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Dining Room Reveal

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As of late last week the dining room was officially finished. Yes, we’ve been working on it since early March  (paint colors can be found in that post if you’re interested), but it’s not like it was a construction zone or something–I’ve just been lazy about putting the finishing touches on it.  My daddy hung the mirrors (got them at an estate sale last year and just have been hanging on to them since) last week and I’m considering the room finished now.

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My biggest conundrum with our dining room was the furniture. I love it because it’s C.’s great-grandparents (well, the china cabinet we bought at a local antiques store and it’s a pretty close match), but it’s dark. And I can’t paint it because it’s a family heirloom.  And the doors in here have their original (dark) stain and as C. (affectionally, of course, HA!) says I’m a “preservation nazi” I just can’t paint them either.

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So I decided to leave it as it were, but change the rest of the room–the walls, the fireplace paint, the rug, the drapes, and some of the chairs.

And y’all, it’s a drastic change!

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I replaced all the chairs except the end armchairs–they’re next on my list. I’m not necessarily a fan of the bench (and was going to return it), but all three kids want to sit on it together every meal…and how could I return THAT?!

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Bench found here. Side chairs found here.

The drapes took the longest to find. Only because the sweet seamstress that did all the rooms in our house when we restored it has since retired. And I cannot find someone as talented, or reasonable, as Miss June. I finally found Sanya who is just starting out on Etsy who would make some custom pinch pleat drapes for me. I sent her the trim (on Monday when I went scouting for fabric it was $14/yard, when I went back to get it on Thursday I got a remnant–7.25 yards (just what I needed) for $10. It was meant to be) and she had the drapes ready in a couple of weeks and sent them back to me.

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Other new things:

Lamps here.

Mirror (similar) here–I did get it at At Home though.

A couple of items: this wooden pedestal and this metal stand came from our trip to Waco and Magnolia Market.

Rug came from At Home. Similar here (5×7). Similar here (another 5×7).

{The china (transferware actually) displayed throughout the room is by Grindley and the pattern is called ‘Malta’. It’s from 1887 and I collect it one piece at a time off eBay. My Mama Grace gave me my first piece in high school–a ginger jar–that had been passed down through her family. The other old things you see in this post I find at antiques markets (Scotts in Atlanta) or Queen of Hearts antiques mall or on eBay.}

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Master Bedroom Reveal

It’s finished!

Well, as finished as I care to make it. 😉

Let’s take a little walk down memory lane, shall we?

This is what this room looked like when we bought the house in 2007. It was a guest room (like four out of the five bedrooms were then) and hadn’t been lived in since the 1960s when the boarding house closed and Ms. Eleanor {the lady we bought the home from (and whose parents had purchased the home in 1917) and who we named MM after} lived here alone.

In this room we did extensive plaster repair, scraped & painted the ceilings (they were more of a mess upstairs than downstairs because there was no heat or air conditioning (and subsequent temperature extremes) had left long strips of paint hanging from the ceiling) and removed the carpet and refinished the floors. This is what the room looked like after we moved in (I couldn’t really find any recent pictures, but we had a difference duvet).

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And this was my inspiration picture. I loved all the neutrals (and the ceiling is wood like ours (we have heart pine tongue and groove ceilings throughout our house)).

Here’s some more pictures and then I’ll talk sources and stuff at the end.

We have an awkward-shaped bedroom. As soon as you come in the door the fireplace kind of juts out on the right. There’s also two doors, a double window, and a radiator. Oh, and it’s only medium-sized at best, haha.

This is the only picture I have of our antique oak armoire {bought at an auction a few years ago} that holds 99% of all our folded clothes.

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Random fact: our house had a fire in 1927 and it started when two boarders came home late one night and started a fire in this fireplace. A coal popped out on a rug a bit later and started a fire that destroyed the second floor. The fireplace surrounds up here are original, but I’m thinking the mantles are new. The floors are heart pine up here and new (‘new’ meaning 90 years old, haha).

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The only new furniture purchased for the redo was the bed and mattress. Everything else was already in the room or used somewhere else in the house.

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My three babies.

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Gosh, y’all, look at that bed. Don’t you just want to crawl in it and sleep forever? It is heavenly.

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And look at those two babies (babies, I tell you!) in their first picture together. We were both 23.

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(And I totally didn’t pose C.’s slippers like that–I didn’t realize they were even there until just now–they match too well!)

Okay, so sources. I’ll do my best.

Paint: Walls are ‘Quiet Moments’ by Benjamin Moore

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Trim, plantation shutters, and ceiling (trim is semi-gloss and ceiling is high-gloss and plantation shutters were sprayed, but not sure what finish as we didn’t do them): ‘Swiss Coffee’ by Behr

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Stain on the floor: ‘Early American’ by Minwax (which shows up very light on these heart pine floors verses our tiger oak floors downstairs, by the way)

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Let’s start with the bed:

~Bed {‘Larrenton’ King Panel Bed from Ashley Home Furniture}

~Mirror from At Home (I’m 99.9% sure this is it.)

~Rug from Rugs USA (it arrived 30 hours after I placed my order!)

~Mattress from Mattress Firm {Simmons Beautyrest Black hybrid}

~Natual linen duvet Cover: Hotel Collection from Macys

~Microfiber Sheets: Hotel Collection from Stein Mart ($19.99; I bought some 1000-count Egyptian Cotton sheets too and let C. touch both–not telling him which ones were the “nice ones”–he picked the cheap ones!)

~‘Dune’ linen channel-quilted quilt: Restoration Hardware

~Light sage green linen quilt: Pottery Barn

~‘Fog’ linen Euro shams: Restoration Hardware

~Wamsutta Vintage beige linen shams: Bed, Bath, & Beyond

~Grey rectangle pillow: TJ Maxx

~Brownish throw with ruffle edge: Nina Home by Nina Campbell from Stein Mart

~Painting on the wall to the right is a vintage paint-by-numbers I found at an antiques store in Savannah years ago

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Next up, fireplace:

~Wood Piece from Hobby Lobby

~Gold rectangular metal piece from At Home.

~”Loved you then” sign (old, but I think it’s Rustic Orange–shop is currently closed)

~topiary + cement votive holder from At Home. Topiary here. Votive holder similar here.

~Picture frames (I made myself)

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Nightstand {both tables are vintage. Table on left from an estate sale in southern Alabama 9 years ago and table on the right from the original Lakewood at least 12 years ago}:

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~Gold frame from At Home.

~Cement lamp from TJ Maxx

~Alarm clock from Amazon

RIGHT:

~Mercury glass lamp from At Home (similar here)

~Faux flower arrangement from At Home.

~Alarm clock from Amazon

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Dresser {which is from late 30s – early 40s and I got at Lakewood 400 years ago}

~Lamp from At Home.

~Pleated lamp shade with buttons from At Home from a while back.

~Pottery Barn jewelry box (similar here).

~wall mirror {vintage cabinet turned into mirror; I’ve had since college}

~‘Botanical Study 5’ original watercolor by Courtney Khail that I just got yesterday and am in love with.


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And I think that’s basically every product link and I am exhausted. Lord, this post took like three hours and I’m up waaaaaaay past my bedtime. 😉

Let me know if you have any questions about any links/brands or thoughts on the new room or if ever see anything you think I’d like please holler!

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The Nursery Reveal

We are in that “holding pattern” time before a birth…you know, that antsy time when there are contractions, and backaches, and other things that point to a baby.  But no baby yet.

So, to keep our mind off of it {though my cell phone is attached at my hip at all times…because we could get!the!call!anytime!} I thought I’d take some pictures of the nursery while it was semi-clean and put together.

{The paint is “Turtle Dove” by Behr and the trim is like the rest of the house, “Swiss Coffee”, by the way.}

MM says, ‘Welcome to my brother’s bedroom!’

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The chifferobe I found at a local antiques store for $85.  My dad painted it a medium gray and I replaced the knobs with ones I got for 50% at Hobby Lobby.  The lamp was left with the house.  The wire basket on the floor I got years ago at Lakewood and is filled with all handmade blankets, including three quilts by my birth mother that she made for her newest grandson.

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The sleigh crib is from Pottery Barn.  Mom  got it second-hand on Craigs List in 2008 for MM.  I had the crib bumper made back in the summer from Etsy.  The dust ruffle I made myself {and honestly, I don’t like the color–the linen looked green in the store, but now looks brownish, blah.}  The horse print is a large flashcard from the 1950s that I had framed.  And that little stool?  MM put it there so she’ll be able to check on her baby brother whenever she wants.

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For now the crib houses her baby.

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The chandelier came out of C.’s parents’ house when they redid it last year.  I had it installed on a dimmer switch and I love that I can make the room really bright or pretty dim.  The drapes are made from Amy Butler’s ‘August Fields’ line and my mom had them made for the nursery.  The rug was a $60 find {which is a steal for a rug that big} from Urban Outfitters.

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The vintage ‘Baby Foods’ sign came off ebay for $15.  The frame with the dress thing I saw on Pinterest. The gown is C.’s mother’s.  I wish I had gotten the frame {which I got for 50% off at Hobby Lobby} just a little bit bigger.  It irks me that the gown hangs over the bottom of it.

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The rocker came with our home  {and was part of MM’s nursery} and the little table we painted with camo-colored flat spray paint.  It’s got a little vintage alabaster lamp with a burlap shade, my dad’s baby rattle and piggy bank, and old family photos.

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The mantle in the room holds lots of special meanings.  Citrus fruit, a map of our state, cotton picked from the side of the road–all will mean something to our little guy one day and we can’t to tell him all about them and his birth family.  The chairs we found int he basement.

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The dress was bought at a local antiques market back in ’07.  It fit our changing pad and diaper storage perfectly.  Hanging on the wall is a drawer from a vintage printers cabinet.

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The diaper storage is an old GCC crate.  The wicker hamper is not as sturdy as I would like so I need to figure out a way to make it stronger so I can use it.

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But don’t be fooled by those disposables diaper in the above pictures–we plan on cloth diapering {after the umbilical cord stump falls off and for naps/nights at first}.  I’m sure there’ll be plenty of posts about THAT in the upcoming weeks!

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And even though this doesn’t have anything to do with the room tour I had to show you this little book MM picked out for her baby brother…before we even knew about him.  She saw this book in October and had a FIT to get her for Moseby.  And boy, am I glad we did.

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And since I try to keep it real here…while I was taking pictures C. decided to clean out our closet {I’m apparently not the only one nesting} and this is what was in our hallway. It took five trash bags for the hangers alone. UH-HUH.

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Now we just need our son!

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Antiquity

I found a few pictures this week of a little girl, some eighty years ago, taken on our street.

That bob haircut.  That smile.  Those sparkling eyes.  That teddy bear.  Something about them was so familiar, you know?

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I found this lovely little vintage frock {for $12!} from the 1930s on Etsy, the bracelet my mom got as a gift in the first grade. And something about those little things on my old soul of a daughter just took me back to a different time–I could almost hear the train pulling up to the depot right down the street, the sounds of hooves from the horses bringing in the cotton to sell, the laughter of children playing. Almost.

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My silly clogging girl {oh yes, she begins clogging lessons in two weeks–and she loves to show off her moves!}

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More Randomness

In case the last post wasn’t random enough, here’s another one…with pictures.  And I’ve got everything from Father’s Day to ants to cabbage and settees {and then some}.  Hold on to your hats, folks, this could be a long one.

Remember back in April how we bought a Victorian-era settee in Charlotte?  It was a good deal and we figured out why pretty quick–all the stuffing {a mix of straw, cotton, & horse hair} was coming out of the seat.

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But I loved the rest of the “leather” {I call it leather, but I don’t think it is…it feels more like painted canvas almost}–especially the rosettes–so it took a while to find an upholsterer who would tackle the project AND who would fit in our teeny-tiny budget.  We persevered and finally found someone to do it & the turnaround was only 36 hours.  Can’t beat that.

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It’s sitting awkwardly in the parlor right now while I try to find the right place for it and the right side table.  It sits so low to the ground that it’s kinda hard to make it work.

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And a certain someone wanted to get her picture made with it.  Notice the Barney shirt?  Oh yeah, we’re still ga-ga for that dinosaur over here.

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The fabric is by Tula Pink and is part of their ‘Parisville’ line.  It’s currently my favorite fabric and goes with our rug perfectly.

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And I have big dreams for this little settee too.  I want to have our baby’s newborn portraits on it.  I can just picture it sitting under our giant pecan tree in the backyard with a tiny baby curled up on it asleep.  I.can’t.wait.

Enough of settees and baby talk–moving on.

This weekend I cooked dinner for my father-in-law for his Father’s Day present.  I used Darby’s Asian flank steak, cabbage salad with soy dressing, and baked peaches coupled with Jasmine rice & chocolate cake for dessert.  Everything went along as planned until C. went to start our grill.  Clearly we have not used it in while.

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That’s ants, y’all.  Billions of ants and their tiny eggs.  Needless to say I grilled those steaks on our stove instead of the grill.  Right before we sat down we heard what sounded like a train {and believe me, we know what trains sound like–we live within spittin’ distance of the tracks} coming through our house.  We ran outside and out of nowhere there was a HUGE thunderstorm with crazy winds.  It took down many gorgeous old trees in our downtown {and a top of one of ours in the backyard…it blocked the side street next to our carriage house for about an hour ’til the city came and moved it} and since we left the cover off the grill, it also washed away all the ants.  Score!

Here’s the yummy cabbage slaw with “crunchies” {seasame seeds, sunflower seeds, ramen noodles, and almonds}.

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Later MM and I were watering the ferns and what did we spy, but a nest and two perfectly speckled eggs {the nest had been abadoned about a week ago}.  She was enthralled.  It took every bit of willpower she had not to pick up those little eggs and just squeeze ’em to death with love.

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Yesterday was my cousin’s 27th birthday.  They threw her a surprise party and MM wore her party dress.

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And when we got there she got to wear a tiara, sash, and hold a wand while talking to Aunt Jessie about lip gloss and perfume.  And staying up past 9.  Oh yes, she had fun {and we’ve been paying for it with a cranky toddler today, ha!}.  Happy birthday, Jessica–we love you {MM thinks you’re all that and a bag of chips} and we can’t wait for you to be the godmother of our baby!

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The only picture I snapped of these two on Father’s Day.  It was super muggy today–dare say, the worst day yet–and even though this was 10am and before church we were all sweating profusely.

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Just so you know, we really do holidays up over here at our house.  We celebrated Da-Da today with a grand lunch of chicken fingers with a picnic {in our pajamas} on the living room floor.  Oh yeah, we do it in style!

C., of course, says he wouldn’t have it any other way–he’s a good daddy like that.

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This afternoon we took down the bed in the new nursery.  As we were doing so MM begged to “sleep” in her old crib that we had moved into that room.  She said several times, ‘This my crib–not “Henwy’s” or “M-Yine’s” crib, but I share.’  I just hope she does–since I never had a sibling I don’t get the whole sibling rivalry-jealousy thing and I just pray that I can teach them to love and respect each other.  Starting with sharing her crib.

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So there you go, our scattered life in pictures.  I’m going to try and take some pictures of canning our green tomato relish this week {…and blackberry preserves…and pickles…and possibly more blueberry jam…} and our trip to the Georgia Aquarium with Aunt Jen-Jen.

Happy Father’s Day to all those dads out there.  Any man can be a father, but it takes a special one to be a dad.  And boy, do I have a great dad and so does my little girl.

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Come Show Some Bloggy Love

Hey y’all, come on over to Blue Eyed Yonder and say hello.  I guest posted there today about our latest antiques hunting spree in Charlotte earlier this month.  And there were some good finds.  Head on over to Krista’s and say hello and check out the pics.

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A Few Things

There are a few things wandering around this jumbled head of mine tonight.  In no particular order…

  1. Today I spent MM’s nap time making her a custom Barney outfit for the big concert we’re attending next Thursday.  Have I not mentioned it?  Mom got us floor seats at Phillips Arena to see Barney’s Birthday Bash.  My little girl is soooooo excited about this–Barney is hands-down her favorite TV show and he is her hero.  I made her an appliqued Barney shirt and coordinating double ruffle pants.  Pictures coming for sure.
  2. We’re meeting with an adoption attorney tomorrow to get a feel for the private side of adoption and to determine if we’re going to go that route.  Also, we found out our third {and final!} home study meeting will be on April 17th.  It’s the big home inspection visit and we’ve got a lot of things to do to get ready–like hello, paint the front porch that has needed painting for the last 3.5 years!–but we are so ready for this part to be finished so we can move on with the process.
  3. Speaking of cleaning and organizing, I organized all our paperwork this week.  This may not sound like a big deal, but I can assure you it was to me.  It took me four hours, six binders, and two-hundred page protectors, but I now can put my finger on any tax return or closing document or birthday card from the last six years.  Next up?  Our closet.  It should be afraid, very afraid.
  4. Plans began in full-swing this week for MM’s spring fling second birthday party for the end of April.  It’s a farm theme Easter egg hunt.  Oh my.
  5. MM has learned all the words to ‘Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep’ prayer and recites them all on her very own each night before bed.  Melts my heart into a pile of goo, let me tell you.
  6. And last, but definitely not least since it’s all I can think about, but this Saturday we’re going to the Metrolina Antiques Market in Charlotte.  At the top of our list is finding a chifferobe for the nursery {which, believe me, a necessity in an old closet-less house} and, well, any other do-dads that catch my eye.  Perhaps vintage toys?

Whatcha got going on in that head of yours?

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Waiting on the Sunshine to Return

Before I get started I just have to say ‘thank you’ for all the sweet messages and 50+ (!) Facebook posts.  Several people mentioned how lucky our baby would be to get us as a family and that struck me as odd…I had never thought of that!  All I can think about is how lucky WE are going to be.  Isn’t that strange?  But, you’re right, we will all be blessed when we’re matched.  Most definitely.

And for those who like updates on this sort of thing–we’ve sent all the preliminary forms and fees and the next step is a meeting and then the homestudy.  We have decided to use Covenant Care as our agency as a dear friend of mine adopted her two children from there.  After the homestudy is approved and more fees are paid our profile and birth mother letter will me ready to view!  And then it’s a waiting game because unlike when I was adopted they don’t just give a baby to the next person in line.  Today the birth mother gets to pick the parents so we could wait hours…or years.  We’re cool with that and all, but in the back of mind I can’t help but think about how I’m a perfect match for my parents even though my birth mother knew nothing about them.  Yes, God works in a mysterious ways.

Anyway, back to the regularly scheduled program.

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Stairwell {also known as “The Shrine to Mary Margaret”}.

Lately it has been very dreary in Georgia.  Overcast, misty, cold…dare say even snow!  And it makes our old house oh-so-dark.  It doesn’t help that we have over half the rooms closed off {we have so much unused space that we close it off to save on heating costs…another post for another day} and there is no light streaming from one room to the next.

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Kitchen table in silhouette.

And I’m not going to lie, mid-last week I was so so so SO tired of the darkness of it all I was seriously considering taking a sledge hammer to my living room wall.  I NEED LIGHT! was all I could think about.

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Candlesticks on bedroom mantle.

Now what’s funny about all this is that we have two or more windows in every room except two–that’s a lot.  But with the big trees and the closed off rooms and the overcast days…well, I was getting a wee bit crazy.

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Dining room mantle’s mirror.

Thankfully Saturday and Sunday provided a much-needed reprieve with temperatures in the 70s and oh-so-sunny.

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Shaving mirror.

{And no, I’m not going to talk about how Monday morning I work up to dreary skies and highs in the 40s.  No.I.Will.Not.}

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Coffee urn spout.

So I did what any normal person would do…I ran around taking pictures of sunlight!  You know, just in case the sun was never going to come out again {hey, it could happen!}.

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Rocker shadow.

And these pictures make me smile.  They make me happy.  They give me hope that spring and sunshine and gardenias will be here before I know it.  Praise the Lord!

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A century-and-a-half-year old door knob.

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C.’s sink.

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Snapshots on a nightstand.

But…if you don’t hear from me soon you might want to send a search party over to my house because I just checked the forecast and my worst fear has come true: another week of cold dark dampness.  Fabulous.  Just fabulous.

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Chalk It Up

A couple of weeks before Christmas Mother sent me to Scotts Antique Market to look for an old sink as one of my Christmas presents.  My grandmother {and her minivan} came along for the ride since Mom was busy with the tree farm.

It was a sunny, yet bone-chilling cold day, and we scurried from booth to booth in the outside market looking for a sink.  There were none that I liked.

{The sink I ended up getting came off Craigs List.}

But I had cash that was burning a hole in my pocket and since I didn’t think I would ever find a sink if I didn’t find one at Scotts {yes, I’m overly dramatic at times}, I decided to look and see if anything else tickled my fancy.

And I’m sure you know where this is going, right?

Of course I found some things!  I always find something.  Usually many somethings, in fact.

The first thing I grabbed was a beautiful vintage green bird cage on a stand.  And I would take a picture for you, but since it sits on our front porch, *and* it’s only 24º out there {seriously}, you’ll just have to picture it in your mind.

But I digress.

This post was meant to be about massive chalkboard I found in one of the outside buildings, leaning against a back wall, and here I am talking about bird cages.  Yeesh.  Anyway…

As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it.  I mentally started going through each of our downstairs rooms {they all have 13′ ceilings, the upstairs is just 10′} thinking about where I could put the 8′ x 4′ piece.  I really think the only reason someone else hadn’t snatched it up was because it was so huge.

I honestly stood there for twenty minutes thinking about it.  My poor 78-year old grandmother just waited patiently in the freezing cold while I made up my mind.  You see, most of our rooms downstairs have 2 {or 3} doors in them, plus a window, plus a fireplace and so we don’t have much wide wall space.

Then I realized exactly where I could put it.  I could move MM’s second crib–the one that stays in the downstairs guest bedroom–since she didn’t use it anymore and put it there.  Ahhhh, yes, perfect.  Then all I had to do was get the man to knock off $213 {don’t mess with me–I’m a tough barterer!} and fit it in my grandmother’s van.  Good times.

Last week my dad helped me hang it and I love it.

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We were told that it came out of the old masonic lodge in Cortland, New York. I Google’d it and there appears to be a masonic lodge there so maybe that is its provenance. If I get around to it I want to email a picture or two to the historical society there to see if they can get me more info on that lodge and the original building. Supposedly this was the chalkboard that kept all the meeting days and notes on until they moved into another building.

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At the bottom it says ” June 13 – Grand {?}” and on the next line “Last meeting in old {?}”. That makes me think the seller was right–they did in fact move their lodge. More reason to check with the historical society.

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One of the reasons I love the chalkboard so much is that at the end of our tiny street is a masonic lodge. The original building was absolutely gorgeous, but it burned in 1987 and was replaced with another.

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But there were symbols I didn’t know. The only one I knew was the masons symbol and so that started a hunt for more information on the others.

This is the Freemasonary symbol on top and on the bottom is Royal Arch Masons (RAM).

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Next is the Knights Templar symbol.

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The symbol on top is for the Order of the Easter Star, which is the women’s auxiliary for the Masons.  The letters “FATAL” stand for “Fairest Among Thousands, Always Lovely”.  I like that motto!

The bottom one is for “Order of Amaranth” which is Masonic-affiliated women’s organization founded in 1873.  If you look closely you’ll see it has the Eastern Star symbol in it as well so I guess they are somehow related.

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I have a long way to go until I know more about the symbols…in fact, I was pretty shocked I found them all online this morning.

So, not only is this piece visually interesting {and big!}, but it’s also full of history and some unusual symbols.  It was definitely one of my most favorite Christmas presents.

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Home Tour: Christmas Decorations 2010

Over at Kelly’s Korner and at Nesting Place they are having a virtual Christmas tour of homes today. I thought I would join in–not only is it fun, but also a way of remembering what Christmas looked like this year.  Because, honestly, doesn’t it change a little every year?  At least it does with us.   We might use the same decorations…and maybe even in the same place, but it still looks different.

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I would like to point out that we now have two 4′ tall lighted Christmas trees in urns by the front door. But since it was so very cold last night (like 19° or something crazy) I did not get my not-so-warm-to-begin-with self and camera and tripod outside to take a picture. So in your mind you’ll just have to picture the trees. They’re really cute, pinkie promise.

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This is our foyer/entry. There is over 60′ over lighted garland and something like 14 bows. Oh, and that’s not a ghost at the top of the stairs. My shutter on my camera was open longer–it was dark last night–and she was moving…as you can see she was walking down the stairs {after she had walked up them} without parental assistance. Why? Because Mommy was behind the tripod and she knew she could get away with it. Tsk, tsk. No children were harmed in the making of this blog post.

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This is our buffet in the foyer. This is actually a really big piece of furniture {we bought it before we ever found Brogdon House…all my life I’ve bought antiques and stored them in my grandmother’s basement because I just knew one day I would have an old house…and I do}. Where was I? Oh, yes this piece is big. Eight feet tall and six feet wide. This is where I hang our Christmas cards {I need to find our clothespins…} and where I keep some more vintage trees. See the gold tree on the left? I just got it at Scotts last Friday. I don’t put many decorations here because this buffet usually has a ton of stuff on it–this is our “catchall” space when we come in the door unfortunately.  Maybe that will be my New Years resolution: No junk on the buffet!

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This is our parlor–a room that barely gets used except at Christmas, honestly. Miss Eleanor–who had lived in this house 80 years before we bought it–said this was the room the tree always went in. So that’s where we put it. In fact, there are about ten or so ornaments from the 40s and 50s that she gave us when we bought the house. It gives me chills just thinking about how all the ornaments have been in the same room for 60+ years.

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This year I decided to do colored lights {I’m usually very big on all-white} and gaudy tinsel and I must admit…I LOVE IT. It goes so well with my 300+ Shiny Brite ornaments and my 1950s star and tree skirt. Not to mention that it was a blast to put on even if a certain Little Miss wanted to hang the tinsel piece by piece instead of just tossing it on the tree like her mama wanted her to do.

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To the left of the tree is our old organ. On top I’ve got my vintage Putz houses that I collect.

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Next to it is the Victrola that usually sits in front of the picture window but gets moved during the Christmas season in front of this window. On top is just a hodge podge of stuff: a Santa, some little vintage Christmas trees, C. and MM with Santa at the same age, a few boxes of Shiny Brite ornaments {I love the boxes as much as I do the ornaments}, and a light up snow globe snowman that I just bought at Hallmark last week that MM loves.

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My latest estate auction find–as in, just found it Saturday–is this precious little toy. It’s two hand-carved oxen pulling a little wagon. And since it’s Christmas and all I filled the wagon with vintage trees!

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And here’s the mantle and our stockings for the parlor. You may remember me making those stockings one night last month. The week following I hand embroidered our initials on them with metallic thread.

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Next is the dining room mantle.

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I did this mantle for $14 or something crazy like that. I found the crystallized cranberry garland at Hobby Lobby and added with it an assortment of family crystal candlesticks. Simple and elegant–what I think every dining room should be.

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On the buffet we have my Dad’s family’s nativity set. It dates back to at least the 40s since he remembers it then, maybe earlier. I remember this being around our home every Christmas on top of our roll-top desk in the living room. It now sits on top of an antique glass mirror on our buffet. Next year I’m going to be on the hunt for an antique stable–this one has been long gone.

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In my kitchen I have just a few decorations. I change out my long antique bread bowl from my Mama Grace to this piece of thick etched green glass bowl from C.’s family. Does anyone know anything about it? I think it’s beautiful. I fill it with fir clippings (lord knows we have plenty of those on our Christmas tree farm!) and oranges–MM’s favorite fruit.

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And then on top of some of my cookbooks I have this vintage Santa mug and trees. I have an old milk container filled with greenery. Sometimes I think it’s these little things that make a home feel like Christmas the most. {On a totally unrelated note, do you see the stitched saying? My mom made that when I was little and then gave it to me earlier this year. Isn’t it the truth?!}

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In the downstairs guest bedroom I did this mantle for $14. Love the stuff at Hobby Lobby.

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I added LED lights to it because they were smaller, but they’re kind of blue–I wasn’t expecting that. Yay or nay?

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And then there’s MM’s tree in her bedroom upstairs. Decorated with mostly unbreakable plastic ornaments that she can touch and hold to her heart’s content. Every night she falls asleep to the lights of this tree, just like I did as a kid {they’re on a timer and go off at 9}. You can read about the hunt for her tree here.

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At Christmas we convert her tea table into her Christmas table. She has all her figurines and Christmas books. She even has her own nativity set.

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Finally, there’s the living room downstairs. Here’s the mantle in there.

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And because I always keep it real, here’s the coffee table with all of MM’s animated/singing/dancing/lighted Christmas toys. Knock on wood, we haven’t had a single ornament broken or even bothered this year and I think it’s because she has this little table of things she can touch and play with to her heart’s content. In the background you can see our third tree–it’s full of sentimental ornaments. They’re not antiques or expensive…just things that mean a lot to us. You know, pictures of us through the years, cross-stitched ornaments, ornaments from our vacations, things like that.

So there you have at: Brogdon House during Christmas 2010. Hope you enjoyed our little tour!

{You can check out all our Christmas photos by clicking here.}

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