I love this time of the year I love to decorate the house with Christmas favorites I have collected in our travels here at home and in Europe.
I have a wreath in our office with all French ornaments most have come from Paris. The wreath in Jack's bathroom the ornaments came from Harrods in London. I also have a Christmas pig tree with just pig ornaments that have been given to me by friends, my children, hubby and the ones I have bought.
Also the Simpich Christmas dolls that are over 50 years old, we put them out every year just love them.
On the 21st of this month, hubby Jack and I will celebrate our 65th wedding anniversary. We sat down last week and talked about how blessed our lives have been. Three children, a wonderful daughter-in-law and son-in-law, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. For over 35 years Jack and I have worked together, doing decorative finishes for Interior Designers and their clients. We opened a school called The American Academy Of Decorative Finishes. We have. taught many times in London, France, Italy and Canada. We also took students with us to do hands on work in a 16th chateau in Chinon in the Lorie Valley in France and an Italian Villa out of Florence Italy.
We have been fortunate we like working together and since retiring from doing walls, ceiling, furniture etc. we are together 24-7, that doesn't mean we don't give each other space. I am a person who has to be busy doing something painting, decoupage, all the time which sometimes drives Jack crazy but he's smart enough to keep quiet and let me project.
Through the years of working and teaching, we have made many life long friends we both love and value very much. Thank you for letting me share this with you. Enough of this reminiscing, I have some new and exciting announcements to share with you in the near future. Keep tuned for coming attractions !!! God Bless, Vonda
WHEN WE MOVED LAST YEAR I WANTED TO REDO OUR BREAKFAST ROOM TABLE AND CHAIRS .HOPE THIS GIVES YOU SOME IDEAS YOU CAN USE
I STRIPPED THE THE CHAIRS, PAINTED THE CHAIRS BLACK PAINTED THE EDGES IN WHITE ..CUT OUT LITTLE FRENCH SCENES FROM WRAPPING PAPER I BOUGHT IN LONDON THE SCENES WERE IN COLOR BUT I PRINTED THEM IN BLACK AND WHITE. I DECOUPAGED THEM ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CHAIRS.. EACH SCENE IS DIFFERENT
.FOR THE TOP OF THE TABLE I PHOTO COPIED TWO DIFFERENT SIZE BLACK AND WHITE CHECKED GINGHAMS THEN ADDED A DECORATIVE EDGE.. ON EACH CORNER,OF THE TABLE. I ADDED A SCENE TO MATCH THE BACKS OF THE CHAIRS. FOUR COATS OF WATERBASED VARNISH WAS BRUSED ON TO GIVE IT PERMANENCE.
A NOTHER SHOT OF THE TABLE AND CHAIRS..THE CUSHIONS WERE COVERED WITH A WASHABLE SMALL BLACK AND WHITE TOILE.. THE EDGE OF THE CUSHIONS WERE SMALL BLACK AND WHITE GATHERED GINGHAM
THIS WAS THE PIERRE DEUX FABRIC I HAD AT THE OTHER HOUSE ON THE CHAIRS. I PHOTO COPIED THE FABRIC AND DECOUPAGED THEM ON THE TABLE, MAKING THE CENTER OF THE TABLE A DIFFERENT DESIGN. I PADDED THE BACK AND FRONTS OF THE CHAIRS WITH FABRIC. WHEN I TOOK THESE PICTURES I HAD ALREADY REMOVED THE FABRIC. BELOW IS A CLOSE UP OF THE PRINTS I USED ON THE CHAIRS. HOPE THIS WILL GIVE YOU SOME IDEAS.
Even though we live in warm Arizona, we have been having quite cold days and nights (lost some plants) We found this cute electric stove at Walmart..it is perfect to take the chill off when we get up in the morning.
Every one in the family got decoupage trays for Christmas
Haidyn's cat looks just like the one in the print I used
Prints were arranged.. I added ribbon scrolls I had hand colored at the top and bottom of the prints to add interest. I added large handles from Hobby Lobby
Background was painted black so panda prints would show up better. Handles were from Home Depot
Small tray for a friend. Handles from Home Depot
Frame was done in silver leaf craft paint the molding edges touch with black paint. Handles from Home Depot
Yelp, had a ball making the trays for this years Christmas presents. They were so different from each other. Daughter Jorjann likes things from Italy, Granddaughter Haidyn loves cats and Chelsa loves anything with Pandas. Also two more trays for friends.
I think moving is next to death especially if you are not feeling well..also the the children can since when things are out of whack which adds to your stress..hang in there this too will pass. You are in my prayers.Much love, Vonda
Thought you would like to see our backyard and patio..we have a lot of work to do to get it the way we want it.. it just takes time. Jack has planted a very small vegetable garden..tomatoes, onions and burp less cucumbers. I have edged the front with nasturtiums. Not only are they pretty but are great in salads as well as cut flowers
As you come in the gate to the right is our front door. Across from it is our girl we brought with us from the other house. I planted the two large urns with decorative Kale. The large spikes in the back ground are perennials, in the spring they produce white flowers.
another shot of the urn
Picture of the patio with figures brought from the other house..impatience planted along the front and the side of the brick patio
The fountain was given to us by our dear friends Bob and Claude Merritt. We have a spotlight we turn on at night that illuminates the ferns and flowers as well as the fountain, When I enter my bedroom that is the first thing I see through the window.Sigh!!!
This large terrarium is in my office I had the glass piece in the other house full of wine bottle corks.
You need to keep your terrarium out of direct sunlight.This large cylinder jar is on the coffee table in the living room
This little cutie is in my bathroom I have the nest with eggs in it and also some small shells to add interest...that is what is so great about this project you can add figures, bridges,birds, even butterflys.
Now that we are not having classes, the Decoupage Garage group likes to get together about every two months or so,. we have lunch and work on different projects. The group wanted to see my patio home so I decided on the project for the group, terrariums...I have three different sizes and shapes..One in my office, one in the master bath and one in the living room on the coffee table.Love them and sooooo easy to care for.You need rocks in the bottom for draining then potting soil about 3-4"depending on the size of your terrarium. Different size plants some short others tall add interest. I had bought small birds nests and packages of tiny eggs to share with the gals. Each person brought their own glass container. Denise brought small cactus plants she used in her bowl. Karen had a just right container she had purchased at TJ Maxx some time ago. Donna added plastic mushrooms to her arrangement that just made it.When everyone was satisfied with their terrarium..we added about a half a cup of water and put the lid on. That is all you have to do...with the lid on it waters itself. There are more instructions you can see online.