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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Monday, November 10, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy

Hello my friends.  
I have been so busy this last week.
I don't have anything to show you right now.
In a few more days I will.
This project has been a S.L.O.W. process.
My Mother's Singer Sewing Machine. 
I am so excited to show it to you.
But, I am not quite finished with it.
I can tell you it is beautiful.
I am do happy with how it has turned out.
So just be patient with me.
These types of things take a long time to complete.
I will be back in a short time to 
Reveal the finished project.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My Thankful Heart

Well, hello my friends,
I hope you are happy and doing well today.
I have given myself a challenge to be more 
I have always thought I was a thankful person.
I do recognize the Source of my many blessings.
But, I believe I can search a little deeper into my heart.
And I will find I have much more than I had realized.
So. . . with that I decided this month of November
Was a good time for me to search deeper.
Oh, but I won't stop at the end of November.
This will be my daily quest. . .. Thankfulness.
I want to share with you the thoughts I have had in the last few days of my journey.
My Faith.
I am so thankful for my Faith in a Living God.
I have a firm testimony of His Infinite love for me.
I am thankful beyond words for the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Without Him in my life. . .I don't know how I could function.
It is through my Faith in Him that I am at peace.
He calms my troubled soul, He divinely rescues me.
I am thankful for Seasons
Not only the natural seasons of the earth.
But, I am thankful for the seasons of my life.

I am thankful to embrace the season of my life at this time.
I am thankful to enjoy the good days, and the days
That are difficult.  All days are part of my life journey.
And I am thankful for it all.
I am thankful for my Roots.
I am so thankful for my heritage.

I am thankful for the heritage of Grandmothers. . . for the women in my life
Who were nurturers and therefore passed the gift of nurturing to me.
I am Thankful for the gentleness and kind nature of these Grandmothers.
For they passed that gentleness and kindness to me.
My life was richly blessed because of them now I am blessing my family
And hopefully passing these gifts to the next generation.
I am thankful for those who have loved me.
My parents, who were young when they had me.
I only had both my parents for 7 years of my life.
My mother died, when she was 25 years old.  I was 7.
All my life I have grieved for her.  But as I search my soul
I have realized those 7 years was enough for me to know  I was loved.
With all my heart, I know someday in the eternities I will have both parents.
We will be a complete Family.
My Grandparents were the solid foundation of my life.
They were the ones that wiped my tears, and calmed my fears.
Especially my Grandma Dot.  It was her that taught me how to cope.
How to love, and how to be Thankful.
My Dad was my pillar of strength.  He showed pure fatherly love to me.
He was and always will be my Hero.
Through these wonderful people I have learned the value of
Family. . . Family Togetherness, and Love.
I am seeing my life through my Spiritual eyes.
And I am Thankful.
Please be sure to come back and see and read of
The things I am thankful for.
Have a wonderful day. . .and I hope you will search your soul
And see the world through different eyes.
So that you may be more Thankful.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

What? It is November?

Oh My Goodness!
It is November 1, 2014
Did we not just celebrate the 4th of July?
Oh, Good Grief. . .No!
It was Halloween we just celebrated.
Oh, dear, oh dear!
Where oh where does the time go?
Well, I spent Halloween day and night in be with a 
Oh, yes, one of the massive most painful kind.
So when I awoke this morning. . .I feel like 
I have missed more than a day.
I feel like I have missed the last 6 months.
None the less. . .Time Marches On
I will get myself put together and greet 
Properly, . . . . .. another day!
Until then I think I will stay in my jammies,
The wind is howling and a storm is coming.
Possibly snow in the valleys.

Oh, dear, Oh, dear. . Am I ready for this?
Hope you are having a warm comfy November 1st.
Be sure to come back.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Is?

Just what does this month mean to you?
There is so much. . .
I have three very special birthdays this month.
My youngest child, my son Mark.
His wife, Shelly, also has a birthday.
And my charming granddaughter, Brissa claims this month.
 Of course October is 
Pumpkins galore. . soon to be 
Memories of wagon rides on hay. . are some thing I think of               
 Sunflowers in gardens.
And no one thinks of them as weeds. . 
October is a rusty old truck. . that somehow is beautiful.
Everyone is WELCOME to gather in the home.
Sitting down to a warm bowl of soup.
Or watching a football game.
Simple pleasures become so much more precious.
October is. . .
Lest I forget a fun time for all.
The time of imagination. . .What will you be.?
Or who will you be?
I may not like scary. . .but there is something about
Children dressing in costumes that brings a smile to my face.
October is. . . . .
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