Sunday, May 3, 2009


Hello and welcome to Blue Monday hosted my Smiling Sally. If you go here to her blog you can get a list of all the other participants.

Today I have part two of my Americana Bath. If you did not get here last Monday then, if you'd like, scroll down and take a look at the pics you missed. Please feel free click on the pic if you would like to see a larger view.

I'm showing you some closeups this week. I had a few people ask if the room was big. Yes it is for a bath that is. It's 14 x 18, it was supposed to be a small bedroom according to the house plans but we decided we did not need another bedroom being empty nesters and just made it into a large bathroom.

This shelf below has my collection of Brandywine Collectible Houses. I'll show you closeups of them next week in my last part of this room.

This pretty Thomas Kincade lamp was a gift from a lifelong friend. She saw it in the Bradford Exchange catalog and had it sent to me knowing how much I love Thomas Kincade art.

A closeup of the lamp with a pretty little cottage and stream.

Another cute cross stitch.

A closeup of a Betsy Ross vintage embroidered piece that I picked up in an antique mall in NJ. I've always loved Betsy Ross, I guess because I love to sew so much!

Close up of a wreath I made using a Brandywine House.

Another closeup of cross stitch and some glitter words.

I used some little crocks to hold Q-tips and emery boards. My husband brought that antique crate home and I use it as a shelf.

Some closups of that cute little shelf that my husband built for my stuff!!!!

A friend painted the God Bless America sign. She died of a brain tumor about 16 years ago. She had painted so many things for me and I will never part with them.

Another cute little Betsy Ross.

A cute little Americana bear and cross stitched bunny.

I love houses and cross stitched this back in the 80's, another one of my favorite things.

I love this saying "This corner of the earth smiles for me" that's how I feel about my home.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed looking at my Americana Bath. I loved sharing it with you! Next Monday will be my last post for this room. Until I make another Americana thing that is! LOL
Bless you, Shirl


Blondie's Journal said...


Your bath belongs in a magazine!!! It is truly a wonderful collection of Americana! I knew it had to be big, but the size of a small bedroom~no wonder you were able to fill it up!! Some of my favorites are the crosstitch, because I love to do needlework and I know how much time goes in to one little piece, so... it MUST be appreciaated!! I am also a fan of Thomas Kincade and have an almost overflowing Christmas Village of his.

Shirl, this is out of this world. Kudo's to you on creating a masterpeice of a bath!! :-D


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Shirl, there is no way that I can even pick a favorite picture today! I just love them ALL!! In fact, you've inspired me to do my first ever Blue Monday post, too!

Got to say that your sweet friend's painted patriotic teddy & your little cross-stitched one are awfully adorable!!

Love you,
Angelic Accents

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I enjoyed reading your blog today. I am still so new to blogging, but love reading others stories.
Everyone has a story and so many of them are so touching....
Hope you will stop by for a visit.
The May give-away has started and this month there will be 10 winners.
I will be blogging from Disney World soon...

pughy said...

I cant get over how much lovely stuff you have in there. You can lie in the bath and just browse all the lovelies. Love the cross stiching, you are very talented.
Thanks for dropping by my place.

Carol and GJ x

Cindy said...

Love your collection, but really love your cat!

Jaimie said...

What a cute room!! I love the cross stitch. It is one of my very favorite crafts and you display it beautifully! Your little house collection is adorable too. So many things to comment on so I will just say congratulations on a decorating job well done!

Smilingsal said...

Wow, I'm impressed. How long does it take you to clean that room? Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Shirl, Love all your things...just completely delightful!!

Happy Blue Monday.


Mary said...

Shirley, I love seeing pictures of your home. That large bathroom must be wonderful! Lots of room! You have the prettiest and sweetest treasures.
I am going to try your suggestion! Thank you! I love your decorating so tips from you are appreciated!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

I love the vintage Betsy Ross..... you have some very lovely pieces there...

Jennifer said...

Mom your americanna bath really does look so pretty.The Betsy Ross needle work is my favorite.Also the big bowl with the 4th of july designs on it.The houses are adorable and look really great on that shelf.Hugs!Love you,Jen

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Shirl,
I love part two of your bathroom. Each and every cross stitch is beautiful. I love the houses on the shelf and also the wreath with the little house and Americana ribbon. The border paper is perfect. You have every little detail perfected and I love the touch with the cotton balls and q-tips in the crocks.

You inspire me for the wall inset shelf. Let's see where can I use one of those???
Shirl you have been a very busy girl and your talents really shine through in this gorgeous bath.
You always inspire me, thank you so much for that my friend.
These pics belong in a magazine.
Have a wonderful day.
love ya, Celestina Marie

Mimi said...

Thanks so much for your comment about my recipes. For some reason I'm thinking "food" all the time lately. Could it be my diet☺ As with anything good in's better when it's shared and who better to share it with than friends...

Boy, that's a lot of red, white and blue. I still want to see more of your Newf...just too cute☺

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Hope you had a Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

KatCollects said...

I love all of your patriotic treasures, so special. My favorite is the Betsy Ross piece, love it. I hope you are having a good week.

Lori said...

Oh do I love the room!! I seen tons I'd love for my family room!! Its R,W,and blue! I don't know where to even begin, but you did a fabulous job! Happy Mother's day! Love,Lori