November 30, 2011

Lunch in Dolphin, VA

Terry, the shop owner and my friend, Kerry Jo

My friend invited me to go  today to a luncheon at an antique/consignment shop in Dolphin, VA.  Dolphin is about 90 miles south of Richmond. The delicious food was prepared by a local women's group.  This is annual event and is a lot of fun.

After shopping and lunch, we got to tour Terry's lovely home next door to her shop.  What a treat!

Tomorrow I need to do some housework! I've been having "too much fun" lately!

November 26, 2011

Corgi Advent Calendar

There's a great German website called Corgihouse that features a beautiful advent calendar every year.  I checked tonight and there was no mention of the calendar but I hope they will do it again.  The site has great pictures  and I think you'd enjoy it even if they don't have the calendar this year.

November 24, 2011

Favorite Christmas Memories!

This post is linked to Memory Lane Monday  at Brynwood Needleworks.   Thanks, Donna, for inviting me to participate!

One of my favorite Christmas memories is the year I made a miniature Sweet Shop for my granddaughter.  I spent many hours putting the small shop kit together and painting and wallpapering it.    The fun part was collecting all the tiny toys, candies, books, and stuffed animals for it.

The anticipation of her reaction to it on Christmas morning energized me.   There was so much love put into building this shop and I hope she'll enjoy it for many years!

Do you have fond memories of a special gift that you gave or received?

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Greetings!

Hanna suggests a relaxing nap after enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends!

Between Naps on the Porch: Ummph! Martha Stewart Canceled, Again!

Between Naps on the Porch: Ummph! Martha Stewart Canceled, Again!: As you're running around today preparing for the big day tomorrow, here's a little silliness to give you a giggle. Stop, take a few deep br...

This is so cute!  I love the part about the dogs decorating the kitchen floor with leaves.  That is so true at my house.

November 20, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Depression Glass, "Iris" Pattern

The weather was beautiful this afternoon and I should have been raking leaves.  But since I retired, I'm not very self-disciplined so I headed to the flea market instead.  I justified going by telling myself that this might be the last weekend because the vendors don't sell when it's cold.  

I found this beautiful depression glass pitcher for $8.  I've seen it before but it was a lot more.  I think the vendor just wanted to move  some of his merchandise.

This adorable vintage apron was $2.  Of course, it didn't look like this when I bought it.  It's amazing how washing and ironing an item brings it to life.

And last I got these salt and pepper shakers.  The tops are silver but I haven't polished them yet.  I'll show you what I'm going to do with them later.

November 18, 2011

Vintage Handkerchief Valance

I really hit the jackpot today at an estate sale!  I've been looking for just the right vintage handkerchiefs to make a valance for my bathroom and there were at least thirty at this sale.  It was hard for me not to buy all of them but I only got enough to do this valance.  I added a little "bling" with the fake crystals which are lovely when they sparkle in the afternoon sun.

Hope your weekend is full of sunshine! 

Gibson Is A Big Brother!

Corgi Butts is one of the first blogs I started reading when I discovered blogging.  At that time it was a blog mostly about Gibson, Kelly's adorable corgi boy.  About three weeks ago Gibson's life changed forever when his baby sister, Hadley, was born.  With Kelly's permission, I want to share these pictures of the two of them.  I love the one of him looking over the side of the baby bed.  He seems so fascinated by beautiful little Hadley!

Congratulations to Gibson and his family!

November 16, 2011

J. Edgar

This past Sunday, my friend and I went to see the movie, J. EdgarA couple times last week I heard that Leonardo Dicaprio would certainly get an academy nomination for his role in this movie. I was disappointed!  It was interesting in that I remembered most of the historical events that they highlighted, but otherwise, I thought it was slow and boring at times.  Did any of you see J. Edgar and what did you think?

November 15, 2011

Send One Extra Holiday Card

I want to share this information that a friend recently posted on her Facebook page.   It's a wonderful idea!

When addressing your Christmas/Holiday cards this year, take time to send one more to:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D. C.  20307-5001

Just think how many cards these wonderful people who have sacrificed so much will receive!

November 14, 2011

Atlas, Our Beloved Goat Friend

Claire and Tina

I recently added these cute little ladies to my Susan Paley collection.  They are salt and pepper shakers  designed by Susan and manufacted by Ganz.  Her lady collection was retired in 2005.

I actually bought these from Susan on Ebay.  She lives in California and is in the process of downsizing.  Many of the vases, etc. that she lists are hard to find.

Hope everyone has a great week!  Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage because I believe it's on the way out in the next few days.

November 12, 2011

Vintage Catnip

I discovered the most amazing blog this week that has great free clip art!  Check out Vintage Catnip!  I can't wait until I have time to look at each picture in all the categories.  I love the picture above and the poem.

November 11, 2011

Hope You Have a Restful Weekend!

My friend's daughter lives in Australia and posted this picture of a "roo" taking a nap on her FB page recently.  I love it!

I don't have much to write about today.  I finally finished planting about 30 daffodil bulbs this morning, went to a few yard sales, and had lunch with a friend.   I also had a visit from a lovely lady who was just passing through my neighborhood.  Unexpected guests are the best!

Tomorrow Hanna and I are going to the assisted living center to visit our friend and I'll probably check out the flea market.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Veterans Day

I saw a wonderful interview on CNN last night with General Colin Powell.  He spoke about how important it is that we take care of our veterans every day, not just on Veterans Day, and that we not wait for organized agencies to do it. With that in mind, I hope we'll all find some way to brighten the life of someone who has or is fighting for our country's freedom.

November 7, 2011

Lots of Color in Williamsburg

I met my sister and niece in Williamsburg today and I was  surprised that the leaves are still  beautiful on Interstate 64E and in Williamsburg.  We had such a fun day!  We did a little shopping, lots of talking and had a delightful lunch at the Cracker Barrel.  My niece and I split their new fall dessert called Pumpkin Custard with Gingersnap Crumbs.  It was over the top! My niece described it as "Thanksgiving in a spoon."  You might want to try it!

November 5, 2011

The Way

I saw the movie, The Way, starring Martin Sheen this past week and it was great!  The story is very moving and the scenery is gorgeous!

The following is a review I found on the movie website:

The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life.”

November 3, 2011

Such a Beautiful Morning!

Yesterday I visited some friends who live on a farm in Orange County, VA.  The view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding farms was so beautiful.

The owner of the farm and her daughter were  preparing the horses to ride the wooded trails behind her house this morning.  She is a breeder of Australian Shepherds and they were happily mingling with the horses. 

These roses were still gorgeous in spite of the cold nights!

"Cookie" lives inside and is not the least bit interested in all the activity going on outside.

I had a marvelous visit and hope to go back again soon. I'm thinking it will probably be when the next litter of puppies is born!

November 1, 2011

A Pile of Corgis

A pile of corgis in Wendy's kitchen.

We've had a lot of rain recently and I get so frustrated because I have a white kitchen floor and twelve corgi paws that keep it looking pretty dirty no matter how much I mop it.  On the other hand, I have a Facebook friend, Wendy, who owns Wendt Worth Corgis kennel and 13 corgis.   That's 52 corgi paws on her white kitchen floor.  Can you imagine?

I love the pictures she posts on her FB page.   I believe her puppies are technology trained at an early age! 

There's no way I'd ever be able to let one of these little furballs go so I could not be a breeder.  I'd probably have more than 52 paws in my kitchen.

How could you not love that face?

Thanks, Wendy, for allowing me to share your pictures!


Hanna is watching for them!
Last night Hanna got  dressed up in her pig costume and she and I  set up on the front porch to accommodate the trick-or-treaters. (The other two corgi girls were in the back yard digging to China.)  Six children showed up and Hanna was so excited to see them.  After about thirty minutes, it started raining "cats and dogs" and it was all over.

I think Hanna is saying "Mom, where are they?" in this picture.

What in the world will I do with all those bite size chocolate bars I have left over?!?