Dec 28, 2010

Blessings abound

I'm changing my blog decor& banner a little.
And we've been playing at the new house too.  We found a fitting table for the breakfast nook.  It was meant to be here.  Also, my Mom loved her 3 tiered desert tray (we put it together & used it here) that we gave to her for Christmas.  She could not believe such a treasure existed to match her Santa dish set.  It was great fun watching her open all 3 special serving pieces.  She got the tiered, a gravy boat & utensil pot.

Mom & I used a Paula Deen recipe to spruce up our Christmas spiral ham.  It was basically whole cloves and pineapple & cherries all added to make it pretty and sweet tasting.  I found the recipe on Food Network site.  Of course, we glazed it too. 

Jack Beagle had fun playing with my brother's bulldog pup...Moose!  My brother spent $1,800 for this dog!!  We outfitted our entire man-cave game room for that kind of money..that is another story for another blogging day!

My buddy that gave us the nutcracker giant suprised us and popped in on Christmas night.

It is feeling more and more like home here at Beagle Run Way!!
I wish you all a Happy New Year too!

Checking out the last Rednesday of 2010..
Sue Loves Cherries
She is doing a Valentines tag swap...Fun!!
Show n Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Dec 23, 2010

Christmas is in the air!!

Can you feel it!!  Christmas Spirit...Peace on Earth...Goodwill to fellow man!!
It is palatable this time of year!!, Huh.
You cannot possibly know what you mean to me if you are a blogging buddy of mine!!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!!
Denise Marie

Dec 22, 2010

Martha Stewart is everywhere

Has anyone else noticed that Martha Stewart continuously expands her universe?  We all know she can bake and throw a mean party but I have seen her in new frontiers lately.  I found drawer pulls at Home Depot for my Master bathroom in the Martha Stewart line.

I also used her huge ornaments for outdoor decor this season.  Non-breakables are great.
got them at The Home Depot too. 
Need more...hope to find them 1/2 off.

I've been taping her show again lately and she had a giving episode today and I found a great resource blog that was featured:  What Gives 365...  This amazing woman's Dad died and left them their inheritance and she began giving.  She spent a year giving $100/day to various charities all over the world.

“To do good, you actually have to DO something.”  ~Yvon Chouinard

Martha Stewart and her universe of products, it can be a good thing.  :)

I don't feel complete unless I'm giving. 
I still owe a blog swap gift and Cindy @ RickRack & Gingham a paper delivery.  Fibro has me limited, but I haven't forgotten.

Dec 16, 2010

Food gifts

I love to give food gifts.  It takes a lot of organization the way I do it and I can't do it all the way I plan it in my head!!  :)
This was the 1st time I've done pretzel rods. 
It was a blast!! 
I found the pretzel bags and candy melts at JoAnn's fabric and the pretzel tub at BigLot.
Jingle all the way, Baby!!  DeniseMarie

Dec 15, 2010

Happy Dec. 15th

Physical limitations are hard to respect. 
Neurological processing challenges are unexpected when they hit.. 
But, Thank you, Lord, for Blogging. JOY
At least you can feel like you've gotten out for a moment to share your world.
This is our lil scene in the front yard.  The boys are playing football everyday so I am limited on how much yard they'll allow me to use. lol

An angel, a baby Jesus (my cabbage patch kid from when I was 18) and a cow my G'ma sent from Massachusetts a decade ago. 

I love to sneak out really early am and early again pm to put the spotlight on as peeps are coming and going to work.

Look what I spied out my son's bedroom window the other day too.  Had to share with the Rednesday crowd.  Wonder what she bought..maybe a whole bedroom suite...maybe a chaise lounge or buffet for her dining room.  I didn't see what happened after they drove up.  I just thought it was a cool sighting.

Happy Rednesday!! with Sue Loves Cherries

Dec 13, 2010

Not even a mouse.

All I can say is Wowza!! 
#10 is amazing.
Fabric and yummy layer after layer on this 1.  The fabric is mouses running all over the place!!
This precious mouse was stuffed inside.  He's got a gingerbread cookie, a cool sewn tail and a bell on his hat.
Way too cute!!
what a treasured work of art!!
can't give the proper credit??  a few boxes are missing the tag with name and blog??

I'm running late with my posts, I have a swap box to send and my Fibro is thru the roof.
Just trying to breathe in and out and know it is gonna all turn out fine.

Be full of JOY!!  DeniseMarie

Dec 11, 2010

more lil treasures

Absolutely NO idea who to credit for this awesome Gingerbread Man box???
Love the layers created on this beauty.
Full of fun!  Love the ticket glued inside the pretty colored drawer.
Still need to show my son the paper doll minis..He'll think they are cool.
Kelly rocked it!

Must load more photos because 10 and 11 are so amazing too.


Dec 8, 2010

Rednesday Natecrackers

Can't miss out on Rednesday!!
Anyone remember these?
I've emptied a box (challenged by a friend) into a display case in my new entry hall.

Nate's Nutcrackers! TaDa!
If I had any gumption I would find 1 of my many crystal bowls for the bottom and dump all the lil ornament guys into it to finish the look.  We'll see if that happens. lol
Christmas Joy to see it everyday,
especially on Rednesday with Sue Loves Cherries

Dec 6, 2010


Well, the matchboxes have been established on a lil tree in the living room.
Please come over to Christ is the Heart of Christmas to see some of the discoveries.


Dec 3, 2010

Advent season is here

Hope everyone is being blessed and having a delightful Advent season!!
Linda at A Swap for All Seasons has us all able to check out the treasures as they get unwrapped and opened up all over the country.

Merry Christmas!!  DeniseMarie

Nov 26, 2010

Thankful sweat equity

Missing Ya'll so much!! 
Moving and having all kinds of hang ups, set ups, and mess all goes with the turf of making changes. 

Had to have our new fridge repaired???  Whatever.
But a tiny JOY in the middle of it all...Ballard's Design order came to my door.
These are $20 switchplates that they had on clearance for $5 each.
I also got a few other treasures on estate sale prices. :)
this was my 1st package at my new spot.
I ordered 4 of them for the laundry room, this odd hallway to the kitchen, the muddroom and the potty off the kitchie hall.

What was there was fine but the Dental Molded ones are heavy and fit in like they were always there.

Baby steps...a little fun at our new place because lots of work is going on at Beagle Run For Sale sign in the yard yet.

xox, DeniseMarie

Nov 13, 2010

A turkey, A beagle and A Happy gerbil

Here is Tom Turkey at Beagle Run Cottage. 
No time to make his Eat More Ham sign yet. 
And...Jack Beagle trying to get use to his new digs. 
He is getting use to the doggie door.
And..Speedy the Gerbil is doing ok too. lol
When it was time to get more Gerbil fluff I told Hubby to get pink and he got a huge bag of it so ya'll may be saying Hi to Speedy when I can't find other pinks. :0)

Miss ya'll...crazy busy!!
But...certainly, Happy Pink Saturday and thanks Bev for Hostessing.

Nov 2, 2010

owner of 2 homes

Well, we have possession of 2 homes now and are working hard to est. the new place yet get the old place straightened up for sale.  We are extremely humbled by this move.  We wanted a gameroom and pool for the boys and their friends and the youth group of our church.  I believe God was pleased that we said we'd open our homes to the youth.  He made a way where there seemed NO way.  Immediately, the neighbors almost formed a parade of welcome!!  Our baseball friends live all around us now.  I kept thinking that this is the wrong direction for us to go!!  I am NOT high fallootin'!!  But, Hubby coaches these boys and I pray for their schools so I guess I'll get out of my comfort zone.

Now, we just have to work fast and smart to get Beagle Run Cottage sold so the neighbors will be blessed with the family that will love our home as much as we did.
This was my favorite nook of the house.  Both boys had their nursery in this room and we will stage it as a playroom.  Nate confiscated it from me.  I use to have my craft room here while he was bunking with brother in another room. lol  Jack beagle is glad to come with us.

Oct 27, 2010

Like a Gerbil

I feel like everyone is watching me and I just want to be...but I gotta DO!!
I just want to curl up in a ball in Beagle Run Cottage and hang out.  But, Hubby insists on a moving truck Friday like the minute we close.  Lots, lots, lots to do. 
Moving cages or moving houses is busy, busy, busy.  No time to soak in the sun, no time to lunch with a friend, no time to put a great blogging post together. 

I'll be back soon and can show some of what has happened with the move.

Oct 26, 2010

Cross-stitch finds

Is anyone else out there in LOVE with stitch work?  Some of ya'll are stitching away as we speak. lol  I am not doing any pieces lately but can hardly walk away from orphaned pieces.  I've been scouting my local antique shops for furniture pieces for our home and have come across some great shots.
Hope today finds you Live'n and Dream'n for tomorrow!!

Happy 3 or more Tuesday at The Gypsy's is her 100th!!

Oct 25, 2010

Aaaayyy Mateys

Lil guy got sick this past week and hung out with Momma for a few days watching movies and drinking lots of water.  We watched many movies at way too high of a volumn for my taste. lol  I was ready on the day he bounded across the field back to school. :D
I wanted to share with ya'll the Dr. office mural that is the most recent addition to their facility.

Grab your snorkel and fins Gals..

great calming and relaxing environment to sit in or play in before going in to the Dr.

Every room has a diff theme and we've never been in this room before..
Treasure Island.

I got this shot of my boys bounding across the elementary school yard that we've lived to the side of for 17 years.  My boys have been going there for a total of 10 years.  Big Bro walked lil guy over to the book fair/open house to get the books he was dreaming of owning.  I must say Good-bye to these days and embrace our new home next week.  Closing is this Friday am.  The Lord has been so faithful to our family and generous to us as his humble servants.
Have a blessed Happy Blue Monday day!!
Go see the other blue posts too.

Oct 23, 2010

Updated Doors

I'm on door and window trim duty at Beagle Run Cottage.  All the lil details of stuff that needs to happen when you are trying to get to 100% completeness are tedious, tiresome and can seem over-whelming to a flighty gal like me.  We are the best at getting stuff 89% complete and then running off to play and never look back to complete our task.  Beagle Run Cottage is full up of not quite done projects!!  But, you cannot sell a house like that.

We took all of the doorknobs (Antique Brass..not Oil-Rubbed Bronze) off of the core doors and replaced our brown 70's doors with new 6 panel white doors we always thought we'd have for ourselves.  :S  These doors are only $25 each now.  I think they use to be like $60 each and we never wanted to spend that much.  We sure are hoping that making sure all the doors match and are "updated" is gonna help for a quick sale.  It's gotta get off our books and onto someone else's.

See my PINK jacket in the middle of all the boy jackets?
So, while the doors are off I gotta paint all the trim and finish transforming the living room over to Compatible Creme by Sherwin Williams.  We worked off of that paint chip to do the coloring of this home.  We did the Butternut Squash for the kitchen and got the white color off of that same chip for the vent hood cabinet.  It all coordinates well.  I'll show ya'll more as I finish each project. :)  Doesn't this whole corner look just lovely?  lol

I find irony in the floors needing to be wood now and the walls and wood has to be neutral.  This all instead of wooden walls and neutral carpet that use to be in style.  I guess you still have balance of light and dark?  Peeps expect and demand perfection!!  No one is a do-it-yourself'r any more.  No one wants to make it happen along and along with each passing pay check.  It has to be move-in-ready!

I'm taking stuff off the walls too and plugging nail holes.  I'm trying to let go of 17 years of love poured into this home and off to the next 1.  We may try to later flip a house to pay our son's 1st year of college tuition.  But, that is a long way off.  If  we can learn to not leave stuff 89% done we might be on our way towards that dream. lol

It is Pink Saturday at Bev's again.