Monday, January 19, 2015

Spring Cleaning and Free Printables

This is the time of year where I get a little OCD about cleaning out my house. I think taking down all the Christmas decorations triggers it. Yep, the Spring cleaning bug has bit. My house gets totally turned upside down as I go through closets and cupboards. I have three boxes started. The give away box, the put away box and the Ebay away box. 
So far I have very large box to donate to our local thrift shop and have already made a little extra cash off of Ebay. 

One of my favorite quotes is “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris.

I love free printables!!!  They help me in my journey for an orderly and peaceful home.  I have a board set up on Pinterest just loaded with websites that offer them.




Happy Cleaning!!!





Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

"A letter is a blessing, a great and all-too-rare privilege that can turn a private moment into an exalted experience." – Alexandra Stoddard

When you take the time to hand write a letter you are really giving that person a gift of your time, your thoughts and your love.  It has become a lost art in this day of email and text.  

This year I gave my oldest granddaughter, Abbey, some stationary, stamps, envelopes and an address book.  I have already received one letter from her and mailed mine off yesterday.   
There is just something about  putting a pen to an empty sheet of paper that appeals to me.  Don't get me wrong, email and text has it’s place.  It is nice to send off a quick question to my kids and get a response on the same day.  

Both of my grandmothers passed away when I was young and I have very few memories of them.  What a treasure to have hand written letters from your Grandparents.   








Wednesday, October 1, 2014

And Then There Were Chickens....

I have always wanted chickens.  Here in town you are allowed to have up to seven chickens, no roosters.  Each year would come and go and we just never got around to actually building a coop and getting some.

One morning while doing dishes, I looked out the window and noticed we had a couple of visitors.
I had been hearing chickens coming from a swampy area near our house.  On the other side of this swamp are some growers, as in marijuana.  Yep, it is legal here in Colorado, something I have yet to wrap my mind around.  I decided that these girls were brought in to help keep the grasshoppers from eating their plants.
They came every day and I was really starting to enjoy their company while working out in the yard.  They became quite tame.  The grandkids loved feeding them.  They would even jump up to take the food out of your hands. 

One day while working outside, I noticed that there was only one chicken.  The other one was no where to be seen or heard.  I was concerned that maybe one of the foxes living on the hillside had found one during the night  They had no coop to keep them safe.  
Later that afternoon, I finally spotted the missing chicken.  At the same time the other chicken spotted her as well.  They came running at each other so happy to have found one another again.  It was such a comical sight.  Made me chuckle to myself all afternoon.

I also learned that chickens will let you know if something is amiss.  We had a couple of deer come through the property, which is a normal occurrence here.  The girls started clucking, wings flapping making quite a racket and would not let up until I had chased those deer out of the yard.  They had the same response to a soccer ball that the kids had left in the grass.

Each morning I would hear a tap, tap, tap on the glass door.  The girls would be standing on the step just watching me go about my morning routine.

As the mornings became colder and the grasshoppers more scarce, I decided that I needed to find either a home for these girls or find the owners.  I would have considered building them a coop here and just keeping them.  But, we will be moving from our little house soon.   
I followed them home one evening and was able to find the owners.   The girls are gone and I find myself missing them.  But, who knows, maybe in the new place we will find a spot for a little coop and get a couple girls of our own.









Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Loving This Cool Fall Weather

Enjoyed the coolness outside as I picked my crab and quince apples. Most of the quince froze, but just enough to make my sweetie a little pie. The crab apples make the most beautiful jellies. 

The cinnamon pickles are simmering on the stove, filling the air with their wonderful sweet scent. Tomatoes, carrots and peppers are also waiting in boxes. 



Finished up a couple of cross stitch and embroidery projects earlier this week. They are all pressed and ready to make into pillows. The two small ones will become doilies with crochet edgings. 

The house is still warm and cozy from the fire built this morning. I love cloudy, rainy, crisp Fall days.



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Strawberries!!

One of our favorite treats here at my little corner is strawberry fruit leather.   It is such an easy, healthy snack to make.

Wash the berries.

This little gadget is the best for taking off leafy tops and to spoon out any blemishes. 

I usually add a little sugar,  this is optional.


Add to a blender or food processor. 


I spread out about 1 1/2 cups onto my dryer sheets and let dry about 6-8 hours.  I cut them in quarters,  roll up in plastic and store them in gallon jars.   









Saturday, August 2, 2014

Thrifty Finds

"Necessity never made a good bargain." Benjamin Franklin

I have a friend who spends her summers here in Colorado and each weekend we hit the road going to garage sales.  Now, neither one of us needs anymore "stuff" but it is a great way to hang out and just have fun.     

Here are a few of my finds so far this summer.

I fell in love with the color and shape of this old vase.  I have a thing for unusual vases.  It has the marking of U.S.A on the bottom and I paid a whopping .75 for it.

A small Hull vase.  I love the satiny feel and soft colors.    This one was $2.00.

 Yes, it is a little rough on the inside and out.  I have great plans for this old suitcase.   It was half price at $3.00.

Some of you may think that $18.00 is not a great bargain for this doily.  I know how much work goes into creating one of these and I can tell you it was worth every penny.  It is in perfect condition, new and probably made by a local craftsperson.  I just love the hearts!

I am blessed to know one of the designers of a well known scrapbook company.  She cleaned out her inventory and I came home with two huge bags stuffed full of brand new kits, papers, ephemera,  adhesives, cutters etc.  This is just a very small sampling of the treasures.  I spent $40.00 for a couple hundred dollars worth of product.   Yes, I am smiling right now!!!!

My latest e-bay adventure is this small bakers rack.  $40.00 with free shipping.  If you Longaberber you will know this is an awesome deal.  Most of these racks only have one shelf or none at all as with the one next to it.  So, to find one with both shelves and the rubber feet on the bottom is a great deal indeed.  They are great for organizing in my sewing room.


Hope you enjoyed seeing all my treasures!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Loving Summer

 As I type this I feel as if I am being serenaded by the trees. A breeze blowing through the leaves, causing them to sing and dance. 


The bees are about their day going from bloom to bloom.
Enjoying the shade from the willow trees, still looking a bit rough from her long winter.
A bird house lovingly made by a granddaughters hands.
Beautiful noise surrounds me, the creek gurgling near by.  

"Did you ever think how a bit of land shows the character of the owner?"
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sounds of laughter as little ones play and splash.



First harvest of lavender, mint, oregano and flowers for my table.
I love to watch the robins.  They seem to always have a smile on their face.




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