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Monday, April 29, 2013

Pretty File Folders and French Wire Soap Holders

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In a recent blog post I spoke about pretty file folders and the fact that where my daughter bought the ones for me, Twos Company, doesn't have them anymore and has gone to a different type of items altogether. But I did find some pretty ones on a website called Victoria's Garden Cottage. You might want to go there and see all the lovelies she has. But I suggest you contact her first to make sure she's still in business. Sometimes these shops stop selling but never take down their websites, just make sure.

I also wanted to let you all know where those little French wire soap holders can be purchased. Amazon. Just go there and enter French wire soap holders and they come up. Here's what it looks like. I love the look of them. Very cute.

These are some file folders I saw on Victoria's Garden Cottage. Not very expensive either.

Another pretty ruffled bedspread if you're enticed by them.

While the small white cottage is adorable, it's the profusion of flowers that drew me in with this photo.

Is this a cute bedroom or what? I'm not too sure about a small French door leaning against a bed, but it could be a display in a store.

Can't you just see Greta Garbo or some old movie star leaning back in this sofa? I'd certainly love to have it in my bedroom.

My heart's aflutterin'!!! I'd love to have those drape and that desk. Sigh...

Just different old chairs around this table but I love the look.

Could this be your next vacation? Hmmmm???

A sweet but different house in France. Not sure I'd want to be that close to the street but it's certainly different.

Old stone house, French doors, white lace curtains and a beautiful hanging pot of purple posies. Dreamin'!

Yeah, yeah, I know! It'll never be in my yard though. Absolutely love it, however.

I. Love. This. Pink. Bedroom!

What a cute bedroom for a little girl. From crib to big girl's bed. Miss Caroline just went into a big girl's bed because she said cribs were for babies. It's still her crib, just lowered the springs, different front on it so she can get in but she doesn't know it's her old crib. LOL That kid is such a scream! Truly.

My daughter told me these were ranunculus because I asked. Her response was,
"Have I taught you nothing?!" She's such a scream. I may just kill her!

Just a cute photo because I remember the days of hanging laundry—and real cotton diapers—on the line and loved doing laundry.


Fire escapes, laser printers and bulletproof vests were all invented by women.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Flowered File Folders and Another Chair I'm Remaking

I'm trying to add ribbon to the back of the chair, but I'm not sure it'll add much to it. Sometimes less is definitely more. I'll see and experiment with other ribbons.

Perhaps just pink and white ribbons.

This is one file folder my daughter bought me. The company was Twos Company, but in looking on their site now 15 years later, it's much changed. There are 12 folders in all, 3 each of a different print. The rest are below here.

Pink roses on a pale blue background.

Red strawberries on a pink background.

And little pink and yellow roses on a white background.

This chair I bought in California a few years ago, brought it home and added roses decals to it. The wire seat broke so I put it on the porch for decoration.

So a while back I wanted another vintage white chair, thought of this and asked hubs to fix it with a new seat. He's on it now! He loves doing these things for me and I appreciate him doing them.

A beautiful garden spot on the back of a home. I love all the flowers the homeowner has growing up the trellises.

A very sweet and comfy-looking home. These kind of homes speak to my heart and I love them. Simple. Cute. Large windows. Sunny.

Just like I did with my faux hydrangeas. Love my pink ones in my white drawer.

Wouldn't we all love to have a living room about this size? I would. Mine is small but to have an area for 2 sofas is my ideal living room. Two sofas and about 4 pretty chairs. Ahhhh! That one on the bottom left is the exact style of the 2 chairs in our family room: t-cushion, rolled arms, skirt. Exact same style, just the fabric is different, but our chairs have had 3 different fabrics on them. Time for new ones this year.

I've never liked dark bedrooms with heavy dark draperies but this one is very pretty. It was that gorgeous pillow on the bed that drew me in though.

Now, since my favorite color combo is pink and yellow, I just knew I loved this room. Wicker chairs are very hard to pull up to the table though. However, I do adore this dining room.

I've never seen a slipcover with a damask-type fabric as this one. They all need tucking in on a regular basis and that's why I gave our granddaughter our sofa in the family room that had the green and white ticking stripe cover. You have no idea how many people asked me where I got that slipcover. Many asked me if I ever wanted to sell it to let them know. It was great, washed up beautifully and didn't need ironing. I bought it for $340 about 8 years ago but just couldn't sell it as I loved it. So I just gave the whole kaboodle to my only granddaughter for the great granddaughters to have a fresh cover. That's important with little kids and cats!! But this one is very elegant looking.


Banker slang for people who pay off their credit cards in full each month: "deadbeats." (I'm definitely a deadbeat then!) 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rambling again 4/24/2013

Reminding you again of my Pinterest page. I add new images several times a week, images that haven't appeared on here yet. There are now over 8,600 and more to come. I find searching for the images most relaxing, reading a book being my first choice, but I truly love looking for eye candy when I need a break from reading. So go over there and check it out. I know for a certainty you will not be disappointed. Promise!

Simply a vignette of froufrou items. The file folders on the left are gorgeous. My daughter gave me a set of some gorgeous ones with roses and different flowers and strawberries on them but I haven't used them as I hate to waste them! I really should use them here on my desk. I'll show them to you in the next post. What good will they do me when I'm dead?!

This is a shelf that someone made out of a chair. Probably the bottom wasn't worth saving, but isn't that a cute idea?

I really like this little scene with a comfy reading chair, ottoman, sheep skin, blankets for warmth and a table for my book or drink.

I wonder what the neighbors think when they see this kind of setting. Frankly, I'd love seeing it in my neighbor's yard.

There is no way this is feasible in our dusty area. White? Yes, I'd love it but we get some neighbor's cats on our front porch sometimes and these would be so filthy I couldn't tolerate them. And I don't want to kill the neighbor's cats. Okay, okay, I don't want to hear it from the animal lovers; I'm just kidding, okay?!

I love the colors on this chair. It's a simply plain chair but the covering makes it jazzy. Gorgeous!

I have a friend in our ward who is Swedish descent and her daughter served a mission in Sweden. Whenever I see this kind of photo I think of her: bright white and blue. I have viewed a lot of Swedish or northern European blogs and the light in them is incredible. Probably the best photos I've seen are from those blogs.

This woman and I think a lot alike. I decorated my living room lamps with big faux roses all the way around. I absolutely love them and have gotten many compliments on them. Of course, some women in Idaho—most—don't get it but some do.

Okay, I want this chair but I don't know where it is so I can't steal it. I recently bought 2 French cane back chairs and redid them with chalk paint, feather boas, faux roses and ribbons. The other two chairs I have are solid oak and covered with chair covers I made several years ago. I wanted two chairs to match and two other chairs to match and they do. But I got to thinking about it and wanted another chair decorated also. I thought of looking for one in a thrift store and then remembered I had one that I recently put out on our front porch. It has a chicken wire seat that broke. Hubs made a seat out of plywood I can put on top of it and just make a ruffled seat cover for it like the two French chairs. So I shopped th' house as I've said many times before. I'll post photos when I'm done with it. It's white and shabby-ed up already and has roses decals on it so not much to do except make the seat usable. I'm so thrilled I thought of that.

When Miss Caroline, our great granddaughter was over the middle of March, we took her to see our friend's chicken coop. She was thrilled but her Dada wasn't too thrilled when we got back in his Denali. Somebody had chicken poo on their feet and it wasn't me. We never did find out who had it on their feet. But this chicken coop reminded me of that day. My friend's coop is adorable also, but she's not a shabby chic-type gal like this one is.

Truly, I did not find this photo until after I did a very similar thing with faux hydrangeas. I love mine in an old drawer I painted white in this post here.

I've decorated many birdhouses as I love having them around the house, giving them as gifts or giveaways and love decorating them. I use fabric on them as I'm not a very good painter. But I think this one is adorable.

I think I'll next look for a ladder to decorate like this. Oh, I have one but it's just 5 very narrow rungs and are not wide like this one.

I can't wait until our peonies bloom. I love the smell and lushness of them. I only wish they had a longer growing season.

I'm sure a lot of you would like to live like this, not me. I want as many neighbors around me as I can get. But I have to admit it's a beautiful setting.


Nabisco's 46-acre plant in Chicago is the world's largest—1500 people work there.
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Questions and Answers

Reminder: As of 7/1/2013 Google Reader will no longer be available for following their blogs. Most of us have looked around at alternatives and my alternative is BlogLovin' to help me keep track of my favorites. You can join on that. While we're disgusted and disappointed in Google's decision, it is their decision and we have to go on from there. So you won't see it after that date. If you want to follow me, just click on the button on the top right side to follow me. That's how I'm following my favorite bloggers. I hope you decide to join in.

Hubs will sit outside in the summer. I find nothing interesting outside but inside my home is a different story. Fascinating to me. I love sitting in my home. It's comfy to me. Outside? Too dang hot for me in this desert, although, I absolutely love being in this "reclaimed" desert and can't imagine living many other places at all.

Like most of you bloggers, I receive questions asking about certain items or posts. But how often I receive questions about a specific thing and there is no return address to which I can reply is astounding! I can't believe the stupidity of some people. Now, it's not just that, but when I click on their "Blog name"—if I can find one, which is rare even by googling the name in the email—it might not allow me to look at it to answer their question. There are also a lot of anonymous emails I get. Don't even bother because they never see the light of day around here. I'm on a Mac and I can put up a "rule" to delete them as they come in and a sound plays alerting me that it's anonymous. I could put a captcha (word verification) in to not get those kind of comments from the bots, but I hate them as much as anyone so I don't want to do that. I'm not so stupid, in fact, I'm very intelligent, to know when it's an ad and not a comment. I don't ever allow them on my blog. I also delete what I might consider nasty or negative comments. Even though I receive some nasty or negative things, I don't have to put up with it or post it and won't. I'm sure a lot of you know what I'm talking about. So, if you have a question, include your email if you're serious about wanting an answer on where I bought something or whatever it is you want to know. Please!

Just a dreamy cottage for you. Love the brooding sky also.

A European walkway.

Roses. ;-)

An enchanting green-shuttered home.

Another lovely shabby chic living room.

I love the blue windows with muntins in them, the white curtains and the splash of color with impatiens and hydrangeas. I think it's just beautiful.

A darling place to rest just outside a shop.

I might just sit in the sun if I had this area to do it in.

This setting looks familiar but then again I post so many photos it might have been posted before, although, I take care in trying not to do it. But, anyway, this is worth repeating if so.

Another cute way to display potted plants.

I like how this homeowner displayed her dried roses. Very clever and pretty.

Pretty soaps in a bathroom sure do make guests take notice.

Red toile is always a favorite print of mine.

Where do people get these pretty bottles of lemonade?

Another way to display roses.

The best way to get husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they are too old to do it.