It is hard to believe that my book club has been meeting for 10 years. We have read many wonderful books and had many, many laughs along the way. I wanted to do something extra since it was our anniversary. Here are some of the decorations I made for the occasion.
I had a few books that we have read over the years and used them in my table centerpiece.
I wish I would have take photos before I put the candies on book pages, I think it would have looked better in the photo. But, who can resist candies?
Just for fun I selected the first lines of some of the books we had read over the years. It was fun seeing the girls trying to figure out what book they were from.
For a treat I made what my book club has named "Beach Brownies" since we made them for the fist time on a beach trip we took. To make these wonderful brownies you mix up a brownie mix according to the package, stir in coconut pecan frosting, pour in the pan and top with chocolate chips and pecans, then bake according to the package.
This is the book we read for this month. My club rated it 4.3 out of 5 stars. It's a great book!
For a little parting gift I made up these cute little book worm baggies.
Thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear what all of you have been reading this summer so feel free to leave a comment and let me know.
I love books! I especially love old books and when putting my mantel together I decided to use some old books I had lying around.
I especially like the cover of this Natural Music Reader book. I have had this book for a while and I don't even remember where I got it.
This picture I purchased at an antique mall last year when I traveled to Savannah, Ga. That was such a fun trip! You can click here to see some of the pictures I took on that trip.
You would think mantels would be any easy space to decorate but I struggle with this area of my house more than any other. I love the way it turned out, it probably has something to do with the books. It makes me want to sit down in my favorite chair and start reading.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time to curl up with a good book sometime this winter.
I put my Christmas tree up early this year. Last year I was taking five college courses and just threw up my Christmas decorations. This year I'm not quite as busy and I really enjoyed putting up my decorations this year.
This is the first year I have used burlap ribbon on my tree. I really like the way it turned out.
I bought this faux fireplace for the family room in the basement but when I brought it home I thought I would try it in the master bedroom and see how it looked. Well, that is where it stayed. It really dressed up the room and gave it a finished look.
I had also bought this fabulous wood piece at a garage sale a few weeks earlier that I did not know what I was going to do with, but for $5 I figured I could find a place for it later. It worked perfectly over the fireplace.
I wanted an overall neutral feel to the mantel so I just quickly placed some things I had laying around the house on the mantel to see how it would look. When I was finished I realized that almost everything I had placed on the mantel I had gotten at garage sales.
The white pedestal bowl I had gotten at a garage sale for 75 cents and spray painted white. The little bird is one of a set of two that I paid only a dollar for.
The clock face I bought at a sale for $2.00 and the silver tray I paid only 50 cents for. I was pleasantly surprised to realize it was the perfect size as a base for my cloche. I even bought the large pine cone at a garage sale, a bag of 3 for $1.00. It is amazing what you can pick up at garage sales.
And of course the crowning piece that I only paid $5.00 for. Can you believe it? When I bought this piece I had no idea what it was, I just knew I loved it. When I got home I googled the company name on the the piece and discovered it is an old stove board that was made to protect wood floors from heat damage.
Here is the finished mantel decorated with garage sale finds totaling $10.25. The pictures, cloche, and small pine cones I already had. What a deal!
This summer I spent most of my free time painting, painting, and painting some more. I have to say all the work was worth it. Out of all the projects I have done to this house none have made as big of difference as painting the trim white. It has brightened up the whole house.
I have always wanted white trim, but the task seemed daunting. This summer I summoned up all my courage and put the paint brush to the wood. The result is so worth it! The pictures don't do it justice. The difference the white trim has made in my home is amazing.
This was one of those projects that I just started in on and did not even think to take any before pictures, so here is a picture from last Christmas that shows the banister and front door before the white paint.
One last picture of the WHITE banister.
I still have a bit more trim to paint before all the trim upstairs is white, but it will happen.