Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fences at Rainbow Springs

You don’t have to go far to see some beautiful fences at  Rainbow Springs State Park.


This will be short and sweet today!


I hope you enjoy some Florida postcards (that I made).


I’ll be back with some ‘different’ photos in a few days!


Not sure I’ll get to link up this week but….

I’m joining Tex for the

Good Fences party!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fabulous Vintage Updated!

I love finding beautiful linens at the thrift store.


This small quilt is hand quilted!


And I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a tablecloth especially to fit a card table, but isn’t it cute?



I found these silver plated spoons and used a 50 % off coupon I had been saving at Hospice Thrift Store.


They were $12 so that made them $6 (and then I got another discount for being a frequent shopper).


I think they are sugar spoons. I did some research and I’m still not sure. They have a very rounded spoon but they are only 5 1/2 inches long so not really long enough to be a soup or gumbo spoon.

Kim asked a good question, “Do silver plated spoons say silver plated on them? How do you tell the difference?”

On the back of the most narrow part of the spoons are these words stamped, COMMUNITY (a brand), Reed & Barton, Community Silver, GM co---1919. I’m assuming they are silver plated by the way they look. Maybe they are silver. Thanks Kim!

What do you think?

Did you find anything good this week?

I’m joining Ivy and Elephants.

Happy Thrift shopping!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Surprises in the mail!

Packages and cards from blog buddies are the MOST FUN!

Have you noticed my new profile pic in the sidebar, just above the followers?


Emma made this card with a painting of ME on the front, walking stick in hand, ready to go for a hike!


Susie from She Junks sent it to me (Emma is her beautiful granddaughter). Thanks Emma!

I won a giveaway at Live and Dream a Little Dream and received this movie from Fly By Promotions.


“Ragamuffin” based on the life of Rich Mullins.

Thanks Noelle! I can’t wait to watch it!

And I also won a sweet giveaway during the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Valerie at Yarni Gras!


She made this cute little pin cushion and included buttons and pretty trim in the package.


I’ve found a perfect place for it on my sewing machine. It’s so petite and sweet!


Thanks to everyone that made me feel special this week! Red rose

And I appreciate all of your sweet comments.

They make me feel special EVERY DAY! Red heart


Monday, July 28, 2014

Christmas in July…or any time!

I love finding vintage Christmas items at the thrift store. Right now the Christmas aisle is LOADED!

I have to be careful not to bring home too much.

But when we bought bookcases for our living room and library, I made one shelf for Christmas books.


So these beautiful Santa Christmas candles looked perfect placed on the shelf.


And then another day, I found this set of nesting Snowmen.

(I have all of the Janet Evanovich books except some of the newer ones and #6. I don’t know why I can’t find that one!)


Better stop there for now! lol

I’m joining Amaze me Monday

Make it Pretty Monday and

Brenda for Tweak it Tuesday

and Ivy and Elephants.

Have you found anything fun this week?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

“How to Plant a Palm Tree”

I hope no one thinks this is a tutorial.

And it’s really ‘how to plant 3 palm trees’!

Buy a truckload of dirt from Dirt Cheap.


And then hire 3 young men to spread it, dig 3 big holes, plant palms and spread mulch all around them.


This was the excitement in our neighborhood this week.

It’s the house across the street getting 3 beautiful palms while I stand in the front door and take photos. I ‘placed’ some birds on my lamp post using Picmonkey. (trying to dress up our place! haha)


(house across the street)

I’m joining Beautiful Sunday

Mosaic Monday

Amaze me Monday.


I love the sound of palm trees in the breeze!

Enjoy your day!  Island with a palm tree Island with a palm tree Island with a palm tree

Friday, July 25, 2014

Books for Fun!

These aren’t what we normally review.


But I have to say, I was thrilled to find them at the thrift store for $1 each and I’ve enjoyed looking through them and reading stories I haven’t read in years.


They even have dust covers!


The Blue Fairy book by Andrew Lang was published in 1959.


The Red Fairy book was published in 1960.


The stories are a joy to read and the illustrations are delightful.


I’m joining Ricki Jill for Literary Friday.


How long has it been since you read wonderful classic stories like these?

(and how much longer can I stay in ‘fairyland’?)


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grocery Shopping for ‘Good Fences’!

So we’re on the way to the grocery store! Put your seatbelt on! Do you have ice packs in the cooler?

We’ll turn here and this is what we see.


I know, it’s not new. We see it every time we go to the grocery store.


But it’s unique!

The trees look beautiful at the grocery store.


A whole row of them in front!


Time to drive back home so I’ll get one more photo out the side window!


Yes, it’s a firewood stacked fence. (we don’t use a whole lot of firewood here in Florida so it’s ‘repurposing’!)

I’m joining Tex for the

Good Fences party!

How much firewood do you have stacked at your house? lol

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sewing Projects “Big and Small”

I have had such fun making animals and dolls that I had to MAKE myself go back to a project I started a couple of months ago.


I made one pillow cover out of the fabric I got at the thrift store. It was the last project I did on my Bernina and it was ‘acting up’ while I was sewing.

Now I have a new Brother sewing machine and have been sewing up a storm.

So I finally made the second pillow cover.


When I sat down in my recliner to load the photos on my computer, this was my view.


They look nice, I think.

Lots of ‘smaller’ projects to share soon!


(a glimpse)

Enjoy your day!Sun

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Fairy Tale Princess

That would be me. Well, that’s what I always dreamed of being….and still do.

And my dream came true when I met ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in my very own storybook.


When I took part in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party HERE, I visited many of the other party goers.

I entered a giveaway at CASTLES N CROWNS FAIRY TALE PHOTOGRAPHY HERE and was one of the winners.

She designed this storybook adventure with an old photo of ME as the character that meets Alice.


Here’s what Tricia wrote, “In "Diane's Story: Diane Meets Alice", the little girl leaves her own black and white storybook world and enters the colorful Wonderland, where she meets Alice and her friends.”

Wishing you well with Fairy Tale Blessings, Tricia
Castles N Crowns Fairy Tale Photography

Visit her blog HERE

and expect to be DELIGHTED!


I’m joining

Amaze me Monday

Make it Pretty Monday and

Brenda for Tweak it Tuesday

and Ivy and Elephants.

Have you ever dreamed of being a fairy tale Princess? Who would you like to meet?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mirrors and fairies…oh my!

I found the prettiest little mirror at the Hospice Thrift Store last week.


I used the App Waterlogue for IPADS to create this watercolor.


A couple of years ago, I won a gift certificate from Bella Rosa Antiques and I chose a beautiful blue mirror. They have wonderful vintage items that you can order online HERE.


Anyway, this small mirror reminded me of the one I have and when I looked for the box from the other one, they were the same design.


Isn’t that fun?


Maybe I’ll start a ‘new collection’!


I’m joining Beautiful Sunday

Mosaic Monday

Amaze me Monday

Make it Pretty Monday

Brenda for Tweak it Tuesday

and Ivy and Elephants. 


I love pretty things on my dresser, don’t you?