Hello Dear Ones and welcome to Blue Monday and Met Monday. I'm going to combine them today. Just a little note...my little graphics didn't want to cooperate very well. :)
Now make sure you click on the link for Blue Monday to visit our most Smiling One, Sally and then click on the link for Met Monday to visit our Transforming One, Susan!
Here you can see part of my collection of Currier and Ives dishes - my contribution to Blue Monday. I have so many pieces of them from the dishes to serving pieces. I even have glasses and baking dishes, pie pans, cheese server...on and on.
Let me tell you a little story and you know how I love to tell you stories...
Well, I fell in love with these dishes once upon a time many years ago when we stayed at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. We stayed in an old suite in the back of the hotel and it was set up like a little apartment and these were the dishes in the cupboards! I set the table with them, took a picture and I was hooked! I then started my journey of buying up all of these happy little blue and white dishes I could find. Just a tiny note - while Stephen King was staying in this old historic hotel, he got his inspiration to write "The Shining"! Isn't that something? There is a 'Stephen King' room in the hotel where he stayed. We knew the manager at the time and he let us tour it. Cool, huh?
Now, on with Met Monday...
Oh, my! Who would live in such a dark dark cave of a room? I know you wouldn't. But guess what? This is my den!! I've told you before, we live in an olden home built in 1970. The minute we walked into this room I told Mr. Precious, "The first thing I'm going to do is paint all of this paneling!" Well, he said no way!! This was 'real' wood paneling and I couldn't touch it! Well, I tried my best to live in the deep dark cave of a room, but it depressed me. I bent many a nail trying to hammer them into this 'real' wood paneling. I think it must have been petrified wood.
Nice built ins, but they were dark and depressing!
Now you can see the awful petrified wood paneling and that built in on the right was where all my Currier and Ives dishes were. They tried so very hard to bring in a little sunshine.
Oh, this house is so old it even had an olden intercom system in every room. You could talk to peeps in the other rooms or you could make their day by playing the radio on your favorite station.
Dear Ones, I lived with the darkness for ten years! Yes, I did! But finally my feminine ways won, or maybe I just wore Mr. Precious down, but he agreed we could paint the deep darkened cave room! Whoopeeness!
Now I would love to tell you I painted this den all by myself, but I don't lie! I did not. We called in the professionals! It was a good thing. The painting has now begun!
This is the area I call my crystal bar. It has little glass shelves above and I keep lots of my crystal there! It's really a wet bar and I'm sure every olden 1970s home had one complete with a little fridge that sat right on top of that marvelous flooring. Can you imagine that being all over the floor? We were spared from seeing that when we bought our house. Whew! I'm so glad! That tile might have been a deal breaker! I'll not live in a house with that kind of tile! I must calm down now. Let me take a couple of deep breaths. Okay, I'm alright and can go on now!
Oh, each day we were more and more excited about the darkness being painted over! That is the built in where the dishes were!
No more intercom! Shoot! Now I can't wake up Mr. Precious on Saturday mornings with my oldies music! :)
The dark wooden beams were given lots of nice whiteness! They just smiled with relief! Aw...
Ta dah!! No more deep dark caveness! Our den was reborn! Hallelujah!
Oh, this was so much better. The room even seemed to grow bigger!
My Staffordshire doggies took up residence in the new brighter whiter built ins!
This is the built ins on the other side of the fireplace. Oh, let me tell you how happy these shelves were. They woke me up every morning for a year singing! :)
The den is open to the sun porch which is one little step down. The walls to the sun porch look green in this picture but they're actually the same color as the den walls a beigey color.
This is the old intercom wall! Our guys found some paneling to match and patch the hole after they struggled to take out the intercom. It had been there sooooo long, believe me, the intercom did not want to leave!
Now, I'll just sit down a bit and rest my little dainty feet here and thank my God I finally won! It took me 10 years to convince my Mr. Precious this room would look so much better painted. After it was all done, Mr. Precious looked over at me and said, "Why in the world did you wait so long to get this den painted?" I'll tell you what - I punched him in the stomach right then and there!!
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Men! Gotta love 'em! ;)
I'll leave you with a little Note Song~