Saturday, December 31, 2011

366 Days

Stretched out before you are 366 (yes, it is leap year!) Brand Spankin' New Days.

What will you do with them?

Plant a Garden?

Eat More Whole Foods?

Tackle A New Project?

Move To A New Home?

Learn a New Skill?


Go To A Concert?


Travel To A Foreign Land?

Tell me, what are your plans for 2012?  I would love to hear about them....

Happy New Year!
Penny

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Look Back at 2011's Projects

Last January, I posted about some decorating and building projects we hoped to complete during 2011.  

But, if you remember, I had just had rotator cuff surgery and I was not going to be able to do very much for 3-5 months.  I made a "Project List" on my side bar.  It is still up, if you want to see what the list looked like.  I will take it down next week.

Here is a look of some before and afters of my 2011 projects.

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After

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Whole Loft Area Before

After

Art on Loft Wall
 

There are some items on the project list that did not get accomplished.  Their are some, that I decided not to do.  Looking back made me realize how much I DID get accomplished and I am pretty proud of Mr. Comforts and myself.

I am looking forward to 2012 and a new list of "to do's".  I have some great plans for this year and I will share them all with you.

Wishing you a healthy, happy, peaceful, prosperous New Year!

Happy New Year
Penny 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Country Living and More

Do you still subscribe to magazines?  Which ones? I am taking a poll on my side bar and I would love to know your answer.

Taking the poll is anonymous.

If you would like to elaborate in the comments below, that would be wonderful.  What do you look for in a magazine?  Decorating advice, recipes, gardening, craft projects?  Other reasons?

Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Wish For You

From My Home To Yours....

Wishing you joy in your home and peace in your world at Christmas time and always.

I will be taking a blog break until after Christmas.  See you in a few days.
Merry Christmas,
Penny

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Cards

Where do you display your Christmas cards? 


We display ours in a little vintage metal sleigh.  When I grew up, I remember my mom stretching string from the top of the tree to the wall (I think it was there to keep the tree from being knocked over). Then she would place the cards over the string.

So what do you do with the Christmas cards you receive?

p.s. another new makeover on my other blog, Flea Market Makeovers...

Peek...

Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Something New In The Studio

There is a new project that was completed in my studio this week.  

Here is a peek...

Want to get a better look?  You can see the before and after at my other blog, Flea Market Makeovers.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Holiday Table

We are having friends over for spaghetti and meatballs tonight.  The sauce has been simmering all day and the house smells wonderful!

I decided to set the kitchen table for dinner instead of the formal dining table.  After all we are having spaghetti dinner with good friends and a casual atmosphere is what I am looking for.

The white with red striped linen runners are from a small boutique in Savannah.  The wicker chargers are from World Market.  The checked napkins are from a local store called Rabbit and Company. The red and white bird plates are from Pier One.  The red goblets are from Target.

I have had the iron birds for over 10 years.  They originally were a chippy white, which looked perfect when I was going through my shabby chic phase.  Now that I decorate in the Country French style, they have been sprayed a bronze color and dry brushed with a little black paint to mimic patina.

I love setting the table during the holidays, don't you?
Linking to:
A Stroll Through Life Table Top Tuesday
Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Baking

It's cold and rainy out today.   A perfect day to be in the kitchen baking up some Christmas goodies.

I made some Biscotti.  Now, if you have only had store bought biscotti and think you don't like it because it is hard as a rock, you will change your mind when you have homemade.

It is crisp, but not hard.  Perfect with coffee, latte or wine!

You can find my recipe here.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gone Away is The Blue Bird

You know the lyrics in the song, Winter Wonderland, that says, "Gone away is the bluebird, here to stay is the new bird"?
picture taken in my back yard 12/14/11

I guess this little guy didn't get the message :-)

What is it like in your Winter Wonderland?  Do you have snow?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dream Home

Did you ever see a picture or painting of a place, and just know it was your dream home?

My sister-in-law sent this Christmas card to us (thank you K).  I would love to live here....
The barn converted into a house and painted RED!  The little shop to have as a studio and a place to sell my pieces.  The mountain behind the home.  The pond with the dock.

Yes, my dream home.  How about you?  Would you love to live here too?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, December 12, 2011

Evergreens

Earlier today I was browsing through blog land and stop to visit Liz at Savvy Seasons.

She had created the most wonderful arrangement using fresh greens.  You can see her pretty arrangement here.

I must confess, I copied her :-).  Liz used her arrangement in her kitchen.  I am using mine in my dining room.


Thanks for the great idea Liz!

When we get closer to Christmas, I will weave fresh evergreens through my chandelier, like I did last year, here.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ornaments

I have seen some beautiful Christmas trees in blog land this year!  I have tried to get a good picture of my simple tree, but the lighting never seems right.  

So I thought I would show some close up shots of some of my ornaments.  Come on in!













We have been collecting glass ornaments for years.  When ever we travel, we try to bring one home.

"Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree,
Your gay green dress delights me!"


Linking up to:
 French Country Cottage

Welcome Home,
Penny