Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Cold front and a Mood change

My favorite season is Fall
but in South Texas we don't really
have a FALL
 Never the less, starting the end of September
I decorate my house inside and out
in the Harvest décor
just so I can get in the mood
(even though I do it in my flip flops
and shorts)
However, by the end of November
I'm getting a little weary
of the harvest theme
This weekend we had a COLD front!
It was in the 40' - 50's
This catapulted me into the
Christmas Mood!
Fall décor was packed up
Winter décor was brought down
The screen porch is looking like a winter wonderland
and there's a warm glow on the dining room table
The tree goes up!
Every Little Birdie says
I'm a girl of many moods

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What's For Dinner?

The dreaded question!
Hubby and I struggle each week
 to think of something new
and exciting to plan for dinner
and then we end up
cooking the same old meals

Have you heard of

A friend told us about this company

He said they send you three meals a week with all the pre-measured ingredients, everything you need with detailed instructions on how to prepare your meals 

He and his wife raved about how good it was.....


We decided to try it!


It takes all the guess work out of planning
plus it's healthy, low calorie  
and you are trying new things

Here's a sample of some of our latest meals
Jamaican Jerk Chicken & Maduros
with stewed collard greens
Roast Pork & Braised Endive
with Green Apple & Endive Salad
Salmon Pastrami on Rye
with Red Cabbage & Green Apple Slaw
Chicken Khao Soi Soup
with Yellow Curry and Crispy Wonton Noodles

Pork Meatballs in Butter Lettuce Cups
with soy dipping sauce and sticky rice


And yes, it takes an hour or so
to prepare these meals
but hubby and I love to cook together
so we pour a glass of wine
put on some music
get in the kitchen

and just in case you think we might
be going overboard on the low calorie/healthy
food kick.......

Here's what I prepared for dessert this weekend

English Trifle

I'm not even going to guess the calories
in this baby, but whatever,
it's worth every bite!!

Here's the recipe

Pound cake
Preserves, microwave to improve consistency
Large box of pudding
Berries, any kind
Whipping Cream

Place half of the pound cake cut into 3/4" strips
Drizzle preserves over cake
Spread half the pudding
Sprinkle berries over pudding
cover with whipped cream
Repeat for second layer


Every Little Birdie says


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cottage Attic

I recently took a painting assignment
for an interior decorator in town
She was remodeling a beautiful country home
and the adjoining guest house 
The guest house had an upstairs
bedroom that had the feel of an old attic,
which was charming but it was a little too dark
She wanted me to paint
 the existing furniture
to brighten the room

The desk was beautiful as is
but too dark for this room


We decided to paint the bottom
on this piece but keep
the gorgeous zebra top

Not quite finished but looking brighter!
Wouldn't you love to be a guest
in this cozy room
I loved working on this desk
lots of wonderful areas to distress

and the same with this beautiful
chair which will soon be
upholstered with a new
beautiful fabric

It's fun working on a project
and seeing it progress from
beginning to end
Every Little Birdie says
I think the owner will love her new "attic" room

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

White Wednesday

A White Harvest

Every Little Birdie says

Who says Harvest décor has to be Orange!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fluffing My Nest

After an extremely slow
June and July
my booth sales finally
picked up.....
So much that the
looked a little sparse
which meant I needed to get to work
buying, re-painting, re-purposing!

It's finally re-stocked
and ready for the holiday season!

The Vintage Nest Booth
is located at Junktoria
Victoria, Texas
Every Little Birdie says

Tis the season to shop till you drop!
Linking up to:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

White Wednesday

If you've followed my blog
for a while, you know two things
about me.....
         1.  I always forget to take "before" pictures
              of my furniture projects.
        2.  I paint everything WHITE!!!
Amazing as it is,
I actually remembered to
take a few BEFORE pictures!!
So this White Wednesday
I'd like to share my latest projects
Before & After
and yes, they will all be WHITE

I found this lowboy buffet
at Salvation Army

It had been there for months but
the price was a little too high

Finally the price got right
and I snatched it up!!

It needed a lot of cleaning,
a little repair work,
the top needed sanding,
some new hardware,
and WHITE paint!!

Isn't is amazing what a little paint can do?

 The new "bling" hardware
really helped too!
It now resides in my
Just waiting for the right customer!
This was a beautiful piece
however, the interior decorator
I was doing some work for
needed it to be WHITE
We decided to leave the top stained wood
I love the contrast!
I think the white really
brings out it's character
This is sort of a before picture
At least I remembered to grab my camera
before I painted it completely white
Don't you just love the legs on this piece!!

Boring brown table in need of repair
turned into a beautiful antique white
farmhouse table!

I love to re-purpose!!
and for the last couple of WHITE projects
you'll just have to use your imagine
on the BEFORE
because all your getting is the AFTER
(and you know why)

Tables are a hot item in my booth right now
which means I'm always in the process
of painting my next table!!
A little WHITE paint makes such a difference
Note to self:  take a picture of the table
that's sitting in my garage right now 
waiting to be painted
Every Little Birdie says
I forgot is my middle name!!