Saturday, October 18, 2008

Decorating with Words

I have always loved the written language. I just love words. As a matter of fact when I sometimes run across a word while reading that strikes me as interesting, I'll make note of it. I don't know how normal that is...but I've always enjoying anything to do with the language arts....whether it be writing, literature, grammar, spelling or vocabulary. So really, I guess it's not surprising that I would have words all over my home. Besides the books everywhere (hmmm...that's a whole other post sometime), I have signs and decorations with words in rooms throughout our home. I walked through the house and snapped some pictures. And really this isn't even close to all of them, just some of my favorites or in my favorite rooms.

We'll start with the sunporch. The sunporch has a sort of primitive/rustic gardening/nature sort of feel as a transition from the outdoors to the indoors. It has birdhouses, sunflowers, stars, watering cans, potting bench, that's the kind of words you see here.

In the kitchen (which is still a work in progress), there's the kitchen sign up on the shelf above the bay windows. It brings out the black in the kitchen, I think.

And although it's not a sign, this is a cross stitch that my friend, Betty, made for me years ago and I've always loved it. She stitched it for my kitchen because of my cookstove that looks similiar. Right now, I have it on the new cupboard (which I will share pretty soon...still doing a little collecting).

And although this one is not technically a sign either, this is a new favorite in my kitchen. This is the home checkerboard that Kindra made for me. It's the very first thing that I see when I walk in the backdoor from the sunporch and it says Home. What better thing for it to say?

And you may remember the Home Sweet Home stained glass sign hanging in my window that I repainted recently to coordinate better in my kitchen.

This is a sign that my mom bought this past weekend on our trip. She decided it just didn't match in her house, so I'm thinking about putting it up in my kitchen somewhere above the cabinets.

Next up for my kitchen on my wish list, is a pantry sign for my pantry door.

In the dining room is one of my very favorite signs of all. I love what it says and I love the size and color of it.

Also here in my dining room is the simply sign above the bay windows in the dining room above the sideboard/buffet.

Here's a few in our living room. Right now for fall, I have a seasonal sign on the fireplace...Harvest Blessings..

And on the hearth of the fireplace...a sign I painted on driftwood years ago..

Since our living room is Primitive/Americana...there's quite a few Americana signs..

Above the piano, a God Bless America sign that I bought at a flea market quite awhile ago..

Above the couch...although not a sign, still there are words quilted in the old window frame.

Near the entertainment center is a painted gameboard sign that I found at a yard

In the foyer...walking in the front door..this is the first sign you would see, (that hangs over the staircase)...

At the stair landing, there are several Americana words in this grouping...Old Glory, Liberty...Let Freedom Ring...

At the end of the hall is another Americana one.

At the backdoor going into the sunporch..

Also out back on the way from the sunporch backdoor to the carport is the Bless Our Nest sign painted on driftwood.

This is the sign you'll find near our front door outside right now. This changes with the seasons.

This one is in our bedroom...paying tribute to my love of quilts...

And in Joy's room...her sweet letters that hang above her dresser. Her room has a cottage feel to it.

So I guess it's just a natural thing for a girl that loves words to adorn her walls and home with them too! I challenge you too to walk through your home and just notice how much of the written word you have included in your decor too!

** Update on Jason ** The Dr.'s appointment was moved to Friday, but he did get a good report. Although we may never know the original cause, his leg seems to be healing properly and he can definitely get around better on it now and without pain, just a little discomfort. He got the okay to return to work on Monday. His next appointment is two weeks from now, just to be sure all is healing appropriately. Thanks for all the concern and get well wishes and for the birthday wishes for Jason. We both appreciate them all.

And someone asked me in a comment what town we visited on our trip to the Ozarks...the town was Hardy, Arkansas. So now you'll have to let me know, if you knew the guy in the photo! :)

Have a great Saturday, everyone! :)


basketsnprims said...

I sure enjoyed all of your signs, stitcheries, and the words worked into your decor. I have several pieces of driftwood that my neighbor gave to me & now I know what to do with the bigger ones. Hope you don't mind. I have several signs, pillows, etc. that express my feelings, too. Thanks for sharing. ~ Pam

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

I, too, am a lover of words. I really enjoyed seeing all of your pictures. Have a great weekend.

Raggedy Angel said...

I love all your signs...they remind me of the "sight words" I used to display in my preschool class rooms! Beth

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Hi Tammy,
I loved the tour of your rooms with signs:) They all look great I'll have to see what I have and take pics.
I'm so glad your DH is feeling and walking better too.

Kindra said...

I just love signs. I enjoy making them and having them around me at our home. They are great reminders to stop and enjoy the simple moments.

Love that quilt block windowpane! I made a couple for my craft fair, but painted them. :)

Wendy said...

I love all your signs Tammy! I started looking aroud my home once I started reading your post and I too have words and sayings all around!!I just love your home, so thanks for more pics of it!!:0)
I am so glad to hear that Jason is doing much better and I pray it heals properly and very quickly!!
Tammy I would be honored if you would accept the Fabulous Fall Decor Award from me!!! I love your home its so warm and inviting and can't wait to see a picture of the whole kitchen!!! Have a great weekend my friend!!~Wendy

Sue said...

LOVED this post. I am going to look around my home and see how many "WORDS" I have. Glad Jason is better.

My*Prim*Cottage said...

Hi Tammy! Glad the hubby is getting better! I love the sign tour. Isn't it funny when we look around at our decor and we realize the things we gravitate towards? I'm looking around my family room now and realizing just how many ways I have used "words", too! Thanks for the tour! ~Beth~

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

You are definitely a gal after my own heart. I just love stuff that says something and there are "words" all over my house! I made my business centered around sayings, poems, etc. I loved the tour of your "words" and it made me want to update and redo some of my things!!!!! Thanks!!!


FourOf5zs said...

I love all your signs. I have very few words in my house... there isn't much of a decor. I can't figure out what goes with all the piles of clutter my husband has all over the house. I gave up on trying to change his habits many years ago... he has so many good qualities that I can overlook the clutter :-)

Kimberly said...

What wonderful words to live by! They all look so beautiful... makes me want to paint signs!

Anonymous said...


First I am so glad Jason is doing better. I am glad his leg didn't get worse.

I really enjoyed this blog and the one about quilts. I also have a few signs around my home and am always looking for more. I can't remember where you purchased the one in your dining room but I know it was someone at CS. Could you please remind me. :) Oh and from the few sneak peeks of the kitchen it's starting to look really good.


Homespun Simplicity said...

Hi, Tammy,

This was my first time on your blog. I enjoyed all the pictures of your "words"--I like words, too! And, I love the way you decorate. Country decorating is what I like to do also. The wall hanging with several hearts on it--I have one exactly like it! Seems like we have a lot in common...I love movies and old tv shows that have small towns, too--Little House on the Prairie, Love Comes Softly, Waltons, etc. Oh, and I homeschool my children, too. It's nice finding someone out there that likes the same things as I do. Have a wonderful weekend!!!


Stephanie said...

I love all your signs, I too have them everywhere, I might have to show them in a future blog!
Good to hear your DH is doing better,

lindanuts said...

I bet you breathed a sigh of relief when the dr. said Jason is going to be ok. Halleiluiah!!
Love your use of words. I, too, have a few; just didn't realize how many there are! LOL

Sandra said...

I love words too and love seeing how you decorated with them :)

Gettysburg Homestead said...

I love all your signs Tammy!!! I only have a few, but I'd love to add more.


DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Just found your blog. I love decorating with words too. Your pictures are wonderful.

AnnaSam said...

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carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

I love signs too, but do not have many at all. I have one in my kitchen that I made myself with the name of our home. I keep telling myself that I need to get a few special ones, but haven't done it yet.
I really enjoyed seeing all of your's.
And glad to hear that your DH is doing better.
Have a great week!

Katy said...

oh...i LOVE to decorate with words too!!! I just loved all of yours!!! :o)

Glad Jason's leg is doing better! :)

Tammy said...

I just loved the tour of your signs, Tammy! I actually love all of them, but I especially was struck by the Americanna quilt window frame- and love all the Autumn Blessings signs, too!

So glad Jason's leg is healing now!

(Oh, and to answer your question, no, my birthday is in January...I guess our "twinship" has to stop somewhere! LOL)

Have a great week!

Homespun Simplicity said...

Hello again, Tammy~

Thanks for adding me to your blogroll--I added you to mine, too.

I homeschool two--my 16 year old son, who is in 11th grade, and my 12 year old daughter, who is in
7th. My son started out in public school, but we started homeschooling when he was beginning 3rd. It has really been a blessing to be able to homeschool.

I hope you like the recipe for "Apple Goodie." I actually home-can apple pie filling and use that instead of the apple mixture in the recipe, but either way is good...and, of course, the oatmeal topping is the BEST! Sometimes my husband wants me to double the topping!

Thanks for your kind has been nice chatting with you. I'll keep checking back! Have a great evening!


P.S. You got me in the Christmas spirit--talking about the Christmas music and lights! :-)

Colleen said...

Such a fun post, Tammy! I love all of your words and signs and such. And I can't wait to see more of that "new" kitchen...

I'm so glad to hear that Jason is healing well :)

Have a great week, my friend!

Back in the Day said...

Tammy, I love your signs! Your home is wonderfully decorated! What a great job on all of the saying! LOVE IT!

Debbie @ said...

Wow Tammy I feel like we should grab a hot apple cider, sit at a table and play "Scrabble". I love to play that game...our family is very into words too. My dad loved big dictionaries. I like how you have words everywhere, and your signs are wonderful. It's great how you have used them in such creative ways. Love it!

Julie said...

My house "talks" too, and I love it!! What a fun post!! Julie

Anonymous said...

Tammy, I loved seeing all the word signs in your home! I also love them, and I have several throughout our home that I love too!

Great to hear that Jason is doing better Tammy!

Thanks for sharing your word tour of your home Tammy! I very much enjoyed seeing all your pictures, that's for sure! Your home is so very beautiful!

Have a great day!

Love & Blessings,

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Always love seeing how you decorate. I like words too! Just one word viewed over and over can change an attitude so its nice to have positive messages to encourage and uplift the family.


sweetmemorymakingmom said...

I love this post! Really neat. hugs, Ellen