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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer, Santas, and Saturday at Serenbe

Happy Monday Morning all my prim pals.  Hoping your day is starting out with beautiful flowers and sunshine.  I have a lots to share with you this morning, so grab something cool to drink and rest your bones for awhile as we visit..

Summer arrived here at the homeplace with hot temps but pretty weather.  So how have you spent your first few days of summer?  Picnics, vacations, swimming or are so many of you like me..... crafting?  Yep as summer approached it found me busy cutting out outfits to go on my Santa ornaments.

Darbee Rae came for a visit and was excited to see Santas in the making.  She couldn't wait to get busy and help.  So what do you do with scraps from felt?

You make tiny Christmas stockings.  She was so excited to be using "Big Girl" scissors.  This was a first for her, but she did really good with them. Santas are almost done, awaiting a grungy bath and a day sunbathing outside.  Will share a photo when they are finished.

On Saturday we went out and about on somewhat of an adventure..  Now most of you know I have lived here all of my life.  So as our city grew, I thought I knew everything about our area.  So not true. Just recently we read about a community that was built about 30 minutes from here and it seemed to be such an interesting place.  We decided to check it out .Our son-in-law had to work, so I called and invited Holly and Darbee Rae to go along with us. 

Serenbe is a self contained green community.  It was the most interesting and fun visit as we explored the area.  Our first stop was the stables.  On Saturday morning vendors set up in the stalls and sale their goods.

We were pleasantly surprised.  There was a great selection of  items and booths to choose from.  No there were no prims but some great antiques and primitive items at really good prices.  We got lots of goodies I will share with you later.  Here is a sneak peek into the car.

As we were about to leave the stable area, Darbee Rae spotted these.

                                                           She had never seen live donkeys before.
Next we visited the General Store.  Such a neat place.  Everything was fresh and organic. Was so interesting to browse the shelves.

Serenbe is also home to the HGTV Green Home.  I was so excited but you had to buy tickets in advance to tour the home.  Holly and I will be going back and doing that soon.  Again I will share the pictures when we do the tour. 

We were pleasantly surprised to find a model Bosch Net Zero Home that was open for touring. Net Zero  solution means no monthly energy bills with normal demand.  Wouldn't that be nice? 

This is a view from the stairs of the great room.  The house was decorated from Ballard Designs.  No its not prim but was so pretty and full of ideas

The house was full of creative window treatments.  Love how the panel in the bedroom was knoted up.  You will see this if you look clse behind the lamp shade. 

Loved the light fixtures throughout the home.  This one was in the master bedroom.

A view of the beautiful sunroom.  Loved the stripe material. 

Loved the glass containers covered in burlap. I thought this was a cute idea on the porch  All the large flower pots were wrapped with burlap as well.

We drove through the different residents.  This was all cottage style homes.  There are no front lawns on any of these homes, and that is for a reason.  All the homes have good size front porches so as to create a sense of community by fostering interaction among neighbors.  You know maybe this is where I need to live since I don't like outside. (ha)  Also  there is all natural landscaping  so that no toxic chemicals will be used.  Even the trash cans in the area of the shops are hidden in the ground as well as the recycle bins.  How neat is that?

There were many shops to visit as well.  Also resturants.  The  Blackeyed Susan was a neat bakeshop.  There was also a candy store, spa, dress shop, a repurposed store and many more.  As our trip came to a close we had to stop back at the General Store and get something cold and take a rest.  On their front porch of course.

All natural home made ice cream.  Yummy!

Well I can truthfully say I was NOT in prim city.  But was such a fun and interesting day.  Mr. P. did decide to take me to Spoon Sisters when we left there where I did get a few prim items and then out to Supper. 

Hope your weekend is now a happy memory in your mind and you have a nice week ahead .  I will be back soon and share some goodies Mr. P has spoiled me with. But now, I have kept you long enough as I have Monday chores to get done, and heck my clock is saying lunch time already.  Hmmm, maybe I'll fix some lunch and sit a little longer. (smile).  Until next time....

Monday, June 11, 2012

A New Purchase Calls for Another, and Another......

Good evening dear friends.  Hoping this Monday you took time to stop and smell the flowers. and see the beauty in your life.   Mr. P. came in from mowing the grass on Saturday afternoon and gave me these beautiful blooms.  Yep, HE is the one with the green thumb in the family.  I just love blooms scattered around in the house don't you?

When we last visited I told  you I would share with you a purchase that the mister bought for me.  I was thrilled to get this piece of furniture.  I have wanted a settle like this for a long time.  I wanted to wait and share it when I had everything fixed up but this one piece is causing havoc for the mister. You see now I want a new coffee table, end tables, lamps,  the list goes on and on.  Bet he is rethinking this purchase.  (smile).  He says this fall after our big craft show, I will get my tables.  Guess I will have to be a good girl  and wait.  Are you ready?

I know, just had to fool  you a little.  Here it is.

Brought down this little black bench from upstairs until I can get my table.  Now I need a floor cloth,,, yes gota add that to my list.  Do you like it?  Now when you come to visit, you are welcome to sit there and we can talk about our love of prims all day long.

Because I had a big chair where the settle is, I had to find a new home for the chair.  If any of you have wicker furniture you know it is pretty, but for comfort, well lets just say it could be improved quite a bit.   If you look close you will see my big chair has a new home now in the sunroom  


Sorry this picture is kind of dark.  It was dark and raining really hard this morning.
 This has become my new reading nook. Was so nice looking out this morning and watching the rain fall. Problem,,,,, I stayed too long and didn't get all done in the craft room I wanted to.  But there is always tomorrow....

I have really enjoyed  you stopping by to visit tonight.  Be sure to leave a comment or I will never know you were here.  Enjoy your evening and tell someone you love them. 

Until next time........

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Come On In, Have Some Punch , I Have Lots To Share

Yep, I have lots to talk about today. Could be because I have not taken the time to sit and do a post in a while. I know I promised to do better and I will.... one day. 

I usually invite you to sit on the porch every Spring but didn't do much changing out here this season.  But it's such a perfect evening out thought you might like to join me as we catch up on happenings here and around the homeplace.

I made some Yummy Pineapple Lemonade Punch to share with you.  Your glass is already poured so if you like it I will share the recipe with you at the end of our visit.  That is if you are still with me. 

I ask Mr. P. to plant some Marigolds for me awhile back.  He has the green thumb in the family.  Wanted them so I could enjoy them from the porch.  You know I don't do outside too well.  I guess because I sat out there with him while he planted them,,,,, they died.  Yep. He could not believe it.  Not being defeated, back he went to the nursery and now I have pretty little plants just blooming so pretty.  Well, maybe I should say Mr. P. has some pretty plants blooming.  (ha)

I added this old coke crate to the porch and we had these old bottles.  Do you remember those heavy glass things?  I remember collecting them and taking them to the store up the road for a refund on the deposit to get spending money during the summer.  Yep, I am THAT old. 

I also added this flag banner on the old ladder for the holidays.  And brought out more seating with the black chair.

Don't you just love sitting on the porch before the bugs get to bad and the weather gets too hot?  Are you enjoying your punch?  Okay,,,, now for what I have been up to.

Saturday was a week ago, we went to a Bridal Shower for my nephew and his bride to be.  You all know Maudie as I talk about my  SIL all the time on my blog.  Well it is one of her sons who is getting married in July.  Everything looked so pretty.

The bride to  be.... Sarah.  Don't she look youmg?  This shower was so much fun.  If you know me, I can have a great time anywhere I go.  And this was no different.  The games,,,,,, boy did they have some good ones.  I was simply AWFUL!!!! at everyone of them. 

See all those X's on my paper.  Spices were passed around and you had to identify what they were.  Now I will be married 39 years next month, and have cooked all those years and I flunked even at this.  At the end I came to the conclusion, I have just been married too long to remember all this stuffl.

Although my progress in the craft room has been a pretty slow go, Mr. P. has been busy in the workshop.  I will show all his goodies before the Sept. Show, but caught this one on the way to storage. 

I think he did a great job, don't you?  Love that it has a drawer in the bottom for storage. Perfect for gloves don't you think? These old wood doors are getting hard to find in our area.

On  Thursday I had a very special day with Holly and Darbee Rae.  Darbee went to cheerleading camp at the High School in town during the week.  They were going to preform on Thursday morning.  She was so excited to know we were coming to watch.  This was my FIRST of many  activities I hope to attend as she starts Pre-K in the fall.

Sorry it is blured.  I had to zoom in too much as she was sitting across the gym.

Giving it her all in front of a gym full of folks.  I was so proud and sad at the same time.  My baby growing up so fast. 

Afterward we went to lunch and got a little shopping in.

Okay, if you want the recipe for the punch.... here it is.  I found it on Pinterest.  If you love pineapple as I do you will love it. 

Yummy Pineapple Lemonade Punch.

I cup of Countrytime Lemonade Mix
1 can Pineapple Juice ( chilled) 46oz.
2 cups cold water
2 can chilled Sprite.
Mis well, add ice if desired.  Garnish with lemon slices.

Well I have really enjoyed your visiting with me tonight.  See, normally you would not find me at home on a Sunday night as I go to night service at church.  But tonight I knew you would be coming to visit so I had to stay home.  I was bad!!   Hmmmmm , got to remember to invite you more often and maybe during the week next time.  

Next time I will share with you a wonderful new purchase Mr. P. bought  for me last week.  Can't wait to show you.   Can you guess what it is?  No, not my clothesline.  Still working on that one. 

Now you all have a wonderful week ahead.  If you miss me, I have promised to be a good girl and plant myself in the craft room next week.  Hmmmmm,,, hope the phone don't ring and someone want to go shopping.  

Until next time......