December 29, 2014


As I reflect back on 2014, I have many happy memories of traveling, spending time with my friends and family, and riding with the top down on my new (to me) car.

2006 PT Cruiser

Having to let Hanna go to the bridge was my saddest memory. Heidi and are are adjusting nicely and spending lots of quality time together.  I am so thankful for her! I don't plan to add another corgi as long as I have Heidi.  

I don't know about you, but I'd like to fast forward to spring now.  I planted about forty tulips last year and can't wait to see them blooming.  January and February are always long and dismal to me. I didn't read much in 2014 but I hope to in the next few months.  If you have any suggestions of  "good reads", please forward them to me.

Happy New Year to you and your families!

December 21, 2014

Final Tribute to My Beautiful Hanna

Last Thursday, with the help of my wonderful vet, my Hanna went to the bridge.  She suffered from complications of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and was in constant pain that couldn't be controlled by medication.  Her corgi sister, Heidi, and I miss her terribly.  She was six months old when Heidi came to live with us and they were always best buddies.  She was my first corgi and my "heart dog."

December 8, 2014

Tilly's Nest: Craft a Holiday Chicken Wreath

Today I came across this lovely blog and instructions to make this rooster Christmas decoration.  I thought some of you might enjoy making him, especially my blogging friends who have farms.

Tilly's Nest: Craft a Holiday Chicken Wreath: I've been wanting to show you all how to make a chicken wreath for a very long time now. It is always so much fun to create animals ...

November 19, 2014

My Week in Paradise

My trip to Key West was  incredible! The weather was beautiful  and the seafood was scrumptious.  Below are some of my favorite pics.

Ernest Hemingway's Home
One of the many polydactyl kitties who live at the Hemingway House

Cottage garden shop

Beautiful sunsets every night!

Chickens roam the streets freely and this rooster
 seemed to think our inn was his territory.

We stayed in this beautiful inn.

Miss Tigger was the social director at our inn.

We enjoyed breakfast at this historical bakery.

I can't wait to go back to the island.  I love it!

And last, but not least, please visit my friend, Pat's, new website for her beautiful pound cakes.  Celebration Cakes by Pat.  Her cakes are  beautiful and delicious!
Please mention my post if you order.

November 4, 2014

Belated Halloween Greetings!

Each year I feature on my blog my handsome grand cat in his Halloween costume.   Unfortunately, this year, he refused to cooperate for the photo shoot so the quality of the photos is questionable.   

He's definitely a sweet monkey with or without his costume!

A few weeks ago I posted pictures of a small dressing table that I was working on for my shop space.  I was fortunate to find this cute little stool to sell with it.

The dresser set sold to a mom for her four year old daughter.  It makes me smile to think of a cute little one enjoying it.

My shop manikin "Izzy" was all decked out for the Halloween.  I try to change her outfit each month for the next holiday.  It's fun shopping for her clothes.

This has been a beautiful fall!  The weather has been unseasonably warm in Central Virginia.   I've been able to cruise around with the top down almost everyday.

Next week I'll be marking one more thing off my "bucket list". Monday I am flying to Key West with a longtime friend.  We are meeting her daughter there for the week.  I am getting so excited!  I love flying and haven't flown in several years. 

I'll have lots of pictures and stories to share with you in a couple weeks.

October 2, 2014

Catching Up!


A friend I met through my blog crocheted this 4 1/2 feet tall witch. Her name is Trixie and she's for sale in Bonnie's space in an antique shop in Roanoke.  Isn't she the cutest witch ever?  I would have a had time parting with her.

I've been working on projects for my shop.  I found this cute dressing table at GW for $10.  It was  mess (wish I had taken a before and after pic), lots of crayon marks, stickers and scotch tape all over it.  I cleaned it and spray painted it with a color that I love and use often (Jade). Getting an oval mirror cut for it was expensive even with me taking a piece of mirror to the glass shop. Lesson learned, don't take on projects with oval mirrors. Square or rectangular cuts are much less expensive.

I also found this lovely Susan Paley vase at GW this week for 2.25. It's rare to find one at GW.  She now has a new home on my mantle with all her relatives.


I had dinner at my daughter's last night and my grandcat, Owen, was lounging in her Halloween decoration that she'll use to store candy in later.  It looks as if  he's thinking about what he wants to his costume to be this year.  


With permission, of course, I'd like to share this beautiful picture of Odin, a corgi friend from Facebook.  

If you've read my blog for a while, you'll remember a few years ago I had to rehome my beautiful fluffy corgi, Arabelle, because of fighting issues.  Well, tonight I am so excited!  Arabelle and her new mom are coming for a visit tomorrow.  It doesn't matter how much time passes between visits, I always feel like she remembers me.  She has a wonderful home and a family who adores her.

I will always love this girl!

August 12, 2014

Lamp Projects

It's a wonderful rainy Tuesday in central VA  and it is a perfect time to share some of my recent projects with you. But first, I wanted to show you this lovely silhouette of my peacock feathers from Hopalong Hollow Farm.   When I look at them, I'm reminded me of the lovely afternoon I spent with my friend, Jeri,  recently.

Whenever I'm looking for treasures, I always look for the clear glass lamps that were used to display seashells probably in the 70's. They are easy to find. 

Do any of you remember the Piece Goods chain of fabric stores? This lamp is filled with spools of thread mostly from that store.  I spent so many hours shopping there when I was making clothes for my two little girls.

This lamp is filled with antique lace.  It will be for sale in my shop.

I'm still working on this one.  The inside isn't quite the way I want it yet.

Last week I feel in love with a pink floral blouse at a thrift store.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it but bought it anyway.   it made a gorgeous lampshade!

My friend asked me to embellish this cute lamp for her granddaughter's dorm room.  We used fabric that matches her comforter and bed linens.  The lamp was very inexpensive, around $16 at a discount store.

I saw the cutest lampshade recently that was covered with pages from a fabric children's book.  That's my next project when I find just the right book.