Friday, June 9, 2017

Sissie's Shabby Cottage was looking a little too shabby...

Well with all of the events from last year and this year, Sissie's Shabby Cottage has been looking...well, a little too shabby.  Definitely it hasn't been looking chic, but more like tired.  So, it was time to give it a little bit of a face lift...
Starting with the kitchen eating area I found my inspiration for the farmhouse table in the latest issue of Cottage White Magazine, page 60 featuring my exact table.

Although I love those animal print chairs, I went with tufted back, linen chairs instead, (basically because I already had them!)
Yep, the table is chunky and very heavy but I like it.
Pay no attention to that gate propped against the wall.  I'm not sure what to do with it. The dark shutter was found at Kirkland's in their sale room.  It had a small chip but not enough to bother me!  Most of the other items are not new and have been moved from room to room until finally settling in one place.  Most likely, and you know what I mean, they will be moved again!

I'm not sure how long the Farmhouse style will stay around but I like the mixture of the look with a more traditional decorating style that is more me.   
I've been through the country look, the floral wallpaper, the southwestern theme, avocado green appliances, shag rugs, formal rooms and more and every time I always return to what I love.  We have all been influenced by what's trending, and that's okay, but
I've learned from past decorating mistakes that it's always best to stay true to what feels right for you and your home.   Do you agree?


Friday, May 19, 2017

Meeting Baaaob!

His name is Baaaob.  We ran into each other in a local shop.  He kept staring at me and I felt sorry for I picked him up and promised to take him home with me.  I told him he could live out the rest of his life on my wall, (well maybe not the rest of his life, because you know how we Bloggers are known to change our decorating minds on a frequent basis...baaaa). He seems very happy on the wall.  I noticed that he opened his left eye, wasn't like that before.  
I think he's going to be happy.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Renewal, Meeting a Blogger Friend and Recovering

Spring is probably one of the prettiest seasons of all.  Everything is coming to life...renewal...rebirth...hope...reawakening.  A time to
cultivate, plant new beginnings and strengthen belief in ourselves.
Maybe somewhere along the road of family illness, sadness and worry I lost myself and I'll never be the same again. Which turned out not to be such a bad thing because I also found out some new things about myself.
I've been shaking out the cobwebs and throwing open the windows to newness and fresh beginnings for me and my family.
I find myself rethinking my priorities and putting God and my family first.
I thought that I always had, but when you go through a difficult period in your life, you find yourself taking can either become bitter or choose to become stronger and better.

When you are in "worry" mode, you forget everything else.  So, I'm trying to find things that make me smile.  Like my love for collecting brown transferware.  This might seem like a trivial thing and unimportant, but it's important for mental health to do what makes you happy.
 My little shop space was put on the back burner too.  But now, I'm slowly getting it back together.

I even managed to go to the Vintage Market Days of Charleston a few weeks ago with my Sister and our friend Sarah.
Sarah has RA and needs a little help in her wheelchair, but it sure didn't stop her from shopping!  They are both a joy and a delight and I'm so glad to have them in my life.
(don't know about that crazy photo bomber in the background)
 And,  I got to meet, none other than, Donna, the famous blogger and creator of  This gal can take any piece of junk and make you want it!!!!  And she is a sweet little Southern Belle.  If you haven't visited her blog, then I suggest you do.  You'll love her!

So, this is me picking up some of the pieces and moving on.
Nothing is promised to us and bad things don't always just happen to other people.
So hug someone you love today and give them a compliment.
You just might make their day.

Happy Spring!!


My favorite stuff

  • Donuts
  • Iced Vanilla Coffee
  • Finding Junk and making it beautiful
  • Spending Time with my Sister
  • Holidays with my family
  • Poirot movies
  • reading murder mysteries
  • searching shabby chic stuff on ebay
  • writing stories and blogging
  • snuggling with my husband and my kitty kats
  • comfortable pajamas
  • slot machines
  • yard sales
  • hunting through estate sales and thrift shops
  • going to antique shops
  • eating out with my sister
  • having lunch with my husband
  • having lunch with my son
  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • pedicures and pink toenail polish
  • Lavender scented soaps and body wash
  • Good makeup