Sunday, October 2, 2016

This and that.

Other than a photo for Mother's Day, I haven't published a blog post
 in almost 6 months, and how quickly those months have flown by!
I will say, it was rather freeing to unplug my laptop over the summer.

In August I held my very last garage sale.  I no longer change things up for the seasons
to the extent I have in the past, so it was high time to get rid of all that stuff.

Now that summer's over and there's a chill in the air, I brought out what remains
of my autumn decor.  I knit up a few more mini acorns and strung them across
the dining room fireplace for a little pop of color.

During my hiatus from blogging, I finally got around to painting my dry sink.
  The drawers are stuck shut, but I'm hoping a coat of clear wax will remedy that.

The woven tray sitting on top was one of my last purchases at our local
Salvation Army before they closed their doors for good last month.
Sad, sad day.

The pale bluish-green paint on the dry sink brightens up the corner of the room
which I'll appreciate even more when the gloomy gray days of late autumn settle in.

Can you spot a new treasure in my secretary?

My sister made the adorable felted wool sheep for my birthday in June.
She's knitting a wee little scarf....with toothpicks!

I haven't joined up with my knitting group all summer long,
but now that it's too dark and cold for evening bicycle rides,
me thinks it's time to start again.

The old straw hat is another recent Sally Ann purchase.
How I'm going to miss the best place in town to shop for
vintage straw hats, baskets..........

......and purses!

I've actually been known to use these purses, much to the dismay of my coworkers.
They have no sense of style.   :o)

I've made some progress upstairs.
Terrible photo, but all that's left to do is sand and paint the trim
and I've got a blank slate to work with.

I'm in the middle of building a piece of furniture for the room,
but until I uploaded this photo, it hadn't occurred to me that I installed
the 2nd vertical divider backwards with the big knot front and center.  ugh
It's a good thing I'm styling it after a primitive piece,
because there's no way I'm taking it apart to fix that particular boo boo.

Our kitchen looks pretty much the same as it did last fall.

One small change is the simple sign I painted to fill the empty space
over the kitchen doorway.  Next up is to paint the rest of the walls, and if you 
look closely, you can see a sample of the warm white color in the corner
right above the clock.  I just have to figure out which gallon of white paint it is.

The sky is blue and the sun is shining, so I'm headed outside to enjoy
one of the rare warm sunny days of the season.

Also, I hope Mr. Sun will work his magic on my bad DIY hair color
before I have to face the general public at work tomorrow.
I never learn........

Thanks for visiting and I hope you're enjoying the autumn colors, too!



  1. Lovely post, Vickie. Your home is so beautiful. I had to stop at your secretary and look at everything as I am a big fan of blue and white. :)
    So much gorgeousness. The lamb is adorable. too. Hope to see posts more often. Deb

  2. So nice to see you on your blog, Vickie! Glad you had an enjoyable summer! I took a lot of downtime the summer, IS quite freeing! Your home is always so lovely to see...the dining room is beautiful and the little lamb is so cute! Fun to see your sign and the dry sink!
    PS I've had a few of those bad DIY hair color days, too...

  3. I've missed you. Your dining room looks fantastic. Love the little washstand. Too pretty. The felted creature is just a cutie. I repainted my kitchen cabinets. I just couldn't take how yellow they looked and was inspired by you. I wish you would share this fall tour at a new link up I'm co-hosting.
    We'd love to have you. I hope to see you blogging again.

  4. Vickie! It was such a pleasant surprise to see a post notification from you in email! What tiny beauties you have to celebrate the season in those acorns and your felted knitter! ❤ Enjoy autumn before old man winter arrives, and you can drop in my inbox anytime. Reading your blog is like catching up with an old friend who, btw, has an abundantly good sense of style.

  5. Hellooooo my friend. Good to see your post today. We just got home today from a week end in Michigan. It was fabulous seeing the trees starting to change. Love the acorns and omg the knitting lamb from your sister is adorable. Have a great new week ahead.

  6. So good to see your email today Vickie! I so love your home, and everything in it. The paint color you chose for your dry sink is my absolute favorite color in the world. I wish I had more of it in my life.

    Too bad about some of your favorite places closing. The purse is absolutely darling!


  7. Vickie!
    I'm so happy to see your post. I was thinking about you the other day and hoping that you spent your free time on the water this summer. Your house looks fantastic...I love all the changes you've made. I love your little knitting mouse- sweet gift and so perfect for you. Now what have you done to your hair? I'm guilty of it two or three times myself- I never learn, either! Hope you have it sorted out as the hours are tic tick ticking away... LOL! I missed you! xo, T.

  8. Oh so glad to hear from you! The sheep your sister made is sooo cute! Can you tell me about your pumpkin lamp? I know there must be a story. : ) Angela

  9. It's so good to hear from you! Your dining room looks beautiful with the blue and white accents you've added. I adore the little acorn bunting you made for your fireplace. It's so cute and unique. However, the little sheep your sister made you is out of this world adorable! I can see talent runs in your family. I'm glad that you're doing well. Loving the white walls in your house too. Everything looks crisp and fresh.

  10. Hi Vickie! Oh, it's nice to see a post from you! I love your pretty dining room and the color on your dry sink is so lovely! The blues and whites are so beautiful and love that little sheep!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Hey you are back! Love the blue and white, the knitting sheep :) I did put up my halloween this weekend. I'm loving the weather and hope it last until Dec!

  12. SO glad you are back, Vickie! Such eye candy too. I'm in love with your little knitted acorns. Love the paint color on the dry sink and it looks so perfect in the dining room. I am digging the blues and whites too. That little sheep is the cutest thing ever!Welcome back to Blogland!

  13. I really enjoyed hearing about what you have been up to, Vickie, and I always enjoy pictures of your darling home. Love the color of your dry sink and the felted sheep your sister made is so, so cute!

  14. It was so strange in a way, when I opened up the email today and...there you were! I say strange, because I was laying in bed last night thinking of all my favourite blogs...and then thought..hmm... haven't seen one from you in a long time...hoping that I hadn't lost your blog or that you quit...and wow today...there you were! Love the color of the little chest and had to that would be me,painting the drawers have a lovely home and an equal talent... don't stay away too long!!

  15. I was so surprised to see a post from you in my sidebar because I was just thinking today that it's been a long time since I have visited you.

    I am in love with your felted sheep. I made a cat last year for Halloween and have started a mouse, but it isn't going very fast.

  16. You must have ESP or something because I was just getting ready to email you and see if you had sold YOURSELF at a garage sale or something :) Your house looks delightfully fallish without looking like HomeGoods threw up on it. I'm off to drop off a load of old Halloween at the SA this morning. I've been slowly decluttering and my holiday stuff needs to go live with someone else. I blame this all on you since you're the one who introduced me to that book!

  17. It's just gorgeous at your house! I love the blue that you use and those curtains are gorgeous!

  18. Those acorns are just adorable! Thank you for sharing your beautiful fall home on Monday Social.

  19. So glad to see you're back...I've missed your delightful posts. But I sure do understand how great it can be to be unplugged for awhile. What a great feeling I know it is to purge all the stuff you no longer need or use. Your dining room looks so fresh and pretty...loving your pops of blue.
    Mary Alice

  20. Great to see you are back! I love your home and look forward to seeing more once again!

  21. Welcome back! Your photos are just beautiful!! I really love your fall wreath. That's so funny about the drawers being painted shut, I did the same thing to our dining room table where you're supposed to be able to pull it apart to make it larger. oops! lol

  22. Hi Vickie, You have been missed and what fun to see your post arrive in my inbox today. I do understand the rest one receives from unplugging the computer. Love your home and the special and simply touches of fall. The knitted acorns are adorable. I love the aqua scale and the little sheep knitting is a treasure.
    Have a great week and Happy Fall Season!!

  23. I've missed your posts, Vickie! Your home is so charming and I'm in love with that little sheep, even though I don't knit!!

  24. I love your little knitted acorns and the mantle above. Such sweet decorating. And, speaking of knitting, the little sheep it wonderful.

    We are lucky enough to live close to a few thrift/consignment/antique/junk stores. Not enough to satisfy us, so we decided to google and explore close to home, and we found many near. Then, we went out just a little further. If the river weren't in the way, it would be so much closer to that set. Anyway, we found more just because we looked. Now we can visit our favorites from time to time in a day trip, having lunch, of course! We never have lived close to a SA or GW, but we do stop at them occasionally when we travel.

    Enjoy these last few sunny days. I think we might have more than you do since we live in near-coastal southeastern NC. But, we might have to make a run for it soon. There's a hurricane who might want to visit!

    Good to see you back!

  25. I'm so happy to see you back! Your acorns are wonderful, I'm forcing myself to not even consider making any, my own projects are so backed up, haha! I just love them, though!! Your felted sheep is insanely adorable!

  26. I have also stopped decorating so much for each season and holidays. Too much work and I'm going to downsize even more this winter. Love your little acorns! I am blogging but not as much as before but I still love staying in touch with all of my bloggie friends. Hugs!

  27. See how much you were missed. I was pretty hit or miss this summer too.
    I love all your pictures. Love the touches of blue. Those acorns are so cute.
    Hope you are well. Hugs

  28. Vickie,
    The little felted sheep that your sister made is adorable. I love it and your house. The rooms feel light and airy. Plus, I have enjoyed your blog overall. Your photography is great, and I love your sense of humor. Coworkers with no sense of style and bad DIY hair color. Thank you for joining Monday Social. That's where I discovered your delightful blog. We hope you will join us every Sunday starting at 4:00 p.m.


  29. I had to chuckle when I read about your DIY hair color. Several years ago, I decided I wanted a warmer shade of blonde and bought a DIY kit in an ash shade. When I took the towel off my wet head, I was in shock to see my hair had turned green!
    Your dining room is absolutely beautiful. So soft and soothing. I love it!

  30. Vickie,
    glad to see you back! I'm not posting as much either, gonna try to do better. Your acorns are so cute, love the sheep! Fall is my favorite season also, thought I was going to cut back on my seasonal decorating also but when I was done and looked around, didn't happen, LOL!

  31. Love, love, love your house and photos as always. Also in love with your new little knitting sheep. Your sis did a fabulous job. Love the wee flower she's sporting too. Loving the acorns and the bakery sign... glad to see you haven't gotten rid of ALL of your paint and brushes. :) xo

  32. So happy to see you back and sharing! Its good to take time off and enjoy the season...Seems like you got things done and I l love the quilts hanging on the ladder. The blues and orange looks so pretty together!

  33. you have a fine collection of china.. so beautiful..

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  34. I'm always delighted when I see a post from you pop up in my e-mail. Not sure how I missed this. Just know that you are missed! I love your acorns and the garland is the cutest!! That knitting sheep made me smile ever so big!


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