Met. Monday/ And a Pass it Along Give-away!

Hi all my lovely blogger friends!  I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Met. Monday.  Last week I showed you my guest room and the progress we have made. 

Off to the right is a big empty wall that has been giving me fits!  It's hard to see here but it is as blank as can be and I am looking for ideas to fill it.  The ideas need to be frugal too with Christmas just around the corner.   I would like bead board but that will probably have to wait until next summer.  In the meantime, I decided to paint an old shelf I had and use that as a starting point.
The before: an old pine shelf very popular in the 90's. 

A couple coats of red spray paint and it's looking better already.  I would like to fill it with white ironstone for a pretty contrast.  The other thing I wanted to change was the big heart. So last night when hubby and I were shopping at Home Depot we came up with an idea.  Why not buy a decorative tile to cover the heart and add some architectual interest. 

We found this, it's a pretty big tile, about 5 inches across and has a  neat scrolly design.  I think the cost was about $2. 

We are using Goop glue and letting it dry overnight  .  Instant, presto, brand new shelf with an updated look!  Next week I'll show you how it looks mounted on the wall.   Now on to my give-away!

A few weeks ago, I won these darling apple placemats from Dawn @ Cottage State of Mind.  This was a pass it along give-away meaning that I would have a give-away in the future to pass along some cheer.  Well, with the spirit of Christmas upon us I thought this would be a great time!   The rules are that you are a follower or become one and that sometime in the future you will have a pass it along give-away too!
The winner will receive...

This cute little Christmas angel.

A gingerbread oven mitt perfect for keeping your little fingers from getting burned.

And this victorian looking Christmas ornament handmade by me!   They would look cute on a tree or hanging from a peg as I have shown here.

Here's another one I made.  Just leave me a comment and  I will announce the winner next Sunday !  Have a great week everyone and if you have any frugal decorating ideas for my blank wall please let me know.   Cindy


  1. I love the little red shelf! And this angel is so darn cute too!
    I'll announce the winner to my GIVE A WAY in the morning! :D Good luck with this one!

  2. poowee, I wanted to see that little shelf up there!! ah well..patience. It looks cute.

    Your give aways are darling (but I don't feel up to passing something on at this time of the year so leave me out for this one---I get feeling overwhelmed)...

  3. Have you thought about an empty window frame with at mirror behind it. Just a suggestion. I love the way your little red shelf turned out. The tile was a nice touch.

    Ya know how we all love a good giveaway. Have a wonderful week!!!

  4. Your guest room is just gorgeous and the shelf will be so pretty. You might find some great pics on the internet and print them out and frame them in homemade frames. You know the kind that you cut out of cardboard and cover with fabric or burlap. Or some great GW frames. Your giveaway is wonderul. Everyone of your gifts are special. Hugs, Marty

  5. Hi Cindy! Oh, the little shelf looks wonderful painted red and the addition of the tile was just genius! What a precious little angel.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  6. You have some good ideas here. Make sure you don't add too many small items which make the room look cluttered. Go with a big piece for pizazz and then add in the smaller ones if and when needed.

  7. I am already a follower of yours.

    Where sis you get the wood crate under the apple basket in your header--I love it.


  8. I used to have a shelf like that! The angel is adorable and I love your ornament

  9. Very clever my dear friend...Now girl do you have another quilt you could hang on the wall...I just love them draped over a wreath and tied with a bright red ribbon at the top for hanging it with....just me thinking out loud again...But it would look great with the quilt on your bed....Hope all is wonderful girl on your side of the mountain...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  10. Cindy, I love it! Great job on the shelf. They say to group like things together, and that way it looks like a collection. I say put what you love there, and you will always be happy with it. :-)

    Love your goodies.


    Sheila (who is a follower)

  11. Oh Cindy...
    I love the shelf, and the little tile piece that you added to ir. It is just perfect. I love the room, and would love to be a guest. It looks so comfy, cozy.

    I am already a follower, please add my name to the drawing. Lovin this little angel, and the ornaments that you made are just devine.

    Have a beautiful day sweetie. I think of you and that accent often. Country hugs, Sherry

  12. Cindy sometimes I shop my house- look in your closets- basement- garage for something that you have totally forgotten you had for that wall space to the right. Some pretty plates in you china cabinet, maybe with Christmas coming a wreath. I was at our Habitat Restore and they have all kinds of cabinet doors for just a dollar or 2. Maybe painting it and coming up with a clever saying to paint on it- Oh Dollar tree had really sweet sayings (nice ones and very professional looking) for $1! I could kick myself for not picking any up now!

    I added your giveaway to my blog - Is that OK?

  13. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohhh...I love your shelf and I love that you painted it red!!! It'll be so pretty against that pretty yellow wall!!! I love this pretty tile that you found at Hobby Lobby...it's perfect for updating your shelf! Girl, you're always so clever and creative!!!

    Now...I love the idea of displaying a few white pitchers on that pretty red shelf! You're absolutely right about the contrast...it'll be beautiful! Hmmm...if you're going to use white pitchers, may be you can do a pretty design around the shelf with white plates? I love using plates for wall art and you can find some really pretty plates for mere pennies! Yes...I think plates would be very pretty!

    Just another thought...do you remember the wall art I did for my master bedroom where I took pretty scrapbook paper and framed it? Very easy and inexpensive and I love how you can customize the look! There are so many pretty paters out there! You could choose a color and then by all kinds of different patterned papers in that color...just frame them and do a gallery wall! Hmmm...I'll be thinking about it, Girlfriend! Your new red shelf is going to look amazing!!!

    Girlfriend, I love this sweet, sweet Christmas angel...she's absolutely precious! Ohhh...and those beautiful Victorian Christmas ornaments that you made...so beautiful!!! Ohhh...I could see an entire tree decorated with those...it would be gorgeous!!! I'd love to enter your "pay it forward" giveaway! Add my name to the pot, Darlin'!!!

    Well my friend, I have written a book...once again! Eeekks! But before I go, I was wondering how Katie is feeling? Sure hope that she is doing better...been thinking about her and praying!!! I'll talk with you later, Sweetie!

    Love ya,

    PS...so glad that you like my finished fireplace! I could hardly wait for you to see it and tell me what you thought! Thank you so much for the sweet compliments...you're the best, my friend!!!

  14. Hi! I am a follower and I mentioned this giveaway on my blog! I would be very happy to win your lovely gifts and host a giveaway in the near future. -shirl

  15. What a great idea about the shelf, CIndy! It looks very nice and brand new now. And what a generous and pretty give aways, just in time for the holidays!...Christine

  16. Morning Cindy, You were quite clever to think of that piece of tile; it brings your shelf up to date. I like that red color too.

    Congratulations on your win. Your giveaway is a generous one that any Blogger would love to win.

    Have a super day.

  17. The colors you have selected for your guest room are so cheerful. It would be such a lovely and happy place to stay.

    My heart adored your Christmas ornament. Well done!

  18. Mornin' Girlfriend...

    Just read your sweet note! Glad you liked the idea of the scrapbook paper wall art...the reason I thought about that is because I've seen some gorgeous french provencal papers that would look fabulous with what you're doing in that room! You know...you could even frame pretty fabrics too!

    Girl, you're so ambitious! Stringing Christmas lights??? The rule at our house is...Russell takes care of the exterior and I take care of the interior decorations! Hehe! Of course, there is no way that I could do the house lights...not with our 2 story steep pitched roof! But...that sweet man of mine hasn't done lights outside for a couple of years! It really is a big job though! Yes....yes! I'm so excited about starting my Christmas decor...(just between you and me...I've started on the mantel!...hehe!) I just started last night...I have plenty of time to fiddle with it!

    Well Darlin'...don't work too hard but enjoy putting up those lights! I bet Applestone Cottage is glorious at Christmas time! Your fabulous home is just made for it!!!

    Have a great day, Sweetie!
    Love ya,

  19. Cindy...love your music...your guest room is getting cuter and cuter...love the giveaway...would love to win....

  20. OK, like do you honestly think I could pass up this give away? Very fun! So count me in!!
    The bedroom is really coming along. I really like what you did with the tile - much better than the cutout heart shape.
    Very fun!!!
    HAGD! Hugs! Karen

  21. Great idea with the shelf..
    Have you seen that paintable bead board wall paper? I have seen lots of gals on the net who have used it and liked it...just a thought!
    Have a good week, Cindy!

  22. Love your red shelf! You updated it nicely with the tile. You are very talented! Thanks for following my blog--nice to meet you. --Delores

  23. Cindy, that red shelf is darling. After I started blogging I regretted giving away a large shelf with a heart cutout. I realized that I could put a wood appliqué on it to cover the heart opening. I really like the tile you used! Linda

  24. I love the red shelf! Red is such a cheery colour. Has to make one smile.
    I'd love to be entered into your fantastic giveaway.
    I am a new follower of your blog.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  25. Cindy, that is so clever to put that tile over the heart! The red shelf looks fab, and I can't wait to see it hanging on the wall in the bedroom. What a generous give-away. I love that pretty Christmas plaque you made! laurie

  26. Wow... I haven't heard "One Tin Solider Rides Again" in years!!! Reminds me of going to see Billy Jack as a kid... memories!

    ADORABLE angel in your post!

  27. I like that red color, your idea looks great. I wish I were more bolder with my decorating but I'm always so plain!

    I love your giveaway--please add me!

  28. Thank you for your visit and nice comment.I like your guest room's decoration and the plates from your tablescape.Have a nice day

  29. What a neat giveaway, count me in please. I love how you redid that shelf too.

  30. Oh I added myself as a follower too..


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy