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January 20, 2018

Amaryllis and a Pedestal Rocker

Finally it’s blooming!  I feel like singing the song from Neil Diamond "Hello"  with part of the lyrics being- Hello, my friend hello...  

Growing the amaryllis each year feels like an old friend...you can't wait to see them again.

I moved the planter over near the window daily to capture some sun.  It was in the kitchen window but proved to be too cold so they needed a different location.

The contrast of pretty flowers growing indoors plays nicely against the winter white background.

Now what does an Amaryllis and a Pedestal Rocker have to do with each other?
I do try to incorporate something to do with gardening on my blog frequently so that's all I have to say about that!
This is a very old Spindle Pedestal Rocker that my Mom and Dad salvaged after the war when they were getting their life going.  My Dad worked briefly at a bus garage in Detroit and there was a pile of old leather that had been stripped from seats on the bus heading to the garbage bin so he grabbed some of it to use to reupholstered the rocker.

I won't kid you I have always thought it was a bit of an ugly duckling and not all that long ago claimed my dislike for it.   

I saw this picture on Facebook that I was admiring but my eyes stopped when I noticed the rocker.

Now this is a far more attractive version of a pedestal rocker but what intrigued me was seeing the pretty fabric and the nicely padded seat and back.  I also learned a bit about these rockers and apparently this kind is a Hunzinger Platform Rocker.  The flat spring mechanism in the center is how you can tell the brand.  The one we have is likely an Eastlake.

I ran across several pictures while doing some research and this one was incredibly close to the one above.  These types of platform rockers seem to be considered from the Victorian age and likely from the late 1800's to early 1900's.

I am guessing that our chair had the nail heads and that my Dad reused them like this chair shows.  

I was looking for examples of similar chairs and to see if anyone else has upholstered them.  Though this is a different style rocker and I wouldn't pick such a modern fabric I saved it for future ideas.  

I won't ever paint it and I feel a tad bit sentimental knowing my Dad had reupholstered this, but I can't help wonder how it would look with a little updating and a softer look.  I don't think anyone else wants it and as we draw near the end of life at home as we knew it I feel compelled to start thinking about things like this.

This is my Mom this past Christmas.  I sent her that lantern and one of my sister's snapped a picture for me.  She's 95 now and sleeps most of her days away.  

Mom and Dad 1941
My Dad dressed for their wedding and a random picture of my Mom in Wilmington Delaware where she lived near the air force base where my Dad was stationed.  They just got married and he was going to be drafted so he enlisted in the Air (Corps) Force.  Once he went overseas she went back to Detroit to live with her parents until he returned.

So the chair has some history...do I spend money to update or not? 

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January 18, 2018

Cheerful and Bright, Red and White

Flowers and lots of color always makes me feel cheerful!  
Though the sun is mostly hidden today it is very bright outside which is a good thing!
This table is about "color" which I am craving right now.  

 I went for a cohesive look of red, white and black.

I do love red- and so many colors can be mixed with it too! 

I love this combination of whites and greens.  I picked up the flowers from Costco.  We just got  one up here and I noticed they always have beautiful roses and mixed flowers bouquets so I know I'll be back for more.  

Imagining a delicious morning breakfast with stacked blueberry pancakes or french toast, sausage or bacon, orange juice and coffee!

My favorite clear glasses called Trellis by Fitz and Floyd

Polka dots and checkered patterns...

Salad dishes by Ralph Lauren (called Spectator, Paisley).  The all creamy white dinner dish below accented with the black border was from Horchow a while back (CMG, Portugal is marked on the back).   Flatware also came from Horchow several years ago but had no identifiable pattern name.

I even changed the plate rack out to add more color!
Since our world is rather white outside right now so I eagerly seek color!

The green dishes came from One King's Lane several years ago and the red polka dot patterned ones (222 Fifth, Home Cupboard) were ordered through Replacements, Ltd., a while back.  I was thinking along the lines of Mary Engelbreit when I started focusing on the plate rack.  It still needs something- perhaps yellow!

Cheerful and Bright, Red and White!
I achieved my goal for color and for a cheerful table. Perhaps this will inspire you to pop some color in your life right now too!  

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January 16, 2018

Pick-Me-Up Blue Hydrangea Arrangement

I was asked to review a product from Silk Plants Direct-Silk Flowers and I gladly accepted the opportunity!  I selected this lovely Blue Hydrangea arrangement for my review and I love it!  

This is the arrangement I ordered from Silk Plants Direct and here is the link to it-
Blue Hydrangea .  I did receive this in exchange for my review.   My review is based solely on my opinion of the product and I have not been compensated in any other way.

I'm pleased with the quality of the silk flowers and how well put together it is.  The white planter bowl is very nice and suitable for display anywhere.

It came very well boxed and all I had to do was release a couple of straps that held it in place and then I fluffed it out a bit.  

I had the choice between many flowers but ultimately decided that I'd get the most use out of this arrangement.  

Silk Plants Direct-Silk Flowers has also also authorized a 10% discount to a viewer using this code BLOGGER10- just enter that code at checkout (except for anything that is custom).

I added some embellishments to the table to go with my new arrangement.  

This was a nice pick-me-up for this time of year for me!  Seeing the pretty blue hydrangeas makes me feel a little closer to spring and summer which I think most of us are anxiously awaiting for!


January 14, 2018

New Look For The Entryway Chest

While sorting out my storage closet I came across the little gold easel and that sent me off on creating a new look for my entryway chest.

I was looking for a new spot to put the orchid and this turned out to be a winner!

This gold finished metal easel could hold a larger picture but I kind of like this little picture seated in it. 

I went downstairs to look for this lamp.  It’s been a while since I’ve used it.  It was a find at a store that was closing in Grand Rapids back in 2010.

With some evening glow...

Did I mention how much I love this picture!  Such a sweet portrait of a child with his dog. I did some research on it and it is by Arthur William Devis, titled Master James Alexander Simpson.  I did recently find some on Ebay which is where I found mine.

This my favorite kind of fun with decorating- putting things together in different ways for a whole new look!

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January 11, 2018

Luncheon-time for Soup!

Two classics - buffalo plaid and paisley!  I used the galvanized charger to create a subtle transition between the two patterns.  Tiny checked red napkins with pewter napkin rings help repeat color and texture.  The glass snowflake coffee mugs can be used for coffee, tea or hot cocoa. The little blue tid-bit plates work perfectly as a saucer for the mugs.

Using my three tier stand I created a decorative centerpiece that also has some functionality for the dining experience!

Starting on top is my favorite little "Porcelain China Vendor- Incense Smoker" piece that Dan bought me during one of our visits to Frankenmuth.  I keep him displayed under a glass dome but today he's holding centerstage!

I thought a candle would be nice so I added some pine cones for a rustic touch...

I put saltine crackers in this crystal gravy server which will be easy to pass around.

He comes apart in two pieces. 

You set a little cone shaped incense piece on the round metal plate and air comes up through the back hole to help keep it burning and the smoke escapes through the mouth. 

I didn't have the proper kind of cone shaped incense so I used a piece of regular incense that I broke as small piece off of to light.  It probably produced more smoke than the other kind but I wanted to demonstrate how it works.

I chose soup bowls because  I was thinking about making soup after reading a post by my blogger friend Martha Ellen at "The Joy of Home With Martha Ellen" who posted a recipe for her Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.

Well there you have it!
Eat well and stay warm!!

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