Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Living and a quirky tree

Thanks so much for the comments you all have left:-) They really make my day and confirm that you can make do with what you have, which is what this blog is all about. 
Today, I'm sharing the living area and my quirky tree...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Merry Christmas farmhouse Kitchen

I don't know what it is this year, but it sure seems Christmas is creeping up -- at warp speed, so I need to share my Christmas posts before it's too late! 
Our kitchen definitely has a different look this Christmas thanks to the fabric I used for curtains and the sink skirt. It's merry, bright, kid friendly and we are loving it:-)

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vintage Christmas bedroom

Since I started my Christmas decor with the bedroom mantel earlier this week, I thought I would go ahead and show you the rest of the master bedroom.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Countertop Board at Hometalk

I know most of us are in the midst of Christmas decorating, but I had the opportunity to curate a board over at Hometalk with DIY budget countertop ideas, so I wanted to share it with you all here.

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There are some really great options for DIY countertops, including my own wormy chestnut countertops, so click HERE to see the board.



Monday, December 8, 2014

Cottage Christmas Mantel and a blog hop

I am excited to be participating in my first ever blog hop hosted by Pamela over at From My Front Porch to Yours.  I'm even more excited because this is a mantel party and I finally get to come out and play:-)


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas preview...

I've been working non-stop since Friday, but I am still not quite finished with my Christmas decorating.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Finally -- Mother's famous candy roaster pie with grandmother's perfect crust!

 I have been promising the candy roaster (alternative to pumpkin) pie recipe for months on my facebook page, and I was finally able to catch my mom in the pie-making process:-)   Here is the recipe along with directions for my grandmother's perfect crust just in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season ahead.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cozying up with my Yahyali

I always love "warming" up the house in the fall, but this year we seem to have totally bypassed fall and gone straight to the dead of winter. It was 15º this morning and the high will only get to 26º. The low is normally higher than that at 35º so it's a chilly one here. 
Since we only have a heat pump and an uninsulated crawl space, the house can get cold. Plus, I'm so economical I keep the thermostat at 68 or below.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In honor of veterans

Luis and I are so thankful for all who have served this great nation, as well as the families and friends who have supported them. For Veteran's Day, we put together this video to tell the stories of those left behind. 


We are the land of the free because of the brave...


Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving inspiration...

If there is anything that I am "known" for on pinterest, it would be my Thanksgiving table settings -- mostly ones with the box. As I plan this year's table, I always like to look back on years past for inspiration.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Giving thanks

Thanksgiving. It's a word that conjures up all kinds of images from my childhood -- pilgrims, Indians, corn, the Mayflower -- you name it. I have always loved it. 

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Home Tour

I thought I would invite you all over for a fall home tour before we get busy with Thanksgiving and Christmas:-)


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Autumn in the country

The last few days have just been amazing here in the Smoky Mountains. All the sensory elements of fall have come together in the most amazing way -- but only for a short while. 

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn gold

I added a few fall accents around the kitchen with yellows and golds this year.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Smoky Mountain autumn

Autumn here in the Smoky mountains is an amazing feast for the senses, and one I look forward to with child-like anticipation every year.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Getting ready for winter...

I love everything about autumn -- cool days, clear blue skies and the amazing colors nature offers. I also love getting the house ready for the coming winter. That means bringing out the down comforters, flannel sheets and cozy throws. I started in the master bedroom and added some bold color to the mix this year. 

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Trial and error fall vignettes

Since I placed my living room couch diagonally a couple months ago, I have had space to decorate behind it, where I put a small book shelf. I also had my old windows layered with the photographs my husband took. 

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