Friday, November 20, 2015

Front Porch Love

The weather here in CA has been beautiful this Fall.
We are still having summer weather, so we are loving our time on the front porch!

Below are some cowgirl pillows I made a while back for my little trailer,
but for the moment are making their home on the white rockers.

Loving the pink & brown!
 Our porch continues as it wraps around to the front door.
I have two wicker couches there.

To the left is more white picket fencing that my hubby built,
and a locked gate.
We have a doorbell with a live~feed to our iPhone in the house.
We can talk and see who is at the gate and still be in the house! 
We can also be miles/hours away and still know who is at out door!
It's a good thing!!!
 We over look the Santa Rosa Plateau Mountains and 
the sunsets are gorgeous! 
 I love my little white picket fence & gate!
Our little dogs Sammie & Charlie love being out here too.

I hope our nice weather continues!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Hutch Filled with Vintage Quilts

 I wanted display some of my cherished vintage quilts.

I bought this little hutch about three years ago, 
and finally filled it as I intended to do!
 Some of our children's baby quilts, to Grandmother's quilts, 
to special quilts given to us.
 My heart be still …
I have this sweet display in the living room
 so I can see it all the time!

Just warms my heart!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cozy Sewing~Quilting Pajamas

I am SEW very in love with my new, soft pajamas!
I will be living in these no doubt.

At the beginning of the holiday season,
I always buy a pair of new pj's.

I was SEW thrilled to have found these,
because that's pretty much all I do now do in my craft room is sew!

*I bought them at Target.
Such cute little notions everywhere including a Featherweight sewing machine like I have!
Just had to share!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Changeable Family Bulletin Boards

 For years I added my children's & grandchildren's
 pictures, notes, cards, etc.
to the fridge or inside the pantry door.

I had a vision to clean it up 
and went on the hunt!

I found these large, completed bulletin boards 
at JoAnn's!
They were 1/2 off and I used 2 huge saving coupons!!!
I left the paint the color it was and just added
a little piece of chalk to each upside-down drawer handle.

Above the bulletin boards I added a sign
Families Are Forever
with the Los Angeles LDS Temple on it where we were married.
It was given to us by daughter Shelli.
 As you walk into our kitchen and family room,
you can't miss it on the wall.

Each month I will change out and put "new" news,
add pictures, update new school pics, etc.

I look and ponder everyday day at each family.
I thank my Heavenly Father for blessing Don and I so.
 Below is our daughter Shelli & Craig's Family
Ashley, Kelsey, Austin, Garrett & Blake.
 Below is our daughter Heidi & Shawn's family…
Chandler, Hailey & Asher ~ waiting for Asher's pic :)
 Below is our daughter Tiffani & Phil's family…
Mark & Eric.
 Below is our son Nathan & Stephanie's family…
Brayden, Sadie, Ridge & Jackson.
I love these boards and looking forward to
 seeing what the next month brings!


Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall Living Room Hutch

I always love changing up the living room hutch
with every season.

Fall is one of my favorite times to decorate it.
Sweater pumpkins, vintage books, silver platter,
ceramic pumpkins, burlap, lace, and tea~lights are a good thing!
I collect vintage glass hens.
This amber color hen is my favorite!

She looks so pretty lightly glowing, especially in the evening!
Autumn is my favorite time of year!

I am ready now!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Family Room Mantel

 Fall is my favorite time of the year!

This mantel is in our family room.
The clock does not work and is said to be haunted by some!
Sometimes it starts ticking away!
 I love my antique lace mantle edging.
I use it off and on throughout the year.
 Be scared (or not)!
 I made many of these cat candle holders years ago for 
shops and marketplaces!
So glad I saved myself a pair.
 The witch and cat candles are vintage~style which makes them …
 getting closer to being real vintage. Heehee! 
but I have had them for nearly 20 years.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Organizing My Jewelry

 For years I had my jewelry in individual zip lock bags
in ONE drawer of this "tallboy" dresser.
It became more difficult for me to find what I needed.
I was pulling out the entire drawer, putting it on the bed and 
shuffling through the mess!
By the time I found what I needed, I was frustrated!  
Knowing I needed to do something,
They come with the soft, fiber fill too!

When the boxes arrived shortly after ordering them, 
I dove into the mass of plastic bags, 
and began sorting & de~cluttering!

Under each box is its lid.
Great for traveling … grab, pack & go!
 Now when I open the drawers to coordinate
jewelry with an outfit,
it is quick, easy and a joy!
 Sometimes I find myself walking by the dresser,
can't help myself and have to take a peek!
 Also by being able to see all my jewelry,
I will see what I don't use overtime and can pass it along.
Like we do with clothing.
 Just trying to make life a little easier,
one step at a time!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Chicken Nesting Herbs

I have been wanting to try this nesting box
herb blend (natural pest control) by Lisa at

These herbs smell heavenly in the coop and
the blend helps fight off mites, etc. 
They are so pretty too!

My hubby giggled as I was showing & telling him all about the herbs.
He knows I love to spoil my girls!
They came packaged pretty with a calling card.
I received 3 sachets.

I used 1 sachet on 3 nesting boxes.
My little hen Daisy is molting,
so she is not her pretty self at the moment.
She doesn't mind the herbs at all!

I am a happy customer!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Quilted Chicken Door Stop

I did it!
My first time ever quilting something.
It's not a quilt but the basics of quilting.

has an awesome video showing how to make a chicken pincushion.
I thought I would use a charm pack and make it bigger for a door stop!

The chicken measures 8 1/2 x 9 inches,
 and weighs 2 1/2 lbs.
She is filled with 3/4's polyester fiber &
the bottom is filled 1/4 of pea rock.
Did I have fun!
I am on a roll now and will be making them for my sisters for Christmas.
I bought all my fabrics at
Primitive Gatherings.
I love their shop here in town!

I always use my rug mug!
No water circles or condensation build up on my table.
I have mug rugs in my ETSY shop!
This is the other side of my hen.
I think I did a pretty good job matching up the seams for the first time (wink,wink).
Look at those darling tail feathers!
For the others I will use a larger "prairie point" under the three.
I am planning on using different methods for the comb.
I can't wait to see what half fabric yoyo's would look like!

Charlie and Sammie (Samantha)
are always there giving me support!
Now off to make some more chickens …
here chickie, chick, chick!

Get yourself a fabric charm pack and makes some!
Hummm … wonder if my chickens would like one in their coop?!