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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pink Saturday

Me and my new PINK luggage are in Mexico this weekend - leaving KCI on PINK Saturday morning and coming back next PINK Saturday at noon. Have a great week, and I'm gonna love seeing all those beautiful PINK sunsets! Have a great week PINK hopping at Bev's. When I started blogging a year ago I was a closet Pinkaholic, but now even my luggage is PINK!!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pink Saturday

I bought this yesterday at GW, for .99. I found a silver one too, marked at 1.99 and one exactly like it for 2.99. Guess which one I picked! Now you have to know for YEARS I've said that if God had wanted us to wear Paisley, he would have made an animal with Paisley spots. So it's really funny that I loved this tray, but I DID!

I'm joining the fun at Bev's for Pink Saturday. You can find me and the many, many others at the below address:

Mantel Friday-Nell Hills 2

I'm going to link up for Tuesday's Tabletop Tuesday. This is what I wrote for the Mantel Party on Friday. Check out Tabletop Tuesday at this week, because, I don't remember why. . . . sorry.

This week my post is about my Nell Hill's experience. This is Mary Carol Garrity's study, decorated for fall. She uses a lot of natural elements, some real, some artificial. The wall covering was grass cloth (I felt it). Considering everyone says wallpaper is SO out, I was surprised!

Using silver trays sitting on tables, or wherever she could, she put books, photos, flowers, all kinds of trinkets on them.

There also was a lot of decorative plates, and pumpkins, as well as the beautful peach roses.

Remember this was in the fall, so the fall colors were important.

Ok, stay with me here, but I would have never thought of hanging a mirror in the middle of a window. Even though there is a table in front of it.

The ladies pictured below stayed in the 3rd story room at the B&B. There is room for 12 people to stay up there! They had SO much fun, and we got a kick out of them. Look at the mantel behind them though! There are even dishes up at the very top!

I'm enjoying so much the Mantel Friday posts, hope you are too! The rest of my day will be spent checking out the other Mantel posts! They can be found below:

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A $200 Gift Card to Pottery Barn in this Giveaway!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday

My first vintage piece is a Bozo the Clown, ceramic (?) piece. I think it's more of a chalkware, but can't find anything out about it. When we would go visit my Dad, this is what he had for our 2 year old son to play with! Jeff would carry it around like a doll, even though it was almost as big as he was. It's almost 2' tall and in excellent condition. I've done as much research as I know how to do, and haven't ever found any this big. So, it's just a sweet reminder of my daddy.
You know you are getting old when your childhood toys are part of a "vintage" post! Ha! We have my DH's Lincoln Logs from his childhood. He turned 60 last year, so that makes them vintage in my book!

This is my first time to participate in Vintage Thursday, please join me as I go visit the Colorado Lady and all of her other participants at the below address:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

Pull up a chair and grab a glass of something to drink, I gotta story to tell about these two rock posts, and I think you'll want to hear it...... The above rocks, sticking out of the ground in our yard, are limestone posts. In the middle of Kansas, many people years ago used them as fence posts. They are so heavy that you can only haul 3 in the back of a heavy duty pickup. They are usaually about 7-8' long so that they go in the ground at least 3', with the other 4' sticking out for the wire to be strung on. If you drive through Kansas there are many areas with limestone posts, but the middle of Kansas is most well known.

My Mom gave these two posts to my daughters when they were young, for their birthdays. I know that sounds like an odd gift, but the girls were tickled about it, knowing the whole story. These two posts are from my Grandparents farm near Lucas, Kansas. You can search it on the internet, it's a very unique little town. Anyway, when my Grandmother was a young girl, she went with her father to the local quarry, where these posts were "harvested" for lack of a better word. That is where she met my Grandfather, and they lived happily ever after....

Now that's all well and good, but you have to think about this in a different way. I told you that they are so heavy that you can only haul 3 in a heavy duty pickup. What kind of implement would it have taken to haul these things in the days of horse and wagon? How did they get them to the fence row and put MILES of them in the ground? They are amazing to me, and to think of the WORK it took! The next photo points out the diffence in color in the stone. I'm told (and I can very well be wrong) that these colors show a difference in the weather during the development of the rock. They either show wet/dry years, but I'm not sure which is which.
The next photo shows the way they were "harvested" when Grandpa did it. The arrow show neat, round, "stake" shaped areas in the side. In the fall, a HAND drill was used to drill nice neat holes in the rock. Before the first hard freeze, and over and over during the winter, these holes were filled with water. The water would freeze, expand, and cause the rock to break, straight to the next hole, and so on.
Generally speaking, there are these drill marks on all 4 sides of the stone post, which means that it was a very long laborious task to complete. Than again, I say HOW DID THEY DO IT???? Oh my goodness, my respect for people who worked and lived in these days, just continues to GROW!

Ok, I'll get off my soap box.....ANYWAY! When these posts arrived, we were fortunate that they each had a hole already drilled in them, so that we could put a chain between the two.

With the chair between the two, it made the most unusual "hitchin" post that anyone ever had. You see, when the girls were little, they spent sun up to sun down on the back of the horses. And when they needed a potty break, or a snack, they would ride up, jump off, hook the reins onto the chain, and into the house! That's also why to this day, nothing grows well under these posts. Too much horse manure will burn the soil for many, many years! Thanks for stopping by my outdoor post for this week. Please leave your comments OR corrections, but it's my story and I'm stickin' to it! Love from me to you!!! Lets go check out the other outdoor posts, by clicking below...................

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tabletop Tuesday

The above items on top of the cabinet that holds grandma's salt and pepper shaker collection is a photo and a trophy. If you look real close, the trophy says 1976. The man in the photo on the rightwas my grandfather, and he won the trophy for best beard. It was for the Bi-centenniel, and he was SO proud. I love having things like that to sit around and remind me of the people I loved so much when I was growing up. I know it's not really a "tabletop", but close enough! Thanks for stopping by, and please leave a comment. I'm going to go visit the other TT participants at the below address: