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Well, I had time on my hands in my day this week while out on school visits. Not enough time to go back to the office but too much time to be idle.

Two thoughts kept running through my brain.
1. I want to change the look of our master bedroom.

2. If we get the land we are looking at buying, the exterior of the house must change.

If you follow me on Pinterest (kasmithson) then you can probably see what I am thinking about working on because I start pinning like crazy when I am collecting ideas. This week I started a new board for the master bedroom and one for the front of the plain Jane ranch house with an undersized front porch that we are hoping to buy.  (Crazy, I know but we love the land, the location, and the outbuildings.  The house will be a project for years to come.)

Since we don’t have our lake house sold or the other place purchased yet, I decided to focus on the master bedroom at our Burb house.

I am totally blaming this upcoming redo on Joanna Gaines and HGTV.  I love the look the homes she decorates.  The rooms are restful, stylish, and have a sense of history.  Our home is a newish, tract home that is long on space but short on character.

Here are a few shots of our master bedroom today.

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It isn’t awful, but we really need to have a king sized bed, and the room is lacking in character.    When our son and daughter in law come back from overseas and collect their furniture, the master bedroom furniture will move into our guest room.

Here is my wish list for our bedroom update:

A “Shiplap” wall.

( I did not know I loved this so much until HGTV’s Fixer Upper)

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The House of Smith has a great tutorial for getting it up here.Planked Wall

A reclaimed wood headboard.

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I want the bed to look just like this one from The Accent Piece

Faux built in cabinetry.

I like something like this for This Old House only I want the window seats under our two windows and  drawers instead of cabinet doors in the center section.

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I want a tripod lamp.

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I already have the parts for one like this:  Dwelling Cents Tripod Lamp

What stays:

The triple mirror and the crystal lamps will be a part of the design.  The lamps will be going on the side tables and the triple mirror on the side wall.

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The coolest chair ever.  It was rescued by my mom and dad.  When it was delivered to me it was in pieces.  I love this 1940’s low-slung chair .  It is so comfortable.

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The side tables.  They are a pair that I made over a while back.  They used to be part of an entertainment center.

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The bench. It will get recovered.

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The curtains, although they will need to be raised to the ceiling so that they are raised enough that they fit with the benches that will go under each window.  I really like those lined burlap curtains.

That means the headboard- which I love- goes, and the oak furniture will head to storage until the kids come home to get their furniture then move to the guest room.

The biggest project will be figuring out the built in wall unit. I want it to look like a built in wall unit but really be a piece that will come apart and move with us. It will need to go from one side of the room to the other with a drawers, closed storage and drawers.  I am looking at ReStores and at Hotel furniture sellers for base cabinets.

I have a feeling we will get on this as soon as the lake house is on  the market.

Thanks for reading my blog.  I love hearing from all of you.

Blessings,

Karen

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Weekend Finds at Canton

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Saturday could not have been a better day to go to one of the oldest and largest Trade Days in Texas. The sun was shining and it was 62degrees when we pulled up.  We pulled up to the site with about 100,000 others.

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We are parked across the street from that line of cars.  Somewhere in that mass.  I couldn’t pass up showing you that our trees are budding out here.  Spring really is coming.

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Can you imagine living in a sleepy little town about 26 days a month, only to be overrun four days just prior to the first Monday of each month? I am pretty sure we are a mixed blessing to the residents.  These Trade Days are run by the city of Canton and have been since 1850.   They have a web page, a Facebook page, and you can even get an App for your phone to help you while you are there.   The visitors provide jobs, allow the town to have amenities that would not be available otherwise and we pay sales taxes.  We also clog the roads, fill the restaurants to overflowing, walk on the grass, and in general shut down town.  Sorry, Canton.

The official Trade Days site is huge, but there are several other Trade Days sites in Canton too.  We like The Village, too but did not make it this weekend.

Trade Days are generally pet friendly.  You see dogs everywhere in Trade Days.

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The front of the Trade Days site is mostly, but not all, new items and commercial items.  The booths are under cover and are a fun place for me to get ideas.  There was the coolest place with porch swings made out of a twin bed mattress and rope but they would not give me permission to photograph and I don’t take pictures without permission.  Here are a few of the sites that either had signs saying it was okay to photograph or with permission.

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The middle section has a big variety of food booths, garage sale like items, and the unexpected.

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I bought four of these chairs.  They are going to be beautiful.

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There are row upon winding row of booths.  It would take a whole day to just go through this area.

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I look for specific things in this area. I found a window in the site above. I struck out this year on looking for window that is solid glass for a project, but oh well.

The very back of Trade Days is my favorite. Here is a hint. If you like to look for table legs, furniture, industrial lights, and a variety of things “in the raw”… not shined up, cleaned up, or organized, this is your place. The vendors are crusty, the sites are a maze.
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Burlap sacks are $1.00 each in this area.

To go directly to this part of the site enter at the West Gate.

We found this headboard on the last row of the whole place.  It is going to be a bench for a friend.  I just missed the buffet it is leaning against.  It would have been my bathroom vanity.  Someone got this for a steal.  I am jealous.

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We bought a mirror for the vanity, two door knob units and some architectural pieces, too while we were out. You will see them soon.

There are a ton of bed and breakfasts nearby but we decided to go at the last minute and they were full. We stayed at Best Western.
My favorite time of the year to go to Canton is October, November, March, and April. It is BOILING hot in summer and could be rainy or cold in winter. We were lucky because the weather Saturday was beautiful. We got up Sunday to temperatures 30 degrees cooler.
If you ever get the chance to go, wear comfortable shoes, pace yourself and enjoy yourself. Let me know if you get to go. I would love to hear your adventures.
Blessings,
Karen

Open House at the Rockin’ F Ranchito

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My buddy, The Social Planner, went all out for Christmas. She has an amazingly talented niece who made all the decorations. Follow along as I take you on a tour of her beautiful home.  This past weekend this was the first stop on our home tour.  I am crazy about her beautiful home this holiday season, an am so proud of her for all the hard work creating her forever home.

The Front Porch-
Out on the Rockin’ F the front porch looks out on horses, a red dirt-dead end road, and the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. I love that the porch looks as good as the scenery around it. What a welcoming front porch.  The photos below are of the social planner and her sweet niece in law who created the decorations.  I caught Claudia putting the wreath up she brought with her Sunday.  In the future I am going to interview her.  She has been creating Christmas décor for 10 years and decorated 30 + homes this season.  She still has a few homes to touch up for holiday parties but is really almost finished.  She has a lot to teach me.

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Yes, that view is for real off the social planner’s front porch.  I love looking at the pond and the horses.  The tree line is beautiful.

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Wow! An amazing tree, decorated with Texas themed items. There are stars, boots, rope, and burlap on this tree.

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The mantle is beautiful.

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There is a Santa collection. The cowboy Santa was added this year.

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The buffet is so sweet.

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I really like the dining table and decorated chandelier.  The dishes have pine cones on them.

My buddy has the best kitchen on the planet.

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The Back Porch
This is without a doubt my favorite place on The Rockin F. The back porch is beautiful, peaceful and is a great place to get away from the world. For Christmas, the social planner purchased a stocking for all the grown ups in the family and had them embroidered locally. They are a thick tweed plaid and have a burlap top. The outdoor fireplace looks so beautiful with the mantle decorated.
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If you are ever in Coldspring stop by the social planner’s house. She loves company.

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Fall Front Yard

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Have I told you how much I love fall? I love the color, the cooler weather, and spending more time outside. We got busy cleaning up the yard and putting up a little fall decor. Life on the cul de sac is great and the neighbors are known for their Halloween parties so we had to make our house look presentable.  The large pumpkins were cut out from left over fencing when we put in the reclaimed wood wall.

DIY HERE for Reclaimed wood pumpkin.
The flower bed is cleaned up, some mums are planted, and the pumpkins are out.

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I really did take the stickers off the pumpkins.  Not sure why this is the only photo from this angle I saved.

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The reclaimed pumpkins add a rustic charm to the front yard of our Austin stone and red brick home.

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Here is a close up of the bow.

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I really do like the asymmetrical shapes.

fencing to pumpkin  Welcome fall!

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I left the zinnas that are still blooming so they got to stay.  The others are now in the compost.

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Semi- Homemade Pumpkin

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I learned something years a ago from my dad. Everything in retail is potentially up for negotiation. May dad will go tool shopping at Sears, and he will ask…”Is this your best price?” When the answer is yes, that is our best price, he asks about floor models, then he asks to speak to the manager. Rarely does he pay the listed price. On anything. I am not as brave as he is, but occasionally I do ask.
Recently I was in Kirklands. It was a 5 day sale and they had some really cute things on sale. I spotted a big wall pumpkin. Regular price was $24.99 but it was on sale for $16.00. I loved the size and the shape but I wasn’t so crazy about the bow.
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When I saw one that had the bow torn loose I worked up my courage and took fit to the register. I asked the nice lady at the register if I could take the torn one at a reduced price. Guess what? Instead of $16.00, she sold it to me for $10.00.

I brought home the pumpkin then got busy.

A new burlap bow, and a cheap fall floral pick later I ended up with a super cute wall decoration. Doesn’t it look cute? I had Hubby hang the window under our covered front walk because it is going to serve as a seasonal backdrop for decorating.

This is a great semi-homemade quick project. I guess Dad knew what he was doing!

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Reclaimed Wood Pumpkin

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Sometimes a girl just wants a pumpkin. Sometimes a guy is tired and doesn’t want to cooperate. What is a girl to do? Make that pumpkin herself!

Hubby declared this weekend a no work weekend. I tried to cooperate. I promise. But, the armoire needed glazing, the bench needed building, the yard needed mowing and there was scrap wood lying around from the wood wall just crying out to be used.

It was not a “no-work” weekend.

Here are the very simple steps to making the pumpkin.

Collect the reclaimed wood and lay them out side by side on a table top.
Connect the wood together with screws and a drill. I used strips we cut from cutting the sides of each board on the table saw but any wood will work even a whole fence board would have done the job. I drilled a pilot hole then screwed in the screws so that I did not crack the small strips of wood.

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Take a marker and draw out a pumpkin shape. I plan on making some bigger ones for the yard next weekend. I like them to look irregular.

Use a jigsaw to follow the shape. I used clamps to hold it in place while I cut. Don’t be scared. I had to make some funny cuts because of the curves.

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Here she is naked:

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And with a bow:

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Tie a burlap bow and silk leaves on the finished product. Ta Dah!

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Here is a sneak peek at the armoire.  Revival Mahogany, Powdered Snow, and glaze,  I am so happy with the results.

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Mr. and Mrs. Pillows

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The Southern Belle came to visit! YAY! Yippee! Woo Hoo! Is it possible to tell that we were excited to have our girl here for a visit? The only problem was that our son in law, Big Cat, stayed home. More on him later, but he was missed. My newly wed daughter really missed her husband.

Before TSB came home she sent a photo of Mr. and Mrs. pillows asking if we could work on a set of those for her. Heck yeah. Of course. While at Hancock’s Fabric I picked up a $5.99 burlap fabric with a fairly tight weave. I got enough fabric for about 12 pillows, but only got 9 pillows sewn while Shahana was over visiting. I sewed all of the pillows by myself except two because the time ran out. Shahana whipped up the last two in a matter of minutes. Hubby and I were beyond thrilled that Baby Boy and Sweet Amanda came to spend the weekend too. My quiver was full. I love my kids. I made an & sign pillow because I thought I had enough burlap in my bedroom and wanted to make one for the guest room.

The kids came, my parents came, my friends came, and my sister in law and twin nephews came over. Love it.

Even with all the family, we did manage to get the pillows knocked out. Well all but one set. We got 3 sets of Mr. and Mrs. pillows done along with one & sign pillow for me because I already have enough wordy pillows.

Here is how we painted the pillows:

Materials

Fabric paint- dark brown- get the soft variety not textured or slick

Paint brushes

chalk

Burlap pillows- 16 inch square finished

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stuffing ( we bought loose stuffing in large bags it took a little less than 3 bags for 4 pillows)

thread and needle to finish the pillows

My friend and I used a borrowed overhead projector to trace out a set of Mr. and Mrs. letters onto the pillows with chalk. The chalk will brush off after the paint dries and will not show up.

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The girls painted the chalked letters with artist brushes. We custom mixed the paint by mixing the light brown with black to get the dark brown color we wanted. We put plastic bags inside the pillow to keep the paint from bleeding through. Just stuff then into the hole and spread them out.

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The chalk lines just dust off once the pillows are finished.

I painted the & sign a little roughly. I was trying for the well worn look. Not sure I achieved my goal.
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Once they were finished painting, I stuffed the pillows and stitched up the edge. This was a super easy project and the pillows look amazing. Great idea, Belle. We now have something to remember our weekend.

Here is the set done by The Southern Belle

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Here is the set done by Sweet Amanda. I need to go over and photograph all her projects soon!

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While TSB was here visiting, her sweet husband was home working on a surprise. The week before she left my closet junker daughter spotted a buffet, probably from the 20’s, sitting by the side of the road. It was rough and missing a drawer, but she ( and I) liked the curvy lines and legs. Her husband, Big Cat picked it up off the roadside and took it home. During her weekend visit he worked on the piece. He removed the top and repaired it, sanded it down, replaced the hardware with brushed nickel and gave it a nice coat of black spray paint. The piece is going to be an entertainment center in their study/TV room. The missing drawer spot will work great for the components. I got a sneak peek before she left for the airport from her husband via email. Good job!

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The finished product! Great job.

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