Saturday, January 29, 2011

Winter Decorations

 Please, oh please forgive my floors!

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Gluten Free Post at Courageous Homekeeping

I wrote a little about my journey into the world of Gluten Free on the website that I am a part of. Check it out and let me know what you think!
If you are interested in following along over there I post every Friday. The other gals write wonderful posts too!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful new year so far.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Miss Me?

Sorry that it has been so long since I have posted anything! A lot has gone on in my world in the past few months. 
I am a part of a website that I post once a week at: Courageous Homekeeping
I am helping my husband start a business: Burlap Roasting Company
I am now gluten free and spend hours researching all that that entails.
I am still raising two boys, homeschooling, crafting, housekeeping, on the worship team at church, decorating, and getting ready for Christmas.

I hope to do better posting in the new year, hope this season is full of Joy!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall Decorations

I finally had the chance to decorate for fall! Between my back "going out" and homeschooling, and various other commitments, I have been super busy. However, I made time to get my fall stuff out. I missed it last year.

My husband was gracious and took time out to "help me" rearrange the living room. Um, he did all of the rearranging! I just told him where big things were to go. We have some heirloom antiques that are heavy and fragile and so he though that he would be ingenious and create his own moving pads. The next two pictures show how well that worked out!

Please forgive our floors...they are on our list of things to do, but that list is pretty long!
Remember the shelving unit that I got at a warehouse sale this summer? Well, I
finally got around to painting it. I love it. Moving the china hutch from this spot and putting something smaller and lighter in it's place really opened up the living room! Plus it's tons of fun to put all of my little things there.

Some close ups of my apothecary jars on the other side of the couch.

"We" moved the writing desk to the other side of the room, and I love how accessible it is now.

The china hutch took the place of the writing desk. It fits so perfectly, it's as if this nook was made for it!

I have a few more projects up my sleeves, so I will be posting again soon!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Book Page Fall Wreath

So, you probably know by now that I love all things book-page-craft related. I have seen so many cute variations on a fall wreath, that I thought that I'd try my hand at one. I love how it turned out!
I started out with a straw base and wrapped strips of chocolate brown burlap around it. Well, actually, I guess I started out by cutting out various different leaves from my designated craft book. I used a number of different types and sizes of silk leaves for my template. Then I did the burlap thing!
I like to hot glue my leaves on in quadrants, but you totally don't have to. I made sure to glue some towards the inside, and even a layer on the back for added fullness and dimension.

Some leaves I crumpled, and some I brushed brown craft paint on.

I love the way it turned out, and how great it looks on my antique mirror!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Looks like I will be doing something with our apples after all! butter, apple sauce, apple pie filling, apple cider, and I am dying to try this recipe! I'll let you all know how it turns out!!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Flowers and Veggies (Take Two!)

This summer has been so busy, and the growing season so short, that we don't have quite the amount of flowers and veggies we normally have.
There are some things that have been hardy enough to handle our neglect!
The jasmine smells wonderful just outside the kitchen widow.

I had totally given up on this little pot. It's pulling through, though!

I have no idea what the name of this tree is, I think I've seen it more often in bush form. Let me tell you, the humming birds LOVE it. They can be noisy little buggers when there are a lot of them around! They always make me smile when I hear them.

This huge hydrangea started out bright blue, but over the summer the blooms turned green. I love them both!

The rose bushes have been beautiful all summer long. Even once they fade a little from the sun they are a gorgeous color.

Then there is this tree...this tree graces our front yard and the whole neighborhood loves it. It smells sooooooo good! Just like jasmine, but I've been told it is something else. It also is usually just a small plant.

Seriously, it smells divine! I wish I could bottle it up.

We didn't know if our raspberries would make it after being transplanted from our last home. Some made it, some didn't, but we have had a nice little harvest regardless! Yum, raspberries!

One thing that we did manage to plant...and that survived the monsoon spring were the tomatoes. We have to harvest almost every night and there is still so much green fruit!!!

Pear tomatoes are my favorite!

Just a small sample of a harvest. Thankfully my boys love tomatoes, and they eat them like candy. I often find Little G walking around with a half eaten one in his hand. He always finishes it too.
Peppers also made it through the wet, wet sp

Last but not least, our apple tree is so full of fruit some of the branches are almost on the ground. I think the worms have already claimed most of them though. Next year we will be much more on top of things!