Friday, July 23, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things

Favorite Things Saturday

Gone but not forgotten - Oakley & Pockets
Couldn't possibly pick just one favorite thing : )
Take a trip over to Bargain Hunting with Laurie and Favorite Things Saturday

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

More Tell than Show?

Joining Cindy for Show and Tell Friday.

Glimpses of this oak dining chair seem to make their way into several of my photos so I decided today it should be in the spotlight. It was the arm chair with a dining room set my Dad bought for his mother in the 1940s before he was married. He bought the set second hand so I have no idea its real age.

Sidenote: I love all the painted furniture I see on the blogs but most of the time the beauty of the wood grain wins out for my redos. Something to do with my grandfather's woodworking hobby I think. But I digress.

My mother always said she lived in 5 homes and never changed her address. That was because my Dad was constantly moving walls and changing the lay-out of their house. Somehow as a result of a re-do on the second floor this chair ended up out under the eaves and the cubby hole door he built wouldn't accomodate its return to civilization. So the story went as I was growing up---'that chair is stuck out there'.

When the task of clearing out my parents home came upon me, my cousin and partner in crime during our youth came to my rescue. And when I told her about the chair she replied 'That Chair IS Coming Out of There. Get the tools!' So after removing the cubby hole frame and 'enlarging' the opening just a bit ;/ (not to mention my cousin risking life and limb) out she came.

Notice how the arm is set back to accomodate pulling in close to the table. And here she is refinished and nesting at Muldoon. So that's her story and I often wonder what the new owners of the house thought when they went into the back of a particular closet. 'Search me how that happened.' : ).

Stop back anytime at Muldoon and don't forget to have some fun with Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Time of the Tiger

What children's story had a character named Tiger Lily?
Joining Outdoor Wednesday with Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

The Asian Lilies and the Easter Lilies are gone until next year and the Day Lilies are at rest. Now its the time of the Tiger Lily. Let's move in a little closer and have a look at these 6ft wonders.

They probably hear us coming don't you think?
And now they know we are here and are swaying to say hello.
Some are just in bud after an afternoon showerand others are in full bloom with their firm and waxy petals. How's that for a beautiful face?
And their view of the heavens from whence their beauty comes.They even bow their heads in humility.
I hope you enjoyed this little corner at Muldoon.
Why not visit A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday #80.
P.S. Tiger Lily appeared in Peter Pan.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Isn't It Nifty Being Thrifty?

I had a nifty thrifty Saturday so I'm linking with Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

These may show up some Blue Monday but for this week they were a nifty find at 2 for $1.00 and still attached from the store. The picture coloring doesn't do them justice. They are bright and bold and shouting outdoor barbeque!
I am learning from you girls that plates aren't just for kitchens

and this one at $2 floated right onto my bedroom wall next to my grandparents marriage certificate.
Haven't found any ivory colored fiesta yet but this little bowl at 50 cents looked perfect for nuts or candy.
And whose to say I might just find time for a little cross stitching again. Still have the tags at 2 for 25 cents.
With my 3 yr old grandson coming soon I could hardly resist these. 50cents for the crayola and the others free.

And in my mind the niftiest at 50 cents because I've been looking a very long time for just the right globe for this candle holder and I think it fits the bill perfectly.

So if I'm no longer nifty at fifty at least I can still find nifty thrifties.
Don't forget to stop by Coastal Charm

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Blauw Maandag

I'm joining Smiling Sally for Blauw Maandag which is Dutch for Blue Monday. Friends in the Netherlands please correct me if I'm wrong.

Some of my family tree grew from the Netherlands and in honor of them I have a small collection of things that remind me of their roots. Most have windmills on them.

This is a postcard that I found at a large flea market held in Hazen, PA

This little lady doesn't exactly follow the color scheme but she was a gift from my grandmother when I was a little girl.

This little salt and pepper couple may not hail from Holland but they make me think of there.

Just a tiny bell

and Salt and Pepper Shakers The original contents of these tins escapes me at the moment but my mother and I both received them and I really like the decoration. They have a satiny serface that is nice too. So there you have my share of blue for Blauw Maandag. Everyone is waiting for you over at Smiling Sally. Hurry on over.

Savvy Southern Style: A Special Giveaway

You may not want to miss this one. It's special! Savvy Southern Style: A Special Giveaway