Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Kitchen Vignettes

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I'm continuing with my spiffing upness and thought I would show you a little froo frooing in my kitchen

 This is a little vignette I have poked on my island - a big white pitcher filled with greens, a candle and a new little chicken teapot! I love her and found her at an antique place recently. She is a Fitz and Floyd Classic teapot and looks like she may have been produced in the late 1980s - early 1990s mainly by looking at the blue and mauve colored bow. But I love her with her fruit and little chicks.
 I grabbed my ladder and began to poke stuff on the uppers above my cabinets. I think I told you the two sides on either side of the sink, the ceiling is very slanted, so it's very hard to figure out what I can put up there.
 Are greens still in style? Probably not but I don't care because I like the way the dark greens look against my white cabinets. Of course you know I'm gonna poke up some Roosters! They make me so happy. I squeezed a couple of yard birds between my tureens. I think I need to put something else behind these Roosters? Maybe some colorful trays? Hmm...
 Can't forget the top of the fridge so up goes another Rooster, ceramic fruit basket and a cake plate with cover that stays up there so I can grab it when I need it. I poked Mr. Rooster upon a really olden cookbook turned around so you're looking at the pages instead of the spine.

Here's the other side of the sink. See how slanted the ceiling is?
 These little chicks just barely sat up there on the edge. I poked in a few more greens.
 I just had to show you where I put my olden match box which I've had over 20 years and still love it. Of course I couldn't put a nail in my tile so I just used the Command Hook tabs you use to hang pictures. I used the ones for up to 16 pounds that way I knew it would hang up and not fall off the wall.
Still love touches of red and my mixer sits here in the corner looking like freshly glossed lips. I guess you may be wondering, "Why is her mixer poked down on a placemat?" Well, dear ones when I use my mixer I need to pull it out so I just grab the placemat because the mixer is HEAVY! 
 I just couldn't get the right look here because of the light streaming in so excuse the quality of my snap. But this is my sink area. While on my ladder I hung up these four little Currier and Ives four seasons plates. I have a huge collection of the blue and white Currier and Ives dishes but these are different as they as in color and I think they look sweet above my window.

It's nice to have a little pretty going on as I stand at the sink so I made some.
 In the center is my favorite milk glass cake stand with a favorite hen resting on top filled with flowers. Then my little scale with a doily and I'm not sure what the litttle lidded bowl is, maybe to hold butter?, but I love it and have had it for some time. I have a little copper cupcake stand and I filled it with some faux lemons and a yellow daisy. Last but not least is a very olden yard bird couple with chipped combs and all!
 Just can't leave the sides of my cabinets nekked (that's Texan for naked) so I hung up these cute Rooster hangers that were given to me by a fellow blogger, Jan. I still love them, Jan. The little silver windchimes are really old and the neat thing is that the air conditioner vent blows down on them and I can hear a very quiet little ting ting when the air comes on. I really didn't know what to put on the other hanger so I just poked a little Rooster creamer there until something better comes along.
Well, there you have my kitchen all decorated up! Slowly but surely I'm gonna get there but then it will be time to change it all up for Fall!! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Whip It


Crack that whip
Give the past the slip
Step on a crack
Break your momma's back
When a problem comes along
You must whip it
Before the cream sits out too long
You must whip it
When something's going wrong
You must whip it
Now whip it
Into shape
Shape it up
Get straight
Go forward
Move ahead
Try to detect it
It's not too late
To whip it
Whip it good
When a good time turns around
You must whip it
You will never live it down
Unless you whip it
No one gets away
Until they whip it
I say whip it
Whip it good
I say whip it
Whip it good
~ sung by Devo

Monday, July 22, 2019

A Little Spiffing in the Dining Room

Hello Dear Ones! I know I brought you into the dining room last week but I've been spiffin'!
 I set up a pretty vignette on the newly painted buffet with my Blue Willow dinnerware. Do you like it?
My Blue Willow has come to Jesus! :)  This is a little closeup of Jesus and the young boy who shared his lunch. I love this painting and the sweet look on Jesus' face.
 I made the floral and poked it in my olden Blue Willow bowl. Sitting next to the floral is a little butter dish. I think it's old too. I've had if for ages.

Brought out my tea pot with the sugar and creamer and poked them down on a round platter. I added a cup, saucer and spoon all ready for some tea.
 Right smack in the center I placed my biggggggggggggg platter and put a little plate in front of it. Notice the difference in the colors. I've had my Blue Willow since the late 1980s. That little dish is very olden that I got from an antique shop years ago but the color is so different. I think you can see those tiny little round plates? They can be used as tiny butter pats or a little place to poke your tea bag.
 I'm really liking this look. It just looked too bland before. I love color and I think this will do.
 I poked my most favorite Rooster on top of the curio cabinet. He loves it up there watching over the dining room.

I placed these candlesticks on my dining room table. I bought some new blue candles and poked them right down! I also bought three more blue and white balls. Maybe I should call them 'orbs'. :)
Don't they look cute in my old punch bowl? When you don't have punch in your bowl, punch down some blue and white balls!

Well there you have it! It's been so hot outside I just stayed in and spiffed! Hope you are all staying cool.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Blue Moon

Blue moon you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
Blue moon, you knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for
And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper "Please adore me"
And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold!
Blue moon!
Now I'm no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
~ sung by The Marcels

Monday, July 15, 2019

A Few More Little Updates

Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you all had a nice 4th of July! We did and attended a small little parade and visited with new friends. It's hot. I'm sure you all are hot too. My prayers go out to all who may live close to that old Hurricane/Tropical storm Barry. I still remember when Ike hit Galveston. Anyway...
I wanted to show you where we are with setting up in our new home. Here is the dining room for now. I think this may be the smallest dining room I've had in many years.'s very bright and light and you have to love that. You can see I haven't hung any draperies yet. I can't decide if I want to use my old ones or use toppers. What do you think?
 If you know me, you know I love to hang plates on my walls. I put up my Spode plates around the china cabinet which sits on this wonky wall. You can see the pitch of the ceiling and the wall cuts off from where it really should be. But that's just how this house was built. So I was unable to hang them symmetrically and that bothers me. I'll get over it.
 Then I painted my olden buffet! I love how she turned out! Just a nice creamy cream on her body and then I painted the top. I sanded and stained the top first but the wood just wasn't very pretty so a little more sanding and then I slapped some pretty browny color on the top.
 Here's a closer look and more the correct color. I think painting her made her curly details show up much more.

Our Jesus painting got a new spot light! I'm wondering what I should hang on either side of this painting. Since it's Jesus, I certainly don't want to hang something inappropriate up. Maybe I should just leave the sides? Comments please! :)
On the knob of my little curio I hung this little replica of The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. How we love that sweet place.
 Here's looking back at the entry with the front door on the left by the little plant stand.
 This is the view as you walk in the front door. The wood floor on the right goes into the dining room, the wood floor in the top left hand corner is the living room with the kitchen behind the half wall. The laundry room is to the left of the cuckoo clock. So many columns! Of course I want to poke something on each one so I'm trying to restrain my tiny self!
 You've seen the living room. Not much has changed here. We still haven't had the wall filled in over my drop leaf table on the right side of the fireplace yet. In time. Hopefully. I get impatient. I know we can't do everything at once but hey...I'm a woman! :) The basket beside the winged back has Willow's toys in it.

This is a great transformation I want to show you! When we bought our home there was no grass at all in the small backyard - just mulch. The yard goes back on the right of the house and behind the garage on the right but it is small and that's what we wanted.
 Now look! It's beautiful with green green grass! We also had the live oak trimmed as limbs were scraping the roof and had caused some damage. We had to get that fixed too. We're so happy with how this looks. We brought in dirt, need some more to fill in the little flower bed around the tree. We have planted a few things but it's still pretty naked but hopefully next spring we will get some prettiness going in there. Love my little cardinal bird house hanging from the tree limb.
I certainly didn't want to disappoint you by thinking I wasn't cross stitching. Well, no matter what else I'm doing I always find time to cross stitch. I just love stitching.
 Here is the top of Little Richard for now! I'll leave up my patriot pieces till July is over. I just love this look.
 Oh, I'm so excited! I was submitted my ancestor and was accepted into the United Daughters of the Confederacy! Yay me! I'm not getting political and really don't want any negative comments here, I'm just proud of my ancestry. That said, you'll see my lovely hat! Well, the UDC ladies wear lots of hats and I wanted to wear one too. I bought a little cheap straw hat from Walmart and chopped it up (I cut the brim because my neck is so short and then zigzagged the edge). You can't see it but I put a navy blue band around it and then poked on flowers and some tulle! I think it turned out so cute!
 Never a day goes by that I don't miss my babies. Here they were on dress up day at the end of their school year. Campie has lost his two front teeth and doesn't give a big ole smile like he used to. Then my little Carter. She has the most beautiful thick hair. She is wearing glasses now although she doesn't have them on in this snap. How I love my babies.
Then for your viewing pleasure...a bathroom beauty snap which I haven't done in forever! Mr. Precious and I went to Galveston a few weeks back and visited a museum and this was the fancy bathroom and of course I had to snap!  :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

You Are So Beautiful

You are so beautiful
To me
You are so beautiful
To me
Can't you see

You're everything I hoped for
You're everything I need
You are so beautiful to me
You are so beautiful to me

You are so beautiful
To me
Can't you see
You're everything I hoped for
Every, everything I need
You are so beautiful to me 
~ sung by Joe Cocker