Sunday, October 25, 2009

Changes to Suit My Mood

Before I get to my post today, I would love to ask you to vote for me at Paula Grace Designs. I have entered her giveaway and would love it if you would pop over and vote for me. I'm the second one! Thank you, Dear Ones!

Hello Dear Ones and welcome to Monday Memes! I'm joining Mosaic Monday hosted by our Dear Mary at Little Red House, Blue Monday hosted by our Dear Sally at Smiling Sally and Met Monday hosted by our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. So after you visit me, please pop on over and check out all of the fascinating things that are happening all across the Land of Blog on this Monday. I've also been invited to join our most beautiful Cielo at The House in the Roses with her 'Show Off Your Cottage Monday'. So go pop in to see her lovely blog and the other participants showing their homes. Isn't this so much fun?

Now I must tell you, Dear Ones, I've been very busy here at Note Songs. Instead of Spring Fever I think I have Fallen Fever - I've been wanting to change stuff! So let me show you what I've been up to.

See this mess? Now you know I have a disease and just can't help myself - I'm a dishaholic! I have dishes all over the place and have just packed this little bookcase in my breakfast room plumb full of dishes and more dishes! More than full, Dear Ones, packed and cluttered! Yes! and you thought I was as neat as a pin, didn't you? You don't have to answer that! :)

Well, I watch Mission Organization on HGTV and before they can get a space organized - they take everything out! That's just what I did! See? Empty and nekked (Texan for naked). This is an olden Barrister Bookshelf/Lawyer Bookcase Mr. Precious brought home to me many moons ago. It was probably built around the 1940s. If anyone knows for sure, you can correct me.

So I began to shuffle, pull out and pull down, arrange and prettify (to me, anyway) my olden bookcase. Ta Dah!!!

I decided I'd have no more dishes in this piece and put in my cookbooks with some chickens and roosters! I think I like this now! What do you think?

It's rather hard to take a clear photo through those glass doors so I'll just open them up for you to see.

Much better, don't you think? I can see clearly now the rain is gone! Oh, I'm just singing to you! Ignore me! Well, don't actually ignore me, just bare with me! :)

This is the top shelf and I must tell you my little chicks are just having the best of times in here!

Second shelf ~ more content chicks along with my cookbooks. I'm loving this!

Bottom shelf. The first photo in this mosaic shows a stack of those little cookbooks from churches and schools (which are the best tried and true recipes, I think) and I use these the most but they're not really pretty! You know you have some of these too. Then more cluck clucks! I'll bet you're thinking, 'Shelia must really be a great cook with all of these cookbooks!' Naw, I just cook pretty simple around here, but I do love my cook books and read them like novels! :)

I kept going and arranged the top of my olden shelf - filled with Fallness! I just love being Fallen!

I found these cute little Fallen blocks and added my tiny little Pie Bird and some Fallen leaves.

Then borrowed my Fallen cloche from the kitchen.

Last but certainly not least is my King of the Kitchen, Mr. Wonderful Glorious Rooster!

Also redid my wall shelf. Do you like my changes? I sure hope so. I must tell you, I've already made a change here. I didn't even notice until I looked at my picture above - but you don't stack your chickens on top of each other! I did that! Notice the first and second shelves - stacked chickens! Oh, for shame. Well, don't shoot me because I've already flipped the second shelf and it looks so much better. Aww. I'll show you how it looks another time.

Do you notice anything else that is different? No no Nannette ~ not the messy background, I told you I've been busy! You have to make a mess to make pretty! :) Do you notice anything like maybe my wall color? Like maybe it's not red anymore? Like maybe I've been really busy? Like maybe I've been...

Painting! Yes, Dear Ones, I've been painting my tiny socks off. Well, not that I wear socks, I'm usually bare foot! Yes, I'm painting my red walls yellow and I'm painting all the yucky creaminess of trim to bright white! I'll have to show it all to you down the road ~ I'm far from being finished. Let's see, I'm thinking of that old song by Crystal Gayle 'Don't It Make My Red Walls Yellow?' Wasn't that a song? Yep, I'm sure it was or was it...oh, never mind. ;)

Thanks for joining me today for Mosaic Monday, Blue Monday and Met Monday!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

I don't know when I've been so blue
Don't know what's come over you
You've found someone new
And don't it make my brown eyes blue

I'll be fine when you're gone
I'll just cry all night long
Say it isn't true
And don't it make my brown eyes blue

Tell me no secrets, tell me some lies
Give me no reasons, give me alibis
Tell me you love me and don't let me cry
Say anything but don't say goodbye

I didn't mean to treat you bad
Didn't know just what I had
But honey now I do
And don't it make my brown eyes
Don't it make my brown eyes
Don't it make my brown eyes blue
~sung by Crystal Gayle


  1. Oh my, Miss Sheila, you have been busy. Glad you changed the second shelf around - we wouldn't want chickens stacked upon each other. Probably only you noticed that. Looks great. Looking forward to seeing your new paint job in ALL of it's glory. Have a great week. Sally

  2. How fun Shelia! I love all your changes and the touches of Fall. It's fun to see your cookbooks since I'm a collector too. I read them just like you do! I love the changes with the paint color. It just makes you feel good to change things up a bit, doesn't it? Thanks for the fun post and great pictures. Have a happy week.

  3. Oh, oh Shelia...I am so inspired by your lovely bookcase. I also have a bookcase (not exactly like yours) in my breakfast nook. Because of your inspiration, I'm feeling the urge to fill mine with recipe books. It's truly an idea that makes sense - recipe books near where people eat!

  4. My Shelia -- things are a changing at your house! Can't wait to see your final results.

  5. Very nicely done Pickle...Oh girl I can't wait to see what your new room looks like...Were you tired of it my friend...I hope your doing great girl...May you have a great Monday watch those ladders girl..How that baby baking...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  6. Hi Shelia, I love those changes. I am somewhat of a dishaholic, but absolutely a bookaholic, so I really like the makeover - very rich and substantial looking! Linda

  7. Fabulous makeover, Shelia. I can't wait to see how your walls look, when finished. I love the yellow!! On my monitor it looks like yummy french vanilla ice cream!

  8. Fallen Fever must be contagious ... I'm thoroughly confused with your adorable nuttiness! No stacking chickens, just partridges in pear trees for you!

  9. Once again another great makeover job well done! I love the end result!
    Ebie's Mosaic.

  10. Lovely as your dishes are I love the change. What a great idea pairing the chickens with cookbooks. Looks wonderful.

  11. That's a lot of work, Shelia, but all worth it. Looks very nice and neat, chickens are very cute. Bur being a dishaholic, I like the dishes there too...Christine

  12. Fabulous and much better, great you changed the stacked chickens, I was about to say. Simple and elegant. I cannot wait for your wall colors when you are finished. Great mosaic. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day and week ahead :) cya

  13. Love your changes and can't wait to see the finished paint job! :D Jewel

  14. Great changes Shelia!!! Good luck making your red walls yellow!!!

  15. What a wonderful redo. I'm sure your birds of a feather are enjoying being together like that! Well done Shelia!!

  16. Looking good, Sheila! Looking good!!!

  17. Sheila !~
    I am still laughing at your Texas Nekked - too funny ! Fallen fever - boy, do you got imagination , girly ! Good for you - painting the walls....I must admit that I hate painting walls ...probably because it isn't in a spray can, hee hee ! I love your new color and that bookcase is ever so darling now !

  18. Shelia,

    You have been a busy girl! Everything looks fantastic! I love the cookbook cabinet...and those roosters!


  19. Looks great! and I'm with you, I read cookbooks like novels!

  20. I love that bookshelf. It looked good with the dishes, but I think even better with the cookbooks and roosters on display.

  21. Hi Shelia! I love your roosters and cookbooks on your Fallen bookcase! You are so right about those little church/school cookbooks! People usualy have to put their names with their recipes so they know you can call them up and give them a piece of your mind if they are not good!! lol And thanks for the idea about my whatsit. I do believe you are right! That would explain the shape and the lack of candle wax. Now I will be on the lookout for little hurricane/ votive thingys! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  22. Very nice...I just have one question....where did all the dishes go????

  23. Thank you, Patti! I always appreciate your visits!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  24. OMG, I've always wanted a barrister bookcase, and there you are with one. No fair lady! But, I do love what you did with it, and giggled when I saw chickens sitting upon a chicken cookbook!

    I really love those rooster pitchers up on the shelf too. Oh, and the pretty shade of yellow! Love it!

    Shelia, how is your daughter doing???

    Justiney :o )

  25. Shelia you have been one busy woman! I just love all of the Fall touches. The stacked chickens are great, only you would think of such a thing. Have a lovely start to your week!

  26. Of course I voted for you, Shelia.
    You are the best!
    I'll be in the morning to read your beautiful post, today I am so tired.
    Good night!

  27. Oh Sheila my dear,
    Awesome re-do on that oh so darling book case! It's looking so pretty now with all your roosters, cookbook and falleness~ Can't wait to see the kitchen re-paint, I'm sure it will be fab~ Hugs,Cindy

  28. It looks great..but where did you stash the dishes??
    Yes, you have been busy. No wonder you didn't come over to see what I wrote about you!
    Hope you get your painting done! I admire you for doing it yourself!

  29. Hello Sheila, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. Thank you also for your concern for our sweet Molly. Love your post here, and all the past ones that I have missed. You do have a beauitful collection of dishes! Some really nice roosters too! Your decor is just beauitful! Oh and yes I always do have a needle in my hand. LOL Stitch every chance I get. A great way to relax! Have a great week!
    Blessings, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  30. What lovelies, Shelia ... you do have some roosters there. BTW I voted for you, fingers AND toes crossed for you & even a wee chat with the leprechauns to bless you.

    Hugs, TTFN ~Marydon

  31. Oh Shelia, I just came on time... would you add another meme to your wonderful list???? ;) Come Show Off Your Cottage Monday", every Monday... ;) We're celebrating our homes and everything that's dear... and you're invited!



  32. Wonderful changes, Shelia! I've always loved barrister bookcases, so I'm very jealous of your beautiful ones.

  33. Wow, this must have taken ages! I love what you have done and your roosters look very happy in their new home. Your mosaic pictures are fantastic too. Great post!
    Best wishes, NM.

  34. The cabinet looks great! Looks so neat with the cookbooks and roosters.
    sounds like you have been busy. I like you, have had Fall fever. Cleaned ceilings and walls lately.
    Getting ready for company.
    Have a great week.

  35. it all looks so YOU!!! cute as can be! happy painting!

  36. I love all the chickens, and the FALL blocks are so lovely. Doesn't it feel so good to get everything organized, and a new look that you love?

  37. What a fun change! I love how youput the cookbooks with the roosters.

  38. I to love all the chickens and roosters, they are all so cute, love them mixed with the books, I used to display my cookbooks, but then the dish desease took over, you know how that can it all...

  39. You are such a cutie-pie! I'd love to come help you paint...the wall looks soft and pretty and the book case is wonderful. It couldn't be home to anything better than cook books and chickens! I have lots of chickens too,,just love them!
    Come say hi :D

  40. Shelia, you busy bee-everything looks great. My kitchen walls are yellow, so I know I'm going to love your kitchen walls. Your shelves look so great! What did you do with the china that was in them? I have the exact barrister's case in my kitchen, but I'm not showing pix of my shelves! Yours may look like mine before long (the bottom shelf has doll house furniture set up like a few rooms, and the grandchildren play house on that shelf all of the time. I only put the glass door down when company is coming! laurie

  41. Oh, I love the change! The roos and chickees are adorable in the bookcase with the cookbooks! I always enjoy your posts and photography!


  42. Hello Dearheart...

    Yes...yes...YES!!! This looks fabulous, my friend! I do love all of your cookbooks and your collection of roosters are just perfect to keep them company! And...I love how you've accessorized the top of those pretty lawyer's book shelves...such a darling "Fall" sign...I love that!!! Hmmm...this is the first time I have seen this area of your I'm not sure how the wall shelf looked before the metamorphosis but I love how it looks now! The trio of rooster pitchers are awesome!

    Ohhh...and I do love your new buttery yellow wall color...simply beautiful! You've done a great job, my friend...can't wait to see the rest!

    Warmest wishes,

  43. Shelia,I think what you have done with your cabinet looks wonderful.I love the hens and roosters too.The song Don't Make my Brown Eyes Blue.I used to sing when I was little,I new it by heart when I was like 8.Loved the song and always took my Moms record and played it forever.LOL .Hugs,Jennifer

  44. I just came back to thank you for your very sweet comment, Shelia. Thanks....Christine

  45. Shelia, you know that I voted for you! Let me know if I can vote more than once, and I will! :-)

    Loved what you're doing. I think it will look great with your new creaminess. And the bookcase looks perfect with the roosterness/chickenness within it's shelves. Very good job! I always love to see what you've been doing.

    Love to you, and Happy Cottage Monday...


    Sheila :-)

  46. I was just over at Paula Grace Designs and when I saw the mantel by "Sheila"... I just knew that all that "fallness" must be little 'ole you!

    So instead of voting for the one who directed me there (sorry)... I ran right on over here to see if indeed it was you.

    I just had to vote for you 'cause I love reading your sweet blog. Makes me feel good evey time!

    p.s. I have those same little FALL
    blocks, I posted about them in my Autumn Dishes post.

  47. oops... Thant last comment was me. I guess I was still signed in to by family blog.

    Anyway that post I was refering to was "Fall Dish Collection".

  48. Hi Sheila!

    You "Chicken stacker you!" LOL. I loved your changes. And you really have been busy. I can't wait to see more!

    Have a great day!

  49. Oh Shelia, I love your blog. Today with all the decorating, the books, the shelves, the mosaic which is lovely, the song of course, I want to come back and look again.
    Have a nice Monday

  50. Looks good Shelia! You've inspired me to do something with my boring bookshelves! I don't have any chickens, but ... I'm sure I'll find something!

    Have a lovely day!

  51. Love the bookcase. It is beautiful. I liked it with both ideas.


  52. Hi Shelia!!

    Loooks Loooooovely! I like it very much! you have been really busy, and it was worth it!

    ..I am back!
    Hope to see you around!


  53. Looks darling Miss Shelia! I've done more fall decor this year than ever before ( which isn't a lot but is for ) I can't wait to see your paint....I've had paint fever, too. I really want to do it before Thanksgiving. :)

    We'll see.

    Big hugs~ J

  54. he he I've "fallen" in love with your cook book case! Love the legal I mean regal look. :) ok! UI know ...Bad pun! Really Bad Bad pun... Oh well! I just couldn't resist. :)

    Have a great week!!


  55. Beautiful and wonderful mosaics! You have an incredible of collection!

  56. Voted! I do love your changes. Best of all, (to me) you won't have to dust all those chickens that are now behind glass! That would elicit a happy dance here, accompanied by a song, I'm sure.

  57. Hi Shelia,

    You have CERTAINLY been one busy bee!!! I absolutely love your bookshelf with the cookbooks and roosters/chickens in it. It looks FABULOUS!!! You find the MOST beautiful roosters/chickens! LOVE it!

    Hope you have a wonderful Monday.♥

  58. WOW...GREAT the bookcase!

  59. I LOVE the bookcase. Your cookbooks and chickens look terrific displayed there and your mosaics are beautiful!


  60. Love the Roosters! I bouth one when we we were just married, for a dollar! I still have it. Do roosters mean something for the home... some symbol?


  61. Oh Shelia, that looks wonderful! You know how much I love roosters. lol Thanks so much for sharing your new look at MM. :)

  62. Sheila, I really like the new look of your bookcase with all your chickens, roosters and cookbooks inside! It looks so colorful and just perect for your kitchen. I'm a cookbook fanatic so I enjoyed browsing the tiles of your books --I think we have the same edition of the Better Homs & Gardens ...circa early 70's? My favorite cookbook!

    Happy Mosaic and Blue Monday!

  63. Careful: with your chickens happy, they may begin to multiply! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Blue Monday!

  64. Love your redecorated shelves. You have been busy, busy, busy. I'm going to pop over as requested and give you a vote.

  65. It does looks great and "freshly arranged!" I wish I could stop decorating one of these days. I think it's an addiction too! I'd love to have that Barristers bookcase. Say, do your unsuspecting chickens know that they are perched on, ye gads! Chicken cookbooks? Oh my! Maybe they can't read. I love red so, but have never been able to have my walls painted red. Looks very crisp and neat now, Shelia!

  66. Wow, I'm tired just watching all the changes you've made. But it looks great. I see so many cookbooks I have as well :-)

    I too read them like novels. Have a great week and thanks for sharing.

  67. I adore your new display and the paint color! I justr love your blog, period! Always such a delight to visit and get a giggle from your cute it!

    God bless,

  68. Hi, Sheila,
    You have a very lovely cottage home. I like how you have arranged your pretty shelves with chickens and roosters. Thanks for sharing your home with us. Have a beautiful week! Vicki (also a Texas gal)

  69. Oh, Shelia, you FALLEN WOMAN, you! You always completely crack me up. :-)

    LOVE what you did with the bookcase. And the chickens and roosters look mighty cozy in there; I'm thinking that now they've got a bit of privacy, you may start getting some eggs. China ones, of course.

    You are just a delight! now YOU be a sweetie! Oh, wait -- you already are!


  70. Your newly designed cabinet looks wonderful! I hope you are having a wonderful Blue Monday.

  71. Shelia, I love your bookcase. Wow, it sure is inspiring. You did a wonderful job!!

    Barb ♥

  72. what a cute post!!! i love how you talk down there in texas...LOL...your bookshelf looks much better now...and your chickens DO look very happy playing and visiting with each other...your new wall color looks great!!! i have a red/cream combination in my family room that i am dying to paint!!!

  73. Oh how pretty it turned out. Oh and I love the chickens. I am a tad jealous! I am like you I read my cookbooks like novels too. I am working on pretting up my kitchen too maybe next week I'll show the metamorphis! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a Blessed Week,

  74. Oh have been a busy little chick (lol) now haven't you! You really inspire me, however, not at 5:30 in the afternoon. I'm afraid my inspiredness went out the window on this morning when the sun was shinning! Anywhooty, I LUV the new look and can't wait to see the new wall color.

    BTW, went over and voted fer ye!!!

  75. Shelia, You are my favorite fallen woman!! What a nice transformation of your bookcases! I love to "read" cookbooks too. Gotta love all those yummy pictures in them... Your "fowl" collection fits right in with the books, too.
    hugs, Sue

  76. Hi Shelia!!!! I love your new shelf arrangement... nice job. You have some darling roosters too. Fun catching up on your blog, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  77. It's a great idea, the new look for the shelf, goes on.

  78. Wonderful photos and mosaic. I really love all your roosters, you do have a lot of them.

  79. Hi Shelia,
    You really have fall fever! I love all your fallness.
    By the time we get our fall clean up done it will be time to do Christmas so I am way behind you on all your pretty fallness.Oh well at least you have inspired me for next year!
    Take care,

  80. Adorable. Love the chickens. The bookshelf looks so inviting. I want to grab a cook book and browse.

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  82. Big treffic is on your beautiful site, dear Shelia!
    I like your changes,
    great job!

    Have a sweet, relaxing night!

  83. You're just as busy as a little red headed bee! Hope you have plenty of peach tea to get you through all your projects.

  84. Yes! Shelia this is soooo pretty! Love your Fall blocks and precious little lamp. You did a great job.

    I can't wait to see all of the new paint colors everywhere. How fun!

    ~Happy Halloween! ~Melissa :)

  85. Votings done... good luck... Marilyn from Australia. xx

  86. Hey, I loved the cabinet when it was just nekked! But your re-do is fabulous too!!

    m ^..^

  87. Oh God Sheila you are a hoot! The first order of business when I came here was to vote for you! I voted and it told me you were at I thought...we can't have that! She MUST win this I voted again! I was prepared to vote until they wouldn't let me do it again...kind of like American Idol I guess...not that I ever voted on that show...but you know what I mean? Well...this is a very clever site and they only let you vote once I guess. I was not allowed any more...that I can see? I tried Sheila!! I gave it the good ol Yankee try! Now I love that bookcase redo. I have the same antique bookcase with all of it's labels intact too. I inherited it from my folks. They are from the 1920's I think? Great job on filling it looks fabulous and can't wait to see the new painted look too. Hope you win even if I can't cheat to help you..."wink"

  88. Perfect love the chickens and cookbooks together. Of course they are two of my favorite things. Glad someone else reads cookbooks like novels. Now I know I am not super crazy.

  89. Hi Sheila
    Your changes look great. Your bookcase is such a special piece of furniture and I love how you have it arranged. Isn't it good to have a change around now and then? Good luck with your painting. We have just gone the opposite way to you because after years of white walls we have just added some color and it's taking a bit of getting used to! I really enjoyed your previous post too. Your fallness is so beautiful. Thanks for the tour.

  90. The bookshelf looked fine before with the lovely china; the new display with cookbooks and roosters is very charming and well laid out.
    Right now my cookbooks are in boxes in my garage. I miss having them on a bookcase in or near the kitchen!

  91. Hello dear Sheila, I am sorry I missed your last couple of posts. company has me overwhelmed. Computer time is just not happening. My company goes home Thursday. That will be 18 days of company with a two day break in the middle. Whew. I have been cooking my tiny hands off. Really, my hands are not tiny but they have been working very hard. Laughing.

    Now the important part!!! I voted for you. Love your entry. How fun to join the contest. I didn't know about it.

    Your barrister bookcase looks great. I do love the new look and the area around it. Good job. Of course chickens and hens always make me smile. And now your cookbooks are all organized. I wish mine were. I love those church cookbooks too. I have several. What I really love is the recipes with my aunts and cousins names on them. Lots of people I love from MI. have given me their church cookbooks as gifts. I treasure them but they are not pretty, I agree.

    I better get busy with tomorrow's post. My cousin's schnauzer will be the lead into my post. Guess what her name is...Chloe.

    Love ya...Jeanne

  92. Oh I just adore a "fallen" woman. :)

    Your bookcase looks glorious. I love the sweet touch of your chickens.

    Well done!

  93. Morning sweet Pickle!!!!! Ohhhh how I have missed love love the bookcase with all those chickens!!!! lol Love the new colors too,,,can't wait to see it all finished...thanks for all the prayers and love my dear friend have a great week!

  94. Hello Shelia darling, I will start this comment by telling you how much I have missed you these past few weeks. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and prayers. I am one lucky girl to have you as a friend; you truly are the gem in my teacup. I am now off to stroll around your blog to see what I have missed.

    I truly missed you luv
    Love & Hugs

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