September 30, 2014

Kentucky Landscape, Sunflowers and Pretty Trees


What a wonderful time to be in Kentucky. The hot sticky summer is beginning to fade. The mornings are cooler, but the afternoons are warmer. Perfect fall weather! A light sweater in the morning ends up being tied around the shoulders later in the day. 

Our daughter and son-in-law ran a race last weekend in Jessamine County Kentucky. It was on a beautiful farm that had running / walking paths. My son-in-law took a couple of pics and I wanted to share them with you.  

Take a look at the beautiful barn. Yes...we have some gorgeous barns in our state. Some of the barns would rival custom estate homes.


The sunflowers would almost make one think that they were in Provence...except for the barn and grass that are for central markers of Kentucky landscape.


We may be in the final weeks of color here in Kentucky. The easy breezes are making the colorful leaves begin to float and fly to the ground. The hills are beginning to blaze with golds and oranges. 

A friend of mine posted a beautiful picture of the turning leaves. I told her that it was too pretty not to share. Thank you Suzanne.



I have not done much of anything creative this week. I have a sewing project in my mind, but I am not ready to get started. I think I am in a "slow down and enjoy the fall weather" frame of mind this week.  

Does it count if someone else did projects for me. My son-in-law, the professor, hung some wide slatted blinds in the garage for me. Then he hung a custom window treatment that I had made in Lexington at Interior Yardage on Southland drive. It is perfect. The workmanship is perfect. Son-in-law installed it perfectly. I love it. Pictures will come later as I get that bedroom fixed up for show and tell. Here is a little peek! (I had to use a flash to get this pic....so the color is a little off. It is so hard to get pictures of windows.)


 

Have a glorious week. If things are cooling off in your area take a deep breath, exhale, then relax. Take some time to sit on the porch. Enjoy the change of seasons. It is not required that you be productive every single minute!

I will touch bases with you in a few days.
Thanks for visiting!

Sheila

September 25, 2014

Friday French...parlez-vous Français?

Do you speak French?   Parlez-vous français? 
Yes I speak French.     Oui, Je parle Français.

You probably know more French than you realize! 
There are many words of French origin in the English language. A little history will shed light on how this may have happened. In 1066 William of Normandy conquered England. Yes, a Frenchman conquered England. Voilà. At one point French was the language of the English court. All of this happened over many many years...but many of the vocabulary words remained in English, and we use them today.

If you google "French words in English"....hundreds and hundreds will come up for just the words that begin with the letter "A." About.com is an excellent source if you want to pursue this activity. (Calling all teachers out in Blogland)

The Market, Le marché.

(These are not my images. I found them on Pinterest and do not know the actual source. I saved these for educational purposes. Copywriter and ownership are sometimes hard to find. When on Pinterest my assumption is that they are there to be shared.)




Ice Cream.

A Pastery made of many layers of thin Pastery dough. 



Macaroons, I.e. A,type of French cookie.


Raspberry flavor ice cream.

Oranges.

Pears.

Olives.

Croissants.


Raspberry tart. 

La Baguette is a long slim French bread. French bread comes in many sizes and shapes. 

To Pay. 


A boat.


The metro. i.e. The subway.

The evening.

Sunset.  Literally...the going to bed of the sun.

Here is a verb lesson for you. Learn to conjugate the verb parler, to speak. And, learn the subject pronouns. 

Parler, to speak. (This is the verb infinitive.) (below is the present tense conjugation)
Je parle.  I speak.
Tu  parles. You speak (singular.)
Il parle. He speaks. Masculine.
Elle parle. She speaks. Feminine. 
On parle. One/someone speaks.
Nous parlons. We speak.
Vous parlez. You speak (plural.)
Ils parlent. They speak. Masculine plural.
Elles parlent. They speak. Feminine Plural. 

Happy Friday! Bon Weekend! 
Sheila


September 22, 2014

Pinterest on MyKentuckyLiving




This is just a quick note to let you know that I have added three Pinterest Boards to MyKentuckyLiving, the blog: Halloweeen, Food Glorious Food, and Crafts. 
http://mykentuckyliving.blogspot.com/ 

Preview boards are located in the blog sidebar, but you can click to go to Pinterest/MyKentuckyLiving to see even more. Just click on Pinterest icons in the sidebar to go directly to the MyKentuckyLiving boards. 

MyKentuckyLiving on Pinterest

Fall and Halloween are fun seasons for decorating your home's interior and exterior. I am always amazed at the wonderful ideas that people have....and Pinterest is a great place to see those ideas. 
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Sheila

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September 21, 2014

Dressing the Front Porch for Fall



Today I did a few more things to dress up the front porch to make it look more like fall. I combined bits and pieces of this and that to make the display. 






I used two of my smaller urns for the larger pumpkins. My trick was to put large beach towels in the bottom of each one to bring the level up to the top. Then I placed some black mesh in each one...to cover up the towels. Next I added my large pottery pumpkins, around which I just added smaller pumpkins and some filler.



The large pumpkins have been painted a time or two...to extend their useful lives. They have been anchors of my fall porch decorating for a few years...and have held up pretty well. Fingers crossed for a couple of more years!



You can see the full display here. I cannot take credit for the wreath. It was made at Kinfolk Treasures, Liberty, Kentucky. 



Here is the view from the other side.






I added the sunflowers that are in a galvanized french flower pot.



The edges are curled and crisp.


I bought the black mesh to use around Halloween...but it seems to work well in the urns. I have more for later.


You can see that I use black outside as well as inside my house. Black works with most seasonal decorating. I gave the black urns a fresh coat of black spray paint this summer....so they are looking fresh for various contents through the year. 






Here is a close-up of the wreath. 

I have one last addition...some mums. I  plan on finding some this week. 

I was busy this weekend with going to Lexington and attending some events/meetings on campus. Being back on Transylvania's campus always makes for a fun trip down 
memory lane. 
(Transylvania. Yes...I have heard the jokes. But, Transylvania is the oldest college west of the Allegheny mountains.) 

This looks to be a busy week again...

Wishing you a great week!
Thanks for visiting.
Sheila


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September 18, 2014

Bonjour, C'est le Weekend


We met our French student this evening! You see, hubby and I are serving as host parents/host family to this lovely young lady from the southwest of France. 

Our local college, where I also teach, has many foreign students who find their way to this small Kentucky town. Each student comes with many talents in sports. They play sports as a way to help pay for their college. Our student is here on a golf scholarship. We also got to meet her roommate, who is from Spain. Both are delightful young ladies.

Our student expressed that she was very homesick her first three weeks here. I explained that I had the same feelings when I went to her country as a student. Alone. Not knowing anyone. Etc.
She told me that she was able to Skype with her mother...and that helped. Back in my day, there was a cable on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean that allowed transcontental phone calls, but they were very expensive. I think that I only called home one time, on Thanksgiving day! 

Our student also expressed that she is doing better. Classes have begun and she is busy with her sport. We will have her to our house for a meal, and find places to go. It is hard to be so far from home, so I hope that we can offer her a place where she can visit and relax from time to time. 
We basically offer emotional support and kindness for our visiting students. Last year we had two boys from France. We would go to their soccer games and invite them to our home. 

For Today's Friday French I have a few pictures for you. McDonalds Français. Looks a little different from our McDonalds! Everything French just looks a little more "chic." 









Bon Weekend! 

Thanks for stopping by.
Sheila

September 14, 2014

Tile for the Guest Bath


 Am I Done? Or Not?


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We are done with the bathroom refresh, unless...I change my mind about something. Do you ever head down one path...and then mid or post project you turn down a different path? I like to think that that is just part of the creative spirit...deciding something different midstream. Hopefully there are no bad diagnosis codes attached to this behavior. And on the other hand...are we ever finished with our houses? We just move over to the next project. 

When we moved into our new house we had the whole house repainted, and I tried to predict the finishing touches and colors...so that I could feel confident in choosing colors that would work with my future projects. (Window dressings, rugs, etc.)

I have been working on the hall/guest bath little by little. I thought It was finished...until we decided to have the original tile pulled out. Yep...I took the plunge. I know that this is drastic. Dust. Dirt. Noise. Mess. I just was not in love with the original tile. I thought and thought about it. Finally I just decided to go forward once I found the marble. Until you actually find something...the whole subject is just theoretical. Right? Ok. I made it real when I paid the fifty percent down! When money changes hands...the deal is ON! 

Now...Back to the things I have done in the smallest room in the house! It is a full bathroom... so I had to think of fabric I might want to use to "hide" the shower/tub. It is hard to get everything right...but I am still liking this Benjamin Moore Westminster Gold. That was before we decided to have the original tile taken out. 

Sometimes you make a decision that you are so head over heels about that it makes you rethink a previous decision. In this case, I love the marble floor so much that I am rethinking the wall color. Hubby and I discussed painting the walls a charcoal grey and how that would look great with the white marble, white fixtures, white trim, etc. I believe that my newly made shower curtain would actually go with charcoal too. It has shades of grey and black. Let's see what you think...

...Here is what the bathroom looks like now.

Topiary for traditional decor.
It has a cute topiary that adds some green to the room. 


It also has co-ordinating towels. You can see the paint color here too. I accented with gold towels and  charcoal figured towels. I wanted black print towels but I figured that dark charcoal was close enough.  

The builder faucets were also changed. I love these new curvy Delta faucets.
New Cabinet Hardware
...And I picked out new cabinet hardware.

This is an L shaped bathroom...
with the sink section being the bottom of the "L."

Here is the shower curtain made with a 
P Kaufman fabric. This fabric has some black and charcoal in it...which is what made me think of accenting with black/charcoal in here. I have touches of black all over the house, so why not in the bathroom too?
This picture shows the "L" a little better. There is no natural light...so getting good pictures in here is difficult. I tried. I really did. Using a flash made horrible pictures, so I had to work with regular lighting. I am not a magazine photographer...so I do not have any special lighting tricks. ha!





This metal "basket" came from Hobby Lobby a few years ago. I love it because I can create instant arrangements by just putting stems inside. I love beautiful, and I love easy too.
Here is one of my hunt prints. Have had it several years also...and it has black matting! 
Works for me in the bathroom. 
Better views of the floral arrangement.

OK...get ready. Here is my show stopper! 
Here is the new marble tile, with crisp white grout. The grout and marble have been sealed...
so I hope that there will be no issues with my keeping things white. I am scheduled to have another coat of sealant one day this week also.

When we scheduled the tile job, I told the guy at the store that I wanted his best installers. He said that I would have to wait longer...so I did. These young guys were great. And I am happy with the job. They have to come back again to put more sealer on the honed marble...but we are basically done with the job...unless I decide to take the marble up the walls. Still thinking about that. It would look I believe. Of course that would mean more dust, dirt, noise, mess, and money. We shall see. 
Honed marble tile
(Don't let the artificial light fool you...the white is bright white. The gold walls, and yellow light bulbs make the tile look yellowish in the picture. )

Honed vs Polished.
I had a hard time deciding between honed and polished marble. I went online and read as much as I could. Polished is pretty when new...but, since polished is slick, I thought that the honed would be best for my bathroom floor application. It does not have the high shine, but I would rather someone not slip... by using the honed finish. I will need to apply a new coat of sealer once a year, but I believe that I can do that. 

I guess you see the grey veining in the marble. 
This grey is what started our thinking about painting the walls charcoal. Hubby likes the idea. I think it would be a great look...but I am hesitant. If I stay with the gold paint...the room is finished. If I want a new paint color...well, there will be more work.  I will have this floor for a long time...so I guess when I get tired of the westminster gold color I could repaint the walls...but who knows when that will be. And, would I still like charcoal then? Who knows?  This is the kind of mental chatter we "house" people do all of the time...or at least I do. Please tell me that is normal.
I have to tell you that I am loving this marble. 
I see it being very traditional, as well as timely.
 The lighting is casting a yellowish tone...but the marble is white with grey veining. The baseboard is painted with Benjamin Moore mayonnaise white.





Gold vs. Charcoal Walls
Do you have any thoughts on the gold vs charcoal walls? Pros? Cons?  Remember, there is no window in this bathroom. 
I am liking this look! 
Would I like a charcoal paint on the walls as much, or better than Westminster gold! 
Maybe I need to just leave well enough alone...since I do like the gold. Hmmm. 

So, is the bathroom finished? Or is there more to come? Stay tuned for future installments of "As the House Turns." If I should decide to repaint the walls charcoal grey, I will let you know. :-)

Thanks for visiting,
Sheila

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