Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Our Front Porch

I just have to share a couple of pictures of our front porch flower box planters and hanging baskets! 
I am so proud of myself, they really turned out beautiful this year!
The hanging planters are petunias that were on clearance at Lowes home improvement for just $1!! Yes and only one plant per hanging pot! Look how they grew!
In the rail box planters, I planted inpatients, vinca vines, and morning glory seeds. Oh! And some other flower plant seeds ... I see some tall plants in there from the flower seeds but no flowers yet. Don't remember what flower seeds I had planted?
No morning glory flowers as of yet... But look at those green leaves of the morning glory plants lining the rail boxes! So pretty and full!
They drink a full pitcher of water daily too!
I am so excited with how beautiful our porch looks this year, I am jumping for joy! :) 




I'm spending time with Charlotte this morning! 

She had a nice breakfast and is all set for the day. I think I shall be working on some stitching myself. :)

I have joined a RR with friends. We are doing A Friendship Sampler by Carriage House Samplings. So much fun!
We each stitch a heart with our name and pass it on to the next person. I cannot wait to receive mine back in the end. I just love hearts!

So I shall be stitching on my heart today on the next persons sampler! 



Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you a blessed day,
Louise xx




Thursday, June 2, 2016

Good Thursday Friends!

Hello everyone!
I hope this post finds you all doing well.
I have been quite busy crocheting with my church group and have completed my first donation lap blanket for a veteran.





I am pleased with the way it turned out! I did granny squares as you can see, and joined them together.
I have started another one, this one being double crochet stitches in rows. This one is working up very quickly!


It is so much fun being a part of this wonderful group and I just love all the wonderful ladies I am meeting. I am also learning so much each time I attend the meetings. It is so nice to be in a group with women who share a same faith as I do. We enjoy each other company, pray together, and have a lot of laughs too! 
I stitched a bit more on our anniversary sampler piece...
Here is the beginnings of "Louise"! I just love her cute little bun on top of her head :) 

My flower boxes in front of our house are really growing! As you can see by the pictures, the morning glory plants are taking over. I never do see flowers? Not sure why?


Not sure if I previously posted about this sweet ladybug we found in our yard? She has a heart shaped spot! So sweet! ❤️


Another pretty ladybug I found.....


We also came across a turtle! I just love turtles! This one is a female. You know it's a female by her brown eyes. The males have bright red eyes. She is so sweet! I have always loved turtles. I gave her some chopped apple and she ate it right up! I named her Charlotte. We introduced her to Andy our bird. They seemed to hit it off! 



See the picture below?!! Looks like pepper doesn't it? Well, guess what it is? Tadpoles in our pond! Hundreds of them!!


We have lots and lots of froggies!!!
I just love where we live!
I did some fundraising baking for our crochet group at church. This helped to raise money for fabric. The money will be used for quilts we are making for those in need. I made my chocolate chip cookies and wrapped them up pretty :)

Two of my sweet dolls in my collection. I love them!❤️

A thought for today.... At times you might feel discouraged, having tried so hard or working towards something, or hoping for so long. You have a dream or a picture in your mind but you just cannot seem to reach it. You don't think it is meant for you, and it will never happen despite your goals or hard work. 
I leave you with this one last picture in which has such a powerful saying.
God Bless you!
Louise xx



















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! 

Blessings!
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