Monday, September 16, 2019

Yes . . . I love the holidays and Fall is coming!

 Fall around the homestead  . . . you know me, can't wait to start decorating.  The house always looks prettier around the holidays!

Found this quilt below on Instagram, “Stitched and Found” and absolutely love it.  Definitely will try to hang it around Christmastime over my black dresser in the entry.

This quilt has an amber affect   . . . I love the different shade it has  . . . so pretty and tattered!

Halloween is coming up . . . thought I would stitch something for my bowl of “spooky goodness”.  This “Scared Silly” by “Bird of a Feather” will be a great addition.  Too cute.

Now for the weather to get just a little bit cooler, lately its been in the 90’s, makes it a little hard to feel like Falls coming.  Blessings! xo

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in it’s various forms.  1 Peter 4:10

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Springtime Update . . . Lemonade Delight!

Here she is  . . . my replacement Spring doll for my kitchen rack that I decorate every season.  My Mom loves my dolls that I create and she wanted my blue and white Spring doll.  I just loved her, but I can never say no to my Mom when she wants one.  I offered her the Wedding Day doll but she wanted the blue and white Spring doll for sure.

They are all so sweet and I love each one of them dearly. They have a very fresh look to them and I know the pics don’t really show that.  It probably weren’t hurt if I purchased a good digital camera,  something to think about in the future. These pics are taken with my iPhone 8.

Actually I’m glad Mom didn’t take the Wedding Day doll, I felt that one belong to my future daughter in law, Cassi.  I gave it to her before she returned home after the Wedding Shower.  I’ll post some pics from that event soon.  I was so pleased how that event turned out.

 Well my new Spring doll came out sweet  . . .  in the pics below, she’s holding a picture card of a lemonade stand with a flag hanging across it.  I created a duplicate flag with the picture card.  I like the way it turned out.

Well there she is hanging on my kitchen rack  . . . hopefully she’ll be there til Summer  lol!

Up next on the agenda is my middle son Brian’s wedding  . . . yes I’m so excited too.  When I return home it will be time to decorate for Summer.  I guess I’ll start all over again!  Blessings, xo

p.s. I’m already starting  . . . lol!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Bunnies are upon us . . . and a Marriage too!

Spring is definitely in the air!  It seems as I get older, time moves quicker and the body moves slower . . . LOL!  Don’t often post too much anymore.  So many bloggers have moved on, but I still enjoy posting.

I wasn’t able to say or post anything earlier until it was announced.  My middle son, Brian is getting married and I couldn’t be more happier for him and Cassilynn.  Funny thing, I now will have a daughter in law named Cassilynn and a daughter named Cassandra.  This will be fun . . no, I love it!

Rexy and I have been having fun with the kids, having breakfast with Cassandra and Josh at “The Snooze” food is good there.

Wanted to post some pics of Springtime around the Homestead.  I’m getting ready to give Cassilynn a Wedding Shower.  Been doing a lot of planning and purchasing for that event which is taking place at the Homestead early May 2019.  I’m so excited.  As you all know I love to decorate and craft.  Doing it for someone else . . . no problem.  Doing it for one of my own, scary to say the least.  I will post some pics in the weeks ahead of the wedding shower and wedding.

 When Rexy and I were up north at the Paradise Fire, I found this adorable shop in Oroville called Mary Lake Thompson.  I purchased this little bird there along with some other cute stuff.

 Nothing says Springtime like watering pots . . . love this look.

 This is one of the many tea towels I bought at the Mary Lake Thompson store in Oroville.

 Thats a vintage black birdcage . . . my latest find at an antique store up north.

I can always make time for some paper art . . . these are fun to do. 

 A new doll creation  . . . aimed for Spring theme and definitely got something different, I painted her lips a little too big but she looks pretty still.

Finish some more cross stitch “pink on pink”, I added some green for St. Patricks day.  I still have it out for Easter now.  I was blessed enough to find a perfectly “right shade of pink” frame to put the cross stitch in.

The weather has been beautiful lately, we got some time in on the bike too!

Hope you are enjoying Springtime  . . . I know I am.  Blessings, xo

Saturday, January 26, 2019

“A Magical Visit"

I recently visited the bay area for a special visit.  I’ll share more of that special visit with you in a later post.  I couldn’t wait to share my first visit to Wendy Addison’s magical shop “Theatre of Dreams" in Port Costa, California.  Even with all the rain the bay area received that weekend, it was so worth the visit, made it even better.  I’ve been a fan of Wendy Addison for a long time.  She inspires me always with her creations.  To actually meet her in person was a special treat.

I’ve officially retired and now its about enjoying my life and doing a little bit more creating and some traveling too, not like I don’t do enough now.  Visiting Wendy’s shop was a nice way to start.  Getting inspired again always feels right.

 Port Costa is a tiny vintage town, it was a “over the hill and through the woods” feeling driving there. When you come upon this little town, it’s a total surprise.  The weather was cloudy and cool, but so pretty too out that way.

Walking up to her shop was so exciting, I couldn’t wait to see it and buy some goodies.

Once I got inside, oh my gosh, how magical her shop is.  So many unique creations to look at too.   

Cassandra, my daughter enjoyed it as well.  I was happy she was there to share this visit with me.

How fun this visit was, so memorable too!  Blessings! xo

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Taking a look back at Christmas 2018

 Thats the one, thats my trademark piece, one year I created a ornament that would represent who I really was as an artist.  I will forever love this piece.  Always happy to display her.

 Our ornaments can become so cherished over the years, they’re only out for a very short time once a year, but I can tell you a story about each one of them.

Lets not forget about Santa, this year I added a toy stove I found at a vintage swap meet here in Mission Viejo.  Always fun to put this display out.  These Santa’s are actually candy containers.  I like to surprise my kids aka adult kids with candy in them LOL!

Is this post all about ornaments or what?  Sorry, I love to share, the tree looked so pretty this year.  

 This one is a special ornament, my middle son, Brian got engaged this past October in Maine.  I thought it would be appropriate to create an ornament honoring him and his future bride Cassi.  Too sweet I might say!

This little cutie was made for my very dear friend, Jennifer.  I create a Christmas ornament every year for her, been doing it for awhile now.  This one reminds of her little one, “DJ”, he truly is a little doll.

 I see a little Sam Elliott in this one  . . . who doesn't like Father Time? LOL!

Lets not forget about the wrapped presents, one of my favorite things to do doing the holiday.  Its always fun to get creative.

This year, we did not have our traditional Christmas dinner with all my kids, Cassandra enjoyed her Christmas dinner with her boyfriend’s family.  She was missed, but instead we had a Christmas morning breakfast all together.

The Flamingo ornament honors my Dad who passed away last year.  He used to make and sell them.
The weather was gorgeous and so cold too, but the view was just too pretty. 

I ended the year with my oldest son Davey, having dinner at one of his favorite restaurants.  I actually had my very first lettuce wrapped burger, delicious.  Hope you all had a beautiful Christmas and Happy New Year!

p.s.  As you all know Rexy spent Christmas up north with his parents in Paradise, Ca. Unfortunately, they lost their home in the Paradise Camp Fire, please continue to keep them in your prayers.