Hello friends!

This has been a delightful weekend, spending it with my best friend, and getting to do lots of relaxing, movie-watching, talking, laughing, and lots of goofing off! And now it’s Monday. To me, Mondays are days to get back into the routine of the week, to relax, get some work done, and just generally start the new week off on the right foot. 🙂 (I actually don’t dislike Mondays!)

I thought I would share with you a few treasures I’ve found over the past couple of weeks… a few new goodies to add to my rather large hopechest collection! 🙂


This was actually found a few months ago for $3,
while out yard-saling with my best friend!


This comfy treasure was found just the other day for $35.
It will eventually have a slip-cover on it,
I’m not too crazy about the blue flowers. 🙂

And last, but most certainly not least…


I have a new iron! Or rather, a new old iron. I currently use my great-
grandmother’s travel iron from the 1940’s, and it’s the best iron
I’ve ever used! I just found the exact same iron for $8 at an antique store,
and I am absolutely thrilled to have another.
At last, Mom and I no longer have to fight over the iron… 🙂


August 31, 2009. Fun Finds, Hopechesting, Ironing, Life, Monday, Yard Sale. 1 comment.

More things up for auction!

Hello friends!

I’m back yet again, having spent a wonderful weekend with friends and family! Over the weekend I also realized there was no possible way for me to wear all the clothes in my closet, and I also made a skirt that was a bit too small, so I’ve listed two things on Ebay for sale!

Click on the following links to check out the clothes!

1960-style pencil skirt

Baby-doll Peasant style dress

And here’s a cute tunic top I made this week…


it will be perfect this fall with a pair of blue jeans!

God Bless, and have a wonderful day!

July 27, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Fun, Life, Monday, Organizing. Leave a comment.

In which we almost go fishing…

And find out we cannot. *sigh* Well, this morning I saw Pop-pop drive by, boat hitched to the back of his jeep, and I quickly got ready and begged to tag along. Hooray! Off we went for a nice quiet morning fishing. Pop-pop slid the boat into the water, and off we went. Well… almost. Turns out something was messed up with the gas, and the motor wouldn’t work!


Pulling the boat in…

Yep. Pop-pop had to walk the boat in. Hopefully he can figure out the problem soon!

July 20, 2009. Fun, Life, Monday. Leave a comment.


Hello, there!

I’m officially tired. After spending the morning out doing things, and a nice late afternoon surprise get-together with a very good friend, it has been a busy day! This past weekend totally wore me out, and lack of sleep is beginning to show.

So today while I was out shopping for more sewing thread and zippers and good stuff like that, I just *happened* upon a sale at Payless Shoes. Isn’t that just handy? I was thrilled, because I’ve been looking for a pair of white sneakers to add to my already-too-large shoe collection. (What’s even funnier is I don’t wear most of them!) Flip-flops are my shoe of choice during the summer months, because they are the closest thing to being barefoot. However, I am aware that going biking and doing other similar activities will create the need for a shoe that I can wear with sundresses or pants.

Enter the white sneaker. The worst thing about having small feet is that you have a hard time finding grown-up looking shoes in the kid’s section. The BEST thing about having small feet is that you can buy cute shoes for a LOT cheaper! Have you ever looked at the difference in shoe prices between women’s and girls? I got these for about $10.


I was looking for pictures taken in the 40’s or 50’s with the white sneaker/sundress look, but no such luck. This will have to do for now. (You can tell I’m tired, right?) 🙂

And it’s off to bed I shall trot, looking forward to a relaxing day tomorrow.

July 6, 2009. Cars, Fashion, Friends, Fun, Life, Monday. 1 comment.

Relaxing the spring away…

And so looking forward to a delightful summer! So happy second day of summer! 😀 This past weekend has been spent spending time with a good friend, riding in old cars, hanging out, and simply having a wonderful time. 

Yesterday I spent a little time in my lover-ly hammock, where a little friend joined me. After an hour of contemplation, she finally decided that it was okay to just hop in there with me, and so, she did. 



The birds overhead were very interesting.


The book I’m holding is part of a series I’m reading, the Mitford Series. You simply MUST read them. Oh, they are wonderful! I have been stuck in them for days. 

And, in other news, I finally got enough dandelions to try some dandelion-rose jelly. I spent the entire afternoon picking dandelions and then separating the yellow part of the dandelions from the green part. *sigh* That took a LONG time. It should be interesting, seeing as the infusion smells funny… hopefully, however, the infusion will be for color, and not for flavor… we shall see in the next few days! I’ll be sure to post more on that, especially if it turns out alright. 


Well, I will head out for now… more things to do! God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

June 22, 2009. '64 pick-up, Cars, Family, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Life, Monday, Projects, Reading, Summer. 1 comment.

The Dungeon.

Today I locked myself in my dungeon. On purpose. Okay, so it wasn’t a dungeon, but it sure felt like it after sewing in my sewing room all day! I started at around 10:00 a.m. and only came down once to run errands. I finally finished at 8:00 p.m., which was AMAZING! 

What was I working on so diligently? I was sewing 3 bridesmaid dresses for a wedding that’s coming up! A friend of mine is getting married in July, and I was commissioned to do the bridesmaid gowns. So, I have four done, and one more to go… Hooray!!! They will be shipped out tomorrow morning, neatly packaged and ready to be worn. 



The dresses, awaiting the finishing touches.


We got some lovely pictures this past weekend, not many of the event we were going to, but plenty of the surrounding area. The poppies were in full bloom, and vibrant color in the garden.



Aren’t they pretty?



I love visiting water-towns… although this one was a little
too far 
north for my taste!

And now I can relax for the night… Ahhh. *kicks feet up*


God Bless and have a wonderful evening!


June 1, 2009. Life, Monday, Projects, Sewing. Leave a comment.

Crunch. Time. (Or, our weekend, Part 1)

Notice: I wrote this series of posts this past weekend, and took some pictures to illustrate… I’ll be posting it in several parts, so I hope you enjoy the saga!

Crunch. time. Ah, the joy of getting ready for a weekend show. 95 plus frames. Painted, grained, and varnished in 2 days time.

It was at 1:00 in the afternoon the day before we needed to leave for the show. Mom was FINALLY done painting the color green on her artwork, and she was happy to be moving on to the color yellow. Around 5:30, I started mentioning dinner, and asked her what she wanted. “Something from a straw!” she said half-way between laughter and serious-ness.


Before the framing begins, the paintings are matched with their frames to make sure everything looks right.

Finally around 8:00 at night we were ready to frame. And frame we did! the blessing was that my grandparents came over to help us, and they had quite an experience as they learned the art of framing in 3 hours flat! It was 11:00 when they went home, worn, out from glass cleaning and mat cutting. At 11:30, Mom (who had ben painting non-stop literally all day) said “It we go to bed at midnight, I could get up at 5 tomorrow morning and finish this painting.” I informed her that I would not be friendly with only five hours of sleep!!!!!

Days like these, it’s good to be able to see the humor in situations… we tend to get down-right slap-happy! Laughter, even at the silliest things, is essential to keep you going until the task at hand is done. Crunch time is almost over….

God Bless, and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

May 19, 2009. Family, Fun, Life, Monday, Thursday. Leave a comment.

With a hinge.

Hello everyone! 

Yes, odd title, I know… it is part of a quote that is quite appropriate in my back’s current state of affairs. 

“What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.”
~Charles Dudley Warner~


Wouldn’t you agree? In the past few days I have dug two trenches out of the walk-ways in my garden, and tonight laid down plastic to keep down the weeds, and then shoveled dirt on top of the plastic. Hooray! Doesn’t sound like much when it’s written down, but my back and arm muscles know better. 🙂 

The spring is nearly gone, which is quite sad. My poor precious daffy-downs are almost all dried up. 😦 Poor little things! I think daffodils should bloom all year long, don’t you? However, the bright side is that daisies come up in the summer. 

“Fair daffodils, we weep to see you haste away so soon.”
~Robert Herrick~



Another sweet little house that I just love! It has all the best things… red shutters, a wonderful front porch, and a screen door! 


April 27, 2009. Fun, Garden, Life, Monday, Quotage, Spring. 1 comment.

A quiet day at home

Hello everyone! 

It has been a quiet day here, although Mom and I did get out for a little local excitement, we simply had to visit our librarians and celebrate with them in the opening of the newly built library! I haven’t been to the library in quite a while, and was happy to find a few new books to read. I started reading one, “Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of The Churchills” which, so far, is a fantastic book. I recently began reading a biography on Winston Churchill, (which is about half-way finished right now!) and have wanted to read this one for quite a while. Depending on how good it is as I continue reading, it may need to be added to my collection. 




Thus far, there are a few things that stand out to me in the book (You must know, though, I’m only 82 pages into the 702 page book!). Winston and Clementine continually wrote back and forth to each other, often every single day. Not only about events of the day, happenings of the time (like the sinking of the Titanic), but often sweet little love notes, just to let the other know of their continued affection. It has put a whole new light on the couple, as well as shows the “real-ness” of their love for each other. They have their trials and vexations, and write exactly as they think and feel to each other. It’s amusing and funny, and I have been laughing at the witty remarks that were sent back and forth between them. 

There’s just something about writing letters back and forth that is wonderful… I’ve always been a letter writer, and unfortunately have gotten out of the habit in the past few years. 

After making a quick run to the thrift store across the street to see if they had any goodies, I came home and worked on some quick sewing jobs for a friend. Once that was finished, I read some more with a warm cup of tea in hand, and then cooked dinner. (Breakfast for dinner.. yum, yum! :-)) 

I’m trying to take over dinners, meal planning, and grocery shopping for Mom. Since the crunch of getting ready for her next show is coming on, and I’m at home full-time now (YAY!), I have enjoyed trying my hand at planning meals. Coupons and sales are my best friends! I absolutely love going grocery shopping, and catching sales and using coupons is a fun challenge.  

A few sites I love for getting good coupons/deals/tips on where to get coupons: 


Retail Me Not

Money Saving Mom

And for those of you who buy Eight O’Clock coffee… be sure to sign up for their new rewards program. If you grind your own coffee beans, they’ve been including a $1 off your next bag coupon in each bag of original whole coffee beans!


Well, all this being said, I need to go wash up the dinner dishes and get the counters clean and tidy! God Bless, and have a wonderful evening, everyone! 🙂 


“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you sometimes find that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out in the open and has other people looking at it.”
~A.A. Milne~ 

April 20, 2009. Fun, Life, Monday, Reading. 3 comments.

And we have… a few winners!

Hello everyone! 

It has been a busy, yet delightful week for me. How about you? I really enjoyed your comments on the give-away post. Such wonderful things to enjoy about spring! Since it was a small give-away, (and since I’m think the ladies participating won’t mind in the least) I’ve decided to give one kit to each of you! 

I’ll be sending it/in contact with each of you very soon! 🙂

In other news, I had a delightful weekend at the store (where I threatened Mom not to sell my Courageous Lion.), helping with the Open House. Those Daffodil and Violet pins in my shop went out like hotcakes, and I have a few orders for more! 🙂

The sun is shining today, and it looks like a very promising day. I’m hoping to get in my garden and see what’s happening with my plants, and pull a few weeds.

No pictures to share with this post, but be sure to go over and check out my sister’s blog, where she is giving away FREE photo sessions!!!!!! If anyone is living in her area, be sure to contact her! 

 With that being said, I need to get a move-on, and do something constructive! 🙂 God Bless, and have a wonderful day, everyone! 

“He started to sing
as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done,
and he did it.” 
~Edgar A. Guest~ 

April 13, 2009. Embroidery, Family, Friends, Fun Finds, Garden, Give-Away, Life, Monday, Shop. 1 comment.

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