Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Happiest of Thanksgivings to You and Yours....


Dearest Readers,


My you find yourself surrounded by family, friends, peace and grace this Thanksgiving Day.


Yours so kindredly,


Shan

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmastide....Please Pardon My Dust


Dearest Readers,


Please pardon my dust as I ready my blog for Christmastide....


For your enjoyment, I have added a Christmastide Slideshow on the right-hand sidebar showing bits and pieces from last year's decorations around Honey Hill Farm.


Yours kindredly,


Shan

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Making My Home Bright.....

Dearest Readers,


As Christmastide is once again in sight I find myself quietly surveying each room looking for any little thing that needs attention....carpeting and rugs free of stains, bed covers and curtains fresh and crisp, baseboards and trim cleaned of fingerprints.  


Nothing is more frustrating than pulling out your cherished decorations and trims and having to clean and tidy rooms before you can begin to decorate. 


This is also a wonderful time of year to add panache to each room...maybe rearranging the furniture or adding throw pillows or a new curtain (it doesn't have to be "store" new...I like to shop here in my home where the price is always just right!).


I found that the two sofas and the chair in the back parlour were looking a little worn on the arms.  Since this is very much a room where my family will gather during this time of year, I went about making armchair covers. 


I had quite a bit of this paisley fabric and burgundy trim so I forged full-speed ahead.  All I really had to do was to make a pattern from scrap paper and then I sat myself down at the sewing machine. 




In no time at all the project was complete and the room looked neat and tidy with a little Victorian flair!



The turquoise bedroom upstairs needed some final attention to make it really shine before the holiday festivities...so I gathered all my Victorian magazines and pondered and looked about.  Ah Ha!  I found my inspiration after reading an article titled "Windows, the Cape May Way"in an old copy of Victorian Homes dated June 1998. I went about gathering all the bits and bobs needed to make a lambrequin....



A lambrequin is a stiffened drapery panel that was the height of fashion in the late 1800's. (Just in case you were wondering.)


It requires a length of fabric, fusible interfacing, trim and fringe and, in my case, a stencil pattern and paint.  I had everything in my stash except the turquoise fabric which I purchased at JoAnn's (with my coupon it came to $4.58).  I chose a bottom weight fabric primarily because of the color but also I thought it would hang well. I  used pins to hang it over the current drapery panels, but you could also build a cornice board and hang it that way. 



I think it adds just the right touch and it was very simple to make, not to mention affordable. 


I still will endeavor to take out a few of my paint cans and go around and touch up paint here and there.  After that, I can proceed to decorate with abandon....one of my favorite pleasures of the Christmastide season.


I will once again host my Christmas Home Tour (this link will take you to my tour from last year) just as soon as that last bit of tinsel is draped on the tree. I so hope you will have a free moment to join me in my parlour....a cup of cheer will be served  along with a generous helping of friendship.


Yours so kindredly,


Shan


P.S.  I would love to visit you at your home this holiday season, so do be so kind to leave me a comment and your blog address so that I may drop by for a cup of cheer!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Victorian Details...

Dearest Readers,


One of the most delightful consequences of decorating in the Victorian style would have to be the abundance of detail allowed in every corner of every room.


Once you have the "bones" in place...heavy velvet curtains, lace panels, a pretty floral rug and a few lovely pieces of antique or not-so-antique furniture it is time to turn your attention to the Victorian details of your room....this is where the fun begins.


Familiarize yourself by looking at old photos, art prints and watching wonderful Victorian inspired movies.  One of my favorite movies would have to be "Meet Me In St. Louis" starring Judy Garland.  This movie is set in a beautiful Victorian home and has inspired me in many of my decorating endeavors.  One scene in particular shows a very large fish bowl on a very large ornate stand with a particularly lovely goldfish swimming happily about. Now, you know that I just had to re-create this lovely detail for my own little Victorian home.


Lest you think I would just run out and purchase a live goldfish...let me warn you...I am a fish murderer....yes, a fish murderer from way back in my childhood.  Here is an entry from my Baby Book:


"We bought Shan a goldfish in May of '63. They went to sleep because of Shan's hand in the fish bowl."


Further, I remember coming home from Vacation Bible School with a dear little fish in a pink bowl...who knew that a fish wouldn't care for 7-Up...she looked very tired of drinking water to me.


So there it is...the brutal truth...


What is a Victorian lady to do? Well don't you know that I spotted a perfectly beautiful goldfish ornament at Hobby Lobby.  And as Providence would have it, all the glass vases and bowls were on sale. All I needed were a few glass marbles, a little trim and a lovely old candy dish that was tucked in the china cupboard. 


And Voila!  Meet "Goldie", a darling little friend who now calls Honey Hill home. 



One less goldfish in peril....one more Victorian detail added to make our home cozy.


Yours so kindredly,


Shan

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cozy Comfort...


Dearest Readers,


It is almost Eventide here at Honey Hill Farm as the sun begins to set.  It is always quiet at this time of day....so peaceful and beautiful as another day's bustling and rustling are settled down to a gentle pace.


Time to start our supper and put away all the strewn about items throughout our home.  Soon, I will light the lamps and enjoy our home in the cozy glow of the evening. 


Tonight Dearest, who is recovering from a dreadful cold, will watch football and root for his beloved Broncos.  I plan to make some Banana Bread (Crystal's wonderful recipe) in the warmth and comfort of our kitchen. Then I think I will sink into the depths of my easy chair and finish some embroidery on a tea towel...




Dearest and I have quite a few events this week that will take us away from home, so I will cherish any evening that I can spend curled up in front of the fire!


On Thursday I am going over to my Darling Girl's home and we are going to make Dresden Ornaments together.  We have each been gathering trims and such and should have some lovely ornaments at the end of the day.  As you can see by the link above, the ornaments are quite expensive (since they are made with antique "scrap") but we will be able to make them for just a few dollars each. 


I do promise to share photos just as soon as I can have Darling Boy over to resolve a computer issue....my camera is just about to burst with all the photos that I have taken these last few days!


I hope you are all well and happy and looking forward to the upcoming holidays...they do seem to appear rather quickly these days. 


Yours so kindredly,


Shan