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Monday, January 17, 2011

love and marriage... and marriage
go together like a horse and carriage
this, i tell you brother
you can't have one without the other

saturday was a very special day


we have some wonderful news to share

did you guess?!


someone is getting married...

and that someone is...
our son,
his fiance,

part of her christmas gift was a ride in...
you know, like the song says,
a horse and carriage
(and then he proposed)

check out the rest of the story at just BEE you
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

the decor of christmas past...part two

as if you haven't had enough of christmas decorating,
i come along and ask you to look at more!
and if you haven't seen part one, go here.

now i will show you a bit of my simplified decorating,
since time was short and life was uber busy. 

i liked the results of this way of decorating and only wish i'd done it years ago!
(purging the rest of the decor will be done when this stuff gets put away). 

enjoy the tour of christmas past...
fireplace mantel decor
tree on rustified milking stool
folding ruler star 
vintage choir candles &
swedish gnomes (from grandma)
vintage ornaments and a pipe cleaner candy cane
vintage milk bottle, crates, dominoes 
and vintage puzzles made by abercrombie 
tree junkified

and that completes the 2010 christmas past tour...
thanks for stopping by!

now onto 2011

up & coming projects:

bathroom renovation
lathe wall clock
mom 'n dads table & sideboard
mb office niche

stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

the decor of christmas past...part one

not being the only one (thanks to lani) who was SO busy with life during the christmas season, i too am posting some of my decorating "johnny come lately".  anyhoo, the twelfth day of christmas has not yet i will consider it not too late!  while everyone else in blogland is on to the new in new year, you can sit back and visit (as in dickens christmas carol) the days of christmas past. 

last year i had really wanted to place our live christmas tree in a galvanized wash tub but our tree stand wouldn't allow it.  however, i reminded mr. 1829 of his promise to make it work this year.  since we didn't get our tree or decorations up until one week prior, there wasn't much time.  not realizing how easy it was going to be, off we drove to purchase our tree and find a new tree stand, which worked perfectly and was on sale.  we came home, set it up and i started doing the happy dance.  i will let you enjoy the tree that was everything that i had imagined (it doesn't take much)  i chose to use only our vintage, silver (thanks pottery barn) and ivory ornaments with a ballards burlap garland.
felt star on vintage bobbin..handmade by mu-wah
vintage ornaments from parents & grandparents
the clip-on bird below was from an old store display in a small women's store that i worked for in the early 80's.  i've had several of them in my stash and this is the first time i've used them in well over 25 years.  the bicycle horn was from mr.1829's maternal grandma, she gave it to us for christmas a few years before she died.  so in honor of her, we keep it hung on our tree each year.  it still has a few good honks left in it.  the single woolen mitten is also from grandma and looks quite cozy on the tree hung by a mini clothespin.
also handmade by mu-wha

mr. snow by yours truly

vintage glitter balls and...

2 vintage bells from my parents collection

 a few more pics along with miss laci

stay tuned for part two

Sunday, January 2, 2011

deck the walls with sheets of music

yes, i too have jumped on the sheet music bandwagon.  please forgive me for burdening you with a few more wreaths.  having come across a mother-load of vintage music books from mr. 1829's grandma, i had to do something with them.  they really do make great gifts for the musically inclined and an awesome neutral wall decor.

while i was laid up recently with a lower back issue, i rolled sheets of vintage music and glued away.  when i had about 50 or so, i started glueing them to piece of cardboard.  the round cardboard inserts from frozen pizza's are perfect & lightweight, or so i found on the second wreath.  and if you want a small wreath, use smaller music books or cut the pages in first attempt was much larger than i had planned but i love it anyway.

the second attempt was for a gift and i used smaller sheets of music and two rows of cones.  i found that simple white glue worked best for holding the cones together as well as attaching to cardboard and each other.  the back of the cardboard ring was covered with burlap to give it a finished look along with a miniature piece of sheet music and a personalized message for our friends.
the words are fitting for the friendship we share
i won't bore you anymore with wordy descriptions...i will let the pictures do the talking.
love the notes penciled on the pages
2nd attempt with opening in center

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