Thursday, July 17, 2014


The beauty of being retired is enjoying the liberty of eating breakfast when it is almost time for lunch if you want to.  

Meals have been easier and far simpler than they used to be, especially since I got my new knee not quite six weeks ago.

The lemon muffins came from a mix, unheard of in my earlier days. The sausages were a special from Publix, which lasted several days.  Just cook them all at once, and thaw and heat what is needed.

 We consume a lot of fresh fruit, because I was encouraged to eat healthy during the healing time.  I have become a good smoothie maker, but occasionally we just need some MEAT!
This tole tray which you saw last year came from an estate sale along with a smaller version of itself.
It was in my Boho Bath until I hung up the painting in there in that spot between the lights over the sinks the other day.
Now it is in the kitchen's breakfast area, facing the other one.
By the bye, this aqua-checky tablecloth also came from the same estate sale last year where I found that little Frenchy secretary, also in this part of the kitchen.

Notice the smaller tray above the mirror.

I am still kicking myself for only buying four instead of eight of these plates last year.  I already had some other peacock pieces in this group, and for some weird reason I bought only four plates. Dumb, dumb, dumb.  Now they are online at Horchow, selling for far more than they were at TJMaxx.  Wouldn't you know it...

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Monday, July 14, 2014


I been slowly trying to get back into my lady-of-leisure groove, as opposed to the recovering-patient grind.  The knee is still pretty sore off and on, depending on how much the therapist has pushed me.  I have two more weeks of home visits, then a checkup.  I might have to continue then as an outpatient with therapy -- we'll see.

please forgive the glare -
certain times of the day it is relentless

Meantime, I have been getting artsy again.  It seems to help distract from the knee discomfort to find something to do which I can get lost in.  First, I made a drawing, trying to get a feel for what I wanted for the piece.  I knew I wanted to increase the 3-dimensional aspect, adding some more things to the canvas besides paint, and I heavily textured that in places.  I may try some more layered collages next, although  I really like doing the faces.

I added a vintage brooch from the 1960s, an onyx earring and a silk millinery flower to the hat.  (I used to have a hat like that!)  I think she looks rather loverly while she appears deep in thought.  I also think I might want to fiddle with her hair a little more -- but otherwise, she is done.

Where to hang her?  Come back later, and you'll see.  Hint:  she will join her sisters.

P.S.  Here she is in her new spot, at least for now -- in my Boho Bath.

Linking to:

Nita at Mod Vintage Life for Mod Mix Monday

The Dedicated House for MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY

A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday

Kathe With An E's You're Gonna Love It!

Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday.

The Seasoned Homemaker for The Project Parade

Sunday, July 6, 2014


The last estate sale we hit before my knee surgery produced these new brackets.  They were a dark brown finish, not at all to my liking, but they are well-made, and on the back there is a sticker from some fancy little antique shop in Charleston.  I knew I could fix the color, and the style would work with what I have going on my dining room.

The first two sets came from Home Goods at different times, and these repeat the "neoclassical" elements which ties them all together.

I first painted them with my favorite Modern Masters "Warm Silver" that I get from the Ben Moore paint store, and then brushed over some areas with the gold gilding wax I got from Amy at Maison Decor.  Now the finish is quite close to the other two sets.



They are perfect for my blanc de chine lotus ladies which have been stashed in a cabinet for a while.

I like the grouping.  What do you think?

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Mod Vintage Life for Mod Mix Monday.
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday

Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Who doesn't have some of these ubiquitous plastic chargers which come in a million colors?  These four were part of a set of twelve I bought years ago on clearance at PB.  They were a strange color of red that I never liked, so I don't really know why I bought them.  Probably because they were cheap.

A few years ago, I painted four of them copper with spray paint, and that has held up well, giving me a little Fallishness when I want it in October.

Homebound mostly with the sore knee, I was looking at some of the tablescapes at BNOTP the other day, and noticed a dish pattern that kept turning up which looked like a riff on the flag.  I thought, 'I could do that with some of these chargers!'

So I did.

First I gessoed the whole charger, then taped off an area to paint blue and painted the rest white using artist's Liquitex paint.  Then I used tape to make the stripes, and I painted those areas in between the tape red with Martha Stewart craft paint.  

I used a stencil to make white stars on the blue ground area, and then sprayed the whole thing with shellac.

What do you think?

Friday, July 4, 2014


I think I have created a monster with this painting thing.

After he got the other furniture all spruced up, Sweet Husband decided that the star looked too faded, and maybe the blue plant stand did, too.

So bright and early today, he was at it again.

The posies will get put back on the plant stand when the paint cures a bit.

Hope everyone is having a fun and safe Fourth of July.  Come back next time to see the little project I did for the table.