My life is to make everything around me beautiful.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Glasses & Vases Decorated with White Paint and Roses

I pin images on Pinterest a lot, actually every single morning. If you'd like to see more images I post on here and more, then go to my Pinterest and get addicted! There are over 14,000 pins there from all over the internet, only gorgeous images as you'll see. There are well over 25,400 followers so you have to know they are lovely images to view and pin. People have emailed me and said they've gotten so much inspiration from the images there. Just want you to see all the beauty there is in the world instead of all the negativeness being sprouted from the world. I truly mean what my saying is under my logo at the top of the page: My life is to make everything around me beautiful.

I see a lot of things I'd like to do to our home but I'd truly rather read a book. However, I did finish one thing I've been wanting to do. A vignette of white glassware. I saw it on a blog or pinterest. I just can't remember where now. But I wanted something similar and since I have a plethora of old glasses, vases and such, I decided to finally get with it. I like the way they turned out. I had most of these sitting around the house but had to go to Goodwill and get a few more and it was only $4.25 for the lot. The photos below aren't exceptional but you get the idea. BUT I did you all a favor in that if you click on the photos you'll see an enlarged photo of the same pictures. I don't do this except in rare cases and this is one of them. I love big pictures but the blog isn't conducive to it and it takes a LOT more work to show them bigger. So enjoy looking at them. Just click and they'll be 1000 pixels wide instead of my usual 700 for the personal photos I display on here.

I painted them white 3 or 4 times depending on the item. I then scruffed them up a bit with sandpaper to give them an old look. The large vase in the back center is plastic and it was the easiest one to accept the paint. All others are glass.

A wider look at the room actually.

I found pink ribbons, drop cloth, laces, netting and different kinds of small roses to add to each one.  These might change a tiny bit. I thought I had some raffia but I can't find it and I really wanted some on these.

I'm a devotee of putting things under living room tables, always have and don't see that changing any time in the future. Here I just took the vintage drawer filled with gorgeous faux peonies from the top to just under the bottom of the table. There are also boxes under there with things I might need in a hurry. That rose covered box on the right contains my Dyno label maker. Don't have to sift through cabinets trying to find it when I want to label something.

As always, this north facing house has terrible lighting so this is as good as I can get it unless the sun is straight up and the solar tubes catch it.

Just another view of the living room with light and shadows playing across the room from the solar tubes.

I think this is cute for a French-style decor.

This is very similar to my bed cover. I love white and always will. I'm thinking of a long white pillow across the bottom. I'd make it, of course. I have so many pillows in my craft room I'll never have to buy any more. Some I made, some were given to me and some I bought. All kinds, even down pillows.

A cute red and white dining room and kitchen.

A cute setting for a table. I always look around for things I already have and decorate them differently for the different times of my life. Sometimes I want simply and sometimes, I want flashy and bling. Just never know.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have an entrance like this one? I think it's gorgeous.

This looks like it could be a craft room and a potting area also. Lucky is the woman who has this home though.

How nice to have this sewing and craft area kind of sectioned off from the rest of the home with that little porch railing. Looks antique also.

I like that sofa and that table. The aqua of the wall is gorgeous also.

There are some things that make me smile and giggle. This is one of those things. Pink in the garden!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Random Stories Today 4/1/14

My 2 children both have birthdays in April, which makes their birthstone diamonds. I usually just call and wish them a happy birthday as they both have so much there's nothing we can buy them except Momma's home cooked meals. ;-) But most of our family's birthdays are all within 3 months of each other. But we're all planning a train trip for our 55th anniversary. We are ALL excited about that. All fifteen of us on a train for at least one night and then a weekend in San Diego sounds like great fun to me.

My great granddaughter, who will be four years old in May used to go under the kitchen table to do her "business." Once while my granddaughter and her hubby were house hunting she got under a kitchen table at an Open House. When her mother told her to come out she said, "I'm doing my business, Mom." When they were visiting here about a year ago, I gave her an area rug for her kitchen dining area as I was buying a new white one for ours. She took it home and sent me a picture of it and it made her kitchen dining area look cozier. She also told me "business" has "improved" under the table. We had to laugh. ;-).

Most of our friends have family photos lining their walls—living room, bedrooms, etc. I've never liked decorating like that. I have the 2 pictures that my husband had painted for me while he was in Japan on a wall that I see every single day. Those are my favorites of them. I love both of my kids and have them in my "heart photo album." The pictures on my walls are all serene (not that my kids aren't!) but I prefer that. I'm a very private person when it comes to showing my kids. Now, the great granddaughters are posted on one of my kitchen cabinets. But I've never liked seeing hundreds of pictures of someone's family. (I've been in some homes where political photos are on the walls. Never happen in this house!) It just doesn't interest me and I doubt my family would interest them. I do, however, have beautiful pictures that people rave about on the walls.

Years ago when I was attending Weight Watchers meetings and was a relative new WW I stepped on the scale and told the woman weighing me in to not tell me what my weight was. She said, "Fine" and when I got on the scale she blurted out the weight! I couldn't believe it. What about "don't tell me my weight" did this woman not understand? I just wanted to know the loss, not my actual weight. That would have depressed me even though I knew it was getting out of hand. I don't do WWs anymore, but mainly because of the whining I hear at their meetings. Good grief, what about the program do these people not get?! The speaker will cover all the things for the lesson that day and invariably some nut will say, "Well, I'm going to a party tonight and there will be lots of food. What do I do?" Idiot. She just told you and other people chimed in also. Didn't you listen to her tell you? My opinion is that those people just want to be noticed. I just couldn't stand the absurdity of some people and stopped going to the meetings.

As you all know I love vignettes. This one is particularly cute.

There is certainly a "lusciousness" about having an outdoor room with a place to sit even in the rain. I think this one is beautiful.

Another chair I should love in my home. These are beautiful.

A bit of eye candy for ya.

I've wondered where to buy these pretty little pots. I haven't found any in my neck of the woods but I'll keep trying.

I have this pillow and the matching ruffle quilt but recently changed back to my old Soft Surroundings all-white one with one long ruffle skirt to the floor. Hubs and I were tired of fixing the bed skirt. So I may sell the Summers at the Cottage one. If anyone is interested, just email me. It really is gorgeous!

I'm waiting for our rose garden to bloom. Love Bunny has cleaned it up after this long winter, clipped the branches back and got our yard looking lovely once again.

I have a keen interest in beautiful laundry rooms. Mine being pink and cheerful with signs, clothes pin bags and shelving in there. I don't mind doing my laundry at all!

Isn't this a darling way to store your dinnerware and glasses?

While this is a visual treat, I'm not sure I'd want my house to be this narrow between two walkways.

Cute dining room display.

Now tell me, would anyone actually wear a shoe like this? I'd think it would b a bit itchy.

Do all women love feminine bedrooms like this? I sure do. Wouldn't have it any other way.

While this is a fetching bathroom, all that lace would certainly collect dust. Just kidding. It's actually wallpaper.

My great granddaughter would call this a Princess dress. She makes me so happy.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rambling Today 3/25/14

I was thinking this past week about my all-time favorite movie. You know, the one you loved the most. Of course, I like action, thriller, murder, spy movies the best.

So in thinking about that I went out and rented the old Frank Sinatra movie, The Manchurian Candidate. I then watched on Amazon Instant Video the new one with Denzel Washington, one of my favorite actors. But I have to admit the Frank Sinatra one was the best. I liked it far more. A few months ago I watched Key Largo with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. It was just a bit weird watching those old movies and thinking how much movies have changed through the years. The old ones seemed amateurish with the scenery and all, but we loved those movies.

Okay, for my all-time favorite movie: Lonesome Dove. As I'm a book reader, several years ago I was reading the book and couldn't read it fast enough as it's a very thick book. I made a pot of soup for dinner that night, asked hubby to go rent the movie and watched it for 6 hours! I didn't realize it until this week that it was a television series. Truly! Now, since we don't have a television, I have to watch on one of my computers, but that was fine with me. I may rent Lonesome Dove again from Amazon and watch it. That was an American epic movie. If you haven't seen it, rent it and watch it. It's so worth it.

I recently had a bout of acute bronchitis. Never have had it before but it got me down so badly I'm still recuperating from it. All I wanted to eat was ice cream and french fries. Bless my hubby's heart, he made so many trips to WM for ice cream and Jack In The Box for fries. My idea of a balanced diet for 2 weeks was Tillamook's Mud Slide ice cream or Blue Bunny's Bunny Tracks. With a little french fries thrown in for...well, just because I love them. I wanted comfort food and I truly got it!

And one other thing. My pinterest boards have over 14,100 photos with over 25,500 followers. Just so you know, there are nothing but beautiful, "eye candy" images on there. Go visit it. I promise you won't regret it. Just beautiful images.

Could you ask for a cuter kitchen than this tiny, efficient one? I find it vastly appealing.

I think this little flower shop is adorable. You can find many flower shops but this one has an old world appeal to it.

One of my favorite breakfasts is pancakes with maple syrup. Or pie. Or muffins. I'm not keen on cereal or eggs but I love sausage and bacon.

A vase of fragrant flowers in lavender.

Squeeeeal!! Be still my heart. A train car with a piano. I can't wait for our train trip in 2016.

A darling vintage medicine cabinet if you're lucky enough to find one like it.

Yes, I love this sofa, but I'd probably not buy it. I'd have the chairs patterned with a plain sofa in this style though.

And I really like this little area for a sun room.

Love the chair and these lovely pillows.

This looks like a candy shop to me, all pink and black.

Lovely setting for an outdoor party. The chair covers are what drew me in here.

I'm not averse to blue rooms; I just like pink ones better. This one is beautiful though.

Pink and yellow roses with beautiful china ware.

Another darling setting perhaps for tea with a friend.

I love everything about this room: sofa, chairs, tables, big windows and beautiful fireplace.
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Just Pretty Eye Candy Today Cuz I'm Tired.

A ten second video of what happens when our 16 month old great granddaughter wants the camera her mummy is holding but gets a hair clip instead. Laughable!! Poor little munchkin. Can you see that change of face from joy to disappointment in 5 seconds? Great grand kids are a joy beyond heaven!


A very sweet area to relax and read.

I love aprons.

This is another house I could live in with the kitchen, dining room and living room one long room.

A sweet vignette with a chair I adore.

Lavish tablecloths adorning a huge table in a lovely dining room.

Sweet lamp in a pretty room.

I sure am seeing a lot of pretty rooms lately. This is one. Darling and unique with that dress and jacket hanging in the window.

A quaint antique shop.

Bougainvillea gracing a lovely entry way to a home.

Lovin' the red on this home.

Beautiful dinnerware with flair.

Another vignette worthy of note!

A cute shabby chic living room.

More romantic tulips in red, pink and white with a cute polka dot vase.

Just call this a "cozy corner."
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