Monday, April 26, 2010

Tabletop Tuesday - Built Ins

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm joining Our Dear Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday today! Pop over to see her and visit all the 'Tops' Ones for such inspiration. Thank you Marty for being the Most Gracious Hostess!

I'm going to bring you into our den today. This is where Mr. Precious and I spend so much of our time. I feel so fortunate to have these great built ins on either side of the fireplace. I'll be showing you the right side today.

My chair is beside this set of built ins. I did clean the top off for you. I put my little handy things there! But you're company and I always pick up and straighten for company! Don't you? :)
As you look at the center of my bookshelves on the very top you'll see an old organ grinder with his little monkey. I've had this for about 30 years or so. He plays music too! The next shelf down holds a lovely tray I bought at a garage sale long ago and two little tiny lamps that have had more shades than Jackie O! As you can see, more little birds have gathered here. Then the colorful picture hanging above the tray was bought in France a few years ago. It shows the different seasons. Love this most tinyness of a painting. Can you love a most tinyness of a painting? You bet your Ooo La Las you can! :)


I'll just show you a few of my favorite things. I love this little pair of darlings. I think they're candlesticks since their little baskets have small openings in them but I don't put candles in their baskets ~ I just love to look at their sweet little faces. Aren't they precious being so busy with their fruit?


Here's a tray and tea pot my Dear Daughter gave me a few years ago. I seem to always have a few birdies somewhere!

As you can see I have quite a few books in these shelves. Mostly decorating books for moi! :) Bookshelves can be a little difficult at times to arrange. I've learned if you do have a lot of books you can place them in a zig zag pattern and it's much more pleasing to your tiny most gorgeous eyes! But then, if you're using all books ~ no problem ~ you can just poke them all up on your shelves.

I found these darling bookends so many many years ago at a garage sale. They're quite olden as you can tell. Aren't they sweet! Look at those little angel faces! And the tiny rabbit eyes! Oh, I love these little olden bookends. Can you love little olden bookends? Well, you bet your dog eared pages you can! Can you tell I like my things? I really do! :)



This lovely framed cross was made and given to me by a very sweet friend. I love this too! I also adore my little doggy sitting here guarding a few mags for me.


Isn't he adorable? Don't ask me how I know he's a he...I just do. Look at his little loving eyes! He's very special and loves to wear this wreath around his tiny neck. Guess what?


Here is his tiny twin who was turned into a lamp that sits on the other set of built ins. I love my doggies too! Can you tell?



Now don't forget to pop on over to Marty's ~ you'll have a ball.


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Dear Ones, I want to remind you I'm having a party on Friday, May 7th! Oh, it's going to be a Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snappy Diva Party and it will be so much fun. Would you please come? I'm trying to give you plenty of time to snap for me. If you're not familiar with "Bathroom Snapping" just click here and I will explain it to you.

Now I would be so very sad if you didn't come. So I hope to see you all here on May 7th. I'll have Mr. Linky up and we'll go to town!! :)


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

I Am Woman

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'Cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can do anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
'Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'Cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

Oh, yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can face anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh, yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can face anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman

Oh, I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman
~ sung by Helen Reddy

69 comments:

  1. G'eve Shelia ~ OMGosh! Another gorgeous part of your fabulous home.
    I can't just pick one (piece) to like best, I love it all.

    Where are more pics of that gorgeous Carter?

    Have a wonderful week.
    TTFN ~Hugs in love, Marydon

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  2. What a wonderful job decorating those gorgeous shelves!! I see yo have some great reading too!! I think I see Jan Karon Books-she's one of my favorite authors!!

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  3. Shelia, your bookshelves are beautiful! I love all the little goodies you have on them. Bookshelves make a home seem homey, to me.

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  4. Shelia you have done a great job with your shelves. That is one area I feel I always have problems with. Love your little collection of dogs, they are just tooo cute! Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  5. They look really nice with so many pretty things on them...I love the little doggies! :D

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  6. Very pretty Sheila! You have so many pretties my dear. I especially love the teapot set your daughter got you. I am trying to get brave for your party.
    hehe.
    Cindy

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  7. Oh Sheila -- I just love how you love everything in your home! I know that your house is just filled to the brim with love with a capital L! Those are the sweetest doggies (next to my two boys of course!)

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  8. Shelia, your bookcases are so beautifully arranged. You have created such wonderful vignettes on every shelf. I love the mix of books and figurines. Your little dogs are all just wonderful. Thanks so much for joining the party. This is great eye candy. I will try my best to get a Bathroom pic that I can tolerate and join the party. lol Hugs, Marty

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  9. Hi Sheila. I do so love your book cases. I love both the trays and the matching teapot with the one. Its so happy looking with all your cuties and birdies in it. Oh, I guess I'll get brave and join your party. It's a good thing I just had my hair colored! lol!

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  10. I love how you decorated your shelves plus how wonderful to have them built in. Your accessories are all so beautiful but my favorite are those animals with fruits. I love how they have an attitude, lol...Christine

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  11. What a wonderful collection of interesting little pieces (the porcelain dogs, etc.) You have arranged everything in a very pleasing way...nice job!
    Have a beautiful week, Shelia!
    ;-D Kathleen

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  12. A beautiful collection of pretties you have at your side!!! But where are the dust bunnies...no shelf should be caught without a sweet little dust bunnie gracing the corner !!! If you're fresh out of dust bunnies, I can send you a few...I'm all about sharing ya know!!!

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  13. What a wonderful display of such pretty goodies and organized books! You are so fortunate to have all that nice storage and places to feature your vignettes! Love those old bookends!

    Katherine

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  14. Hi Shelia and thank you for your visit and welcome to TTT. Your built-in is awesome and you have it decorated beautifully. I love that it's white. Your blog is beautiful. ♥

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  15. Hi Sheila,
    You have a lovely home, my dear! Such wonderful shelves you have and nicely decorated too, I might add! We have the same little white birdies, you know! Thank you for stopping by for tea. I always enjoy your visits and I would welcome you any time to join me for Tea Time! Hope you're having a lovely week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  16. Hi Sheila,

    I love your built-ins and all the pretty things you have displayed! I especially love the bookends with the children and their sweet little faces! I also loved the little dogs! It is all so charming!
    Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

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  17. Sheila, your home is lovely. It nice to have large built-in shelves like these. Perfect for little vignettes of your favorite things. I wish our house had more.
    Love the little candle holders. Too cute!

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  18. Shelia, Can't wait for your party, girlfriend! I'm trying to get up the nerve to participate. :-)
    I love your built-ins! Your doggy lamp is absolutely adorable! You were so nice to tidy up for us...but we aren't company...we're old friends, now. ;-)
    Hugs,
    Susan

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  19. Good evening...I have to agree with all your posters! Everything is sooo lovely. And I love the little doggies. Your home is always beautiful! It is always a joy to come by and visit!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  20. oh the little doggies to cute. And the lamp. cute..

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  21. I have always loved the look of built-ins. Wish I had some! My mom and I are about to redo a large shelf piece in her living room so we'll have to use yours for some arranging inspiration. I think all your accessories look great the way you have them. I love all your cute figurines, especially the dogs!

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  22. Wow, your home is just so beautiful Sheila and this room is really gorgeous. I love the way you have created vignettes on each shelf with each one telling a little story....everything is just lovely!

    I will definitely be there for your party too! Can't wait!

    Best wishes for a beautiful week,
    Natasha.

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  23. Shelia..you sweet thing! You have the cutest thingy's ever! You will be pleased to know I have gotten rid of all that huge mess of greenery on top of my curio cabinet. yep!! I did. I will post a photo soon...I wonder if I can slip it into "tabletop" Ya think? :)
    Oh...want I should teach you to skate? LOL Oh..LOL LOL!
    Glad you liked the picture. :)
    Hugs!
    Mona

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  24. You've done a great job decorating your shelves and I love the little doggies:)

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  25. You really have a knack for arranging accessories so that they look great. I would love to have built-ins like yours. What a great feature!

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  26. Everything is beautiful, as always. However, the doggie lamp stole my heart...
    ~Sonny~

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  27. Hi Shelia,
    You are so much fun! I just love you and your blog. I am now inspired to redo my built-ins.
    I have struggled with them forever. Just can't seem to get them the way I want. Love yours, oh my!

    hugs,
    Sissie

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  28. Oh, I had to really study your post -- so many great ideas for displaying beloved items! I have a similar area that I am still not pleased with, and I'm going to try some of your display ideas to improve it. Thank you for your kind comment on my Table Top Tuesday post!

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  29. It is so very pretty and I adore your teapot with matching tray! Just simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us. Be blessed. Cindy

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  30. Sheila you bookcase looks so pretty! So many cute things to see! Those bookends are so adorable. I try to do the zig zag thing with the books too. Now I have to go see what that bathroom snapping thing is all about!

    Manuela

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  31. Shelia...I love the white of your cabinets. I am wondering if you had them painted or if they came like that? Everything shows up so beautifully on them..I can't seem to get enough of white lately..but I've always loved it. Now I want my furniture in the living room white and have done the end tables. I keep coming back and looking at yours. I would love to paint that cabinet of mine. It was my Mom's and I am wondering if I would be sorry.....or love it! What do you think?
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  32. What a delightful spot!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  33. GREAT items in your FAB built-in!

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  34. Hi Sheila
    That little doggy ornament is so adorable.
    How is Chloe Dawn these days?
    Lindsay
    x

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  35. i'm so jealous! i love built-ins. my parents have similar ones to yours in their den.

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  36. What treasures your shelves hold, and I love all of them! I adore those olden bookends! Love your remark about more shades that Jackie-O! You are so cute. I agree that the cute dog with the wreath around his neck is definitely a "he". I can tell by looking at his face! I hope some time you show a close up of the organ grinder and monkey. laurie

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  37. Hi Shelia,
    I loved seeing your bookcases as I am trying to arrange our new ones.
    I especially love your bookends from a yardsale.
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.

    Take care,
    Carolyn

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  38. I was just singing that Helen Reddy song to myself yesterday! I wish I had shelves built-in like that. They're so pretty! We share a love of dogs and birds and grandbabies! (Love the photo of you and the mister with Ms. Carter in the sidebar.)
    Brenda

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  39. Hi Shelia! Oh I love your bookcase! Love the way you decorated it. Everything looks so pretty. Happy Tabletop Tuesday!
    Sandra

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  40. I love your bookcase Sheila! Perfectly decorated! I'm still waiting for wedding bells...one day, grand babies!
    dena
    sweet pickles and chocolate

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  41. Hello Shelia, I Love the way you describe your lovely things. I'm guilty, I love my things too. Your built in looks lovely. I especially love the tray. I always have birds everywhere. They are my favorites.

    I will join in with your party on the 7th. Fun always gets me. HA!

    Hugs, jeanne

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  42. Shelia, I'm popping in to visit for a few, and I have to say that your shelves are wonderful. I'm in love, though, with that little dog and the little dog lamp, his twin. I have a couple of pups who look like they could be related. :-)

    Have only a few minutes to touch base, but I saw that you had left me a very sweet prayer. I love you SO much and appreciate you and your friendship more than you could ever know.

    Big hugs...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  43. Shelia...Your a hoot...
    Yes I love your tinyness and all your beauties on your shelves...
    Cool built in by the way!
    Thank you for the invite on the 7th...I'll try.
    Not sure I'll even be in town as it's my Birthday...shhhhh, not to loud.
    I'll do my best though!
    Have fun GRANDMA!!!!!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  44. Oh my goodness...you do have the most beautiful home, dear one. So pretty. I love everything you are showing me and if you will come see me, I will bake you a German Cake..

    A story...I KNOW how you like stories....:)

    Whe Mr. Sweet and I first married, I was not the worlds best cook by a long shot. In fact, barely BARELY could I cook. He, loving these cakes so much, asked me to bake one. I just about D.I.E.D. since I didn't have a CLUE. So, what does a girl do but holler MOMMA....she said yes, she would teach me to bake that cake. So, step by slow step, we spent a couple hours, measuring, sweating, stirring, praying, tasting.....finally, I brought that beautiful cake out of the over, made the delicious icing...all from scratch...PURE SCRATCH. Once it was sitting on the table, my mom took my hand, lead me back into the kitchen, opened her cabinet and there sit A BOXED GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX. She smiled, hugged me and said, "Now, THIS is my REAL recipe!". We have laughed over that for all these years....but, you know what....I ALWAYS make that cake from SCRATCH, 'cause she took the time to teach me!!
    bwaaaaa, now I am missing my momma....

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  45. You really are quite good at arranging those shelves. It looks lovely. I enjoy your mix of styles. It all works so well together.
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  46. Your built in's are wonderful, so nice to have somewhere to put your pretties and books. The song was fun too, I used to love singing that song!
    Valerie

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  47. Beautiful and lovely, Shelia!
    I always have great time when I visit your sweet home.
    Have a blessed day!

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  48. Sheila, your book shelves truly look wonderful. I love how you have incorportated your pretty and sweet faced decorations amongst your interesting books! A great mix, and that's what we are suppose to do on book shelves! Oh yes, I do love "Art of Accessorizing"!

    Enjoy your day. Is it hot there yet?

    Donna

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  49. When people ask me how to create a well designed bookcase I will just direct them to this post.

    It's perfection! Well done.

    Your new grand daughter is a truly lovely gem.

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  50. Good Morning Shelia ~

    Your shelves are lovely and I LOVE the placement of all of your goodies. Great "zig~zag" book tip. I think I'll give that a try when my Spring cleaning takes me to my cluttered book shelves.

    Great post!

    Have a great Wednesday my dear!

    Smiles ~ Ramona

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  51. Sheila, your builtin is so beautiful and you have it filled with the most wonderful treasures! Love that little doggie lamp...too cute.:)
    PS Your grandbaby is so adorable! And her name is precious!

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  52. Hello Shelia, All of your things are so beautiful! You have a knack for putting them together just the right way. Those little dogs are adorable ♥ I hope you are well. Give little Chloe Dawn a hug from us. I bet your little granddaughter is just growing leaps and bounds :>)

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  53. Shelia, love your sweet bookshelves. You have everything displayed so beautifully!

    Barb

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  54. What a lovely seating area and a place to display your treasures. How wonderful to be able to curl up with a good book and feel all cozy being hugged by your surroundings.

    I took a trip to your "Den" post. Total transformation, I am in Ah, shock and disbelief on what a difference painting made. Now what were the special words you use on your Precious in order to get the den painted? I want to use those words exact words in hope it would work on my hubby. I have same dark wood den with brick fireplace and no amount of lamps are enough. We have a porch off this den so not a lot of natural light comes in from there. I want to paint it but hubby's hair turns a bit grayer each time I ask, so I have stopped asking. Its so true, what is with men and wood?

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  55. I love your built-ins, Sheila! They are on the list for the next house. I also love the way you decorated them. Great mix of books and decorative accessories.

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  56. What wonderful bookcases! I love how you have decorated them. Such pretty goodies!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  57. Your built in bookcases are great and very well decorated. I like that there are drawers for more storage too.

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  58. Your bookcases are just lovely..you decorate so well!
    I am thinking about the bathroom thing..I asked some questions, but you didn't answer..:)

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  59. Thanks for your sweet visit -- I'll try to make your party, but I'll be out of town on vacation -- I may be late!

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  60. Oh my gosh....my head snapped back and I started drooling when I saw your fabulous tole tray....Oh how I wish that were mine. I LOVE it....Your shelves are soooo yummy! I don't even have a spot big enough for one lovely set of shelves like that, here at the cottage, let alone TWO! You are one lucky girlie! Everything is just delish...

    Huggies,
    Spencer

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  61. Hello Shelia . I just love your book shelves.... they are so roomy... and how you displayed everything is so beautiful..... back at our other house,,, I had built in shelfs like yours,,,I really miss having them....

    Have a great week.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  62. OLE'! I just noticed the bathroom beauty party! I'll try to be there, I'm not the most photogenic person in the world LOL!
    But I'll give it a try!
    Dena

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  63. You have such flair!!! LOVE those green birdie!{the fleur de lis with the Left Behind books is inspired!! ;}

    m ^..^

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  64. Such wonderful Treasure are held in your bookcases! I love the tea set and green birds! You should have added it to Tea Time Tuesday!
    I wanted to come by and Thank You So Much for your sweet, sweet comment. It brought tears to my eyes. You said some words that touched my heart more than you could know. Thank You

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  65. Hi Shelia
    Oh I’m loving your built in. You have so many beauties in there to look at. I love the candlesticks and the tray from your daughter…and the little birdies both here and there and the little puppies…and its gorgeous. Everything is so spick and span and shiny too! A lovely display. Can’t wait to see whats on the other side.
    Have a wonderful day Shelia.
    I hope your weather is beautiful too.
    *hugs*
    Judi

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  66. The whole vignette is so pretty, but I love seeing those things up close so we could see the wonderful details.

    You bathroom divas are too cute.
    Rhonda

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  67. Hi Shelia, I just love your built in's. They really are decorated and arranged so nicely. I always have loved the look of decorating with both books and figurines. So much more interesting than just books. I like your sweet dog candle holders, they are adorable. Love it all! Thank you for visiting me for Tabletop Tuesday and leaving your sweet comment on my guest room bed tray. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a note. I hope you have a wonderful evening.
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  68. Dear Shelia
    I love all the treasures you have in your bookshelves and I noticed that you have The Mitford series by Jan Karon,one of my favorite authors. Your home is beautiful as always!
    hugs, Rhondi

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  69. they are so roomy... and how you displayed everything is so beautiful.
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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)