…thoughts from my heart on my love for God, family and the care and decorating of our home

Saturday, April 30, 2011


First, I would to express my heartfelt condolences to all those who have been affected by the devastating storms recently. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your families.


My home town has a wonderful Flea Market twice a year, called the Fancy Flea, and today was the day for the Spring event.  A couple of city blocks are closed off and vendors set up in the street.  



One of my new prim friends, Judi, who is a vendor at the monthly Arcadia Street Fair, came up for the event and we got to shop and hang out together for a while. We like a lot of the same things, so we had a great time looking for those “I need to take it home” items. This market had a lot of Shabby Chic, but I did find a few prim items I couldn’t live without.

This is everything I bought today.

I found two large wooden bowls – these are 16 inches across.  I love the knot hole in this one – not sure where I am going to use this one.

I displayed the other one in a cupboard in the Living Room, along with the bunch of lavender.

Here is a close-up of the molds – wish I had had the bunny one before Easter.

Another crockery jug to add to my collection – can’t ever have too many of them.

After leaving the Fancy Flea my hubby and I went to lunch, and then he drove me to Dundee to visit the Prim Shack - a great prim shop that just happened to be having a sale today!  I found this adorable little shelf sitter doll.  I got another one for a gift but I can’t show you because I am sending it to a blog friend as a surprise.

With their permission I took a couple of pictures of the shop.  Lots of prim goodies to accessorize your home.


Visit the Prim Shack website – you can access their blog from there.


How long do you leave your Spring/Easter decorations out?  I packed mine away yesterday  - I was getting tired of looking at bunnies. 

What do you decorate with next?  I need ideas and welcome your input.

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011


The theme for this week’s Display Chain hosted by Misi, 1890 Gable House Musings, is Easter Displays.  I do not decorate specifically for Easter – I just include a few bunnies and eggs in my Spring décor.   

This bowl of rag eggs and tray of bunnies and carrots sits on the trunk we use for a coffee table, in front of our sofa.

A bunny and some eggs tucked in a yellow ware bowl on a shelf in our Living Room.

Display on the wash stand in our Guest Bathroom.

Some eggs I made from an old quilt, displayed in my favorite wooden bowl, on the table in our Sun Porch.

This display is on our dining table.

Stove board display.

A few lavender flowers in a kitchen display.

Be sure to hop over to Misi’s blog and check out the other participants’ displays.

Thank you for stopping by.


Saturday, April 9, 2011


Earlier this week - the doorbell rang and when I opened the door I was very surprised to see a FedEx truck driving away.  I was not expecting anything – but there sat a big box, with my name on it, on the front porch.  I couldn’t wait to open it and see what was inside.  Oh my, I was blown away.  My sweet friend Lori, theblackcrow, had sent me a “just because” gift.  

There was a book – Country Decorating – to add to my American Country collection.  And then, Lori had sent something for my Blue/Brown Guest Room – a huge old blue wooden bowl and a few brown rag balls.

Here they are just out of the box.

Here is the bowl on my quilt.  I hope you can see the wonderful patina and how great the colors are for this room.

I placed the bowl on my great-grandmother’s sewing machine, that I use as a bedside table.  I love it!  Lori, thank you for being so thoughtful - it is perfect!

Lori has been going through a busy season of life lately and hasn’t been able to post on her blog for awhile, but I encourage you to visit her blog anyway and check out her past posts here - you won’t be disappointed.

Yesterday - when my husband checked the mail our mailbox was empty, so we thought we had just not received any mail for that day.  Later in the afternoon my sister came by and when I opened the door there sat a box, with the mail tucked underneath it.  This box had my name on it too!  

Now that is two packages (for me) in one week – this is definitely out of the ordinary.  Again, I couldn’t wait to open the box and see what was inside.   It was a gift from my dear friend Linda, Parker’s Paradise.  

Linda had posted a picture of a sampler that she stitched (here), with the name of each grandchild, in a heart, around the words “Grandma’s Blessings” - and my grandmother’s heart was touched.  My “grands” are one of the great delights of my life and I just love that Linda feels the same way about hers.  I had posted a comment on Linda’s blog and she emailed me about my grandchildren – and then this wonderful gift arrived in the mail!


This picture does not do it justice.  It is beautiful!  Thank you, Linda,  for being so thoughtful – I love it!  (I  will be rearranging a wall display to make a special place to hang this – need DH’s help for this, so will post a picture later.)

Linda is a dear and her blog is delightful –be sure to visit her here.

GRATITUDE - I have made many dear friends through blogging. I had no idea when I began this journey what to expect, but I have been blessed beyond measure.

Thank you to each of my followers - and a special thank you to those of you who take the time to comment.  You touch my life with your friendship, as you encourage and inspire me.