Friday, November 28, 2014

Plymouth Plantation on the Coffee Table

Our friends made the little Pilgrims and a landscape out of moss and evergreen boughs.  Then we built the log cabin and brought in the livestock...a fun little educational way to remember the history of Thanksgiving ; )

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Table

 Table for family - Grandpas and Grandmas - turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, and bread.  Simple and satisfying!

 A perfect Thanksgiving Day : )
 And Papa Blue looked on from his perch in the hanging planter:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This is Beautiful - Life

I like order and cleanliness...but this is real - this is our living room.  The boys playing with their toys, laundry to be's the beauty of a happy family relaxing in their own space!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Make a Lampshade

I found a lamp at the Goodwill pay-by-the-pound.  It didn't have a shade.  I happened to have the metal rings from an old lampshade and an old curtain in my fabric stash.
It was a tricky business to get the pattern and fabric cut out to fit right.  Then it was a simple matter to hand stitch the fabric onto the rings.
 It came out pretty well for my first attempt : )

Saturday, November 8, 2014


We just got a piano!  It was from two nice little ladies, who had stopped playing long ago.  They were in need of the extra space and happy to see it go to a home where it would be played.
 Now the boys can continue their piano lessons with Grammie - we're lucky to have a piano teacher in the family : )
The piano is in the living room, where my ironing corner used to be.  So, the game cabinet got moved to another corner of the living room...I haven't figured out yet where I'm going to do my ironing!
p.s.  the naked lamp (shown on the floor in the first picture) needs a shade and then it will sit on the empty corner of the piano and the wood under the front piano legs is temporary until the right spacers are installed.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Autumn Beauty

 My Mom made a Bittersweet wreath for the kitchen door.  Perfect fall colors!
 An autumn bouquet for the living room.  I had fun doing a floral design class for the older girls at our home school group.  We used birch twigs, berries, and evergreens to fill out the hot-house flowers.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Peaceful and Perfect

Treating myself to an afternoon of reading!  I may do a little ironing...or not.  Papa Blue is keeping me company hanging in the plant and I'm having a bagel and chai tea for lunch.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Autumn Bouquet

Note: the lotus seed pod carries viable seeds (I'm sprouting a couple!)
Note #2:  the ornamental grass is Sea Oats that my friends brought back from their trip to the Outer Banks last week.
Word of warning: ornamental cabbage looks great in fall arrangements...but after a few days, there is a peculiar smell that casually starts to whiff! 
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