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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

White Rattan

We came across this set of sixties rattan furniture  recently. It is excellent condition. It was in a beach house in Hilton Head, South Carolina. It is chippy and will stay that way. The striped pillows are down filled.  All the cushions are slip covered. We removed that large damask covered chaise from the living room and we feel this is a lighter brighter look. It somehow goes with the house. Joe and I think of this house as a cottage. It does have corbels after all.

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The petite chandelier, found by brother Bob and SIL Sue, is just right for our narrow entry way. As you have seen I have not gone to an all white palette but added white and softened the look of the living room. Joe likes the pink wool rug. Me, not so much. I see something lighter and less formal in this space. When I run across it I will know.

I will be joining Kathleen for White Wednesday at Faded Charm. Please visit the others for more white goodness.


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Monday, August 30, 2010

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Goodbye Summer. Our little flower garden in the backyard is winding down. I have been sitting outside and basking in the cooler drier air. Fall is coming. I am thrilled. The hummingbirds are very busy. These are some of the last summer images of our little flower garden. This is our first season we have had working in it. The azaleas in the background are blooming now. They are Encore azaleas. I am told we are fortunate to have them and not to prune them.

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Joe, my lovey, eats these peppers right off the plant!

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I adore terracotta  pots and cannot have enough of them. Then I must fill them!

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That huge begonia was purchased on clearance and once placed in the ground just flourished. The above ferns and climber were bought on Saturday one half off. Digging in the dirt and planting plants in the garden is so relaxing for me.

Goodbye Summer. Hello Fall.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Outside and Inside

This is exactly the opposite of what I usually do. Normally I photograph objects on the window seat inside  the house. This time I am outside and Clovis the C-Cat is sleeping inside on the window seat. He never knew I took the picture.

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He has taken over the window seat. I have tired of vacuuming the cushion so I have taken it out. He is not happy with this turn of events.

Happy Sunday

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Look At What We Found In Our Own Backyard

Joe has been working in the back yard of our old house. He has brought out some old house objects that are really cool. I put the pics in warmfly.  I especially like the bathtub in warmfly. You know you are a redneck if…tennille yard 012

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Joe pulled this cypress stump out of the Oconee River while he was rowing a canoe. Good thing he did not fall in the river. It was a true balancing act. He calls it “Mr. Stump.” There are alligators in that river for heavens sake!

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Our back yard at the old house is filled with rusty objects. My future Barn Chicks post for Karen’s link party at Brayton Homestead Interiors September third will feature our outbuildings and spider webs. I know you do not wish to miss it! I will tell you a secret about the bathtub next Friday. Stay tuned.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Alley

This is an oddly cool alley in a town near our old house. It has a nail care business and this gal really keeps the outside of her shop looking swell. Note the staircase. Curvy baby.

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Her little garden area is lush and tropical.north harris st. s.ville june 2010 018

Just a few yards down from this shop is the most gorgeous shabby door. I want it. Lovely scroll work.north harris st. s.ville june 2010 017

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We had our daughter’s senior picture taken in front of this door. The picture is one of my favorites. I wish the owner would do something about this door before it rots from water damage. north harris st. s.ville june 2010 013I do not know this woman who owns this shop with the curvy staircase, window, and garden but I like her spirit. She could write a blog I imagine.

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I am linking with A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday. Please visit the others for more outdoor beauty.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Supper,Windows, and a Find

We had some new neighbor friends for supper last night. Joe and I really enjoy cooking for others at the yellow house.

The menu:

roast beef with Vidalia onions, potatoes, and carrots

steamed broccoli

wheat rolls

cheesecake (brought by our friends)

I placed this odd ivy we have growing in the yard in the window seat in an iron stone pitcher. This ivy does not climb it mounds. I will use it at Christmas, I think, for decorating.

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On the kitchen sink, in my Granny’s Lenox vase, are some butterfly bush blooms. We have excellent light in this window and I spend a good amount of time in this spot so why not have flowers?

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We found a beachy white and cream rattan sofa and chair at a garage sale yesterday.The sofa cushions are cream colored. I wanted the chair. Joe wanted the sofa. They are from the 1960’s and are in pretty good shape. A little chippy but the blue and white stripe cushions on the chair are just perfect with my rug. Plus I like chippy. Now I must rethink the entire furniture layout of the yellow house. aug 003

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That C-Cat checked the chair out and wormed his way into the picture.

Happy Sunday Friends!

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Nineteen, Goodness Gracious!

She was born on a Tuesday. Early in the morning. She was planned and wanted oh so very much. I went to an infertility doctor for some time. She weighed 2lbs 9oz. She lost the 9oz and had to start over at 2lbs. She seriously looked like an albino squirrel. She was covered in white fur, the lanugo that covers babies in the last trimester.

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Where did nineteen years go? She is in her second year of college already and I cannot believe it. She does not look her age. She gets mistaken for a thirteen year old often. She is always gracious about it.

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CC, I love you more now than I ever have. From that tiny neonate to the lovely young lady you have become you have been a pure joy. I especially love that you have a heart for others. You put people first and that is a wonderful gift. Now, if you would just clean your swamp….I mean your room.

She has had every color of hair available in a box. This pink is especially cute. One of my favorites was platinum blonde but it was way too expensive.


She calls her Mama every day. Sweet.

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The Pink Challenge

Chania at Ramataz is having a photo challenge every week. Today’s theme is Pink. I adore pink and have a lot of it. I recently picked up this linen towel for a song. It is old and is in perfect condition.

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Please visit Chania for more pinks.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A White Sun Room

As summer is winding down I am re-visiting my friends porch for White Wednesday at Faded Charm. If you have seen a couple of these images before they actually are worth seeing again as her white wicker chaise is so charming and lovely. The other images are new. Again, I bring you Fancy’s white sun room.fancy's porch june 2010 002-1

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Fancy’s sun room is just full of wicker and blue and white objects.fancy's porch june 2010 013  Every time I am in this room she has moved something around. Sound familiar? Please visit Kathleen and the scores of others for more whites.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010


Today is the day. We are packing two Jeeps. Two. It is raining in middle Georgia and taking our large trailer is not an option. CC, our daughter, is starting her second year of college. When she is home she is a delightful miniature storm. It will be quiet now. She will be missed very much.

I attended a funeral yesterday of a friend. She was seventy-one and the service was very sweet. Her son was so upset he did not attend. Will he regret this?

I leave you with a photo of a beautiful home on North Harris St.

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Now that is some porch! Or porches.

Now I must get ready for church. My dear friends, have a blessed day. Hug your mother. Or your daughter…you get my drift…hugs♥olive

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Cloudy With a Side Of Stained Glass

I almost never post images in real time. I woke early today with the idea of taking photos of a church two blocks from our old house. It has beautiful gothic arches with plenty of stained glass windows. Guess what? Not one ray of sunshine. Not one. I went any way. The glass is half full side of me knows the day is much cooler because of the heavy cloud cover.tenn. church 010

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We ride by this lovely church all the time and yet I have never visited it until today. The windows are beautiful. Someone had just mowed the grass and trimmed all the hedges. Sweet.tenn. church 014

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Is not this just a darling church? I love these gothic stained glass windows.  It makes me wonder what the inside looks like. Thanks bunches for joining me on this cloudy Friday in Georgia. As small churches and arched windows are a couple of my favorite things I am linking with Laurie at Bargain Hunting With Laurie for her A Few of Myfav thngs cmbndFavorite Things Saturdays Party

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