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(Photos above are courtesy of Pinterest)


Friday, November 14, 2014

November and the Holidays


It's official!  I made a trip to Williams Sonoma yesterday and am prepared for Thanksgiving.
I don't know about you but I live for the holidays.  When November comes, my anniversary, my birtthday, Autum colors, the golden light, I am thrilled to experience every wonderful part of this month.  Starting with my anniversary and ending with Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  The best day for cooking out of the year in my opinion.  Most of the staples at our Thanksgiving table are made with products from Williams Sonoma so it is a thrill to make the trip and walk around my most favorite store and collect my ingredients and special items to make the Holiday extra special.
Every detail is importan to me to make the table, the evening just right.  From the candles to the brine to the tablesetting.
I'm especially excited because my youngest will be home and our dinner table will be filled with our new daughter in law and son and her wonderful parents.  Karen, my daughter in law's mother is an amazing cook.  "Martha Level"  She has taught me so much.  So when we join forces it is a feast.
And then when the last dish has been put away and the leftovers are in the fridge, the Christmas Season  is here.  I used to start decorating Thursday night but I'm not that young anymore so I wake up early on Friday morning, my husband gets us some coffee and I begin.
I don't love Black Friday for shopping, I actually don't leave my house.  I usually am in comfortable clothes while I'm hanging garland, putting up trees and enjoying the sounds of Christmas music.  This year I have five trees.  I know it's crazy, but it's an obsession I have.  My house isn't even big but it gives me joy to see Christmas in every nook.
I am trying to dive into the Holiday Spirit.  I want to enjoy every minute of this festive time.
I hope that you will get excited too.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My 49th Birthday

Before anyone gets excited this photo is from Pinterest, not my own.
Today is my 49th Birthday.  
It was one I dreaded because it was the first I had without parents and without my sons with me.
It actually turned out to be a beautiful day from beginning to end.  
  I was reminded by my dear friends and family that I am loved and that I matter.
And after all isn't that what's important?  Knowing that you matter.
Thank you to all who made it a special day for me.  I expected to feel sad and alone and yet I was surrounded by signs of love that truly filled me with joy.
I feel blessed.
xoxo
Lisa

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Photos Are Here ( On My Anniversary, The Perfect Gift)

With the Bride & Groom's permission I wanted to share these photos of such a magical day.  
I can't look at most of them without crying.  So beautiful.  Enjoy!
xoxo
Lisa  The Mother Of The Groom  (Hee hee)
The photographer Karin Belgrave posted these on her blog: http://www.karinbelgraveblog.com/blog/





(Below: My boys)

















 (Above: A very emotional mother, Below: A full circle moment)





Memories of a lovely day and a union of two lovely people.  I was just blessed to be part of it all. ( My husband was there too I swear, but for some reason didn't make the blog cut.  Promise will post more when they come.  He probably dodged the cameras all night.)
xoxo

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A New Room

Another Anniversary is here.  Tomorrow my husband and I will be married 26 years on Guy Fawks Day.  
Hard to believe all this time has gone by.  My son is already going on three weeks married.  Unbelievable to me.  
So my sweet husband took me for a long weekend away.  We stayed at a lovely inn, one of our favorites and we had the best dinners and a lovely ride and enjoyed each others company and the company of our sweet friends.  My birthday is on the 12 of this month as well and I was surprised by the loveliest gathering and lunch during my visit.  
The weekend was perfect.
(Below my husband.  It's the only way I can photograph him, he does not enjoy being photographed)

A magnificent Halloween day.  Look at those colors.
After a weekend away I'm back home and the wheels are turning.  My married son's room is about to be restored.  After almost twenty years of growing up in a room, bouncing baseballs against the wall, basket balls, hockey sticks, soccer balls, nail marks, atleast 5 coats of different color paint layers, poster residue, hooks that although they claim are easy to come off and non damaging to the walls really are, are all about to be sanded and taped and made new again.
So if you've ever looked at a pottery barn catalog or rented a cottage in a charming town for vacation, you have probably seen a photo or been in one of those charming rooms where there are always two matching antique beds with the patchwork quilts and comfy blankets.  My husband thinks I'm a bit strange for wanting to do this to my son's room but I am.
So I found these lovely matching beds.
I thought they were so so beautiful.  
I'm excited to begin.  There will be painting involved and alot of spackle to get the room the way I see it but all good things take some time.
Yesterday I found the prettiest bench along with these matching quilts.  It was a very productive day.
 Above is the bench.  It was perfect in my tiny foyer.  And below are the twin quilts.  Aren't they lovely.  I washed them on a delicate cycle and now they are ready for the beds when the beds arrive.
 Below a shot of each.  I paid fifty for each.  You can't beat that!

Once the room is complete I will do a post on it.  Also waiting for some wedding photos from the photographer to post.  xoxo Lisa



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Its all about Nell Hills.

I was walking my dogs looking up at my porch and laughed to myself as I realized everything on my porch is from Nell Hills store.
Please tell me you know what I'm talking about?  Mary Carol Garrity's stores in Atchison Kansas and Kansas City Missouri. www.nellhills.com  Almost everything I do in my home is a reflection of a visit to her stores, a chapter in one of her books or just photos from her blog.  I admit it!  I am a copier!  I don't care.  I'm proud to be one.
 Nell Hills Below MCG herself.  
A wonderful, lovely lady both inside and out.  She is kind and thoughtful and the happiest person I've ever met.

If you don't know what I'm talking about then please see the site above.  WARNING:  Your life will never be the same again.
So here are some pics of my porch.
 Above my porch a few minutes ago.  It's dark outside so my photos are a bit dark.
 One of the eight lanterns I ordered for the wedding.  Very affordable and beautiful.
On the rockers my custom made Nell Hill monogramed house number pillows I feel in love with when visiting Mary Carol's home in Atchison Kansas.  So lovely.  Had so many people comment at the wedding about my lanterns and pillows.  People strolled around during the cocktail hour and saw them.  
Also above another of the white lanterns.  Look at that pillow stitching!  My goodness what an art!
 Below symmetrical original Nell Hill lanterns.  These are the large.  I adore them.  They also were used in the barn for the wedding.  One guest asked me if they were rented I chuckled and proudly stated:  "they are mine!"
 Below Mary Carol's metal fall orbs.  I have used them two years in a row and place the pumpkins inside.  So fun and so elegant.


 Close up above and below of the lanterns.  Too beautiful.  Love them.  Also have two different lanterns inside and on my deck but too dark to show you.  Will post about them next time.
 If you are on facebook make sure that you check the Nell Hill page.  She posts items almost every day and if you see something that you like all you have to do is call the store number.  It's as easy as that!  The Briarcliff store in Kansas City, MO number is (816) 746-4320
And the Atchison Kansas store number is  (913) 367-1086
Make sure you check out her weekly blog, her website and her page on facebook.  The ladies are lovely and kind and extremely helpful and with a quick description will help you find the item you desire.  Tell them Lisa from PA sent you.  Hee hee.

Friday, October 24, 2014

What Is Left?

It has been 13 days since my son's wedding.  Almost all has been put away, back in it's usual place.  All the items borrowed have been returned safely to their owners and thankfully none were broken.  Tim and Liddy returned from their honeymoon yesterday afternoon tired and thankful to be home after their lovely trip and anxious to move in to their apartment today and this weekend.  Yes I will be helping them move.
So now I'm officially an empty nester.  My youngest is away in college and my oldest is married and as my husband continues to run his business 100 miles away in NYC, I have alot of time on my hands.  Went to my first job interview since the 90's a few days ago.  Trying to reinvent myself.
While I'm still querying my agents, and waiting for that bite for my second novel to be published and currently working on my third, I would love to have a job that can occupy my time and at the same time do something that I enjoy in the interim while I anxiously await the trips home from my youngest from Tennessee.
Ideally I would love to open my own small store and sell the Nell Hill Line.  Anything and everything Mary Carol Garrity.  How fun would that be.  But financially I couldn't do it alone.  So in the meantime I am looking for a design store that can use my help.

It's different now.  Everything seems different.  After being with my sons at all times when they weren't in school or at work, now it will take some adjusting.  The house is quiet all the time.  I find myself trying to find more projects (which is a warning for all of you in my same boat, suddenly you feel like remodeling and redecorating every nook and cranny.)

So for now, what is left? My walks,
I have resumed my afternoon hikes, sometimes alone and sometimes with a friend.
The grass didn't suffer too much damage.  Those lines are actually the sun's rays.
 Except for a few brown patches all looks well.
 
 A few remnants of the wedding.  Pumpkins and still things to put away.
 I kept my lit branches in places to light up during the holidays.

 Strangely enough, Hydrangeas are still blooming.
 My roses have gotten a second wind.

 A few survivors.  Leftover limelight highdrangeas that remained on the plant and were not cut for the centerpieces or the barn arbor garland.
 An empty back yard.
 Below you can still see the dreamcatcher that the bride made hanging on the tree.

Above my little Rudy, he constantly looks for my boys.  He can't understand why they are not home playing with him.

And leaves. . . plenty of leaves.