Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy Campers!

Yeah, yeah I know what most of you will say after you read this post. 
"That isn't camping. It's RVing." But we started out camping, so I still call it that. And we still stay in "campgrounds". And yes, RV parks too. We began in the back of a mini-truck YEARS ago, and slowly moved up the chain. From the back of a covered mini-truck, to a van, to a new tent trailer, to a new - liteweight travel trailer, to a used Class C motorhome, to a new Class A motorhome, to another new Class A motorhome. 

1997 - Time out - sold it. No time for camping. We bought a mobile home in an RV park in Lake Havasu and couldn't afford both. Plus - we were traveling all over North America to watch the boys play hockey. So settled for a small toy hauler so Dad and the boys could still do the dirt bike riding thing. 

Several years later -  Bought a bigger toy hauler. Then three years ago sold Havasu (whew!) and bought . . . the Coach! 

And I am one happy camper! Now that we don't have to worry about school schedules, life is good and we take off every single chance we get. Which brings me to why I'm posting this.

WE ARE OUTTA HERE!!!!  Heading up to Big Bear Lake for a long weekend with 2 of our favorite couples, Joy & Dale and Sheryl & Duane, who also have Coach's and Jeeps. Oh my goodness, we just have the best time together! I cannot wait! Mark is treating me to a beautiful Lakefront spot for my birthday. Yup - Saturday is the day. I am now officially in the 2nd half of the century of my life. (Geez! Did I say that?) I must say - 51 is soooooo much easier than 50! 

Anyway - I thought I'd show you the main reason why my husband AGREED to buy this house. It took me TWO YEARS and probably hundreds of homes that I looked at. He made some pretty hard stipulations, but when I saw this one I knew I had him!!! He wanted: 4 car garage, workshop, lots of parking,  RV parking, gated community, single story. (well, I missed that last one but we both agreed it's good exercise!)

This is our home. End of the cul-de-sac. 
And on the right is why we are "happy campers".

And even though we left our pool behind at our old house
 (which I miss DREADFULLY)
we now have this, and I must admit, 
it is pretty darn nice to have our Coach right outside the back door.

View of the side yard

Out the back door and turn right . . .

It is so nice to have it right here to load. 
And being in earthquake country - we know we have 
power, water, food and shelter if "the big one" ever does hit.

If you had turned left out the back door, you would've seen this . . .

and this is our other side yard. 
The entire retaining wall is covered in Jasmine and 
it is real close to BURSTING into bloom! 
I can't wait because the smell . . . it's just like Heaven!

This is where all the yard is . . . yup need to water - AGAIN!

And on around the corner is where we need to 
install a patio out of the dining room french doors . . . 
Whenever we aren't off enjoying our rig and our Jeep!


Come on Mom, let's GO!!!!

Now who could ask for more than those two cute little faces?

I will take pictures of our lovely weekend and share them with you next week. For now, need to finish getting packed . . .  See ya from the other side of 50! (hehehe)

Have a great weekend everyone! 


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Heritage Treasures

A few weeks ago I went out early Saturday morning  in search of yard-sales. I came up with some of the best things! But the best by far was an old beat-up display box. It was the last yard sale I went to - kinda late in the day - and sitting on the back of the table was this box. It had all kinds of things in it and I looked at the gal and asked "Is the case for sale?" And she looked at it and looked at me and said "Well, I guess so. How much will you give me for it?"

Well. I didn't have a clue. I said "I don't have the faintest idea - what do you think?"

"How about four bucks."


But I did NOT scream that! I very calmly said "OK, I can do that."

I carried my precious old, beaten-up, filthy, dirty glass box to the truck and sat there beaming for a minute or two. I was soooooo happy! I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.

Came home and started to work on it. (Why does everything I find have to be so dirty?) Sorry, once again I forgot to take before pictures, but trust me, it was bad! Cleaned it, sanded it, primed it, painted it, sanded it and here it is now. Whoo hoo!!!!

I put precious, precious belongings from my parents and maternal grandparents in it.

One of my first posts back earlier in the year was one about some treasures I'd found in my Mom's things.  A doilie still attached to the ball of thread, half finished. My grandmother never got to finish it. The same with some lace I found, my Mom never finished it.  I haven't figured out what to do with the doilie yet, but Catherine from Catherine's Teacups whom I just ADORE!!!! gave me the wonderful idea that if I ever do finish the doilie, start with a different color, so I'll always know where Grandma stopped and I began. Isn't that a great idea?  Anyhow, this is the doilie. And the lace my Mom was making. A few other things in there are my Mom's watch and her thimble she always used, my Dad's wedding ring, my Mom's little faux pearl bracelet, a Guardian Angel I gave to her to help her through chemo and just some old photos of all of them. That is my Mom as a baby and as a little girl with her folks. A very early picture of my parents back in the early 50's. And a picture of my Grandparents on their 50th wedding anniversary.

And a very, very special pair of wings on an airplane propellor, 
but that is a long story for another post.

So just thought I'd share with you. I get to look at this box every day now and once again I ask myself, why do we keep these treasures packed away when we should have them out where we can enjoy them.

So DIG LADIES! See what wonderful, wonderful things you can come up with!




Monday, April 27, 2009

Teacups Shelf

Way back last Fall, I was in a Goodwill store and happened upon this interesting shelf. I thought to myself "That'll be great in my scraproom!"  $12 later I was the proud owner. Got it home and realized I had looked at it backwards. The posts go down the front! Good grief - now what will I do with this thing?

Well, the other day I was reading a post at Melissa's Heart and Home ( I love her blog - if you haven't checked it out, you should. She is just s Sweetheart!) and she was laughing at how she didn't know she had plate rails on the back of her china hutch shelves. Melissa- we have had all moments like that!

And it hit me! That little shelf I bought last Nov. that's been sitting in the workshop ever since - waiting for me to give it some love - was a teacup shelf! Each little "cubbie" was a place for a cup and saucer. WHOO HOO! Just took me a little longer than I would've liked to figure out!

I immediately went to work transforming it. Once again I thought about taking pictures after I've already cleaned it up and sanded it and primed it. OH WELL! Better late than never! 

So here I am a little ways into the project. 

This is the back, which is the way I glanced at it and why I bought it (duh!)

And here is the front. This piece was disgustingly dirty. 
It was badly painted this terrible shade of green . . . yucko.

So I painted it two coats of antique white and two coats of of white.  Then I took it outside and proceeded to sand a lot of it off. My husband just looked at me and says "Whatever Dear." I just smiled. Cause I knew what I wanted it to look like!

So here it is. proudly hung with most of my teacups placed lovingly inside.

I love it! I love how it has a little of the green showing through, 
and also the antique white. 
And I get to enjoy all my wonderful teacups!

Now the wall in the dining room is looking a little bare. But never fear! I am on the hunt for a piece to put below it. It's just going to take time.  But I know what I want! 

Hope you enjoyed my little project. Have a great day!


Sunday, April 26, 2009

My Little Love

This is Harley. He will be two in August.  
When I let him upstairs, if he isn't chewing something up, 
he is sitting here by my side at my computer. 

I truly love this little guy. He just always makes me smile.
I hope he makes you smile today too.



Friday, April 24, 2009

Pray for Emily ...

You know, sometimes you know someone and it feels to you like they are getting a little more in life dished out to them than seems possible for them to handle. God in His wisdom knows what is best - but sometimes as mere humans, we don't necessarily understand it all and have to just Trust Him. 

Please pray for April from Delta Kids. She has had a little more than the rest of us to deal with lately. Please pray for Emily. Go to April's blog to read about her story.

God Bless.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Surprise in the mail . . .

I picked up my emails a few days ago, and there was one from Jill, the founder of She told me I had been selected to receive free merchandise because I had shared my scraproom project with them. And sure enough, yesterday I got a box delivered from UPS. 

And here is what was inside!

An assortment of fun things. Chipboard letters and things, rub-ons, paper, decals, 
stickers, embellishments, ten invitations to make! and more.

The invitations are below.

a cute little pencil cup and underneath it, some pretty papers and decals.

OK I admit, I went to the site to try and add up how much it was all worth. And I do believe these are all discontinued product. Like I care? Now I don't know if they did this for everyone - or they do it all the time - and I don't care! All I know is that it sure was fun to receive something for free. Good marketing, because yes, I will tell all of you about it and I will continue to shop from there.  They have an outstanding inventory. And if this is their way of cleaning out their warehouse - I'm all for it!

Just thought I'd share this. I thought it was pretty neat!  


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Buttons and Pearls

So . . . I went to the Estate Sale. It was just sooooo what I was not expecting. I guess that means I'm a yard sale kinda girl. ;)

But on my two-hour-all-by-myself-each-way drive, I had a lot of time to think! (OK, yes I agree - that could be a scary thing!) Well I started thinking about photos. About how the picture in my head, isn't coming out in the picture I take with my camera. I mean, I have all these thoughts running around about what things to post that I think everyone would appreciate; things I enjoy and that I think you would like too. And photos are part of that. A big part.

So from now on I am making a promise to myself to slow down and not try to "keep up with the Jones'." If I can only post two or three times a week, which is what it turns out I have time for - then that's just what I'll do. (The wonderful magazine Artful Blogging says you really should post every day to keep your readers interested. I think that means professional bloggers - certainly not me!) I think I'm learning that it's "quality not quantity". I am also resolving to take the time to set my pictures up better and take some better photos. If a different color placemat would look better, I'm going to take the time to run upstairs and pull it out (yes, my linens are all upstairs!) 

OK, on with buttons and pearls.
I have these old jars my Grandma left my Mom. And it turns out these jars are also in the antique stores I've been visiting. (I'm so glad I don't have to pay $10 a piece for them!) My Mom loved all of  these jars, and used them in her little decorations all around her house. I was the decorative daughter (sorry JoAnne - oh good grief, she'll never read this!) so Mom told me to take them. 
She also left me her big tin of buttons. I used to look at these for hours when I was little. We used to take the buttons off every article of clothing before we donated it to the Goodwill (can you imagine? But we all did. Course, we also used to darn socks!) In fact, just like quilt pieces where I can look at the quilt and know what dress or blouse it belonged to, I can look at a button and sometimes remember what dress it was on too. (pretty wierd huh? Anybody else do that?) 

In walking around my house, I'm slowly converting from my "HAVE TO HAVE PINK" phase, to a new, gentler phase. "Need some femininity" in the house. Not just up in my scrapudio. (I do like that name, but it's still not quite right ...) I need to add little touches here and there that don't necessarily "belong" in the house. (Yes all the designers out there would gasp, but no worries) I just want them in my home. This is our home, not a showcase. 

Well, I'm starting with my old tin of buttons, and two of my smaller old jars of buttons and pearls (beads that is) and some pretty fabric, pretty lace and ribbon, maybe a vintage earring or necklace or brooch, and have been adding things here and there. I found this really pretty little cruet at an antique store. I studied my different buttons, which I have separated into colors, and decided the ivory/white were the most feminine. Mixed some pearls and buttons together . . . and here is what happened. 

Here's the cruet.

  See the detail on it? It is so pretty.

My little jar of pearl beads . . .

The bigger jar of ivory and white vintage buttons . . .

The three pieces together . . .

I have a place for the two jars in my scrapudio, and I think I'll put the cruet in my bathroom with my pretty little glass bottle I found at the GOOD estate sale.

So that's that. Let me know what you think. I love it when you gals leave me a comment. Gives me inspiration!

Have a wonderful day! I'm off to play before my family gets home! 




Thursday, April 16, 2009

tablescapes . . .

I've always been kinda nervous about posting with someone's 
"Daily Dose of . . . something" 
be it Tablescape Thursday, Foodie Friday, Meta Monday. 
I adore looking at them all, 
but just am hesitant about participating. 
So let's call this my version of "Whenever Table Vignette's"

Today I went into my local Goodwill stores 
(yes we have two of located only four cities apart I go to) 
and was once again walking out the doors beaming. 
Check out what I got -

This seems to be a charger. It has burgundy around the edges 
and will make a great serving platter.
And these 6 oversized dinner plates. And how lucky for me that they 
were all yellow-tagged which meant today they were 1/2 price!! 
I got them for 99 cents each!! Yup - the whole lot for $6.93.  

Then at the other store, I walked out with these! 

$ .99 each! Can you believe it? 
I'm kind of on a tarnished metal kick . . . I think it might 
just be a lazy mode of mine.
 I've been pulling out so many things and they are all tarnished 
and in need of polishing and I'm thinking, 
"who me - I don't think so!" 
And I've been discovering things at different places 
and they need polishing too,so forget it! 
I'm definitely into the rustic look!  

I got this at a local thrift store last week for $4. I love, love, love it!

As I pulled my new dishes out of the dishwasher, I thought 
I might as well see how they look with the dishes I intend on 
using them with.  
Well . . . one thing led to another . . . you know how that goes, 
and pretty soon my kitchen, dining room and pantry 
were just a mess. I pulled things out and tried things different ways. 
Then I thought I might as well pull out the camera 
and share my fun afternoon. 

Here we go -

My Mom's dishes. She had two sets of good china - this is one of them. 
My sister and I each got 1/2. I've been adding to mine for 10 years now. 
I had originally bought these chargers to go with them, 
but after what I found today - I like them both! 
I could alternate around the table - 
what do you think?

Probably not the best placemat to pair it with, 
the charger kind of dissappeared, but they were handy.  
This charger is so much smaller, fits in the dishwasher 
and is so much LIGHTER!!! Those big burgundy ones weigh a TON!

My grandmother's every day dishes up on their farm. I only have two plates and two salad plates. They all got divided between all the granddaughters. I have had looking for more, but to no avail. And there is no name! UGH!  I had bought eight of these chargers to go with them years ago. And I use these chargers with my Christmas dishes too. 

This is the cute little salt cellar I placed with it. 
Kind of hard to see the detail but he is a cute little cherub with lots of detail!

These are my dishes that I use during summer. I just love the yellow, blue and white.

A few weeks ago I found this plate. Love it!

Then last week at a little antique shop, I found this teacup and saucer. 
I know, they don't match at all. But . . . 

Along time ago my MIL gave me this cute little breakfast plate, 
bowl and chick. I just love them. 
And when I remembered this white plate . . . 

I paired the blue and white all together and really like it!

My family just left town for the weekend, 
I think I might make myself breakfast in bed and use this.

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you! I am going to an estate sale tomorrow that a friend of mine is conducting. But it is TWO HOURS away and I have to leave at 7 am (OK so much for my breakfast in bed!). I'm going all by myself, and driving my husband's big ol' truck, because you just never know what I might find!! (hehehe). 

I'll take pictures!

Have a great evening!