Sunday, March 29, 2020

Spring Is Definitely Here!!

Here in Oklahoma, Spring has arrived.  The Redbud tree is looking gorgeous!  Around the yard, things are popping up everywhere...

Azaleas are blooming like crazy...

Lilies of the Valley are popping up everywhere...

and I'm always amazed at how the Hostas just pop up almost every night!!

Everything is green and looks so wonderful.  I am staying home even tho it is driving me crazy not to get out.  Some days, I just get in my car and drive a few blocks and drive back home.  Call me crazy but it helps me.

I have such an addiction to vintage lace and doilies which is no surprise to you who have followed me a while.

But, let's talk about what all I use it for...

This piece is lace and hankies that were my Grandmother's (Nana).  The buttons were out of her button box which I inherited when she passed away.  I was blessed with that and her watch (on the piece) and her old treadle sewing machine.  The small frame holds a photo of her and my son when he was about a year old.

Of course, Miss Begonia!!

So, I really do use a lot of it.  Needless to say, I still have a wide variety to use.

Stay in and stay safe.



Thursday, March 19, 2020

WOW!! What a month so far!!

This has truly been a crazy month so far.  With everything going on and everything moving so fast, it is just crazy.  I am trying to stay on top of news but not listening to it continuously.  It is just too much.  It is definitely times like this that make me wish so much that John and Bella were here with me.  I am so fortunate to have Tiff and her family here taking excellent care of me.

Speaking of Tiff and her family, if you have followed my blog very long you will remember that when the twins were born, they were born 4 months early.  Kaycee (above) has had a lot of hospital stays due to her lungs not being healthy and having a lung disease. She only weighed a little over 2 pounds. Saying that, her pulmonologist(?) called Tiff at work this week and said she needed to be out of daycare and quarantined at home.  So, Tiff had to walk away from her job she loves so much and keep all three of the girls home.  I picked up the three little ones every day at daycare and kept them until Tiff got home.  Working at a Dr's office, they didn't close until 6, so she didn't get home until about 7.  I loved every minute of having them for those few hours daily. 

So, please keep all of them in your prayers but especially Kaycee.

Now on to some "springy" things....

This old concrete bench was at my folk's house for as long as I can remember.  When they both passed away, I got it and it has been in the yard at both of my homes.  

So, stay cheerful and be kind.

This is my favorite photo from the hospital when the twins were in incubators - my hand, Laynee's (she was 2 years old) and the tiny one is Kaycee.

Hang in there everyone


Monday, March 9, 2020

It's March Already!!

My sweet John use to always say that I didn't have a birthday - I had a birthday month!!  LOL  Since my birthday is St Patricks Day, I reserve the right to the whole month, don't you agree?

I needless to say, have always collected "green" things.  Especially if they have the shamrocks on them.

Can't forget my green McCoy vase.

And then it is getting so close to Easter that I need to put out a few Spring things also.

Have always loved these Easter eggs made out of old quilt scraps.

This sweet bird's nest with moss was made inside of an antique silver ladle.

Flowers are beginning to bloom especially these.  Do you call them jonquils or daffodils?  I have several different varieties.

They are such a precious sign of Spring.

Course, I have to have a spring wreath.

Things have been very busy around here.  Last year right before Christmas, my storage buildings that I rent were broken into.  They not only took alot of stuff but what they didn't want, they just threw out in the walkway between the buildings.  It rained on everything for three days before I even found out about the pillage. 

Needless to say, I lost a tremendous amount of items.  I kept alot of merchandise that I used to stage houses  with in there. It has been a nightmare.  I had to rent a UHaul and new storage building and get everything moved.  The only good thing was that I downsized from three buildings to just one.  But it was a nightmare.  The saddest part was that I had quite a few boxes of photos and memories that got thrown out in the rain and were ruined.

The homeless just set up camp inside of the buildings and nothing was done until about a week ago and the police were called (and yes, it was on PD Live) and now they are trying to clean up the mess.  For all of these months, stuff has just been laying out there getting ruined.  I never got a call or anything until we saw it on TV.

ANYWAY, I have culled out many items and lost alot but it is over and done with.  They told me they were not responsible because it said it their contract that they were not responsible for theft.  However, the police have told me because they did not secure the facilities, they are at fault.  So, we'll see how it pans out.

The great grandkids, Tiff and Adam and I are scheduled to go on a cruise the end of May.  We are just waiting it out to see how things go.  We have until the day before that we can cancel and get credit for what we have paid.

I had a trip to Italy planned for August but it has been cancelled by the cruise lines.

So much going on.

Just a quick and easy to do project.

You can find all kinds of beautiful silver platters at Estate and garage sales.  Many of these were used for anniversaries and/or job related awards.  My solution to using these because I love old silver so much is....

Mount an antique and/or vintage photo to the center and then surround with layers of old buttons.  Makes a pretty platter to use for memories.  This is a photo of my Grandmother and Grandfather.

Well, so long for now.  Hope it is getting warm and springy where you are.



Monday, February 10, 2020

Happy February!!

This is my all-time favorite Valentine.  It is very old and was my Mother's.  It is one of those that unfolds out with a honeycomb base.  It is getting to whenever I open it, I always wonder if it is going to tear.  But, so far.....

My favorite Valentine's wreath.  It is made out of pink, red, and silver ornaments I got after Christmas several years ago.  

This wind chime on my front porch was given to me by a dear friend, Sabra.  It has hearts, prisms and old keys.

You can't go wrong with red garlands for February.

And hearts of course.

Mustn't forget red dishes!!

Here's hoping you all have a great February.  We had our big snowfall last week.  Would you believe it was the first big snowfall the little girls had ever seen?  They were so excited to build their first snowman.

So, now that that is over, I'm ready for Spring!!



Sunday, November 17, 2019

Fall was here and gone!!

Well. I think our Fall has come and gone.  We just didn't have much Fall.  The trees didn't turn and then we had two hard freezes and the leaves are all on the ground.  DRAT!!

The last couple of months have kind of been "downers".  On August 31st, John and I would have celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary.  On our anniversary 11 years ago, we lost our precious Landon.

Then, September 15th would have been John's birthday along with Tiff and Adam's first wedding anniversary.  Then, November 5th was the date John passed away five years ago.  So, lots of memories.  I found a box of "love letters" that John had written to me before we were married and I just sit and read them all in one night.

Don't know if I've ever told you or not, but from our first date - we were married 6 weeks later!!  And they said it would never last!  He was away most of that time starting up a new chemical plant so we had lots of letters.  

They made me smile!

Made this wreath out of old vintage images from Christmas cards.

Isn't this cute?  Got it at a craft show.  It's made out of spools of crochet yarn and ball of yard.  Notice the cute hat made out of a spool of thread.

Speaking of craft shows......

I did my show on November 2nd and it was a good show.  I didn't sell everything but did sell everything I had made Christmas wise.  So, I considered it a success but NEVER AGAIN.  My sister Rita came over for the day and helped.  Tiff and the girls helped me set up and take down.  It was a pleasant experience.

My collection of brown transferware just continues to grow and grow.  I'm about out of room.

My next project for the winter months is doing a slipcover for this loveseat.  It belongs with my LR couch but I'm going to try to slipcover it in a bright floral print for the girls' playroom.  I have a trundle bed in there now but anytime they spend the night they all three sleep with me.  So, I'm going to sell the bed and put this in there so they will have more room to play.l

We are having nice weather right now.  First of last week our chill factor was 6 degrees.  This week it is suppose to be almost 70.  That's Oklahoma for you.



Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fall in Oklahoma

It definitely is Fall in Oklahoma.  Today we started out with 75 degrees.  A front is moving in as I write with the temps dropping fast and chances of bad storms and possibly tornadoes this evening.


I basically do the same Fall decor every year.  Here's a peek.....

It is so hard to imagine that the twins - Laycee and Kaycee are turning six this month.  Seems like only yesterday they were so tiny.

I have been swamped during something I thought I would never do again.  I'm doing a craft show the first weekend of November.  Am going to sell alot of my items I had on my Etsy.  Shipping has gotten so out of sight that it is almost impractical to try to ship items now  a days.  The shipping is almost as much as the item I am selling.

So, will let you know how that goes.

Have a happy Fall!




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