Thursday, January 26, 2012

~DESTINED FOR CHANGE~

~MY AUNT HELEN and UNCLE BOB~
 St. Louis, MO
Circa 1923

For those of you who visit me fairly regularly then I'm quite sure you'll notice right away that I've changed my blog layout and header.  More changes are still coming and eventually I hope to move back to a two column blog with room for larger pictures and links.  I've wanted to mix things up for a while now and today was finally the day to embrace new challenges and hopefully usher in fresh ideas for not only my own home but my blog and website as well...
~REFINED and LOVELY~
She Lived To Be Almost 100

I'm not sure what has come over me of late...  I've never been afraid of change even though I have a tendency to move a little slower than some of you may think. When I was a new bride my heart was set on decorating my home with all the latest and greatest Home Interiors Decor I could find afford.  By the mid 1980's I was fully ensconced in the country movement and not long after that I found myself embracing all things Laura Ashley and romantic.  Then came Rachel A. with her shabbied up cottage chic version of everything chippy, worn, vintage, painted and rosy.
It was love at first sight.
~ANTIQUE NECKLACE~
Romantic Anniversary Gift

Through all the trends and changes the one thing I continue to love the most are the soft white linens and laces I first laid my eyes on almost twenty-five years ago in the classic magazine, Victoria.  There was something almost ethereal about those timeless issues and I find I still refer back to them to this day.  I know many of you feel the same.  Today I'm content to take bits and pieces from every era of my decorating life and try work them into my ever evolving home...
 ~TEMPORARY STUDS ARE REMOVED~
Support Beam Installed

I plan on making similar design updates to my website later this weekend, so for those of you who are interested be watchful for changes coming there as well.  Nothing huge is planned, mind you.  I'm still going to sew pillows and sachets and paint hand painted roses, but I want to move away from some aspects of the business I feel are constantly keeping me unfocused.  I'm tired of doing the "same old-same old" and that is the reason behind the desire for change.  So, as I shared with you early last Fall I will be selling off some of my fabric in order to make room for where my heart, mind and spirit are hoping wanting to go.  I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back to the fabric topic for those of you who've been waiting for more news.
(Thank you for being patient with me!)
~RAW OPENING~
Reading For Framing

That said, I will be offering lots of things on eBay as I work towards whittling down my studio-stock to a more manageable (and reasonable) amount. I have a link on my blog to my eBay site and hope to begin listing some things later tonight.
~SWEET VINTAGE SCONCES~
A Pair of Two Lights

Now...sometime back I picked up a sweet pair of antique sconces at an Estate Sale for $5.00 (for both).  I THINK I told you about them once before, can't remember! :(  Anyway, my Mr. AGPMan (aka:hubby) hung them up for me while he had the doorway opened (easier to get into the walls!) and I'm excited about having them hard-wired with a wall-switch.  
 ~ALL WIRED UP~

No shades on these beauties...perfect just as they are!  Only thing missing were the candle covers!
~SIMPLY GORGEOUS~

I'm looking forward to a great weekend of tag sale shopping.  I'll let you know if I hit pay-dirt!
Love to you...

32 comments:

Mouse said...

oooo it looks lovely and those lights are just perfect :) off to go and look at your ebay eeeekkk ...lol love mouse xxxx

By Nela said...

He descubierto tu blog y me ha encantado. Desde hoy lo sigo, si lo deseas te invito a conocer mi blog y si es de tu agrado, me gustaría tenerte como seguidora en mi blog para seguir en contacto. Un saludo muy cordial.
Manoli.

Teresa said...

I can't wait to see all the changes you have in mind! I also need some changes in my life. Just don't know in what direction I want to go. I also want to go thifting this weekend. A friend told me about a newer consignment shop near here. I want to check it out. Have a great day. Hugs, Teresa

Theresa said...

I love the new look:) So pretty, just like you! Hope you enjoy this day dear Rebecca! HUGS!

Jill said...

You have created so much beauty here I can't even imagine it getting any better. But it anyone can do that, it is you. I can't wait.

~CC Catherine said...

Oh Rebecca, I'm like a kid in a candy store...these updates are awesome! I'm hoping to maybe purchase some of your fabric...will be checking out your Etsy shoppe...then I'm SO excited to see I think we have the exact dining room suit. Did you distress/white wash your set? Mine is a lovely oak; but I really want the look yours has. Then; hardwiring a sconce, I didn't know one could do that... LOVE IT and will be checking in to doing that with some of mine. A SUPER idea!

I love your posts! I always take away enthusiasm when I leave...

Blessings to you on your antique/junking extravaganza...they are THE BEST! :)

Hugs & Blessings Friend,
~CC

Dixie said...

Good Morning Rebecca... I haven't been by in a while... on vacation this week, so a little time for blogging (at 6am).. glad I stopped by. I can't wait to see what changes are in store for you, both on your blog and in your creative life.

love the sconces... your hubs is a sweetie to do all your contracting... wish we could clone him! LOL... my sweet Ricky does my bidding... but usually procrastinates as long as possible first!

have a beautiful rest of the week. Hope you're safe up there from the extreme weather this week.

blessings. Dixie

Marilyn said...

As I get older I don't feel like changing anything. I mean the big stuff.... Like rearranging a room. I sometimes feel like Ole' Winny-the-Pooh "Oh Bother"!!
I think I have lost my muse or at least missplaced it!!
Love the new Blog look so far ! !
Have a Great Day!
Marilyn

Julie Marie said...

Hi Rebecca... your new header and blog layout is so pretty... I just love that beautiful "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" pillow... so pretty!... I am not one who likes changes, but have learned to live with them... please don't change too much though!... I would miss your beautiful tresors you have always created... I know that whatever changes you do make though will be for the better for you... and I wish you the best!...looking forward to see which path you... xoxo Julie Marie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Change is always good. I noticed when I turned 50 that I was loosing interest in things that I had been obsessed with for years and becoming interested in other things. I felt I was evolving as I hit my 50's and still feel it as I head toward my 59th year. I love how your doorway opening is coming along! ~Hugs, Patti

Marilyn said...

Lookin' good. Have a great day.♥♫

Les Trois Jardins said...

Spring seems to be here, Rebecca!
Fresh air and new things all around you. Success! It is so inspiring to shuffle things.
Happy day!
Jacoba

Jen said...

I love your new look! Change is a good thing it keeps life interesting.

Jeannette

Becky~ said...

Gorgeous header Rebecca!The antique necklace is sooooooo sweet.I just love it.


Blessings for the rest of the week my friend.xo

Sherri B. said...

Your dining room is so lovely. Isn't it amazing how opening up walls can make such a HUGE difference! Looking forward to seeing what else you have up your sleeve. xo

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Hello Rebecca,
I lurve your new header; it is truly soothing and beautiful! Change can be wonderfully exhilarating!!
I found new "candle" covers at Home Depot and Lowes...a pack of 6 was less tahn $10. They are stark white, but can be aged with your "cottage white " paint.
I'll be checking your Ebay site later today!
Warm Canadian hugs, Laura

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Rebecca
Your new header and blog layout are very nice, feminine and pretty.
We all need a change now and then, don't we?
The new wall opening is coming along well and I look forward to seeing it when completed.
Judith

Julie Marie said...

Me again... my comment was supposed to say "which path you follow"... guess I had better start proofreading my comments better!... anyway... I wanted to tell you I love love love the vintage white boots in your previous post too!... xoxo Julie Marie

Anne said...

I have a love for lace too.I just can't get away from it.But I do like change.I always go back to vintage things.I won't ever change that.But it is good to change things around a bit.That is why I scaled down on my Roses.Or they would have taken over my house.Now they are just an accent.I will be make some changes soon too.I can't wait to see what changes you are making.

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

It is all just so beautiful Rebecca ~ your new header is so lovely ~ Change is good my friend! Looking forward to seeing what lovely fabrics you will be listing on Ebay :) Have a lovely day!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Lovely.... and what a sweet find, love the sconces, and you can't beat the price. I know you where so excited to find them.
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Coopy said...

R, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look. I embrace your pinks too but this is dreamy! Clean & very nicely presented. I'm loving it. I too have been going through some changes and I don't like change one bit, nope, I really dislike it very much. But, I'm forcing myself to trust the inner voice that keeps screaming in my brain during my dream state. So change is gonna come!! I love it. Hugs. T

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Rebecca, I love your "new" sconces. I wouldn't put shades on them either....just letting the beauty of them as they are shine though. :) Happy White Wednesday

Deanna said...

Hello Beautiful!!!!
Rebecca, your header is really pretty. You've done a great job and will be excited to see where you go from here using two columns.

The light fixture is neat!
Happy shopping this week-end...may you hit some great sales. Hope the weather is nice.

Appreciate your prayers. My husband may have thyroid cancer. He will have a biopsy in a week and then we'll find out......odd thing is about a year and a half ago I had thyroid cancer.
Appreciate your prayers.

God bless,
d

Your Craft Book said...

Rebecca, Your new blog header is simply gorgeous. So refined, so french, so now. Things are moving forward for both of us. I am pleased to travel along with you, blessings, Maureen.

Gail said...

I've been Victoria magazine fan since it was first published in 80s and missed it when it stopped being published for awhile. Victoria has influenced my decorating aesthetic.
Best wishes to your family in a smooth building project

Mariette said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Well, the two column blog might improve a lot. Since both of us have conducted so many seminars with lots of slides and such, we know about the importance of visual things. Better one good picture in the right size than a page which is over-populated with lots of small images. For the aging readers (yes, me included!) size is becoming more of an issue too. So go for it and we're looking forward to the end result. Often Less is More.
You didn't mention your aunt's blood link, paternal or maternal... but she lived till a blessed high age! Yesterday when Pieter and I had a check up at the doctor's office there was a 100-year old black lady in front of us. She only used a cane, for the rest she was just fine. A pleasure coming across that once in a while. And yes, it tells us that we ought to chance a few more times our blog's back ground before that...
Love to you,

Mariette

Mariette said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Well, the two column blog might improve a lot. Since both of us have conducted so many seminars with lots of slides and such, we know about the importance of visual things. Better one good picture in the right size than a page which is over-populated with lots of small images. For the aging readers (yes, me included!) size is becoming more of an issue too. So go for it and we're looking forward to the end result. Often Less is More.
You didn't mention your aunt's blood link, paternal or maternal... but she lived till a blessed high age! Yesterday when Pieter and I had a check up at the doctor's office there was a 100-year old black lady in front of us. She only used a cane, for the rest she was just fine. A pleasure coming across that once in a while. And yes, it tells us that we ought to chance a few more times our blog's back ground before that...
Love to you,

Mariette

NanaDiana said...

I love your new look and am anxious to see where you take it. Any change is always a bit scary to me...especially when I know that it is going to be further reaching than I initally thought it would be.

God bless you as you head towards your goal that you feel you are being called into. I think that no matter WHAT you do you will find great success because you put your heart and soul into everything you do! Love to you, sweet Rebecca! xo Diana

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Looking good, Rebecca! I wish you great success in your makeovers.
Your aunt and uncle were a handsome couple; wonderful photo.
BTW, my Auntie P is Auntie Phyllis too. Cool, eh! Have a wonderful weekend, sweet friend.

Blessings and hugs,
Sandi

Musiqal1 said...

Very beautiful.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Rebecca,

I have been catching up on your new changes! Love all the new remodeling. Everything is so pretty! Take care!! Hugs!

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