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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5 Great Patriotic Ideas for Holidays and Everyday

This weekend we celebrate the 4th of July, the USA's birthday!  What better time than to share these 5 great decorating ideas for your home, your porch, and even your backyard.

Summer is the best time for eating outdoors.  Why not set up this red, white, and blue tablescape to enjoy in your backyard?!  You can read the full post on it HERE.

patriotic tablescape, mason jars, red white and blue, Ralph Lauren sheet

How about a little Americana?  Painting the Stars and Strips on a piece of old fencing or pallet boards looks great!  Hang it on a wall in your home or outside on your porch.  This one sold at a charity auction last fall.

painted American flag on old barnwood

Not into DIY painting?  How about framing and hanging a real flag?  This Tennessee flag along with many others were on display at the Nashville Antiques and Garden Show earlier this year.  Loved this booth.  I'd love to have a room like this!

Antiques and Garden Show, framed flags and blueprints

Now, this next one is the easiest of them all but it may be my favorite.  I placed an old red and white bird house (built by my husband's grandfather many years ago) on an old metal stool and added two small American flags.  This is currently by my front door.  You can see the whole front porch HERE.

vintage birdhouse with red roof and American flags

And, last but not least, painting Old Glory on a piece of metal roofing.  A rusty piece, of course!  I hung this one above the door to our shed.  The full tutorial is HERE.

old metal roofing painted as American flag

There are so many things you can do to add a patriotic feel to your decor or table.  Try fresh strawberries in a blue transferware bowl!  

How do you decorate for the 4th of July!?  I'd love to hear!!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless America!


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5 great decorating ideas for patriotic holidays, red white and blue

Monday, June 29, 2015

Something To Talk About Link Party #23

It's MONDAY!  Time for another Something To Talk About Link Party!!

Seriously, weren't we just here?  I thought summer days were longer.  Why do they feel like they go by faster?!  I guess it's because we're having so much fun!

Here's What I've Been Up To This Past Week:

spain hill farm weekly recap

A Review of the iXpand Flash Drive (hint, I l-o-v-e it!)

Most Clicked Features

These are the features you clicked the most from last week's party:


(because who doesn't love touring someone else's home!)

If you were featured, don't forget to grab a button!!

Vicki and Jennifer from 2 Bees in a Pod || Facebook || Instagram |Pinterest || Twitter 
CoCo from The Crowned Goat || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest
Angie from Spain Hill Farm || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Twitter
Karin from Art is Beauty || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Twitter

Party Rules…please don't link and run :) 
1  Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page. You may link up to 3 posts!
2  Please leave a comment for your host.
3  Cultivate new relationships…visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
4  No Etsy stores, giveaways or link parties.
5  We would love a link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.
6 By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given. The Altered Past/Spain Hill Farm is not responsible for stolen images or the misuse by others who have found your image through (
7 Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board  for even more exposure!  If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for linking up with us!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Two Great Bedrooms for Teenagers

two great bedroom ideas for teenagers

We have three girls, two of them still in their teenage years.  Decorating a bedroom for this age can be challenging.  You don't want anything too young nor too old.  My friend, Julie, has two girls in their teens too.  She recently made over both of their rooms, even making most of the furniture!  She's like super talented in all things DIY.

I twisted her arm into allowing me to share their rooms and her talents with you!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

iXpand Flash Drive - Your iPhone's Best Friend and a Special Deal for My Readers!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SanDisk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Are you a techie?  I wouldn't describe myself as one.  I'm not up on the latest and greatest tech items out there.  However, when I came across this...iXpand Flash Drive...I was so excited!  It's 128GB of extra memory and a thumb drive for your phone.  Yes please!

SanDisk iXpand

Monday, June 22, 2015

Something To Talk About Link Party #22

Welcome to the hottest linky party around!!  

You guys!  We had over 400 great recipes and projects linked up last week.  Thanks amazing! You know why? Because YOU'RE amazing!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Gardening Tips from Southern Gardeners

Last week I, along with a group of other area bloggers, got to attend a wonderful preview tour of the Nashville Symphony Show House.  It's a beautiful home to say the least.

You can take the tour with me here, if you missed it.

As a part of the preview, our group was treated to a session with Carmen Johnston to make our own container gardens.  Yes, that's the Carmen Johnston of Southern Living Plants and Carmen Johnston Gardens.

photo via

Friday, June 19, 2015

Front Door Revival with Modern Masters Front Door Paint

I was provided with a free product for this review but the opinions are 100% mine.

front door revival modern masters paint

Is your front door tired, rundown? Does it poop out at parties? Ok, so a front door doesn't attend parties but it definitely welcomes guests that are attending your parties.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Something To Talk About Link Party #21

Welcome to our 21st Something To Talk About Link Party!  Wow, the weeks are passing quickly this summer.
Can't we find a way to make it slow down?!

No?  Well, at least we get to start each of the quickly passing weeks with our awesome link party!  Let's get to partying!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

This Blog Journey We're On Together

I guess you've noticed the new header and the new NAME!  I'm so excited to finally make the change.  I've debated and hem-hawed about it for a long time.  Well.  No time like the present, right?  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Nashville Symphony Show House 2015

nashville symphony house, home tour

Recently I was invited to a special preview of the Nashville Symphony Show House along with an amazing group of bloggers, the Nashville Influencers.   

nashville symphony house, home tour

Ya'll, this home is gorgeously comfortable.  Ok, that's not a real term from an interior design textbook but I'm declaring it a real term right now.  You read it hear first!

nashville symphony house, home tour

This quintessential Southern Contemporary Folk home was created by top Nashville interior designers that have partnered with the award-winning team of Castle Homes and Wade Weissmann Architecture for Music City's newest signature event, the Nashville Symphony Show House, open for tour June 12-28 in the Forest Hills area of Nashville.

nashville symphony house, home tour

Castle Homes hosted our tour today along with a garden party with garden lifestyle expert and Southern Living Magazine Contributing Garden Editor Carmen Johnston along with the iconic Miss Daisy King and PBS Volunteer Gardener Troy Marden, author of "Southern Gardener's Handbook." 

nashville symphony house, home tour

Well, it'll be easier and less wordy if I just show you this comfortable gorgeousness.  Sit back, grab a cuppa something and enjoy!  I'll catch you after the last photo.

nashville symphony house, home tour

beautiful kitchen

nashville symphony house, home tour

nashville symphony house, home tour

nashville symphony house, home tour

love this beverage center trimmed out in barnwood

nashville symphony house, home tour

um, gorgeous laundry room, yes please!

nashville symphony house, home tour

master bedroom

nashville symphony house, home tour

nashville symphony house, home tour

nashville symphony house, home tour

nashville symphony house, home tour

master bath, the natural light in here is amazing

nashville symphony house, home tour

upstairs bedroom

nashville symphony house, home tour

nashville symphony house, home tour

nashville symphony house, home tour

beautiful and inviting outdoor areas 

nashville symphony house, home tour

nashville symphony house, home tour

Hello again!  See, I told ya, gorgeously comfortable or was it comfortably gorgeous.  Either way, it's a beautiful home.  If you're in the Nashville area, be sure to check it out.  Here's a link to Castle Homes with the details.  Many thanks to them, Forest Home Media, Miss Daisy King, Carmen Johnston Gardens, and Troy Marden for making this a great event.

Oh, are you wondering about the new header and blog name?  Yeah, I'm tinkering with changing The Altered Past to Spain Hill Farm. Since my blog is more about my home decorating and DIY projects instead of my altered art, I felt a change was necessary.  

More on the change soon.  You'll probably notice a few new graphics as I'm still tweaking everything.  I'm too impatient to get it all figured out before uploading so you can experience the decision making process with me.  Thanks friends!!

God bless!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Something To Talk About Link Party #20

Hi all!!  How was your weekend?  

I had a yard sale Saturday so I was thankful for the beautiful weather.  However, there were only 8 customers ALL day long!  That's a risk with having a yard sale w-a-y out in the boonies.  I sold several big things so it was worth it even with such a small turnout.  

Enough about the past, let's get on with today!
It's Monday and it's time to party!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Rustic Candle Chandelier

I saw a version of this rustic chandelier on Pinterest and wanted to make a candle version to hang outside for an upcoming party.  So off to my hoard of scrap wood to see what I could come up with.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Something To Talk About Link Party #19

I don't know what it's like where you are but our weather forecast for this week is rain, rain, rain, and more rain.  Not that I'm too upset about that.  Our yard was looking pretty parched and the farm pond was getting pretty low.  However, I'm praying for those affected by the continuous rain and storms out west.

Since it is raining, I think today would be a perfect day to hang out here for a while and check out all the great projects in this week's