Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Six More


LR tree
same as last year



Even the spice cabinet gets a wee bit 




I went from doing a minimal to a medium.
My thinking was this - who knows how many more Christmases 
in this house there will be. It is Nick's first time here
in our home and all four have been 
under mega stress with their careers...so
It may look like a lot of work but it's not at all. It is still just plunking.
The vintage jars here are always out. I just swap out the
insides and then store the "swapped out" in the box
of holiday fillers. 

The table display took 2 minutes. I lay down 5 picks with stems toward center.
Quickly tucked in one strand of twinkle lights and lay the 
carved balls on top to hide the stems. Those same balls
are repeated on the table bowl and the sideboard. See previous posts.

Trees, deer, mercury glass and eucalyptus are everywhere.
Green, grey, brown and mustard are repeated
with black accents for good measure. 

The pink is just for surprise and a chuckle.

The gifts under the LR tree will be brown paper and black accents.
Some will set atop the black sled in front. 

While I am decorating I am purging 
anything not used this year.
( except for my beloved House of Hatten)
And I may just find a spot for it this year..
Now that tree takes time!

Z





 

Saturday, November 5, 2022

A Plunking We Will Go

 Gather greens and Plunk.








All reproduction, or new, Shiny Brites bought several yeas ago, 
with some other glitter stuff thrown in for good measure.



Below my views from couch each evening.
Whatever did we do before twinkle lights?



A tree in LR and small touches in bedrooms 
over next few days and it's fini.


bedtime

Z









Monday, October 31, 2022

Bit by Bit

Bit by bit, tackling the small stuff first.
Doing a little each day, so I'm not overwhelmed 
and there is no mess in the house.





As is my pattern, I do not remove decor,
I just add to it.



Trees, greenery, houses and stars will be once 
again on pete and repeat.


Getting cozy in here.

Z

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Get Ready - It's Coming

Needing a pick me up, I popped into 
Ralph Jones Display on my way
home from a Dr's appt.
I could have snapped 100 photos.
I wanted to look around more than I wanted to 
snap, so here is all you get.
Gets one in the mood for sure.
It's coming...






 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

More Studio

I had some questions and requests, so here are more views. 



Made this out of a vintage metal laundry stand years ago.
Bears were my children's


The studio is tiny as you can see.


Curtains frame the hallway to guest rooms.
For privacy those curtains are dropped so they
can move to and from bath etc. 


Barn painting from DD
and because someone will wonder why the white cup thing on the side?
For years it held my drink when the cabinet was behind my desk.
 I was going to remove, but found it a perfect spot to park my cell
when I'm upstairs.


The stairs view



Rennie / Brooks gallery



My father's smoking cabinet- copper lined
and his favorite chair.
Two quilts of mine and a vintage wool made by Grandmother.
My Pap Pap Rennie's bible and my dad's.


This is old chicken coop turned vertical.
Holds overflow fabric that doesn't fit in large green cabinet
 or open one on wall.



All vintage buttons.
One gray jar, the rest black.


These two photos from hallway going into master.
More family gallery of photos
and memorabilia. Growth markings of kids.
Red plaid bear is made from flannel robe of PapPap Rennie's.
I made one for dad and one for me.

There are special things tucked into every space in my home.
All day, every day, one will catch my eye, and I'm 
reminded of a loved one.
A modern "designed" home would not work for me.
I go to turn on a light and there is a heart shaped rock,
 a flannel bear, a crystal paperweight my mom loved,
my father and grandfather's bibles.
Comfort and joy is not just for the holidays.



I'm still enjoying playing with paint.
Each of these strips starts as a geli printed, painted piece,
that is then strip cut by hand and woven.


Hours pass as I'm lost in the process.



Till next time

Z






 

Thursday, October 6, 2022

At It Again - No Surprises There


Walter watched me tweak the studio the past two days.
Purged a lot more and then got a bee in my bonnet to set
up a coffee/tea/cocoa bar.
Works great for me and great when kids visit 
for a morning joe or night time cocoa.


Lugging this cart up from back porch wasn't the 
wisest thing I've done lately but not the worst.
After struggling just to get it inside I realized
I could remove shelves but the damn 
thing still weighed over 75 lbs.
Halfway up the stairs I thought
"I'm gonna die doing this stupid thing."
Obviously I survived. 


Those of you who have been around a long time or seen the mags
and book will recognize many of the same things,
there just aren't as "many."


Everything has a place and a purpose for being 
where it is and as always I tuck in things that
make me happy. 


This is the view from my chair.
Note the "Tonys"  (elephants) I knew they would be friends.
You met the new Tony when I visited CA in August.
More about them at a later time.








I've added paints to the studio upstairs as I am using them 
more in the on line classes I've taken.



This lamp was on my father's nightstand 
for as long as I can remember. 
I have some mementos of him tucked into the glass holds.


I have kept this near me for nearly 55 years.
It was made for me by my oldest and dearest friend Macky.

It is priceless. That's what I mean about tucking in 
special things. I do it all over the house. Most 
would go unnoticed but they comfort me daily. 

I'll show the hallway where the other 
two cabinets are later on.
Right now I'm headed up to geli paint some 
papers for my current class.

Learning to mix all colors from
just three primary is a learning curve for me.
Also using heavy body acrylic paints is new. 
I think I do fabric selection for quilting,
 primitive crafting, and home decor 
fairly well 

 but this - jeez I've had some epic fails.
Which is a good thing I know.
It is said
You "learn more from your mistakes than successes" 
I should be a bloomin' genius by now.

Z