Saturday, April 1, 2017

This Poor Old Victorian Home

When I took down the real tree,
and then packed away all the trimming's
I had what I thought was a wonderful idea, 

I will clear out the front entrance 
of decorations and 
everyday decor, and finally 
after 44 years get to painting 
the walls and stairway walls of 
the beautiful old house !!!!

I emptied that old bookcase on the top landing 
and hauled it out to the front porch, (to give away)

I cleared the stairway of antique display's, 
to start cleaning the wood work before I paint!

I used Zip Strip and the orange stripper,
I only wanted to clean the 
top edges of the wood work
where white paint from previous
 owners had left paint smears,

Also first I had to smooth out uneven 
plaster with my paint scraper,
What a mess, white dust, 
messy paint and old varnish melting 
off the beautiful wood work, 

Finishing one section at a time, moving the 
pieces of furniture back, then cover them, and 
moving on to the next section,

I have been at this since January, 
Between my business, family and friend events
I have had to start and stop many times,
However I am determined to complete this, 

The walls you see here are a semis gloss white, 
so fresh and pretty,
the north wall will be a Burgundy Red, ! 
I am almost ready to start the Red !
I will keep you posted as I progress,

If anyone has any advice or similar 
experiences,  leave me a comment,
I can use all the advice I can get !

Wish me Luck and stay tuned to see my progress!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Being Green

Going Green! 
Whether you are Irish or not it is still fun to 
get out the Green!

Going Green has become a slogan
 now days, meaning saving the 
environment, or being Irish, to name a few, 
Hopefully I won't have to 
wait too much longer to 
see my sweet Trillium's,

         It is fun to set the mood with 
a quick table decoration, 
and my grandmothers linen
 table cloth with matching napkins,
I made 4 little loaves of Irish Soda Bread, 

  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup currants, raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2-1 tbs caraway seeds (OPTIONAL)
  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • mix dry then moist, kneed into a ball, 
  • wash with one beaten egg, bake, 350 for 35 minutes

  • This was Ida's (grandmother) teapot,
     I just love it, hand painted little clovers,  
    I get it out every spring,
    and actually use it for tea. 
    I remember it always being in 
    her china cabinet, 
    however never saw her use it, 
    I like to use my old linens and dishes,

    The white roses on this cloth are so  pretty,

    Napkins and my green border Moose dishes, 
    (just covered up the moose, )

    I actually use mismatched silver 
    utensils everyday, why not? 
    otherwise they would just sit
     in a box somewhere, 
    and they tell a story every time I see them, 
    especially the ones with names 
    engraved on them, this one say's
    so charming!

    One of my pretty butter knives,
    I also use this table cloth and
     napkins at Christmas time and 
    sometimes on Game Day,
    Go Green, Go White! (Michigan State),

    No beads, or Shamrocks, except for the teapot, just the essence of green, oh, and 
    the soda bread,

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    Have a Happy St. Patty's Day Everyone!