Alabama Bloggers You Should be Following

Alabama Bloggers You Should be Following

Lately I have been wondering if I’m the only blogger in Alabama. I had met two or three through my own blog, but I got really curious and began doing some research and found a pretty good list of them to share with you. Some of them I have know a couple of years and some are new to me too, but I find them very interesting and I am having a lot of fun getting to know them! I found a diverse group to share with you and I am SURE you can find someone of interest to follow in this list of Alabama bloggers you should be following.

 

Ricki

is from Birmingham and is The Sketchy Reader.

Welcome to The Sketchy Reader!  If you’re looking for something inspiring to read, you’ve come to the right place.  If you’re looking for a great beach read, a selection for your book club, or a cozy mystery to enjoy snuggled by a fire, your search is over.  I’ve done the work for you!  I’m an artist, the “sketchy” part of The Sketchy Reader.  I draw and paint creative letters monthly about great books and sell them in my Etsy shop.  Everyone loves fun snail mail!  I also enjoy oil painting and art journaling.

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Pam

is in NE Alabama in the Appalachian foothills and blogs at Everyday Living.

I am a retired and yes, tired interior decorator!  I do still love to do new projects in my home to share with you on the blog, but that is not all you will find here!  I love to entertain and set welcoming tables that invite you to linger for conversation long after the meal is finished.  But, isn’t a beautifully set table meaningless without good food?!  That’s the best part!  I love spending time in the kitchen preparing Southern cuisine with a little foodie flair!  You can expect weekly tablescapes and recipes…many passed down from my Mother (who was the best cook) along the way!  My newest hobby is gardening…and you will find yourselves there with us often as I share much from our beloved backyard space!

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Chasa

is in the Birmingham area and blogs at Chasa Travels

Alabama girl exploring nature all over the world. Especially in my backyard with a hint of adventure in other countries, while also checking activities off of my bucket list and pen palling.

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Regan

calls Smith Lake home and blogs at Nifty 50 & Fabulous

Hello, Darlings!

My name is Regan (aka Nifty50girl).  I have spent my years being Super Mom to my daughter Anna, and twins sons Matt & Scott.  Now my house is empty and it is my turn to just be ME!. I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising in my 20’s, became a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist in my 40’s and now writing a blog in my 50’s.  Who knows what the 60’s will bring. I hope you will join me on my journey because a lot of exciting things coming my way including …. planning weddings!

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Florence

is in the Birmingham area and blogs at Vintage Southern Picks

Hi, I’m Florence, the one-woman-show behind Vintage Southern Picks! And yes, I’m a real person behind the logo and the name. The main reason I started this blog was because friends, family, and acquaintances often ask:

  • I want you to teach me how to sell
  • How do I start
  • How do I navigate Ebay or Etsy
  • Where do I get stuff to sell
  • How do I ship
  • How do I get paid

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Dee

at Grammy’s Grid

Hello and welcome! So glad to have you visit with me. I’m a grandmother who blogs about things to amuse, inform, inspire, and make you laugh!

-Grammy Dee

ps: Yes, I just adore sunflowers!

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Natalie

lives in Birmingham and blogs at Gauc My Life

HOLY GUACAMOLE! I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE HERE! 

I’m Natalie, mama of 3 kids under the age of 5 living in Birmingham, Alabama! My journey to living a healthy lifestyle comes from this crazy but beautiful life with lots of hard-times and victories. My oldest daughter beat a highly malignant brain tumor after a year and a half of treatment, my husband is hell-bent on going to medical school at the age of 32, and we recently moved again for the 3rd time in 4 years and are staying with my parents while we look for a house. I’ve learned through all of this that good food and a healthy, active lifestyle is the key to a joyful and energetic life. Here, you’ll find our life updates, healthy and family friendly recipes, and encouragement to anyone looking to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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Pricilla

blogs at Adorn by Pricilla and is in the Birmingham area

Hello, my name is Priscilla LeBerte. I am the creator behind Adorn by Priscilla, a blog that will follow my journey through life and highlight the things that I enjoy the most. I started my journey as a  handmade jewelry artist, but have quickly discovered my passion for adorning home decor on a budget, DIY decor, style, clean and natural living, music, travel, dancing and throwing a good party. My goal in this life is to spread happiness and kindness wherever I go.

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Savilla

at Vogue for Breakfast

Hi loves! I’m Savilla, a Southern wife and 1st grade teacher. For me, blogging was a hobby that quickly turned into a passion (along with shopping, Mexican food, and all things pink). At Vogue for Breakfast, I’ll be sharing my personal style, makeup looks, favorite products, and more!

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Kara

blogs at The Stylin Educator from the great city of Auburn

My blog is style with a touch of beauty. By this I mean I am mainly into style but am dabbling a little in beauty and have a few posts on that. I have a degree in fashion and have really never done anything with it. Starting a style blog has been a dream for quite a few years now, but I always let fear hold me back, so now I finally started it and I love it. I just love showing my style and linking the items for people to buy and then they get them and love them like I do. It is just great.

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Denice

at Case of the Fridays

CASE OF THE FRIDAYS

Hi Guys!  My name is Denice and I just want to say thank you so much for checking out CASE OF THE FRIDAYS!  I was born and raised in Alabama, moved to Los Angeles when I was 22, and now currently living in Denver Colorado.  I have always been so passionate about fashion.  I worked in the fashion industry for many years as a rep for different clothing lines and recently I decided to start CASE OF THE FRIDAYS.  I am married to the love of my life and so grateful that he supports me in all of my (sometimes crazy) endeavors.  CASE OF THE FRIDAYS shows you who I am….I have a passion for God, family, fashion, and travel.  I never take life or myself too seriously.

I also make tops – we say with a little fun and a little Jesus.  You can shop those by clicking the “SHOP” button.

I hope you enjoy this journey with me.  Thank you so much for your support!

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Haley

writes from the Orange Beach area and you can visit her blog at Southern Coast Style

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“A lifestyle built on the foundation of fashion, beauty (both internal and external) and the journey of self-discovery.”

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Debbie

at Refresh Restyle

I am a paint brush, frying pan, nail gun hailing woman, a grandma, a wife, a sister, a daughter. I have been known to paint over precious woods and laminate surfaces without even a thought of what I might ruin. I am disorganized and I have a short attention span.  I even look at new things and wonder what I can make out of them.

I use my kitchen counters or my dining room table to disassemble and paint my projects.  I use whatever’s around to prop and raise up the object that I’m refreshing. I give little attention to what might happen if I spill paint or nail through a table…until it happens.

When someone’s talking to me, I’m multi-tasking. I’m thinking about my next project or what I need from the hardware store and they don’t even realize it. I have fifty lists around me at all times and I can never find the one I need.

I ask my husband the same question over and over last night and I didn’t even realize it.

There are unfinished projects in 90% of my home and I like it.  I wake up every day with purpose and a plan… I must finish at least one project today!

I love sharing what I know and what I learn, what I’m using and what works well for me. I’ve ruined enough stuff to be an expert on what not to do. 

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Sherry

at Savvy Apron

Hi! I’m Sherry and I am passionate about creating things.  I love beautiful things but I am passionate about decorating my home without going in debt. It is amazing how creative you can be when you are on a budget. My home is decorated with diy projects, thrift store finds, and some items purchased new. I hope that you find something you to create for your home.

Anything from creating recipes, creating a home that I love, creating art, creating furniture, I just enjoy making things.  I am always looking for ways to make my life as a homemaker easier, and I love sharing tips with others.  Some of my cooking tips have been featured on People.com.

Over the years, I have found ways that have made my life as a mom easier and less stressful and I want to share these things with others!  I hope you find something on my blog that inspires you to create it or something that makes your life a little easier.

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Suzanne

at Shop at Blu

Shop at Blu

The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment: Experience our Elegant Clutter

Hi!  I am Sue…Suzanne, Sue at Blu.  You can find me on any given day at my store, The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment.  My Dad instilled the love for DIY in me at a very young age.  We didn’t have repairmen come to our house.  My Dad (aka POP, that’s him below) did everything…the roofing, plumbing, electrical, masonry tasks, refinishing, drywall, painting, tiling…if it needed done, Pop did it!  And if I ever saw a cool toy on TV that we couldn’t afford (or he didn’t want to buy), he made me one!

Welcome to our Shop at Blu pages.  I started this blog to drive traffic to my antique and consignment store in Alabaster AL.  In the process, a never ending process, I have met some phenomenal folks at my store, in the blog world, on Facebook, at conferences, and simply on the street.  In these pages are observations, DIY tips, and sometimes just an introduction to a cool product or a sweet person that we have encountered.  Come along for the ride…check in from time to time…laugh with us and enjoy the Elegant Clutter that makes up LIFE!

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Jaxx

at The Bearded Hiker

What’s crackin’ people? My name is Jaxx. I’m an amateur everything. I like to cook, I like to eat, I like to hike, I like to eat while I hike. I’m always getting into something and I’m gonna share it with you. So sit down, grab a beverage, and let’s see what we can see.

I am…

A business owner, food lover, nature lover, often told I look like a goat, a youtuber, father, husband, food forager, Jaxx The Bearded Hiker.

My favorite things…

Good food, bacon, mom’s cornbread, surfing, Gulf of Mexico, Key West, solo hikes, big flavor, hot sauce, cooking, IPA, wine, sharing my knowledge, mushrooms, Indian food, Mexican food, TACOS.

My blog…

Is a family affair. The food posts, as we like to say around here, I bake the cake, the wife puts the icing on. The photos are all mine, icing and all. The hiking bit, all me. No cake and no icing for her. Is meant to share my recipes and hiking experiences with you.

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Brooke

blogs at Suddenly Southern

Hello there and welcome to Suddenly Southern. I am so happy you’re visiting! This is a new adventure for me, but I am not new to blogging. Many of you followed me for many years at my Creative Country Mom blog. We recently moved from an Indiana farmhouse to a Southern Style Home in Alabama. See how our home progresses, my decorating dilemmas and the makings of a brand new garden. I so hope you will follow along and we can visit often! xxx….Brooke

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Wanda

blogs at Just Vintage Home from her home in Sylacauga

Where is Just Vintage? Sylacauga in east central Alabama. Our claims to fame are Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) and the purest, whitest marble this side of Italy. Oh, and one of our home town girls was a Gold Digger on the Dean Martin Show.

What do I do? I buy and sell junk wonderful, vintage items here in the blog shop, on Etsy as JustVintage2, and at Angel’s Antique Mall in Opelika, Alabama. I also love DIY craft projects and home decorating and helping you to learn to do whatever I’m doing!

I guess there’s not much more to say than that. We live a simple, uncomplicated life. But a busy one. There’s always something going on and occasionally, it’s blog worthy.

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Beth

blogs at Unskinny Boppy

Unskinny Boppy

Hey there! I’m Beth. I love home decorating, interior designing, and DIYing on the cheap. I also like to get my hands dirty in my flowerbeds and snap pretty photos along the way. I’m a master of wasting time on the internet.

I have a son named Garrett and a husband named J and two dogs named Gus and Woodrow. In a word… TheBryansWeBe! I can waste hours crafting just the right sentence. I delete a lot. I am sleepy. I like food, particularly baked goods. I love fishing, laughing, boat riding, and Willie Nelson records.

I’m a mommy blogger turned home design blogger. You’ll find a whole lot of DIY craftiness and interior design ideas peppered with some cute pics of my kid. I try to be funny. Sometimes I succeed. Oh, and on occasion I talk about gardening. Look for those posts from the time Spring fever hits me on the first 60 degree day in late February until about mid-May. Then I lose interest because I live on the surface of the sun (aka central Alabama) where it’s 95+ for most of Summer and Fall.

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Jenna

blogs at The Painted Apron from her home in Orange Beach

The Painted Apron

Hi, My name is Jenna. I am an artist, designer, daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law,  grandmother, friend and general sounding board. I try to live an artful life, as in an art filled life, being creative everyday and grateful for every moment.

The Painted Apron was born from a recipe collection I put together for my children, tried and true favorites that they grew up eating.  I wanted them to have these recipes to refer to and to bring back family memories.  And to update and change!

I am a little creative crazy, jumping from one project to the next.  Boundaries tend to get in my way so for this blog, The Painted Apron, I want to include my favorite creative areas, cooking, party planning, styling, gifts, crafts & painting, and  It is my sincere wish to inspire creativity in you, give you some jumping off points, and help you enjoy some new creations of your own.

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Carli

lives in Birmingham and blogs at Carli Best

Hi! I’m Carli! I’m a wife to Chris and mama to Baylor (8), Loxley (5), and Rockwell “Wells” (1). I’m originally from Montgomery, Alabama and currently live in Birmingham, Alabama. I worked outside the home until my youngest child, Wells, came along; now I take care of the kids full-time and try to embrace the chaos that is our life… and document it! 🙂 Baylor is on the autism spectrum (see blog post HERE) and one of the main reasons I created this blog. I wanted to have a space that would provide encouragement and inspiration for others that might be in a similar situation. I love fashion and home decor. My personal style is classic but I try to push myself outside my comfort zone and try new things!  I love spending time with my family. I love Jesus. His grace and blessings humble me daily. Thank you for reading and joining me on my journey!

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Oh. Make that twenty-two.

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Hydrangeas and Antlers

Over the past year I have noticed an antler and animal skull trend in interior decorating. As I mentioned in my post There’s No Place Like Home, I am from eastern North Carolina where everyone is a hunter, and decor with antlers and taxidermy is common. These days, everyone is adding antlers to their decor no matter where they are from, but not everyone has hydrangeas and antlers.

INSPIRATION:

Home Remedies

I love seeing all the trends as they happen, but I don’t always jump on the band wagon. However, when I saw Christine’s Eclectic Boho Style Foyer, I could see the possibility of this trend working for me. I love her foyer.

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One Friday night date night not too long ago, Mr. Menace commented on the restaurant’s decor, specifically an animal skull that was hanging on wall. I told him about the current trend and informed him that when he finished his beaver skull, I could use it in our decor at home.

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POSSIBILITIES:

Of course, there is a back story to the beaver skull… A couple of years ago, Mr. Menace was working out of town and on his drive he witnessed a beaver crossing the road and getting hit by a car. Since he was running late, he made note of where it happened and stopped to look for it on his way back home. He found it and brought it home, but what he didn’t realize until later was that the car had actually hit it in the head and the skull, which is what he wanted, was in hundreds of pieces.

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Have I ever mentioned that Mr. Menace loves a challenge? He worked on the beaver skull puzzle daily for months, painstakingly putting the pieces back together. He eventually got stuck and quit for over a year. When he went back to it after the long break, his head was clear and he was able to get it all back together.

 

*We interrupt this post to share this Facebook exchange that took place at this point in time: 

*Now back to our regularly scheduled post:

However, he didn’t let me have it for home decor. Instead, he mounted it on a short post attached to a board and carried it around with him showing it to anyone who would listen to his story.

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REALITY:

Back earlier last year, I was visiting my mama and was telling her this same story. She got a kick out of it, as she always does with any Mr. Menace story. Then she offered me my own antlers.

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These have been hanging on my parents living room wall since 1979. I graduated high school that year and that is also the year that my grandfather, Uncle Henry, passed away. He shot this deer and my daddy mounted the antlers as a gift for him. After Uncle Henry passed away, Daddy brought them to our house.

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When Mama first offered them to me, I wasn’t sure I even wanted them. But the more I thought about them, the more I knew I needed them. First of all, I love having home decor that means something to me, that reminds me of beloved family members. I forgot to bring them home with me then, but I remembered them this time.

Deer Antlers, Decorating with deer antlers

So I took them off her wall, packed them up and brought them home. I have some ideas for giving them an update, but first, I am going to enjoy them just the way they are.

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I decided to hang my hydrangea wreath with the antlers and I love the way they look together.

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The more I look at them, the more I like them.

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Deer Antlers, Decorating with Deer Antlers, Hydrangea wreath with deer antlers

In fact, I love them.

Deer Antlers, Decorating with Deer Antlers, Hydrangea wreath with deer antlers

 

 

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Over the Moon 106

I am so happy to be joining my friends Marilyn, Sue, Bev, and Shelley, in hosting the OVER THE MOON LINKY PARTY! I am  excited but it is all new to me, so please bear with me as I learn the ropes. Thanks so much to Marilyn at Marilyn’s Treats for her guidance and patience. And now, TO THE PARTY!

Welcome to the Over The Moon Link Party

Welcome to the Over the Moon Link Party! Have a post you want to give more reach? Need some comments or shares? Want a post that’s close to going viral to take off like a rocket? Now is the time to link it up!

We pin EVERY link you leave in our comment section with the post title or number of the inlinkz. And we will return your comment as we visit those posts! So come on in, be one of the first to link up, and remember to go Over the Moon with us!

 

First I’d like to share with you my latest project:

Styling a long table, hydrangeas in crock, brass binoculars, antique books, wood boxes, wood buckets

We purchased a new large screen tv and hung it on the wall. That left my River House table in need of some new decor! Check out the before and after by clicking HERE.

 

Now let’s meet your Hostesses!

 

Marilyn – Marilyn’s Treats

 

Sue – Sizzling Over 60 and Beyond

 

Beverly – Eclectic Red Barn

 

Shelley – A Woman in Her Prime (soon to be Taming Frenzy)

 

Nikki – Gwin Gal’s Inside and Out Adventures

 

Take a look at my wonderful Features from last week!

All of  my chosen features will be pinned to my features board weekly.

AKA Design shows how to make these striking, but simple, Moss balls. They make me feel like spring is here!

Claire Justine caught my attention with these Chocolate Dipped “Honeycomb.” We have bee hives and I just had to find out something about this. While it’s not comb from the hive, it sure looks like it and I can’t wait to taste it!

Jodie’s Touch of Style showcases retro style variations for the 40 something, 50 something and 60 something.

And here are your Most Clicked Choices from last week!

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A Trip to the Island of Capri and the Blue Grotto – Looking Fabulous at 50

Help! I Hate My Clothes – Taming Frenzy

 

Congratulations to all the featured bloggers! Please visit all the hosts to see each of their feature picks!

 

 

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Style for a Fall Trip to New England

Style for a Fall Trip to New England

Predicting the weather in New England during the fall is a guessing game. It could be tortuously cold. Or it could be quite mild. So how could a Southern Midlifer dress in layers and still have style for a fall New England trip?

 

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First I planned a travel outfit. It was HOT and rainy when we left Alabama. So I chose a comfortable soft tank, with stretch pants, and a sweater and comfortable walking shoes. It’s always cold on airplanes you know. And since we were leaving for the airport at 3 am, a hat was a MUST!

midlife fashion, over fifty style, Fall Fashion, What to wear in New England during Fall, Fall style for midlife, Fall Stitch Fix

Next chore was to begin gathering all my long sleeve shirts. Now, our trip was on October 8 and I was packing at the end of September.

In Alabama.

It was still HOT here. So I had to open my tubs of winter clothes to find my last years winter wear.

midlife fashion, over fifty style, Fall Fashion, What to wear in New England during Fall, Fall style for midlife, Fall Stitch Fix

En Creme Tatia Cross Front Knit Top

I also ordered a couple of shipments from Stitch Fix before our trip asking for long sleeves and sweater type tops so I had a few new ones to add to my wardrobe.

midlife fashion, over fifty style, Fall Fashion, What to wear in New England during Fall, Fall style for midlife, Fall Stitch Fix

Kensie Samdi Bell Sleeve Grommet Detail Knit Top

I really need to find a better way to take outfit pictures, but I haven’t been able to figure that out yet. Forgive my dirty mirror, appliance cords, real life bathroom selfies.

midlife fashion, over fifty style, Fall Fashion, What to wear in New England during Fall, Fall style for midlife, Fall Stitch Fix

Loveappella Persy Drawstring Hem Knit Sweatshirt

midlife fashion, over fifty style, Fall Fashion, What to wear in New England during Fall, Fall style for midlife, Fall Stitch Fix

Cotton Emporium Sharlyn Cold Shoulder Pullover

And of course, I over packed. But I know me. And every time I pack minimally, (an outfit a day), I am horribly disappointed in my options during the trip. So I over pack. I like to have choices.

midlife fashion, over fifty style, Fall Fashion, What to wear in New England during Fall, Fall style for midlife, Fall Stitch Fix

Market & Spruce Wilco Solid Quilted Vest

The day I met my Facebook Friends was fairly warm and I just wore a t-shirt with my quilted vest. I did keep a coat in the car at all times though.

But it was a different story the day we went up Mount Washington. It was cold and up on the Mountain summit it was FREEZING! I wore layers upon layers.

Midlife Style, Fall New England trip Style, What to wear to New England in the fall

Thank goodness these wimpy southerners took our trip in early October because the weather on Mount Washington has been beyond miserable lately!

If you would like to know more about Stitch Fix you can read more details HERE.

And so, my layering plans worked out fine.

But the weight of my suitcase didn’t. #overfiftypounds #oops

 

Are you an overpacker? Or are you the “carry-on bag only” person?

 

 

 

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The River House Table Gets a New Life

The River House Table Gets a New Life

After I put away the Christmas decorations, it is always a little bare looking and even a bit depressing. However, this year I am not having that problem because I am rearranging and freshening the decor. We bought ourselves a new large screen tv and hung it on the wall, so now the river house table gets a new life!

hydrangeas, antique crock, old books, antique binoculars, wood tool carrier, styling a long table

THE BEFORE:

I got this table several years ago. It was a table that my parents owned and used at the River House. After my Daddy passed away, my Mama had to sell that house and this was one of the pieces that I got.

 styling a long table

Here it is the day I brought it into the house about five years ago, obviously, no styling done yet.

styling a long table

And another picture from a family party about four years ago.

THE INSPIRATION:

I was struck by this picture as soon as I saw it on Pinterest:

photo credit:
Tim Beddow for Willow Crossley

The table reminded me so much of MY table and I loved the way it is styled. And now, I can use it as my inspiration to style my own table!

THE LEFT:

Mr. Menace got our new large tv hung pretty quickly. And then I was able to hook up the Directv to the new tv and move the small tv out of the way. (It’s still sitting in the study floor, but let’s not talk about that.)

Hydrangea, antique crock

The first thing I wanted to start with was the hydrangeas. I had several already that I could use. The color isn’t as muted as the ones in the inspiration picture but I think they will work for now. Next I added the silver candlestick.

hydrangeas, antique crock, styling a long table

Then I went through our family photos and chose one with a neutral frame and picture. I couldn’t put my hydrangeas in the center like the inspiration picture because it would block the tv and it’s signal.

So far, so good! But I am going to have to clean up those wires and tools and things soon…

 

THE RIGHT:

antique iron, antique binoculars, antique books, styling a long table

For the other end of the table I decided to use our antique brass binoculars and some old books. I chose gardening books and eclectic bookends.

Antique Binoculars, Vintage Books

I used my bird identification book that belonged to my mama as a lift for the binoculars which also came from the River House.

 

THE MIDDLE:

styling a long table

Now that both ends were taken care of I need something in the middle. It had to be something that wasn’t very tall. The bracket holding the tv is movable and pulls out to be angled toward either end of the room and I didn’t want anything that would be in the way and have to be moved every night while eating supper time the tv was moved. I decided to use this antique wood tool carrier. The length worked out perfectly. We had purchased a surround sound system with the new tv and the long sound bar fit right into the back side of the wood carrier and was totally hidden! (Now to get those wires hidden!)

antique wood tool carrier, styling a long table

 

THE UNDERNEATH:

I love the baskets that are underneath the table in the inspiration picture and I will be on the lookout for something similar at yard sales and thrift store. But in the mean time, I have a good collection of wood buckets and other pieces that should work.

Wood Boxes, Wood Buckets, Styling a long table,

Wood Boxes, Wood Buckets, Styling a long table,

Wood Boxes, Wood Buckets, Styling a long table,

 

THE FINALE:

I am not totally satisfied. I think I need lighter color items underneath, but in the mean time I like how it looks.

Styling a long table, hydrangeas in crock, brass binoculars, antique books, wood boxes, wood buckets

Styling a long table, hydrangeas in crock, brass binoculars, antique books, wood boxes, wood buckets

What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? Any ideas to make it look more like the inspiration?

 

 

 

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My December in a Sentence a Day

My December in a Sentence a Day

 

Friday Dec 1

Office Party Day!! Eating, Drinking, Sitting in Santa’s lap & Bonus Checks!

Office Party, Santa's Lap, Christmas Office Party

Saturday Dec 2

Mr. Menace has always wanted to see Brian Setzer Orchestra perform and tonight is the night! We are driving up to Huntsville Alabama for the concert and also have reservations for supper at The Bottle.

Huntsville Alabama, The Bottle, Brian Setzer Orchestra   Huntsville Alabama, The Bottle, Brian Setzer Orchestra

Sunday Dec 3

Did a little shopping today at Michaels, Big Lots, & Burkes. I bought a couple of things for my front porch, you can read about that HERE, and found a gift or two.

Monday Dec 4

Worked out of town today in Wedowee, Alabama. I really enjoy getting out of the office once in a while.

Tuesday Dec 5

RAIN!

Wednesday Dec 6

After the rain, it finally cooled off so I get to wear boots, and sweaters, and coats and even a scarf! It had been being in the 70’s but today was in the 40’s. I also made my first pot of soup for the winter. YUM!

Thursday Dec 7

Talked to my mama tonight and planned a trip to visit her later in the month.

Friday Dec 8

3 1/2 inches! (a rarity in Alabama!)

Snow December 2017, Snow in Alabama,

Saturday Dec 9

Christmas shopping in the morning, and that night a party at SIL and BIL’s house which is on the Warrior River and watched the Christmas on the River Parade.

Christmas on the River Parade, Warrior River Alabama

Sunday Dec 10

Wrapped presents.

Monday Dec 11

For the first time since I met Mr. Menace, I met some other Gwins (besides his children) today. Unfortunately, as it all too often is, we were attending a family funeral.

Tuesday Dec 12

Special Election Day in Alabama. What a mess. At least voting is easy for me these days since the polling place is across the street from our house.

Wednesday Dec 13

Did a little online shopping today so I am about 1/2 way through.

Thursday Dec 14

Today was my second meeting with the local Garden Club. She assures me that one day we will have a gardening based meeting AND I won the door prize AGAIN! I am beginning to feel guilty. haha

Friday Dec 15

Met friends, who were in Birmingham Christmas shopping, for happy hour at Firebirds.

Saturday Dec 16

Dinner and a movie: Jack Brown’s Beer & Burgers and Murder on the Orient Express.

Sunday Dec 17

Rainy Day washing clothes and watching movies. Also worked on blog posts for the holidays to free up my time, lost this particular post, found it hours later…. sigh…

Monday Dec 18

It was Monday. I did a little stocking stuffer shopping during lunch.

Tuesday Dec 19

Mr. Menace stayed home sick today and several others were out for the holidays so I had the department by myself.

Wednesday Dec 20

It rained HEAVILY this morning. After work we went to Toys R Us and the Galleria. It wasn’t too busy and we enjoyed our once a year shopping together time AND we bought ourselves a giant smart tv.

Thursday Dec 21

Last day of work for a while and when we got off at 5 we had Christmas with 3 of our granddaughters, Sadie, Phoebe and Dottie. Three precious girls.

Friday Dec 22

Got up early and left Alabama for eastern North Carolina. Arrived at my brothers house around 6:30 pm and had Christmas with my nephews and niece.

Saturday Dec 23

Played around outside after breakfast and left for Mama’s around noon. Stopped for Cheddar Bo’s because you can’t get them any more in Alabama.

Sunday Dec 24 Christmas Eve

Spent the day at my sister’s with her youngest son and her grandkids. Played Googly Eyes, Bottle Flip, and Toilet Trouble. It was so FUN playing with kids again.

Monday Dec 25 Christmas

Mama had been wanting to work (and play) in her weaving shed, but when she went out there it was such a mess, she was disheartened and gave up. We spent several hours out there cleaning up, rearranging and decorating, which was even more fun than playing games with the kids yesterday! You can read about it HERE.

Tuesday Dec 26

Mama had bought a bed online several months ago and I had planned to help her put it together LAST time I visited but never got around to it. Today was the day.

Wednesday Dec 27

Had supper with my sister’s oldest son and his family. OMG what a feast! BBQ’d ribs, Pork Roast, Fried Oysters (FRESH!), Steamed Oysters (FRESH!). I should have taken a picture of the food…

Thursday Dec 28

Drove all day and got home around 7:30 pm. Mr. Menace and I opened our gifts from each other.

Friday Dec 29

I love a one day work week. 🙂

Saturday Dec 30

Putting away suitcases, gifts, relaxed in hot tub, washed dishes, helped Mr. Menace hang new tv.

Sunday Dec 31 New Years Eve

One of our granddaughters, Sadie, was born on NYE, so we always have a birthday party to attend on that evening. Usually we go out dancing afterwards but this year we went to Logan’s Roadhouse for a steak and then home for a movie on our new tv which was a Christmas gift to ourselves.

And just like that, 2017 ends and we begin a whole new year of learning new things and living life!

 

 

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Garden Goals for 2018

Garden Goals for 2018

 

Our yard was virtually a blank slate when we bought this house in 2011 and many changes have taken place since then.

2017 proved to be a productive gardening year:

*Many thanks to Marilyn at Marilyn’s Treats for featuring my Garden Goals on her blog! Click to see all her features.

Apiary

*I am excited that Angie at The Freckled Rose also chose to feature this post on her blog! Please click over to her blog and see all her features.

Garden Art, Dressing up the garden, pretty pots for plants

Ginger Garden

*Also thanks to Kelly for featuring my garden goals on her blog Simple Life Mom. Click to see her other features!

 

Edibles (blackberry)

I have many many grand plans in my head for our gardens, but these ideas have to be narrowed down to the feasible (money) and doable (energy) plans.

  • build patio/fire pit area
  • prepare a vegetable garden
  • continue the evergreen portions of our gardens
  • add more blooming shrubs (camellia)
  • expand the mailbox garden
  • transplant 4 gardenia and 2 hydrangea to brick wall garden
  • start a cutting garden

proposed Fire Pit area


I am anxious to get started. But I have some indoor projects to get done first, which is NOT where I want to be.

What about you? Do you force yourself to do indoor things and reward yourself with fun outdoor things like new plants?? I do.

 

 

 

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There’s No Place Like Home

I’m a Tarheel born and a Tarheel bred,

and when I die, I’ll be a Tarheel dead.

 

I am from the east coast of North Carolina, although I have now lived in Alabama for more years than I  ever lived in NC. My siblings and their families still live in NC and so does my Mama.

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Raleigh, Moncure NC,

My brother’s view from his back yard near Raleigh NC.

Flights home are rather expensive, although, if I am the only one traveling, flying is sometimes the cheapest mode of travel. But I prefer that Mr. Menace go with me and so it is usually much cheaper to drive the 600 miles.

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Raleigh, Moncure NC,

On the road driving east from Raleigh towards Mama’s.

We decided to stop at my brother’s on the way and visit with them, give the kids their gifts, spend the night and then drive on to Mama’s the next day.

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Raleigh, Moncure NC,

The GPS on the rental car shows just how far east we are going. That’s a lot of water!

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre, NC

Carolina Blue skies behind the Weaving Shed

When I tell people that I am from NC they naturally assume western NC and figure my drive to only be 3/4 hours and are shocked to find out it’s an 11 hour drive when only stopping for gas. Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre NC, weaving shed

I only get to see my Mama 2-3 times a year, which isn’t enough, but we try to get as much out of our visits as we can. I always tell her to make a list of things she’d like help with while I am there and we try to mark as many items off the list as we can. This trip she really wanted help getting her weaving shed cleaned up and some things moved so that she could comfortably and safely move around in there and do some things she wants to do on her own.

*Many Thanks to Karren over at Oh My Heartsie Girl for featuring this post on her blog! I’m #5 on her list.*

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre NC, weaving shed

This isn’t a totally finished AFTER photo, but it is an after photo of what we intended to do, which was to get it organized enough that she could go out there and work safely. I didn’t take any before pictures, but imagine a room with stuff strewn around so that walking was difficult.

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre NC, weaving shed,

We threw away some trash, vacuumed the floors, hung some decor on the walls, and rearranged furniture to fit the room better and to leave some open space for walking.

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre NC, weaving shed, weaving loom

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre NC, weaving shed

And the thing that started the whole project?

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre NC, weaving shed, weaving loomMama wanted to put candles in the windows for Christmas. She had them in the past and the flickering light (battery operated) in the windows was a welcoming sight when pulling into her driveway year ’round. But when she went into the weaving shed to put the candles, she realized what a mess she had.

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre NC, weaving shed, weaving loom

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre NC, weaving shed, weaving loom

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre NC, weaving shed, weaving loom

The loft holds most of her weaving looms.

Eastern North Carolina, Down East, Long Acre NC, weaving shed, weaving loom

I thoroughly enjoyed my day playing with the antiques and you know I love home decor and rearranging furniture, so this was just a FUN day for me. And being able to help my mama with a project that she needed done was a bonus.

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Do you like to have lists to work off of? Are your parents still with you? How often do you get to see them?

 

 

 

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Dinner and a Movie with Stitch Fix

Dinner and a Movie with Stitch Fix

 

Mr. Menace and I have a standing Friday night date night but we didn’t get to go this weekend, so Saturday we went out for dinner and a movie.

Midlife Style, Over 50 Fashion, Blush Pink Booties

About two weekends ago, I was doing a little bit of Christmas shopping and as usual I was finding a LOT of stuff that I wanted for myself! I was in Burke’s Outlet and saw these cute booties in the very trendy Blush Pink color and they just happened to be in my size.

Midlife Style, Over 50 Fashion, Blush Pink Booties

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Since I purchased them, we had not been out on a date that was appropriate for these heels, so I was excited to get the opportunity to finally wear them.

Midlife Style, Over 50 Fashion, Blush Pink Booties

Now here is the awesomely freaky coincidence that just makes my outfit special… I’ve been ordering some gifts online and when I checked the mail one day last week there were a couple of small packages in it. One was a gift I had ordered as I expected, but the other one contained a Christmas card from Stitch Fix and a gift for me! Believe it or not, it was the perfectly matching Blush Pink cross body bag!

Midlife Style, Over 50 Fashion, Blush Pink Cross Body bag, Stitch Fix

I have NEVER had matching shoes and purse before!

Midlife Style, Over 50 Fashion, Blush Pink Booties

I decided the best way to show off my new pale pink accessories was with black. My black jeans (more like jeggings) and my black cold shoulder sweater worked as the perfect backdrop. The sweater is from Stitch Fix and was sent to me before we went on our New England Fall trip. Featuring smallish cutouts on the shoulders, notice you can’t even see one of them in my pictures, it would be a great option if you are new to the cold shoulder look. The brand is Cotton Emporium Sharlyn Col Shoulder Pullover. It has split sides and the back is longer than the front which makes a nice silhouette.

I really need to find a better way to take outfit pictures, but I haven’t been able to figure that out yet. Forgive my dirty mirror, appliance cords, real life bathroom selfies.

The only jewelry I needed was some large statement earrings since the gold chain on the purse was enough bling around the neck.

Midlife Style, Over 50 Fashion, Blush Pink cross body bag, Stitch Fix, Blush Pink booties

Before we went to Jack Brown’s Beer & Burgers for supper, we first made a stop at Princeton Hospital to visit Mr. Menace’s cousin. There was a lady just inside the doors, and as we were looking for the information desk, she stopped me and said, “Your booties are great! Oh! AND your purse! I know what you need, there is a wrap here in the gift shop… I just bought it myself yesterday and it is the same color.”

And, even though the gift shop was closed, she proceeded to find the wrap through the windows and closed doors in order to show me the one she was talking about. She was very insistent that it would complete my outfit, and that she loved what I was wearing. Such a small thing to tell someone you like their outfit, but it sure is a boost to this midlife girl’s confidence.

Midlife Style, Over 50 Fashion, Blush Pink Booties, Blush Pink cross body bag, Stitch Fix

If you would like to see more midlife date night style, click HERE and if you would like to know more about Stitch Fix, you can read more detailed information in THIS POST.

Need a quick gift? How about a gift card?  Stitch Fix Gift Card – Print-At-Home

Or gift card via email! Stitch Fix Gift Card – Email

These are my first items in the blush pink color. How about you?

 

 

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Snow in the South

I remember it wasn’t too many years ago that we were saying “if the weatherman predicts snow in the south, it will never happen!” But through technology advancement, the weathermen are pretty accurate these days. They can usually predict the timing of it but not the exact locations.

In Alabama we usually get a dusting of snow on one or two occasions every winter, but the dustings won’t even hide the grass (or leaves if we are talking about MY yard). But then every couple or three years we will get a decent amount of snow, 3 or 4 inches or maybe even 6! Once we even got 10.

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017,

It will usually happen in January but it has been known to happen in March or even April. Our weather bounces back and forth from winter to summer and back again before spring hits.

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

It is most common for it to start out as rain and then change into snow, making for that icy snow. And a lot of times it rains after the snow and so any that may have accumulated will just disappear.

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Snow tends to fall at night here. I guess the temperatures are more favorable after dark. But that means I don’t get to enjoy watching it fall.

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

We almost never get snow in December.

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

But this year, it came on December 8.

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

And it was suppose to only be a dusting, but we got about 4 inches.

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

And it was fluffy. No rain in sight!

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

It started around 6 am and continued all day. So I got to watch it falling.

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

The office closed, so I was free to watch, and take pictures, and walk around, and just ENJOY.

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden

We even decided to see what it is like to use the hot tub while it was snowing!Alabama snow, Snow in the South, Dec 8 2017, snow in the garden, hot tub in the snow

Snow before Christmas!

Are you a snow fan or do you loathe it?

 

 

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