Friday, September 22, 2006

Friday's Favorite Corner (Spot)

I had to share with you Mother Earth's new residence in our home. She is smack-dab in the middle of our family room. It is here that she can see all that goes on in the household with a good view of the back yard to make sure all is well outside. I doubt she would be happy without a good view of her splendid land. (She needs to be a little higher, but this is as far as I could reach on a step ladder--grin.)

I found these vintage bird nest prints and had them matted and framed. I love the robin-egg (or Tiffany) blue. I then added some nests on top of each sconce to pull it all together. I love the red, blue and green all mixed together. (Guess that's why I liked the Red & Aqua swap, duh; it just dawned on me!) I've always (since I moved into

my first apartment) had a red accent wall with a teal or sagey green wall elsewhere. (The wall behind my bookshelves are now painted a deep, deep red.) Since this house had a more traditional-style plan, I went with the sagey green walls in the dining room and family room. I have yet to paint the foyer and kitchen. Well, actually, parts of the kitchen are painted a butter cream yellow--definitely a work in progress.

Each year at the TACA Fair, my first stop is at Asia Mathis' booth. She does the most extraordinary clay sculptures. This is the little one I purchased at the spring fair. While MJ was here, I saw this beautifully colored hare that I knew would go somewhere in my house (hehe). Is it not a perfect match? I absolutely adore how Asia writes little words on the houses.

This one was purchased several years ago. It's still my favorite. "Take me and that oak and a house you will see."

This original deco phone was purchased when the hub and I were still dating. We'd always hit all the Art Deco shows in DC. The receiver weighs about four pounds, so it's not one that we use too often. It was refurbished with an easy plug in; but I don't have it plugged in. The ring is unbelievably LOUD! Just like they used to be. It has a beautiful tone, but if you're sitting right next to it, it scares the bajeebies out of you!


This is one of the most precious items that I own. It belonged to my great grandfather, my mother's grandfather Bailey. It is told that after he served in the Civil War, he was "shell shocked." Guess that was the term back then. He made everyone keep this clock covered. "I don't like those two old women looking at me." You can see the carvings on each side at the top. Poor old guy. I lovingly call this piece "grampa," as do the kids. Now, grampa is quite particular about where he sits, when you wind him, how you wind him etc. He worked perfectly in the first house the hub and I rented. When we moved to Falls Church and purchased our first home, grampa became a tad grumpy. Sometimes he worked, sometimes he didn't. When we moved to Leesburg, VA, he became even grumpier. He worked off and on the five years we were there. Now that we're in Tennessee, I think he has worked all of about a week. He's getting grumpier and grumpier as the years go by. I have tried everything--leveling him every which way, etc, but nothing works. Guess he's just tired. That's ok. He can rest for a couple of years. When I was in high school, I had it cleaned up and all the works replaced. Apparently, my mom let my brother Johnny PLAY with it, and he took all the works out! Gee whiz mom. Anyway, the clock maker who refurbished it said it was very old, the giveaway was it was so tall. You can see the gold etched glass only comes part way to the bottom. Isn't that fascinating!

And now, here she is, the Grande Dame Mother Earth. Thank you again Lisa for putting her into Peggy and Ms. Robyn's auction. She is just the most lovely in the land. I am getting so much joy from her, as is my family.

10 comments:

Janet said...

Mother Earth is gorgeous! And the clock is so beautiful.

I have red accents in my house, too. I wanted to paint one wall in the dining room a deep red but since we're going to put the house on the market that wouldn't be such a good idea. I still like the idea for me though.

Sue said...

Love your Mother Earth!
I enjoyed reading the story about Grandpa. I have my Grandpa's clock and it's also very "fickle"...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love your place! You have good tastes when it come to decorating the house; it's wonderfully done. Those two prints are very pretty, the clay sculptures are amazing, the phone is great (I too love Art Deco) and the clock is amazing! Waow...

Lisa said...

Oh doesn't she look beautiful up there!!!! Yay! Everything I can see looks lovely. Now I'm off to nose around your blog a bit more.:)

PEA said...

Rosa!!! I got your parcel today and oh my goodness, girl, you should have seen me opening everything up! lol My friend, you really shouldn't have added all the extra goodies...now I feel badly all I sent you was the beanie! But...I LOVE everything!!! You were more than generous and I will treasure every little item you included...plus the stacking boxes are absolutely beautiful!! I want to start joining in the swaps and now I have an idea (thanks to you) about what kinds of things are included:-) Thank you again sooooo very much!! I will be posting about it tomorrow:-) Your mother earth is perfect where you put her..she fits right in! Loved hearing about your grandpa's clock also!! Hugs xoxo

Shell said...

You're home is so beautiful and warm. I'd love to sit and chat in it.

Lisa (oceandreamer) said...

I am delighted beyond belief and more than I can say that Mother Earth figures so prominently in your lovely, lovely home. I will never make another one of her - I want that to be the one and only now!
How amazing to have that clock with a backstory like that...I suppose it is just tired and likes sitting quietly.
I love the colors you like and at one time had one wall in the kitchen red...now my kitchen is a bright, citrus green. I like seeing other peoples homes....
XOXO
Lisa

PG said...

Wonderful home! And all looked over by the dear Mother Earth. The clock is just perfect, and how lovely to have the history with it.

BTW Rosa, I tried to e-mail you your fairy match, but I got a failed message reply for some reason...

Peggy said...

Mother Earth looks right at home! You do such a wonderful job decorating. I am soooo happy I finally got in to read your blog and catch up. I didn't get booted off this time! have a great weekend

kansasrose said...

Love that wall and your accents. ME looks like she belongs there...the bird nest prints are to DIE for and the clock is exquisite.

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