Thursday, December 19, 2019

Reminiscing...our handmade doll house from a Christmas long ago~

Several years ago I drove out to my parents house while they were away and took several
snapshots of the dollhouse that my parents made for my sister and I one Christmas. I'm guessing
it was made in the 60's. We adored that dollhouse and as I got older I could really appreciate the love
and care that went into making it. It was so special to us!

My mom used a large cardboard box and her attention to detail was amazing! Dad made the wood
items, but she created all the rest of it.

It has seen better days, but I will always love it.  After all it is decades old, but it still stands.  My
daughter played with it when she was small along with several nieces of mine and I am pretty sure
that my granddaughters may have played with it as well. I will have to check that out.

I just love this little wooden candle-holder that my daddy made!

Mom even added a picture above the fireplace that I am guessing was from a
Christmas card. She didn't leave out any details for sure.

Girls just HAVE to have a mirror. (smile) Poor little chest of drawers is showing it's age, but
that's ok. I am too! ha!

My mom  used a round oatmeal container for the chair and even added a ruffle. 

The curtains with rick rack...can you say PRECIOUS? 

My dads attention to detail on these beds was a sign of the wonderful cabinet maker he would
become in the years that followed.

A crocheted rug...or knitted? I'm not sure, but mom sure made it special!

Mom added wallpaper along with "wood" floors and "bricks" on the fireplace with a black marker.

Not just any old pillow, but a lace edged pillow for her girls. 

I am so very thankful for my parents and their love for us all through our lives!! Dad is almost 87
and mom is almost 82 and I am so thankful that they are still with us. They were the most loving
parents a child could have and instilled in us right from wrong and brought us up to
know and love Jesus. What a legacy!!

Merry Christmas to each one of you!!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Christmas in Michigan!

I rarely find time these days to post on my blog, but I wanted to take the time to do so today.
This is my home decorated for winter/Christmas. I have fallen in love with neutrals over the last
several years and that shows in my decor. I did add a few pops of red this year though.
 I know...shocking! lol

Most of my decor I have accumulated over the years adding a piece or two every now and then.
I found these reindeer at Home Goods this year and I love them!

How cute is that little spool with printed fabric on it? I found it at a local antique store.

This is my antique buffet. I have mulled over painting it WHITE for years, but haven't
taken the plunge yet. I'm thinking maybe I can remedy that soon. I KNOW it would
make the details POP and it isn't perfect so...what do you think?

I've had my cement angel for years as well and I just love her. She gets dressed up for winter,
fall and other sesasons, but I love her winter robe most of all.

This pottery set is Rae Dunn which I'm sure you all know. It has the word plant and two other words
 on it. I forget just now what the other two are.. lol I just turn it backwards in the winter so the words
don't show and then I add snowy trees. 

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my crooked little tree! I picked it up at Lowes last year after
the holidays or right before. I don't remember. It was the last one they had and the
display model. The lights worked for one month and then half of them burnt out. ugh.
This year we added our own lights and hopefully they will last through the holidays.

See the trees in the background. Yep, hubby is still turning trees. These are BIG ones.
I think the biggest is 17 inches tall. LOVE THEM!

My birdcage that I have had forever and it seems to sit in the same spot. I really need
to move things around a little. I just get so busy and then tired and don't think about it. 

I add an ornament every year for our beautiful stillborn granddaughter Eden Rain and
this is the one for 2019. I added the paper banner. We miss her so...

This is on my back porch/laundry room. We live in an old house and while it has it quirks and issues I
don't mind one bit. It just seems cozier somehow.

Back to my buffet again. You would think I could get my act together for just ONE post. HA!
I give up.

This MIRROR! We bought this a trillion years ago at a garage sale for 50 cents because it was coming apart.
A little glue and clamps and she was good as new. She is even beveled!
She looks perfect with my buffet that hubby purchased before we were married and had stored in a barn!
Goodness. I'm glad that I rescued it. :)

Still in LOVE with this old faux fireplace. The theme of this post seems to be LOVE doesn't
it? This is in my tiny bedroom and it make me happy every time I look at it. I really enjoy
decorating it for the different seasons.

Back to our back porch/laundry room. Hubby made this pallet box for me a few years ago and I white
washed it and added the words. It is perfect for faux candles that are on a timer.

My Target basket and greenery that I purchased for a song last year when a store
was closing. I bought many quality greenery items. A girl can never have too much
can she?? lol

It is what the season is all about...Jesus is the reason for the season.

My fun piece in the kitchen. I bought the star lights at a discount store where you
never know if things will work, but I took a chance and they did. I adore them.

Back porch decor again.  This is on a long shelf above my washer and dryer. I should
have taken a photo of the whole room. If it had been clean I would
I can do close-ups,but for heavens sake don't pan out in the whole room right now. My house
usually looks like a bomb went off at this time of year from all the decor here , there and
everywhere until I get it all done. 

That was a little glimpse (Okay a LOT of glimpse) into my Christmas decor this year. I do have
more, but all good things must come to an end right? I'm tired and I'm sure you are tired from
viewing all these pics.

(I must change my header now! I just noticed it is still fall up there. HA!!)

 I pray you all have a wonderful holiday season!
 God bless each one of you!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Mother Nature has opened her box of crayons in Michigan ~

"And all at once summer collapsed into fall"

Mother Nature has opened her box of crayons and used the most amazing colors!
I absolutely adore fall colors every year!

It makes me get outside more and snap a few photos. I love being outside, but I tend to
hibernate when it gets colder. Just like a bear...

I bought one mum this year and I love the color of it. I tend to go for pinks and purples.
However, I do throw in a orange or yellow every few years. 

If a year was tucked inside of a clock,then Autumn would be the magic hour".

These trees are all in our front yard and require a lot of cleanup, but aren't they pretty?

My Rosemary plant is still looking great! I can never get enough Rosemary.
I love the intoxicating smell.

"The heart of Autumn must have broken here, and poured it's
treasure upon the leaves".

I did say that I LOVE fall colors, but I will put a disclaimer right here. I don't like the clean up near
as much. I'm getting too old for all this work. lol  Truthfully, if we don't get an Indian Summer, it will
probably stay like this until next Spring. 

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers"
Do you have fall color where you live? I would love to hear about it.
We complain a lot because of the highest car insurance rates in the nation ,but when
you look at all this color, it almost makes up for it, right? :)

Happy Tuesday and may you be blessed!