A New Perspective and Vignette

I planned to write this post the other night; however, I was distracted . . .

and a bit worried. For you see, my hubby was driving home in potentially bad weather to get home

hoping to, one, get home before the big snow event and secondly, be home to help me for

another event, thankfully not a snow one!

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He left D.C. bound for N.C. (love those acronyms) with the hopes of driving ahead of the storm.

Me???….I think I was the one with the white knuckles . . . Clutching the phone tight,

calling him every hour on the hour with detailed radar reports.

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Yep . . . felt like the weather girl pointing out the storm on the radar, telling him,

“now if you make such and such by this time, you will miss the sleet.”

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“And if you make this town by this time, you will miss the snow.”

White knuckle phone grip . . .

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All the while that I was talking to him on the phone . . . me calling him, as I did not want him

to take his eye off the road . . . In between calls, I was laughing inside . . .

my way of keeping calm.

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Why was I laughing?

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It’s because he was driving home from being in DC for most of the week and that day he was speaking . . .

to a group on subject matters relating to Climate Change!

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Climate has certainly led the news of late . . . this winter has seemed to drag on slowly . . .

leaving its footprints behind . . . interrupting our daily routines. . . now really Mother Nature!

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OK…He has 10 more miles to go . . . ten miles from home.

The snow was coming down in huge flakes . . . visibility was near zero . . .

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My white knuckles and I stayed on the phone with him . . .

As he turned on to the main road in which 5 miles down is the entrance to our subdivision.

My heart racing as he said, “I cannot tell where the road is, it is all one white plain and no

tire tracks to follow.” Driving slowly and carefully.

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“I see the entrance . . . I am home! . . . Well almost.”

I stayed on the phone until I saw the headlights enter the driveway and I ran to open the garage door

so he would not have to take his hand off the wheel and reach for the door opener.

My knuckles got their color back . . .

But my hubby lost his rosy cheeks when I hugged him so tightly . . .

that he started to look like my white knuckles.

Today, I originally planned to talk about how I just removed the last of the Christmas decorations

from this room and the new vignette I created. . .

and the new throw on the ottoman that was a beautiful gift.

But that seems so trivial to me now. I just had to talk about the guy who made it home safe and sound.

The guy that chose this house plan because of this very room that he thought was pretty awesome.

We lost power early the night before and just got it back late this evening.

I am thankful for what is important, family. I will save the vignette talks for later! :)

Have a wonderful, wonderful day snuggled in your home safe and sound.

We’re Not In Mr. McGregor’s Garden Anymore!

Oh that Peter Rabbit. . . he was chased out of Mr. McGregor’s Garden on a stick along with his other

mischievous friends, while Peter’s three sisters obeyed their mother and enjoyed chamomile tea.

Little did he know that he and his friends would be the “cream of the crop” in another story.

The story of the ever changing tablescape . . . or vignette, whichever sounds good in a book.

The table of a thousand faces.

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So what do you do with bunnies chased from a garden on stick stuck in a flower pot like this:

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Oh, and they meet up with a wise old bunny (yes, it is a bunny and not a dog!) . . .

A bunny that was covered with moss at our Crafty Chicks workshop many years ago.

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The moss covered bunnies, a great camouflage for hiding from Mr. McGregor . . .

left their flower pots behind in the garden.

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Knowing that they were to become the cream of the crop of bunnies . . .

what better to trade their flower pots for pretty ironstone creamers.

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Now, the wise old bunny has a special place of honor in its new environment . . .

nestled in a beautiful scalloped ironstone bowl.

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And what more appropriate is a vintage seed packet in a small creamer for this vignette.

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And speaking of seed packets . . .

My friend Mary from Home is Where the Boat Is has a beautiful feature in Flea Market Gardens Magazine.

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When my hubby was at Lowe’s Home Improvement, I asked him to look for this magazine.

He found it and it was the last copy. Obviously a big hit!

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I love the way the writer titled the feature, “Home is Where the Shed Is”

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Eight full pages of sheer delight!

Have a wonderful day and for many of you, stay safe and warm!

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Guest Room Makeover Sneakie Peekie

I cannot tell you how long is has been taking me to re-decorate this guest room.

I have been working on this a little at a time, in-between other projects and activities.

A few more tweaks, a little more painting, a few more things to purchase

and it will be done . . . however, you know that nothing is ever done.

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I had the Pottery Barn Sienna Paisley on this bed previously.

The paisley design had soft hues of blue, green and white.

That particular bedding has been in the room for a few years now and it was time for a change.

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As soon as I saw this Darcy Toile Bedding in the Pottery Barn Catalog, I knew this was the

the pattern and look I was going for in this room.

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I so love the patterns of Toile and Chinoiserie.

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In an earlier post I spoke of an item that my hubby spotted when we were at Pottery Barn last week.

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Here it is . . . a black glass cabinet with a mirrored back that actually is made for hanging,

however, I thought that it would look great on this table (for now at least) and goes so well

with the black accents on the room and the iron bed.

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I mentioned earlier that I was still working on a piece of furniture.

Here is a bit of a peek . . . still needs a bit more painting and new hardware.

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I found the lamp I had in mind for the writing desk at HomeGoods. A Drexel Heritage at a great price.

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Still tweaking the wall and table top decor, but I think it won’t be too long before this room

will be finished; however, as I said before, a room is never finished, it is always evolving,

like all things in life. It just keeps things interesting and fun.

I wish you a most glorious day!

If You Create It, It Will Come

One of my favorite movies is Field of Dreams.

“If you build it, they will come.” So I am taking that philosophy with Spring.

If you create a spring environment, it will come!

Do you hear that Mother Nature?!!

I have been sequestered in the house this week . . . I should sell tickets . . .

for people who want to skate in my driveway.

While dealing with cabin fever, I thought it was time to create Spring indoors even though my views

outdoors are of rolling hills of snow and ice.

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I grabbed my Pottery Barn lantern that was on sale and placed a vase of water in it rather than a candle

and added the tulips that were on sale at the grocery store after Valentine’s Day.

So happy that they had red tulips left!

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A bit of the unexpected of tulips in a lantern . . . this may be the standard for this item!

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Taking advantage of the flower sale, more flowers added to the sunroom and placed on the potting bench

in the background.

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The sunroom is next to the kitchen in which I spend lots of my time as many people do . . .

so it is great to be a able to see beautiful spring flowers to lift your spirits on a cold winter’s day.

So what say you Mother Nature? . . . if we project lots of Spring in our homes, will it come?

Well, the Farmer’s Almanac is saying “No!” . . . and then The Ground Hog chimed in too.

Have a great weekend . . . I wish you happy thoughts of Spring to come!

How To Makeover a Winter Bedroom to Spring

The news lately is all about how awful the winter storms are . . .

Places like Boston with record breaking snowfalls and here this week we are dealing with a winter storm

with mainly ice . . . hate ice, would rather have snow!

While hunkered down in the house with a driveway like an ice skating rink,

I decided to make over my bedroom from Winter to Spring,

as I am officially tired of Winter and do not want to embrace it anymore!!

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How I Styled a 12 Foot High Ledge

A reader noticed an outlet above the front door that is on a ledge wall . . .

and wondered what I used it for.

I had the builder place an outlet on that ledge for placing lighted Christmas decor on that ledge.

However, other than previous Christmas decor the ledge has been empty.

I just never found the right things to place up there that wouldn’t seem lost . . .

as the ceilings in this room are 24 feet high.

Until this weekend . . .

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Upcycled Christmas Wreath for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I still have one of my real evergreen Christmas wreaths hanging on a vintage shabby door on the porch.

Rather than tossing it away, I took my scissors and channeled Edward Scissorhands!

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An Antique Chest And It’s Story

Many years ago, I dealt with an antique dealer/friend who always had a list from me for her pickers.

You know, the days before eBay and the internet . . . Waaaay back when.

About 30 years ago, I had a list for the pickers that included a blanket chest.

I wanted to use that chest for a coffee table . . . one that had lots of character and imperfections

that would withstand the abuse of lots of teenage boys with their feet up.

Even though I only had one son, there were lots of his friends around.

I got a call one day saying a blanket chest just came into the shop and I had “first dibs!”

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A Bar Cart or a Tea Cart?

When I placed the vintage drop leaf table that I painted in a corner of the guest room . . .

I had to re-locate the piece of furniture that was in that spot. Which was the Ethan Allen tea cart

that I found last year at an estate sale.

The Ethan Allen tea cart that I so very much wanted in our early years of marriage

but just could not afford it. Practicality always got in the way.

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Rustic and Elegance, A Great Combination

I cannot say that my house is either rustic or elegant.

However, I would like to feel that I have a bit of both.

Marrying the two elements to make an interesting vignette or feel of a room.

I removed the winter items from the mantel and added a few of my favorite pieces to create a rustic feel

with a bit of elegance.

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