Wednesday, September 17, 2014


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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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

No Place Like Home

Yesterday I took my parents into the city.  For this little country girl it can be a bit stressful.  In my little town there are no stop lights, no one way streets and very few cars to contend with.  When I go into the city I usually come home with a headache.  I think it must be the air pollution from car exhausts and stress.  My skin even feels dirty and I find myself washing my hands more often through out the day while I am there.  

The best thing about going into the city is coming back home!

I am very thankful for where I live. Most mornings I step out onto the front porch and breath in the fresh crisp, clean morning air and I listen.....
I can hear birds singing their greetings one to another.  A cow mooing from across the valley.  A rooster crowing from somewhere across town.  The creek gurgling as it makes it's way down the hill. 
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." 
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring Fever

It is a beautiful rainy day here in our little valley.  I love it when the clouds are so low that you can't see the mountains across town.  The snow has been melting like crazy and it is very muddy.  Where I live the road is not paved, so I have to drive through a "pond" to go to town.  Things look pretty blah here but I did see a little green peaking out from under my Mums.

 I have been looking through pictures of our yard and came across this one taken from the deck of our guest house. I am longing for green!  Can't you just smell the greenness of this!  Freshly mown grass, just breath it in......... 
One of the side effects of Spring fever is that it brings on a cleaning frenzy.  I have been organizing, pitching and giving away boxes of junk treasures.   
My sewing room has been a big project, but it is finally starting to come together.  This is my scrapbooking/stamping corner.  

 I came across this while cleaning. I started making a rag rug to put under Sophie's dish.  Jelly Rolls are perfect for making rag rugs.  I take one strip from the jelly roll and cut it into 3 strips.  Each strip is about 1" wide.  This will be a perfect project to work for a rainy day, like today!

God Bless,

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Longing For Summer

As the sun ends it's journey in the western sky, our little valley will be illuminated as if a flash light were turned on. It's rays blasting through the trees, leaving dancing shadows on the grass. As you look across the garden you can see hundreds of bugs flying, like sparkles drifting through the air. The coolness of the evening settles in, and a quietness envelopes the valley.

Longing for Summer,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Glimpse Into My Sewing Room

When I was a little girl about 12 years old my neighbors had an estate yard sale.  I still remember it to this day because of all the wonderful old things that I saw there.  I even remember what I bought.  I found a wonderful old knitting stand.  You know, the cloth bag that hangs on a frame.  I also found a very long wooden crochet hook with 2 hooks on each end and a pair of stork shaped sewing scissors.  I still grieve for the loss of those little scissors.

My Mom had a round pink princess sewing basket.  I would spend hours taking everything out, picking out all the lint, organize the thread and sorting through all those wonderful buttons.

I am drawn to old things.  Especially old sewing baskets and stands.  
They just seem to call to me with their feminine colors,
their silky interiors and their wonderful shapes and sizes.

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