Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall In The Entry

Hello, Dear Ones! I've done a little decorating in the entry and wanted to show it to you.
My little table fits just perfectly here. This entry is so small compared to the one in our Galveston house but I'm trying to make it work. I'm thankful to have a little entry.
This is not the lamp I wanted to use. I wanted to used the pretty one that the movers busted up. The man who is helping to fix our things says he thinks he can fix it. So until then, this one will have to do.
Here's a peep at my little fall vignette.
A pair of my Staffys look so fallish that I thought they should sit on the table with pun'kins.
How I love my little Staffys.
I put together a little something on the shelf underneath too. I'm so talented like that. :) You do know I'm always teasing.
This is the little mirror that I had at the little house (our little condo) in the dining room and thought it would look fine in my entry. Of course I poked up a fall garland on it.
Here's the staircase right across from my table. You can't see them all but I hung the same vintage bird prints up the staircase as I did in my former house.
This is the MLS listing of the entry. It's not this big as the photographer used a wide lens. I really liked her pretty curio. Yeah, you're seeing that dining room wallpaper and I don't know if you can tell but that crown molding has GOLD on it! Yep! I'm still working on the dining room and will show you when I get it together.
This is the staircase side and again, it's not this big.
This is how it looks now. The walls were white and we had them painted "Biscuit" by Sherwin Williams. We used this color almost all over the house. I did add some little shears to the sidelight windows on either side of the door. Okay, here's where I need your advice again. I need to spiff up this area and I'm not really sure what to do. I really don't want to paint the inside of the door although I know that would bring in some color. There's lots of pretty muted colors in the slate floor. I probably should poke some art on the walls behind my olden coat rack. I love that coat rack - it's from the 1940s and for now I just poked my bookpage rose wreath up on it.
I had to place my wreath on the outside of the storm door because it was getting crushed under the glass. Just as long as the squirrels and chipmunks don't decide to play in it! ;)
Oh, Dear Ones, it's so beautiful here. The leaves are falling from the trees in our woods, the weather is crisp, cool and the air smells so clean. I'm slowing down a bit on my unpacking and just enjoying my new/old home and even made a pot of chili tonight! :)


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)
 I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ (I heard this on Serius RadioXM and wanted to share it with you)


The Wayward Wind

The wayward wind is a restless wind
A restless wind that yearns to wander
And he was born the next of kin
The next of kin to the wayward wind

In a lonely shack by a railroad track
He spent his younger days
And I guess the sound of the outward-bound
Made him a slave to his wand'rin ways

And the wayward wind is a restless wind
A restless wind that yearns to wander
And he was born the next of kin
The next of kin to the wayward wind

Oh, I met him there in a border town
He vowed we'd never part
Though he tried his best to settle down
I'm now alone with a broken heart

And the wayward wind is a restless wind
A restless wind that yearns to wander
And he was born the next of kin
The next of kin to the wayward wind

The next of kin to the wayward wind
~ sung by Gogi Grant



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Living Room Before and After

Hello, Dear Ones! I wanted to share a little with you today on how our living room is coming along. So sit back, relax and grab a Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper (or a Dr. Pepper 10 ~ I can't find Diet Cherries here!) because this is going to be a rather long post!
Okie dokie! This was the way the living room looked from the MLS listing. Don't you love that blue crown molding? :) This house seemed to have this vibrant blue in a bunch of places.
This is now. We had the walls painted "Biscuit" from Sherwin Williams and the crown molding painted white. Much better to my most gorgeous baby blues! ;) Pardon my flash but it was cloudy and the room was pretty dark.
 This is looking from the back of the room to the front window.
This is now. We had a few issues when our furniture arrived. First of all the other matching wing back chair got it's tiny leg busted off, My piano had lots of scratches on the legs - all three legs had been put into one container and not wrapped individually! The rollers scratched all of the legs to high heaven and the corners of the lid look like busted glass! I almost cried. But we have someone who is going to fix it. Mr. Precious has a huge executive office desk and the back of it was broken into! It was supposed to have been taken apart. A precious lamp Mr. Precious had given my little mother years ago was bent up horribly! We've moved all over the place through the years and this is the most damage we've ever had. There is insurance and the moving company has worked well with us. I'm still looking for a missing shelf for Edra and some other things are not showing up! Moving is hard y'all! Oh, well..
This is looking from the front of the living room to the back. I thought you may want to see the blue crown molding one more time! :)
What cha think about these window coverings? Well, I snatched those off the windows as quick as a wink!
This is what I came up with for the front windows and they are semi-homemade drapes. I bought four panels of these and combined two panels to make them fuller. I love to do that. The panels were not lined but I got some backing and lined them myself. They're nice and full now and I can close them at night and they're still full enough to look nice. I really don't want to close them each night and am wondering what I should do. Because of the storm windows, there isn't enough room to hang 2" blinds. I notice most folks around here use roller shades or shears on their front windows. I don't know what I want yet! Any suggestions?
Here's a close up of the panels and this is the color, a grayish kind of blue. Now I was being very adventurous and decided to go with blue in here with my rusty colored looking furniture. The blue has the same shade of rustiness as my sofa. I'll have some curtain material left over and will make a few throw pillows to poke on the sofa or chairs. Do you think that blue molding got to me? :)
Ready for some more blues? Well, I got a new lamp! I served on a jury right before we moved here and got my little check in the mail so I went looking for a lamp and this is what I found at Tuesday Morning. I affectionately call it my "dead dog lamp". I know, I know, but the trial I served on was about a dog that died because of the owner's neglect, so the name "dead dog lamp". I'm okay when I think of that trial now but it was really a very troubling case.
 The Finn wound up in here and she is dressed for Fall!
 Here's a closer look. I've got to find some artwork or something to hang over her.
This is where I've put my piano. You can see the door that goes into the kitchen to the left and more of that blue and more of those drapes!
This is the area now. That's a reflection on the wall under the window by the piano. No, spooks, I promise!
As you can see, I don't have window coverings up here yet. I'm going to do a different treatment but with the same fabric as I bought plenty of panels. I'm so talented like that, you know! :)
The Little Richard has become my music cabinet. Oh, the movers broke one of the olden knobs on Little Richard so I've got to find more knobs. I think Little Richard is going to get a paint job when I get a little more settled. I'm going to try and match or get close to the blue that's in the drape fabric. Do you think that would look nice? I'm loving the reflection of my piano in the mirror!
 A little fallness on Little Richard. When he gets painted I'll have to change the lamp shade as it's green. I could cover it. What do y'all think? You all have the best ideas and I appreciate any feedback positive or negative (I can take it) you want to give me.
The first time we saw this house I knew this was going to be my piano spot. I love it. If you noticed we don't have any rugs yet so I'm on the lookout for those. I don't know why there is a table runner poked inside my piano! Who knows! :) Still so much to do but again I keep telling myself "one day at a time"! :)

Hope you've enjoyed the little tour of my living room. It's far from being finished but I couldn't wait to show you what we've done so far.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

I Can't Fight This Feeling

I can't fight this feeling any longer
And yet I'm still afraid to let it flow
What started out as friendship, has grown stronger
I only wish I had the strength to let it show
I tell myself that I can't hold out forever
I said there is no reason for my fear
Cause I feel so secure when we're together
You give my life direction
You make everything so clear

And even as I wander
I'm keeping you in sight
You're a candle in the window
On a cold, dark winter's night
And I'm getting closer than I ever thought I might

And I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
It's time to bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars, forever

Cause I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
And if I have to crawl upon the floor
Come crushing through your door
Baby, I can't fight this feeling anymore

My life has been such a whirlwind since I saw you
I've been running round in circles in my mind
And it always seems that I'm following you, girl
Cause you take me to the places that alone I'd never find

And even as I wander I'm keeping you in sight
You're a candle in the window on a cold, dark winter's night
And I'm getting closer than I ever thought I might

And I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
It's time to bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars, forever

Cause I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
And if I have to crawl upon the floor
Come crushing through your door
Baby, I can't fight this feeling anymore

~ sung by REO Speedwagon



Friday, October 17, 2014

Tell It To The Rain

Hello, Dear Ones! Thank you all who visited the primping up of the outside of our new/old home. If you missed it you can see it HERE. I really don't have a room to show you today but I did want to show you a little special area in our home.
I set up a little vignette in our sunroom. It's been raining and the leaves are just falling like crazy and I loved how they were clinging to the windows out here and thought I'd show you.
It's a little blurry looking through the glass but can you see the golden leaves hanging on for dear life on the windows?
 Now you can see them a little better. Aren't they gorgeous? Love maple leaves!
We also had a fence put up in the backyard so Chloe Dawn could play. Actually, Mr. Precious was dreading getting out and walking her when the cold winter hits! :) Our property line goes back a lot farther but we didn't want to clear out the woods and thought this spot would be fine.
As you can see the sun room does not have straight up and down windows. They curve and I think this makes the room looks like Noah's Ark! I do call it the ark from time to time. The outside looks like a boat! I'll show you that later. So I'm enoying the rain and hanging some pictures today.
Have a wonderful weekend and know I love you all!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Tell It To The Rain

You're crying now just like I used to cry before. (rain, rain, rain)
Turn off the tears, girl; I don't care any more.
You can save all your lies, 'cause I've heard them all
Before:
Tell it to the rain
And the stars that shine above,
That it's me you're thinking of,
And that I'm your only love--
Tell it to the rain.

I gave you love, girl, and got nothing in return.
How does it feel to feel what I had to learn?
Baby, don't say you're sorry, 'cause I'm just not
Concerned:
Tell it to the rain
And the stars that shine above,
That it's me you're thinking of,
And that I'm your only love--
Tell it to the rain.

Tell it to the rain
And the stars that shine above,
That it's me you're thinking of,
Oh, forget it, love--
Tell it to the rain.

Tell it to the rain
And the stars that shine above,
That it's me you're thinking of,
And that I'm your only love--
Tell it to the rain. 

~ sung by The Four Seasons


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Puttin On A Pretty Face

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I have some more snaps of things we've done to the front of our house. So our new/old home is putting on a prettier face today!
 Do you see anything different about her?
 I keep showing you this snap of the front of our house when we bought her so this is a good comparison to what we have today!
 Do you see what we've done? Well, we had railings added to the front porch! I just never did think the front of the house looked finished without these railings. First of all, the drop off from the front porch is pretty high and I didn't want our little grandbabies taking a tumble! I just love how it looks now!
 Then...we had the old white shutters taken off and had burgundy colored ones put up. There were no shutters on the windows on either side of the front door so we had some put there too and I think that looks so much better now, don't you?
 So much nicer.
 Here you can see the porch isn't very deep but it's long. One more thing, we want to get some Cracker Barrel rocking chairs for out here. Most of our neighbors have them! Won't that look great and I can decorate a little bit out here. We also took off that old black screen on the front door and replaced it with the glass panel and now you can really see my red door! :)
 Oh, y'all, our house is becoming so happy! It's not quite as grand as our previous house was but it looks so comfy cozy to me and we are feeling right at home now (even though I still have a gazillion boxes to unpack)!
Friday night little Carter, who's 4 now, spent the night with us. She was so excited and we had a great time. Her mommy picked her up at 12:30 pm and took her to a birthday party and dropped off little Campie, who is a year old, for me to babysit. I feel so loved and so blessed to have had all of this time with my babies! 
Okay, I'll quit bubbleing about my babies and show you a little snap of the woods next to us! It's only about a 1/2 block and we're loving it. I haven't dared out into it because my daughter says there are ticks out there. No, no, Nannette, I don't want no ticks! :)
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 that 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
Everything that I need, you are so beautiful, to me
~ sung by Joe Cocker