Tuesday, December 7, 2021

My Christmas Tree

 Hello, Dear Ones! I'm getting my Christmas on now so today I'll show you my Christmas tree in the living room. usually put up my main tree and a couple of smaller trees but not this year. Just this one...

We use a 9 feet tall artificial tree in here. We have very high ceilings so once the tree is up it stands about 10 feet tall because of the strand.



I got all smarty pants this year and decided I only wanted to use red, green and gold balls - so I did. I had quite a few tubs of other lovely ornaments but there they stayed - in their tubs!
Here's my tree all shiny and bright in the evening. 

Be a bunch of sweeties,                                                                                                                       Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

O, Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
How lovely are thy branches!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
How lovely are thy branches!
Your boughs so green in summertime,
Stay bravely green in wintertime.
O tannenbaum, O Christmas Tree
How lovely are thy branches!
Let us all remember in our gift giving and merriment
With our family and friends and loved ones
The real and true meaning of Christmas.
The birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum
How lovely are they branches!
O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum
How lovely are, how lovely are thy branches.
The pillars all please faithfully
Our trust in God unchangedly,
O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum,
How lovely are thy branches.
On Comet, on Cupid, on Donder and Blitzen!
~ sung by us all 

Friday, December 3, 2021

Let The Christmasing Begin!

 Hello Dear Ones! Well, it's time! I know so many of you have your homes all glittery for Christmas! I've been slowly getting my house ready and thought I would start today by showing you my arrangement on my coffee table.

I collect little Staffordshire dogs and other dog figurines and I found this cute little pair in an antique shop and just fell in love. A perfect start to my Christmasing on my coffee table wouldn't you say?
Look at these cute little things! Aren't they just adorable!
I grabbed my oval tray and poked some candles, picks and Christmas ornaments and my dogs and I thought I was done! Hope you like my little Christmas arrangement.

Be a bunch of sweeties,                                                                                                                       Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look at the five and ten, it's glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes that glow
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door
A pair of Hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben
Dolls that'll talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well
It's the sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that'll make 'em ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door
Sure, it's Christmas once more

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

~ sung by Bing Crosby

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Living Room Turn Around

Hello Dear Ones! I pray you all had a nice Thanksgiving! I sure did and am still feeling a little bit stuffed! On with my post...

I made some changes in my living room and wanted to show you before I start to put up my Christmas decorations!

I must tell you that this post starts with this pretty chair. Actually there's two of these pretty chairs. I was on the lookout for two extra side chairs for the living room. Chairs that were not too heavy with wooden arms and legs so you could see through them and the light could shine underneath. Well, guess what? I found them! I found these two silk fabric covered arm chairs that were just what I was looking for! I could not wait to get them home! But I brought them in, sat them down and uh oh! My living room didn't look right! Had I made a mistake? There was just too much pattern going on! Oh no!


See? The pattern on the rug, the pattern on my winged back chairs, the pattern on my sofa and now the new chairs! Oh, and don't forget the pattern of Willow Dawn!
I made a change. Do you see it?
Look again. Do you see it now?
Do you see it now? Well let me tell you what I did.
My sofa! I love my sofa with it's pretty pattern and not to mention it's so very comfortable and not to mention that it's an expensive designer sofa. I started looking around thinking I would just buy a new sofa in a neutral color, if I could talk Mr. Precious into it! Well, my search began and I just didn't want to pay the price for a new sofa that I didn't even like as much as the one I already had! Then I light bulb went off! Why not look for a slip cover!!! Genius! So I went to the Wayfair site and found this slip cover. I measured my sofa and ordered it with three covers for the seat cushions! I stretched it around the sofa and then I poked the seat cushions in the slipcovers and I had a new sofa. Now don't look too closely as there's a little bit of a wrinkle there on the 'skirt' part of the sofa and the seat cushion slips are really on there tight. But when you sit down and get up there are no wrinkles in anything! We've had company over twice and people were waddling all over my sofa and when they got up it still looked just like that picture!!
What do you think? I love it! It calmed the room down, my new chairs look perfect now with the slip covered sofa and my print rug and the floral rust colored winged backs look great too!
Here you can see all of the chairs and I just love the look now and I can use prettier print pillows on the sofa to bring in the colors of the rug. If I could just get rid of that one wrinkle! Well, life's not quite perfect, is it! I'm pretty happy with this look. I still have my comfy old sofa but she's just wearing a new dress! And guess what? The slip cover with tax cost under $70! Yeah, I like that!

Be a bunch of sweeties,                                                                                                                       Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Hold On

I know there's pain (I know there's pain)
Why do you lock yourself up in these chains? (These chains)
No one can change your life except for you
Don't ever let anyone step all over you
Just open your heart and your mind (Mmm)
Is it really fair to feel, this way inside? (Woah)
Some day somebody's gonna make you want to turn around and say goodbye
Until then, baby, are you going to let 'em hold you down and make you cry?
Don't you know? Don't you know, things can change
Things'll go your way
If you Hold On for one more day
Can you Hold On for one more day?
Things'll go your way
Hold On for one more day
You could sustain (You could sustain)
Hm, or are you comfortable with the pain?
You've got no one to blame for your unhappiness (No, baby)
You got yourself into your own mess (Ooh)
Lettin' your worries pass you by (Lettin' your worries pass you by)
Baby, don't you think it's worth your time
To change your mind? (No, no)
Some day somebody's gonna make you want to turn around and say goodbye
Until then, baby, are you going to let 'em hold you down and make you cry?
Don't you know? Don't you know, things can change
Things'll go your way
If you Hold On for one more day
Can you Hold On for one more day?
Things'll go your way (Oh, things'll go your way)
Hold On for one more day
I know that there is pain, but you
Hold On for one more day, and ya
Break free from the chains
Yeah I know that there is pain, but you
Hold On for one more day, and ya
Break free, break from the chains
Some day somebody's gonna make you want to turn around and say goodbye (and say goodbye)
Until then, baby, are you going to let 'em hold you down and make you cry?
Don't you know? Don't you know, things can change (Know)
Things'll go your way
If you Hold On for one more day, yeah
If you Hold On
Don't you know, things could change
Things could go your way
If you Hold On for one more day
Can you Hold On
Can you Hold On
Mmm, can you Hold On, baby
Won't you tell me now
Hold On for one more day, 'cause
It's gonna go your way
Don't you know, things could change
Things could go your way
If you Hold On for one more day, yeah
Can't you change it this time
Make up your mind
Hold On, Hold On
Baby Hold On
~ sung by Wilson Phillips

 
 

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Thanksgiving Table

Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you've all had a nice week! I wanted to share with you my Thanksgiving table today, so let's take a look.

You've all seen my centerpiece setup on my dining room table. But today I'll be showing you my dishes.
Here is the individual place setting - from the charger up to the napkin. Now about my napkins - I made these many years ago and they are reversible! I'm using the cream side which has a subtle white pattern on it but you can turn it over and there is a sweet little flowered print on the other side!
I love these goblets. The color is a pretty purple and surprising enough they go with lots of my dishes.
I have shown you my napkins and now you can see the subtle pattern on the side I'm showing. I'm using these cute little porcelain napkin rings with soft fall colors.
Okie dokie, now we're down to the dishes. I'm using two pattern of turkey dishes by Johnson Brothers. I failed to take a picture of the plate but the pattern is His Majesty but the pattern of the little bowl is almost the same - another Johnson Brothers pattern. The dessert plates from the pattern His Majesty and are square.
I chose to use these simple charges with just a sweet little rose at the top! Now you've seen all of my dishes ready for all of the Thanksgiving food! Yumminess.
Uh oh, Mr. Precious has decided it would be cute to pick up Willow and show her in all of her fuzziness.

I want to wish you all a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving! 

Now I've got to start my Christmas decorating.

Be a bunch of sweeties,                                                                                                                       Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"
Give thanks

We give thanks to You oh Lord
We give thanks 

~ Don Moen

 

Monday, November 15, 2021

A Dinner Party Table

 Hello Dear Ones! Well after all of my Fall decorating I thought Mr. Precious and I should have a little dinner party and that's exactly what we did! Come on along and see my table before our guests get here.

All set for dinner.
I just left my crocheted runner on the table and placed down some white chargers and went to town.

This china is very dear to me as it belonged to my little mother who is now in Heaven. When  I was 14 years old, my daddy asked me to come with him shopping. We were going to pick out some china for my mother! I felt so grown up. He must have really trusted me because he asked me to pick out the pattern - and this is the what I chose! It's Nottingham china made in Japan and the pattern is called Bristol. It's pretty old because it was bought about 1964. I grabbed some red floral napkins and napkin rings and we were almost there!
I've used some of my cranberry glass goblets that looked perfect with the china.
A couple of weeks ago I found these darling salt and peppers - a white pun'kin and a white gourd! I bought two sets so I could have salt and pepper on both sides of the table. No reaching over any one. I'm so talented like that!
I've already posted about my Fall centerpiece here and as much as I like the floral in the middle - it was just too tall for guests! I didn't want anyone to strain their tiny necks trying to see someone on the other side of the table!
So I yanked out all of the florals, grabbed a little glass bowl and started poking in the stems to make a lower arrangement. It's not as pretty as the before centerpiece but it was much better  for conversation. Do you see the little lights on my Fall leaves garland? I just love that and those two white pun'kins light up too.
Here I am in all my glory - no lipstick on - after a hard day's work of decorating and cooking. I should have taken a picture of our food but I didn't want to seem silly to my guests. We had a green chili Mexican casserole, pinto beans, guacamole and all of the fixings. For desert - home made ice cream and home made pound cake. It was all very yummy!

I do have a little left over ice cream if you'd like a bowl - just say the word!

As always, be a sweetie,                                                                                                                             Shelia ;) 

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Tutti Frutti

Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
A wop bop a loo bop a lop ba ba
I got a gal, named Sue, she knows just what to do
I got a gal, named Sue, she knows just what to do
She rock to the East, she rock to the West
But she's the gal that I love best
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie, ooh
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
A wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom
I got a gal, named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
Got a gal, named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy
She knows how to love me, yes indeed
Boy you don't know what she do to me
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie, ooh
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Wop bop a loo bop, ow
Oh tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie, ooh
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
A wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom
I got a gal, named Daisy, she almost drive me crazy
Got a gal, named Daisy, she almost drive me crazy
She knows how to love me, yes indeed
Boy you don't know what she do to me
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie, ooh
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
A wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom 
~ sung by Little Richard 

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Fall Kitchen Vignettes

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I have forgotten to show you my little touches of Fall around my little kitchen. So that is just what we'll do today. Come on in.

Here's my little sink area all Falled up. I couldn't get the right light exposure so I just turned my snap into a black and white. Oh, that's not a snake or anything in my left sink, it's just a little black mat so I won't scratch up the porcelain!

I try to use my Milk Glass all around the house so this cake stand is usually sitting here in front of the window with something on it. I just poked in some Fall faux stems and it was done!
I have a few of these old scales but this one is just in such great shape! This one sits on the left side of my kitchen window. Please let me introduce you to Buttercup. She is my very first cow creamer that I purchased many many years ago. She is so happy that she has her own pun'kin!
Moving right along to the right side of the window is my little tiered stand with a couple of yard birds. I love my yard birds.
I can never leave my mixer out so she gets some decor also as she sits on a Pioneer Woman place mat.
My only corner is filled with some sweet old things. These little bunnies are about 35 years old! The one on the right is a pitcher and the one on the left is a tureen. The red cabbage plate is perfect you know for rabbits. Rabbits for Fall? Why not? I used to collect rabbits and had them every where and these are some that I kept.
This little vignette is sitting by my cooktop so I can grab a wooden utensil to cook with. A little ceramic basket of pun'kins and a nice smelling candle is always nice. I don't know if you can tell, but the little toothpick holder is a pink glass bunny. Another left over from the bunny years!
Here is a little set up on the kitchen bar. Love my yard bird.
I just wanted to show you this adorable platter I found at Sur La Table. This sits at the back of my cook top and makes me smile every time I cook.

See this sweet floral? Mr. Precious bought me this last year for my birthday. Of course it was filled with live flowers but I knew I would reuse the little pun'kin vase again.
Now don't laugh. Trust me, this little arrangement looks better in person - well, that is what I'm telling myself. I could have done a better job but it is what it is!
Okie dokie! Now that we are finished I will wash my dainty little hands with this most scrumptious smelling hand soap! 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my little Fallness in the kitchen.

I'm joining Linda at Life and Linda for Love Your Creativity Party

As always, be a sweetie,                                                                                                                       Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

  "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"

I come home in the morning light
My mother says, "When you gonna live your life right?"
Oh, mamma, dear, we're not the fortunate ones
And girls—they wanna have fun
Oh, girls just wanna have fun

The phone rings in the middle of the night
My father yells, "What you gonna do with your life?"
Oh, daddy, dear, you know you're still number one
But girls—they wanna have fun
Oh, girls just wanna have

That's all they really want
Some fun
When the working day is done
Oh, girls—they wanna have fun
Oh, girls just wanna have fun

Girls—they wanna
Wanna have fun
Girls wanna have

Some boys take a beautiful girl
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I wanna be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they wanna have fun
Oh girls just wanna have

That's all they really want
Some fun
When the working day is done
Oh, girls—they wanna have fun
Oh girls just wanna have fun,

Girls—they wanna
Wanna have fun
Girls wanna have


They just wanna
They just wanna
Girls
Just wanna
Girls just wanna have fun
They just wanna
Girls just wanna have fun
Just wanna
Just wanna
They just wanna
They just wanna
When the working day is done
Everybody
They just wanna 
~ sung by Cyndi Lauper

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Working on the Half Wall for Fall, Y'all!

Hello, Dear Ones! Hope you are all doing well today and I want to thank you for popping in for a visit!
Today I want to show you my half wall, some folks call this a pony wall. My half wall separates my living room from my kitchen. That's a good thing as I can get pretty messy in the kitchen and this wall helps to hide my messes!

  There are three 'shelves' to decorate so I went to town.

Here you can see the half wall behind the sofa. The sofa is not butted up against the half wall but it is pushed up closer into the living room and there is a generous space to walk behind the sofa. 

Okie dokie! I will break down each shelf. I didn't do much as you can see. My blue and white pieces are always here so I just added a blue and white pun'kin and an orange pun'kin and I was done with this side.

This is the center shelf, you can see into the kitchen here. I know my floral is not very Fall-like but I like it and just left it, added another blue and white pun'kin and a little orange pun'kin - done!

The last shelf follows with the largest of the blue and white pun'kins and another little orange pun'kin! Decorating can't get much easier than this! Hope you like it!
 
As always, be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)
 
I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 
 
 Am I Blue?
 
Am I blue?
Am I blue?
Ain't these tears
In these eyes tellin' you?
Am I blue?
You'll be too
If your schemes like your dreams
Done fell through
Was a time
I was her only one
Now I am
The sad and lonely one, oh yes I am
Was I gay?
Till today
Now she's gone and we're through
Am I blue?
Was a time
I was her only one
Now I am
The sad and lonely one
I'm such a lonely one
Was I gay?
Till today
Now she's gone and we're through
Am I blue?
~ sung by Ray Charles 

My Christmas Tree

 Hello, Dear Ones! I'm getting my Christmas on now so today I'll show you my Christmas tree in the living room. usually put up my ma...