Mid Year Check in on Goals

It is coming up on the  halfway point for the year, so it is time to check in with the goals for the year and see how it is going.  Actually, pretty well!!  The goals post is HERE.  Since I am still working on the secret quilting projects, I can't show those just yet.  But, …

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Thrifting Fun and Some DIY

It was a fruitful few weeks in April and May, with lots of inexpensive goodies found.  I got a full set of silver chargers for tablescaping, and originally I thought I would paint them, but when I found the silver snowflake dishes, I changed my mind.  I'll keep them silver for now. The card making …

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Upcycling an Iron Birdcage

Last fall I scored this two piece birdcage and stand at an auction for very little cost.  Both needed some work, with the birdcage in really sad shape.  It was that 80s Wedgewood Blue, (a color I cannot tolerate anymore) and had a lot of rust.  So, it needed a makeover. The rust was more …

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A Housewarming Gift

Some really good friends recently moved to Florida, and we were planning to drive down for a visit.  We used to see them a couple of times a month between club meetings and events, and occasional dinner parties.  I miss his infectious laughter and astute observations of the world, and her interesting conversation and gentle …

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Spring Chargers for the Table

Doing tablescapes is fun, and I have a lot of chargers in various colors, but I don't have anything light for spring. While at the thrift store, I couldn't resist this set of ragged looking chargers, four for $2. I really liked the detail on them, and knew I could use them to get the …

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Reworking a Thrifted Treasure

We like to eat outside when the weather is warm, and I enjoy having cookouts.   One thing that is a constant with outdoor dining is the breeze that will take all the napkins off the table before you can catch them.  So, when I found this lovely iron napkin holder at a thrift store for …

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A Year at From My Carolina Home, and a plan for next year

Are you a planner? I have to confess that I am not much of one anymore. After spending many years in the business world and the medical field, using complex planners to keep track of appointments, travel arrangements, goals and objectives, this is the last thing I want to do now. For me, quilting, cooking, …

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Festival of Wreaths

The local Meals on Wheels foundation is having a silent auction this week for a fundraiser called Festival of Wreaths.  They published a request for wreaths in a local magazine, and I just happened to see it.  You know me, any excuse to get out the glue gun!  So out came the Christmas stuff and …

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Reworking Artwork Frames

One of the things I really dislike about our home is the hideous mauvey pink color of the countertops and tub surround in the master bathroom. Personally, I don't think things this expensive to replace should even be available in anything but neutral colors. This color was very dated and old when the bathroom was …

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