Thursday, June 30, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
Does any month pass as quickly as the month of June? You just get your plants in the ground, the roses of Spring are spent and the hydrangeas put on their annual show. Well, the Annabelle are, the Endless Summer are on strike for the second year. I got one or two blooms last year. Not sure what the problem is there. So... it's the end of June, the Independence Day celebrations are next week and then the summer seems to slip away. I am trying to savor every minute.
We did a little thrifting in Wisconsin. I found this blanket, king sized and sent a photo to my daughter...Yes, she was interested.
A seventy dollar blanket for $6.00.
This little throw, 100% wool will look great in my winter display outside the front door. I have some plaid thermos' a sled, skates and skis. Not to rush the season ;-)
Washed and air dried and brushed outside. I still had a reaction and had to change my clothes. I am not a fan of wool but the look of wool is beautiful.
Another wool piece, this needlepoint pillow. It just needed a wash and it is lovely. All the pillows at the Goodwill are $1.99 each. Every once in a while I find one I just must save.
I always appreciate the work involved in something handmade.
The pattern is called English Garden. A beautiful platter perfect for a bundt cake...
So cheerful and perfect for a summer party...
...and if you should come by this summer, don't forget your complementary bunch of lavender.
We had a great time with our girls, Kristen, Penny and Charlotte at the Paper Source Warehouse Sale in downtown Chicago on Saturday. I haven't photographed my loot yet. It was a paper lovers dream. If you are a fan of the Paper Source, it's a fill a shopping bag sort of event. You dig through boxes looking for that thing you once saw in the store but could not afford. I found a few really cool things, but Penny found the most awesome things. It was so nice to be together and have an adventure. Thank goodness my dearest knows his way around the loop, and is good- natured and patient, waiting for his crazy girls.
Thank you for stopping by and for your friendship. Have a great week, and enjoy this beautiful day.
Monday, June 20, 2016
A happy Father's Day weekend, spending time with our girl while Mom had a trip to New York and Dad caught up on some work at home. While the small one napped I harvested my annual crop of Lavender, but first we had a whirlwind week end.
...and here's a little recap.
After picking up Penny we stopped at the cemetery to pay our respects to my Dad. Penny thought it was a wonderful place, a place I told her you remember people who have gone to heaven.
Trying to keep the death part out of the visit, she calmly asked what dead people look like. I told her I like to remember what people looked like when they were alive. She is looking for simple answers. She is much much smarter and more intuitive than most children her age. (4 years old)
We walked through the fields and looked at the many arrangements, spinning things and ornaments. It was hot and we promised her a trip to the local thrift, so she was anxious to go.
After the thrift where Penny found some great treasures, we stopped at our favorite place, The Grove. Penny got right to it doing chores around the homestead. Sweeping, washing bandanas and hanging them on the line, hauling water from the well...
...and churning butter. We walked the boardwalk over the marsh and visited the gift shop for some stickers and a candy stick.
We picked up lunch to take home and Penny then fell asleep.
It's just a small patch, but every year I get a bigger harvest.
|Our girl is getting so tall, and that beachy hair, 100% natural!|
After nap time, out we went. This time to the Lake. The last time she went with us to the Lake, Penny would not go close to the water. She asked if there were fish in there...and immediately wanted to go. Well, this time she became a Lake Lover like Grandma and Grandpa. She took off her shoes and walked the shore with her feet in the waves.
Penny said, "Grandma, Lake Michigan really is as blue as my eyes."
This time she didn't want to leave. Does this Grandma's heart good, SHE LOVES THE LAKE!
Sunday was all about this guy, the sweetest Dad and Grandpa!
We had breakfast with Kris , Doug and Penny. Spent the day in the yard, wading pool filled, water balloons, water fights and beach ball games. Penny made cards for her Dad, Grandpa and for a welcome home to Mom. Topped off with a spaghetti dinner, it was quite the celebration. A great time was had by all.
In other news...
I sprayed the cloche stand and the tray I recently thrifted..
Both pieces benefited from a coat of linen colored spray paint.
I also sewed and located several items for some crafting this week. When it's just too hot to garden you'll find me at the sewing machine. I'll report on that soon.
Happy Summer and enjoy this beautiful and longest day of the year!
Monday, June 13, 2016
|These roses were hidden in the bramble of bittersweet.|
The blocks are hearts.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kindness always. Enjoy this beautiful day.