Tuesday, August 26, 2008

So Shabby Pink - Pretty Framed Roses and New Sparkles

Happy Tuesday! I am so grateful for all the rain we have been having here in Texas - finally. The grass is green and my plants are thriving. Everything looks cleaner too.

I put some really pretty framed roses on our website last night. These are not our signature roses but they are simply beautiful!

We also have a new category called ~~Sparkles~~ and are preparing some new items for it. We are using vintage rhinestone jewelry as gorgeous embellishments and as a piece of art in themselves.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

So Shabby Pink - We Had a Birthday Party

Oh, boy! It's another birthday around here. We don't eat much sugar anymore so when it's time for a birthday cake, we get really excited.

My husband's birthday is in a few days but we decided to celebrate it today. We had a nice lunch with family after church and then came home so I could bake him a cake.

What to do? My husband loves buttercream AND cream cheese icing. Well, I guess there really is only one solution - make two cakes! I just took a regular cake mix and frosted each layer separately.

I like the cream cheese icing best. At the end of the day and judging by how much cake was left over, he and his son seemed to like the buttercream best.

I didn't think he could sucessfuly blow out all the candles on both cakes BUT


He is so funny.

Making cake for men is really different. No table cloths. No frilly napkins. No pink anything. No candles. No little party mints and peanuts in vintage china dishes. JUST CAKE! So, I just gave them what they wanted.

It sure was a pleasant day and I hope my husband will look back with happy memories as we showed him today how special he is to us.

Which is your favorite cake icing? Join in the birthday fun and leave a comment if you will!

Glad you came by today,


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

So Shabby Pink - My Favorite Place

Where is your favorite place?

I grew up in Virginia Beach. I just love the ocean and most of what comes out of it.

When I was younger, I was pretty much Daddy's girl. Our dog, Jody, and I would often go fishing with him. I spent some pretty scary moments with my Dad out there on the Chesapeake Bay . Let's see - stopper plugs coming out and water coming in, thunderstorms, submarines, freighter ships, sharks, dog overboard............ Thank the Lord, my Dad, the dog and I survived them all!

I also love the sounds and the smells of the ocean. Sea gulls. Waves. Life guard whistles. Boats. Sailboat sails flapping in the breeze and clanging on their masts. Ship horns. Sun tan lotion. Hot dogs. The smells of boat motor gas and oil combined with sea water you experience only at a marina. It is all so familiar and really gives me great comfort.

Now living in Texas, I still try to make the sea a part of our home with my collection of sea shells and related items. I bought this great conk shell during a visit to Florida. It sometimes serves as a door stop for the front door. It's pink and a perfect shabby chic accessory too! Nature is beautiful, isn't it?

So, where is your favorite place? Hope you will leave a comment.

Glad you came by today!


Saturday, August 09, 2008

So Shabby Pink - My Favorite Shabby Chic Style Door

In my last post, I mentioned how soothing our color palette of pinks and whites are in some of the rooms of our home. Here is one of my favorite corners.

I found this old door at an architectural salvage and custom door store. I paid $10 for it! It wasn't understood right away by my family when it moved in but over time, as they have seen my decorating style emerge, they "get it."

As far as the door, I did not sand it, paint it or in any way alter it. I did clean it up carefully so I wouldn't disturb the old paint. I like it just the way it is.

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I have started a new topic on my website, So Shabby Pink, titled "Decorating." I will be showing different ways to express the shabby chic and cottage styles in your home. It does not take a lot of money. Courage and a big imagination IS required, however. Come see us!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 03, 2008

So Shabby Pink - Pink Collectible Glassware

Oh, boy! I got another box in the mail not long ago! Kimberly at My Pink Boutique, sent me some of the prettiest pink glassware. I am adding it to my collection. What a pretty card too. Thank you, Kimberly!

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I really love pink. It is such a soothing color. The older I have gotten, the lighter my color palette has grown. Working as a registered nurse for over 20 years, can surely be stressful! What a breath of fresh air to walk into our family room of whites and pinks. These colors give me much comfort. Pastel shades of pink, blue, yellow and stress free WHITE surround me and my husband in a few rooms of our home.

Well, it's a busy work day tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 02, 2008

So Shabby Pink - Texas Buzzards

I have become quite the unexpected bird watcher these days but not in the usual way. There are hundreds of bird live video cams on the internet. My sister and I have found many that we have enjoyed watching this spring and summer. It started with the eaglet in Norfolk that I posted on previously.

Most of the bird nests are now empty but this falcon's nest in the UK has two new falcon chicks!

New Falcons: http://rspb.org.uk/webcams/birdsofprey/newforest.asp
Turn up the volume. When they eat, they are wild!

This nest is empty now but had two bald eagles. It is located in British Columbia. There are other cams you can watch on this site too.


So, after watching all these magnificent birds this spring and summer, what do I come across the other day in front of our house? BUZZARDS!! Yep, those ugly, scavenger things that eat road kill, were munching on a squirrel right in front of our home! I managed to get a few shots of them up in a tree but they were not very cooperative. They must have heard me say I needed to SHOOT a few pictures.

This is the best I could get. I tell you, these things are HUGE!

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Bird watching never appealed to me until I could see directly into the nest by these live video cameras. Try it for a week. You will be hooked too.

I found myself rooting for the smallest chicks that were being pushed aside by their larger siblings, and wanting to thump a few birds on the head for doing the pushing! My husband has thought I was crazy as I have sat here cheering as a baby falcon jumped out of the nest for the first time - and all of this, right here on my computer screen. Amazing. Just amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!