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An old family lamp gets a Farm house makeover & some harvest vignettes

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Hi there welcome......come see what I have been up to. When I think of July ending here I think of Harvest, how about you? It seems as though all the roadside stands are abundant with colorful vegetables and fruits. I just love getting a combination of veggies and spices and a little of this and that and come up with a delicious dish.  Well what I found at the local thrift wasn't exactly what I had in mind as fresh but for vignettes it will work, an entire bag of faux vegetables such as green and red tomato's. I also want to share a lamp makeover so once again if you have good wiring and a dated lamp don't toss it away give it a wonderful new life!  lets take a peek........

 The lamp was rusting terribly it is all metal the shade the base as well. As you can see it was white with a tad of stenciling.
 I used a black paint.
 I decided to use some beads on the rims. I have so many  beads thought this is a great way to use them with crafting and it adds some shabby to the l…

Why not revive a favorite tired looking piece of furniture with some paint & imagination!

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Welcome, happy you could stop on in today. We are in the tropical rainy season so everyday with out fail we have a storm or two or three!  Can't plan much around outdoors these days so I am doing all the indoor spiffing up . I have opened the Country Elf shop , so items can be bought directly from this site via PayPal. I will be specializing in Farmhouse shabby sheik / country curtains. To take a peek just click on the shop located near the top of my page.

So I have these 2 wooden stools that just were looking so dingy and worn out, needing a little makeover. The stools are utilized a great deal one is a little shorter so they can accommodate any body. They are sat in at lunch, breakfast and in between for homework art projects etc.



Tired and no personality , don't you agree?

So I used Rust-oleum  Painters Choice in satin black and once the paint and stenciling was completely dry I did a coat of Rust-oleum white colored wood stain, using a cloth and rubbing it on very sparin…

Chritstmas in July! Thought I would share my shabby brown paper trees

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Hi there, coming to you from the land of Tropical storms........So Christmas in July ? My kids are all saying ridiculous that is unless their is going to be Gift exchanges going on. I made these little shabby trees from brown grocer bags so they are actually a free craft.

 this is the link to get all the info      https://mrsblackstone.blogspot.com/2016/11/cute-shabby-country-christmas-trees.html to make these cute shabby trees.

 This is them in the plain state. Whats nice about these is you can decorate them anyway you like and you can make them as little or as big as you like.
 I displayed mine on a metal tree with some tins and tea lights .


I just used some torn flannel for garland and some white paint for some snow and buttons and bows for the tree top.

I hope you are able to find some brown grocery sacks , I know that Save-a lot, Publix offers paper or plastic. I tried using a roll of brown paper and it was just much lighter and more flimsy.

So if you want to start early and g…

Holiday Mango Harvest recipes to add to your celebration!

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Welcome ......so happy you stopped on in. Today we are having a little pre holiday celebration. Fireworks, a delicious dinner that includes Mango. The sweetest fruit ever, if you have never had the pleasure of eating a Mango you really must. Our neighbors tree is plentiful and we got the ok to harvest. Tonight's menu consists of Pork lion smothered with  my Mango Chutney , spiced rice and cold 3 bean salad. I have been making Mango smoothies everyday, the children and adults love them.

Cut up mangos
lots of ice
1/2 & 1/2
and a bit of sweetener of your choice
A good glass blender or juice machine

Blend well , this is one great smoothie!  We even made them to go with dinner

So I had a huge pork lion roast that I cut into steaks I spiced them well with a good sprinkle of Evoo.
Meanwhile I cooked just a huge bit of white rice and prepared the bean salad. I continued to make a Mango chutney, I used a sauté pan first adding some evoo, I quickly cut up 2 large mangos into small pie…