Sunday, September 26, 2010

Patty's Favorite { Etsy }Things

You know how Oprah has her "favorite things" show? Well I thought I'd post about my favorite things! And this post will feature my favorite things from Etsy! If you don't know what Etsy is, then don't blame me for getting you hooked on them. Etsy is a place where people sell their handcrafted or vintage goods. And oh...what goods they are! This post will feature some of my favorite things for Halloween! (Can you believe we're on the cusp of OCTOBER?!) So away we go: First is this really cute idea for a Halloween party. It is featured at Hostess with the Mostess This is from the TomKat Studio Etsy shop found here I bought this file prior to Sept. 22nd and got it for only $6.50!! I am going to decorate my mantle with the banner included in the file. Then I went in and saw this totally cute idea for a Halloween Candy buffett! you can buy the file here. I just bought it for $10 and will be copying this idea for Josh's upcoming b-day :) Hostess with t
Monday, September 20, 2010

The Thing I Love Most About Blogging...

-Is going back and reading about past blog posts. I love to sit here and look at my kids' birthday parties pics, our adventures together and seeing their (sometimes) smiling faces when I ask to take their picture. I love seeing how their faces change from year to year, especially Aaron {since he's my baby}. I know I'll treasure all these memories when I am older and our house is no longer filled with the sounds of little kids playing Nerf Darts in my living room. Or the sounds of laughter coming from tween boys in the middle of a "slumber" party; or the squeals of glee when I announce to the boys that I am making them chocolate shakes for family night and yes, we can have a picnic in the living room and watch movies all night. And the nights we get to go trick or treating and of coming home and watching nieces and nephews, friends and my kids swapping their sugar loot. {five} {josh receives the principal award 4th grade}                                 
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More Fall Decor Ideas

Well I'm on a roll. I decided to decorate my kitchen island. I just changed the runner I had on there previously and put some green apples into my glass container, tied a ribbon on top and added a jeweled candle ring to the base.                                                                 BEFORE AFTER Then I took some fall leaves and put them into my basket stand, added my favorite cookbooks, and unhooked some candle rings and I just twisted them around the stand for some added color. Ta da!! Instant Fall decor in my kitchen.
Monday, September 13, 2010

Fall Decorating

Awww the crisp cool Autumn not here yet :( But I love all the colors of Fall. I sit awestruck at the turning of the leaves from bright green to orange, red and gold. I love to see the trees getting bare and ready for wintertime. I love getting in the mood of this, my favorite season, by adding a bit of Fall decor. A little bit at a time. This year I decided to re-decorate my chandelier with some twigs and leaves. The twigs are real. They are from my willow tree. Any skinny branch will do. You just take them and insert them here and there between your chandy. Then I add some faux leaves that I have pierced with some floral wire and hang in a random manner around the chandy on the twigs. I also added some little pumpkins. On the table I put up my Home Interiors metal lantern that has seen better days. I decided to bring it in from my front porch only to discover that it had a lot of rust. So I took the glass inserts out and spray painted it gold with Rustoleum hamm
Thursday, September 9, 2010

{TA DA}!!! Chair Unveiling

The day has finally come! After months and months of putting off delays I finally finished my antique chair! YAY!!! I had to enlist a little help from the hubster {because we know he can fix anything} Please keep in mind that this man is a professional as opposed to me a total and complete amateur. I started off with my chair that looked like this: Then I didn't know whether to paint it black, white, soft green, re-stain it..I just didn't know what to do. Then I got really lazy busy and it just got stuck in the back burner. Theeeennnn I didn't know if I wanted to sand it, since sanding is a major pain in the rear, and my hubby was too busy WORKING to do it himself, errr, help, so I looked around blog world and found that I didn't have to sand YAY!!! So I bought some spray primer and went to work on it. I had to wait for a good day when it wasn't 150 degrees!! So between letting my patio table dry, because of course I have to do several projects at once, once
Sunday, September 5, 2010

{Labor Day Weekend} White Rock Lake

The weather lately has been so nice and cool we decided to take the boys out to White Rock Lake in Dallas for some fun and exploring. Aaron making a mental note to bring his fishing rod next time :) The water looked so cool and inviting! There are no motorized boats allowed on this lake. And I made a promise to be like this guy next time We loved looking at the beautiful plant life and turtles bobbing in and out of the water There was lots of shade and we thought that next time we'll bring blankets and have a picnic White Rock Lake was initially created as a water reservoir for the city of Dallas when back in the day they were running out of a water supply. They created a dam and a spillway. When Sergio and I first got married we used to frequent this lake and take a hiking trail. They have really improved the hiking area and we decided to take the boys to see where mom and dad used to hike as young 'uns :) But first we made a quick stop to look at the spill way and


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