Dec 4, 2012


The stroke of midnight found me in the Happy Chair hooting like a blow fish over the fact that I finished stitching the pumpkins on my Harvest Moon House project.  Why in the world did it take me three weeks to get this far?  Only the shadow knows.....

Harvest Moon House
Laura J. Perin Designs

I would like to take a moment to send out a big fat teary THANK YOU for all of your lovely comments about my little hovel.  The truth of the matter is that I am feeling rather sad over the state of affairs here at Chez Spinster, so your encouragement was just what I needed to get on with it.  I built the place in 2002 and had every intention of making this my little dream house.  Sadly, Dad got sick in the midst of it all, and I never really seemed to "finish" things quite the way I had hoped.  Then once he passed away, the time started to fly by and my motivation for making a cozy nest for him to visit seemed to diminish rapidly.  I celebrated 10 years of living here in November with the writing of a list of things that I would like to accomplish, but sometimes I get completely overwhelmed with the prospect of it all.  Thank God for Aunt Chrissy, or I'm pretty sure that I would have moved into my car years ago.

Your comments about the state of affairs here make me think that I might be on the right track, though, and they give me the motivation to push a Swiffer around every now and then.  Thank you for that.

As for the decorations, I'm afraid that can't take any credit whatsoever for them.  My little sister took it upon herself to completely re-do Christmas around these here parts, and all I did was push the shopping cart in the Hobby Lobby.  Does she have a great eye, or what?

Oh, before I forget.....I get a lot of emails asking to explain the whole Aunt Chrissy name situation.  Aunt Chrissy is actually my sister, Crys.  She is called Aunt Chrissy because that is the name that Stewey insisted upon the moment he laid eyes on her.  I call her Aunt Chrissy, even though she is my sister because like any self-confessed Sopranos fan, I have always wanted the Rich Sister equivalent of an Uncle Junior.

How's THAT for making it even more confusing?!

Miss Marcy asked about my bookshelves.  They are from a company called "Shelf Expressions".  Here's a picture for you, Marcy ('scuse the dust):

You probably can't tell it from my craptastic photo, but the shelves are unfinished wood against an off-white wall that is bordered with white crown molding.  I promise you that there was absolutely no thought that went into this....I just happen to like being surrounded by books and this seemed like the best place to put these shelves at the time.  God willing, I'll have a proper library someday, and these shelves will end up going to a good home.

OK, time to go holler at a bill collector.  I've had a "gentleman" calling here all day looking for Stanley Wapshot.  Apparently, Stanley owes somebody a lot of money and decided to run for cover.  The only problem with Stanley's plan is that he gave them MY phone number.  The best part is when the "gentleman" calling for Stanley asks me if I'm SURE Stanley isn't here.  Um, gee.  Let me check.  There's an aggravated spinster, a handful of thirsty looking houseplants, and a little dog in a smoking jacket.  But a Stanley?  Nope.  No Stanley.  I'm pretty sure I'd know if I had a Stanley.  I'm trying to remember myself and not go nutso on this guy, but I'm pretty sure that my Jersey is going to show by the end of the day.  Stay tuned!


  1. One day I'll read one of your posts and *not* laugh out loud!
    Lovely bookshelves.
    I haven't seen Stanley either - he's not here in AussieLand.

  2. Coni - I want to sincerely thank you for sharing your beautiful home with its Christmas warmth with us. For some reason this year, I just cannot get into Christmas. Your photos have made my season. I think I'll heat up some hot chocolate and view your photos again. I keep snausages and I don't even have a dog--I'm owned by a 20 year-old siamese cat. I keep the treats for neighbor dogs. I figure if I give them treats, they will love me and not want to bite me. lol Hugs to you and Aunt Chrissy and, of course, Stewey and Bosco. Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Hmmmm maybe they are confusing Stanley with Stewey? Did you leave Stewey alone with your CC number and QVC on the telly?lol

  4. You're blog makes me smile everytime and your home is very beautiful. I definetly think you are on the right track :) Now back to my xmas stitching, that is if the kitties stop being ninjas and grabbing my floss!

  5. It sure is hard without our Dad's isn't it? My Dad has been gone for almost 10 years and it is always at the back of your mind...

    Your house is beautiful and thanks for showing the bookshelves - I wondered about them myself - and oh, so envious of it all!!

    The pumpkins are so cute!

  6. Are you sure Stanley isn't Stewey's Vegas Party name? I can just imagine that he'd need an alias in order to keep the droves of showgirls from hounding (pun intended) him after he returned home.


  7. I too have lost my father & miss him so much. He loved Christmas. At least we have our memories & can be thankful we had good fathers in our lives : )

  8. Nice progress on your Harvest Moon House. Oh, I would love to have a library too.

  9. Oh, Coni, thank you, thank you, for sharing your photo and info on Shelf Expressions! This is the answer to my dilemma. I've been in my place close to 3 years, yet still have boxes and boxes of needlework and cookbooks with no place to put them. I had not found any bookshelves that I liked till I saw these!

  10. And you do know that Aunt Chrissy loves being able to use her creative talents on your decorating? It's a curse that most people only have one home to decorate, but she has the pleasure of helping you! Which means that you love her immensely! You have a lovely home and your Christmas is awesome! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  11. Yay! Thank you, Coni, for sharing your shelves! I have been wanting to paint our shelves white...the hubs has been lobbying for a natural stain...and I think I may have just been convinced. Loves me the contrast. But oh, how to tell him that without him puffing up his ego and waxing about how stylish his ideas are?!

    I'm sorry about your Dad. I know without a doubt that he would have LOVED your nest.

    Very merry!

  12. I love your Christmas decorating Coni - in fact I love your whole home. I am envious of those who can have everything just the way they want it without having to compromise/consult with the husbands..... :-) Hope you and Stewey have a great holiday season and stay well!

    1. Please don't be too terribly envious, Miss Jeanne. I may not have to compromise with a husband, but I DO have to deal with Senior Fussypants. Methinks a husband would be a LOT less trouble!

  13. Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours, Coni. Thank you for contributing such fun here and sharing your beautiful home. :) Cathryn

  14. Oh gosh Connie, the "Stanley thing" happened to me too. It took me six months to rid my phone of it and stop the calls. They wouldn't believe me! I asked to speak with supervisors, managers, you name it. Finally, it just stopped. My heart goes out to you because it is certainly a weird experience being on the phone with someone who truly believes you are not telling the truth!

    As for your home, I admire it in every photo. It has such a warm feeling. Whatever you are doing, don't stop because it is working.

    Good luck with Stanley,