Monday, March 30, 2015

Springy Mantel

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm finally getting my Easter decorating done. With company coming for Easter, it's amazing how fast I can move when I have too! :)
 Okie dokie! Now first you'll see the chains still pulled up on the cuckoo clock because it needs to get fixed. Then the quilt is spread down on the cushions of the sofa because my little grandchildren come over all of the time with snotty noses that get wiped all over everything and sticky little cookie crumbed fingers, well, you get the picture. The chenille fabric is just a little bit too dainty for that! I share this with you because I love you! :)
 Now since that is all cleared up, over to the fireplace we go.
 I decided since my mirror is so very plane (but I'm sentimental about it) I would hang some plates on either side. I think it helps fill out the space.
 I found these white lanterns and poked them up here. I'm thinking they may be too white and might have to do something to them after I dismantle the mantel! That sounds cool, huh? :)
 Any way, I poked in a couple of my favorite little bunnies. One little bunny even has a nest with eggs in it to keep him company.
Love my little lidded bunny dishes and I poked them all over the mantel.
 I made this wreath and it's twin years ago for my two front doors in Texas. I thought, why not just hang one up to celebrate Spring! I'm so talented like that you know! ;)
 Plates, lanterns, bunnies and a wreath. I also tossed in a little green leafed vine I had and thought how neat it would look if I had some of those little LED twinkly lights spread though it. I looked at a few places and couldn't find any. Oh, well...
 There you have it, my Easter mantel that will probably stay this way for a couple of months. I even lit the fire for you, actually I just turned a knob because...
We're still covered up in snow! Can I vent now? Waaa!!! Waaa!!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

I'm A Believer

I thought love was only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else but not for me.
Love was out to get me
That's the way it seemed.
Disappointment haunted all my dreams.

Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind.
I'm in love, I'm a believer!
I couldn't leave her if I tried.

I thought love was more or less a given thing,
Seems the more I gave the less I got.
What's the use in tryin'?
All you get is pain.
When I needed sunshine I got rain.

Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind.
I'm in love, I'm a believer!
I couldn't leave her if I tried. 
~ sung by The Monkees

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Little More Eastering

Hello, Dear Ones! I know most of you have already seen this area in my dining room but I've added a touch of Easter to it.
I've had this little bunny vase for a trillion years and thought it would look just fine with my transferware. I poked a green leafed ball in the top.
Aren't these little bunnies so cute playing hide and seek with each other?
 
A bird's nest finishes off the Eastering on my server.
Well, that's all I'm doing in here today. I have to tell you that it's snowed all day long! Will it ever stop? They tell me it will.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

California Dreamin'

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I've been for a walk on a winter's day.
I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A.;
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way.
Well I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray.
You know the preacher liked the cold;
He knows I'm gonna stay.
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I've been for a walk on a winter's day.
If I didn't tell her I could leave today;
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.
California dreamin' on such a winter's day.

~ sung by The Mamas and the Papas


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter in the Bay

Hello, Dear Ones. Thank you all for popping in to see my new curtains in my previous post. I thought I would go ahead and show you some Eastering I've done in the kitchen bay window.
My new curtains are here, I've just pushed them all the way back because I just love all of the sunshine (even with the snow on the ground) pouring through the windows.
I've had this little Easter wreath for many years and since this center window seems to scream WREATH! I thought I would oblige! :)
I poked down a box, it's filled with cutlery, poked on a doily made by my granny and sprinkled it with toppings. :)
I grabbed one of my favorite pitches and poked in all of the spring tulips I could find.
It's just exploding with flowers! Faux ones, of course, and I just love that.
Oh, the sweet memories that go along with this little threesome. Outside of Austin, Texas, there are some outlet malls and Mr. Precious and I were visiting some of the shops many years ago. I spied a Pfaltzgraff shop and went in. I saw this little sweet bunny family and was oohing and awing over them. We walked away. When I got home Mr. Precious handed me a bag and inside was this little trio! I almost cried.
Here sits probably the silliest little vintage egg cup I've ever seen. I'll bet this made many little vintage children smile each morning when they ate their boiled vintage eggs.
A little collage of other things. The veggie rabbits at the top are pretty old. I spied them over 20 years ago in a catalog and had to have those. They've been very faithful and have stayed with me all this time. Some eggs and a nest finish out my little window dressing.
I hope you're all having fun and I know some of you are even out enjoying your yards and beginning to plant things. We still have snow...but one day it will be gone. Until that happens I'll just stay inside and play! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

In My Life

There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

In my life I love you more
~ sung by The Beatles


Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Curtains in the Kitchen

Hello, Dear Ones! Today I'm so excited to share this post with you! Now the moment we bought this old/new house, I knew I wanted a certain fabric for curtains in the kitchen ~ Robins Egg by Waverly Fabric. We had to paint and paint and paint first. Every time I went online to look for the fabric it was either not available or too expensive. As much as I loved this fabric, I wasn't willing to pay $35 a yard, give or take a few dollars.

Then my friend, Diana, who blogs at Nana Diana Takes a Break, showed this same fabric she had purchased to make some drapes. I died right there! I contacted her and she said she got it at JoAnn's.

I got on line and looked up the two JoAnn's close to me and both said they didn't have this fabric, it was back ordered. My heart just flopped and I was so sad. You're saying so what? Get to the point.

I'm supposing you've figured it out that I got my fabric! Yes, I did! I was in the neighborhood of one
of the JoAnn shops, went in and there it was! Only seven yards so I bought it all and it was 50% off! Woo Hoo! I almost fainted right then and there!

I just adore this fabric, the soft blue with the big ole cabbage roses all over it and the colors look so pretty with my yellow walls. Here you can see the curtains I've made for the bay. A while back I posted about peeping toms, now I really don't have to worry about them as I can just pull the curtains shut! Now just so you'll know, I lined these curtains. It's a light lining but it does help them hang nicer and will help keep the sun from fading the fabric so much. Poked up a skinny rod and little clips and the window was done. I know I've gone overboard, but I'm keeping the sheers up too as I really like this look for now.

Now to the window over the sink.
See? Isn't the fabric pretty? The little curtains are hanging very nicely as I pulled them back and tied them with yarn for a couple of days. Now they hang like a very pretty little skirt. I just love that!
I made a little ruffled valance to hang up at the top of the window. Now since these are fairly full, I didn't line the ruffle but I did line the bottom curtains. See how pretty they hang? Again, the lining is thin and the sunlight still comes through a bit.

Now you can see the curtains pulled together and at night, no peeping Toms. I'm not paranoid or anything. :) The kitchen in our new/old home is not grand, but I love it and feel so blessed to be here. I actually seem to cook more since we've moved up here than when we lived in Texas. It makes me smile too just knowing my little grandchildren are just three miles down the road.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Look Through Any Window

Look through any window yeah, what do you see?
Smilin' faces all around rushin' through the busy town

(Where do they go) movin' on their way
Walkin' down the highways and the by-ways
(Where do they go) movin' on their way
People with their shy ways and their sly ways

Oh you can see the little children all around
Oh you can see the little ladies in their gowns when you

Look through any window yeah, any time of day
See the drivers on the roads pullin' down their heavy loads

(Where do they go) movin' on their way
Drivin' down highways and the by-ways
(Where do they go) movin' on their way
Drivers with their shy ways and their sly ways

Oh you can see the little children all around
Oh you can see the little ladies in their gowns when you

Look through any window yeah, what do you see?
Smiling faces all around rushin' through the busy town

(Where do they go)
Movin' on their way
Movin' on their way
Movin' on their way 

~ sung by The Hollies





Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bunny On The Table

Hello, Dear Ones. I'm beginning to get out my Easter things and wanted to share with you what I put on the kitchen table.
Just a little tray filled with some springtime.
And of course a little bunny. You've heard the saying, ' the writing is on the wall'? Well, this time it's all over my little bunny! :) Ain't he cute?
Everyone needs an Easter egg tree and mine is doing very well.
Little plates with little Bunny Foo Foos frolicking around.
There you have it! Hope you all are doing well. We got another snow last night! Can you believe it? Can I say 'ARG!'

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

DayDream

What a day for a daydream
What a day for a daydreamin' boy
And I'm lost in a daydream
Dreamin' 'bout my bundle of joy
And even if time ain't really on my side
It's one of those days for takin' a walk outside
I'm blowin' the day to take a walk in the sun
And fall on my face on somebody's new mowed lawn
I've been havin' a sweet dream
I been dreamin' since I woke up today
It's starrin' me and my sweet dream
'Cause she's the one that makes me feel this way
And even if time has passing me by a lot
I couldn't care less about the dues you say I got
Tomorrow I'll pay the dues for droppin' my load
A pie in your face for bein' a sleepy bulltoad
And you can be sure that if you're feelin' right
A daydream will last along into the night
Tomorrow at breakfast you may pick up your ears
Or you may be daydreamin' for a thousand years
What a day for a daydream
Custom made for a daydreamin' boy
And now I'm lost in a daydream
Dreamin 'bout my bundle of joy
~ sung by the Lovin Spoonful


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tea and Thank Yous

Hello, Dear Ones! Come on in and sit down.
Some of you may remember my sweet little crocheted tea cozy I made a while back and now it was time to put it to use.
So let's 'take our tea'.
First, let me remove the cozy and you'll see my Blue Willow teapot where our tea is awaiting us.
I have to admit, of all the wonderful teas out there Earl Grey is my favorite. Then I discovered Lady Grey! Oh, it's divine so you must try it. I know you'll like it.
Here's your cuppie.
Sugar, cream?
Here's your tea bag holder so you won't drip all over my table cloth. I know you wouldn't do that though. ;0
Thank you for joining me for a little spot of tea and I wanted to take this time to thank you all who so faithfully visit me and leave your comments. I thank all of you who follow me ~ those of you who've followed me for a long time and those of you who are new followers. I have made so many friends in Blogland and you have inspired me, taught me how to do things, shared your recipes, your family, your joys, your heartaches, sent me gifts and even made me covet! :) I've prayed and asked for forgiveness on that one! :)
I just wanted to say thank you for being who you are and I love you, each and every one of you. Thank you for taking your precious time to visit me all through these years. If you look on my sidebar you'll see I've been blogging since 2008! I'm not one of those big time bloggers who will never comment back to you. I'm not trying to get into the movies or magazines by knocking myself out doing projects till my face turns red. I'm just me, being silly, and living my life and loving you!

You're always my sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Evergreen

Love soft as an easy chair
Love fresh as the morning air
One love that is shared by two
I have found with you

Like a rose under the April snow
I was always certain love would grow
Love ageless and evergreen
Seldom seen by two

You and I will make each night a first
Every day a beginning
Spirits rise and their dance is unrehearsed
They warm and excite us, cause we have the brightest love

Two lives that shine as one
Morning glory and midnight sun
Time we've learned to sail above
Time won't change the meaning of one love
Ageless and ever evergreen

~ sung by Barbara Streisand