Wednesday, October 28, 2009

His Majesty--Tablescape Thursday


Thank you to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting  Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to visit her blog for spectacular tablescapes and more!!!


I adore Fall. It is filled with warm memories for me. The cool, crisp days, the changing of the foliage, and the familiar smells evoke feelings of hearth, home and family. I suppose it is my upbringing, being a farmer's daughter, and remembering the things that fall brings with it: mainly , the harvest. I love those harvest time smells, but most of those are gone forever, I fear!! One being the smell of the beans drying in the huge silos, which because of the times and technology and the demise of the family farmer, are no longer around these parts anymore!! Weird of me, I know!! My dad, being a farmer, never liked fall, he always said it felt like everything was dying. He preferred the spring, when everything was coming to life. But fall doesn't feel that way to me.
Fall also signals the coming of the holiday season and I love getting my home prepared for festive times ahead. I typically begin listening to my Christmas music in October.
Even though Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, I couldn't wait to get out my Thanksgiving table accoutrements.


This table has enough leaves to make the table large enough to seat 12. I have found that it is not an easy task to find tablecloths that size, 140" long, without breaking the bank. So, I was delighted to discover this lovely Ralph Lauren chocolate brown cloth at TJMaxx for a mere $20.


This lovely china was given to me by my sister, as Thanksgiving dinner is usually held at our house . The pattern is "His Majesty" by Johnson Brothers. I love that graceful bird in the center of the plate, surrounded by the fruits of the harvest!!


Here is a sweet Pilgrim couple that I have had for years
 


 
This is a wicker cornucopia that I have also had for a long time. I get it out every year and fill it with various fruits, vegetables and leaves.
 

The grand old bird himself!!! He is ceramic and was made locally. I actually have two of him!!!

 

Don't you love the gobbler napkins rings? They were made by my mother and sister in ceramics class.

                   I can hardly wait for the festivities to begin and family
to start coming in!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Met Monday--Long overdue Kitchen Remodel



Be sure to visit Susan who hosts Metamorphosis Monday, at Between Naps on the Porch. thanks Susan!!




We have lived in our home over 25 years and almost every year here, we have made some improvement to the house. Alas, we did not make before and after photos along the way. How I wish we had, as it would fill a book!! We love old homes, with all the nooks and crannies and little oddities that come with them.
To begin, we totally gutted the entire house. We put in new plumbing, wiring and put up sheet rock, as it had none. We took down some walls to create a master suite with another bath. We added insulation, a new roof, new heating and cooling system, new windows (the squirrels had eaten the old ones), remodeled the kitchen, enclosed one porch to make a laundry room, and  enclosed another porch to make a sun room.
In subsequent years, we added  a den and another bedroom over it, a large porch, a dressing room to an upstairs bedroom, a carport with a storage room and game room over it, and  remodeled my closet, which is under the stairs. It has been painted on the outside 4 times, another new roof, another central system unit (getting that this week) re-landscaped 3 times, two new driveways, and a potting shed remodeled.
Here is the kitchen remodel we did last summer.

                                                  Before

 
 



                                                          

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Blue Monday--Little Boy Blue and Little Girl Blue










This is my first time to participate in Blue Monday, hosted by Smiling Sally !! I hope you will visit her site and take a look at all the beautiful Blue posts!!!

As an heirloom clothing designer, I make many, and most, things in white. So, it is a lot of fun to create beautiful garments in blue. I love dressing a baby girl in blue as, well as little boys!!!
Here are a few things that have been my favorites over the past! Hope you enjoy!!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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