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Friday, May 29, 2015

The Colorful Cow


I saw pictures of this cow in several magazines.
I had even seen it in a catalog.
I was drawn to the colors.

Then one day I happened upon the painting in Kirklands.

I had been saving a gift card I was given for Christmas.
And, I had a coupon on my phone.
The timing was perfect.
She is mine.

Until the painting does not fit into my SUV.
I took it back to the store.
Not to return it, but to hold for later.

I told my husband I needed the truck.
Did Mr. M. want me to pick it up myself or did he want to come.

He came.
He did not like the painting.
He wanted to know if I was joking.
In fact, there was another woman wanting to buy the painting too.
He was just about to ask the sales person if they had actually sold any,
when he witnessed two being sold within minutes.
 He was dumbfounded.

 he said
 if you love it,
 then I love it,
 I want to you to be happy.

Perfect colors for Spring and Summer.

As you can see, it is a huge painting.
I have not picked the permanent placement yet.
For now I like to see her when I during the day when I walk through the hallway.

I have to tell you a funny story about the picture.
As I said earlier, Mr. M. really didn't like it, but he knew I did.
The Monday after I bought the painting we went to see the new movie; 
The Longest Ride.

We both really liked the movie.
I don't want to give the story away,
 but there are two love stories in this movie.
If you have seen it, you will understand.
There is a line in the movie
 when the husband says something to his wife about a painting.

After seeing the movie, I looked at Mr. M. and said "we're keeping the cow aren't we?"  He said "if you love it, then I love it."

The cow is still in the hallway.

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Randomness After A LONG Break

Spring at Arbor House Lane.
Randomness around the house.

It has been a LONG time.
I have been here, just in the background.

Hydrangeas left over from Mother's Day.
I love the purple with the white in the mudroom.

I switched out the aqua cabinet in the mud room for the white one.
I am not sure if it will stay all summer.

I have been craving some color.
That usually happens after a 

As you can see, I still have some Easter to put away.

I am so ready to move from house gardens to yards gardens.
The weeds are multiplying.

Sunlight shinning in the living room.

The dinning room is always ready for dinner guests.

Our master bed room.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Wishing all a............

From Arbor House Lane.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Litte Pink in My Office

Christmas in the Office.

This year I decided to change the look of the office tree.
It was white, black and silver.

I went PINK.
It all started with some pretty little pink ornaments I found at TJMax.
They inspired me to try a new look.
I used my all time favorite hat is the tree topper.
I also borrowed a few of my daughter's vintage pink ornaments.

The tree sits in the corner and you can see it out one of the front windows.
It glows.

I found a couple of paper card ornaments months ago.
I was not sure where they would go.
Now I think they fit in perfectly.

I mixed in some silver ornaments with velvet ribbon.
Paper clock faces.
Button and paper garland. 

I just love this vintage ornament.

I think my pink tree turned out so cute this year.
I am glad I tried something new.

It is getting close to Christmas.
I am hoping for a good snow storm for the kids to play in during the holiday break.

And you, are you ready for Christmas?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Do You Write a Christmas Wish List?

I was working on my Christmas wish list for Mr. M.
He likes to wait til the last minute to shop.

Every year I write Santa a letter.
I thank him for everything he brought me the year before.
I also tell him how grateful I am for my family, home, job,
 and everything in my life.

I also let Santa know what might be on my list for this year.
I provide visuals that might help with his shopping trip.

I picked out some outfits on Pinterest or Polyvore.
 I copy the pictures onto my Santa list.

For example:

Fall Outfits With Brown Riding Boots Polyvore #BeModish #fashion #outfits

"Untitled #30" by casuality on Polyvore - (not so sure I could walk in those shoes though)

love the scarf_ Black jeans, black converse, white shirt, chevron scarf, jean jacket, silver jewelry

"Early Winter" by katiejeanne ❤ liked on Polyvore

Cute for Winter....cranberry is such a pretty color.

These pictures give him an idea of the clothes I like.

Electric Carpet Stapler for 3/16 in. Crown, 20 Gauge Staples

Throw in a good upholstery tool.

Mia Faceted-Crystal Pendant

A certain chandelier I might have my eye on at Pottery Barn.

A beautiful fur throw from Amazon.

We are lucky to have a wonderful Outlet Mall, so finding a cute Coach purse should not be hard.


He knows I have had my eye on a new couch from IKEA.
I would love a trip to IKEA to window shop.

Most of all though I am always happy with anything I get from Mr. M. 
for Christmas.

Even if it is SOCKS!

And you, do you help your man with his Christmas list?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas in the Dining Room

Let's peek into the dining room.

I have it all set and ready for dinner.

The stockings are hung from the mantel, no fireplace in site.

Silver is the main color in this room.

I have added a little aqua to the tree for some extra color.
There are a few wrapped presents under the tree.
I caught my youngest son checking out the presents.
I told him it was OK to look, but not to open.

There are small and medium disco balls hanging from the chandelier.
The room looks almost like it is snowing inside when the sun shines in.
Little lights everywhere.

A simple center piece for the dining room table.

The kids love to eat dinner by Christmas tree light.

I had to move one of my slip covered wing back chairs in here from the living room,
to make room for the tree.

School will be finished this week and I can get some of my extra time back.
I can't wait to relax next week and spend time with the family.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas.
I know I am.