Monday, June 23, 2014

Blowin' In The Wind

Hello, Dear Ones.

Mr. Precious and I are out traveling in Kiki and if you follow me on Facebook you already know that! So just a little post today filled with a song...
 How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man ?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand ?
Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned ?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

 Yes, how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea ?
Yes, how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free ?
 Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn't see ?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
 Yes, how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky ?
Yes, how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry ?
Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died ?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
~ by Bob Dylan

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Been Blog Tagged by Uptown Acorn



I’ve been “tagged” by my friend, Ron, who blogs at Uptown Acorn. I haven't done anything like this in forever and thought it would be fun. Mr. Precious and I am out traveling and I was hoping we'd have an internet connection so I could play along ~ I do and I will! Okie dokie, here goes:

1. Are you named after someone? Yes, my Aunt Gladys. Now don't you laugh!! Gladys is my middle name and I certainly don't share that much, but since I love you so and want to be honest I'm telling you. This was my daddy's sister and she adored me and I adored her. She even bought me my first bicycle. In grade school, kids did laugh though when the teacher said, "Shelia Gladys", which name do you want to be called? I cringed!

2. When was the last time you cried? Two days ago. Chloe Dawn, my little mini Schnauzer, had an upsetting afternoon and when I picked her up she just went limp in my arms and since she's 14, I thought her 'time' may have come. I cried and prayed for God to spare her and He did! Thank you, Lord!

 3. Do you have kiddos? Yes, a son, 44 and a daughter 39. I also have two babies in heaven. I miscarried my son's twin and miscarried before my daughter was born.

 4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? Like Ron said ~ Of course! I'm a pretty nice ole gal! :)

 5. Do you have a guilty pleasure? Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper and of course, chocolate.

 6. Do you like handwriting? Well, when I finished high school I decided I would never write cursive again and began printing. I still print today, but it's kinda pretty I think! Like Ron, I try to send handwritten notes too.

7. What's your favorite cereal? Fruit Loops! Love those sweetie pie cereals.

8. What's the first thing you notice about people? Their 'realness' and humor. Just don't have time for 'put ons' if you know what I mean. :)

 9. What's the color of your eyes? Blue. I'm as blind as a bat but thank God with contacts or glasses I can see as I'm legally blind. I'm told I have pretty eyes. Oh, in high school choir, I was voted 'The Prettiest Eyes". I had forgotten about that until now.

10. Scary movie or happy endings? I like happy but I have to tell you, I love me some Alfred Hitchcock kind of scarey! Ooooo

11. Favorite TV shows? I don't really watch anything faithfully, except Fox News with Mr. Precious. But I do love to watch Turner Classic Movies.

12. Summer or Winter? I love all seasons and have missed them so much since we live tropically!

13. Hugs or kisses? Hugs, except I want kisses from Mr. Precious, my children and Chloe Dawn.

14. Do you have any special talent? Well, don't know how special it is, but I've been playing in church since I was 12 years old and the pianist of most of them. I only took piano lessons for a year and my desire was to play in church. My piano teacher was a retired southern gospel quartet pianist and started teaching me to 'embellish'. Then we moved from Alabama to Texas and I just listened to others and tried to copy what I heard them playing. But when it comes to theory, I can hang it up! :)  I have a very keen sense of discernment about folks and places. I think I'm pretty crafty too.

15. Where were you born? Fort Payne, Alabama.

16. What are your hobbies? Crafting, decorating, traveling (is that a hobby?) and of course, blogging.

 17. Do you have any pets? My little 14 year old mini Schnauzer, Chloe Dawn.

 18. Favorite movie? Ummm...I think "Imitation of Life" with Lana Turner and Sandra Dee.

 19. What color is your car? Navy Blue

 20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Shoot! I don't want to grow up! I'm old, but I'm very young at heart and hope the Lord will let me stay that way.

Thanks, Ron, for tagging me. If you don't know Ron at Uptown Acorn, pop in for a visit. He is an amazing decorator and is always having a give away!

I'm not going to tag anyone but will just leave this open for any who would like to do this!
Go ahead, tell us your deep dark secrets!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Do You Want To Know A Secret


You'll never know how much I really love you
You'll never know how much I really care

Listen
Do you want to know a secret
Do you promise not to tell, whoa oh, oh

Closer
Let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I'm in love with you

Listen
Do you want to know a secret
Do you promise not to tell, whoa oh, oh

Closer
Let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I'm in love with you

I've known the secret for a week or two
Nobody knows, just we two

Listen
Do you want to know a secret
Do you promise not to tell, whoa oh, oh

Closer
Let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I'm in love with you

~ sung by The Beatles






Monday, June 16, 2014

A Little Table

Hello, Dear Ones!
I wanted to show you a little table, a little coffee table, that belonged to my little mother. In her younger days, she used to pick up vintage tables and such and redo them. This little coffee table is one of those.
I remember she found this in the mid '60s and it had been painted many times. So she got to strippin'. No no Nannette, not 'STRIPPIN' but strippin' off the old layers of paint and then refinishing it. She did a beautiful job on it. When she passed away, we had to get rid of lots of her things but I had to keep this little table and it is just perfect for The Little House.
This little table has the most gorgeous legs all shapely and curvy and there is a pretty little carved trim around it.
 There is this cute little boopie doopie thingy that sits on top of the leg joinings.
But the best part of the table is the carving on the top. The area dips down and there is this beautifully carved eagle. There is a glass cut for the top so it can actually be used. It's a very special little table.
So with a flat service I can poke things all over it! The olden vase with my faux hydrangeas. Can you believe all of my fauxs are packed away? It's minimal here, folks.
 Of course I had to poke down some books ~ one is fake and one is real. Then I found this darling little bird family at Garden Ridge for pennies and fell in love with them! :) It's so easy to fall in love, well, that's what Buddy Holly says! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

It's So Easy To Fall In Love

It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love
People tell me love's for fools
Here I go breaking all of the rules
Seems so easy
Oh so doggone easy
It seems so easy
Yeah where you're concerned
My heart can learn
It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love
Look into your heart and see
What your love book has set aside for me
It seems so easy
Oh, so doggone easy
It seems so easy
Yeah, where you're concerned
My heart can learn
Oh, it's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love
Well, it seems so easy
So doggone easy
It seems so easy
Where you're concerned
My heart has learned
It's so easy to fall in love
It's so easy to fall in love
~ sung by Buddy Holly



Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Little Cute Bowl!

Hello, Dear Ones,
I thought I'd take a little break from just posting about The Little House and show you what I found.
I popped into a thrift shop and this little bowl was just calling to me...come here, come here!!
Of course I obliged! :) I grabbed her up so fast my head didn't even have time to spin. 
This is a vintage Hazel Atlas milk glass bowl with little red Roosters marching around her sides. 
I found out she was probably the smallest, cereal bowl size, from a set of four! Wish there had been all four! Anyway, they came out in the 1950s and since I was born in 1951 ~ I had to have her!
While I don't have much space for bringing in any more pretties, I can always find room for one little bowl and my little red cow creamer is enjoying the little bowl very much. Now is she going to pour milk into my little bowl or has she got something else in mind!? :) You know me.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)  

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Hello, I Love You

Hello, I love you
Won't you tell me your name?
Hello, I love you
Let me jump in your game

Hello, I love you
Won't you tell me your name?
Hello, I love you
Let me jump in your game

She's walking down the street
Blind to every eye she meets
Do you think you'll be the guy
To make the queen of the angels sigh?

Hello, I love you
Won't you tell me your name?
Hello, I love you
Let me jump in your game

Hello, I love you
Won't you tell me your name?
Hello, I love you
Let me jump in your game

She holds her head so high
Like a statue in the sky
Her arms are wicked and her legs are long
When she moves my brain screams out this song

Sidewalk crouches at her feet
Like a dog that begs for something sweet
Do you hope to make her see you fool?
Do you hope to pluck this dusky jewel?

Hello, hello, hello, hello
Hello, hello, hello, I want you
Hello, I need my baby
Hello, hello, hello

~ sung by The Doors




Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bedroom at the Little House

Hello, Dear Ones.
Well, today I'd like to show you the bedroom in The Little House.
For the life of me, I can not get a good snap where there is a bright window. Do any of you have any suggestions? Is there a certain time of day to get a good snap? AGH!!! So you'll have to just look at some 'not so good' snaps today. You'll still love me, right?
As I've said, we have two bedrooms here but we use the little front one for an office and then this is THE bedroom. We didn't know how we'd like going from our queen sized bed to a full, but it's just fine. This mattress is so nice and comfy and when Chloe Dawn lies down, she's out like a light!
See how yucky this snap is!! I hate to show you such bad snaps but I just couldn't get it right with this bright window!! I guess I need 'snap' lessons! Anyway, you can see the bedroom and again see how small it it. We've used our old Duncan Phyfe bedroom suit in here and it fits perfectly.
 
Here's the chest of drawers and I've poked up some of my ivies up there and sat them on a tray to make sure no water gets on the wood.
You know I always like a little cutesy so I've poked the funny little girl figurine up here. This little girl watering her piggy was given to me by Mr. Precious many years ago and he said he thought she looked like me! :) I love that. Well, I hope it didn't mean she was pretty fluffy like me! Naw! :)
Many  years ago, I had painted these bedroom walls with the leftover green paint from the living and dining rooms from our old 'sold' house. The paint was Olive # 2 or 3, I don't remember which number, from Lowe's. I still like this soothing color and decided to leave these walls green.
These walls were an opportunity to hang my Galveston Spring Historic Home Tour prints. We go on the tour each spring and it's just one of my most favorite treats of the year so I always buy a print. I have many more that have not been framed yet.
 Okie dokie...not too pretty but here are the two closet doors that open to the huge walk-in closet. I've used the little wire clothes hanger on one of the doors to hang clothes that I want to air dry. It works.
This has become my dressing table. I have my combs and brushes in the top left hand drawer, curling iron in the middle left drawer. Can you believe the bottom left drawer is empty? :) The middle drawer holds my makeup and face things. The right side drawers hold my hair dillys - clips, pony tail holders and such. I need to find a pretty tray for right now I'm just using a little plastic one.
I have so many many quits but just brought a couple to hang on the quilt rack.
Here's a close up of some of the little prints. The same artist painted these for about 15 years or more  and then another artist took over. Each year they paint a front view of all of the houses on the tour. I just love these.
See the balloon shade on the window? Well, I made that for the Grandma bedroom in the 'sold' house about about 14 years or so ago. It's lined but is stationary. When we bought this little condo many years ago, I brought these window coverings over here and they stayed. Even our guy renter never said anything about them and I don't think he took them down either! :) Found that little pillow that matched. The bed linens are old too and I bought the little plaid/check patterned fabric to go with them. I don't change my bedspreads/comforters out like a lot of y'all do. Seems I get something that I like, I just keep it! 
Here's a little close up of my dainty little fingers handiwork and a peep out of the window.

Well, I'm almost through showing you the little house and then do you think I can think of something to post? We'll see...if not I sure can talk a lot! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

In Dreams (love me some Roy, sniff sniff)


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 can't help it, I can't help it, if I cry.
I remember that you said goodbye.

It's too bad that all these things, Can only happen in my dreams
Only in dreams In beautiful dreams. 

~ sung by Roy Orbison


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Don't Water the Flowers!

Hello, Dear Ones.
I wanted to show you today how you can have some color outside without live flowers - like me if you know you're not going to be able to tend to 'live' plants.
Since we'll be traveling, I knew I couldn't have any pretty little flowers out here on the little deck in the hot sun because they'd die and dry up like a cracker. So I got an idea!
I grabbed a pot and a bag of pea gravel then I visited the Dollar Store and found these little metal flower sticks.
Now I had some little flowers that didn't require any water! I was loving this! Just poked the flower sticks into the pea gravel and I had blooms! I love this stuff. Also found the little hummer with wings that twirl away when the wind is blowing.
I had to bring this little cement statue because he looks just like my son when he was little! Well, my son did have two arms. This little guy had a mishap and lost his little arm. ;(
Then Bunny Foo Foo. We've been together for a very long time and I decided to bring her too. I do believe I need to give her a good scrubbing.
So you can have colorful blooms even in the hot heat and no flower heads will wilt. No, no Nannette, they won't!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

You Don't Bring Me Flowers

You don't bring me flowers
You don't sing me love songs
You hardly talk to me anymore
When you come through the door
At the end of the day

I remember when
You couldn't wait to love me
Used to hate to leave me

Now after lovin' me late at night
When it's good for you
And you're feeling alright
Well, you just roll over
And you turn out the light

You don't bring me flowers anymore

It used to be so natural
To talk about forever
But 'used to be's' don't count anymore
They just lay on the floor
'Til we sweep them away

And baby, I remember
All the things you taught me
I learned how to laugh
And I learned how to cry
Well I learned how to love
Even learned how to lie

You'd think I could learn
How to tell you goodbye
'Cause you don't bring me flowers
Anymore

Well, you'd think I could learn
How to tell you goodbye
'Cause you don't bring me flowers
Anymore 
~ sung by Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond


Friday, June 6, 2014

Decorating the Kitchen in The Little House

Hello, Dear Ones!
Just wanted you to know if I haven't commented back to you it's because we're traveling and I've prescheduled a  few posts. So I'll get back to you when we get back. So on with The Little House.

I know you've seen my little tiny kitchen before and if not you can go HERE to see the original spiffing. But this post is about the decorating, y'all! ;)
Okie dokie! You can see how really tiny this kitchen is but look at that wallpaper. I just love it. I know wallpaper isn't all that popular now but heck, I don't care, I love my Rooster wallpaper!
I've had these Rooster prints f.o.r.e.v.e.r and their colors blend in so nicely with the wallpaper. You can also see why I picked out those little green knobs for the cabinet doors - they match the green vines in the wallpaper! Patting my tiny self :) on the back.
I just love stuff but had to restrain myself a bit since there's not much space. I love color too, can you tell?
I have to tell you about that cute Rooster plate hanging above the stove. I hung it up with a Command Hook and it's stuck on top of the beadboard wallpaper and it's holding! Woo Hoo!
 My one lonely cow creamer. :(
Now to the other side. I have to tell you, I miss miss miss my deep sink that I had in the 'sold' house!
 A cute little lidless tea pot! An opportunity to poke in some greens.
I really didn't know what I should poke up there on the pass through ledge. Does this look okay? That's Mr. Precious' bowl for his bananas.
 See?
 Poking more stuff on the walls.
Two more olden Rooster prints and I just had to have my tin match box here. I love that old thing and I use it too!
Sniff sniff...roses from my neighbor.

Are you enjoying seeing me decorate The Little House? I hope so as I have some more to show you.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Joy To The World

Jeremiah was a bull frog
Was a good friend of mine
I never understood a single word he said
But I helped him drink his wine
And he always had some mighty fine wine

Singin'
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls, now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

If I were the king of the world
Tell you what I'd do
I'd throw away the cars and the bars and the wars
Make sweet love to you

Singin' now
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

You know I love the ladies
Love to have my fun
I'm a high night flier and a rainbow rider
A straight-shootin' son of a gun
I said a straight shootin' son of a gun

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the world
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls, now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me 

~ sung by Three Dog Night