Sunday, June 27, 2010

I will be back up and running soon!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010


I received this quote in an email from a friend last night.  Today I find it beyond appropriate...

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."  Maya Angelou

Flowers from the Garden

Unfortunately it has been so HOT here, that many of my flowers are withering before I can get to them.  I found a few this morning to bring inside.  Enjoy!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

What a View!

Can you imagine if this was the view at the end of YOUR street?  Or out YOUR back door?  How incredibly lucky you would be...I'd just look out the window all day!  Want to know what it is that I can not possibly imagine here?  What I hope never to see in this picture? 


I'm NOT Braggin'

I just CAN NOT get over how large some of my veggies have grown.  I probably should have picked the cucumbers a tad bit sooner, but I forgot during the week and then walk out there Friday evening to find ENORMOUS veggies!  And, might I add, delicious too!!

P.S.  The basket that they are pictured in is NOT a small basket!!!

There isn't much better than fresh, organic, homegrown veggies!  Have I said that before?  UHHH  HUHHH!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

"All You Need is Courage, Curiosity, and the Makings."

Now I knew that the housewives of yesteryear had very special powers.  I often find their handiwork while scouring sales and antique stores, but here is even more proof. September 1940 edition of Woman's Day.

Rose Wilder Lane (do you think that was her real name?) writes "new upholstery is as easy as making a dress.  Anyone who can drive a tack can do it.  All you need is courage, curiosity, and the makings."  Pretty good advice for anything, don't you think?!

"Taking out tacks is the curse of this job."  Heck yeah they are!!!

"Under all these pieces you find a layer of discouraged cotton.  (And my goodness, the dirt!)"  At this point my nanny would be shrieking!

"Easier than a good pie, isn't it?"

Her apron seems to awfully clean to me.

And of course when you are finished, you look like this...just before serving dinner, as you stand in the doorway awaiting your beloved, his favorite mixed drink in hand.

In all seriousness, reupholstering is not rocket science, it is however, VERY labour intensive.  I thought, after naively watching Hilde Santo Thomas on an episode of trading spaces years ago, that I could completely redo a wing chair in a took me a week!  And the end result was decent, but these days I leave the big projects to the experts!


I'm cleaning house at my Etsy Shop.  Making room for new things to come!  Stop by and check it out!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

In the Garden

Does it get any better than home grown yellow tomatoes?  I think not!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Vintage Ribbon

I found this amazing vintage pink ribbon at a church sale.  The color is so inspiring!  And I love to top off a gift with an old pin.  So many people sell old pins at yard sales for practically nothing.  They are the best to "pin" on the bow.  It makes the whole thing seem a extra special!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I LOVE to organize!  Don't let that fool you, I still can't ever seem to find anything!  But the craft closet needed some HELP!  This weekend I found those great white boxes at a yard sale and new that I was on to something!  After I label it all, yes I also LOVE TO LABEL, I am bound to have a better chance at knowing where it all lives.  Maybe....

Friday, June 11, 2010


I finally got around to finishing a very easy project.  Funny how long it takes me to do simple things.  All you need for this is fabric and a staple goggles wouldn't hurt either.

 This old piano bench just happen to fit perfectly under our handmade vintage desk.  Hopefully, in a future kitchen, it will become an island.  For now it holds a bit of my reading material.



The fabric is left over from drapes that I made for the kitchen.

I would like to add that I know that the carpet is awful.  I would love to have wood flooring, but it just does not seem feasible with three big dogs.  One of whom has knee and arthritis issues and slips on the carpet.  If anyone out there has big dogs and wood floors, I would love to get some feedback.  Or suggestions! 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

It's the Simple Things

It seems to me that it is most often the simple things that give us the most pleasure.  I found a set of these vintage Romanian glasses at a yard sale.  They have a slight grey tint.  They are the perfect thinness and the size is JUST PERFECT for my hand.  And ya know, my juice tasted even better in it!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Enemy Number ONE

I try not to have too many enemies, but these little beetles might just be the devil!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010


I had a really wonderful day yesterday, filled with wonderful calls and wishes from friends and family.  The hubby made a delicious lunch with many of the ingredients from our little garden.  I LOVE to eat outside, so despite the heat (90's and humid), we set up a lovely little scene.  We were surprised and delighted to be joined by our neighbors!


Added one of my obsessions, fresh Hydrangeas from the garden.

Some of my favorite china...easy-care, DISHWASHER SAFE Blue Willow!  (I Love the real thing as well, but it is too much work!)

Received an absolutely AMAZING gift from a dear friend!!!

Drove down to Murrell's Inlet and enjoyed a fantastic dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant in the area, The Blue Elephant.

And we ended the day with red velvet cake and a visit from my brother!  Easy, relaxing, filled with love...I could not have asked for a better day!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Check out these posts!

Did a little surfing this morning and fell in LUV with two, albeit rather different, interior design posts.  Both are AMAZING and totally INSPIRING!
The first is today's post at featuring the brilliant work of Chris Dyson and his team.  His site is so worth a stop!  P.S.  I'm moving in with whomever lives in the room below!

The second AWESOME space is the home of Judy Aldridge of the blog Atlantis Home.  Her space is just as incredible as the glimpses of her life that her blog allows.  Crazy good!!

P.S.  The related FDLuxe article is worth the read...talks a little about the treasures!  Always a bonus!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

In The Garden

Good things are happening in the garden!  HUMONGOUS cucumbers!
Peppers..that need to turn RED!  Had a little trouble with that last year!
ZUCS!  These HAVE to be misted with liquid calcium to avoid squash blossom rot.  If you have better ideas, I would LOVE to hear them!  I need help with these!
Tomatoes, that self-seeded!
A yummy looking new yellow pepper to try!
Creative re-use!  Do not despair, the club was already broken!
And, peppers that I grew from seed and cilantro!  This pot smells like salsa!!!  Wish I had that smell button!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Well, we finally got around to painting our bedroom...which really means that I finally convinced the hubby to help me.  We chose a really beautiful earthen grey that changes throughout the day in a very pleasing way.(Sherwin-Williams Morris Room Grey)  And we love the results! 
We've painted many rooms before, but with every job, you learn something new.  Like the fact that paint needs about 3 weeks to cure.  That translates into no wall clean-ups or you are left with a mark.  You might ask...why would you need to clean a freshly painted wall???  Oh I don't know, maybe you have a big black Lab mix who manages to shake his head and throw slobber, aka cooper-glue, all the way to the ceiling!!!  And you aren't willing to listen to the man behind the paint store counter and jail your adorable, spoiled pup in the garage for 3 weeks!  So we have covered the most frequently soiled spots with plastic and furniture.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mother Nature

Mother Nature has some interestingly beautiful creatures!