Monday, June 9, 2014

Over the fireplace mantle project

Trying to "summerfview ew it a little around here.  Whactually better way to do that than with flowers (hydrangeas, my fAnother update ), and the color green!

Actually I use green all year.  It'spoo d probably my favorite color.  I think of it as a neutral, but also as a pop of color.  The good thing is, it goes with any color.  Different shades of green also go well together.

Anyway, I've been wanting to do something over this mantle for a long time.  So, this is what I did.  While it's very summery looking, it will probably stay there permanently.

  Of course I'll change out the flowers (seasonally), and maybe the big platter in the middle, but the little plates will stay.  The picture on them is actually the inspiration for the theme of my decorating.  It is a farming or pastoral scene.  They are Homer Laughlin and, yes I've been collecting them for sometime.  The pattern is called "Pastoral".  They remind me of my on a farm.

The second picture is showing another little update...the area rug in front of the fireplace.  I think it helps it to look a little more ,.... ugh....updated!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

From My Kitchen Window

Every morning when I look out my kitchen window, I am so thankful for the view!

This particular view was not here a year ago.   It is our new auditorium, and our new auditorium has a STEEPLE!  The old auditorium did not have a steeple.

It blesses my heart so much to see.  How much does it bless me?  Glad you asked!  So much that my mind has changed about wanting to sell and relocate out in the country!   Because,  even though I know there would be beautiful views in the country,  I know there wouod not be one that would bless and inspire me like this one does!

To me, the steeple is such a beautiful symbol of what our church stands for and what it's purpose is.   That is to direct and show the souls of men the WAY to heaven;  to point heavenward!   To show that there is HOPE and a much better place than this sinful world.  Heaven is a wonderful,  glorious, beautiful,  perfect and ETERNAL place that awaits those who put their trust in the WAY, the  TRUTH, and the LIFE,  Jesus Christ the Son of God.  I'm so personally thankful that I'm going there someday!

On this first day of November,  I am thankful for my view and for what it reminds me of! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

More Free Fall for Ya'll

Today turned out to be a most beautiful fall day.   We probably won't have many more of those in our neck of the woods.   The sunshine was gorgeous!   That's what gave me the idea to snap a few more pictures of my fall decorations. 

I don't go overboard in decorating for fall, but I do like for the house to be warm, cozy and inviting in the fall.

As you can see in the pictures below,  I like to use natural things and things that I dont have to store away come the last of November and the first of December.  It makes getting ready for Christmas so much easier.   Most of all I like to decorate with free stuff;  things I already have or, like I said, natural elements from the yard.

Anyway, here's a few fall vignettes I hope you enjoy.

These green things grow in abundance on some trees that line our church driveway.  I ddon't know what they're called.  I think I heard someone actually call them some kind of an orange???  I don't know?   
My husband is not too fond of them because of the mess they make when 
cars drive over them and smash them.  I only like them because they're cool to decorate with and, you got it, they're free!
This wowonderful plaid tote was given to me for speaking at a ladies retreat last
weekend.  What a nice gift!  I love it!  I just tied a animal print scarf around the handle.  I read of ths trend (plaid and animal print together) for fashion, so I thought it would work in decorating as well!

A plaque given to me by my daughter A few years ago that I like to use in the
fall and some gourds.  This is in the hutch.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Faves From Instagram

Sometimes I do ok at taking pics and posting on Instagram, and sometimes, well,  I'm just not in the mood!  

This week was a good week!   I think I put up 4 pics.  I only have three here, because I couldn't find the last one I took.   Oh well,  guess three's  better than none!

   I really can't believe that I'm actually doing a blog post!  

Who knows,  maybe I'll start doing more of those too!

Some special sweets arrived in the mail from sweet friends in PA

It's Fall ya'll!/

My morning visitor

Sunday, September 1, 2013

30th Anniversary and Homecoming Choir

What a blessing this choir was this morning!

Lonnie, Sarah, Tim and I singing an old favorite, "God Saves Old Sinners".

Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Day in June

Well, since this is nearly the last day in June, I'm gonna do this post!   

I have been wanting to show June's chalkboard and vignette all  the month of June and just haven't gotten around to it.   I'm sure you know how that is.

Anyway, here it is:


So many special days are in June.   Three out of our four daughters got married in June.   The one who didn't get married in June has a birthday in June.  June, as we know is the most common month
for weddings.

 I got the idea for this phrase or title or whatever it is...."A Day in June" from a post
card that I found. It had a picture of a couple (appeared to be courting or husband and wife), in a row boat floating down a river on a beautiful day in June. I just loved it and have even displayed the post card in my decorating. "A Day in June" almost over. I've enjoyed it! Now on to patriotism!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Zig - Zag or Rick Rack

Ever heard if these?  Well maybe you would know it better as Chevron!  Up until recently I thought that was a gas station!

It's far from a gas station though.  It is a design element that is popping up (and down and up again) everywhere!

Yes, it is a trend, I read, but it also is a pattern that has actually been around for a long time, I guess.  So even though it's popularity my wane, it will still be around.

I don't know about you, but I really love it.   I have a skirt that I LOVE.

 But even before I got the skirt, it was showing up in my house.

This is a throw that my mom made several decades ago..... Back when harvest gold was "in",  that's a hint for how many decades ago!

A few months ago I decided to try to update the curtains in our family room.  They are just plain linen.  I love linen!  Everyone may not though.  My little granddaughter called them "sheets"!  Maybe that's what caused me to think they needed a little update.

  I didn't want to spend a lot of money on new curtains, but I was drawn to some of the patterns. I was seeing in curtain fabrics such as stripes, ikat, and other  patterns.   

Anyway I started looking for something.........., I really didn't know what.........but I knew that I would know it when I saw it........something that I could attach.......possibly sew to the edge of my linen curtains to revive them a little.

Well I was at Hobby Lobby and was actually looking at fabric.  I saw several things that I thought would work, but not really anything that "jumped out" at me.   You all know what I mean, I'm sure!  All the time I'm dreading having to actually get out the sewing machine too!

Sooooooo, I just kept browsing.   I could browse in that store all day, couldn't you?  Then......I saw it:


Yay!!!!   Two of my favorites!

Perfect for my curtain up......just the right width.......the taupe/gray/cream color combination.....and the price!   I told you I would know it when I saw it!

So I bought two ( a total of $18.00 - not 50 percent off today ).  I really just guessed at how many it would take.

But, look at the way it worked out!  I had just the exact amount.  The curtains are 9 feet, so I guess there are 18 feet in one roll.  I have four curtains, and used two.

I simply cut the roll in half and it was the perfect size for the curtain

Anyway, here they are on the windows. I really like how they turned out..