Monday, July 15, 2019

A Few More Little Updates

Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you all had a nice 4th of July! We did and attended a small little parade and visited with new friends. It's hot. I'm sure you all are hot too. My prayers go out to all who may live close to that old Hurricane/Tropical storm Barry. I still remember when Ike hit Galveston. Anyway...
I wanted to show you where we are with setting up in our new home. Here is the dining room for now. I think this may be the smallest dining room I've had in many years. But...it's very bright and light and you have to love that. You can see I haven't hung any draperies yet. I can't decide if I want to use my old ones or use toppers. What do you think?
 If you know me, you know I love to hang plates on my walls. I put up my Spode plates around the china cabinet which sits on this wonky wall. You can see the pitch of the ceiling and the wall cuts off from where it really should be. But that's just how this house was built. So I was unable to hang them symmetrically and that bothers me. I'll get over it.
 Then I painted my olden buffet! I love how she turned out! Just a nice creamy cream on her body and then I painted the top. I sanded and stained the top first but the wood just wasn't very pretty so a little more sanding and then I slapped some pretty browny color on the top.
 Here's a closer look and more the correct color. I think painting her made her curly details show up much more.



Our Jesus painting got a new spot light! I'm wondering what I should hang on either side of this painting. Since it's Jesus, I certainly don't want to hang something inappropriate up. Maybe I should just leave the sides? Comments please! :)
On the knob of my little curio I hung this little replica of The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. How we love that sweet place.
 Here's looking back at the entry with the front door on the left by the little plant stand.
 This is the view as you walk in the front door. The wood floor on the right goes into the dining room, the wood floor in the top left hand corner is the living room with the kitchen behind the half wall. The laundry room is to the left of the cuckoo clock. So many columns! Of course I want to poke something on each one so I'm trying to restrain my tiny self!
 You've seen the living room. Not much has changed here. We still haven't had the wall filled in over my drop leaf table on the right side of the fireplace yet. In time. Hopefully. I get impatient. I know we can't do everything at once but hey...I'm a woman! :) The basket beside the winged back has Willow's toys in it.


This is a great transformation I want to show you! When we bought our home there was no grass at all in the small backyard - just mulch. The yard goes back on the right of the house and behind the garage on the right but it is small and that's what we wanted.
 Now look! It's beautiful with green green grass! We also had the live oak trimmed as limbs were scraping the roof and had caused some damage. We had to get that fixed too. We're so happy with how this looks. We brought in dirt, need some more to fill in the little flower bed around the tree. We have planted a few things but it's still pretty naked but hopefully next spring we will get some prettiness going in there. Love my little cardinal bird house hanging from the tree limb.
I certainly didn't want to disappoint you by thinking I wasn't cross stitching. Well, no matter what else I'm doing I always find time to cross stitch. I just love stitching.
 Here is the top of Little Richard for now! I'll leave up my patriot pieces till July is over. I just love this look.
 Oh, I'm so excited! I was submitted my ancestor and was accepted into the United Daughters of the Confederacy! Yay me! I'm not getting political and really don't want any negative comments here, I'm just proud of my ancestry. That said, you'll see my lovely hat! Well, the UDC ladies wear lots of hats and I wanted to wear one too. I bought a little cheap straw hat from Walmart and chopped it up (I cut the brim because my neck is so short and then zigzagged the edge). You can't see it but I put a navy blue band around it and then poked on flowers and some tulle! I think it turned out so cute!
 Never a day goes by that I don't miss my babies. Here they were on dress up day at the end of their school year. Campie has lost his two front teeth and doesn't give a big ole smile like he used to. Then my little Carter. She has the most beautiful thick hair. She is wearing glasses now although she doesn't have them on in this snap. How I love my babies.
Then for your viewing pleasure...a bathroom beauty snap which I haven't done in forever! Mr. Precious and I went to Galveston a few weeks back and visited a museum and this was the fancy bathroom and of course I had to snap!  :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

You Are So Beautiful


You are so beautiful
To me
You are so beautiful
To me
Can't you see

You're everything I hoped for
You're everything I need
You are so beautiful to me
You are so beautiful to me

You are so beautiful
To me
Can't you see
You're everything I hoped for
Every, everything I need
You are so beautiful to me 
~ sung by Joe Cocker



Sunday, June 30, 2019

Is Anyone Still Out There?

Hello, Dear Ones! Are you still out there? I almost thought, well, I really thought I would end this blog but here I am again. I can hardly believe I started this blog in June of 2008!! Well, here I am again. 

Needless to say I've been busy. We are settled into our new home and are really enjoying it. There is still so much to do but I thought I would start sharing little bits of it with you.
 Here is the outside of our home (the realtor's snap). See those scraggley looking cedar bushes on either side of the front door?
 Well, those are the first things we had chopped down and I think the front of the house looks much cleaner. We chopped back the big tree there to the right a bit as everything was overgrown.
 There were some funky looking ferns planted here and I dug them up and planted some knockout roses and petunias. Well the roses are doing fine but not the petunias. It's too hot for them. I planted a row of little grass to border the bed by the walk and it's doing well. Kinda looks like weeds in this snap. Now I poked down a pot and put a fox tail fern in it and it has flourished. Still so much to do here but for now we're pleased with it. It's too hot to get out here and dig around right now.
 Here we are walking up to the front door. I had a lovely little bunch of blooming flowers in that little pot. Guess what? They dried up and bit the dust! Did I say how hot it is here? I thought of poking in some faux flowers just to have some color here. I still may do that.



Now when we had the house painted I picked out this pretty dark red for the front door. I love red doors. From the street it looks like a lovely mahogany color. I'm so talented like that! :) I intend to put up a sheer curtain over the glass on the door but that's one of those little things I just haven't gotten to yet. I don't like peeping Toms, or Dicks or Harrys.
 As you step inside the front door you'll see my little plant stand with an ivy in it. I love to have a live plant and little ivies seem to do well when we travel. This one is loving it here by the side light.
 Then I have another little ivy but the important thing is to show you this darling little oak child's school chair I found. Is it not the cutest little thing and it makes a great little plant seat.
Okie dokie. Do y'all remember Little Richard? Well, I got busy and painted him and his mirror a really neat loud blue! I'm loving it. 
 Here's a close up of the mirror so you can see that I dry brushed some gold paint on the raised parts.


I also enhanced Little Richard with a bit of gold too. My old door pulls got broken on our move back to Texas so I have to order some new ones and that's another little thing that I just keep forgetting to do.
 Actually, Little Richard is feeling a little embarrassed as he says he's looking pretty girly. I told him to get over it! After all - I'm the boss of him! :)
Here's the vignette I have on top of Little Richard at the moment. I used some of my curtain fabric that I made the living room valances out of and made a runner for the top. See how talented I am?
Here's Willow. She looks so mean here. I noticed when I take her picture she turns on her mean face but I promise you she is a sweet of a little love bug you could ever imagine.

Well, if you've stayed with me I really appreciate you reading my blog all of these years. I miss my little grandbabies a lot but it is so good to be back in Texas! Mr. Precious has gotten connected with his heritage groups again and I've submitted my application to become a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. We've found a wonderful church and are getting to know some people. I'm so thankful for our one story house (I still and probably always will miss my basement from New York) and...I'm so thankful to be close to a Whataburger and Chick-fil-A!!

I know I've said this before but I really will try to do a better job of blogging. I can't leave blogland because I love you all!!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

If Ever I Would Leave You



If ever I would leave you
It wouldn't be in summer.
Seeing you in summer I never would go.
Your hair streaked with sun-light,
Your lips red as flame,
Your face witha lustre
that puts gold to shame!
But if I'd ever leave you,
It couldn't be in autumn.
How I'd leave in autumn I never will know.
I've seen how you sparkle
When fall nips the air.
I know you in autumn
And I must be there.
And could I leave you
running merrily through the snow?
Or on a wintry evening
when you catch the fire's glow?
If ever I would leave you,
How could it be in spring-time?
Knowing how in spring I'm bewitched by you so?
Oh, no! not in spring-time!
Summer, winter or fall!
No, never could I leave you at all!
 ~ sung by Robert Goulet

Monday, March 18, 2019

Boards and Banners

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, here I am again and as I was putting my pictures away in our new home I ran across some snaps I thought I'd share with you. So this is a little different kind of post with lots of pictures. Here goes.

I have always been pretty involved in my church and when it was announced someone was needed to help with the bulletin boards at Harris Creek Baptist Church outside of Waco, Texas, I knew that was me! I have always love paper crafts and loved to draw  and learned to do calligraphy many years ago so I became the Bulletin Board Lady starting in 1993. We had two large bulletin boards - one at the front of the church and one at the back. This was a long time ago and I went to town. I was always popping in to the teachers supply shop to buy background papers, letters, stencils and most importantly - construction paper. Most of the boards I made were layered pieces of construction paper.
So gaze your little peepers on some of the bulletin boards I made. Most of the snaps are not very focused so I will apologize right now! ;)

 The picture you see here is all layered construction paper and was stapled down in layers. I was so very creative and added a real faux garland of flowers!







 This was one of my favorites and it's really blurry. I used markers to draw on the construction paper.
 The angel was 3D! I was so clever and used a little Styrofoam ball covered in fabric and real feathery wings for the angel. Her gown was gold lame' fabric with stiffening gook! Remember this was the early 1990s!

Here I used my markers and made an ornate sheet music.





 I still remember drawing this one. I drew a little silly for everyone in our choir. That's supposed to be me, second one from the left. I can't remember why I drew that little lamb!










I'm sorry if you were bored and if you've stayed with me...thank you.

 Now on to the banners. We had moved to Galveston at this time and during the early 2000s the pastor of our small church asked me if I would considered making banners for our church. Well, here we go again!! I'm pretty creative and love to sew so "Yes"!
 I knew you could order premade banners, silk printed and very nice but our little church couldn't afford to do that so I went to town! I did order their catalogs to get some ideas.
 I kept the road pretty hot from Galveston to Southern Imports in Houston buying satins and silks, sequins and colored fabrics for the banners. The dove had a red sparkly for his eye.
On this banner the symbols were hand painted and Jesus and the cross were fabrics ironed down with interfacing.
This one was really pretty and very sparkly. The crown had batting behind it and I sewed on sparklies!
 This one was all hand painted.
 Fabric cut out and ironed down. As I look at this, the grapes are pretty funky looking! Oh well.
 I remember getting this idea from a Christmas card I had received.
Oops, very blurry, but this was very pretty. Lots of shiny fabrics and sequins and bordered with fringe. 

Well, there you have a very different post and it was fun for me to reminisce about some of the things I used to love to do for Jesus and I hope you enjoyed it.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

The Heart of Worship


When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that's of worth
That will bless your heart
I'll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart
I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about you,
It's all about you, Jesus
I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it
When it's all about you,
It's all about you, Jesus
King of endless worth
No one could express
How much you deserve
Though I'm weak and poor
All I have is yours
Every single breath
I'll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking… 
~ by Michael W. Smith