Monday, November 28, 2011

Sweet Dreams

It's time for a change in the bedroom. This is how our bed looks in the summer, a lightweight white spread on it and white pillow shams and wicker lamp ( all yard sale finds, the pillow shams even have our initial "M" on them!)

Then in the fall I moved the bed to the other wall and took off the tall posts, which makes our small bedroom look bigger.  I added one of my blue and white quilts on top and sewed up a few pillows.

Now for Christmas and probably the whole winter season, the posts are back up.  I switched the side tables which makes the room seem even a little bit larger.  I've added some little white lights and green foliage on the canopy and brought in my red and white quilt from the guest room. 

And I made some side drapes from leftover fabric which really softens the look of the windows.  The fabric is pale blue and white stripes but it's hard to tell from the photo.  In case you're wondering I made the quilts.


When the night gets dark it is so cosy ....sweet dreams.....

Do you decorate your bedroom for Christmas?

Rhondi xo

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am up very early this morning. It is still dark out.  As I write in my journal I think about this day called Thanksgiving, a day in which amid all the eating we take time to be thankful.  It will be very quiet here, just our two younger adult children with us.  The guys will watch football and the girls will decorate the tree.  We'll sit down to the typical turkey dinner with all the trimmings and we will take a few moments to share what we are thankful for.  

Some years the things I am thankful for surpass what I'd dreamed of.  Some years I have to dig a little deeper to be thankful, but there is always much to be thankful for.
Some highlights of this year that I am thankful for are a new baby in the family and another on the way, good health, safety in an accident, and God's provision in a bad economy.

What are you thankful for today?

Happy Thanksgiving!
Rhondi xo

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Best City Cupcakes

Oh my goodness, you have GOT to taste these cupcakes!! Chocolate gooey surprise inside topped with creamy icing and chocolate drizzled carmel corn.   Best cupcake I've ever tasted!

Best City Cupcakes is a new business in Indian Trail started by Lori Telesco.  If you live near Charlotte, you've got to try her cupcakes!! Free local delivery.

Hmm...maybe I'll have one for breakfast.  It's got corn in it, (vegetables are good for you) and I think it's dark chocolate.  Everyone knows dark chocolate is good for you :)

Rhondi xo

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Polishing Silver and Missing My Mom

There was a showing on our house this afternoon so I decided to pick a bunch of nandina branches to put in the front hall and chose an old thrifted champagne bucket to put them in. It had been stored away in a cupboard for awhile, so it was tarnished and in need of polishing.  As I was polishing it, I thought about my mother who would often polish my brass and silver when she came for a visit.  All of a sudden I was missing my mother so badly! And then I realized that I was missing Rose Colored Glasses and you too.  I wanted to tell you what I was doing today, not because it was so important, but just because you are my friends and I like to share what I am doing with my friends.
So here I am back again.  Don't know how often I'll be able to post but I'll write when I can.

So, back to what I was doing today....The table needed something else shiny to balance it.  A tray maybe, so I dug out a tray which I hadn't used in a long time, and thought of mom as I polished it.
What else did I need there? I know..... the brass deer Mom and I bought when I lived in Pennsylvania.  I always wondered.....why are 2 deer still called deer instead of deers?  Anyway, Mom and I were in a thrift shop one day (they had THE BEST thrift shops there!) and we spotted these deer.  We had just been to Valley Forge Park where deer are everywhere and these were the perfect little gift to remember our day.  They needed polish too.
I think they look happy on the silver tray.

So now I have a  nice shiny welcome for anyone coming to our front door.

Once I started with the polishing I just kept going.  All my brass candlesticks got a polish and I moved them to the mantle in the living room.
 Then I switched the pictures above the mantle putting this one instead.  This painting belonged to my mom. 
She bought the two candlesticks on the right for me when I was just a teenager and was decorating my bedroom in a more grown up manner.  I think they are very old.
Now that I was on a polishing kick I noticed my silver tea service was very tarnished too, so it got some TLC also.  My mom always served tea in this, not just for special occasions but all the time.  She got it as a wedding present and I cherish it.
So now for a few hours my house sparkles and it is clean top to bottom.  I wonder if the people who viewed our house today noticed the sparkle?

  I'm going to make us a pot of tea in Mom's silver teapot, get out some pretty cups and serve you a cup of tea and some raspberry pie.  I made the pie today for my husband.  It's his favorite, but I'm sure he won't mind if we each have a small slice.

I am so happy that you stopped by.  I'll see you again soon!