Saturday, September 25, 2021

Easy To Make DIY Tiered Tray

 A Fall Single Tier Tray

Hello everyone!  I've been a bit on the lazy side about blogging this past week. I think the colder temps we have had sent me into hibernation mode! Since we are now officially into Fall I thought I would share a bit more of my Fall decor with you. Today, I am showing you how to fashion your own DIY tiered tray without going out and buying one. The one hitch is that mine is a single tier tray rather than a multi-level tray. But, if you are okay with that then you can put together this single tier tray in only a few minutes. You can let me know in the comments what you think. 

Tiered trays are all the rage right now and can be decorated for all seasons and holidays. But, they can be expensive to purchase and then one must find (or buy) all of the little decor pieces to display on them. Plus, finding a spot to display them and then store them for later isn't always easy. So, here is my easy-peasy solution. I took an empty wide ribbon spool that I had saved and covered it with Fall colored ribbon securing it at the back. 

I placed a plastic orange charger plate on top of the spool and then decorated the charger with these items that were in a $5 tiered tray starter set from Target. 

I actually tried using just a regular plate the first go round but somehow this just didn't look right. Plus, I was afraid the plate might fall and break. 

So, I picked up a couple of very inexpensive chargers at Hobby Lobby figuring I can use them for Fall table settings when not in use as a tiered tray. I realize this isn't your typical tiered tray but I think it looks good and fits the kind of look I wanted. And the pieces can be used for other decorating if I don't want to use them on this tray so that makes everything versatile. 

In other decor news, I picked up some faux white pumpkins to add to my flower arrangement that sits atop our pantry cabinet in the dining room. I really am pleased with how this arrangement turned out. 

And, I treated myself to this new pumpkin. I think it is so pretty with the white leaves on the silvery background. 

It looks pumpkin-perfect on top of this table with the blue vase on the bottom in our dining room. This table matches our foyer table in case you are wondering about the resemblance!

So, I think it's a wrap for Fall decor at our house now! Hope you got a few ideas to use or some inspiration for Fall. I can't believe how cool it has gotten so quickly. I know we will be back and forth with temps for awhile but, even so, Fall is definitely letting us know it has arrived!

Until Next Time,

Thursday, September 16, 2021

How I'm Bringing Fall Decor Inside

 It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fall

Hello everyone!  So many bloggers are sharing how they are decorating their porches and some are sharing inside their homes. Today, I'm sharing how I'm bringing a little Fall inside with my Fall decor. I'm just loving my new Fall pumpkin and I decided to take many of my soft pumpkins and display them together. 

I used my Farm style metal bucket to display these soft pumpkins.  

And the metal bucket looks good in the living room next to the side table. You can see a few other pumpkins on top of the table. 

If you look closely, you will see a black and white houndstooth pumpkin. I created that pumpkin plus another one. 

 And here they are! The houndstooth pumpkin is made from some scrap fabric and the black and white plaid one is made from a table runner that I wasn't using and decided to sacrifice part of the fabric for a pumpkin! I must say that if you are going to try to make your own pumpkins, don't use a thick fabric! I had a really hard time fashioning a pumpkin shape from the table runner fabric. The thinner fabric of the houndstooth fabric was much easier to work with. 

You've seen my little critters before, but I wanted to show you that I added my wooden pumpkins to the arrangement. This is on the dining room table.

And this fun sign is a Dollar Store purchase. I fit it into the tobacco basket that lives on top of the curio cabinet in the corner of our dining room. 

And, I changed things up a bit on the foyer table. You have seen my favorite decorative pumpkin before along with the Hello Fall sign and the Willow Tree angel. The faux succulents are also from Dollar Tree and I think they add some nice Fall color to the table. Notice that I flipped over the ceramic planter and placed one of the succulents on top. I find that creating different heights in a tablescape adds so much interest to the look. 

And this is the wreath on our front door. We've actually had this wreath hanging in our family room for a long time and this year I decided it needed to move to the front door for Fall!

I just love how the colors of the wreath blend with the colors of the quilts hanging over our door. (Thanks, Sharon!)

The trees are starting to turn a bit where we live, how about where you live? And are you bringing a little Fall inside with some decor in your home? Be sure to let me know in the comments. I will have a little more Fall to share with you in a future post, by the way. I'm lovin' me some Fall this year!!

Until Next Time,

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

How I'm Styling A Thrifted Chico's Jacket

 The Jury Is Still Out On This Jacket

Hello everyone!  Today I'm showing you how I'm styling this thrifted Chico's brown and white print jacket/top that I picked up recently at the Humane Society thrift store. I'm not sure if I like this jacket on me or not yet. The jury is still out and perhaps you can help me decide, Ok? 

It took me awhile to find a pair of pants that looked right color-wise with this jacket. Finally, I settled on these creme cords by Lands End. I wear these a lot as they are quite comfy. I feel like they blend well with the colors in the jacket. And I decided to wear the jacket over a simple short sleeve white top, but the jacket could serve as a top without another top underneath. The pattern looked pretty on the wrack but I don't know if I like it on me or not hmmm.

The pattern is so bold it's hard to see it, but I am wearing a necklace by Paparazzi with the jacket. It has brown beads mixed with silver on a silver chain. Gold would go well with this jacket also because the snaps are gold. 

Soooo...I'm still on the fence about this jacket/top. It only cost around a dollar so it's no big deal if I decide to "gift it" to someone else to enjoy. But we'll see. 

Tell me, are you on the fence about any of your clothes? And what about my jacket. What do you think about my keeping it?
Do hope you will chime in. 

Until Next Time,

Friday, September 10, 2021

Saturday Scriptures: Roses in the Desert


The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

Isaiah 35:1

Some days feel like deserts don't they?  Dry and parched with no cooling breezes or refreshing water to soothe. 

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But actually there is life that springs forth in deserts. Solitary though deserts may be, animals live there and even blossoms burst forth on prickly cacti. 

Isaiah 35:1 reminds us that even in the most solitary wilderness places there can be rejoicing and blossoms like roses. Something for us to think about when frustration and feelings of loneliness or despair fill our days. Blooms can burst forth where we least expect them. 

May we all feel blessed by God's blessings today


Sunday, September 5, 2021

5 Enjoyable Reads

 A Basket Full of Books To Read

Hello everyone!  I'm sharing a basket full of books with you today, some newer and some older but all books I'm currently enjoying. I've mentioned before that I tend to have several books going at once so all of the books are currently on my bedside stand. Some are brand new reads for me and some are books I have read and re-read. Perhaps you will find some new ideas for books you would like to read!

Rosamunde Pilcher is a favorite author that I have read over the years. This book is an oldie that I return to time and again because it contains short stories that are so warm and entertaining and are perfect for bedtime reading. I love short stories anyway and this book is a keeper. 

This is a new-to-me book by Ashley Brown that I am thoroughly enjoying. I first encountered Ashley Brown on the Introverts Dear website where she is a frequent writer about living life as an introvert, something near to my own heart. This book tells the story of the journey she and her husband went on trying to decide whether to have a child or not. After many years and much thought, the choice was made not to have a child and this book includes letters to an imaginary daughter giving advice, explaining their decision and much more. Being childless myself, although not by choice, I am drawn to the thoughtful writing of Ashley Brown and feel that this book would be enjoyable whether you have children or not. 

Sorry for the glare on this pic, but I'm re-reading this book which is part of the Evan Evans Mystery Series written by Rhys Bowen. You might remember that Rhys Bowen is also the author of the Molly Murphy and Her Royal Spyness mystery series. The Evan Evans series is actually my favorite of the series but I find they are hard to find. Luckily, I found this one at our local used bookstore. 

I've been looking at this book about aging with grace for awhile and I finally broke down and ordered it from Amazon. The two authors, in their 70's and 80's, use scriptures and stories of women to talk about how God's grace allows us to flourish in all times of our lives, including the older years. So far, I find the book to be comforting, reassuring and uplifting as I contemplate my own aging process. 

And, finally, this is one of my beloved Miss Read books that I return to time and again. I'm showing you the inside cover because the binding of the book doesn't show the title. There is just something about Tyler's Row that I enjoy. Perhaps it is because the main characters buy a house that has to be renovated from the inside out. I certainly can identify with going through that process and the feelings of the wife as they deal with close neighbors and deal with workman being at the house all the time. I've had lots of experience with renovation! The Miss Read books are available on Amazon and I highly recommend both the Fairacre and Thrush Green Series. 

And that's my basket of books I'm reading! What's in your reading basket right now? Hope you'll share!

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Nothing A Little Disco Can't Help


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Credit to Petr Kratochvil

Hello everyone! Are you wearing your boogie shoes? If not, you probably will want to put them on because I'm in a kind of disco mood, if you know what I mean, and I need some dance partners!

As you can see, I am even supplying a disco ball! Can't you just see the lights twirling on the floor as we whirl and twirl and get down?! I think Kool & The Gang are playing right now. Come on know you're starting to move a little.

Are you wondering if Debbie has flipped her lid?  No, I've just been doing a little kitchen dancing tonight. I've been feeling a little off the last few days and just a bit stressed. Walking on the treadmill for 20 minutes tonight didn't seem to help and as I was cleaning up the kitchen I decided I needed a little motivation so I looked over some of my CD collection (yeah, old school I know) and my Disco Inferno collection just seemed to jump off the shelf. 

Did you know that it is impossible to listen to disco without dancing? Yep, uh-huh, just can't be done. I can also attest to the fact that cleaning the kitchen goes much faster and is much more enjoyable with disco music playing (actually blasting) in the background. 

The funny thing about listening to this music at age 62 is that my mind immediately goes back to when I was in college and thought I was the Disco Queen. I have to admit that I could cut a pretty good rug in those days. And, yes, there may have been a Toga Party in my past. I behaved, don't worry. Thank goodness there weren't the phone cameras back then that there are now. EVERYTHING goofy kids do nowadays is recorded for posterity! Luckily, there are no pictures of me in a toga. But, I digress. 

As I was gyrating around the kitchen tonight I kept picturing the 19 year old Debbie and thinking how cool I was looking. In fact, I decided to videotape myself on my phone. I thought maybe my blog readers would enjoy seeing me boogie. 

Then, I watched the video......

Delete, Delete, Delete!!!

Oh my goodness, it was not a pretty picture. I think I'll keep my boogie sessions to myself from now on. 

But, you know what? I felt SO much better after spending several minutes just blasting disco music and dancing around the kitchen while I washed the counters and stacked dishes in the dishwasher and polished the glass stove top. I was having SO MUCH FUN!! 

And, after I turned off the music, my stress was much better as was my mood. I highly recommend trying this in your own kitchen. 

It's too bad that The Mr. hates disco.  Always has, always will.  He went to one dance with me when we were in college. He came home from his college and came to my college to take me. We were just starting to date seriously and he wanted to impress me. And I guess I wanted to impress him. I was so excited to wear my thin-strapped tan and lace evening gown that I had won from a sorority that I didn't belong to and he looked so handsome in his blue suit and tie. 

As my mother-in-law likes to tell the story, she and The Mr.'s stepdad had never heard of me before that night when The Mr. came running down the steps in his suit and seeing the astonished look on his parents' face told them, as he walked out the door, "Her name is Debbie and that's all I'm saying." She still laughs over this years later.  The Mr. can be a man of few words. And he didn't enjoy the dancing. Or the disco. But, I still love him and since we are married for over 38 years I guess my being the Disco Queen must have impressed him to some degree! I have gotten him to slow dance with me on rare occasions. But, I'm a loner when it comes to breaking out the disco!

I hope you aren't feeling down or stressed. But, if you are, why not go to your kitchen right this very minute and crank up some disco, baby! Cleaning the kitchen is totally optional!! 

Disco not your thing? Agree with The Mr.?  Well, just pick the music that is your thing and start dancing. Picture yourself at 19 again cutting a rug. 

But, you might not want to videotape it!! 

(I'm just sayin' from personal experience!)

If you need some music to get yourself going here's Kool & The Gang. Told you they were playing! Let's do some Celebrating!!!

After all, feeling down is nothing a little disco can't help!

Until Next Time,