Saturday, December 29, 2007

I Couldn't Wait!!!

This is my new banner created by the lovely and very talented Kimberly Ryan! Thank you Kim! I am SO excited. I couldn't wait to use it on my new blog, so I just had to share it here now! LOL! Hopefully I will have my new BLOG and BANNER (with cute matching TAGS that Kim created) and SHOPPE set up on Typepad in the next couple of weeks. I will keep you posted =)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Slipcover Photos

Here are some photos (to go with the post below), as promised, of my slipcovered cabinet and chair - I just love 'em!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Lilacs & Roses

I just LOVE my new template. If you have never stumbled upon Ronda Juniper Ray's paintings, you are missing out! Her ebay id is "AntiqueCottageRose" and her paintings (done on old windows) are absolutely gorgeous. One of her windows is on my "Wish List", I love 'em but they are a bit beyond what my budget allows - LOL! So when I found this template on ebay I was so excited to see that "In My Cedar Chest" had used original rose paintings by Ronda Juniper Ray to create this gorgeous template. So I sort of have one of her paintings... =) I don't know about everybody else but I know that I get bored with my templates after awhile and need a change, so every once in awhile I treat myself to a new template or two. Makes listing so much more fun... =)

I also purchased an oh so pretty slipcover (made out of lovely lavender vintage curtain panels) for the chair in our bedroom that I basically just stole from Meggan's house - LOL! It is so pretty! It was an old junk store find that at one time must have been beautiful but the previous owner(s) had not taken care of it and the orginal fabric was stained and torn. Meggan didn't want it anymore so I took it. The slipcover was made by the wonderfully talented Ronda at "CottageSlipCoverGal". Her workmanship is fabulous!!! She did a GREAT job on this, and all without the chair. I just took photos and measurements and sent them to her via email as needed. THANK YOU AGAIN RONDA!

I also had a gorgeous, romantic looking slipcover made for a beautiful old cabinet that is in our living room. The cabinet was my grandmother's and when it came to me the top was in rough shape, although the rest of the cabinet looks great! So, I had it covered with a pretty old runner, but have always wanted something prettier, so I splurged and had a slipcover made for the top - I love it! Zoe at "Casa-Preciosa" is an extremely talented seamstress! I will try and get photos of the cabinet and chair in the next few days and get them posted. I'm not sure where this last week went, but I feel so behind on blog posts. I have so many new pretties that I want to share with you.

I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas and will be having a Very Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Ashton's First Visit with Santa Claus

Poor Doodles! Meggan went with a friend of hers and all of their kids to see Santa Claus yesterday. Poor Ashy, looks like Santa scared him to death. I can't believe how big he is getting! He will be one in just a few weeks, on January 11th... Where did this last year go? He is growing up WAY too fast for my liking! He is starting to walk. I'm sure he will be running by his birthday. Let's hope this Grammy can keep up - LOL!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Purple Poinsettias =)

Can you believe it? Every year for as long as I can remember we head to a local florists and pick out two "Fireside Baskets", one for our house and one for our neighbors (they are the sweetest couple ever!). These pretty poinsettias in baskets are meant to put on your fireplace hearth, but we don't have a fireplace so it sits in the middle of our dinette table. That little area is home to most of my purple treasures. The curtains are Longaberger Lilacs and Roses, there is a gorgeous vintage yard long of violets, two other beautiful vintage lilac prints, my two purple lamps, and other assorted vintage purple pretties. Anyway, I'm getting side tracked - LOL! When we walked into the florists to get the baskets for this year I was SO excited when I spotted a few purple ones - Whoo Hoo! I was a happy camper. I scooped one up and it now sits proudly on our dinette table. I love it! My neighbors aren't quite as crazy about purple as I am, so they received a traditional red poinsettia basket...

Friday, December 14, 2007

Merry, Merry Christmas!!!

Our tree is finally up and decorated. Goodness, I feel so behind this year for some reason. Usually by Thanksgiving all of the gifts are bought and wrapped to go under the tree when we put it up the weekend after Thanksgiving. But, everything is done now =) Whew! I love short, fat, chubby trees - LOL! And it has to be REAL. I love, love, love the smell of a fresh cut tree. I've added a few photos so you can get an idea of what our tree looks like. I like a wide variety of ornaments and I adore the old Christmas lights (drives Mike nuts as he's a firefighter and is sure they are not safe). I have lots of pretty Waterford and Christopher Radko ornies, but also love pretties that the kids made when they were little, and I, of course, LOVE vintage ornaments. The tree topper is an absolutely adorable vintage pink feather angel, but I couldn't get a good photo of her. For the final touch I love to add lots of tinsel and then I sprinkle on lots of snow =) The last photo is of my favorite gift that Ashy will be getting this year - a Radio Flyer bike complete with the old fashioned bell - I love it!!! LOL! Can't wait to see him riding it next summer. I hope everyone's holidays are going great and you are all enjoying the holiday season...

Monday, December 10, 2007

I'm Back... =)

Well, almost - LOL! As of about a half hour ago I made a payment to have my blog totally redone AND there will be a "Shoppe" attached to it that I will be selling my vintage pretties on. The only problem is my new blog will be on Typepad, not Blogger, and I was told there is no way to transfer this Blogger blog to Typepad, so once I get my new address, I will post it on here and then you will be able to find me at my new place. I'm excited to be coming back and hopefully it will be soon. P.S. The photo is of my very first oil painting (of purple/lavender roses, of course!) purchased just a few weeks ago on ebay. I was SO excited to have won it, I had been "wishing" for one for a long time...