"I must have flowers.....always and always."
Claude Monet

Friday, November 13, 2015

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES.....................................

It has been just a little over one year since we downsized into this little spot of ours.  A year of both sadness and multiple blessings.  We have made a few changes to the inside of the house and the yard.  Wanted to show some of the changes we came up with by using old stuff in a new way.

I believe the most difficult aspect of moving is how you will use your existing things since we certainly could not afford to go out and buy all new.  As I indicated in a previous post, I only kept what I LOVE and that in itself was a huge undertaking.  Using old things in new ways to bring back memories and smiles.  In the photo above I hung all my Chinese Lanterns and umbrellas from my porch ceiling.  It is a fairly high ceiling for a porch and I figured they could be installed there with little effort.   That way they can be put to use instead of being stored away;  reminding me of the many trips we have made around our country and the little treasurers I found along the way

Right now the weather in AZ is spectacular...we have this wonderful window after our long, hot summer.  Everyone is out planting and visiting nurseries to be able to enjoy their yards over the winter.  We actually planted a plant in that YELLOW pot called Tecoma 'Sparky'....love, love that name. Had a lovely plant there last summer but it simply burned up with our heat.  So we try again, with something different. 

I know many of you are entering the fall and winter season where you are, BTW, which I do miss.  Here in AZ we seem to have an eternal summer which allows us to enjoy all the wonderful bounty God has provided to us.

Keep smiling dear friends.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

OH DEER.......................OH DEAR..................

I don't buy much for our house anymore.  Since our downsize we just don't have that much room and besides I gave away so much when we moved that I NEVER want to have to do that again.  

But this particular item....I could not resist.  It is a handmade deer head using old saris from India.  Pieces of straw are intertwined with beads and fabric.  His nose is a little to square...but I like things that are not so perfect.   I added the camel bells and the little bird just for decoration.  

Try not to notice the little spackle patch on the wall, as I move things around I try to patch all the nail holes from previous endeavors.  I just have not had time to paint them.  

I collect Kantha cloths from India..in fact it is probably the only thing I collect.  
You can use them in so many ways....

as door coverings...

our entry doors into the rooms in this house are all set back a ways so I can use these Kanthas as curtains so I don't have to close doors for privacy.  I like the little boho vibe it adds to our home.

This is looking into the kitchen...there is actually no door here so I hung a Kantha.

You can also use them to cover ottomans or as throws and coverlets on beds and sofas.  Since they are so very colorful you can change the feel of a room so easily without spending a ton of money.

The above photo is not a Kantha but it is a textile probably from Africa or India.  I purchased it from a company called THE SILK ROAD.  It has been all over our house as a curtain, table cover, sofa throw and now it is a piece of art hanging on the wall.  As I said these wonderful textiles are so versatile they are truly a wonderful investment.

Stay well dear friends.