Forest Green

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Is there any color in the entire spectrum of colors as warm, sensual, masculine and marvelous as Forest Green? Forest Green is predicted to be one of the popular colors of 2017. You can read all about all the colors of 2017 here. My favorite color of green is forest green. What’s yours?

Welcome to a new year of my blog everyone. This year marks the beginning of its 4th year. Within a couple of months, I should have all the posts I made and lost, re-edited and ready to publish again. Happy 2017 Everyone!

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Christmas Mantles and Swag

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Is there anything more beautiful or festive looking than a well done mantle or doorway? My tastes run from one extreme- very natural looking to the other extreme- sophisticated beauty. Both lend warmth to a home throughout the holiday season. From the smell of fresh pine or boxwood to the festive touch of a decorated mantle and natural door charm– what’s your favorite?

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Brown Transferware

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Brown transferware is my favorite color of transferware. I think probably because at one time, maybe still? it was so hard to find. The process of creating transferware, back in the mid-eighteenth century, was to take a piece of tissue with the design on it and press–transfer onto a piece of ceramic and fire in a low temperature kiln to fix the design. You can imagine how much time, effort and accuracy it must have taken to complete say a set of dishes. Astonishing and very expensive. Transferware can be found in red, pink, purple, green, brown, blue, black, grey and yellow. Blue has been the favorite of most since the process was first created. What do you think? What’s your favorite color? Also I would love to add that the website from which most of these photos were curated- Cabin & Cottage is an absolute treasure. As far as beautiful photographs of transferware in every color– nothing else compared (on the internet) to the beauty of the photographs I found on this site.

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Glitter Glitter Everywhere

My prediction for this year’s Christmas decor and tree decorating trend is -glitter, glitter everywhere! Every year glitter makes an appearance and this year is going to be no exception. Also, I am loving the little zinc houses, barns, schoolhouses and more by Terrain this year.  We are going to be putting up our new skinny tree and I think our theme is going to be woodland creatures- furry fox, deer, rabbit and also some of the pine cones I bought from Pottery Barn last year and definitely my set of gold and silver mercury bulbs. I think copper, mercury and faux fur accents are going to be big this year. I take great pride in making my predictions- all that is left is the wait and see.

In other news you may be wondering why my blog is under construction? Well at some point in August I accidentally deleted the media folder that held the first 18 months of this blog. So all my pictures -gone. Now you may not think that is a big deal, but it really is. I don’t just go to Pinterest and save photos, load them up here and share. I travel all over the internet and collect photos I think will look good together, and source each and every one of them. Not easy and very time consuming. Some of these blog posts took 3-4 hours to create. So, needless to say I have about 30 posts to recreate.

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Fall for pumpkin!

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Just as blue is always the color I think of for September, orange is on my mind for October. I love fall. I love orange. I love the combination of orange with blue, and orange with brown, even orange and yellow. Orange for me is my energy. Fresh, fantastic and fun. Fall is here.

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I’ll be sharing this post over at Stan & Jody’s party at Rooted in Thyme on Friday.

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The Thistle

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Even before I knew that I had direct bloodlines to people who originated from the Scottish Highlands, one of my favorite flowers was the thistle. From early childhood I remember them growing in our pasture on the family farm. How beautiful and imperious they became late summer. The thistle is the National Flower of Scotland and for good reason, it symbolizes strength, fierceness, defiance and tenaciousness. The true heart of the thistle is that it is a very humble flower, though it does grow to very impressive heights (8 feet). Fall is here and the thistle has lovingly parted with its seed, seeds blowing here and there. Its truly magnificent beauty gone for yet another year- enjoy!

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September Blues

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It’s that time again. Time for the end of summer, and the beginning of September blues. As summer winds down and fall slowly approaches here is a great summertime tune.

Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran

I’m gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler
About a workin’ all summer just to try to earn a dollar
Every time I call my baby, and ask to get a date
My boss says, “No dice son, you gotta work late”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

Well my mom and pop told me, “Son you gotta make some money”
If you want to use the car to go ridin’ next Sunday
Well I didn’t go to work, told the boss I was sick
“Well you can’t use the car ’cause you didn’t work a lick”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

I’m gonna take two weeks, gonna have a fine vacation
I’m gonna take my problem to the United Nations
Well I called my congressman and he said “Whoa!”
“I’d like to help you son but you’re too young to vote”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

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3-D Wall Panels & Tiles

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If you want to add dimension to any room, consider 3-D wall panels or tiles. If you’re into design and texture 3-D wall panels may be just the thing. They are easy to install, and even easier to paint. I really like the idea of adding a sculptural element to my walls. I prefer the white and I like that no matter what pattern I choose, the pattern is automatically repeated. What do you think? Is 3-D for you?

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Steampunk Style

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I was first introduced to steampunk through the eyes of director Tim Burton in the movie Edward Scissorhands. Since that time, Tim Burton has remained my favorite of all directors.  To this day steampunk style can be seen in many of his films, including the most recent  Alice Through The Looking Glass. I think that the main similarity between Tim Burton’s style in his films and steampunk style is the Neo- Victorian Era. Steampunk is a style that is seen most often in post apocalyptic type movies (industrial/metal type sets) and also in Victorian era and Wild West movies (bustiers, spectacles, pocket watches, other types of timepieces, and mechanical machinery). Steampunk is also a sub-genre of science fiction. It is steam powered machinery, and metal;industrial metal, and retro-type and fantasy like (futuristic) inventions. The first book I read that had a steampunk feel to it was Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. I think I’ve been in love with steampunk a long time. How about you? Do you like steampunk?

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Blue and White

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I’ve loved blue and white everything since I met and married a Dutchman twenty two years ago this month. As far as decorating in blue or white, I still prefer the subtlety of blue and white ginger jars and blue and white tiles. Though nothing says blue and white better than blue and white fine china. Here are a few of my favorite things that are blue and white. How about you- do you like blue and white? I’ll be sharing my post over at Rooted in Thyme blog for their 231st Simple & Sweet Fridays-come on over and join us!

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