Thursday, November 1, 2012

" For Rebecca "

I have a wonderful Blog friend who's name is Rebecca.
She has a few different blogs, all very interesting on there own but I came to know her through her Blog,

Now I can't honestly say how long we've been following each other because well, it seems to me that the older I get the faster time 
goes by. But that's not really important.

Rebecca's post's always seem to inspire me in one way or another.
Whether it be through God's word, crafting, thrifting or just striving to do the best that she can everyday.

This brings me to why I am posting this today. Over time Rebecca has requested to see certain things of mine and I always intend on posting about them but always put it off for one reason or another.

So today I decided to just go ahead and do it.
On her blog today she had a great idea for her fireplace which I thought was ingenious!! Then I explained what I do to my Mantle.
She said she wanted to see it so without further ado...

here you go Rebecca, the Mantle.

I apologize for the poor picture quality. I don't know if it's me or my camera. So here is another photo.

I have made different "Skirts" I guess you'd call them, for different seasons. This one is the Autumn one. I used to have a Halloween one but have since stopped decorating for Halloween.

I also have one for Christmas but I think I may make a new one this year. It's very simple. I just measure the length around the Mantle (sides included), double that measurement and just sew it as you would a simple curtain. I leave a small pocket across the top to thread some elastic through and tack it up.

Very simple. The one above also has a leaf garland that I hung over the skirt. You can make it longer if you want, mine is about 8 inches   counting the quarter inch hem and half inch pocket.

I don't think Rebecca knows this but I did a post about my Tin Collection because of her. She had posted about her Tins quite awhile ago. It had to have been over a year ago at least.

Do you remember that Rebecca? Well after I read your Tin post, I started thinking and took a look around my own house and realized that I also had a Tin Collection. I never gave it a thought and wasn't consciously collecting them until AFTER I read her Tin post.

So you see how simple it is for other's to inspire us?
I couldn't begin to tell you how many times I've felt down in the dumps and read one of Rebecca's posts only to be picked up by God's words and wisdom.

Now before I end this post I will tell you that Rebecca's really been wanting to see my little upstairs apartment. I call it my apartment because no one likes to go up there!! They don't like the stairs!!

It is my refuse. My sanctuary. I love it up there.
It's not very fancy or beautiful but it's so, so quite up there and peaceful. So I am going to end this post with a few photo's for Rebecca, of my little apartment!

Here sits Pixie, guiding the way.
My cats live up there too as they don't like the dogs!!
Notice the Tin sitting on the old stove.

You've reached the top of the stairs.
What's behind the curtain?

Here's what you'll see first.
Spare bed used mainly for grandchildren!!

The view facing the spare bed.

This is what you'll find behind the spare bed.
All of those books and magazine's,
All crochet patterns!!

Also behind the spare bed, 
all of my girly stuff !

The long hallway, closet on the left.
At the end of the hallway there are lots of children's books and some toys for the grandchildren.

Self Explanatory!!

My craft room
next to the bathroom.

My room,
small yet cozy!!

View from foot of bed.

Almost done.
My favorite chair.

So that's it Rebecca. 
It's not the most beautiful little apartment
but it's mine and I love it.

As a matter of fact now that I think about it,
Jake liked the house for the fireplace and I liked it for the upstairs.
There are also two bedrooms downstairs.

I just want Rebecca to know that I haven't forgotten her requests.
If I've forgotten anything else, blame it on my brain!!

Please visit my friend Rebecca if you haven't already.
She is very inspirational too me,
And we are both 


Jackie said...

I loved the walk through your apartment upstairs, Di. :))))

Rebecca said...

Oh! My! Goodness, Di! I love Every. Single. THING! The mantle swag is a brilliant idea - and so pretty. And a room of your own?!?! Wow. Everything looks so organized - even your store-places. Thank you for taking the time to Show Me.

Anvilcloud said...

My wife also informed me about the flying. I forgot that WW could fly. The miracle is that I remember who WW is.

Ellen said...

Hi Di! Looking at the pictures.. it feels like home. :-) By the way, I wrote something for you in the comment box of my blog. Hope you can come see it soon. Blessings to you, my friend.

Dee said...

What a great get away spot....It is totally yours. So neat and tidy with lots of neat stuff. And about your friend Rebecca...she is one cool lady.!!!!! I like the skirt that you made for your mantle and that you have more for the different seasons.:)

Barb said...

You have the perfect little get-away just at the top of your stairs, Di. Your quilt bedspread is so pretty. Yes, I believe you are a girly-girl.

Amity said...

Not that small Di but I totally love every nook and cranny of your well-kept comfort zone!

If I will have one like that I'd be the happiest creature on earth...

Oh well, I love my own bedroom too! I feel so comfy in is really my comfort zone!

Thanks for sharing those beautiful pics Di! Hugs!!!

Lynilu said...

I love the potato chip tin. It reminds me old days when I had home delivery of "Charlie's Chips," some of the best chips I can recall ever having eaten!

That was a fun tour, Di. Thanks!

Ginnie said...

What amazed me, other than your lovely fireplace "skirts", was the fact that you could make it up the stairs to your apartment. It wasn't too long ago when those knee operations kept you from walking !!! You'll be all set for the new year.

Tamara Swerline said...

Oh Di! You have an area covered with crosses! I do too! After all, our homes are our sanctuaries!

Tamara Swerline said...

Oh Di! You have an area covered with crosses! So do I! Our homes are our sanctuaries, after all.

Annmarie Pipa said...

well I already like Rebecca for inspiring this fun post. Your apt looks just perfect!!

A Lady's Life said...

You made your home so very homey and personal . You radiate throughout it.
I love the skirts and the crosses.
We are supposed to have a cross in every room but of course we don't. lol
Your work room is sooo organized. I should be so lucky as to have such a room.Everything I do is in the kitchen Thats my room lol

About Last Weekend said...

I love this post about your abode, which seems so comfortable and homey. And also love hearing about your bloggy URL friend too.

Sabi Sunshine said...

Beautiful Post .. Loved it

Bonny said...

I love seeing into your world. Thanks for sharing it with us. Miss you my friend. Hope all is well.

Joy said...

Diana, that is a wonderful little space! I can see why you like it. What a neat little place to escape to and you've made it such a comfy and fun place for your grand kids.