Monday, September 29, 2008

Loving my time off

It is so nice to have this time at home. I am enjoying it so much. Last week was a catch up week, finishing jobs that needed to be done before cold weather sets in. Today may be the last day in the 80's. That's okay I love the 70's too.

Kept the grandchildren Friday. We had a picnic and played outside a lot. Ruby took a 2-1/2 hour nap so it was Layla and Mamoe time. Layla took a picture of me and my project (it's a dolphin).

Picked green beans, okra, tomatoes, pears, banana peppers and turnip greens from my Dad's garden. Canned the green beans, put everything else in the freezer. So we had a great dinner with fresh green beans, fried okra and green tomatoes, apples, and turnip greens.

With my freezer getting full now we had to go out and buy one. It't 3.5 cubic feet, love it.

My Fall table.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


My after picture of a cute trivet Lori found for me. A little spray paint can work wonders.

Stayed really busy yesterday. Mowed the yard and cleaned my son's house (a 3 hour job) but it was still a beautiful day.

Going to my parents today to pick some pears and turnip greens.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My first day at home

My new bowl sitting along with my old bowl.

Some things I'm working on to paint, from Lori thrifting. I really love that rooster. See the back below. Made in Japan. Looks like it's electric. No electrical cord.

My other thrifted roosters Lori found for me. The little kettles are salt and pepper shakers, one has a rooster, the other is faded.
Added bonus.

My gift from Lori for my birthday. From Hobby Lobby.

Loving my time at home. Yesterday was so beautiful here, worked outside most of the day. Went for a nice long walk, painted our tool shed, tried to do everything in one day. A few sore muscles, but not bad. It's 7:00 AM and sun just peaked in on a another beautiful day. Temps here are still in the middle 80's, not bad.

Time for a walk. I'll show my finished trivets later.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Last day of work

Today was my last day of work. It was hard to leave but I know I'll enjoy my stay at home. There is so much to do here. I have painting, cleaning, sewing to do. Can't wait to start. For some reason I can't sleep tonight. Guess I've got a lot on my mind. My son-in-law is leaving for Houston, Texas in the morning to work in the clean up there after the storm damage. Hopefully it will only be a few months.

My husband and I went out tonight to eat and get gasoline. Is anyone else having a shortage in their city? The stations that have gas have long lines and a lot of stations are completely out. So we drove to Spring Hill (about 30 minutes away) to eat and try to find gas there. None of the stations there had gas. We still have a 1/4 tank and my car is full so hopefully we can get some next week.

While we were in Spring Hill we went to Goodwill . I found a pyrex bowl just like the one I loved so much. It is much bigger. Also found another bowl and 2 pillowcases. I will put pictures on tomorrow (it's already tomorrow). I need to go to bed.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Update on my sis

She's doing much better. Thanks for everyone's prayers and nice words. As I said Monday we've had gospel meetings at church this week. She has been there every night (always with a smile on her face). I love her so much and hope and pray she gets even stronger. I know she is still in pain, but hides it well. Thanks again everyone.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Today's my birthday (don't mind telling number 52). I am so happy to be alive and live another day on God's green earth. I'm so thankful for my home, family and friends. God has blessed me with so much. Hope I'm here 50 more.

I had such a great day. My dear sweet husband always picks out the most sentimental, beautiful cards. They always make me cry. My dear friend Jenene gave me beautiful earrings I love and also a necklace (my going away present) from Silpada. My daughter Lori and the grandkids came by and took me to lunch at Cici's Pizza. I'll have to take pictures of the things they got me (hint: rooster stuff). Got back to work and my friend Teresa sent me an birthday e-card. Then Thomas (spouse) took me out to eat dinner, then we went to a gospel meeting at our church (all my family goes there, an added bonus). Got home around 8:30. It was definately a full and happy day.

Can't leave out my step daughter Robbie, her husband Ken and kids came out on Saturday and celebrated my birthday and Ken's (we share the same birthday). Got some great, sweet cards and a $40.00 gift card from Joann's (that should keep me busy). Thanks so much.

This is my last week of work, so I can stay home and sew, watch the grandkids some, and whatever I want. That makes me happy and thankful.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Coffee cups, a purse and my porch

What can I say, another purse and organizer. This one is for Lori. I've had the material quite a while, came from Joann's and the lining is something I've had for a few years. Hope she likes it.

2 cute rooster cups and a little rooster Lori found for me at a thrift store. I love them all and I love her.

Been working on my screened in porch. Made the pillows from $1.50 vinyl tablecloths from Kmart. The red fabric was on sale at Joann's a few weeks ago and I needed it.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Purse for Me and organizer

Decided to make me a purse too, since the one I made for my sister was so easy. Also made an organizer from here.
I've been wanting to make it ever since I first saw it. I plan on using it tomorrow, so I'll let you know if I like it.
The material is also from Walmart and lining from a thrifted sheet.

Note about my sister. She had to go to the emergency room last night. Saw her today and she seems to be doing pretty well. She had been vomiting for a week and the xray tech. thinks the extreme vomiting caused mini strokes (showed up on an MRI). They only did the MRI because she was having headaches when she arrived. Hope she gets to go home tomorrow.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Saturday thrifting

I love this tablecloth. Not sure how old it is, but looks faded. Got it at a new thrift store my husband and I found in Spring Hill, TN. Only about a half hour drive away. Also went to the Goodwill store in Spring Hill.

Two thrifted sheets from Goodwill Saturday. Everything half price the first Saturday of every month. My grandkids were with me and the store was packed. They found some Halloween pumpkins. Got an old instant polaroid camera for my niece. She collects old cameras.

Happy Birthday Vickie

I made this purse for Vickie last night for her birthday. It was so easy. Got idea from Ric-rak.
She had picked out the fabric from my stash a few months ago when I made the other bag.
The material came from Walmart and the lining is from a sheet I used for this gown.
She wasn't feeling well and didn't get to come out to my Mom's today. She's very sick, please keep her in your prayers.

I love these buttons. Wish they still made these. They are covered buttons but have the silver on the outside. See below.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thrift Smart

It's 11:00 pm on Friday night and Ruby is not sleepy. The rest of the family is sleeping, so I will blog and watch "All My Children" and the rest of my soaps on ABC. I tape them every day and watch them while I sew at night She's making me some castles. Love that little baby doll.

My favorite Thrift Smart store moved to Nashville. I decided to take a trip at lunch time and had so much fun. The store is a lot bigger, but they didn't have many sheets and pillowcases. I did find one lavender gingham pillowcase. Also found some cute clothes for the little ones. Found a blue and orange plaid "old navy" brand new shirt for Jakob for $2.50. The dress and blouse below were separate, but went well together. Then I found the 2 cute tops.

I do miss that store and maybe I can go back there when I quit work.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Goodwill & antique mall finds for Wednesday

These pyrex bowls from the antique mall are for my sister's birthday coming up next Sunday. They were $12.00. Didn't think that was too bad for a gift. She wanted bowls and I think these match the ones she has.
This is a scarf. I think maybe a mantle scarf. It would make a cute topper, not sure yet.
Got this for 1/2 off at antique mall. A vintage dishtowel. Probably will hang up instead of actually using it for dishes.
Got this adorable gingham, smocked dress for Layla at Goodwill for $2.00
These 2 pillowcases and flannel material came from Goodwill. The one with the ruffle I thought would make an adorable dress or skirt for the kids. The one with the bird was so cute I couldn't resist. The material would make a warm winter gown.
Hope everyone enjoys seeing the things I buy as much as I enjoy buying them. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Look at my goodys

My Aunt Louise gave me some of her patterns she's not using. There are a few vintage patterns I think I can wear. But some are very tiny. The kids patterns are nice. I'm sure I'll use them. Look at the fabric below she gave me. A beautiful overlay for one of these patterns. Love you Lou.

And she shared some of her beautiful lace.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Those beautiful grandchildren

Saturday morning in clean clothes. We were leaving for McDonalds and they had such a great time. It took a while for Ruby to play, then Layla let her follow her and everything was good.
Then they didn't want to leave. In the car Layla said " I acted like I owed the place" and that she did.

On the other hand Jakob didn't have such a good time. He's 11 and rather not be at McDonalds.
Couldn't get his picture because his hair wasn't just perfect.

And here is Lori and her sweet babies in their aprons.