Monday, November 20, 2017

Extra Touches

I made a quick visit to my booth this morning to pop in some little trees here and there. I liked the effect! Here at home I am resisting Christmas decorating, but plenty of ideas are scurrying around in my head.



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sunshine Before the Rain

I walked over to the art room to take a photo of my latest flower painting and received a nice surprise. The sunlight striking the flower painting was an unexpected pleasant sight.




This afternoon has been windy, rainy, and stormy. I spent some time working on tags. Two recent sets: Anniversary and Christmas 







                                 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Weakness

I'm always on the lookout for them. Yesterday I was rewarded by spotting three at very cheap prices. I love the charm of these vintage ornaments. 




The variety of colors and designs is part of the charm. 


I do look forward to bringing out ornaments in December.
What a delightful weakness!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

It's That Time Again

Time for Shoeboxes! I enjoy gathering supplies and small toys for this ministry every November. 


By the time all the items are packed in the box, it is stuffed and must be well taped. 

Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful way to spread joy, hope, and love.







My recent days have been more inside than out. I have been cleaning out my Christmas storage closet, trying to decide what decorations to use this year.
Of course, I wait until after Thanksgiving to begin that decorating. So glad the sun is bright today. My mood is better on a clear sunshiny day. 


Have a great day! 


Thursday, November 2, 2017

One Fast Month to Another

This year my Halloween enthusiasm was lacking. I didn't even buy a pumpkin to carve.









Leaves are starting to change colors.

Gathered leaves from the yard in case I want to frame one or two against a background paper.

Recent flower painting


Recent Goodwill find
Metal candy box that someone painted dark green inside and out
On the bottom this imprint:
MANUFACTURED BY
ARTSTYLE CHOCOLATE COMPANY
BOSTON       ST. LOUIS
U.S.A.

November has arrived much to my disbelief. How can a year zoom by so fast?

Also to my disbelief I have a son who is thirty-nine today.




Happy Birthday, Ryan!
Thanks for all the wonderful memories.
Love you always.




Thursday, October 26, 2017

Home Scenes

They are viewed daily, and I never tire of them. I'm talking about things here at home that remind me of certain people and good times. This decorative pillow has the fall colors I love, but it stays out all year. A special friend by the name of Elaine gave it to me. I miss her company! We were teachers sharing many days at school. 


Barns and farmhouses are favorite themes in oil paintings I collect.


A bucket of pinecones and an old jug reveal my fondness for old things.


 I should use this desk more to write letters.
Is letter writing becoming a lost art?


I enjoyed an escape to Red Door Inn...



now I'm 
curious about the secrets of the new neighbor...



My guy...lost in the days of the Old West

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thinking Out Loud

Sometimes I wish I was not such a sentimental person. Maybe then I would not have saved so much through the years. Even now it's hard to part with items from the past. But little by little I am cleaning out drawers and closets.



My love of brass continues. This tiny pineapple paperweight is quite heavy.

I also love glass containers with tealights. These three are on an aluminum tray, and I like how they glow.




I recently shared this tablescape photo on Instagram. This silvery tray sits on a small trunk in front of a sofa. Having special quotes in a compote is a great way to have them at your fingertips. Sometimes I need encouragement from the wise words of others.


"It was the late David Hicks, one of the most
 influential decorators of the 20th century, who coined the term 'tablescapes' to describe the display and arrangement of objects - often disparate - grouped together on a side table or some other low, relatively small surface."
-From the book accessorize your Home


Thank goodness for accessories, for it's these possessions that make our homes special. 


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