Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Tour of the Den and a Prayer for Carter(Update)

Just another update on our little Carter from my daughter... We had to reschedule Carter’s 2nd treatment appointment for tomorrow at 7:30 AM. Don’t you just love insurance?!? Please pray that the insurance company will speed up their approval process and this will all be resolved quickly (like by tomorrow at 7:30AM). I honestly must have been in line for coffee when God was handing out patience.
Lord, have mercy!

Hello, Dear Ones, just wanted to give you an update on our little Carter first. She is scheduled to have her second chemo treatment this morning. They will let the drip go very slowly so it takes about five hours. She really has been doing well and has gone back to school. Her school nurse checks in on her a couple of times and takes her temperature and checks her blood pressure. We would like to ask for your prayers for her again today! We've seen the mighty hand of God on her and are praying for her complete healing. Thank you so much for your prayers. God bless you all and remember how I love you!

Well, since I showed you my mantel in my last post I thought I would go ahead and show you the rest of the den. I've only shown you my mantel area and not the rest of the room because it just wasn't finished. It's still not finished completely but after a year in our new/old house I am getting more settled and just thought you can see what I've done.
Here's the den. We did get a new rug and that made the room look so much cozier. Mr. Precious refused to leave his chair so I told him he could at least smile. He did! ;)
Now you can see the den isn't very wide and the sliding glass doors lead right out to my sun porch. I guess it's really a sun room, but any way it's one step down. I ordered my curtains from Country Curtains last year and think I'll order another pair to make these fuller. I just love full curtains. 
We've been looking off and on for end tables and just haven't seen anything we really like so we're using these little half moon tables that were my Mothers. They're not very big and a little wobbly but they work for now. Do you see anything rather pretty in the above snap? Do ya? Huh, do ya?
 I covered my ottoman! It is covered with the same fabric as my chair. I had been thinking about making it a pretty slipcover and did just that Saturday afternoon. I think she looks beautiful. This is some of my favorite fabric in the whole wide world. When we were looking for a sofa for the den many years ago, I saw a sofa covered in this fabric and I believe it was from Pottery Barn. Well, I was so excited and did my research and guess what? The sofa had been discontinued! I almost cried as I really wanted that sofa. Oh, well, I just had to settle for the fabric. This fabric was the breakfast room window curtains in our previous home in Galveston.



I just love how it turned out. I have some pillows on the sofa in this fabric too. Mr. Precious kept saying, you really don't want to cover this ottoman, do you? Yeppers, I do! and I did. This is where I sit and blog, watch TV, rock my grandbabies and cozy up to the fire. My chair, my stool! :) I know, I know, there are cords behind my chair. I hate cords!
Since I don't like cords, I did something else in here. With the TV, cable box, speaker boxes...etc.  CORDS!! Y'all it looked like five giant spider webs back there. This is a sofa table that the TV is sitting on and it's open on the bottom. We've not found the TV cabinet we want yet so here sits the TV. Those cords were bugging me to death. I had ordered the red and white checked fabric, which matches the Country Curtain curtains and thought, I'm gonna cover up those cords. So I did. I got me some industrial strength velcro. Got it home and on the packaging it said "not to be used with fabric"! What??? No way. After I measured, cut and ruffled up my fabric pieces I just used my hot glue gun and glued the fabric down to the soft velcro side. This fabric ain't a goin' no where, y'all! Hah! You don't tell me what not to do. I'm a bit stubborn. Anyway, this may not be to some of your tastes, but it works for me at this moment. We can always pull the velcro off if we get another cabinet.
 I have shown this area to you before and this drop leaf table is where we put our little village. There are only two Dept. 56 houses and the others are just little houses but we bring them out each year and I always seem to poke them down with the beaded garlands around them. I did hang up my old Currier and Ives prints of the seasons. I've had these prints since the late 1970s, can you believe that? I just could never get rid of them. So here they hang.
 At the end of the drop leaf is the little table and chairs where my little grandchildren sit and play on. The previous home owners left these for my babies and it's a really old set. The chairs were just horrible so I grabbed one of my cheap old comforters and made little slipcovers for them. The fabric doesn't match anything but you do what you can, right? There's also a basket of toys that stays pushed under the table until the kids come over.
This is the sofa side and as you see, not finished. We pick up a little print from almost everywhere we travel and I started framing them years ago and I thought this could be our travel wall. It's off centered because I have more to hang up yet. You can see it really looks bare on the right side but one day when we find the right end tables and lamps, it will all balance out.
So there's my den as it's coming long, slowly but surely. It's Christmased up and it's cozy and a room we really enjoy being in. Heck, Mr. Precious and I love it so we usually eat our meals in here too! :)
Merry merry and keep on keepin' on!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

There's No Place Like Home For the Holidays.

 Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays

For no matter how far away you roam
When you long for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
For the holidays, you can't beat home, sweet home
I met a man who lives in Tennessee and he was headin' for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania folks a' travelin' down to Dixie's sunny shore
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific
Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays
'Cause no matter how far away you roam
If you want to be happy in a million ways
For the holidays, you can't beat home, sweet home
I met a man who lives in Tennessee and he was headin' for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania folks a' travelin' down to Dixie's sunny shore
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific
Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays
For no matter how far away you roam
When you long for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
For the holidays, you can't beat home, sweet home
~ sung by Perry Como


44 comments:

  1. My eye went right to that beautiful ottoman! Love that fabric also. Your home is so warm and friendly just like you! Prayers continue for sweet little Carter.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  2. All my thoughts go to Carter. She is such a brave little girl.

    Arlette

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  3. Prayers for Carter!

    Love your idea for hiding cords, and why in the world would they say not to be used with fabric? Strange. I piled all of mine in a basket, but you could still see where they snaked up to the TV, etc... Everything looks beautiful.

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  4. En mis oraciones Carter siempre está y ustedes también.. Ella es una niña hermosa y fuerte, valiente. Va a salir adelante, además cuenta con el apoyo de una hermosa familia. Una decoración muy linda..me gusta mucho como se ven las cortinas en las puertas corredizas. Abrazos

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  5. I am praying for Carter and all of you this a.m.
    I do love your room - so warm and cozy. I have a little wobbly side table just like your mama's that belonged to my mother!!! The cats are forever turning it over! lol So sweet that you have the little table/chairs/play area for the little ones. I do love your village, and your collection of pictures is a real treasure. xoxo

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  6. But at least Mr. Precious is wearing, looks like, red plaid too! He matches.

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  7. I saw that ottoman slip as soon as you shared it. I love it, Sheila! I have some of that exact same fabric. I don't sew but I sometimes buy and save fabric for when I decide what I will do with it. Your den looks so happy and cozy, I know your grandchildren love coming over to their own little table. Praying for Carter and your family.

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  8. Praying little Carter's treatment goes well and she is 100% better very soon! Thank you for the updates!

    Your den is lovely! I love the print wall especially!

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  9. A prayer for Carter, for strength and health.
    Currier and Ives = Christmas!
    Love the song, especially when Karen Carpenter is singing it.
    Cosy Christmas home with the Mr. smiling:)
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. I certainly appreciate your prayers. I love hearing Karen Carpenter sing too. What a beautiful silky voice and she was gone from us much too soon.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  10. Will continue to pray for complete healing for your sweet Carter. Thanks for sharing your beautiful Christmas décor!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers, Jeanie. They are much appreciated.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  11. I am also a huge fan of that beautiful print fabric you love so much. And I know exactly what sofa you are speaking of, I have also seen it and it is so beautiful. I don't know if I could live with it on a continual basis, (I like to change things up a lot) but I do love the print. I also pray that little Carter will be healed soon.
    Patrice Shannon

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  12. Dear Shelia, my prayers for Carter continue and now I will add special prayers for the insurance. I pray the 5 hours goes by quickly for her on this 2nd treatment.

    Your den is gorgeous. Love the slipcover for your ottoman and the skirt on the TV sofa table is the perfect solution. I'm like you, I hate the cords showing and do all sorts of things to hide them. Love how you tied in the look with that gorgeous fabric with pillows and accents. Your room is so inviting and cozy. So light and bright and comfy.
    Love your gallery wall over the sofa too. Well gee~~ I just love it all. Can I come over? LOL Merry Christmas! xo

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  13. Shelia, I am sorry to read that lil miss is ill especially having to have chemo. It hurts to read this. Will pray in Jesus name.
    d

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  14. So pretty, your home looks gorgeous and still praying.

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  15. Your litle Carter....prayers for her.....so precious. Shelia...your home is absolutely beautiful! I wish we lived closer....I would love to visit! Hugs!

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  16. Soooo pretty Shelia. Your home looks so festive and inviting for the holidays. Love the little fire truck on the kids table. Too sweet. Prayers still for Carter. She is heading in a great direction with her healing journey. Hugs.
    Kris

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  17. Everything looks lovely in your den, Shelia. I love the photo with Mr Precious! Our prayers are with your family and dear little Carter. ♥

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  18. Hi Shelia, your family room looks all ready for the holidays! I love the photo of your husband grinning away for you. :) I'm so happy to hear that Carter is doing much better and is back at school. What a little trooper she is! Praying that the insurance will come through asap and she can have her next treatment. God bless her with healing. Take care and blessings to you.
    Pam

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  19. Shelia - I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Carter. I will be agreeing with you in prayer for her complete healing. We serve a faithful God! Your room is so beautiful and welcoming! My "Mr Precious" would have done the same thing! I also love your beautiful new floral fabric. My house was decorated very similarly for a decade until I changed things about 3 years ago. Thank you always for your kindness to me!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  20. Dear Shelia,
    May God Bless your little Carter and your entire family.
    I also love your beautiful home and your pretty ottoman. It's warm, cozy and very festive.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  21. Shelia, everything looks great! We've been in this house 3 1/2 years and I still need end tables too. They are definitely hard to find in the right size, shape, and price that you like.

    Please keep us posted about sweet little Carter.

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  22. I'm keeping sweet Carter in my prayers. I know you have been worried sick. Your home looks so comfy and pretty with all the holiday decor. I know it lifts your spirits to spend time at home. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  23. I'm so sorry to just find out about Little Carter. I will keep Carter in my daily prayers. Oliva

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  24. Praying for Carter.

    Your room is so pretty. I love pictures of your decorating.

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  25. This is one of my favorite Christmas tunes. PRAYERS FOR CARTER.

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  26. Hi Shelia: Just popping in to say hello and send you a hug. I'm keeping Carter and all of you in my prayers. Sending healing thoughts your way. xo

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  27. You know we're all pulling for Carter! Your room looks cozy and I can see why Mr. Precious didn't want to get out of his comfy chair! That is cute how you covered up the wiring and stuff under the tv. Prayers for all of you, Liz

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  28. My prayer is that Carter will have complete healing. Your decorations are lovely!

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  29. Love the foot stool cover, nice job!! That is also my fav fabric. My easy chair and ottoman is covered in that. I also have throw pillows and seat cushions in it. Country Curtains used to carry it, that's where I got the pillows. Joann's carries the same fabric and the companion fabrics. The chair came for Arhaus about 15 years ago!!

    Still praying for Carter, she will recover, I know it!!! hugs....

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  30. What a wonderful, friendly and welcoming room and very cheery! I wish I knew how to sew like you -- the ottoman is great and I love the curtains, too. Aren't bird cages fun? I've been playing with mine, too. Very nice.

    Meanwhile, I send prayers for Carter and many, many thoughts. She's a brave little girl. You're a brave gran!

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  31. I just came over from Bernideen's. What a lovely cozy den (including Mr Precious!). Makes me want to say, "Put the kettle on. I'm heading over with a plate of little mince pies."

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  32. Love all your holiday pretties! Your ottoman looks amazing in that red floral! Really great.
    Sending up prayers for Carter!

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  33. I do so hope that all has gone well for Carter and that the insurance company haven't tested your patience too much! I think that I would lose my patience with them if it meant that treatment was delayed! Still thinking and hoping for you all. xx

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  34. Beautiful decorating Sheila. Love your new rug and Mr. Precious looks right at home with a great smile. Happy Holidays.

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  35. This is a room for life and the living of it. There is nothing wrong with it, not at all, so no apologies! Continued positive best for Carter. I worked for Calico, and that fabric was the best seller for many years.

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  36. Praying for your sweet little grandbaby - what a gorgeous little honey she is!

    Your home is so cozy and warm - just like you, Shelia! I can't believe your only in your house a little longer than me - I have almost nothing hung on the walls yet!!! I'm still working it out....oh well!

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  37. I am praying right now that Carter's treatment will go as planned this a.m. I'm so sorry for the delay with the insurance. xoxo

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  38. Shelia,
    Oh, dear fried, I love your cozy den!!!
    The colors are so~o~o warm and inviting!!!
    Cute "Mr. Precious" smiling at you!!! Too, too sweet!!!
    I adore your red and white checked curtains!!!
    The art gallery turned out amazing!!!
    Love, LOVE, L O V E that you have a special place for your grandchildren!!!
    Yes!!! I'll continue to pray for little Carter and your whole family!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  39. I love your den. I'd like to sit right there in your chair with a cup of hot coffee! So homey and comfy. Praying for you and Carter. Hope both of you are doing better. Merry Christmas, sweet friend! (12/20/15)

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