February 27, 2013

Join Me On the Front Porch -

It's All About Southern Hospitality-
One of our favorite places to visit- Please join me

Welcome- I can see this was taken
early Summer b/c the Humming Bird
Vine has barely begun to bloom as it
begins to wrap around the Mail Box
support - an antique Pump - Get out,
come In - We were expecting you!

The thin flat black basket is just right for a front door
 it's filled with fresh cuttings from Butterfly Bushes

We enjoy our front porch almost year round-
and the scene is set and reset according to the
Season or event we might be planning. When
Company is coming that's all the motivation I
need for tweaking, sprucing up or completely
changing the front porch setting..Enjoy!
Read on ..There's More

February 21, 2013

The D a y s o f O u r L i v e s ~

Timely Thoughts

About time
and the 'days of our lives'
Mail is sent and received instantly
Work schedules are flexible
Hardwood floors are EEZZ care
Machines wash and dry our clothes
Ditto the dishes
Ironing...w h a t  I s  t h a t ?!
We often say "Let's make time."
We cannot make time, of course.
We do need to use it better
We have longer talks with internet contacts
than with family and close friends
While we enjoy conversation
 Oftentimes we say little
We hear...though not always listening
or is it the other way around?
Perhaps we listen without really hearing.
What a joy one whole day would be
with each dear loved one
in my life-
We cannot seem to make that happen
These are
T H E  D A Y S  O F  O U R  L I V E S
But for a short time

February 15, 2013

Just Stack 'em Up Girls-

Oldies that are just  too good to let get away-some are cardboard, some are metal with fabric looking designs & others are imitation/real leather. Whatever the materials they can still have 'a life.'

  • Stack 'em  in place of a bedside table -1-2-3 high
  • Store little treasures inside-letters, journals, photos, etc.
  • Don't forget those forgotten, naked  spaces as you look up; This is perfect filler for between the bedroom ceiling and top of the open linen closet

February 13, 2013

A TRIBUTE TO S W E E T H E A R T S on Valentines Day

Our love story began in May of 1958 with a blind date arranged by mutual friend/acquaintances.
I was a junior in High School & he was in his last year in the
U.S.  Navy stationed 100 miles away.
Share your sweetheart story-Leave a COMMENT!

Jonell & Ted
the Harrison House
est. 6-21-59

February 12, 2013

Making It Up As I Go ~

Does that ANTIQUE quilt look familiar? One overlay is a sheer curtain panel and the topper is my own hand fringed B U R L A P * B A G creation. The pink/red Valentines have been in a drawer for several years and the chair cushion covers are, I kid you not-B U R L A P  * B A G S slipped the cushions inside the bag and folded the open ends under. mmm kinda redefines E A S Y dontcha think?

 Good Morning-Good Day-Good Evening! Pour yourself a Cup of your Fav Tea, turn off the TV & Pull up a Chair. Let's visit~ 

I am so so honored that my dear young friend  invited me to post on her blog Stringtownhome .   Regular Readers and Followers will recognize that Heather posts here  on LGH occasionally and you will see on my Contributor Page that she & I do have a history though not a  family relationship.  When Heather suggested I might share a post about table settings  - proper table settings, it gave me pause for thought.
Friends Let's Stop Right there! I cannot do this-a proper, appropriate table setting?  No, I can't do that. Please note this Gramma no longer dwells on "appropriate table settings."  Getting old means.....doing it my way, right? Just for the record:
  • Call me a  'Make it Up as You Go' decorator
Yes, I know it is not really set for a meal or tea but it
could be quick as a flash..grab some napkins and silver
and you're ready for a little cuppa tea & dessert.

My focus:  "Using What I   Have"
  • Decorating Should be Fun 
  • Know when to quit
Yes, I did the  How to do it correctly classes in high school but after so many years thank heavens I am now older & willing to take risks-I can trust my own inner response to what the eye sees.
Decorating challenges are no longer daunting to me [ I like that word-smile]. When I absolutely love what I have done I STOP.

With a stash of supplies I can throw something together that I like. Notice I said "I like.' That's important. You should like what you create. Don't fret over whether Mom, Gramma or your best friend approves. If you are taking notes, I repeat: Use what you have -Have fun with it! 
 Ladies, what I am saying in a very long winded way is do what you enjoy and don't be afraid to break the traditional rules when decorating and setting your tables or pretty tea trays,etc.  
If this stinking computer...[ Heather's adjective]  and the internet will cooperate I will share a few little pics of tables or trays I threw together...just be careful  'throwing those dishes'.  There's more-

February 04, 2013

H O M E: A Place You Don't Want To Leave~

YIPPEE! My dear, loving husband just tossed me a package that came in the mail, saying: "A package for you- It says FRAGILE."  Yes, He Did!!

My recent Ebay purchase just came in the mail. Perrrrrfect! My newest dainty, bone china teacup...I'm Making myself a cup of hot tea in the kitchen. It's still a little on the cool side outdoors.  I have no plans to leave home today. Why, she asks self?  Self replies: "You know it's a good place when you just don't want to leave."
That's another way to describe H O M E.

Photo from Spring 2012 It won't be long before those Bridal Wreath
will be showing off again like white baby clouds attached to green
branches.Another of my favorite memories as a child-My Aunt Laura's
Bridalwreath..they looked to a child's view to be about 10 ft tall..funny,
 mine are still no more than 6-6 1/2 ft tall.