It was cold enough this morning to light a fire in the woodstove in my studio...AHHHHH!! I love the heat that comes from a REAL fire. This weekend I need to get a couple more cords of wood delivered, no one is home long enough to have time or the ability to trek out and cut it ourselves...but I want wood heat this winter...
Here are some pics of how the house decorating is coming. It is SO HARD to want to hammer nails into newly painted walls! But I am loving how it is coming out.
This is the ladder that I bought in Liberty...it's perfect for hanging the quilts! And can you see how I hung the beat up old green shutters (also found in Liberty)on either side of the dining room window INSIDE the room? My son doesn't understand that it is a "design element"..he thinks they only belong outside..but I saw this in a Country Living type magazine and loved it. It stayed in the back of my mind for "some day" and some day came yesterday :c)
I also found the saw in Liberty, it's been waiting since last spring to have a quilt hung from it's blade :c) (yes the blade is wrapped so it doesn't harm the quilt! I actually thought of hanging it blade side up,but it gave less width to display the quilt...
I was able to unpack ALL the boxes of china..I only broke ONE saucer :c( Not bad as often as this stuff has been moved around. I love seeing my great grandmother's china out in the china hutch ready to be used.
And I AM promising to use it more often. No sense in having it there if it doesn't make some memories for my kids. When I pass it on to them..I want them to have an attachment to it. (Kind of like we have with our fabric, and quilts, right?)
I used to play "tea party" with the colored tea cups and saucers when I was little. These are special to me. There are also some tiny German demitasse cups, only 1 saucer survives to this day, but oh the tea parties with my dollies under neath the tree limbs!
In my unpacking I came upon my old patchwork quilt pumpkins, and my halloween table topper. It's over 10 years old now, pulled out every year the 1st of October (I'm late this year) and it is fading...might have to make another one at some point. I love Halloween...just fun for kids. It feels weird not to be carving pumpkins with them anymore. I don't want to be the only one carving, it's just not the same.
I do have some "plug in" pumpkins that I bought as an alternative...and those are plugged in and glowing!
The dining room lamp HAS to go. It is just the wrong feel for the room. It came with the house, and all that brass and etched glass is just too.....tooo.....SHINY? Something. I'm going to check at Lowe's or Home Depot to see if I can find something more hammered and beat up looking :c) Distressed bronze or wrought iron? Something to go with the rustic feel of the rest of the room.
I also found a plate hanger thing..holds 3 plates...that I want from Hobby Lobby, but it was not on sale this week ;c) It might have to wait. I don't think I have a current coupon floating around anywhere. I have 3 large redware plates that would be a great accent on the wall to the right of where the quilt ladder is. It's a big blank spot there.