Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 Hello To You!

Oh, my it is 2015.
I am just wondering where the time is going.
As I am sure everyone is wondering the same.
Remember when it turned 2000?
What amazement it was to enter in a new 
Well, it is 15 years later and I am still amazed.
The Christmas Holidays are over.
The Christmas decorations are all toted away.
Thank you to my youngest grandson,
The totes have been taken downstairs to the storage room.
I believe I have my home all put back together.
I enjoy the decorations and the Christmas tree,
But it is always nice to get back to some type
Of normalcy in my home.
A small, well it is a large, change for me.
I put the television on the Blue Buffet.
I do not like having the television as the center of attention
But, my living room is where the t.v. is.
My family room is in the basement, and I don't want to
Be in the basement watching television.
So. . . .with great anxiety I changed the t.v set-up
And moved the Blue Buffet with the television on it.
At first I had a hard time with the arrangement.
But, as with everything I am accepting it.
I do miss decorating the beautiful Blue Buffet.
Moving things around required me to move the black table
I put it in front of the large window. . .I like it there.
And of course I love decorating the two levels of this table.
It does look very good in front of the window.
Next move was my Mother's Sewing Machine.
I wanted it front and center in the living room.
I am so pleased with how it turned out and it has
Such a sentimental meaning to me.
It is also a beautiful piece of furniture.
Very seldom is this little corner of my living room shown
It is actually the entrance from the front door.
You can't really call it an entrance way, it is just
A small tiled area, but I like my little half table there.
One of these days I will post about the picture of the 
"Old Miners", it is very precious and cherished by me
And my family.
The day I was making all the changes and getting things put
Back to order, I noticed how the light came through the window.
I like the shadows and how the light displays itself on walls and things.
It gives me a cozy feeling,  A feeling of Home.
It made me feel secure and happy.
I had to take a snap shot of how it looked at that moment.
Not only the light coming from the window, but I also
Thought and reflected on the things I decorate with.
This Snowman pillow was made for me by my cousin.
I just love it.  She has such a delicate talent with her
Sewing and her embroidery.
And then I looked at the afghan I made a few years ago.
Not only does it give me warmth, but it is beautiful in my home.
The colors make me happy.  The way the light is shining on it
Made it look even more beautiful. . .a reminder of
Tedious crochet stitching, tender care, and comfort and security.
Is that not what a Home is. . .Tedious care, comfort security,
The glow of light. . .the beauty of things hand stitched.
The people and things we care most about.
Home, A place of Love.

I hope you will come back again.  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Christmas Doily For The Hutch

Hello, Hello!
I hope you are enjoying this wonderful time of year.
I have just a little something to show you today.
My Christmas Doily 
I made it especially for my "Aunt Carol" Hutch.
I used size 10 thread.
A simple little Granny Square 
And a lacy boarder.
I really like how it turned out.
I am an "old fashioned" Gal. . 
I like to have doilies and table runners.
I have many, many doilies I have crocheted and a lot 
That have been given to me.
I come from a long line of crocheters.
I find it very relaxing to work with delicate thread.
To create something so delicate and intricate as a doily
Gives me joy.
Of course for Christmas I wanted red and green.
The green I use is a brighter green.  It goes well with the
Arrangement I have in the sewing drawer.

Please come back.  I like to know you have visited me.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Touch of Christmas

Hello dear friends. . .I am happy to greet you today.
I hope you are well, and December is being kind to you.
It is a busy time of year. . we often have to stop and remind ourselves
There is a reason we are Celebrating this month.
I try to stay focused and not let things get in my way.
I have really pared down my decorating.
It takes so much time and work.
And I tell myself. . "What goes up must come down."
My decorating may seem very small and simple compared to others.
But, who is comparing?  I just do what I like and leave it at that.
I sized down several years ago. I now live in a condo.
And I love it.  I don't have the room for a large tree.
So my little tree on the console table is just perfect for me.
(as you can see little Teddy is on neighborhood patrol)
This little shelf is so fun to decorate.  I am always changing it out.
And Christmas time is the perfect time to showcase the shelf.
I love it.. . Can you see my cute little birds. 
 I swear I can hear them singing!
And the beautiful wreath my Friend's daughter made for me 
Is such a beautiful touch to the wall.
I made the crocheted afghan that is on the couch.  
And the other little throw is a simple fleece that I made.
Teddy and Cash have taken it over.
I really love the scene. . I feel it is simple but beautiful.
I have told you many time, I am a Home Body. .
I love being home.
Of course Christmas time there is no place like home.
I love the evenings when the lights are shining on the tree.
And the glow in the room is so warm, and serene.
Many times, I turn on Christmas music and just listen,
And enjoy the ambiance of my Christmas decorated rooms.
It truly is a magical time of year.
Hugs, to all,

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Decorating The Hutch

Hello my dear friends.  I hope today is a good day for you.
It is Sunday. . .And I love Sunday's.
I think we are very blessed to have a Sunday
Once a week.  For me it truly is a day of rest.
And of course a day of worship.
I just have a few finishing touches to do with my
Christmas Decorating.
I have been a little slow this year.  Oh, good grief,
I am slow every year!
One of the things I love to decorate for holidays,
And particularly Christmas, 
Is The Hutch.
I call this my Aunt Carol Hutch. . Why?
Because she had one just like it.
So when I found this at an antique shop a few years ago
I had to have it.
It is so fun to decorate for any holiday.
But of course, Christmas is the best to decorate for.
The little wooden box, is actually the a drawer from my
Grandma's Treadle Sewing Machine.
I like to use it to do arrangements in it.
I think it is a show stopper for sure.
The little singing angels, I have had Forever. . .Really.
They have been with me since I can remember.
For a long time I didn't use them in my decorating,
But now I do, they remind me of another time and place.
Of course Christmas plates adorn this hutch.
You know me,  I have lots of plates.
I could fill many "hutches" with plates.
I also have a lot of Salt and Pepper Shakers.  But, I didn't
Use them this year in most of my decorating.
My little Santa Tea-pot, never sees tea.  
Only hot chocolate. . .(I am a Mormon) No tea for me.
My next favorite to decorate is my living room shelf.
But, I will show you it next time.
Whew! I am so glad the decorating part is done.
I love to decorate, but Christmas totally stresses me out.
And this year it has seemed worse for me.
I hope you enjoyed part one of my decorations.
Please do come back. . .

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Decorating Coming Right Along. . .NOT!

I am probably the only person out there that
Doesn't have my Christmas Tree up, and all
My decorating done. . .!
I just barely, (1 hour ago) finished taking all the
Autumn and Thanksgiving decoration down.
They are now sitting on my kitchen table.
Heaven only knows when I will get them in their totes.
I have to go down stairs to get the totes and I don't feel like
Doing that right now. . .Just sayin.
I do have one thing for Christmas sitting out.
My friend Dianne, brought me this beautiful wreath.
Her daughter Andrea makes and sells them.
It is absolutely gorgeous!
It is so pretty, I could just leave it up and call it quits. . .!
And NO! it is not going on my door.
The weather is too harsh, so I am keeping it on my wall.
As you can see nothing else has been done.
Oh, well, I will eventually have it completed.
I am slowing down . . .In my younger days, my
Decorations were completed by now.
And I decorated every room in the house.
But, not anymore.  My motto now is
What goes Up must come Down!
But at least I have a beautiful wreath to  inspire me
And maybe give me a push to get things done.
Hope you are progressing faster than me.
Hugs to all,

Thursday, November 27, 2014


I am wishing you a very 
Blessed and Peaceful Thanksgiving.

The Lord has commanded us to be Thankful in all things.
No matter my circumstance in life I will be Thankful.
That is a hard thing for me.. . to be Thankful during difficult times.
But I am going to try to be more Thankful. . . In All Things.
I want to begin by being kind, speaking kind words and giving encouragement.
I want to be thoughtful. . . remembering that everyone 
carries their own burdens.  
I will give much thanks to God.  To Jesus Christ. . .
He and only He can make the pathway bright.
Those problems may arise, He is the way and the light.
I will Thank Him. . . multiple times during my day.
 when I rest at night, I will pour my heart out to Him
for His bounteous Love and Forgiveness.
He makes it possible for all things to fall into place

Happy Thanksgiving

Pictures from the Internest and Pinterest.
They are not my pictures.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Momma's Sewing Machine

I have the sewing machine finished.
It took me quite awhile.  Each process had to dry
And then waiting in between.
This is how it looked before.
I am ashamed I let it get this bad.
But thank goodness the wood was not damaged.
After sanding and more sanding.  It looked good.
I did not paint it.
I didn't want to lose the integrity of the piece.
The wood is gorgeous.  
It is very vintage. . .67 years old.
No paint on this beauty.  
She is stained. . and rubbed and sealed.
This beautiful sewing machine has been used and loved.
I sewed on it for many years.
It still had the "dings" of little boys banging their toy trucks.
And my little girl marking it with her baby buggy.
Isn't that what makes something this precious so loved?
It has memories, and it was loved and used.
Can you see why I could never paint her?
She is beautiful
I am so pleased and happy with the way she turned out.
My mother would be so happy with how it looks now.
Just look at that gorgeous wood.  
I am telling you I fell in love with the feel, the look, everything about it.
I have to tell you I am not finished with the seat.
I have misplaced (lost) my staple gun. . .!
So the covering is not stapled down. . .yet.
Another thing I think my mother would be pleased with 
Is the seat cover. . .I like it and I think she would too.
I was so afraid the top of the sewing machine would not be ok,
It did have some water damage. . (shame on me).
But as I sanded and rubbed. . I could see it was going to be beautiful.
So there you have it. . 
My Momma's Beautiful Singer Sewing Machine.
It is a precious treasure to me.
My Dad bought it for her when I was born.
And she sewed many beautiful things on it.
I still have some of the beautiful little coats and dresses 
And doll clothes she made me.
My Momma died when I was 7 years old.
So anything that belonged to her I treasure.
I didn't even want to sand it at first. . I just knew it
Still had her hand prints on it.
She wants me to enjoy it. .. and cherish it.
I feel like it is a gift from her to me.

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