Thursday, April 30, 2009

Flaunting my Red ...Cadillac Allante~

It's the big
"Flaunt Your Red Party Event"!!
Hosted by Miss Nancy
"Southern Lady"
Be sure to visit her and her beautiful blog
and all the other participants!!
Well there was only one thing that came to my mind when I saw the announcement for this event, and it wasn't anything decorative in my house, and believe me I have tons of red stuff!
But no,
what came to mind was....
My RED 1989
Classic Cadillac Allanté Roadster!
Isn't she a beaut?!!

She just had her 20th birthday this year, and she still looks as new as the day my hubby bought her for me as a Christmas gift!
all those years ago!
She stays in the garage most of the time,
But she wanted to come out and strut her stuff on this special day!!
So how could I say no!

Besides, what could be better than showing up to a
Flaunt Your Red Party
in a shiny red sports car!

The Allanté was Cadillac's first venture into the ultra-luxury roadster market. The vehicle was sold from 1987 through 1993, with roughly 21,000 models built over its 7-year model run. Despite the accent over the "e", the name is pronounced

Do you need a ride to the party?
Okay, hop in!! Let's go!!
The body of the Allanté was designed and built in Italy by Pininfarina (of Ferrari fame). The completed bodies were shipped 3,300 miles from Italy in specially-equipped Boeing 747s, 56 at a time, to Cadillac's assembly plant in Hamtramck, Michigan. The bodies were then mated to the chassis. This led to a few interesting nicknames, such as "The Flying Italian Cadillac" and "The world's longest assembly line".The Allanté was initially priced at $54,700, far above the price of any other contemporary Cadillac. Among many of the Allanté's features was a removable aluminum hardtop along with the industry's first power retractable AM/FM/Cellular Telephone antenna. Also, the Delco-GM/Bose Symphony Sound System - a $905 option on other Cadillacs - was standard on the Allanté.

By 1989, The Allanté's price rose slightly and featured a new 200 horsepower 4.5 Liter V-8 engine.


I hope you've enjoyed reading a little trivia about my little
You've been great party guests
But even a great party has to come end...
and I think we're finally going to get some rain!

So it's back into garage now, she just hates to get rained on
and she needs her beauty rest!
and so do I...

Bye for now!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Victorian Paradise~

It' a lovely Outdoor Wednesday!

hosted again by the lovely *Susan* @

Oh, be sure to visit Susan's blog and leave her a message
and visit the other participants blogs too!

I'm so glad you could join me today
for a stroll to this nearby historical home that could have been destroyed in the name of progress.

But was saved and opened to the public. It is now my favorite place to take an afternoon stroll to.
It's also in the corner of the parking lot of the grocery store where I do my regular shopping at.

This beautiful Queen Anne Eastlake style Victorian home was built in 1899.

For many years I must have driven by this home time after time, and could never actually experience it's beauty, as the exterior had totally become overgrown to the point where the home was totally hidden.

Now it's been restored to it's original glory, and the
grounds are neatly trimmed and surrounded by beautiful
Redwood trees.

Currently the roses are also in full bloom just beyond the white picket fence.

....and if it wasn't charming enough on it's own,
it's now home to a dozen or two roosters and hens...

and you know I'm crazy about roosters!

They just strut around the grounds as if they were somewhere out on a country farm,

not on a commercial lot in the middle of town next to a busy highway!

I love to sit in the courtyard and dream that I live in this charming home,
without a care in the world...

Just bask in the warm sunlight...
and laugh a little, while I watch the the roosters and hens squabble over the feed that I've tossed out to them....
As I sit ever so content...
I gaze up occasionally to admire the graceful lines and intricate details of the homes architecture.

You know the saying in the song that goes...
"You can't always get what you want...but if try sometime,
well you might get what you need!
Well I may not "get" to own this lovely Victorian,
but when I feel the "need",
I can go just about any time and sit and enjoy
it's beauty and charm!

...and dream a little dream...
...and stop and smell the roses...
and smile...
I'm so glad you could stop by for a visit today!
Please come again soon!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Blue Monday~Bedroom Pretties

It's Blue Monday time!
Hosted by Smiling Sally
Be sure to visit her blog and leave her a message.
Also, check out other participants blogs too!
Today I'm showing a few fav's up close
from my blue bedroom .
The blue boy and goose was a gift from my mom that she painted and glazed herself! She's so talented!
I fell in love with this blue pitcher I bought, with the raised floral motif.
The angel candle holder isn't blue but just happened to be next to the other decor on my dresser top, I bought it at Ross Store.
It's no Hobby Lobby but has great buys!
The little jewelry box was a gift from my sister "Linda Lou"
(that's not really her middle name but that's what I like to call her)!

These are "Spode" plates, and part of my collection of blue and white plates.
I need cute plate holder for these!
I think I had better go shopping!
Don't you think?

This is a signed and numbered lithograph called
"French Tea Garden"
This photo just doesn't do it justice, it's much prettier in person!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Attitude of Gratitude Award!~

I have revised this post as I am no longer going to accept any awards or tags.
I would still like to thank Cathy at
The Stylish House for thinking of me for having an
Attitude of Gratitude
and I would like to thank her for her welcoming support
and her sincere kindness to me as a new blogger.
I respect and admire her talent and her genuine spirit! *************
I still think that it's important to be grateful for the good things in your life and try to stay focused on them! Even though I know that it can be difficult when times are tough!
So I'd just like to say that I have seen the best of times and the worst.
But the one constant in my life has been the love from my family.
I have a wonderful and beautiful Mom who has always been very strong and supportive.
I have a sister who I can always count on to make me laugh, and lift me up when I'm feeling blue.
Although it's hard to be as close to them as I'd like to be, with them living
*so far away*
I'm still grateful to know they are only a phone call away.
I'm grateful to have a loving patient husband, who's strength I have always been able to count on over the 25+ years of marriage during the good times and the bad .
I'm also grateful my dear friend Mary who's always there to lend an ear, and who I can always count on to laugh at the silly things I say.
I'm grateful for my doting mom-in-law, whose always concerned about my health problems, and who thinks I'm a computer genius lol! (not even close!)
Of course, I'm grateful for all the wonderful memories I have of the good times in the past, and hopeful the good times will return in the future.
In the meantime,
I'm grateful for the simple pleasures, a beautiful day, a rainy day too! A comfortable home, the beauty of nature, a bubble bath, a nice massage, good music, a good movie, pizza, and of course
ice cream!
Last but not least I'm grateful for the kindness of my new blogging friends that have graciously welcomed me to the blogging world, and I very much appreciate getting to know them, and enjoy all their inspirational talent.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Whats On Your Wall Wednesday~Toile Pictures

Welcome to Whats on Your Wall Wednesday, hosted by Barb at:
Be sure and visit her and the list of other participants.
These two pictures are currently hanging one on both sides of the mirror above my living room fireplace mantle
(shown on my Easter post below)
I gave these prints a french country look by matting them myself in
this red toile fabric .
Well, that's it!

I'm so glad you stopped by today!!
Please come back again soon!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rooster Pitchers

Those rooster pitchers are so silly just listen to them!
Hey!... wanna hear a knock, knock joke??

Well okay, I guess so...
Knock, Knock!

Who's there?

Omelet who?
Omelet smarter than I look!

Bock, Bock, Bock, hee, hee, hee! ......
Wanna know how I got so smart??
I've been down on the bottom shelf reading the Hencyclopedia!!
Bock Bock, Bock, hee, hee, hee!

Hey where did the Hencyclopedia's go?
They're not down here any more! ....
But look!! I found some decorating books!!

Bock, bock, yay!


Okay now, all joking aside....
and yeah I know those were pretty bad, LOL!

My collection of hand painted Rooster pitchers started with my favorite one above on the left, the one next to it was a Christmas gift from my friend, Mary. The rest I bought here and there, including one on shopping trip in Eureka Springs, AR with my mom,

So much fun!!

Once when my sister came to visit she told me that when she looked at all the things on my hutch, that it

"made her eyes smile"

I thought that was such a wonderful complement!

I've thought about painting my hutch too...
What do you think?

Of course I'd love to replace it instead with something like this!
Painted or not!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Butterfly Love ~

Hi everyone! this is my first time participating in Outdoor Wednesday, and of course I'd like to thank hostess *Susan* of
I was inspired to take these photos the other day when I went in my back yard to check and see how the bloom on my lilac bush was coming along, and of course to get a whiff of their delightful fragrance, when I spotted two beautiful yellow  butterflies doing a little dance of love... As I watched in awe for several moments it hit me, go grab the camera! So away I ran praying they would still be there when I got back. Well it must have been my lucky day... they were still there when I returned, and I got this photo just in time before they flitted away.

You have to look closely... see them? I only wish I could gotten the photo with their wings fully open, so you could see all their beautiful markings.

While I was waiting, and hoping the butterflies would come back so I could get another shot of them, my cat came to see what all the fuss was about, so of course I couldn't resist getting a shot of her.

Well, be sure to check out the rest of the other Outdoor Wednesday posts over at Susan's, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Rooster Pictures and Iron Scroll

It always amazes me how adding even one new piece to a room or doing a little re-arranging can make such a difference. I had these two rooster pictures up already, but it still seemed like it needed a little more! Then I came across this wrought iron scroll at a thrift store for three dollars! I said SOLD! I can't believe I paid about eighty bucks for one from Ballard Design thats hanging in the bedroom above the window seat.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Golden Blessings~Easter Mantle

The candles are lit and all a glow.
May his love flow through you, and everyone you know.
God Bless You!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bunnies Abound

Easter has always been a favorite time of year!

My mom made this quilted bunny for me, and every year when I get it out, it always makes me think of her and all the fun we've had at Easter gatherings before she moved so far away....


This sweet chick is a
" Katerines collectible"

Ahh.... this bunny is a good egg!

Another "Katherines Collectible"
My stuffed bunnies are all ready for a stroll in this antique bunny head stroller that I found in an antique shop that my mom took me to when I went to visit her.It's always a good idea to take an parasol with you when you go out for a stroll
to keep the sun out of your eyes! 
Blog Widget by LinkWithin