A Holly Jolly Job

Seasons Greetings to all my readers…Today, I invite you into the lovely Lorick Plantation home.. This historical home was built in 1840 and is the location of the Lake Murray Visitors Center, which also happens to be where I work.



I can imagine what you’re saying.. because I’m saying the same thing too – “Wow”!!   chuckles…  The house has been decorated to reflect the era in which it was built with the theme “A Very Berry” Christmas.  Without much ado.. let’s enter through the front door..  which is surrounded by hand strung live garland and colorful cranberries.  The red burlap bows gives the extra special touch to the outdoor decor.

As you enter into the foyer you’ll see the beautiful handrail festively decorated with garland, pine cones and berries

The small table to the right  holds a vase filled with a fresh green arrangement of magnolia leaves and pine tree stems..

Let’s step into the Dining Room to see how Christmas decorations were in 1840.

  The antique secretary was opened and decorated with fresh oranges poked with cloves, pine cones and live asparagus fern, to greet guests with an assortment of cookies.  Also flanked on the other side of the dining table is an antique table adorned with an arrangement of fresh magnolia leaves, cotton, pine cones and berries.


The Dining table has a vase filled with the same fresh elements        

     While the punch bowl resting on this table catches another festive arrangement

Let’s look at the fireplace..which was lovingly restored from Sherman’s troops fire that was set during the Civil War. The beautiful gourd arrangement was strategically placed on the corner to further accentuate the fireplace.

Let’s take a closer look at the beautiful spray of colors

The windows caught these simple yet tastefully decorated pine stems

        while the door caught this berry sprinkled wreath

Let’s wander into the fabulous Living Room where you’ll find a 10ft tree festively decorated in its era….

The side table is the place for more berries 

The windows are adorned with live greenery and candles as well….

and no home would be without a gingerbread house for the holidays

Well I hope you enjoyed your tour of the beautiful Lorick Plantation Home and if you’re in the area, feel free to stop by to tour the house and the elaborate museum that features our region.  To learn more about Lake Murray, the Jewel of South Carolina, log onto our new web experience and explore the Jewel.

$2.00 Tuesday #6

Well it’s that day of the week and so far so good… Your Vintage Girl is at it again.  My luck may be running thin on these items, but I managed to get something.  I re-visited the Goodwill (went back to check on the bean bag) and it was gone  🙁  oh well … but I came across this item.   Here I go… thinking .. hmmmmm…  maybe? maybe not? maybe?   Yes!   I’ll take it…  Here is what I brought home… I know you’re wondering what is it?   It’s a  wall vase… I clearly see why the owner got rid of it…pretty boring (well, unless you like black & silver together)..

The price….$2.50  —  that’ll work…   🙂

and I noticed something interesting.. it was made in the USA…. ok.. even better.. because I did’t think I’d ever see that tag


Well, time to give this a refreshingly new look…..Paint is the first thing to do… I already have some latex paint left over from this project..

Much better – starting to look a bit more eye friendly  –  at least for me it is…   Time to fill the vase..  Since I’m going to use it outside, I’ll make a winter white theme.   Mother nature is my resource for those items.  Oh, and I also wanted to add a little decoration to it.. my feeble attempt failed.. but I did like the little silvery hearts (thanks to  Cassie- my neighbor-  gave a bag of them) so I decided to keep those on it.   (I’ve never been too crafty – but one day I’ll work on those skills).   I went outside to get a few tree branches and sprayed them silver (to match the little tip) and added them..

needs more nature to it..  these will work just fine

and here’s the finished product for my Winter White Arrangement


I think I really like this little arrangement….What’s your take???   Keep in mind – not bad for $2.50 “giggles”.


A natural wonder

I always wonder how does this plant know when to bloom? I mean bulbs planted in the ground know it’s time to bloom because the change of the season but this plant stays in the house all year long… Hmmmmm….  I just wonder??   Is there a calendar built in membrane that says Christmas is coming.. Chuckles.   Anyway… I’m just loving my Christmas cactus…  Here it is starting to bloom

I went out of town for a few days and came back to this

I paid a visit to the town thrift store to see what they had.. and saw a bag of these small ornaments (16)  for $0.50..

and to think Target thought they had a bargain (but I know not)

So, why not add them to the Christmas cactus plant (after all – it kinda makes since being that they’re Christmas balls) like I did with the big dining room plant.


These things are so cheap.. I think I’ll use them in the garden for a bit of whimsical all year long…So I’m headed back to see  if they have any more larger ones…. and if I luck up.. you’ll be the first to know…..  TaTa….

Joined at the Hip

It’s been a week since I’ve been back from going home for Thanksgiving and I’m still reminiscing in the wonderful time I had visiting family.  I’d like to share my short story about the visit and staying with my twin.  It’s just amazing how even though we live hundreds of miles apart, when I go to her house – it’s like home away from home.. seriously.  Down to the point of when I look in her cabinet to cook something – we even have the same spices.. chuckles.. it’s really something to think about.  The week prior to my visit I had been playing a particular cd alot..”Caron Wheeler” the cd I used in my Lite as a Feather post.. I love the entire cd..well – I get to her house.. and guess what.. she has it playing in her kitchen (just like me).. now this is the odd part.. We were playing the same music in our homes not knowing it.  I gave her a copy of that cd at least a year ago and she said “Kim – I just put this cd in last week for the first time and love – every song!”  Inside I was perturbed because I thought “what took you so long”  but somehow she must have read my face and quickly said..”I know it took a long time, but I’ve been listening to so many cds our aunt Pookie (who is another music buff) had been giving her that she just hadn’t taken the time to listen.. but now she’s regretting it took so long because she loves it..)  That made me happy.  But moving along because I could write a book about us…chuckles..  My sister’s home is so lovely and she (like me) had to completely re-do her home.. I guess we’re just suckers for a good challenge -whereas some people prefer move-in ready to decorate… not us.   I’m just going to share a few snapshots I took of her home.  Her kitchen is just a warm friendly place to be in.  The color tones of yellow, red, black and white are just so welcoming.  When she asked me to make her curtains I was happy to do so, but to see that she still has them makes me smile.  They were simple to make and it’s a rewarding feeling to know that I helped add to her beautiful kitchen.  I adore this vignette around her table.  The picture you see above “Sisters” hugging.. well that was a birthday card I gave her at least 15 years ago.. she had it framed and you see where it hangs 🙂

The other pictures are a tasteful blend of vintage & modern prints


Her Dining Room is the crowned jewel of her home. The rich tone of chocolate brown and keylime walls trimmed in gold is absolutely gorgeous.   


Her artwork adds to the beauty of the room – with each piece custom framed to her selection


Pulling all her vintage furniture pieces together to create this fabulous look was truly tastefully accomplished.

The Living Room, which is equally stunning, was also completely redesigned.  Her old mantel was torn out and her husband  handcrafted a newly design mantel to her liking – and customizing a border around the art was another creative special touch.


This is the front view of her beautiful fireplace

Gorgeous!!  Isn’t it??

I also love the vintage desk and how she has it displayed with the exquisite artwork above it.

Mind you, every fabulous piece of furniture was found in thrift stores lovingly refinished – because that’s how we Vintage girls love to do it.  The song I chose for this post is called “Special”.. because that’s what she is to me.. and as the lyric says “sisterly bond is worth more than gold” and those words are never more true.   I know you’re probably wondering why I chose the name for this post.  Well,  it comes from my aunt who always says “we’re joined at the hips” and after hearing my short story I’m sure you can agree.

I hope you enjoyed your visit of my sister’s home, and I hope you enjoyed the “Special” tune I played for you.

$2.00 Tuesday #5

It’s your thrifty girl with yet another $2.00 deal.  This was found at the Goodwill store.  I went in to look for an old blanket for little Ms. Koko.  She’s always cold and just commandeered my blanket – so I wanted to get her another one to use.  I found a really nice bean bag that was perfect but the price was $10.00 – wayyyy over priced… I asked how can a bean bag be $10 but a chair is $15.00 – made no sense to me.. but anyway..I did’t get it.  Well since I was there, I decided to look around for something else.. besides you never know what you may find   There was a man standing there and I really wasn’t paying too much attention to him and  he asked  “Do you need a nice mirror?”  I replied, ” not really” .. but he was persistent.. and said “look at it – it’s a really nice mirror.. I thought pretty girls always like mirrors”.. So he & I both chuckled and I looked at the mirror… hmmm.. it really was a nice mirror.. So I said.. “You’re right,  it is a nice mirror” and then he said “here – take it” .  I kindly took it from him and figured I’d put it back when he left my sight.. but as I got ready to put it away I gave it a second look.. hmm.. this really is a nice mirror..  I looked at the price..$2.99..(ok – so it was’t  exactly $2.00).. I toyed with the mirror trying to figure out what I could do with it.. but no need to ponder with it in the store.. I’ll take it home and deal with it.  Here is the mirror – the stranger found  for this pretty girl..


Technically I did’t find it. .. but somehow – it found me..   🙂     Pretty nice huh?   I didn’t have a place in mind for it, but I’d figure I’d use it outside come spring time in the chill-out spot.   As I walked around the house, I found a little corner area that could use a spruce up..   I’m one to prop a mirror in a space to see how it works then build on it.. Here is the target corner:

I put the mirror behind it to see how it works:

Ok.. it’s starting to look livelier..  let’s add a few more touches to it…    I found these rose balls I had around the house and wasn’t using them..

I’m liking it even more… then I remembered one special touch … I bought my bohemian butterfly inside for the winter months.. and decided to show it off here..

I would say this corner is complete..  All spruced up!!

I love how the butterfly adds the special touch of color to the corner area.  You really should see the beautiful butterflies created by LindaG.. Click here to visit her website to catch a  butterfly for yourself or someone special