Monday, November 29, 2010

Smell this ..

How often have you had someone do that to you? Smell this, and then they stick something awful smelling in your face under your nose.

Well, I am usually the one who is doing the 'smell this' routine. While looking for Holiday scents this year, I ran across one that I decided must be in every room of the house.

Cashmere Woods by Glade. The first word got me, some of you may know I have a weakness for Cashmere. Once I actually smelled it, I was hooked. I do not generally like sweet scents, I prefer scents that have a more musky base.

I bought all I could at the local Walmart and then it was like they quit stocking it. During Black Friday, I discovered a multi-pack at Sams Club. If you haven't smelled it, do. In my opinion, it has a nice warm earthy smell.

Speaking of smells, I hear Mindy at Primtiques & Poetry has a nice assortment of candles. I am really wanting to smell the Citrus & Sage. Here are the varieties; Spiced Apple Cider. Pumpkin Vanilla. Dutch Apple Pie. Sweet Almond Creme. Gingerbread. Glazed Walnut Spice. Vanilla Pound Cake. Citrus & Sage. French Vanilla Bean.

If you haven't made it over to Mindys new store. Go. I haven't been able to get away and since I personally don't drive I end up worshiping from afar. However, from the pics I have seen it looks to be a true treasure trove.

Wishing you all the best this week. Don't forget Canton is coming up. Enjoy the day and stay warm.

Love ya'

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all, each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Rod and I will be enjoying Thanksgiving today with one another. We have come to look at Holidays as times we can enjoy each others company and re-connect.

We are having a simple menu of turkey, potatoes with mushrooms and onions, stuffing with chicken & apple sausage, baked sweet potato with cinnamon & honey and a butter green salad with grape tomatoes and homemade croutons in a vinegar & oil dressing.

I am going to try not to overeat, but I have no intention of fighting the urge to nap.

I am sharing some pics of our Gathering Room with the Thanksgiving dining table set for two.

The china is Stangl Starflower. The glassware I do not know the maker, but they are vintage yellow crystal and pick up the yellow in the dinnerware quite nicely, I believe. The silverware is vintage plate, but the name slips my mind at the moment. The napkins are vintage damask in celery & gold. The placemats are a set in brown faux suede I picked up at Walmart some years back. I like the way they play to the feel of fall.

The plant in the corner is from my Sister, Joyces funeral. I haven't found the exact pot I want, so I have not re-potted it yet. The stand it is placed on we purchased in Houston. It has a marble top and a brass railing. It is marked on the bottom "Made In France".

Our curtains are just plain old canvas drop cloths we washed a bazillion times.

Jax and Shooger are loving the house. They are also loving that furniture is starting to appear here and there so they have a comfortable place to rest. I am not sure what Shooger was watching. Since we moved into this house, she frequently stares off into space like she is watching something, but nothing is there. There are rooms she will not go into and she hates to be left alone in a room. As for Jax he will just suddenly begin barking at thin air. Rod and I think the house might have restless spirits. Though they appear to be friendly and appreciative of what we are doing.

Enjoy your day and give someone a hug!
Love ya'

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

white wednesday before & after share ..

excited that the gathering room is moving along in time for Thanksgiving .. thought i would share before and after pics of the fireplace ..

Before ...

After ...

i will be stripping the tile around the fireplace after the first of the year .. the concrete planters to the side will get rosemary trees .. the wild asters in the jar on the mantle grow wild in the back of our lot .. the topiary were gifts from sherry .. love the fireplace logs .. i am going to add some petrified rocks i have aroudn the front to hide the base of the log unit ..

hope you have a beautiful day ..

love ya'

linking to Faded Charm for their White Wednesday .. thank you Kathleen ..

Monday, November 8, 2010

7 go-zin-ta 100 ought 4

"how hard do you want to work next week" .. that is what he asked me when he was at canton last ..
"why?" i asked ..
knowing what he meant was we would be working long hours and with a deadline ..
"we have a client who wants 104 pillows for the nutcracker show" ..
"100 and 4?" ..
"yeah, one of the designs they only want 4"...
"that's why we are in this, isn't it .. call sherry and get her input".. i said ..

104 pillows in 7 days .. we did it .. all 3 of us (rod didn't get to help until the 3rd day in).. working together .. we are so proud .. proud that we didn't have to farm out any of the work .. proud that the only casualties were pricked fingers and sore backs .. it felt good .. but i don't want to do it again .. not in 7 days .. would love to have another order like that, but not the deadline ..

so this is what 104 pillow shams look like ..

in case you ever wondered .. in case you ever have to guesstimate .. 3 people working long hours (sometimes until 10 or 11 at night) can manufacture 104 pillows in 7 days .. that's measuring, cutting, trimming, serging, washing, drying, pressing, printing, pinning, sewing, gathering, sewing, unpinning, serging, turning outside, washing, drying, inspecting, folding, stacking, counting, packing and finally shipping 104 pillows, 832 pieces of fabric in 7 days .. what a feat! ..and that doesn't even take into account the normal every day stuff that goes on in the lives of 3 grown adults with grandkids and other household responsibilities .. and we are all over 50 years old ..!!

old people rule!!

love ya'

off to do some shopping ..