The Porch

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Meet Chad

                             Meet our shihtzu Chad!

                                                    Before going to the groomer.

                                                                After, handsome!

     We have never had a dog that acted so much like a baby but Chad does. 
     Chad always wants our attention!  He stays right with one of us all the
     time.  Shih Tzu have hair just like people and his grows so fast.  We wanted  
     to let it grow to the floor like a show dog...we did and last week I cut it all
     off except for his head and tail.  These dogs are bred to resemble a lion and
     we wanted him to have a lion cut but I couldn't wait and longer, as he is
     very strong and we can't give him a bath.  Maybe as the weather gets cold
     he can have a lion cut,  he does have to go to the groomer once a month.
     With very short hair, he must have a doggy jacket to go outside.  TJ MAX
     has some really cute ones for $7.99.  Guess we'll shop there this week-end.

                                                                     xo  Betty

Friday, September 27, 2013

Looking for ideas and inspiration for fall?


     Looking for ideas and inspiration for fall?  Come share YOUR projects, recipes, DIY, decor', family parties, tablescapes, and more, here at...Belle Ayers Tea Parlor ~ Seasons on the Sunporch.

Love re-decorating my cupboard.
Would love to see yours, too!
The cooler weather has me organizing the dining room and kitchen and getting ready for cozy days ahead.  I gained some storage with recent changes in my kitchen and so my cupboard is a little less loaded down, and is easier to change up for the holidays.  I like the idea of changing vignettes so this hutch will get reordered often.  It always seems to take a big sigh when it does!
This pic doesn't give my chandelier Justus, it's much prettied without  the faux apples on top.  Will have to take another pic.  This group of pics are from our sunporch at:
My favorite of three chandelier thrifty finds.  This one casts a cozy soft light over the table in the next pic.
We decorated our sunporch for fall & Hallonween, our favorite part of the house.  See the lovely outdoor view!  We really enjoy it out here when it's raining, as rooftop is tin.  The porch holds one of our hutches (above), bird cages (bought 2 parakeets yesterday), pumpkins, leaf garlands, 3 floor lamps, faux white owls from TJ MAXX, 3 rats (dollar tree), rose sofa & chair, (my thrifty find) in
beautiful floral with matching foot stool, faux rooster from TJ MAXX, fall wreath (I made), electric fireplace (which I thought would keep us warm in winter but won't), tall green fir tree,  and a collector ceramic horse in beautiful multi colors from our neighbor.  Guess that's enough!
Hope you're having a cozy Tuesday!
xoxo  betty
xo Betty

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Friendship Tea


Never Enough Chandeliers

We can never have enough chandeliers.  Spring two years ago I bought three that I dearly love at thrift stores.  This one did not have the electrical cord cut off and it's brass with four glass lights, white trimmed in pink.  On top is a fall garland of apples.  The chandelier casts a cozy light over the table.

                                                           Chandelier on sunporch.

Peek into our Sunporch

     We have our sunporch almost decorated...

     This is one corner of the sunporch.  With five sliding glass windows and door we have a magnificent view.  We will truly enjoy the snow flurries and little hills of snow this winter.  How have you decorated your porch for fall?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Autumn Bliss

                                       Autumn Bliss

     Somewhere between the buzz of Indian Summer locusts and the deafening silence of new fallen snow is a fleeting, exhilarating bliss known as Autumn.  It arrives in radiant splendor, summoning our primal urges to  feather our nests.  The aroma of tea, coffee and soups is more enticing and we find a hundred ways to savour an apple.  Cords of seasonal hickory are stacked outside in anticipation of a roaring hearth and we greet the longer nights with cozy bedclothes.  We refresh our sweater supply, and stock up on candles sensing the dramatic excitement that rivals the energy of those scurrying bushy tails.

     Stroll through these pages as
     though immersed in Kentucky
     woods come October!

     xo Betty    

An Autumnal Life

     Inside the light of this new season casts comfortable sun across our sunporch a perpetually bright room.  It is a much kinder light than that cast by summer:  a veil I am happy to see my life through.  I burn cinnamon and cook cabbage to a scrumptious softness, just right for an autumn lunch, sprinkled with garlic, parmesan cheese and black pepper.  I eat with a glass cup full of walnut tea at my side to sip.  As we come alive again when the weather turns cold. 

I look forward to Autumn because mine is an Autumnal life, a Wintered soul.
As August tumbles into September, I feel myself being reborn again laughing more and complaining less.  Enjoying the changes in the seasons with you at Seasons on the Sunporch!
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Seasons on the Sunporch

Good Morning,

     Sure wish you were here!  Our sunporch is almost ready for fall decorating.  Can hardly wait.  Our shih Tzu pups occupied the sunporch for the last three months.  Then we decided to have only one, Chad and let him in the house.  Working out much better.  Now, the porch is all ours.  It holds our rose sofa and chair, a beautiful floral chair (a thrifty find), electric fireplace and we'll be bringing in the round-glass outdoor table with chairs and hopefully change the décor seasonally.  We added orange & tan plaid café curtains to the double windows  between the dining room and porch, with a large fall wreath, all facing the porch.  Porch has sliding glass door and five large sliding windows with screens, and two sky lights.  We always sit on the porch to listen to and watch the rain.  So comforting.  Decorations and sheers (pulled back) will certainly make a pretty sitting area.  Glad we finally got around to doing this project.  Pictures will be posted when completed.

Woke up this morning to cold weather, 49 degrees which is most welcome but now I wonder how warm it will be by Christmas.  We're planning on having coffee and meals out in the sunporch.  Guess we'll see about that!  Hope we're not disappointed!!

xo  Betty
This is the top to the bottom panels we add to the double windows. 
Bottom panels have a wide hem band of the dark color on the top, nor scallops or tassels.  Very cozy.

Life on the Porch

Life on the porch...

Welcome to the porch, come in and enjoy a cuppa walnut tea with me.  The weather is surprisingly cold this morning, 49 degrees and most welcome.  We need cozy cocks and snuggly blankets are called for.  There is no doubt that this is autumn - a season that has won the battle over the persuasive charms  of the Indian Summer and allowing the leaves to fall much earlier than usual, though yards are still abundant with colorful flowers. 
 Are you experiencing the same?