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Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Chippy Little House

Have you ever seen an old house and was captivated by it?

A few weeks ago we were visiting a friend in another state.  On a walk with her, we went past this house.  It was love at first sight.  I took one photo of it.  When we came home, I looked at it over and over.  Then I told Himself on our next trip through that town, I wanted to go by it again and take more.

He asked me why I was so taken with it.

My reply:

“Because it is an interesting old house that is chippy, and beautiful, and awesome.  I love the salmon shutters and door...if I had a white house I would paint our shutters and doors just like this.  It’s the type of house that has a thousand stories to tell.   And they are probably just going to tear it down and I wanted a picture of it.”

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cooking With Herbs: Fairy Tea Cakes

Here is another great cookie recipe I'd like to share with you.  These cookies are so light and delicious they are just perfect to pair with your afternoon tea.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ode to a Jar

Oh canning jar!  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways...

I love the way you can become a lavender candle, making my desk smell so wonderful.

I love how you become an instant vase... just add flowers.

I love how you keep my roses from my sweetheart.

And how you hold memories close.

And how you are so helpful in the kitchen.

I love that you keep my beads so neat and organized.

And how my embroidery thread is so easy to see.

You keep everything just so I can find it.

I never have to worry about my touch-up paint, you have that under control too.

But maybe the most important job of all... you are so good at keeping my marbles from getting lost!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

March WAS For Me!

Oops!  Forgot to do this posting!

Tho the weather outside was frightful for most of March, it was delightful for me.  The only projects I did were for me.  No spring cleaning, no dead lines, no self induced stress.


So, what did I do for an entire month?

I read a lot.  I played around with some of my crafts (and entered some in a competition).  Spent some time with the baby kiddos.  Shot some photos.  Attended several events.  Started a Bible study at my church.  Putzed in my studio.  Visited with friends.  

I also got a new very short hair cut.

Cleared my closet of frump!

Gave myself a mani-pedi.

And just rested.

It was very good.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ladder Me Show You This

I love to repurpose things; using them in a completely new way.  One thing I'm always on the look out for are old ladders.  I have a few in the shed for some projects I have in mind... as soon as I finish other project so I can get to them!

Until then, here are a few ladder projects I've done already.

This little ladder is on our bedroom wall.  Snagged it from Mom when she redecorated.

This step ladder was found along side the road!  Oh I did the happy dance when I found it!  It gets moved around constantly.

Five dollars at ReStore... and a bit of paint.... and I now have a fun decoration for our bird garden.  It's going to have even more bird houses on it by summer.

Now all my ladders are for decorative uses.  This one is my perfect rack for drift wood boards.

So... what do you repurpose and use at your home?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cobweb Eggs

Running off the success of my Easter stuffed eggs, I decided to try another method of dying my eggs.

This time I cooked the eggs as normal, bounced them around in the pan to crack them for the cooling phase.  Except this time I dropped them with shell still on in a really dark dye bath.  After letting them sit for 15 minutes, I peeled as normal.

And this is what I found under the shell!

Funny thing... the shells on the outside looked pretty normal.  But on the inside you could see the pretty lines.

Fun stuffed eggs or whole hard-boiled too.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tea Time Treats: Chocolate & Strawberry Cookie

This month's challenge at Tea Time Treats was "chocolate".   What perfect timing since my most recent class at Whole Foods had a wonderful chocolate dessert!  It's a recipe by Chef Dan Maggiepinto, owner of Caffe Nona (a featured restaurant on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives).

The recipe consists of 3 'layers':
A rich chocolate cookie,
strawberry salsa, and
chocolate-hazelnut cannoli cream.


Tea Time Treats

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Our New Neighbor is a Real Turkey...

One of the fun things about living out here at The Sticks is the amazing amount of wildlife that makes our yard part of their home.  

It seems we have a new tenant in our five acre woods...

This pretty turkey hen becoming a regular visitor.  I wonder why she isn't with a flock (there are several flocks in the area).

Hope she stays around for a long time!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Country Drive

After days of rain, we finally had a dry spell yesterday.  Since we both were having a bit of cabin fever and I wanted to shoot some photos, it was a perfect day to go for a drive.

We went along one of our favorite routes...past 'the cows'...

And by the Round House...

to down deep in the valley.

The road is lined with Sweet William along one section.

The gate to nowhere.

More Sweet William.

Wild violets.

Bubbles collected on this rock and no place else in this little creek.  I wonder why.

Farther up the creek.

Heading up the hill, we saw these wild iris.

Here is a mystery.  This looks like Royal Catchfly... which is SUPPOSED to be 'extinct' in TN (tho found in other areas of its range).  I can see I'll be contacting the Missouri Botanical Gardens about IDing this beauty.

Yellow Rocket (an edible wild green).

Not sure what this one is...


The view from the top.  There is a house behind me that had this view to their north, and the river to the west.  What a location!

It's such a nice drive... don't you agree?