Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Some of My Current Favorites

Hi everyone,

I've done it again.  I just can't get back on a regular schedule of posting.  But I did gather a few photos showing some of my favorite finds and also favorite areas in the house.  So for lack of much to post about, this will have to suffice for a few days anyway.  Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the Spring.  It's not a lot like Spring here, we have cool temps and flash flood warnings all night tonight.

You may remember this small table that I have in the family room.  I changed it some and added a blue bird to the cloche on the bottom shelf.

I placed photos of my grandchildren on the coffee table in a tray found at GW.  I like the depth of the tray and the leather handles.

Except for the Easter items, I left the mantel as I had it before.

The items on the entry table were changed to spring items.  I had the pink and white arrangement from GW last year.  It was very dirty when I purchased it, but a good scrub and a little white paint took care of that.  The metal oval holding the bird is a recent find as well.

I bought this artwork to sell on ebay, but when I walked into the guest room and noticed how well they went with the drapes, I decided they were going in there.  I gave just over a dollar for each one and I really love them in the guest room.

 This is the hall tree in the entry as well.  I love the pink and white tulip free print that was on a blog, I'm sorry I can't remember whose at the moment, so I added the pink and white vase and changed the vignette somewhat.

The bottom of the hall tree has a blue liquor container I found a couple years ago, when I was in the bottle collection phase, added white flowers and 2 blue birds to the bottom.

  This plate and vase are finds from GW of course.  I've gotten so many nice things there, I seldom shop anywhere else for home decor.  I fell in love with the vase, so I bought it and the plate, and pulled the flowers from various vases, so a little more pink got added into the family room.

The accent table in the breakfast nook got a new look.  I sat a pot of white tulips in the white urn, and moved the metal tray and picture to the  table for a totally different look.

I always get great comments on the sun room.  You can see the pastoral view out the windows.  You can't see them very well in this photo, but when I bought this pack of curtains, one was much longer than the other, so I cut the long one off, and since I was using tension rods, I made rod covers from the leftover fabric I took from the curtain.  I don't mind the tension rods now, because they are covered.

  One of my reading spots in the sunroom.

 A small pheasant hides under this cloche.

   I placed a piece of my own art work in the silver frame, then hung the aqua frame around a small plate.

 The dishes on the wall here are mostly hidden by the tall lamp, but I found a set of three and already had one that hangs above the windows.
More of the view.  You can't see the fence, but it runs alongside the bush in the middle pane of the window.  I cut about 4 times that much grass each week.  It takes a long time, but I don't mind it at all.  I just ride and serenade all the neighbors.  I sing one song after another while riding!  I know they think I'm crazy, and I am!  But it makes the work seem easier.  

 All pieces are GW finds.

Carried the bird theme through into the dining room.

I guess you've figured out that I love birds, plates, cloches, and aqua!!

See you again before too long.
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Fabric From Good Will & What I Made

Recently I found some toile fabric at Good Will in a bundle with several other beautiful pieces.  I mentioned on my last post that I was trying to decide where I would use it.  The mud room and joining laundry room won out.  I already have a blue rug in the mud room, so I measured, and made very simple curtains for the rooms.  I have a french door in the mud room, and made on long curtain for it.  That way, I can fold it upwards, pin with clothes pins for a roman shade look, and to let in light in the day time.  Here are the photos of the fabric and the windows in the rooms.

                The scenery on the fabric would work great in a farmhouse decorated home.
                                A lady feeding chickens, cows,

Birds flying over the pasture area with grazing horses.

This fabric would also have made a great table cloth for a long farm house table.  I have a piece large enough left to make a small table round, or runner.  I will probably make a runner from it.

Here are the windows with the new fabric curtains.  These are in the mud room.

 This is how I did the door and windows in the mud room, very simple and straight.  I like having a cover on the door.  It easily can be folded up to create a roman shade.

In the laundry room, I made two tiers for the window on the door.  I like the privacy these provide.  Being alone, causes you to think more about privacy.  I never thought about it a lot when there was a man in the house, but being alone, it is more important.  I have a burglar system, plus a 38 caliber Smith and Wesson beside my bed,  :) but still.........

So, I will probably sew a runner, or maybe some placemats and napkins with the remainder of the fabric.  There is not enough to do too much, but it will be put to good use and I'll share it with you.  

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Moving Things Around and Spring Mantel

I've gotten so lazy about blogging.  I just don't have a lot going on.  Since I live on one income now, I don't do as much shopping, because I don't need a single thing, and I have more than enough of everything.  I sit in my chair quite a bit and watch a bit of YouTube.  I read some and have been thinking for days I would start making some drapes for the bonus room, garage, and the mud/laundry room.  I found some beautiful toile in navy and white and could use it in either of the rooms and there is a large quantity.  I'll end up making them in a few days, I hope, if I can get off my butt!  I have moved small items around in the living area and sunroom and breakfast room.  I removed the easter items today, and rearranged the mantel.

I kept the crosses on the mantel, added the trifold as a backdrop, added an angel.  I like the lightness of this look.

I found this vase of sunflowers at Good Will, and knew they would be fine on the screened porch.

               Close-up of tri-fold screen as a backdrop on the mantel.

 The sunroom hasn't been changed very much, just a little less clutter.

                   Pasture outside the sunroom window.  Love this view.

I removed quite a few items from the bookcases in the living room.  There's still plenty there, but it has a lighter feel as well.

This is a hall cabinet I've had for years.  It sits in a corner behind the sofa.  This lamp is a good will find also, as is the pink, white and green vase, and pink/white plate.  I switched some pictures around and moved this one to the living room from the dining room.

            The roosters and hen on my Mom's pie safe are GW finds, too.
This table is in the breakfast nook.  I have really enjoyed having this table in this room.  It's great storage for seldom used dishes, etc.

                     The bible table is now in the living area.

This table may get swapped out with another,  You know things never stay long in one place at my home.

Hope each of you had a happy easter and are starting to get some Spring weather.  It has been beautiful here for several days, but I'm hearing we will have frost on Thursday.  That's Georgia for ya!

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Some of My Current Favorites

Hi everyone, I've done it again.  I just can't get back on a regular schedule of posting.  But I did gather a few photos showing s...