Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Open House Party

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 Thank you for visiting this weeks Open House Party.  I look forward
to seeing what you have to share.

Today we are touring the pretty home of Kelly from the blog  Eclectically Vintage.  Kelly, her hubs and their twin daughters live in this charming 100 year old home.  Looking at the pictures before renovation the home was NOT exactly charming. There was extensive water damage, crumbling walls, cracked plaster, termites ... the list goes on and on.  They took on this huge challenge and created a beautiful home.

Enjoy the tour.....

Kelly was looking for inexpensive artwork for the dining room.
These are actually pages from a child's coloring book.

If you are a regular reader of No Minimalist then you already know
how much I love these demijohns.

The sun room is where you would normally find me.

How cute is this little chest turned into an Advent calendar.
We can't leave the tour without me showing you this wonderful s'mores
wreath that Kelly made.
Kelly, Thank you for opening up your lovely home for the Open House party. 
Kelly is a brand new blogger so I hope you will visit and welcome her into our little community.
Eclectically Vintage.

Thanks for visiting.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Joe Or Joanne?

I was cracking up reading your comments on my $3.00  painting!    Reading your reactions
was well worth bringing this portrait home.

Consensus is that the subject in the painting is Joanne,  rather than her brother Joe.  Some of you said she looked like a grandma and some said a young lady.  A few of you agreed with me that it was a male with  a somewhat  feminine appearance.  I think Joe, or Joanne as she will be known from now on,  may have been on the way to the dump because she didn't like the way the artist portrayed her.  Maybe she thought she looked a little to masculine in the painting too.

Joanne,  so sorry I thought you were a man.

I should have known better!

Sandy  left me this comment about my new acquisition. 

 As an artist who does lots of portraits, I agree....this is an older woman. The lighter brow ridge, no beard shadow, softness of the lips ....everything says female to my eye...including her clothing. I'm guessing this is an oil on canvas done by a fairly amateur artist, but one with training under their belt...perhaps a student piece from the model. It shows a lot of talent, especially in the expression and loose treatment. If it's unsigned, it may be a student piece...or unfinished. I would guess it's 50-60 years old".

Thanks for the info, Sandy.

  I don't guess I'll ever learn the story behind the portrait but I think it deserves a good home.  For now SHE  seems quite happy in the upstairs hall....I can tell this from the look in her eyes!

Thanks everyone for visiting and I enjoyed reading all your funny comments.  Have a great week
and I hope to see you at the Open House Party starting Wednesday evening.



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A Lucky Find...Or Was It?

Last week while out running some errands I pulled into a parking space at a local store.  There
was a truck parked next to me full of junk that looked like he was on the way
to the dump. 

Among the junk I could see the top half of a very large painting.  It was a portrait of a man and all
 that was visible above the junk were his eyes.  There was something about those eyes that just
drew me in and I really wanted to get a better look at the painting.

I waited patiently for the owner to return and I asked if he was interested in selling the painting. 
 There was a little bit of a language barrier but when he realized what I was asking he jumped on
the back of the truck and handed me the large painting.  It stands over five feet tall and four
feet wide. I asked how much he wanted for it and he told me
I could have it.  

I couldn't just take the painting and not give him anything so I reached in my wallet and saw I only
had three dollars cash left.  He kept insisting he didn't want money and for me to just take the
painting.  I believe he finally took the three dollars just to get away from me!

I couldn't wait to get home and show my husband my newest purchase and guess what....
He hated it!  

 You may remember this post about the Chromolithograph I purchased that he thought was just
weird. That piece now hangs in our dining room and it is one of my favorite things in our home.

My new painting has been leaning on top of the console for a week and I stop and look at it every time I walk by. The eyes show a vulnerability and sadness that really appeals to me.

Before I show you my painting here are some examples I found of decorating
with vintage portraits.


Country Living

I need your totally honest opinion with no sugar coating.

Is he a keeper or would I have been better off spending the $3.00 on a
diet coke and candy bar?

Here is the portrait of my instant relative, Joe.

Be honest and tell me what you think. 

Joe and I will be partying at:


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Reminder about Open House Party

Just a reminder that the Open House Party will not be held this week.
I hope you will be back next week to share pictures of your Thanksgiving and
Christmas decorating.

I count each of you among my blessings this Thanksgiving! 
Thank you for your friendship and support.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pretty Pictures And A Winner

Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway for a $50.00 Novica  gift card. 

The winner is  #57

Karena @ Art By Karena 

Congrats Karena!  Please email me and I will give you the code for the gift certificate.

Just like many of you I have become addicted to Pinterest.  Because every post needs
some pretty pictures I have included some of my favorite pinned Christmas ideas.  

Chrsitmas tree cute!

There are some amazing trees on this site

I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest.  The button is located on my sidebar.

Thanks for visiting!


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Tables Of The Past

Hi Everyone.

This year Steve and I will be joining dear friends for Thanksgiving.  This will be the first time
in years I haven't hosted Thanksgiving at our house.  I am actually pretty happy to be able to
 relax and enjoy the holiday rather than stressing about every detail.

Since there will be no Thanksgiving tablescape this year I decided to revisit tables from the past.



Thanks for visiting and if you haven't entered the $50 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY  it ends in two days.

I'll be partying this week at:


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House Party.

Thank you for visiting and I am looking forward to seeing what you have to share this week.
The link to join the party is at the bottom of this post.

Today we will be touring the gorgeous home of Des @  Peeking Thru The Sunflowers.  Her home was  featured last year in Midwest Living and this month in BHG Christmas Ideas magazine.  Just wait until you see these pictures!

Des and her husband live in a renovated 1870 stone schoolhouse.  They have replaced the floors, removed walls and remodeled the kitchen.   Lets take a tour of this fabulous home and I will also show you some of the pictures from the BHG magazine article.

I love the French style armoires.

Teddy thought his new bed should match the big bed.  How cute is this!!

Now for the Christmas Pictures

Source Midwestern Life


You can see more photos of the home decorated for Christmas at Peeking Thru The Sunflowers . 

Thank you Des for allowing me to feature your beautiful home at this weeks party. 

In lieu of leaving comments here please visit Peeking Thru The Sunflowers and tell Des I sent you.
While there I hope you will spend some time browsing this wonderful blog.

Now on to the Linky Party...

Thanks for visiting.

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