May 31, 2016

Spring Showers!

We've had so much rain in Central VA this spring and I love it!  Everything is lush and green and we've had only a few uncomfortably hot days so far. I've spent hours on the front porch with the corgi girls.  Projects in the house have been nonexistent!

I want to share some of my outside pictures with you.

This great basket was a flea market find for $4.  

My corgi topiary has flourished with all the rain.  I have had it five years. A sweet blogging friend (Angela) from WVA sent me succulents to plant in it when I first purchased it.  For the most part, I have to replace the plants each year except the hens and chickens.


I've been making garden angels with dishes that I buy 
at Goodwill. They are beautiful when the sun shines through them.  I use E-6000 glue and it seems to work well outside.

I have the above ground cover growing in my yard and can't seem to find identifying information about it. Does anyone know the name? 

I can't believe tomorrow is the first day of June.  In a few weeks, I will be marking something very important off my bucket list.  Will fill you in later.

February 22, 2016

On-Line Auction

I never bid on on-line auctions but last week I decided to try it.  The lot I bid on was pictured as an open drawer with several nondescript pieces of linen hanging out of it.  I won with an $8 bid.  Much to my surprise, when I went to pick up my winnings it was a large box of linens.  About half of it I couldn't use but two of the prettiest items were this beautiful tablecloth and a needlepoint bell pull.   

I love the hardware!

I painted this dressing table for my daughter over the weekend.  Usually I don't like doing furniture but this was fun.

Baby Perl
Next week will be one year since Perl came to live with us.  She has kept me on my toes  but has brought me such joy!  

December 29, 2015


Perl was born in Florida one year ago today.  I had no idea that she would become part of my life and bring me so much joy.  In my search for a Cardigan puppy, several pieces of the puzzle fit together and she became my puppy!  I established quite a friendship with her breeder during the time I was waiting for her to get old enough to make the long ride to VA.   Sadly, her breeder passed suddenly soon after I got Perl and I still miss her.  We communicated often about Perl's growth and her shenanigans!

I've think there must be a beaver in Perl's family tree.  She has chewed so much furniture and I can never catch her.  She also has destroyed numerous electrical cords.  She is definitely my last puppy but in spite of all the destruction, I love her so much.  She makes me laugh everyday.

November 21, 2015

Redecorated Guest Room

I hope you'll enjoy seeing pictures of my redecorated guest room. This has been a fun project and I'm thrilled with the way it turned out.  My painter is a retired high school teacher and  does a fantastic job.  She's  slowly painting my natural woodwork white in each room and I can't believe how much difference it makes.  My wonderful friend helped me choose the paint color.  It is called Rosewater.

I made the valances from a single drapery panel I found at a thrift shop for $1.99.  It was in pristine condition and already lined.  I added the beaded trim.

I used every inch of the fabric covering the chair and making the pillow.

 My vintage hankies are displayed in an old spoon rack.

The wall cabinet is the top of an old secretary and was purchased at the flea market.  It's amazing how a little TLC and some white paint can bring something to life!

I made the white ceramic tree when I was in my 30's in a class taught by the same friend who picked out my paint.  Longtime friends are priceless!

This little dotted Swiss dress came from antique shop. I had to bring it home with me!

I found these felted corgi ornaments at Target this year and I think they are sold out across the country.   Corgi lovers are crazy!  I'll hang the wreath in my kitchen window in a few days.  It makes me smile.

My corgi girls are doing so well.  Bonnie has adjusted perfectly since she came to live with us  in the summer.   She is a super sweet girl and so well mannered.  Perl, well that's a different story.  She's wild and determined.  She will be a year old in December.  Miss Heidi is a quiet old lady who takes lots of naps and doesn't like to be bothered by the younger girls!  

September 1, 2015

And The Winner Is...

I am excited to have new friends and readers of my blog and this giveaway has been fun!  Karen Mertens and I have so many similar interests and one of them is collecting buttons.  When I drew her name this morning, it didn't take long to pick out a selection of old and new buttons for her from my collection.  Notice the button card on the top.  It sold for 10 cents!  In addition to the buttons, I'm sending her a vintage handkerchief and a wire bird's nest pendant that I made.  Karen, please send me your mailing address by email.

August 25, 2015

Fairy and Gnome Gardens

I love finding containers for my fairy gardens! Most of the ones I use come from thrift shops or yard sales.  Almost anything that holds soil will work.  I saw one online that was made in an old guitar case.

I made this one in a mini red wagon for my daughter's birthday last year.

My gnome garden is made in a small galvanized tub. There's mischief going on in this garden.  The gnomes are drinking ale and partying when they should be working.  The little cedar tree came out of one of my flower beds.  Notice the owl sitting in the top. 

My full size wagon garden had to be moved to the top of a trunk when my puppy, Perl, arrived this spring.

Wheel barrows are great to use also.  I  like to keep my gardens in a covered area so heavy rain doesn't wash everything out of the container.