Saturday, November 11, 2017

One Holiday At a Time

I love decorating for Christmas, but I always like to give Thanksgiving its due.

The cabinet in the entry has been cleaned out and organized

just in case someone opens it during the holidays.

When we designed the plate racks for the dining room, the large yellow platter was the measurement for the height - it was my mother's and I love seeing it on display.

I laugh because I don't think she ever used the platter - it simply sat on the top of the refrigerator for my entire childhood.

We're still waiting to hear if the guest room will be occupied at Thanksgiving,

but it is ready.

I could not bear to put away the Halloween cat I purchased on sale last week so she's waiting to greet any guests.

I got in the Thanksgiving mood by making a pie.

I have been seeing gorgeous pies on Instagram so I gave it a try.

I am responsible for pies on Thanksgiving and I like how my version turned out - fortunately the neighbors helped us eat it.

And now, for a dose of reality - this is what the guest room often looks like since it doubles as my creative space.

I hand quilted 3 stockings for KC's family and today I need to embroider the names because I'm running out of time.

I hope you are enjoying the lead up to Thanksgiving.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

It's Good to Get Away

As I read some of my favorite blogs this morning, I was inspired to write a post - one I had planned to write earlier this month, but life got in the way.

Earlier this month, Steve, Lulu and I escaped to the beach - pretty silly for people who live at the beach,

but this little guy was our motivation.

KC and her family live a 6-7 hour drive from Ventura

so we made plans to meet in Capitola which is just a 2.5 hour drive for them with little Andy.

It was a 5 hour drive for us (had to stop for Lulu to run around) so we arrived late on Thursday and got in a moonlit walk.

KC, Jake and Andy weren't arriving until Friday afternoon so I did something really fun.

I met up with the Darrielle of D.D.'s Cottage and Design who I follow daily on Instagram - @ddscottageanddesign - at the flea market.

I bought a few things - my favorites are a bowl and pitcher I found for just $10.

I never tire of looking at Darrielle's house on IG so I forced her to take me there after the flea market.

It was fun to see this chippy door on her porch because she introduced me to the woman who sold it to her.

I got the grand tour - you'll notice a lot of green throughout the house.

Darrielle has great style and she turns chippy forgotten pieces into valued treasures.

I was a totally rude guest 

snapping photos

right and left.

It was fun to see, in real life, things I have admired in her Instagram posts.

I love how she incorporated fall into her beachy style with pumpkins and flowers.

An old stool and watering can look beautiful filled with seasonal greenery.

I have loved her old tub for years - why didn't my old house come with a claw foot tub?

Look at the great green cupboard reflected in the mirror

and the awesome job she did refinishing this dresser used to hold the sink.

Just to let you know that I didn't stalk Darrielle the entire weekend,

 we visited a few shops she said were "must sees",

 walked all over Capitola which is full of cute houses


and ate at great restaurants.

But most important was spending time with our little guy who is full of life - it was good to get away.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Using the Same Old Things

Once October arrives, I add a little Halloween decor here and there.

For the most part I relied on old favorites and odd bits to create a my Halloween look.

I made a pillow out of drop cloth I had on hand

and used an old scarf to spruce up a garden bench.

I added another scarf to a chair in the guest room

and moved this table back to the space.

A sign I found on Pinterest decorates my old Underwood and I printed out labels for an old journal and glass bottles.

The colorful strand of beads was made from old bracelets

and this garland was made from a couple of old necklaces.

The dried hydrangeas are a couple of years old and are actually from my garden.

I made the felted cat and pumpkin in a workshop and the card is one I received from Vera of Rowhomes and Cobblestones.

I added a lot more Halloween decor than I originally planned and still have a box full of unused items.

But, this view when I pass the guest room makes me smile.

And now I'm wondering, do you decorate for Halloween?

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