My Place: Front View – What a metamorphosis!

This is what My Place looked like shortly after we purchased it in September 2005. Surely it was asking, "Where's the love?"  Shrubs and trees were overgrown, steps were unlevel, and (though it's hard to see in this picture) the roof over the front porch was sagging terribly ... The knee walls flanking the steps were crumbling ... The front porch ceiling was water damaged with large sections that needed to be replaced ... The entire house needed a new paint job and a face lift.  And that downspout REALLY needed to be moved to another location! Such an eyesore ... But the old lady was built in 1907 with great bones and some really nice things in her favor. This poured concrete detailing is one of them.  ... Keep Reading...

Tablescaping on a Budget

More than once I have been saddened to hear someone say something like, "I'd love to entertain, but I can't afford the _________."  (Go ahead and fill in the blank with "dishes," "pretty things," "table linens" etc.) Have YOU ever said anything like that? If so, (or if you just need a reminder that beautiful doesn't necessarily mean expensive), read on! Today I've decided to show you a budget-minded breakfast table -- and give you some tips on how to put together your own eye-catching tablescapes without breaking the bank.  Are you ready? For starters, I'll just go ahead and confess that when it comes to my tablescaping "habit," I'm a BIG fan of auctions, thrift stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.), Dollar Tree, Dollar ... Keep Reading...

Auctions are hard work!

I'm linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. I hope you'll check out all of the great metamorphoses you'll find there! I have TWO of my own to share with you this week.  Here's the first one... My vehicle BEFORE I attended an auction to buy more treasures to put in my Etsy shop -- so I can send them ... from My Place to Yours The same vehicle AFTER the auction  :-)   And my dining room AFTER the auction (I suppose this was a metamorphosis, too, but I think the implication with Metamorphosis Monday is that it involves an improvement.  After a long, tiring day at auction, this just feels like a MESS!) Oh, but it was a goooooood day, and I can hardly wait to unpack everything ... Keep Reading...