June 1, 2015

My Perfect Morning
by tj

Early in the morning, I would awaken to...


...morning sunlight streaming through the window.

And as certain as the sun rises and sets, I would hear our...


...big old rooster crowing in the barnyard outside.

After stretching and yawning and expressing my gratitude for this day I've been given,
I would then rise from the warmth of...

Absolutely wonderful stenciling.

...my comfy bed.

Of course, as every morning before and every morning from here on, I will answer to the call of...


...Mother Nature.

I would then make my way to the kitchen and prepare...

Warm Russian Tea Recipe

...a hot cup of tea.

I would then enjoy my cup of hot tea, listening to the morning song of birds singing while lounging upon...


...my country porch.

After awhile, I would then...

Women's Rain & Garden Shoe - Black Pansy

...don my garden shoes and make my way...


...to the garden.  Once there, I would stroll about and admire the plethora of blooms and inhale the heady fragrance of morning dew upon freshly dug earth.

Before making my way back to...


...the house, I would pick myself...


...a lovely bouquet for my farmhouse kitchen.

I would then happen by the hen house to have a morning chat with the 'girls' whilst gathering...


...fresh eggs for my...

Bacon Spinach Breakfast Casserole Recipe

...morning breakfast.

After enjoying a leisurely homemade, locally grown breakfast, I would then shed the comfort of...

Charlie Brown is back on our cozy flannel pajamas, bringing along the Peanuts Gang, including Snoopy, Woodstock, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Peppermint Patty, and Schroeder. The cotton flannel pajamas are brushed for extra softness and warmth and feature a button-front top, approx. 27" long, and elastic-waist bottoms with approx. 29" inseam. Both the PJ top and bottom are trimmed with piping. Machine wash and dry. $54.95

...my pajamas.

I would then prepare myself for the busy morning ahead of running errands by...

Meg Ryan Short hair style.

...fixing my hair...

Simple and casual.

...getting dressed...

Bee Happy in these handmade earrings    These delicate honey bee earrings are handcrafted by Priscilla Mullins in Cincinnati, Ohio. Perfect for everyday, but also as a gift for your favorite bee keeper or garden friend.     Natural brass ear wires and drops.    $21.00

...and of course, accessorizing.

Now I'm ready.

Wait, I forgot my...

Lucky Leather Purse $59.50.


And tj, don't forget the...


...keys to your trusty ol' truck.

And as every country girl knows, when traveling, one always takes...


...the scenic route.

And that dear friends, concludes my perfect morning.

I'm so glad you came by, I hope you enjoyed your stay.  Please come again, soon.

"Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June."
-Al Bernstein


January 29, 2015

Here's what's on the table Mabel...

Everyone meet, "Arthur".

Arthur is an old soul comprised of Schulte German mohair, German glass eyes, cotter pin joints, wool felt paw pads, a perle cotton nose, mouth and claws.  He is stuffed with raw seed cotton and needless to say, lots of love.  All this furry goodness is topped off with a gentleman's antique bow tie.

He is a dear of a bear that makes one find it hard to resist touching, hugging or holding.

Yesterday as we were out on the front porch doing the photo shoot for his listing, I picked him up when I was done and he leaned into me as if to say, "I love you".  It made me smile.

Dear, sweet Arthur will be listed [here] later today.

On another note, while we were outside on the front porch, I was kneeling in front of the old chair that Arthur is pictured on and I happened to look down and I saw this...

 See the tiny paw prints in the brick?
Our front porch is made up of 19th c. handmade bricks and in the 20+ years that we have lived in our lil' old homestead I have never noticed these little paw prints from so long ago.

Such an endearing find and a pleasant surprise too.

Have a lovely day! 

January 19, 2015

Snow?  Wherefore art thou snow?

We have not had any snow as of yet this year.  We did get a bit in November of 2014 but that was it.  No snowy Christmas Eve, no white Christmas, no snow at all to ring in the New Year.  Sad.  Just sad I say.

So instead of photos of soft, cold, billowy snowdrifts. 
Or foot long icicles.
Or softly falling snowflakes that stay on your nose or eyelashes (name that song).

I give you photos of...


This pair of Mallard Ducks graced us with their presence on our pond last year.  A lovely couple they were.  We dubbed them, "Mr. and Mrs. Waddler".  They would come up to our screen porch steps and beg for corn, which we happily obliged.

At one point, Mrs. Waddler had another gentleman caller that expressed quite an interest in her.  Mr. Waddler wasn't gonna have none of that and a fight ensued.  As a matter of fact, several fights ensued and at one point it looked as if Mr. Waddler was gonna have to give up his lady's hand to said gentleman caller but Mr. Waddler persevered.

 Mrs. Waddler even took part in the feather pulling to scare off her suitor.  "My heart beats for Mr. Waddler and no one else!", she quacked.  The attempts to woo the lovely Mrs. Waddler away from her mate were fierce but futile.

Happily, Mr. Waddler won. [smile]

Back to snow and the lack thereof.

I had decided that I wanted to build a snowman and the fact that I had no snow in which to build a snowman was not gonna deter me.  No sir.

And so a snowman I built.

Please meet...

..."Mr. P. Brown".

A dapper fellow, yes?

He is created from a Country Stitches pattern, which can be found here.

I embellished the pattern a bit, because I can never leave well enough alone and because, well, that's just how I roll. [giggle]

All in all, I was pleased with his outcome and so is the owner of the home in which Mr. P. Brown now resides.

Building a snowman even in the absence of snow - it's a good thing. [smile]

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