Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

~ I LOVE WALLS - Part 2 ~

Good morning, dear friends!  In my last post, I shared a favorite wall in my home and to continue that theme, here is the 2nd one!  LOTS of favorite things here!   Let's begin.....
 
 
The focal point is this GORGEOUS hooked rug, made by my sweet friend and hooker extraordinaire, Lori Rippey, of Homespunprims!  It has all of my favorite decorating colors, black, mustard and of course, RED!  I just LOVE it and every time I see it, I think of Lori and smile!! She is a very talented artist, and if you have not visited her blog, be sure to drop by!

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A closer look!  Crocks, red stockings, and two velvet birds I made, to go with the birds in the rug!

 
Simple little log cabin with a tin roof, tin candle holder, a close up of the red stockings and birds!!
 
 
 
Close up of the other side!  I also made the Heart Make do, using a Walnut Ridge Primitives pattern!
 
 
 
Here is the bottom of the display!  Lots of brown crocks, an old picnic basket, and a painted box, all atop my red farmhouse table!  The basket and box are great for storage!
 
 
A lovely little doll dress with my hanging berries!  It actually hides an alarm box!!
 
 
 
Another sweet doll dress in RED!!!  I was actually going to make a doll for this but decided I liked it for hanging!!  Isn't it just adorable??
 
 
 
A look at the top half!
 
 
A final look at the whole display!!
 
I hope you enjoyed looking at my second wall and perhaps have been inspired to do some changes of your own!! All you need is a hammer, some creativity, and of course, a WALL!! !

I am still working on some new things too and hope to add them to my Picture trail soon!  Please be sure to check back in! 
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends!!

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Wishing you all a lovely, creative day, filled with sunshine and Brightest Blessings~~

Julie

Monday, August 19, 2013

~I LOVE WALLS - Part 1~

Perhaps more correctly, I LOVE BLANK WALLS!!  To me, they are THE PERFECT CANVAS, just waiting for you to display those favorite things that make your house YOUR HOME!
For things like this.......
And this......
and finally THESE!!
The sampler is actually a print!!  I have wanted to be that fortunate gal who is lucky enough to find one that I can afford, but since that has not happened yet, I came across this for $12.00 and thought it would do nicely for now!  What do you think?  Not bad, yes?
The sweet dress is old, and TOTALLY HAND STITCHED, and was also another fabulous deal complete with the socks and hand cut hanger!  It just had to come home with me too!  I so admire hand stitching since I do it myself, and this little dress is a beauty!!  I thought the socks looked darling with it so I left it just as it was!! 
sweet pair of socks

wonderful old fabric
close up of hand cut hanger
These two silhouettes are WONDERFUL and were a gift to me from my husband for our 32nd anniversary we celebrated in June!!



  Let me just say that I had admired these for quite some time and have always wanted a silhouette, and he actually surprised me with two of them!!  They were also a fabulous deal, and he even got the dealer to do a better price for them!!  They are in what appears to be original frames, with lots of age on the papers and are signed!  I tried to find out something about them but had no luck, but I really don't care as I just LOVE THEM!!   My husband certainly knows me very well after all this time and I couldn't be happier with my gifts!! 
So having said all that, here is where my love for  WALLS comes into play......



It all seemed to just go perfectly together and makes me smile each time I walk past it!! 
This simple wall has become an ART GALLERY, displaying precious treasures that evoke special feelings for me, and after all, isn't that what HOME is all about??  Since I have so many other walls filled with other special things, I thought it might be fun to share more in future posts!  I hope you check back to see what else I have "hanging" around!!! 
As a final thought, might I suggest you take some time to walk around your home today, pick out a wall and just admire all of the things you have hanging there!  Perhaps it will remind you of the person who gifted it to you, or of a special occasion, or maybe even of why you love it so much that you chose to display it there! I have a feeling you will look at WALLS in a whole new light and if you happen to have a BLANK one, then my advice to you is....... start whistling the old tune, "If I had a hammer...", go find one,  and start CREATING your New Gallery!!  I think you will be happy you did!!  Now if I could just get that song out of my mind...........!
Wishing you lots of Happy Hammering~~
Julie 

 


Monday, August 12, 2013

~HELLO KITTY~

In keeping with my last post, I am once again talking about Kitties but this time I am referring to those cute little white ones with the bows on their heads that both little AND big girls seem to love!!!
 As you can see by the photo, my sweet granddaughter Sophia adores them and celebrated her 2nd Birthday with a........ 
 
 
HELLO KITTY CAKE!
 

Bella and Sophia ready to celebrate!
 
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOPHIA!!
 
I have been S L O W L Y working on my Sock Cats as well and actually have some pictures of them to share!  These days, I spend less and less time on my creations due to my two little angels, so when I get something done, I feel it is quite an accomplishment!
 

Choosing some "eyes" for them from my button collection!
 

I love using the Mother of Pearl ones
 
 
When do we get our faces, please??
 
 
FINALLY!!
 
 
Posing in my old bentwood basket!  Say.........MOUSE!!
 
 
Five little Kitties all in a row!!

I also have some other things on the work table that I am trying to finish and hope to add all of them to my Picturetrail soon!  When I get a few more things done, I will be doing an update, so if you are interested, please just drop me an email!!  More to come......hopefully, soon!!

Take care my friends and thank you so much for stopping by!! 

Wishing you a "sugar and spice and everything nice" kind of week!

Heart Hugs~~

Julie