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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blogger Issues!!!

Arghh!!! 
I'm so frustrated right now!  Unable to upload pictures for today's post!

My goal for this month was to post on a daily basis!!!

I hope I can fix this glitch asap...

OKAY...not funny!!!  Why I can upload picture when I'm on Hubby's web????

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer House Sign

I made this summer house sign all by myself!!!
I had been wanting one for our summer home here in MN.
 I was inspired by this sign I found on Etsy, and was ready to purchase it for $85...yikes!!!

Luckily for me, while rummaging through the basement, I found a barrel full of wood my late father-in-law had collected.  I went through the barrel and found a great piece of wood that would become the perfect sign.
 I gave it a good sanding and cleaning.
 I got the letters at Michaels on sale.  The only letters that were available were in black, so I painted them in white...problem solved...and...
 I used a pop tab and glued it to the back for hanging...easy peasy!
 I hung it up in our dining room to remind us that we are very lucky to be retired so early and enjoying life.
I did have a heck of a time getting a good picture of our dining room that wouldn't come out so dark...frustrating!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fluffy, Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I finally found the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Recipe via Women Living Well
I made a double batch and they were delicious!!!

Show & Share Coastal Charm

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lyndale Park Rose Garden

Jack and I at Lyndale Park Rose Garden.  
Due to the late summer start here, the roses are just starting to bloom and the bushes are not as big yet.

The Rose Garden is part of Lake Harriet in Minnesota.  This lake is by far my most favorite in the city because of its rose garden, the annual/perennial garden, the Peace (Rock) Garden, and the perennial Trial Garden & Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden.

Everything here is so lush and green, and it gives me such a sense of serenity.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Loving Couple

I love this picture Hubby took yesterday at Lake Harriet Park of this couple.
I wish we could be able to share this picture with them.  I have named this picure ~ The Loving Couple.

My Hub is still a romantic a heart.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vintage Embroidery Hoop Art

While cleaning and organizing some drawers, I came across a very old raggedy embroidered throw pillow.
I tried to fix it, but it was beyond repair.
I couldn't bring myself to throw it away and saved it for a future use.
 My very talented late mother-in-law embroidered it.
 I had been spotting embroidery hoop art, and that's when the idea hit me of creating my own.
 This is the ugly leftover pillowcase which I have saved for maybe another use...who knows, I may come up with another project.  
 I placed the embroidered panel onto an embroidery hoop (again one of my late MIL's), and tightly tucked in the edges onto the back.  I didn't want to cut it out.
It was quick and easy to do.
For the time being, I have hung it on this wall; but I'm  not too sure if this is where it will stay. 

 However, I did like how I put these 2 frames together.  They used to be on separate walls, and I was never happy with the placement.  I think they go very well together here.
I have never been able to embroider.  I found it rather difficult, and that is why I admire this art form very much.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Unconditional Love

 This is our gorgeous Oliver!
He is resting in his most favorite spot in the house...by the front window and soaking up the warm morning sun!
He came into our lives 7 years ago at the the tender age of 7 months!
He is a sweetheart with such a gentle disposition.  He is super loving and all he wants is to be hugged and loved!
We are so happy to have him!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

White Flowers

Tree or bush?
We have these bush/tree thing in our garden and we have no idea what it is!  Actually, they're 2 plants intertwined, but one gives these very pretty blooms.
 While in the garden, I was pruning this tree/bush thing and was ready to toss the cuttings into the bin...but it came to me that it would make a nice green floral arrangement for our mantel.
 I am glad I brought them indoors!  I used a milk glass vase that I found in one of the cupboards...and voila!
I love the pop of white it brings to our living room.
 After some research and asking around, we still don't know what it is.  I think that it might be dogwood???

 The paint on the wall was Hubby's choice, not mine!  Depending on the light, the walls change colors throughout the day.  I'm not too crazy about it :-(  Sorry Hubs.
I'm starting to think outside the box, and seeing things in a different light.  I ask myself, "What can this become, or how can I use it???"

Tweak It Tuesday - Cozy Little House

Monday, July 14, 2014

3" Hexagons...A New Passion

I have discovered a new passion ~ Hexagons!
 I have always admired and appreciated the artwork of quilting!  The creativity, the hours it takes to put one together and its fine handiwork as well. 
Years ago, I used to make small hand sewn simple block baby quilts as gifts for lots of baby showers.
Lately, I've been thinking about venturing out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in making a different quilt pattern.

Well, I think I have found it in making a hexagon quilt!
I was inspired by Melody's blog ~ The Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap, to give it a try.  After I researched on making a hexagon (quilt) on YouTube and Pinterest and visiting talented hexagon related bloggers, I plunged and gave it a try.

I chose to make 3" hexagons instead of the 1".  The reason being is because I think that if I make things bigger, I can actually finish faster and have a completed project much sooner and feel accomplished...that's just me.
I used this 3" hexagon template from Tim's Printables.
So far, I have put 2 together and I'm pretty happy with the results.  I'm thinking that this might be another baby/child gift.
They're easy and fast to make, and can't wait to see the quilt all put together!

This is one of my many WIPs, and I'm hoping to finish all the others by the end of this week...that is if weather permits me to finally complete them.

Inspire Me Tuesday - A Stroll Thru Life

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Amaryllis Spring 2014

 My beautiful amaryllis bloom from this past Spring in our AZ garden.
Unfortunately for me, I didn't stay long enough in AZ to enjoy the rest of our blooming amaryllises.
Maybe next year they'll bloom a little bit earlier before we leave for MN.
We'll see...until next year!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Impromptu Saturday Brunch

The very first Saturday we arrived to MN, Hubby's Cousin Laura and her Husband, invited themselves over for brunch at our place.
They stopped by Byerly's and picked up 2
 delicious quiches, strawberries, champagne & Blood Orange juice for Mimosa's.
 While they were on their way, I pre-heated the oven for the quiches, made a quick spinach salad, and quickly set up our table.
 I love my late mother-in-law's Spode dishes!
 I draped the table with a vintage tablecloth I found last year at a garage sale.  I think I paid like a $1 for it!  I used some white simple fine linen napkins...again my MIL's.  The glass pedestal dish, I found at and estate sale last summer.
 While the quiches were warming up, Laura and I started on our Mimosas using only the best crystal in the house!
I have to say that after having a couple of Mimosas, I completely forgot to take more pictures of our lovely meal...hehehe...
we had a great time visiting and catching up though!
Thank you Laura & Jeff!