Photos 2

This was his dad probably about 1950 working in the Pacific Northwest (I wish I had that old tool box).  My husband was born in Oregon and most of these pictures are from that timeframe.

Linda & Me 1st grade

This photo is of my childhood best friend Linda and me at a picnic.  Yes we are dressed alike and not for the first or last time.  We lived on a rural county road that wasn’t even paved.  Our houses both sat on some acreage but they were right across the street from each other.  We were constant companions until my family moved away.  If you are wondering, I am on the left.

Sometimes a tabletop is just a tabletop but at other times you can imagine all kind of possibilities.

I’m glad you stopped by today to see how I made a memo board/photo holder from an old Ikea table top.  Be sure to come back soon and if you don’t already subscribe to my blog be sure to sign up by e-mail, so you will never miss a post.  I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest here and if you e-mail me your Pinterest URL, I will follow you.  Thanks for visiting!

Always,

Sharon

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UN Word for 2014

 Choosing a word for the year is circulating all over blogland.  I considered choosing a word for the year but never did.  Yesterday as I read the Nester’s post about choosing a UN word of the year it struck a chord with me.  So my UN word for 2014 is UN complicated.

Peace on Earth

You know how something just sneaks up on you and without even realizing it you have complicated your life beyond all reason.  You never meant to do it.  You just wake up one morning and wonder how did this happen and what can I do to fix it?

2014 is the year to UN complicate my life.  Just how do I go about UN complicating my life?

The first thing I plan to do is to get rid of anything I don’t love, need, or want.  I’ve already started that process but I am going to step up my game.

Pink Carnations 1

Next I am going to evaluate my obligations to others to see if there are areas where I can cut back without causing a significant detriment to others.

Center 1

Learn to say NO.  This is a big one for me because I’m a people pleaser and hate to tell anyone NO.  This isn’t something that is going to change overnight since it is a personality trait.

Giving up the guilt because I cannot be everything to everybody.  We all have limits and I have to accept that.

Concord Bridge

Here’s hoping that UN complicating my life will make a real difference to both me and my family in 2014.

I’m glad you stopped by today and be sure to come back soon.  If you don’t already subscribe to my blog be sure to sign up by e-mail, so you will never miss a post.  I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest here and if you e-mail me your Pinterest URL I would love to follow you.  Thanks for visiting!

Always

Sharon

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The Last Vestiges of Summer 2013

Sea Shells

As the summer of 2013 is winding down I wanted to share some summer highlights with you.

The week of July 4th my grandson didn’t go to summer camp so his Mom and I planned some fun things to do with him.   We planned mostly outdoor activities like a visit to the Atlanta Zoo, a picnic at Stone Mountain, some hiking, stuff he really likes to do.  The weather here in Georgia was terrible that week very rainy and cool so several of the things we had planned didn’t work out.  One exception was our trip to Fernbank Museum, it was a huge success.  The only downside was the three of us got soaked by rain running back to the car after our visit.   We were so wet and cold we actually had to turn on the car heat in July, totally unheard of in these parts during the summer.

Fernbank AudTroy

Dino AudTroy

We celebrated my grandson’s seventh birthday in the middle of July with a party at a nearby park.  Ha ha, we worried about it being too hot for an outdoor party.  It was cloudy, extremely cool and so windy that we couldn’t put up the birthday banner or balloons.  He had a great turnout of friends so that alone made the day.  I don’t even think he noticed the unpleasant weather.  Our July weather was unusual for sure.

Then in August just before he went back to school we went to Panama City Beach for a few days.  Love this view from our balcony.

Beach View

Unbelievably, he is waiting patiently for lunch at Pineapple Willy’s.

Troy at Pinapple Willy's

Now for a few shots of my summer decor.

My bargain Hobby Lobby driftwood candle holder is decked out in summer colors.  Be sure to check out that post, if you missed it.

Driftwood Candle Holder

 This driftwood wreath is another Hobby Lobby bargain I bought on clearance at the end of summer last year.  It is hung on the inside of my front door (which seriously needs a paint job).

Driftwood Wreath

After July 4th I put together this beachy mantel with a seashell printer’s drawer that I made over 30 years ago.  I have used it in many places in my home over the years.

Beachy

These are a few of my favorite summer pillows.

Summer Pillow Basket

A seafaring vignette – the Old Spice Bottle is about 40 years old and all the other items including the painting were found at local thrift stores.

Thrifted Seascape

The Breakfast room seashell centerpiece is flanked by cork fishing floats that I converted to candle holders (just by sticking the candles in the hole where the rope would have been when they were in use).

Breakfast Room Sea Shell Centerpiece

Last but not least is vintage silver displaying vintage jewelry and seashells in my bedroom.  Maybe the shells are vintage too, I’ve had them a long time.

Vintage silver, shells, pearls

So now that I have that out of my system, I’m moving on to some Fall projects.   Hope you enjoyed my little snippet of summer.

Always

Sharon

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