Thursday, April 12, 2012

Doing some gossiping 'bout how I LoveLucy!!!

** Update on Lucy**... scroll down to read all about it!

I've always had a really strong love for 

I Love Lucy

I can remember watching the unforgettable sit-com for forever!!
My mom and Lucy were expecting little 1950's style bundles of joy at the same time. 
That makes Little Ricky and I the same age.

Lucy, Desi and Desi Arnaz Jr: Lucys pregnancy was dealt with on I Love Lucy making it the first TV show ever to deal with pregancy.

I think I was cuter!

I actually had crush on "Desi" back in late elementary school and junior high school when he was in a band called Dino, Desi and Billy ~ playing the drums of course. He's the one in the middle.

I mean.... he was cute dontcha think?

Dino was Dean Martin's son, Desi the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and I have no idea where they found Billy. A quick google says he was the son of real estate moguls in Beverly Hills.

This was the biggest hit off of their one and only album.

Anyway, Desi and I always had a connection of sorts.

How can I get so off track?????

That wasn't why I started this post...

But, I do love Lucy!!
and Desi Arnaz, Jr.

And I loved when the Ricardo's and the Mertz's moved to Connecticut.

I think it was their house that I really loved!
Even though I was just a little, bitty snip of girl child.
My mamma had schooled me from early on that the Ethan Allen catalog was second only to the B-I-B-L-E.

The pages were well worn from where she dribbled and drooled over the Early American loveliness within.
She would clip dimensions and pictures and mail them to my Papaw 
(who was a carpenter)
and he would recreate them for her.

Happy were the days when the big trucks pulled up in front of our little Florida stucco house and off loaded the goodness of a hand crafted dough box or a coffee table or a marble top end table.

As I was studying this picture of Lucy's dining room in the Connecticut house a longing filled my soul.....And then I saw it.....

I have Lucy's chairs ~ six of them ~ around my dining room table.
Without even being aware of it, I had picked out the same chairs around 20 years ago from a thrift store. 
They are on my re-do list... so don't look too closely.
And I sooooo need a new camera!

And, earlier this year at my Beloved Goodwill, I found the little gossip bench that sits in the far left corner of Lucy's dining room. 

Forgive me for not having a before picture of her. 
In my excitement of sharing her as one of my "favorite thrifting finds" with Mr. Goodwill Hunting, I deleted it from my camera.

She was pristine birdseye maple when I found her sitting in the corner of GW. 
(nobody puts Baby in the corner ~ I love Dirty Dancing too!)

I paid a whopping $18.00 for her. 

I painted her with one coat of Annie Sloan Scandinavian Pink then a second coat of Old White except inside the "desk". I left that Scandinavian Pink.

I slapped her around and roughed her up a good bit and then waxed with 
Annie Sloan Clear Wax and then Dark Wax.

I'm looking for an old Black Rotary Phone to set on her desktop! 
I just love how she turned out.
Guess what I named her???


of course!


Ya'll come back now, ya hear

** Just as update on Lucy for ya'll.**

After I posted my Lucy story, a curious thing happened. 
I heard from an old high school friend who had read the post.
(not that she's old....  but high school was a longggg time ago. 40 years ago to be exact)

It was wonderful to hear from her.... and she asked for my address and said that she wanted to send me something. 

Ahh, a mystery... and I do love mysteries!!

So, I gave her my address and waited for the surprise to come.

Honestly, I couldn't even begin to guess.
Sure enough, a few days later a package arrived in the mail.

I love to get packages in the mail, especially surprise ones.
As long as they don't have IRS in the return address.

I whipped out my handy-dandy little multipurpose "mom" tool that my son had thoughtfully given me for Christmas and ripped into her.

And there she was.. all nestled safely in amongst the tissue!!!!

Now Lucy was complete!!!
I was and still am overwhelmed at the thoughtfulness of my friend from long ago. 
She brought a ray of sunshine into my life
and the best part of it is

She works!!!

I plugged her in and sure enough that old timey ringie dingie rang through my house the next time I got a call!

Linking up to



  2. Thanks so much for stopping by. I have alway loved Lucy. I loved all the furniture in their first apartment. I am still collecting chairs that look like theirs. When they moved I couldn't wait to see how Lucy(set designers) would decorate the house. The country house looked amazing when they were done. Happy to be a follower

  3. My first crush was Dino, of Dino,Desi, and Billy! I still have their records, down in the basement, with The Monkees, Paul Revere and The Raiders,etc. Thanks for the trip down memory lane - I thoroughly enjoyed it! ~Susan

  4. Thanks for joining the newbie party. I just left you a message on facebook and hope that made sense to you. I know there are a lot of women that are in your current phase of life out must go find them...connect, and have fun!

  5. Hey Karen! I'm your new follower. I love Lucy too! My oldest son used to come home from work each day and say...Lucy..I'm home!
    I hope you you'll come visit me too!
    betty@southerngrace blogspot