Scolding My Sister!

We just returned from spending a couple days away with my sweet sister and brother-in-law, love them so!

Noticed once again that my sister doesn’t know just how special she is!

Although she is the older sister, I had to step up and do some scolding.

She just doesn’t realize her value.

Sister, you are beautiful, good, kind, loving, and so special to your family and friends.

So this video is for you!

Please watch it, no more negative talk about yourself, you are awesome!

We all love you!

Remember this video as you start your day, and the rest of your life.

Love and kisses.

 

A Very Special Day!

Today is my son’s birthday!

I thank God for the gift of my dear son, for his life.

I remember the day he was born, the first time I held him, as if it were today.

That morning, so many years ago, I whispered to myself, “I will always have a special someone to love”.

He has been, and continues to be, my life.

A son who makes me smile.

What a joy he is to me, unconditional love, support, and not too “manly” to say, “I love you” to his Mom, everyday.

Jim is a sweet soul, simple, hard working, strong, a construction worker, never wanting anything expensive or fancy.

A simple celebration today, his favorite cake, white, with white icing, and our famous hometown, Greater’s chocolate chip ice cream.

So, Happy Birthday my son, just know you are loved so very much, and always know that I am so very proud of the wonderful human being you are!

God bless you always,

Mom

XO

 

 

Our Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope your day is filled with love, and lots, and lots, of hugs!

As I posted a couple days back, I surprised my husband with a cute, simple, kitchen table, set up with love, Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Step by step I set up the table early while he was still sleeping.

The Target mugs worked great as the focal point of my table setting.

Oh my gosh, they are so sweet!

No flowers for the table, so I used these black and white floral bowls for the berries and yogurt, and decided on the mini gold frames for our wedding photo.

Scattered a few paper hearts to finish up.

The table looked amazing.

No bacon, eggs, and all of that, just his usual simple breakfast, something sweet, fruit, yogurt, juice and coffee.

We enjoyed our bit of quiet time together, not even the usual TV noise in the background.

We have not had a perfect marriage, but we know that we are in this together, to the end.

My husband is a good person who struggles with horrible physical issues, I love him so!

Love that has grown over the years.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Hope your day is filled with so much love!

XO XO

 

 

“Sweets” on a Cold Gloomy Day

Oh my gosh, yesterday was a really cold, rainy day!

So, I made cookies to warm our home.

I am not a good cook, that is why you do not see many recipes on my blog.

I am not a good baker either, but I do love to make simple heart shaped sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day.

They are not perfect, my icing sometimes is a bit drippy, and maybe a bit too hot pink!

But I found that if you wrap them in a cellophane bag, with a colorful ribbon, they look almost perfect!

Wrapped up they become a sweet treat for anyone you love.

Bakery heart cookies are over $1 each, and sometimes just not so fresh.

On Valentine’s Day, I like to put one on each plate at supper.

So cute!

Just an inexpensive way to say, “I Love You”!

Today I am going to try to catch my “mail lady” as she delivers on our street.  She has been off sick for a bit, and maybe a cookie will cheer her, get her through a long day.

We have become friendly over the years, just chit chatting at my mailbox.  Love her, she is so sweet, down to earth, and a very hard working person.

I love to put a cookie in my son’s work lunchbox as a surprise!  I know he will smile when he sees it!

A great treat with coffee, on his mid morning break.

We eat too many cookies in our house, but isn’t that what cookies are for?

Hope you are warming your home on these cold days, with love, and making heart cookies!

Hugs and kisses!

 

Planning a Valentine’s Day Breakfast

I love to do something out of the ordinary every once in awhile!

So I decided to plan a simple Valentine’s Day breakfast surprise for my husband.

Staying home is what we do these days, it is difficult for him to get out with his physical issues, home feels safe to him.

These surprises don’t necessarily have to be fancy or expensive, even the smallest change in our ordinary routine can be delightful.

My husband gets up much later than I do, so I thought breakfast would be the best time for our little celebration, giving me time to set the simple table.

Menu will be his usual breakfast favorites, muffins, yogurt, fruit, juice, and coffee.

Gathered up all the red and pink items I have on hand, those things I thought I could use on my table, dishes, napkins, serving pieces, and such.

I will definitely be using these cute mugs I found at Target. 

Thought about framing some old photos of us for the table. I’ve tried a few small frames I have on hand.

Scattered paper hearts, here and there, on the table, might be a whimsy, colorful touch!

As we get older love changes.

It is different, a simple love, where a hug means so much more than a passionate kiss, a smile, just because, brightens us, a different kind of closeness develops.

I will let you all see how my breakfast surprise turns out!

Have you made plans for your sweeties on Valentine’s Day, a day to show love to those folks, you just love so much!

Plan to be silly and giggle a bit, it feels so good!

XO

Oh, Happy Birthday to my dear brother-in-law!

 

 

“Love” Filled Sunday Project

Sunday afternoon I went back years, experiencing one of the joys I remembered as a little girl.

Enjoyed those little girl feelings, felt from so long ago!

I loved paperdolls, always taking pride in cutting them out, as best I could.  Carefully turning my scissors, trying to be perfect with every cut.

With Valentine’s Day upon us, I worked on a sweet “love” filled project, making a wreath from vintage valentines.

Some years back, I saw this idea at Williams-Sonoma, loved it, but too pricey for my budget.

Never forgot how cute it was, so I searched Pinterest, found some adorable old valentines, printed them out, and started to make my own wreath.

Used a styrofoam ring as my base, a cutout cardboard base would work too!

I glued some red paper heart doilies all around the base, placing them here and there.

What fun I had selecting from my valentine collection, deciding which ones to place around the heart filled base.

I used glue dots to attach the valentines to the doilies. These dots have glue on both sides, and also helped raise the valentines up a bit.

Added red ribbon to hang, that was all needed to complete.

Some craft folks use glitter and other embellishments, but I love simple, just the old valentines.

“Love” it!

Oh my gosh, it is so cute!

Loved looking at all the old sweet valentines!

A simple fun project with such a memory.  You all know I love memories!

After Valentine’s Day has passed, I will carefully pack up my wreath for next year, just as I packed up my precious paperdolls, in a shoebox, as a child.

Love, XO

 

 

The Old Desk Drawer

Don’t mean to bore you all with something I have mentioned many times before, but I love school things, especially vintage ones.

Did not necessarily like school, but loved all the things that go with school, paper, crayons, pencils, and such.

I always wanted to be an elementary art school teacher.  I know, I have mentioned that before too!

God must have had other plans for my life, since it did not happen.  Maybe I just didn’t try to make it happen!  We all need to help ourselves with dreams, I think I gave up on mine!

I knew the first time I saw this old desk drawer, on the floor at the flea market, that it would come to life again, as a chalkboard!

It did!

The wood is quite nice, I loved the warm color.  It reminded me of the large wood framed chalkboards in classrooms when growing up, I can close my eyes and see them!

When I think of my early school days, I can almost smell the cute jar of paste with the little brush attached.  Remember?

I just cleaned the old drawer a bit, and painted the inside with chalkboard paint, that was it!

It has found a place in my creative work area, it is really a special piece, I love it!!

Thanks for letting me share this project with you.

I wonder what happened to the rest of the desk?

Love to all, don’t give up on your dreams!

 

DIY Buffalo Check Tray

Oh my gosh, I am so finished with winter.

We have gone through snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, lasting for weeks.

Brrrr…………!

This weather has been horrible, a birthday spoiler, a cabin fever maker, a junk food eating enabler!

I did manage to pull myself away from our warm fire to work on a few projects, and also to have a bit of much needed alone time.  Love my husband bunches, but being together all day, everyday, for weeks, is difficult at times!

It only took one simple completed project, to get me feeling so much better.

You all know I love trays, and another favorite of mine is buffalo check things, especially black and white.

Using, of course, a thrift store frame, a small piece of leftover wrapping paper, and some Hobby Lobby handles, all that I needed to create and complete.

The first step was taking the frame apart and giving it a thorough cleaning, inside and out.  It was in new condition, so I did not need to paint the frame.

I did sand the edges, all around, so it did not seem so perfect, and added a bit of stain to my sanding.

The buffalo check paper was cut to the size of the inside mat, and a bit of glue added to secure.

Added the galvanized handles with some shallow screws from the inside, reassembled, and my project was complete!

Love the way it turned out, it really is as “farmhouse chic” as any tray I have seen in stores and online.

I really love the farmhouse look, so popular now, wish I lived in a small farmhouse home somewhere wonderful!

Trays can be used in so many ways, love it on my wicker chest at the foot of our bed.

Less than $5 to complete.

One step, one project, I feel better now, ready to move on to other fun creative things!

It is really true, that just taking that first step, can be the beginning of changing any part of our lives needing a push of encouragement.

Now maybe I can use my own words to encourage myself to get on that much needed treadmill!

The sun just came out, around 49 degrees today, “Oh Happy Day”!

Love you all!

 

 

It’s my birthday!

Today is my birthday!

I so appreciate the fact that God has given me another day, and a new start for another year.

No big birthday celebration planned, as usual on my birthday, the weather is horrible, so bitterly cold with dangerous wind chill temperatures.  The roads are snow covered and icy.

Not a great day to go out and celebrate.

Sooo….I guess I will just keep my snowman pajamas on, maybe all day, and enjoy the day as best I can.

When we grow old I guess the magic of a birthday is gone, I hate that!

Really wish I had a birthday cake!

Needed my birth certificate last week for ID purposes, after my purse was stolen from my car at the gas station!  It was a really awful experience!

I sat down this morning with my coffee, by our warm fire, and looked at the certificate.

Didn’t know, or remember, that my momma was only 21 years old when I was born, my father was 31.

I was a 7-1/2 month baby, 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and I was born at 11:26 PM.

Wondering if it was cold, and snowy that day!

Did they wish for a boy, but God gave another girl, so hope they were happy with me!

My father’s occupation was listed as a machine operator, never knew that!

Not many photos of me as a baby, I suppose I was a bit small, don’t know.

Wishing today that I had asked my sweet mom so much before she went to heaven.

Hope you all have a great day on my birthday!

My day has started with such love, already hearing from my sweet brother and sister.

Love them so very much.

If you are fortunate enough to still have your mother, talk to her so you will know the sweet things of your life.

Just so much love to all today, so glad I am still around to tell you all “I love you”.

XO

 

 

 

 

A Million Tiny Little Things…..

There is a scene in one of my favorite movies, Sleepless in Seattle, when Tom Hanks talks about his wife in such a beautiful way, “it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they were supposed to be together…”.

When cleaning up a bit yesterday, room to room, picking up and dusting, I realized that Christmas in my home is a bunch of tiny small touches that when you put them all together, you feel the magic of the season.

Before this week is over, I wanted to share many of the tiny things I treasure each Christmas.  Many I have cared for with love over the years to use again and again.

My cherished white nativity set, purchased with Christmas money from my son.

My tree, with all the special ornaments I have collected over the years.

It is sprinkled with snow, pine cones and berries.

My beautiful paper mache angel, handmade, always sitting at the very top, love her so!

This wall hanging was my new addition this year.  I love that it is the first thing you see as you look into my home from the front door, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”.

A snowflake pillow, a wreath on the mirror, lots of sparkle, with gold and silver ribbons.

Garland on my dining hutch, and entry clock, decorated with beautiful ribbons, lights, and snow covered pine cones.

A bit of red in my kitchen, small dishes, tin canisters, and a small tree.

A Hallmark Santa, so old, nestled under a tree on my kitchen counter.  Love him!

This salt dough nativity set I have carefully packed up each year, purchased at a church craft fair, 42 years ago. The faces are amazing.  Big smiles, rosy cheeks, just so sweet.

A Santa tray, purchased on a Thanksgiving visit, with my precious mother, to see my brother in New York City, so many years ago.

When I bring it out each year, I remember our trip together and how I struggled with spending $35 on this hand painted, paper mache tray.  So glad I did, the memory it brings to mind each year is priceless.

The best saved for last, this Baby Jesus made of paper over 40 years ago by my son.

I love the smile Jimmy placed on his face.

Oh my, precious, cherished, now a family tradition each year, finding the perfect place on our tree to place our Baby Jesus.

Thank you all for allowing me to share all these treasures.

I truly hope every one of you have collected special Christmas treasures, those items that when the season arrives you find such overwhelming joy in displaying in your home as I do.

Sad a bit that the holidays are over and my treasures must once again be packed up with loving care.

Love to all of you, also precious treasures to me.

Blessings and love.