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Monday, April 30, 2012

Some Encouragement


Joining Kimberly and Courtney for
their Monday Pinning Party :) 


I've been on a roller coaster ride regarding my life, as some of you know.
This week I needed some inspiration to help climb out of this low I've been in,
Hoping these help :)














There's still time to enter my giveaway!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cottage What-Nots

I'm joining the Surprise Esty Cottage Style What-Not party!
Pop over and see everyone's what-nots, doo dads, collections and tzotchkes! 

A friend recently presented me with a few old soda crates.
I knew I wanted to use them for some types of shelves
but wasn't quite sure how or where.

I ended up mounting a couple above an open doorway
that leads to my vanity area.

The Seven-Up crate holds my collection of old postcards/cards from my Grandparents, Parents and other relatives.

This Pepsi crate holds odd and ends.
As you can see I'm not finished with it yet.

Someone painted this sweet blue floral (that I just love!)
on the inside of this Coca Cola crate.
I placed minimal nostalgic pieces in it as not to deter from the painting.

This one is from my parents and is marked Produce of Portugal.
It carries a special place in my heart.
A piece of my ancestry....
did it come from relatives,
did someone bring it back from a visit to Portugal with them,
where did it come from?
I found it as we were cleaning out Dad's shop.
I wish I knew it's story.
 It isn't completed yet either.
I'd like to hang a small photo/picture of Portugal in the center.
I need to go through my postcards and see if I have a picture postcard from Portugal....
that would be perfect.

On the left side of the photo you can see part of my collection of decorative birdhouses made from empty seed packets.

None of these are fancy what-nots, just a few that hold a special place in my heart.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Must See!

Voted the BEST ever! Totally made my day.
be sure to watch the end!!!!!



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Freebie Friday

 Just in time for the end of school we have
FREE Teacher Appreciation cards from MyMemories 

You can download them free here

Should you find other needfuls,
remember to copy and paste STMMMS25918
at checkout for a great discount!

Time is running out to enter MyMemories Suite Giveaway
so run over and post!


 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

If I Wanted America to Fail

Tom Hanks Dad

Love this one! Takes us way back to the "good old days!" Tom

Hank's father is better looking than Tom and even better looking with
age. He was the lead singer on the left. He still has it! Hope you enjoy.

2 Performances 47 years apart

If you were alive in 1957, and old enough to enjoy Rock and Roll, you
will probably remember the group, "The Diamonds" who had just
launched their super hit "Little Darlin' ". For you that are too
young to remember - it was a time when the performers were happy,
enjoying themselves, respecting their fans, dressed appropriately and
their lyrics could be understood. They did not feel obligated to
scream, eat the microphone, mumble inaudible lyrics or trash the set.

In 1957, The Diamonds had a hit with "Little Darlin". 47 years later,
they were requested to perform at Atlantic City ... This link leads to
both performances.

Watch the first one then scroll down for the new one 47 years later.

http://www.flixxy.com/the-diamonds-little-darlin-1957-2004..htm

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Hawk Babies are Hatching! and a Sad Update On Phoebe


The sight of a new life...amazing

Live cam link here
But the poor things are in the snow,
thank goodness Mama can keep them nice and warm.

On a much sadder note Phoebe's (hummer) nest was attacked
by a larger bird and was completely engulfed including the babies, Joplin and Heather.
It is believed that the larger bird was a Hawk. From the cam you are only able to see a shadow circling in the leaves surrounding the babies and then the camera was knocked out of place and the nest was gone.. They would have been ready to fledge in another week or two.

But that doesn't stop Phoebe.
She has already made another nest and has laid an egg. 


Wishing Phoebe a safe clutch.

Frugal Decorating Ideas


Joining Kimberly and Courtney for
their Monday Pinning Party


This week I was looking for some frugal decorating ideas.
Seems most of us are on a budget these days, and even if we aren't why spend when you can recycle and you what you have!

Love these creative ideas ♥

Collect glass jars and mod podge doilies or lace on the then embellish.
Perfect for candles but also great for storage.


And how about wooden hangers turned towel holders!

Love using old crates for displaying collections or even just for storage

The best is that you can stack in any combination


How clever to use old garden fence as window treatment

How much easier can it get?
Using removed pages from a book to make a nostalgic looking banner

This is the easiest, yet it is so cottagey romantic and nostalgic


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cottage Craft Room Party

Party time in the ECS Craft Room once again!

My craft room has been rather quiet.
Life has been throwing it's trials and tribulations at me.
 I'm handling them as best I can...
which can take a lot of energy.

I was able to muster up enough umph to do a much needed makeover
on an old wire bird cage I rescued many Moons ago.

I apologize for the photos, they should have been taken in a better location.
 But, hey, at least I took them ;) 

Before
Simple white wire decorative birdcage with some flowers tied on top 

After
 I added some old doilies on the bottom of the cage. I felt anything too thin would just fall right through. These doilies had stains, holes, etc. and were just waiting for a project.

I placed a bird nest I formed from prunings from the garden inside
and added a few faux eggs

I removed all the flowers and revamped them making them look much fuller and fresher. Searching through my Treasure Drawer I came across a Dollar Tree bird from long ago. I pulled off her legs (she didn't feel a thing) and sat her near her nest.

Just a little freshening up for Spring.
I like the way it turned out


Childrens Images

Children
A pictorial archive of permission free illustrations

Enjoy!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring? Summer?

Even though Spring started on March 20th and Summer still has about 2 months before she officially shows up, I'm really not sure what season it is!

When heading out last week I was greeted with a bit of overcast skies.
Not bad, not bad at all.

Nice fluffy clouds with that beautiful blue sky poking through
and temps were mild.

Then while passing through Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge
things started to change

It got a little dark

and even darker

The sky filled with thick heavy dark clouds.
OOH look at all the Mustard in bloom! 

And then it hit!

And hit hard and cold.
Not complaining cuz Lord knows we need the water.
Just surprised since the past week had been in the high 70's

I made it through the storm (in more ways than one).
I think I need to be more like this Longhorn....
ignore the storms and go on about my daily business

It's to make it into the 90's this weekend.
We're dragging out the fans and getting ready.

It makes me feel better that Mother Nature can get just as confused as I can ;)

Have a Lvely Saturday!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Freebie Friday

MyMemories was FEATURED on the Mother's Day Special for Lifetime Television's Morning show, *The Balancing Act*!!
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You can see the clip here.
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You have 20 pages to tell a story through pictures, what can you dream up?

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Garden

The weather is warming fast...goes had in hand with the week I've had.
Looking forward to the weekend and may even disconnect the phones.
I need as couple days of peace.....

I found my Orange full of buds!

 my Cecil Brunner is finally opening up.
The fragrance is delightful


Cecil Brunner on my arch


Little Bo Peep is still looking for her Sheep!

I don't know the name of this Lilac but it's flowers are so delicate looking

they are so small compared my others

I'm joining:

Tootsie Time

Wishing all a great weekend!

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