Friday, February 3, 2017

Good Gosh! Me! Trying to decorate!

You know, I had big plans for Monday...to stand and stare at the new chair and do some cleaning, shampoo the carpet, and move things around a bit. However, Poppy was off work, which really threw a wrench into works...for both Monday and Tuesday. It's hard to stand and stare with a man in the house. He did get out long enough to carry the trash off, so I moved a couple of lamps...



The carpet still needs cleaning, of course, and my favorite rug, ever! still clashes with the new fabric, but wow! what a difference. 

before...

dull and depressing! very dull and depressing!

and even before that...
ugh! here too!


the uglier lamp, moved to this corner of the living room, sort of blends in with the paler colors. I'm going to paint that big fat lamp and buy a new shade!

Well, enough about my great decorating skills. Sometimes I feel like hauling the entire lot to the landfill.

and seeing as how I'm into bright colors right now, here's another apron...



Better get busy. Time to open the chicken house door and feed the goats.

We are getting a little rain this morning. Sure has been good to have a few days without rain so the ground could dry out a bit.

Poppy is working today, until 2:00, so I might stand and stare at the living room...see what I can do. 

Oh, and I do so appreciate having a new follower. Thank you, Mary Bean. 

Love,
Henny









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  1. I understand completely about the standing and staring thing.
    Also, when we get something new like that - wallpaper or a chair - I would stop by that room and just enjoy looking at it.
    Love the fabric of that apron!

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    1. Thank you Marty. Me too. I keep looking and admiring. :)

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  2. If I stood and stared too long at furniture the retired-guy would think I'd had a stroke. They just don't get it. Hope you get that 'free' time to have some decorating fun.

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  3. I love the rich colors of your new chair against the wood. We have a knotty pine den and brown/beige rockers and after seeing your chair, I'm thinking we need some color.
    When I get something new like that, I have to sit in all corners of the room to make sure it's in the right place! The Writer has been known to ask, "WHAT are you doing?" Ha ha

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. Knotty pine looks a lot like cedar walls, I think. It's pretty. Trouble here is there not enough room to move things, but I get asked that a lot!!

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  4. I love to stand and stare too and appreciate the beauty of a finished project. The newly covered chair is certainly worth staring at.

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  5. Hope inspiration hit as you were staring at your furniture. Your new chair is so gorgeous! Love your new apron too.
    Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you Robin. Hope you and Chuck are having a good weekend!

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  6. Oh how smart of you! I would have never thought of painting that lamp base. Will you need a special kind of paint or just regular?

    I love the material in that newest apron. Really cute.

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    1. Oh Vic, you know, I went on line and asked about painting a ceramic lamp and the process sounds easy...sand with one of those little pads, spray primer, then paint, using two coats...first tape all the parts you don't want painted of course. I really want to try, but can't decide what color. Any suggestions?

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  7. Love that apron! Oh how well I know frustration of wanting to "stand and stare" with somebody in the house! LoL

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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    1. That's the truth Pam! Poppy asks too many questions. I can't stand and stare at anything when he is in the house. :)

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  8. I've done that . . . stand and stare and try to decide if something would look better here or there without actually moving it until I decide. When I was younger I would just move the furniture all the time. Not anymore. I can't get anything done when Steve's home. I want to do some painting but it's just easier when I'm alone. He can't see want it will look like after, so tries to talk me out of it. Yet, when I go ahead and do something when he's not home, he almost always loves it.
    Anyway, we are having another snow storm as I type this. . . poor Spring, when will it ever show it's pretty face :)
    Have a great weekend.
    Connie :)

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    1. Connie, you have described the situation perfectly! Poppy asks a hundred questions...why are putting it there? I like it the way it was. Why do you have to change things? Why do want that color? I could go on and on! :) Oh my, I am ready for spring too. It cold here this morning, but not snowing.

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  9. Luckily, my husband spends a lot of his time, out in his garage/work shop. :-) So I could stand and stare, to my heart's content.

    But I don't really want to!!!

    'Caused then, I'd notice the rug, which really needs a shampooing. -grin-

    Actually, most everything else, has been (over time) make to be "happy-making" to me. But! That ding-dang rug. Think we should get a new one installed, and have it speckled grey. That way, it would hide the bits of this and that!!!! LOL.

    Luna Crone

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    1. Poppy just bought a new gas heater for his shop. Now he's worried that it's not safe...just got it hooked up yesterday by a professional at the gas company. :( Oh, our floors stay speckled with dogs and cats in and out!

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  10. Oh and, since you welcomes a new Follower...

    I follow, by means of a private blog, where I have installed the Blogger Gadget, to see new posts, on those I want to read.

    So I never show up, on any blog's Followers List.

    But I am following!!!! :-)

    Luna Crone

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    1. and I appreciate that so much. Wish I knew how to do all those things on a computer. My daughter Lynn helped me get started with a blog...and I've been learning a little along the way. My daughter, by the way, is Lynn at "A Mother's Journal" blog in my side bar. She is a sweetie pie. Thank you Luna.

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  11. Mama, I love your new apron! So bright and fun! Looks like Mary Engelbreit fabric! You are an awesome decorator! I love you!! ~Your sweet girl (like her mommy)

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    1. Well, I'm your mama. That's why why you think I am awesome. :) I love you too Lynn!

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  12. Good Afternoon, Love the photo of the kitty with Poppy. So sweet. I stand and stare a lot, too. Funny thing, my husband never notices if I change something around! lol
    That apron is adorable. I have a tea cozy out of similar fabric that always cheers me up!
    God bless your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Mildred. Well, when Poppy got home from carrying off the trash, and I had switched the lamps around...I said to him, look at the difference...he said I don't see anything different. :[

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  13. Well, the chair is amazing! I LOVE the color!!
    I just love the stories you share with us. :-)
    The apron is beautiful!
    Carla

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    1. Thank you Carla. I appreciate that so much!

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  14. That latest version of your beloved chair is the best I think. So many ways you can dress up the room based on that lovely print. I moved things and stare, move and stare. With my husband retired I've found I just need to ignore him and do what I'm gonna do (or not do while staring) and not pay attention to his grunts of disapproval. Why don't men understand things need to change every once in a while?

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    1. Thank you Sharon. Oh, that's the problem...Poppy just recently retired...and I am trying to adjust. :[ For seven years I've had five days a week here alone to move things, build things, and haul off things I don't like. Now I deal with one hundred questions a day...asking why. I need to learn to ignore him but how do you ignore a question box.

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  15. Hello Henny! I am proud to say I am your new follower (aka Chip, Chip Butter, or Miss Chip). Your blog is just lovely, and you do such a wonderful job of writing about many of the same things that I enjoy. The new chair and lamp are just perfect. What a great room! I love the apron! We all need one like it!

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    1. Thank you Chip Butter! I appreciate that so much. I absolutely fell in love with your blog and reading about how your grandmother said "whip-poor-wills" were saying "chip-butter-white-oak". That reminds me of things my mother used to say...we would hear an old bull frogs and mama would say, he is saying, "under-the-root, under-the-root.

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  16. I liked seeing the various incarnations your chair has gone through. And I like the Mary Englebreit fabric apron.
    We're having a very snowy weekend!! It looks so pretty out there with huge snowflakes! Take care, dear Henny Penny.
    Oh yes, I meant to ask how soon you'll know if baby bunnies are going to happen and if so, what preparations will you have to make?

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    1. Thank you! I bet the snow is pretty! We have sun today, but cold. Today is 31 days since Penny the young female bunny jumped over the fence and spent the day with Mr. Bun Bun. It takes around 35 day for babies bunnies, at least that's what I read on line. She is beginning to act different. I've put soft hay inside her box and even added a couple of soft towels. I am watching her closely.

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  17. I do hope that you were able to have a bit of time alone today so that you could stare at the living room and figure out how you want to do things. You are amazing with the way you get so much done, Henny. I love that apron! You do such a lovely job of sewing...you have more creativity in your little finger than I could ever hope to conjure up in a life time.

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    1. Oh Dianna, you are the talented one. I've had to struggle to learn how to make anything. You are so nice! Hope you're having a good weekend.

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  18. It does look much better now

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  19. I think I'd stand and stare awhile too, that is a beautiful and cheery chair !

    I completely know what you mean about not being able to stare at your chair or even move furniture and redecorate when your husband is there. Good thing he took the trash out.

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    1. Thank you so much. I know! Thank goodness he has a truck and carries trash off. A few minutes is better than none. He has recently retired and I am trying to adjust to having him home all the time. :)

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  20. That chair looks comfy and I kind of like the one where it was all flowered! Your apron is very pretty. Looking forward to see how you redo the chair. Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy. I've always had a hard time making decisions. Maybe I will get things right eventually. :)

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  21. That is a wonderful apron...and I do love the new fabric on that chair. I don't remember if I told you that before. We had some sunshine and blue skies today!

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    1. Thank you Rose. You know, Blue skies and sunshine really cheer me up. Glad you got some. :)

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  22. I had to laugh- I am glad that I am not the only one who has to stand and stare at rooms to make up my mind what I want to do with them! Even if it's just to decide where to put the Christmas tree each year.
    Have a good weekend

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    1. Thank you Terri. My daughters and I used to laugh about "standing and staring". Lynn would call me and say, Oh no, mama, I'm in one of those standing and staring moods, meaning, wanting to redo the whole house. We talked about starting a "standing and staring" club.

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  23. Stopped in to see what you're up to. When I get tired of lamps I just spray paint them new colors and sometimes buy new shades as well but usually just painting them a new color is enough. LOVE THAT APRON!

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