Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Dogs Are Loose Again!

Hello, Dear Ones! I just can't seem to keep my dogs - the Staffies - under control! The living room seems to be their playground. Well, for now it's The Finn.
 Here you can see that little couple who stick together like glue. They have found a place to sit in my little dough bowl! There are nice soft leaves and pip berries for them to lay down on when they need a nap.
 Just look at those little content faces! Is that a keg of beer I see? We don't have alcohol in this house! I'll have to give them a breath check. Little boogers!

Okay, I'm getting side tracked. They wanted their own special plate so I poked down a Blue Willow salad plate and the pip berries have just started to grow all around it.
 And pun'kins! The Staffies are really getting into the Fall spirit and needed some pun'kins! Cute little ones, of course.
 The Staffies are used to picking apples in upstate New York around this time of year but alas, we can't do that here so I poked down a pretty blue and white apple vase. This will just have to do.
 Oh, I mustn't forget to show you two more little Staffies that are sitting back stage. They are very shy, young and just don't like a lot of attention. So here they sit on the back shelf. They sure are sweet though!
There you have it - my Fall vignette on The Finn. Well, my Staffies have taken control of it for now. Oh, just so you'll know, they told me the keg is just a keg - no beer. Hummmmm... :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Puppy Love

And they called it puppy love
Oh I guess they'll never know
How a young heart really feels
And why I love her so

And they called it puppy love
Just because we're, we're seventeen
Tell them all it...
Please tell them it isn't fair
To take away my only dream

I cry each night
My tears for you
My tears are all in vain
I hope and I pray
That maybe someday
You'll be back (you'll be back) in my arms (in my arms)
Once again

Someone help me, help me
Help me please
Is the answer up above?
How can I
Oh how can I tell them?
This is not a puppy love
(This is not a puppy love)

~ sung by Paul Anka

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

My Mantel Has Fallen!

Hello, Dear Ones! I am continuing with my Falleness at our new to us home! We've lived here about five months and after unpacking I just didn't want to or did I care to get down to decorating but now I'm enjoying it again. I'm learning where I want to place things. Some times it's working and some times it's not! But I think my mantel works and I wanted to show it to you!
 My mirror is still not hanging in the center of the fireplace wall and we are going to move it but I can't do it! Mr. Precious has to get out the huge tall ladder to do it. He will. So...on we go.
The mantle does extend a little bit more on the right side. Strange, huh? 
In the center I've placed this olden vase in an olden glass footed bowl that was my little mothers. I think it is a pun'kin, looks like one to me. Does it look like a pun'kin to you? Well, it's acting as a pun'kin for my mantel! Then I've placed my largest Staffies on either side of the pun'kin vase. They just love playing in the leaves.
I didn't purchase many news items this year but I did buy a couple of these glass pun'kins since this color of blue seems to be showing up a lot in my living room. Pretty, isn't it?
 Then while shopping for pun'kins I found this pretty hand painted one. So pretty. I found this and the teal blue at "At Home", formally Garden Ridge.
 Continuing with my blue and white are a set of candle sticks. The dark "Blue Willow" blue looks nice with the teal blue. Oh, that candle is a dark blue but it shows up rather purpley here.
 Here is the other little hand painted pun'kin! I love these little guys.
 I have three garlands of fallen leaves that are intertwined here and there is a pip berry garland in there too. On the right hand side which is longer, I've placed a bunch of autumn colored dark red roses to try and balance it out.
Okie dokie pokies, there is my living room mantel all Falled up! I'm having fun decorating my new to me house! I just crank down the air conditioning and go to town! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you a little Note Songs ~

Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves
Drift by the window
The autumn leaves
Of red and gold

I see your lips
The summer kisses
The sunburned hands
I used to hold

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I'll hear
Old winter's song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I'll hear
Old winter's song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall 
~ sung by Frank Sinatra

Friday, September 6, 2019

Falling in the Entryway

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, even though it's been 100' here - I can't wait any more! I gotta decorate for fall, y'all! So come on in and we'll start here in the entryway. I avoided showing you my front door because I don't have a fallen wreath yet. When we moved I got rid of most of my door wreaths because they were so old. I have my stuff ready to make one, but haven't done it yet. When I do, you'll be the first to see it! :)
 Come in and there is Willow sneaking in the snap to great you!
Well, here sits Little Richard all Fall fancied up with a paint job and his mirror too but alas, I still haven't ordered hardware for his doors. In time, Little Richard, in time.
 Here is an olden snap of Little Richard before his makeover, minus his mirror. I love him much more in his gawdy blues!
Okay, on with the falleness! I'm loving it, y'all!
Center state sits a lovely lidded bowl I bought many years ago in Orvieto, Italy, and I've made a fall flowers arrangement for it.The color just didn't match anything in my house before but now this shade of blue is creeping in all over the place!
 The bowl and lid are all hand painted and look at the lid handle! Smile pretty, liddie!
 The fall colors just make me happy.
You know how I love my Staffy Dogs, well there aren't Staffies, but are from Portugal. I bought this little couple many years ago at an antique mall.
 Look at those silly little faces - gotta love 'em!
 This pup feels so special as he is hiding a pun'kin under the glass!
Just to finish out my vignette, is three glass pun'kins under lamp light!

Well, that's all for today. I'll continue to show you my falleness as I decorate. Thank you for all of your sweet comments on my sewing/craft room! It's a mess today!! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ (in honor of Little Richard)

Tutti Frutti

Wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom!
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Wop bop a loo bop a lop ba ba!
I got a gal, named Sue, she knows just what to do
I got a gal, named Sue, she knows just what to do
She rock to the East, she rock to the West
She is the gal that I love best
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie, ooh
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom!
I got a gal, named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
Got a gal, named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
She knows how to love me, yes indeed
Boy you don't know what she do to me
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie, ooh
Tutti frutti,… 
~ sung by Little Richard

Monday, September 2, 2019

"My Room" Part 2

Hello, Dear Ones! Thank you for coming back to see part 2 of "My Room".
 This is the area I showed you last - where I sew.
Here is the other side of this small room. The little hutch that belonged to my little mother, my grandmother's Singer sewing machine and file cabinet with a TV on top. 
 This is my view as I sew. I can watch TV and I do sometimes.
The old Singer belonged to my grandmother who made lots of doll clothes on it for my dolls. It has a crocheted runner on top that I made a thousand years ago and a little milk glass lamp that was my mothers. There is a picture of my little mother and me sitting there too. The file cabinet has pretty fronts on the drawers that I modge podged up. The drawers have fabric in them.Then the big black box!
Above the old Singer are these sweet hand painted plates - again they belonged to my little mother. She had a neighbor who was an excellent porcelain painter and she painted these. I cherish them.
 A close up of the milk glass lamp, my crocheted runner and my little mother and me with roses Mr. Precious gave us for Mother's Day one year. She's been in heaven since 2014 and I still miss her!
 On the wall to the right of the TV are more cross stitch pieces - little scriptures. Love my stitches.
 Okay, here we are back to the other side of the room so I can show you the rest of this space.
 Mr. Precious bought me this little baker's rack and it fits perfectly on the tiny little wall area. The room is really not a box shape because where the door is, to the right, is angled so the wall and corner are cut off a bit. You can see the closet in here isn't very big either. Another reason I have to be organized.
Okie Doke! Over my baker's rack is a little stitcher's prayer. Need I say I love it? :)
 I'll show you what's on my shelves. Little olden lamps, tray and some sewing books with a piece of crochet - a work in progress.
 Sewing things. The little vase was given to my parents when I was born from my grandparents. I love it. The little mice are pin cushions I've made along with the round pin cushen on the front. See the little thread and pin holder? A friend made that for me.
 These little plastic containers are where I keep my cross stitch floss.
I have a lot, did I say I have a lot? of cross stitch patterns. I just can't get rid of them so I take them out of their plastic sleeves and poke holes in them and keep them in these three ring binders. Being a pianist for so many years, I kept music in these binders, but since I'm retired now I removed the music and poked in cross stitch patterns. I have my patterns organized into groups by designers or seasonal. Will I ever stitch every pattern I have? Probably not but I'm prepared! :)
The messy bottom shelf - decorating books and in the cloth basket are cards, cards, cards all waiting for me to write and send.
 Okay...grab your Kleenex!! Really, I mean it! You're going to need it! I've told you when we bought this house we intentionally downsized. If you remember I had three miniature doll houses. We got rid of two and I only moved one with me to Texas. Here it goes - we just don't have room for it! Gasp! Cry! No, we don't have room for it. It won't fit in my small sewing room here and we don't have any other place for it. I thought I might keep it in the living room on the half wall but it just didn't look good and was too close to the kitchen where steam and stuff could ruin my furniture. So...cry, sniff, blow my tiny mother's little hutch has become my dollhouse. Yep.
 Pitiful! Just pitiful! I just poked some furniture in there for now. I haven't even had the heart to fix  up the insides yet. Maybe the urge will hit me later but I've had a hard time even looking at it.
 Oh, this is so sad! Lola is just a mess! She is very disappointed that she doesn't have a real house but that's not the worst of it! Tang, her cat, didn't make it to Texas! No, he didn't! We don't know what happened if he ran away in New York or when we got to Texas but he's not here! We've looked and looked. She is just inconsolable. Pray for Lola, poor thing.
 The angels weep for Lola, Tang, me and dollhouses that are NO MORE.
Well, blow your nose and I'll wind this up. This is "My Room". It's small but you know what? I love it. When I get busy working on something in here it really gets messy. But since I have a place for everything it's pretty easy to get it back together.
If you've made it this far - thank you - and I hope you've enjoyed seeing "My Room". Later I'll share with you what's under the table skirts and my closet. Hope you're having a great week.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Don't Cry Out Loud

Baby cried the day the circus came to town

'cause she didn't want parades just passin' by her
So she painted on a smile and took up with some clown
While she danced without a net upon the wire
I know a lot about 'er 'cause, you see
Baby is an awful lot like me

Don't cry out loud
Just keep it inside, learn how to hide your feelings
Fly high and proud
And if you should fall, remember you almost had it all

Baby saw that when they pulled that big top down
They left behind her dreams among the litter
The different kind of love she thought she'd found
There was nothin' left but sawdust and some glitter
But baby can't be broken 'cause you see
She had the finest teacher-that was me-I told 'er

Don't cry out loud
Just keep it inside and learn how to hide your feelings
Fly high and proud
And if you should fall, remember you almost had it all 
~ sung by Melissa Manchester