Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sweet Garden Tour for the "Sweet Peas"

Last Saturday our church garden club the "Sweet Peas" were treated to a tour of my sister Lynda's garden.  When we entered her home

We were treated to a table beautifully set with delicious muffins, scones and fruit.

"Sweet Peas" enjoying the food and time together 

More of the "Sweet Peas" and Lynda, our hostess on the right

Now on to the garden pictures, they speak for themselves.


Thank you to Lynda and her husband Duane for opening your home and garden to others and making our time so special.  I am grateful for people in my life who are willing to give their time and talents to make an other's day special.

Linking to Gratitude Wednesday at Heart and Home

Monday, August 23, 2010

Burlap and Rose Tote Bags

I thought I would share another fun thing I have made this in this past week or two.
Burlap Totes made from a tutorial at La Maison Reid

This was the first bag I made, which was a gift for my sister Lynda

A closer look at the burlap rose
I could use a little practice at this

The second bag is made from a light green burlap, a little hard to see in this picture

A peek at the lining, I added a few pockets inside

I enjoyed making these totes but I am now very excited about the new burlap purse tutorial posted at La Maison Reid
I plan to make one or more of these as soon as I get the chance.  Go take a look at the great burlap purse HERE.

Lace and Buttons and a Pillow

Sometimes I just feel the need to start a project that I can complete in a short time.  I may have a list of things I am working on but this one thing can be completed in a short time.  Well that is what happened this afternoon, and this is what I made.

Pillow - $2.50 at TJMax,
it had some buttons at one time, only one left

Lace and linens I have gathered over the years

Lace from a box of goodies I received from Rebecca Ersfeld's giveaway a few months ago.

I arranged everything on the pillow, pinned it on and hand sewed it together.
Projects like this are "therapy" for me.

I added a few buttons from my button stash

Here it is in the corner in our dining room.
It is nice to do a small project between the big sewing and painting projects on my list.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by big projects or you just want to do something creative and see the finished
project, pick something simple that will brighten your home and your day.

Linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do,
Make it 4 Monday at Cottage Instincts
and Making the World Cuter  Monday at I Made the World Cuter

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thirty Eighth Wedding Anniversary

Last Thursday my husband and I celebrated our 
Thirty Eighth Wedding Anniversary

We started dating on June 25th, 1970

We were engaged on December 24th 1971

We were married on August 12th 1972

Senior Prom 1971

Wedding Day August 12th 1972

Now thirty eight years later our six children are grown and married.

We have nine beautiful grandchildren, with one on the way.

We celebrated by having a quiet dinner together at home

This is the table setting from our anniversary dinner.

Cake top from our wedding cake
White vase, first vase with flowers my husband ever gave me,
 it had roses in it the first time
Hydrangea from our garden

Happy  Anniversary mirror, a gift from a friend  on our 36th
We've only just begun, a gift on our 25th
"We've only just begun" a song done by the Carpenters was sung at our wedding.

Place mats and Napkins
thrifty finds at goodwill, $1 each

Plates also Goodwill finds
2 for $3,  I wish I could find more of these

Simple but cozy using one end of our very long table.

It sure is easy cooking for two

Chicken breasts with a lemon sauce, mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes

  We both enjoyed the quiet evening and simple dinner together.

We feel very blessed here in our" Nest"

I am linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch

Monday, August 16, 2010

Just a Few More Flowers Blooming

I have been checking my garden in our hot 90 degree plus weather.
This really hot weather does not happen all that much in Washington State.
I did find a few new flowers to share for Bloomin' Tuesday.

"Baby's Breath" in the back garden by the driveway

Globe Thistle in the same bed in back

These three pictures are of the large hydrangea plant outside our dining room window.  Many of the flowers are hiding this year.  This is probably my favorite plant in our entire yard.

This Variegated Hosta is to the left of the Hydrangea, under the Small Red Maple

Hollyhocks - they are starting to fall over
I think our dog Emmy may have had something to do with that.

Forgot the name but these look familiar I'm sure

One of my new Echinacea

Hen and Chicks - Echeveria and other plants I'm not sure of the names,  
growing in an old cracked bird bath

What a busy little bee
It seems to like the Pincushion Flower

It is always fun to stroll around and see what's bloomin'

Linking to Blooming Tuesday at MsGreenThumb Jean's