Sunday, August 20, 2017

Winner Announced...and photos of the Garden!

Thanks to all who entered the contest!  We put all the names in a basket, some more than once, depending on how many platforms you follow and we are pleased to announce that Teddee Grace is the winner of Veranda Entertaining!  
Teddee, please send me your address so I can get it out to you right away!

Don't despair if you didn't win because I have lots of book giveaways planned this Fall!  

Speaking of Fall, I am not ready for it.  Some of my friends are looking forward to chilly nights, colorful, crunchy leaves and Pumpkin Spice Latte.  I may have to avoid them for the next 30 days.  lol  I still have so much work to do in the gardens...and I love every second of it!  

In the meantime, please enjoy these photos of the fruits of my labor.  



Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Giveaway!

I haven't done a giveaway in forever!  

The holidays will be here before we know it!  

I have decided to give you the opportunity to own Veranda's new book, Entertaining, filled with pages of ideas and beautiful photos for inspiration!  

If you don't already follow this blog, please do so, also please follow me on Facebook and Pinterest.  Then come back and tell me you did!  Each follow on social media gives you another chance to win!  
Please post once for each follow. 
The links to Facebook and Pinterest are on the right→ 

The winner will be drawn at random one week from today, Sunday, August 20th at 9am, Central Time!  

Hoping you are well!  

See you next Sunday with the name of the lucky winner!  

Good luck!  



Monday, August 7, 2017

Delores In the Sunroom

I wanted to move the candlestick on the table a bit more to the left but Delores had other plans.  
Delores was a rescue kitty. The shelter planned to euthanize her because it was claimed she had bitten her owner's child.  
She was extremely frightened in the shelter and bit her handler.
I begged. 
They relented. 
She has never bitten any of us.  
She has a playful nip that many young cats do but she never bites. 

We are so blessed and grateful be a part of her world.  

View of the sunroom from the breakfast room.  
Most everything in this room is from Craigslist, except Delores.  She came from Heaven.  lol  



Sunday, July 30, 2017

This, That and the Other...

Funny.  It didn't seem like I had been gone very long. 

Rather than try to explain where I was, I figure I will do it with pictures.  lol  

These are all the projects I am currently working on...well the ones I stopped to take photos of, anyhow.  
There are lots more.  Lots and lots. 

Also, my account was, once again, hacked.  They didn't do anything with it.  They just had control of it and I didn't.
Interesting hobby.  Hacking things just to hack them.  

Then Handsome Husband fought the law of gravity and the Law won.  
Eight staples in his handsome head. 

 He fell out of bed.  Nothing more.  He asked that I mention Ninjas may have been involved to make it seem more manly.  
If you see him please indicate that I mentioned Ninjas. 

Then that whole thing with me passing out on the expressway due to carbon monoxide poisoning.  No Ninjas were involved.  

...and months of relentless vertigo, not from the carbon monoxide. Or Ninjas. 
On the bright side, we have had brain scans, chest scans, scans of scans and scans of those scans.  
They found nothing amiss.

The home that Craigslist built...

Back courtyard...a work in progress...

...and the library.  The desk formerly belonged to Rush Limbaugh's uncle.


Delores "hiding".

West garden path and perennial border...

Painting garden furniture...

Painting indoor furniture...

Trimming the parterre...

Remember when the parterre was a wee baby?

The chest from my last post finally made it up to the master bedroom!

Front terrace

Working on a Craigslist chest makeover...

Adding ormolu to the secretary...

...and more ormolu...

Cleaning up the mystery thing...

We named this chest "Belle" after Beauty and the Beast.  It reminded us of the beautiful set.  

Hoping this post finds you in good health and good spirits!

I am off to try to train Ninjas to dust and trim hedges.  
I mean, if they insist on hanging around they may as well be useful.  



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sleeping Beauty!

Tune in later this week and I will show you how this free Craigslist highboy...

Became "La Belle au Bois Dormant", or "TheBeauty Sleeping in the Wood". 

This is actually the closest representation of the colors! 

*No actual antiques were harmed in this transformation.  The highboy is a reproduction with paperboard dust panels and back. 



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rainy Day In the Library

Our daughter is reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and I am reading a book written by a friend.  
Which reminds me, I hope my dear friend, FreeThinke, will consider putting all his amazing work in book form.  I would really love to spend a lazy day reading it ...



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hipster Blogger At Last!

It has occurred to me that I have been derelict in my duties as a Blogger. Never once have I photographed my breakfast, nor lunch, nor dinner, nor a midday snack. Not even a midnight raid on the refrigerator. 

Such a glaring oversight in this new age of social interaction. Well friends, that is about to change! A new dawn, if you will. 
No looking back...

Forgive my rudeness for not supplying this image sooner. 

I present to you...Breakfast! In this scientifically advanced era of instant photography filters, I wrestled with the perfect enhancement. I settled with a light "Focal"filter, to highlight my breakfast, then a simple "Light" frame to outline the importance of the first meal of the day. 

Then I added my Divine Theatre watermark to make it all official and binding. See? 

LOL! Honestly, I just thought it was pretty. Mixed fruit with nutmeg and cinnamon. 
Pretty, right?

I will happily remain a member of the Counterculture and keep my breakfast to myself. Unless it is really pretty. 
Like this is.



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