Saturday, December 20, 2008

Merry McKinney Christmas


McKinney is Merry & Bright as Christmas day draws near. The cool crispness in the air only heightens the excitement of holiday cheer. The town square is filled with shoppers galore as they admire the new shops and the quaint atmosphere.




Stop by the Antique Company Mall on E. Virginia St. for some Holiday Spirit!



Monday, December 15, 2008

So many posts, So little time!

I have all these ideas for posts floating around in my head and I can't seem to find any extra time right now to work on them. I gather I am not the only one with this problem. I have noticed quite a few of my blog friends have fewer posts than usual.
I am still decorating my house, shopping, wrapping,cooking, cleaning ... I was trying to finish the mantel treatment last night when I commented to my dear hubby that I seem to be moving in slow motion this year. He said it was because I was a grandma now. I replied, "Thanks, old man!"


Here are some photos of a few of my frames I have for sale at
If you are looking for a unique gift for someone special - this is the store you need to visit!










Saturday, December 6, 2008

Creme de la Creme

Cream of the Cream. Yep, that was exactly what this wonderful home tour was last Thursday in Abilene. Sharon's home was where the Society of Quaint Old Homes held their December meeting. This is a group of women who meet monthly and have a love of old homes. Most of the members either own an old home or have in the past.They are not afraid to hold a paint brush, hammer or climb a ladder. I have been part of this unique group since I was pregnant with my first son. He is now 27 years old. It has been quite challenging to make some of the meetings as my dear Hubby and I moved away from my hometown of Abilene (four times now). I cherish each time I have been able to spend time with my sweet friends and enjoy being part of their lives. I am always uplifted and inspired.

I knew as soon as I walked up on the front porch I was in for a treat!

The table was almost too pretty to disturb. ALMOST..



Every room was filled with sunshine and bright colors. Very cheery.



I believe these kitties have the right idea!

For more photos visit my friend Amy at Blessings & Baubles.

Thanks Sharon!!! (Your house should be in a magazine.)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Artful Blogging



Artful Blogging is a beautiful and inspiring quarterly magazine published by Stampington.

My hat goes off to Stace Dumoski and Staff for finding these talented artists.




Just reading the list of bloggers published in this issue made me want to get to my computer and visit blogland!

Some of those Included are:
A Bird In The Hand; Cowboy's Sweetheart; Urban Paper Arts;

Brandywine Boutique;
Make a Moo or Two...




Pretty Petals by Heather Kowalski

" Blogging has given me the courage to start my own online boutique to share my vintage finds and artful creations. I am proud of that and feel such a sense of accomplishment being able to share my art and style with others."



Brandywine Boutique by Brandy Faulkner

Brandy's photos are incredible. She certainly knows what she is doing.

Brandy says, " Blogs are one of the doors to finding kindred souls, friends, and a place to blossom."




A Bird in the Hand by Colette Copeland
"...Little by little, people came and commented. And in this way, some friendships were forged that otherwise would not have existed..."



Liquid Sky Arts by Kathleen Rossi-Howell


"My online journal and Web site have opened doors for me that I never would have fathomed."


So, I say go buy the magazine. Carve out a little bit of time to indulge and enjoy...
Your posts may never be the same.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

One hundred & two


One hundred and two cubby holes. What a find. I was hunting at Canton a couple of weeks ago, and spotted this shabby chic jewel. I snared it and my friend helped me haul it to the car. Actually, I called my dear hubby first to see if he thought I should land this puppy, but he didn't answer his phone~instant approval! Right? He called me back later and I described my find about twice as big as it really is and he agreed it was something I had to have.
(I thought it was about 7 ' x 3 1/2 '. It actually is 5 1/2' x 2 1/2'. I tend to exaggerate just a little bit when I am excited...)


I love, love, love the color and crackled surface!!

I so desperately want to be like those ladies in the magazines that are so organized in their creative spaces.

I am having so much fun loading some of my stuff in each compartment.
Now if only I enjoyed all my organizing like this...

There is not a ton of room in each cubby, but it is perfect for all those little things that can get lost in a box or on a shelf so easily.



As you can see, I need to get to work filling in the empty cubby holes!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Be Still and Know

I ran across this Amish saying the other day and it was just what I needed to hear.


"Remember: when you talk

you only repeat what you already know,

but if you listen you may learn something."


I was reminded of Psalm 46:10a.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday Flea Market


These cream and black toile stickers were featured on the Avalon Rose Blog recently. Cathy pulls photos of items from the websites she designs and artistically arranges them together under "Things I Love". I was excited to see my stickers included in a her cyber window shopping trip! You can order these stickers at Ella Elaine. $3.50 per package.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Office Organization




Organizing. Yikes! This does not come easy to me since I am a natural pack rat and I love to make messes. Enough is enough though. I was inspired by books and magazines to get my act together. It is a very painful process. The end results will be worth every agonizing moment...
I have started by placing frequently used items in glass jars on shelves behind my desk. I simply have to glance around to find what I need.
I will let you in on my journey as I make progress and have time to post the photos.

Send me any tips you have!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fall Fun

Meet Jackie. She was conceived at the Quaint Market a couple of weeks ago. My friend Jo Carol told me she had seen rusty old elements used on pumpkins for funny faces. Well, I happen to have quite a stock to choose from, so here is what I came up with.

I attached the objects with those metal thing-a-ma-jiggies you use to keep a vine up on a wall.
(Jo Carol, do you recognize the wooden pedestal I bought for $1.00 at the Aldersgate Sale?)


Also, at the Quaint Market, Becky H. and I bartered a few items. I came home with this neat Thermos to display with my growing collection, but it decided to land on my breakfast table first filled with Fall flowers.

I bought the pretty cloth hanging in the background from Bea Speck's estate sale last year. She and her husband, Henry, downsized and couldn't take everything with them.
She was an A.C.U. History professor and traveled the world.
Just roaming around her home made you feel like you were on one of her great adventures.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Oo Farm

What a day to remember! Before my husband, daughter and I visited the Lavender Farm we spent half a day at Oo Farm just down the road.This farm supplies the upscale Lahaina eateries Pacific'O, I'O and The Feast at Lele with organic produce.
Our table was set for the lunch we would be served later prepared by our own chef with fresh veggies and fruits from the gardens.

Raspberries.

Strawberries being grown in the greenhouse.

Leah, my daughter, noticed these flowers matched her polish... Dear Hubby rolled his eyes when we took this photo!

Leah is talking to Louie. He is one of the owners of the Farm and Eateries. They also have a boutique, Maggie Columbe , in Lahaina where Leah works. Louie is telling us about his new espresso machine. He has about ten small coffee trees and was roasting beans while we were there. He invited us to come by after the tour for a cup of espresso. We couldn't wait because the coffee aroma was wonderful!
Louie's Rover. Too cute.


While we were listening for the bell to ring for lunch, we stopped back by and had that exquisite fresh cup of espresso. I am not even a coffee drinker, but I could get used to this... yum!

As I was sipping my cup of joe, I snapped a photo of this old wall. I must say my family thinks I am a little quirky at times.

Our peace was interrupted by the lunch bell. We didn't want to leave the moment, but if we had only known what was in store for us next!



Our lunch was cooked in the nicest outdoor kitchen I think I have ever seen. Especially out in the country.

Our chef finishing up the last minute touches to our meal.
I think I could cook here.
I wish I would have taken more pictures of the meal, but everyone was waiting to dig in.
It was so delicious. I did not want the day to end. The weather started out hot, but as soon as we sat down to eat the breeze turned cool and it felt very Fall-ish.

Okay, being a Diva in the country just doesn't work.

Our view.
I am soo ready to go back.