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Monday, April 27, 2009

Triple Post - Met. Mon, 3 or More Tues. & What's on Your Wall Wed.







Today I'm doing a triple post. Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch. Be sure to visit her to see all the wonderful before and after transformations that all the talented ladies have done to their homes.



Three or More Tuesday hosted by Tam @ The Gypsy's Corner. This can be three or more of anything. Please be sure to go by her blog to see all the great things that everyone collects.




What's on Your Wall Wednesday. This wonderful event is hosted by Barb @ Grits and Glamour. You will definitely want to visit her and see what she has to offer and all the gorgeous things everyone has on their walls.


Today I am featuring my laundry room. I don't have a before picture, but it doesn't take much imagination to picture a white room with nothing. I have been busy trying to find a place for all the collectibles and treasures that didn't previously have a home. I found the perfect place in the very stark laundry room, and now I love to go in there. This turned out to be the perfect place for a lot of my primitive antiques and a lot of needlework that I did many years ago.





Standing in the doorway, this is the view that you have. I put my craft and sewing cabinet against the right hand wall, and now I can really use it. Everything is within easy reach. The room is long, so there is plenty of room for the door to the garage to open against the wall.




There's room for the second refrigerator next to the washer and dryer and I love the cabinets above for lots of extra storage for cleaning supplies and laundry stuff. I did the applique quilt block years ago and framed it to use as wall art.



The top of the refrigerator was the perfect place to put my antique American Flyer wagon. This piece is very old and very unique being wood. On top of the cabinets I put my dad's old wooden tool box filled with flowers and an antique child's toy horse.



A better view of the wagon. You can see part of the lettering that says American Flyer. I have a plant and an antique tin sitting inside.



Above the washer and dryer I hung this old side panel of a wooden box that held Ivory soap. Yes I know, the appliances are old, but they work great and I'm used to them.



This is another view to show an overall view of all the things I have hanging on the walls.



This is the wall space between the garage door and the craft/sewing cabinet. My Mother painted the poppy plaque (a fabulous treasure) and I did the quilt block that's again framed. The washboard and other items are things I collected years ago.




More quilt blocks and collectibles above and on the craft cabinet.



An applique needlework piece I did years ago, framed in an embroidery hoop, an old painting of kitties, a 1929 calendar and on top of the wine cabinet my 1902 Sears catalog, bee hive and tin.




A cross stitch sampler I did years ago hangs above the garage door.




A crewel "Welcome" that I did and a Log Cabin quilt block that my Mother did. She also made the frame.



My grandmother's two flat irons. The small pointed one was used for all those ruffles that she wore. She heated these on a wood stove. The blue butane iron was one my Mother used when she was young. The wood plane was my fathers. He used that when he built his first house. The tricycle holds a plant in the basket.



A closer view of the quilt block and other items hanging above the craft cabinet.



As a grandmother of 12, I have to have my bragging wall. The refrigerator door is the perfect place to give me a smile every time I walk into the laundry room.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed all my old things. I appreciate it every time you visit.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sunday Favorite - Living Room Summer Look



Thanks to Chari @ Happy To Design for hosting this new event, Sunday Favorite. What a fun event, this gives us a chance to see some older posts that maybe we missed, or ones that we would love to see again. Be sure to stop by her blog to see a list of all the participants. You will find so many wonderful posts to enjoy.

My repost is a post I did earlier changing my winter look in my Living/Dining room to a summer look. I had fun making the changes, I hope you have fun seeing it again.



When we moved into our new home and I discovered that my carpet wasn't beige but cocoa, I couldn't use my favorite reds and golds. The red made the carpet look pink and the gold made the carpet look dirty. So I finally found some dark peach tones and pulled the room together with cocoa, chocolate and peach. Looked good to me and so there it stayed. I have never been one to change things very often. Just put it together and leave it alone. Then I started seeing all the beautiful rooms you gals change all the time and my dear friend Kathysue changes hers for the seasons, so one day I told her I thought it would be nice to have a cooler summer look since we live in the desert. Now this lady has more decorating talent that accidentally drips off her little finger than I have in my whole body. She immediately said "Oh, I think a cool blue/green, linen and white would look great". Perfect, so off to the fabric store I went.

These two pictures are the before with peach.




I found three great fabrics. One with tulips, a stripe and a plaid. The tulip linen was on sale for $3yd, the stripe is an outdoor fabric and the plaid is a tablecloth from Ross. I thought the colors worked great together, and inexpensive at the same time. Out came the sewing machine and off to work I went.





I had already been collecting white dishes and accessories from frequent shopping trips to the Goodwill, so I started pulling everything out and trying my hand at tabletop vignettes with all my thrifty finds.



The fairies I borrowed out of the yard and with a new coat of whitewash, they looked great. Isn't that little face just precious.



All of the accessories are my Goodwill treasures or things I already had.



I used my grandmother's platter as a tray for the tea set, and her little glass candleholders. These were always on her table.



I thought a luncheon size tablecloth looked more casual for summer. Notice how the blue/green pops out in the painting. Somehow I never noticed that before.



Even the books on the end table are from Goodwill.



I love the much cooler look of the room, it just seems so refreshing to walk through it. Now when the summer months hit those all too often 110 and 120 degrees, I can think of cool breezes and ocean waters. Well, I can dream anyway. Thank all of you ladies for always inspiring, and most of all thank you Kathysue, you're a special friend.

I appreciate you stopping by, I always look forward to your visits. Hugs, Marty

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tablescape & Thrifty Thursday - Weekend Breakfast



Thanks to Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this wonderful Tablescape Thursday. This is such a special event because we get to see all the wonderful dishes and tablescapes everyone has come up with. Be sure to check her blog for a list of participants.

Also go by to see Leigh @ Tales From Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday. I think this qualifies since most everything came from the Goodwill or are things I've had for years. That's thrifty isn't it? Anyway be sure to check out her blog to see all the great thrifty finds and ideas everyone has to share.


Today my tablescape is for a weekend breakfast done in yellow, white and green.




The planned menu for our breakfast is French Toast, Bacon, Orange Juice and Coffee. We will be eating in the breakfast room.




The centerpiece is arranged in a really pretty vase that I found at the GW for $2.00 and is filled with faux sunflowers and greenery. I couldn't find anything fresh at the market, so these will have to do.




All of the dishes I found at the goodwill. I decided to use the brown tortoise charger plates that I found at Pier 1 years ago. The green glasses are ones that I've had for years along with the green and white checked napkins. The napkin ring is green marble. The tablecloth is a white on white check linen.




The plate has a basketweave design around the edge and is by Home Trends. I think these were about $1.00 each at the GW.




The yellow plates I found a couple of weeks ago at GW for .50c each. They are Buttercup Federalist Ironstone. I am so excited that I just found the matching plates and bowls. I now have a whole set of 6. Yeah!




The cups and saucers are Gibson and have a fruit and flower motif. These are also GW finds.




I am using my Villeroy & Boch Piemont Estivo plate that I also found a couple of weeks ago at GW for $1.99. Love this plate, I would love to find more. I am using it to serve the french toast and bacon.




The syrup pitcher has a leaf and acorn design and says MSE on the bottom. Another GW find. I will make homemade maple syrup and serve it warm.




The cream and sugar were my grandmothers milk glass set. I love these. She used these almost everyday.


Well, there you have it. Thanks for coming by for breakfast, I hope you enjoyed it. I loved your visit and hope you will come back soon.



Tablescape & Thrifty Thurs. - Sunday Dinner



Today I'm doing a double post. Thanks to Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to visit her and see her lovely tablescape as well as everyone that's signed up to join her. Such a feast for the eyes.

I'm also participating in Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh @ Tales From Bloggeritaville. Also go by and visit her to see her wonderful thrifty finds and a list of all the fellow thrifty gals posts. They always show us such great bargains.




My Tablescape today is Sunday Dinner. I'm using a mix of old, new and thrifty finds. Our menu will be Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, AuJus and Lemon Asparagus Spears. I will be using Sterling Silver as the serving dishes. Some were my mothers, some my mother-in-laws and some are mine. I have quite a few Sterling Silver serving pieces and I am so glad they're coming back into fashion, because I love to use them. They have the most wonderful patina and make the simpliest meal seem elegant. Just click on any picture to enlarge.




The color scheme is white, cream, black and silver.



The centerpiece is a mix of flowers arranged in a Paul Revere Silver bowl with glass candlesticks and cream candles. This picture also shows some of the silver pieces.



This shows a view of the place setting, etched crystal and more silver serving pieces.



I'm using the cream floral plates that I found at Home Goods as chargers. They are really oversized. I love the intricate detail to the design. They were in the clearance aisle marked down to $4.99 each. I went to 2 different stores to find 6.



The black and cream plate I know many of you also have. I just purchased these at Marshall's on their clearance aisle for $1.00 each. If you need more be sure to check it out now while they still have a few.



I'm mixing several different patterns of etched crystal stemware. I love all of them and I love to mix them together.



The buffet table is set for dessert. We will have assorted Peti Fours and Strawberry Pie with Coffee for dessert.



I've elevated the coffee service by placing it on top of a silver pedestal cakestand. The three tiered server will hold the Peti Fours, and the strawberry pie will be placed in the silver pie cradle.


Thanks for joining us for Sunday Dinner. We so enjoyed your company and look forward to you coming back soon.