Copycat Vintage Thermos Lamp

Upcycled Vintage Thermos Lamp by

I’ve always heard that, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  I hope that the talented Pam from House of Hawthornes agrees with this because I 100% copied her clever idea for making a lamp from a vintage thermos.  Pam found her thermos at a yard sale and mine was a dumpster diving find.  I loved this thermos the minute my friend … [Read more...]

Wallternatives in My New Classroom

Decorating  Classroom with Wallternatives by virginiasweetpea

Today is my 41st first day of school:  13 as a student, 4 in college, and 24 as a middle school teacher.  That’s a lot of first days, you’d think I’d be an old pro at it by now but believe it or not, I still get a bit nervous.  This year I have reason to be nervous as it’s my first year teaching 6th grade.  I explained a few weeks ago … [Read more...]

Our Front Entry’s Dirty Little Secret

My Entry's Dirty Little Secret by virginiasweetpea

Our front entry had a dirty little secret.  You can’t see it from the street, can you?  Our entry looks like that of many Cape Cod style houses in our town:  covered entry, tan paint, and a Chippendale storm door.   Take a closer look.  Can you see the dirty little secret now?   Look carefully.  What looks to be a … [Read more...]

Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce (No Cook!)

Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce by

It’s August which means gardens are producing abundant supplies of tomatoes.  My favorite cherry tomato variety is Sun Gold which is fabulous for eating straight off the vine.  We also enjoy them sliced in half and tossed in a bit of rice vinegar.  Another way I like to use my abundant supply of Sun Golds this time of year is for a pasta sauce … [Read more...]

Guest Hosting for #thriftscorethursday!


  It’s no secret that I love vintage treasures and have fun shopping for them at thrift shops,  yard sales, and sometimes even in a neighbor’s trash.  Finding a treasure for a free or a bargain is the ultimate shopping high for me. Trisha from Black and White Obsession and Brynne from The Gathered Home invite fellow vintage … [Read more...]

Hibiscus – A Prolific Bloomer

Hibiscus by

  A few days ago I noticed that my hibiscus is blooming and is so pretty.  I planted this almost 20 years ago and it comes back each year no matter how hard the winter.  I love its big showy pink blooms that last just a day.  The blooms open in the morning and by late afternoon have closed and will fall off the next … [Read more...]

Summer Dreams $500 Cash Giveaway

Summer Dreams $500 Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the $500 Summer Dreams Cash Giveaway! Someone is going to get lucky, lucky and it could be you! I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you a summer giveaway and one lucky person will win $500 cash. The giveaway starts on August 6 and ends on August 19. Good Luck! Enter to win $500 cash via PayPal. Complete the … [Read more...]

Easy Cleaning with Swiffer

Swiffer Effect

Cleaning is not one of my favorite things to do but I like to have a clean house.  After we got our dog in March of 2013, I found it especially difficult to keep my house clean.  Sherman sheds a lot and his hair can be found everywhere.  Working full-time, writing a blog, taking care of our lawn and garden, exercising, and walking our dog left … [Read more...]

Tour Through Blogland

Tour Through Blogland with Sweet Pea

A few weeks ago, my friend Kathy from Petticoat Junktion,  invited me to participate in a Tour Through Blogland.  On this tour, each blogger shares a bit about themselves, answers four questions, and introduces you to some other bloggers that they adore. I have known Kathy for several years through our blogs and have had to pleasure of seeing … [Read more...]

Family Fun at Smith Mountain Lake

Family Fun at Smith Mountain Lake

Last Sunday we had a fun family day at Smith Mountain Lake.  It wasn’t very sunny but it was warm and we had a lot of fun talking, swimming, boating, kayaking, and eating.  Sherman was in the middle of things at all times and loved every minute of it. Mr. SP and I refer to Sherman as “Captain Sherman” when we are on the boat because he … [Read more...]