Sunday, May 31, 2009

Met Monday - If I Were Rich

Hello, Dear Ones! I would like to take a little liberty with my Met Monday post today. You don't mind, do you? I certainly hope not! You see this is a project that hasn't been completed, it hasn't started and it doesn't even belong to me!

About a block from me, between two homes is a little driveway. One time while riding my bike I went down that little driveway and discovered this...

Isn't this beautiful?! There was sitting this enormous home, vacant and in a very sad condition! It was surrounded by overgrown shrubs and plantings. But in my mind's eye I could see how beautiful this place must have been...once.
It broke my tiny heart!

Here's a closer look at the front. I found out from the real estate listing this home was built by the famous Houston architect, John Staub, I'm thinking maybe in the 1930s. This home is sitting on 1 and 1/4 acres, with five bedrooms, five and a half baths! It has marble, parquet and oak plank floors and is surrounded by these huge olden oak trees! All of this is enclosed behind a six foot brick privacy fence...hiding... and cost over a million dollars! Yep! I had no idea this home was in here!

Now if I were rich and Mr. Precious didn't mind, I would buy this olden home and go to town on it! Wouldn't you?
You can see a glimpse of the stairway through this window. If you look through the window on the left hand side of the door you'll see a big grand piano (trust me, I've peeped in before, but Mr. Precious doesn't like me to come over here by myself. I sneaked in just to take a few pictures for you ~ please don't tell him)! Can't you hear the music? Can't you see the lady of the house so daintily walking down the staircase to answer the doorbell? You're the next guest coming to the party!

This planter with the overgrown plantings is in the center of the circle drive. Can't you see a big beautiful fountain right in the center with the sounds of water trickling down ever so softly? Can't you see the little birds having a grand ole time splashing around? Can't you see little children dipping their tiny fingers into the water? I can.
Now as you drive on through to the side of the house, you'll pass through those two olden pillars with huge urns sitting on top of them. At one time I'm sure there were beautiful with greenery growing in these urns. Can't you see it?
Here we are at the side of the house. Hope there's no scary people back here. I just hopped out of my car and prayed! Nope, I'm safe! Let's walk on around into the back yard.
A little fish pond. Can't you see this area all cleaned up with a fountain hanging on the brick wall with dripping water falling on the tiny heads of Koi? Oh, I can see it.
Here we are looking at the huge back yard with the biggest oak trees! Can't you see tables set up out here on the immaculate green lawn for the reception of a wedding that has just taken place!? Streamers and lanterns hanging from the limbs of the oak trees. Can you see it? I can.
Oh, my tiny heart is breaking! Look at the poor thing! Her roof shingles are falling off, probably leaks. Shutters are disconnected and the vines have just about grown all they're going to. Can't you just see this back side of the house with freshly painted trim and shutters! Of course a new roof. What color would you choose?
Here's another look at the back. For just a little, if I were rich and had bought this olden one, I just might make this the front of the house. It looks like New Orleans to me! Believe me, I've peeped inside all of these windows and even toured it once during an open house! It could be so beautiful! Can't you see a beautiful porch swing and wicker furniture sitting out on the patio? Chloe Dawn would be running all over the big back yard. I can see it! I really can!
Oh, my goodness! Another heartbreaker. Look at the olden claw foot bathtub. Can't you see this in the master bath filled with bubbles as you step over the edge to insert your tiny toe into the warm water? Oh, I can! Calgon, take me away!
Just look at the size of these trees! Can't you see little children climbing and having a grand ole time in these trees. Maybe a treetop house with a very safe ladder to climb up with? Can't you see the family cat up here trying to chase the little birds? Oh, I can! Can't you see the Christmas lights a glow to shine the way for Santie? Oh, I can!
Wish I could tell you this was my new house and we were going to remodel it. Well, Dear Ones, I can't! I'm not rich, neither is Mr. Precious! But it still doesn't keep me from dreaming about this olden house. It's been on the market for a few years now and just continues to go down hill. It makes me sad. It breaks my heart. So much potential sitting here dyeing! I do hope someone will come along and buy her and bring her back to her true gloriness!

Well, this could be a fabulous Met Monday post if this lovely olden home had an 'after'. But alas, it doesn't. It makes me sad.

Please make sure you go and visit our Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for some 'real' makeovers today!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

In Dreams
A candy-colored clown they call the sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper
Go to sleep everything is all right.

I close my eyes, then I drift away
Into the magic night. I softly say
A silent prayer like dreamers do.
Then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you.

In dreams I walk with you
In dreams I talk to you.

In dreams you're mine
All of the time we're together

In dreams, in dreams.

But just before the dawn,
I awake and find you gone.

I cant help it, I cant help it, if I cry.
I remember that you said goodbye.

Its too bad that all these things,
Can only happen in my dreams

Only in dreams in beautiful dreams.
~sung by Roy Orbison



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

Hello, Dear Ones! Welcome again to Tablescape Thursday with our hostess, Susan! She is the Diva of Tablescapes and has the most wonderful way of playing with her dishes. Make sure you go pay her a visit to see others playing today!

First of all I must show you my new olden tablecloth I bought in Alabama for $12!

Isn't it just the most precious little thing? I love it and wanted to use it today! I'd like to give you a little tip. Some of you probably already know this...to take out some stains on your olden cloths you can drop a couple of those little Polident fizzies, you know that clean false teeth, in your washing machine and soak the cloth just a bit and most of your stains will be gone! Yes, it really does work! Try it!


Now my precious little olden tablecloth was just screaming out, "Pink Dishes! Pink Dishes!"


So I just had to set my table with a variety of Pink Dishes! Don't you just love to see plate rims? Can you love plate rims? You bet your grape jam spilled on olden tablecloths you can! Especially since we're set up for breakfast.

Do you see the gorgeous hand embroidered Battenburg lace napkin? Well, my sweet wonderful friend Martha sent those to me! Thank you, thank you and thank you again, Dear Martha! I love these. Can you love hand embroidered napkins? You bet your sticky little fingers you can!


It's Hammer time ~ Break It Down! LOL The pattern of this sweet little bowl is Rose Bouquest by Johnson Bros. These were my first nice dishes Mr. Precious got for me over 30 years ago. I do love them. Now you know you can love your little dishes!


Next Break Down ~ my little plate. It's small and could be a bread plate and is from a set of newly acquired lovelies (Ross) - Emma's Garden by Spode. You'll probably see a lot more of these little dishes in the future because they just mix so well with other dishes I have.


Next Break Down ~ my Rose Bouquet dinner plate. Isn't she lovely? I'm sure she was made from love! If you love music you know what I'm talking about! :)


Last plate Break Down ~ Emma's Garden charger. Oh, what can I say. I'm in love! Yes, I can be in love with my chargers!


Since we're having breakfast, you can have your choice of coffee or tea. Mr. Precious loves his coffee and I love my tea. Look at the little rose so sweetly sitting inside the cup! I see a chip! Oh, sadness, oh, doomness oh gloom! :(


Sugar...cream?


Again, I'm loving the rose inside the creamer.


Pink glasses, you've seen these before, water or juice?


We must have salt and pepper for our eggs and these little shakers will do the trick! These were hand painted for me by a little olden lady many years ago! Aren't they precious?


My centerpiece for our breakfast table is a lettuce leaf looking vase filled with fauxs. I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love my fauxs and my fauxs love me! :)


Pop on the table a few little votive cups with some tea light candles and you're all set! Candles for breakfast? Of course! Every meal is perfect with a little flicker from a flame! Hope you've enjoyed my Pink breakfast tablescape today. Don't forget to go and visit our Diva Susan!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Isn't She Lovely

Isn't she lovely
Isn't she wonderful
Isn't she precious
Less than one minute old
I never thought through love we'd be
Making one as lovely as she
But isn't she lovely made from love

Isn't she pretty
Truly the angel's best
Boy, I'm so happy
We have been heaven blessed
I can't believe what God has done
Through us he's given life to one
But isn't she lovely made from love

Isn't she lovely
Life and love are the same
Life is Aisha
The meaning of her name
Londie, it could have not been done
Without you who conceived the one
That's so very lovely made from love
~sung by Stevie Wonder


Monday, May 25, 2009

Got Rooster? ;)

Well...Cockadoodledoo! I do and a few hens thrown in too! :)
Since so many of you liked my Mr. Rooster lamp in my sun porch, I thought I'd show you a few more of my dear yard birds! :)




Chickens in Chairs in artwork...



Roosters on Chairs on plates...






Silly Rooster head platter...




Very olden Rooster spice set...


Salt and Peppers from my childhood...




Just wanted to show you a few of my little yard birds!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Noe Song~

With A Little Help From My Friends

What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I'll try not to sing out of key
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm going to try with a little help from my friends

What do I do when my love is away?
(Does it worry you to be alone?)
How do I feel by the end of the day?
(Are you sad because you're on your own?)
No I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm going to try with a little help from my friends

(Do you need anybody?)
I need somebody to love
(Could it be anybody?)
I want somebody to love

(Would you believe in a love at first sight?)
Yes I'm certain that it happens all the time
(What do you see when you turn out the light?)
I can't tell you, but I know it's mine
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Oh I'm going to try with a little help from my friends

(Do you need anybody?)
I just need somebody to love
(Could it be anybody?)
I want somebody to love

Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm going to try with a little help from my friends
Oh I get high with a little help from my friends
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends
~sung by my yardbirds