|December 11, 2013||Posted by Helen under Uncategorized|
Hello and Merry Christmas! Bob and I have been shopping, refreshing old things, and getting new when necessary. Like repairing the cedar chest after it was repaired…long story. That chest is often used as a coffee table in our family room. Here you will see how a simple Guardsman Touch-Up Pen solved an ugly chip problem. Soon after the holidays, I plan to get my hands on that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and brighten up the look of that dark chest. For now, the Guardsman pen made a tremendous difference that you’ll see here. The problem was that huge chunk, before it was painted over with the “DarK” pen.
It really was annoying to have it repaired “professionally” and then see that. Well, I was desperate enough to try the pen, and it’s looks much better already. I have used Guardsman products for decades..a long time and highly recommend them. ( That is from my heart and experience, I have not been compensated for recommending it ever!) Time helped as it was a day later, when I handled the chest. Actually, it covered that chunk well. Here are a few more photos of the family room getting ready for “our family” to arrive!!!
There were lots of places showing the raw wood on the chest. Just a few minutes was all it took for the whole chest to be looking better. Oh, that chalk paint will fix it up…if I am brave enough to go for it.
Several years ago, I found the red tray at a local outlet for around five dollars…the price on it was $24.99! At the time, I honestly had not seen trays used on tables for displaying things…stuff! In fact it was unused all that time. A few days ago, that “NOEL” box caught my eye in CVS pharmacy and that tray came to mind. Yes, that would be the perfect way to display items normally sitting on shelves, etc. That moment this plan started growing! Yeah, bigger and bigger…and I had to visit “gifts in the closet” located in one of the guest rooms. While looking there was the small Christmas tree pin and I grabbed it not knowing at that moment why. Why? Now, it’s to dress up that red and white box. And the gold artichoke was found about that time, too. Somehow, things jumped out that needed to be fun. Do you enjoy mixing your old things with your new, like that? The pair of quail were painted by me in ceramic class ages ago and they never quite made it to Goodwill. Remember I painted those! Also, from CVS, on the tray is the twig star tree topper, and rather than top a tree it had to be down where everyone can see it. There’s nothing in the NOEL box, except a tiny tree with pinecones on it and for now it’s there to stay.
In the last photo, that damaged chest would have shown up brightly in this room. Notice it is dark as the remainder of the chest.
We now have two trees on the front porch, one tree on the screened in back porch, Santa in the sleigh with the reindeer at the top of our driveway near the weigela bushes!
Wishing you a great celebration!
|December 4, 2013||Posted by Helen under Uncategorized|
Welcome to my foyer! I have been experimenting lately with my iPad creating a different view including the antique mirror over the credenza and the three tier table reflected from the formal living room. Now, I’m wondering what I did without that iPad!
Back to that view of the three tier table, that I just happened upon probably 15 years ago. It’s moved around in our home over the years. And I’m never been quite sure what would be best displayed on the three tiers. Trust me I have stuff….don’t we all have “stuff” that is somewhere in our homes if only we could remember just where! Teasing a bit, but actually this great table sat without a thing on its tiers for ages in a corner of our family room. It has what is known as a “pie crust” edge on each tier. To tell the truth, I admired it for a reason some people would not want it. Can you imagine what that is? Frankly, it’s nice not to have everything look brand new and untouched. Don’t you feel more at home sometimes, when you see some sign that the furnishings have been loved, enjoyed and used…even perhaps abused? Well, the pie crust on the tiers is not in perfect condition. Ha! In places, it reminds me of some of the pie crusts I attempted to make.
Then the day came for the less than perfect table to move to the guest bedroom on the first floor. That move made me a bit more adventurous with the table tiers. A book from Colonial Williamsburg stayed on lowest tier. A silver jewelry case on another along with things that moved from upstairs to make the three tier table look loved and enjoyed. Somehow, that just did not get the look. You know “the look” we ladies want in our homes. Well, what happened next was the move to the formal living room and there it sits bare as can be except for a vase on the very top tier. There’s no question, it looks strange, but it’s never gone beyond that one item.
The truth is that it’s now been residing in that living room about a year! One vase on top…nothing else. This is where you can help me…please! Do you have a three tier table like this and what do you have on it? I have “googled” and “asked Jeeves” and nothing has led me to the answer. Please leave me a note with your info on how you have decorated your three tier table! Are you thinking, “what’s the rush after 15 years?” I was sure you were…well, this Christmas, I’d love to have that living room look finished….and very much loved. That table is seen before people even turn to enter the living room. The mirror shows it right away in the foyer.
Seriously, I’d love to hear your suggestions for that table. I appreciate your visits very much.
|November 25, 2013||Posted by Helen under Uncategorized|
Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone! How are y’all surviving the rush for “turkey day” or dare I have asked you? I know how that goes…do you want to cook, stay home, go out, or plain run away for a week or more? Sometimes, you wonder which would be the most simple and enjoyable. Don’t you?
Now, we’re planning fun regardless of where we dine. My biggest struggle to date has been this mantle or mantel as some spell it. Actually, mantle is the most common spelling…yes, I read it recently…don’t recall where. Maybe I simply “googled it” and there it was in black and white as I recall. Back to the struggling…don’t we all strive for balance, flair, or whatever to get it the way we want it. You will notice, that I’m avoiding talking about the hearth. Now that’s where I need help big time. Scale is hard for me to grasp on that raised brick hearth. Do you have that problem, too?
Oh, and get this, I felt there was more needed on the hearth. Thought about Bob’s grandmother’s dough bowl with the gold pinecones that my sister bought for me….she said I needed them and I’m thinking she is right as they appear gold plated. And of course they really aren’t. Wonder what use most people have for the dough bowl they inherited. I enjoy the memory of his grandmother and remembering that she was fun to be with. And on the other hand, I enjoy store bought Sister Schubert’s rolls…how about you?
I usually try to break the mantle down into sections to work on it at closer views. That does seem to help me decide what is my favorite view.
Orange is gorgeous in the fall months and also gorgeous to those whose favorite team wears that bright or deep orange color. A little known fact about me is that my home once had not one, but yes, two bright orange telephones. Nothing to do with a team…just I flipped out over orange in the days that it often was used with “avocado green” and (shudder) “harvest gold”.
You know, I’m thinking the hearth should be space for a crate with a large fern or a great floral arrangement! What do you think? Love the orange birdhouse from Ross Dress For Less! Most other items came from Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx!
Thanks for visiting and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day!
|November 20, 2013||Posted by Helen under Uncategorized|
Hi y’all! It’s Bunco Night at Glenda’s home in Texas! When I spoke with her on the phone, she was ready for the neighborhood bunco group to arrive. Just wait until you see the goodies she is serving. Her mantle is ready…her whole house is decorated and you’re going to see a lot of it. She made the burlap topiaries after getting instructions from another blogger. Her flowers look perfect for fall entertaining all the way through November!
Now brace yourself for the goodies you’re about to see! Glenda got really creative with this.
Isn’t this enough to make you hungry, if you were not already?
Over here…the carrots, but wait until you spy what is next.
OK, I cannot hide this any longer….chocolate anyone? Not just chocolate…take a close look at this chocolate delight!
Yes, she’s going to share her recipe for the acorns made from chocolate kisses with us. I promise she will give it to us soon! Let’s move on to the dining room…notice she’s ready for the game.
Notice orange everywhere….love it for fall now…once was my favorite color of all!
Thanks to all of you for visiting and allowing me to share Glenda’s fall decor with you. Thank you, Glenda for letting us see your home! Thanks for emailing the recipe in time to have it posted tonight.
Hershey’s Kisses “Acorns”
You will need:
1 bag Hershey Kisses, 1 bag Nutter Butter Bites cookies & 1 bag
Nestle’s Mini milk chocolate chips.
Melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips in the microwave.
This will be your glue.
Use a knife or spoon to put a small amount of the melted chocolate on one side of the
cookie & immediately attach the Hershey Kiss.
Then just put a small amount of melted chocolate on top of the “acorn” & attach a mini chocolate chip as the stem.
Let cool & enjoy!