The week after

Is there ever a good reason to have Christmas decorations still up like it’s the middle of December?

I’m saying “yes” and I’m sticking to it.

My excuse   reason.. No where else for it to go. The red tape of building a storage building was not anticipated so I welcome the new year with yet anther lesson in patience. It will get done.

In the meantime, other things are getting done.

All beds now are up. Count em (5)

The Rice Poster bed was the last to go up. It had been stored in the basement of the other home and needed refinishing.

It is now beautiful and looks as nice as it did when I bought it 30 plus years ago.



However, with the new mattress it is so high. Those pillow tops mattresses, which I now have,  weren’t even thought of when I bought the bed. But I have steps for the bed and the ceiling is high in the room..



Although this guest bedroom is looking pretty plain, I will be putting my design touches on it soon. I see a bed skirt in this bed’s future.. I was looking at ready made to save some time. Mostly all I can find are 14, 15 or 18” . This bed is going to

require at least 24”.

I’ll be trying a no sew bed skirt. They look pretty simple to make. I’ve even seen some made out of drop cloths.  I don’t think that is the look I’m going for in this room, but may try it for one of the other beds.



When I started this post this morning, all Christmas decorations were up.

This evening as I’m finishing, all decorations are down and tucked away in storage boxes in the garage, Hopefully, they will be moved to the storage building later next week.

House now looks so bare…..sigh….a lot of workdays ahead.


Random memories of December

Before December 2014 becomes more of a blur in my mind, I must tell you some of the wonderfulness I experienced this season.

I was honored to be asked to be the guest pianist  at an annual Community Christmas Candlelight Service. The service was  held at an historical church a few hours away.

The church was beautifully decorated and the candlelight added to the loveliness of the setting.



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Although, as you can tell, this piano is not a grand and it has a few years on it, don’t let that fool you.

It was so easy to play and the sound was heavenly. A joy to play and, as I said, quite an honor to be part of the program. It was one of the most cherished highlights of December 2014.


This was the year certain members of the family had committed to make DIY gifts. Now I had agreed to this earlier in the year, when I had no idea I would be selling a house and moving.

But it was a no excuse commitment.  What I chose was not the most creative or difficult. I’m almost embarrassed to show you, But just in case you need a quick idea for a DIY gift.

I decorated canvas tote bags. I bought the bags at Hobby Lobby. With a little paint and stenciling,  Ta da ….a personalized bag. I decorated front and back with fabric paint.



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The gifts I received in return were so much more creative than a tote bag.

They showed me up big time! Thanks ladies

.. scarf

An Eternity Scarf. How did she do that! I would have no idea how to start such a project.



A Thankful Jar. Loving this idea and so much to be grateful for.

Love, Love Loving this body butter and chap stick.


The contents are out of this world. Someone knew peppermint is my favorite scent during the holidays. Other scents were made for other people. Are you impressed? I sure was.


And then this…Pink Lady Dried Apple Chips.


Although the next gift was purchased, not homemade, it was a thoughtful gift indeed.

A dear daughter helping me move in, noticed my hand mixer was just a little outdated. That is putting it mildly. So I got this


And last, but certainly not least



What originally. A soup cookbook with a touching letter inside and recipes.


And even packages of some of the ingredients I will need.

Thanks Ladies!!!  You are all so talented and creative.

So happy to call you FAMILY!


Welcome to the neighborhood!


I am beyond excited about all the mail I am receiving since the move. The letters start off with  “Hello Neighbor, Welcome to the neighborhood!”

While I appreciate all the welcomes,  inside the envelop are certificates or coupons to use at some of my favorite stores.


Hel–lo Welcome Wagon.

Come on in.

Bed Bath & Beyond…..20% off entire purchase

Pottery Barn ……15% off on next purchase

Wayfair.com………..10% off entire order

Christmas Tree shop…..20% entire purchase

World Market…..15% next purchase

Pier 1 Imports…..20% off entire purchase


Keep them coming. There’s no such thing as over welcoming someone is there?

Been window shopping online.

What I would love to buy from PB if I had a 75% coupon. Dream on girl.

finely done

This would complete the home office.

Awesome solution for family room;  TV and storage.


This would be perfect for foyer.

I think there is room for a small sectional in family room.

This small sofa would be perfect in the Master Bedroom.

Benchwright Extending Table & Aaron Chair Set - Rustic Mahogany stain

Whoa, slow down….sigh …………It’s only a 15% off coupon.


But a girl can fantasize can’t she?