Thursday, March 31, 2011

Look What I Got in the Mail ...

I received my Pay It Forward gift from Erin at Erin's Art and Gardens.  She posted these beautiful doilies on her blog yesterday and how she made them as well.  My photos do not do hers justice ... she is a wonderful photographer as well.

I opened my package today and guess what was inside!  These cute little bowls or in this case they are nests filled with chocolate eggs! 
She had the nests also filled with tissue from sewing patterns!  What a great idea!  I had already eaten an egg before I took the picture :) Yummy too!
Here are the nests turned upside down to see the beauty of the doilies.
Here they are turned upright. 
I love doilies and these are just beautiful with all the handwork that was put into these cuties.

Erin also included a dried daffodil and copies of some of her gorgeous Spring photos.  She sent me four and I want to have them framed.  She captures nature at its best! 
 I tried to capture pics of her photos but they just don't do her work justice.

If you have never visited Erin's blog you really should just to see her beautiful photos and artwork.

Thank you Erin ... you made my day!

Thanks for visiting,
Donna

 


Monday, March 28, 2011

Thrift Store Silver Water Pitcher

I stopped in at the local thrift store the other day and found this silver water pitcher.  It was tarnished very badly and I wondered if I would ever be able to  get it to shine.  The lady was asking $20 for it but I wouldn't pay that much for it.  She finally said she would take $11 and it came home with me!

I thought it was a really pretty piece.  I don't know much about silver.  After a little bit of silver cleaner and polish it is all pretty and shiny! 
As I was polishing it I noticed it was stamped on the bottom by the Rogers Silver Co.  I began my search on the internet and found the Rogers Silver Co. trademark.  I began another search and found that it sold anywhere from $40 to $90! 
I really like my thrifty find and I got a great deal!

I was so anxious to get the silver polish on it I forgot to take a picture before.
I now have it displayed on my kitchen countertop with gerber daisies for Spring.

See the little feet on it and it has a beautiful ornate handle.
It really perks up my countertop with my cloches filled with little green apples!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

I am joining Linda at Coastal Charm for NTT and
Marty At A Stroll Thru Life for TT.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Pay it Forward ...

My friend Erin from
http://erin-artandgardens.blogspot.com/
had this on her blog and I am participating.
It's always feels so good to pass something on handmade to maybe make someone's day a little brighter.

Here's how it works....
The first five people who comment on this blog post will receive a handmade gift from me.

In return, you must FIRST write a blog post explaining Pay It Forward 2011. Then.... send out a handmade gift to the first 5 visitors who leave a comment on your post. Take your time...you don't need to send them all today or tomorrow.

This is such a sweet way to connect with friends or meet new ones, by sharing things we create with our hearts.

"It's not the size of the gift that matters, but the spirit
of paying it forward."

I think this is a great way to share with others especially with the events that are happening in the world right now.  Something handmade especially makes me happy.  It doesn't have to be anything big ... just a small sweet gesture.

If you want to participate let me know by leaving me a comment!

I hope your weekend is great!
Hugs,
Donna









Thursday, March 24, 2011

PB Basket and Mine

I went to Pottery Barn in Birmingham on Saturday and loved all the Spring decor.  I love to go there for inspiration.  I love all their "pretties" this year.  I love PB but the prices are so high for my budget. 

I have a passion for baskets and they had beautiful ones but this one was $49.99!  Now why don't they just say $50??  Too high priced for me!
I do love it though!

After looking at it I remembered about a month ago I purchased this basket at Cracker Barrel for $19.99!  I am going to use it for Easter and then through the summer.

It's about the same size and good enough for me!  I can take off the ivy and add some more moss.
Then the sky's the limit! 
I have ideas for Easter and then for summer. 

I have been extra busy this week so as soon as I decorate it for Easter I will post it!
In the meantime I can use that $30 for something else thrifty!

Thanks for visiting!
Donna




Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Vintage Designs on Fabric

A couple of weeks ago we went to Marietta, Georgia for the day.  There are several quilt shops I love to visit.  At Little Quilts I purchased these vintage prints ready to sew on soft cotton sateen fabric.  They are 4" x 6" quilt blocks  all sewing themed in this pack.  It was so hard to decide which set I wanted to purchase (they come in packs of 4).  They had many prints to choose from.  I decided on these sewing prints.


They are produced by OldeAmericaAntiques.com.  I went to their website and they have so many prints to choose from.  I had fun just looking.

There were two other quilt shops I visited and I made a few other purchases I will show you in another post.

It is another beautiful day here with the sun shining bright.  I love Spring!

Thanks for visiting!
Donna

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring ... It's Here!

Happy first day of Spring!  I am so glad Spring has officially arrived.  I walked around the yard this past week taking pictures of blooming trees in our yard.
  My peonies, snowball bush and azaleas will be blooming in a few more weeks.  I am trying to rush Spring this year!
Bradford pear tree in the sideyard.  I love to see these blooming, however they do not have the most pleasant smell with those pretty little flowers!

Forsythia bush blooming...love the yellow.

Another Bradford pear tree with a huge Yoshino Cherry tree.  It's difficult to tell the pink from the white in this picture.

Last night I sat outside watching the Super Moon for awhile ... it was beautiful!  To think it will not be this large for at least 18 more years.
I was up during the night and could walk through the house without any lights on.  It was very bright :)

We are having another beautiful day here and I am going outside to take my little Honey for a walk.

Have a wonderful first day of Spring!

Hugs,
Donna 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Wreath

I made this Spring wreath last night.  I will put it on my door today after the wind and rain has passed by our way.
I've had this old grapevine wreath in my garage for several years.  You can tell it needs some help,  It looks really pitiful!

I bought these flowers really cheap at Michaels.
I love this mesh ribbon ... found it at Hobby Lobby.  It comes in several colors ... love it!  They have the larger size but I went with the smaller for this wreath.

I just used these few items and it didn't cost but just a few dollars.  It's hard to believe the ugly grapevine wreath could actually be turned into a Spring wreath. 
When it gets closer to Easter I will add some Easter eggs I found on picks to insert into the wreath.

I would love to make one for every season

I am linking up to Linda's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm.  She is having a giveaway so stop by and enter.

Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring Cloches

Thank you all who left a comment on my last post ... they meant so much to me.    The post wasn't what I had intended at all.  It was just what my heart was feeling at the time.  I know life will never be the same and I know it just takes time.

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I am participating at Marty's A Stroll Thru Life's Spring Cloche Party.  Thank you Marty for hosting this party.

Now here are a few of my cloches I have decorated for Spring!
This is a large decanter I purchased last year for Jennifer's wedding shower and it is filled with faux fruit on my dining room table. 
I can always quickly empty the fruit out and use it for tea, ice water or whatever I might need it for.
Small green apples I have in my kitchen.
Daisy balls under this one.
So Springy!
Birdies under this one.  I will change this one out to bunnies before long.
My little birds again.  A great buy at Michaels and Hobby Lobby!
A small cloche with a bird on top.  This is my newest cloche.  The picture is one from Jennifer's wedding.   Sorry about the glare!

Close-up of my bird topped cloche.
Teacups stacked in this tall one.  I love teacups and teapots!

These are just a few of my cloches :) I have others made of iron that I use for Summer.

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!
Hugs,
Donna

Monday, March 7, 2011

From a Full Nest to an Empty Nest

Anyone who has lost a child can relate to how I feel.  I sometimes wonder what to do with myself most days.  I feel like I went from a full nest to an empty one in just a matter of hours.  Amber's passing was just so sudden and I still can't believe sometimes she is gone to Heaven. 

Jennifer had gone away to college when she was 17 and had been on her own for years.  It was a huge adjustment at the time but I knew she was an hour away and I could talk to her everyday or go help her study if she wanted me to.

To be honest ...it is lonely around my house!
 Everyone says it will get better with time ... but I wonder sometimes if it ever will get better.  I miss having giggles around my house!

For instance,  my husband and I made a trip to Nashville this weekend to the Grand Ole Opry.  We have been many times in the past but this time it was different.
We went for the first time without Amber.  It was so strange for me and my husband without her.  We were so accustomed to sitting in handicapped accessible seats for her wheelchair.  I looked around while we were waiting for the show to begin and looked at people sitting where we once sat so many times in the past.  Amber was a huge fan of country music.  We enjoyed the show and it was another step in adjusting to our changed lives. 

My only New Year's resolution was to get organized.  I have been trying to organize and clean our basement.  Everything downstairs reminds me of Amber.  I came across one of her many drawings yesterday that was from 1992 and she had written Happy Easter!  I thought to myself how timely with Easter a month or so away and I find this adorable drawing of an Easter bunny :)  Of course I have it safely put away now.  It brought a smile to my face!

And talk about organization ... Amber was so organized!  I found four brown envelopes of her school papers from high school or college.  She had saved her work and had it organized by subject!  She got her organizational skills from her Daddy  ... not me!

So tomorrow I go down to the basement and sort through Amber's things and Jennifer's.  I wonder what treasures I will find tomorrow in my empty nest...

  Just give your loved ones another hug and tell them "I love you" every time you can :)

Hugs,
Donna




Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This month in Southern Living magazine they have a section on pound cakes and they all look yummy.  I wanted something sweet and decided to make the Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake.
I baked it this morning and it is yummy in my tummy :)
I didn't turn my cake back over because I snitched a little piece off the top ... I am not telling my husband :)  I love the crunchy crust on top of a pound cake!  Oh when it is warm ... oh my goodness!

Here is my piece with the strawberry swirl.
It is a yummy recipe if you like pound cake and a touch of strawberries.

Here is the recipe out of Southern Living ...

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake


1 1/2 cups butter, softened

3 cups sugar

1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

6 large eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup strawberry glaze

1 (6-inch) wooden skewer

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese, beating until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

2. Gradually add flour to butter mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition, stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Stir in almond and vanilla extracts. Pour one-third of batter into a greased and floured 10-inch (14-cup) tube pan (about 2 2/3 cups batter). Dollop 8 rounded teaspoonfuls strawberry glaze over batter, and swirl with wooden skewer. Repeat procedure once, and top with remaining third of batter.

3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

(I used Marzetti Glaze for Strawberries)


If you make it I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for visiting!
Donna