Monday, March 31, 2008

Greetings From My Front Door

I got my PINK Cannon camera a couple days ago and I am just learning how to use it. Today I went around my home taking a few pictures that I will be posting as time goes by. Here is my Spring wreath that is on my front door.

Give-Away Winners!

I closed my eyes and pulled out of my BIG tea cup...
Winners Autumn & Leisa!
Thank You ALL so much for signing up for my first Give-Away and coming to my blog to visit! I am touched by all your comments and visits from the USA to other parts of the world! Just unbelievable to this new blogger on the block! I wish all 50+ could have won (between sign ups here & on MJF)! Stay in touch!
Hugs to ALL of you!
Maryjane xo

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Wonderful Weekend!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! We are off to visit our newest Granddaughter Sadie & her big brother 2 year old Brayden! Sunday is little Sadie's Blessing Day. A very special day for a sweet little girl.

Will be back just in time for the Give-Away on Monday!

Friday, March 28, 2008

More Fabric!

What shall I sew with this darling fabric?!!! I love the "sewing" theme it has. I bought this on eBay from my dear friend at Pawtucket City Limits. She has wonderful fabric and most are vintage. Now back to my sewing room!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Beehive Cottage~Lyndhurst, Great Britain

"A House is a Home Where Love Dwells"

I did not know another house was named Beehive Cottage! I just found this online in Great Britain. I just love it!

Many years ago we built our dream home and raised our family in it. While we were pouring the foundation I slipped a poem my daughter Heidi wrote in the corner of the cement and proclaimed our home to be called The Beehive Cottage. We moved from that home 2 1/2 years ago to get closer to our loved ones. This home we now have has been named The Beehive Cottage also and the name fits perfect.


In the Kitchen with Maryjane

Caramel Corn
This is sooooo easy & yummy! Your family will love you even more!
10 large marshmallows
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
large pot of popped popcorn

Melt marshmallows, brown sugar & butter in microwave. Pour mixture over popcorn & mix well.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Heart Charm

When I was a teenager in the late 60's we wore charm bracelets. I still have the one I wore, filled with memories that bring me back in time. Here is a heart charm from The Vintage Heart on eBay. I think I need this one to add to my collection!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My New Apron!

I LOVE this pink vintage apron I bought on Etsy! It is sweet & in perfect condition. From Isabella's Closet. I love that aprons are back in style! I have fond memories of my Mother & Grandmothers wearing aprons. I have a nice collection of them now that I will be posting as time goes by. One of my sweet Granddaughters always puts on her special little apron when she comes to visit and makes sure I am wearing one to!

Monday, March 24, 2008

My First Give-Away!

Since this is my FIRST blog & my FIRST week blogging, I thought I would have my FIRST Give-Away!
Please sign below if you would like and I will add your name to the bowl!
A name will be drawn in one week!
I decided to have 2 winners!
Monday March 31

Strawberry Rain & Garden Boots!

As you can see I am having fun with all the spring things coming out! Aren't these the cutest rain & garden boots ever?! Target, yes at Target!

Did I mention my nickname is Strawberry? My Uncle Bob named me that when I was 4 years old because I blushed all the time.

Can't be Soap!

YES, this is handmade soap! Yum! This picture made me crave a sweet! I will be back, off to the kitchen! Find them on eBay at the Country Cottage by Linda.

New Camera!

I am so excited! I am getting a new camera! I have been using my husbands. Went to Best Buy and fell in love with this one. It does everything I dreamed of. They didn't have any PINK so I came home and ordered it on line!
This pretty plate belonged to my sweet mother-in-law. I think of her each time I pass by it, which is everyday! xo
What a cute garden jacket! Spring is diffidently here. It's a Rosie B. Farmer's Garden Jacket from Inspire Co.

Fresh Strawberries!

I am holding a fresh Strawberry from a local farmer! The best kind! Strawberry pie, anyone?

Wash Day

Today is wash day for me! I actually love doing
the laundry! I add 1/2 cup of vinegar &
1/2 cup Borax to the wash. Cloths come out brighter and sweeter!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bird Nest Rice Krispie Treats

I made these little bird nests for our Easter family gathering! They were fast and easy. I formed the nest in a cupcake pan. While they were still slightly soft, I took them out of the cupcake pan and made them flatter, keeping them bowl shaped. Fill with candy speckled eggs and enjoy!
Rice Krispie Treats
1/4 cup margarine or butter
40 large marshmallows or 4 cups mini's
6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
Melt margarine in a saucepan. Add marshmallows & stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies. Stir well. Form your bird nest!
makes 20+ nests

The Easiest Way to Hard Boiled Eggs!

1. Put eggs in a heavy sauce pan.
2. Cover with water & add 1 teaspoon salt.
3. Bring to a hard boil.
4. Turn off flame.
5. Cover & let set 1/2 hour or more.

**They come out just right every time and they peel easily.

Friday, March 21, 2008

More Plates

One of my visitors Ida Mae (from said she liked my green plates. I have plates all over my home! Here is a picture of one wall in my dining room.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spring Has Sprung!

Families Are Forever

This crossstitch is hanging in my living room. It is the focal point of the room and also in my life. I love my family and all the joy they bring into my life! This Easter season brings back fond memories of my childhood. For those who remember the 50's & 60's, didn't you love wearing a Easter bonnet and white gloves! And those pretty slips we wore under our dresses that were so crisp! I loved my slip! My Grandmother's Sadie & Alberta made the sweetest Easter dresses for my sisters and I. Grandmother Alberta never used anything other then her Singer treadle sewing machine that I now have! Enjoy your Easter with family and make wonderful memories to cherish forever! xo

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Today I visited with my dear friend Narvie who has ovarian cancer. She has struggled with it for three years now. Her cancer is fierce but she is a fighter! We sat in her warm & cozy bedroom today with a nice fire glowing and her tucked under the covers. Our visits are always wonderful and last usually for a couple hours. We laugh and cry as the hours pass. She is a very positive woman and I am always uplifted when I leave her home. I cherish our time together and can't wait to visit with her again...

"A friend is what the heart needs all the time." ~Henry Van Dyke

Newest Grandbaby!

This is our newest little Granddaughter Sadie Dawn. Born to our son Nathan & wife Stephanie. Sadie is adorable and we love her to pieces! Her Mommy made her darling dress.

Crocheted Rug

Here is a little crocheted rug I bought at "Simply Friends" that I use in my kitchen. Renee & Debi's Mother makes them for the store. I am learning to crochet and hope to make one someday!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My Favorite...

"Simply Friends" here in my hometown, is my favorite little antique store! The store is actually a tiny house from the early 1900's, located in Historical Downtown Murrieta. I love going in there rain or shine because Sisters Renee & Debi always make my day brighter and I always find something wonderful to take home!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tea Towel Swap

At MaryJane's Farm ( we had a tea towel swap! Cheryl, Farmgirl Sister #48 made this darling set for me! Isn't her work beautiful! Click on the picture to see her detailed stitching. Thanks Bunches Cheryl!

Sweet Peas & Hailey

This is my first post and I am so thrilled to do so! Today I had a lovely surprise left on my front porch, a armful of Sweet Peas from my darling friend Beckie who lives around the corner! She found my watering can by the door to put the flowers in! What a dear!

Granddaughter Hailey who is 6, spent the night here last night. We had fun sewing, crocheting (she did the chain stitch!) and we watched movies! She had fun making me "pretty". Ahhhhh Grandchildren.