Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St Patrick's Day

Sharing one of my favorites with you this morning...

An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Hope everyone has a fun St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

ETSY Surprise!

So I was doing some research yesterday getting ready to post some new things in my Etsy store, and came across a blog post on the Etsy Blog that I had not seen from February.... check out this great blog post on some Tupperware history and you will see a Tupperware Party Invitation pictured -- MY Tupperware Party Invitation to be exact!  And you want to know the best part of all of this?  That little party invite has already been shipped out to its new home in - of all places - Latvia!  Now how sweet is that??

I guess I should really spend a bit more time reading Etsy's blog... ya just never know what you're going to find there!

I have so many things I'm trying to make happen right now at home, with my business, etc.  It just wears me out to even think about all of it.  And then on Friday, my SUV decided it didn't like moving in Drive.... not a good thing... it likes Reverse and 1st and 2nd gears... but you just can't get too far down the road doing that!  So, now I get to deal with car repairs.... I'm crossing my fingers this will be an affordable repair and I won't be eating rice and beans for the next six months to be able to pay for it!  :-0

Leaving you with a picture today of a spot in my house that makes me happy.  To some this shelf may seem crowded, but to me, it's full of things I love... and in the grand scheme of things, that's all that matters.  Hope everyone has a great rest of the day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

So this is Christmas...

Stopping in to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas before I head off to bed.  Tomorrow will be such a busy day with family, food and lots of laughs.  Blair and I can't wait to watch McKenzie open all of her gifts!  She is such a doll baby!

I'll leave you with a quick picture of a mantel I did at my sister's house.... I'm loving the mix of white pitchers, old spools, Santa's and cedar!

Merry Christmas to All.... and to All a Good Night!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

I would love to say that I haven't blogged lately because I've been tirelessly redoing my dining room to get it ready for a huge gathering of family and friends... or playing around trying to create the perfect tablescape to enhance that newly decorated dining room... or busy poring over all of my recipe books planning that perfect Thanksgiving menu... but, alas, none of that would be true... :-)  Truth be told, I am a terrible blogger... but that's okay with me... because that just gives me more time to spend reading everyone else's perfectly wonderful blogs!!

The girls and I are headed to my Mom's where we will meet up with the rest of our family and enjoy a wonderful day of food, a lot of talking on top of each other, a lot of laughter, and more food... but it's the sweet kind the 2nd time... desserts are always the best!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day full of the same!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 17, 2011

I'm So Vintage Feature

Laura over at I'm So Vintage has a great post today featuring vintage toys that bring back some great childhood memories... and she included the vintage jump rope I have for sale in my Etsy shop!

Click on the link and check out her blog - she always shares such lovely photos!

I'm So Vintage: playful shopping on a monday: my grandson on a recent camping trip enjoying the simple pleasures of childhood After last weeks very spooky Halloween shopping, I tho...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Vintage Camera Goodness

I love vintage cameras.  I don't know why, because I can't take pictures worth a darn.  Truly... my daughters will take the camera away from me if they see me even trying to snap pictures at a family gathering... and I'm okay with that.  I mean, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, right?  And sometimes you just have to accept what you know to be a weakness and move on....

Since I have no expertise in the photography field, I choose to love them because they look nice sitting on a shelf, or adding that touch of "something" to a room sitting on a stack of old books.  The older the better for me - like the old box cameras - those are some of my favorites.

I have a couple of cameras displayed in my home, a couple in my Etsy store (just because I don't know how to use them doesn't mean I can't buy them), and a few that I've bought that I haven't had a chance to clean up and photograph for my store yet...  (and yes, I said I was going to photograph them).  :-)

So how excited was I this morning to see that someone else loves vintage cameras too and featured one of mine in her Treasury!  If you're like me, and love vintage cameras, you need to check this one out.  It's full of sweet old vintage camera goodness!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Have you forgotten?

There have been some beautiful tributes over the last several days as our Nation marks the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks.  As I've watched the coverage, I can tell you that it all feels just as raw to me now as it did then.  I didn't live or work in New York City on September 11th.  I didn't work at the Pentagon.  Nor did I then, or now have, any connection to Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  I didn't personally know any of the victims of that horrible tragedy.  But I was and still am an American.  And what happened that day changed all of our lives.

I watched Fox News' coverage Saturday afternoon of the Flight 93 Memorial unveiling.  It made me proud to see President Bush and First Lady Laura, President Clinton, Speaker Boehner and Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill, there to remember those who gave their lives that day to save who knows how many others' lives.  I sat with tears streaming down my face when Sarah McLachlan sang I Will Remember You... and then when I thought I was done, she sat down at the piano again and sang Angel.  And the tears flowed again.

I did get a laugh out of President Clinton when he said "Since I am no longer in office, I can do unpopular things"... but then he got serious again when he went on to tell everyone that he was shocked that they still needed to raise $10 million to finish the memorial.  So, in his words, "Speaker Boehner and I have already volunteered to do a bipartisan event in Washington and let's get this show on the road.  Let's roll."  He used those words.  Those words that every single time I hear them, I think of Todd Beamer and the passengers of Flight 93.  If anybody ever needs to define the word "hero", you need to look no further than the passengers of Flight 93.  They were true American heroes.

This morning it has been wall-to-wall coverage of the memorial services at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and that field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We've heard over and over again the calls made to loved ones from those who knew, at that moment, that they were going to die.  We've seen the damage and destruction at the Pentagon and heard the stories from those who risked their lives to save coworkers and strangers in the darkness after the crash.  We've watched repeated images of the planes crashing into the Towers.  Countless images of the Towers on fire.  And even more images of the Towers coming down with all of the smoke and ash rushing through the streets, covering everyone and everything in its path.  We've relived the events with first responders, rescue workers and survivors, and have cried with all of them over all of the lives lost.

We have watched our current and past Presidents attend memorials at each site, speak to the families, and lay wreaths in remembrance.  We've held moments of silence, read names, rang bells, sang songs, and shared memories.  And while it may seem like the coverage is excessive, it isn't.  What happened on that day changed our lives.  We don't need to live in an "out of sight, out of mind" society.  We need to understand that the threat is still there and it is real.  We, as a Nation, need to remember September 11th.  Every. Single. Day.  And then we need to live every day like it was September 12, 2001.  United.  As a Nation.

This song by Darryl Worley says it all.

"My fellow Americans, for as long as our country stands, people will look to the resurrection of New York City and they will say: Here buildings fell, and here a nation rose." - George Bush