Monday, August 18, 2014

The Taylor Home

As many of you know I love to return to my
Motherland. . . .
Well, that is what I call my hometown of 
Payson. . .
I have lived away from there for man, many years.
My heart will always be there.
I think it is just a cute hometown.
Problem is. . .it has changed just like me.
I have wonderful memories of my childhood
Growing up there was wonderful.
My ancestors first settled the town. . way back in the
Is my Motherland. . it always will be.
One of the things I love so much about my
Is the cute well taken care of, "old homes".
Many of the old Pioneer homes have been preserved so well.
So. . . . . .I visited a home that I am very fond of.
 I have childhood memories of this home,
And the people that lived there.
The Taylor Home.
And it is still occupied by a Taylor
Carol and Glen own this beautiful home.
Carol's grandfather built the home more than 100 years ago.
Carol's mother and father lived in the home also
And this is where Carol was raised.
The Taylor's are very connected to me and my family
Carol's Grandma Taylor was my Great-Grandpa's sister.
Carol's father was my grandmother's first cousin.
And Carol's brother and my Dad were best friends,
And Carol's niece is my best friend.
Whew. . .did ya catch all that?
I love when families cherish their heritage. . .and take pride in their homes.
An older home is a lot harder to maintain.
These old homes were not built for our modern times.
But, many people take on the task of preserving the history
And beauty of a home that has been the sanctuary for families.
If only the walls could talk.

Of course the Taylor home has had many changes 
In the past 100 years.
All these changes have added to the history of the home.
Later on I will show you the inside of the home.
Carol has decorated it with charm and warmth.
So be sure to come back.
I have another home I am going to show you.
Hugs to all.
Linking with

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My Blog-My Life- My Way

Well, Hello My Friends,
This post was suppose to be on my blog
Monday. . But. . . 
Trust me to be a day late or maybe two.
Life just gets in the way. . 
Or am I the only one that that happens to?
I am part of a Blog Tour
I was invited by

Be sure to check her blog out.
She is a sweetheart and has a beautiful blog.
I am so surprised to be part of this tour.
So. . .Let me introduce myself.
I am Karie.
Just a plain simple person who decided in 2009 to start blogging.
Karie's Chic Creations was born.
I love being a woman, a wife, (though my husband is deceased)
I am a Mom to four wonderful children,
Three boys and one daughter, who have brought me more
Happiness than I could ever imagine.
They are all married with families of their own.
I am blessed to have nine, grandchildren. . 
Grandma-hood is the best.
Love those grands so much.
My oldest grandchild is 22 years old and my youngest is 8
My family and my faith our the two guiding forces in my life.
I am a member of 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I am a Mormon.
I began blogging because I wanted to share my passion for
Homemaking. . .It is a noble calling to be a Homemaker.
I feel it is a blessing and a privilege, and I am happy to be
Making my house a HOME.
So come on in. . .All are Welcome.
My style is very eclectic. . .What can I say.  I a little bit of everything.
I love to find old things and make them beautiful again.
I have been painting furniture before it was the "in" thing to do.
Although not everything in my home is painted.
I like the beauty of wood also.  Nothing like the beauty of wood.
You can also see that I love color. . .I think the world is a colorful place.
So why shouldn't my home be colorful.
I have to say I love Blue, all shades, but I also love Reds and Yellow
And lets throw in some Green, and Orange. . .just whatever fits my fancy.
The little stool in the picture is one of my first Blog projects.
Quadrafoil was popular so I free-handed the design on the stool.
Nothing stays the same for long. . I am always re-arranging 
Swapping things out. . soon I will be doing my Fall decorating.
It happens to be my favorite.
I just completed my wall gallery.
I really do like it.  Let me tell you, 
I would drive a professional picture hanger nuts.
I eyeball everything. . .I never lay it out first, nor do I measure.
I just say Hmmm, I think I would like that frame here. . 
And I hammer a nail in the wall.
There ya go!
In this picture you can see the two little Terrorists on the arm of the couch.
They are on neighborhood patrol.  
Nothing in the neighborhood gets past them.
They are my little fur-babies.  And I adore them.
Teddy Roosevelt, and Johnny Cash.
I just don't know what I would do without them.
What is my creative process?
I don't know. . .I just do what I want to do when I want to do it.
Although I do have to get the "feel", and I study things out in my mind.
So, I guess I do have a process of sorts.
I think I do OK, flying by the seat of my pants.
Decorating my home is not my only passion.
I am what you would call a jack of all trades and master of none.
I crochet, sew, paint, embroidery, quilt, scrapbook, and photography.
I dabble in a lot of things. . .and I like them all.
 "If there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report 
I will seek after those things."
Through my blog, I hope to share some happiness and joy.
I know that life can be hard, and we all carry our own burdens,
And sometimes I will talk about mine.
But for the most part, I try to stay positive, and grateful
Did I mention I am also a collector of many things.
I love going to thrift stories, antique stores, flea markets, and yard sales.
I have found some great treasures in my "junk hunt".
I love being in nature. . It gives me peace.
I am amazed at the beautiful world I live in.
So much to see and to enjoy.
So here you have the story. . behind the Blog
I want to thank those who invited me to open my blog to you.
And to introduce myself.
I hope you will come back again, and join with me as I 
Continue to make my House a Home.
There are some blogs I have followed since my beginnings.
I love Marty's style and ideas.
Jann has a great vintage style and I love it.
I have followed Shiela from the start.
I also like
Brenda has such an interesting blog.
My dear friend Sue. . one very talented lady.
My side bar shows a lot of the blogs I follow.
Although Blog-land is getting so big I am always
Coming across a new blog I want to follow.
You are all so inspiring.
I am amazed at the creative force out there.
We are all making the world a beautiful place.
Thanks for stopping by, and please do come by again.
Hugs to all,

I will be joining:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August Table Top Vignette

Well hello my friends.
My goodness where is the time going?
It is  August.
What is the deal? How much faster can time go?
Oh, boy, summer for me will soon be over.
In fact I hate to say this but. . . I feel a change in the air. . (Shh!)
We have had lots of summer rain storms.
The temperature is cooler than normal.
So maybe that is why I "feel it".  
With that being said I put together a little
August Table Top Vignette.
Love the orange-ish, brown-ish, yellow-ish colors
Still full of summer, but with a hint of changing season.
I really never know about "vignette's" until I started blogging.
My friend Marty at A Stroll Thru Life is a vignette master.
She puts together the prettiest vignette.
And so do a lot of other blogger. . .love to see them.
The tablecloth I used is one I sewed a long time ago.
I love it because it is reversible.
One site is the cute farm look.
Apples, birdhouses, sunshine, and farm animals.
The other side is more of a late summer look.
Sunflowers, bee skelps, and birdhouses.
I really enjoy my little dinette area.
My condo is small and I don't have a dining room,
But I have what I call a dinette. . .and I love it.
I like to decorate in it.  The big sliding door opens onto my
Tiny backyard and patio.  Just right for me.
I have been busy sewing.  My mood changes from one craft to another.
This week it is sewing.  I will show you what I have been working on late.
And speaking of sewing and crafts. . .to my amazement and surprise
My little craft/sewing room was featured at
I am very honored any time something I show on my blog that
I have created is picked up by another blogger and featured.
Wow! I am just little ole' Karie my blog is nothing compared to 
So many other blogs.
Now that the craft room is organized and refreshed, my creative
Mind is also refreshed and I am in the mood to create.
I hope you are having a creative moment. . .
Please do come back again.
I am partying at these great blogs

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Craft Room Revealed

Hello my Friends!
Sorry I haven't posted for a week. . 
I have been on a organizing mission.
Oh, gosh, have I ever been organizing and cleaning.
I am not even going to show you the before pictures.
You may not like me if you saw them. . 
My poor craft (or as my kids call it crap) room.
I have really neglected it . . .for a long time.
I have felt "ashamed" of how it looked.
So I put the "shoulder to the wheel", and I got things done.
Here are some pictures of my accomplished work.
Of course this is the main reason to get it organized.  
I needed a sewing area, so my sewing isn't on the kitchen table.
I intend to do more sewing now that I am retired and have more time.
I also like to scrapbook, so I can move the sewing machine and have a 
Area that I can scrapbook.
The room is right off my living/family room. . it is kind of hard
For people to not see it. 
And did I tell you. . .I do NOT like closed doors.
I have to have doors opened.  
(Just a little quirky thing about me)
I have two hutches in this small room.
This one holds some of my Milk Glass collection.
Oh, I have much more, in various rooms in my house.
Gosh, I have to be surrounded by my pretty things.
It can't just all be about sewing and crafts.
This is the other hutch.
It has some of my Precious Moments.
I also collect. . I know, I know I have lots of collections.
I found this hutch at the thrift store.  It looked really bad.
Of course a little paint and some chicken wire made a 
Pretty cute little hutch.  
I gave this little book case a fresh coat of paint.
And the shelf a new color. . Red.
I am liking the red and yellow colors together.
I have to be surrounded by my pretties.
Gosh, that is why I have them is to enjoy them.
Well, there you have it. A show and tell of my Craft Room.
I have more to show you, but the lighting isn't very good.
It is very cloudy and rainy today.  So my picture didn't turn out
The way I would like them too.
My computer desk is also in this room.  And I have done
Some organizing with it.
I am actually thinking about painting my desk.
So be sure to check back and see what I do with that.
Hope you are enjoying your summer.
Gosh, it will soon be August, and that means not much
Longer for summer.  The kids will soon be back to school.
Well, I think I will do a little more in this room.
Hugs to all of you.
I am linking with these great blogs

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Day Trip To My Home Town

Hello everyone. . 
What a beautiful day it is. .
Summer is a gorgeous time.
But then all the season are gorgeous
Recently, me and my best friend forever and ever
Made a little trip back to our hometown.
We have so much fun when we go back
To The Motherland. . 
I took my BFF back so we could go to a huge
Flea Market that is held there twice a year.
Flea-O-Logy is the name of it.
It is a fun place to find all kinds of 
Vintage Stuff.
BFF isn't a into Vintage Stuff, but  I drag her along anyway.
She is a good sport and I think she kind of likes it.
Hankies and vintage linens all in a row.
Is this not cute?
I wish I would have bought the pink water pitcher.
I picked it up and just about bought it and then put it down.
Dang! There is always something I wish I would have bought.
I will probably never see a pink water pitcher again. (Sad!)
I love old treadle sewing machines.
I have my Grandma Dot's old Singer Sewing Machine.
I must get it fixed up. . it is in my son's shed.
I bought a couple of things. . .(wish I had bought the water pitcher)
I bought a couple of necklaces and a duck decoy.
Why oh why did I buy the duck decoy?
I can't believe I bought it and didn't get the pink water pitcher.
Sometimes, I wonder about myself.
Well anyway while we were in the Motherland. .
We like to of course get lunch, and visit relatives.
And we like to ride around and reminisce about old times.
Our hometown has some beautiful old homes.
I will go back and take more pictures of his home.  
You need to see the inside.  Beautiful!
When I was a little girl I was friends with a girl that lived in this home.
It was beautiful back then, the inside of this one is gorgeous too.
This one really caught my eye.
I love the big front porch on it. . . the young couple that now owns it
Has done a beautiful job in restoring it and keeping it up.
This porch says, Stop! Sit a spell. . . . 
I love how young couples are fixing up these old homes.
Old homes have so much character. . I love them.
I took a snap of this so I could remember how I want my next
Summer door hanging to look like.
So cute.
Well, I will be going back soon, with my BFF
And I will be taking more snaps of the old homes in
My Home Town.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Sweethearts of Yesterday

Me and My High School Girl Friends are unique
to say the least . . .we are Unique
Many of us have been friends since babyhood!
Ya, really. . and we still stay in touch.
It has been almost 50 years since we were in 
High School.  And we are still very bonded to one another.
Every once in awhile we get together for lunch
And catch up on our life happenings.
We did just that this week.
We met in Salt Lake City and had a wonderful
day of lunch and shopping and browsing at
If you have never been there you must go, and if you
Are ever in Salt Lake City, Utah be sure to go there.
It is a charming little village, 
 Lots of cute little shops . . very unique.
And beautiful gardens and pathways.
We had lunch at Archibald's.
And then we Lingered Longer, and Longer
Not everyone of the Friends could be with us that day.
But, we keep them in our hearts.
Patti, Jeannine, and Caren.
Wow! they are so pretty still.
JoAnn and Vickie
Janice and Molly
We tried to soak in every conversation going 
from one end of the table to the other.
July and Cristie
We strolled the paths and browsed the shops.
In spite of the heat that day. 102 degrees...
 We wanted to be together and just linger a little longer.
But alas, it was time for us to go to our homes.
One last picture with me in it.  
We are the Sweethearts of Yesterday. . 
Our hearts have been knit together
Years, of life's journey have cemented our bond.
To the Sweetheart Friends Yesterday
Our Destiny is Forever.