Friday, July 31, 2009

Collecting!

This is my very favorite glass paperweight out of 20 or so that I have been collecting for years. This one is in my craftroom sitting on my desk. My desk is a quint little dining room table hubby and I just bought in an antique store in Temecula, CA.
Collecting is so fun! This is only the tip of the iceberg in what I collect! LOL!

What do you collect?
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I found some time to make myself a sewing journal! Here is the key to my craftroom! I hope to have the little unveiling soon! I changed rooms recently...bigger room and more sunshine. Just what this gal needs! I promise to share it with you very soon.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Craft or Sleep?

I finally made some more garlands that I have been wanting to make!
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Do you have a hard time sleeping when you want to be crafting?!

Just wanted to show you these!
Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Frilly Dilly!

Look what my darling daughter-in-law Stephanie surprised me with! A Frilly Dilly Bag that she made! Thank you Stephanie dear, I LOVE it!
I watched Brayden 3 & Sadie 1 for her and my son Nathan while she recovered from surgery...this is what she was doing while recovering! She loves to sew to her hearts content! She sews beautiful little girls clothes and designs a lot of her patterns! I will feature her store(s) soon!
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Little Samantha fits perfect in my new bag! Here is where you can buy the pattern!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Craft Room Finds!

HomeGoods...do I need to say more? LOL!
My friend Ruth and I had a blast the other day at my favorite place! Oh girls, my little shopping cart just knows how to zip up and down the aisles with my eyes closed! You can't beat HomeGoods prices!
All of my findings are for my craft room.
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I found the most romantic and fragrant potpourri! It smells like fresh cut roses. I still have 3/4 of a large box to scatter throughout the house! The crystal pedestal bowl and candle I had already. I love the new look the potpourri gives them.This sweet spray bottle was calling my name! Perfect for misting down my linens for ironing. Just like Mother did.I gasped when I saw these PINK tin buckets! Lacy and pretty! I will put these on the very top of my craft shelves, filled with supplies and projects (tags, banners & journals) I will be working on for my Etsy store. HomeGoods always has pretty pedestal cake plates! I love this one in a faint cottage blue. My large cloche fits perfect over the pedestal plate! What fun I will have with this!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fresh Batch of Homemade Laundry Soap!

I just finished making a fresh batch of homemade laundry soap...16 pounds of it! It comes half way up my cottage picnic tin! I LOVE making it and I feel so domestic when I do! LOL! This time I used PINK ZOTE soap and it looks and smells heavenly! I have been making my own detergent for months now and will never use anything else!
If you want to make some yourself the RECIPE is 

 HERE 

I love the clothesline freshness it gives!Fun testimonial from this post!
I am tickled PINK!
Check out her darling blog to!
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Debbie said...
I read your blog and ran straight to the store! I made 1 batch,then did laundry and it worked so well I went back to the store and made more. I love it! Thanks!
July 12, 2009 5:29 PM
Happy Laundry Day!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Succotash (no lima beans!)...A Family Favorite!

(Click on this picture to see how yummy!)
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This is a side dish recipe that has been passed down to our family 5 generations or more...yummy Succotash!
My sweet Mother made this when I was growing up, as her Mother and so on.
It is still a "must" at our family gatherings! As you can see it would make a good little main dish because it has all the goodies in it to fill the tummy.
Now sharing the recipe with you if you would like to try it!

Gloria's Succotash
(Most times I double it!)
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2 cans green beans - drained
2 cans of sweet corn - drained, except 1/2 juice of 1 can
1/2 to 1 stick of butter
1/2 medium onion - chopped (I always have frozen onions on hand)
1/2 lb. bacon - cut into pieces
pepper and garlic salt (or garlic powder) to taste
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Brown bacon and onion until fully cooked.
Add green beans, corn, butter, salt, pepper & garlic salt to taste.
Cook for a few minutes until slightly caramelized. Yum!
I promise you will love THIS recipe! xox

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

I have been busy in my craftroom making 4th of July garlands for my sweet daughters.
I think these turned out kinda cute! They are made from vintage graphics I have printed on heavy card stock and backed with another layer to make them very strong to hold up for years to come. I distressed them with brown ink to make them look vintage. Fun to make! I will now make them for every season and special occasions. I might add some to my Etsy store in the near future!
Wishing you a Happy 4th of July!
I am grateful for my blessings and love the good, old USA!