Thursday, August 28, 2008

Awards and a Tag

Morning!!! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend! We sure did and I will do a post on it tomorrow. Today, I want to get caught up on some awards and a tag. I still have one tag left to do, sorry Dana, I need hubbies help on that one because I am terrible with song titles.

This award I received from Dawn at Dawn's Daybreak, she offered it to her blogging friends. Thank you so much Dawn!!! I pass this award onto all my readers who leave me such nice comments and encouragement!

This award is from Rhonda at Scooterblu's Whimsy, thank you Rhonda!! This award she was offering to her blogging friends. I would like to pass this on to all of you...thank you for your inspiration and your blogland friendship!
Lastly, I have been tagged by Dawn at Dawn's Daybreak.

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you

2. Mention the rules on your blog.

3. List 6 unspectacular quirks.

4. Tag 6 bloggers by linking to them on your post and then commenting them to let them know that they are "it!"

Ok let's are some of my quirks...

1. I like all my candy canes on the Christmas Tree to be hung in the same direction. My kids and hubby like to turn one around to tease makes me crazy!

2. This one you know...I'm terrified of spiders.

3. I love John Deere tractors and would love to drive one in a farmers field.

4. I love watching the World News and GMA...I would love to meet Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson!

5. I am short and when I sit in a chair or sofa or when we are out to dinner, I like my feet touching the floor. I can't explain this one...haha

6. I love to read quilt and sewing blogs but I can't sew...I wish I could...I'm hopeless at it!

Anyone who would like to play along with this tag...You Are It!

I will be stopping by and visiting all of you in the next couple of days! I sure have missed you!!!
Have a great day!!! Hugs!

Award and This and That

Morning!!! I want to thank Jill at Jill's Junk to Jewels for this award!!! You are too sweet Jill! I am not sure I deserve this award but I am humbled to receive it! I am going to offer this award to all the blogs I read every day! You all inspire me to create, decorate, cook and on and on!!!

I want to thank everyone who has been praying for my daughter's friend and his friends and family. She and her bf will miss him sooo much but know he is now in heaven with the Lord he loves so much! He was a true inspiration to all!

I think I am off to the thrift store now and to Walmart for some groceries for the long holiday weekend! I'm so excited...hubby will be home early on Friday and won't have to leave again until Tuesday, later in the day! We are going to a Detroit Tiger's game on Saturday, the apple orchard on Sunday with DD's BF and his family then back here for an end of summer bbq, then on Monday we are headed to Caseville to visit my parents and to do some treasure hunting with the metal detector! I will post a picture of my metal detector treasure! (HEHE...nails, bolts and change!)

Hope you are having a wonderful day! Hugs!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

YUCK!!! And Some Pretties

*Please pray for my DD and her BF, a very close friend of theirs passed away at 7:30 this morning from Melanoma, he was only 30 . Thanks you so much!*

Morning!!! First the yuck....WHY do brown recluse spiders like MY house!?! I am certainly NOT welcoming them in! I found one in the dining room curtain and my tummy turned and the goose bumps popped! I HATE spiders...I am TERRIFIED!!!! This is the second one this summer in my house that I have had to kill by MYSELF! I sure hope my muslin curtains survived the spider spray! I could NOT bring myself to smash it in fear that it would run me down! I had hubby on the phone and spray in the other hand...screaming my head off as the ugly thing ran across the sill and back onto the curtain!!! Now I only hope that DD's BF will come to extricate the body because I WILL NOT go near it dead or alive!!!! YUCK, YUCK, YUCK!!!!!!!

Enough of the YUCK!!!! How about some pretty? Here are some fall decorations and a pretty tassel hung so pretty!

I cannot remember who posted about these cute little pumpkins from the Dollar Tree!!! How cute are these!?! I love them!!!
Pretty tassel that I purchased from Susie Harris at Bienvenue. Guess what she is having a sale!!! So if you'd like a pretty tassel all your own, head on over to Susie's! The tassel is hanging on a pretty frame from Michael' was on clearance...yay!!! No photos in it yet...we are taking photos at the ocean in Florida this December.

More of those cute little pumpkins from the Dollar Tree.

It is really feeling like fall this morning!! Very chilly! The weeping willows across the way are turning yellow and a maple tree down the street is red already! Loving the cooler weather! Hope you all enjoy your day!!! Hugs!!!


Monday, August 25, 2008

Pumpkin Update

Morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We didn't do too much this weekend which was nice and relaxing. I did take some photos of the pumpkins though. I couldn't believe it when I counted 18 pumpkins!!! All but 3 or 4 are orange already! My hubby is afraid of picking them too soon and I'm worried about not picking them before someone comes and smashes them! That side of our property is pretty dark at night and easy for people to get to. I don't like thinking bad of people but I have seen too many smashed pumpkins around the area every year. So hopefully, my "watch flamingo" will protect them until they are picked by us! :)

The "Watch Flamingo" guarding day and night!

A closer look at a big one...most of them are pretty large!

From another angle of the garden. If you look real close you can see our dog in the very upper right.

Hope you all enjoy the last week of August!!!



Friday, August 22, 2008

Thank You and An Award!!!

Morning everyone!!! I just want to thank everyone for their kind words and well wishes this week! All your comments meant so much to me! I am feeling somewhat better and am back to doing things again. You all are amazing friends!

Angie from Sandals and Daisies presented me with an award!!!! Thank you so much Angie!!! You are such a sweet friend and I really would love to live nearer to you so we could thrift, thrift, thrift!!!

The rules of this award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on their blog
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours
5. Leave a message on the blogs of those you’ve nominated

I want to award this to:

1. Kim at BellaDella
2. Dana at The Stone Rabbit
3. Cherry at Cherry's Jubilee
4. Donna at Donna's in the Attic
5. Liz at Mabel's House
6. Susie at Bienvenue
7. Jeannette at Sincerely Yours

Congratulations ladies! I love your blogs! You are an inspiration to me and I'm so happy I have gotten to know some of you through comments and emails! Hopefully, I will get a chance to know all of you! Stop by these ladies blogs and see why I LOVE their blogs!

Have a wonderful day!!!! Hugs!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Bit of a Break

Hello everyone!!!

Just taking a bit of a break. I don't think I've mentioned it here but I have fibromyalgia. I don't generally talk about it because it is just a fact of my life and I deal with it. I can go months with only minor symptoms and then I will get a flair up and it's just hard to do everyday things. When things are good...I go, go, go because I don't know when I won't be able to do that for a while. I am having a pretty good flair up right now so it's slow, slow, slow for me. I am listening to my body and resting more and will hopefully be back to go, go, go soon. I do have some pics to show you but I need to put them on my computer yet. I will be posting again soon and checking in on you all too! I just won't be able to be posting as much or doing as much as I would like to for a bit.

Have a great day!!! Hugs!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Blogland Purchase and Birthday/Christmas Peeks

Good afternoon!!! I have been busy working away on yo-yo projects for upcoming birthdays and Christmas gifts. Like I keep saying, they are so quick and easy. Very good project to work on while watching the Olympics! I, also, got a package in the mail that I had ordered. I ordered a body scrub from The French Elements. Barb at The French Elements is so sweet...she included a free bonus scrub! I haven't tried it yet but the one I ordered got a wonderful review...check out Barb's blog to link to the review! I can't decide whether to keep it for me or use it for a gift...I bet I keep it for me! :-D

Here are the photos!!! (Remember you can click to enlarge them.)

Oh so cute packaging and a sweet card from Barb!!!

A peek at a canvas bag I trimmed out with yo-yo's (and it may get an applique) for my SIL for Christmas. She has a dog who she just goes the doggy themed bag! She can use it to pack up her doggy's toys and things for trips. Plese excuse the kitty hair...Cypher was trying really hard to be in this picture!

This is a lavendar cotton bag that I purchased at I am trimming this one out with yo-yo's too. It is for a friend's birthday. I will use it as a useable gift bag. Haven't decided what to fill it with yet. This bag still needs it's buttons.

Well I am trying to find some energy to head out for errands. Don't know why I am so sleepy today! Hope you are all having great days!



Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A New Bloom

A new blooming flower from my sprinkled seeds at the creek!!

Morning!!! The rain appears to be on the way. So today, I will run a few errands before it starts then hunker down to some chores, yo-yo's and working on a Christmas gift. Hope you all have a wonderful day!


P.S. Thank you all so much for your birthday wishes for our son! We are really proud of him and love him a lot!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Morning! Today is our son's 22nd birthday, it's hard to believe he's 22! Here he is a photo of him doing a video clip to include with his resumes. the picture is a bit distorted from him trying to make a photo from a moving video. He has 2 years left at the University of Oklahoma studying meteorology. This is the kid who was TERRIFIED of storms! He now CHASES them! YIKES!!! He knows he must call home when he is leaving to storm chase and to call during and when he safely returns. I would rather know he's out there than to get a call saying something bad happened and not know he was out there. Make sense?
Hope you all have a great Tuesday!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Such Sweet Grandma's and a Couple Treasures!!!

Morning!!! Hope you all are enjoying your Monday! Last night my daughter brought me a couple of surprises from BF's sweet grandma's! I was so surprised! I know both of these sweet ladies and I'm so thrilled that they love my daughter! Grandma O was at the Antique Roadshow with BF's parents. While out and about she found this sweet amber pitcher and thought of me and how it would go nicely with my amber depression glass! Wasn't that sweet !?! Then Grandma Arlene sent home some homegrown peaches! (A sure sign of fall in Macomb County!) She, also, sent home a nice jar of peach jam! Yummy! My daughter asked me to cut up the peaches and here they are. They are delsih!!! The casserole they are in is from my thrift store expedition last week...only $2.50 and the rooster from the same day...25 cents.

Thank you Grandma O and Grandma Arlene! You are the best!
Have a great day!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Making Friends and Crawfishing at the Creek

Hello! Hope you all had a great weekend! Well no pumpkin changes...I'll show you the harvest when the time comes. We have a new friend at our house. My daughter got a new kitten and her name is Cypher. Our dog, Cocoa, and cat, Abby are starting to make friends with Cypher. She is a really sweet kitten!

Abby our great big Ragdoll playing with Cypher and Cocoa "Miss Jealous" coming to check out the new kitty toy.

Cypher has been with us a little over a week and now. Abby is letting her take a snooze with her. Well, shall I say she is tolerating Cypher snoozing with her. Can you see Abby staring her down through her fur?

Next we have some new pictures from the creek. 2 nights ago, my daughter and her boyfriend went to investigate the creek. We knew we had holes down there made by a critter but decided frogs lived in them...why? Because we saw a frog in one! LOL!!! Well come to find out...the frog must have been just visiting his friend the crawfish! Yikes they are scary looking. BF decided he wanted to catch one....ha! The crawfish had other plans! They sure have sharp pinchers...they sliced up a rubber worm and cut through twine! Here are some pics of our adventure....

Shining the Mighty Light in the crawfish hole. Note: crawfish DO NOT like light!

Can you see his claw!?! Yikes! *Click to enlarge*

Trying to fish him out with fishing line and a rubber worm. Nope didn't work! At least we had a good time!

Hugs to all!


Friday, August 8, 2008

Photos of My Treasures and the Perfume Bottle!

Hello again!!! Here are the photos of today's and yesterday's treasure hunting expeditions! I went back for the perfume bottle and it wasn't there. So I kindly asked the same lady from yesterday about it. She told me not so kindly that she had no idea about it. Since she was putting things on the shelves from yesterday's bucket of non-priced things (which they were to price last night) I kindly asked if it was still in the bucket. She not so happily checked the bottom of the bucket and there it was still not marked :( I kindly said ok thanks anyway. As I was walking away, she said hold on and went in the back and had it priced. :-D So of course I kindly said "thank you very much!" For some reason this perfume bottle just HAD to come home with me! I'm so glad she decided to get it priced.

Well, if I haven't bored you to death by now with my little are the pictures of my treasures! (Remember you can click on them to enlarge them!)

This pink shelf I found today while wandering around looking for the perfume bottle. I am not sure whether it will stay pink (I know I hear you gasping!). Our home is decorated in greens and browns and other neutrals so I'm guessing it will become ivory. The blue bird house is my now cherished perfume bottle from Avon! I love it!!! It had a rose smelling perfume inside. Then there is a milk glass sugar bowl which I will put buttons in (which I forgot to take a photo of along with the vintage trim I found...sorry!). There is also a milk glass compote...a smaller version of the one I gave away in my giveaway, a milk glass votive holder and 3 rose prints that will look great in my green bathroom. (Hubby doesn't mind a little girly touch here and there but he wouldn't care for more).

A closeup...oh how sweet!!!

I think this shelf is going in my stamp room with my vintage Avon treasures.

I had bought 2 of the larger compotes last time so this one will sit by the larger one. The votive will probably find it's way to the small bathroom with the rose pictures. I forgot to tell you...I got all of these treasures for $13!!!

Have a wonderful Friday!!! Thanks for coming by today!!!




Good morning!!! Yesterday was a busy day filled with lots of errands! I did manage to sneak in 2 thrift stores though! Today, I am going back to one of the thrift stores to see if they priced the pretty Avon perfume bottle I really wanted! I guess their policy is to not sell something they didn't price :( The lady at the register said it would be priced last night...I hope so! I did find other goodies too but no photos yet because everything needs a super good soak in hot soapy water!

Well, today is yet another busy day! Lots to do before hubby comes home from Chicago! Hope you are all enjoying your day! I will be around to visit you all, here and there as I take a few breaks today! I will be posting photos ASAP this weekend! Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Pay It Forward

Morning everyone!!!

I am participating in Pay It Forward with Lisa at
Lisa's RetroStyle. How it works is...Lisa sends me and 2 others something she has made...and in turn I send 3 people something I have made...then whoever I send something I have created to does the same for 3 other people (linking back to I did with Lisa) and so on.

If you would like to participate and would like me to send you something I have created...the first 3 people to comment on this post and let's me know they do want to participate are my 3 people to Pay it Forward to.

This sounds like a lot of fun! I am really excited to see what Lisa sends me and I am really excited to share something I made with others!

Have a great day! Hugs!

Monday, August 4, 2008

A Look at the Creek

Hello all!!! I took a walk down to the creek last night, with the dog, to see what's going on there. It is incredibly lush this year and for the first time in 6 years, I could actually say it's beautiful down there! I don't know if it's due to the cool spring we had that seemed to make everything grow like crazy or what but I was surprised. I did pick some wildflowers down there a couple of weeks ago but it has once again changed. Earlier this spring, on a whim, I sprinkled some wildflower seeds from a box I purchased at Walmart last year. I thought they may never come up but what the hay! Well to my surprise some of the seeds survived and are now pretty little plants in bloom!!! YAY!!! Hope you enjoy!!!

I saw 2 of these beauties down there. No clue what they are but boy are they pretty!

These are so pretty too, the name of these escapes me at the moment. I saw 3 of these plants in bloom.

Now this creature is a little scary yet beautiful. Some sort of waspy/hornet thing that is huge and jet black! I told my hubby about them and he said to steer clear! Luckily, they were more interested in the Joe Pye Weed than me!

Hope you enjoyed the photos! Have a wonderful day, happy treasure hunting! Hugs!!!


Sunday, August 3, 2008

A few photos of my treasures

Morning! Today I thought I'd share a couple corners of my home. They are a mix of old and new treasures from flea markets,thrift stores, antique stores, local nurseries and Marshall's. When I see these photos I really see the need for color on the walls! I have such trouble picking out color! I am very color challenged when it comes to paint! I can pick colors of cardstock for my art, color for fabric and clothing but colors for walls puts me in a panic! I cannot explain it! Well I hope you enjoy these pictures (remember you can click on them to enlarge them)! My hubby has a list of things I need him to hang for hopefully I can show you more photos in the coming weeks (he travels a lot, so we will see when he can get to them).

A little nook in the foyer. Apothecary jar from the Salvation Army, little birds, cage and nest in the cage from Weigand's Nursery, flowers from Michael's (years ago), conservatory candle holder was 50% off at Deneweth's Nursery, Willow Tree Angel a Christmas gift from DS and little birdhouse bell from a garage sale.

Corner of the foyer by the staircase. The table is a vintage wood plant stand that I
got at a garage sale for $10 (cracked top but still love it), bird house and glass footed bowl from Marshall's, candle from Target (years ago), eggs and fuzzy bird from Michael's, skeleton key from a flea market, pretty floral hand mirror from an antique store in Romeo, MI (cannot remember the name, it was years ago), birds from Weigand's Nursery and the necklace I purchased from Tiffany of Shabby Scraps.
Hope you all are having a great Monday! Happy treasure hunting and hugs!

Computer Issues and the Pumpkin Update


Computer Update: In my haste and frustration yesterday...I failed to mention that Blogger was indeed working on the issue of not being able to visit all the blogs...and the reason for most of my frustration was due tot the fact that I have been having issues for 2 weeks (un-Blogger related) with my computer due to Spyware and junk. Technology can sometimes frustrate me even though I do enjoy my computer and internet! So anyway, I can now visit blogs thanks to Blogger but am still working on the rest.

Delayed Pumpkin Update: It is so fall is indeed on the way. The first of the pumpkins are ripening, some of the tomatoes that normally ripen later in August are ripening too. It's still relatively hot but it just feels fall-ish. A friend of mine who lives north of me was saying the same thing. She said the trees are starting to look like they are heading to change. It just seems early to us. Here are the photos of the pumpkins!!! (Notice the leaves already starting to die off. Yep, we still have mildew too).

Orange already!

One of the later pumpkins.

Yesterday we went to the Blueberry Festival for the first time. We went with some friends who live in Leonard, MI. I was surprised...not many blueberry treats at all. One of the ice cream stores did have blueberry pie though. From what we hear, the event was a lot smaller than last year. We walked around the flea market...only 6 vendors, antique store (very cute, forgot to take a picture), had some ice cream and watched the cloggers. The clogging was fun, I clogged when I was younger, so it was neat to see.

Cloggers, so fun to watch! Poor things was hot out there!

Well, I think that's all for now. I should get to making some yo-yo's and other things around here. Hope you all are having a great time this weekend!



Saturday, August 2, 2008

Computer Issues

Morning! Computer issues....

I saw on the Blogger Buzz that some of the blogs have been marked as Spam...maybe that is why I am having trouble getting to some you! My hubby is going to download Firefox for me later (I am not a computer person...I can do a little but I have a huge learning!!!) and see if that helps any.

I will post my Saturday Pumpkin Update later today or tomorrow...I want to be sure I am not having any further issues. I have already ran Spybot and Norton so we shall see.

Have a great day...hugs!

Friday, August 1, 2008

I WON and I was totally spoiled!!!

Good afternoon!!! I won Lorena's (at Rose Chic Friends) My Craft Room Is Done Giveaway!!! The package (which smelled so delightful...even before I opened it) arrived today and boy was I ever spoiled!!! Thank you ever so much Lorena...I LOVE everything!!!
Click to enlarge this picture so you can really get a good look at all she sent me!!!

A closer look at the beautiful hand-painted ornament and pin!!! Not pictured...the beautiful earrings she made and sent me. Sorry about that...had to put them on right away :) Can you see the pretty doily she sent me!?!

A closer look at the hand-painted bag and frame!!! The frame is in my daughter's cottage bedroom!!!

A book He Did This Just For You...will start reading this today! A sunflower garden, bath fizzies shaped like roses and a cute puppy plaque!

Thanks again ever so much're the best!