Wednesday, May 25, 2016

So many happy and wonderful things!

Well, it happened before my eyes... I turned another year older! Yes, I celebrated another birthday, and it was wonderful! 
My dear husband took me out on a special date to a local antique mall. The weather was absolutely fantastic that day, and we enjoyed looking around the shop. I spotted some pieces of Johnson Brothers China that match the set I found at Goodwill years ago. The set is called "Hearts and Flowers". I just love this design. It's country, with a touch of Folk Art to it. My husband said I should have these pieces, as it was my special day, and they were priced just right. Aren't they lovely?!

We stopped and had a nice lunch, then it was off to a home and garden center. 
We picked up pretty bird pillows for our front wicker bench on the porch, along with two new big brown chairs to sit in out back near the pond my husband made in our yard.

Yes, he put a beautiful pond in, which already has tadpoles in it! It didn't take those frogs long to jump right in!
Here are some photos...

We were pretty fortunate that there were lots of rocks on our property in the woods... So we just hauled them over with the riding mower. Saved us a bunch of money!
Here are the baby wren birds in their nest, just before they fledged. It was so much fun watching them grow. It was hard to see them leave!

Here is another picture, if you look closely, you can see one of the babies on the cross, and another on the porch railing. I feel blessed I was their to witness them leaving the nest!
We also started our first garden since living here in this house in NC. We planted some tomato plants, pepper plants, green bean seeds, sunflowers, and wildflowers. Everything is looking good and everything is growing so far! 

Seeds are popping up everywhere! It's so exciting to me!

Here are my  flower plants, from seed!! ..

Some wildflower seeds I planted in a basket....

Remember my porch railing planters?! Well.... They have come a long way since my previous post! The morning glory seeds have sprouted and really have taken off! Look! :)

So pretty right?!! :)  oh and the honeysuckle in our yard smells heavenly...

A pretty ladybug cross our paths... It even had a heart shaped spot on it's back. It must have known I have a thing for hearts!

Haven't stitched too much more on our anniversary sampler... But have done half of my husband (hee hee ) :)

Been busy working on granny squares for donation blankets for veterans through the ministry at our church...
Red , white and blue of course!

Something wonderful my husband surprised me with!! He custom built me a table for my Janome sewing machine!!
He knows I have been struggling for years because it sits too high on the table I was using for sewing. 
He made me a table out of pine where the machine drops down into the table. He even cut the hole so I can use the lift bar for the presser foot! I have never been able to use that before! 
Yes we could have purchased a ready made table for my machine, but they are extremely expensive. This saved us tons!
My husband is so talented, he amazes me day after day the things he can do.
I love him so very much. He is so good to me! Here are some pictures of my new table. It is still unfinished, my husband will be painting it for me in the near future. Probably in the color white. 
Now I can sew sitting at the proper height! No more sitting on a bunch of pillows to reach the machine!

My birthday cake! :)

I love celebrating my birthdays, perhaps for some as they get older that may sound strange. To me I feel each year is a blessing. Every year I get to be here is another year to learn, love, live, and give. I feel blessed to be the age I am.

Speaking of birthdays... A very special bird turns 12 years old today!!
Happy Birthday to our Andy the Bird!! 
Cake to follow... As I am putting this post at almost 3am! 

Louise xx

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Love Never Fails Update

I've stitched a little bit more on our anniversary sampler and thought I should post a picture for an update.
Love Never Fails by Barbara Ana Designs, stitched on 32 count antique Ivory linen with DMC threads.

As you can see I have added the flowers and stems to each side. I have now begun stitching the man on one side, which shall represent my dear husband! :)
Wishing you all a nice rest of the weekend,
Louise xx

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Planting and Spring things!

The weather has been beautiful in our area of NC. I wanted a new look for our front porch. I took a trip to our local habitat for humanity and found some nice baskets priced from $1-$2 each. What a bargain! I was on a mission and had some great ideas in mind! 

I then headed over to Lowes home improvement to look for some new flowers and plants to decorate our porch. I was pleasantly surprised to find they had a clearance section with plants clearanced at just a dollar each!
I bought pretty petunias, inpatients, and some other plants with yellow flowers. Yes, they were looking pretty sad and wilted, but I thought with a little extra love, and for that price, they were worth taking a chance on getting them! I also stopped at dollar general and purchased packets of different kinds of seeds to plant. 
I then came home and lined each basket with pieces of black plastic trash bags That I had cut up, and added potting soil in each one. 
I really wanted to use baskets on my porch verses using pots. I wanted a country look and feel. Pots can be pretty pricy when you want to have a lot of them too! 
I was having such a wonderful time planting all my new finds. I did have to leave the front porch a couple of times for Momma wren though! She is back for her third year in a row with five eggs just waiting to be hatched! She doesn't like me in her way when she flies by and wants to go to her nest! Once she goes in and is sitting on those eggs, she is content . I did snap a picture of the eggs once again for this year when she wasn't around. :) also, this is the basket she makes her nest in every year. It's on our porch hanging up with purple flowers in it :)

As most of you know I do love taking pictures a lot. I take pride in my photos, and think some of them come out quite well. It has been brought to my attention recently that some of my photos have been used without my permission. I suppose that's a chance I take by putting them out there on the net. I think I may have to watermark the ones I feel mean the most to me to prevent this from happening again. I don't mind it so much if someone asks to use a photo first, but for me to see my photo somewhere and not give me credit as the photographer, well, that's just wrong. It is taking what is not yours!

Back to my flowers.... I have been so excited with all my baskets filled with plants, flowers, and seeds, and even more excited to see some of my seeds are starting to sprout! Yippie!!! :)
I have so much more to do... Next up, I
Will be planting sunflower seeds out back. I'm not so sure about this red clay dirt we have here for planting in the ground though. We shall see what happens!
Here are pictures of my baskets and our porch, I'm so pleased for sure!
I love our home. It truly is a wonderful place to live, so filled with love!
Also some other pictures I snapped :)

While visiting the habitat for humanity restore, I also came across something really special. It makes me feel sad when I find things like this, but also happy because I am the one who found it, and rescued this item. This is an old piece of linen that is 24" square. Someone lovingly hand embroidered this piece of fabric with white work and a bit of red work. Great time, work, and I am sure love went into making this piece. Perhaps it was a table scarf? The piece is torn here and there, but it still doesn't detract from its beauty. I always try my best to rescue these pieces. I often wonder about the person who did the stitch work, what she may have been thinking while she was working on each piece I find. Did she ever think her items would be discarded to good will? Most needleworkers I know do not get rid of their work unless of course it is a gift. Often things are discarded when the needleworker passes away, their home is cleared out, and their work is not as meaningful to generations that came after them. I often think about my work and hope that my pieces will be treasured when I am long gone. I will continue to keep my eye out for pieces discarded, for they will always have a place in my home and heart!

On and ending note... I am still working on our anniversary sampler, little bits at a time. I did stitch a bit more, a flower and stem... Not much, but have been so busy with enjoying the beautiful weather, the lake, and time with family, church, and friends. 

Blessings to you!
Louise xx

Friday, April 22, 2016

30th Wedding Anniversary!

We recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Could not have thought of a better way to celebrate than to be with our daughter, our Son, and our Daughter in love. We took a wonderful trip to visit them in their new home. It was a wonderful get away for us, and we had a most enjoyable time. We spent time on the shore, went to some antique shops, and enjoyed spending time with each other. Here is a wonderful vintage cookie jar I found in one of the antique shops, for only eight dollars! 

We had lots of fun with our Son's new puppy Elmer. He is so cute! 

Our Son and his wife had a wonderful anniversary cake for us also. Such a nice surprise! 

We truly didn't want to leave. I love when our family is all together again. I miss the way it used to be. Military life makes things so hard. Four years down... Hopefully the next couple of years goes quickly for our Son. Looking forward to the day when his time is done serving, we are so proud of him. There have certainly been too many missed holidays, birthdays, and special moments. It's very hard on the family who misses him so much! 
Once we arrived back home, the following weekend my husband and I went to a beautiful primitive shop. It was a beautiful day out and it was so much fun! If you haven't been to Nan Brook Farms Primitives in Lincolnton NC, it is well worth the trip. It is decorated so wonderfully, and is prim full of goodies to browse over. I was introduced to the artwork of Susan Daul, and fell in love with her prints! My husband surprised me by getting one of her beautiful numbered and signed fraktur prints for our anniversary. The saying on this print is near and dear to my heart. I have always loved the words "grow old along with me, the best is yet to be!"  Here is the beautiful print he purchased for me at this shop: 

...It will be proudly displayed in our home. Susan Daul lives right here in NC! She is so incredibly talented. I took a bunch of pictures with permission from the shop, so you can get a feel for how truly wonderful it is. This way, you get your own little picture tour through me, although it really is so much better to go in person, I promise! ( I could have stayed at this shop all day... It is so beautiful!)

My dear sweet husband surprised me with a dozen roses, and took me out for a romantic dinner. How did I ever get so lucky! I love him so much! I would marry him all over again. I look forward to the next thirty years with this amazing man!

We are truly blessed indeed!
Louise xx