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Sunday, January 8, 2017

What Snowy Weekends Are For At My House

On Friday night we got our first snowstorm of the year.  In South Asheville where I live we woke up to about eight inches of beautiful, magical snow.  I have not been able to take my eyes off of it all weekend!  This is what Winter dreams are made of at our house.  We never get out of our feety pajamas, cook like crazy, watch the NFL playoffs and take long, glorious naps.

And do lots of this.

This morning I felt particularly energetic and creative so I changed up the little homemade chalkboard that usually goes out on one of our porches.  I had moved it in to our dining room for Thanksgiving and redid it simply for Christmas Eve.  

I made this chalkboard by painting right over the glass in a picture frame that was in a stack of frames going to the dumpster at my office.  I did not prime it. I just made sure it was clean , taped off the frame with painters tape and gave it two coats of Rustoleum black chalkboard paint.  This chalkboard has held up perfectly.  Actually, amazingly since our back porch is not at all covered:)

When I made my pre snowstorm trip to my neighborhood grocery I made sure to pick up some flowers to enjoy over the snowy weekend too.

I also, sadly put away my gingerbread man garland and made a new one for our eating area of our kitchen.  

I found a package of brown craft paper hang/gift tags from the dollar bin at Michaels while I was cleaning out the drawers.  

I also  found a two pack of white paint pens I'd been looking for all of December.

I mentioned earlier that we both cook a lot when we are snowed in and I wanted to share a couple of the recipes we made and we really liked.

I got myself one of those Zoodle makers and this was the first recipe I tried.  If you are a Pad Thai fan, this one is a winner.

With lows in the single digits here this weekend anything warm sounded good to me.  I can think of a few variations on this recipe and feel like it will be in regular rotation at our house.
I hope that all of y'all are snug and  warm in you part of the world.  For once in my entire life I am actually hoping for warmer, dryer weather.  I still have half of a China cabinet to get out of my Jeep!!!!


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Something Small On A Snowy Day

What does one do when you are just itching to paint something but you can not take your eyes off the big flakes of snow that are quickly covering  the ground of your backyard?
Well if you are me, The Nut you stick your head out in the Hell Hole you call a garage and see what you can find to work your magic on!

A buck.
I have no idea what these pedestal bowls are actually called but I see them in thrift stores ALL the time.  There are pretty cute but if I'm being honest, it had me at a buck.

So I grabbed some white chalk paint and watched it snow.  I did not at all take my time with this project nor was I careful to cover the entire piece.  It was pretty much a Slapdash job.  Usually I'm way more careful but my plan from jump was to sand a LOT of the paint right off anyway.

How cute is this thing I ask you?

Writing this, I can think of about fifteen things I can use this for.  Not the least of which  is a cute vessel to hold some pine cones and evergreen.
Nice little Winter accessory:)

You know, it doesn't have to be a big project to be a fun project, or cost a lot to create something that spruces up your home and makes you smile.

I got to tell y'all though, if I weren't absolutely mesmerized by the snow as I always am.....
I would be loosing my mind right now.

The top half of this is out in my garage.  The bottom half is still in my snow cover Jeep.


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Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 Looking Forward

I get sort of introspective at this time of the year.  I try to let go of all of the things that I should not dwell on and mull over in my mind all of the things that I have to be thankful for.

And they are many.

Not the least of which are my family, health and happiness.  My family is the most important thing to me on Gods green earth.  I share my life with a good, decent, kind and beautiful man who thinks he married Cindy Crawford. 

 I have an amazing marriage, a nice roof over my head , great friends and a really good job.  Southern curated, this blog an all of y'all who read it are chocolate icing on the multilayered cake that is my life. I feel so incredibly fortunate and blessed.  

Looking forward in terms of my blog I have a few plans:). I'm pretty sure I've gone as far with Blogger ( as a platform) as I am able.  I am a Mac girl and as far as I can tell Google does not like Mac.  Well, that lets me out right there.

Currently I'm just sorta making do in terms of blogging on Mac devices and it's frustrating. 
 I cuss ALOT!!

So I've been doing some research and exploring some options in my budget range.  Things look pretty doable to me so I'm moving forward :)

Today I'm just laying low in my new feety pajamas watching the Georgia Bull Dogs play, with Emmitt and Big Daddy and being really, truly peaceful.  For me this is a learned behavior. 
 I learned it years ago.

I've included a few random photos from around our home over the Christmas holiday.  I hope y'all enjoy them.

I think I'm gonna miss this stuff more this year than ever.

Happy New Year to y'all!
Thank you for all you've done to make this little blog o mine such fun!


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Winter In Our Bedroom

I have the best Santa Clause ever in the history of Santa Clauses.

I had been eyeing this gray quilt for months.  Actually I'd been eying one at Pine Cone Hill but we all know there ain't no way in this world I'm putting something that expensive on our bed our 
Well, in a word?

I love them dearly but they pick stuff and puke.

When I opened this on our Christmas morning I was thrilled!  I have wanted to make a few changes in our bedroom for Winter anyway. The quilt is sooo warm and 

The quality of this bedding set is amazing!  I picked up the gray and white pillow covers as well as the brown striped one at IKEA the last time we were in Atlanta for under $8 each.  They are also made well and have a zipper closure.  As a side note, don't EVER ask Big Daddy to stop by IKEA on game day.  
He flips out.

When we pack up all of our Christmas decorations I plan on switching out some of the accessories in our bedroom as well
This quilt set has become a catalyst:)
My Santa also brought me this:

I have been fascinated with Russian history since the fourth grade.  Ever since I saw the movie Peter And The Wolf at school one day. Particularly Tzarist Russia and the Russian Revolution. 
 I was completely unaware that this book even existed.  I've read everything Robert Massey has written on the subject.  This author is new to me and I'm excited to spend the cold Winter months with this book.  

Back in the Spring I found this antique copy of Anna Karenina at a church rummage sale for $.50.  I love the color on the spine.

I hoe y'all had a wonderful Christmas!  We sure did here at the Davis House :)


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