Monday, January 30, 2012


This Saturday and Sunday, February 4th and 5th I'll be set up at THE OLD CROW MARKET

at WHEN PIGS FLY AGAIN,  a fabulous shop in Mt. Dora Florida.

Here's the info...


822 N. Donnelly St. Mt. Dora, FL

9am til 5pm

The shop will be open and filled to the brim with wonderful primitives, and there will be booths outside as well. That's where you'll find me, on the brick patio. My friend Susie (From My Home To Yours) will be setting up as well.

There's also a fabulous world~renowned art show being held just a block away! Come spend the day in quaint Mt. Dora this weekend and shop til you drop!

Hope to see you!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Isn't it amazing how a little "facelift" can take so darn long?

My dining room and kitchen just received a new and beautiful freshening up.

Here's the dining room before...

White beadboard and a soft neutral color (?) above... It's been a while since we painted it that color and I couldn't begin to remember the name though I'm sure it was Ralph Lauren.

The dining room now in beautiful whites...

Benjamin Moore White Dove on the walls and Vanilla Milkshake on the beadboard and trim.

We added a ceiling medallion above the chandelier and I rearranged the cupboards and wall decor, which came from other rooms in the house. 

The kitchen got the same White Dove on the walls and Vanilla Milkshake on the cabinets and trim.

I took the door off one of the upper cabinets and painted it white to showcase my ironstone and tarnished silver collection. I edited my dishes to four of everything in the remaining cabinet and the rest went to the beadboard cupboard in the dining room.

I am loving the new fresh white look to both rooms. 

Hope you love it too!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Tomorrow is National Soup Day...

Who knew?

In honor of this newly discovered holiday I'd like to share a recipe for a delicious soup that I made a couple of days ago. Luckily, I had one bowl left so that I could get a pic for you!

This recipe is from my increasingly dog~eared copy of 





1 Tbsp olive oil
1 med onion, chopped
1 med carrot, chopped
1 med potato, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (16 oz) can solid~pack pumpkin
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp hot or mild curry powder (I used mild)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (4 oz) can hot or mild green chiles drained
1 cup thawed frozen peas
1/4 cup chopped unsalted roasted peanuts
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

1.  In a large pot, heat the oil over med heat. Add the onion, carrot, potato, and garlic. Cover and cook until soft, about 7 min.

2.  Stir in the tomatoes, pumpkin, peanut butter, soy sauce, curry powder, and stock, stirring after each addition until well blended. Add the beans and chiles and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the stew is hot and the flavors are blended, about 20 minutes.

3.  Shortly before serving stir in the peas. Serve hot, garnished with the peanuts and parsley.

Enjoy!! It's really yummy!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


So, in my last post I told you about the epiphany I had while undoing the Christmas decor...

The one where I wanted to unload the entire house and do a major remix...


You know this is a much bigger undertaking than it sounded like...


I've started.

Thanks to my sweet friends who left a comment saying they loved my house the way it was.

You know we can't leave well enough alone...

Back soon with before and after photos of my dining room and kitchen.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


It's a tradition on New Year's Day to take down all the Christmas decor, including the tree, here in the Land Of Pea...

It's so weird,  I really miss that tree...

It was the first real tree in years, and I felt a connection to it. It looked so pretty with it's white lights and antique mercury glass ornaments in silver. Like it was wearing jewelry...

I actually said goodbye to it as Mr. SweetPea hauled it out the front door...

And then I had this thought...

I'd like to just take every single thing out of this house and completely rearrange it...

New paint, the whole shebang...

The whole house...

Do you ever think that? Wouldn't you love a blank slate?

Not getting rid of it all but zhushing it about?

It's no coincidence that I just got my new White Issue of Country Living...

And there's something about taking down those decorations...

Call me crazy.

I might just do it...

Would you?

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