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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Little Trip

Thanks so much for following me over to Word Press. It's a little different from Blogger and I'm learning a little each day.

I wanted to share with you a special part of Texas, the Hill Country. My family and I spent a few days there and had a great time. The populations of the towns are small, about 3-4 thousand. There is usually a main square with quaint little shops around this center of town.

Here are a few shots I thought you'd enjoy.

Llano Texas,  Llano County courthouse with its  restored  clock tower

Mason County Courthouse, Mason, Texas

White limestone and granite quarries were everywhere...many of the homes were built using these materials.

703 Exall Street, Llano TX

115 Riverside Drive East, Llano TX

There were many ranches and land that seemed to go on forever! I live in the suburbs of Houston, this was a nice retreat.

2 West County Road 113, Llano TX

In addition to all the land, there were rivers, lakes, and falls.



This home is for sale and needs a little love, what do you think?

2350 South State Highway 16, Llano TX

...could be really cute!

pictures from:

Trulia.com, Llano, Texas Chamber of Commerce, Mason, Texas Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I've Moved!

I'm over at Word Press now... please use link below!

http://sharlottesreflections.com


A new look!

Welcome to the new home of what was formally, "Ms. Sharlotte's Southern Reflections" blog. I have transfered from Google Blogger to WordPress and will be working with it the next few weeks to get it looking great. Thanks for your patience.

The Second Day of Christmas!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, one filled with friends and family. We were busy, I don't think we could have put one more thing in the day, but it was a lot of fun. We went to church {and sang w/the choir for two services}, traveled, ate, opened presents, visited, slept {a little} went back to church, ate, visited, and traveled back home. whew! Today I'm unpacking and putting things away...which leads me to my little metamorphosis and a little confession!
I love pretty wrapping paper tissue...and hate don't like to throw it away. Today I had this:


Yep, a mess. But after a little ironing, yes I said ironing....it was much more manageable and organized ~ which makes me happy.


I really didn't plan on saving all the paper, but after I got going, it wasn't so bad and I was able to recycle most of it! These are my favorites:




So, sometimes it's the little things...

Thanks so much for visiting, enjoy your day!

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



And finally, just a parting shot of my puppy, Catie. This is the way we're all feeling today, pooped! Worn out and ready for a nap!




Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas From Our Home To Yours!


...beverage dispenser used in a different way...


...vintage peacocks from my mother...




...a few of my grandmother's ornaments...




...a couple of my favorite books...


...a new ornament from a friend...





...hot cocoa station...




...my latest acquisitions...




...my grandmother's little jello mold...


...and one of her cookie cutters...




...one of her glass Christmas ornaments...




...and a special nativity set.


Merry Christmas!

I'm joining Marty for her Table Top Tuesday. Be sure to drop by for loads of inspiration!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Quick Clean~Up!

I thought I'd share a really quick "clean~ up" project. I was setting a table for our family {on a black tablecloth} and put out the stemware. Yuk! The bottoms of the glasses were a mess! These glasses are from the dollar store, but have become workhorses. 


There was a residue or something that was not coming off with a regular soap and water bath.
So I tried toothpaste. Yep, regular old toothpaste with an old toothbrush. It was paste {not gel}. I think the cheaper the better...it is probably a bit more abrasive.

After a bit of brushing, the bottoms were so much better, fit for a black tablecloth!


So, if you have glasses that need a bit of attention, try this trick!
I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her Metamorphosis Monday. Be sure to drop by for a visit!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ho, Ho, Ho...

Had a few minutes today to put up a few holiday ornaments...






and a couple quick crafts...





Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bavarian China

The table I'm sharing today is from my mother's Thanksgiving table.
She's been decorating tables for as long and I remember.


She has quite a collection for each season and fall is one of her favorites.


 We've always had special dinners in the dining room with her china, the china my father bought her while he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.
This china is one of her most prized possessions.


Isn't it lovely?
 Her silver is Prelude and part of her wedding registry.
I like the way she used different shades of chargers for her table.


The napkin rings were unique...a wonderful contrast to the dainty china.


We had a delicious meal and wonderful time with her and other family members.
I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving as well.


I'm linking with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday. Drop by for a visit, won't you?



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