more decor and less opinion

The Fan came over and we tackled the monumental job of taking down the Halloween decor this week. I need at least two weeks for the house to remain sparse in order to cleanse Veto's palate before I can begin Christmas decorating. I have a plan to execute and it must be done right! In the meantime I tricked out a few areas with some girly things... he won't notice.

I didn't want to throw away this teapot when I broke the lid... glad I didn't! Tea roses in a teapot. The roses are for Loopy from The Fan in honour of (see below). I can hear my grandmother saying "oh my but you certainly do like to cut the nice long stems from those roses, don't you?"

Miscellaneous baubles in a dish. Reader, get your baubles if you want them when Claire's has it's 10 items for 10 dollars sale. Keep baubles on hand for gifts or for if you just want to feel like Marie Antoinette.

Speaking of baubles, The Fan found me this great bracelet at The Tower of London. Did you know that The Tower is not funded by the Crown nor the Government? Only by the revenue generated by admission and the gift shop.

More baubles! From a kitchy little store in Belfast called Liberty Blue, which I imagine to be quite like Anthropologie-meets-thrift-store came these ad.or.ab.le brooches. Loopy has laid claim to the grey and pink one.

A keychain from The Tower of London! Perfect for me considering my ongoing obsession with The Tudors and the wives of Henry VII.

Oh... and the 29 Days of Giving Challenge continues... I just haven't blogged about it, I was too busy being an opinionated loudmouth. Here's the update:

Back to being a know-it-all, Reader if you get the chance, enrol your child in the KUMON math program. We can't say enough good things about it. This is Loopy's third year, we only wish we'd started her earlier.

I am a teacher but I know my limitations. I won't be able to help her with math past gizintas. The repetition and rote memorization of basic math skills works wonders for students in this program... and lets face it... the public education system just doesn't have time to teach skills in this old manner.

Here's Loopy with her fellow Kumon friends, they all were recognized on Sunday. I am telling you as a Bossy Bosserson... if your kids aren't in KUMON, look into it.

... and then I promptly lost them. Return to the WalMart photo department and reprint. Ugh. On the bright side I was able to print pictures for the KUMON girls while I was at it.

Why did I do this? Because man, we need more nice out in the blogosphere. Nice matters. Plus it's sort of like delurking, and I'm all for that too.


A New England Life said...

I agree, Nice DOES matter ... even when you don't agree with someone. Especially in the blogosphere.

Wonderful baubles! I didn't even know Claires had a 10 for $10 sale! Over the years I've learned to try to avoid that store at all costs, but lately I notice when we do happen to stop in the girls are more decisive than they used to be. Plus they're older so I don't have to go in with them if I choose not too.

You must have plenty of storage space in your house for all the wonderful 'stuff' you have! Sure wish I did or I'd have more beautiful 'stuff' too!

Girls and Math ... good for Loopy!

Barb said...

Thanks for the Claires tip. I don't have a girl-child, so I seldom visit that store, but I'm going to be on the look-out now.

KAGS Herself said...

Claires on this side of town always has a large 10 4 10 section!
Congrats to Loopy - there's lots from our school who do go to Kumon - I've heard nothing but good. I always used to like Accessorize in the UK - it's like Claire for grown ups!

Laura said...

I think I need to sign up for Kumon because I have no idea what gizintas is/are? Probably another reason why I wasn't blessed with kids - God knew I wouldn't be able to help with the math!

Dianna said...

Thank you for the nice comment on my blog about the voting. I LOVE reading your blog. It's so nice after all of the political drama over here in the good ole U. S. of A. :)

Genevieve said...

Love the baubles, the pink and grey one is my absolute favorite! Congrats to Loopy! I totally suck at math.

After a visit to the lions den yesterday and being torn apart limb by limb due to a respectful comment I left on a blog. Walking away bloody and mangled, I've decided to reserve my opinions for face to face discussions with those who do not act like Pharisees.

Sad but racism hasn't ended~
"Perspective is the new race war."

Christine said...

I really appreciated your kind comments. Keep spreading the love.

I wish there had been such a math program when my son was in school. Hmmm...I wonder if they would still take him. LOL Just kidding Mike.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

You are so NICE and I love the girlification of your house (detoxing Veto between holidays--that cracked me up!).

Linda Crispell said...

I live by the motto "always be nicer than people expect", you have clearly mastered this way of life.
I am trying to wean myself from nightly MSNBC coverage. How are you doing?
Why don't our Mothers want us to cut the stems short on roses? I also get that from my Mom!

K :) Family Historian said...

Ok, I am delurking and just wanted to say that I really love reading your blog. Your style of writing and zest for life are such an inspiration. Have a happy day.

Saucy said...

I am afraid I will not be able to fall asleep at night without Keith coooing in my ear. I will still watch him, I need to know who the "worst person in the world is" before bed.

Rosa said...

I love your girly vignette! I like to do that also. Lord knows with a house full of stinky boys, I have to every once in a while. I had a friend who's kids did Kumon and they raved about it also. Love all your goodies from London! Oh, and I ALWAYS cut my long-stemmed roses way down too! I don't like those formal long stems in a vase. xo

amyf4 said...

Nice is wonderful! Hopefully some of the meanies will come back and see about niceness. I wish I had a Kumon closer. My poor DH doesn't get a break because I decorate for Thanksgiving this month. He has resigned himself to 3 full months of decoration. It's better now that we have a bigger house to spread it all out.

Beckie said...

Does that mean I need to officially delurk?

We haven't tried Kumon math, but I'll look into it. I'm always looking for supplemental math.

alittlebitofscrap said...

I also agree KUMON is a wonderful program. It's great Loopy gets to go :) I never go into Claire's... guess I should check it out. I like your new decorations.. I don't take my fall things down until after Thanksgiving and then I wait until 2nd wk of Dec to do Christmas. I'm looking forward to your holiday goodness this year. It's always wonderful :)

Tamara Jansen said...

I will have to check in on the Kumon thing for my youngest daughter....she is really struggling. Thanks for the tip

adrienne said...

Love the girly vignette - the sheet music caught my eye. I've always thought it's pretty to look at - now I wonder what piece it is!

Didn't know about 10 for 10 at Claire's - I'll watch for that.

Starshine said...

I love roses in teapots. My cousin did that to add a nice piece of decorating flair at a bridal shower she threw for me, and I still remember that lovely touch!

Rebekah said...

Beautiful! And now I need to read older posts of yours about Veto and how you helped him become the guy who doesn't notice ribbons on things or necklaces on your dressmaker's dummy.

Because Jamie? Would assume gay fairies had invaded our home and thrown down the roses-in-teapots-baubles-trinkets as a sort-of challenge to his manhood! Suddenly our house would be festooned in power tools and (more) dirty socks.

Thanks for gifting me with some of your nice. It rocked!

Lisa Milton said...

Nothing wrong with nice. I'm all for it.

Anonymous said...

I visit your blog daily and I am wondering..... Where in the world is Buddy Budderson these days????? I miss seeing him. My oldest son is 10 and my youngest son is 1 ( three girls in between who are 3,5 and 8) ANYWAY, your son reminds me soooo much of my oldest son. Those boys are kindred spirits in different countries. Give us the 411 girl. We need us some Buddy Budderson!

Cheers from Vermont

Saucy said...

Oooh! Good idea for a post. All about Buddy Budderson... you haven't seen him since he voted for the first time on election day in October! I'll get started on my update ASAP.

Lisa said...

Seriously, I thought gizintas was a made up word. My dad and my 8-yo talk on the phone every night before bed and they always talk about how much they love each other. They come up with crazy numbers. My dad started saying gizintas one day and I thought he had made it up. Obviously I was wrong.

Im going watch for Claires to have a kick butt sale like that. Me loves earrings.

Allie, Dearest said...

Geeze, your decor is unbelievable. So amazing and pretty.

Now I feel all jealous and sad inside. I want to buy myself roses and a teapot.

Thanks for inspiring me for the rest of the day.

marta said...

yes, yes, kindness matters! thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.. it meant the world to me. i have loved looking on your li'l space, what darling things you post.. keep up your friendly ways. we appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Saucy
I'm de-lurking from the Land Down Under. I love your blog and visit nearly every's like reading bling!
I have 2 daughters, one of whom is loopy's age so I get all the girl stuff.

BTW I love the decor....but it's the opinions that define us. Keep up the good work.
Down Under we felt we had a stake in the US elections too....but in more of a crazy cousin kind of way! LOL

Deborah Non Blogger

Mrs. G. said...

Yes to nice! Yes to those roses.

MizSmoochieLips said...

Oooh, I love the brooches! And the teapot full of roses is so charming :)

MJ said...

Yes, yes, yes, I'm bracing myself for Kumon. Kindergarten seems a bit young but maybe Grade 1 or 2 to start.

I will soon be putting up my snowflakes in protest of outside flurries. No X'mas decorations this year until I have basement flooring. It's coming soon!

Aspergertopia said...

Ooooooh pretty.

But I have to admit, I can't wait to see it all decked out for Christmas.

I'm going to go and google Kumon.

Ta, ta for now!

Keep on being nice. Nice is nice.

debi said...

Hey yaya!
Great post about "math" daughter is a math major and teaches high school math in an all girl school! Not sure where she got the "genes" for it...wasn't me! :)

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the purty pics!

xo...deb (junkin' yaya)

Sweetina said...

Love your girly vigniettes~a girl can't have enough bling! I love it as decor (as you have displayed so beautifully)as opposed to wearing it. I've heard Kumon is really great~congrats Loopy!
Looking forward to your Christmas decor!
Ps You were so right about The New Boyfriend!

Katie said...

You have WalMart?? Wow, Walmart is everywhere!

Must go see if I can find info on the KUMON program.

christie said...

Amazing. So pretty. I love the baubles...Have to get me some.

dena said...

Love your decorating, can't wait to see what you do for Christmas.

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djavellana said...

I just stumbled on your blog because I was looking for sushi cupcakes on Flckr. And I have been on it for more than an hour, enjoying and getting to know you.
Oh my gosh, I am so happy to see your daughter doing KUMON. I am a KUMON instructor in California and I agree with you 100%. Loopy must be an excellent student. Smart and beautiful indeed. Good luck.

Christine said...

I love Claires for their handy little sales. And yes, delete all the negative comments, no one needs to read them :)

Christine Bruce