Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Quiet Little Christmas



  Hi Ya'll

   The tree is up and decorated, the mantle has it's twinkle on too.  My shopping is complete and the gifts are wrapped..  

    I'll be baking 11 different kinds of cookies on thursday for the neighborhood cookie swap this weekend.   Then it'll be time to just sit back and enjoy the rest of the holidays.

  Which of course makes it a Quiet Little Christmas around here and thats just the way we like it.



  Well almost:)  I still have to hang the stockings filled with goodies and sew the Pom girls new floor pillows.


   As I said in my last post I got the car art for my tree from Craftberry Bush Blog. She was kind enough to offer it and the minute I saw it I knew it was for me.  My very first car was a red beetle bug:)


   I'm still thinking about doing the breakfast area and if I don't run out of energy I'll be back to show it in a few days..

  As always I thank you for visiting me. I do appreciate it
   Wishing you all a Peaceful holiday filled with Joy and Love..
"Twinkle On"
Sonny
 Partying at
Cozy Little House
Worthwhile Wednesday

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tree Sneak Peek-Many Thanks to Lucy at Craftberry Bush


  I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving,  We sure did..
 We were all wearing big smiles and puffy tummies by the end of out party..I'd call that a great day for which I am very grateful.

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  A couple of weeks ago, Lucy at  Craftberry Bush offered one of her newest artistic paintings for free as a download.   I knew the minute I saw it what this years theme would be here on Dream Lane.
  Many many years ago when I had just turned 16 , Santa brought me a cherry red volkswagon bug.
  That little car ran like a charm and got me to school, work , the skating rink and any where else I wanted to go..    Those memories are precious to me , so when I saw that little car Lucy ha painted, I cried and laughed and downloaded it immediatly..

   I can't thank you enough Lucy.   You are a big reason why my Christmas and Birthday will be brighter this year..   Thank you soooooooooooo very much..

  This is a little sneak peek and we are tickled with how the tree is comng along .. We hope you'll like it too and that it brings you a smile.


   Happy Holidays from Me and the Girls

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.