Hello! Another Friday is here. I hope you all had a good week. I've been busy! I am having unexpected, exciting guests next week! Family who have not visited in many years. I'm thrilled but scrambling a bit to get my home looking presentable. All the white slipcovers are off the sofas so I can't show you any big picture views.
I'm having a cleaning service come next week. The head woman came and looked over my admittedly not pristine house and she shook her head. The estimate for a ''deep clean''---team of 5, from 8 AM to 3.30 PM , TWO consecutive days , was $400.00 for each day; or $800.00. [and my friend L advised me I should tip each cleaner at least 25.oo more per day!]
We haggled and bargained to $200.oo for noon to 4.30, one day. "It will look good!" Polish Kate the cleaner promised. But the look on her face said, but it won't be truly clean. Do I wish I could afford the thousand bucks? Sure. But even 200.oo is a huge budget crunch for me. If my guests look under the fridge drawers or behind the big Shaker chests, they deserve what they will find.
Why even bother? I am so hoping if they have a good time they will come again, stay longer. My family is very small and I miss having family around.
This cushion is my color inspiration. I love it. The cheddar cushion behind it is very old, my mom chose the fabric when we were in Cape Cod together. She had a great eye.
These large velvet throw pillows are a gift from a friend. Her boyfriend hated the brilliant blue velveteen, they of the pale grey house. 30" square. So far I've not found affordable fillers, just used other sizes for now. My friend kept the original pillow inserts; I made her grey batik covers instead.
These cushion covers [right] are thrift shop finds [they look squishy bec Mo helped by sitting on everything I fluffed up]. They look very Ralph Lauren to me but on close inspection as I put them out, I found they're Target. Fine. I love Target too.
Out came my mercury glass pumpkins.
Other pumpkins and drieds; Shaker boxes dusted off.
Blue autumn vignette.
The magnifying glass paperweight holds a tiny woodland scene, an acorn bird's nest, moss and twigs.
An early 1800s candy jar filled with tin heart cutters and molds. [handblown, Sandwich MA, c. 1820?]
Fall pitchers. Oddly I cannot find my black and sepia transferware. What is there will have to do.as switching to the brown is too much effort.
Funny old time jacks.
The swan has a small quilt and a turquoise pumpkin.
Scented candle, candy corn in an heirloom covered dish.
The little acorn sugar bowl, from last summer's thrifting. Next to it is the tiny Dresden ladybug I've mentioned, from my grandma.
This is a huge basket with almost ALL of my little quilts, many from Lori of Humble Quilts sewalongs and swaps.
In case my guests would enjoy seeing them, one is a quilter herself, so maybe. They are really packed in too tight tho and I'll refold and store them afterward.
Next week the white slipcovers will go back on and the big quilts will be draped over the stains that I couldn't remove. Time for new covers!? Yes! But the set I ordered on eBay arrived in khaki, not white, so no.
Even Mo had the groomer/ spa van. He is all sweet smelling and manicured.
Here he is snuggling on the warm laundry freshly folded on my bed. He enjoys colder weather, loves to cuddle and snuggle.
Today at the grocery store I got mums and the first fresh pressed local apple cider. I love fresh cider. And I got honey crisp apple hummus???!! I tried it earlier for a snack. Quite odd, but nice.
The mums will brighten my doorstep and my deck. I didn't get a big pumpkin yet. I couldn't bend down into the crate to lift a 30 pound jack. Maybe my kids will help with that closer to Halloween?
I didn't see these planted bushel baskets til I was leaving. Is that--kale? Cute!
I'll take better pics when it all comes together. Hope you are enjoying Fall too. Hot here on Sunday, I better get Bitty [sewing] ready for the beach!
gone to the beach....