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Debbiedoo's: May 2011


Diy, thrifty home decor decorating ideas on a budget. Painting furniture, stenciling projects. Turning trash to treasure.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hot fun in the SummerTime! Easy stencil project...

This party is hopping and I want in!~
If you are a reader of my blog, you may recall this stencil project some time back
that I did on paper, then framed it for some easy, cheap kitchen  art.
What I kept in mind while doing this project, is that I could and would change it out, whenever I grew tired of it.
I had some red burlap on hand, stencil paint, stencils, and a little creative thought today.
First let me show you the original...
This project still til this day receives a lot of views. I am hoping someone copied it, and if you did, or want to, please do show us!
Now onto today's project...

My older boy requested green apples the other day.  I have not seen him eat one yet.

I know the letters are off and random. That is the way I wanted it, as I am not a perfecto decorator, so why try is my theory, just make it look that way!

Now doesn't that make for a pretty summer vignette? Done in few minutes time.

 Have a great evening everyone.
Thursday is the last day of school here for my boys.
That means less blogging and more Mom and son's time.
In one sense I am very excited about that, however in the other sense, I will miss blogging on  a daily basis.
You get so used to your own routine day after day.
I will still of course be around, just not as much.
NEWBIE party will go on and is STILL going on 


Some of my favorite photography!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial day! We spent the day with friends on the Lake, Margarita's and some great food! And I did not get  a sunburn!
 Guess 30 sunblock really does work even for 6 hours!
One thing of  many things,  blogging has encouraged me to do, is to be a better photographer.  I still have a long way to go, but am having fun in the process.
Today I saw some cemetery pictures on my friend Pam's blog.
I have to say these types of photos are some of my favorites.
Why? not sure, because I sure don't want to be a resident there anytime soon.
But anyhow, they make for some beautiful photography.
These stones were beautiful, as they told just a little story...
If you ever want some practice, grab your camera and head on over to a cemetery.

Old churches are also fun to photograph, the windows, arches, such cool architecture.

Newbie PARTY still going on


So what is your favorite thing to photograph?

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Newbie party in full swing!

Whew...it's hot here in the Carolina's!
 But I am certainly not complaining just yet.  
We have long awaited for summer and it is quickly approaching.
My Petunia's are doing wonderful!

Looks like things have been a bit quiet in blog land.  
It's a good time to get outside and catch up on  all our summer projects and work.
These two little projects were really a no brainer, and took me seconds to do.
I am bringing all my colors together out on our back deck and thought I would share some today.

I just love my new bird pillow, purchased at Lowes hardware.
I bought this cheapo watering can at Walmart, as you can see I thought I would stencil on it.
However, that was not going to work out.
So I looked through my craft section (in my house) and I saw I had this vinyl initial.
It was perfect!~
I also saw in the garden section, this plant called citronella plant, and it has a light lemon fragrance.  It is suppose to ward off...
Mosquito's! We shall see how it does, or how I do keeping it alive.
It has  a pretty leaf and texture...
So there you have my chillin' and putzin' post.
The chillin' was today, and the putzin'was yesterday.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

From one pet lover to another, a special request!

As you know, I signed off for the weekend on Thursday evening.  
Well,  last evening I received an email asking for my help and to share a special story.
 After reading the story, it touched my heart.
Meet Leo!
A rescued dog with a very bad injury that requires surgery, a very expensive surgery. 
What very special people Brit and her husband are.
Please hop on over to the
and read Leo's story.
I most definitely participated and helped out just a little,every lit bit will count.
Have a wonderful day!~
See you tomorrow night for the newbie party.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial day celebrations!

Wishing you all a very safe and Happy Memorial Day!
This is a table scape I did last year, and did share on my blog, however, I thought I would share again, seeing I do have a few new readers and friends.
Used a wreath and lantern as my centerpiece.
I also used a different camera last year, however, the photos were still pretty good IMO.
A Dollar tree stuff!
Love that place, you never know what you will find.
These dishes came from Goodwill.
A lot has changed in my kitchen since this photo. New valances, new shelf replacing the Bon Appetite, no more plates on the wall, switched out the poppy picture, and I have a new table that the rooster light sits on.
These upcoming pics are current...

Waiting for the first hummingbird sighting.
Anyone else see hummingbirds yet?

Newbie party will be up and starting on Sunday evening!
See you then.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Spreading some more bloggie Love!

I feel like I have been a real slacker lately in blogging! I suppose it is that time of year.
My boys have less than a week of school.
I have not much planned in terms of camps or activities.
Now that they are getting older we just sort of wing it. We do have a vaca planned for two weeks.
I keep them busy, with movies, swimming, local theme park, etc.
We have fun!
What more can I do? I really do not consider myself the entertainment committee. However, they seem to think so:)
How about you,what do you do with children over summer break?
Now onto my actual post.
Love my newbie party!
Some awesome features this week...

This project totally reminded me of something I would come up with and that I love!
is a Studio Artist and a Designer, so she definitely has it all over me. Love this chair~

used some of my favorite things in this projects:
Chalk paint 
and Mod Podge

Then this lovely bench transformed by Debbie, just really swooned me!
 And we can't forget the cooks in the kitchen....although, this required no cooking.

Thank you all for participating, and supporting the party.
Each week I meet new bloggers, and the other become old bloggers..
that is because they have participated in my party and have now reached the guidelines. Most are happy about that! In the meantime, they still get to come over and meet you newbies.
Have a great day.
Hop on over and say Hi to these newbs!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Modern girl!

Hopefully blogger is our friend today. 
I had to step away yesterday and am returning now to see how it goes.
So a modern girl in decor I am not! 
In fact, most of the the decor we have is OLD, and of sentiment.  You know that already if you have been my friend for a while.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate all styles, and I know certainly mine is not for everyone either. It works for us. 
Old books, and my Grandfathers Rosary beads
Today Mr. was off  and we went out for lunch to have a little Thai food.YUM! 
On the way back we decided we would hit some antique stores we have not been in for a while.
Well...let me tell you it was a lucky day indeed for us.
Cool hardware. Knotty pine, very sturdy solid piece.
 For now I just created this vignette, but not sure if I love it.
I have been looking for a phone table for the family room.  I hate the phone on the kitchen counter, and the family room had a phone jack on a small wall. Obviously meant for a phone table.

I think it was made for this wall.
The best part about it for me, is that it reminds me of my Grandmother's kitchen set, which is exactly like this. 
My sister has the set and it is awesome! 

And what is this next piece you are asking?
Do you know what it is?
I can't wait to show you what we do with it.
There are two of these, and I literally stopped dead in my tracks...I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and told MIKE, without hesitation (first looking at the price of course) he agreed.
These are over 100 years old, solid wood, beautiful detail.
SCORE for both
$125.00 TOTAL!
Oh I just have to share this picture of Lucy with you...she hardly ever lays on her antique bed..but today she did!

NEWBIE party still going on

Tabletop Tuesday

Southern hospitality

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Succulents are all the rage!

It has been quite apparent in my life that I am NO gardener.  
I do well with certain things year after year and that is what I stick with. 
You all know about my recent Cilantro kill, which btw I replaced the pot with a succulent.( I have to erase cilantro and chalk in succ)!
Speaking of succulents, they seem to be all the rage lately.  

I have seen a succulent wreath, succulent pots and just some random succulent shots in blogland.  
With the school year coming to an end shortly, I was thinking on what to get as teacher gifts.
I thought I would get a little crafty along with a nice gift card and some strawberry bread mix that I bought at our local peach stand.
Started with some simple cheapo clay pots.
I hand painted them with craft chalk board paint. Then I put each teachers initials on them, added the twine and a little scrap book embellishment.
Nothing too fancy, however thrifty, yet cute.  Put in a pretty bag, with a gift card and the strawberry cake mix, and there you have something personal for a special teacher.
Teachers deserve all the recognition and appreciation we can give them.  
Jack has had a great year because of them.
NEWBIE party going on
Tip Junkie
WOW us Wednesday
P.S.  Word Verification is still driving me nuts..
I'm just saying, and I have been very patient with all you newbie gals...but PLEASE consider taking it off.
Thank you.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Newbie party started!

Good day, or evening depending where you are! 
We are here today!
 As I was hoping we would be,
 because I have some unfinished business to take care of..not sure what it is, but I just know it is something.
Yesterday in the midst of our continuing clean up, I decided it was a good day for a little impromptu end of the world party.  So I had Alex invite some his friends over for pizza and ping pong, and I also invited some of our friends over just for munchies and drinks.

FUN, FUN, FUN...those are always the best parties, the ones not planned.
I am just sharing  some pictures of clean up, our anniversary, and my pretty roses.
I have not much creative to share with you these days...
I see a slow down in the future, which is fine, perhaps that will give me more time to actually be creative and come up with some fun stuff for you.
Newbie parties will continue throughout the summer...those are a MUST!
Date night for our Anniversary celebration.
 It was so FANTASTIC! We went to Zinks in Charlotte, NC. Great meal, great conversation, and a lot of laughter. 
Love you Mike! XO

Beautiful roses, I love this color.
The chips and guac dip looked so pretty next to the roses.

Mike working hard in the yard...
Jack helping Mike..I know Jack is in desperate need of a haircut..the boy loves his hair.
Did a little smores last night with the kids...
This is what it looked like in the morning...
And this is what it looked like by the afternoon.
We never did get to planting new trees yet.
Enjoy the Newbie party.
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