Monday, October 19, 2015

May 20, 2015

 The day I turned 50!
Since my birthday fell in the middle of the week, I decided to celebrate Wednesday - Sunday. I figured you only turn 50 once so why not go for it. But I had know earthly idea that my family friends and coworkers would play such a huge part in my 50th birthday. Boy, was I in for a treat.
On Wednesday my co-workers surprised me with a cake, balloons and a party hat. On Thursday I got all dolled up and the Hubby treated me to Red Lobster. You like my hat? After exercise class on Friday night Paul (fitness coach) and the ladies treated me to cupcakes, cards and gifts. Sorry no pics. 
 
sorry fuzzy
Mandy Lou picked me up on Saturday for a birthday lunch and girl's day out.
 
 We ate lunch at Bahama Breeze.

  The shrimp and the

salad were delish!
 
          Mandy and I hung out until early evening and when we arrived home I was greeted with this (see the above pic). I was in total shock! My daughter and her Husband had transformed my living room into an intimate setting for the perfect birthday party. 
 



 
A friend of my daughter's made the beautiful cakes. Not one, not two, but three cakes. Red velvet, Carrot and Caramel Crème Cake. They were so YUMMY! Thanks Ms. Pat!
 

 
 
My grandbaby.....
 
 thinks I'm the greatest.
 
Me and the Hubs.
 
My handsome sons and gorgeous daughter.
 

My daughter and her husband were the ones responsible for my 50th birthday surprise. My daughter is an amazing woman wife and Mom and my Son-in-law is pretty awesome too. Thanks guys!

My eldest son. Sorry girl's he's engaged.

My baby he's a junior in college.

My good friend Mandy Lou, we attended cosmetology school together over 25 years ago and we've been friends since.

GiGi is my son-in-law's Mom
Zsa Zsa and GiGi, we are two of the hottest grandma's that I know. It's no secret, we love animal print!

Making a wish!

Cutting the cake......


Me being me! FIFTY and FABULOUS!
 
 The festivities ended on Sunday so we took a few group shots before we said our goodbyes.

I had an amazing 50th birthday celebration. A great big thank you to my family friends and coworkers who took the time to be a part of my special day/days.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Lory
 
 
 
 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Christmas Home Tour 2011 at Bok Tower Gardens Part 2

This is an older post. I was doing something in my dashboard and I accidentally reposted this. Sorry, consider this an early Christmas gift. Enjoy the pics!
Welcome back to part two of the series. Christmas Home Tour 2011. Last week I transformed the buffet. (see last weeks post). So the next order of business was to focus on the console fireplace and the area above the entrances.

 


 
This pic and the pic below gives you an idea of what I had to work with.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
The console received a quick makeover by adding a tabletop tree ( tomato cage in disguise) decorated with animal ornaments and ribbon. Carolers and prancing reindeer round out the vignette. Check out the Carolers they are decked out in animal print attire. cute cute cute.

 
 
 
 
 

 
An existing chair received a quick and easy Holiday makeover by adding fabric and a decorated box. 
 
 




 
The fireplace received stockings, poinsettias, wreaths and curly twigs placed inside gold and beige vases. 
 
 


 
Can you believe the photograph over the fireplace was taken in Africa by a missionary that attends my church? This picture was captured at sunrise as the fishermen were headed out to cast their nets.

 


 
 
This picture and the one below replaced the plates that were hung over the entrances. I found the prints on-line. (stock photo ). Hubby constructed some inexpensive 1 by 2's to serve as frames. Next he painted the frames black and mounted the prints. (easy, easy, easy) 
 
 
 
 


 

 
 
Here's the finished product, what do you think? I think it turned out great!  Only two post left in this series. So come back on Monday you don't want to miss it!
 
2 your Home,
 
Lory
 
 
Photography Credits: REO Photography

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Touches of Fall

Last weekend the weather was absolutely perfect here. The high was about 80 degrees and the low was a pleasant 64 degrees. It is finally starting to feel like Fall in our neck of the woods. So we opened up the windows and enjoyed the day/evening. Since the weather was nice and it  was such a lovely day, I felt that this would be the perfect time to share my "Touches of Fall" with you. I keep my Fall decorating at a minimum by doing just enough to welcome the season.


Isn't this potpourri beautiful? It's not only beautiful but it smells yummy too. You can read about it  here. I also added the artwork and it happens to be one of my favorite pieces. A friend of mine picked it up at a yard sale years ago. Thanks Fannie!


I found these cute little pumpkins at the Dollar Tree. I think they look marvelous with the ginger jar.



 I couldn't resist, so the white pumpkins were added to the foyer chests as well.

 
I also did a quick and easy center piece for my dining room table. I took the wreaths that I used on my front doors a few years ago, and placed them on the table. I added a couple of lanterns a few pumpkins/acorns and a scrumptious animal print bow. Voila! Did I mention I love animal print?
 

 



 

 
Have you done any Fall decorating lately?
 
 Thanks for stopping by,
 
Lory