Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas kitchen Swap

Hey Y'all
I love this time of year, there usually seems to be a bit of magic in the air, not really feeling it this year.  Work has wrecked that. Hopefully in the next week I will find and feel a bit of magic, I need it,  just doesn't feel like Christmas without it.
What does feel like Christmas is swapping with a new friend!
Debby at Cozy Blanket and I were partnered and I have a new friend she says I am stuck with her ha ha,  well I can handle that! She is the sweetest and treated me lavishly in the gifts she sent.
So cute and sweet and looks great on 
my tree in the kitchen!

Sweet bottle brush tree in a bottle!
Sparkles in the snow.

Blessed little peg angel, lots of bits and bobs
to craft with, and a Debbie Macomber book
I have not yet read.

See I told you treats galore!
I am so thankful for our little blog community.
Thank You Debby! I am truly grateful!


Friday, November 7, 2014

Christmas is on the way....

Hey y'all!
OK you know I love swaps and stumbled over this one today thanks to Sandy at 521 Lake Street ;)
SIGN UP NOW!!! It looks like a great fun and creative swap.

 Erica at Golden Egg Vintage is hosting!
I cant wait to find out who my partner is! 
 Trisha and Marci I would love to swap with you each one on one as well!
Swaps and friends make me smile! 
What a great combination!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October fun

Hey Yall  how are you today?
I am on Vacation this week so I am Great!
October has had a lot of fun scheduled in!
Technically this happened on Sept. 29 but I forgot to share so I doing it now
I completed my second 5k mud run\obstacle course!

This was after the Dirty Dash in Virginia Beach!
I did this one on my own, which was a little tough
but I did it! I loved the feeling of accomplishment.
Believe me when I say if I can do it anyone can!
I cannot wait for the next one!

On October 4 we celebrated my Dew Drops First Birthday!
I cannot believe she is 1 already!
Her first taste of cake and she loved it!
Love and adore you Darby!

Then I worked A LOT! and had no fun :(

This past weekend we celebrated our favorite cousins 40th Birthday!
Welcome to your fabulous 40s!

I went junkin on Saturday and only bought 1 thing which is a Christmas gift for someone.
Yesterday I went to the movies with my sister in law Amanda we saw The Best Of Me
Ahhh Nicholas Sparks! Love is books.
The movie was good but the book is way better.
I recommend both!
Today I think I am staying in and working in my craft room, I need to get organized!

Have fun today :)

PS Is anyone interested in a Christmas swap? Leave me a comment or email me if you are !

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Falling for Swaps!

Hey Y'all
How are you today? we are in Indian Summer here 83 degrees and humid in mid October sheesh...Fall and Winter please get here already!
So Deb at Garage Sale Gal and Sandy at 521 Lake Street hosted a cookie cutter swap and if you do not know I LOVE to swap! Of course I joined! Thank You ladies for pairing me with sweet Trisha at American Honey Home  Trisha and I are kindred souls we love so many of the same things and have been through similar circumstances LOVE HER! She spoils me rotten and just look how creative she is...

Oh My Gosh I LOVE it all :)
We could chose a Fall or Halloween theme I do not have a lot of fall decor so I chose that,
she just gets me and I adore every bit.
Thank you my sweet friend Love Ya!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fun with my Chickie

I took this silly Chickie to the Norfolk Zoo
we spent the day together

Laughing, talking, walking and making 
silly faces

Always posing she wanted this photo
on facebook

so stylish

and sweet

my mini me melts my heart

Always smiling

summer fun
on a girls day

Celebrating her 7th Birthday

I Love you to bits Shelby!
I love that we spent the day together at the zoo, having lunch, shopping 
 ending the day having fun at chuck e. cheese
Your hugs are magical,  your kisses are sweet,  your eyes sparkle with a bit of mischief  
you are smart and curious, talented a good sister,  daughter,
granddaughter, niece and friend.
I love that you love I Love Lucy and the Three Stooges
Your heart is full of love, joy and Jesus
My sweet Chickie baby!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dirty Girls

Holy Cow I cannot believe it has 3 months since I was last here! Where has the time gone?
I have been a bit busy but sheesh not that bad!

So lets see what have I done since last here.
Hmmm for my being a better friend "resolution" I have done ok so far this year I missed sending letters in March and May that's not too bad. I have a stack ready to go out tomorrow for July :)

Speaking of July we have had crazy *scary crazy great weather for July in the south! Beautiful days and amazing nights. It's supposed to be a scorcher this weekend though so as the saying goes all good things must come to an
So I don't overwhelm and make a super long post I will just post this for today.

One of the most inspiring and amazing things I have done in my life was the Dirty Girl 5k Mud Run! I am telling you now if you EVER get a chance to do one

This was at the starting line from left to right
Joanne, Me, Laura, Beth, Leigh and Amanda

First I have to say if you do not know by now these are the most important women in my life. They are not only my sisters, sis in love, and cousin they are my best friends, amazing mama's, women of great Faith and my life would be incomplete with out them.

Second let me say THIS EVENT WAS CRAZY FUN!
I saw a little ad for it on the fb page of the business that was sponsoring it here in Chesapeake, Va
I thought hmmm Amanda and I don't do a lot together, I think I can do this with her, it's not timed, there is no competition, and while I am far from fit, I bet I could I can go around the obstacles (oh yeah it's an obstacle course too) and we can have fun, she said yes and got all the others involved. we had a meeting to come up with our team name many Vetoed names later we decided on 

Team A.M.E.N.
All Muddy Everywhere Now
Laura made shirts With our team name and verse on the back
This is after the race! I think someone has a photo of all of us with our backs to the camera showing this.
Pretty cool huh! Thanks again La! Love it!

Y'all I cannot tell you how much fun this was.
After the first  obstacles I knew I was gonna have a heart attack!
 LOL but after about a mile I was ok!

We laughed, walk, ran, climbed, crawled, fell, sloshed, oozed, splashed, threw,  skipped, sang,  talked and laughed some more and 2 1/2 hours later we all completed EVERY OBSTACLE  and
 crossed the finish line hand in hand!

Look at our smiles! These are the pics my dad took, there are many more but these are all I have so far.
Me, Beth and half of Leigh

Beth, Leigh and Laura

Leigh and Laura
Amanda, Joanne and Me

A bunch of Dirty Girls!

Amanda said after that we all overcame obstacles that day.
She was right.
Some physical. some mental. and some emotional.
But overcame them we did.
And we did it together.

Friday, April 25, 2014


Hey Y'all how are you today?
I start vacation on Saturday! YES! I need it badly.
Work is...well honestly not great so I am thrilled to finally get a break  form there.
I WISH I had the time to do all I want to in my few days away.
I wish I could load up the car and head out on a road trip,

image from google search
 maybe stop in Idaho to see Trisha, head to Nebraska and have fun with Angela, up north a bit and see Peg in Chicago, or Julie (aka Lucy) in Wisconsin.
They are all so sweet and lovely and live in states I have yet to visit!
Maybe go to Kentucky and sleep in a Wigwam
I have always wanted to stay at this motel
 and I am determined to do so one day!
I have no idea why I want to, but I will! LOL

Most likely I will head to Nags Head or OBX as it is now known
It was always Nags Head, NC 
when I was a kid and some time ago it became 
The Outer Banks 
or OBX as we identify it :)
Eating at Sam & Omies 
image from google search
or at Tortugas
image from google search

I am getting hungry
They are 2 of my favorite places to eat 
down there.
It is definitely a balm to my soul
to be at the beach and the OBX 
is my favorite place to be.
                                       Maybe I will go to Busch Garden or Kinds Dominion.
                                         I LOVE roller coasters and both parks have great ones!
                                               What ever I do I will be sure to share it with you!
                                                                             SEE Ya Soon!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

About time...

Hey Y'all how are ya today?
Doing ok here :)
It is a beautiful sunny day here in my little spot. I hope it is where you are too!
So what have you been up to?
Me, well I have a few irons in the fire...
I have finally graduated from my archaic laptop that took forever to do anything on to a new HP laptop with Windows 8. I am still learning all the features and am frustrated a bit by some of it, but the speed and being able to navigate at will do more than make up for my frustration!
That is part of the reason posts have been so scarce, it was just too much of a pain to try and get it done on that old thing, whoo hoo I am thrilled.
It was a surprise too, Lee walked in and said here you go.
I was not expecting it at all, especially since he did not do anything for our Anniversary, Valentines or my Birthday. (to say I was hurt would be an understatement)
So an out of the blue gift.....completely gobsmacked.
He knew how the old one was frustrating to me.
I am very thankful and still surprised!
Thank You Lee, love you!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cloche Swap

Hey Y'all how are you today?
It is a gorgeous day here in the south east!
Sunny and 75 (love Joe Nichols too)
We ran up to the hardware store to pick up lunches (we bought tickets from our local Boy Scouts)
we came home and ate on the screen porch, we had dinner there last night too ;)
It is quickly becoming my favorite spring time spot!
onto the post :)
Shirley of Zetta's Aprons and I were among many of the ladies that signed up for Deb and Sandy's Spring Cloche Swap at 521 Lake Street.
Now y'all I have to be honest the whole cloche thing escapes me, why everyone is obsessed with puttin' stuff under a glass dome makes me shake my head, I just don't get it, but I support those who do whole hearted!  HOWEVER  when I saw all the cute as pie spring time scenes, under the dome of a plastic dollar store wine glass I just had to jump in!
Shirley and I met a while back through Sandy's Easter Swap and I have adored her since.
We were lucky to be matched again YAY!
She is so talented and I just love her sweet spirit.
Here is what she sent to me this spring.
Sweet as can be chickie ornament <3

A few sweet treats...we know each other pretty well, I sent her the same ones!

Shirley paints and alters the most adorable boxes, I LOVE IT!
Some of my little Easter bits for crafting will fill it!
Inside this sweet box was.....

THIS GARLAND, I squealed with delight as I opened it,
Lee just laughed at me silly man, he still doesn't get why swaps
make me but they do because of ladies like Shirley!
Last but never least 
The Cloche!
My sweet little lamb holding some forget-me-nots 
a pretty pink rose tucked behind her ear
leaning against a little white fence, sitting on the grass
in a jello mold,
on her handmade cute as a cupcake base.
I love Shirley to bits.
She just had a birthday 
Happy Belated Birthday Shirley
and also,
She is in the midst of a heartache 
so keep her in your prayers too.
Thank You So Much.
Every Bit Is Perfect.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Joanne Fluke 2014!

Hey Y'all how are ya today?
It has been a beautiful weekend here in Va.
I was off all weekend to enjoy it.
We grilled out Friday and Saturday night, and enjoyed our meals on the screen porch.
I also finally had a chance to get to the bookstore and pick up a copy of
The Hannah Swensen installment for this year.
As some of you may recall I was a character in the series last year, in 
I also got a chance to meet Jo last year at a bookstore in Richmond when she was here for a book signing :)
Read all about it HERE
Well this year I am in the book too! 
I was so tickled :)
Ok so I am only on page 330 and I am only in 2 paragraphs, but 
I don't care! I love it and I will be tickled pink if I am in every book she writes!
My Character is
 Jenny Hester, Nurse at Lake Eden Hospital 
Love ya Jo and thanks for including me again!
It made my day :)

all images are from

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Not too thrilled....

Hey y'all how are ya today?
It sounds like most of the country is having crazy spring weather! Today got to 74 here and tomorrow 40 is the high. Crazy.

So I received a message from a very upset lady, she was looking for my blog (...I never did find out why) when she put in Jennys Heart images of a nude young girl came up and she blasted me with both barrels.
Slow your roll lady, the photos are not of me nor anyone I know!
So after I read her message, I googled, binged, and yahoo searched my blog name sometimes I came up first, sometimes a young porn star named Jenny Heart did!
So now I am wondering if it is time for a name change?

Part of me wants something new, however everything here is what I love, it is my heart.
Changes are good, and trying new things and changes are what I desire this year.
At the same time....I was here
Hmmmm Decisions...
What do you think?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring time fun 2014 style

Hey Y'all how are ya today?
Spring is in the air here today, the doors and windows are open and my nose and eyes are running, but it is worth it, today is beautiful!
I want to let y'all know about a new swap over at Sandy's
She is the sweetest and I love her swaps. I have never done a cloche before, they are really not my thing, but after seeing the most adorable things one can do with a plastic wine glass...holy sweetness, count me in!
Sign up QUICKLY! You only have until the 14th!
Check out her post at 521 Lake Street
bring some spring sweetness and a new friend into your life!

X's & Os

Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me

Hey Y'all how are ya today?
I am having a pretty low key day, off work for 3 days helps!
So it is that time of year again :)
I have aged another year! Phew  the last one flew past too quickly.
I love this cake! I found the photo on Bing search.

My Birthday is actually Monday and since I have to work that day I decided to make a weekend of it early.
Tomorrow I think I am gonna take the day to myself and wander some junk shops, eat some place Lee would never and just enjoy myself. Its supposed to he sunny and 60 tomorrow so I think it will be a good day for it.
the Daytona 500 and since Lee got cable installed for the first time in years I can actually see it! WHOO HOO! 
If somehow it has escaped you I am a huge race fan (well racing,football, baseball,etc...)and Jeff Burton has been my driver for years, now that he is semi retired I have to pull for me 2nd favorite Jimmie Johnson!
Lee is a Jeff Gordon fan, so are both my sister in laws and my brother in law. 
So the plan for Sunday is good food and the race. I am a simple gal it will make me happy. Monday is back to work and my 41st year. Next Saturday the family will come over and celebrate with me..
Thank You to each of you for spending another year with me. LOVE YOU!
Xs & Os,

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cotton pickin Fun Swap!

Hey Y'all! How are ya today? It is snowing again here in the southeastern part of Virginia, I cannot recall a time since I was very little (maybe late 70s) since we have had so much snow. I know all my Northern and West and Mid West friends think that is hysterical, but we don't get this much snow...ever! It'll be gone quick....again so I am gonna love it while I can.
OK So I promised you my other swap!
Oh my gosh have you met Holly at Cotton Pickin Fun?
She is so talented and creative and we have so much in common! I have a new friend for life in her! We love a lot of the same things so when Sandy at 521 Lake Street matched us for her Valentine Swap She could not have picked a better pair! Thanks Sandy :)
We both LOVE everything Vintage and golly did she spoil me.
The Cutest and sweetest tiny handmade felt bear and heart.
In a tiny valentine decorated matchbox!

It all arrived in this lovely box.
I am gonna use it for October Afternoon Bits and pieces.
OA is my go to favorite paper line!

Here is all my goodies together, I could not get this photo to load first to save my hiney!
See the sweet pencil, her daughter sell them in her ETSY shop.
Envelopes, a pen, ribbon, and a stamp.
She knows me well already!

Golden Book Love love love!
A sweet as can be Peg Doll, hand made by Holly, 
A super sweet tag, just our style :)
Stamps, papers, and ephemera, and the tiny matchbox.
Oh my good gravy IRMI adorable, vintage Jello molds filled with vintage picks and goodies, and the other mold has a sweet bunny and carrots she made in them.
ribbon and lace, doilies and vintage rose seals, a felt heart she made for me.a sweet snowflake
and sugar free treats (dang diabetes)
I was blown away.
Holly was so generous and I am forever thankful to her.
Stop by her blog and see what i sent her.
I am spoiled rotten :)

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