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The Centerpiece

I am having a house warming – house blessing party for my new neighbor this coming Saturday.  I wish I could invite you all to come.

The cute house across the street is being transformed.  Lovely gardens have replaced dandelion forests and 2 tall dying fir trees.   New fence is in place and a lovely wrap around the side yard deck; tile on the front porch complete with flowers and railings.  Flooring has been refinished and lots of lovely new paint and trim.   Vegetables abound.  Blueberries hedge.  Strawberries ground.   Two new apple trees grace the gates.  And the squirrels keep planting sunflower seeds and pumpkins!   There is so much life and energy.

squirrel planted sun flowers 09

squirrel planted sun flowers 09

Many of our neighbors have already met our environmental engineer, as she walks her schnauzer, Brody, several times a day.  We just want to thank her for the beauty she is creating.

I thought it would be a fun break in the winter rain to have a brunch get together, tour her house and come for some cozy yummies across the street.

We had the perfect center piece for the dining table; it just needed dusting.

The doll house

The doll house

Librarian daughter built this house/centerpiece and works on it when she is home for a visit.  It was started about 15 years ago and still needs work and wallpaper.  Some of the furniture is from a middle school trip walking the Lake’s District of England – just like one of the Queen’s parlors.



She loved the yellow cottage of a landscape architect who resided on our walk to school.

back of house wall partially open

back of house wall partially open

This doll house is made from recycled wood from our house remodel.  All of the furniture and details were made or purchased by this child.

Her bedroom was painted Jingle Bell Green and stenciled with Amazon dart frogs, elegant parrots and butterflies hung from the ceiling.  Now the room is butter cream yellow with white trim and is a guest room.

first floor wall open

first floor wall open

What do you like on the table when you have a party?   What was your favorite decoration that just was “perfect” for an event?

With so much rain and cold I needed to put my energies on getting connected with bright and sunny folks, what could me more fun that celebrating the purchase of a FIRST house?  Do you remember your first house or condo?  Are you looking forward to that prospect?  How will you make it your own?

Looking forward to your wonder full comments.

Nanny at the front door and ice chest

Nanny at the front door and ice chest

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14 Responses to “The Centerpiece”

  1. Walter Says:

    When I moved in to my first house I was very exited. There are many things I want to do to enhance the beauty of my house. Curtain, walls, pictures, paintings. It’s so exciting really, the day seems not enough to get things done. :-)

  2. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – Wow, what a fabulous house! With its sunny color, it will surely be a hit at your party. How creative your daughter is! Simply beautiful.

    I love how you titled this post – our home, and what we make of it, is central to life. It’s where we belong, our haven.

    I am hosting a shower for one of my dearests, who will be married the day before Valentine’s Day. Our theme will be hearts and romantic roses, so I will do the table with flowers and then we will put together a memory book for the bride. So, once again, the table will be the center of happy doing as it has been over the years so many times.
    .-= Betsy Wuebker´s last blog ..When Your Inner Critic is on Steroids =-.

  3. Talon Says:

    I love when a neglected home is transformed with lots of elbow grease and love.

    Your daughter’s doll house is beautiful – such attention to detail!

    It will be a lovely party!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..500 =-.

  4. Jannie Funster Says:

    What I like on a table at a party is NOT ME — that’s happened a few times ‘way in the past and I’m still a little embarrassed at my table dancing.

    Jingle Bell Green is a lovely color! Right up there with Dancing Cow Blue.

    The perfect decorations have been shells on our dining room table. Kelly plucked them off the chair rail, and they set off the teapot so sweetly.

    How nice about the new plantings at your neighbors, such great vibes.

    P.S Getting closer on transferring your cassette to CD! A friend hooked up one of the stereo units yesterday and is coming back sometime this week with the correct wires for the rest of the gear. Can it really be true???
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Am I The Only One…? =-.

  5. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I’ve always had fresh flowers around at parties – depending on space, not possible always. Food glorious food .. all sorts – depending on what I feel like cooking .. most often now I do a large variety, so it’s help yourself – suits all palates.

    Gosh – what a difference a new looking house makes to the street – wonderful and a generous gesture for everyone to have a look – but keep pristine, while you offer the wonderful goodies across the road. Sounds delicious .. if you end up with an unexpected English speaking guest don’t be surprised!

    My first flat – terribly simple and very early 70s .. times have changed .. I’m now into Persian – African hues .. though I too have Cornish cream walls and white paint!! Lots and lots of pictures – too many!! It’s a fun home .. not ideal .. but whereever is .. we make it what it is – not easy to entertain in .. not to say I have the time now!

    Enjoy Saturday .. but the idea of the doll’s house is great – what a wonderful ongoing homecoming idea .. love it –

    Flowers of love for the day – Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Turning a team of oxen – any idea how? =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    Oh I do remember the excitement of our first house, we were building it and painting it ourselves. Our energy was boundless.

    I have included the neighborhood children for the party, so as party favors we are giving each child a tete a tete daffodil to take home, but first I will put the dozen pots around the doll house to add flowers!. Your party sounds delightful and fun.

    Today is full of sun breaks after a huge wind storm, I am running around the yard getting branches up and a drain gutter…I think this party will add some sunshine to the neighborhood mid-winter. Yes, our new neighbors are putting in the elbow grease inside and out. Good energy abounds.

    I can just imagine you on the table with a shell necklace? Hard on the tea pot!!! You were having a number of parties and setting the trend – I just needed to keep up!
    Good news on the music front

    I will look forward to seeing you at the door! Lots and lots of good food coming out too….and wee daffodils around the doll house. I am dusting and cleaning today the other doll house that the children can play with when here…I am rather excited over this prospect of entertaining and getting connected.

  7. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    “What do you like on the table when you have a party?” Generally I just use flowers from my garden. I love the doll house! What a creative idea.

  8. Patricia Says:

    I thought this was fun – houses are such an interesting part of who we are and how we live.

    I think I will add flowers on Saturday to the table – yard!

  9. Davina Says:

    I’ve always loved doll houses like this. My sisters and I didn’t have a store-bought one so we’d make our own. We turned cardboard boxes on their sides and cut windows and doors in them. We even made a second story and would make a stairway too. And furniture. It was loads of fun.

    When I have a party what I like on the table is food. :-) Just good appies. If it’s a late evening party, maybe candles.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..I Find Stillness =-.

  10. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    What a great idea – having a neighborhood get together. The doll house makes for a perfect centerpiece.

    As I was looking at your photos it reminded me of when I used to collect miniatures. I never had a doll house to put them in, but I sure loved to look at how detailed they were made – all to scale. When I started decluttering, I decided it was time to let the miniatures go. They had served their purpose. *sigh*.

    For my house, I like to have things that when I look at them, they make my heart sing and me smile.

    Happy Partying!
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Inquiring Minds Want To Know =-.

  11. J.D. Meier Says:

    Librarian daughter sure seems skilled.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Use 3 Stories to Drive Your Day =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Oh food on the table! awesome concept.
    I too made doll houses out of boxes – and one time I made roads by picking out the Chenille on the bedspread – wow was that a problem in my future!!!. This child made so many doll houses – shoe box art was her forte.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..The Centerpiece =-.

  13. Patricia Says:

    One reason I am highlighting a neighbor who bought her first house, is I would like to emphasize that our house is no longer the “storage unit” for the kids lives. I too am decluttering and taking back my own life – I am so ready, it’s just that they are not! Timing sometimes is everything!

  14. Patricia Says:

    I am going to highlight a few more of her talents this week – all three are amazingly talented – in art, music, computers, and are truly great people. (read my comment to Barbara above – I have some ulterior motives here!!!)