Personal Metamorphosis: 50th Birthday

I did it.  Last week, I reached the half century mark.  Overnight I went from being "forty-something" to being a 50-year-old woman ... and it didn't hurt one bit!  Quite honestly, the transformation began to take place a few years ago when I was shopping in a cute little boutique store and saw a plaque.  I am usually not at all attracted to resin plaques, but this one got me.  It was The ABCs of Ageing Gracefully.  Since that day, I've seen it many places, but at that moment, the words were brand new to me.  As I read them, I made a commitment to do just that -- age gracefully!   I bought the plaque and hung it just inside the entrance to our master bathroom.  I wanted to be sure I would see it every day ... so I would be ... Keep Reading...

Early Halloween Tablescape

I'm going to tell you something I've told very few people...   I'm not crazy about Halloween. (There, I've said it!) There's no particular reason.   I love decorating for Fall, but Halloween... I just never got into it that much.   I have fond memories of Halloween from my own childhood -- especially the year I was Casper the Friendly Ghost! -- and when my daughters were young, I made a big deal of dressing them up and trick-or-treating at friends' houses.   I put festive Halloween window clings on the windows and mirrors so they could enjoy them.   We carved Jack-O-Lanterns.  Beyond that -- not much.   ... Well, that's not quite true. There was one other thing I did -- faithfully... ... Keep Reading...

I Need a Metamorphosis! … Fairy Tale Ball Gown

Once upon a time, there was a couture wedding dress designer who made the most beautiful ball gown-style dress with a fabulous 7 1/2 foot-long cathedral train.   That dress was ME!  Um, it still is ...     Hundreds of dollars were spent to purchase my yards and yards of champagne-colored silk. Then my lovely drop-waist style bodice and long lace sleeves were embellished with a stunning flower design made up of thousands of pearls.         To show off my lovely designer's talent, I was worn in a few fashion shows. Quite honestly, those events had me whirling and twirling so much that I just don't remember how many ...  As you can imagine, the fashion runway is a fast-paced ... Keep Reading...

Mother in the Kitchen

Several weeks ago I wrote a post highlighting this vintage praying lady. You may have seen it...   Click here to read the entire post. In response, I received a comment from Sandi who writes the delightful blog Small Town Living At Its Best. She told me that she has a set of these praying ladies that once belonged to her grandmother. That got my attention. An entire SET? I told Sandi I would love to feature her set here and asked if she would like to write a post for her blog that I could link to. I was so glad when she said "yes"! While Sandi prepared for her post, I decided to do a little research on the praying ladies. I came across an eBay Guide written by Judy (eBay seller sagalot) in which she gives lots of ... Keep Reading...

Summer to Fall

  The last time I was here, I showed you these tablecloths and invited you to come back to see what blue and yellow have to do with Fall decorating.  You're back!  I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. Thank you!  Now let's talk decorating ...   Do you like to decorate with blue and yellow in the Summer? Have you ever extended that blue and yellow into the Fall? Let's try it and see what happens!   Several weeks ago I was in Big Lots and saw this Fitz and Floyd piece for $30. I absolutely loved it, and it was calling my name -- but I walked away.  Not much time to shop ... it was large and I wasn't sure where I would store it ... I didn't NEED it ... the lines were long ...   I walked away.   Last week ... Keep Reading...

What has 12 arms and stands on 3 legs?

Do you know what this is?     I picked it up at an auction.   Maybe this will help ...   Do you know yet?  How about this?   Almost there ... Do you have it figured out?   How'd you do?   Did you guess it?   If you want to know what blue and yellow have to do with Fall decorating, stop back by on Thursday. I'll show you!   I'm linking this post to these great blog parties: Blue Monday at Smiling Sally Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm >Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady ... Keep Reading...

The House with Nobody in It

I'm joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday ...   When I was 10 years old, my Grandma gave me a book of poetry entitled All the Silver Pennies.  I remembered it recently when my husband and I visited Half Moon Bay, CA. I looked out the window of our B&B and saw this ...   The House with Nobody in It by Joyce Kilmer   Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black. I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with nobody in it.   I never have seen a haunted house, but I hear there are such things; That they hold the talk of spirits, their ... Keep Reading...

Table for Two: quick & simple

I recently picked up an old round wicker table at auction and put it on my front porch. I've wanted a round wicker table on my front porch for a long time ...  It needs to be painted, but I don't have a lot of time this week so all it got is a pretty tablecloth! It works for a quick and simple romantic table for two, don't you think?     You may recognize these Dollar Tree ceramic pumpkins from last week's tablescape...   Red glassware is a year-round favorite ...     Dried beans surround the candle ... and are sprinkled like confetti across the tabletop   A small doily and wooden napkin rings add texture ...   Mikasa "Italian Countryside" dinner plate paired with an unmarked ... Keep Reading...

Ironing Vintage Linens

I once received an email from a blog reader who asked this question: If I may ask, what iron do you use?  My iron doesn't seem to work very well for getting the wrinkles out of linen. Maybe it doesn't get hot enough?   When I'm ironing just a few small pieces at a time, I use a Rowenta PowerGlide2 steam iron that I've had for years.  When I have a lot of ironing - or large tablecloths - I use a 1940s Ironrite ironer. Source I suspected, however, that the iron really wasn't my blog friend's problem.  Let me show you the basic steps I take when ironing linens. Start with a clean iron!  That may seem obvious, but you just might be surprised ...  Your iron needs to be clean both inside and out. ... Keep Reading...

Falling for Pottery: Autumn Tablescape Inspiration

  If this is your first visit to my blog, WELCOME! I hope you will enjoy your time here -- and come back often.  If you've been here before, THANK YOU for choosing to return!  I hope you find encouragement, inspiration, and lots of tablescape ideas.   For even more tablescape fun, I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for the 108th Tablescape Thursday. You won't want to miss it!   * * * * *   My last post showed the kinds of things I like to use to bring warmth and texture to my Fall decorating.  Today's tablescape focuses on one of my "foundations" of Fall decorating:  POTTERY.  (I'm also including ceramics.) And if you saw my previous post, you may be surprised to see that there's not a bit of blue on ... Keep Reading...

Mood Swing

Days are getting a little cooler where I live, and I'm beginning to feel the mood swing coming on.   My preference for all things cool, light, and airy in the Summertime ...   is quickly being replaced by a preference for warmth and texture.  LOTS of texture!   The metamorphosis of seasons is upon us! At this time of year, some people like to decorate with the traditional: vibrant colors of red, orange, gold, and brown ... pumpkins, gourds, and colored leaves ... corn stalks, bales of hay, and chrysanthemums.  While I occasionally do that, too, Fall decorating for me usually includes ...   A PUNCH OF BLUES   TEXTURED FABRICS (burlap, macrame, doilies, tapestries)   WOOD (bowls, ... Keep Reading...

Do You Pray? Where I Was On September 11, 2001

Early on the morning of September 11, 2001, I attended a Founders Day chapel service at the Christian liberal arts college where my husband was an administrator. It was while there that I learned of the terrorist attacks against my country -- and the incomprehensible loss of precious lives.  I did what many of you did:  I grieved ... and I prayed.  In the evening, I returned to the church for an impromptu prayer service. Rather than cancel classes as did so many institutions of higher learning, I was proud that the administration and faculty understood that students needed them MOST at that time; not for teaching a curriculum, but for teaching Life. Their students were young and confused, hurting and angry.  They needed help working through ... Keep Reading...