Friday, October 29, 2010

A Horse named Annie ....

There is a blog that I just adore!  It is called
From My Front Porch in the Mountains.  Misha and her husband J raise horses and she has the most precious posts about their horses and the youngest one Annie who is one year old!  There have been so many times when I have been sad and I could open up Misha's blog and read about Annie and all their other critters!  I am an animal lover!  Annie will bring a smile to your face!  If you are an animal lover you must go meet Annie and the crew! 
Misha is having a giveaway too with Christmas pretties!
Please go visit her and tell her I sent you!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Donna

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Just Rambling...

This is some of my fall decor in yard.  I have more pumpkins on the porch with mums but was unable to take pics because we finally had rain!  We haven't had rain in weeks.  It has been a very dry Autumn here in our area.

I have been busy organizing and cleaning my sewing room.  I could barely walk in there.  I have several quilts started ... the one I have been working on a few posts back,  the BOM by John'aLee from The Scrappy Appleyard, BOM's from my local quilt shop and I am working on a quilted Christmas ornament.  Let's see I have machine embroidery projects to finish and a small quilt to make for a friend.  She doesn't sew and loved the quilt.  She is no hurry ... thank goodness!

My husband has been hunting out of state and my phone rings constantly.  My family and friends know I am home alone which is so different for me.  They keep check on me for sure!
This was always the time when Amber and I always scrapbooked together or whatever we wanted to do!  We would take naps and stay up late and just have girl time. She would plan our meals for us and I would cook whatever she wanted and play computer games.  We always put together a computer puzzle every night.  I helped her "farm" her farm on FarmTown on Facebook which I still "farm" to this day!  It gives me comfort to see the little red headed girl with her overalls on that she created run around on her farm.  She name her farm Sunny Daze!  I always keep sunflowers planted on one of the fields I "tend".   Oh how I miss my girl!

Now I am trying to pick out photos from Jennifer's wedding in June to put in mine and my husband's wedding album!  Trying to select 120 photos out of hundreds is impossible.  No wonder it is October and I still haven't decided!  There are so many wonderful pics.  Jennifer can't decide either!  I have intended to post some of the professional pics from the wedding.  She was a beautiful bride! 
She called me earlier (she has the day off and has to work a long weekend) and wanted to know if I would meet her tomorrow to have lunch and do a little shopping. 
Jennifer is the best daughter any mother could have!  She is an angel here on earth :)  She was such a wonderful sissy to Amber and has made her daddy and I so proud.  She is a wonderful Christian young lady and warms my heart with her sweet smile!  She and I can cry together and tell so many stories about Amber.  They were so close in age (23 months apart) and were always giggling as little girls!  Oh how I cherish the memories :)

You know I think I will leave this messy house tomorrow and join her after I stay up late and do some "farming"!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Quilt Block In Memory of Amber

John'aLee of The Scrappy Appleyard has dedicated a quilt block to Amber in her latest BOM Buttercream Summer.  I saw John'aLee at the quilt show in Knoxville (I could just sit and look at her booth all day) and she was working on the 1st block.  She was working on a drawing of a sunflower block when I told her my daughter, Amber had loved sunflowers.  She remembered my story  about Amber going to Heaven.  Please go visit her blog and see the block!  She is the sweetest lady and so inspiring with her work.
Thank you John'aLee from me and Amber :)  She is watching with a big smile from Heaven. 
Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Yummy Cheese Dip

This is an easy cheese dip I like to make and it is easy and quick.

Doesn't it look yummy!

Here is the recipe:

16 oz. sour cream
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Mix the above ingredients with a hand mixer.

Pour into a baking dish and top with:

1 package bacon bits (or 4 pieces of bacon, cooked and finely chopped)
 and green onions.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese looks gooey!

Serve with corn chips, Tostitos, Ritz crackers or your favorite crackers.

I hope you try this recipe ... we love it!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless,
Donna

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thrifty Finds

I am joining my friend Linda at Coastal Charm for her weekly Thrifty Tuesdays. 

I have only been to 2 estate sales in my life and they are fun.  You never know what you will find.  The last one I went to a couple of weekends ago was not far from my house and the lady I had known as a child.

I found this small soup tureen and I love soup tureens!
It was $3.  I have put it with my other pieces in my ironstone collection.  I always look for dishes, buttons and old doilies.

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And this weekend my girlfriends and I were in Mentone at a harvest festival. One of my friends saw these shoes at a little place a church had set up to sell a few things.  She wanted to buy them.  However she is a size 5 and knew they would not fit her.  I however was the perfect size 8!  I saw immediately that they were Lilly sandals and the lady wanted 50 cents for them!  I dug 2 quarters out of my purse and away we went. 
I put them on my feet for a pic, however my feet need a pedicure so bad!
 I will enjoy these next summer.

Now I am going to see what others have found this week.

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Virtual Quilting Update

I have been trying to lay my blocks out to see how I should put them together.  I don't like for my colors to be next to each other.  I will continue arranging them.  Which color do you think would look good as the border?  I can't decide but I do know I don't want it floral.  I have plenty of each fabric left.  I am thinking maybe one of the greens or the coral color.  Help!

Thank you Susan for hosting this party.  Now I need to visit the other quilters.

Thanks for visiting!
Donna

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Heart of the Home - My Kitchen

Shelia at Note Songs is having a Heart of the Home Party!   Thank you Shelia for hosting this party.


We all know that the Heart of the Home is the kitchen.  I thought I would share mine with you.  We renovated our kitchen in 2004.  We completely gutted the kitchen ... had new cabinets made, granite countertops, new applicances and a new tile floor put down.
Here are the cabinets.  I wanted a double oven basically for the holidays for baking and I wanted my microwave built in.  The cabinets are maple with a white wash paint so the maple grain shows through and then a chocolate glaze.  We also bought a counter depth refrigerator that is completely built in with panels on the sides.   There are cabinets built over the fridge that hold things I rarely use.  Everyone comments about the big fridge.  It just looks big.

This is a cabinet on the right side of the ovens that have drawers that pull out so I can see what I have.  Looks like I need to organize it!

I did not want my cabinets to the ceiling.  I collect teapots and wanted to display them on top.  I love the rope detail on the crown mold.
My appliance garage in the corner that holds my hand mixer, pot holders, cutting board, etc.  It has a light built in so I can easily see what's inside.
The bottom corner has a lazy susan and I have a bank of drawers.
This the kitchen window.  The kitchen was built back where the appliances were originally.  I like the layout.
We had under counter lighting installed and I love it!  At the kitchen sink, the stove top and on the other side of the kitchen where I store dishes there are "bumpouts" with details on the side.
My kitchen valance I made for the window above the sink.
Above the dishwasher to the left of the sink.

Just "dustcatchers" as my husband would say!
This is one thing I had to have!  My KitchenAid mixer which I use at least once a week.  I always hated it on top of the counter top.  We found the spring loaded device that pops up from the cabinet.  This was the only place I had to put this and I would liked for it to have been bigger but I had to make do.  I am happy with it :)

Another view of the mixer ready for use.
This is the opposite side of the kitchen where I store dishes.  I wanted glass front doors on this side to display dishes along with teapots on top.
 Notice the bumpout in the center.  The cabinets were made to look like furniture at the baseboards.
Behind each door there are drawers that pull out so dishes are easy to find.  I have old kitchen towels layered in between platters!

I have all oil rubbed bronze hardware on the doors and drawers that match my light fixtures and faucet.

Here is a picture of my mini cloches for Autumn.
Another cupcake cloche with tiny pumpkins and gourds.

I hope you have enjoyed a tour of my kitchen.  We may add a tile backdrop eventually and an island.  We had a butcher block in the center of the old kitchen, but with Amber in the wheelchair it was often in the way. She loved to bake with me!  I miss her soo much.  Maybe one day I will decide to put in an island.  If I could just have her back here with us it would be so much better.
I posted here about my kitchen table and my dish closet here.

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

Virtual Quilting Retreat

Update
I got a late start this morning ... did not even go to sleep until after 5 a.m. UGHH!  I look awful today...good thing I hadn't planned on going anywhere!

Here is my snack ... animal crackers and Diet Coke.  I don't drink coffee ...gotta have my Diet Coke first thing in the morning!
Finally getting some sewing done.
Some of my blocks.
Look at this basket of bundles on my sewing table ... sorry I got distracted!
Back to sewing! 
I seem to get more sewing done at night!

I am like Thelma ... I can't sew with my shoes on!

Will update later this afternoon.

 
Susan at Blackberry Creek is having a virtual quilting retreat and I decided to join and maybe accomplish something!  I have intended on making this quilt for some time.  I have many projects I could work on but I want to make this quilt to lay at the foot of my bed.


It is called Quilt Taffy by Bunny Hill Designs.


Here are fabrics I have cut and ready to sew.  These colors are the shades of my bedroom.  They are fabrics by Maywood.

I normally use our desktop computer to do my blog posts.  However it is in the "computer hospital" having a virus deleted.  I have never downloaded pics on my laptop I am using now so please bear with me.  Hopefully we can pick the desktop up today!

Thanks for visiting!
Donna

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It's Fall Y'all

It's finally Fall here in the South!  I had to grab a pair of sweat pants to put on this morning.  It was in the 40's here last night.  I love this time of year!

I am joining Marty at Table Top Tuesday


and
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for her Wednesday post.
 
 I am sharing some of my Fall decor.  I hope you enjoy the pics!

My Fall table as you come in the front door decked out for Fall. 
My Jim Shore bunny that Amber gave me for Mother's Day 2009.  For each season his basket is changed out for the season.  He has his Fall bounty in his hands now!  I love him!  This was the last Mother's Day gift Amber gave me and it means sooo much to me!

More Jim Shore figurines on the other end of the table.
A cornucopia I arranged in the center of the table.

Pumpkin teapot and candlelight holder in my kitchen.

Another Fall vignette on the opposite side of the kitchen.  I recently purchased the plate from Homegoods.  The rooster pitcher and salt and pepper shakers are Butler's Pantry.
This is my favorite purchase this Fall ... placemats with sunflowers!

Here they are on the kitchen table.

I adore this old aluminum pitcher I purchased this summer at a flea market near my sister's lake home near Smith Lake.  I can only imagine the drinks that were poured from this old pitcher over the years!

A cloche on top of our entertainment center.

Another cloche on an end table filled with pumpkins and tied with a piece of burlap.

I have my fireplace mantle and hearth I will share in another post.

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pedestal Makeover

I am joining at Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her weekly Met Monday post.   I wish I could just go sit and take a nap on her porch :)
I purchased this pedestal or candletick at Hobby Lobby at the end of last summer.  It was sitting on the shelf by itself and I immediately was drawn to it.  I was looking for the price and then I knew why it was still there .... it was chipped on the lower corner!  I loved it and knew it had potential so I asked the manager if he would mark it down even more and I snatched it up for $4!

Of course it came home with me and I went to work in my kitchen floor!
It's a little over two feet tall with alot of detail... it just needed a little work.
I knew I could find something around the house to fix it with and remembered I had some plaster of paris.  But first I had to have something to fill the holes with and then I remembered we had some drywall or sheetrock tape. 

I filled in the two chipped corners and let it dry overnight and added another coat. 
After a coat of off white spray paint ... here it is!  I may give it a brown wash later on ... who knows .. it's just paint!

This summer I used it in my dining room with a wooden birdfeeder filled with greenery on top.  I used it as a "pedestal" then.

When my daughter Jennifer was married this summer she had a candle lit for Amber with her initials on it.   Of course I cherish the candle so I have moved the "candleholder" to the family room and decorated it with some fall leaves and Amber's favorite flower ... sunflowers!

I love my thrifty purchase and who knows where it will end up come Christmas time! :)

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall Giveaway Winner

Thank you to all you entered my giveaway for my one year blogiversary.  All the new followers have been noticed and thank you!  I wish everyone could win!  I had many comments about the spatula that is shaped like a leaf.   I purchased it from Hobby Lobby. 

So the winner is ...
Congratulations to Mid-Atlantic Martha for winning my Fall Giveaway!  Martha if you will email me  your mailing address I will get your package in the mail.

I will be having another giveaway soon.
And thank you all for your kind comments!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna