“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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Jan has graciously volunteered to host this week's Fun Monday. And her challenge is all about "Walls". Jan wanted to know the colors of our walls. Throughout the main section of our home the interior walls are a deep sea turquoise. The living room is of the same color combination, but it's two layered. The dark turquoise is on the bottom half -separated by a carved wooden lathe all around the entire living room...atop the wooden carved lathe is a lighter shade of turquoise, the walls are covered with my own art work which Bud framed for me. One exterior wall is mostly white brick fireplace with Native American knick knack. The master bedroom is a deep dark wine-purple, and the walls are covered with Gone With the Wind movie stuff, victorian style china and birds. The master bath is wallpapered with copper and wine embossed paper. The dinning room [walls are nautical], kitchen [also nautical] and hallway are all the deep turquoise --as all three rooms [and hallway] are of an opened area. The guest bathroom is done in black! Yes, there are black walls in one small area. The rest is wallpapered with gold, black and rose embossed wallpaper. [it's all oriental]. The library is wall to wall books and my computer desk - the walls are mainly shelves - a small area is covered with light house watercolors and my husbands collection of mermaids [he likes the naked upper torsos I believe -kidding!]. The guest bedroom is done in deep mustard yellow with cherry wood, and it's all western decor on the walls.

I will share photos of our hallway walls to keep it short.

One section, just outside my computer room/library is this:

Our hallway is mostly dedicated to 'family' things. This one wall is all Navy [and one United States Marines suncatcher!]. All of Bud's ships' plaques. USS O'Hare [destroyer], USS Taberrer [destroyer escort -this ship also helped rescue Typhon victims -historically], and the USS J D Blackwood [also destroyer escort]. Along with the ships' framed photos. A wood carving of an 'old salt'. A dolphin he used to wear around his neck with his dog tags. And a rope knot he tied while aboard one of the ships. Called a Monkey's Fist. Oh, and another suncatcher, USN.


This is a close up of the Monkey's Fist knot. I tried to tie one of the same, and I did accomplish the entire knot, but mine?---well, let's just say it didn't look like a fist at all! It more or less resembled some kind of jumbled arthritic knot all right, but a fist? Nope, not on your life. It takes a lot of skill and patience to do this. And the knot he tied, is all one piece. How cool is that? I'm always in awe of this talent. He can do many more kinds...but I guess when you're aboard ship, you have all the time in the world! [don't tell him I just typed that statement!]


On this section of wall along the hallway is a 'family tree' of sorts. On the top left is my grandmother. Circa about 1898. To the right of that large picture - on the shelving unit is my mother's very used bible. Along with her original wedding band and high school graduation ring --atop the rings is her silver thimble. Below the crystal ring holder is the handkerchief that was in the bible on the last page she read before passing away. The small dark item to the bible's left is Bud's great grandfather's pipe [from Ireland]. To it's left is a collage of our son from birth to the Marine Corps. The other collage is our daughter's - from birth to her first born child. Below the collages is Bud's grandmother. And the calendar is a 1940 calendar of our family's grocery store...they had them printed up for their customers for a holiday gift that year.

This wall is all crosses. The wooden cross is something I asked Bud to carve for me [he carved one before this to give to our son upon his request and I liked it so much, I asked Bud to do one for me!] ---The carving is taken from Gun's and Roses album. Everyone likes it so much I think Bud could sell them...but now, his crippled hands can't do much in the way of carving with a knife. So, I'm glad he did it when he did. I love it!! And the rosary is my mother's. The crystal crosses are mine, but the chains broke, so I just pinned them up. And the plaque to the right of all this is my mother's! It is "The Lord is My Shepherd". It was hers as a child. I got it when she passed on. It's been hanging on a wall in all our homes ever since I can remember.





Next week's hostess is Hula Heart Girl

32 comments :

  1. Wow...nice wall! And I love the items you have there!

    Have a Fun Monday!

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  2. I love your bold colored walls....... I am going to move out of my comfort zone this summer and paint my living room.......

    thanks for coming by my blog and taking a look at my flowers....... I pray that you had a good day...

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  3. What fun to take a look inside :)!
    Love your detailed description of your walls and the picture.
    The cross is beautiful, it's hard to believe that the carving is taken from a Gun's and Roses album...
    Happy Monday!!

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  4. Wow the family tree idea is a great one! I love the colour of the walls too!

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  5. The family tree wall, I soo love that idea...now I got me some wonderful ideas and I haven't finished looking at everyone's posts yet!

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  6. You have so many souvenirs on your wall, I not at all not even on furniture. The cross is really beautiful ! very special !

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  7. The knot is very nice. It takes a lot of talent to achieve such a knot. Sometime, I will try such a knot.

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  8. I love how personal all of your items are. The knot is cool! And all of yor mother's things are such a great way to remember her. I enjoyed seeing a little piece of your home.

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  9. Love your themed walls. I like the cross that Bud made. And it even has a carving of Christ on it. I would definitely purchase one.

    My dad and brother where in the navy. So I enjoyed the memories of their time serving through your wall. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Oh yum...a treat with our comment. Thanks for the Italian ice recipe; Anni, you are the best. I like the way that you have created meaningful and thematic displays on your walls. The groupings seem so well composed. The carved cross is magnificent. Now, I am off to look at Guns and Roses albums.

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  11. Hi Anni. Lovely desciption of your walls and love your family collection in your hallway..yor bedroom colouring sound simlar to mine my walls are neutral my bedspread is deep wine -purple -burgandy colour with Mauve_orchid pink drapes and lace curtains. with a painting above the bed...Take care my friend Jen

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  12. I love how your walls tell stories about you and your loved ones. So much interesting history. The Cross is a very special work of art! Have a wonderful week Anni!

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  13. Oh...this is so lovely...well, these..all of your walls and what you have hanging on them!!! I love to hear theh stories behind them. It makes me feel like I'm seeing it up close and personal.

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

    Hey...drop me a line when you have a chance? I only have an old email for you and I don't think you use it any more.

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  14. Anni,

    I love your walls. They tell so much about your family. I adore your grandmother's Bible with the handkerchief and thimble. What a precious keepsake. I don't know whatever happened to Grandma's Bible.

    The crosses are lovely and the Monkey's Fist is awesome. I could never make it look like that either. Bud does have a talent.

    Take care and have a great week. I'm slow getting started this morning.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  15. A great Fun Monday post, and a recipe, to boot. I love the groupings you've done in your home. Also, I like the bold colors.

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  16. Thanks for the Strawberry Italian Ice recipe. Definitely making that on the next overly hot day. Love your blog. There is so much to see here.---How do you ever find the time? Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  17. I have only two thing on one wall in our house.the two awards that i have earned in my meager existence on this world. My third Place award I won during a novice claas contest at a Hammered Dulicimer festival. and my Brass award that I earded as a Real estate agent at Reality One now called Real Living.

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  18. Lovely color on your walls. Totally fitting for near the shore. :) I like how you have themed walls too.

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  19. Your walls are gorgeous Anni, so full of interesting and beautiful things. I knew they would be. And I love the colour you have on them. My post is up but it's a little cheesy so don't worry if you don't get chance to get back.

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  20. You have some real treasures on display. I really love the cross that Bud carved it is beautiful.

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  21. Love your wall color! I hate plain old white, don't you? Colorcul is much more fun :) That cross is awesome...very special and different. Love it!

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  22. Thanks for your visit to my post. I always look forward to visiting yours. I love all the different things you have used on your walls. The cross's are especially nice. Hope you have a great week.
    Judy

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  23. Nice pictures, really enjoyed them.

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  24. Love your turquoise walls and ‘nautical’ stuph … but the crosses captured my attention most. I’ve got quite a collection of crosses, though none on my walls. That Bud is one handy and talented guy!

    My first house had colorful walls … one bathroom blue and the other purple … kitchen yellow … family room a textured ‘rusty-orange’ adobe effect, etc … but my current home has mostly bright white walls with stained wood accents all over … making today’s task quite challenging. Took me until this afternoon to get it shared … but it’s up finally at Small Reflections.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  25. your walls are really interesting!! I enjoyed it

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  26. Thanks for stopping by my place!

    I love the color, and the cross Bud made is beautiful! I love things made out of wood!

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  27. What eclectic collections you have Anni. From past posts I believe you're a water girl at heart, is that correct? Seems to come out in wall colors, artwork, and uh-choosing a sailor husband!

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  28. what a great collection!

    and you're right -- the wooden cross is fantastic!

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  29. More great walls Anni.

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  30. Your wooden cross is quite interesting! I tried to come up wtih an unusual cross for a story I was writing. The unusual ones are very cool!

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  31. I enjoyed seeing what's on your walls. I especially like the way you have your Mom's Bible, etc. on a shelf for display. What a neat idea.

    Thank you for visiting my Fun Monday.

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  32. Fun seeing your walls!! I have been painting each of our rooms and so hated to hang anything back up!! Silly me!! Everything looks nice. Sandy

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