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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Come on over for a tour... Wipe your feet. Please.


Okay, so hello, welcome to my home!  Feel free to stay a while, put your feet up, nose around.  I am happy to have you here!  Just a word of caution- the bedroom is off limits.  The bed may or may not be made, and I'm not tellin' so DON'T PEEK!  I'll know if you do!  Teachers always do...


 

The time is now 6:51. All is well!!!!! But.  Do you know where your children are? Mine is on the floor trying to get her treat out of a ball.  And yours?


Need marmalade?

I organized my K-Cups just for you.  They never are.  Steve's are on the other side.  His ALWAYS are...

My husband uses the cookbooks.

The Mason I grunged!

"Instant Human- Just Add Coffee" (You know you wanted to know what that doll said...)
 






 See my grunged Jack?  He was terra cotta, now he is notta...

 

Hmmmm... Anything look familiar to anyone?

 Ohhh, Granny Trace... Woolie Love! :)
I made the "Jack".  He looks burnt because, well, he is.  Such a nerd...



 Diana says, "Hi, Christine!"
See the yellow ball?  That is where the treat is.  Inside.  Stuffed inside...



Looks better in the dark.  Kind of hard to take pictures in the dark!








This is for you, Trace!



See the "Hangman" game?  Name the movie...



Good night!  Thanks for coming over!  Drive safely!

Blessings,
Heather

31 comments:

  1. The Princess Bride :). Is this your home or your store? Lol, love it!
    ~Christina

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    1. Yea!!!!!!! You got it! No. It's my home. Goodwill has been good to me. And yard sales, and cast offs from family. But you never know what of it will end up on eBay! ;)

      Blessings!
      Heather

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    2. Wait, Christina. Does it look bad? Is it too over the top? Ugh. I am self-conscious that I put it up.

      Oh, I wanted to ask you, how is your eye?

      Love,
      Heather

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    3. Heather,

      As far as I am concerned about collecting treasures, nothing is over the top until you wind up on Hoarders Buried Alive. Perhaps then, it's time to tweak ;). They is is better. It was a nasty stye that just grew and caused my eye to swell and shut but I've determined being in our Naval hospital was worse than the actual stye itself. Pure torture. Now I'm home and can see well enough to stich, so all is good and I've got my family ad my husband who loves to quote The Princess Bride :)

      Be well.

      ~Christina

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    4. Christina,
      Seriously. There is a Hoarders Buried Alive????? Oh, my! Friends just should not let friends get buried alive like that! Yikes. I feel better now.

      I am so glad that your eye is doing better. A hurting eye is not good for a crafty mom like yourself. I was praying for your eye.

      My dad and I REALLY wanted to pipe in the "Maaawage" part of The Princess Bride in my wedding. It got vetoed. By everyone else. Booo.

      Here's another funny story about PB. So, I do show it to my class. There is really only one bad word (The Indigo Montoya scene, and I mute it). And, when the princess is about to stab herself (I fast forward it). Well, last year, right after we watched it, we went to see the Nutcracker. During the intermission, after the "Rat King" dancing part, my students lean forward and whisper down the row, "Mrs. Wise! ROUS's!!!!!!" I about fell out of my chair. I will never be able to see anything else but ROUS's in the Nutcracker ever again! Kids are hilarious, aren't they??? :)

      Thanks for letting me know about your eye, Christina, and for coming back to chat again!

      Blessings!
      Heather

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  2. Oh my goodness I LOVE ALL of your stuff, no it is not too much or over the top. I especially love all of the trees. I so want some of those cute little ones. You so can tell you are a teacher with all of your chalkboards, love them too, love everything and I can't wait to see it at Christmas! Thanks for sharing!
    Be blessed,
    Cindi

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by, Cindi! You are so encouraging! It is funny, but most things were inherited or given. Else, I found it cheap, free, or remade it.

      I don't have/ can't have children. God has chosen me to devote my "mom-ness" into His children that I have the privilege to teach. So, I am happy to put some teachery reminders around the house.

      The big chalkboard, well, it was a free one, that was in my classroom, that I lugged home for hubby to use as a score board in his "Man Cave", it was too big for him, so he didn't want it, but I loved its vintage look and its unknown history, so I put it on the wall. A teacher and her chalkboard are not easily parted... ;) The little slates are from my dear friend, coworker, and "brother". His mom was a collector of antiques. His mom passed away about 10 years ago. His father passed away 2, and his brothers and sisters were each killed when they were young. So, he didn't have immediate family (He got married two years ago!). He got stuck with me. He needed to get rid of many of his antiques because he didn't want them and the volume of them was a burden.

      There are many items through out my house, that he gave me or I bought to "keep them in the family"- they are dear to me, because they are a part of his dear family. The little slates- part of his mother's collection... I am not good about hiding away special things that people give me...

      Thank you again for your sweet words! You are an encouragement to me!

      You have a blessed day as well!
      Love and Hugs!
      Heather

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  3. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit! Thanks for "inviting" me! Love it all. Love your trees. Everything looks so cozy!

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    1. Holly,
      You are too sweet! "Cozy" is the nicest thing you could say to me! It is my favorite word! I enjoy peeping into your life too! Thank you for becoming a part of mine!

      Blessings and hugs!
      Heather

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  4. Oh my, How I love your home! What great photos. I am a new follower and I enjoy visiting your blog. Anna

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    1. Welcome, my dear new friend Anna! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and post! I so greatly appreciate it! I am glad you enjoyed your time- you are too kind!

      Blessings to you! I look forward to getting to know you better!!!!!
      Heather

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  5. Oh how wonderful Heather!! You have so many nice things.
    I went back and looked a couple of times.Thanks for inviting
    me over. I loved the visit. Please forgive me for looking
    around while you were talking. There are so many things
    that caught my eye.I especially loved the decorated trees.
    You have encouraged me to go put a
    few more things out.
    Blessings~Sara

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    1. Sara, my dear!
      Did you see your sign? I love it! It is perfect!

      It is okay to look around when I am talking! I would do it in your home (sorry!). Make yourself at home! I love all of your decor!!! My only pet-peeve is when my STUDENTS talk over me! But none of those rules in the home! I am glad that I met you! Thank you for taking the time to stop and comment! It means a lot!

      Blessings back at you!
      Heather

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  6. Hello! I can't believe you have room in your house with all that stuff! It looks more like a primitive shop than a house! Your husband must really love you!! Ha! Anyway...thanks for commenting at my blog...but I just wanted to ask you something. Did you know you have your comment settings on "No-reply"? That means that I can't directly reply to your comment and I have to physically go to your blog or profile to get somewhere to comment back. It makes it harder to reply and I can only do so when I get the chance...Soooooo I just wanted to let you know if you didn't know...It's much easier if I can reply immediately then with an actual email address...:)Glad you were blessed! Have a good and Godly night and week! Hugs, Laura R.

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    1. Laura,
      Well, my husband actually likes it. At least he does now. He likes the antiques and homemade items. I compromise and decorate our bedroom and bathroom a beachy style for him. His basement area is his as well. These rooms are mine. I love having a bi-level home, but the open floor plan does not give you as much wall space. I would love to have a bit more negative space between furniture.

      I am so sorry about the "No Reply" thing. Since I switched to the google+, I can't seem to find a way to change that unless I go back to regular google, which doesn't thrill me. If you know of a way to do it in google+, PLEASE tell me. I do wish I wasn't a "no-replier". I am so sorry for the inconvenience, but I so appreciate you taking the time to seek me out and write. Thank you again for your inspiring post the other day. I really appreciated it!

      And thank you for stopping!
      Blessings!
      Heather

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  7. One more thing..Just wanted to clarify that I check a lot of my emails on my smart phone and it's easy to reply back immediately on the phone then and there in gmail. But it's unhandy to go to website with the smart phone because not like typing on a computer where it's a lot easier...laura

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  8. Oh dear I am just going crazy..everything is so lovely..all the stuff is so cute..
    GOD Bless you dear friend xxx

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    1. Cucki,Dear...
      You are just too sweet! I am so glad that we met. You are such a gentle spirit!

      God bless you too! Thank you for stopping by!

      Love,
      Heather

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  9. Wow and awesome and well, I just LOVE IT ALL!!! I seriously don't know how you found the time to arrange everything and I thought I had lots! I love the trees decorated for the season and the fall foliage,oh it's just lovely!
    Diana looks right at home, treasured friend! So pleased there's a bit of N. Ireland prim in PA!!
    God bless dear friend and thanks for having me over, I had a wonderful time!
    And I never even peeked into your bedroom, promise!
    Christine

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    1. My dear Diana,

      It is good to have a part of your N. Ireland here! She says really, you need to COME to PA for a visit again sometime! I love my friend that the treasure represent.

      Thank you for your sweet compliments! Of course, you always are sweet!!! Just like Diana.

      I thank you for not looking in the bedroom. Truly! But, uh, did you wipe your feet? I am not sure that you did... BUT no matter, I'd rather have you with dirt, then you not be here at all! What is mud amongst friends? Right?

      It is always nice to talk to you, dear friend! Hope we can chat again soon! I want to hear what's new with you!!!

      Blessings!
      Anne

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  10. Good Morning Heather Anne Cordelia
    I am so sorry I missed the open house lastnight.
    But I am here for breakfast. :) And I brought apple hand pies.
    I just knew your home would be so warm and cozy. Love all the treasures you have too.
    Now shall we sit, sip and stitch?
    Thankful for sweet friends.
    Your Woolie Friend Trace with a E

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    1. Trace with an E,
      Yea!!!! Pies! Coffee! Stitching! Friend! Yippeee! I need help with my pincushions, so I could get advice from you! Hmmm, that will have to wait for after the pies, and lots of coffee. I tell you, I wish you could write me a note to get out of school. A rainy day like today, your ideas sound like the perfect recipe to me! Thank you for poking around! I am thankful for sweet friends as well! God can use little things, like a blog, to do other needful things like creating friendships with Godly and compassionate women that are dear. God is in the little things too... I know you know that. You have a keen eye for that!

      Grateful for you, Woolie Friend...
      Heather with an H in the front and a R on the end...

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  11. Lots of eye candy.Cozy and welcoming.Thanks for inviting us.Warm Blessings!~Amy

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    1. Amy,
      Thank you! I am so glad that you came! Thank you for taking the time to drop by and comment! You are too sweet! I love to have company! In actuality too. I wish you could all really come over!

      Blessings to you!
      Heather

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  12. You are all too kind!
    I know the Bible says not to lay up treasure on earth. I feel guilty about that often. I am a visual person and an artist. I can't help but arrange things. I don't have children, like many of you do. My children are my students, and well, I leave them at 3:30. Decorating is a creative release and comfort for me.

    Many of my items are given to me by family and friends. Or made by family. Or a deal I couldn't pass up. However, the furniture, it all given and are special. Antiques from my family or my adopted family (my coworker, Tim).

    The one exception is the big hutch. My mom and I got that for $500. I thought it was a steal! She helped me purchase it as a Christmas/Anniversary present when we first moved into the house. I look at it with fond memories of giggling together at our find!

    The pantry was white, lead paint. I bought it as a place to store food items because I was tired of cans hitting me in the head from the cabinets (That's what happens when you are short. A lot.). My dad was appalled at the lead paint and would not hear of me using it as is. My dad loving had it stripped and then remade it himself into its prim form. It represents a father's love and creativity. The mantle- came with the house. It covered a big gas fireplace downstairs. We didn't want the fireplace, but the mantle was nice. So my dad cut it in half.
    I am glad that some find it cozy! I always want people to feel at home. Believe it or not, buying things cheaply, like the filler stuff, means those aren't as precious even if it is yellowware- if I got it for $5 then... Which is good, because my house is many times filled with students during the summer. I want them to hang around, they can come in a bit soggy from the pool. The couch can handle it. So can the house.

    If you look on the shelves of my house, things have a story, a memory, a loved one attached to it. So, my treasure are out there, and may be cluttered to some people's taste, and I am okay with that. Because the treasures are reminders of a loving God who has put true treasures in my life- the love of my family and friends!

    I love you all for the treasure of your friendship!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Heather

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  13. Thanks for sharing! So many goodies, so warm & cozy:) By the way, I love "burnt Jack", made me laugh!
    Blessings
    ~Lori

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    1. Lori,
      Lori,
      I laugh now. At the time, it was a range of emotions:
      Ooops.
      Whew! Praise God I didn't burn the house down.
      Yeah, he is a little overdone.
      Actually I kind of like him, even if he is crispy.

      Isn't crispy prim?

      Thank YOU for visiting and your kind comments! You are too sweet!

      Blessings,
      Burnt Jack's Mom

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  14. Your home looks comfy and cozy...I enjoyed the tour! Loved your wooden spice drawers and that little mouse pin cushion is adorable! You've gathered so many lovely things!!!

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    1. Marie,
      Thank you so much! I love those wooden drawers too! They are good for hiding things! My husband got it for me for $45 at an antique flea market. I thought that was a good price, but it is priceless because he thought of me when he got it!

      The pincushion is from an eBay seller named "Primpenny". She makes all kinds of lovely pincushions. I also have an owl and wren of hers. They are so cute and reasonable. She always offers free shipping. I just love them!

      Thank you again for your kind words and taking the time to stop, look and comment. I know that everyone has many blogs to visit, and I so appreciate that you took the time to visit mine!

      Blessings,
      Heather

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