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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"It's Fall Y'all" Party and 100th Follower Give-Away Info!

I have to admit that this kind of party causes my OCD to just run wild! The criteria for this party was "Anything Fall", and since Fall is my favorite time of year I started decorating and posting about it at the end of August. In my book, Fall just can't get here quick enough!





So I am posting some random photos of my many Fall vignettes and projects that I have been working on around my house.
If you're new to my blog I hope these will whet your appetite to go back through my posts and check out the other Fall Fun. I got a new camera last week, a "big girl" Kodak Easy Share, so I'm enjoying seeing the difference that it has made in similar shots. My new photos are much clearer. Went from a 7 mega pixel to a 10 mp. I wanted to keep it as uncomplicated as possible, and still improve my photos.


This is a little of my Fall Front Porch
 and the Radio Flyer wagon that I painted black for Fall.








This white "window box" has been part of my Fall decor
 in my kitchen for the last two years.
I have to use "faux" pumpkins and berries inside
because my two kitty girls have a little chewing problem.









The Sunroom is my favorite decorating spot in the house,
because I change out the quilt on the wicker settee almost every month.
I just love decorating with quilts, and I have a lot of "family" ones.





The white baker's rack in the sunroom holds some of my
 collection of English Cottages...
and you know, I just have to add in some ORANGE!




I found this little white house recently,
and I think it can be used for each and every season.
It does look just a tiny bit spooky!







I have this overly large metal Country French basket
on my Dining Room table that is there "permenantly".
 It has a moss covered base and is covered in faux ivy.
So I just change out the seasonal flowers.






The runner on the table with a French provencial theme,
is an old Belgium tapestry from the 1930's.







Fabric taffeta pumpkin on a cupcake stand.



"Sweet face" on brown transferware dessert plates.





This is a faux pumpkin topiary in my Entry that I put together
 last year and posted about in early September.








My favorite "Motel Chair" with a rusty white finish





...and a grocery basket with gourds and pumpkins.



Many of you have seen some of these vignettes before,
hope you didn't mind seeing them again.


Be sure and say Hi to Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality
and check out all the other party people!
Now for more fun!!
I'm planning my 100th Follower Give-Away
and I have some great things to send out
to a Follower! Stay tuned for the post
and photos coming very soon. During the week
that I have the give-away, (next week)
Each Follower will get two chances automatically,
If you leave a comment, one chance for each day,
AND if you post about it with a link back to me
you will get  THREE extra chances to win!
YEAH!!!

Hope you've been having a great week,
 Hurray! It's October!

Debra

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"White Wednesday" in "Multiples"

I missed White Wednesday last week, so this week I'll make up for it by combining two parties! White Wednesday hosted by Kathleen over at Faded Charm and a "one-day" party hosted by Vintage Junky about "Multiples". I knew there was a reason I hadn't shared my Ironstone Pitchers!
I have a sitting area in my basement family room where most of my ironstone is located. I've been collecting, especially pitchers, for the last four years. This isn't all of it, but I love the graduated sizes of the pitchers.




Behind the pitchers is an oil painting of a fall scene
 in a shabby white frame that I found at a sale for $10.
(love the colors)
And since it's now officially Fall,
 I can show off my pitchers with the additional seasonal twist.







I also have found several Ironstone soup tureens and covered vegetables. These are mixed in with my various pieces of brown transferware. I love the old turkey platters and have several that are out all year. Here they are on a baker's rack that was a Wal-Mart "original" that I spray painted "Rust" several years ago.





Love the shape of this.




...and this one.





Up until last week, this soup tureen had been on my kitchen table, but I brought in some fall decor, so this came to the Dining Room. I think it works on the vintage milk glass cake pedestal.





Here are my other "multiples", as I have several sets
 of brown transferware sugar and creamers.




This white creamware set was my Mother's.
 I remember these dishes used at every holiday dinner.




On the baker's rack downstairs.








In my sitting area.





Back to the dining room, on an old wire plant stand.

I really love brown transferware, and Fall is just the best time of year
to bring it all out and let it take center stage!



                   

  Be sure and go by  Vintage Junky to see all the participants at "Multiples",



And as always, Kathleen has a wonderful bunch of creative people with
 "White Wednesday" over at Faded Charm.



Have a day that is "multipled" fun!

And speaking of multiples, please be sure
 and join as a follower!
I have a great give-away coming up.

Debra

Monday, September 28, 2009

"Wonder-fall" Magazine Inspiration Wagon Makeover

Keep watching for the "100th follower" give-away
 coming soon... to a blog near you!

Be sure and join as a follower,
 I've found some awesome goodies for the give-away!

Country Home Magazine was one of my all time favorites. I was in total disbelief when they stopped publication. I would have gladly paid what they needed for a subscription... I loved it that much. I did save my copies, and they are still great inspiration. Below is the October 2007 issue, that was full of fun ideas for Halloween and fall.




Last year at Leola's Fall Open House, my friend,
 took her cue for a fun candy display from the cover shot.





It was a real favorite, while it lasted.
 I thought it was just the cutest take on an old wagon...




...so this year I decided to do the same.
I found this old beat up baby size "Radio Flyer" wagon
and spray painted it black.



I just wish I  had remembered to take "before" pictures,
but you have all seen one. It had a lot of dents and was pretty well loved.





Now it's greeting everyone on my front steps,
 filled with pumpkins and mums.




I love to change up my decor from year to year...to use new pieces,
or old pieces in a new way.

I still have to find a few more pumpkins,
then I'll have a few photos to share of the front porch.

Have fun with your fall decor!
Debra

Sunday, September 27, 2009

By Golly... I'm Honest!

A BIG "Thank you" goes out to my friend, the incredibly talented Miss Mustard Seed of Mustard Seed Creations for the generous award of  "Honest Scrap"! I may not be a lot of things but gosh darnit, I Am Honest! Maybe too much for a few people. 




Here are the Rules that need to be followed upon receiving this award:

  1. Say "thanks" and give a link back to the presenter of this award.


  2. Share "10 Honest Things" about yourself.


  3. Present this award to 7 others whose blogs that you find brilliant in content, /or design, or those who have encouraged you.


  4. Tell those 7 people that they have been awarded the "Honest Scrap" award and inform them of these guidelines.

OK, now on with the show!

  1. I am the oldest of three children... hence the "Type A- Personality".
  2. I am an X-Ray tech, but haven't worked in this field in 20 years.
  3. I started a business 20 years ago where I did stenciling and calligraphy, selling handmade framed pieces. It was relatively successful as I had a spot at the Atlanta Gift Market.
  4. I am a frustrated artist and love the medium of watercolor.
  5. My husband and I met at church and only knew each other 4 months when we were married. Yikes!
  6. We have lived  in San Antonio,Texas (where Alyson was born) and Marietta, Georgia (northern suberb of Atlanta) where I left my heart.
  7. I have a real aversion to clowns or anyone or anything that hides their true feelings or puts on a "show". (Sorry.)
  8. I want to know the truth even if it hurts. (Do you see a theme here?)
  9. I really do NOT want to be defined by any illness. That's why I thought long and hard about sharing my recent heart problems.
  10. About 12 years ago I had a dramatic encounter with God, and it radically changed my life. I love to study and teach the Bible and have written and taught several Bible Studies.
These are the 7 people whose Blogs have inspired me with their great content and encouragement.
They have inspired so many people and some have had awards up to their eyeballs, but what the hey. Like I said, I tell it "Honest"!

I have 2 honorary "blog idols":
Theresa of Garden Antiques Vintage, whose blog I found first and has encouraged me in so many ways, and Debbie of Talking Trash who has been my biggest cheerleader and favorite Nana. (not to mention has caused me to laugh until I fell in the floor!)

  1. Mindy of Primitiques in Poetry, my first follower
  2. Jan of Summer Sundays, my friend and blog mentor
  3. Katie of Ragamuffin Gal, my spiritual sister
  4. Cindy of Yapping Cat Studio, my creative hero
  5. Jodie of Everything Vintage, my adorable southern sweetie
  6. Hayley of Nesting Notions, my English teacher that inspires me
  7. Jermaine of French Kissed, my friend the world traveler, and designer extraordinare
Thank you everyone, there were so many more!
Have a great Monday, everyone!
Debra

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I'm Home... and Stay Tuned for a Give-Away!

This trip to the hospital proved to be a quick one. I was a "work in", last on the list for the heart catheritization Friday afternoon. My cardiologist came in to check on me, once I was in the cardiac pre-surgical room and said he would get me in yesterday afternoon. He knows me...and remembers the times I've shown up in trouble. Of the times I've had this procedure, this was the least stressful and easiest go.



The results were the best that I could have hoped for... no new blockages, and my stent was still functioning.
My chest pain is coming from two smaller arteries that are blocked, but non life-threatening. They are too small to stent, but are bothering me. I knew this time felt different. So hopefully a different type of slow release nitroglycerine will help. This keeps arteries more dialated, for better blood flow.





It is always difficult to change medications, but this time I'm hoping that it will be easier. So YEAH, I'm hoping to be back more to my old self, and less in the "sicky" mode. I'm at the place where I'm tired of "myself", if you know what I mean. I want to get on with life! Fall being my favorite time of year, I didn't want to miss out.
So I may be slowing down on my Junk purchases. Hope you'll still like me.
I got a "condolence" present from my sweet husband. Kind of like a kid that has to go and have his tonsils out, I got a "treat"... A New Camera! It's a step up from my little camera. Not terrilbly complicated, but takes better close-ups in low light. So I'm excited to use it. The photos above are from the new camera.

I'm planning a "giveaway" to celebrate my "100 th Follower", so stay tuned for that. I have something I think ANYONE would love. If you join as a follower, or already are one, you know, you get 2 chances to win!!! (shameless, I know).

I'm glad to be home and I'm taking it easy. Thanks for all the love, you all have a great weekend!
Debra

Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Thank you!" and an Update

Thank you all for your care and concern. I so appreciate everyone who left a good thought or prayer. I have been home patiently waiting for a doctor appointment with my very busy cardiologist this week. In heart related problems you are advised not to wait, but to go to the emergency room. The problem is I have done this several times and unless you are in the middle of a coronary there really is nothing that they can do for you. The ER staff can only determine if you are having a heart attack and or try to make you comfortable, nothing more, so then you wait until you see your cardiologist. I did not want to go that route this time so I waited for my Dr. appointment this morning.(over strong advice of several of my loved ones)  I saw a physician's assistant who was one of the best "communicators" in the field of medicine that I have ever come in contact with. My husband was with me and we heard about new medications, and found out a few things about my personal situation that I had not heard before, so in that case, I was glad that I waited and saw this young man.
*Upon re-reading this I want to stress the important thing is this: If you are experiencing chest pain, what you think might be bad indigestion, pain in your right or left arm, heaviness in your chest, neck ache, jaw ache when combined with other symptoms GO,GO,GO to the ER. The only reason I waited this time is that I know what a heart attack feels like in my own body.




If I have learned one thing in the past 7 years it is to be your own advocate. Don't set around waiting for someone to "do the best thing" for you because it may not happen. I was looking at waiting 2 weeks for this test...me a patient that has had 4 heart attacks and just missed another one by  the "hair of her chinny, chin, chin"! So when the scheduling assistant said 2 weeks, I firmly said NO! They are trying to work me in Friday afternoon, so I am praying that this major test will happen, and that I won't have to wait until Monday. This is a cardiac catheterization, where a catheter is threaded up through your femoral (groin) artery into your heart and then a contrast material is injected. It shows blockages and defects etc. in the arteries.
I really don't know much yet about my problem, but part of my main focus in all of this is to find out what I can do to keep this from happening again. It has only been 8 months since the last blockage.
If this is all too much information, I will just say this. Know your own body. The symptoms of heart attacks in women are completely different than in men. When something is wrong don't let someone put you off or talk you out of what you know in your "gut".  I will do a post later about women and heart disease. The now #1 Killer of women...even above breast cancer.
So for now, hopefully, I'll be back home by the weekend, but maybe early next week.

*Once again I pulled this post to re-edit and hopefull clarify some of what I said. My friend, Jan from Summer Sundays asked a good question in her comment. "was this test something the doctor suggested or something that I felt like I needed"? Here is how I think I can best answer.
I have had this test done 4 other times, and upon numerous talks with my cardiologist he has admitted that this is the only test that will give a conclusive answer as to whether or not you have a blockage. Stress tests, nuclear tests, cat-scans etc. are all good indicators, but will not difinitively give an answer, only an angiogram (heart cath) unfortunately will show the artery and how the blood is flowing. The doctors cannot and will not do it unless they have a pretty conclusive idea that you indeed have a blockage. (Extremely expensive and an invasive surgical procedure.)
When I was saying "be your own advocate" I was talking of two things, #1, don't let someone talk you out of getting  a diagnoses, and #2 be sure you don't get lost in the shuffle of busy hospital schedules. The Physician's Asst. told me first thing, that this was what they needed to find out about what is going on with me, but I was handed off to someone who just "scheduled" and didn't know my history. Once I said that I would just go on to the hospital and go thru the ER, she looked at my chart and agreed that I shouldn't wait.
OK, sorry this has gotten so long.
Love to you all and please keep me in your prayers,
Debra

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall Colors at Spring Creek and a "Time Out"

I wanted to share with you some of the fall decorating at Spring Creek. I did a little "fluffing" of my own booth, but I wanted to show some of the other great spaces and fun decor that's in the store this last week. Autumn colors and Halloween fun are showing up all around. You can see the variety of merchandise that's offered. From elegant old world and Country French to primitives and everything in between.

I guess I'd better clarify that all this great stuff isn't mine, but in all the many other booth spaces at Spring Creek. I'd like to take credit, but I have a much more humble little area. I'll try to show it later on in the week.

(Be sure to enlarge the photos for great details)











I just love these rustic orange chairs.
































Love this color and the great detail


































I usually share my junkin' escapades on Monday, but I've decided to concentrate on selling a few things, instead of buying more for a while. Trying to manage my inventory, hopefully make a place in the garage.

I will probably (not sure, but it's looking like that is the best option) be going into the hospital for some tests this week. Things to try to take care of in advance to "head them off at the pass" so to speak, defensive healthcare. All of you that have been with me since the beginning know that I have had open heart bypass surgery and have an hereditary condition known as atherosclerosis. It took my Dad at a young 70, but my brother passed at 44.
I take good care of myself, don't smoke, eat right and take my meds.This is just some kind of wacky thing that I am trusting God with. He knows my needs and I know I'm in His hands.
So if I'm absent this week it's because I'm probably having another stent put in, but I've been through this before and I know "the drill".
So please remember me in prayer, and I will miss being in touch with you all. Yikes, it will be withdrawal not to have my computer with  me!
You all have a great week, and hopefully I'll be back by the end of the week.

Hugs and love,
Debra

p.s. Everyone going to the shows, have a great, safe time...I'll be waiting to hear all about it.
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