Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It only takes a Sprig or two...

...of some beautiful Forsythia (real or fake)...
...to make the warm days of spring seem ever so closer.
It snowed AGAIN today - but next Monday - 73 degrees!
Come on Spring!
Hope your Spring Spruce-up is well under way!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Time for a "Spring Spruce-up"...

O.k. friends - Spring "officially" begins this week (never mind the sleet/snow that is falling right now)!
I'm ready for Baseball and Pansies and the smell of cut grass. 
I'm ready to open up the windows and let in the fresh air.
And I'm ready to change things up a bit in the house.
A little change always does me good!
So I'm gonna start with my entryway...seems like a good place to start!
I finally erased my "peace on earth" from my chalkboard...
I added my sweet egg wreath - kindly gifted to me by my dear friends at CFS.  I attached my lil' wooden polka dot bunny to the right side...
Time to get out the chalk...
I found this saying that reminded me of exactly what "spring" means.
I put my turquoise bunny in my glass greenhouse...
I added my grass and my burlap shaded lamp...
Kept my bargain rug and yard sale baskets as is and well...
there you have it...
My "welcome spring" entryway!
What are your "spring spruce-up" projects? - I'd love to know!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Papaw...

Hello friends, sorry I've been gone for a while. 
Just a few days shy of my 42nd birthday I lost my beloved Papaw Jodi. 
He was 88 years old.
Yes, I know - that is a wonderfully long life.
But... I will miss him terribly.
I have been so blessed to have had all FOUR of my grandparents for this long.
Each of them so very instrumental in my life as well as my son's life.
He has been loved tremendously by his great-grandparents - what a gift to have known and loved them like he has.
Alzheimer's overcame my Papaw's mind and after nearly a month of no sleep - his body just gave out.
He was a fighter and he never lost his spirit.
I'm certain that many of you have been affected by this terrible disease and I understand the heartache, the emotional, financial and physical toll it takes.  I totally admire my grandmother and my parents for the unending love and support they showered my grandfather with. 
I just ask that we all continue to remember and pray for those who are suffering from this heart-wrenching, debilitating disease as well as their amazing caregivers. 
Oh, what incredible strength they must have to endure this journey.
I love you Papaw - and I'm so thankful for the 42 years I got to love you back. 
May your precious mind and body rest peacefully in the presence of God.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Icicle Mushrooms...

Anybody that knows me - knows that I LOVE snow! 
I always have - it is peaceful to me. 
So a couple of Saturdays ago - we got our first "sleigh-riding" snow -  much better than just a skiff of snow which is what we usually get around here - plus it was warm enough to go outside and enjoy it - because lately we have been in a brrrrrrr....DEEP FREEZE.
As I was out - I ventured down to our cave and this is what I found...
Icicle Mushrooms - that's the name I'm giving them. 
See, the cave is right in behind our home.  The picnic table stays down there because it is beautiful in the summer, the water always trickling, plus it stays a cool 58 degrees.  So when it is super hot during garden time, we break beans and shuck corn right there at the table. 
Heck, right now - 58 degrees sounds like a heat wave!!!!
It's just a hop, skip and a jump down the hill from the cabin.
As the ice had dripped from the top of the cave - these beautiful little glass-like mushrooms were rising up from the rocks.
A few were on the rock ledges just inside the cave.
 I just thought they were simply beautiful.
If it weren't for one of our barn quilts, the old barn would have been nearly invisible that day...   
The cabin sat quietly...
But even in the peaceful "quite" of the snow, we had to have a lil' fun too.
Happy memories made that day!
Stay Warm, Have Fun and enjoy Happy Winter Days!

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Touch of Winter nestled in Indoor Plants...

O.K. I know it is winter - I mean it IS January BUT my oh my - today was BEEE-U-tiful!
Nearly 50 degrees and super sunny in Kentucky - but tonight - guess what - it is suppose to snow.  Wow, what a difference a few hours can make!
But I enjoyed replanting some of my indoor house plants today...outside in the sunshine.
This morning my big ceramic pot (yard sale find for $4.00) was filled with what was left of my amaryllis.  Nestled around them was a bunch of pine cones and some feathers (more on that in a minute).
I couldn't stand it - I had to do something different - sooooo, I took out the bulbs.
I gathered some plants that I had inside that needed attention.
The one in most need of attention was my Peace Lily.  It was terribly root bound and needed to be divided.  I must say I was a lil' hard on it with the knife but it'll rebound fine.  If you'd like all the "how-to" information on care, maintenance and dividing the Peace Lily check Pro Plants for some great info.  This plant is about as low maintenance as it gets.
Along side my Peace Lily, I replanted an arrowhead vine and ivy,  both of which were part of a gorgeous Christmas planter I received this year.  I then topped the soil with moss.
Next I nestled in the pine cones to remind me that it is still winter no matter what the temp. says.
These beautiful feathers were also tucked in that delightful Christmas basket I received from my friend, Pam.  Of course, they are from her flock of fine feathered friends.  It was truly a beautiful gift.
And there you have it - a fresh new planter - filled with the hope of spring as well as the natural beauty of winter time. 
I took some of the remaining Peace Lily and placed it in my pretty blue crock...
...And another few pieces found their new home in an old milk bottle.  Actually the Peace Lily roots thrive just fine tucked in water.
I'm dreaming of spring today!
Happy Sunshiney Day!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Easy, Breezy, Fun Tablerunner...

Happy Weekend Friends! 
I've got an easy one for you today!
I'm 99.999999% certain this has been done before BUT here's mine anyway.
A simple piece of 1 X 10 board cut to length
Chalkboard Paint
That's it!

My Mother-n-law's birthday was this week and I needed a quick something for the table.  She was coming out to eat dinner with us and I wanted to make it a little personal.

I thought this simple idea would do the trick.  I've had this board painted for a while but had never used it quite like this.

It's about as simple as you can get - but it's sweet when....

...you can personalize it to say exactly what you wanted! 

Happy Birthday MeMe!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Our Guest Bedroom...My "Happy" Room...

Well, its winter...so everybody needs a room that lifts your spirits and makes you happy.  The room in our house that I think is cheerful and makes me smile is our guest bedroom.  I had never had the opportunity to have a guest bedroom before we built this house so I was excited about getting to have one.  See I have this wishy-washy thing going on with "my style".  I love so many different things that it is hard for me to commit to just one particular style so guess what - I'm not gonna commit.  I don't have to, do I?
So let's look around the "cottage-y" style bedroom.  As with every other room in our house - it is a work in progress - like... needs curtains, the bedside table needs a drawer, I need to hide the cord, etc....etc..
My Happy Room...
The left bedside table is a piece made for me by my dear late friend, Mr. Curry.  It was perfect for my quilts. A bench that I had at the old house and the print above - a gift from my sweet friend, Kim.  Behind the cabinet is an old screen door just propped up against the wall.  I'm gonna make a banner for it soon I think.
Treasured quilts from family.
On top of this piece is a red lamp from IKEA, a bunch of flowers tucked in a bucket and some pictures of all the boys - one is mine - the other three are my nephews.
I've told you all before that I love paint by number - especially when it has a barn in it!  $7.00 - SCORE!  A simple wooden chair I painted blue sits beneath it.
The bedding is just pieces from here and there - I don't really like "matchy-matchy" bedding - just layers.  The comforter at the bottom is from K-Mart.  Hanging above the bed is an old window with the metal letters reading "good night".
Since there is no closet in this room - I opted for this armoire.  It functions just fine for overnighters.
And the piece at the end of the bed is a Swedish blanket chest - or at least that is what they told me at the antique store.  I must confess... my knowledge of "antiques" is limited - so I pretty much believe whatever they tell me.  Oh my, that could get me in big trouble one of these days. 
Hopefully I'll find the perfect curtain fabric some day- still looking. Oh and yes, that rug at the foot of the bed was a clearance rug for $20.00 from IKEA.
And that's it - my happy room!
I want to say to those of you that comment - thank you.  I have tried and tried to find the "reply" button - but I believe my template does not offer that option.  Just know that I really do appreciate it - especially my faithfuls, like Nana Diana, Melanie, Stacey and Dori and so many more! 
Have a happy and blessed week!