Friday, October 8, 2010

The Bench and a New Blog Design

Well, I just have to tell you that I am "as pleased as punch" over my new blog design.  It was not nearly as painful as I had thought it would be and Karen of  Valentine Designs is  so much fun to work with.  And, I  have to tell you that the cup and saucer used on my header and dividers  is out of my demitasse cup collection.  Now, how neat is that?


 We are still enjoying the most gorgeous Fall weather. Our mums are "doing their thing" and the sweet potato vine is so much happier now that things have cooled off a bit.  I'm looking forward now to planting pansies in a few more weeks.
It's "project time" around our house and I'm  so, so thankful that it is an outside project this time. Hubby is adding a covered  parking area on to his shop for his boat and hunting vehicle. And, we're having our patio partially  covered and lighting and fans added.  I think both are going to be nice additions to our house, especially the patio part. I can't even begin to tell you how many projects we've undertaken in our 29 years of living here.  I think when one owns a home, the projects just never end, especially maintenance projects.


Isn't this the cutest little bench!  It beckoned unto me until I finally gave in and bought it.  I saw it at an antique, interior design and consignment shop back in early July.  I looked at it and thought how cute my two grandchildren would be sitting on it for pictures.  Decided that I would not yield to the temptation. I went back sometime in August and walked away without it again.  But, 3 weeks ago when I stopped in the shop I snatched it up. I cannot believe that I did not take a picture of what it looked like when I bought it, but it completely escaped me to do that.  It was in excellent shape structurally but was faded out and discolored.  The owner of the shop where I purchased it told me that she had bought it at an estate sale and it had been sitting on a front porch for many years.  She could not say that it was an antique but she knew that it was very old.  I brought it back and showed it to my Dad who is quite knowledgeable in wood and he said that it was made of walnut. Yea!! I love walnut!  Then he looked it over very carefully and noted that it was put together with wooden pegs rather than nails and that is certainly a sign of age.  He asked me what I paid for it and when I told him,  he assured me that I had gotten a really good deal for a very beautiful piece.  Can I just tell you how that delighted me!


I brought it home, rubbed Howard Feed N Wax on it and it looked like it had just come off the showroom floor.  I have it in our foyer and I couldn't be more pleased with it.  


There's just nothing like coffee (or your preferred drink) with the Company Girls on Friday.  Rachel somehow always finds the time to work us in to her busy schedule. Thanks Rachel, we love you!
Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

17 comments:

  1. LOVE. LOVE, LOVE the new look, it is perfect for you and how neat that your teacup is on there! Love the bench. We have one sitting against our stairway like that and it is one of my favorite places! You will love that covered porch when it is all done, you will have to show us pictures!

    Have a great weekend!

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  2. I LOVE the new look, too...I'm desperate for a new look so I'll be looking into who did yours! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love the new look! Also, we plan on being in our house through the kids' high school years (they are 6 and 4 now), so I don't get frustrated when I can't do a project NOW. There is plenty of time, just like you. I would love a covered patio -- it's on the list. Hope the project goes smoothly, LA Mom!

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  4. Love your new design! And the bench: absolutely beautiful!
    Pansies: are they suppose to be in the sun or shade? (I'm looking for something to put in my porch planter that gets very little sun.)

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  5. I love your little bench ~ so glad it was still there for you =)

    I was wondering if the new header had pictures of your very own treasures ~ how fun!

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  6. Your new blog design is fab!! Love it! I collect teacups too, noticed your teacup right off :)

    What a great bench! It is beautiful and looks great in your entry. Can't wait to see the pictures of the grandchildren filled bench!

    Hope all the projects come together. Sounds wonderful! I am happy for you that they are all outside projects! I think you should have a cup of tea, in one of your pretty cups, sitting on your new bench, while watching all the progress from INSIDE!! (It got warm again on us didn't it:/)

    Blessing to you!
    LydiaCate

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  7. Hello again, Lea ~ I have an award to share with you! Please stop by my blog when you can =)

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  8. Lea!!!! LOVE the new blog look! It's a beautiful setting for one of my favorite blogs...it fits your spirit so perfectly. It's just a joy to look at!

    Have a wonderful, blessed weekend...

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  9. Oh how beautiful! I loved having coffee here tonight(I'm late visiting) The new layout and your bench look amazing! Have a great weekend!

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  10. Lea, how super fun to have a new blog design! I really love tea cups. :D

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  11. Your blog looks great, and it seems to be a collection of favorite things.

    I love that you have lived in the same place for so long. I'm sure you could make an outstanding list of all the projects you have taken on over the years!

    The bench is a lovely find!

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  12. Beautiful new design and bench. Kudoes all around!

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  13. Love the new design. Love the teacup. Now I want to go over there and have some tea with you...but you're a bit far right now, and it's getting late. =p

    We have a long list of projects for our home. In due time... =)

    I'm trying to think of a way for us to have a little porch, but I may have to be satisfied with our sunroom in the back for now. The bench is fabulous!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  14. I love your new design. I love coming here and sipping coffee with you!

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  15. So nice to have coffee with you! I love your little bench - very, very cute! And what willpower you have, waiting so long to buy it!

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  16. the new look suits your blog perfectly!!! i'm so impressed with the demitasse cup, too! the bench is absolutely gorgeous.

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