December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Working on Shezebo Decor

Hola everyone!

I just realized that I never switched out my header from Christmas 2015, geez.  Well, a lot happened in between then and now, and blogging, frankly, has been non-existent or low priority until fairly recently.

Things are starting to get back to what passes for normal around here, so I will fix that - but the outside is calling...

Here are some photos of how my Shezebo looked on Saturday July 30 (after install) and Sunday July 31, with some furniture and accessories in it:






These are not the new lounge/stationary rocker chairs I purchased from Home Depot a few weeks back, they have yet to be assembled, they are old patio chairs I had at the former Maison Newton before I downsized to this current home in July 2014.  The andirondack chair is wood and has a lovely shabby chic look, 100% natural due to the paint wearing off after several seasons out in the weather.  I love that chair!  The tall back chair is plastic and the back adjusts backward/forward.  The tall back allows you to rest your head comfortably and it is perfect when you put your feet up to take a snooze on a long hot summer afternoon, especially now since I won't have to worry about a bug flying into my mouth while I'm sleeping inside my Shezebo :)

The chairs are now adorned with the cushions I purchased on sale from Home Decorators online (prior post for pics/details).  Like so many other things in my life, I waited far too long to enjoy the luxury of such cushions.  They are sooooo comfortable I just melt whenever I sit in one of the chairs.  I alternate sitting between them :)

They sit upon the primarily yellow textured indoor/outdoor rug I also purchased on sale at Home Decorators (prior post, Wharf area rug, for pic details).

There is a small white plastic side table that I've had for years, I don't remember where I bought it (maybe Menards one summer), a taller burnished metal side table next to the andirondack chair (purchased as part of a duo of tables at Menards many moons ago), and a bright turquoise plant stand topped by a large squirrel-decorated planter, both birthday gifts over the years from my buddy Ann.  They sometimes made appearances on the rickety old floating deck at the former Maison Newton.  Now the colors blend perfectly with what I've got going on, so happy to be able to put them on prominent Shezebo display.

Well, I know I didn't take any close-ups or take photos inside the Shezebo, so you really can't appreciate the details, but these show the general idea.

The footstool (one of two) is part of my purchase from Home Depot and has peacock/brown colored slipcovered cushions.  You can see a closer view of the upholstery here.

Okay, so since then, I came across some curtains at the Family Dollar store that had great colors in them, but I only bought two panels ($10 each) and decided I need to add a third, so I haven't taken any pics yet.

I also put up, and after a rain storm and blue dye all over the place, took down, a beautiful hand-embroidered glitzy Indian runner that I'd had pinned up across the top of one side of the Shezebo, because of its brilliant turquoise color.  I let it hang long enough to dry out the next day and the blue dye hosed off, fortunately.  I'm not sure if I will re-hang it, but if I do I will be sure to take it down whenever rain is threatened.

So that's it for now.  I gave the coffee table I'm going to put on casters and use in the Shezebo two coats of primer on Thursday; yesterday she got a coat of yellow paint on the frame I can reach from the outside; this morning, she got a coat of yellow paint on the frame I can reach by flipping her upside down.  I see where I missed a number of spots despite having the lights on in the garage and despite wearing my glasses.  Damn!  So I will recoat later today and then apply a second and - I hope - final coat of yellow early tomorrow a.m. after flipping the table back to its upside.  Then the adventure will begin of installing the casters, LOL.

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