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Decorating the Fireplace Mantel & Hearth

Thursday, January 29, 2015



The fireplace is even more of a focal point this time of year
as we light the fire for added warmth on these cold days of winter.

I've been wanting to do something different on the fireplace in the great room
and found it easier to begin with a clean slate,
so I cleared everything off.



At the Kitchen Window

Tuesday, January 27, 2015



I have so many wonderful memories of my Granny's kitchen window,
my mothers too,
and
I am really enjoying our new window.


From the keeping room,
it is so nice watching the birds visit the feeders
hanging from the large maple tree in the back courtyard.

There are several feeders there
so I decided to move one of them around front to the dogwood tree
just outside the new kitchen window.


Amaze Me Monday #95

Monday, January 26, 2015

Welcome to AMAZE ME MONDAY!

I am so glad YOU are here for the party.

GUESS WHAT?

You may have the most views to be featured at AMM
but with no back link in the post...no feature...which makes me sad.

source

So if you will please,
add  a  back  link  to  the  party  in  your  post.  Thank  you so much!

Enough housekeeping for today and on to the party!

You are all so creative, talented, and clever,
there were so many great links at last weeks party, enjoy this weeks features...


A winter trip to France with My Cozy Corners French Cafe.

Hog Scrapers and Hydrangea ~ The Keeping Room

Saturday, January 24, 2015



Free...I really like that word.

Not wanting to buy anything new,
I headed to my stash in hopes of coming up with a centerpiece for the keeping room.

Using an antique box,
hog scraper candlesticks,
and hydrangea,
this is what I came up with.


Ironstone - Get It While You Can

Thursday, January 22, 2015



Have you ever found yourself in this situation?

Your strolling through a shop,
the type that has those one of a kind treasures that are so fun to find.

You stumble upon an amazing piece,
just what you've been searching for,
and it's calling YOUR name.

So you move in a little closer,
remembering other pieces you've found that were similar
but too damaged
or
the price too high
but this one is looking good so far.
As you peer in even closer your heart begins to race a little
and
you begin thinking that this one may be the perfect piece.

You reach out,
touch it,
picking it up to look it over real good.
I mean real, real good; the top, sides, bottom, every which way you can!
You are so excited,
it's practically perfect,
the price is amazing!
AND
THEN
that old saying begins going round and round in your head,
"You better get it while you can, better get it while you can!"


You know right then with the condition so good and the amazing price,
that you should grab it up,
head straight way to the register,
and take that treasure home with you!

BUT...
you start to doubt,
begin to hem and haw,
ask yourself over and over, "should I, or shouldn't I?"

AND THEN...
you put it down,
walk away,
you look back,
several times you look back,
but keep walking away,

AND THEN...
you can't shake the decision as you drive home,
once home you can't get it out of your head,
you've been looking for pieces like this for your collection,
and this piece isn't damaged like the others,
and the price is right!

SO THEN...
you head back to the shop,
rush up to the front door like your pants are on fire,
locate the isle,
find the booth,
look on the shelf
and
it's
GONE!

Have you ever been there?

Me too!

And I vowed that from that point on I would trust my gut
and never let that happen again!

BUT...

right
before
Christmas
I
found this ironstone beauty,
no chips or cracks,
perfect condition,
the price was AMAZING,
and I walked away.

A Little Life

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


The other day while at Lowe's,
I noticed a cart full of miniature house plants.

The first to catch my eye were the orchids, I had never seen any so tiny.
The blooms no bigger than a quarter.

There were several different shapes of flower,
each a different color,
but it was the white one that really got my attention.

Though I've never had much luck with orchids,
these were so dainty that I decided to give it another try
and thinking it would be nice to add a little life to the great room during these cold and dreary days of winter, I brought home a variegated Pothos and Peace Lily too.