Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Inspired, Desired and Not all that Tired

Yesterday was a full day……a GOOD full day….the kind where you can sit down at the end of it and just say “ahhhhhh”.

Met up with Sheri of Shabby Sheep and we headed out to look at tile for the fireplace surround and then on to Ozark to stop by Leola’s


and Spring Creek to do a little “antiquing” and have lunch at the Spring Creek tea room.  I was really “jonesin’” for some of their cold strawberry soup.

However, when we got to Spring Creek they were not serving lunch…..tea room is closed on Monday.  What a bummer!  Instead we just looked around to see what they had antique wise and salivated over the smells coming from the kitchen (they must have been baking cakes for tomorrow’s clientele…..it smelled sooooo good in there…..TORTURE, I say, TORTURE!)

Next we headed on over to Leola’s….going there is always a treat! Sheri recognized Jan from Summer Sundays and while we were talking I noticed that all of us had on “peace” jewelry….Sheri had on a peace ring, Jan had a peace symbol on her necklace and I had on my peace earrings….serendipitous? I think we are all searching and wishing for peace.

Here are a few of the great pieces that I noticed at Leola’s…..a beautiful hooked rug! and these huge wire baskets

….of course right now I’m “liquidating” not “accumulating” but I am definitely going to show the picture of the wire crates to Kenny when he gets back home….I think they would make awesome end tables!

Oh yeah, digressing now….before we went to Leola’s and Spring Creek we went to look at tile for around the fireplace.  I went the other day and picked up some neutral tile samples to show Kenny, but he thought they were too “blah”.

Now, rather than have “blah” tile around the fireplace (those are Kenny’s words), we talked about putting an apple green mosaic tile instead…..I guess your house should reflect who you are and he talked me into going for something that was more “me” that had some color and a touch of glimmer.

We stopped by Unique Tile in Nixa, MO and found the “perfect” shade of green with just a touch of glimmer to it…..I know that the lady there was like “what is this woman thinking ?!”…..most people in this area are pretty traditional and shy away from bold colors like what I was after, but she did finally find a tile that was to my liking.  It had some shimmer and it was the PERFECT color of green!  I gave her my measurements (for the fireplace surround) and she said I would need 15 square feet.  I asked her how long it would take it to come in and she said about 2 weeks….. (okay, I just wanted to load it up and take it home….I’m not good with waiting, but I figured that whatever I found was going to be “special order” because of the wild color)……then the kicker…..HOW MUCH?






$637 + freight

(Sheri sees color drain from my face at this point)

How much is it per square foot , I ask? 



“okay”, I say, “I will have to talk to my husband about this before I order it….thanks”

You can see the tile HERE and see the MUCH LOWER price that I found it at on-line…….I will have to pay for shipping (which I was going to have to do at the store as well, but I’ll save sales tax) so I’m going for it! I’ve already placed my order….no turning back now!

After lunch, at Subway, we headed back to town and I dropped Sheri off at her house and then proceeded to head out for more!

Went to FunTiques to check out a dining room table I was thinking about for the dining room.

Got there and it was sold….guess it just wasn’t meant to be….would have had to change the upholstery anyway.

They also had this chair with a matching ottoman, but it was $400 and then I would still have to have it reupholstered……oh well, at least I have it “out of my system”

Next I went and wandered around “Charlie’s Antiques”, but I noticed that the name had changed to “Urban Flea Market”…..don’t know what’s up with that, but didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without…..well, did find another chair like the one above for $124, but sat in it and it was not very comfortable, so decided to pass.

Stopped by our wonderful little library on the way home to return a few books and can’t resist going in to pick up a few more…..to see what’s on my reading/looking/skimming list check my side bar.

So now that I’ve got the “looki-loos” out of my system, I head home and throw a chicken in the oven, go outside to water the “out of control” coleus in front of our house.

After dinner, I sit down and finish the pillow for Aiden

while listening to

This is the first time I’ve really sat down and listened to a book on CD while I was working on something……I liked it and will most likely do it more! It’s like escaping to another world!

Now that I have the pillow finished I’m getting ready to start on my next project.  Here is the door that goes between my kitchen and my utility room…..I stripped it down to bare wood when we remodeled the kitchen and I haven’t done anything with it…..but now I’m ready to get creative and go for it…..

I’m going to paint it with black chalkboard paint…hope to have pictures of the AFTER in the morning. I love, Love, LOVE this door….it’s one of those Dutch doors that the top and bottom open separately.


Have a great day, talk to you soon,



  1. I love the tile and your pillow really turned out cute.

  2. I like that funky green tile. Anxious to see it installed.

  3. Aiden's pillow is wonderful. I love that door and using chalkboard paint is a great idea...will you use black or another color?

  4. Lucky Aiden!!!! I looooove that pillow. I've got to start hooking. So glad you came by the shop & we could actually meet and also happy for you that you found the tile at a better price. It was so true what you said about the "peace" symbol we all had on yesterday. This morning I found Vince Gill's voice in my head singing "let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me". Just wish I knew exactly what that meant or if, maybe, God is trying to tell me something. Enjoy this beautiful day & come back & visit us. We would love to sell you those wire baskets.

  5. Love the dutch door.
    Sounds like you and Sheri had a good day together.

  6. Tammy ~
    I love how the pillow turned out.
    Those are THE BIGGEST coleus I've ever seen!
    Pug hugs :)