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Happy Easter!

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Wishing you all

a wonderful day

spent with the people you love

Happy Easter

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Catherine

Happy Easter

 

and don’t forget to relax—   ; D

don't forget to relax. . . .

 And check THIS out!  ; D

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happy new year!

May I give the very Best Wishes to you all

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give Many Thanks to every visitor to this blog~it is

SO VERY APPRECIATED!

Catherine

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My focus for this coming year…

…I wish this for all of you as well!

My goals for this coming year!

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Christmas decor 2013I was  s-o  s-l-o-w  getting some Christmas decor up…

…it’s probably going to stay up a bit past the holidays!

  ; D   (gotta get my money’s worth!)

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Suffice it to say that, all ornamentation this year was done with a very simplistic (but elegant) touch.

Of course~beginning with images of my hydrangea-splashed tree!

Christmas decor 2013

There just doesn’t seem to be a good way to get a good shot of this window header, and how I wish you could actually see it ~it is so simplistically pretty!

Christmas 2013 decor

Again, “simple” was the theme….

Christmas decor 2013

(Okay–maybe it’s a little heavy-handed over the curio)

Christmas 2013 decor

Just little touches in the kitchen cabinets, over the fridge, beside the stove…

Christmas decor 2013

…even from the driveway door heading down to the lower level…

Christmas decor 2013

Christmas decor 2013…but in the lower level kitchenette…

I had the fun of playing with some of my silver collection!  ; D

Christmas decor 2013

the NAUGHTY & NICE list

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One last thing to share~

I taunt family each year with a NAUGHTY & NICE list.

I write out the initial list and then have mAny debaters coming at me.  The list gets re-written  mANy times throughout Christmas day, but this year I decided to write only the headers of NAUGHTY & NICE–period.

As family arrived~ first looking for their stockings and then checking “the list,” I heard a lot of “HuH?”

Then they joyfully filled out the lists for themselves–of course you know where their very own names landed!

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I heard one child get scolded for putting Grandma on the Naughty list~ “You NeVeR put Grandma on the NauGHTY list, are you crazy?!”

My 2nd brother didn’t like where he kept landing so added the “Everything is the opposite” disclaimer.  I also see that a lot of names are just missing–perhaps the verdict is still out–?

Look where they put me!

Catherine

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I love hydrangeas!

Any time of year, for any reason.  I just love them.

Christmas hydrangeas!Gail shared with us (more than a year ago) how to dye them a more brilliant color and I did just that last Christmas.  I dipped them multiple times in red Rit dye and put them in the Christmas tree–it was beaUtiful!

This year I had a different idea.  I thought it might be interesting to Kilz them white!  Ehh-yea ~it was okay.  They looked rather “flat.”

So with nothing to lose, I pulled out some lilac and chartreuse spray paint and sprayed them back to the color of SuMMeR!  And for good measure–a little aubergine!

They look fanTAStic!  If I do say so myself!  ; D

Catherine

spray painted hydrangeas!

The picture on top was taken in the daytime,

the picture collage was taken last night with artificial light.

The daylight pic shows the color more accurately, but I kind of like the more “reddish” coloring too!

spray painted hydrangeas!And back in daylight this morning!

the painted hydrangeas!

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     Tuesday night~

A built-in for Christmas!

     Wednesday morning~

the LL built-in

     Thursday morning~

the built-in

     By Thursday night~

the built-inthe built-in

And you can see I took a little playtime!

A little playtime!

Today~ we clean-clean-clean!  And decorate like crazy!

Tomorrow~ I will work on and FINISH the upholstered seat-

(fingers crossed)!

Catherine

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I’m taking on a Very Needed,

but Very Ambitious project

a week before Christmas.

Yes.  A WEEK before Christmas.  Uh-huh, I’m probably crazy.

Mom's  LL

I’ve said numerous times on this blog how LARGE our family is, and it’s definitely a crowd in mom’s little’ish house at Christmas.  So I decided to remedy at least a part of the storage-seating-spacial issues in her LL and dining area.

A built-in bookcase and banquette!

I pushed the table over to “see” and rearrange the chairs and—I think it will work.  In fact, I think it kinda’ looks like it was ALWAYS MEANT TO BE!

This hair-brained idea hit me a couple of nights ago, but at 11pm last night, I grabbed the only paper on hand to make a sketch, then make a commitment, and today–make the jump.  (God help me)

A built-in for Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for an update!

Or to see just how c-RA-zy  I. am.

Catherine

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Image (2).bmp-005has taken over our lives.

It has Taken. On. A Life. of its Own.  Truly.

It’s 11 days before Christmas, and you can’t even tell that lookin’ around this house.  : (   So it’s time to put away one thing for another—and take a much-needed break!

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Christmas 2013 decor

Starting with a wreath for the back door!

I saw this great idea on Jen’s blog—but I kind of expanded on it!

 back door wreath-

  1. I cut the wreath “open,”
  2. cut the sleeves off one of my stockpiled sweaters (reserved for stockings),
  3. and then I began to wrestle it around the Styrofoam form.
  4. Wrapped fully around the form, it’s too FLAT for me–
  5. so I used some pillow stuffing to plump it up!
  6. And then I basted it closed.  I want to use the sleeves later on, otherwise I would have sewn the sleeves together for a a clean seam–shoulder to armpit.

I cheated with the rest of the wreath.

Let’s call it “Semi-homemade!”  I used two pre-made candle wreaths, and just layered one inside the other~inside the sweater form.  Then I embellished it with a Roe antler and large drop, drawer pull.  Unfortunately, it falls into the iron address hanger and isn’t very “seen” ~I’ll probably change it to a pair of bells.

The embellishments!The embellishments!

A few other outdoor things are also done….

and it has been snowing aLL day…have to go shovel.

Tomorrow we clear out the remainder of the Oz stuff and begin to clean and decorate, YaY!  Then maybe it will finally begin to feel like Christmas?     ! !

Catherine

a wreath for the back door~

The dogs mark the side path entrance–which is invisible now from snow.

outdoor decor!

a little outdoor decor!

The accumulating snow has since buried everything and there is almost nothing to see–again, sigh.  ¦’  /

a little outdoor decor!

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the fall acorns--found on my daily walks!As I go for my (supposed to be) daily walk–I see the acorns are once again falling from the Oak trees.  Yay!

NoT.

That means summer is OVer. And that makes me incredibly sad. Summer is my FAVorite time of year!  Oh how I will miss all the beautiful flowers, and watching the dragon flies, and the birds in the fountain.

the view out the windows~

the view out the windows~

. . .And waking to the song birds fighting over the 4 perches at the feeder.  :’ (

2 of the fall colors I've chosen!But—I’ve started painting acorns for   fall decorating.

A relaxing job WITH

a nice CD of french music

AND a glass of wine.  ; D

*I’ve been channeling Kim/Savvy Southern Style and Kim/La Belle Époque Home and their shopping trip to France— and wishing I could’ve gone too!  Instead, I’m enjoying their pictures on instagram!

Catherine

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Wishing you all~

a safe and fun and relaxing

4th of July

4th of July

 

 

 

And may God bless

and

keep our Soldiers safe!

Catherine

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. . .gosh. . .Christmas was just on Tuesday, but somehow it feels SO long ago already.  Perhaps I was more worn out than I thought.

In any case–

I poured a nice glass of red  D

and sat back to relax and – finally, truly - take in all the decor.

It was just SO incredibly hectic this year, I found I only did the “minimum” of decorating.  Since my mom typically lets me go wild each year at her house – I think she was a bit disappointed, but she understood.

This is one of the vintage angels I found in the antique mall.  I still can hardly believe–$18 for the pair (left and right)!

~I guess I DO have a bit of passion for RED—at Christmas!  And glitter!~

I flocked the main tree with magnolia-scented baby powder again this year!  If you remember, I did it last year because there was the faintest musty’ish scent I didn’t like- it was a quick remedy that made the tree look flocked!  And–it smells SO good!

I used my [favorite] hydrangeas from mom’s garden again.  But– I didn’t get to them in a timely manner, and they all turned that ugly brown.  BUT, I remembered Gail’s post on dyeing hydrangea heads with Rit Dye and created my own “red heads!”  It took me 3 and 4 dunks to get the color I wanted, but it was incredibly E A S Y to do!

(The baby powder seems to have kind of blanketed the red.)

There’s a “constant foundation” of greenery above the curio–

I just add and subtract according to season or holiday!

The mirror (to check yourself) by the front door!

Even the drapery rod in the guest bath!

Just little touches–

The chandelier over the breakfast table, and in the lower level dining–

Bits of red everywhere!

Since there’s not the usual, over abundance of decoration  ~everywhere~    I guess it won’t be so daunting a job taking everything down.

~See, a silver lining!

Catherine

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