(fall stuff out front...I can't make up my mind how to treat the concrete slab...paint it? stain it? cover it with brick pavers?)
Thanks again, Miss Jamie :)
and this is a beautiful little cloche from HomeGoods...I try to steer clear of HomeGoods...I find myself suddenly realizing all the things I desperately truly need...like I need this darlin' little cloche...and there was the identical but monster-sized one that I just about grabbed and stuffed into the buggy too...but I managed to control myself...although I do daydream about that bigger one...
(the bottom is actually pottery not resin...)
Here is the mantel we picked up from Habitat a week or two ago...just stopping by to drop off some donations when this was brought in off the truck...and naturally I had to have a closer look...DH & I had just had the conversation about how I really really really wanted a mantel up by Christmas Time...I'm sorry, but a woman just has to have a mantel decorate at Christmas...at least this woman does...try to ignore the filthy insides of the fire place...I can't decide if I want to find someone to make a curved custom fire screen or if I want to sink that money into a nice fire back...
DH suggests painting the bricks inside of the mantel's opening the same colour as I will be painting the mantel...just cream, nothing fancy...of course, that suggestion came on the heels of his opening [volley] request that "could you please not paint the mantel black?"...how did he know? ...now I'm waffling between painting only the interior brickwork or painting the entire fireplace along with the mantel...
the other Here Lately Big Project...we took down the wall between the kitchen-and-breakfast area and the dining area...neither eating area were overly spacious...in fact, they were just kind of awkward...at some point, I'm hoping to find a nice bookshelf to "build in" between the 2 spaces, using columns to add serving space while keep the open feel...the casing is still bare wood (as you can see on the very edges of the photograph)...I'm of the mind that it would look Fabulous Painted Black...DH is of the mind that I've lost my mind...there is one more Project-In-The-Works but I'll spare ya'll...
movin' along, I decided it is just ridiculous how I can hardly focus long enough to get through a book...I used to read allll the time...some of the Book Reading Slump can be attributed to the time I spend messin' around on the internet...but reading is something special so I'm rededicating myself to a literary life...of sorts...
ta-dah...the Fall Season Book Stack...
the List: Reflections: Life After the White House by Barbara Bush
Leaving Cold Sassy by Olive Ann Burns
Crooked Little Heart by Anne Lamott
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Get Out of that Pit by Beth Moore
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
The Heart of Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Rosemary and Bitter Oranges by Patrizia Chen
The Beans of Egypt, Maine by Caroly Chute
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
on the shelf below the stack are my Mitford books...I plan to commence reading them (as is now my Fall Tradition) come October 1st...
now for my Surprise...I'm doing a Fall/Halloween Give-A-Way...of these
I've had these about 2, maybe 3? years and they've been in the shopping bag I brought them home in the whole time...I took this as a sign that perhaps some one else might enjoy havin' them around a little bit more than I have...I think I was just overwhelmed by all that glittery magical black, er, glitter and Had to Have Them...I don't really "do" Halloween since the Bird got all grown up...
I'm not sure what line they are...Wendy Addison? I wouldn't swear to it, but I think so...anyhoo...the biggest tree has a little break at the back support so he has to be propped up against something...I didn't notice this until I decided to find out what was in the Pretty Shopping Bag that had been in my office for months...and months...and months...
anyhoo...today is the the 18th, right? so drop a comment between now & the end of September to have your name in the drawing...I'll draw on October 1st and if the winner gets her (his?) name & mailing address right to me, then the pieces will be around in plenty of time to enjoy for this year's Halloween...well, unless the winner lives overseas...that might be cuttin' it kind of close...but we'll see :)