Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Patriot's Shadow Box

Dearest Readers,

After crafting a Patriot's Shadow Box for both my Father and Dearest's Father for Father's Day, I knew that I wanted to create one to honor all the heroes in our family!



I already had the large shadow box that I re-purposed for this project (you can find them at virtually any craft supply store). I printed 8 x 10 pictures (printed from scanned photos, as I would suggest not using the originals in craft projects) and used a beautiful gold trim to frame each photo. So Victorian!

I found the lovely Army and Navy medallions/stickers (I secured them to a piece of cardboard) at Michael's and made a rosette with my ribbon. It is easy peasy....just gather one side along the wire and secure.


I printed copies of old postcards and added them to the display titles...

A little bit of gold ribbon added drama and tied the elements together.

I will be on the lookout for old war medals to add a sweet touch to the vignette...


Of course, I had to drape the entire frame with a lovely shawl....I love swagging and draping!

A very simple but loving tribute....for the heroes still with us and those that have gone on...we, here at Honey Hill, are proud of your sacrifice!
I hope you enjoyed a peek at this craft project...
Yours so kindredly,
Shan

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My Victorian Flag....

Dearest Readers,

Time flies here at Honey Hill Farm! My goodness, here it is almost the Fourth of July, so you know that I have draped everything in patriotic frippery!

I bought a beautiful, large cotton flag at Goodwill for $4.99 and couldn't wait to get home and "Victorianize" it!

First, I boiled water and added instant coffee ( I buy the least expensive brand I can find)....

I added my flag (after fixing the torn hem) and put an old pizza pie pan on top, weighing it down with an obliging brick....

I left the flag overnight and....voila! Instant old-timey, Victorian loveliness! I could hardly wait for this lovely flag to dry on my clothesline!

I added romantic fringe to the end and then gave this beauty a quiet resting place in our library...

I just love this time of year....we are all so blessed to live in this great country....all our freedoms and liberties, so proudly and dearly held near to our hearts....and delightfully celebrated in our homes!

Yours so kindredly,
Shan
P.S. Note to Miss Paula....I would love to be able to read your blog again, dear friend.







Saturday, June 12, 2010

This Just In....

Dearest Readers,

I have just been informed by my Dearest that Britain has tied with America in their game for World Cup standing....oh my!

Yours kindredly,
Shan

Rainy Day Redecorating....

Dearest Readers,

It is a very cloudy, cool, rainy day here at my beloved Honey Hill Farm. I could not ask for a more suitable day than this to learn a little more about my new home here at Blogger. Please excuse my dust!! I have found a few links to charming blog "decor" and have had fun tweaking this and that to suit my fancy. Of course, everything might look different tomorrow......

If you have any links to free templates with a Victorian look, I would be eternally grateful for the addresses!

Now don't be dismayed Dear Reader, I am also changing a few little things here at Honey Hill...she says with a smile. I know that you are used to me redecorating fairly regularly and the current victim is our library. Dearest and I purchased two very tall bookcases to hold our ever expanding collection of books. Naturally, this required moving the smaller barrister bookcase, which in turn opened up a corner that just begged to be furnished with a comfy reading chair....

Upon arriving home with said chair....a lovely, over-sized leather, manly, Dickens-style chair...we were shocked and dismayed to find it would not, could not, fit through the door to our bedroom (which leads to the library). No Sir...not going to fit, no matter how it was turned, squished or otherwise manipulated. Back to the store.....

After trying...quite like Goldilocks...all the Victorian-looking chairs the store had in stock, we found a chair that we quite liked and it (we took the measuring tape this time) would actually fit through the door...hooray! The chair was not in stock...it will arrive in two weeks....ahem.

Two weeks is far too much time for me to look at a room undone.... I...Get...Ideas.....

I have realized that the ceiling needs to be "Victorianized" and I will paper and paint then glaze the ceiling to look like pressed tin (with an antique gold finish) ....of course, this will make the master bedroom's ceiling (ivory) stick out like a sore thumb, so it will need to be "Victorianized" as well....I think I hear Dearest sobbing in the other room...now don't you know, that the front bedroom can't be the last one standing with an ivory ceiling so it too will have to be painted or papered.....oh yes, I am just that crazy!

So here is a toast to rainy days...perfect for pondering, puttering and redecorating!

Yours so kindredly,
Shan




Saturday, June 5, 2010

Won't You Join Me for Tea.....

Dearest Reader,
Living gently means taking time to enjoy a cup of tea with my dearest friends....

The playroom is a charming place to meet....the table is set with our best china....
(Don't you just love this itty bitty casserole dish?)

This adorable tea service was a Mother's Day present from my Darling Girl.....

She so understands her Momma's heart....
Yours ever so kindredly,
Shan