Seems every year when we return home from vacation we have a MAJOR occurrence On Crooked Creek! In 2009, we had to have a new sewer put in. .. un~huh MAJOR !
This October. . . a new roof. See MAJOR occurrence! One thing I learned this year. . .
I'm getting too old to work with contractors, foremen, and construction workers.
|What happened to my herb garden? ? ?|
|Where did the patio go? ? ?|
|Nearing completion on the back of the house. . .|
|. . . Nearing completion on the East Wing!|
Good thing I (usually) have a positive attitude! I always try to see the silver lining in all our trials. But, dear ones, I found myself being pretty assertive with those contractors! All that having been stated. . .I'm ready to move on to the rainbow at the end of the storm!
As stated above, I always try to see the silver lining in every situation that happens along my daily journey. This 'silver lining' comes from a leak in the ceiling in the guest room. In Southeast Kansas named the Blue Room; On Crooked Creek it is called The Heritage Room.
|Finally . . . the yellow stain is gone!|
The ceiling leak was difficult to spot from the doorway. Once you entered the room you could see the stain left from the rain and hail damage to the roof. Not so little! Here you can see the shinier white wet paint where the repair was made.
|My very own Michelangelo!|
Dear Ones, I have the most wonderful husband . . . while all this construction was going on, "Mr. Ed" said, " Go pick out some paint and I'll paint the Heritage Room." Am I the luckiest wife or what? So, off I went to Sherwin~Williams and chose a newer shade SW 7601 Dockside Blue.
|Before. . .|
|. . .After!|
While we had the room cleared of all the furniture except the bed, I decided it was time for a rearrange. I'd been wanting to bring my Mother's Aunts antique cherry desk up from the basement for quite a while and now seemed to be the perfect time.
Aunt Bunce purchased this cherry desk post World War II. She used coal in her home for heating and cooking. The finish was in terrible condition when Moma passed this on to us in 1985. "Mr. Ed" loves working with wood and he beautifully restored the desk! The chair was purchased from the shop where I'm employed part~time @ Bittersweet! I was smitten with it's raise wood carving, needlepoint seat, and curved legs! ! !
In order to make room for the desk, the furniture was reconfigured to accommodate the two pieces. The room measures 10 feet~by~10 1/2 feet. The offset of six inches is in an alcove containing bi~fold doors for the double closet!
My theme song for home decor could be, "I won't sew, don't ask me!" But. . .when I received an estimate of $225.60 for lined Roman Shades. . .
. . .and $591.06 for lined draperies, I forced myself to get out my sewing machine, purchased similar fabric and lining, and made draperies! Their estimated total . . . $816.66 versus my actual total $103.89!
Previously On Crooked Creek, the bed had been positioned in front of the double window. I adored how it fit perfectly under the window and the symmetry of the decor. It just wasn't possible to return to the previous position with the addition of the desk and chair.
I have a dear friend who visits and she will affirm that I bring coffee to her room on that tray in the morning. On occasion, we've been known to share tea and conversation during her stay.
|Moulin De La Galette|
Directly above the antique Jenny Lind Bed are two new finds from our Annual Trout Fishing Trip. The Renior reproductions were purchased at one of the Antique Shops I frequent in Lebanon, Missouri. The sisters @ Time After Time are such a breath of fresh air. Double matted and in beaded walnut frames, complete with hanging hardware, @ $30.00 for the pair!
|My favorite reading materials for your relaxation.|
|The desk staged for guests!|
|Adorable rabbits. . .just to make you smile!|
Nestled above the desk are mementos of the past. The Avon Collectable June Bride commemerates our pink and white wedding. The angel gently plays Brahams Lullaby as she watches over all who rest. A 25th Wedding Anniversary miniature pitcher and a silver framed print, The Resolutions of Respect In Memory of Carmen, my mother.
|Grandma Sue and her daughters. . .|
Carmen, my Moma, the oldest
Aunt Dorothy, the middle child
and Aunt Jeanie, the youngest.
|Eggshell GEORGIAN Homer Laughlin|
F15N4 Made in U.S.A.
|Close up view before hanging.|
One of my many passions is plate collecting. . .these three were purchased locally in a Shabby Chic shop @ Antiques & Uniques. With the new room arrangement, they are viewed upon retiring and rising.
Can you believe this Garage Sale find? ? ? This two~tier dumb waiter now houses my Willow Tree Collection! There is an empty spot, as I use my cloche to showcase a piece of my collection from time~to~time. All have been gifts from friends over the past eight years. A rose petal cut from a sea shell and the print are gifts from my Illinois penpal.
|Lamp Off . . .|
|. . . Lamp On.|
Blue vintage glass lamp and glass shade purchased locally @ Roadhouse Antiques. This is a very heavy piece! When lit, it gives of a soft alluring glow in the room. Breathtaking!
|Christening gown. . .|
|Baby dress. . .|
Our daughter~in~law, Johnna, helped me frame the christening gown and baby dress belonging to our parents. Shadow box frames from Michael's allow veiwing in a 3~D effect.
|For your conviencence,|
lamp, book titled,
Girlfriends. . .
A Bond between girlfriends
|Carmen's graduation photo. . .|
Class of 1935,
my wedding bible,
Robert Frost poetry
and baby shoes.
The basket holds thread and needles.
This walnut bedside table once belonged to my Grandma Sue. Badly in need of repairs, our son, Bill took this as his shop project his Sophomore year in High School Shop Class.
A weathered milking stool fits nicely at the other side of the bed. Another great find @ Bittersweet! In the course of change, some things are compromised. This is the 10 foot side of the room. The difference of six inches would have allowed for another accent table. Atop the milking stool is the novel, The Messenger of Magnolia Street, by River Jordan. Large print for easier 'night~time' reading.
One final look around as you leave. Thank you for stopping by. . . notice the sun is always shining brightest after the storm has passed? That's the way it appears On Crooked Creek!
I have a stained glass blessing for you to take as you prepare to leave on the next realm of your journey. . .
bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24 ~26