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Stop by and see my home.
Thanks Debbie!

Favorite Things Swap Party Hosted by Brandi

I’m linking to favorite things swap party hosted by:

My sweet friend  
Asked me if I wanted to be her partner.
I said I’d love to participate in theparty.
We both exchanged gifts. It was so much fun buying for Pam. She loves birds, birdhouses and birds’ nests. Stop by her blog and see what I bought her and all her wonderful collections. 
Here are the fabulous gifts I received from Pam.
The French box had the prettiest green checked ribbon and cute crown card.

 When I opened up the box there were more goodies inside.

Pam made these wonderful French coasters. 

 Inside the Paris post card were beautiful French sticky notes.

Each one is so pretty and French.
The French box is now on my dining room table.  I will use it in my office. 

 Here is a close up. It’s so me!!!

The French coasters look wonderful on my serving table. 
Thanks again Pam!
Stop by  Brandi @ Don’t Disturb This Groove
to see all the gifts. Brandi is also having a giveaway!


Living Room Tranformation

Our English Tudor living room needed a makeover.
~ After ~

The paneling had to go or at least be covered up. Having wood floors, a paneled wall, and wood beams on the ceiling made the room seem dark. It also made the room feel uninviting. 

 The first thing we did was try and balance out the room with wood blinds. It helped but the room still felt not right. We decided we needed a more formal mantel and radiator covers.

(The wood blinds helped tie in the wood beams on the ceiling.)

 (Our new mantel made a wonderful difference to the look and feel of the room.)
It was looking better but I was still not happy with the results. The new radiators covers were so pretty but the radiators stood out and needed to blend in. I painted the radiators with Benjamin Moore tudor brown.

It was beginning to look so much prettier but still there was the paneling. I decided to cover over the paneling with Ready Patch Joint Compound. It was hard work since it’s like putting on peanut butter. I also had to make it look just like the rest of the room. My walls have an old world finish to them. Being an artist helped a lot with this process. You would never know the wall was not plastered over 100 years ago. It took me a long time to finish. 

When it finally dried I repaint the room with Benjamin Moore richmond bisque.

Now the wood beams on my ceiling match all the mahogany that I adore in the room.

Am I finished yet ……… no there is still more to come. 
I love adding to a room overtime.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please forgive me for not recently stopping by your blog. I’m still having issues with my tooth. The abscess tooth needs another round of antibiotics.  
Have you ever had a year of bad health? Ugh!


Island Fun ….. In My Dreams

~ cabana boys ~

I hada root canal about 5 years ago.  Little did I know I would need a secondone in the same tooth today. Last week I was getting strange headaches. Thenearly Saturday morning I woke up with pain on one side of my mouth. It feltlike I had lock jaw. The next day my face, head and ear hurt so badly. Threedoctors later I found out I had to have another root canal. 
Thedoctor left one of the canals open to drain. I was told to be careful eatingand only eat on the other side.  Since any kind of chewing hurts I thinkI’m going to lose my love handles in no time.  :-) Now if only I washeading to an island.  A girl can dream. :-)
I’llbe back in a few days. Talk to you soon,