Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Past.......

I know it's been a while since my last post but life has been pretty busy lately!  Kate and I have been getting ready for baby Sarah Kate's arrival, setting up her room, getting her room painted, rehabbing furniture, and making sure she has an adorable wardrobe ready  to wear once she decides to grace us with her presence!  Her due date is Saturday, 12-13-14!  Neither Kate nor I think she's going to wait till then, she's in position, and being ornery by giving Kate contractions on and off for the last couple of  weeks .  We think she's ready to make her big escape any day now!  The bad thing for me is that I've been in California for the last 2 weeks and have 11 days to go  before I get home.  Kate's doing everything she can to keep her from "falling out" as she calls it.   If she doesn't have her before I get back, she's going to be induced either on Fri the 5th or Monday the 8th.   I'm keeping my fingers crossed that that little bugger waits for me!
I've been in CA to help my sister who had left knee replacement surgery the week after I got here.  She had surgery last Tuesday and came home Friday.  She's doing amazing, all the medical personnel we've been dealing with since the surgery can't believe how well she's doing!  So well that her physical therapist gave her a gold star on her chart to show her 1st graders when she goes back to school in January. Before I left, I did manage to get my Fall and Halloween décor all packed up.  Christmas is going be a little simpler this year because I won't get home till Wed,12/3.
Since I won't have any Christmas up for a bit, I thought I'd post some photos from past Christmas's.
Be prepared, I might have got a "little" carried away!


My favorite dump truck on it's way to the Christmas tree lot
to deliver it's load of vintage ornaments

This was made by the floral designer who had an amazing booth in our old store

This little moose was from the same floral guy,
he has a big brother who's hiding somewhere

These are some of the snowmen I make

One of my past Christmas mantles

Gingerbread couple lounging on  one of my vintage scales
while taking a break from baking

These are some of the mittens I make
(the mittens and the snowmen are the extent of my sewing abilities)!

Chris, Aaron and Kate's Christmas stockings


Another one of my Christmas mantles,
snow banner made by me

My sister sent me this moose with all our names on it one Christmas
I got these cute vintage Christmas cards from another dealer in 
our old store for $1.00 each and then framed them.
These are some of my favorite snow people
This Snowman and Santa were the first Christmas decorations
I bought for my first place back in 1971
One of my favorite nutcrackers, a $2.00 yard sale find
and a photo of my Arab gelding from back in the 80's
2 vintage snowman candles from the 80's
This is a framed Christmas bag from one of my favorite "junk"
dealer who had a booth in our old store

PS. Here's a recent photo of Kailyn, no longer a baby but at 2, a little girl!
Till next time......
This week I will be partying here:

Monday, August 25, 2014

California Trip - Camps and Cottages

I know I've been MIA but life has kept me pretty busy for the last few months.  In January I spent 2 weeks with my family in Orange County CA.  One of the things we did was take a drive down the coast to Laguna Beach, one of my favorite places.  My main goal was to visit a shop called Camps and Cottages.  I'd seen it years ago in Country Home magazine and just lately there was a spread in the 2013 Autumn Cottage magazine on her home in Carmel CA.  My sister, 2 nieces and I were lucky enough to pick a day when the owner, Molly Hyde English was there.  We chatted for a bit and she was very sweet and gracious enough to allow me to take photos for my blog.  She has a lot of wonderful things, and if I hadn't been flying home, my car would have been loaded down!  She's also written 2 books which can be purchased on Amazon, Camps and Cottages and Vintage Cottages.  She had copies of her 2nd book, Vintage Cottages which I bought and she kindly signed.  My nieces and I each bought one of the fabulous vintage flannel shirts she sells. They are so soft and smell amazing because of a secret process that her vender puts them through. If you are ever in the area, it's a shop well worth visiting!  Click to visit them on line, Camps and Cottages.

 Now for the photos!




Hope you enjoyed your tour of this fabulous shop!
Will have more on my trip and a tour of another wonderful place,
Roger's Gardens, which is beautiful nursery and shop.

Haven't shown you any photos of Kailyn lately,  she turned 2 the end
of July, can't believe how fast time's flying by!

Kailyn  with Dad and Mom at her Chucky Cheese birthday party

Kate had her first sonogram at around 15 weeks
and got the exciting news that she was having a little
boy!  We were very excited!
(notice the blue slippers)!

Kate had her second sonogram at her Dr's office about a
month and a half later.
Shocking news, he is a girl! It took us a while to wrap our
heads around that news after thinking of her as a little boy
for almost 2 months!  Back went the little boy cloths and home
came the baby girl cloths!  Can't wait for Kailyn to have that
 special bond that only sisters share!

Mom and Kailyn, halfway there!


Till next time....
This week I'll be partying at:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Kate's Wedding Photos

Finally, my last post on Kate's wedding, the photos! I decided not to break this up into 2 posts so I'm just warning you, it's gonna be a long one!  Hope you all have enjoyed our wedding journey!  It's hard to believe it's been 7 months, seems like yesterday!   Not gonna add a lot of words, just my favorite photos of my beautiful girl on one of the happiest day of her life!

Kate and Kailyn high fiveing while getting ready


Kate and her older brother, Chris

Me and Kate

They drove down to the ceremony site in Chris's truck


Kailyn getting ready to be pulled down the aisle by her cousin Ethan


Notice the little boot on the left

Aaron, Kate and Chris

Kate and her Dad

Josh and his groomsmen,
his brother-in-law, Thomas, his older brother, Aaron and his younger brother, Caleb

Josh, Kate and his parents

Our Family
(oops, where's Kailyn)!

let's dance

Kailyn trying to
dance with dad

Ready to cut the cake

Cleaning up hubby after the cake!

Aaron and Kailyn

Kate and her 86 year old grandmother, (my Mom from CA)

Kate's cousin Alissa, (my sister's daughter) and Kailyn

Kate and Alissa, (she graduated from Dartmouth last year with a
degree in Bio Medical Engineering)

Josh's Family

And they lived happily ever after!

P.S. it's been a while since the wedding so here's a quick update!
Kate graduated from Middle Tennessee State University last Saturday.
She started her new job as sales manager for Green Rise Technology,
they do green roofs for buildings, they just did the FBI building in West
Virginia, the new convention center in downtown Nashville, etc. 
Josh has worked for them for the last 2 years as a project manager. 
Now for the biggest news of all......Kailyn is gonna be a big sister!
Kate is 10 weeks pregnant, due December 13th!  How cool is this,

Till next time......

Will be partying this week at:
Between Naps on the Porch
Boogieboard Cottage
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
A Stroll Thru Life
Elizabeth and Co
Cozy Little House
Coastal Charm
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Kathe With an E
Knick of Time
Savvy Southern Style
Beyond the Picket Fence
Ivy and Elephants
The NY Melrose Family
Brambleberry Cottage
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
French Country Cottage
My Romantic Home
Common Ground
The Charm of Home
Rooted in Thyme
My Turn For Us
The Grant Life
Jennifer Rizzo