A Look Back, Scheduling Movers + Looking Forward…

A look back  at our last home in California and the furnishing which will be making the journey in the upcoming weeks to our new home here in Texas!

I have been talking with moving companies for a week now getting quotes and sending inventories back and forth. Whew! It’s a tough nut to navigate and I still want to drive out to bring back some of the really fragile things but now I am rethinking carrying a few of the mirrors back with me…

Maybe it is better that the movers crate them…

What do you think?…

A heavy mirror I shipped back on Virgin Atlantic from England in 2005.

I’ll be leaving later this week driving cross-country and actually my Sequoia is in for servicing yesterday and today. The brakes needed some special master cyclinder-type thing as it is failing. Glad this is getting done even though 2 bills are being spent…

Don’t want to be involved in a major crash because of brake failure!

Have you ever shipped long-distance and how did your mirrors, prints and family portraits survive the move? Did the movers crate them? How about your furniture ~ how did your case goods hold up?

Thank you for your thoughts! 🙂 I am worried and I know I can’t do anything about them, plus they are just things as people say. When I moved with my parents some jewelry was swiped on two occasions and we lost a box of Christmas things, mainly my baby stocking and velvet stockings I made for Charles and myself when we were first married. 

I need to remake those… 😉 
Maybe this fall… 

My big birthday present from 4 years ago ~ a 4’w x 5′ tall pier mirror.

We will have a quote later today from a carrier I regard as trusted ~ hope it is a good one and something we can afford. We will probably go with this moving company as they can schedule a pick up around March 6th, just when I’d like to the packing and loading done. The estimate is for 16,000 lbs. 

Here is the pier mirror as I found it in the consignment shop in Citrus Heights, California.

And another gesso mirror I found in Murrieta at another consignment-antique shop several years earlier.

Here’s a link to the story I wrote about finding the pier mirror and one very similar to this dresser mirror above.

So excited to share all these lovelies with you in their new home in the upcoming year…

Have a great week!
Sharing with
Dishing It and Digging It ~ DIY 180
Keep In Touch ~ Let’s add Sprinkles
Feathered Nest Friday
Thursday Favorite Things
Sweet Inspiration
later this week…

Hugs and blessings to you,

Evening through the Looking Glass

A happy little 

The light was shining-in just so,
luring me in to capture the moment.

Sunday afternoon I was out deadheading in the garden
cut this ethereal bouquet.

You know how something catches your eye
and you just have to capture the moment
or it will be lost forever?
That’s what happened here today.

It asked to go live in the dining/living room, 
I heard it quite distinctly!
Just a few photos to share with you
taken through the looking glass
along the staircase…

Sharing with 
Rose Chintz Cottage ~ Tea Time Tuesday
The Enchanting Rose ~ Roses of Inspiration Link-up #20
French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday
*I am going to leave “as is” ~ part of the learning process of
learning how to link up to blog parties… None work as I
hadn’t learned how to use the linking button in Blogger. 😉 
Happy Tuesday evening
 to you!

Thrifting in the New Year

Happy New Year to you!

My husband and I have been visiting with family
just for a few days
over the New Year’s holiday.
The day after driving up Highway 99,
I invited my nephew to go thriftshopping.
Turns out it’s something he likes 
to do!

We visited several thrift stores throughout the suburbs of Sacramento. He found books and record LP’s to enjoy,
and I found a bunch of fun silver-plate and solid silver
goodies! But that’s another post!

As we were out and about, we came across a consignment shop called Sunrise Consignment Center and we turned into the driveway…

The antique mirror that I was considering. Most likely manufactured by the same company as the one we have over our family room fireplace.
This is a really nice consignment store
with lovely period and reproduction pieces!

My husband found an antique miner’s or jeweler’s scale, possibly for weighing gold, today when we went back to look at the shop.

This area is where the California Gold Rush of 1849 
began of course so it’s nice to see that you can still find
a “little gold” and antiques around from California’s earlier days! 

Some other things at this shop were nice decorator pillows and furniture that is higher-end, clocks, vintage violins, and garden patio sets. My nephew also found 
an vintage Coca~Cola dispensing machine he would like to have had. I found several hutches and armoires,
buffets and French coffee tables, and several
French-style gilded mirrors!

My birthday is in a few days so I talked with my husband later in the afternoon about the two mirrors.

It’s not always in the budget to purchase such a lovely piece, but it’s also often true that lovely pieces aren’t always to be found, or for a good price.


He asked me to draw up where
this mirror would go.

I thought it would be lovely

up on the wall of our staircase.

He was afraid it was too big.

I created the “mirror” then cut it out to fit on the wall ~ I had forgotten that! Lol!

He needed to see itWould I draw it for him?
Of course!

The first sketchings are above, top.

The second drawings are more to scale with measurements given over the phone of the landing’s wall by our daughter, who was at home that day from work, are below that.

Thank you, Amy!!!

Our mantel mirror at home over the fireplace ~ it used to be in the dining room.  The five antique rose-strewn bowls arched over the white mirror there are set to go around this mirror.

Ultimately, it was the larger pier mirror
I hoped would come home with us.
Both were beautiful and the other one
would be lovely inside our maison.

It came down to already having one so similar.

Will share this mirror again when it’s mounted
in its new home.


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So glad to be sharing with you!

I hope you have a
great year this year! 

Happy New Year to you!

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

An old 1930’s mirror currently visiting the Craft room

*Update 2018 ~ This was a fun post except it’s one originally
built on Weebly, my first blogsite, and copied over… ugh!
So with this update I’ve tried to take the writing from
“mouse type” to a more readable size for you.

Enjoy this post even with it’s odd and wonky positioning
that it will not let me fix.

A picture frame from Michael’s with a mirror I had made for it ~ our bedroom framed.

They are sparkly, shiny, 
they can be gilded or painted over,
silver, curvy or straight-edged.
I don’t care!
I just love mirrors!

lovely details!
Bottom of the other found in England along with
a cute small gold mirror found in a home store.
One found in England
Love how the scrolling leaves were picked-out with
the paint!
The mirror in my dining room reflects the outdoors,

our backyard and pool.

Originally, I had the lovely, scrolled one in here,


I liked that one better for

over the mantel in the family room.


The mirror one sees coming in our 

front door

was one of two that flew back
from England with my 
two children
and myself.

The other looking-glass which came

on Virgin Atlantic

from Great Britain

was immediately dry-brush painted-over

as soon as I was

coherent enough

and back on our time zone!

Both were found in thrift shops 

in Sawtry and St. Ives, and 


this one would look 

fantastic painted white with 

its original brassy gilding
peeking through!

One of two mirrors in our second bathroom upstairs. 
Both have sayings on them. Thanks to Fifi O’Neill who 
had mirrors on her blogsite which were my inspiration!!!

A picture frame found in Redlands, CA that I lightly brushed
white and had a bevelled mirror made for it.

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Blessings to you,
When we were first married,

I found a corner-round cabinet to display our 

wedding things in, but over the years

it became a display for art

created by our children as well as 

a place to house all of my collected teacups.

This cabinet has mirrors all over 

the back wall.

It happily reflects potted ivy from outside,

other items of beauty

from inside our home, 


of course, all the lovely 

tea cups & saucers
Our corner-round cabinet
Our final mirrored piece is one of the few, true
French pieces I have.
A lovely 1880’s – early 1900’s, reproduction
Louis XIV armoire.

We had driven down to our dentist appointments 
one day in late summer
just after we moved to this house.
the kids and I went to lunch and shopping at the mall
in Oceanside/Carlsbad, and 
this one store
was closing its doors.
The woman was selling both of her display armoires.
There it was just waiting for me!
I called my husband and told him about it.
He and I discussed it.
Could we afford it? 
YES!  For once we could!!!

So, the bonnet came home with the kids and I
on the return trip that day,
and the body and bottom piece 
on a second trip later that evening 
with my husband
and myself.
I remember it was a Friday.

Our armoire holds all our blankets, 
sheets, and decorative pillows.
I think about painting it white.
I have seen some very similar which are painted
and they are gorgeous!
But, I am a purist at heart with some pieces.
I love the wood grain.
It is beautiful just as it is…

So… Happy Sunday to you all! 
May you be the Light reflected out into your corner of this world,

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