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Sunday, October 24, 2010

What is your Personality Type?

Have you every wondered about your personality type? It has always intrigued me.
Why do some things bother me, yet other things don't?
Well, if you're interested, here are several free personality quizzes.


I took each one and they all turned out the same. Must be some validity...
What about you?

In case you're wondering, I'm an ISFJ.
Dependable, reliable and trustworthy, they like to belong to solid organisations that are reasonable in their ambitions and loyal to their employees. They feel useful when their roles and responsibilities are clearly established and they can monitor their activities and productivity in tangible ways. They tend to be rather modest, traditional and conventional, to like sensible clothing, to be thrifty, careful and wise with both money and possessions.
Once they accept a project, they will see it to the end. They manage their time well and are realistic about how much time and resources will be needed.
They tend to like to stay in one neighbourhood, often choosing to live close to where they were themselves raised. They are often involved with volunteer organisations and have a developed sense of citizenship and accountability. When they purchase something, it is after careful consideration; rarely will they buy something without having a known need or use for it. They may keep possessions for a lifetime and treasure those that were given to them.
They tend to have a good memory for specific facts that are necessary in their day-to-day life at work and at home. They accumulate facts and details to orient themselves, relying on repeated experiences that have been proven trustworthy. A fact once experienced may be the product of circumstance and happenstance; it is not in and of itself reliable. When an introverted sensing type hears an idea, they rummage through reams of archived facts to find an experience that provides information for the relevance and realism of an idea. When an introverted sensing type utters, "It's never been done!" they are saying that no information about the relevance or usefulness of the idea is available to them. They tend to shy away from surprises and what is perceived as unnecessary change.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Are you Ready for Fall?

After reading and looking through gorgeous blogs out in blogland, I've been inspired to set a fall table. Our weather is still in the high 80's, but in spirit, I'm ready!
So to all of you out there reading this post...
Happy Fall Y'all!

In case you wanted to know:

dishes: Westerly Basket from Bed Bath and Beyond
flatware: Prelude by International
table runner: Ebay
crystal: Navarre by Lenox
napkin rings: recovered thrift finds
napkins: World Market
pheasants, salt and pepper: antique shop
small pumpkins: Dollar Store
wooden centerpiece: thrifted

I'm joining Susan's Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to stop by to be truly inspired!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

One of a Kind...

About a month ago, my sister and I were traveling and stopped at this antique/thrift store.

Would you have stopped?

I'll admit, I was a bit skeptical, however, it was a diamond in the rough.
Stuff N Such is owned and operated by the sweetest little lady. She was very proud of her shop and has everything organized and clean. If you're ever in Llano, Texas, be sure to drop in, you won't be disappointed!

Back to my story...
My sister and I were on a mission: we were looking for anything that we could turn into tassels.
She came across this was a loner. Sadly, there was no trace of any matching pieces.

 The color was perfect for my home.
We turned it over and saw this stamp:

That was the selling point, I love collecting anything stamped "Bavaria."

So, here it is, about a month later.
I pulled out various trims and began to work...

...and turned the lone cup into a tassel.

From a "loner" to a "one of a kind" piece that helps to make my house a home!

I'm linking to Susan's, Between Naps on the Porch, for her Metamorphosis Monday, Martha's, TeacupTuesday, over at Martha's Favorites, and Leigh at Tales from Bloggeritaville for her Thrifty Thursday. Be sure to drop by these parties for loads of fun and inspiration!

Thanks so much for visiting, enjoy your day!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mississippi Mud Cake

This is one of my favorite cakes so I was thrilled to receive this variation from Southern Living.
It's quick and easy to make, even for a novice like myself.'s a YUMMY treat for these crisp Fall days!

1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup butter
1 {4 ounce} semisweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 {10.5 ounce} bag miniature marshmallows
Chocolate Frosting {see below}

1. Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted.
3. Microwave 1 cup butter and semisweet chocolate in a large microwave-safe glass bowl at HIGH 1 minute or until melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds.
4. Whisk sugar and next 5 ingredients into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into a greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch jelly-roll pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle evenly with miniature marshmallows; bake 8 to 10 more minutes or until goldern brown. Drizzle warm cake with Chocolate Frosting and sprinkle evenly with toasted pecans.

Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1 {16 ounce} package powdered sugar
1 teaspooon vanilla extract

Stir together first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove from heat. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

Makes 15 servings
Prep time: 15 min.
Bake time: 40 min.

I'm joining Foodie Friday over at Designs by Gollum. Be sure to drop by for scrumptious delights!

Thanks for dropping by to visit, enjoy your day!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Do Over...

I've been in my profession for almost 30 years and have had a great time.
I sometimes wonder what I would be doing if I would have selected a different career.
If I had a "do over", would I choose something different?

Would you?

I've always had an unwavering interest in homes, especially historic homes.
I love the craftmanship. The story these lovely gems must have.

And...when I see homes in disrepair, I just want to step right up and start working on them.
I've never been scared of  hard work and can readily admit when I'm in over my head and need to call in the professionals.

Then there is the issue of homes/buildings being torn down with no regard to recycling.
It breaks my heart when period items {windows, doornobs, doors, trim, fixtures, etc.} are destroyed.
I've been to repurposing warehouses, what an inspiration!

All this to say...
today, I visited a great blog, Hooked on Houses. {Julia's blog is always a treat to visit, especially if you love houses.} Her post was on abandoned houses. I was intrigued...what would they look like? Would they be worth repair? Was there hope?
Well, take a look for yourself here.

What was going to happen to these? Who would sweep them up and love them?
Are they on the, "to demolish" list?
If only I could purchase a few one. I'd LOVE the chance to turn them back into beauties!

Hm...if money only grew on trees.

Here are a few that caught my eye from the above site:
Do you think they are worth saving?

{Rapunzel, Rapunzel....let down your golden hair.}

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day!

If you're interested in reading more about repurposing, here are a few sites:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

An Outdoor Wedding

What a wonderful time of year to have an outdoor wedding! We attended one last weekend
 and it was beautiful. Here are a few shots to share.

The bride and groom chose an art museum for their day.

...bride's bouquet...

...bridesmaid's wrist corsages...

...bride and groom's mother's wrist corsages...

The bride was gorgeous, the groom handsome.

{The gazebo was designed and hand made by the groom.}


I'm linking with A Southern Daydreamer's Outdoor Wednesday. Be sure to drop  by for amazing shots!

Thanks so much for dropping by to visit, enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lamp Rescued.

My sister picked up this lamp at Salvation Army...she had a plan.

She taped and painted...and painted.
{Many light coats of spray paint.}

Shells and jute were added.

More shells, glass beads, and a little bling.
{The small outlining shells were actually already on fishing wire.}

She ordered a rectangular shade and really liked the look...but it arrived damaged.

So she used some fabric she had on hand and remade the shade.
Finished product with linen lamp shade and starfish finial!

I think it looks fabulous!
Way to go Sis!

I'm linking with Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her Metamorphosis Monday. Be sure to drop by for loads of inspiration!


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