Friday Funday





Hi girls! Let's just chat today. :)
The green highlighted words are links if you want to jump over.

Thanks for all the input you've shared about guest rooms.
Seems like we are on the right track here at our house but
we sure have some closet cleaning to do. Ugh.

Went to Canton yesterday with my sister in law. Canton is a once a month awesome flea market extravaganza. My favorite part of all is Laurie Anna's Vintage Home.  
I could spend my very last dime there!!  I bought some really fun things which are still in my car.
Do you do that?

Speaking of Laurie Anna, do you see the pictures of her house on Facebook?
Go to Cupola Ridge and be prepared to swoon.  She's living the dream in her farmhouse.

I wanted to brag on Rebekah who does the decorating and behind the scenes
blog work here. She's the smart girl who made Poofing the Pillows pretty and did the code work
to change over to .com. Seriously, I don't even know what that all means. 
Any time I send her an email she's quick to answer and seems to read my mind.
That's a wonderful thing. 

Sherry at Thrift My House is having the neatest give away at her blog.
Sherry is a long time, sweet blog friend. ♥
Just a hint about the give away...beautiful Thanksgiving decorating items.
You want to go over there and follow her. I promise.

We have our candy ready for the trick or treaters. 
There are about a zillion kids in our neighborhood and we love to see them.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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Guest Room Update: ORC Week 4


The One Room Challenge continues with some amazing decorating happening!




Have you visited the links at Linda's blog?

There are ladies who are building on to their houses and everything!!
Makes my little guest bedroom fluffing look like a piece of cake. ;)

Cottage Guest Bedroom

In the last few days, the artwork has been moved to another wall. Lamps have been shuffling around the house. I have used my supreme Stitch Witch ironing skills and made a cord cover for the lamp.

It's the little things. :)

My brother was subjected to Ikea when we passed through  Round Rock, TX the other day. We bought a chair for the guest room.

I have vacuumed the room and stared at it endlessly because it's coming together beautifully.
The other day I realized that a wall cabinet that has been in my closet for 4 years need to hang
in this room. Woo hoo! Happy about that. 

Carry on now and have a wonderful week.
Thank you everyone for your sweet comments here and on Facebook.

What's the one thing that you think every guest room should have?

Linking with:
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours


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Winner Winner


The winner of the HomeGoods gift card is............

Ms. Mary Scott 

who has visited Poofing the Pillows on Facebook and here on the blog.

Mary, I'll be trying to contact you today. :)

Thank you everybody for your sweet messages in the past few days.  ♥♥

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Seven Fall Gardening Tasks

7 Fall Gardening Tasks To Do

Don't give up on your gardens now!!
It might be tempting to walk away now and just move on to the next season but there are things you can do now to make your gardens prettier in the future. 

Of course, it all depends on where you live and your climate but here are 7 things on my to do list right now.  

 1. Clean up and mulch. 

A few weeks ago, I worked in the front flower beds pulling out spent summer plants.
In an instant the bed began to look better in my eyes!
Then I applied bags and bags of mulch to the front beds.
Mulch is great for water retention, cold protection, and your muscles girls. :)

2. Take out plants that don't make you happy.

Remember me telling you that I removed 6 Drift Rose bushes?
It was a hard decision because we spent good money on those bushes.
But truthfully they were ugly. The end.

3. Think about next spring. It's time to get your bulbs. 

Here in the Dallas area we have to purchase bulbs and refrigerate them for a few weeks before planting. That might not be the case where you are but either way..
buy your bulbs for next spring. You'll be so happy you did. :)

7 Fall Gardening Tasks

4. Plant trees and bushes.

Again this is for my gardening Zone 8a....how about yours?
We plant trees and bushes now to give them a chance for a nice 
start before extreme weather hits.

 5. Plant fall to winter flowers.

In our area we can plant pansies, cabbages, and kale that will last all winter.
Cyclamen and some other beauties live with a minimum low temp of 32. 

6. Fertilize 

Apply the appropriate fertilizer to your grass and flower beds for your area.
Don't guess or take my word for it.
Ask a nursery man in your area.

7 Fall Gardening Tasks

7.  Leaves

Decide what to do with all the excess leaves. They make great insulators for your plants if you
leave them on the ground for the winter.

One more thing....

WATER!!


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Cutting for Stone - A Book Review


Do you remember seeing the little snippet of this book a couple of weeks ago when
we were out on my back patio? Some of you made me laugh because you 
noticed the Tootsie Rolls and not the book. :)

I finally finished this book and wanted to share a little about it.
This was so out of my southern fiction loving zone it's not even funny!

                              was this month's selection for the book club I'm in with friends.

Here's the synopsis from the book jacket:

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. 

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles--and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

Are you intrigued?
There were parts of the story that were difficult to read but I could barely put it down!
If you decide to read Cutting for Stone, please let me know what you think.

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Guest Room Update: One Room Challenge

Good morning! 

Dropping in today to give you a little update on our guest room that I'm working
on as part of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling It Home.

This is a fun excuse to post pictures of a mess. :)

One Room Challenge Update

This week I've been working on the accessories in the room.
My main focus has been finding perfect, one of a kind art pieces to hang on the walls.

Yes, I'm kidding.

Do you remember what I said about my budget?
With that budget in mind, I framed a piece of Cavallini wrapping paper for one spot.
I have framed pretty papers several times and I'm always happy with it. Just $5 or less. 


One Room Challenge guest room update

In this next picture you can see the shelf that was already above the bed.
The birdhouse was purchased a couple of years ago and I just found the art at a very special gallery 
near me otherwise known as Hob Lob. I love it!

One Room Challenge Week 3 Messy Progress

I'm on the hunt for coordinating toss pillows.
There's also a lamp shuffle in our near future.

That's where I am on this project right now. :)

I want to thank you all so much for your sweet messages in the last few days.

Remember to visit Poofing the Pillows on Facebook and 
leave comments here for the drawing to be held next week.

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It's Not a Secret Anymore!



Poofing the Pillows


Poofing the Pillows 

is now .com website and we have a

Facebook page.

What does this mean?

I'm going to step up my game....be proud of what's happening here....
take the bull by the horns....

All of that good stuff.

Thank you so much to all of you who have been here with me all along.
Welcome to anyone new who visits.
I'm glad you are here.

I hope you'll leave comments and let me know you visited.
Now because I'm feeling giddy about this ... let's have a give away!

I'll be sharing a $25 gift card to HomeGoods in a drawing to be held
on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

Just leave me a little message and I'll draw names out of a hat the old fashioned way.

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A Proud Day in Decorating History

I've been thinking lately.
There are a bazillion amazing blogs these days. 
Seriously, my bohiney could sit in this chair all day long and look at all the beauty out there. 
Sometimes I do just that and you know what the result is?

Front porch 2014 part 2

I start to feel inadequate.
I get mad at myself for not thinking of sitting a pumpkin in that planter.
Or I wonder, why I didn't think to tie a bow on that jar like she did?
Or I contemplate buying another pillow from Pottery Barn that I shouldn't buy.

This fall though, I've remembered a day way back when I was in college 
and lived with my parents.
In our neighborhood, I don't remember people decorating for seasons or holidays other than Christmas. There was an occasional jack-o-lantern but you know ....
the kids carved it the day before Halloween.

20 Things to Love About Fall

Anyway, on that day, I took myself to the nearby Marshall Pottery store and bought things to make a door decoration for our house. As I recall, it was a broom and I attached ribbons and fall flowers.

I remember how proud I was!
I remember taking my time to pick out each little part
and hanging it on the door with
a big smile. :)

My round about point in this post is that 
I hope you feel proud of your home.

Whether it's tiny and a work in progress or large with an unlimited budget.
I think there's so much to see these days that all of us can feel inadequate
from time to time.


Remember that your home is yours.
It shelters the people you love and it is where your memories are made.
Be proud of what you do in your home.

That's my tiny little grain of wisdom today friends.

Front porch 2014   

Today I'd love to know what you're proud of in your home.


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