Thursday, December 12, 2019

I Want to Get Well for Christmas

I have been ill once again.  I want so much to be well for Christmas.
I haven't done any decorating.  I want to, I really do.  I will try to
get something up soon.  This is an archived photo from years past.

This situation makes me so sad.  I love decorating for the season.
I never thought I would be so ill.  I am fighting this with all my
determination, yet I seem to be fighting a losing battle.  

I am going to take a pic of a little area that I recently decorated.
Maybe that will cheer me up.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan  and Bentley

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Waiting for the Season 3 Premier of The Crown

Those who follow me now that I am a devoted Anglophile.  So when I 
decided to binge watch Seasons 1 and 2 of The Crown, I just had to
decorate my space for the occasion.  A few months ago I found this 
quilted Union Jack tea cozy at the British Isles Shoppe in Houston.
Now it lives with me and is a great addition to all of my other  British

While I truly loved the first two seasons, and am anxiously awaiting the 
third, I am a bit skeptical about the change of cast.  I'm not sure why
the producers thought it necessary to change The Queen, Prince Philip
and Margaret's actors.  May take a while to adjust, but let's hope that it
doesn't take away from the viewing pleasure.

It certainly has been fun so far and I have spent some extra time reading
up on the real lives of the main characters.  So fascinating!  Hope you
enjoyed my little tablescape to put us all in the mood.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, November 4, 2019

Bentley's Long Goodbye

It's with a very sad heart that I tell you about Bentley's current condition.  As many of you know,  
two years ago he lost his sight.  I took took him up to the Veterinary School up at 
A&M University to speak with an ophthalmologist.  Between the two of us we decided that
given Bentley's advanced age, it was safer not to perform any corrective eye surgery.  She also
assured me that he would adapt quite well and that we should just carry on as usual.

She was right about his vision.  He has coped quite well.  Recently, however, he
has been losing his hearing which makes is tougher for him, but we are doing
what we can to manage that as well.  The latest development is his sense of
confusion. Out in the backyard, he walks in circles as if he doesn't know where
he is.  He doesn't always know me or his Daddy either.  My own Daddy 
developed Alzheimer's in his later years, and Bentley is now much the same.

He's not in any pain.  He still eats his dinner with delight.  He knows when
he needs to go outside, which is more frequently now.  Some days he will
want to cuddle as much as always, other days not so much.  

Bentley will be 14 on his next birthday which is this December 21st.
I just can't believe that it's been 14 years of such joy having him
with us.  As you know, David and I never had children, so Bentley is
our baby.  He's always been so much fun, so loving and sweet with
everyone.  He's such a huge part of our lives.  

I don't know how the end will come, but I know it is coming much
sooner that I want.  I am hoping that he will just go to sleep at home.
Of course, if he is too miserable that may not be an option.  David and
I are committed to keep him as comfortable and as happy as we 
possibly can for as long as we can.  We both know how this goes.  We have
lost two others and know that we will be totally miserable.  I suppose that 
is a big part of the reason I want to make such a big production out of
Christmas this year.  Bentley is my Christmas puppy.  My dearest little
love.  I want everything around him to be continued in love and joy
and great happiness because he deserves it.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Favorite Fall Through Winter Dishes

For several years now, I have been switching my dishes to Fall and Christmas
favorites beginning on Halloween.  The change is fun and festive.  It adds another
layer of excitement to the season.

I am a big fan of blue and white dishes and will through in some red too, but
I never have been a big fan of brown.  My Mama loved brown and tan.  Her
whole house was done in those colors, but I often found it to be depressing, so
I stayed away.  Yet I have always liked the Friendly Village pattern from
Johnson Bros.  Maybe it's the pop of red that shows up in the different scenes the
sets it apart.

The red in the covered bridge makes me want to step inside and to go beyond
it to see whatever other pops of red will turn up,

It's a cheerful pattern too.

The colors in my centerpiece refer back to the colors in the

The Friendly Village will be around until the day after Thanksgiving.  For
Christmas I plan a little something different, yet with that same homey feel.

Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Dollhouse Miniature Resources Guide, Part1

Before starting a big project like my English Country Cottage Kitchen,
I knew the I would need some statement, quality pieces that would anchor
my room.  Two miniaturists immediately came to mind, both of whom have Etsy 
Shops.  The photo above, shows a big stove surround and an Aga stove. 
These were both created by Rebecca of Tiny Dwelling.  She sells original
hand rafted designs that are unique and memorable. All of the pieces can
be purchased in various color ways, which makes it quite easy to stay within
your own design needs.  I also purchased the Aga stove from her.

This vintage looking standing sink is one of Rebecca's designs too.  Both 
pieces were investments, but the results are so worth the means.  If you
would like to see more of Rebeccca's creations, look here:

Another one of my favorite artisans on Etsy, in Matthew Weston of
Weston Miniature.  He created this lovely arm chair in the photo
above.  Matthew sells splendid furniture, but also fine and one of a kind
accessories too. 

This little porcelain hen sitting on a basket is one of his.  A piece like this,
gives charm to a room and adds character.  I have more of Matthew's 
porcelain pieces that I will share with you later.

Here is an example of a find quality piece of furniture at a very affordable
price.   Don't overlook craft shops like Hobby Lobby where you can find
some nice unfinished pieces that you may paint and make your ow.

This is another favorite miniaturists, Cynthia Lauren Sperin.  I met Cynthia
through blogging and we have been friends for years now.  She enjoys creating
mostly food items and her work is beautiful.  Here she created the
jars of jelly, the dessert, the coordinating towel and book. Everyone wants to
see food on the table, and here items are so yummy looking!  Cynthia's son was
just married, so her shop is empty at the moment, but will fill up again soon.
Stop by and see her at

In the days ahead, I will have more vendors to share with you.  Stay tuned!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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