Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HODGEPODGE


Wednesday again already and time for the HODGEPODGE.  Click on the picture below and join the others.  Soo many thanks to Joyce for this party every Wednesday..





1.  What's something you'd rate a 10/10?  Tell us why....Hmmm goodness off the top of my head I can't think of just one thing that really stands out.   I'll come back to this and will let myself dwell on it a bit.   Ok, I am all done so I am back to this.  For me, there are MANY things I'd rate a perfect 10. Maybe I am just easy to please, lol.  Let's see....first off, I'd rate my Bernina 580 sewing machine a perfect 10.  I love it!  It does everything I need it to do with little effort and no problems. Though the embroidery attachment only gets an 8!  lol.  I wish it would accommodate the much bigger hoops.  I'd rate the job my hubby did on our ceramic floors a full ten as well!  They are better than new and so far seem to be holding up just perfectly!  How grateful I am for this. (I have a "weird" thing for flooring). And I'd rate the summer and fall gluten free soups from Panera Bread a perfect 10 too, lol.  I love soup and since going gluten free it is hard to find good ones.  But these are REALLY good.  Guess I will stop with these.  Though Sunday's message was also a 10!  lol  Sooo good and soo much wisdom and truth in it.  OK, now I'll stop.  Told you, I can be kind of easy to please.

2.  What job would you be terrible at?  What makes you think so?  HMM...again I think I may be putting too much thought into these.  There are jobs I think I might have been OK at when I was younger, but now with my age and physical limitations I wouldn't even attempt, lol   But one thing I have never been able to do well is anything artistic.  So I guess I'd be terrible at being an artist.  I can barely draw a stick man or make a believable circle.  I really admire people who can paint or sketch. I'd also can't begin to carry a tune so good thing I never attempted a singing career either, lol.  I am also quite bad at math (which can make quilting tricky sometimes) so I would be terrible as an accountant, or a math teacher.  Should I go on?  Guess this will do for now.  lol

3.  When did you last take a fall?  What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days? Well, it has been at least 4 years since I have taken a fall.  But then I am SUPER careful because with my arthritis I have all over (especially in my knees) it could just be a catastrophe if I were to fall.  I hold onto rails, watch carefully where I step, and take my time.    Last time I fell I was hurrying up my neighbors driveway as I had dropped our hose off of our porch watering our porch plants, and it was shooting water all over her car! (yes, we are that close together, lol)  My feet were bare and the driveway was HOT so I was moving as quickly as my body would allow me.  Next thing I knew I tripped over the hose and found myself falling completely to the ground.  And on concrete! And right on my poor knees! I was not sure how I'd ever get up without something to hold onto to (I wasn't close enough to her car yet!) and I was all wet to boot!  Somehow I managed to push myself up (funny what you can do when you have to! lol) and thankfully was not hurt much besides my pride.

Something I am falling for in a good way is a whole new way of sewing with knits.  I have been considering getting a serger since soo much of what I sew these days is done with knits, but I discovered a foot recently I had that came with my sewing machine that I had never used that is used just for this.  It is a wonder!!  So I am falling sooo in love with this "new to me" sewing foot!  lol

4.  According to the Travel Channel, here are some of America's best fall festivals...National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville, PA, close to Gettysburg) Harvest on the Harbor (Portland, Maine) German Village Festival (Columbus, Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod) and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe, NM)  Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed/  Which one appeals to you most?  Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?  I have not been to any of these festivals, but the first one, National Harvest Festival close to Gettysburg, instantly caught my attention for some reason. Probably because Gettysburg is on my bucket list.  Out city does not really have any festival that I am aware of anyway, so no we don't plan on attending any.  At our old house we lived near an old downtown area that did a fall festival every year that we attended MANY times.  It was always fun. But no desire to do that these days.

5.  What is your goodbye message to summer?  Goodbye to you summer of 2017!  You were full of good memories of family gatherings, an awesome fourth of July celebration, a couple of good beach trips, and lazy days.  Not to terribly hot either.

6.  Insert your own random thought... 37 years ago I made my mom a stitchery.  That's what they called them in those days.  I don't know if they even sell them anymore and if they do what they are called.  It is basically a picture done in hand embroidery stitches.  My neighbor was into them at the time and taught me how to do the stitches, and we sat side by side stitching while our babies played all those years ago.  Well, anyway, I gave it to my mom for Christmas after having it professionally framed and it hung in her home for years and years.  When she passed away it came back to me and I hung it in our utility room.  Well, when we recently re-did our bedroom I had an empty wall spot and went looking through our home for something that I might hang there and came upon it.  However as I REALLY looked at it I realized that it was not only dirty (no glass on the frame....a definite mistake on my part! but at 25 what do you know?  lol) and it was just browned from age.  I decided to take the frame apart and paint it, (the same green as the accent wall) and then figure out some way to "clean" the stitchery.  I started with taking it to the dry cleaners.  Not only did this NOT do a thing, it actually made it a little worse as now I had some of the blue thread bleed onto the canvas too.  Soo then I went and got that product Retro Clean which I had used to take the yellow out of the old quilt that had been made by my great, great grandmother, and put it to soak for a couple of days. It had worked sooo well on the quilt I was really quite hopeful. Well, it kind of helped, but not really.  It was STILL browning and now a lot of the bright orange had faded from the yarn as well.  Sooooo my next step was straight bleach.  I started by just dipping my finger in a little bit of straight bleach and rubbing it around on little areas, and by the time I had finished I was dumping full cap-fulls of bleach onto the brown spots.  Finally I got some results!  After working on it for over an hour I put it into my washing machine on HOT water, and super delicate wash.  I figured if it ruined it at this point, it was ruined anyway.  Well......it actually came out pretty good!  It is NOT the same vibrant colors that it was in its originality, (but then we all fade a little through the years don't we? lol") I have not re-framed it....though I did paint it....as I intend to put glass in it this time.

HERE IT WAS...THE LIGHT WAS SOO BRIGHT WHEN I TOOK THIS THAT IT DOESN'T LOOK AS BAD AS IT REALLY WAS

THIS IS JUST SO YOU CAN SEE HOW VIBRANT THE YARN COLORS WERE

HERE IT IS BEGINNING TO SOAK AND YOU CAN SEE HERE MUCH BETTER HOW MUCH IT HAD BROWNED AND NEAR THE BOTTOM WHERE THE BLUE HAD BLED

HERE IT IS NOW....NO BROWN OR BLUE, BUT NO BRIGHT ORANGE EITHER...LOL

I JUST LAID THE GREEN FRAME ON IT SO YOU CAN GET THE IDEA.  IT STILL NEEDS TO BE PRESSED AND STRETCHED ONTO THE CANVAS, AND I NEED TO GET SOME GLASS FOR THE FRAME



I AM GOING TO PUT IT ON THAT SMALL WALL THERE BY THE LITTLE TREE.  THE COLORS SHOULD ALL GO PRETTY WELL I THINK.


Hope you are all having a good week!  Busy trying to get the sewing done I need to do by a week from this Friday when Melody and her family will be here for the wedding.  I am almost finished with the Halloween pj's, and I want to make Sam a hoodie for his birthday too.  The silk flower for the flower girl dress arrived yesterday....finally....I was starting to panic, guess it went to the wrong address.  Anyway, I REALLY like how it looks on the dress.  Let me show you...

IT FINISHED IT OFF JUST RIGHT I THINK....I DO STILL NEED TO GET A HOOK AND EYE FOR THE BACK, BUT THEN IT'S ALL DONE.  CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT ON HER!
CLAIRE HAS A REAL LOVE FOR KITTIES RIGHT NOW SO KNEW THIS FABRIC WOULD WORK FOR HER!

AND BOTH SAM AND LUKE ARE REALLY INTO SNAKES RIGHT NOW, SO ANOTHER PERFECT CHOICE.  I GOT THESE KNITS FROM JOANNE'S WHICH IS A FIRST FOR THEM TO CARRY SEASONAL KNITS LIKE THESE.  THEY ARE NICE TO WORK WITH, BUT NOT NEARLY AS NICE AS THE SPECIALTY SHOPS.  WHAT CAN I SAY, I'VE GOTTEN SPOILED BY THEM, LOL, JUST WISH THEY WERE NOT SOO PRICEY!
Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY



It's been a while but I am excited to jump back on the hodgepodge this week.  I've definitely missed this...to join the others click on the pic below.





1.  Is a picture worth a thousand words...elaborate.  My answer to this would be most definitely.  Be it a photo of a people or a place or nature if taken right and captured well can tell a whole story.  I've many that I feel do this, but this is one of my favorites...

THIS WAS NOT THE ONE I WAS LOOKING FOR...BUT IT IS A CLOSE SECOND.  THE JOY OF BEING MAN AND WIFE IS WRITTEN ALL OVER THEIR FACES.  THE HOPE FOR THEIR FUTURE.  THEIR LOVE.  IT WAS CAPTURED PERFECTLY

2.  Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway?  If so what was your favorite stop? If not is this sort of trip on your bucket list?  Well, living in So. California pretty much my whole life I have made more trips up and down PCH more times then I could ever count up.  I've been as far South as Encinitas and as far North as San Francisco.  It truly is a breath taking drive in many, many parts, and I TRY not to take it for granted.  As I sit here thinking it is kind of hard to pick out what my favorite stop might be.  I think I will go with Pismo Beach.  We have been there several times and the beaches, the shopping, the restaurants and the town just hold a certain charm for me.  But honestly I can say the very same for Carmel.

PISMO BEACH

3.  How do the changing seasons affect you?  As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward?  Which season transition bothers you most?  Why do you suppose that is?  Even though again living in So. California there is not much of a season change, there are some, and I am definitely affected by them.  I have always been someone who is slow to change and I tend to want to hang on to what I am comfortable with.  So I guess I mainly look backward as seasons change.  The transition that bothers me most is from Fall to winter and it is of course for obvious reasons. If the weather here is going to be gloomy, this is the season for that.  It gets dark sooo early and it feels as though your day is way too short.  Always LOTS of flu's and colds going around and I don't like that of course either.  But then again winter brings Christmas which I love, Valentine's Day, our anniversary, and hopefully the occasional rain storm.  Once I settle into each new season, I eventually look forward to all it offers.

4.  It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu.  What are we having?  Do you ever lie about your age?  Hmmm considering mine is coming up the end of this month I should probably be giving this some thought.  I would probably go for a place called Cedar Creek by us that has some of the best Maui Maui I have ever had.  And then a baked potato, and some fresh asparagus sounds really good!  And for dessert?  Well, since it is my birthday I would probably be happy with a gluten free pizooki from BJ's....And nope, I will be 63 this year and I am proud of every year the Lord has blessed me with!  lol

5.  What's a life lesson you've learned recently?  Hmm...I can't think of anything profound at the moment.  NOT that I haven't learned many valuable life lessons over the course of my life of course, but something recent is eluding me.  The only thing sticking in my mind right now is to NOT over load us with too much home improvement projects in a row again.  Getting way to "seasoned" for that.

6.  Insert your own random thought here....Wow I am way out of practice here.  Not a lot of "random" floating around in this head today and that it unusual for me.  lol  Hubby is in Chicago for business this week so my 16 year old grand daughter Lindsey is joining me for a couple of days to keep me company.  I am looking forward to hearing her stories and catching up a bit with her.  Life goes soo fast.  It seems like just yesterday she was just a little girl begging to come over and stay the night. Now she drives herself over and back and is soo busy it's hard to fit grandma into her schedule.  If I could figure out a way to slow life down without stopping it's progression wouldn't that be wonderful?  Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!






Monday, September 11, 2017

ODDS AND ENDS OF CATCH UP....



Just have  a couple of more things to mention and I'll be completely caught up...First we had our annual end of the summer (labor day week-end) beach day, and honestly it was just the best day.  We did it on the Saturday before Labor day in the middle of a  100 degree heat wave so I think you can imagine the So. California beaches.  I don't know if "packed" really described them.   We all left our various houses EARLY and headed down and believe it or not we all made it into the parking lot before they shut the gates, and found a really good spot too.  It is VERY VERY hard for me to walk on loose sand with these knees, but I actually was able to do that too with just a tiny bit of assistance.  It was such a nice day in every way.  The weather honestly couldn't have been nicer.  We popped up our "pop-up" and had lots of shade for those who wanted it, shared our various packed lunches, and they all swam and played and built sand castles and played football and talked and talked and talked. It was just the best!  We were there pretty much all day, and left in the late afternoon and met at a local Mexican restaurant and had dinner to help celebrate my middle son's birthday.  Here are some pics from that day...

VINNY AND I AFTER HIS NAP

13 YEAR OLD JEFFIE WILL STILL POSE SOO NICE FOR GRANDMA

8 YEAR OLDS TELLA AND CODY SURE ENJOYED THEIR TIME TOGETHER

OLDEST SON EVAN AND HIS GIRLFRIEND

EVERYONE SURE GAVE MY MIDDLE SON JOHN SOME TEASING ON THE SIZE OF HIS DRINK CUP, LOL

4 YEAR OLD VINNY ACTUALLY TOOK A TWO HOUR NAP!

JOE AND HIS DAD SHARE A LOVE OF THESE POPSICLE'S..... AN ICE CREAM CART WHEELED RIGHT UP TO OUR SPOT ON THE BEACH...KIND OF NICE!

OLDEST SON'S FAMILY, MINUS LINDSEY (who was at her boyfriends soccer game!) AND OF COURSE HIS OLDEST MARRIED DAUGHTER ANNABEL

ALL THE CLASS MEN AT THE BEACH 2017

And then I wanted to catch you up on my sewing.  My daughter Melody and her family will be in town in late September as Mike's younger brother is getting married and they all are to be in the wedding.  They asked me if I might make Claire's flower girl dress and I quickly agreed.  I was able to chose the pattern and style of the dress and the fabric.  My only restrictions were that the dress was to be white!  I deliberated for quite a while but finally came up with my choices.  Melody approved of it all and purchased everything I needed and I begun.  It is almost 100 percent completed, but I am waiting on a flower that will get pinned on the front and I need to put on a hook and eye at the neckline, so it is very very close.  Let me show you that...

SIMPLE STYLE....IT IS SUPER FULL AND TIES IN A BIG BOW IN THE BACK.  I AM WAITING ON A SILK ROSE IN A LIGHT SHADE OF DUSTY ROSE THAT WILL GET PINNED ON THE WAIST LINE OFF TO THE SIDE.  IT IS THE FIRST FULLY LINED DRESS I HAVE EVER MADE.  I HAVE DONE LOTS OF LINED BODICES, BUT NEVER THE WHOLE THING.  KIND OF FIDDLY.  LOL.  IT MADE ME NERVOUS SEWING WITH THIS FABRIC AND HONESTLY I DON'T THINK I WILL DO MUCH MORE OF THIS KIND OF SEWING.  I LIKE QUICK AND EASY, LOL, AND THIS WAS SOMEWHAT OF A JOB.  BUT I REALLY DO LIKE THE WAY IT TURNED OUT!

JUST A CLOSE UP OF THE LACY TYPE SPARKLY OVER SKIRT!  THIS FABRIC IS SOOO PRETTY!

THE SHOES YOU WILL WEAR!

SHE WILL WEAR HER HAIR LIKE THIS....ADORABLE!  CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HER IN IT ALL!

LOOK AT THAT LITTLE FACE...SHE LOOKS SOO MUCH LIKE HER MAMA
I LOVE THESE KITS FROM SHABBY FABRICS...I PURCHASED THE LITTLE SCROLL HANGER TO HANG IT FROM THIS TIME...I HAVE DECEMBER WAITING TO PUT TOGETHER AS WELL BUT I DON'T NEED THAT UNTIL AFTER DECEMBER


And then I just made up a couple of Fall outfits with fabric that Melody ordered and had sent to me, I made the quilted fall wall hanging, and I have a few pairs of Halloween pj's and I will be done with all the Fall sewing I am going to do this year, and then I can get started on my Christmas sewing.  I am REALLY far behind but I am not going to stress over it...promise, lol.


THIS IS A STRETCHY COTTON LYCRA FABRIC FROM MY FAVORITE SHOP VINTAGE LACE!  THEIR STUFF IS NOT ONLY UNIQUE, IT IS SOFT, AND HONESTLY JUST ADORABLE.  SEWS UP SOOO EASY!

I MADE THIS TOP TO GO WITH THE SAME PAIR OF LEGGINGS THIS MORNING.  SO!OO CUTE.  HONESTLY THE FABRIC IS JUST PRECIOUS.  I WISH YOU COULD FEEL IT

JUST A CLOSE UP OF THE FABRIC SO YOU COULD READ IT



And I just had to show you the little video I got of sweet 4 year old Luke practicing his bible verse for school.  He started pre-K this year....

video


Guess that's it for now...It was sure nice to have a week-end that didn't require any painting.  The first we've had all summer.  We are both enjoying it all.  Yesterday afternoon we made a trip down to my oldest son Joe's karate studio where he is training his MMA fighter for a fight come Oct. 7th.  My hubby is going to help him work their corner, and is helping to train this fighter for wrestling.  He was Nebraska's heavy weight wrestler all the way through his college years, and to say he enjoys the sport is putting it mildly.  I try to make him remember he is pushing 66 now and the old body just isn't what it used to be, but he is hard to control lol once he gets near the sport.  He did go 1 round with a young guy (25) who is a black belt in Jujitsu (wrestling) who was supposed to be there to help "work out" the fighter.  My hubby pinned him in 20 seconds, lol.  Now he does have several pounds on this kid, but I told him we'd swap the pounds with my hubby's age, lol.  He was good after that.  LOL

THERE THEY ARE AT THE RING IN MY SON'S STUDIO.  THE FIGHTER IS THE GUY THERE IN THE CENTER WITH THE RIPPED ABDOMEN, LOL  SURE HOPE HE DOES WELL

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A LONG OVER DO CATCH UP!

 Well this is by far the LONGEST I have gone without posting since I started blogging some eight or nine years ago.  There are a few reasons for this I think....First, I really have been very busy.  But then I got behind and it seemed overwhelming to catch up.  And then....I had some sort of issue with my phone where I was unable to send pictures from my phone to my email account which is how I get pictures from my phone camera onto my lap top which is where is I do my blog post from...sigh. And who wants to blog without posting pictures, right?  lol.  But this morning I decided I was going to remedy the problem no matter what.  It took a while, and somebody from technical support walking me through several steps, (I've no idea what I actually did!) but it finally worked and here I am!  Sooo now  where in the world do I start?  I think I have decided to just post the pictures I want to be in my books, and not go into much of any detail at all.  I have a feeling (if I even have any readers left), most of you won't miss my L O N G drug out posts anyway.  I have posted most of these on my Instagram account, so if you have seen these I do apologize.  (wink)

Soo I see that I left off with Cody's visit.  We went on from there to have Tella, JD, Capri, Jeffie and Lindsey over as well.  Can't even really describe the fun and unique visits we had with each one of them.  The time spent will be treasured for always, and how grateful we both were to get it.  We played games and cards, shopped, went to the movies, had special meals both in and out, and enjoyed it all soo much.   And in between grandkid visits this summer we finally finished up the painting and repair work we did on this house.  We re-did the floors. the kitchen, and the master bed and bath. Trust me, we are both sooo done with these kind of projects for a while.  At least until spring time I think anyway, lol.  I will share the pics I got of all of these things now....

I guess I haven't blogged in a while and can't remember things because I can't seem to get things straight.  But this is it for now...hopefully I will get back on board now and get around and see what all of you have been up to.  Many, many blessings to you all Debbie


THIS IS 8 YEAR OLD TELLA WHO IS MY ONE GRANDCHILD WHO IS INTERESTED IN SEWING!  CAN'T SEEM TO SPARK UP ANY INTEREST WITH THE REST OF THEM, BUT THAT'S OK.  TELLA WANTED TO SEW AND I WAS HAPPY TO OBLIGE.  THIS KIND OF FABRIC IS NOT EASY TO SEW ON BUT SHE REALLY DID VERY WELL.  NEXT TIME I THINK WE WILL TACKLE A PILLOW CASE, AND THAT SHOULD BE A LOT EASIER.

HERE IS THE LITTLE TOP WE  SHE MADE!  SOO CUTE ON HER!

THIS WAS TAKEN AFTER OUR BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING TRIP, AND BEFORE OUR MOVIE!

FOR SOME REASON THIS IS THE ONLY ONE I GOT OF 11 YEAR OLD JD.  HE WAS A COMPLETE DELIGHT WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY TO DESCRIBE HIM!  HE AND I PLAYED BOARD GAMES AND CARDS AND CAUGHT A MOVIE AND HE DID MORE BOYISH TYPE THINGS WITH GRANDPA, LIKE HIT DAVE AND BUSTERS AND RIDE GO CARTS.  THIS WAS TAKEN ON HIS LAST DAY AND LAST LUNCH OUT.  WE WENT TO FARRELL'S ICE CREAM PARLOR WHICH IS DEFINITELY HIS NEW FAVE!  SOO FUN!

AND HERE IS 12 YEAR OLD CAPRI.  SHE HAS GOTTEN TO BE SUCH A BIG GIRL AND YOUNG LADY!  LOVED MY TIME WITH HER TOO.  SHE IS 5'7" AND JUST AS PRETTY AS CAN BE.  WE SHOPPED, WENT TO A MOVIE, LUNCHED OUT, AND ON HER LAST DAY I TOOK HER TO JESS'S SHOP TO GET HER DONE BEFORE SHE STARTED 7TH GRADE THIS YEAR.  JESS ADDED JUST A FEW HIGHLIGHTS TO HER HAIR, DONE IN SUCH A WAY SHE WILL NOT HAVE ANY ROOTS GROWING IN.  IT'S NOT ACTUALLY A HIGHLIGHT, BUT I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT IT'S CALLED.  SHE MATCHED IT WITH HER NATURAL SUN LIGHTENED HAIR AND IT LOOKED REALLY PRETTY!

HERE SHE IS WITH JESS AFTERWARDS...CAN'T BELIEVE SHE IS ACTUALLY TALLER THAN JESS!  LOL

SOOO PRETTY AND NATURAL LOOKING!
AND MY JEFFIE.  WE ARE AT LUNCH HERE AFTER BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING.  HE IS GETTING TO BE SOO OLD AT 13 NOW I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT.  HE IS DEFINITELY AT THAT HARD, SOMEWHAT AWKWARD IN BETWEEN AGE THESE DAYS, BUT HE AND I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SO CLOSE.  WE JUST "GET" EACH OTHER IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.  SOOO ENJOYED MY TIME WITH HIM!

PRETTY GIRL....LOOK AT THOSE EYELASHES, AND NOT A SPECK OF MAKE UP ON!





I AM PRETTY SURE I'VE SHOWN THIS BUT NOT WITH THE PICTURES ON THE WALLS, AND MY NEW TEA POT!
SOO EXCITED WITH THIS NEW POT!  IT WAS THE PERFECT COLORS AND I COULDN'T RESIST!  
LOVE THE BIRD!  THOUGH I WILL ADMIT THE TEA POT WAS WAY BIGGER THAN I WAS EXPECTING
VIEW INTO THE MASTER BATH...THE SHOWER AND THE SUNKEN TUB ARE TO YOUR LEFT.  WE USED THE SAME GREEN FROM THE KITCHEN HERE JUST FLIP FLOPPED.  THIS TIME THE CABINETS WERE GREEN AND THE WALLS THE LINEN WHITE.  I REALLY LIKE THIS.  IT WAS THE ONLY ROOM WE DID NOT RE PAINT WHEN WE MOVED IN 7 YEARS AGO, AND IT WAS IN DESPERATE NEED.  TOOK WAY WAY LONGER TO DO THIS ROOM THAN WE PLANNED.  I RECOVERED MY VANITY CHAIR SITTING THERE, AND SPRAY PAINTED THE LEGS GOLD.  COULDN'T FIND A NEW TRASH CAN THAT DIDN'T COST A FORTUNE, SO I SPRAY PAINTED IT GOLD TOO, LOL.  COLOR IS NOT REAL GOOD HERE BUT THE RUGS ARE A PRETTY GOLD!
HERE IS ONE SIDE OF THE TUB....THIS PICTURE WAS IN OUR ROOM BUT WORKED BETTER IN HERE.  AND THE BIRD HOUSE WAS IN MY KITCHEN WINDOW SILL BUT IT WAS BETTER SUITED HERE.  I OFTEN MOVE THINGS AROUND (OR HOUSE SHOP AS CHERYL FROM THINKING ABOUT HOME CALLS IT, LOL) WHEN I RE DO ROOMS.
I ENDED UP MAKING THESE TOWELS MYSELF WHEN I COULDN'T FIND DECORATIVE ONES TO MATCH.  THE TOWEL ITSELF IS THE SAME GOLD AND LINE AS THE RUGS, AND THEN I ADDED ON THE FABRIC, THE CORDING, AND THE EMBROIDERY DESIGN.  WAY, WAY EASIER THAN I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE.  I MIGHT BE DOING SOME MORE OF THESE IN THE FUTURE!
THE LIGHTING IS SOOOO BAD IN HERE WHAT WITH THE WINDOWS (THERE IS ANOTHER ONE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DRESSER) BUT I DID THE BEST I COULD.  YOU CAN'T SEE VERY WELL FROM THIS PICTURE BUT WE PAINTED 3 OF THE WALLS IN HERE WITH THE SAME LINEN WHITE AS THE BATHROOM.  I HAD ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO PAINT THESE WALLS A LIGHT GOLD, BUT GOT ONE OF THE WALLS DONE AND DECIDED I HATED IT, SO WE SWITCHED TO THIS...MUCH BETTER!  MY POOR HUBBY I THINK WANTED TO STRANGLE, SILENCE, KICK, SHAKE ME BY THE TIME WE FINALLY FINISHED THIS ROOM, LOL.  DEFINITELY TIME TO QUIT!  HONESTLY IF OUR YOUNGEST SON JAMES HAD NOT COME AND HELPED US FINISH UP, WE'D HAVE AT LEAST ANOTHER WEEK-END BEFORE WE WERE DONE!  SOOO GRATEFUL!  LOL
JUST ANOTHER VIEW...THAT'S MY MOM'S CHAIR, AND A PIECE OF MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER'S QUILT

AND HERE'S THE WALL ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DRESSER.  WE PAINTED IT IN THE GREEN AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!  I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED DARK, RICH PAINT AND HAD QUITE A BIT OF IT OVER THE YEARS.  BUT THIS HOUSE IS QUITE A BIT SMALLER AND I HAVE NOT FELT LIKE SIZE WISE IT COULD "HANDLE" THE DARKER PAINT.  BUT I DECIDED ONE FOCAL WALL WOULD BE JUST FINE.  I DELIBERATED, AND DELIBERATED ON THIS, TOOK SURVEY'S AND HONESTLY JUST COULD HARDLY MAKE UP MY MIND, BUT FINALLY DECIDED TO GO WITH IT, AND I AM SOO GLAD I DID.  I KNOW IT'S NOT FOR EVERYBODY, BUT I DO LOVE IT...
JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK