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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Getting ready for a party...

Before I talk about the party...
...remember all these little tiny Christmas gifts...? tiny, little, cutie boxes ...?

MR. SWEET made 10 genuine turquoise and silver pendents for all
the females in our family.
He put them all on leather necklaces and we all LOVE them.
They look good with anything we are wearing.
He is so sweet...
and so talented.
There's nothing he can't do with his hands.
NOW, we can talk about the
we have every year.
My birthday is New Year's Eve...
We are having the party on SATURDAY, the 1st
this year, as we have another party on
NEW YEAR'S EVE to attend at our wonderful church...
sooo, I am
and re-arranging.

I've not had this shelf in my living room in a long time
and decided it needed to come back for awhile.
This is just an inexpensive shelf  but I saw one in a photo with the
rusted iron works on it...
and MR. SWEET put these on MY shelf
and made me fall in love with it all over again...

and I am thinking I just MIGHT have a pretty flower
by the 1st.
I hope
I hope
I hope......
You might recall that I found
a THIRD large, brass candlestick
while thrifting one day..
I painted it in the same SATIN FRENCHY BLACK
and the three look really good in the living room.
I have
"get three candles  ALIKE"
on my shopping list for tomorrow. :)
I took all my plants outside, shook the heck out of them to get rid of dead leaves,
gave them a good drink
and brought them back inside.
They look all fresh and pretty, sitting in my southern windows.
Oh, yes....
I vacuumed and dusted and put things, first here...then there...
I took out books (well, not ALL of them)
and dusted them and the shelves and did
a little re-arranging.
I changed up my
Ooh LaLa   shelf
and added the sunflowers.
Now, I know that sunflowers don't bloom in the winter time..
but these are FAUX and, I wanted a little color here
for the gaiety of the proposed
why not ?
I added my "I JUST LOVE IT"  sign
and the little thrifted ANGEL that had her hair done with a mixer..:))
Tonight, I got out my VINTAGE locker room basket with all my cookbooks and
I am pouring over them...
I want something really, REALLY great to
serve my wonderful friends. 

If any of you have some favorite snacks that you like to serve at parties,
would you kindly let me know?
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My thanks to all the hosts.


xinex said...

Your house is all so fresh now for New Year. Lovely! And the turquoise necklaces are so pretty. Mr. Sweetie's talented indeed! Happy Neew Year and Happy Birthday, BJ! Enjoy the party....Christine

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet lady...

Happy...Happy Birthday, Darlin'!!! I just know that you'll have a fabulous party!!!

Well my dear, you certainly have been, organizing, and decorating! It all looks wonderful! You know, I love the pretty ornate iron pieces that you added to that shelf...that's a fabulous idea!!! Ohhh...and I love the beautiful turquoise necklaces that Mr. Sweet made...that was sooo sweet of him! He did a fabulous job!

Well dear friend, wishing you and your family a blessed new year...and again...Happy Birthday!!!

Love ya,
Chari @Happy To Design

Adrienne said...

Love your home and all the things you're doing to get ready for your party. The necklaces are gorgeous! May I be on the list next year? Wishing you a very happy birthday - and a wonderful New Year.

Julie Harward said...

What a fun time this party is going to be..and you have done so much work! I am sure it will all be greatly appreciated. You just kick up your heels and have a great time! ;D

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!
Kisses, Zondra Art

Lynn said...

The necklaces are beautiful, what a great gift! Happy Birthday and Happy New Year BJ! If you need a dip recipe I know where you might find one or two:@)

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Beeeej!!!! Happy Birthday, my friend. I wanna come to your party! Waaaaaahhhhhhhhh! Now that I'm done cryin' cause I can't come, here is neat little appetizer I made the other day for my girl party.
Bake some phyllo cups with a teaspoon of herbed spreadable cheese, when they are out of the oven, put a dollop of pepper jelly on top. Sooooooooooooo good!
xoxoxo lots!

Love Of Quilts said...

Love the necklace and candle holders....Wishing you a great Birthday and Happy New Year. Trish

Terry said...

Your place is also so fun to see! Your hubby sounds like a sweetie! Can you come to my house and do some dusting and rearranging?

Theresa said...

Oh what a lovely necklace! Mr. Sweet is also Mr. Talented! I know everyone loved their gifts, and the wrapping was precious:)

I can't believe it has been a year since your last Birthday! I remember it as if it were yesterday! Hope you get it all done! I have been spiffing things up around here for guests this weekend! Have a blessed day dear BJ! HUGS!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

We are having a dinner party this evening and I need to get crackin on it, too!! Everything looks so nice, clean and organized!!! Great job!

For New Years, we are also having some people over. I am going to make the little smokies wrapped in bacon with a tooth pick that you sprinkle brown sugar over and bake for about 20 minutes or so. Yum, yum!

Tracy said...

Wow, those necklaces are talented Mr. Sweet!
Isn't it fun to get the house all gusseid up for the party as well? I love when things are in their place and all is well...
Happy New Year!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Aren't handy-husbands wonderful?!? :-)

Ohhhhhhh you were a New Year's Eve baby! How super. And that means, that you're always a year younger than you could be, if born on New Year's Day!!!!!!! [Leave it to me to think of some silly twist, on anything!]

Happy New Year's and Happy Birthday and lots and lots of good wishes!!!

Btw, love peeks around your house. I always have to say that, when people give them, and encourage them to keep giving us more and more such peeks! :-))))

Gentle New Year's hugs...

Unknown said...

Well happy happy birthday! I know your party will be fun and I love your house! Hugs!

Pam said...

You are certainly prepared for the party. Hope you have time to rest and enjoy. Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Just stopping by to wish you all the best! Happy New Year!

Annie said...

Thanks for showing the brass candlesticks you painted! Brass is my least favorite metal, so I've avoided buying any thrift shop pieces. Now I know I can buy them and cover up the brassy look with paint!

The necklaces are great. Happy Birthday!

Kathleen said...

The necklaces are just beautiful, and I loved how you courtly check wrapped them!
Have a wonderful birthday and NYE party too!
I have had a stomach virus for 3 days
just starting to be able to take some tea and toast.
So you party extra hearty for me!

Susy said...

Love the necklaces ~ what a sweetie. All the updates, re-do's and re-freshes are perfect, and I especially like the black shelf you brought back out. And the girl with the egg-beater hair (:


Donnie said...

I know everything will be wonderful. It will be a special party for a special gal. I think your best present of all has to be Mr Sweet himself. Have a Happy, Happy Birthday and New Year too.

La said...

Happy Birthday and New Year, BJ. Don't celebrate too much! La

Shug said...

I enjoyed this sweet blog...Your house looks so inviting and I know it feels great to have things changed around a bit...

You are soooooo talented and looks like Mr. Sweet is too!

Wishing you both a Wonderful New Year!

Karie said...

Everything looks so fresh and clean at your home. Why don't ya make a trip west and take care of mine? Hope you have a wonderful birthday and a prosperous New Year. Blessings to you.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Happy Birthday sweetie!! You look fabulous daling!!!! Hope I am good as you when I reach your age. You are so young at heart, and so purty to boot!!! Oh, isn't Mr Sweet amazing? those are lovely necklaces. What a nice gift. Everything looks beautiful and fresh. Hope you have a wonderful party!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Happy Birthday, BJ!! I hope you have a wonderful day. You have been busy and your home is so lovely. The necklaces are really pretty and what a special gift.

On Crooked Creek said...

Happy Birthday, dear friend! May you be surrounded by those you love and may your joy be full from it's beginning 'til it's end!
What a talented Mr. Sweet. . .I had no idea! Your candlesticks are just gorgeous. What a transformation! I loved the debut of your sunflowers! I have some in wall pockets that I leave out all year long. Did I mention that I LOVE Sunflowers? (Good thing I'm from the Sunflower State!)
Very windy in our town today. . .even though I fixed my hair, I must admit, I still look somewhat like your angel.HA!
Have a Happy New Year, BJ. . .and enjoy your time with friends!
I'll be looking forward to blogging with you in 2011!

Beth said...

Hi BJ, Thanks for showing us what was in those cute little boxes. Such precious and beautiful necklaces! I love your built in shelving too. Very attractive. You are such a decorator! And cook! Have a wonderful birthday, BJ.
xox, Beth

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Looks great! I just did a lot of cleaning and arranging today; put away our Christmas decor and the house REALLY needed to be refreshed.

Olivia said...

Oh my well, I am saying Happy Birthday to you! I am trying to learn to cook, please pray for me to keep the desire!!!!!!!
Anyhoo, love your yummy photos!

Glimpse of My World said...

Happy New Year.... hugs.. love all the black shelves!! You know I am partial to black & red!!

Hootin' Anni said...

I would LOVE those pendants. Living in Arizona for years and years, I grew to really appreciate turquoise jewelry.

My Show n Tell Link---where it's kinda fodder for the National Enquirer Tabloids. Do stop by if you can, I'd love your opinion.

Happy New Year

Margie said...

Your home looks so fresh and clean! It's such a great feeling, isn't it? The turquoise necklaces are lovely ... your Hubby is very talented. Have a happy birthday and a happy new year!

p.s. I LOVE your shelf!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hope you had a great Birthday! Doesn't it feel great to get things all freshened up? The necklaces are just gorgeous, what a great guy. Thanks for linking up with VIF!