Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Little Change


 Hello, Dear Ones!
During the 80s and 90s I loved to stencil. I had a stencil for everything (actually I still do because I have kept them). I stenciled pillows, purses, clothes, even paper. I had the most wonderful stencil brushes ~ big ones and small ones ~ for all of my jobs.
 I was good! :)
Well, when we bought this house in 1997, I was still in a stenciling mode.
I stenciled a border around my kitchen at the ceiling.
This is a rather blurry snap but you can see the sweet little stencil with the blue dishes.
I loved that stencil and even loaned it out to my friend who stenciled the design on her kitchen walls.
 
 Like I said ~ I. WAS. A. STENCILER!
So...upstairs in The Grandma Bedroom, as we call it, I took my talent up there too.
 I painted the walls a pretty yellow, climbed up on my ladder with my stencil brushes in hand and dabbed and dabbed away! Oh, I was pleased with myself.
 Roses and roses. When I was finished I stood back and thought, "Why didn't I move the stencil together more instead of leaving that gap?" Oh, well, it was beautiful and my friends said it looked so pretty. It was so pretty that I have never shown it to you because I was ashamed for you to see it!
Ashamed because this type of stenciling is passe'.
Ashamed and afraid you would all point and laugh at it behind my back.
Ashamed that you would all get together and say, what was she thinking?
Ashamed to show it to you because it had stayed up there on The Grandma Bedroom walls for 17 years!
Well, I must say, I decided to rid myself of the ashameness. Is that a word? It is now! ;)
Went to good ole Sherwin Williams and bought some new paint - Biscuit and went to town painting my walls. I was so happy with the results! But wait! The stenciling was bleeding through the paint after two coats! What?
 This was just little old washable craft paint and it's bleeding through my SW most expensive paint?
I was so upset I tell you. I had to go and get some primer and prime all around the walls where the stencil was. Two times!! That stencil was not wanting to let go. Shaming me with every roller swipe and peeping through. Well, finally it was covered and the walls were a solid color - Biscuit.
But I have to tell you...in my mind's eye I can squint just so and see a little trace of that stencil. No, no! I shake my most tiny gorgeous head and say ~ there's nothing there! Whew!
This could be a story for a spooky movie!

So anyway, I'm not ashamed any more to show you my Grandma Bedroom. Her walls are clean. I've tried to declutter in here. It's hard for this is where I sew and I've always got a mess out somewhere.
That's my grandma's old Singer pedal sewing machine under the window. And the bedroom suit belonged to my other grandmother's family and it's pretty olden. I love it.
I'm not a fancy decorator. Don't care too much for modern sleek lines. Love old traditional things with stories and memories. 
Well, all but the memory of that stencil...
it will probably live on to haunt me in my tiny mind. 

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)
I'll leave you a little Note Song ~ 

Spooky
In the cool of the evening when everything is gettin' kinda groovy
I call you up and ask you if you like to go with me and see a movie
First you say no you got some plans for the night
And then you stop and say alright

Love was kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

You always keep me guessin'
I never seem to know what you are thinking
And if a fella looks at you
It's for sure your little eye will be a winkin'
I get confused cause I don't know where I stand
And then you smile and hold my hand

Love was kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you
Spooky hey

If you decide someday to stop this little game that you are playin'
I'm gonna tell you all the things my heart's been a dyin' to be sayin'
Just like a ghost you been a hauntin' my dreams
So I propose on Halloween

Love was kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you
Spooky spooky oh alright
I said spooky oh ya ya
~ sung by the Classic IV