Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS POST......................................................




Goodness....I have not posted in over a month.  This one will have lots of pics so be prepared.  (O:


I was not sure if I was ready to celebrate this year as Christmas day was the last day I saw my son alive....but I know Scott would want me to celebrate the day even though he is somewhere else....hopefully....having his own celebration!!!


These old clear bulbs turned into the ones in the shots above.   Still loved the bulbs as they are plastic and unbreakable but wanted to make them a color so took paint and made that happen.  


I have used the same decorations now for sometime....just remaking them into something new.  




We did not put up a big tree this year as I was just not up to the task...but as you can see I spread little things here and there though the house.


The leather photo album in this picture is over 100 years old.  It contains pictures of my aunt, my mom and my grandmother and grandfather.  It is a real treasure given to me by my Aunt Ruthie on one of our last visits.


More hand colored Christmas bulbs.  I actually do love how they turned out....I'll probably keep them out somewhere all year.


Old candle holders spruced up with new stuff.  I think I enjoy remaking things as much as anything about the holiday...


The perfect place for my homemade wreath from last year.


Here was my setting for a Christmas dinner party we had with friends a few days ago.  I swear...I have NOTHING that matches.  LOL LOL  At this stage I hesitate to go out and buy all new dinner ware for one evening.  


O.K.  I'm sure you are wondering what in the world this is.  Well...I have a wonderful collection of Lunch at the Ritz earrings.  I wore them all the time when I was younger.  They have just  be sitting up in my closet so I decided to put this to some good use this holiday season.  They are so very festive.


Each one is named and comes on a little card inscribed with Lunch at the Ritz logo.  I keep  thinking every year I will put them up for sale on e-bay but as of yet have not done it.


Here are two of the Christmas earrings.  The one with the Tree is called Merry Christmas and the one with all the toys is call Toy Box


Here is Polly Wanna which I think I am actually going to take with me on the next trip we are taking in January.  It is to Mexico so these earrings should fit right in.

Each one of these pieces really are a work of art and I decided I wanted to display them in some way so Miss Minnette was the perfect solution.

I know some of my things are not in the traditional holiday decor but I have had all of them for many many years and they hold a truckload full of memories.
So I'm sure they will reappear each Christmas as long as I am able to set them out and appreciate them.

Here is wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Year's.

warm warm wishes from here

Jo

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.

Jo




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.
Jo

Saturday, October 24, 2015

THE HEALING AND HOPING SEASON............................


Life keeps moving on at it's normal pace.......
with events happening that are totally out of our control, but one thing we can control is how we take care of ourselves..which is needed especially during difficult times.

I am a  big fan of organic and natural skin care, and since good cosmetics have become so very expensive I often come across something I can make myself that I believe has a wonderful effect on one's skin.



This skincare recipe is from the above publication.  I had not seen it before so I picked up a  copy to see how I could incorporate some of these items in my personal care.


It is such a simple concoction and so very easy to make.  

3/4 cup chopped cucumber..no need to peel
1/4 cup liquid coconut oil...I personally use organic
1 cup white sugar
Basil leaves as much as you like .. mine are from my garden out back

I chopped cucumber and basil.   Put them into my blender, added the sugar, then the coconut oil.  Then I put the blender on puree and mixed it to my desired consistency.  I like my body scrubs to be a little on the goopy side ... if you want yours a little thicker just add more of the cucumber and basil.  This has the most clean refreshing fragrance you will ever experience.


Pour the mixture into clean storage containers.  Mine are plastic as I did not want to worry about dropping them in the shower and having the glass shader.  
But you can certainly use anything you have on hand.  This recipe made a little over two small jars of scrub.  It stores well in the fridge for two weeks...and I promise you will not smell like a SALAD when you exit the shower.  LOL LOL

This mixture does miracles on rough feet and elbows...although I use it over a lot of my body just because I like how soft it makes my skin feel.  Be sure and rise the floor or the tub or shower thoroughly as this can be slippery and you will want to rinse any little pieces of 
"green stuff" down the drain.  (O:(O:



Enjoy this and let's make a pact with ourselves to TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES THIS UPCOMING SEASON.

hugs from me,

Jo

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

THERE IS A SEASON...............................


I turned 69 on Saturday, October third. It was a bitter sweet birthday this year since my son was not with us.  
We went to one of our favorite  spots for my birthday dinner.  In fact, it was one of the last places my son was with us while he was alive.  The familiarity was somehow comforting for us..although some  tears were shed by us because of the vacancy that was felt by his absence. 
Which really brings me to the point of this post for today....THERE IS A SEASON.  



These pics were taken by us on a trip 2 years ago.  We toured down the Danube  and the Rhine rivers in Europe.  It is pretty evident that it is Fall in these pictures.....it was an incredible time for us.


It was before our move and Brad's  surgery.  It was before our son's death.

Who would have known  what was in store as we were viewing this incredible part of the world.


It was a season of all  joy and hopefulness. Then came the season of hurting and sorrow.  Every life has it's seasons....and each of them leave their mark.


Here in America we are in the Autumn season and for me personally it will be the healing and hoping season.

All the season's are necessary for one's soul development and each will appear in its own time......at least this is what I BELIEVE.  

Any thoughts on this?


Monday, August 31, 2015

ONCE AGAIN MY QUIRKINESS IS SHOWING................................




Allright......I will admit it.  I love having things in my home that are homemade...not store bought...and are like nothing you will see in someone else's home.  


I also love mixing the quirky with the refined  ~~ something homemade with a fine piece of art.

Since downsizing and moving I'm finding myself with many things that I can no longer use or are just simply wrong with the feel of this house.  So I end up taking things apart and reusing them in new ways.


The little lamp above was made from an old lamp base from World Market and a shade that had ripped and torn over the years.  I incorporated various lamps parts of other fixtures that we are no longer able to use here...and 
voila'!  A new little lamp that is both funky and artsy at the same time.  My dear husband loves the idea of the shade being there and yet not being there.   I only use a flicker bulb in these lamps as they are really more for decoration and not function.

It is amazing what one can come up with with old junk that is around the house.  I love this new trend of re-purposing and re-using stuff......don't you?

Have a great day.

Jo


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