Monday, February 6, 2017

The Old Oak Table

Most of you probably have one furniture item in your home that you love the most. Mine is this table which belonged to my parents. They bought it second hand soon after they moved into the new house Dad built in 1950.


Our family of five ate all our meals at this table ... well, except when we had the preachers come for dinner during revival week - they earned seats in the dining room :)

Mom was an amazing cook - homemade yeast rolls, pies, 
cakes were always available at this table. Fried chicken, 
pot roast, beef stew.


Back then, the table was painted white. Funny, Mom had it white, but when I got it, I couldn't wait to get it back to its natural oak. (Mom decided she'd rather have a chrome and formica one.)



And instead of using it as our family table, it's always been my desk. No drawers, but there are lots of ways to get around that.



I'd love to hear about your favorite piece of furniture - and the history behind it.

Mary


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

All you need is love ... and a little red



It seems that red went out of style a few years ago, but I still find ways to sneak it into my decor ...



especially during February, the Valentine month.






When I first started blogging, a commenter said, "You're a minimalist!" That was a few years back, and as I was new to blogging I didn't know whether to be hurt - or proud :)



I still love simple things. A homemade apron or table runner. A wooden box with Ikea faux greens and an old Valentine's gift bag.



A mantel filled with family pictures and pink faux flowers and wood candle holders. And yes, my red birds from Christmas are still flittering beneath the mantel.


It only takes a little red to keep some of us happy. 


Mary


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Horse of My Own

When I was 12, my friend Becky and I loved riding the ponies on my uncle's farm. Their names were Princess (she was so sweet) and Dynamite (also well named ha!). Since then I've had an interest in horses. My children took riding lessons when they were growing up - some of the happiest days of their lives.

Recently I learned my cousin in Pennsylvania has two horses, and while I knew I didn't want the work and expense of ownership (not to mention we live on a quarter acre in a subdivision!), I still love horses.

While in Home Goods last week, I met the horse of my dreams. Beautiful, regal ... no upkeep, no expense. Perfect.




During that same visit to Home Goods, I spotted a red (burgundy-ish) table that would fit perfectly into my hall foyer. This foyer is narrow, and I've tried every table in the house in that spot - nothing fit or looked just right. But I knew this table was going to be IT, and it is! Hard to get a good picture on this very cloudy day, the table color is more akin to the pic above.



Exactly the right size, shape, and color for this spot, and my new horse looks perfect standing on it. Of course she needed a name, so I chose Buttons since I love to sew.

Mary


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Pinterest Pick January 2017

Well hello, 2017! I hope you'll be a good year to all of us.

This year I plan to remove the pressure of posting here by sharing some of my favorite Pinterest pictures.

Art and Sand is one of my all-time favorite blogs, so it's only natural I begin the year off by sharing one of Carol's New Year pictures ~






Wouldn't that be easy to copy for next year? I love an easy but fun craft project. This one tops the list.

Happy New Year ~

Mary 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Turkey Day in the USA!

A few of my most thankfulness-es:

Family ~







 
 (Connecting with Roberts clan members on Facebook and Ancestry.com)

Friends ~



(Johnna beat cancer this year!!!)


 (Mini high school class reunion twice a year!)

Things ~






(Franklin Graham prayer rally pre-election at the Virginia State Capitol)

And so much more!!!

Have a wonderful day being thankful!

Mary

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Moving Into the Holidays

Fall being my favorite time of year ... and maybe because it's soon followed by Christmas.



I love Christmas - everything about it from the lights to the decorations to the gifts. Shopping is so much more fun during the season as shoppers go their way eagerly searching for the perfect present for their loved ones. Such a feeling of giving permeates the air. Why can't we do that all that time!



The weather here in Virginia is perfect - warm days in the 70s, cool nights in the 40-50s. Great sleeping weather, and great to be outside weather too. I heard from my Pennsylvania cousins that it's quite a bit chillier there in the Pocono Mountains, but that's to be expected. They've already had a bit of an ice storm.


My mantel only required tiny tweaks to change from Halloween to Thanksgiving. I'm big on traditions, and these two have been part of the family for decades - the Pilgrim s&p formerly belonging to my dear mother, the turkey painted by me in a class long ago.



We've talked a lot this fall about the possibility of spending Christmas in Florida. That would be a very dramatic change for us from "the tradition" of spending the day with extended family. But we'll probably put that trip on hold as we have plans this summer of celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Colorado (my dream) and the Grand Canyon (his dream). Saving our nickels and dimes for that.




I haven't told you how I recently began drinking coffee at the age of 63. It started when my daughter introduced me to Wawa's free coffee (twice a year, who knew?!) and flavors to be added. I fell in love with French Vanilla and realized I could create the same coffee at home. And now I'm addicted with one cup of caffeine first thing each morning, following throughout the day by another two cups of decaf. I feel very adult (at last, haha).



We're still on the look-out for a puppy/dog to adopt. I search the shelters and wait for someone who will be right for us: quiet, calm, low-shedding. Hope I haven't set my sights too high but these are our requirements. Things have a way of coming together when the time is right.


Have a lovely week enjoying the fall days.

Mary