February 11, 2017

A Flood and a Country Drive

How long it has been since I've taken a picture of something other than my children and house!  Today we took a country drive to observe the damage the flooding had created over the farm land of Southern Idaho.  The destruction is real as lakes had formed in the middle of prospective crops, rivers were running through fields and over roadways, canals had been blown out, top soil eroded away, and parts of roads had been washed out.  People's homes are flooding, barns are muddy messes, trucks are stuck, and livestock have been displaced.  Never before have we seen this kind of calamity caused by inordinate amounts of snow and quick rising temperatures.  Mother Nature is truly amazing. 

The children sighed when I told hubby to stop so I could get out and snap one of this barn.  They were a bit tired of the drive and all the gawking their parents were doing.  The sun was shinning in all the wrong places for the picture, but I did a bit of photo shopping in order to pull out the colors and some texture.  Sometimes it takes a flood and a country drive to help me remember what I used to love to do; photograph the barns and old houses. Life can truly get so wrapped up in the little day to day things that we forget who were are and what we love to do.  I am thankful for today. 

Wishing you all a lovely week.

February 04, 2017

Valentines Day Love

Hearts are not a thing I decorate with, nor the little love sayings, or the sentiments.  It's not that I am a Valentines Day grinch. Although I do have a distaste for the holiday altogether, I will decorate and celebrate it for the sake of my girls.  I find it harder to keep within the prim parameters when trying to put up reds, hearts, banners, ribbons, and fluff.  But, I enjoyed the challenge and in the end I think things pulled together.

It has been ages since I've actually sat down and crafted anything.  I don't know why, but it's been so long and I used to do it all the time.  It was fun to create this garland and the I Love You sign on the mantle. The antique tin was my grandmothers.  I am beginning to really see the beauty in the deep reds with a lovely patina.   

 The wreath was another project.  Not so prim per say, but the coffee filters are tea dyed and once the red ribbon and hearts are off of it, I can really turn it into something pretty.  My oldest had a good time making it with me and that what counts.  

The clock used to sit on my Grandfather's night stand.  I remember once my Grandmother making me take a nap on the old stinky bed in the back bedroom which was the master bedroom she never occupied.  All of my Grandfather's things were in that room and were left there untouched since he passed away.  I played with the clock to keep myself occupied instead of sleeping. 

Here's the sign I cringed when buying.   Alas it doesn't look bad, but it has no depth.  Nothing interesting about it.  No story.  A cheesy saying.  It's fluff.  But it fulfills a purpose and that is this:  it fits the space with it's vertical size, and it's for Valentines Day. So bingo, it comes home with me. 

*Also this is the last decor change until Spring!  Eeek I can't wait for that!*

Wishing you all love and friendship in this month of celebrating all things romantic.

November 29, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

This Holiday season I wanted to get the decorating done early and get all the shopping done ASAP so I could really focus on serving others this month and in being grateful for the things I have instead of on presents and embellishments.  I am so blessed to have a beautiful place to live in and to have a wonderful provider that gives me the opportunity to relish in my hobbies and interests. 

A couple of years ago I participated in a ornament swap and it was one of the funnest things I have done.  I got some really sweet decor for my little tree. 

I made this tiny prim tree.  It's about 4 inches high is all.  

A wonderful friend made this arrangement for me.

This is Virginia.  I won her at a giveaway and she is so fabulous.  

Prim stalkings.  Another precious gift.

Grungy tea sacks with rusted bells and pins.  I made these one night with my girls.  

My antique tree.  All these bulbs belonged to my Grandmother.

Fireplace mantle in the family room.  The advent calendar is the girls' favorite thing we have.  The cute little snow globes were a gift to them by Cindy.  They love them.

Merry Christmas prim friends.  Be sure to be grateful in all things and to find ways to serve each other everyday.

November 14, 2016

Vintage Goodness

It's hard to accept that the things I had as a child are showing up in antique and vintage shops.  I am turning grey though and every time I look in the mirror I am reminded that I am getting older (which is fine though because I love old things).  There are few items I have saved from when I was younger, but this punch-out paper display of the First Thanksgiving somehow was lovingly set aside and saved.  I don't remember keeping it throughout my life, but it's here with me and has been since I was eight years old.  It is one of my most prized earthy possessions.

This is not a version of pioneer Frankenstein.  I once saw something similar online and fell in love with the pattern.  I bought and tea dyed the muslin, stitched, painted, sewed and sanded until I recreated something I could love.  
I found the wooden box in an antique shop in town a couple of years ago.  I was a birthday present of the best kind.

Unfortunately these are the only things I have on display for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We are usually not home during the festivities on this day so I haven't felt the need to go all out.  But, when my children start having families of their own and bring them to our home for Thanksgiving, I cannot wait to find more treasures to make the holiday more perfect. 

Wishing you all a wonderful Autumn, Super Moon day. 

October 29, 2016

New House ~ Fall 2016

I cannot express how thankful and excited I am to have my forever dream home!!  It has been like Christmas every day for me to be able to unpack my boxes and redecorate all the wonderful corners and spaces I have. We are truly blessed and I hope I never become complacent here or forget how lucky we are to have such a beautiful place and neighborhood to finish raising our children in.
Here are some Fall snippets.  Hope you enjoy.

The witch's name is Tula.  I made her and her twin sister.  Tula's sister lives at my sister's house! 

Do you see Honesty sitting up there?  She's in the front entry way quietly reminding us to be honest in all we do.

 I fell in love with this particular pattern and since cannot remember the name or designer.  If anyone knows, I'd love to hear.  It was a fun small sampler to stitch. 

 A very long time ago a lovely lady named Linda sent me this wonderful stitching.  I cherish it and the reminder it gives me that I have prim friends from all over the United States whom I hold dear to my heart. 

Wishing you all a wonderful Halloween Holiday.

September 23, 2016

A Bit of Fall

Things have definetely started to feel like Fall around here......finally.  Southern Idaho can be extremely hot and dry for most of the summer months and the rain today is a welcome reprive.  The storms off the coast of Mexico are helping us out with the much needed moisture.  It's been raining two days straight and I'd bet a pay check that we have had more rain in the last 48 hours then we've had in two years put together.
We've been harvesting over here.  The apples have just about finished ripeneing and in the meantime the pears have been picked, eaten, and bottled.  The plumbs have been enjoyed, dried, and made into jelly by my wonderful hubby.  And sunflowers have been gracing our table for weeks now. 
I am lamenting because I will be putting all my fall decor into moving boxes instead of in my house this year.  But, moving into my dream home is well worth it!  
I am just praying I make it through the stress of moving........this will be the last time for sure. 

Happy Fall

July 15, 2016

Antique Fun

I have not been antiquing or put anything new in the house for a while because I have been doing nothing but working and taking care of children for the past nine months.  It was so nice to be able to spend some time this summer to poke around a few antique shops and find some treasures.  My favorite  places to shop include: The Jailhouse Antique store in Bear Lake Idaho, The Rusty Cow Antique Shoppe in Cloverdale Oregon, Real Deals, and believe it or not Deseret Book here in Twin Falls.  They have a whole section dedicated to early pioneer decor.   

At the Jailhouse I found this pretty little counter scale.  I had been looking a long time and was so excited to see they had several nice one's.  Coincidently the hanging scale I have in the dining room came from there too.  I am a sucker for patina so of course the box was grabbed up and I love the blue canning jars so that had to be bought as well.  

 It was girl's day out in Oregon so the first stop was at the Rusty Cow.  Any shop that mixes antiques with modern day decor really appeals to me because that's how I have my home.  I found a hand crochetted doily, a mint condition butter mold (which she sold me for a really good price comparitivly), a really sweet set of utensils with cup, baking powder tin, and a pioneer doll. 

Someday I think it would be fun to own my own little shop filled with the things I love.  It would be a dream to spend all day there moving things around and making displays.