Headboard Shelf

At the end of this post, tell me about things in your home that have been passed around your family.  

In our family, my Grandma is famous for witty sayings such as; "necessity is the mother of invention".  Case in point, this shelf made by Grannie herself…

It started life as a twin headboard. 

After Grannie (a seasoned Antique Dealer) got a hold of it, it became a shelf.  She removed the bed posts, sawed off the bottom of the headboard and screwed the pieces together on a 90 degree angle. Then, she added the brackets and vintage iron hooks.

It eventually found it's way to my Mothers Cottage where it lived a short life as a hall tree at the front door. When it was my turn to have it, I put it to use as a towel rack in the master bath.  

It never stayed anywhere long enough to get a real name (it may end up as a pot rack someday. I have contemplated that a few times).  Therefore, we refer to it as the "Whatchamacallit". 

Grannies whatchamacallit is one of my favorite pieces.  Not only because it's a unique piece made from vintage furniture, but because it has a history in our family.  

Do you have a piece of furniture in your home that has made the rounds in your family?  
What is it, and where has it been?  

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Our Neighborhood's Welcome

I had to share just one more Halloween post.  If you are like me, you're ready to take it all down.  

However, I have to share this magnificent display at the entrance to our subdivision.  

It has drawn a lot of attention in our community. 

With good reason.  The pictures hardly do it justice. 

Our Homeowners Association out-did themselves.  

 I also wanted to say THANK YOU to my new blog BFF Lacy at The Inspired Nest, for featuring me last week.  I am so flattered by her post.  You can check it out here.  Her blog is full of creative projects and lovely pictures.  She made the most adorable Burlap Halloween Wreaths....

Aren't they Cute? I'm thinking someone should have an Etsy Shop... Thanks for stopping by!

I've Been Featured by HGTV!

Yesterday morning, I was so excited to see that my Christmas mantle is currently featured at HGTV.com.   
HGTV's 15 Glowing Mantels.

Here's what they had to say about my Holiday Fireplace Mantel...

"Smacklem (me) combined faux and fresh greenery with blooming paperwhites and red berries for a lavish holiday mantel. Handmade stockings and red-toned artwork bring in traditional holiday hues".

I am so flattered to be featured with these super talented designers. Here's the link, check out their gorgeous holiday mantels:

Thank you HGTV!

Halloween Party

Our youngest celebrates his Birthday on October 11th. Every year he has a Halloween Birthday Party.

Here is a peek at this year's Dining Room tablescape, set for his party.

One of my Super talented Blog BFF's (Sawdust and Paper Scraps) gave me the link to this project idea...I think my whole family went straight home to make these!

The new dining room color came just in time. I love how it looks with pumpkin orange and
can't wait to see it with Christmas Red (oops, did I just mention the "C"word...in October?)

Thanks for visiting.

Happy Halloween.

Spooky Family Room

Isn't it so much fun decorating for Halloween? Every year I try to do something different with the same old stuff.

This year my Halloween mantle was inspired by nature.

The branches landed in the lot next door after a storm a few weeks ago. As soon as I saw them I knew I would be using them for this.

I used spanish moss and bittersweet layered on top of Christmas lights for a little nighttime drama.

The black crows, spooky cloths and the orange paper came from the dollar store.

I found these cool graphics at one of my favorite blog spots, The Graphics Fairy.

If your not already addicted to her blog, you will be now.

The kids get so excited about Halloween decorations.

I try to keep it somewhat friendly while they are still little.

They each have their own favorite decoration that they look forward to.

Does any one else find it challenging to balance tradition with keeping things current & exciting?

Keeping that in mind, some things must always be the same.

Thanks for visiting.

Moving on to the dining room...

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