Monday, April 30, 2012

New Furniture For The Greatroom



Shortly after moving to this house  
I made a design board.


(click on picture to enlarge... then click again to enlarge some more)



I just loved the whole look! 
So I started buying things little by little. 



I purchased this great slip covered sofa with down cushions. 
Found the lamps and cream shag rug. I also painted some furniture pieces black. 
(Still dreaming of the dark wood floor)



I have this charming wingback settee with turned legs 
that is just screaming to be slip covered in french script fabric 
and a wingback chair to be recovered in painters dropcloth.


It will look just like the design board!!!
But then I got real...

  I don't think I will ever make those slipcovers. 
The Mr. doesn't feel comfortable on the new sofa... and  those dark floors 
would be just too hard to keep beautiful in this dusty desert!

Also the room really would look better with a sectional
 because of the placement of the window... 
So I started all over.

Well... I have been looking 
for a sectional for MONTHS!


(click on picture to enlarge... then click again to enlarge some more)

Then on my birthday... I found it!
I know it doesn't look that great in this store picture... 
but just you wait and see.

It has a neutral "linen look" fabric so it will allow me 
to change out the pillows to go with the seasons.
AND... it was 60% off because it was a cancelled special order!!!

I will try to get the room put together and share 
some pictures with you as soon as I can. 
Check back later this week.

xoxo 
Bunny Jean




Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy Birthday To... Me!


My birthday invitation from 3rd or 4th grade


Today is my birthday.
I am 60 years old.
Sixty.

I might start to believe it if I say it enough. 
Yes, I definitely look older... I notice that every day!
But I just don't feel like I have really ever grown up inside. 

Like many children, I had to grow up way too soon in so many ways. 
But I still feel like I never REALLY grew up.

I have gone through my childhood pictures to make 
this post and it brought back an abundance of feelings.

Some good, and some not so good.

If I had to do it over again I would try to know myself. 
To appreciate  what makes me... me.

To feel that I was special.

This is a VERY long post and it is all about me... 
But since it is my birthday I felt that I could indulge myself. 

After all... today should be about me :)


 My first ten years.

Yes! 
I am a natural blond...
or at least I started out that way.


This was my 4th birthday.
I just love that little dress!



1st grade school picture

A true product of the early 5o's with my little "pop pearls". 
Did any of you have those "pearls" that popped together 
so you could have any length necklace you wanted?



At seven I thought I was going to be a ballerina...
but what's with that lipstick and mascara?! 



My mom was an RN and she worked as the camp nurse during her vacations, 
just so I could go to Campfire Girls Camp for two weeks.


My teen years.


7th grade school picture

Time for those bangs to finally go...
and for the braces to arrive.


High School.
I wish I had still had those eyelashes!


My 20's


Honeymoon #1

We backpacked (hiked and slept in the wilderness)  in the 
Olympic National Forest in Washington State for two weeks. 



Honeymoon#2

Nine years later and the start of 
my second (and last) marriage. 
It's been 33 years so far...


My 30's


Two marriages and two sets of kids 
kept me busy as a stay at home mom.


My 40's


At 45 I was heavily into gardening. 



My 4th granddaughter arrived when I was 49.


My 50"s


In my early 50's I worked for Estee Lauder.
That was my first full time job since 
I was now an empty nester.



Then I worked for Ethan Allen
in Northern California.



Then in DFW, Texas




At 57 I was a nanny for six wonderful months!



This is what my hair looked like 18 mos. ago 
when we first moved to Palm Desert, Ca.




This is how long it is now. 

I just let go... I know it is way too long for my age.
I was planning on getting it cut for my birthday  
but I just don't know how what style I want.

If you look closely you can see that those sunglasses are hiding 
my black eye that I posted about a few weeks ago.  
It is all better now but I haven't yet taken a picture. 
Maybe I will share one as soon as I get that haircut...


That's all folks!

I spent the whole day going through all my old family photographs. 
Since I am here alone on my birthday 
(The Mr. is in North Dakota for a few weeks) 
I thought that it would be a nice way 
to remember some family moments. 

Thank you so much for allowing me to share some 
pictures from the last six decades... yikes!

xoxo 
Bunny Jean

Just a little reminder:
My Bunny Hop Party is still going on until Sunday.





Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wednesday’s Bunny Hop Party #37



I can't believe I am late for my own party!

I really apologize for not being on time.
I just got distracted and forgot.
That happens a lot lately!

I tried to visit all of your great posts from last week but I missed a few . I will try to get around to you sooner of later as I really do like to see all the creative things you have to share!

Here are just three that I wanted to share again:



Shelia shared this really great tutorial on her 
Mod Podged plates.





Here is a really cute idea tutorial for a kids party... 
cupcakes in a jar!




Two Butterflies


Here is a clever idea for making a unique tote bag!




Hmmm, This week had three great tutorials!
If you were featured please feel free to grab the "featured" button.



Now I look forward to seeing what fabulous things 
you have to share this week!
Have fun!!!

xoxo 
Bunny Jean


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party # 36




I sure have some creative followers!

I am still going over all the links from last week's party, 
just to make sure I don't  miss any of your posts.
As always, I am impressed.

I want to thank ALL of you for sharing such wonderful things!
Rarely do I get time to visit blogs outside my circle of friends. 
But that's okay because you all have SO much to share!

Here are some post from last week's party that I wanted to share... 
just in case you happened to miss them, 
or are a new follower.













If you were featured and would like, 
you may take the "featured" button home 
to share on your sidebar.



I hope you enjoy what everyone has to share...
Please leave comments if you can :) 
Now Have fun and go PARTY!

xoxo Bunny Jean



I Just Can't Decide!


I have trouble making decisions... 
Do you have that problem too?

I can't remember if I was always this way 
or if this is just one more change brought on by 
"the change of life". 


Remembering is also an issue.

Senility Prayer Cross Stitch


Sometimes it works to my advantage. 
But then my eyesight is not as good as it was either. 
Getting old is certainly a challenge. 


Staying focused is also a big problem.


So, getting back to the issue at hand....
I have been trying to figure out how to decorate our new Desert Home. Were we have lived since January... of last year


This is so hard to admit, especially since I was in the business 
of decorating beautiful rooms for other people. 
I knew better than to confuse my clients with too many choices. 


So why can't I do that for me? 


I tend to overwork every little detail... 
as if any decision is my last chance for perfection. 
Yes... I have have "analysis paralysis".

All I want to do is find the upholstered pieces for the greatroom.
A room that is really not so great in size or character. 
But I have narrowed it down to a sectional. 


So at least now I am on the hunt for a sectional...
not just any section, but the perfect sectional! 
Oh my, will it never end?

I just wanted to share this side of me.
I am not really asking for any solutions here.
It's just something I just need to get over. 


Can you tell that I am a perfectionist?
Which is just as nicer name for procrastinator
After all... I realize perfection is really unobtainable.


But I would like to know that I am not 
the only one with issues.


Later this week I hope to share some pictures 
of the sectionals I am considering.
Then I would love your input!


Reminder:

Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party
will be up and running TODAY at 4:00 Pacific time.
See you then!


xoxo
Bunny Jean







Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wednesday’s Bunny Hop Party #35




 I am SO glad that Easter is over.

Now I can put away all those half finished Easter projects! 
If I was smart (which I am .... at least sometimes) 
I would finish them so that I would would be ready for next year.

But truth be told... I am sorta lazy (which I am all the time). 
So I may just end up packing it all up. 
All The MR. asked is that I get it off the counter!



So I put it on the kitchen table...

I must be in the 'lazy' minority as I saw weeks and weeks  
of the most beautiful, frugal, creative, delicious, 
magazine worthy Easter ideas shared all over blogland. 

Many of which were shared right here at the Bunny Hop Party! 
So today I would like to share a few just in case you missed them.
Click on the pictures to visit the complete post..

My Heart's Song

These are 'jiffy pots' that are Mod Podged!

With A Dash Of Color

Love the moss ring around the stack of dishes... I'll be doing that!


Of course I have to show you what 
Phyllis shared again this year.
I think just about everyone requested that she share this again this year. 
But if you were the only one to miss it... check it out. 




If you were featured today you are welcome to take 
this button home to display on your sidebar. 


Thank you to all who participated in my party.
Whether you shared a post or just visited.
You are appreciated! 

xoxo 
Bunny Jean


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Bunny Jean and the Easter Bunny


My picture with the 

Easter Bunny.




I think this must have been around 1957.
I don't really know, but I look to be about 5. 
I think I was a little cutie... who else had those bangs?

I have no idea why my mother dressed me in that brown dress!
It was obviously my Autumn dress from the previous season.
Maybe it was an unplanned "photo shoot".

The whole picture is rather drab... what's up with that?!
After all it was the era of TECHNICOLOR!
Maybe bright colors were just saved for the movies...


I hope you all have a colorful Easter.


religious easter Pictures, Images and Photos

xoxo 
Bunny Jean

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