Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
In our current home I discovered the perfect place to place them the first time I walked through the door. Behind the desk on the large expanse of wall in the study. Their colors are subdued and very study like. This home found these plates or was it that these plates found this home? Either way there is certainly no more of a perfect spot for them. I am not a collector of collectible plates but my sister certainly was. In fact she had several plate collections of various types. I always loved these though. Maybe because when they were released in the mid 80's I was in the young dream like idealism of most girls my age. Dreaming of a perfect wedding. Or maybe it was the civil war era bride that had me completely taken since Gone With The Wind had always been a favorite of mine. Whatever the case my sister knew I loved them and bestowed them upon me.
This one is Rebecca the 1820's Bride.
This one is Caroline the Civil War Bride. She was my favorite for a very long time and I still adore her.
Jacqueline the Victorian ere bride. This one was my sisters favorite.
Meredith the Edwardian Bride. Can't you just imagine her on the Titanic as it sank to the bottom of the ocean?
Emily the Roaring 20's Bride.
Laura the 1940's War Bride. This one reminds me of my parents. They both served in the Marine Corp and went AWAL to be the first Marine Corp couple to ever be married.
Sarah the 1980's Bride. I would recognize those large poufy sleeves anywhere!
This painting is placed in the middle of the plates. It really had no relationship to them what so ever. My daughter picked out this painting when she was very small. It reminds me of her when I look at it and it makes me smile just like my plate collection reminds me of my sister each time I gaze upon them and they make me smile remembering her. Thanks for sharing in my WOYWW. Hope you have enjoyed my wall.
Monday, February 16, 2009
This is my Chunky Chicken Corn Chile. It has some unusual spices for a chile but they give it that oh so yummy taste!
2tsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic
1 ½ tbsp chile powder
1 ½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cinnamon
Black pepper to taste
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into half inch chunks
Two 8 oz cans tomato sauce
Two 16 oz cans pinto beans drained
2 cans while corn drained
2 tbsp sour cream
In nonstick skillet heat oil until hot but not smoking over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently until onions soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in all spices and cook stirring constantly for 30 seconds.
Add chicken stirring to coat thoroughly. Add tomato sauce and bring to boil over med-high heat. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook until chicken is cooked. 5-10 minutes.
Stir in the beans and corn and cook until heated through. Let cook on low heat for 20 more minutes.
Serve topped with sour cream if desired.
If you are doubling this recipe double all ingredients except corn and beans. Only use 1 more can each of corn and beans (total 3 cans each)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I love my chandelier here. It looks lovely lit at night from the outside as it glows through the transoms above our front doors. I think it is a much better fit!
The lovely leaves and crystals and all the details were lost against the red ceilings of our study and the coffered moldings.
Of course am I ever done? I am already dreaming of how to paint the entrance ceiling. That of course will be another metamorphis.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my chandelier, To find more wonderful transformations visit Between Naps on The Porch for the complete list of participants.
My first mistake was exiting Starbucks and entering directly into the Habersham section. *SIGH* Did you know they do kitchens? Running shoes screeched to a halt when I spotted this beauty. My dream French Country kitchen. That lovely armoire on the right is the fridge.
What French Country kitchen does not have a chicken wire fronted cabinet to display your treasures. Certainly not this one. Lookey at the vintage inspired appliances. The oven matched this. I did not open these but they were either warming drawers or more likely a second pull out drawer fridge. Just too far to walk over to that Armoire fridge from this corner of the kitchen!
This stunning hood was all hand carved and painted. Simply breathtaking.
Look at this gorgeous provencial farm sink. It almost brought tears to my eyes.
Doesn't everyone have a kitchen table like this? Seating capacity 10-12. Really gorgeous. The rose arrangements .....only $496. each customers price. Regularly $786.
I really wanted this Habersham display cabinet to house my blue transferware collection in. I can't exactly remember but I think it was around $18,000. Of course that was before the FLS discount (average 30% less retail).
This was gorgeous too. Look at the curved glass. You can barley make out the hand painted details. I think this one was only around $11,000.
Two years ago I looked at this day bed for my daughter. It is by Stanley and it is in their Isabella collection. I think it is so pretty. She however did NOT LIKE IT when I wanted to buy it for her. She has a lovely double french country caned and carved bed. As of this morning this bed is all she has talked about SHE WANTS IT. I still love it...............stop stop stop!!!! Isn't it so feminine and soft with the blue toile bedding they show on it?
This was in their clearance center. WOO WEE the colors were shockingly bright but I snapped the picture to remember the cute idea of the monogram on the drawer. I have to admit I was so busy looking that I forgot to take pictures. I am happy that I got the gorgeous kitchen. Hope you enjoyed drooling....I mean looking along with me.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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Blue bunny. Susan at On My Back Porch had posted one of these little guys on her blog the other day. Good thing I don't live close he would have had a brother in green.
Every once in awhile Target has something you just can't pass by. A couple of Springs ago this weather vane was one of them. He had a fast landing in my cart before anyone could even say blink. He sits on my screened in porch happily enjoying the sun. My porch is stripped down for the winter months but he looks much more at home in the warmer months.
This is Mr Sniffles. My pewter bunny. I snatched him up at the Design mart in High Point.
We also have a couple feathered friends. This distressed wooden green bird came from a cute little store in a local town here. I really liked the green.
This one I found at marshalls for $2. I knew I could find a home for him somewhere!
Everyone needs a horse right? I have had this since before we were married. I could not even tell you where I found him except that it was in the San Francisco area of California. But he has been displayed somewhere in every home we have owned.
Anyone who has been following my blog for any time (well I have only been blogging a month so ....) knows of my love affair with dogs. Here is one I found along the way that I loved.
Meet SAM. Sam started out as a bench beside our front door. After about a year he was having a hard time of it. The kids in the neighborhood just love Sam and would frequently visit our front porch to climb and play on him. Sam required some minor surgery after one such "play date" and after that I thought it might be wise to bring him into a more protected area. Sam serves as a coffee table on our screened porch. When we want more seating during entertaining in our family room I pull our two ottomons that serve as coffee tables aside for seating and bring Sam in to use as a coffee table. He enjoys the extra attention he gets on his special visits indoors. He looks really sharp during Christmas when he sports his big plaid bow around his neck!
No one really needs two book ends right? I picked this handsome guy up at HomeGoods a couple years back for a couple dollars since his mate took off for Vegas with some other hot pup they were letting him go at a low low price!
Here is just one of a set of whimsical dog prints in uniform my family got me for Christmas. I had been admiring them for some time. They bring a smile to my face every time I look at them.
Please stop by next Thursday. Our theme will be SHOES. Every woman loves shoes right? Come share your favorite pair or the pair you drool over but would never buy. Or share the pair that have been with you so long it is simply embarrasing but you just can't part with them no matter how much you tell yourself you will after one more spring, one more winter .......... or how about the pair you can't believe anyone would create or let alone wear! I think this one will be fun and I have to thank Barb over at Grits and Glamour for mentioning it to me. Fun theme Barb!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Like the rest of my spec home it had great bones but was pretty washed out and blah. Here is a peak at it taken from the dining room.
The moldings superb! Loved the coffered ceiling but knew it was not saying anything. Oh and that light fixture would never do!
The first thing I did was paint. Restrained gold on the walls and Summer Pudding on the ceiling. Now those coffered ceilings are singing to my tune. I even placed in there my favorite light fixture. I purchased the lovely library wall unit at Furniture Land South in High Point. I fell in love with it at first sight. It is by Stanley. I loved the warm dark wormed wood. The desk had been brought with me from my last home and was one of those great finds you just can't let go. I think the turned barley legs are stunning. The desk top has an inlaid compass pattern. I also picked up that cute plaid office chair at FLS in High Point in their clearance center for $125. A happy find!
Don't the moldings just pop not against the red? Oh and isn't my light fixture beautiful? But you know when you know although all the elements are wonderful in themselves something isn't right? Well that is how I have lived the past two years with my study. Although I love this chandleier. Love it! It was not being shown to its fullest potential against the dark library case and red ceilings. Plus I had decided it was entirely too small for the room. Oh I really didn't want to admit it! No worries though I had a better plan for that chandelier.
It brings a warmth to the room that was some how lacking before. It even made the shutters on the windows look better. It is also able to hold its own against that massive wall library! Thanks goodness. The best part I had found the fixture or at least one just like it for a whopping $380. Did I really want to spend it even though I knew it would be perfect. Well yes I would be crazy enough to do so. However luck would have it! I was browsing Penneys one day and came across this one. The virtual twin of the one I had been drooling over. Wow it was only $129. I dragged my feet. But I kept going back to look. Then suddenly I found it had dropped to $89. Then $69. Lazy me I dragged my feet some more. Well about a month ago I hopped on the site and it had been marked to $59 and I had a $10 off coupon plus free shipping. I was doing the happy dance and knew that I could drag my feet no longer. I ordered it that day. 4 days later it was sitting at my door.