Thursday, August 15, 2019

Playing on the Baker's Rack


 Hello, Dear Ones! Well, we are back in the breakfast room and I wanted to show you my baker's rack today.
 There is my little hutch I showed you last and now on to the baker's rack. There is a lot of natural light in here and I love that but unfortunately the nice windows took up all the wall space! So I have just poked my pieces in front of the windows. That works, doesn't it? It has been so so hot here recently that I've been closing the blinds to try and keep it cooler. I'm so delicate and don't do well in high heat! :)
 I really can't get a straight on shot since my little table and chairs are right in front of the baker's rack so this will have to do. Everything is really still a work in progress. I have fabric to make new little curtains and little runners for the shelves on the baker's rack, just haven't had the time and haven't been motivated yet to do it. In time...in time.

 First let me show you this sweet little seasonal sign I've made. The ladies of my church had a crafting day and this is what we made! It's a porch sign but my little bitty porch, really just a stoop, gets wet when it rains and I didn't want my little sign to ruin so I just poked her up here on the wall and I like her just fine here.

Notice there is no O for the word Home and instead you poke on a seasonal wooden piece for each season! Cute, huh? So for summer we have these little flip flops! The seasonal wooden pieces are poked on the blue board with a little square of Velcro.You'll see her again - promise.
 Okie Doke! Here we are at the baker's rack with lots of sunshine streaming through. I love this trio of Roosters that I bought when we were in Rome many years ago. They do crow a pretty song but I can't understand them since they crow in Italian! :)
 More Roosterness is happening on the next shelf. See that little silly hen pot holder on my little yellow pot? I crocheted that many years ago. I don't know if you can tell, but that is a milk glass juicer sitting there with the little orange slices (faux), love that too!
 Moving right along, I've poked down a Jadeite cake stand with a yardbird couple under the dome, another pretty couple and them some Pioneer Woman's kitchen towels folded in the little ceramic bread tray.
 At the very bottom I have some cook books in these baskets. When we moved from New York I really tried to get rid of as much stuff as I could and cook books went flying out the door! You don't really need cook books much any more since we have the internet and Pinterest and bloggers sharing their favorite recipes but some of my cook books were very special in one way or the other so they reside here in these baskets.
Hope you've enjoyed seeing my baker's rack. This is really a toy to poke things all over and I do enjoy it so much. I was not able to use her in New York but she works in Texas. After all she was bought in Texas and she is a Texan! Woo Hoo!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 



"I'll Be There"

You and I must make a pact, we must bring salvation back
Where there is love, I'll be there

I'll reach out my hand to you, I'll have faith in all you do
Just call my name and I'll be there

And oh - I'll be there to comfort you
Build my world of dreams around you, I'm so glad that I found you
I'll be there with a love that's strong
I'll be your strength, I'll keep holding on - yes I will, yes I will

Let me fill your heart with joy and laughter
Togetherness, well that's all I'm after
Whenever you need me, I'll be there
I'll be there to protect you, with an unselfish love I respect you
Just call my name and I'll be there

And oh - I'll be there to comfort you
Build my world of dreams around you, I'm so glad that I found you
I'll be there with a love that's strong
I'll be your strength, I'll keep holding on - yes I will, yes I will

If you should ever find someone new, I know he'd better be good to you
'Cos if he doesn't, I'll be there

Don 't you know, baby, yeah yeah
I'll be there, I'll be there, just call my name, I'll be there

(Just look over your shoulders, honey - ooh)

I'll be there, I'll be there, whenever you need me, I'll be there

Don't you know, baby, yeah yeah

I'll be there, I'll be there, just call my name, I'll be there 
~ sung by The Jackson Five




Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Some Very Sad News


Dear Ones, I wanted to share with you about a former blogger who meant so much to so many of us passed away.

Dot Nipper who went by Picket and blogged at Picket's Place passed away August 8th and she was one of the old timers. So many of us started out on the Rate My Space about 13 or so years ago and that site was sponsored by HGTV. It finally shut down and lots of us started blogs. I have tried to put up a link to her old blog but a widget page comes up and says the site is not secure. Picket was a beautiful Christian lady who lived in Alabama and was such a wonderful story teller. How she loved her family and she loved the Lord and ministered to so many of us with each blog post. Of course she decorated her home beautifully. Her beloved husband passed away around 2016 and she was never the same. Please pray for her family, she had five children.













Above on the left is Picket and her beloved Bill and then this is the picture on the right that I found on her Facebook page. I wouldn't have recognized her but she looks so beautiful. She truly was beautiful inside and out.

I know many of you would like to know this. We will always love you, Picket.

If you can't get to her blog I'll just leave you with a few snaps of her home that I have pinned over the years.







 Blessing to all my sweeties,
Shelia :(

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

 "Friends"

Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
I can't believe the hopes He's granted
Means a chapter of your life is through

But we'll keep you close as always
It won't even seem you've gone
'Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends

And with the faith and love God's given
Springing from the hope we know
We will pray the joy you live in
Is the strength that now you show

We'll keep you close as always
It won't even seem you've gone
'Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends

To live as friends

Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends

No a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends 
~ sung by Michael W. Smith


          
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Come Into My Breakfast Room


Hello, Dear Ones! Hope you are all doing well and staying cool in this hot hot summer heat. I just crank the air conditioning down and stay indoors. :) Today I wanted to continue with my kitchen tour and show you my little breakfast room. It's not actually a room but an area off the main kitchen.
 I'm going to show you my olden kitchen hutch that I decorated today.
 But first let me show you the breakfast "room", ah hem...area. This is a nice sized little area and we are enjoying it. That is the pantry with the green wreath on the door. It's the smallest pantry I've ever had but it's amazing when you downsize how in a just a little while you can begin to make things work.
 Here's my little hutch. I love her. I painted her this soft green color many years ago and still love it. The green color is so soothing I think it works as a neutral color and would work with almost any color you wanted to use on the walls. I think I've told you before but I'm going to tell you again...behind the little hutch is a window that almost reaches the floor like the one to the left. Well, I love lots of light but I wanted to use my hutch and needed some wall space!  I'm so talented so I hung up a white cotton curtain in the inside of the window from top to the bottom and then poked my little hutch right in front of it! Works for me!
Here you can see the top of the window and there is always a little light shining in. I poked down three of my white yard birds on top and twirled a greenery garland around them and then added some little fairy lights. I'm loving this! :)
 During our move back to Texas one of the handles on the drawers got broken. I just went to Hobby Lobby and found these pretty green Jadeite looking glass knobs and screwed them in. I like how they look! They look kinda blue but they are green.



I'll ramble a little more. Do you see that handsome milk glass Rooster? Well, that handsome guy was my inspiration to decorating the hutch. I gathered most of my milk glass hens and chicks on nests and poked them all in here. He is certainly feeling like he is the king of his castle, well his hutch! :)
I love to share everything with you so sit back and I'll show you each shelf. Here is the top one filled with milk glass yard birds and dishes. The little one on the left sitting on the straw colored nest was bought in upstate New York at an estate sale when we first visited my daughter and her family there, brought her back to Texas, then moved with her back to New York, then brought her back again to Texas! Whew! Confusing? :)
 Second shelf. I poked pieces of my Pink Willow all around. Isn't it pretty? I have lots of Blue Willow too. There's Mr. Rooster standing there looking all proud and stuff.
 Then here is the bottom shelf with more milk glass hens, Pink Willow and one little Chickie cross stitch. This space is making me feel very happy. Oh, I poked a few grapes on the milk glass stand. They will really have to chew hard as these grapes are faux! :D
Here you can see the little breakfast room table and chairs - older than dirt and how the room flows into the kitchen. I see some kitchens that are all sleek, neat and empty looking - ain't gonna happen to me. I love stuff! :) You can see Charlotte standing at the end of the island with some LeCreuset pots and a few Roosters! Her drawers (that sounds nasty, doesn't it?) holds linens.


Now you can see the entire breakfast room. I poked my baker's rack in front of more windows! I gotta have room for my stuff, y'all! I'll show that to you later.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my little hutch in my new breakfast room today!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ love me some Neil

"Sweet Caroline"

Where it began
I can't begin to knowin'
But then I know it's growin' strong

Was in the spring
And spring became the summer
Who'd have believed you'd come along

Hands, touchin' hands
Reachin' out, touchin' me, touchin' you

Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
I've been inclined
To believe they never would
But now I...

...look at the night
And it don't seem so lonely
We fill it up with only two

And when I hurt
Hurtin' runs off my shoulders
How can I hurt when holdin' you?

Warm, touchin' warm
Reachin' out, touchin' me, touchin' you

Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
I've been inclined
To believe they never would
Oh, no, no

Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
Sweet Caroline
I believed they never could

Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good...
~ sung by Neil Diamond



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Kitchen Vignettes

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I'm continuing with my spiffing upness and thought I would show you a little froo frooing in my kitchen

 This is a little vignette I have poked on my island - a big white pitcher filled with greens, a candle and a new little chicken teapot! I love her and found her at an antique place recently. She is a Fitz and Floyd Classic teapot and looks like she may have been produced in the late 1980s - early 1990s mainly by looking at the blue and mauve colored bow. But I love her with her fruit and little chicks.
 I grabbed my ladder and began to poke stuff on the uppers above my cabinets. I think I told you the two sides on either side of the sink, the ceiling is very slanted, so it's very hard to figure out what I can put up there.
 Are greens still in style? Probably not but I don't care because I like the way the dark greens look against my white cabinets. Of course you know I'm gonna poke up some Roosters! They make me so happy. I squeezed a couple of yard birds between my tureens. I think I need to put something else behind these Roosters? Maybe some colorful trays? Hmm...
 Can't forget the top of the fridge so up goes another Rooster, ceramic fruit basket and a cake plate with cover that stays up there so I can grab it when I need it. I poked Mr. Rooster upon a really olden cookbook turned around so you're looking at the pages instead of the spine.



Here's the other side of the sink. See how slanted the ceiling is?
 These little chicks just barely sat up there on the edge. I poked in a few more greens.
 I just had to show you where I put my olden match box which I've had over 20 years and still love it. Of course I couldn't put a nail in my tile so I just used the Command Hook tabs you use to hang pictures. I used the ones for up to 16 pounds that way I knew it would hang up and not fall off the wall.
Still love touches of red and my mixer sits here in the corner looking like freshly glossed lips. I guess you may be wondering, "Why is her mixer poked down on a placemat?" Well, dear ones when I use my mixer I need to pull it out so I just grab the placemat because the mixer is HEAVY! 
 I just couldn't get the right look here because of the light streaming in so excuse the quality of my snap. But this is my sink area. While on my ladder I hung up these four little Currier and Ives four seasons plates. I have a huge collection of the blue and white Currier and Ives dishes but these are different as they as in color and I think they look sweet above my window.


It's nice to have a little pretty going on as I stand at the sink so I made some.
 In the center is my favorite milk glass cake stand with a favorite hen resting on top filled with flowers. Then my little scale with a doily and I'm not sure what the litttle lidded bowl is, maybe to hold butter?, but I love it and have had it for some time. I have a little copper cupcake stand and I filled it with some faux lemons and a yellow daisy. Last but not least is a very olden yard bird couple with chipped combs and all!
 Just can't leave the sides of my cabinets nekked (that's Texan for naked) so I hung up these cute Rooster hangers that were given to me by a fellow blogger, Jan. I still love them, Jan. The little silver windchimes are really old and the neat thing is that the air conditioner vent blows down on them and I can hear a very quiet little ting ting when the air comes on. I really didn't know what to put on the other hanger so I just poked a little Rooster creamer there until something better comes along.
Well, there you have my kitchen all decorated up! Slowly but surely I'm gonna get there but then it will be time to change it all up for Fall!! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Whip It

 

Crack that whip
Give the past the slip
Step on a crack
Break your momma's back
When a problem comes along
You must whip it
Before the cream sits out too long
You must whip it
When something's going wrong
You must whip it
Now whip it
Into shape
Shape it up
Get straight
Go forward
Move ahead
Try to detect it
It's not too late
To whip it
Whip it good
When a good time turns around
You must whip it
You will never live it down
Unless you whip it
No one gets away
Until they whip it
I say whip it
Whip it good
I say whip it
Whip it good
~ sung by Devo



Monday, July 22, 2019

A Little Spiffing in the Dining Room





Hello Dear Ones! I know I brought you into the dining room last week but I've been spiffin'!
 I set up a pretty vignette on the newly painted buffet with my Blue Willow dinnerware. Do you like it?
My Blue Willow has come to Jesus! :)  This is a little closeup of Jesus and the young boy who shared his lunch. I love this painting and the sweet look on Jesus' face.
 I made the floral and poked it in my olden Blue Willow bowl. Sitting next to the floral is a little butter dish. I think it's old too. I've had if for ages.


Brought out my tea pot with the sugar and creamer and poked them down on a round platter. I added a cup, saucer and spoon all ready for some tea.
 Right smack in the center I placed my biggggggggggggg platter and put a little plate in front of it. Notice the difference in the colors. I've had my Blue Willow since the late 1980s. That little dish is very olden that I got from an antique shop years ago but the color is so different. I think you can see those tiny little round plates? They can be used as tiny butter pats or a little place to poke your tea bag.
 I'm really liking this look. It just looked too bland before. I love color and I think this will do.
 I poked my most favorite Rooster on top of the curio cabinet. He loves it up there watching over the dining room.


I placed these candlesticks on my dining room table. I bought some new blue candles and poked them right down! I also bought three more blue and white balls. Maybe I should call them 'orbs'. :)
Don't they look cute in my old punch bowl? When you don't have punch in your bowl, punch down some blue and white balls!


Well there you have it! It's been so hot outside I just stayed in and spiffed! Hope you are all staying cool.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Blue Moon

Blue moon you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
Blue moon, you knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for
And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper "Please adore me"
And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold!
Blue moon!
Now I'm no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
~ sung by The Marcels