Friday, April 17, 2009

Good morning friends,

Here it is Friday already. Where is the time going these days? This week flew by. We do errands on Mondays, and I worked inside instead of outside gardening, Monday afternoon and Tues., Wed. I worked on the front patio area, yesterday I cleaned up stuff I had pulled out of that overgrown flower bed Sunday. I'm still not finished with that area, but at least got the walkways passable again.

Since I'm working on my Plum Cottage Creations Etsy shop and needed more storage and surface for working on projects, I thought of getting two of those Sterilite plastic storage carts and putting a top on them, to have a desk like space. I checked them out online and found the 5 drawer carts, which we found at the Walmart SuperCenter here. I am not using the wheels and took the top drawer off both pieces because they were too tall for what I wanted. I then looked around for something to use as the top and we had a piece of granite that is 48" long x14 1/2' deep x 1/2" thick, in our stash of marble pieces. DH polished down the front edge and cleaned the top. I love it.

I had to move a bookcase from the space where this new piece was going to go, so had to do some maneuvering in the bedroom and the living room. Living in a little over 700 sq ft space has it's challenges, that's for sure.

Anyway, after getting the new piece in place and filled up with needlework threads, notecard and photo paper, etc. I worked on the patio so that I would have a nice view out the window. I had already grouped plants there, but needed a focal point. Thought of the statue of St. Frances, but it is too small, then thought of our lady statue and we brought her up to the area, put her in place, then DH used epoxy to put her head back on, as coons had knocked her over where she was before, knocking her head off. :-(

I now have a nice view, and even with the traffic racing by about 18' - 20' behind her, there is a sense of peace in the space.

Today and tomorrow I'll be working at my job so I can rest from my labors here at home.

Hope you all are enjoying your homes and gardens.


Below is the library
where my computer and a lot of our books are,
not all by any means.
This was taken as it was getting light out this morning.

Here I used the flash. Some probably won't like the stuffed birds, but we bought them many, many years ago from a flea market and they are old taxidermy pieces. We had an antique shop at the time, but decided not to sell them since we didn't want to offend or have certain people coming down on us for selling them They make a nice addition in the library in our humble opinion. One is an owl and the other is a hawk. They are both perched on branches that are mounted on a bark background. The over the door piece was part of an old headboard, carved and had been painted black. DH stripped it of the paint and oiled it. We got this piece across the street from our neighobr's trash pile a few years back. Didn't know what we were going to do with it until we did this little room.

This my computer area.
Do we like art?
Do we like books?
How about stuff?

Nah, whatever gave you that idea?

We have been working on decluttering,
but some things we just don't want to get rid of.

Here is the lady out the window, with Duchesse de Brabant roses behind her.

Here she is as the sun is starting to set.

Here she is as it's growing dark.

Life is huge!

Rejoice about the sun, moon, flowers, and sky.

Rejoice about the food you have to eat.

Rejoice about the body that houses your spirit.

Rejoice about the fact
that you can be a positive force in the world around you.

Rejoice about the love that is around you.

If you want to be happy,
commit to
making your life one of rejoicing.

Author Unknown


Dirt Princess said...

I love the library. So cozy! I like "stuff" too, and we all know I have stuffed animals around! I love the statue outside your window. Very nice view. Thanks for taking us inside with you. Have great weekend

Becca's Dirt said...

What a lovely statue. I know you are enjoying the view. You have a lot going on. Looking forward to more pics.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I really like your library and your collections. The statue is very pretty, I love that type of art in gardens. Hope you get a chance to rest after all of your work!

FlowerLady said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. This morning as I look out the window, there are rain clouds to the south, moving west. Hopefully we will get some more much needed rain again. We were supposed to yesterday, but got nothing.

Good morning Dirt Princess ~ Yes, the library is cozy, our whole little place is 'cozy'. :-) I've seen your trophies and you have decorated nicely with them.

Becca ~ She is a nice statue that we paid $10 for many years ago. She stands about 4' high and is cement, heavy.

Catherine ~ The library has made a difference in our little place as all these books and my computer and chair were in the living room. This used to be our little front porch, about 6'x8'. It's amazing what you can do with a little bit of space.

Hope you all have lovely weekends whatever you do.


sweet bay said...

I agree with Dirt Princess, the library looks so cozy!

I love the statue with Duchesse de Brabant. Both are lovely.

FlowerLady said...

Thank you Sweetbay. You can't help but be cozy, when you live small. ;-)

Duchesse blooms are gone for now. That was a nice flush of them. More will follow.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady