Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Almost Back To Normal

I am almost done with taking down the Christmas decorations. The tree is down and the inside sparkle is put away. I just have the outside to do....but I am waiting on the warm weather! No not Spring.... Saturday it will be 70, which is close enough. My brother, LB, as here for the holidays and helped me put stuff away and back up in the attic. We got it done pretty quickly. It was nice to have a tall man around!

We had a nice Christmas! Sweet Mama said that LB was her present...she was going to put a bow on his head to let everyone know. He opted out! There was talk of snow here for Christmas day...but NO. Everyone else in the state got some...even Savannah had a flurry. But here in middle GA...we got nothing...not even a flake. Skippy was one dissapointed boy. LB said that he could go home with him...they had 10 to 14 inches while he was gone! He was not looking forward to digging out his car at the airport! There still was snow on the ground in Atlanta when we took him to the airport on Tuesday evening. It would have been nice if we had just a teeney bit...

So now that the Christmas rush is over, time for New Year plans. The 2nd Anniversary Sale of my Etsy shop is next month! 10% Off!! I am busy getting cute new things ready... But Beau is pooped. He thinks it is time for a long winter's nap!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fabric Design

I made this apron and potholder for my Etsy friend Cindy's mom for Christmas! What is so cool about this is...Cindy designed the fabric! She is a graphic artist who has a shop that sells cards, prints, rugs and other cool things based on the Arts and Crafts style. This is my favorite period in art...Frank LLoyd Wright...William Morris...just love it! Check out her shop http://www.cindylindgren.etsy.com/ and then check out her blog http://www.cindylindgren.blogspot.com/ and read all about her fabric and rugs...as well as the Arts and Crafts Movement...and my apron!!



Monday, December 6, 2010

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Did we skip Fall and just jump straight into winter????? 20 degrees tonight! So much for the warm sunny South!

Monday, November 29, 2010

What to do with leftovers?

What are you going to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? Here's a great recipie! You can use the leftover turkey! I found this on the Stove Top stuffing cannister. It calls for chicken but use the turkey! Delicious!!

Easy Chicken Bake
2 cups stuffing mix
1 lg can chicken or 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken cut into to strips
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of chicken soup OR any other cream soup
1/3 cup sour cream
1 bag (16 oz or less) frozen mixed vegetables ~ thawed and drained
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare stuffing as directed, set aside. Mix chicken, soup, sour cream amd veggies in 13 x 9 baking dish. Top with stuffing. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
ENJOY!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!!






Today is the baby's 7th birthday!! I can't believe is he that old. Seems like only yesterday he was a lost little kitten struck outside in a thunderstorm. Big sister Bella is so glad he found us. They are a perfect pair!




Happy Birthday Beau!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What Cancer Cannot Do


What Cancer Cannot Do
Cancer is so limited...


It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit.


This was given to Sweet Mama when she was going through radiation last summer. It helped her make it through this hard time and gave her strength. I hope it helps whoever needs it most. ♥

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Apron Line!


I have a new product line! Thanks to a great customer I have fresh ideas swirling in my brain! She wanted combos of two patterns on one apron. I filled her order and by having two different fabrics, I had to cut out two aprons each. The one above is the one I sold...the one below is my newest!



Here are some of the ones my customer ordered. What do you think??


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Perseverance



Can you believe it? It will be 91 degrees today. Too hot. I hear it is Fall but.....My roses don't know it yet! This rose is planted by the storage house in the back yard. I didn't plant it...it has been here since Sweet Mama bought this house. It always has looked a little sickly but this year it has persevered. It has decided to grow....and grow...and grow! A little house sure hasn't got it the way! So it reminds me that no matter the challenges...never give up!
I'll let you know if it blooms!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Change of Season?

The days are getting a little cooler...sort of! It starts out chilly and then ended pretty warm. It has been in 80's in the afternoons. I have been waiting to change out my clothes from summer to winter...I guess that will have to wait. Good thing I have some Halloween t-shirts!

Beau, no matter the weather, can always find a patch of sun. Hope your Sunday has been a relaxing as his!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer


Now that the weather has gotten a little cooler...here's a little something to put you in the mood for Fall!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer


4 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. allspice
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer

Combine all ingredients. Mix together. Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 1 -1/4 cups

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Whew!

The past few weeks have been busy! After a trip out of town to the DR and minor surgery things were starting to calm down...then the rain came! Of course we needed it but we got 5 1/2 inches in one day! That's not as much as they got in N.C. but for us it was plenty! Lots of tree branches came down...and I had to haul them to the street. After I moved the cushions out of the wet area of the porch, Belle found a great napping place! Whew!!

Now after rest and relaxation I am back to my old self...just in time for all the Holiday orders to start! Did I tell you that I now have 700 sales my shop? www.apronsandmore.etsy.com I hope to make 1000 by January!! It could happen...! :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hello Fall!!

I am so glad you are finally here! Although it was 93 here today...hopefully cool days can't be far behind!!! I noticed the goldenrod was starting to bloom last Friday, which means 6 more week till cold weather. For once I can't wait! It has been so hot here for so long...my Spring projects never got finished because it was too hot. My front porch rocking chairs were in the process of being stripped and primed. Only one of the 2 got primed, the other is sitting on the porch looking a little long in the tooth! A bit grey... SO Fall should bring me cooler weather to finish the chairs so they will look great for next spring! Just in time to turn yellow from all the pollen!! Oh well...



In honor of the goldenrod here is my latest apron! I love this fabric!! But I love Fall and all the Fall colors! Don't you!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Back from Vacation!

I am back from vacation!!! I took Sweet Mama to Iowa to visit my brother and his fiance...and the two grand dogs! We had a great time... Played a lot of cards and wii!!! Sweet Mama bowled, ski jumped, golfed and ping ponged!! A fierce competitor is she and actually not bad for a one-eyed woman! We also did a little bit of shopping! The street above is in Dubuque, Iowa...about 90 miles away. There is an incline railroad there that ends on this street with cute shops below. It is called the Fenelon Place Elevator built in 1882. It has been described as "the world's steepest, shortest scenic railway, 296 feet in length, elevating passengers 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place. Magnificent view of the business district, the Mississippi River and three states." Yes I did see all three states! More info can be found here www.dbq.com/fenlco

It was fun! We rode from the top to the bottom. This was at the bottom.



You have to pay at the top which is on a tiny neighborhood street. It was $1.00!


When I was in the shops there was a cool bookstore (which I bought a Crochet book!) and a neat antique shop which had this!


I have never seen a mannequin like this one! Check out how the skirt can be expanded! It was $200...if I was closer to home...and rich! Too cool!!!

Here are some pictures of the grand dogs. Bruiser is the alpha dog...a chihuahua. (He was named after the dog on "Totally Blonde"). He is very sweet and cuddly. Sam is a flat coat retriever who is camera shy! He is actually a foster dog and is going back home to Missouri on Saturday. He belongs to H's parents who had moved to Arizona and could not take him with them. But they are now back in MO and now, a year later, Sam is going back home too! Bruiser is getting a girl friend sometime soon..Cinderella. He can not be left alone...he gets lonely. So he is getting a cute babe...Pictures to come! I hope he will be nice!

We had a great time but the drive home was long. It takes 2 days! Skippy kept the cats and they loved him! That was nice..so glad they didn't have to go back to the kennel...Beau HATED that!! They are thrilled we are back and life is getting back to normal...whatever that is. I just miss the cool weather..although they said it was hot up there. I couldn't tell! It was 94 degrees here when I checked one day with a heat index of 111...Didn't miss that one bit!

It was nice not to think about work and relax..just like Bruiser!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Locks of Love




Here is my contribution to Locks of Love!! Since Sweet Mama was sick and the the hospital off and on I didn't have time to drive down to Savannah to get my hair cut. My hairdresser has been cutting my hair for almost 20 years! I felt like I would be cheating on him if I went to someone up here...so I let my hair just grow! I had been wanting to donate hair for quite a while now but it has to be at least 10" long. I would get tired of it ....break down and whack it off before I was even close! This time (because of Sweet Mama and time constraints) I made it a year and a half! When it was cut I had 12"!!! Yippee!! Locks of Love is an organization that makes wigs for kids suffering from long-term or permanent hair loss, many are cancer patients. http://www.locksoflove.org/

What a great way to give back and help others dealing with cancer!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Whew! Part 1




What a month!! Birthday season has struck here at the homeplace! Starting July 12th through yesterday we have had 4...count them 4! TG was 7/12 (in Iowa!), mine 7/23, Skippy 7/30 and Red's 8/11! Now we get a break until December!

Yes that's me...I turned the big 5-0...don't tell anyone!! I had a nice little party with family and then one in Savannah the Saturday afterwards. It was great! And yes I did get my hair cut! But more about that later!!

Skippy turned the big 1-6! Driver's license coming in the next week when we get home!
We celebrated both mine and his birthday with a trip to Helen, Ga. That was fun! Helen is a little town in Northeast Georgia that was reinvented in the 60's to look like a Germany alpine village. All the buildings look like chalets...even Wendy's! We played tourist...Skippy and his parents went on a Zip Line adventure while mom and I discovered the town one morning. On Friday we took the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad train trip to the Georgia/Tennessee border. There we had lunch and did a little shopping!



We rented a cabin right outside of Helen for 5 days on the side of a mountain...with a hot tub (that Skippy LOVED). We all had a great time and can't wait to get back up there and breathe the cool mountain air!
Stay tuned for Part 2!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Full Moon

The full moon on Moon River, Savannah, GA....last night!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Another Treasury!!


I have made it into another treasury!!! I am so happy that my aprons are enjoyed so much and are chosen! Here is the link for the latest!
Thanks handmademom for featuring my Lovely Lemon Retro Ruffle Apron!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I'm HOT...

Okay...it's 83 degrees at 9:50pm. That is just too hot...I know, it is middle Georgia...and it is Summer...but I am HOT! So... here is a little picture to help you cool off too!

Remember our tiny snow fall in Feb? Okay it was HUGE to us! And, of course, was almost gone by daylight! Which was fine with me! But a little of this stuff would be nice to have right about now!



So cool of with me and my memories...Look out the door with Mom....feel the cool air and sleep well!!





Monday, July 12, 2010

Two More Treasuries!!



I was lucky enough to be included in two more Etsy Treasuries this weekend! Blue Chocolate Damask BBQ Style Apron made it in to this treasury! http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c39ed959be26d914ad06cb2/carribean-blues


And My Java BBQ Style Apron made it into this one! http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c38ac01229d8eef9cab415d/christmas-in-july-raspberries-and?index=0


I hope you will find time to look at both of these pretty treasuries!

(And I'm not just saying that 'cause I'm in them!!) :)





Tuesday, July 6, 2010

600 Sales and a Treasury!!

I have reached 600 Sales!!!! Whoo Hooo!! Wild Flower BBQ Apron is the lucky winner! Yippeee!



I am also in a Treasury! My Enchanted Forest Potholders is featured in a treasury full of items under $10! http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=100600
Check it out! But hurry it expires Tuesday at 11:29pm!