Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Here I am again. Paul and I were out sifting through boxes at an auction sale and came up with a few items to buy. Needless to say I picked better stuff than he did. Well, it will be after I'm done with it. He bought this ugly lamp for a whole dollar. This picture doesn't do it justice.

The dirt on the glass will have to be chipped off and the shade, it's plastic! Do you remember those plastic curtains you used to buy? The shade reminds me of those. I must admit, there is potential there. He wanted it for his room. I know that sounds weird. We share a bedroom but in a house this big, we each have a room designed specifically for our personal tastes. They are really guestrooms but we call them His and Hers bedrooms.

I picked up these two sweet sugar bowls, excuse the pun, in a job lot for a dollar. You can see we are big spenders LOL. I like to use sugar bowls for candy dishes. I also picked up an old Bell phone for two bucks. I know this phone is ugly but I have plans for it. Check back in a few days and it should be looking a bit better. These phones were so clear in tone and comfortable to wear snuggled against your neck and under your ear. Today's phones to me have more static and simply cannot be balanced on your shoulder as you use your hands for more important things like crochet.

Speaking of which, here is a picture of an afghan I finally finished. I have been working on this for years. It's not that it was challenging, it's just because all the little granny squares were made up of end pieces of yarn. I had to make a total of 834 of them. Then I just had to crochet them all together. It turned out very well and is a good warm afghan.

To keep rust from forming on the inside of metal salt shaker lids paint the inside with clear nail polish. When it is dry, poke through the holes with a pin from the inside out.

Keep a pair of cotton gloves in your lingerie drawer. Put them on when donning your pantyhose to keep fingernails from causing runs.

Thanks for stopping by. I am off to find something to create, fix or bake.

Home. . . where the dearest treasures of life can be gathered,
the purest pleasures enjoyed,

the richest comforts and conveniences preserved,

and where God can smile. . .

Rev James H Potts 1888

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I still have trouble believing that we live here. I've been clipping pictures and ideas from magazines for years. I've been putting them into a decorating scrapbook. My dream book, I guess you could call it. It's fun to dream.

My husband Paul and I were out driving on our anniversary last April when we drove past this gorgeous house in a little village about one hour from where we lived. Paul jokingly asked if I'd like to see it and I said sure. We took the number of the realtor down and started to drive away only to notice that the realtor's office was just five doors down the street. So we went into the office and asked if we might see inside the house. Diane, our agent and new friend walked us down and as I stepped onto the front porch it was as though I'd found my way home. Once we stepped inside I was sold. The house just kept getting better and better. The owners were wonderful people and I am happy to say that we now have the pleasure of calling them friends. I have been decorating this house for years in my scrapbook. We still have to put our personal stamp on the house but we're in no hurry. This is a 'feel good' house.

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

I hope you will join me as I set forth into making the rest of my dream come true through decorating, painting, crafting, needle arts, crochet, gardening and collecting. Stop by often to check out my latest aquisitions from antique stores and curio shops. Enjoy some of my recipes and try out a few of the patterns and instructions I will be sharing in the coming months. Please post your comments and share your thoughts with me. I look forward to hearing from you.