Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Karla's "What do you LOVE about your Home" Romantic Country Party!!

Well, to keep it simple ladies, I guess I'd have to say I love alot of my chandeliers and lighting in my home. This little beauty hangs in my small bay window in my dining room. My home is not very large, and all the beautiful lighting makes it very very cozy. Love those glass amber tear drops hanging from the lamp. This lamp looks particularly nice in the fall when the colors are just right for it and the days get shorter.

I know this isn't a light or lamp, but I had to throw it in as it reflects my dining room chandelier and my overhead light. This mirror belonged to my grandmother and hangs in what I call my "Front Room".
Isn't she a beauty? I looked for years for this overhead stained glass light. She's the perfect touch to my "Front Room".

This was one of the first stained glass lamps I purchased. Love it. It too sits in my front room. I almost knocked it off the other day while cleaning. UGH!

I couldn't get a great shot of my dining room chandelier, but I just LOVE this light. It's not over loaded with the crystal drops, but just enough for my taste.

Well ladies, this is one "category" of things I love about my home. I can't wait to see what all of you other ladies have posted today. Have fun and thanks for stopping by. OH, and by the way, Karla, thanks for hosting this lovely party!


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Artful Creations - What Fun!

It's been a busy summer for me, as I'm sure all of you will agree. So, taking the time to sit and create some lovelies has been challenging. With working full time, having time to enjoy the grandbabies and helping my parents, I've squeaked out a little time to bring you my newest creations.

Heather, my daughter from Pretty Petals Boutique , has listed in her boutique, a few items I have created over the last while. I'm so very excited to bring you two of my Romantic Lady Boxes - Rose and Rebecca.

Rose is the first, and dare I say, a dream to see. She has been created on a box of seaglass blue and glittered just enough here and there. Vintage lace has been used to embellish along with those gorgeous paper roses. The ultimate touch for Rose is a rhinestone necklace and earring. You have to hurry if you want her, there's only one!

A small pink veil covers the vintage lace on the bottom of the box:

Now Rebecca is the shy one. That romantic glance over her shoulder is just too beautiful! A glistening background of the lightest pink glitter and that fabulous glass glitter that Heather is selling in her boutique surrounds her portrait. A vintage bauble on her hat and the cutest little pink pom-poms adorns the edge of the lid.

I was so taken with Heather's WISH Banners that I just had to try an aqua/turquoise JOY banner. It is the prettiest of blues! The tulle hangs so gracefully, combined with two colors of coordinating ribbon. The letters are glittered with a high-end glitter that sparkles like diamonds. The vintage white millinery flowers add the most delicate touch. Hop on over to Heather's boutique and take another glance. I think you'll love it!

Well, ladies, I'm off to get supper on the table. We've had a busy weekend. The grandbabies were over and my son-in-law's birthday was yesterday, so I had a dinner. My parents are coming over now to have supper with us. The weather is gorgeous and oh yes, I got my cornstalks and pumpkins around my bell pole! I'm decorated for halloween and will try to get a post out soon. So have a wonderful evening. Talk to you all real soon!


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Name Game

I was tagged by my daughter, Heather, Pretty Petals Boutique, for the name game. I have been a bit slow about posting this as I have a rather long middle name, Laraine, 7 letters. I had to get my thoughts together.

Here's the rules: List one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don't have a middle name, use the name you would have liked to have had. Then tag a person for each letter of your name. I'm thinking this has gone around quite a bit through blog land, so I'm going to just say, let's all play! Leave your "facts" on your blog and let me know. I'd love to read what you all have to say!

L - Lattes - Well??? I know that's kind of lame for a start, but I really, really love latte's. Skim please (so I save about 100 calories for a grande!) Stay away from the bakery case!

A - Animals - I so love animals. My dog "Lady" is such a sweetheart! She brings such joy to me. She's a shepherd/doberman/lab mix. And like I've said in my profile, she just doesn't know she's big! If any of you have a lab, you know how she loves to play ball! (Not that she gives it back to you!). I've owned many cats in the past and love them to pieces. Had birds when I was a child, and also a guinea pig. When Heather was little we had a hamster named "Zippy".

R - Reading - I love to read. I'm reading an older book right now called "Coming Home" by Rosamund Pilcher. Love all her books. Very English. It's pretty sad when you're re-reading a book and you say, I don't remember reading this (many times!)!

A - Aunt Aggie - That's my Mom's middle sister. She is the one that came up with my name. She lives in the middle of Pennsylania, up in the Allegheny Mountains. Has a garden and raises different sorts of animals and is "the life of the party"! Thank you Aunt Aggie.

I - Icicle - OK I had a hard time with this letter. It was between this and ice cream. But, I truly love when those huge icicles hang off the roof line in the winter and the sun comes out and they shine just like diamonds! (If it was ice cream - I'd like a scoop of Chocolate Turtle please! Cake cone for me)

N - Nursery for plants - I LOVE going to a plant nursery and looking at all of the glorious plants and deciding what can live on its own after considerable first year care. My rule is, you get nurtured the first year and then you are mostly on your own. So, I have to pick carefully! LOL! OK, I do feed them!

E - Eating Out - I love nothing more than going out for a good meal in a nice restaurant. One of my favorite places around here where I live is "The Cheesecake Factory". It's "Spicy Cashew Chicken" for me! You've gotta try their hot fudge sundae! (I know! - how do you go to the Cheesecake Factory and not get cheesecake??) Runner up is a great steak at the "Longhorn Steak House".

Well, I've done my best here. This was tougher than I thought. Hope you all have a wonderful day and I'll be talking to you soon...


Sunday, September 9, 2007

Behind the Scenes....

I had to take pictures of all of my "stuff" that I use to create (or should I say a small portion of my stuff) (LOL!). Since I am a "newbie" to this whole creating business (at least this paper creating), I am amazed at all of the "stuff" one can accumulate. I thought you might appreciate the vinyl placemat I use to glue on. It belonged to the oldest grandson who is now 13. I just don't think he'll need it any longer. The little one still has his placemat, so there won't be a problem. Try as I might to be organized about the whole matter, I keep going to another room to bring more supplies to the area where I am creating. Of course, I create on the dining room table. My husband and I are empty nesters, so we eat on TV trays in front of the TV most of the time with something that we taped from the TV the night before. I know this sounds all wrong. But trust me, after working all day at a full-time job, this small thing is heaven! Of course now I am digressing, so back to the point of the post. All of the supplies get scattered over the table (I cleaned up a bit in this picture) and then finally I get frustrated and stuff gets jammed into a box (or 2 or 3!).

I see all those beautiful art studios in books and on some of your blogs and would like to share the beginning of that process with you. Now don't look away, I know it is ugly! LOL! This cupboard below is an old kitchen cupboard I picked up at an antique store that was going out of business. I liked it because the bottom was very deep and the top had glass panes. It has a pull out board that I suppose was used to bake?? The board retracts back against the back of the cupboard when not in use. I thought I might be able to contain my creative chaos into such a cupboard. Yeah, right!

So now I'm thinking, OK, this is a start. We'll see what fits in this once it has been painted (which I'm hoping is soon so this is the before picture). My house is small, so I can't dedicate any one space to the on-going expansion of the creative mind! So, the computer's in one place, the cupboard will be in another, with most of my supplies, I hope. But, we'll see how it goes. I'll keep you all posted.

Happy creating!