Friday, May 23, 2014

Mason Jars are so addictive

I had some mason jars sitting in a box that I carried out to my husbands barn.  And I forgot about them, but often my hubby would remind me about them mason "are you ever going to do anything with them" jars.  So the other day I grabbed two of them and carried them in the house with some paint.

I must say they are addictive.  I had so much fun doing them.  I have always wanted to paint some for cute decor.  I will be adding some to my Etsy shop next week.

Here's two I did:

So Shabby Chic Country!  This is two toned and tied with some burlap string.

This one is painted in a golden yellow and distressed.  So perfect for Summer.
( Notice the tiny roses, I cut some and placed in the jar...)

Happy Weekend!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

So we forgot about it.....

The other week the hubby and I were doing some yard work.  We trimmed back some bushes, trees and cleaned out flower beds.   Well the other day I was walking around to the other side of my hubby's barn and saw this....
Holy Moly.....that's an over grown rose bush.  We totally forgot about this one.  It came from my Grandmothers yard.  Sadly she never saw it this big, it was a little tiny thing and when my Uncle moved in her house he was redoing the yard.  And I went and got some of her flowers and bushes because she loved her yard and I didn't want to see them all pulled up. 
It was FULL of little rose buds.......
Well, look at it now.....WOW!!  I will not cut this back now.  It's way to pretty with all it's tiny roses.  Sure it's over grown but it's beautiful.
                                                 Look at all those tiny buds blooming.....

                                                                 Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

It's seen better days.....

A very close friend of our family passed away and when she did she left her belongings to my dad.  She didn't have any children and her husband had passed before her.  She was like a Grandma to me, she was a very sweet friend.  So one day my dad was cleaning out her house and shelter.  And he came across this old vintage metal glider.  It was in BAD shape.  And he was about to toss it into the trash.

Did I mention it was in BAD shape. (I know what you are probably thinking, and yes I could just go by a new one but it wouldn't be a Old/Vintage glider.  There is just something to the old and giving it new life ) My husband stopped him and took a look at it up close. The metal frame is still tight and he even sat on it.  It just needs the wood slates replaced and sanded and repainted.  I still look at it and shake my head but if anyone can "bring it back to life" then it would be my husband.  I hope one day to have this done and sitting on my front porch at my dream house.

I am leaning towards painting it a rustic red, and then have the wood slates stained a dark brown.  And then make some throw pillows to add to it.  

I have been searching the internet for more vintage metal gliders and I found a few....

I found this one over at Variation on Vintage , I love the long cushion.

Then I came across this one (I would like our wood redone in this dark shade) at Because I like to Decorate. 

This one is just like ours.  I love the throw pillows across the back.  Found it at The Dwelling Station.  So picture this one painted in a rustic red with wood slates like the one above this pic.
Then maybe some of theses old looking vintage/country burlap pillows across the back.

Well it's going to be a while before we get started on it, and I will make sure to update as we do!! 
Happy Monday.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Before and After

Who's wanting to see a Before and After project?
I just finished with this piece today and really love it.

As I posted in one of my earlier post we do furniture and home decor, and sometimes companies will contact us and ask if we would like to receive samples of paint to try.  General Finishes contacted me and asked if they could send us some samples.  I am so glad they did.  It was Milk Paint and I have never used their products.  They sent a Somerset Gold, Antique White and a clear top coat. 

I had a old green plastic candle holder but I didn't like the green but loved the style and size. I wanted to give it a new look. So when I got the paint I knew I wanted to use it on the candle holder.  I first painted it in the Antique White, doing a few thin coats, then I distressed the edges and did a overlay with a golden oak stain, after a few minutes I wiped it off to give it a aged look.
I thought I would add this cutie to our Etsy shop, but the more I look at it I WANT it! Haha!!
I love the new look! Very Country Shabby Chic
Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A field of Wheat Straw

I live on family land in NC, and as long as I can remember it has always had something growing on it.  When I was very young my Great Grandfather lived here and I remember coming to see him and running around a big old tree and playing on the old porch.  He would always be sitting on the porch when we pulled up.  He had corn, tobacco and turnips growing in the fields.  Today my dad has someone farm the land.  Sometimes they plant soy beans, corn ( I didn't like corn, my hubby would always tease me about the movie 'Children of the Corn' so I wouldn't look out the window or go outside after dark. Ha!)  or straw.  My favorite is the wheat straw, and that's whats out there now. I am surrounded by it and right now it's green, and about knee high.  It's so pretty when there is a breeze and it blows, it looks like a wave going across the field.
Up close
Behind my house
Another up close
Well, I see I am not alone out there....I saw a few Ladybugs.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Eat your Veggies - Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

I am always trying to get my family to eat more veggies.  They love the common veggies like corn, beans, potatoes...  But veggies like asparagus, cauliflower, beets they are like "!"  Well thanks to Pinterest I have been able to come across recipes that have helped them venture out and try something new.

Last night I decided to try Buffalo Cauliflower.(They love hot wings so why not cauliflower?)  I found it on Pinterest and it lead me to the blog Gal on a Mission.  She had a post of the Buffalo Cauliflower recipe. So I tried it and it was a big hit.  We will be having Buffalo Cauliflower more often....

Spray Oil  
Pepper and Salt
Ranch Flavored powder (the recipe called for garlic but since I didn't have it, I used Ranch)
Hot Sauce and 1 tsp butter (melted)
Pre heat oven at 450. Using the spray oil, spray the cookie sheet,  cut up the cauliflower, and sprinkle with pepper, salt, and ranch powder.  ( I find this flavor in the popcorn section, but you can use garlic instead)
Bake for 20 minutes. Some edges may turn brown but it's okay.  Mix 1 tsp. melted butter  with hot sauce in small bowl.  I really didn't measure the hot sauce, just added enough to lightly coat the cauliflower. Stir to make sure it is coated well, you can always add more.  Place on plate with some ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing or more hot sauce in dipping bowls. Enjoy!!

My hubby and daughter loved them. I loved them.  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


For a few years we haven't had a garden.  But this year, on a last minute decision we went for it and now we have a small garden.  We planted some Zucchini, Squash, Green Beans, Okra, Tomatoes and different peppers.

This southern girl can't wait to have herself a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

A girl can dream....right?

Wonder why my blog title is 'Living in Galax........ but I don't?

That's because my Father in law does and I love that place.  I live in NC, in the country but is flat land.  It's not that I dislike NC, I don't.  But there is something about Galax.  Everytime I have gone there the stress leaves my body.  I have often told my hubby and daughter that one day I would love to live there.  You can give everyone the beach but I will take the mountains.   (I love the beach too, but as a vacation.) It's just so laid back, everyone seems so nice and friendly.  And the scenery is breathtaking, and each season has it's own look.

I hope that one day I and my family can move to Galax.....or at least visit more often.

Some of my Father in Laws horses.

Welcome to my blog

Hi, I'm Debbie.
I am a wife to a wonderful husband that has always been there for me and has supported all my crazy thinking, doing and sayings.  I love him!  I am also a mother....the best job in the world.  Now don't get me wrong, it can cause heartbreaks, tears and a little loud talking but I wouldn't trade it for anything.  I love my crazy teenage daughter.  I love the outdoors, take me camping any day but just not during stormy weather. I am a DIYer that has a love for old things, vintage, shabby chic and a little country.  I stay busy by repurposing furniture, crafting, sewing, cooking and some serious day dreaming. I run an online shop at Etsy and I'm a Ebay seller.  And on top of all that, I am a diabetic with an Autoimmune disease called Graves Disease. 

Welcome to my blog! I hope to blog about my crafting, share furniture re-dos and pass along some favorite recipes. I hope you stop by and read my blog and please leave comments so I can visit your blog.