Showing posts with label SISTERHOOD AWARD. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SISTERHOOD AWARD. Show all posts

Sunday, March 1, 2009

SHARE A SPACE SATURDAY ON SUNDAY (IF NIKKI CAN DO IT, I CAN TOO!)

WARNING: LONG POST
(And not just because I am posting pictures of my long hallway!)


Before you get all confused....No, it's not Saturday. I didn't get my Share a Space Saturday post done yesterday, so I am posting it on Sunday. (Hey! If Nikki at Blah, Blah, Blah Blog can post "I Wish Wednesday" posts on Thursday, or Friday...or Saturday or ..., I can post my Share A Space Saturday on Sunday, right?) (I do have a pretty good excuse though, which I'll tell you about later. It really isn't that Nikki and I enjoy keeping ya'll confused, right Nikki?).

Today I am sharing my hallway with you. Remember, I grew up in this house. Growing up, I always thought this hallway was kind of dark. When we remodeled the house, I couldn't add any windows to an interior hallway, so I painted it a fairly bright color. When my electrician saw it, he said, "Wow! You don't need to add any lights in this hallway -- but you will need to keep a box of sunglasses at each end of the hallway, so you can put them on before you start down the hall! Okay, so maybe I over-brightened it!


Of course, I couldn't leave all of this space without a place to display something, so I asked my husband to build ledges for photographs on each side of the hallway.


I didn't want to hang the photos on the walls, because I correctly assumed that I'd want to change them occasionally. As it turns out, I change them more frequently than occasionally.


This is the telephone niche in the hallway. My builder wanted to close it up, since he thought it wasn't useful any longer. Not useful, I yelled! That is a shelf where I can put some stuff! DO NOT close it up!


The Asian screen belonged to my Mother-In-Law. We don't know what happened to it, but there was a splotch at the top of it when we inherited it. That's why I have little tassels across the top of it. One tassel conceals the splotch. The other's just keep that one from looking so lonely.




But don't these poor doors to the linen closet look lonely and bare? I'm going to have to do something about that! (I can't stand lonely and bare!)

I cannot wait to show you what I got in the mail Friday.
All of you other bloggers are always getting mail and sharing the unwrapping of your treasures. Okay, I'm going to go ahead and admit to you that this is a reenactment. I knew what was in this box, and there was no way I could stop to take pictures before I opened the box!



See, I put that cute envelope back into the box (just like it was when I opened it).


Look at this darling card, which I'm trying to act like I've just seen for the first time! This card is suitable for framing!


It's my tassel I ordered from Nancy at Home is the Heart's Nesting Place. Just look how pretty it is and how it adds that perfect needed touch to these doors! See that precious little bird on my tassel? I just love him! Nancy does such a beautiful job with these tassels, and I am so proud to have one of them in my home. I'm happy and so are my doors! Do you see them smiling?

Now I'm going to tell you why I didn't get this post done yesterday. We took a little trip to a couple of estate sales. The sales were about an hour from our home. The weatherman was predicting some snow, but that wasn't going to stop me from convincing my sweet husband that we NEEDED to go to these estate sales. While we were shopping estate sales, we didn't realize that, at our home an hour away, the snow had arrived! You have to understand that I grew up here, and I've never seen it snow like this here! We think there are about 12 inches of that white stuff! Our one hour trip home took 3 hours, and by the time I got home, I was too exhausted to think about posting anything on my blog!




I know some of you live in areas where this is normal, but it's not normal here, so please indulge me while I share some pictures of, what we, in NE Arkansas, consider a HUGE snowfall! We're lovin' it (now that we're not trying to drive in it!)









You may recall that we recently had an ice storm here (another very unusual occurrence for this area) The FEMA-contracted trucks just began picking up all of the piles of broken limbs last week. The ones they haven't picked up are now covered with snow! I don't know when they'll be able to start picking up again.

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Most of the time, when I receive an award, my first thought is" "I don't deserve this". But Shelia at Note Songs has given me an award that I DO deserve. Hi! My name is Laurie, and I am a Dishaholic! Isn't that the prettiest award? Of course, I think anything with dishes in it is pretty. Shelia, I love this award. Thank you so much! Of course, I don't need to tell anybody to go see Sheila's blog, because I think EVERYBODY in Blogville knows their way to Shelia's wonderful blog!


RULES FOR THIS AWARD:
1. Post on Blog with link back to awarder.2. Award to 5 deserving Dishaholics (they can receive this award a million times and if you think they are a closet dishaholic, give it to them!) Name them for their inspiring taste and display of dishes. The dishes can be displayed anywhere in or around their home.3. Name your favorite set of dishes/pattern that you own.4. Name a set of dishes/pattern that you DO NOT own, but would like to own.5. List a favorite accessory (stems, silver, flatware, etc.)




My favorite set of dishes: Oh, this is hard for a Dishaholic, because I love all of the dishes I have AND all of the dishes everyone else has! But, I guess this is part of working through my addiction, so if I have to name one set for my own good, I'm going to say Apple Blossom by Ridgways, England.


My favorite set of dishes that I would like to own: Oh My! I am failing miserably at this 5 step program for Dishaholics. I hope that this admission will help me in my program: I have coveted almost every set of dishes I have seen on every blog on Tablescape Thursday and on Tablescape Tuesday before that. (Do you think I'm a hopeless case -- is there any help for someone like me?)


My favorite accessory: Now, this may redeem me a little. My favorite accessory is the food! Oh No! Now I've brought up my other addiction for which I need help -- my eating addiction! I know, I know, this post is already too long- that's another story for another day!

All of you plate addicts, please pick up this award. Remember, admitting you have a problem is the first step! (Even if you are like me and don't want to be cured!) My friend, Susie, who doesn't have a blog, should also consider herself awarded the Dishaholic Award!

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Heidi Pocketbook (isn't that the cutest blogger name?) @ Bargain Hunting in the Corn gave me the Sisterhood Award. This award has been presented to me by other bloggers, and it still feels very special to get it from another blogger. The passing of this award to others just proves how quickly this wonderful blogging sisterhood is growing, and I love that! Heidi, thank you so much for this honor. If you don't already visit Heidi's blog, you should go give her wonderful blog a visit.
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LdyDy Loves Cake at Roses, Cakes and Pearls, gave me this wonderful "Let's Be Friends" Award! When we began blogging, I don't think any of us (especially me) ever thought that we would be meeting so many wonderful friends! It is absolutely amazing that I feel so close to people whom I have never met in person! The description for this award is: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.” Also put a link to their blogs and then let them know they have been selected. LdyDy thank you so much for honoring me with your friendship and with this award! All of you probably already visit her blog, but if you don't please go see their fabulous blog. I'd like to pass this award along to Connie at My Thoughts and Creations. Please go visit Connie's lovely blog.

Thanks so much for coming by and for putting up with my long post today (Remember, this was supposed to get posted yesterday. It's hard for me to keep my blog quiet for this long -- it's just like my mouth!)(Believe me, this could have been a lot longer! I edited it before I published!)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

TOP 'O THE MORNIN' TO YE

If it weren't for Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, I'm not sure I'd ever have anything to post on my blog. I do know that, at least once a week, I can post a tablescape. I also know that my tablescape does not have to be anything spectacular. People often leave a comment that they want to start participating in Tablescape Thursday, but aren't comfortable doing a tablescape. I cannot imagine that, after seeing what I get away with on TT, anybody would feel inhibited about posting a tablescape on their blog! That's why I do these tablescapes--just to make everyone else feel great about their tablescapes (well, that and the fact that I can't think of much to post on my blog!)


I know last week I said my tablescape was a hodge podge, but I think this week I topped the hodge podge of last week! When I decided to do a St. Patrick's Day tablescape, I started grabbing everything I could find that was green. One thing led to another, and I've ended up with ANOTHER hodge podge table (can you believe spell check doesn't recognize "hodge podge"-of course it also doesn't recognize "ya'll"!--I think we need a Southern version of spell check!).


These bamboo place mats are perfect for me (they are cheap, they come in a lot of different colors, you can roll them up to store them, and they don't have to be washed-just wiped off-- as a matter of fact, they are so inexpensive, they are almost disposable. If I have a messy guest, I just throw the mat away! Yes, I do occasionally throw something away!)


The plaid plates remind me of a kilt, so that is how (in my hodge podge mind) I justified using them on the St. Patrick's Day tablescape. Of course, at Christmas time, they remind me of Christmas, and on other occasions, they remind me of something else-I'm not sure what, but I am sure I've used them at other times).


See those leprechaun bumble bees on the table square? That's what made me think I could use a yellow tablecloth, yellow napkins, and a bucket with bugs on it. (My brain tends to tie things together in strange ways - this may also be referred to as Laurie justifying putting things together that don't match one another).



I'm sure ya'll have figured out that the reason I love to use mug trees for centerpieces is that they are inexpensive (so much nicer than saying cheap). You can find these mug trees (and measuring spoon trees, which I've also used in centerpieces) for a quarter at junk stores. I've never used one for mugs or measuring spoons. Maybe NOBODY ever has, and that may be why I always see them in junk stores.



Tuesday Morning sometimes carries these "smokers" (I think that's what they are called). I often buy them on sale after Christmas, but since this one is an Irishman, he gets stored with my St. Pat's decor instead of the Christmas decor (well that, and the fact that there is not one one more inch of space left on the Christmas storage shelves).



Of course I have a leprechaun with a pot of gold. I'm just hoping that he is going to find me a real pot of gold some day (Every St. Pat's Day, I say to him [in a whisper, so my family won't have me committed] "sweet little green guy, if you bring me real gold, I promise I'll share it with you"--so far I've had no response from him, but I still hold out hope).

The mug tree holds more leprechauns and a vintage bridge tally that my mother had saved.





Since I ran out of St. Pat decor to hang on the mug tree, I got out this vintage costume jewelry that belonged to my grandmother to hang on the tree (well, it IS green-don't you just love how good I am at justifying?), and beneath the tree is a gold shamrock with mine and my dh's initials engraved on it. This was gift from my childhood friend, Melinda. I just love anything that has a wonderful memory attached to it, and my memories of my friend Melinda are certainly wonderful.



I'm sure there are frogs in Ireland! (Of course my justification for using the frog pitcher is that he is green). The tea towel under him was a gift from my sweet sister in law, Brenda.




I snapped this picture before I took any other photos of the table, because I knew I'd start eating those Ande's chocolate mints before I finished photographing the table. I love those things. (I put them in little St. Pat cups, for my guests to take home-I'm re-thinking that now though).



What do you think?



Be sure to go to Between Naps on the Porch, and see the links for all of the wonderful tablescapes. And, now that you've seen just how hodge podged (I'm sure the past tense of hodge podge is not in spell check) your tablescape can be, please join in next week.

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Two of the sweetest bloggers, with two of the "bestest" blogs have given me the Sisterhood Award. If you haven't visited Carol at Carol's Heirloom Collection and Miss Laura Lu at Hidden Promise, you really need to go see them. Carol has the most precious new grand baby whose pictures are currently posted on her blog (and probably many more to come-you know how we grandmothers are!) Laura Lu hasn't been blogging long, but you wouldn't know it to see her wonderful blog.

A lot has been said about this award by other bloggers, and I don't think I can add to it. However, I do have to agree that Blogland is filled with a wonderful sisterhood of women, and I feel so blessed to have found this sisterhood and to feel so welcomed and accepted by this sisterhood.


Thank you so much Carol and Laura Lu for honoring me with this very special award.

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Now, at the risk of making this post WAY too long, I just have to tell you about Kathy (Life in the Slow Lane). She is the s-i-l of my friend, Susie, who so graciously welcomed us into her home and her Valentine's party on my blog. Some of you have already met Kathy. She has had a blog for awhile now, but she has recently joined our great sisterhood of bloggers. She is a very talented lady, and if you are not already a regular visitor to her blog, you should run right over to see it here.


Thank you so much, my sweet sisterhood of visitors, for stopping in to see me. laurie