My life is to make everything around me beautiful.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Decorating the French Chairs

I'm reminding you again to visit my Pinterest since I have almost 8,200 photos there in one place for you to see. Most of them have not been put on here yet. I know you'll enjoying seeing them.

My granddaughter showed me the most amazing video the other day and I just knew I was going to share it with all of you. It's about 8 minutes long but well worth watching. I found it just incredible that someone could do makeup like this. And the model is also gorgeous! Of course, it would take me about 2 years to even try to get this look. :-) But it's up to you if you want to watch it. Fascinating though and I always like to share things I find interesting with all of you.


Love Bunny is a camper, a scouter, a retired Marine (as I've mentioned many times before), a definite leader of men and a natural-born leader even if he doesn't see himself that way. He is. He's made a decision to not be as active in the Scouts as he used to be because of his age. He supports the Scouts vigorously, however.

When we lived in California, he was a Scoutmaster and a truly magnificent one. If you want your boys to grow up to be men, he's your man. He treats them like men and not baby boys. So I thought I'd mention a few things about him pertaining to this.

Every year in California he would take them on a 50-miler hike. Now, he's really good at this. When he'd go off on those hikes in Yosemite, I'd go up the Pacific Coast Highway 1 to a B&B and spend time or fly back to visit my mother and sister. That was before I gave up flying!

Anyway, one year while on the 50-miler he invited a friend from work. The friend wasn't particularly a camper but he thought he could handle it thinking what fun it would be. (FUN?! A 50 mile hike?!!) Hubs had told him about washing dishes. Hubs is shall we say fervent about washing dishes in the wilds. You use boiling hot water for washing and boiling hot water to rinse and I mean RINSE well. He told his work friend how to do it properly. Well, he didn't rinse the soap off well enough and there was diarrhea among the men the next day. Needless to say, hubs was angry, very angry. You do NOT want your men to have to suffer this while on a 50-mile hike, trust me. He told the man he wasn't doing it properly and if he didn't do it properly he was going to get another duty less desirable. The man was not happy but he never got asked to go again with hubs on a camping trip.

Then there was the night hubs woke up to a bear in his face. The bear had put his teeth through a Tupperware container with coffee in it never thinking the bear would be able to smell it. Hubs jumped up and alerted—screamed—for all the boys and men to be alert. The mama bear wouldn't leave because her cubs were up in the trees. Someone hadn't put their packs up the proper way while camping on a hike. They learned a lot from that experience. They came to love hubs and gave him a great tribute when we left to move up here. A lot of men think they are leaders but truly aren't. Hubs is just the opposite. He doesn't see himself that way as it just comes natural to him. He truly is a great man.

Since they were having a sale on these hydrangeas and peonies, I went back to Michaels and bought a few more. I like the fullness of all of them in the drawer on this coffee table. Plus these pink hydrangeas are the most beautiful shade of pink I've ever seen in this particular artificial flower.

Peonies are one of my favorite flowers also. These are shades of pink and a bit of yellow thrown in, yellow being my favorite combination with pink.

I am trying something on these chairs in the way of decoration but while it looks gorgeous, I don't think it's going to be functional if someone sits there. The extra heavy boas would not be comfortable for someone's back while sitting in them. So I'll figure out another way to put them on without wrapping them around the back.

I love the elegant look though. I'm such a froufrou girl!

The little rose I put on this one is one I made from ribbon.

I think it's a wee bit small so I'll either make a bigger one or switch it out with the hoards of others I have.

So this is what I finally did. The boa tied on with twist-ties through the cane and not the least bit invasive to someone sitting on these chairs. The seats are next in line for their ruffled covers.

I love these paper roses on there. I simply wove their teensy stems through the cane and tied them to it. Not even visible or pokey to anyone sitting in them.

The rest of the photos are ones from the internet, not mine. Isn't this lamp darling? Looks like dotted swiss fabric with crochet edging. Sweet!

It's hard for me to pass up tiny shoes since I have 2 great granddaughters who have tiny feet.

Just a quiet vignette with pink threads and pink bottle.

Isn't this a clever idea? Just having dried roses falling out of a pretty jar.

I'm always a sucker for pretty dishes with flowers on them.

A pretty little cottage with pink blossoms blooming in the yard.

And a thatched roof in a bigger cottage in the UK.

A pretty place to dream does NOT have to be huge with expensive furniture. Look how quaint this tiny area is. Adorable.

And talk about cute!!! Making some of these for a tea-drinking friend would be a terrific idea. They are genuinely cute!

Our state is #1!

"A" states are here.

There are no "B" states so let's go to "C" states and what they are #1 in:

Roller coasters
Air pollution

Flu shots
Cocaine usage

Dentists visits
Electricity consumption
Linking up with SSS and NMH.


  1. I love the little tea bags! Too cute! I also love the little patio, so cozy and just enough creative space to relax. I am off to check out your pinterest page! ~Hugs, Patti

  2. Your chairs are sweet....but I would be so tempted to sit and stroke the boa!

  3. Love the over the top chairs, they look sweet and fun, love all the wonderful ideas and creations, you are so talented...

  4. Connie,
    I love peonies too, which way do you pronounce it....PEonies....or peOnies....I hear both and should look it up I guess.
    maybe it is a regional dialect htings I guess. I'll ask my Linguist Daughter....LOL
    I loved the make up vid3eo, she really does look like a doll when the make-up artist was finished!
    that was a LOT of different kinds of makeup. I guess I just have a limited supply of make up...Maybe I need to use MORE!!
    LOL , "even and old barn looks better with a fresh coat of paint!"

    hearts to you,

  5. My mom was a hiker too! She once took some teens out on a 50 mile hike too. It was on what is called the Bruce Trail. I remember we would meet up with her. I rode in the car. I did not do much walking because I was really young and I walked too slow.

    I love what you did with the chairs. I am thinking of doing something with my dining room chairs. I like the chair coverings a lot.


  6. Everything looks so lovely. I also cannot resist dishes with flowers on them! My hubs used to be a scoutmaster too and took the boys on many 50 milers. One time when they were just going on an over-nighter one of the boys forgot to bring his food. The other boys gave him such a hard time. They all shared and then that night every single one of the boys who made fun of poor Jay forgot to tie their food up properly. It was ALL gone by morning and the only one left with some food was my hubby. Needless to say, they all came home early having learned more than one valuable lesson!
    Have a lovely Easter!

  7. Happy Pink Sat Connie! Beautiful video and photos!

    Happy Easter.


  8. Good morning Connie, I enjoyed your testament to your hubs as a leader. He is quite a guy. Fifty miles????? YIKES. The bear scare???? Double YIKES. HA! He is an absolute keeper. Smile!!!

    None of your dream pics can hold a candle to what you did with your chairs. I would never dream up anything as pretty as this. Good job.

    Happy Easter wishes to you and yours Connie.
    xo, Jeanne

  9. Hey Connie,
    You are such a hoot on the computer I can imagine how much fun you are face to face!!! Always love the eye candy here and yes I have visited your pinterest boards and re-pinned millions! Well maybe 100's. Have a wonderful Easter with your Hubs!

  10. O, I think we should all have a little spot like the patio...just adorable.
    Great job on your chairs.

  11. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday Connie. You always have interesting and insightful posts.


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