Summer Decor Changes

This has been an amazingly beautiful summer. Living on the side of a beautiful mountain range in the  North Salt Lake (Bountiful) area is a wonderful place to be. I love having the change of the seasons. I think that is what is most appealing to me about living here. Continue reading

Where Jo Works

Winter can be a really tough time for me.

 When it is snowing and the fire is lit and I’m sitting in my robe with a great cup of hot coco I am as happy as can be. But when the winter doldrums hit I can really feel miserable. That’s when I say “okay Jo it’s time to do something you enjoy that will change your attitude.” That’s when I start going through my crafting supplies to see what I can create. Then I start to feel much better, and I get a little giddy. LOL

Being that I am single and do not have a bow, Valentine’s Day is not one of the holidays that I really enjoy. But I do have family and they are my biggest love so I do some decorating.

This gives me a chance to use my newly reorganized work bench. Take a look.

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This is where I create. Under the curtain are rows of drawers that hold my crafting supplies. Since moving into this apartment I have had to be very creative with my space. To the far left of my work bench is my sitting room/TV room, on the right is my dinning area, and across from my work bench sits my hutch. Everything is compact and it will be that way until I have my own home again.

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As you can see I have hung my favorite saying, it helps me create. The top of my bench is made from a hollow core door, covered in vinyl. This gives me lots of room to create. The only item that I don’t have a home for is my sewing machine Molly, but someday I will, I love keeping her out, we have been friends for over 40 years.

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Everything on my bench has a double purpose, this basket not only holds my crochet thread but my lamp as well.

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I had this book-case and ask my son if he would like it and he said “YES”. But if you snooze you loose, around me so now I use it on my work bench to hold craft items.

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The top shelf holds many loving tools that were my Dad’s and an old sketch of Rome.

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The second self holds glitter and pencils. I’m a glitter horde so I have much more down under the curtain. These are my favorites.

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The bottom shelf has pens, scissors, thread and an old button tin and covered note books that I use a lot.

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These are more great notions that my Dad had, though the thread is quite brittle now I still like to look at it, it gives me inspiration.

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Now I am ready to get to work on some of those Valentine projects that I have been wanting to do. One of the first ones will be with the new German Glitter that I bought. I can’t wait to share it with you.

In service of our country!

In service of our country!

Just have to give a pat on the back to my oldest son Adam who is a Master of Arms, Petty Officer in the US Navy, he was awarded the most outstanding sailor for the year of 2014 on his Naval base at Misawa-shi Japan.  I am really proud of all of his hard work and for serving his country with honor and dignity, and for his sweet wife and children that back him 100%. I love and miss them tons.

Until later stay warm and happy.

(( Warm Hugs))

Jo

2014 in review

Hello dear friends I hope that your Christmas was joyous and full of family and friends. I am taking down Christmas and getting ready for the new year when my yearly report from WordPress came in and I want to share it with you. These are the results of my first 9 months of blogging results. Kind of like having a baby. LOL Thank you dear readers!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I love it when you leave comments, let me know what you would like to see more of.

Have a very warm New Year! Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends that have helped me along the way!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty

Christmas Hutch

Merry Christmas to all my dear friends! I want to share with you some more of my Christmas vignettes. Here are some fun ideas that I came up with.

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In this picture are some vintage Santa mugs that I have had for years. I have kept all of my Christmas decor in neutrals but some times I just have to add some old favorites with traditional Christmas colors like these old Santa mugs.

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I started collecting reindeer this year and to my collection I added one from Sweden (where my ancestors are from) and this great metal deer, both from Etsy shops.

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I adore this old box and with a little added greenery, feathers, pine cones, and a candle it works perfect on my hutch.

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These beautiful bowls with birds on them adds color and more of my heritage from Sweden and Denmark. This time of year I really think about my ancestor and love to add bits and pieces of it to my Christmas decor.

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The Christmas plates that I have on my hutch was a gift from my parents years ago. Mom said that know Christmas table should be set with out the proper dishes.

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Here is a frontal photo that shows all the shelves. Just a note, I do not like it when Christmas lights take center attention away from all of my Christmas pretties, so I use white stringed lights and tie pieces of tulle in between, they look camouflaged kind of like snow. It just fits in better.

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I hope that you enjoyed some of my Christmas vignettes they are so fun to do and I am really enjoying the beauty they bring into my home. Until next time!

((Warm Hugs))

Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty
Tuesday with a Twist at MsMoozys Open House

More Re Do’s

I am so glad that you have come to Anne’s Attic – design there is so much going on and I really want to continue to share them with you. As I have said in the past I have been redoing all of my furniture and turning it WHITE! I live in a basement apartment that is pretty dark, and the walls are painted a pale dove-gray, with white trim, adding the white to the furniture really reflects the light and brightens all the rooms.

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Here is the beginning of one of my projects, turning my blue wicker end tables into white ones. Usually I would use spray paint on wicker but I really wanted a real flat look so I painted them with a brush. If you choose to paint like this method use old paint brushes because they wear out pretty fast.

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This robin egg blue really looked great in my last apartment, but in this one with the lovely gray paint on the walls white on the furniture really does it right.

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Here is the look with the flat white paint. The paint washes finish washes up nice to.

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I was really surprised as I was painting these end tables, they painted up really fast and it left a nicer coat than the spray paint.

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I am very happy at how they turned out. I will have more to come don’t miss a post! Have a great Halloween weekend!

Life is LOVERLY when you are doing what you love!

((HUGS))

Jo

Capodimonte – Porcelain

Good day to all my dear friends from blog land. I hope you are really enjoying these beautiful cool Fall days. If this is your first time here please take your time and peak into some of the other posts and pages that I have written. Please be a FOLLOWER by clicking on follow this blog, and you will receive a post that comes right to your email in box.

Junkers, have you ever heard of Capodimonte – Porcelain? Or have you ever been over come when you are out junking when you fall upon a beautiful lamp, vase or figurines with beautiful roses and other flowers on them. Well, I have. I first discovered two beautiful lamps that I could not go home with out.

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I found out later that they are made by a family in Naples Italy, established in 1743. The business stayed in the family until 1867. Their product is famous for the molded figurines and decorative flowers.

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I saw a beautiful lamp go for $10.00 dollars with the shade the other day! Wow what a steal! I am now a collector of these beauties. One thing that I think is very funny is that my grandmother gave me a small vase of Capodimonte porcelain years ago that started my love for them.

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I am a rose lover so having these beauties in my home is so fitting. I would love some smaller lamps to make candle stick holders out of them. They can be used in many different ways.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post, when your out junk’n you just may run in to Capodimonte.

Life is LOVERLY when you do what you love!

((HUGS))

Jo

I’ve been featured by these lovely blogs.

Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things