Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Loft

The loft has been put back together after the painting of the hutch and round table.  Here is how it looks today.

This is what it looked like before...

All of the furniture pieces remained, as well as the lamps, curtains and bird cage.  All I did was paint the hutch and table.  Added some art to the walls (I will show you what I did at the bottom of this post), and made some new blue toile pillows.

Here is the Bee table.


Edited to add this second picture of the bee table.  The bee looks off center in the first picture, but it is actually centered on the table.




For the "art" on the wall, I painted an old black frame, white and then stained it with dark wax.  The actual "art" is a piece of toile fabric, that I literally duct taped onto cardboard.



I did like the red and black, but the red and blue seem less heavy.  I would like to add a Persian rug in reds and blues in the area too, someday. 


 I think I will enjoy this change.


Linking to:
No Minimalist Here ~ Open House Party
Savvy Southern Style~WOW
Restored It Wednesday
Kristens Creations~Share Your Creation
Redoux~Friday Redoux
Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Let It Snow...

I have been trying to get some pictures of my indoor Christmas decorating so far, but it has been dark and gloomy in the house.  Yesterday it rained all day.  Today it is snowing, which is pretty, but doesn't help with the picture taking.


So, the best I could do, was get a little close up of part of my mantel.  A sneak peek...because Pamela from My Front Porch To Yours, is having a Holiday Mantel Linky Party on December 5th, and I will show my entire mantel then.
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Penny

Monday, November 28, 2011

Night Visions

Though this post was originally published in 2011, I am linking it with Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday, Christmas Past on Nov, 27th, 2013
As promised, a night picture of the front entry.


If you missed it, the daylight version is in the previous post.

It is raining here this morning.  So no more Christmas pictures - too dark in the house.  We might get a little snow tomorrow.  I am working on the loft area still, and pulling staples from the French settee still....
Linking this to:
At The Picket Fence ~Doors and Porches Party
Southern Fried Gal ~ Door Party
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Penny

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Christmas Welcome

I spent the afternoon today hanging the garland around the front door and lighting the trees and wreath.
I am going to try to get a picture tonight with the candles in the lanterns lit.  They are the battery operated kind, but they look so real!
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Penny

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Let The Decorating Begin!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

When do you start your Christmas decorating?  We start the day after Thanksgiving.  I have never been one to go out on Black Friday, so that is when we start decorating the tree.
A few years ago, I found this pretty mailbox ornament.  I love that is says, Welcome Home, on it.  That is how I usually sign all of my blog posts!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blue and Red Toiles

Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes yesterday!

I have sewed a couple of pillows for the loft area to tie in the red toile with the newly Louis Blue table and hutch.

So here is another sneak peek of the loft area.

I won't be posting tomorrow.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Penny

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Birthday To ??

Today is my birthday!  I am creeping quickly into my 6th decade.  I am 58 today.

Where did the time go?
1953

1959

1967

1979
(and yes you are seeing correctly, I am really styling in my white terry cloth short shorts!)

1985

2000

Today

 Today, I am going to the spa for a facial and a massage.  Then Mr. Comforts of Home is cooking lobster tails for dinner....

Thanks for walking down memory lane with me!
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Penny

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Bee It Is

Thank you all for you suggestions on what to do with the table.  Mr. Comforts is pretty pleased with himself, since most of you agreed with him :-).

Here is a little sneak peak.
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Penny

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Louis Blue Table

The table is finished.  It is painted the same Louis Blue as the hutch, and has a gold leaf edge.

Well, sort of....Mr Comforts of Home thinks there should be something in the center....like a French Bee, or a Fleur de Lis.  I like it as is.
Let's take a poll.  Do you think it should have a bee in the center?  A fleur de lis? Or leave it as is?

Once we decide then I will put the whole loft back in order with a few more changes and show you the hutch, table, chairs etc all together.

On another note, my staple remover finally arrived, so I can start working on the French settee now!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Table Project

Today it is raining outside and very gloomy.  I am inside painting the round table that was in my loft.  One of the projects I put on my sidebar in January to accomplish this year.
I am getting a little close to the end of the year....I think a few of those unfinished projects will get moved to next year....and a couple will just get scraped because I changed my mind. 


What are you doing today?
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Penny

Sunday, November 13, 2011

From Basic Black To French Ooh La La

This project was a long time coming!  It actually took only a few hours to paint and wax the hutch, but three weeks to wait for the dark wax to come in.

Here is the finished hutch.

And here was my inspiration piece.


Most of you remember it when it looked like this, below in black.

And a few of you who have been around for a long time might remember the post I did on it here in 2008 at my previous house.  I painted it black, removing glass doors and replacing the glass with chicken wire.  It look like this...

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and both the AS Soft Wax in clear and dark for the first time.  The paint went on easily and dried fast.  I only had to use one coat to cover the original black paint.

Here is a picture with the top half of the hutch having the dark wax applied and the bottom of the hutch has not yet been waxed. 

I purposely added more dark wax to the outside parts of the hutch and less on the door and drawer panels, to give some contrast.


I applied gold rub and buff to the original bronze handles and pulls to lighten them up.

I really enjoyed working with the chalk paint.  I am looking forward to my next painting project.  Once I finish up some other projects in my loft area, I will show you how it looks in place.

I am still waiting for the staple puller to arrive in the mail, so I can finish working on the settee.
I'm linking to:
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Penny

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Guess What I Am Doing This Weekend?

The Dark Wax is here....

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Reality Shot

Today I am linking up with Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage for Reality Shot Thursday.

As you know, I have a couple of projects I have been working on that have stalled, due to waiting for waxes and tools to arrive.  I have been working on these projects in my loft area.  

Normally the loft looks like this....

But since, I am painting the big black hutch Louis Blue, and it was in the loft area, that is where I am working.  I am also working on recovering the French settee in the same area.  

So for the last two weeks as my projects stalled, this is what the loft area looks like.

The good news is that the dark wax I have been waiting for is coming in today and I am going to pick it up.  So this weekend, I should have the hutch finished! Woohoo!!

Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Roses and Transferware

Since I am not going to be creating as many mosaic pieces as I have in the past, I thought it was time to get rid of some of the vintage china I have collected over the years.

I am creating little groupings and selling them in my Etsy store.  I will be adding more groupings as the next few days pass.

If you are interested...you can go to my ETSY store from my side bar.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall Landscape

So how was your weekend?  Great I hope!

I thought I would show you one of my favorite paintings.  I love landscapes.  This one was done by a local artist here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  We have had this for about 6 years.
It has been over a fireplace mantel in the past, but at this house it is in the dining room over a small cabinet.

Speaking of cabinets.  Kim at Savvy Southern Style has this same style cabinet and just did a fabulous makeover on it!  Check it out, HERE.

A little update on the French cabinet makeover I showed you a few posts back.  I still don't have the dark wax to finish the piece, but the good news is that it has been shipped to the stockist finally and I should have it by Wednesday.

Another update....the special staple remover tool for the makeover on the French settee has not arrived yet either, but it has been shipped.  So, my two major projects are still on hold.

I am off to buy the fabric for the settee...I am keeping my choice a secret until it is done.  Thanks for all of your help and advice on what fabric to choose!

Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, November 4, 2011

Red

I have seen a few blog post lately about painted doors.  Inside doors and outside doors.

My front door is RED.  You might remember two years ago when we bought this house, doing a post on the painting of my front door, here.
I was just wondering....what color is your front door?
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Penny

Thursday, November 3, 2011

All Good Things Must Come To An End

We had our first below freezing temperatures earlier this week.  So I picked the last of the peppers in the garden.
Just what do you do with 30 peppers?  Well I sauteed them, along with some onions and put them in small bags and placed them in the freezer.

I will use them this winter on homemade pizzas, Italian sausage sandwiches, in soups and pasta dishes, omelette's, fritatta's and more.

In the middle of winter, when I am dreaming of my potager looking like this....

Instead of how it looks today, like this....
That patch of green in one of the raised beds are peas.  They are just starting to get pea pods, so we have been covering them every night....Hopefully we will have fresh peas in a week.  Then that will be the end of the garden for 2011.
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Penny

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Happy November everyone!  I love this time of year.  Pumpkin Patches.....


Colorful gourds...

One last trip to the Apple Orchard...


I love that one of the apples still has a leaf on it!

What do you like about November?
Welcome Home,
Penny