Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A little holiday decorating

I wish I had more time to blog, and decorate, and just enjoy myself. Alas, like lots of people I have a job. Every day. Then I run a teenager around to after school activities three days a week. She will (I hope) get her permit next week, and in a year's time a license.

I've made a vow to take more of the time I earn through the year in 2015 and make more time for myself and leisure activities for my little family. Hold me accountable, okay?

On to the holiday decorating... Keep in mind, all of these pictures were taken with my phone. I have a decent camera, but who has time to take, edit and upload pictures. I'm also experimenting with a pic app on my phone. Here we go:

I really need a valance in the living room. YIKES!

I set the table tonight just to see how it looked. I've been collecting Christmas themed dishes and decor. I have no idea how many people are coming to eat, but I can fit up to 8 at the table, 3 at the bar, and I can get a card table for the living room. If I have more than 15 people they will have to eat on the couch, or on the back porch if it isn't too cold. (Kidding!)

Santa plates, felt snowflake chargers and cloth napkins I got at Walmart a few years back. My local WM doesn't seem to have any Christmas themed dishes this year. I usually wait and get them on clearance, but there aren't any to be had this time. I may try the next town over and see what they have in stock. The napkin rings are from Lenox, and I found them on clearance year before last.  The adorable S&P shakers were part of a large collection my aunt gave me. I happen to have two Santa/Snowman sets, so I put one at each end of the table.

The flatware was my grandmother's (on mom's side). It's a silver plate pattern called "Evening Star." There's one spoon in the bunch that looks like it was actually used, but the rest has hardly any patina. I'm guessing it was a favorite coffee spoon. Memaw loved her coffee! The set was given to my grandparents as a going away present when they moved on from one pipeline station to the next. Eight place settings plus a couple of serving pieces in another pattern, all accounted for. I have never used it, and I wanted to get it out of the cabinet.

The plates, silverware, S&P, tea light holders, cream and sugar, canister, tea tray, bread box, smaller coffee cups and silver candle plate are all either thrifted or hand-me-downs. The plates on the table are all Gibson, as are the smaller coffee cups. I have several other Gibson Christmas patterns as well as a Majestic Ware poinsettia pattern.

Another thing I have decided is that everything in my home is going to be used or admired. Collecting things for the joy of collecting has lost its fun. I want to use all the great dishes and geegaws I've amassed and start entertaining and rotating my dishes out seasonally. If they break, I have dozens of other dishes.

I'm a very sentimental person, but I know that things really don't mean anything in the grand scheme. The memories we make are the important part, the stuff is just background. Even the truly sentimental stuff like grandma's flatware or Aunt D's S&P collection doesn't mean much in the long run. They will all be part of an archaeological dig in 2000 years anyway!

I'm participating in Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. Check it out!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Do you notice anything different?

I decided to give the site a minor face lift, and I'm fairly pleased with the results. Without doing any graphic design or making a logo, I used built in settings available in Blogger to change, well pretty much everything.

I also have another piece of news. I was invited by Pinterest to turn my profile into a business profile and I did it! If you want to hop over to Pinterest and follow me, feel free! I'm still trying to figure out how to link my Facebook business page to Pinterest, rather than my personal page. I think because I used my personal page to sign up, it won't allow another connection.

Hope you enjoy the new look!

Monday, February 10, 2014

The perfect red lipstick

I have trouble with reds. Mainly because lots of red lipstick has an orangey tint, and I need a blue undertone for my coloring. I've contented myself with buying a dark purple-pink and mixing it with red to get that perfect hue. I'm tired of mixing, so I've taken on the challenge of finding the perfect red shade for me.

My first stop in finding the perfect red was Rachel Khoo's blog. She has a lovely show on BBCA called The Little Paris Kitchen, (she usually has on pink or red lipstick and I had to find out what she was wearing!). Apparently she has left Paris and moved back to London with a new show, Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: London. I shall seek it out and DVR every episode.

After poking around on her site, I found a list of colors that she likes. Russian Red from M.A.C. seems to be the most blue of the reds she wears and I think I'm going to give it a shot.

Here's the color cube from the M.A.C. site.

In a web search for dupes and swatches, I found this post with another color that looks like it might work. The Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Sensuelle has a more violet tint to it, but I tend to gravitate to that shade anyway. Love it!

I've learned that one CAN wear just about any shade of red as long as the blush and eye shadow is of the same tonal family (warms, cools, etc.) Orange lipstick just doesn't look good on me without a warm tinted blush and a neutral eye, and a neutral color near my face. It doesn't look fabulous either way, but better than if I wore it with my usual violet eye and pink blush. The same goes for cooler shades of lipstick. If you normally wear warm shades, try a cooler pink lipstick with a cool eye color and cool pink blush. It really makes a difference!

Of course, I will report my findings here. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Busy, busy, busy....bored

I have now been on medical leave for six weeks. It's cold and I'm bored, so I've been knitting. And drinking a lot of coffee.

I started a baby blanket for a friend's baby, and I'm about halfway done. It's hard to tell with the flash, but the colors are a cantaloupe and raspberry combo. Not really traditional baby colors, but it will coordinate well with the warmer tones they've chosen for the nursery. Yarns are Caron Simply Soft in Strawberry and Fuchsia, purchased through Herrschner's. I really like this yarn as acrylics go. It's very, very soft, and the color selection is nice.

I didn't use a pattern, but I was inspired by the stripes on this blanket I found on Ravelry.

This scarf is based on the Blue Bell Hill pattern, but my repeats and yarn (again, Caron SS in Blue Mint, White, Limelight, and a light heather grey I can't find anymore) are different. 

I started a sweater as well, but I'm not crazy about it. It may be frogged and the yarn used for other projects. I have another baby blanket I've committed to, but the baby isn't due until May. I have another friend due in July who will also likely receive a handmade gift or two. I'm a really slow knitter, but I'm determined to get these done! 

Upcoming fiber festivals I'm attending:

Oxford, MS Fiber Arts Festival - This one is local to me, so I'm excited to go.
Magnolia State Fiber Festival - I'll be meeting up with several friends and having a girls' weekend. Super excited about this one!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Welcome to 2014

So we made it another year. I have been very lax in posting this past year. My job has kept me extremely busy and I am currently recovering from surgery. I have been knitting and crocheting and knitting and sleeping.

I think if I didn't have a job I could blog more but that isn't going to happen anytime soon. I go through this every year. Should I keep my blog? Should I delete it? The answer is usually I think I'll keep it another year.

What I have decided to do is blog at least once per week. With my history this is a lofty goal. I appreciate you all sticking in there and reading and commenting. I know a loyal reader base doesn't  happen overnight and I am grateful for all of you.

What I have not done this year is make resolutions. I probably won't because something always happens to get in the way. For instance, the surgery I had in December that will keep me out of work for 7 weeks. It wasn't exactly planned but it wasn't an emergency surgery either. It had to be done but when you don't have a lot of savings, surgery is never a good thing to plan or not plan. It's just one of those things you have to do and deal with when you can.  I'm fortunate that my employer offers good insurance.

For those of you wondering I had a hysterectomy. I am recovering well and anxious to get back to work.

I need all of you to keep me accountable. If you don't see me post for a couple of weeks please hop over to my Facebook page and remind me that I owe you a post!

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