Monday, June 21, 2010

What do you enjoy about blogging.....

For me, blogging is a way to share some of my ideas with others on quilting, sewing, cooking and family.

I am always grateful for those ladies out there who are willing to share tutorials on anything that has to do with sewing, quilting, home decor, cooking, etc. I am a very visual person and these gals that take the time to photograph each step and write the directions are just the best.

I have had the opportunity to befriend some sweet people out there who are generous, friendly and enjoy blogging just as much as I do.

So, for me to have had the opportunity to meet one of my bloggy friends was an absolute treat. I had the opportunity to meet Stacey ( and her sweet girls )at

She recently moved back to the Chicagoland area and I thought it would be nice if we had a chance to meet. I was hoping to go to the Eddie Ross event in Illinois with her, but because of our move and bad timing, I wasn't able to.

Instead, we met up in downtown Naperville. Beautiful town in the springtime. Lots to do and see. Stacey shared some of her favorite stores she likes to go into and I shared a couple of mine. Stacey is just as sweet in person as she appears on her blog. I enjoyed spending time with her and her daughters. It was like meeting up with a friend you hadn't seen in years.

What do you like about blogging? Have you had the opportunity to meet any blogging friends?

On a side note, we have a buyer for our house. God is so good. We are heading out this week and I will be off the grid for posting for at least a couple of weeks. Once we are settled, I will post all about the adventure.

Until then, here is a pic of Stacey and I . If you haven't been to her blog, do stop by and tell her who sent ya.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Things that make me smile..


We are moving soon and I was upset that I might not get to see my hydrangea bushes bloom. Well, guess what? They both have bloomed and they are beautiful. I am so happy. They are the blueish ones. My absolute fave. I plan to take some cuttings tomorrow and put some in a vase for my window above my kitchen sink.

Did you know the ph level of the soil is what determines if they are blueish or pinkish? If the soil is acidic they are blue and if the soil is alkaline they are pink. I thought that was so fascinating. We didn't do a soil test when we planted these. We just planted them and I hoped for the best.

We have lived in this house for five years and this particular hydrangea below finally bloomed. It's and oak leaf hydrangea. When we first moved here we thought it was on it's way out, but we would prune it and water it when necessary and now look at it. It has such pretty white cone shaped flowers.

What is making you smile this week?

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

It's GIVEAWAY time again.....

Hop on over to

Read her interview with Christina Strutt and enter her giveaway to have a chance to win !

Giveaway information!!

Cabbages and Roses will be giving away a lovely Cabbages and Roses tablecloth and 6 napkins to one lucky reader.
Valued at $185.00

You get to choose from three different Cabbages and Roses patterns, Natural Raspberry, Tulip and Rose, and or Cerise Hatley.
All of their linens are beautiful!
The giveaway will end June 15th at midnight p.s.t.
The winner will be announced June 16th.
Random number will be used to pick the winner.
You must leave a separate comment for each entry to count
So hurry, head on over and enter!
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Friday, June 04, 2010

Ideas for the new house

Okay, so I got the unpacking and the laundry up to speed in one day. That in and of itself was unbelievable. Since that is all done and out of the way I thought I would share a little bit about the new house and ask for your ideas to help me decorate the guest room.

It's a four bedroom home. All on one floor. The guest bedroom is huge. Well, let's just say it's a lot bigger than the one we have now. I has space for a bed, dresser, end tables, reading chair with lighting and possibly a desk. You wouldn't believe the size of the closet if I told you. It's huge as well. I could probably do a jig in it for you (haha). What I like about it most is that it is has it's own private full size bath.

The backyard is big as well and one of the pluses that we are happy about is that it is fenced in. The previous owners have done a beautiful job landscaping it. There already is a veggie garden area established, an orange tree, a lime tree and a fig tree! So excited about that one. I have always wanted to make fig jam from my own figs. There is also a magnolia, rose bushes and rosemary bush. There is lots more, but I don't know all the names. It truly is a lovely home that they have taken care of.

Another plus with this house is we won't have to paint for the first time. The colors on the walls are lovely already. Well, except for the master bedroom. It is a tasteful green, but green is my least fave color. But I need to make it work somehow. So, that will also be a room I will need your help in. So send any pics or ideas my way.

Now, about the guest quarters. I am either going seaside retreat or farmhouse chic or maybe the B&B feel. I want your ideas to help me pull it off.

I like the idea of this first pic. I plan on placing something like this on the counter in the guest bath. I will have space in the bedroom to place a tray on a dresser with coffee and tea packets, cream and sugar and a coffee maker as well as mugs. You know, kinda like you would see at a hotel. Also toying with the idea of a mini fridge, but probably won't do that as the guest quarters are pretty close to the kitchen.

photo: Country Living

Here is one inspiration photo I like for the guest room. It's light pallate make it look fresh and welcoming.

Not sure the source of this one. If anyone knows please email so I can give credit for it. I love the light, tonal pallate going on here. Looks comfy and feels very welcoming.

This next one I really love and would like to incorporate this look into our master bedroom. Love the tonal tan bedding and the sign over the bed. Not too crazy about the pillows on the bed. I think verbage on those is overkill with the sign over the bed.

Okay, that's it for now.
Enjoy your weekend!

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Sorry to take such a long blog break...

We are back from house hunting. We have found a new home and hopefully will be heading out soon.

I have unpacking and laundry to do, so will be back to blogging on Monday.

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