Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years!

Well it is that time of year to pull out your little black dress and get those cute shoes out!

 Get ready to enjoy the fireworks!

Make a toast! Make a New Years resolutions list! 

Wishing you all a wonderful and lovely 
                                                               NEW YEARS!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The finished product

After a couple day of inhaling paint fumes here is the hutch. I love the way it came out! I'm just waiting for longer screws to put the last glass handle on. I switched them out from the original old brass looking ones.  

I guess I'm also thrilled to have some more of my treasures unpacked and on display! Have a super day! Traci 

Monday, December 27, 2010

new starts

Well after a wonderful holiday with my family. 

 Loved the new table all set for Christmas.

 Okay REALLY loved it!

Baked a ton of cookies! I feel happy and satisfied. I'm also so ready to move forward. I took it all down the day after. I made Mr. Shabby nest help me clean the garage due to the fact since getting married a lot of my stuff sat in boxes in the garage. I put my foot down and insisted we move my couch in and move his out and put it on CL. It was a nice couch but just not my taste. One of those super puffy reclines on each ends man couch! Mine is floral with down cushions very girly! I know when my step son gets back from visiting his mom he will not like losing his total veg out couch. I know because my own son as soon as he came over stated, "Oh I loved his couch so much more!" Oh, well being the only girl in a sea of men I have to have to have some proof I'm here!

I bought this hutch a few weeks ago off craigslist for $40.00! So I think today I will start painting it. I don't know what it is but I love painted furniture! My hubby says God forbid we should have something wood in the house. I gave it a shot tried to live with it but it's just not me unless it's painted! So I will show you the results soon. Have a wonderful day!Traci 

Thursday, December 23, 2010


 This is me ecstatic about getting my table! My son says I'm weird cause I'm the only person who gets so excited about furniture. I informed him it's a girl thing.

So here it is all set up. It is rather large but I think it fits ok in the space.                                                

   I put a crocheted table cloth I have had forever but really never had a table big enough for it now I do! I already gave the speech to the kids about how it will not be a dumping station for backpacks,gym bags, coats, books or anything other than approved kitchen wares. My oldest stepson had to argue as usual but I just stood my ground. What is it with teenagers always arguing?

This was the first photo I took on my phone to send to mom. I guess I will have to sell the other table on craigslist after I paint it! Well I'm one happy gal! Merry Christmas to all! I'm off to make sugar cookies.  Traci

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I'm speechless!

Oh, my here is a sneak peek at my Christmas gift! Can you guess what it is?? I will give you a hint came from a place that starts with P and ends with a word that starts with a B. (May have mentioned it in an earlier post)Will post more pics of it all set up later! That sneaky Mr. SN! Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Remember the reason for the season! Hugs, Traci 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Red and White for me Please

Isn't this the cutest little cottage door?

Country living
Stockings all in a row

I have visited many blogs with gorgeous decorations in a rainbow of colors but for me red and white is my absolute favorite!

What are your favorite Christmas colors?


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Naughty or Nice

Well I was informed this morning By Mr.SN I had to come up with a Christmas list by tonight or I get no gifts. Well I don't do well with ultimatums. So I sit here pondering what can I ask for?
Let's see maybe a beautiful fur coat? Since we have so many upscale parties to go to this season! 

Maybe a gorgeous diamond bauble?

Oh, I know how about maid service for a year?

I should tell you I have coveted this Pottery Barn table for about 9 months now. To the point of visiting it every time I went to the mall (yes they became to know me quite well there). I gave up hope though as I figured it was a little pricey for our budget. Only after I purchased another table at an antique store(more within the budget) which I plan on painting soon, did dear sweet Mr. SN informed me I planned on buying that PB table as your Christmas gift! Do I believe him? I'm not sure! So I'm so stuck on what to ask for!

Any suggestions out there? All I really want is for all my family to get along, my kids to be happy, maybe if Mr.SN could pick up his pj's from the floor wouldn't be a bad thing, my youngest son to learn my phone number again, my oldest to stop smoking, my step-son to actually unload the dishwasher properly instead of just shoving dishes anywhere and you have to go on a scavenger hunt to find a measuring cup, or stop using the word Dude sooo much, and for the cat to actually use her litter box again (to her defense she is a half dead cat that 's my nick name for her as she is 18 years old and I inherited her through marriage). I don't think that is to much to ask for!   Traci

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I'm not sure what I'm feeling lately. I have the house decorated for the holiday. Maybe I just feel blue because winter is here. Never been a great fan of freezing. I'm more of a warm weather gal. I know what am I doing in Iowa? I'm not sure if it is just one thing or maybe a combination of several things going on. I think I'm beginning to see it isn't all about trying to make my home look like something out of a magazine. Decorating til I can't see straight. Don't get me wrong I do like pretties and decorating I just think I need to focus on other things and just let go of the obsessing!  

So I'm posting a few pretties and sparkle to chase away the blues.

Just find the joy of the season and the reason for the season.

 Some vintage sparkle on a lovely sweater always make me smile!

Saw a double rainbow a few days ago and made me feel like a kid again!

I love this saying it is so true!

So as the holiday approaches I plan on taking it easy this year not stressing out so much about everything being perfect and just enjoy! I hope all of  you can do the same!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I just wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful blessed and thankful day! I know it can get crazy and chaotic when your busy preparing for it. Not to mention sometimes the stress of a houseful of loved ones and maybe not so loved ones. Just remember to take a moment to be thankful we all have so much to be thankful for! I'am thankful for my Mr.SN,my two wonderful boys,my family,my very privileged life compared to a lot of people now a days, and of course all of you sweet people who take time out of your day to leave me a sweet comment! So enjoy your holiday whatever your plans might include! Ladies if you do black Friday shop til you drop!
Have a Great one!!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Give a little love

As I sit here with hair color on my head covering up my natural highlights that come with age, I'm pondering men. Being recently remarried we just celebrated our one month of wedded bliss. Ok, maybe not perfectly blissful but definitely good. As women we are totally different creatures then men. We find different things funny, we deal with stress differently,we approach problems differently and we definitely handle our emotions differently!
I'm a Pisces and we tend to be a bit dreamy, emotional, sometimes seem detached, very sensitive and maybe a flair for the dramatic. Poor Mr. SN he is the most calm, non emotional, and even tempered person I have ever known.
So you can imagine this poor man's surprise when I have one of my emotional break downs  or get sensitive to something he may have very nonchalant he may have said. He says he's never had to deal with anyone behaving like that. (not sure if he was married to a robot previously)  So it is an adjustment on both our parts we knew this going in to this.
I have recently started reading the book The proper care and feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Shclesinger. Now granted I don't agree with everything she has to say but a lot of it makes sense. I think we sometimes forget that men do have emotions and feelings.
 We tend to think of them as tough and able to handle it.So many men don't become such a priority after we have kids or we get so involved in a ton of projects or work. We get weighed down by the daily grind,the kids, or feeling like they don't help enough. So then we complain and nag. You don"t help with the kids enough, you don't do enough around the house or you don't make enough money. Come on you know we have all been guilty of it. It doesn't work or help so maybe it's time to try a new approach.
 I guess men aren't really all that complicated they just want what we want love,respect and understand. They just want to know you will love them and need them. They don't want to be nagged and berated. I know sometimes I have been known to nitpick and not recognize the good things. I find it goes a lot better if you do praise your hunney for the good things too. Rather then always concentrating on the negative! Our men go out and work hard for us and our family,they do want what's best for us.
We obviously picked these men to marry because we saw something in them we loved,needed and desired to spend the rest of our lives with.
So tonight ladies when your hunney walks through the door give them a big hug and kiss and praise them for something you appreciate and see how it works.Give a little love! Would love to here from you!   

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My New Stove

My dear Mr. Shabby nest surprised me last weekend, I must admit he did frighten me a little at first starting the conversation with, I bought something.

What? I asked nervously.
My mind was going wild!

 Did he buy that new truck he has mentioned a few times? Because we were about to have a knock down drag out! Did he buy his son the motorcycle he has hinted about to his dad about 2 or 3 hundred times? That would be a knock down drag out for him with his ex I'm sure!

So after a few minutes of gathering my thoughts. I tried to sound calm and cool.
Oh really what? Sweet as could be.

Well he begins since I can;t keep it from you I bought that old stove that you wanted.

Let's take a step back because I first saw this stove in his friends garage a few months ago. I drooled, oohed, and awed over it. His friend said you can have it for $75.00. I just want to get it out of my garage. Well I looked at hubby with my cutest you know I will love you forever look if we get this.
He just wasn't buying it. What will we do with it? It's gonna be really heavy to move! I would have to sandblast it and paint it. Those were all the excuses.

Even his friend tried to convince him I just couldn't live without it.
Come on didn't she mow your five acres for you every week during the summer heat. Have dinner waiting for you every night when you stepped in the door. You have bragged her up all this time doesn't she deserve it!

Okay, I was ready to hug his friend! I looked over at hubby and gave him a you know he's right look. He still said no !

I eventually got over it and had actually had kinda forgotten about it.

Then he goes and gets it to my surprise! It don't get better then that! 

So here it is!

Yes it is rough. It will need sand blasted and painted.

Just look at all the detail though! Love all the scrollishness and the legs! Now I just have to decide where it will go. Of course I will have to decide the color to. Please feel free to give suggestions.           Traci

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Oh, Young Love

This is my youngest son. He is my baby and him and I seem to have or should say had a special connection. Maybe because we are a lot alike yet so different too. 

Now love is in the air.

This is Charlie with his new girl. Don"t get me wrong she is a wonderful girl everything a mom could hope for their son to find. But I miss him! I know boys grow up and become men.
This is his best friend. This was the day I dropped him off at college.

He is happy and in love. He just recently decided to drop out of college. He felt he was wasting his time not knowing what he wanted to do for sure." I just need sometime to figure it out mom" he said.So I told him fine, of course I might of said a few other things like are you @!#& crazy! Do you realize how fast life goes and if you drop out you might not get a chance to go back. I just hope he figures it out. I do realize it is so hard at that age to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. He is a smart guy I'm sure he will figure it out soon. I think he is just having a lot of fun right now with having his first real girlfriend. They take a ton of pictures together and I must say they are a very photogenic couple!  
I guess as I sit here drinking my coffee and writing this post I just can"t believe how fast they do grow up. You have to let go and hope for the best for them and watch as they make their mistakes or as they succeed. You have to patiently sit back and know they will call you (or text)  when they need you.

Yesterday I texted him because I hadn't heard from him for awhile and asked "Will I ever hear from you again?"
He answered back " About what?"
I said, "Um about how you are?" Or What have you been up to?"
He said, "Oh how have you been?"

Geez, mommy isn"t needed anymore! I just have such a hard time letting go. I'm not the only lady in his life now. I only wish happiness for him and his brother. My mom says they do come back and will always be there when they need something. For now he has a new love and her family is very good to him so he is a very lucky guy.

I will just have to take up some more hobbies to fill the void of my boys being grown ups. Easier said then done when being mom is all I have done for the last 20 years!

I am probably going to be in a lot of trouble for posting this! Aww, whom I kidding he doesn"t have time to look at mom's blog!