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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

...seeing spots


I'm seeing spots today...and painting them, too. 

This is an old Pennsylvania German style of folk art painting. It might not appeal to everyone, but I really, really like it. It's so folky!

Although I have seen these spots on furniture, as well as walls, it was this book by Nancy Braithwaite that really pushed me to paint. This talented designer used spots on the walls of her Atlanta home.

Her spots are larger than mine as she was painting a wall, while I painted a smaller mantle. It was a fun did not take long...and the size and spacing is random. You really can't mess it up, so it was just plain fun. 

Of course Mr. MW has yet to see it...and Annie started singing Cruella DeVille when she saw it. But me? I like it...but then, I adore polka dots!

 Still have to figure out what to put in the interior space. It's very much a work in progress, but I thought I'd share as I go. Sometimes you just need to change things up!

Anyone else seeing spots today?

Enjoy the day,

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy President's Day!

It's been a long while since I've posted...or visited. does keep us busy. Hope this President's Day finds you all well and stitching, hooking or punching something fun. I have been working on a few things...already thinking Autumn here at the House of Mugwump.

We made a trip to Tallahassee last month and found a state park that we had not visited before on our many trips to our capitol city. Maclay Gardens was the"springtime" home of the Maclay family. Mr. Maclay was a fan of camellias and developed many new types of these gorgeous flowers.

They were a bit beyond their prime...but so beautiful...

and so large! All types and was a feast for the the middle of January.

The house is a perfect house. Painted salmon with green shutters and door, as stipulated by the owner when donated to the state. It's lovely.

The surrounding grounds are lovely, as well. We are always pleased when we find an accessible park. Many places have conformed to this law, but in state and national parks it's tricky. Some of the park is law...but not all of it. Annie loves when we are all outside together. We have a flower press and collected a few camellias off the ground to press...unfortunately, they didn't make it home. Next time we will pack our press for the trip!

Love this bronze peacock!

That's a beautiful lake in the background.

We always enjoy getting out in nature and the weather was gorgeous. That's a live oak with the famous Southern adornment "Spanish Moss". You see this moss all over Florida and much of the South. It is sometimes referred to as the "beard of the conquistadors"... the early explorers of the state. It is very invasive when it grows in a tree and is not really good for the tree, but it is something many people find charming.

Hope you all are enjoying some nice weather. Our front yard was covered with robins a few days ago. Actually, our entire street was covered with robins. Annie and I had so much fun watching them dart about and even enjoy a shower under our neighbor's sprinkler. Love robins!

Hope to be back in the loop soon. 

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve

"It is not the joy that makes us grateful; it is the gratitude that makes us joyful."

David Steindl-Rast
Benedictine Monk

Wishing you all joy, health and peace! Merry Christmas, my friends!

Enjoy the day,

Friday, December 16, 2016

More bits of Christmas

Here are a few more bits of Christmas. Just some random shots of Christmas at our house. 

Toleware and Santa on the sideboard in the dining room.

An early painted document box and antique mittens.

I have always loved the look of old black...whether it be toleware or early paint. I love a punch of black.

These early homespun hearts are from Pennsylvania....very worn and wonderful.

Three wedding band hogscrapers.

One of my angels nestled in a painted doll cradle with an early sampler in the background.

The tiger maple shelf in the kitchen. This is where we keep our nature treasures...acorns, dried flowers, berries...that we gather on our walks. There's that pesky elf again!

Queen Anne's Lace.

This painted red bird is an antique tin quilt pattern with punched wing.

Schneeman candy cane.

A new addition to my red doll dress collection.

I was able to find a circa 1840 painted black frame that fit one of my early samplers. It hangs above an early wall box, also painted black.

Baskets above my kitchen sink with a Schneeman ornament here and there.
Some old favorites and a few new acquisitions helping to bring Christmas to our home.

I wanted to share this early Christmas present I bought for our family.

It's a comforter from Pottery Barn. Isn't it wonderful? We use it on our cozy couch...two chaise with a left armrest and one with a right armrest...that are pushed together.

It's where we watch T.V. and now where we snuggle under this great cozy comforter. It's part of their Christmas collection but I think it will be staying out long after the holidays!

Wishing you all the best in this season of peace.

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Bits of Christmas

Hello, friends! Hope you are enjoying this wonderful time of the year! My decorating has been slow...I have been doing a lot of gleaning of excess decorations. Things that have not been put out for years have been passed on to the Salvation Army for others to enjoy. 

I have had this early German feather tree for a while. I have been collecting Santa ornaments to decorate it and finally have enough to do this old gem justice. Two requirements for the ornaments...they have to be early and they have to be German. 

I decided to make it a Santa tree...kinda.

A few strawberries and pinecones made the cut as well.

Love the clip ons. They are hard to find and usually have a pretty price, but I've found a few that were reasonable.

This sweet little indent made the cut. We're enjoying this new addition to our Christmas decor.

I have collected Santa books for decades, but have not put them out for a few years. The graphics are so sweet and colorful on these oldies.

Although not a Christmas ornament, I thought this lady fit right in. This is a pipe bowl from the 1840's. It is porcelain and there is a small loop on the back of the silver rim. The lady is hand painted...isn't she lovely? After spending the holidays nestled in this bowl of naturals, she will go on a chain and I will wear her as a pendant. 

This early velvet tobacco bag is hand embroidered and rests on a wonderful large slice of very early linsey woolsey on the back of a wing chair. Hmmmm pipe...tobacco unintended coincidence.

Annie and some friends getting wild at a recent party...Annie's Gal Pals. Like herding cats to get a pic of this crew.

And then there is this little guy...always into mischief. Annie looks for him every morning.

Hope you all are enjoying the sights and sounds of the season. Hope to be back with more bits of Christmas next week. Have a great weekend!

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Southern Christmas

Hello friends! Are you in Christmas mode? Today I'm sharing a few pics about Christmas in the South.

We are just back from a fast thirty six hours in Tallahassee. Mr. MW was attending a meeting at the Supreme Court while Annie and I spent some time in one of our favorite places....the Tallahassee Nursery. I was so excited to be there in December as I knew it would be decked out for Christmas. 

And it did not disappoint! 

The temperature was in the fifties...perfect for strolling the colorful grounds.

And was there a lot of color! It was so gorgeous! I packed light so I'd have plenty of room to bring a few plants back home. I actually only bought ivy and a few deep red geraniums for my urns at the front door. 

In addition to all the annuals, the nursery was loaded with christmas trees. The scent of pine was extraordinary! We went back in the evening to see all the lights and so that Mr. MW could have a whiff as well.

A trip to Tallahassee is not complete without a visit to this wonderful place. To see...and smell it at Christmas time was a real treat. Can you tell this is one of my favorite places?


I've mentioned before that when in Tallahassee in the past we stayed at a hotel we all called "the cell block". Well, they've renovated the Doubletree so we tried it out.

We use to stay here years ago, but it was in need of some sprucing up. We missed this great view. 

 It's better now...anything is better than the "cellblock" where we use to stay.


Annie and I always head up Plantation Parkway when we are in Tallahassee for a visit to another of our favorite places. This time Mr. MW was able to join us. He even did the driving.

After years of hearing us talk about our trips to Thomasville, Georgia...Mr. MW got to see this little southern town for himself. All decked out for it's big Christmas was even more fun than usual. We hit it just right because next weekend more than thirty thousand people will descend upon Thomasville for all the festivities. 

My favorite shop...Firefly. I  recently was reading about an artist that does paper cutting. The article mentioned that one of her cuttings was being used in the window of Firefly in Thomasville, Georgia for their 20th anniversary celebration. After she cut the design in paper it was enlarged and transferred to metal for the window. Isn't it beautiful? This lovely creation is the work of the talented artist Annie Howe from Baltimore. 

Now that's a Southern snowman...made of cotton!

Annie "bubbles" at Christmas time. She gets so excited and oohs and ahhs at everything. 

Broad Street

Reindeer...all cozy in tartan.

The sweetest little knitting shop...Fuzzy Goat.

We really enjoyed our trip to Tallahassee and Thomasville...quick as it was. It's always fun to see a good old-fashioned small town decked out for the holidays. Hope you enjoyed this glimpse of a Southern Christmas.

Need to work on my header...right after I unpack, do laundry, go grocery shopping, decorate the Christmas tree...

This week we had several hundred salvaged bricks delivered. Mr. MW will be starting work on my Christmas present this very day! I'll keep you posted. This one won't be under the tree.

Enjoy the day,