Remember that half the joy of achievement is in the anticipation.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Show & Tell Friday 1/30

Hip Hip Hoo-Ray! It's time for Show & Tell Friday! S&TF is graciously hosted by Kelli @ There is no place like home. Be sure to stop by and see who else is "showing off".

This is a vintage 1950's ice cooler. It belongs to my hubbs and belonged to his uncle before him. It has a "bottle cap opener" on it's side and a spot in the back where you can drain the water. Inside it's all metal and still has the original "sandwich tray". I use this to store magazines.

Check this out! Jen over at the Candlelit Cottage awarded me with these two great awards. Thanks Jen!!! She's a new blogfriend that I'm so glad to have met.
Thanks for stopping by and spending a bit of your day with me.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


E-A-T has been propped here...

And propped there...
But I think E-A-T has finally found it's forever place (at least for now, lol!)
All due to this amazing product. I have two strips on each letter. The strips adhere to each other by "snapping" together...kind of like little teeth :0).I've been using these products since they were introduced a few years back. First, to keep Christmas decor hung and then after we painted the walls in the living/dining/kitchen areas, I refused to add nail holes. Our home is "older" and has plaster walls. Do you know what happens when you have to pull nail out that is "off it's mark"? It's creates a huge crater! Forget that! I love these 3M products. There's a lot to choose from. Check them out if you haven't already. What makes them even more wonderful for our plaster walls, is that when you want to take them down, you simply pull the tab and the "gum" comes away from the wall neatly and without leaving a mark. Now, I did use this on one part of our wall that had been repaired and did tear away the top paper layer of dry wall so you might want to read the recommendations before you adhere a "hook or hanger" to any wall. But over all, I think you'll be pleased.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday...

WW is hosted by Dixie at French Lique, Texas. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else is sharing today.

Today's Theme...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Blue Monday 1/26

It's time for Blue Monday. Be sure to visit Sally @ Smiling Sally to see who else is getting their blue on.

There is a part of our beautiful metropolis where you can step back in time. With one of the largest concentration of Victorian Homes in the city, it's a place where gables, gingerbread trim and Victoriana ring loud and clear to this day.

This is the John Sheerer house, circa 1887. This home is believed to be a "catalog" home, either Sears or Montgomery Ward. Current owners discover this piece of history about their homes, when they come upon a piece of it's original wood and find that it's imprinted with numbering. Think of a type of build where piece one fits to piece two, and piece two fits to piece three, and so on...

What a sweet blue cottage...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Show & Tell Friday 1/16

Happy Day! It's Show & Tell Friday! S&T Friday is hosted by the ever gracious Kelli @ There is No Place Like Home.
So here are the open shelves in my kitchen. We've been working on a kitchen face lift and this area has been a trouble spot for me. On Tuesday, I shared how it had evolved. Well, after some feedback and appreciated suggestions, I continued to "play" with this and this is where I'm at "now". I still can't say I'm completely happy with it, but I think I'm getting closer :0).
I admit, I'm still in the throes of a creative brain fart, so your feedback is welcomed and appreciated!

So, this is how it looked as of Tuesday...
And here it is today...
I beefed up the second (from top) shelf and tweaked the third (from top) shelf as well.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I've been Tagged! Three or More Thursday 1/15

Linda at Somewhere in Time tagged me with a fun meme and I thought "Why not? I'll play!"
Now here are the directions: Open a document or photo folder, choose the fifth folder and then the fifth photo in that folder. Do a post describing the photo. Tag five friends to do the Meme. So here's mine....
You've all met Miss Cookie's N' Cream (her registered name) or as my kids call her
"Cookie Elizabeth Travees Von Schnauzer. Don't ask me why, I don't know (lol!). This picture was taken one chilly Autumn morning. Schnauzers do not have "fur". They have hair, and my little miss has rather thin and fine hair so even though I let her hair grow long in the cooler months, it doesn't do much to keep her warm. One day, while perusing the racks at the thrift store, I decided I'd buy her a sweater. I found this little yellow knitted sweater in the infants section. I rolled up the sleeves so that it would fit her short, little legs. I think she looks rather "bright & sunny". Just what was needed that chilly morning.

I'm tagging
Raggedy Girl @ Little House in the Desert
A new blogerrina who I've loved getting to know. She is such a sweet lady and visiting her blog always gives me that "warm, cozy" feeling.
Bella @ Bella Della
Bella didn't know this but I kind of envy that she lives on a farm with a quaint little general store. The history and beauty that surround her are Awesome to me!
Carrie @ Oak Rise Cottage
Carrie is a wonderful lady who's strong foundation of faith inspires me.
Angie @ Sandals & Daisies
Angie is creative, fun, optimistic, gracious and has a blog that just makes you feel so welcome!
Dawn @ Dawn's Daybreak
Dawn is just AWESOME! She's awesome Dawn. I love that she shares her days, her "going's on", her love of family and welcomes you in with the invitation to grab a cup of coffee and sit a while.

It's also time for Three or More Thursday which is hosted by Tam @ The Gypsy's Corner. Give her a visit and see who else is sharing collections today. If you haven't all ready joined in the fun, sign up and play with us!

I know I've shared this on my blog in the past, but it's been a while, so I thought I'd share them again. This is a bit of my collection of vintage postcards. All of these are from the 40s.

Cape Cod, Massachusettes

Provincetown, MassachusettesBangor, Maine
Clearwater, Florida

This is the back of the Cape Cod post card. Some of what it says:
Dear Neighbor,
Yesterday i got to thinking of the happy visits you and Chas used to make on me. I did enjoy them so much. I have only one roomer now. Expect more soon, but Labor Day is not far away. Hope you have had a lot of fresh vegetables.

Sent August 16, 1943. Notice the "1-cent" stamp
Thanks for stopping by and spending a bit of your day with me. I hope you have a terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday & Rose Wednesday too!

If you'd like to join Wordless Wednesday, post your picture on your blog - today's subject "Favorite Things" - then hed over to Dixie's @ French Lique Texas, then link your post via Mr. Linky.

Hey there! This is my first Wordless Wednesday! WW is hosted by Dixie @ French Lique Texas
Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else is not using their words today :0)
Favorite Things...

It's also Rose Wednesday @ Jan & Tom's Rose Haven. Be sure to pay them a visit and see who else is part of the Rose Parade!

This is my Rose Tablecloth...
Thank you for stopping by and sharing a bit of your day with me. I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A new Look...

As we've been doing the "face lift" in our kitchen, I've tried to create more of an "open & fresher" feel. One of the things we did was take off the doors to one of the cabinets and create an "open shelf" look. It's gone through various "looks" but I think I'm getting closer to what I want, how I want it to look, and as you can see it's really evolved.

This is how it looked when we began and before we'd made any changes...

We'd just gotten the crown molding put up at this point...
Here we are as of today...I'm a wine drinker and I like my glasses to be within reach. These are the ones I tend to use the most so I kept these easily accessible. What about that second shelf from the bottom? Do I leave the rolling pin or put it away? The next shelf up is where I"m stuck. I've got the white plates up, but do I continue to add white or shall I "layer" it with some red and green bread plates? I like the top shelf the way it is. I love the way the old green jelly jars just "pop" up there. So, what do you think? I'm so obsessed about getting this to look "just right" that I keep playing around with it but as I've posted before...I'm really experiencing a huge decorating brain fart. I just seem to get "stuck". Thoughts and suggestions are welcome and most appreciated.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Blue Monday 1/12

It's that time again!
It's time to get your blue on!
Be sure to pay a visit to Sally @
Smiling Sally , our ever gracious host!

Who is Pepe after now?
Come to me, my little melon-baby collie!"
"my sweet peanut of brittle"
"Ah, my little darling, it is love at first sight, is it not, no?"
It's Penelope Pussycat!

Le mew? Le purrrrrrr

On a Valentine's day long ago, my hubbs, knowing my love for Pepe Le Pew, gifted me with this cute coffee mug.

*I know it's a bit hard to tell but the background of the cup is actually blue. No matter how hard I tried to get a good shot, I just couldn't do it. Darn flash!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pink Saturday 1/10

it's time for Pink Saturday! Pink Saturday is hosted by Beverly @ How Sweet The Sound. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else is wearing their pink today!
I know we've lots of participants so I'll keep this short but sweet :0)

All thrift store finds. I keep odds and ends in the little "cabinet".
I love this prom dress! It reminds of my beloved bonnet that I shared last week (click here). I was perusing vintage wear on line and found a great website called "Vintageous Vintage Clothing". They have some wonderful things! Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi!". I hope you have a fantastic day.

The Pink Ladies Pledge...THINK PINK!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Show & Tell Friday 1/9

Yay! It's time for Show & Tell Friday which is so graciously hosted by Kelli @ There is no place like home. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else is "showing" today!

Today I'm sharing the second shelf of my china cabinet. I've always loved this set of tea cups and saucers. There isn't much I can say about it except that it came from a great aunt. I can remember my mother sipping her coffee in them and she'd let me sip my hot cocoa from them from time to time.

If our neighbor, Miss Shiela happened to come by, an afternoon tea was served and mom would use this set sometimes. Miss Shiela would never sip out of a regular mug as she was a prim and proper English lady. It was she who showed me "how" to "take" tea...with a bit of sugar a dollop of cream. I still enjoy it this way to this day.
The crystal pieces are from Princess house and I inherited them when mom passed. The tea pot is mine and I've had it for about ten years now. The plate behind the crystal tea pot was found at the thrift store. I paid fifty cents for it.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope your day will be great!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Three or More Thursday 1/7

It's Thursday and that means it's time for Three or More Thursday, hosted by
Tam at The Gypsy's Corner. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else is parading their three's and even better, why don't you join in the fun?! C'mon and play!

In each one of my contributions, you'll see "three or more" of a certain something. All this pictures were taken by me while on vacation this past summer.

Mine! Mine! Mine!

The ocean displays her beauty and her strength...
Sunning, relaxing and being the best darn elephant seals they can be!
Okay! Simon says "be the wave, be the wave"
Thanks for stopping by and spending a bit of your Thursday with me! I hope the rest of your day is great!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sweetest Scents...

Look what I got! My dad is so funny (to me) sometimes. He and his fabulous girlfriend , took my family and I to lunch last Saturday and then came over and hung out for a bit. Then my dad says "It's cold in here, you should light a candle.". When I got up to do just that (because I would do anything for my dad) I see this package on my coffee table...lo and behold it is filled with all these candles. I shared the blueberry just this past Monday, but here's the rest!
Look at all these yummy scents! The pumpkin pie is absolutely fabulous and the apple smells like a freshly sliced apple. It really smells "juicy", lol! Aside from these and the blueberry I've yet to burn the others, but I've no doubt they will be just as wonderful!