Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Walk through the Garden, some cleaning and new arrangements for 2009!

Happy New Year Everyone! I decided to post some pictures from my garden as I walked along with Teddy outside. This is a good way to start the new year. I decided to polish some silver, wash some crystal and glass bowls. I also decided to change some of the guest rooms around. I thought I'd show all of you the results! I wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! I would also like to thank each and everyone of you for being you!

My first thing for the new year was to wash some of my glass and crystal bowls around the house that are filled with some of the treasures I have collected. This glass bowl was given to me for Christmas about 4 years ago by Jenny, our youngest daughter. The sea glass was all collected by me when I was pregnant with our oldest daughter, Megan. I just love all the colors and hues.

I guess I was in the cleaning, polishing mode. I got out the silver polish and polished up this silver tray. This tray is in my room on my dresser and holds all my favorite perfumes. I started this trend when we lived in a Victorian in NJ and have kept that idea ever since.

I washed the beautiful paperweight John and I bought in Ireland, when we visited there for our 25th wedding anniversary 5 years ago. I love the swirls and many colors. It is called the Irish Sea, if I remember correctly. When the sun hits it is absolutely beautiful!

Now Outside to the Garden!

This is my 15 year old Garden Angel. I had this little cherub in NJ when I lived there and then I moved it to NC with us.

This is our red camellia just getting ready to burst open. I love Camellias!!

This is the red camellia that just started blooming in our backyard. It looks like a shrub with about 15 little red cardinals on it! I love it!!

The Carolina Jasmine next to the brick wall on the patio seems to be thriving. If you all remember this is the Jasmine that took over the brick column and the lantern that sits on it during the summer.

I've had this ivy for 2 years. When the cold comes it turns all these marvelous colors. Just thought I'd share!

It was chilly outside, so I decided to move back inside and rearrange some things in the guest rooms!

In the front guest room I just moved a picture and put a different vase of flowers on the dresser. This dresser holds a special place in our hearts. My dear friend's father (whom we lovingly called "Grand Dad) gave us this dresser when he moved. It fits quite nicely in this guest room and every time I look at it I think of Grand Dad. Grand Dad passed away 2 years ago so it holds even more sentiment to us all.

I rearranged the corner in the yellow guest room. There is kind of a French Country theme in this room. The dresser with a built in bonnet storage area was an antique John and I bought in NJ at a little antique store called Rebecca's Antiques. Rebecca thought of me when it came in and I had to have it when I went to see it. I had never seen a dresser with a bonnet storage area in it before. The rocking chair I bought at an auction for $4.00. I found out it is a nursing rocker (hence no arms so you can nurse your baby easily). The throw on the rocking chair is one I wove on my own loom. It is made out of mohair and I love it. It is very gauzy looking but very warm. Often I will sit in that chair and read. Very comfy!

I decided after I took down Christmas I needed to dress the Dining Room table back up for Spring. I know it is still winter, but with the house on the market I wanted to brighten up the Dining Room so Spring it is!!

Well the tour has now come to an end. I hope you enjoyed walking through the garden and house with me. Now it's time for some vanilla tea and my book!


  1. Oh your peaceful life, Sherri! Your home and yard look beautiful! I love the nursing chair and I am very impressed with the mohair throw that you made on your loom - how neat is that?!! I also love the seaglass. It is such fun spending time looking for seaglass and so wonderful when you actually find some. You have many beautiful things.

    I found some interesting blogs through your blog. I'm intrigued with one called "Reading Your Own Books". I need to go through my books and see how many will qualify. I have enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to more. Happy New Year!!

  2. I'm back from Florida with so much to share! Love your sea glass, The Irish Sea and your camellias! Missed you! Lori

  3. What a beautiful tour. You have a lovely home and it's clear that your treasures all have meaning to you. That's so much better than lots and lots of "stuff". Good luck on your move.

  4. Happy New Year Sherri! Thanks for the walk through the gardena and tour of your special treasures!! I love the bowl of sea glass. I hadn't heard of Sea glass until I read the book Sea glass by Anita Shreve!! Do you still weave with your loom? What a beautiful throw you made. I learned to weave in college on a big and small tabletop loom but never did anything else. It's a challenge threading the looms, and designing patterns but it is actually enjoyable to weave.

  5. You have such an amazing garden and house! You could run a bed and breakfast. Everything is so picture perfect!

  6. Bonnie, I have not done any weaving in a few years. I have a 36" Cherry wood Norwood loom. It is folded up right now and being stored in Jenny's walkin closet. I just told John the other day, I really need to weave something. Maybe I'll make a baby blanket for one of my friends son. He hasn't been born yet. I will have to decide which pattern to do, thread the loom (which you know takes hours) and then weave it. I'll let you know if I actually get off my bum and do it.

    Everyone thanks for all the kind comments!

  7. Sherri, Thanks for giving us glimpses of your home, inside and out.... I loved your photos.


Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.

Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!

Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!