Monday, March 26, 2012


Hi All!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend in your little corner of the world.  We did.  After a week of thunderstorms, rain and tornadoes we are finally enjoying some beautiful weather. 

In between all the sewing, working and taking care of my family I find time to check out other blogs.  I wanted to share a few with you today that  have either done some room redos or shared a really cool project that I thought you all might be interested in.

I always enjoy a good room makeover.  Especially when the after photos are so dramatically different than the befores.  You all have to hop on over to    She redid her guest room and it is just stunning.  The after photos have her room, light, fresh and welcoming.  She did many a project in this room for the reveal.  My favorite is the bedding.

The next project I loved was this lovely knockoff linen napkin by Mary Beth from  I say knockoff because while they look like linen napkins, Mary Beth shares that it's not actually linen, but linen look fabric instead.  I have shared before that earlier this year we stopped purchasing paper napkins and use cloth napkins daily for each meal.  Every meal should be special.  Why wait to bring out the cloth napkins just for company?  Use them everyday and make every meal with your family a four star dining experience.
photo by Mary Beth at

Isn't it lovely?   Mary Beth not only shares a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these, she also shared how she did that lovely stitching on there to bump up the quality of them.  Writing tutorials with beautiful step-by-step photos takes time and I sure do appreciate Mary Beth taking the time to share how she makes her cloth napkins with us.  Here is the link for her tutorial:

I will be back later in the week to hopefully share a recipe with you.  We'll see if it turns out.  If it does, I will be sure to blog about it.

Have a blessed day!
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Monday, March 12, 2012

:: Signs of Spring and participating in Sweet Shot Tuesday::

I  am participating in Sweet Shot Tuesday.  Let me know what you think of the roses in my garden.  If you have time, hop over to Darcy's and check out all the other Sweet Shots.  Just click the link below .
Sweet Shot Day

Our many rose bushes have been blooming lately.  We bought our house about a year and a half ago and I have no idea what any of the rose bushes are called.  What I can tell you is that they are incredibly vibrant in color and so very full.  Here are a couple of them from around the yard.

On the right side of our backyard the fig tree has started to show show some blooms.    Looks like there will be a bumper crop.....I hope.  Uforutnately we haven't been able to ever harvest enough to make some preseves.  We'll eat them raw or in a salad and that's about it.

I wish the blog had a smell feature.  The orange trees are blossoming as well and they smell delicious.  When the wind blows I love to take a big whiff of the orange blossoms.  It almost smells like honeysuckles, but sweeter if you can imagine that .

I also prettified the counter top in the laundry.  I needed a place to place the lint that we clean out from the dryer; a place for my tide pen; and all the "loot" I find in pockets and on the floor.  You wouldn't believe the small fortune I have been able to gather in just the laundry room alone.  I made the woolen bag out of canvas  that I had in my fabric stash and then used some stamps to put the saying on.  The silver cake holder is a yard sale find I found a couple of years ago.  The little terra cotta dish was a gift from many years ago and the mini mason jar had some kind of preserves in it at one time.  So, everything was all stuff I had already to prettify this little spot.  I also placed my Country Living Simple Wisdom book here too.  Great ideas on homekeeping, etc. in this little book.

On the sewing front I am still busy at the machine.  Life, laundry and family come first and sewing takes a backseat.  So, it is slow going.

A big thank you to everyone that commented and gave me suggestions and links about gluten free stuff.  You all are the best.

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