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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Easy Peasy Gifts

Hi y’all! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!  We’re waiting for our son Jr to get here from Houston!  He had finals up until yesterday (Friday) and he is finished for this semester. Woohoo!    Some of you newer friends (followers) may not know this, but he is a second year medical student and we are so proud of him.  Actually, we just got home from fightin’ the crowds at the stores!     I have just a few more gifts to wrap up for our boys and we will be finished!   There is a special gift that we have not been able to find for our three youngest boys!  It looks like we will be up with the roosters tomorrow morning and hope to find it then!  This certain store opens at 6:00 in the morning! Gasp!  

I wanted to share with you some little gifts for some special teachers my boys have.  I love to send the boys off with a gift for their teachers as a token of our appreciation.  This year I decided to buy a mug and a one pound bag of Starbucks coffee. 


The card says it “perfect” :)



And there you have it.  Some easy peasy gifts but I’m sure they will enjoy it.  They are coffee drinkers. ;)


Have a wonderful weekend! 



Friday, December 17, 2010

Santa’s Boots??

Hi everyone! I want to thank all of my followers from the bottom of my heart.  I know I have not been posting as frequent but I know that you understand as well.   Thanks for hanging on, sweet and dear friends.    Please accept my apology if I haven’t responded to anyone that has left comments.  I think common courtesy is to at least go back and leave a sweet note to anyone that has taken the time to leave a comment, kwim?    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  So there is my little tidbit of a thank you. 

As I was sitting in my favorite wingback chair and just enjoying my Christmas tree, I look down and what do I see?  I see boots? Could they be Santa’s boots?


Look again. :D  My hard working hubby decided to take his boots off and place them right there where you see them. :)  He was too exhausted to take them off in our bedroom.  Ok with me. I love you honey and I appreciate everything you do for us.   


A friend suggested I wrapped them up for Christmas! :) That’s a good idea except what will he wear until then? *wink* 

I’m linking with Vanessa & Inspiration Friday Party

Thanks for coming by!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Tree Party!

Hi everyone! Today I am linking with Thrifty Decor Chick’s tree party , Sherry & Share the Decor, and Hooked on Houses Holiday Party.  I do apologize for being late but so glad that I am able to join.   Here is the Christmas tree that I have in the living room. 
Christmas Tree
Let’s start at the top. :)  This year, I used mesh garland in red.  I also used a gold mesh garland.  I added picks that I found at Hobby Lobby.  Love Hobby Lobby:)
Christmas Tree Topper
I found this ribbon last week at H.L. and unfortunately found only one roll!  I was able to use it on the front of the tree only.
Christmas Tree
And there you have it! :) Thank you for letting me join these fun parties! Off to see everyone else’s posts. :)


Monday, December 13, 2010

It’s Santa Claus Time!

Hi everyone!  Welcome to My Bella Rose!  I am linking with Marty & Tabletop Tuesday, &, Sherry & Share the Decor,  Vanessa & Inspiration Friday Party.  Please give them a visit! You’ll be glad you did!
I have a small contribution to the parties but I hope y’all like it!  Meet Mr & Mrs Santa Claus!
Here is a close-up of the flower arrangement.  I decided to keep using the same arrangement I have here but added some Christmas picks to it.  
And who do we have here? Why, it’s Mr.  Santa Claus but in different attire!  That silly Santa Claus! He gets bored of the same ole red and white clothing!
Here is a close-up of my bells I have hanging in my entrance hallway.  I’ve had these for years and years.  
Oh my goodness! What is that?! Gasp! An unfinished wall!  Yep, we decided to open up our entrance, my itty bitty dining room and my kitchen.   Dh knocked down a wall, had to place a beam, which is what you see, and open it all up.  I can’t wait to show you all once we are finished. 
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my little contribution! Have a wonderful day y’all!

My Christmas Mantle Setup.

Hello everyone! First of all, I’d like to thank those of you that responded to my previous post.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Like my mother in law says, we are taking it day by day.  We all agree that God has the last word on when our lives end.  The dr gave a prognosis but we know that the prognosis that counts is God’s.  So we are just going to be there for mama (mother in law) and love a lot to both of them.  Pops (father in law) may not know who we are, but I’m sure he can feel that we love him.  So with that said…..I want to share my mantle.  Oh my goodness! I worked on this on a weekend nonstop! 
This year I added the color chartreuse to my red and gold theme.  Chartreuse seems to be very popular! I love it!


A close-up. Loooove it!!! The green color gives it that pop!


You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town. :)  I'd like to add that I found this Santa picture at Kirklands on Black Friday of this year!  Isn't he grand and beautiful?


I am linking with

Susan & Met Monday.
Sherry & Share the Decor
Sue and  Rednesday!
Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Please visit these wonderful blogs for some really neat posts full of ideas! 
Thank you all for dropping by My Bella Rose. :)


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I Need…..

to ask for prayers. 

Hi everyone.  I hope you all are doing wonderful.  I don’t usually share personal things about my loved ones but…….I have been away from blogging for a while now and the reason is because we received some news about my father-in-law.  You see, he has Alzheimer’s and things are not looking good at all.   We are devastated. :(  He is like a father to me and I’m trying to shake this depression.  I will not go into details because I’m sure my little ones come and read my blog every so often.   Please keep him in your prayers. Please keep my mother in law and all of us in your prayers.    I hadn’t even decorated for Christmas until this past weekend.  My sweet mother in law told me that I should decorate.   I also told her that she should put her Christmas tree up at least (with our help) because their grandkids also look forward to seeing her tree up.   Hopefully she will change her mind.  If not, it’s ok.  Here is a picture I’d like to share with y’all.  It is of him and some of his grandkids and a couple of grandkids at heart.  


I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and your love.  I’ll be back another day to share my Christmas tree and other little things I did.   My heartfelt thanks.



Sunday, November 21, 2010

Buh Bye Brass!!

Hi everyone! I hope y’all are having a good week!  Thanksgiving Day is coming up! Are you headin’ out to the stores to get everything you need for the holiday?  I am! I have just a few more things to buy and that’s it.  The turkey is bought and stored away for now.  Pecan and pumpkin pies are ordered.  We used to make them ourselves but the last few years we have chosen to just buy them. So much easier! 

Anyway, I wanted to show  you what we worked on this weekend.  I had this idea a while back to spray paint  these two fixtures in one of my favorite colors…..Oil Rubbed Bronze.  Hubby finally had a chance to take these off so that I could get to town with my spray paint.  Woohoo!!!!  Let’s start out with the chandelier in my mini dining room.  It used to be brass! Brass is so out of date, isn’t it?  :)

Here is a before picture: 

Here it is in all of its brassy self.  ha ha!  This is how I decorated it last year for Christmas . 


And after:

My sweet hubby hanging it back up after I spray painted it.   So thankful he is such a patient man!  He is always ready to help my crafty self!   Ha ha!!


It looks so much better!  Love ORB paint!


Luuuuvvvv it!!!


This little light also got a makeover.   I don’t have a before picture but you can imagine it in brass.  blaahhh……. Look at it now. :)


Here it is close up.  Woohooness! 


So there you have it!  Spray paint is so easy to use.  

I am linking this post with

Cindy and Make it for Monday,

Susan and Met Monday,

Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family,

Power of Paint at Domestically Speaking, and

Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

  Please visit these wonderful blogs for some really neat posts full of ideas! 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  I really appreciate all of your comments. 




Ask, And Ye Shall Receive.

God wants you to know that it's okay to ask for help.  At times we get overwhelmed with the details and complexities of our lives.  Sometimes we need some help to get untangled, to gain a new perspective.  Ask for help.  Help may come in human


or divine form.  It may be seen or unseen.  Ask, and ye shall receive.


Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tickled Pink!

About what you ask?  First of all, Gloria from Happy to Be was having a giveaway for a pink tool set and I won!  Moi!  Gloria and I talked on the phone for a good while and she is just as sweet on the phone as she is on her blog.  :) I really enjoyed chatting with you, sweet lady. Thank you for the pink tool set and I look forward to using it. :) I quickly took this picture but please excuse the bad quality of it.  I couldn’t find my little canon point and shoot so I ended up taking the pictures with my huge Canon.  Looks like the flash settled on my face. *blush*  My hair is a mess cause I had been running some errands around town.  So anyway, that is the drill you see from the set.  It’s pink:)


I love love it!  My boys and I had such a fun time looking at all of the tools.  They also told me that I looked like a kid at a candy store. ha ha! 


I will definitely use these babies often, Gloria! I love it!


I also came to check my blog and noticed that  I have two new followers.  My heart was doing a pitter patter. :)  Aw, y’all are too sweet.  Thank you!  I enjoy following along your blogs and even though we’ll probably never meet in person, you all are special to me.  Everyone of you.  When people want to follow my humble blog, I am almost stunned. lol  Well maybe not stunned but it really touches my heart.   I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.  I pray that each and everyone of you receive many blessings.   Till next time…




Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mantle Party…..

Hey everyone! Have you checked out all of the mantles or is it mantels at Beth’s Party?  Here is the link.  You’ll want to go check out all of the mantles. They are all stunning!  These are mantles from last year just to give you a little inspiration. :)

Here is my link of my mantle from last year. -----


I’ve been thinking here lately as to how I’m going to decorate it this year.  I tend to change it up a bit year after year. :) 

Hobby Lobby has their Christmas picks for half off this week!  I need to go to H.L. :)

Have a good night!


You are a Human Being…..

On this day God wants you to know that you are a human being, not a human doing. Take time to just be, to breathe slowly, to feel your body that is the temple of your soul. No activities, no worries, no buzzing.


Have a wonderful Sunday, my friends.



Saturday, November 6, 2010

Outdoor Fall Display

Hi everyone.  Today I am linking with Chari and Sunday Favorites.  I do believe this is my first time participating, Chari:)  Yippee! 
 I had originally posted this on October, 6, 2009 and since we are in the fall season, I thought it would be fitting to share it again.  

This was from a Sandra Lee magazine and I loved this display!


I looked and looked for a wooden wheelbarrow but didn’t find one so I decided to use my old wagon.  It’s not as fallish as the wheelbarrow but I think it'll be ok.   I hurriedly placed the two pumpkins in front of the wagon.  I think i’ll add a bale of hay and place the pumpkins on top of the hay instead. :)  I took this picture this morning and fog was starting to set in. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful day. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

I Got the Flu Shot & Being Spoiled.

I’m linking with Vanessa and Inspiration Friday Party.  Thank you Vanessa for hosting this fun party.

I am so spoiled.    

Spoiled by my husband and my kids!  untitled *sigh* :)  I got my flu shot and of course got some of the symptoms.  Symptoms like headaches, achiness, etc.  Is it worth it to get the flu shot?  Of course it is.  So in the meantime, I’m being spoiled by my boys.   I decided to curl up on the sofa.  I don’t usually do this in the living room. Ha ha!   One of my twins was brushing my hair and the other twin decided to take pictures.  I must be influencing them to be photographers. *wink* Love my boys. :)


Silly kids!  I store my camera in the little cabinet.  See the door open?  LOL!

I’m going thru a midlife crisis! I have decided to be a blondie!  My beautician told me that it’s going to take about four to five trips because she has to highlight it slowly.  Oh dear me! LOL!    I have to condition often so that my poor hair will not get so damaged.  I’ll show y’all what products I use some time.   

Look at that precious face!  He has the most perfect complexion and color! He’s tanned like my husband.  I wish I had a tan like that. LOL


I can’t believe I’m showing you this picture! The horror! I have no makeup on! ha!   After I told my son “love you” in sign language, I told him to put the camera up!


Thank you so much for visiting My Bella Rose and a little peak at home life. :)


Until next time,



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pretty Table Runner.

Hey everyone! It’s Sandra! :)  Today I am linking with Marty with Tabletop Tuesday, and Sue with Rednesday.   Y’all visit these two wonderful blogs please!  You’ll be glad you did. :)

I can’t believe it is November already.  In addition to shopping at Home Goods (in Houston) I also went to Kirkland’s.  This table runner caught my eye.  As you can see it is red and gold.  My perfect colors. 


Perfect for my entrance hallway. :)



Until next time,




Monday, November 1, 2010

We visited our son in Houston.

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having wonderful fall days.  We just got back from visiting our son in Houston.  Some of you may not know but he is in his 2nd year of med. school there.  My sweet hubby had the weekend off from work so we decided to  take our three youngest boys with us on a trip! It takes us a good nine hours to get there but I think it’s worth it.  :)  We had the nicest time with our oldest.  We went out to eat and I splurged on a margarita. *smile*   Then I wanted to go shopping but Jr didn’t want to so he took his three little brothers sight seeing.  My hubby was the one that had to take “moi” shopping. LOL!  He doesn’t mind though.  ha ha!  There is a new Home Goods in Houston and I was in Home Goods heaven!  I wanted everything! LOL!  Of course I thought of my blogger friends and that they’d wanna see what I saw.  I walked around taking pictures and I’m sure people wondered by I was taking pictures. HA HA!!  Please excuse the quality of some of the photos (like the Santas) I took these with my phone.

Oh my goodness! Look at this stunning rooster! Is he purty or what?!


Look at this stunner!  Aaah, so beautiful!


Love these!  I didn’t buy any roosters or anything rooster related.   Boohoo!


But look at these!  Isn’t he just beautiful?


So beautiful and ready to go home! :)


I couldn’t decide on which one to choose!   Either this one or…..


this one??  So I had both side by side and I chose this one finally. :)   I can’t wait to display him for the Christmas season.   These Santas are all going for 49.99! I thought it was a good deal!  He’s a good three feet or really close to it!


Well y’all, I hope you enjoyed my post.  I’m going to look into how to cook pumpkin?!  I bought a good sized pumpkin but because we were in Houston, we just didn’t have a chance to carve it for halloween!  I told my hubby that I am going to cook it and make some pumpkin bread!  We’ll see what happens. :D  I hope you all have a wonderful  Monday evening. :)




Thursday, October 21, 2010

Red and Gold

I’m linking with Vanessa & Inspiration Friday Party, Tam & Three or More Tuesday, and Sue & Rednesday.  Please visit these wonderful blogs!  You’ll be glad you did! :)

Slowly but surely, I’m changing things around here.  This is our bedroom.  I bought this bedding at JCP for a great price!  The bedding is called Castlebury.  

JCP Castlebury Bedding

Please excuse the handle there! That’s my treadmill.  We have it in our bedroom cause we don’t have any where else to put it.   It’s ok, I won’t complain. ;)  Aaah, someday we will have a king size bed.  This is a queen size.  It looks small! LOL!

JCP Castlebury Bedding  

I found these two pillows at Kirklands.  They were 2 for 19.99! Perfect!

Pillows from Kirklands

Here is a close-up of the bedding.  Beautiful rich colors but not overpowering!  My boys have informed me that the bed looks like it belongs in a hotel.  Ha ha!  Kids!


I also bought some curtains in a gold color but I won’t put those on until I finish painting our bedroom.  

And speaking of Red!  It’s a red can!    Have y’all gotten a hold of this air freshener?  It is Glade Winter Collection in Apple Cinnamon.  Oh my goodness!  It smells yummy and so fallish!


Have I told you lately that I appreciate you visiting “My Bella Rose”?   Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to visit my humble blog.  Y’all have no idea how much it means to me.   Again, thank you!  Thank you!  

Until next time,