Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Thank You

Thank you to each and everyone of you for making this past year a fun and memorable one.

March marks my one year anniversary as a blogger.

I have met many friends through blogging.

Friends that I think of often, remember in my prayers and have been an inspiration to me.

I am in awe of the many talents that I have been exposed to over the past year.

I have enjoyed reading and viewing so many wonderful decorating posts.

I have been moved by Christian warriors.

I have been brought to tears by the compassion of so many.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing me a glimpse into your worlds.

Thank you for praying for me.

Thank you for all your kind thoughts and comments.

All of this being said, March 4th will be the last day my blog will be up.

I will continue to view and comment on your blogs but will no longer maintain The Tattered Tassel.

My email address is anncstephens@hotmail.com if any of you wish to reach me.

Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for a wonderful year.

Fondly,
Ann

Monday, February 28, 2011

What's On The Back of Your Toilet??

The back of a toilet is always a decorating challenge for me.

Don't know why?

Just the way it is...

Can't seem to be able to wrap my brain around that area of the bathroom!

After living here 8 1/2 months, yesterday I decided it was time to make some sort of decorating decision for our guest bathroom.

The area is long and narrow.

And, I'll just say it now, does not photograph well.  Nope it just isn't the photographer. :o)

This is what I did....







I purchased the flower arrangement from a dealer at an antique mall.  It certainly isn't an antique but that is where this lovely arrangement was living.  The flowers are actually mounted on the top of a candle holder.  Kinda thinkin' out of the box on that one, I like it!



I sat the arrangement, candle holder and all, inside of a vintage purse, and on top of a vintage Italian  tray.



Just for kicks(and because I am still trying to desperately unpack boxes) I decided to add my Rainbow Houses to the window sill.  My sister gave me this wonderful collection depicting Charleston homes about 20 years ago.


Yuck, gotta find a better looking shower curtain, one with more color.





Lastly,  where do you store your extra toilet paper? 
In this particular bathroom, I decided to store it right there next to the toilet.  






I found these two baskets at a local thrift store.  I think they are cemetery baskets.
As you can tell, the small one is still without a purpose.

I should probably use it in another room.

But for what??

I'm at a loss.

Can anyone out there help a sweet lookin', older basket with an odd shape find a new purpose in life?

She thanks you for any and all suggestions. :o)




I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Fondly,
Ann

Friday, February 25, 2011

Peanutrition

Yep, thats right...Peanutrition.

Peanuts are big business here in my home state, Georgia.

Like y'all didn't know that. :o)

My youngest dude participates in 4-H through his school.  He has been learning about Georgia agriculture and specifically peanuts.

Back in November he had to submit a recipe for a sandwich using crunchy peanut butter.

The winners would advance to the district finals.

Well, youngest dude won!!!

This past Tuesday night he competed with 6 other students from the county for the championship
in the category "Most Ingredients" for the Peanutrition competition.

Lo and Behold the boy won first place!!

We are so proud!!!

Indulge me for a few minutes as I share some photos of the evening....
































Our little "Iron Chef."











Just in case you're interested, some facts about peanuts....











And now for the winning recipe.

(Published with permission by the youngest dude.)



THE Sandwich

2 pieces of loaf bread
1 tbsp. crunchy peanut butter
1 tbsp. chocolate fudge frosting
1 banana, sliced lengthwise
2 tbsp. butter
2 eggs, beaten
cinnamon and sugar
powdered sugar.

Make THE Sandwich by spreading the peanut butter on one piece of bread and the chocolate frosting on the other.  Place sliced bananas in the middle of the sandwich.  Mix the cinnamon and sugar(to your liking) in the eggs.  Dip sandwich in the egg mixture.  Melt the butter in a small frying pan.  Pan fry the sandwich on each side until golden.  Remove to cool.  When cooled, slice and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Try it, it's a winner out of 300 entries!!


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  We have a buzzzy one planned!

Fondly,
Ann

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

His and Hers

What gets you going in the morning?

For me it's a cup of tea.

For him its a cup of coffee.

I was shopping at The Christmas Tree Shop on Friday when I came across these containers.
They were on the clearance shelf.  Marked down to $2.99 each.





























Honestly, I would prefer a Diet Coke but just will not let that happen.
Well, maybe once in a while!!

I'm linking this post to Sue's blog, It's A Very Cherry World, for her fun party Rednesday.


Fondly,
Ann

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Window seat transformation

When one reaches the top of our stairs in our house you are met by:

a landing area(that is now the home of The Tattered Tassel aka my office)

a large size window

a bench seat with storage area(yeah!!)


This is what that area looked like when we purchased the house:



very nice bones but not quite right for me.



After 7 months of living here I finally got around to changing it.

Here are the after photos.(Sorry for the bad lighting)






 As you can see, Gracie the Cat, really enjoys this area.


I had the cushions recovered using curtains that I purchased at JC Penny's 8 years ago.





I purchased the pillows at an antique store in Aiken, SC.  The dealer just happened to be working in her booth that day.  She told me that she made them herself, needlework and all, and had just brought them into the store the day before.  I love them.  One has Dogwoods and the other Magnolias, not to mention the lovely red birds!  I knew when I saw them that they would be perfect for this area.  They are also reversible...



I paid $35.00 a pillow.  I know, I know not a thrifty deal but still a good deal considering the great handiwork and the fact they are reversible.  When it's right you just know it. :o)



I purchased two of these candle sconces for $7.99 each a Ross.



The candles were $5.99 each at Ross.  I realize they are tall but I will use them and they will soon fit just perfectly.



Curtain panels were purchased at Wal-Mart.  I can't remember how much they cost.  I think they are still available.

There you have it.  My new updated landing area.(Again sorry for the lighting.)

I'm linking this before and after to Susan's fun blog party, Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps
on the Porch.


Have a wonderful week!

Fondly,
Ann


Friday, February 18, 2011

Plain and Simple



I just love the lines and design on this thrifted vintage pitcher.

I love how it sits atop two adorable thrifted doilies atop a thrifted antique oak stand.

Pitcher-.50
Doilies-.25 each
Oak stand-$12.00

This little vignette makes me happy every time I pass it.


I'm linking this post to A La Carte, Junkin Finds Friday
and also My Romantic Home, Show and Tell Friday.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Fondly,
Ann

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Puppy Cuteness

Are you ready for some cuteness?

Are you ready to ooh and aah?

These 5 little puppies that are calling my master bath home are just the most
adorable little creatures.

I first stated that the father was a Shih Tzu. But after a trip to the vet and
again talking to the previous owner of CoCo, we(the vet and I)have come to the
conclusion that their father is an English Bulldog.

Get a drink, sit back and enjoy the pictures!


















Oh how I feel for CoCo....




 Do you see the milk coming out of their noses?








Check out the smile on Lumpy's face!!







CoCo is an excellent mom!  AND she certainly loves her babies!!