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August 14, 2012

♥ This and That ♥

 Hello all my Blogging buds...I know it's been months since I lasted posted..I want to say a BIG thank you to the few that took the time to email me or come by to see if I was still alive..I'm still here just kind of lost my bubble with blogging..I think this happens with all of us.

I have done a few things in my home but not anything news worthy been spending my time just trying to get healthy..We finally got the chandy hung in the new bathroom and I'm loving it..I bought this chandy from my best friend Vanna at " delusions of grandeur " about 2 years ago...If you want to see beautiful drool on your keyboard french eye candy go by and see her blog..Tell her I said Hey!!

we recessed the ceiling in the bathroom so the chandy would hang down at the right height...

we added tin ceiling tile to the ceiling just some added bling

I know I have shown you one of my lamp shades I made many moons ago I call this one my "corset shade" does it not look like a ladies corset?

I love it at night time..

Sweet angels you can't tell from the picture but these angels are covered with crushed glass..this is called Victorian sugar glass..It's a water decal cut to fit the shape and then mod podge and then the sugar glass pour over it..each one of these shade's take me about 18 hours to make as they all hand sewn the only glue is used to add the gimp..
Len and I have been going to our local auction house and buying antiques..I got 3 new pictures that I also love but only hung one so far...

I know most peeps would paint this frame as soon as they got it home...But I don't like to ruin a piece of history...I love gold bling and it suits my home

I did add a mirror behind the shelf on my french book shelf..You see that door knob on the top shelf it's cranberry  glass..it's kinda looks like a little vase don't you think?

My old blacksmith bellows that I made into a coffee table..the legs came off of an old dining room table..still one of my favorite pieces that I made 30 years ago

Here's one of the other picture I got at auction..Love the silver and gold frame

Beautiful french lady with flowers

been adding more color to my world...I know so many are into all white look..but it's just not for me I have to have color in my home...I just read after a billion peeps have jumped on the all white look that color and wallpaper are coming back into decorating style again.. What's old is new again!!
Found more red/white transfer ware plates and redid my laundry room wall

But mostly what I have been doing besides trying to be healthy once again is spending time with my great grandson Landen as he takes me for walks and fills my heart with his pure Innocent l♥ve and joy...I don't want to miss one memory with this sweet boy..

Thanks for coming by
Until next time from my mountain to yours

Hugs and smiles


Sonny G said...

I have missed you so much and thought of you often..

You are in my prayers and best wishes..

please take good care of yourself..

Anonymous said...

GLORIA!!! Oh, how wonderful to see you posting! I've missed you so much but glad you're putting yourself first to get healthy. Well, you never let us down - that chandy is absolutely gorgeous! Love the recessed ceiling and all! Your new pictures are so beautiful and I always love seeing your most gorgeous home! You continue to take care of yourself and we'll be here when you post again.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, I'm so glad to see you posting again, I've missed you terribly. I hope you're feeling better and better. What a delight to walk with your grandson, I miss mine so much, he filled the house with laughter, pretty quiet around here these days.
Your new chandy is to die for! Oh my gosh it is one gorgeous piece, and perfect for your beautiful powder room. Love all the new treasures you've found, the cranberry doorknob is gorgeous, I've never seen one.. what a treasure.
Have to tell you I finally got your birthday gift in, will get it mailed at some point, I'm dealing with all the water issues and ins. and so on.. Hang with me darling.... glad to see you post your beautiful home, I'm like you I need "color". hugs ~lynne~

Helen said...

Hello there! You filled my heart with joy this morning .....

I do know what you mean about 'blog bubbles' ~~ I let go of Living Boldly a few months ago, now I concentrate on Poetry Matters, which includes a bit of everything. One blog is complicated enough, two were really nutty!

Take care and enjoy that precious little grandson,


Oh Gloria, you are back to delight us and to make us happy with your posts of your gorgeous home and your beautiful decorating ideas..PLUS, your wonderful sence of humor! Just this minute we're having place in the ceiling a plaster ornate, flowered carved medallion, AFTER our Antique Italian chandy was up!! They're doing a great job, though. I love your gorgeous tin bling and your bathroom looks like a place I'd love to spend bathing and drinking champagne, lol.. Hope all is better with you and I will include you in my prayers.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Dear Gloria,
So wonderful to see that you had posted...I have missed you! But you must take care of you first..
I love love your ceiling how beautiful it all turned out and your chandy is so pretty, perfectly done.
Me too, I have to have color in my home it just makes me happy :)
Sending you big hugs, Elizabeth

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Gloria! I ran right over when I saw you had posted! I am so happy to hear from you! I love your new chandy in the bathroom! I would feel so elegant getting ready in there! :-) Love all the treasures you showed us. I always see something I hadn't noticed before each time. Yes...I do so understand about your little mister Landen. He is just about the same age as my Austin. They are such joys, aren't they? Such a fun age! I love spending time will my grandsons...all of them! Continue to take good care of yourself and get well. You are always in my thoughts, sweet friend!...hugs...Debbie

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

As soon as I saw a new post from you I could not wait to see what you have been up to.
I have missed you , girl!!
What beautiful goodies you have shared with us today and I was chuckling to myself as I read this post because it seemed like some of the words came out of this ole mouth of mine!! No white walls or painted antique pieces here and I too love my bling!!
I love your home and everything that you have in it but most of all, you know I love your heart and i have missed that.
I am thrilled to hear that you are trying to get healthy and you seem to be doing a good job of that and making those precious memories with that little guy of yours!!
Many Hugs,

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Gloria!! So happy to see a post pop up from you!! I am glad to hear you are doing well! Love your bling, love your red transferware and love that photo of you and Landen. :) We will have to plan to get together one of these days again soon!

Sue said...

So good to "hear" from you. I've been off my blogging this summer too. It was simply so hot it took the wind out of my sails, then we took a trip and I'm really trying to get myself back into the mood to read and write. I do think it is something we all go through. I hope you are feeling better...your little guy is growing up fast!

The chandelier is so gorgeous and I love how you did the ceiling to showcase it. Just beautiful. Take care my friend...feel well!

Salmagundi said...

Gloria-- How great to see a post from you. Your antiques are always the best - love your new things. It's a good day - new posts from both you and Picket! Sally

Picket said...

Squeal!!!! hey sis...great minds do think alike...lol Girl first let me say I love your new profile pic..your new chani looks beautiful and love how you did the tin ceiling above it....everything looks so pretty and I am like you I can go totally white I have to have my color and just between you and me I love wallpaper...and transferware..gorgeous plates sis...what a precious pic of you and that little sweet tater...we you could see my chickens girl...there is not a day that goes by but what they don't make me laugh outloud! I love you soooo sis...you are always in my heart and prayers...have a fantastic week girl....Picket

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Glad you are feeling somewhat better. I am just crazy about your home. You just have so many treasures. Continue to take care and come by when you can!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

That chandy is gorgeous and waht a smart idea to recess it. Actually gives it more impact I think. Glad you are feeling better and back on the blog train.

Blondie's Journal said...

It'' so good to hear from you, Sweet Lady! I think of you often and hope that you are in good health. Spending time with that sweet Great Grandson must put a big smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye! I love all your new treasures, the chandy, the oil painting, everything is wonderful. I'm glad wallpaper is coming back...I still have mine! lol!

Take care and come back often! :)


lvroftiques said...

Gloria...*drip drool slather slather* I want my chandy back! It looks sooo gorgeous in your bathroom!..What was I thinkin' to sell it?...Oh yeah I was thinking it would look a million times better at your house..... and it does!! That is one posh palace of a bathroom girlfriend. Love the recessed ceiling with the anaglypta.
I'm so glad to see you back and posting! Maybe some of your energy will rub off on me? *winks*
Girl I could spend the whole day long looking at all your beautiful treasures! Is that little lidded urn on the bellows table made of alabaster? And love your new lady pictures. And I swear (and I know I shouldn't) that if I visit I'm going to have to find a way to steal that gorgeous french display shelf from you *winks* I'm gaga over it! And the cherub lamp....And all your fabulous clocks....You get the picture lol!
Can't wait for Vegas girlfriend. We can do some shopping damage....Ummm I mean recuperation! Heh heh!
Hugs and kisses to you Len and that darling Landon! Love you! Vanna

Gypsy Heart said...

Well, this post is right up there with the email ~ love it! :) Your chandy is just breathtaking...absolutely LOVE it. I really like the silver & gold frame too. You have so many gorgeous treasures and such history too.

I'm glad you're able to spend time with Landen...that's what it's all about! They grow up so fast and time is fleeting.

I have to have color too my friend! I see all whites & neutrals and think it's beautiful but I can't live with it. Everyone to their own choices, right?

Much love,

9405018--Pat said...

Welcome back!!!! you have been missed my friend. Love your Chandy,gorgeous. Your home and antiques are outsanding..Enjoy your time with Landen, and your family....hugs and thanks for sharing..Pat H. take care of

NanaDiana said...

Gloria- Your home looks like something out of a beautiful magazine of period homes. You have done a wonderful job and I love that chandy. Enjoy every moment with your beautiful little guy and GET HEALTHY!! xo Diana

Anonymous said...

Sweet Gloria it is so good to hear from you and know that your are doing the important thing of keeping yourself healthy! I think you are right about blogging- I enjoy it still I just don't have as much time for it these days so post when I can and not worry about it.

I do so love the chandy you got from Vanna (another who I miss in blog world!). You are so right about her house- Yours and her's are 2 of the ones that I go to for my homes inspiration.

I love the all white look but like you just can't seem to do it with my home. I love old things and have gotten used to hearing "coming here is like going to my grandma's house"

I love the shade you made!! I have a cranberry glass lamp that a friend GAVE(can you believe I have such great friends!?) me but it needs a shade and I can't seem to figure out what size and shape to get for it. If you have a bit of time I would love for you to look at it and give me your opinion-

Goodness those pictures as so awesome too!!You certainly have class friend! What are you doing being friends with me!??

bee blessed

Unknown said...

Did I mention I love your house? I think I did, but if I didnt, let me do that now... LOVE this!!! >:D


Madeline's Album said...

It is so good to see you blogging again. I have missed your lovely posts. Enjoyed seeing this post with all the new things you have purchased. Keep enjoying that sweet grandson and getting your health back.. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love seeing your new goodies Gloria! Your home is spectacular and you have the most gorgeous antiques!
I miss,miss, miss your posts! But I also know just how you feel...spending time with that little darling is the most important thing.
Big hugs and love ya,

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hi Gloria,
You are forever in my prayers Sweetie!
I LOVE your style and share your passion for the original woods. I am NOT a paint the furniture white kind of gal either...Even my WHITES are preferably creamy ones,hehe...LOVE that chandy and what a WOW factor it must cause...
Have a fun weekend,
Big Squishy Hugs to you,

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Gloria, your grandson is adorable! I love your new chandelier! Such a beautiful bathroom! The shade you made is amazing! I can't even imagine making that! It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and wonderful antiques. I'm so glad you didn't paint that frame. It's perfect just as it is. :)

Picket said...

Morning sis...hope it has been a great one so far for you...it is a fantastic day here so much cooler with no humidity..the neighborhood sure is quiet here with all the kids in school..hee hee...but lordy yesterday afternoon they were all out playing after school laughing and squealing like they hadn't seen each other in weeks! lol good to hear from you sweetie...sure do love you and praying that you feel better with each passing day...Picket

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, before we go onto other things,your powder room is an absolute work of art. It is incredible..
I hate that I missed you today, what time did you call, lets try again tomorrow, say around 4 or so??? Your number didn't come up, (would it have come up unknown?) I might have slipped off early to go and pick up his meds... love the picture of you and Landon walking together.. pricelss.
hugs ~lynne~

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sweet friend, don't feel hurt if bloggers don't check in on you. There are just so many and sometimes they don't post because blogging and keeping up has become too much.
I expect nothing and then what I get is just so precious to me. When I first began blogging, one of you told me, bloggers come and bloggers go. Don't feel hurt when their interest wans and they fall off the radar. It can be for many, many reasons.
Between family, friends and blogging, and just everyday correspondence, it's simply impossible, I think, to keep up.

As soon as I saw your name on Lynne's post this morning..I hurried over to see if by chance there was a post. Usually there is not.
For everything there is a season...
and to me blogging is a way to temporarily touch the lives of others. It's wonderful but not always easy if you take on too much or get too emotionally involved.

I have cherished knowing you. If I am not always on your cyber doorstep it doesn't mean I don't care.
Some drop away from blogging I think, because they care so much and it becomes overwhelming.
You have blessed all who know you with your beautiful blog.

Debbiedoos said...

Hi Gloria, I have missed you. So nice you are doing well and spending time with your cutie pie grandson. Glad to see you Gloria.XO

Anonymous said...

Hi Gloria! Thank you for popping in to see me and I hope you're continuing to do well. I do miss your posts!
Have a blessed Sunday and you are the sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Unknown said...

Hi Gloria, I love your new pictures as well as your new chandy. Very clever ideal for the ceiling, I have never thought of that one. I always enjoy seeing your house all the wonderful antiques and color. I guess I'm not trending in my decorating because I like to wake every day to a little color, and I still love my red. I'm trying to get back into posting, but it,s hard, my heart's not in it anymore. My prayers are with you and keep enjoying that wonderful grandson.

bj said...

Yay, so glad you are feeling better and hope you are getting stronger ea day. Those old hearts can sure cause a body a lot of trouble.
Enjoy your great grandson...they grow up just as fast as our babies and grandbabies.
Love and kisses to my sister friend.
xo bj

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...


It looks beautiful! Loved all your photos. Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving your kind words at Brambly.Take care.


xinex said...

I am so glad to see you again here, Gloria. That picture at the end of you and ALnden is so precious. The chandy is gorgeous! That Vanna sure has beautiful stuff, doesn't she? And I love you wall shelf cabinet and the pictures. I am happy to see that you do not paint your furniture and the frames. They look lovely as is....Christine

lvroftiques said...

Hey Gloria, thanks for stopping by girlfriend!! So freaky to actually be posting again! Are you still enjoying your new bathroom and the new/old chandy?..... And I'm sooo game for Vegas! We'll chat again about the details when you're done with the big par-tay. *winks* Love ya girl! Vanna

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Gloria! I am your newest follower. Beautiful bathroom! And living room! Such pretty decorating! Hope you will visit me on my blog. Have a great weekend! Gina

Lynn said...

I have been missing your beautiful photographs. Talk about eye candy! Your bathroom must be the fanciest one on the planet, but then I think your entire home is beautiful!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is one gorgeous chandelier, Gloria! I'd be in the bathroom all the time just looking at it {and putting up with comments about being in there all the time}! : )

{oc cottage} said...

i so hope you are feeling better every day! you are in my prayers!!! {and your chandy is just dreamy!! ;}

m ^..^

lvroftiques said...

Gloria that's the little French piece I was telling you about. Isn't it a cutie? Have you seen any near you? I literally searched for years here in Wash and no luck. Thank God for ebay huh?!
Girlfriend how did the party go? Are you gonna blog about it? I heard from sweet Richard and he's bummed (My word not his) that you're not blogging...just sayin' *winks*
Anyhoo girl I need to talk to you soon! Love you and hope you're feeling much better. Vanna

Terra said...

My first visit here and I see you are taking a break from blogging. Will you be back?
Gorgeous chandy and paintings.

bj said...

Just by to say hi and hope that you are feeling stronger ea day.
hugs, bj

Anonymous said...

Coming by to see if you have a new post up- been missing you friend! Chari has been very quiet also- Hope all is well.

bee blessed

Sue said...

Thank you for your prayers for little Luke. It is such a scary time for all of them. I feel so helpless and can't imagine what is in front of them.

I hope you continue to get healthier and that all is going well on your end. Suz

SmilingSally said...

Hi Gloria,

I've missed you. I am so sorry to hear that you've had some health problems. Me too.

You are right to enjoy that handsome great grandson.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, oh how I've missed our morning coffee together. There doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day for all I want to do, getting around to my favs is harder and harder. Mr. P takes up alot of my time, trying to keep him on his feet is a challenge. At least he's using the walker now, that is such a relief. He's like a little boy curves and swerves through the dining room and living room teasing the dog.. it is a sight. My Bailey and Catie will be home Christmas for 2 weeks I cannot wait.. it will be great to have laughter in the house once again, it is soooooo quiet around here, makes me very sad. I love you girl and miss you like crazy, the only visiting I do is on here with what "few" people that come by the blog and through the posting of the shop.. at least I do have that so I'll get off my soap box and back to work.... hugs ~lynne~

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hello my darling Gloria!
I do miss your posts, but I think that this is the right time for other pursuits for you -- your health being #1. and of course, time with family -- the most precious time there is.

Love your new additions!

Ah I thought I was the only October commenter, but someone beat me here first. :-)

I had 3 procedures on my arm to get rid of a patch of malignant melanoma, but am healing and getting impatient with having to "favor" that arm -- thank goodness it's the left, and I'm right handed.

But my daughter Anne moved home in May, and she's cooking for us, so that's a benefit!

Now let's both promise to take care of ourselves, and keep in touch.

Be well -- Cass

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Gloria, that chandy took my breath! It is absolutely gorgeous! How clever to recess it. You have such gorgeous decor. No, I would never paint that gorgeous treasure! You are so right. Spending time with the grands is the most important and uplifting thing we can do. Glad to see a post from you, and glad to hear you are taking care of yourself. laurie

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Just stopping in to check on you. You are so right about all of us burning out on blogging sometimes. I know you've had so much on your mind that blogging should be taking a back seat. Your health is the most important thing for you to concentrate on. Hope you are doing well, sweet Gloria. Hugs, laurie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gloria, I was so glad to hear from you, and I raced right over here to give you a great big HUG. Hope you are doing well.

I was sick all summer, and I mean ALL summer and am finally feeling better. I battled the worst respiratory infection that kept me down for months. But I'm feeling better now. Still having computer problems. But I try to blog when I can. I have borrowed my husband's ipad and am on that when I can sneak it away from him.

I don't know how to do a post from it or load a picture so I'm really stuck in terms of blogging.

You are really something. I can't believe you make those shades! Amazing. And the chandelier is perfect in your bathroom. I love how glamorous it is, Gloria.

And the picture of you and Landon is darling.

Sending my love across the miles, my friend.



Cass @ That Old House said...

Dear Gloria,
Just popping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your health continues to improve, and that you are just loving your family time.
All best wishes,

Anonymous said...

Hi Gloria! So good to hear from you and hope you're taking care and enjoying your family. Have a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving, dear friend.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Divine Theatre said...

Gloria! Come back! I miss you!
How have you been feeling, my friend?



The Charm of Home said...

May you family and you have a blessed Thanksgiving and holiday season! :)

lvroftiques said...

Hi Gloria! No I never received the glass lamp pictures. When did you send them? How could I miss them? Please send em again girlfriend! I wanna see!!
I shipped out your pretties yesterday. I hope you have some fun playing with them *winks* I'm going to miss that (not so) little girl. I've never seen another quite like her. More dark and Victorian kwim?
Anyhoo girlfriend I hope you're taking care of yourself and not running yourself ragged? I know how you can be Miss "gotta get it done" *winks* I want to wish you guys a wonderful Thanksgiving! Love ya! Vanna

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Dear Gloria, I'm just stopping by to say Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Hope you are feeling well. I am thankful for the opportunity I've had to get to know you - first at RMS and then through blogging. What a blessing you are to me. Hugs, laurie