Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve at Stone Soup Cartoon


This gal is not going to party on New Year's Eve. I will probably be sitting by the fireplace and enjoying the companionship of my family. Hubby will probably go to bed before 8 pm...LOL. I don't do New Year's Resolutions....that is completely not my style. I make plans, and have goals. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Celebrate Brave Girl


"What a beautiful thing it is when we see ourselves in the light of the truth...we begin to seek out and attract people and situations and a beautiful life that is meant for us, and life proves itself right. What a wonderful thing."
Brave Girls Club

Trade in the negative self-talk, and never believe the lies about you that others say. Search and find your truth, speak to yourself with kindness, be loving, and gentle to yourself. Give yourself grace, and understanding. Me

Friday, December 25, 2015

Have a Good Christmas!



Everyone has their personal way of celebrating this holiday. I wish is that you have a way to enjoy yourself. I hope that your life is good, even if just for a little while.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Christmas Eve


This is a photo from one of my Glamping friends. So Cute! Love it!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Vintage Christmas Card #2


The children are excited,
and play in the snow.
The snowman is watching,
us all come and go.
Almost time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Vintage Christmas Card #1


Three days until Christmas.
A little snow in the air.
and St. Nicolas
soon will be here.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Changing My Hairstyle


I am thinking that I am going to change my hairstyle a bit in 2016. I am currently wearing a longer length of Martha's hairstyle. I think that I will go shorter with some layers, and the lovely color. A good thing....LOL.....

Friday, December 18, 2015

Gingerbread Cookies


As you might have noticed by now, I am not wanting to write a blog post. So...I am sharing some good laughs with you.....enjoy!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ariat Chatsworth H2O Boots Review

I wrote a blog post last September or October about purchasing these boots for the wet and snowy winter weather. I have now had enough time to wear them and want to tell you about them. I got them online from Zappos

1. They are true to the photo, no surprises.
2. I thought that they were too large at first. I have been using several types of socks to find the right ones for the boots. The right socks made a huge improvement.
3. They were stiff and uncomfortable for the first 6-8 times I wore them. I have now worn them about 10 times and they have softened, and formed to my feet...and they are fitting very well.
4. I tested them in cold, wet, and very slushy snow. I walked in 2 inches of water. Yes, my feet stayed dry! I have not treated them with any shoe stuff.

Now, I really think that they are worth the expense. I think that the Ariat Boot quality shows and I will use the boots for several years. I properly rotate my footwear so they dry and air out completely between wearings.

Outdoor Lights?? That's a four letter word!


I gave that up several years ago.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Jenna's Living Room


Jenna has an old farmhouse in upstate New York. She is a 33 yr old  woman and a struggling writer and farmer. This is her unique home. I like reading her blog, and I have been following her blog for about 10 years. Thanks for your blog, Cold Antler Farm, Jenna.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

No Christmas Tree?


Christmas trees bring out the worst in my husband and I. We disagree about everything....it is a difficult situation for me. At times, I get very angry, and really do not want to deal with the things. There is no joy in the tree for me. I have been personally wishing to stop doing the tree. I am someone who has a huge collection of ornaments dating to the mid 1970's, when I graduated from college. There are 5 totes full of Christmas stuff...and I am going to part with the things that I don't love. I don't love or need a tote that is full of stuffed snowmen...that was a phase from several years ago. I have way too many strings of lights...some of the old ones can go. I am giving away my collection of thrift store holiday theme dishes.

How am I going to decorate? Let's just say that I already have plenty of decor in the tubs...I will make the house look festive! I have one of these! Love it!




Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Idea #3


I like this idea for a wreath. It is unique, and pretty. It is easy to do yourself, and could be reworked for different seasons.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Idea #2


I took this photo to show the use of blue for Christmas. The concrete planter is painted this color and filled with vintage glass ornaments. Unusual..but striking!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Idea #1


I took this photo yesterday at a Vintage Christmas Event. This is an easy idea if you happen to have all the elements. To be continued....

Friday, December 4, 2015

Terrorists in the USA


Here in the USA, we citizens falsely think that we are safe from terrorists. Our elected leaders are not doing what they should to protect us. Obama is a horrible excuse for a leader of our nation. Do not let him disarm us, we need to be able to protect ourselves. Individuals are going to need to pick up our observations of neighbors, coworkers, and people we see around us. We need to report strange behavior, and if we want to...arm ourselves. I know that many people don't want to get involved, and are very fearful of citizens having firearms. The shooting may have not been as terrible if some of the people were armed and ready to protect themselves.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dear Swan


From Brave Girls Club,

What if the kindest thing that you could ever do for yourself is simply to let yourself be happy, to let yourself enjoy your life, to let yourself be who you are, TO LET YOURSELF BE. LET YOURSELF BE OK.

This is something no one else can do for yourself sweet friend. LET YOURSELF BE. Give yourself a break. Give yourself some grace. Give yourself some kindness. Give some beautiful love to your own soul. You need it. You are worth it. And you are meant to have it.  

"Be kind, gentle, and loving, to yourself." My personal mantra.

Today, a little story to tell you. I had a normal dental cleaning and checkup. My longtime dental hygienist Kelly told me about her 8 yr old daughter. I am sure that the child is wonderful...but the parents have fallen into the trap. The trap? You might wonder....

The parents are making their child the only thing in life. There is no balance.
The eight year old is booked into every kind of activity...all of the time. The parents are totally committed to living all their lives by taking their child all over the place...and have no time for any personal activities or interests.

I believe that children do not want their lives to be scheduled like this...it is crazy making for both the kid and the parents. Why? I ask? Husband wants it, she says. It is an extension of how he was raised, he did swimming, and his parents gave up everything for him. That is all he knows. Well.....How about spending much more time as a family, and one on one with your child? Are they afraid of that?

Years from now, the Girl is going to tell someone that she wanted the time with Mom and Dad...not coach and team................that is my belief.

Back in my day, there were rare parents that fell into this trap. Most families were not child centered. Balance....



Monday, November 30, 2015

Sacred Space and Stuff


I am very fortunate to have a sacred space, in fact two. I find that having a space that is uniquely mine is important for my well being. I love to find and decorate these spots just for me. I am finding that I need to clear out some of the vintage things and future crafting projects. I am planning to open an Etsy shop during the winter months. My desire is to sell some of my treasures, clean out some things, get better organization of what I keep, and maybe earn some of the money spent. Or maybe a yard sale next summer.

Friday, November 27, 2015

My Goodwill is Appreciated


I offered an invitation to my home to Thanksgiving Dinner Gathering, to my personal hater, Jane and brother. I received a very cold email RSVP, that they would come. I was skeptical that they were going to come. They did come and only a little late, they did bring the requested food. They did bring peace, in their way.... a cautious, polite, conversation for the day. Everyone was polite to each other. That is all that I had wanted. That was all I offered. I am thankful for this small thing.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Vintage Turkey Platter





This vintage turkey platter is a new acquisition to my mid-century ceramics collection. I had not been looking for anything, when I chanced upon this mint beauty. These were only used one time each year, then the mint condition is not unusual. 

It was manufactured by Van Nuys California, 1957. The design is air brushed so each one is one of a kind. The pottery is very heavy, and I use that factor to date items. Any new platters are light weight in comparison. I noted one that is for sale online for $54.25, that is pretty darn high....I paid under $10. I am a bargain huntress, and this is my prey. LOL

Monday, November 23, 2015

Vintage Turkey Shakers

 Collecting vintage Turkey Shakers. I have collected quite a few of the shakers that were made in Japan.


The best and lowest cost place to go is the thrift store at this time of the year.


They save these to put out with the other seasonal type items.


I suggest that you stop by your favorite antique store to look at the ones that are for sale.


Get a good feeling for what the old ones are like. Look for the old corks. Most are stamped, Japan.



Most of the original sets are like these.  One Tom Turkey and One Hen Turkey.

I am not particular about getting the sets. I like the single shakers just as well.

This set is in mint condition. Some sets have cold paint on them, that means that the finish glaze is under the paint. The paint is easily rubbed and washed off.



The thing that I like about decorating with them is that if I use a fall color scheme it is super easy.

Add Turkeys here and there...it is fun and cute...as this photo shows.

This post is a Thanksgiving Day distraction for me.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fortune Cookie



I love the fortune cookie that I got. The Strengths in your Character will bring you Serenity. I am going to keep this one...this is a something that I have worked hard to do for myself.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wild Turkeys Around Here


These turkeys are enjoying the fall....little do they know what awaits them if Hubby buys a turkey tag....and a tag is $35. I just purchased a 22 lb Butterball for $25. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Girl Camp Trailer


Some gals put their thoughts on the back of their trailers...how does this one work for you? Really..............not sure about that.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Trust Your Wisdom



This is from my dear friends, Melody and Kathy at Brave Girls Club.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Adult Coloring Books

This idea has spread quickly across the USA. The creative people who are making the books are getting wealthy. I have a few books, and downloaded some free pages from the internet. This is a free page from pinterest, to show you a sample of the coloring pages. It is said that these help with stress...I don't know if that is true. It is a bit of fun to this on a quiet rainy Sunday.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Apple Dish by Hoenig of California


pics via pinterest
I found one of these in the peachy color today. I love the old pottery made in the USA. This is a good example of Mid-century 1950's dinnerware. I think that these bowls were made for individual servings of salad or fruit They might be used for cereal or dessert too. I think that the blue color was most common, because when I researched on the internet I found many photos and information on the blue ones. Well, my addition was a small expense, 50 cents.

The weather forecast is 27 F and expecting a little snow. This is definitely going to kill the garden.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Palouse, Washington


I took and edited this photo with my new cell phone, a Moto e. I am still getting to know how to use it. It is my first smartphone, and I am catching on to all the features. My cousin told me how the building next to this burned down last summer, and when the brick wall next to this was removed....this wall was revealed. A very old advertisement, about a 120 years old, according to my research. Palouse, Washington is very small town located about 3 miles from the Idaho border, just on the edge of the Palouse region. The Palouse News was printed between 1892 to 1897. This area is a nice place to visit. I was there too early in the day to stop at any of the shops. I drove a highway into Pullman, Washington, home of Washington State University...then the ten miles to Moscow, Idaho. Back to present time at the local Starbucks for a Vanilla Chai Tea Latte...so good! 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Little Nap


I am back home in Oregon again, to my home on High Prairie. This photo is pretty cute, I wish that I could sleep like that. I had a great time visiting my many family members. I would like to make a longer trip, so that I have time to visit the interesting places along the way. I don't normally go about 600 miles (one way) by car, from home, it is a journey for me. I stop for a night in Pendleton, Oregon, and spend two days on the road....so I can see some sights. This trip took me on a scenic byway on the way. I toured the Pendleton Woolen Mills yesterday. I stopped at a couple of junk stores too. I am so addicted......

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Five Golden Letterings - A Free Class by Joanne Sharpe


Are you interested in a free art lettering class? Online? My friend Joanne Sharpe has this class available, in time for the holiday season. Look at this link for the class. fivegoldenletterings.blogspot.com 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Visiting The Palouse


You may be thinking What is the Palouse? It is a region of SE Washington state and part of Idaho. An area very unique in the landscape of these undulating hills. not found anywhere else. There are two universities in this area, Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. There are only a about 12 miles between the two...both located near the states' boundary. My great grandfather's family homesteaded in the Moscow area, and I have aunts and cousins living there.

I am visiting for the first time in 3 1/2 years. 

I have never lived there...however it feels like home. I do admit to one summer working as a Camp Counselor at a Girl Scout Camp, Four Echo's, about 60 miles north of Moscow..near a tiny town of Worley Idaho. My grandmother was living at that time, 1974, and I visited her often.

I may not post much this week due to travel. Take care my girlfriends!