Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Welcoming 2015 with a Give Away

                      Ringing in the New Year
                                 With A Give Away
                                      Brand new book -- Absolutely A line

    1 easy pattern= 26 adorable dresses.

Pattern sized 3-8

You are so creative you will come up with even more variations.

                                       Keeping it very simple to win 
                                 Drawing will be Jan 7th

              1. Leave a comment for one entry-let me know you are a 
                   follower and you get a second entry.

            That's it!  Pretty simple to win this new book.  I never like to jump through hoops for a contest and don't think you want to either.

                                   Good Luck

Monday, December 29, 2014

It"s coming!! Another season of Downton Abbey

I am not a fan of Downton Abby,   I am obsessed!!

                            I was a slow starter.  I missed the first series and had to buy it, to catch up.    Now it is time to go back and re-watch before the next season starts.

                                         Love the downstairs

                                 The wardrobe is breathtaking.
                             No short cuts are taken, you get to see what
                                          was worn in this period.

                        Like I said   I am obsessed!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Paradise Wild

                No words Needed
                  pictures Captured
                 By  McGlinn's




     So thankful, to live in paradise   

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas baking begins

 What better way to start then with 
        Magic cookie Bars

                                 Gather your ingredients
 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14 ounce) can  sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet
        chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

                            Pre-heat oven to 350 (325 for glass pan) in 13x9 baking pan, melt butter in oven.

2.  sprinkle crumbs evenly over butter; pour condensed milk evenly over crumbs.
Top with remaining ingredients; press down firmly with fork.
   (note)  I found you have to really press hard, the ones I have that do not turn out just right is because I didn't press hard enough on that step.
3. Bake 25-30 minutes or until browned. cool and cut.
                           So good and quick!!  These are a favorite goodie around here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Memories of Christmas past

Scrolling through past pictures of Christmas.

         The smocked Christmas dress

                         Such a sweetie in his smocked sweatshirt.

Sam loves Christmas.  She has been Santa's helper for many years.

Don't forget the goodies.  What would Christmas be without goodies?    These will show up again soon.  I know you have all made them but I think they need their very own post.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


       Each golden sunrise ushers in new
       opportunities for those who retain
       faith in themselves, and keep their
                      chins up....Meet the sunrise with
       confidence. Fill every golden minute
       with right thinking and worthwhile
       endeavor.  Do this and there will be
       joy for you in each golden sunset.
                         --Alonzo Newton Benn

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hospital Babies

Sometimes it is hard to think of just the right word.  I enjoy making the wee care gowns,  for the hospital babies.
I do not enjoy that there is a need for such gowns.

             If you are wondering where the name
                       hospital babies came from
  It is the name Zoe gave to the tiny gowns.

It is hard to explain sometimes, that some tiny babies go right to heaven.           

I just explained to her I was making gowns that go to the babies in the hospital.From that day on, if she saw me smocking on a gown, she would ask if it was for the hospital babies.

The design for these gowns come from Kathy
   Her wonderful blog is all about sewing wonderful, creative garments.    KATHY'S WONDERFUL BLOG

NO, I did not over use the word Wonderful.

Kathy's design solves the sewing for boy babies.  Hers are beyond wonderful.

I might add, so is her photography!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree holds many memories.  I think that is what a tree is for--to hold those special memories of days past.

A few of my special memories:

Sam chose to wear her original dress this year for her Christmas picture.  Christmas is special for that is when Samantha (Sam) joined our family.

How my sister loved anything that sparkled. She even wore sparkles.  What makes this ornament so special is, it is the last ornament my sister ever chose for Christmas.  She was so very sick but one day she felt good and wanted to go to the Bon. Now day's the store is called Macey's.
When it was the Bon, they always did Christmas up in a big way and had ton's of decorated trees.  This decoration caught Maurine's eye. I knew it would after all, it sparkles.

 Santa, jumped into my shopping cart one day, when Zoe was just old enough to grab things from the shelves.  Of coarse he came home with us.

Mr. Bluebird joined when our grandson Isaiah was helping decorate the tree and happened to mention a tree needs birds. So he picked out birds and sure enough the tree needed birds.

 The best memory of all--the special gifts the kids make in school.  All their love sent with their very special made with love gift.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A clue to one of my favorite blogs

Her Christmas postcard!

You guessed it!  It is from Laura at "Decor to Adore".

Read about her creative solution to the Christmas card plight facing her after she 1. Just moved and 2. Has been facing personal challenges.

Did she use it as an excuse as I would have?   NO! She solved her challenge.  

Even now Laura is busy decorating.

I was surfing blog land, when I landed on 
"Decor to Adore".   Just the name sounds inviting, so I entered to investigate and found the sweetest hostess.  I call her my friend.  

I am sure she feels as though someone is following her because that would be me!! 

Laura's family just moved into a new to them home and she has been re-decorating room by room, step by step so each day I can hardly wait to see what is new.  Just a hint-today she started showing her kitchen. I know it will be fantastic.  

You will need to go check her out--I didn't ask for permission to share her pictures so you need to go see for yourself.  You will love her as I do.