Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!



In honor of Memorial Day,
in the evenings, after work 
or after working around the house,
Hubby and I have been watching some war movies
and a really neat British documentary...


Today, I thought we'd do a tour of all things red, white and blue
at our home
and share some of those favorite stories...
:)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Evening through the Looking Glass



A happy little 
tableau...


The light was shining-in just so,
luring me in to capture the moment.

Sunday afternoon I was out deadheading in the garden
and 
cut this ethereal bouquet.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


And I said I wasn't much of
a Selfie-kinda-girl...


Actually, I just didn't have any really good
wallboard photos for you.
So...
You get a photo of me in yesterday's lovely outfit 
instead!
(my right arm actually CAN make a pretty good muscle, but it was busy with the camera...This left arm, not so much.)
;)


***BTW, The "Fabulous" and "Awesome" glittery,
crystal letters come in a sheet of the alphabet and are from
Michael's Craft Store
in case you would like to decorate some
mirrors around your home.
They are really fun!
(I got the idea from something Fifi O'Neill did in a magazine a couple 
of years ago.  She had them on her mirrors and I thought it was 
Genius!!!)
NOT compensated for any of this, just in case you were wondering. :)
The swirls were another package.
:)

Teacups, Treasures and a Recipe



Teacups...
Lovely...ethereal...tasteful...useful...practical
But, mostly
Incredibly Gorgeous!!! 


How many teacups do you have in your home?
What are your favorites?
How do you share yours?


Today I thought I'd share a few treasures with you...




Do you have teas for family or for special friends?

When my children were young, I volunteered but I wasn't working 
outside the home then
so we had lovely mornings during school breaks
to bake 
chocolate chip scones
and have
a little tea party with lemonade tea, hot chocolate, or just
a cup of milk.
:)





Peter and Amy when they were almost 4 and 6 years old.  We had a lot of chocolate chip scones back then!



Here is the 
Victoria Magazine
recipe for their scones circa 1991-1992.
It is and has always been my favorite scone recipe...


Oven Scones

1-3/4 cups self-rising flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup milk


1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.  Sift together flour, sugar, cream of tartar, and baking soda.
2.  With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
3. Slowly add milk, mixing with a fork until a soft pliable dough forms.
4. On floured surface, knead lightly with fingertips to form smooth dough.  
Roll out 1/2-inch thick.  Cut in 2-inch rounds. (I make teapot and other shapes.)
Arrange 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
5. Bake at 450 degree for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
Yield:  12 to 14 scones


***To ours, we always added a combination of dark and milk chocolate chips.  I also make golden and dark raisin scones (those were for me, since I'm the only one who likes raisins here! :))


Serve with mock Devonshire cream, assorted jams and jellies.
YUM!!!
:)

***
I had a Girl Scout troop back then.  My daughter was in Brownies
and we sometimes had
Mother & Daughter
Mother's Day teas.
(a post for another day!)


This one, above, however, was Amy's 6th birthday tea. 
(I sewed her dress for her that spring for Easter.
It was finished Easter morning and we had gone up to Sacramento
to be with Gramma and Grampa.)
and
we had
Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, come and celebrate with us!
One of my most favorite photos of Amy!!!


A favorite photo of our Peter ~ in the blue shirt
is one we took when a friend
Margie
came over for lunch with her granddaughter
one day.
These were taken at our first home
here in Murrieta.
(basically the same house, living room-wise, just smaller than
the one we have now)
:)

Matthew 19:14 [Full Chapter]
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

As much as I love all these teacups,
none compare to the love I have for my children...
:)


Anyway, I thought I'd just share
"my treasures"
with you today...


What are your treasures??
:)

Happy treasured memories
and blessings to you!
Barb
:)

*Sharing with
Tea Time Tuesday ~ Rose Chintz Cottage (twice! :))
http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/2015/05/feathered-nest-friday_14.html#more
Share Your Cup Thursday #151 ~ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
http://jannolson.blogspot.com



*Publishing later as my computer crashed the day I posted this on Weebly and my site,
www.frenchethereal.com*

Good for now! ;)


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Double-Header ~ Cupcake Tea!



Since it's Mother's Day
and
since I was thinking about a new blog series called
Sunday Double Header,
and
since I haven't posted anything in a while
because we have been working around the house,
I thought it might be fun to share a second post for the day!
It won't be super often, 
but once in a while will be fun!
:)

Electricity, Plumbing, and Wallboard, Oh My!



We have been BUSY over here
working on getting our
projects
all wrapped up.


I'm not usually a "selfie" kinda girl.
I'm pretty happy just being behind the camera,
but
I thought this would be a kinda fun photo to share!!!


So...
Onto what we have been up to these past couple of weeks.
Hubby has finished moving insulation, lying at odd angles,
working in the tiniest-crawl-space-between-a-joist, 
and cutting plywood to get into said-space
and has finished moving the
heating and air conditioning vent from inside that
large, long horizontal spot
(where the fake wall used to be)
to where it should have been all along
(in my humble opinion)
;)
along the right side of the ceiling
here in the second bathroom upstairs.


He has also replaced the little night light
ceiling light with the ever-so-much-more-practical
ceiling fan
(this was an easy switch compared to moving the vent!).
Both look great!!!!!
So proud of my husband for his doing this ~
something I have wanted to have done for years.


Sorry this photo is so dark... I could have turned on more lighting (or opened up the aperture...), but didn't think about it.
;)


THE word for the day!!!
Feeling fabulous that all this work, though it is chaotic and practically every room in the house has something going on in it and we are living in the middle of all this destruction/construction! :)

What the wallboard looked like prior to sanding
...and afterwards. :)




While he was doing all that,
I've been down in the kitchen slaving away on cabinets ~
sanding, painting, more sanding, more painting.


I'm about half-way done.
:)
Not far enough along as I'd like to be, 
but
happy that it is coming along.
(Still have to cook, clean, do laundry, work, blog...
a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right?!)

***

I also have been working on finishing up the thresholds
going from the kitchen into the dining room
and
from the hallway into the living room sitting areas.



You can just see where the kitchen threshold will go over in the very upper right of this picture.
This just will NOT move to where I want it, so here is the photo to go with all the talk about wallboard mesh and the little hand-saw, my new favorite tool!!! 

Just a pop of color from outdoors, since I was out there staining in the  overcast p.m. 



These are the oak planks all cut to size, routered on the leading edge, and sanded and stained.

Different stains that I have had and used over the past 28 years of marriage. :)  One of these I used on some Windsor chairs we no longer have, and I think the "sugar maple" is what I used on the sofa-table-turned-side-board.

Lastly, I helped Hubby yesterday by holding the 
vacuum hose for awhile while he was cutting wallboard
to finish an old repair.
Then, I went up and spent the afternoon sanding wallboard
in the 2nd bathroom
(the one we are working on remodeling).


***Wallboard is dusty stuff!
Definitely wear a dust mask rated for keeping those nasty little
particles from going into your lungs!


I found these sheets of super rough 
wallboard mesh
at
Ace Hardware
for sanding wallboard
and they work great!
I went through 3 of them just going over those open 
wall spots.  


Tip:
One of the older gentlemen who works at 
Ace Hardware 
told me that you can cut a piece of this sanding mesh
off
to clean up hard calcium deposits in your toilet
(those hard spots that the toilet brush doesn't quite get).
He says to just roll it and stick it in there and scrub gently.
Good tip!!!
:)


Well, that's it for now!
Happy Mother's Day to you!!!
Blessings to you,
Barb
:)


p.s. Almost forgot! A friendly electrician came by (hubby called to wire the ceiling lighting together on one switch) this week, and Hubby mentioned wanted to have a plumber look at our sink attachments, so...
A plumber came this week, too! 
Busy week!!! Bye, Ya'll!

***Will be sharing this week with
Feathered Nest Friday
http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/2015/05/feathered-nest-friday_14.html#more
and some DIY sites.***















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