Saturday, October 25, 2014

The blogging neighborhood.

Okay...I had posted something earlier, but a sweet blogging friend of mine gave me some good advice.
I am, therefore, rewriting this post.
My middle daughter, Erin, loved Mr. Rogers.
As soon as she heard...It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
It's a beautiful day in the beauty wood,
won't you be mine, won't you be mine,
won't you be my neighbor....she would run into the living room, and jump on the sofa to watch her favorite show.
As weird as I might have thought this tall, thin man in the sweater that I'm older, I realize he was spot on with his ideals.

Our world is full of different people.
Each one with different talents to share.
Some might see a pile of beads, and get an idea to craft something like a rosary out of it....each person's perception of what that rosary should look like will be different.
Small glass beads, large wooden beads, medium pearl beads.
The cross might have an image of Christ, or it may not.
It all depends on the artists perception of what the finished piece should look like.

We are all individuals.
Sometimes we see something on Pinterest, or on a blog, or facebook, or even etsy that we like.
If we are talented enough, we may try to reproduce what we see. Usually we add something to the object to make it our own. We tweek the add something of ourselves to it.

That's all a part of blogging, and pinterest. The aspect of sharing ideas.
As long as you stay true to yourself, and don't become so engrossed with what someone else has that you totally immerse yourself in what they have, and what they are about.

There are the original pieces that you cannot copy.
Someones true style.
You can always spot a piece that a certain artist has done.
Instead of trying to reproduce their piece, you would rather have the original.
That sets them apart.
It makes them unique.

I am blessed by the people I've met here.
So many talented, original, people in this neighborhood.
A diversity of people.
Recently I've had the pleasure to meet (through blogging) ladies like Vera, and Kerrie. Two gifted gals that I love to visit.
Kris is another lady that has been a real friend that I can relate to in this neighborhood called blogging.  She is filled with good advice when you need an honest opinion.
Susie, and Tete, and of course, Diana (she's a little unstable, but always good for a laugh).
Everyone has something to contribute here. We are all individuals that need each other....for fellowship, support, ideas, sharing, and sometimes a slap upside the head.  There is no one person that is above another. We are equals. Lets encourage each other in this place, this neighborhood called blogging. xoxo

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shopping with a blog friend, and re-arranging things.

Yesterday was pouring rain.
Not a very good day for shopping.
I had made plans with Debbie, from Green Willow Pond, to meet for a day of shopping, and lunch.
We both made the trip to Gaylord anyway, and enjoyed each others company, in spite of the weather.
We spent some time at TJMAXX, and Hobby Lobby.

We found a few items at both stores.
The above shelf was found at Hobby Lobby.
The soaps below I picked up at TJMAXX.
After lunch, we went to a few thrift stores, and each found some treasures to bring home.

I had a good day, with a special friend that blesses me each time we matter what the weather.

I moved some furniture around upstairs last weekend.
Our guest room is very small, but I wanted to turn it into a cozy retreat of my own for the long winter months.
A place for me to spend time reading, praying, meditating, writing, or even napping if I so desire on a cold winter's day.
The sun room is my sanctuary in the warm months.
Since we have to close it up during the cold season of winter, I decided to dress up the upstairs guest room.

Moving the little stove into this room will help keep me warm while I spend time in here.

I decorated, and filled the room with my favorite things.
It may look crowded...but it feels very warm, and cozy.

I have a feeling my granddaughters will love this room as much as I do.
I know where they will be sleeping when they come up to stay.
Everyone needs a place to go where they can just kick back, and relax....and feel good.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Decorating the porch for Fall.

This post is being shared with A Joyful Cottage.
"A Party In Every Room In the House".
It was a beautiful day to be outside.
I didn't have to work today...yay!!  So I went to the market, and picked up a few small pumpkins, and gourds for the window boxes on the porch.

We have this great mesh ribbon at the pharmacy this year. So I also stopped there to pick up a roll to use for decorating the porch for the Fall season.
We also carry a smaller width for making bows.

I dragged the potting bench onto the porch, and filled it with the usual Fall mums, and heirloom pumpkins that I love.

The little "Harvest Welcome" sign is tucked in the basket of annuals that are still blooming.

The window boxes are looking pretty sparse, but the little boo pumpkins, and other gourds help fill in for now.
Decorating the porch is a sure sign that Fall has arrived at the Lakehouse.  
I'm usually one of the last to give in to Summer coming to an end...sigh.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Making room.

The sun keeps breaking through the clouds every now and then this morning.
The temps have dropped off considerably from the past week.
It's Fall here at the Lakehouse.

The Mr. and I finished moving out the rest of the furniture from my booth on Tuesday.
Seashells and Lavender is officially closed.

Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with the few pieces left.
There were only three totes packed full...which was a good thing.

There are a few pieces that I didn't pack away.
I've worked them into the decor here at the Lakehouse.
Like the pretty gravy boat sitting on the shelf.

I used this cute cubby at the shop for odds and ends.
It works well on the farm cupboard for serviettes, sachets, votives, and extra tapers.

I can always use more linen napkins....
Either for sachets, or dining.
The lone drawer pull that was left adds to the vignette.

I love the rustic, French cake stand. It works well for a riser under the apothecary jar of lavender.

Only three clocks left.
Too pretty to pack away.

I saved one last hand made tag from the shop...just for a keepsake.
I did keep my license...just in case.
Who knows what God has planned?
For the time being, I will move on. I'm thankful for the opportunity I had to have my own store for the years I had it. Then for the booth to use as that stepping stone to ease out of the business.
I'm not sure where I'll be heading from here....maybe no further than my own front yard.
Whatever the is good!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Fall Mantle.

What a gorgeous Saturday!
A perfect day to spend at the market.
With a few fresh veggies in my cart, I headed outside to look at all of the heirloom pumpkins.

I found some beauties that I will share in another post, soon.
I was glad to find the mini white pumpkins for the mantle.

I don't use a lot of color inside when decorating for Fall, except for some Bittersweet, and Sweet Annie....hence the white pumpkins.

While I was out shopping today, I also found these lights.
The tips are colored, so they give off a warm glow, without being too overwhelming.

There are four colors in the clusters on the string of lights:
Sage, orange, white, and charcoal.

I don't usually use lights for Fall decorating anymore.
When I saw these lights on the display at the store, I thought I would give them a try.

Tonight I'm painting some acorns for a bowl for the table.
I saw them on Pinterest.
We'll see how they turn out.
So that's where I'm at with my Fall decorating. It's not much...but it's a start.
Hugs, and kisses~~~

Monday, September 22, 2014

Going to Market to Buy, not a fat pig.

Good Monday morning!
Before getting ready for work, I wanted to share what I found at the Midland Antique Show and Market on Saturday.
This was my first trip to the show. It's HUGE!!
They have a whole section just for "Shabby Chic".
The first piece I saw was this door plate from an old church in Detroit.
I could have turned it sideways, and added some hooks for a coat rack, I know...but I love it just the way it is.
I knew it would fit perfectly in this space.
I LOVE it!

Another vendor had this gigantic bush of Sweet Annie underneath a table. I asked if it was for sale.
She "was" planning to use it in her displays, but decided I could buy it if I wanted it for $5.00.
Choke, cough, $5.00! uummm.....YEAH!!!
I am very, very happy to have this highly allergic bush hanging in my dining room. 
There's enough there for all sorts of dried arrangements! L O V I N G IT!!!

Then I happened along another booth that had this garland of Bittersweet illegally decorating pieces of furniture, and all manner of decor in her booth.
Of course, the owner said it's growing all over her property..."of course".
So I asked if I could buy a garland from her....hmmmmmm.....okay....just this one.

I was happy to see one of my favorite vendors from another show I've visited, and purchased treasures from in the past.
She puts together these cute bottles for the season.

I found an old bottle for my window sill that I neglected to photograph for this post.
I also found this gorgeous piece of architecture.
I can only imagine the building it must have come from.
That's it. No pieces of furniture. No doors, or sashes. No chandeliers. Just odds, and ends. Little treasures that were enough to bring a smile to my face, and joy to my heart.
The best part was spending the day with Mr. L. gal pals this time. Just me and the mister walking around acres of booths on a sunny Saturday is good.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Changing with the season.

The subtle changes of the season, cause changes in my soul.
My mind, will, and emotions seem to slowly ease into the day to day differences.  Like the movement of the sun as it sets lower in the western sky.

The change of season affects the food I serve when we gather for lunch here at the Lakehouse.
The salads, and soups are of a heartier consistency.

I'm bringing in the last of the gorgeous summer pinks from the gardens.

Savoring every moment, site, and scent from a season ending.

Adding a few new pieces here, and the silver caddie, and matching salt, and pepper holder.

Moving the furniture around.
Something I seem to do with the change of seasons.

Basking in the sunshine as it streams in the windows, and fills the room!

Enjoying the way the room looks after moving the large pieces of furniture to different places.

And....being ready for the holidays with a full cabinet of wine from my favorite winery!!
As we let go of Summer, and embrace Autumn, may we all realize the beauty, and blessings in each and every new moment of the changing season.