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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Coffee Talk- Talk Amongst Yourselves...

“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?”

 “The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” 

---C. S. Lewis

So, Zone 4 is a lock! Yea!

     Now, Zone 3 & 2- The Shelves!  I will be adding fall stuff soon.  I have to drag the plastic container in which it slumbers, upstairs.  Okay, well Steve drags it up...  Today, still working on the classroom!  My goal is to be put away (that doesn't sound good, but may be true by Friday) by Friday, and then, do bulletin boards and fun stuff Monday or Tuesday!

     Since I will be at my classroom all day, you can feel free to rummage through my things.  If you are new to the giveaway, you can find the procedures here.  I added some pictures from other places in my home to this post.  You can feel free to ask me to move something from one spot to another...

     I know I keep saying this, but I am having so much fun with you all!  Your friendships and participation make me imagine sitting around my dining room table (okay, not there.  That is where all the junk is) having coffee and just chatting and laughing and moving stuff around.  You know there are many bad things that can come from the Internet, and some say that this form of communication is impersonal, but it has brought such joy to me.  Yes, letter writing is a lost art, but gee, could you imagine how long this process of decorating my hutch would take if we were writing letters and sending pictures through the mail?  I guess with every innovation, there are blessings and curses.  It is our job to be good stewards of this technology so it doesn't become the latter...

So, um, enough of that, on with the fun!!!

The Shelves:


     Besides what is in the post here,and here, these are some shelves in the kitchen and stuff that you could use  to create the buttery look (Hee hee- sounds like something you do with bread...).

      So feel free to stay as long as you like.  If you see another area that looks like it needs thinning while your here, feel free to make suggestions.  Like I have said over and over (teachers love repeating themselves).  I am learning a lot.  Sometimes it takes an outside opinion to get you to really look at stuff.  And to remind me of the blessings of treasures, although earthly, temporal ones, they help to make our home, well, homey.  And, that I don't need to go to a thrift store. EVER!  Well, except with you, Granny! :)

     This is just a discussion posting, like before. Once we get some ideas, I will take pictures and number them.  Then, you all will have two days to vote before we lock in the shelves...

Have a wonderful day, dear friends!  I will be thinking of you and praying for you!


“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

--- C.S. Lewis


  1. Hope you are having a fun time in your new classroom!
    Hmmm the shelves what about one pumpkin as a focal point in the middle and some ball glass ware or tin ware in behind? Oh this is tricky I'm the kind of person who needs to be hands on!
    Have a great time

    1. I like the pumpkin and tinware idea. I have a couple of cheese strainers. Also can do flower sifters or such. Should I do an orange pumpkin, or I have prim tan ones? I know, I am hands-on too. But, I also "circle the tower" trying to figure out where to start. You all are helping me to start. And I need to. I can't see the top of my dining room table! Ugh!!!!!!

      Love and hugs!

  2. Oh this is FUN! I love to decorate and you have so many pretty things. The first thing I see that I would move...the little mat or rug that has circles, maybe wool? It's on the shelves, hanging over a shelf. I would find someway to hang it so that it can be seen better. I would put something else on that shelf, maybe a square of gingham fabric or something with a crochet edge. I'll go look some more now! haha! Hugs!

  3. Just found your blog from your comment at Cranberry Morning. How could I resist visiting a blog called The Country Schoolmarm?! Can't wait to have a look around!

  4. I love the top shelf Heather! So when do you start school? I am getting my fall stuff out this weekend also, can't wait to start putzing...of course I don't have nearly the amount you do! LOL I think some bittersweet would look good among the shelves too!
    Be blessed,

  5. I am thinking that maybe start with a plate leaning on the back of the shelf?? That would be a beginning!!! Dianntha

  6. If you hve a plate that is pewter or stoneware...lean it against the back and then put maybe a jar or something seasonal in front of it??? Dianntha
    Or a plate then a candlestick to the side with a pumpkin in the center. The sky is the limit. Dianntha

  7. Loving your candlestick in the other post...and some of the pewter. Candle in the left top corner..pumpkins (3 of various sizes) and if you have a mouse and some 'grass' he can be peeking out from between the pumpkins. Add some green and other little fall sunflowers,and a couple other substantial pieces here and there. You have so many wonderful things!


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