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Monday, October 29, 2012

Homespun Plaid

Ahhh...This is such a glorious time of year!
   Autumn Leaves....ORANGE, RED & GOLD...
      Plump Pumpkins, Colorful Gourds...
        Kettles simmering with luscious Fall soups...
          And, evenings spent by a crackling fire curled up with a good book. 

I gathered Fall florals from my stash that I display year after year and encircled this lovely soup tureen.
I spied this white tureen while thrifting. It was only $2.25!
It was missing the ladle...but, I already have one.
The outer yellow accent was another thrifted find for $1.
Tweaking is fun
Thrifty can be pretty!
Red Welsh Cupboard
Knowing that my favorite color is red
 my sweet husband gave me this wonderful cupboard.
I had fun adding pops of orange here and there.
I love collecting blueware and have several pieces.
I'm not a dish snob.
My husband has brought me blueware from around the world
 & I love mingling my thrifted and gifted pieces side by side. 
I am a huge fan of "homespun plaids". They add such a charming touch to any decor.
I simply measured the length of the table...Cut and then added a long overhanging ruffle to both ends.
I have admired the burlap table runners I have seen on my friend's blogs and wanted to make one, too.
My husband and I found this Harvest Table when we lived in Tennessee.
 It came from a small country church in Dandridge, Tennessee.
It's over 100 years old.
I can only imagine how many heartfelt prayers of thanksgiving
 have been prayed around this wonderful old table.
My lovable feline, Zoey, had to do a little investigating.
Whenever I do any decorating she has to be right in the middle of everything....
Giving it her final sign of approval.
It makes me so happy knowing that you stopped by,
my dear blogging friends!

I do hope you have a great week.
For those who are in the midst of the storm
Please know that I am praying for you.

Carolynn  xoxo

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Psalm 91:1-2
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My Rose Chintz
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Common Ground
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I Gotta Create
Rooted In Thyme
The Charm of Home

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Warmth of Home

This past week has been so busy!  I'm so glad you have found time to stop by.
      Some time ago I inherited my Gramma's button box. There were so many beautiful buttons to sort and sift. I didn't want to hide them away and so I decided to display them proudly in my living room. What fun I had "tweaking" a very plain lampshade.  When I turn the lamp on it fills the room with warmth as each button seems to glisten and glow.

I love this time of year. Home seems so much much warmer as the brisk winds and cool temperatures arrive.
My sister, Patti, made this beautiful Autumn quilt for my sister, Marsha. I was asked to photograph it for my sister's quilting business.
 I tend to prefer brighter colors, but, oh, these warm Autumn colors add such an inviting touch.

A closer look...Aren't the colors soothing and peaceful?
I love the touches of baby blue throughout. They remind me of the Autumn sky.

My sister did a beautiful job of machine quilting this feather pattern.
She used a variegated thread.
It adds such a nice contrast.

Thank you for popping in, my dear blogging friends.
I always love hearing from you...
So many of you have left such kind comments.
Blessings and Thanks to each one of you!
Carolynn  xoxo

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The Little Red House
The Shop Around the Corner
Etsy Cottage Style
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Cozy Little House
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Have A Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
My Rose Chintz
Common Ground
I Gotta Create
Rooted in Thyme
The Charm of Home

Monday, October 15, 2012

Seasons Change

I was fortunate to "tweak" my schedule
    to get in one last visit to my beloved Oregon Coast
       before the Winter begins to set in.
I live on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range
   and when the snow starts to fly traveling to the coast on mountain roads is risky at best.
Red, White and Blue...How I love these Nautical colors!
 Having grown up by the sea I am most at home with sea breezes, salt air and the sound of a seagulls shrill cry.
Ride Like The Wind!
This darling bungalow is just a few blocks from the beach. I had the fun of touring it while I visited this past summer.
 Just look at that cheeky little chicken...
And, oh, those polka dot mugs!
Big Tall Fish tales are allowed at this cozy beach bungalow!
"By The Sea"
A Bodacious Beach Babe...
  A Classic "Woody" Sporting a Shiny Surfboard...
A glass jar full of Sandy Sea Shells.
One of our family's favorite past times...
While on vacation we have sat up until wee hours of the morning playing table games.

Neskowin, Oregon is a tiny village by the sea.
 The first homestead was created in 1876.
Just one more glimpse before I head home.
I always sleep so well at the coast. The clean, fresh air is invigorating and it readies me for a good night's rest. The sound of the surf in the late night hours is soothing...bringing sweet sleep.
I always feel refreshed after spending time at the beach.

Thank you for taking one last trip with me,
my dear blogging friends.
There will always be next summer...
Carolynn  xoxo
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and, through the rivers,
they shall not overcome you..."
Isaiah 43:2
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 French Country Cottage
Common Ground
Rooted In Thyme

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sassy Slipcover

How I love taking something that is ugly, ugly, ugly...
          And giving it a pretty new face!

"Sitting Pretty"
Perched high atop my cutting table for photos. 
I enjoy using several coordinated prints when I make slipcovers, pillows, & window treatments.
I repurposed a soft yellow Mattelasse that I bought years ago.
The red paisley is a home dec fabric that I bought on sale at Joann's.

I like the rich texture of the yellow Mattelasse.
I chose two coordinates for the corded piping and ruffled skirt. 

I designed the slipcover for the chair back including a soft pleat.
This added a bit of ease along with a little touch of charm.
The corded piping is red paisley home dec fabric.

"The Good, The Bad, The Ugleeee!"
I just didn't have the heart to show the "Before"...
And this is why!
I'm so glad you stopped by my sewing room. It's that time of year when my creative juices are flowing.....
So many projects...
So little time!
Carolynn  xoxo
 "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:6
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Fresh Eggs Daily
Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Sunny Simple Life

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October on the Oregon Coast

Along the beautiful Oregon Coast
                Where I grew up...                  

I've had a wonderful few days visiting one of my favorite places in the whole wide world.
 This little cove is called "Boiler Bay". 
In the wintertime it's a boiling cauldron of white froth and waves that seem a mile high.

Please turn the volume all the way down...
The strong winds sound awful!

Looking south toward "Yaquina Head Lighthouse".
As a teenager I used to spend the entire day on a Saturday strolling along the water's edge.

"Yaquina Bay Bridge" built in the 1930s. It's on the National Registry of Historic Places.
It's Art Deco and Gothic design is stunning. 
As far as the east is from the west
the north from the south....

"Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will hold me fast.
Your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, "surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
The night will shine like the day,
for the darkness is as light to you."
Psalm 139:7-16

Beautiful Yet Treacherous Pacific Coast of Oregon
Brave hearted fishermen earn a living fishing for crab, salmon and tuna.
I'd like to dedicate this mural to
"Gustolph "Gus" Wagner"
who perished at sea in 1962.
He was my Sunday School teacher's loving husband.

Along the waterfront are many beautiful murals
painted by Oregon artist
Rick Chambers.

Abundant Harvest from the Sea

Thank you for joining me as I revisited the places that I love
from my childhood.

I hope you are having a wonderful day,
my dear blogging friends.

Carolynn  xoxo

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