Friday, October 31, 2014

All Hallow's Eve




I am not really a big 
Halloween fan

but...


Last spring I was playing around photographing out 
in the backyard.
It was evening and I was shooting with my iPad
and two images came up that had a 
ghostly quality about them.


I saved them just for today!!!


Happy All Hallow's Eve!!!
Barb 
;)


(I like the grainy quality of these photographs.  Hope you do, too!)


Happy All Hallow's Eve!

I'm not much on celebrating Halloween
however
I took this photograph recently
and our Garden Lady
did look a bit spooky out there.


Usually the kids carve pumpkins and we do
pass out candy and we used to also
pass out cute little
scripture cards with fun little critters
dressed up in cute costumes.

As the kids have grown older and our son
is away in South Dakota at his university,
only our daughter is home
so we are decorating more simply
and she carves one or two
simply smiling pumpkins
to light up on Halloween to greet
little trick-or-treaters!

Happy All Hallow's Eve!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Chandy!




My husband found this 
little chandelier
recently for me and am
very happy he brought it home!


Over the years, I have found that I have 
a love of sparkly crystal chandeliers, 
but there is never
the budget for them.

So...
when this one arrived,
it was a welcome gift!

:D


A friend of mine, Kathy, has more than 
eleven chandeliers of 
varying sizes 
in her three-bedroom home.
(I think she has fourteen... I forget!) 
It is amazing to go to her home and 
see them all!
Soooooo beautiful!





***

This is our dining room chandelier.
It is just
a generic 1990's brass one, 
but it looks lovely 
with added crystals and 
glass bobeches.

Soon I will be cleaning and redecorating it 
for the holidays.
(My same friend says I ought to 
hang up plastic all around it and 
spray paint it white!)

Sweet rose garlands and grapevines are draped across the dining room chandelier's lower arms for summer. The pearls went on at Christmas time a year ago and have stayed.


The new little beauty am thinking about 
gilding and
 over-painting with white.
Rubbing off some of the paint
so some of the gold and black
would show through would be 
super cute!

I'd like to put it hanging above the window seat in

our master bedroom.
Part of me also wants to add it to the
craft room
because I have another one in there and
the two would be fun 
together!!
;)


Couldn't you just picture
two small chandies
hanging above a craft table 
near to each other??


Different styles but they are each 
about the same size and are
blingy and cute!!
Like TWINS!!
;) :)
(tried and tried to get the photos to post right here but they wouldn't...sorry. :( )


Will share again after I get this baby
refinished and hanging.
Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Kitten in the Wallpaper



I was looking at the china hutch
a couple of weeks ago and thought 
I'd give it a spruce-up for fall...



I was out in the garage getting out the paint again 
to start the final push on the patio cover

(decorated, completed patio cover post coming soon!)
when I noticed our leftover wallpaper which was used 

at our old house
in the downstairs powder room.


Hmmm... I had a flash-thought and 
brought those pieces 
back inside the house,
wiped the dust off the fronts and backs,
and trimmed the tiniest bits
to get them to fit 
along 
the hutch's shelf-backs.


I tried not to cut any of the length off 
since I might want 
to use these leftover wallpaper pieces
later-on in another project.
I had thought they might look nice
inside the
picture moulding on our kitchen island.
Kinda spice up the island!





The green floral wallpaper gives the hutch 
a nice look for fall.
Each year I have fun bringing out 
the china
pieces I associate with fall:
the beehive teapot from my husband's
late aunt and uncle
 who lived in Washington,
the seconds teapot with little mice 
"giving thanks"
around their tea table.

The lid's transfer was put on upside-down ~ 
hence the "seconds" classification, 
but I love it just the same!





In Lake Elsinore, we used to have a 
Royal Doulton store
at the outlet mall there.
I got most of my Old Country Roses
pieces there around 15-16 
years ago now.
The Brambley Hedge mice teapot and
the cup with more mice on it 
(wearing hats and aprons)
also came from this store.  

My husband bought some of 
these pieces for me 
for Mother's Day one year.
Love these patterns still!




I love how the wallpaper sets off the china
just so...

And this cute kitten!






Was a find at an estate sale right around the corner
one morning this summer!


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pink and Roses

Former dress fabric repurposed into chair cushion covers


I love the color pink!
and
fabrics with pink as the main color
and then pink roses
make me swoon!


Monday, October 13, 2014

How to Repair Shutters

It's easy to repair shutters that have lost their staples ~ just wood glue, new staples, and some painter's tape to hold it all together.



Recently I decided to fix our downstairs shutters.
We have really tall 3" shutters on doors over our
12' long triple picture window in the family room.
They are wonderful at blocking out the heat in the summer
and wonderful at letting in light in the winter.


But, over 22 years from when the original homeowners, and now our family,
have lived in this house,
these shutters needed some TLC.
;)

I gathered wood glue, a pair of pliers and half-inch horseshoe staples.
I used the pliers to carefully pull off some staples.
These I gently tapped into the holes of the shutters' slats, 
using wood glue to secure them.


You have to also keep in mind NOT to push them in too far or they won't 
open and close properly.
Check one of your good shutters to see how far 
to set in your staples. 
Also, if your lifting bar that connects to your shutter doors has
fallen off 
(like one of ours had),
then glue and tap staples into the bar first,
then
thread the opposite staple through the bar-staples,
and glue and tap them into place on the shutter door.
This took quite a bit of time, 
but it wasn't hard!
:) 




I used painter's tape to hold the staples and cracked wood pieces 
securely together.
After 24 hours, 
take off the painter's tape and lightly prime and repaint
all the filled parts, including the staples if need be. 
Paint any other parts of your shutters, too, 
that need a touch-up while you're at it.
:)

You can see the cracked slat above. After glueing, priming and repainting, now you can't even tell.


Another repair DONE!
Happy woodworking,
Barb :)
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Making a Potted Ivy Topiary


photos courtesy of Fixer~Upper featuring Magnolia Farms store and construction team of Chip and Joanna Gaines ~ photographed
off my television.







I was watching HGTV
and became 
inspired today to 
get out in the garden!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Bedskirt Musings




My husband & I have had a queen bed

for more than 25 years.
But, finally, we had had enough!
Our mattress was shot...
It wiggled...
It jiggled...
It drove us crazy!!!
and we woke each other up with every movement.
Laying out the Battenburg lace seeing how it would look.
Loving it!


So...
This past January we bought a lovely, new
dense foam 
California King mattress set.
A week later it was delivered and it is heavenly!
Most definitely ethereal!!!
;)


Our 22-year-old daughter now has our cherry bed set,
and we'd like to get something to replace it.
In the mean time,
I was thinking what could I make for a bedskirt???





I ended up using three tablecloths that I had found 
on a couple of thriftshopping trips.
One was perfect! ~ thin, meant for a side table. 
It became the side pieces of the bedskirt when split in half lengthwise.
The second was exactly the width I needed for 
the across the front of the bedskirt.





It was a double bed sheet that I cut off 
the actual top piece
then
I reattached it at the bottom
but reversing the rest of the main sheet.
That kept original seams up at the top of the bed.
The leftover sheet became the part

between the mattresses!





You can see in the collage of photos above
that I folded the Battenburg lace edges 
over on a 45 degree angle
then I cut off what was needed.

***You'll probably recognize 
the pieces as more of the Battenburg lace
used on the settee cover's lace and ruching inserts.


I just lightly gathered each piece,
pinned them all on,
affixed the gathered triangles of lace,
sewed it up,
and...
Voila!!!
Sew simple!
:)





All in all, I think it turned out pretty well!
Am loving it!!!
Yoda likes it, too.
(He stands up against it at night when asking for a "pick-up.")





Happy Friday & happy sewing  to you!
Blessings,
Barb :)

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