Nov 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!



Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving...

full of love
and lots of yummy treats...



have you ever seen these fake wishbones?
we are vegan so when I saw these a few years ago
I bought a whole tub,
they break just like the real thing...

and you know,
you can never have too many wishes :-)

if you are interested
 here is a link to their website


Happy Thanksgiving!

We can only be said to be alive
 in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
Thornton Wilder


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Nov 20, 2011

Sleeping with Rachel ;-)



I have been waiting
for our weather to turn cold...


so I could put my new Rachel Ashwell comforter
on the bed...

you didn't think I meant something else did you?


I love the soft pink rosy design,
so cheery...


and as luck would have it,
I already had this sheet set that matched the ruffles
on the comforter...
(that is also the reverse side pattern)


and I thought I would share my new bedroom wall color,
it is Gloaming by Martha Stewart...

since gloaming is a poet word
for twilight or dusk,
I thought it was a nice bedroom color...

I should really never read the names on cards,
they can turn love to hate
and vice versa...

and here is a link to the old color...


I like the soft blushy tone,
it's so relaxing...


I have had this vanity for a couple years
and it's been on my "to paint list"...

with the lighter wall color my "to paint list"
has grown...

I am lovin' it...


on the headboard 
wispy remnants of summer...

just pinch and sniff
to be propelled back to a summers day
and insure sweet dreams...



my bedside standards...
a vase for flowers
and this little hand dish to hold trinkets from the day...

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Nov 19, 2011

Hellos and Goodbyes...

Hello to snow!
are you ready for snow?


we have had a light dusting of snow the last few nights,
just a teaser...

our elevation is only 180' above sea level,
so this morning we took a drive to the local hills...


this old one lane wooden bridge
in Carbanado, WA
 is always beautiful..


today it was a winter wonderland...


are you dreaming of a white Christmas?


it's probably not hard to guess,
I am not a big fan of fall...

I love the brilliance of the colors,
but reds and oranges aren't on the top
 of my favorite color list...

but I LOVE snow!

Hello Winter!


then there are the goodbyes,
the snow brings...

the last of the roses were gathered today...

if anyone is keeping track:-)
The David Austins were the last blooms..
Gertrude Jekyll, Harlow Carr and Scepter'd Isle...

and for anyone who is really keeping track,
Gertrude was the first and last to bloom...
(she is the pair of blooms on the bottom left)




remnants of summers blooms
at their feet...



"Good Night, Good night!
Parting is such sweet sorrow,
 that I shall say good night till it be morrow."

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Nov 13, 2011

Painting, Painting and more Painting...

So,
where have I been?
I have been bitten by the painting bug,
anything in my way should be afraid :-)


I painted my bedroom,
I gave you a peak and will show you more soon...

I painted the dining room,
I am starting on the foyer
and stairs,
but mostly I am painting the woodwork
and it is time consuming!

in the middle of my painting frenzy,
I bought a new chandelier...

from Home Depot...

it is the Heritage 6 style,
and available ONLY on-line,
I learned this after visiting three stores...


I painted it antique white....


and distressed it....


in past posts I have shown you
how I created drips on the candles of chandeliers
using a glue gun
(here and here)

this time I just dragged a small paint brush
along the edge of the "candle stick"
and let it drip...


here is the new dining room paint color,
it's Martha Stewart Orchid,
the paint is Behr one coat premium...

I think the first few pics show it a bit better
then these last pics,
lighting has been horrible on this gloomy day...


I am so excited to have the archway
between the rooms white!!!

when I moved here
 I never thought I would paint the woodwork,
but I couldn't be happier...

the rooms feel twice as big and so fresh and clean...


you can see the color is similar to the parlor color
but the dining room is a brighter and less subdued shade,
I just couldn't catch it with the camera today...

here is a link to the old color...



I had to share a pic
of my faithful painting companion Berry,
he celebrated his twelfth birthday this week...

He is, by the way,
 sitting on my favorite settee...

With paintbrush in hand,
I have been eyeing it all week,
so far I lack courage...

But,  I know it WILL be gorgeous in white :-)


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Nov 2, 2011

What a Difference a Day Can Make...

Just yesterday we strolled the garden,
last night the big chill came,
what a difference a day can make...

 I thought I'd share
a bit of this mornings icy show...


the garden was a sugar coated dream...


sparkling in the morning sun...


I was so excited about this shot,
the so tender drooping heads of the Anemone...

It is so blurry!
It was a cold shivery stroll,
aren't you glad you are cozy at home
with a hot cup of tea?


edges glittered to perfection...


so fragile...







there is always hope,
a survivor!!

I told you Gertrude Jekyll is one tough gal,
tucked up close to the gazebo
she showed no signs wear...


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and

Stay Warm :-)