Monday, August 31, 2009

Sixes and Sevens......

Dearest Readers,


Our house has been a jumble, tumble of rearranging rooms and moving things about....all sixes and sevens as the British like to say. It is finally about finished and I must say that I like the calm and organized far better!



I have moved my craft room to the basement where the former "NORAD Space Station" was located.  What a lot of room I will now have for sewing, scrapbooking and general crafting.  Dearest was kind enough to put a large bright light fixture right over my cutting table and bring the second desk out of storage.  Now I have a desk for sewing and another one for scrapbooking.  Oh, and a smaller third desk holds all my stickers, etc. with a paper cutting station on top and my paper organizing shelves sitting right next to it. I am delighted...yes, indeed!



The former craft room became an additional bedroom, so that I have room for all my "babies" when they come home to stay in our nest for awhile.  It was in need of a thorough cleaning, not to mention painting and carpet shampooing.  While that was in progress the bed that belongs in the room had to wait patiently propped up in the back parlour. I did not care for that, let me tell you.



Of course, yours truly does not like to paint anything in simple colors, so the ceiling was painted the same burgundy as the front parlour and the walls where painted a lovely shade of blue called "Skipper". Oh yes, the walls were formerly cream and it only took 3 coats of paint to cover it...it is a good thing I actually like to paint. The old border paper that runs halfway up the wall was painted over with the same said burgundy and will soon be stenciled in a beautiful gold Victorian pattern. (I had read about painting over border paper in a magazine and must confess I thought it sounded rather distasteful...but I have done it several times now and it looks very lovely after it is stenciled...it looks just like the expensive border paper from the Victorian reproduction companies.)


Meanwhile, canning, dehydrating and freezing the ever abundant harvest continues, not to mention the everyday household duties! I am glad to have the jumble tumble behind me and can, once again, get back to a simple, gentle everyday pace....what a blessed life.


Yours kindredly,


Shan


P.S. I will post pictures of the rooms as soon as I put on all of the finishing touches.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Quiet Saturday......

Dearest Readers,


It is as quiet as a mouse here at Honey Hill Farm....everyone is away except yours truly.....


The clouds have rolled in and it is quite dark here in the parlour requiring me to turn on a light or two. The high is supposed to be only 79 as a cool front has moved in, so it was a perfect day for puttering in the garden and taking inventory of my canning jars and canning supplies.  I will definitely need to purchase more pint jars!


Dearest will be home around 2:00 this afternoon and then we will head out for a Birthday party for my "little" brother who will be turning 40! 


Later, we are attending a dinner to celebrate my high school reunion....30 years (she says quietly)! I am looking forward to catching up with everyone and learning about this season of their lives.



Monday the boys are coming over and helping us move furniture around the house.  I am relocating my craft/sewing room to the large basement bedroom and making a guest room out of my old craft room.  Oh dear!  I will be sure to take photos once I am settled into my new craft room...I am very excited about having such a large space. 


I hope you have a lovely weekend!


Yours so kindredly,


Shan


Friday, August 7, 2009

The Hottentots of Honey Hill Farm.......

Dearest Readers,


I wish to take a few moments today to introduce you to our splendid new tenants the Hottentots.  They moved here shortly after Christmastide and have settled in quite nicely....


The have a lovely spot just inside the front parlour....


Just next to the pump organ...


Oh, do come a little closer....


How delightful! There is Mrs. Hottentot as we speak...shall we pop over and say Hello?


Here she is....rocking her littlest little, Clementine.  She and Mr. Hottentot are the proud parents of 18 littles so she is quite a busy lady. We have lovely exchanges about laundry (she is an expert!) and cooking for a crowd, not to mention homekeeping tips. 


Now that she is settled, we have begun to coordinate our plans for the decoration of our houses. She has the most delightful ideas for fall decor...I can't wait to see just what she comes up with!


I suppose, Dear Readers, that we should bid her adieu as she has to start preparing lunch...no small task I assure you.


Thank you for making our newest tenants feel welcome!


Yours kindredly,


Shan


P.S.  The precious door was a gift from Dearest this Christmastide (Victorian Trading).  The wee mice were sculpted by yours truly with Sculpey and the darling little rug was a thrift store find.




 


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Art of Dressing Like a Lady.....

Dearest Readers,


As promised I will begin my weekly post on The Art of Dressing Like a Lady....


My first inclination was to pull out my lovely tea dresses and delicate shoes, embroidered purses and all such frippery.  But that would be the easy way out...as we all have a fancy dress or two tucked into the deep recesses of our closets waiting for a chance to be seen at a wedding or graduation.  I doubt that any of us would mop the floor or can a batch of pickles in such an outfit, LOL!


Instead, I have chosen a very simple, make-the-beds, hang-the-clothes-out-on-the-line, outfit that is comfortable and feminine...easy to wear for everyday life....


Ahem....for better or for worse...here I am....


A simple cotton top that has a lovely old-fashioned print of navy, turquoise and pink, a long navy skirt and my stand-by pink clogs.  Nothing fancy, (all the garments are a few years old) but it is neat and pressed and will keep me cool as today the temperature is going to reach 95 degrees.


I love to wear my hair up and out of the way, especially during the long, hot days of summer...


I have added a lovely navy bow to compliment my skirt.



I truly enjoy dressing each day, adding a little pin or a pair of earrings that set off my outfit "just so".  It really is not very hard, nor does it require a small fortune to dress like a lady...


I encourage you today to put on a pretty blouse or skirt.  Take the time to style your hair or put on a nice necklace or pin. Then go about your usual day....I promise you, Dear Reader, that you will feel a change in your person.  A lovely, wonderful change that will stay with you all day as your skirt swishes delightfully around your ankles. 


I find that when I am dressed like a lady, that my demeanor is gentle and soft. I have much more confidence in my ability as a keeper of my home. More importantly, I enjoy the sweet compliments that Dearest sends my way!


Please leave me a link if you have pictures on your blog about feminine dress...I just love to gather ideas from other kindred spirits


Yours so kindredly,


Shan