Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Shell Game

Now that was just so much fun. Let me try it again and see if it will fly because, really, it's the same story/different day. 

Oh and thank you for saying that you'd have visited no matter what photo was first shown. That was the sweetest thing! That's because we've come to know each other, but can you imagine what a newcomer would think or if one were deciding from seeing a thumbnail photo in a sidebar? *shudder*

So my tweaking continued and now looks much a little different. This post got its title from John who, after listening patiently to all my folderol (about what I had moved where and why) began shifting my stuff again just as if we were playing a shell game. I had to smack him to get him to quit.


Speaking of shells, Penny at The Comforts of Home featured three bloggers yesterday. Two were 
new-to-me bloggers and I found something I liked so well that I copied her. Either that or I'm copying Diane.

Diane has collected baskets and baskets of beautiful shells. I have collected this one and a bit of sea glass, too.

You'll be happy to know that the dining room table was cleared. It begged so pitifully that I had to pay attention. 

The piano was next to complain. The top was cleared completely giving everything a good dusting and polishing. The most distressing thing was the piano lamp. It is old and the brass had worn off. Now I know that brass is making a comeback (really?), but I used what I had;  into the paint box it went. 



~Hey! What am I? Chopped liver?~



Did you miss it? I don't know, maybe chartreuse would have been a better choice. Now here's a question for you, if you play an instrument: where do you store all your sheet music? I am stumped. I used to keep it in my grandfather's Victrola when I lived at the big house, but the Victrola has been living in the garage since the addition was built. I have no room for the Victrola and no place to keep the sheet music. Yes, I do play. Yes, I want my sheet music! All of it.

You know, I rather like this leap frog thing. I may get a few more things accomplished this way. Thanks for cheering me on!

Now go and create a most beautiful day...


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44 comments:

  1. Oh man (giggling) Thanks..now I will have to go get "folderol" going. My husband was watching/being nosy about your post(mainly because I was reading outloud)..he goes, "Hey Linda..you know..the dining room table is looking cluttered as is the desk in there too." Thanks Vee, thanks, (giggles). Blessings

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  2. I love "folderol" ... YeeHaw! My dining room table is covered with paint supplies .... watercolors mostly and lots of paper. Even though I have a studio of sorts, the dining room table is the place of choice when I'm painting. I'd stop by to visit no matter what picture you post. I have a couple of buckets of shells and bring them during the summer .. picking out the best ones and putting them out in the house to share ... and hope the kitties don't make toys out of them.

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  3. You really are on a roll Vee. It's looking good. I collect seashells but don't have a basket full although if I emptied a few jars I might fill a basket. I just got mine out yesterday for summer. I even painted two canvasses last week which I'll share soon. Keep in mind, I am NOT an artist! Have a super day! xo

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  4. I spent 3 1/2 hours tidying and cleaning yesterday and must say it looks pretty darn good here now. My sheet music is kept in the piano bench and I haven't played for a couple of years, even considered selling the piano. Had to laugh at John moving your stuff around, what a bad boy!

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  5. Oh, you put me to shame, Vee! Now I feel guilted into actually cleaning and organizing stuff. (well, almost). Most of my sheet music has disappeared, to where, I know not. It makes me sad. But what I do have remaining is either in the piano bench OR on the floor of the closet OR stacked next to the piano on the floor OR sitting on top of the crock which is next to the piano. Great organization, huh!

    Nice glow in that photo. BTW, I had a piano like that once and decided to refinish it. All the decoration on mine was actually some sort of resin or putty and 'melted' as I put the paint remover on it. :-(((((

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    1. Yes, well thanks, Judy! I am already using all of those storage solutions. LOL!

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  6. Everything is looking really good at your place! Keep up the good work!

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  7. It makes me feel so much better by accomplishing these small tasks that have been nagging at me. The lamp looks great! About that sheet music...how about binders covered in pretty wallpaper and stashed on a bookshelf...a "music library" so to speak! Anyway, enjoy your newly arranged areas while you can, 'cause if you are like me, it will slowly but surely start to accumulate "stuff" again :)

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  8. Oh, I missed the fun yesterday. Will have to go back and catch up.
    I can say that things are looking really nice at your place. The basket of shells screams summer
    I always look forward to my morning visits and seeing what Vee will be talking about today. I must say this is the first time I've encountered a blog post which included a bit of folderol. ;)

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  9. LOL...I love all your pictures. The one with the little lamp turned on is so cozy feeling. If you get bored at home, come on over, I'll let you help me clear away. Isn't horrid just how easy it becomes to clutter some times. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  10. I don't have a lot of sheet music...But I do have a lot of music books. (Far less than once upon a time. I sent a lot to the Salvation Army to bless other people as my daughter's say). I have a small book shelf on one side of my piano and a large basket on the floor on the other side. And I'm not having more than would fill them. And sheet music goes in the piano bench.

    I love all your tweeking and painting, etc. Lots of fun! Oh, I have a large shallow dish with sea shells in it. My grandchildren enjoy it as much as I do.

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    1. Oh dear...I just did the thing I consider my pet peeve. I put an apostrophe where it shouldn't be. Sorry!

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    2. No grammar police here! I don't know about you, but anything can happen when on the move visiting a lot of blogs.

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  11. Hi Vee, I always kept my sheet music in the piano bench but a good alternative would be a small magazine rack. Perhaps you could pick one up at a 2nd hand shop and paint it. I am so tempted to try the new chalk paint on a small piece of furniture!

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  12. That music book looks familiar. :) And so does the piano. Mine was built in 1895. What's the history of yours?

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  13. Looking good, Vee!
    I thought I was the only one who smacked (a loving little swat) my husband, I'm glad to know I'm not alone.
    Do you have an old attractive suitcase? I have several all over the house where I stuff pattern, papers, and such. Maybe you could hide your sheet music in one.

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  14. We always used the piano bench for storing current sheet music...I like Camp and Cottage suggestion, too.
    xo

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  15. You are on a roll, Vee!.........and setting that tidying standard a tad high, so you may want to turn your attention to something that would help all of us - like napping, or sitting on the porch with a pot of tea, or getting lost in a novel, or finding shapes in clouds..........
    We always kept our sheet music in the piano bench and until a month ago (when I passed it on to my nephew) in the old Victrola (yes, I smiled when I read where you kept yours). My mother had a proper music stand, with lots of lovely narrow shelves.

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  16. Well you are certainly on a roll, and it is looking sooo good. I learned to play the piano on one like yours...I miss it! I have all my sheet music in my piano bench, though there is not a lot of it. I LOVE Kim's suggestion btw of the old attractive suitcase. She's always so creative. Have a good day!

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  17. Sometimes I see something and wonder....why didn't I think of that? I have all of these seashells.....but you know I have never put a few pieces of seaglass on top of them. And what a pretty contrast that makes! I think I'll fill a basket today and add a few pretty pieces of glass....and copy you! I have a bookcase next to my piano so I have a shelf for music. Oh how I LOVE to have some open music, ready to play. I have a book open now...I think I'll change it, too. Stay tuned....you started a shell game at my house, too! haha! That sounds like a poem, John! Hugs!

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  18. I like the term leap frogging. I have been leap frogging, but as yet have not one single thing actually accomplished from it. Hence, no post about any of it.

    I like everything you have done. I don't play an instrument (these days anyway, I do know how to play the flute.) I like to keep sheet music anyway. I use it to decorate for the seasons. I like the one you have displayed.

    Do you know what is the best thing about this best to me, though? You used the word folderol. I never knew how it was spelled. Now, I have a song from Cinderella stuck in my head. (..."folderol and fiddle dee dee of courses... Impossible.") In my head, I sound exactly like Celeste Holme.

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  19. OH- I love how it looks, Vee. You did a great job. I have one of those lamps I need to spray paint, too...but think I will do a dull brass because of where it is...yes--I know brass is in/out/in-lol
    I have an old music cabinet that belonged to a grandmother that I used to store all my music in -and the most often played pieces went into the bench seat -which lifts for music. My daughter/grands now have the piano, bench and music cabinet. I miss having a piano. Your piano is a beautiful old instrument! I love it- xo Diana

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  20. You are on a roll! Everything looks nice. When I had a piano, I didn't have a bench so I kept the sheet music and hymnal in a magazine rack. Sob. I miss my piano!

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  21. You have been busy! Thanks for the mention! Do you have a piano bench with a lid. I thought that is where pianist store their sheet music....

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  22. Love the big basket of shells! I have little collections of shells from various places, so far have kept them separate though but like this idea, except I would forget what I collected where. :(

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  23. I love your home, warm and cozy! We have a lot of musicians here, piano players and a cello player. My violinist took her music with her when she married! ha! We have the piano bench packed and we have expanded out to bookshelves. I'll be working on a better solution soon. We have storage in our coffee table but it will mean moving the stuff in there out etc…shell game! :)

    Deanna

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  24. The shell game...funny! I, too, love the word folderol. We do have some sheet music. A lot of it was in the piano bench that is now living at Josh and Laura's house. I never learned to play anything and was kicked out of violin class. I did pretend I could read music and was in several choirs and music groups but mostly I learned by hearing the notes not understanding the notes on paper. Boy that was a long side story. The other sheet music we have is in those metal file cabinets, large ones and portable ones. Have a great day, Vee...and John!

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  25. The biggest shell game of all is what the government is doing to us with over regulation and ObamaCare.

    Folderol? At first I thought that was one of those new drugs that make one move in slow motion barefoot on the beach. So, I looked it up. "trivial or nonsensical fuss" Ohhhhhh ... that's something my favorite sister-in-law is quite accomplished at. I'll have to throw that $64 word at her and see if she laughs or hits me. *giggle* Thanks for teaching me a new word. By the way, I like the hummingbird trellis. You know me, I would have to trash it up with bright spray paint then put it right down by the road for everyone to "enjoy". ~:)

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  26. :). The basket of shells are so beautiful!. I too had the habit of collecting shells, but never thought of this cute idea of storing them :), I gave my little one some to play with and some I used in my crafts. May be here after I'll go collecting once again :)

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  27. Love the shell basket.. I have so many being that the gulf of Mexico is 15 min away.
    My sister has a piano and she stores all the music in the bench .
    Your pictures always come out so clear what kind of camera do you own?

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  28. Well, I don't know what happened here. I made a comment a couple of hours ago and came back to say something else and my first comment doesn't show up. Hence the testing. Maybe I forgot to hit publish.

    I was thinking about pianos and how so many of us have them, beautiful pieces, and how infrequently they show up in home decor magazines or even blogs, unless they are gleaming black Steinways taking up a whole lot of real estate in rooms of their own. Perhaps someone should do a series of blog posts on incorporating pianos into rooms and even do a link up. Any takers?

    I came back to chat about brass. Our house was built in the 80s and has brass hinges, brass door knobs, and brass leading in the four glass doors on the main floor. Since we are not going to change out the doors, we decided to "keep the house true to its roots" aka leave the brass. When I add knobs or something now, I go black instead of nickle or chrome so as not to have competing metals. So I'm very glad that brass is making a come back.

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  29. You make me smile so often Vee! I used to have a piano and the bench held my music. Do you have a filing cabinet? My dad used to use that for a lot of his music....which he kept so very neatly organized! Pretty shells and sea glass basket.

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  30. You're really tidying up, Vee! I'm impressed with all you're doing. The lamp looks good, too. Sadly, I don't play an instrument, so I can't help you there. However, I have recipes torn out from magazines, newspapers, etc., which can be very annoying.

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  31. I don't really play but do fool around with a key board. I keep the music in a basket.

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  32. Irises are so beautiful. Maybe you can begin one day with them in bloom?! My mother uses a cabinet with shelves for her sheet music. It took a calamity for me to start organizing - the guest room closet shelf gave way to winter clothes being stored there. Everything had to come off the fallen shelf and heavy duty brackets installed. Although, it gave me the opportunity to see that there were many things we hadn't worn since moving here. Funny how these things happen,

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    1. See yesterday for the irises in bloom. I should have started with these. Perhaps it's not too late to make the switch. =D

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  33. Zowie what a transformation for your piano lamp. I have the same one (in brass) on our piano. I pared down my sheet music and fit almost all of it in the (now top heavy) piano bench. I have a post brewing on just that very thing--my sheet music. Funny. I should get to it.

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  34. I've been wanting to paint my brass floor lamp but haven't quite gotten up the nerve to try. After seeing your piano lamp, I think I'm going to go for it!

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  35. I love your piano! I think those old piano's are beautiful! I've always seen people store their sheet music in the piano bench. If you don't have a bench, maybe a basket near the piano would work.

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  36. John is the clever one, isn't he? ;) He may have a point though. That's often how organizing goes...moving things from one spot to another (although I usually end up having a couple of bags of stuff to cart out of here too).

    Our sheet music/piano book collection is crazy. Books stacked up and falling over in a little closet under the stairs, the bench filled to capacity. I have wondered about asking Ron to make a small cabinet with a door to sit beside the piano to house it all. We really don't have much room there, and I'm afraid it would look a bit cluttered, but something needs to be done! Let me know when you come up with a solution!

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  37. P.S. I forgot to say how much I love your lamp update! Great idea!

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  38. In my younger days i used to collect many shells and paint on them. You also have a good collection of them!

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  39. No sheet music over here to organize. You have a great collection of sea shells...and sea glass! You are really in clean-up mode over there...inspiring some and making others fill guilty. :)

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