10.31.2014

Whoooooo....Happy Halloween!

Who loves Halloween? 
 
 Who's That?

Who Done It?

 Who's Coming?
 Who Are You?
 Who Dares To Have a Spooky Night?
                              Have Fun!
 
 

10.26.2014

An Apple A Day

Some of the most beautiful apple orchards are found in Michigan.  The trees are heavy laden with huge red apples.Mouth watering just to look at them. What is so impressive about these beautiful farms is the obvious pride of ownership.  Their homes are beautiful. Beautiful white fences surround the well-trimmed orchards.  The contrast of blue sky, red apples and green grass is a breath taking view of fall.
We spent the afternoon playing on tractors, petting the goats and goofing around taking silly pictures of one another.  I couldn't help but wonder what life would be like on a
farm. 
No doubt there's a lot of work to be done. But oh the beauty, lush green hills surrounded by pristine white fences, flowering trees in the spring, fruit in the fall, and peaceful serenity in the midst of a few acres.


We headed to the barn for cider and dough-nuts. With that yummy treat the day was complete. Yumm!! Now I'm in an apple baking mood.  Apple crumble, apple pie, apple cranberry bread, apple turnovers.

                             
                              

10.03.2014

A Little Bit of Fall

This week has been perfect for getting in the mood for fall.  It has been raining softly and at other times in torrents.  Black clouds moving in and out, grumbling as they go.  I've been pulling bins off the shelves to look through decor.  So between moments of working on Halloween things for my space at Urban Country Boutique I started adding color and warmth to some of our rooms.
Here's a peek.
 










 
 
Have a Wonderful Week!


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9.22.2014

Whenever I Think of You...I Smile Inside.

 Nixon at the Botanical Gardens Michigan
 Bostyn on the 100 year old Merry-Go-Round at Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.
 Ella's baptism in Draper.  A new member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
 Fashionista little Piper.
 Techy Ashlyn started a new site called 'Modest is Hottest' and has a mega following.
Ava found herself the hat of her dreams at an antique store in New Hampshire and paid for it with her own money.   A girl after my own heart.
                                      
                             Love you all, my munchkins!

9.09.2014

The Gossip Bench

How I love a stroll down memory lane.  And no better place to find  antique stores than in the mid-west.  What a treasure trove of intriguing stuff.   When Mr. T drives down the road there are so many antique stores I can hardly contain myself, I'm like, 'oh, oh, stop, oh, there's another one.'  Someday we'll have to go back with a truck or a trailer.  For now our car of choice is the SUV and it is stuffed.
 
This fire engine in fantastic shape reminds me of my brothers racing around the driveway.  They also had a yellow roadster.  Their little legs pedaling as fast as they could.
Of course these dolls and furniture are before my time but I can relate to hours, going on days,  playing with my dolls, their houses and furniture.   What stories my friends and I made up for their make believe lives.
Here's the treasure I ended up with, a gossip bench.  Can you just imagine a teenager sitting here for hours talking on the phone.  They couldn't even move around very far. How far you traveled depended on the length of the cord.  It  probably was relaxing just to sit and concentrate on your conversation.  No other distractions.  Anyway, this little piece had a story to tell.  That's what I like about it.
In it's original state it was dark wood with a very flat seat cushion in greens and brown. Sorry no before pictures. I decided the master bedroom was just the place for this unique piece.  It took a couple of coats of paint to cover the dark wood.  The seat was repadded and covered to compliment the upholstered headboard in the Master Bedroom.  The retro phone from Pottery Barn is perfect.

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9.06.2014

Good-bye to Summer

" If the only prayer you say in your life is 'thank you' that would be enough." 
                      Meister Eckhart German Philosoper
 
Summer always goes by way too fast.  Is it because we try to fit so much into three months?   Before you know it school has started, the days start to get shorter, the beautiful thunder storm clouds roll in and a tinge of red and gold can be seen in the mountains.  I love all the changing seasons.  But I have to admit I'm dragging my feet a bit into fall.  Therefore, I pay tribute to a wonderful summer with lots of gatherings with family and friends.
 
Thank you for the laughing chatter of children. 
 
Thank you for the breeze on a hot summer day.
Thank you for Mr. T and his gardening expertise. 
 Thank you for all the fairy parties in the gazebo.
 Thank you for a strawberry patch which was Oh, so good.
 
Thank you for a babbling stream that makes the day seem so much cooler.


Thank you for imaginative children who can think of a million different ways to use a croquet set.

Thank you for a giant sandbox for little ones that provides hours of fun building castles, roads and tunnels.

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8.24.2014

It's Always Good To Look Up

"Strong families are not made without strong people who believe enough in the value of their parenthood that they are willing to arrange their entire lives, if necessary, around home and family."
anonymous
 
Omaha, Nebraska Temple
Winter Quarters
"Passing beyond breaking points without breaking takes the form of endurance."  Neal A. Maxwell


"Giving your all when it hurts more than you thought anything could ever hurt, that's what makes you into a champion."   Paul H. Dunn



 

8.20.2014

Library Re-Do

"It is the things we read and learn and then put into practice that count."    Heber J. Grant
Welcome to one of my favorite rooms....the cozy library.  In the quiet and often dark early morning hours it's just me cuddled in a plush throw nestled in my loveseat...no sound but quiet breezes or soft patter of rain outside the window.  My day always starts better when I do some inspirational reading, scriptures, and good books.  Also, a welcome retreat in the evening when the TV is too loudly repeating the chaos of the day.  I love to plan my week in this quiet solitude.
As I've said in another post it's hard for me to sit in a room without dreaming up a new look.  So, true to my word this has been one of the latest projects.  All the beautiful blues; peacock, indigo, and navy, that are popular right now were my inspiration.  The first thing on the to-do list was to paint the wallpapered walls a peacock blue.  I painted on top of the existing textured wallpaper.  No bubbles or problems with the paper, which I was a little nervous about.  Now I love how the peacock blue shows off the texture.
 
I painted the mahogany wood on the loveseat with a soft white flat finish then distressed it and polished it with dark Old English furniture polish especially working it into the carvings.
 
  It took awhile before I was inspired to do anymore to the room until I was in JoAnne's fabric store one day looking for some material for a costume project.  I turned the corner and there was the blue of my dreams,  next to it a stylized bird print which would add a fun modern twist  to the room.  I didn't have to think about it.  I just bought it!
 
I painted the chair before it was reupholstered.  It took a couple of tries to get the yellow right on this chair.  Yellow is a tricky color to work with.  One screams schoolbus, another is too daffodil.  I wanted to accentuate the detail on the legs so I handpainted the carving with a very small brush and acrylic paints using a clear finish on top.
 
For accent colors throughout the room I used the bird print as a guide.
Pillow is from Pier I
A couple more furniture pieces painted in the same white.  My cedar chest was given an update with a french burlap seat cover.  The chest is a great storage solution for journals and special momentoes.
 
The drop leaf table I found at Urban Country Boutique (where I have a space myself).  It was a maple stain which got a redo. 

It started out as a coffee table but the height wasn't right and it made the room seem heavy, so it found it's place as the end table and I found a nice airy glass/metal table at Pier I.

After the furniture is in place the fun begins with accessorizing.  On the bookcases I focused on red, black.  The leather book covers add just the right amount of soft color.  I removed the 'too' colorful dust jackets.  Situated on the center shelves are decorative frames which eventually will have cute little faces in them.

 Other memorabilia includes vintage cars my dad collected, and my parents first 35 mm camera. I remember staring into that camera many times and later enjoying family nights watching slide shows.

The mirror is from a french provincial dresser.  It was handpainted with the same acrylic paints used on the chair.  Layers of paint, sanding, adding gold leaf, sanding and then polishing with Old English.
 The mirror reflects the opposite wall with the white painted frames, a print from my daughter, Ashley Beal Photography, and a Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge plate we bought as a souvenier on a trip to Figi.

Whew, that was an extra long post.  Hope you enjoyed the tour. Now take some time for a good book.  I think that's what I'll do.

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