Monday, November 23, 2009

Blue Monday

Hi everyone,
I have the day off today so I thought I would participate with you all for Blue Monday!

Thank you Smiling Sally for organizing this fun event each week. To view other participants hop on over to her blog and join in the fun!

I have some wonderful new blue additions to my home that I would love to share with you - This first picture I have actually shared before...

This is a beautful blue quilt that I bought in Hawaii while we were visiting our daughter at her college in Oahu. I bought it because it reminded me of my mother. To recap the story, my brother and I decided to have a memorial service for my mom on the Big Island where my aunt lives. My mother LOVED Hawaii, so we decided to have a memorial service for her on the beach that she loved. As we were placing Lei's in the water on that special day, a beautiful sea turtle swam by. It is such a heartfelt memory for me that when I saw this quilt a few years later in Hawaii, I wanted to preserve the memory of that special day. It has sea turtles swimming throughout the quilt - It is such a special treasure to me - plus - it is blue - my favorite color that I spread throughout my house!

I have shared this picture of dining room chairs that I recovered, in a past post. To read the full post click

I have decided to try using some more of the toile material that I used for my chairs, in some curtains for the big bay window in our dining room.

I just tied the fabric up temporarily with ribbons for now - This is a work in progress that I won't be able to finish until after my classes are done for this quarter. I have been SO busy with schoolwork that I haven't been able do much else. I really should be finishing up homework today- but I needed a break - what better way to fill up my time then sharing a post with you today!


I wanted to see if the toile fabric would look okay here - or if it would be too busy - what do you think? I am not too sure if I will end up making curtains or just draping it into swathes like you see here - I could add dark blue tassels...any ideas? I would love suggestions!
Sorry that the pictures are so dark -I took them too early this morning.

Recently our neighborhood had a community garage sale and I found this great plate rack for $5.00! I have been looking for plates to use with it at my favorite Goodwill - I knew that if I was patient, I would find just what I was looking for.

Aren't these lovely? I got two of them for .99 cents apiece! I love it when that happens! If you haven't gone to your local thrift store lately I highly recommend it - you will be surprised at the treasures you can find there if you are patient. These are ironstone plates - on the back of them it reads"Johnson Brothers Stoke-On Trent England Coaching Scenes. Made in England."

I am sure that they would have cost more if I would have found them in an antique store. I love me a good bargain - don't you?

Here is another beautiful blue plate that I found at my favorite flea market here in Atlanta called "The Classy Flea" I am kicking myself for only picking up one of these - there were four of them available at $7.95 a piece. I went back to get more of them later and of course they were gone! ugh!

I have a pillar shelf in my kitchen that is a fun place to display some of my blue treasures. It is painted white and I felt that it didn't show my blue and white pieces to their best advantage so I followed a fellow bloggers suggestion and added some scrapbook paper to the shelves.

From this....

To THIS.... What do you think? My hubby thinks it is too busy...

I feel that it adds a needed splash of color - as you can see I LOVE the color blue!

Thanks for stopping by to visit me today for Blue Monday - I enjoyed sharing my blues with you!

Blessings on your day today,


SmilingSally said...

I like the dining room window just as you have it. Unless you want to make drapes, that is.

I love blue and white. Who doesn't? I think the scrapbook paper pulls the eye away from your treasures. Maybe if it were a neutral pale yellow or tan, you're husband would approve.

Happy Blue Monday and have a Happy Thanksgiving, Kymber.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, precious friend! I'm so glad to see you today for Blue Monday.

Kymber, I love the fabric. I think it looks perfect in there. And you know that I like it tacked up the way you have it. I wouldn't worry about sewing it because I thought it was done that way deliberately. :-)

Love all of your other pretty blues, too... the quilt, the chair seats, the blue plates and other goodies. It was nice taking a peek into your life again. I miss you, but I know you are out there doing so much good for others. And I'm proud of you!

Happy Blue Monday...


Sheila :-)

Cindy said...

Lovely post! Happy Thanksgiving

Mary said...

Kymber, all the blues you chose to share with us today are lovely. The quilt, with the memories of your mother, was my favorite. Have a great Blue Monday and enjoy Thanksgiving day.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Beautiful!! I have quite a few of the second blue plate! I love the quilt! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Beautiful!! I have quite a few of the second blue plate! I love the quilt! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Crown of Beauty said...

Hi Kymber,
I stopped by to say hi, and how is your week coming along... Glad I did! This post warmed my heart, because I also love the color blue!

Loved the quilt story, and the way it reminds your of your mom, and the memorial service at that beach in Hawaii.

My husband loved Hawaii, too. ANd he had planned for us to go there this year, if he had not passed away too soon!

The blue fabric just tied up with ribbons around the bay window looks perfect to me. Drapes would be too heavy.

The scrapbook paper gives a cluttered look when you add your blue collection to the shelf. Maybe a plain background with just a hint of blue (pale blue, powder blue) would add the color that your desire to have.

Just a few suggestions.

I'm glad I visited today.


Beginner said...

Late again, I'm afraid.

Loved the way you swagged the material over your bay window. I think drapes might make the room a bit dark and might make it seem smaller. The way the light shines in makes the room look brighter.

You got some wonderful bargains. I need you to shop with me. Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love and with the quilt hanging near your table, it makes it seem almost like your Mother was there with you and your family.