Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Joys of Paint ~ An Exterior Light

Ahhhh….the joys of paint. I’ve been an artist since high school so love to play with paint.  It’s the most inexpensive way to completely change the look of just about anything.  This week I asked the hubby to take down the old brass light fixture outside our front door. After cleaning and lightly sanding it, I applied two coats of an exterior grade hunter green paint.  The front glass wouldn’t come out so we just used masking tape to protect the glass while painting.
The ugly old light fixture being painted.
A light dry brushing of antique white paint, a spray of exterior gloss varnish and it looked sooooo much better!  Since we wanted a very soft and non-blinding light I spray painted the side glass panels lightly with white paint.  To add a decorative touch I used some scrapbook paper and glued it inside the front glass. The butterfly illuminates at night.
Once we re-paint the house’s exterior it will look even better than against the current blue.  It cost about $1.00 for the paint, paper and varnish….not bad….and much cheaper than a totally new fixture.

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Sally loves Seashells

We’re celebrating the coastal lifestyle with SEASHELLS today ~ we found some wonderful & inspiring seashell ideas that we just HAD to share!

Sharlotte of Ms Sharlotte’s Southern Reflections inspires us with her easy and fast seashell display boxes. 

“I found a little shadow box at Salvation Army, scrounged around a bit and found its mate. Yea! I’m always drawn to these and couldn’t resist. They were only 99 cents…no harm, right? I liked the color of the frames but had a different idea for the background. Taking off the back, I replaced the balloons with burlap and a seashell. It was quick and easy. With a little bit of Windex, I had a new addition to my home.”

What a gorgeous display ~Sharlotte’s framed starfish fits right in!

Our delightful beach friend, Rita, of Beach House Living shared some of her fabulous glittered shell decorations on her blog recently. I’m so totally in awe of these and I want them all.  You must visit her blog and see all of the photos…you’ll drool ~ literally :O)

“These glittery shells somehow brighten the grayest of days every time they are removed from their boxes. All they need is a tiny bit of light to glimmer. They never fail to produce a smile…That must be the reason we have over 150 of these glittered beauties alone.”

While we’re sharing seashells, my daughter said that I should share my “Seashell Shadow Box” with you. My mother originally purchased the shadow box in the 1950’s and it has seen many make-overs throughout the years. I re-decorated it for my mother about ten years ago and added the seashells, green paint and gold gilding. It now resides in our guest room and holds some favorite knick knacks.

That’s about it for today ~ I hope you have a beachy weekend.  I’m hoping that everyone has entered to WIN our picnic basket giveaway which ends on Monday…if not, here’s the LINK!

Celebrating the Coastal Lifestyle

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Dolphins are one of the most iconic species of the marine world. With their playful nature and high intelligence dolphins have captivated the hearts of people of all ages from all over the world. Due to their popularity, many countries are researching and monitoring dolphins to ensure their survival. In April 2009 biologists working in Bangladesh found a thriving population of 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, which were thought to be critically endangered, off the coast as part of a monitoring project started in 2004. However, many are still slaughtered each year. Please learn more at Defenders for Wildlife and/or Save Japan Dolphins.

The Top 10 Most Romantic Picnic Spots in the USA

Courtyards surrounded by ivy-covered walls, balconies with dramatic seaside views, quiet back roads in historical towns, and ocean piers offering visions of dazzling sunsets all call one thing to mind: romance.

These cozy, atmospheric locales exist all over America and provide ample opportunities for intimate, memorable picnic meals with the one you love. Just pack your picnic basket and an overnight bag and you’ll be ready for a romantic weekend unlike any other.

1. Big Sur – Nothing can compare you for the awe-inspiring, breathtaking views you’ll encounter in this region of California’s Highway 1. Even seasoned travelers who think they’ve seen it all are blown away by the sheer beauty of the dramatic rocky cliffs overlooking serene blue ocean waves. The scenic, meandering drive is an essential part of the experience – you’ll want to stop at every lookout. In warm weather, plan to spend the night at one of the open campsites on the water – it’ll be an unforgettably romantic experience.

2. New York City – The city that never sleeps has an almost palpable energy to it that no other city can come close to. There are so many romantic places and activities, you’d have to make multiple trips to do them all. Ice skating in Rockefeller Center is at the top of the list for winter picnic spots; make sure to bring a couple mugs of hot cocoa. In any other season, take a carriage ride through Central Park and stop for a picnic meal you’ll never forget. Rooftop overlooks, glamorous city lights blending into the starry skies, and the exciting bustle of Times Square add to the cosmopolitan appeal of this chic and sophisticated metropolis.

3. Oahu – This beach blanket paradise is not only one of the most romantic spots in the USA, it’s known for its incredible beauty worldwide. Spend the day snorkeling, lounging in the sun, munching on a delicious tropical picnic meal and watching the sun set over the clear blue waters. Intimate hikes, coastal cruises and horseback riding are only a handful of the romantic activities couples can partake in while visiting this Hawaiian island. The most colorful fish can be found in Hanauma Bay; Diamond Head, the island’s 350 acre crater, offers incredibly striking views.

4. New Orleans – The Big Easy is more often mentioned of late in the context of hurricanes than of tourism, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it isn’t worthy of a visit. The millions of people who have been lucky enough to experience this city can describe it in one word: ‘magical’. The legacy of its heady past is everywhere – in its wrought iron balconies, courtyards full of blossoming Magnolia, and the delicious scent of Creole and Cajun cooking wafting through the air. New Orleans has a sensuous, seductive allure that gives romantic picnics with a loved one a bit of extra spice.

5. Miami – This wild and wonderful city enjoys a rich cultural diversity, making it one of the most interesting places in America to visit. Whether you’d prefer to lounge on the soft white sands of the shore, explore the fascinating ethnic shops downtown or take in the glitz and glamour of South Beach from your hotel room terrace, Miami has something for everyone. The weather is perfect year-round, giving you plenty of choices for outdoor fun including sailboat rides, bicycles built for two, wind surfing, jet skiing and swimming. Get some Cuban sandwiches from Little Havana and take them on your adventure – you’ll be happy you did!

6. Savannah – Go on a romantic getaway to this riverfront gem of the South, where cozy bed and breakfasts can be found on ever corner, and secluded nooks in the many private parks offer up enticing picnic spots. Lush greenery strewn with Spanish moss, stunning architecture, trolley rides and horse-drawn carriages contribute to the city’s unique, laid-back vibe. Get a room with a balcony overlooking the river or one of the parks for a spectacular picnic breakfast.

7. Santa Fe – The breathtaking mountainous desert scenery, spectacular sunsets, decadent cuisine and abundance of revitalizing spas make Santa Fe a standout destination for any couple looking for romance. Pamper yourselves with massages and facials, take a ride on the historic Santa Fe Southern Railway, luxuriate in a hot tub under the stars and feast on southwestern cuisine. Pack your picnic basket and head up to the Cross of the Martyrs off Paseo de Peralta for a panoramic view.

8. Grand Canyon – The Grand Canyon is often touted as the most stunning natural sight in North America, and it’s easy to see why. Summer is the most pleasant time of year to spread your picnic blanket out on the rim and enjoy the incredible scenery. The Grand Canyon also offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor adventures, from hikes to mule rides. Sunsets at this American landmark are striking explosions of vivid color, and provide a unique and memorable atmosphere for a romantic picnic for two.

9. Jackson Hole – It seems as though the picturesque Wyoming valley of Jackson Hole has been on every top ten list made in the past few years. This frontier-town-turned-ski-resort is quickly becoming the favorite winter destination of anyone who seeks a unique romantic adventure. Incredible skiing, hiking, fishing, camping, rafting and climbing opportunities abound, so have all of your picnic gear ready. There’s an undeniable romantic charm in cozying up with your partner in front of a fire, wrapping yourselves in a blanket and savoring a hot beverage.

10. Charleston – This genteel port city offers up an atmosphere of carefree tranquility. Cobblestone streets, grand antebellum plantations, and walkways cooled by island breezes give it is quaint, historic vibe. Perfect picnic spots are everywhere – enjoy the swings at Waterfront park; window shop on King Street, enjoy the lush courtyards of the churches and visit the ‘Angel Oak’ on James Island – a 1400 year old oak tree.

By: Stephanie Gottschalk | Posted: 30th January 2007 ~ Stephanie Gottschalk writes the blogs ‘Picnic Fun – Tips and Recipes’ ( and ‘The Joy of Water Fountains’ ( for Specialty Living Inc., an Asheville, North Carolina-based company that aims to share their love of people, nature and life through high quality water fountains and picnic baskets.

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Celebrating the Coastal Lifestyle

Picnic on the Seashore

It’s Picnic Week at Sally Lee by the Sea…We love picnics, and is there anything finer than a picnic basket filled with goodies that are eaten on the seashore? We think not! We’ll be sharing some picnic recipes and more later this week, including a CONTEST! If you’re not sure about the whole picnic idea then maybe our guest blogger, Teresa Stanisha, can change your mind.

Depending upon how many people you are going to have at your picnic will change the overall preparation time for you. If you are going to have a big group of people, you should gather your things together early. Label them and store in boxes that you label so you will not forget to bring anything. Most people ask others to bring a covered dish and a folding chair to a big picnic. It can make such a difference in the array of food that is offered and also in the comfort of those that will attend the picnic.

Coastal Picnic Basket for 4 ~ Available at Sally Lee by the Sea

For large groups a great way to keep the kids entertained is to set up a lot of games in the grassy parts of the picnic area. Volleyball, Bocce ball, etc. are great ideas. You should also take a big bucket and put all kinds of things like balls, rackets, water guns and other such toys so that they can play with them at will. This will keep the kids having fun and enjoying themselves all day long and into the night. Always have some music for your big group of people. Have lots of places to dispose of garbage because this will make clean up a lot easier. Get ready to have a great time with your large group of people if you come prepared, that means, first aid kit, bug repellant, changes of clothes and lots of napkins. You are sure to have a great time.

Turn off the TV and re-connect the old fashioned way!
If you are planning a smaller group of people or even for two people, you will have a lot less work to do. Just make sure that you bring the necessary items in your picnic basket, a blanket, a tablecloth and the food that you will need. When you only have a couple of people at your picnic it is a great idea to have a big duffel bag. Using a big duffel bag will allow you to carry more things at one time and then there are not as many trips to the car. You should also bring a radio to enjoy some music and the usual, camera, binoculars and trash bags. Remember that keeping your picnic bag stocked and in the trunk of your car will allow you to enjoy a picnic at short notice. Just remember to take any of the dirty items out to clean them and make sure the trash is removed too. You will be able to enjoy many different picnics when you do these things. Relaxing is the key, so make it fun and easy. Take the time to just enjoy nature and don’t rush.


The Nottingham Picnic Basket ~ Available at Sally Lee
Try different places to picnic at so that you don’t get sick of going to one place, unless it becomes your favorite and then name it something. A name like “our little beach” will make you remember your picnics with love. Then, you will be going back as often as you can to enjoy another one.

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Happy Birthday from Oprah

Today we celebrate Sally’s birthday ~ She would of been 79 years old today and since she was my mother, best friend and confidant it is with great celebration that I dedicate this post to her. I bet your wondering about the title, aren’t you? Let me explain…a few years ago I went through many personal changes and a friend gave me a quote by Oprah; it helped me greatly as I read it each day.

When we moved last time, the framed quote ended up in a random box and you know what they say, “Outta sight, outta mind!” I hadn’t thought about it in a few years but lo and behold I was searching for something totally unrelated yesterday and there was the quote, in its beautiful sterling frame. I hadn’t read it since my mother’s passing but after a quick read I knew that the quote was about my mother. It describes her in almost every way, so today, on her birthday, I share this wonderful quote with all of you readers that I’m very thankful to have in my life. Have a great weekend…and…Happy Birthday, Sally.

Be a queen. Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of woman who in the face of diversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward challenge. Take it on!

Be a truth seeker and rule your domain, whatever it is—your home, your office, your family—with a loving heart.

Be a queen. Be tender. Continue to give birth to ideas and rejoice in your womanhood… my prayer is that we will stop wasting time being mundane and mediocre… we are daughters of God—here to teach the world how to love…

It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through, where you come from, who your parents are—nor your social or economic status. None of that matters. What matters is how you choose to love, how you choose to express that love through your work, through your family, through what you have to give to the world…

Be a queen. Own your power and glory!

Oprah Winfrey ~ Chicken Soup for The Woman’s Soul.