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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving on Dream Lane


   I wanted to pop in and wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and tell you a little about our 38 year tradition..
Macy's Day Parade
Dog Show
Miracle on 34th street
Its a Wonderful Life
the 4 above have been our tradition for all these years..


    By wednesday night the tree is up and lit..Might not be decorated:) but the lights will be twinkling.
  I'm uusally the first one up so the fireplace logs are on and the flames flickering.
  Now here's where our tradition might be different from most of ya'lls.
 Besides Family, we invite different people each year..

 We've invited 4 guests to join us.  Two friends from work and Two neighbors who live alone and dont have family in town..  They were so happy to be invited and I was even happier that they accepted..   There's not a doubt in my mind that there will be some wonderful new memories made.

    The lasagna I made comes out of the freezer as does the ham.  I bake both a week in advance so several hours in a low temp oven heats them thoroughly and actually adds to the flavor.
 All the sides are made the day before and chilled in the fridge.
 Tater salad, pea salad,deviled eggs, candied yams with marchmellow n pecan topping and a bowl of fresh salad greens upon which will be drizzled , herbed oil n vinegar, thousand island or ranch dressing.  we allow personal choice , I'm generous like that..

  We keep it simple around here, because it really is a day of Thanks Giving and Giving Thanks.

    Cinnamon buns and coffee or hot chocolate is served at 9am , when we all grab a plate and a mug, find a cozy seat , a soft throw and snuggle down to watch the Macy's day parade.  Occasional trips back to the kitchen for another bun or to fill your mug..
 
    No huge table is set-  no la ti da tablecloth-no crsytal glassware or shined up silver in fancy napkin folds-no china teacups.. Just  clean glasses and coffee mugs-clean silverware which may or may not match, but will do a heck of a job shoveling the food in- dishes are Chinet, small and divider plates, doncha know, I did hold my pinkie out while I typed that.. giggle.

    During the watching of the parade, conversation is allowed and encouraged.  We'll talk about favorite Thanksgiving,,  favorite childhood gift received at Christmas...favorite pie and who baked it and any other memory or story anyone would like to share as well as hopes and dreams for the coming year.  

 Lunch will be laid out at 1 and we'll eat and watch the Dog Show ::yes, I chose all dog lovers as guests:: I'm smart like that..:-)

          They got a card with the itinerary , so they know what to expect in advance.They are bringing the desserts and that suits me fine.  I'm a good cook but no so good at baking.
   My pom girls will also have 2 guests, I mini schnauzer and 1 cocker spaniel. They've all met before so I know they'll get along fine.  As an added bonus all 5 dogs will make great crumb catchers, thus making clean up all the more easy for Moi'  ..  We'll wrap it up about 3:30 and I'll likely take a little nap.  
  Back up that evening to do the last of my Christmas/ online shopping and Viola, a perfect day for which I am already Giving Thanks and smiling.
   The girls are Dreaming and we all want to wish you the very best Thanksgiving Day ever.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Then and Now~~for Now Anyway



  Good Morning,

  It's taken me a lot longer in the kitchen than I thought it would and its not done yet but I have made progress..
  The post that tells every detail of what has happened in there will be L O N G.. I'll be sure to warn you about that in advance:-)

  Trust me, when this is finally done the title of the post will be DONE La Kitchen ..  or something like that  in ultra dramatic in capped letters.    

  In the mean time I did want to show ya'll that I had been doing something beside sitting here looking at it with my head in my hands... of course there's been a whole lotta that too.


    I'll have lots of ::funny in retrospect:::  stories to tell ya'll in the final reveal post.
just  a little hint though,,, if it went right- I'm a Genius and if it went wrong, its all Brenda's::over at Cozy Little House:: fault..  just sayin'

  Please know that what you see if likely to get changed in the very near future-- possibly several times ..nothing new about that according to my Daughter:-)


 so for now

THEN  ~  did I ever mention how very much I DISLIKE niches, if not , I'm saying it now..

 For Now- subject to change as soon as I click Post...
sorry for the slightly fuzzy photo. If I waited till my hands were'nt shaking I'd never show it.
I'm thinking a tripod is my next purchase..

;;;;still dislike niches but it gives me great comfort to know I am only a piece of sheet rock ,some tape and sheet rock dope away from closing that sucker up~!  well see...

YES I like greenery--A LOT  lol..live plants around me make me smile and a few faux ones thrown into the mix suits me fine too..  
  Needless to say they love to see me pull up at the Garden shop..  You can actually hear the sound, chac-ing cha-ching going off before I even get out of the car.  

 So there we have it folks..  Thanks so much for your interest and your patience.   I am not to speediest decorist but I do get it done eventually.. At this pace I figure I can show you the whole completed kitchen by december ~!! omg  lol.

 seriously,  Thank You for visiting me and following along as I decor this new home and make it feel like ME.

Ya'll come back to see me, ya hear..

ps--seeing stuff I want to and will change RIGHT NOW
Sonny

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Choosing My Cool Weather Fabrics

  Howdy Folks.

 We had another cool and rainy day here in NC. I'm not complaining cause I've wished for cooler temps and here they are. Makes it feel much more like fall when it isn't 90 outside.

  It took me awhile but I believe I've finally found the fabrics for the Great room.
 This open concept home allows many areas to be seen at the same time and with that in mind fabrics need to flow gently from one to the other so my eyes don't go wonky as I look around.

  Below are some of the fabrics I choose and their intended use, though that's always subject to change, kinda like my mind:-)

  I have a few surprise fabrics that you'll see when I show off this space.
 As many of you know I have 3 little Pom Girls and I decided its time for them to have their own decorated areas.  I laid out fabrics on the floor and let them walk around and sniff them.  2 finally made a choice and took a nap on their choice and Miss 3 get's the other cause that's what she gets for being so indecisive .

   I think I bought enough to have some leftovers from each fabric and I'll make each of us a lap quilt.

 I hear ya'll whispering- Hush Sonny and show us the dang fabric... ok ok


                                                                     Drapery choice


ottoman covers and table runners


dining chair seat


another pillow choice


There's a grey on white polka pot that I did'nt get a photo of and also a pale grey on white chevron.
I want pillows in the dining chairs and I have a 30x36 area to cover in the kitchen cabinet where I removed the doors for display shelves.
 Please wish me luck with all this sewing.. I'm gonna need it .  

Thanks for visiting me.  Its always a joy to have ya here.