Saturday, June 30, 2012

Historic House Tour

This morning, Hubby and I toured the historic 1818 John Bowman house, just down the road from us. The house was moved from it's original site, several miles west of here, and now sits proudly on the corner of the Bowman property. The homestead was built on 2,700 acres of land given to John by Cherokee chief, Major Ridge.

Each year, the Bowmans host an open house to share the history of one of the oldest homes in the area. 

The style is Plantation Plain, with two verandas on the front and a porch on the back.
There are so many neat details in this four room log home...

...huge stone steps flanked by hydrangeas on either side...

... I love the simple decoration above the picture...oops, sorry you can see my reflection.

You can see the owners have loving decorated the rooms in the primitive style of the 1800s.

This large multipurpose room is used as a kitchen, dining area, and  a place for the spinning wheel.

The tables are so charming, with green chippy paint...I apologize for the quality of the photos. I kept hurriedly snapping pics, trying not to get the visitors in the shots.

I like this white china display over the kitchen fireplace...

...there are two upstairs bedrooms... this one is decorated as a child's room with a little table, chair and tea set, to the left of the bed.  

In the bedroom across the hall, is a beautiful cradle, with a hand made coverlet and little rag rug beside it...

...the back porch is set up with a small table and chair for visitors to sign the guest book...

...if you need a cool drink of water, the well bucket and dipper are handy. Actually, the Bowmans had a table under a huge, old oak tree, with refreshments for visitors. 

Afterwards, you might like to visit...  

...the "necessary".

Can you believe that 11 children were raised in this old house?

I hope you enjoyed the tour, and are having a great weekend.
Prayers for all who are in the paths of the fires in Colorado, and those with storms and power outages on the east coast.
Hugs and stay cool,

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Frenchy Bird Plate

I stopped by my favorite consignment shop, yesterday...on the way to the grocery store...and bought this cute little bird plate and stand... didn't take long to have it wrapped, and I was on my way...after I had checked out everything else in the shop. The little bird, on the plate, is cute...

 ...but the thing I like most about it, is the bronzy metal plate stand...

...can you see the verdigris on the flowers?  Very French? 

Just adding a little Frenchy touch in my un-Frenchy house. 
Hugs...and y'all stay cool. 

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Monday, June 25, 2012

A Few More Changes

A few weeks ago, I showed you my tiny guest bedroom. You can see the links here and here in case you missed those posts.  
Let me show you a few changes I just made.
Since the room is roughly 10x10, I decided to keep the colors neutral, and hopefully, the  room would look, and feel, larger.

Here's the way it looks...for the moment. I changed the picture above the bed to this one that usually lives in the living room...

The sweet little faces on these pups always makes me smile. 

Several of you suggested that I add plates to the wall. I haven't found any new plates yet, so I decided to use my vintage Poppy Trail dishes. 

...OK, nothing dramatic, but I'm going for quiet and soothing... :)

I changed the look on the table with a big shell planter I found at a garage sale Saturday. The brown and cream polka dot pillow, on the bed, is a recent thrift store find.

The wall on the other side of the plates was bare, so I rummaged through my stash of pictures to find something with colors that were similar to those in the shams.
The humming bird picture is from Bombay Company a lo-o-ong time ago.

Here it is on the wall to the left of the window. 

Garden roses and a cup of tea are ready on the tray.  
Y'all stop by...any time.

Hugs, Babs

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday in the Garden

I walked through the garden earlier this morning to see what needed to be watered...

...the impatiens are looking good...

...the "nursery" under the deck is ok. I've been dividing a lot of plants and bringing others here, because of the heat...

...the day lily foliage is looking pretty dry. I'll definitely need to water these.

This was a surprise! It's not an upside down carrot...must be a fungus. I watered the strawberries and tomatoes like crazy yesterday...

...and this thing was there this morning...weird!  

The plants on the deck are doing ok, but I'm having to water once, and sometimes twice a day.

The only thing I don't need to water is the robin who built a nest under the eaves. Poor thing's got to be hot, and she's only been on the nest three days.

Hope y'all are having a nice cool Summer Sunday.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Why Did I Buy This?

Why did I buy this? 
I have no daughters or granddaughters to play with it...'s rather shabby...

...and, I have no place for it in the house...

...I do like it in the garden, though...

...with a pitcher of flowers on the seat...

...and, it was only $2.52 cents at stinking cute and, I love it.
I must be reverting to my childhood, because it's a doll's high chair. :)  


I'm partying with:
A Southern Daydreamer ~ Outdoor Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style ~ Wow Us Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants ~ What's It Wednesday
No Minimalist Here ~ Open House Party Thursdays
My Romantic Home  ~ Show and Tell Friday
Common Ground ~ Vintage Inspiration Friday
At the Picket Fence ~ Inspiration Friday

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer-fying the Living Room

It's only a couple of days till Summer, and I decided it was about time to make a few changes in the living room.  

I did a simple arrangement on the mantel...white ironstone platters, ceramic pitchers and a vintage bowl with green apples...just to brighten things up a bit.

Then, I added a couple of green plants on either side of the fire screen.

On the coffee table, books and a wooden pedestal bowl with...

...sea biscuits, coral, starfish...

...and glass fishing floats. I love all these textures together.

On the sofa table are more books, with a starfish, a beachy candle...

...and a bird's feather we found in the yard. 

Is everyone ready for Summer? 

I'll be visiting A Stroll Thur Life for Table Top Tuesday.
See you there, and hope you have a great week.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Peachy Crescents

By now, I'm sure everyone has seen, or tried, the yummy Nutella Crescent recipe that's going around Blogland. 

Well, the other day, I was wanting peach pie; and since I'm not much of a pie baker, I decided to make a different version of the crescents using peach preserves instead of Nutella...sort of like peach pie in a little package.

The ingredients are:
~ sugar with a sprinkling of cinnamon
~1 can of  8 crescent rolls
~ peach preserves
~ non-stick cooking spray, if you don't have a non-stick pan...this is important, unless you like scrubbing baking pans.

It looks like I put on too much preserves, but that's ok. They'll just be more yummy. 

lightly sprayed the pan with non-stick cooking spray and rolled the little bundles in the sugar.

Some recipes say bake, then roll the crescents in sugar, but I roll them in the cinnamon sugar before I bake them. Either way is fine.
Bake according to package directions...I think it's 375 deg. for 11 min. or so...what ever your crescent roll package says.

Oops...some of the preserves ran out during baking, but wait till they cool slightly, push the runny part back toward the rolls with the edge of a spatula, and they'll  turn out fine. They just seem to absorb the excess.
Warning: DO NOT TOUCH the runny part with your fingers when it's hot!!!  Believe me! :)
When the crescents cool, remove them with a spatula to a serving plate.

Yummy! Tastes just like peach pie, and ready in a flash.
Hope you like them. 

Have a great weekend. 
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