Thursday, August 24, 2017

Surprise Visitor


Do you enjoy friends and family stopping by your home unannounced?  




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

It's Time to Party! Tuesdays with a Twist

Our News This Week...  This weekend was our family decoration at the cemetery for my Daddy's side of the family.  It always seems kind of bittersweet.  I am happy to see everyone who gets to come, but I am lonely for the ones who are gone.   The bouquets I created worked very well and looked quite nice if I do say so myself.  If you would like to see my tutorial for silk memorial arrangements, just click HERE.


 These beauties are Amaryllis Belladonna!  One of their common names is "Naked Ladies".

Monday, August 21, 2017

Back to School Round Up

I have really exciting news today!  My sewing project for these 



of facial tissues is part of a 


of DIY gift ideas at 


;-)  -Marci

Make Your Own Paper Dolls for De Stash Challenge


Do you love playing with paper dolls?



Me, too!  The adorable little girls around here love them, too!


You're the Star {August}

WELCOME to the August "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party

Our News This Week...  I've sewn two more nap mat covers for little girls skipping off to Kindergarten.  They are pretty easy, but a tutorial will be coming soon.  I guess the plastic cover that comes on the mats can be uncomfortable and kind of scratchy?  The last two covers were made with a super soft flannel fabric in a pattern from Frozen.  Everyone loves Elsa and Anna, right?  ;-)




 These are Stargazer Lilies as they begin to fade.  I love all the different shades of magenta and pink!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Buttery Homemade Cream Puffs

You are in for a treat today!  I have another handwritten recipe for you from someone I love!


Buttery Homemade Cream Puffs




August Blog Hop * You're the Star *

Welcome to week#3 of the August "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the August "You're the STAR" blog hop!




Saturday, August 12, 2017

Remembering My Family

The baby in this photograph is my Daddy, being held by his Dad.  Considering the size of that cute little guy, I am guessing the picture was snapped in 1930.


These dear family members are in heaven now.  Most of their bodies are buried in the same cemetery.  Decoration for this particular plot is later in August.  It is the time of year for our community to remember loved ones.



My blog has been somewhat quiet as I create bouquets for the event.  There's something very soothing about arranging flowers for people I love.  It's interesting how certain plants will always remind me of specific relatives.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Create a Quick Cow Gift Card



This blue eyed beauty just had her first birthday.  She is such a sweet little neighbor.  Anytime Emery notices Handsome Husband outside, she makes a funny screeching noise that's just for him, and wiggles until he comes to her.  We are very blessed to be her honorary grandparents.  What a cutie pie!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party

Our News This Week...  It has been pretty quiet around here.  We did lots of yard work on Saturday.  A nice little rainstorm came Sunday, so I spent some time in the kitchen whipping up peanut butter pie along with cream puffs.  Mmmmmm...


 These are double white hollyhocks.  Aren't they pretty?

Monday, August 7, 2017

You're the Star {August}

Welcome to the second week of the August blog hop called "You're the Star"!

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Before we continue I'd to invite everyone back for another party tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday with a Twist - Happy August!

Our News This Week...  The kiddos are in full  "Back to School"  swing.  The list of school supplies has been purchased along with some cute clothes and new shoes.  Our daughter asked me to help corral little girls on their clothes shopping trip.  We had a great time!  I whipped together a nap mat cover for the youngest.  It's really just a large pillow case and very quick to sew.  If you need one, too, just take a pillow case pattern (click HERE for mine) and adjust the measurements to the mat.


These photos are of crinum lilies.


We are technically just a smidge too north for these beauties, but they are planted in a protected area and they are thriving.  Aren't they pretty?

Link Party Feature

Exciting news!  My tutorial for creating 



is being featured today at 

Blogging Grandmothers Link Party Button

Really!  Check it out!  ;-)  This is seriously cool!

Blogging Grandmothers Link Party Featured Bloggers

Thank you to Grammy's Grid dot Com and all the other co-hosts!

What an honor!

;-)  -Marci

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fairy Garden Update

Creating my little Fairy Garden was so much fun I even wrote a Tutorial for my Fairy House.  It sat on the table of our back patio until our three grandchildren came to visit.  They were sharing OK, but we could tell it was a struggle.  Acting quickly as any cool grandparents would ;-) soon there were three fairy gardens on our back patio. 



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Review: Fifty Bags that Changed the World

from the Design Museum


A partial synopsis from Bas Bleu:  Fashion may not literally change the world, but these beautifully produced books from London's Design Museum make a strong case for the significance of fashion as a reflection of - and sometimes as an agent for - social and cultural changes.  IBags you'll find photos of a carpetbag, Army haversack, satchel, and clutch, as well as Queen Elizabeth's "royal but so ordinary" purse and the coveted Birkin. 

My Thoughts:  I purchased this book for a very fabulous family member, but could not resist peeking inside!  ;-)  What a wonderful little book!  I learned all kinds of things about Gladstone's Budget Bag and as well as Vivienne Westwood's bum bag.

What have you been reading?

;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist

Our News This Week...  My little laptop is back from the doctors office.  Poor thing!  She had not one, but two, viruses.  Blech!  Hopefully, the party goes off without a hitch this week.  Please accept my apology for any inconvenience my struggles may have caused last week!  While I love the creative side of blogging, the techie side is still quite a mystery for me!


These pretties are near my front door.


Here is a lily in early morning sunshine.  Can you see the tiny shimmering spider web?  Isn't summer a beautiful time of year?

Monday, July 24, 2017

You're the Star {July} Week 3

WELCOME to the July "You're the Star" Blog Hop!  Thank you for joining us!

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Before we continue onto the Linky party I want you to see these


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Black Bean Soup

This is a wonderful hearty soup, the perfect evening meal after a long day of mowing and working in the garden.






Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist PARTY TIME


Our News This Week...  I am having some technical difficulties this morning, maybe a virus.  GAH!  I really struggle with the techy side of blogging!



Monday, July 17, 2017

Monthly Crafty De Stash Challenge - Pretty Lil Pocket Packs



Every month, a group of bloggers challenge each other to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! Check out some awesome creations you might be able to make from your own stash!

You're the Star Blog Hop {July} Week 3

Welcome to week#3 of July "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this:


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review: Fifty Hats that Changed the World

from Design Museum




A partial synopsis from Bas Bleu:  Fashion may not literally change the world, but these beautifully produced books from London's Design Museum make a strong case for the significance of fashion as a reflection of - and sometimes as an agent for - social and cultural changes.  From a status-proclaiming fourteenth-century Russian gold-and-fur crown to an architectural topper resembling skyscrapers, Hats features colorful photographs of fifty iconic chapeaux - both general styles, such as the Stetson and the cloche, and iconic hats, such as Jackie Kennedy's pink pillbox.

My thoughts:  This little charmer was purchased for a family member who is very fabulous.  No way could I resist reading it before wrapping it!  ;-)  She is going to love this!  It will probably be on the coffee table to share with all her visitors! 

What have you been reading?

;-)  -Marci

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Linky Party Feature

Exciting news!  My little 



is being featured today at 

Wednesday AIM Link Party

hosted by Grammy's Grid!

THANK YOU!! 

;-)  -Marci

Link Party Feature

Exciting news!!  My little 



is being featured today at 

Brag About It Link Party #28-17

What an honor!  'Sending a big THANK YOU to all the co-hosts!

;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

LINKY PARTY!! Tuesdays with a Twist

Our News This Week...  Work has settled down quite a bit so there has been time for photographs and crafting.  We continue to get lots of rain, so the garden is still water logged.  The only thing being harvested right now is squash and a few tomatoes.


Garden Phlox

Monday, July 10, 2017

July Blog Hop - Thrift Store Upcycle Craft Challenge


Find a thrift store item $20 or less for a makeover to share.


You're the Star {July} Week 2

Welcome to the July blog hop called "You're the Star"!  It's so nice of you to visit!

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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to remind everyone I co-host another party on Tuesdays!  Please join if you have time!  ;-)  



Friday, July 7, 2017