"Oh Boy...do I have a mess"!!!

Hello my friends! It's been a few days since I was able to post so I thought I'd share with you...my excuse! Hehe!!! As many of you know, we lost Russell's Dad a few weeks ago and things have been so hectic. Not only are we having to tackle all of the legal things but we also have been having to take care of Dad's possessions. It truly is bittersweet....I'm missing Dad terribly but at the same time it's been such a pleasure to be able to take care of some of Russell's Mom & Dad's treasures!!! Sooooo...the journey begins! Finding a home at our place for all of the family heirlooms!

Most of you who know me very well, know that I'm a very organized person...I'm almost OCD with it...eeeekkss!!! So you can only imagine how all of this disorganized mess is just driving me crazy!!! And....I've been working for days at this and still really can't see the "light at the end of the tunnel"! Of course, I have to admit that with each piece that I unpack, a careful examination...amazed admiration....and then my mind wanders to all of the stories that each piece could tell...well, I think you get the picture! I'm usually pretty slow-going...but because of the circumstances...I've really been slow-going with this project!!!

I took a photo so that you can see exactly what I'm talking about...hehe! This is our breakfast bar that seperates our kitchen from the dining room. I couldn't get one more item on it...even if I'd try! Due to the fact that I'm needing to find a home for these newly acquired treasures....there's been quite a bit of "shuffling" things around at my place. There is the full set of my husband's Grandmother's china...crystal...etc. And....you know my love for dishes...I'm so addicted and have several sets of my own...already! Hehe!!! I just didn't have any room for more dishes....so we brought Mom & Dad's china hutch to our house. Well...talk about the "domino effect"....I mean, where oh where, am I going to put a china hutch? After much consideration, we decided to move Darrin's bedroom downstairs (he was elated...being the 15 yr. old teenage boy that he is...and now he has his very first "man-cave"!) So now I have my very own room on the main floor of the house (not to mention the upstairs houses my studio/craft room) I now have a studio/office/craftroom on the main floor...just so we'd have a place to put the china hutch. Ohhhh my, I think you get the picture!!! One thing...keeps leading to another....and this is how I've been spending my time the past couple of weeks!

Believe me...this area looks great now! Hehe!!! I've already unpacked 5 boxes...this is all that I have left to do....for now!!!

Okay....now you aren't going to believe this...like I don't have enough stuff that I'm already dealing with....my honey took me to Hobby Lobby this past weekend! Oh yes...he's the best!!! Hobby Lobby still had Christmas items...all marked down to 90% off!!! Yeeeeehawwww!!! I was in "Hobby Lobby Heaven"...let me tell ya!!! So I also have my dining room table filled with all of my "finds"....and I have to find a place for them too!!! I know...I know...you're thinking that I must be nuts!!! I AM!!! Hehe!!!

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Just look at this sweet little Frenchy "Noel"....it's really heavy and was originally $40...I paid $4 for it...couldn't pass this little treasure up!!!

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Ooooh...and look at the pretty little fleur de lis tassels that I found...they were orignally $7.99 ea....I only paid .79 cents for them!

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Hmmm...I'm not sure what I'm going to do with these pretty little silver frenchy things yet. Last week Cindy over at Romantic Home gave instructions on how to make your own tassels...maybe I'll try making some with these...I think they'd be really pretty!!! Oh yes, and see the little gold cherub?

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Well my friends...as you can see, I've been busy!!! I'm not even sure when I'll get to post next...but you'll know what's keeping me! Even though it's lots of work, I've been having the time of my life!!! I have a brand new studio/office to decorate...and just a little secret...it's going to be done in French Toile...my very first toile room!!! I'll save that for another post! Then there is all of the treasured new dishes...there's so much to do...but I'm having so much fun!!!
Love ya'll,


Melissa Miller said...

Hi Chari, :)
Well all wonderful finds my friend. I'm sorry it's so bittersweet and so much work. It will be beautiful in the end. I can't wait to see your toile room.
So lovely and classic!

I passed a very sweet and special Mom award on to you.
When you have time come pick it up.
Well deserved dear friend.

Have a great day.
~Melissa :)

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Chari, it looks like you have lots of work to do. You sure found some great buys at Hobby Lobby! I'm sure you will find the perfect spots for all of your heirlooms. Don't work too hard! Kristen

"Blossom" said...

My what wonderful things you can cherish. And I love all your buys at Hobby lobby; just love that place. All your hard work will surely pay off when you get it all organized.
missed you in blog land.

Salmagundi said...

I love going through stuff!! I can be there in 3 hours to help - just say the word. Even though it must be hard for you to go through things, I'm sure there are fond memories to relive. Don't work too hard. Sally

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi ya sweetie, I've been wondering about you. I'm taking a short break here at the shop, have moved every display but 1 and shifted and so on.. these treasures look "awesome" girlfriend I see quite a few things that would go "great" here in my home.:-) Your treasures from H/L are also pretty great...don't forget to take time for you... hugs ~lynne~

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey girl friend...WOW you are busy..love all your new finds girl..anf girl how great to have more china...now I want to see a Susan table...but only after you find the table ha ha!! I hope Russell is doing better friend...and those tassel's would those not look great in your toile room?? can't wait to see it all done...but do take some time for you Chari..love ya sis..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Lynette said...

What great finds!! We don't have Hobby Lobby's here in NC and I get so jealous hearing y'all talk about them - ohhh!!
Can't wait to see what all you do with you pretties - glad you have good memories attached to your and DH's things - that will make it a little easier to bear!
Thinking of you ~

xinex said...

Oh my goodness, Chari, you sure have been busy but I bet you don't mind being busy for what you are doing. How exciting to get your in law's treasures. Those Christmas stuff you bought at Hobby Lobby are so beautiful and I can't believe the prices. BTW, I finaly gathered enough courage to start a blog so come for a visit whenever you can...Christine

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Chari, I have been there and done that! I sure hope you have better luck making yourself not keep everything than I had! You got some great things at HL. If it's 90% off, how can you not buy it! What bargains. laurie

Anonymous said...

OH no Hobby Lobby!!!! I cannot believe your treasures, they are beautiful.. Been praying for you dear for extra strength and energy. I know you have such a big job and know of your love for your hubby and his family. Their treasures could not have been placed in more noble hands. They will be so lovingly taken care of. Sounds like Darren is going to have a great new "pad". Can't wait to see all of your pictures, but please do take care. Love, Cindy

Bo said...

Whew Chari...you have been busy! I want to see grandmother's china & crystal when you get a chance... I love your Christmas bargains too.
Blessings, ;-) Bo

Carolyn said...

Hi Chari,
Sorry to hear of your loss.Family heirlooms are lovely to have-nice memories.
Thank you for your kind words and the visit.Don't work too hard!

Unknown said...

Girl...even your Mess looks organized! I've gone through merge many households and it's a daunting task. Hang in there!

You got GREAT scores at Hobby Lobby! I think I'll pop in there this weekend myself JUST to check and see if ANYTHING is left.

PS: HOW do you make you photo's "click on to enlarge". I don't have any problem attached photos to my posts but never can get them to "enlarge" when clicked...Very tecnical talk there, huh!!??

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

My sweet Chari, how's it going there today? Are you making progress? Sure wish I was closer and I would drop everything to come help.. Thanks for the visit and your sweet comment darling. It means the world.. hugs ~lynne~

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Chari...I understand how this can be at once heartbreaking and yet full of wonderful memories! It is a process that needs time, so I would not apologize for not rushing. I love your Hobby Lobbt finds! So Frenchy! I can't wait ot see your new toile room! Hugs to you, my friend...Debbie

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
Thanks for your nice comments, I see your pretty good at bargain hunting yourself! Great finds. Hobby Lobby is one of fave's too. Sorry for your loss, I will be checking in often. Do you really have 10 grandchildren? We're the same age and I don't have a one. My daughter and step-son are only 18,but my oldest is married and 28. I'm a waiting. Take Care, Cindy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Chari any time you stop by girl I have the coffee on for you...your the best and I love ya sis...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

You found some great items! I LOVE Hobby Lobby! Hope they are one of the stores that bite the dust in this economy!! I'm glad that you have been enjoying my blog. Come back often. Ok, well I'm off to check out your great blog!

xinex said...

Hi Chari, everytime I see your blog, it makes me wanna go to Hobby Lobby and we don't have one here in FL. I'll have to wait until I get home. We don't have one there either but we can drive 1.5 hrs. to get to one. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving me your usual wonderful comments. And thanks for the very warm welcome!...Christine

Tomarie said...

Oh my! What beautiful finds you found at Hobby Lobby! I love 'em all!!
I can only imagine what a bittersweet "mountain" you are climbing in finding a special home for all of your father-in-law's things. You will get there one day at a time.
Soooo great that you have a NEW room to decorate and make all your home! Take care to not over do it but HAVE FUN too!! :-) L~

xinex said...

Hi Chari, please come and visit anytime to collect your award.:-) Thank you so much for being a faithful follower...Christine

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Girl, you are seriously playing house! Have fun and I'm expecting some upcoming tablescapes! :-)
P.S. Can't wait to see your toile room...I know it will be great!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Oh my, it seems as though everyone in blogland lives near a Hobby Lobby, but me!!
I fell in love with that store when I went to visit my mom, we went to one in Ft.Smith AR.

What a deal you got on the x-mas decor, I love the fluer de lis and tassel ornaments of course!!