"For man, autumn is a time for harvest, or gathering together.
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad."
Edwin Way Teale

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Tea pot, sugar and creamer - Grace's Teaware - Home Goods
Lavender Soy candle - Wild Thyme Botanicals

There are many and varied descriptive passages
 that the word..fall..is a part of.

Such as...

"The falling leaves drift by my window."
Johnnie Mercer, 1947

"Once upon a time, I was falling in love,
 now I'm only falling apart."
Bonnie Tyler, "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

Large, brown transferware turkey platter - Williams-Sonoma
Gravy boat - Bailey-Walker - vitrified china - Bedford, Ohio 1942

"Sometimes good things fall apart
 so better things can fall together."
Marilyn Monroe

"Middle age is when you finally get your head together
 and your body starts falling apart."
Don't know who said it, but it could have been me!

And one we're all familiar with...

"Help,I've fallen 
and I can't get up."
As seen on TV (that could have been me too!)

Cream pitcher - Johnson Bros. - England
China - Tepco - early restaurant china - USA

But, none are as fitting or as perfect
 as the word itself..Fall..
we're talkin' autumn here.

Gravy boat - Johnson Bros. - Pat. October, 1902

It's that time when the softer breezes blow...
and the colorful leaves start to turn and fall to the ground...

Harvest plates - Bountiful Watercolors - Home Goods
Napkin and napkin ring - Pier One

...still warm enough to enjoy
 supper on the back porch...

Burlap pillow - Decor Steals
Tray - Tuesday Morning
Hobnail glasses - Home Goods

...or sip sweet tea on
 the front porch...

...but cool enough to retire to a comfortable bed
 when the day is done.

Our fingers are itching to uncover old friends
 that have been hidden away for a year...

I crafted this cottonboll wreath from a garland that I purchased from Decor Steals after I saw one that Penny at Penny's Vintage Home had made. 

...and when we can stand it
 no longer...

Mantle in parlor

...a whole new display emerges.

Lamps are changed for seasonal color...

This particular lamp is not very photogenic.
  It is made of black organza over rust colored silk,
 with a tan and black tapestry insert and jet beading.
 You see it above... 

...and here,
 with just natural light...

...but for some reason it shows up, when lit,
 as pink and purple tones when photographed.
 I try to remember to turn it off when taking a picture. 
To the naked eye it appears true to the real color
 and sets a festive autumn appearance to the room.

So, if a tiny bit of guilt starts creeping in because of wishing away the summer season too soon,
 open the door and let yourself fall in love

Home Depot

...and the parlor's
 new crowning glory!


Brown transferware plate - Aesthetic 1870-1900

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Friday, September 5, 2014


I know, I know, I can hear it now...
How many times can she reveal her entry hall?
And the answer is: 
As many times as I have to...but,
 I will say now - this is the last time for a long time!

You will remember that I said another room was being worked on to be revealed soon. 
 I said it's a room but it can hardly be called that.  
Once you enter you take about 10 steps and you are in the furthest part of the Cottage
 and you have already passed doors to two other rooms. 
 If you hold out your arms you can touch the walls on either side. 
 But, you couldn't touch the ceiling,
 even if you happened to be a giant!

We dressed her in a new coat of white paint on the ceiling and woodwork,
 washed down all the walls,
 and removed the carpeting.

I wish I could say,
 "When we removed the carpet, look what we found!" 
 I could say that, but the excitement wouldn't be as great because we already knew this floor was here. 
 I painted it twenty years ago, and had hopes to live with it again but...

...I had forgotten how damaged it was. 
 I will be the first to admit that I love chipping paint on furniture 
but it just doesn't look as good on a floor.

So...this is what we did!
We ordered this Armstrong Vinyl tile flooring, commercial grade, on line from Home Depot (they don't stock it in their stores)
 but we could pick it up at the store so there were no freight charges.
  It comes in a gazillion colors.

Everything else is pretty much the same 
except for a little re-arrangement of some pictures...

...and a couple of new rugs from Pier One.

And, of course, you have met the old married couple
 who have just returned from their honeymoon.(here)

A peek from the parlor...

...from the guest bedroom

...what you first see as you enter...

... and looking in from the sitting room.

So there you have the final? reveal of the entry.


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


A long time ago
 a small chest which looked brilliant, in his opinion,
 sat in a corner of a Victorian cottage.

He certainly did look handsome,
 but he was a little lonely,
 so the consensus was that if he brightened up a bit, 
his confidence could be restored.

So, after much primping and poofing,
 he became only a shadow 
of his former self.

He was happy. 
 Everybody was happy. 
 He started planning his big comeback into society...

...then, out of the blue, 
from a dusty corner in a dark and dreary little shop,
 appeared a sight for sore eyes. 
 She was older and had many blemishes,
 but her dowry was only $15,
 and from first glance 
he knew they were
 a match made in heaven.

after a little primping and poofing 
of her own...

The "I do's" 
were performed...

...it was 
a marriage of convenience...

...and, believe you me, 
there were a lot of weeds to pull
 before we could do
any cherishing...

 we did!

...and they lived

"Tell me,
 where is fancy bred,
in the heart 
or in the head?"

William Shakespere,
 "The Merchant of Venice"

After the honeymoon, 
I hope you will return
 to see the happy couple "at home",
 receiving visitors, 
in their permanent place of residence.


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