Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Another Winter to Get Through


This was last Winter ... around Christmas, in South Carolina. This Winter, however, we find ourselves in Lafayette, Indiana, where we should now be experiencing "real" Winter! Ha! Just a dusting of snow so far that hasn't stuck, treating us to a "green" Christmas instead of the "white" one we all like to sing about. Doesn't hurt my feelings at all. Just perhaps, after the coming week of mild temperatures forecast, we will get that horrible Winter they have been warning us about. I hope not since we are far afield from home (South Carolina), in Indiana, where hubby was offered work after finishing up his last project at the end of October at USC Columbia. And after having moved South in 1990, I have to say I am one southerner who does not miss those harsh northern Winters one bit!

I do anticipate hibernating like a big 'ole bear here in Indiana till Spring. Probably while away the hours checking out Pinterest or reading my new Kindle Fire that hubby bought me as a reward for quitting smoking. I have a feeling it's going to be a long, long Winter.

'Til next time!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Secret Stash Digital Scrapbooking: Sneak Peek: Be Merry

Secret Stash Digital Scrapbooking: Sneak Peek: Be Merry: It is going to be a very merry Christmas indeed with my newest festive kit on the way! And what a more merry way to celebrate than to give a...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Goodbye Summertime!


Guess it's time to put away the whites ... but maybe not if it's long sleeved. :)
There is something bittersweet about saying goodbye to Summer. Although I won't miss the steamy, humid, blistering heat of Columbia, SC. I swear that place seems to be the hottest on earth. At least it feels that way to me. Just this past week it has started to cool down in the mornings and late evening, with the sun setting earlier than usual. Yes, the crisp autumn air will be most welcome. If we are very, very fortunate, we will be back "home" quite soon, able to get back into a routine and get some much needed work done around the house. Please ... please ... NOT Los Angeles. Some times we don't get much say in which way the wind blows us. Good thing we are made to adapt to an ever changing world!

'Til next time

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

(Click on Image to Enlarge)


If you're in the market for some good deals on quilting fabric, I'm listing 1 yard pieces and a "French Country" set of 2 yards this week on eBay. Just go to the link over on the top right hand side of the page and click on "Sew Dear To Me".

I hope to continue to go through my quilting studio this weekend and sort out more to list. Gotta finance the "Sisters" Girl's Retreat to Myrtle Beach for our Scrapbook Bash! :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a blessed, happy Easter with family and friends!

For the first time in several years, we stayed home and worked on household chores ~ Mr. Sew Dear finished the electrical outlets and fixtures in his work shed. And I completed the dreaded task of turning over the Winter clothes to Summer, getting the Dressing Room reorganized. I wish there was enough closet room in the house proper without having to haul the seasonal clothing up and down from the attic, but that's in the future renovation plans. Once you finally own a house, the re-do list gets longer every year, I believe. By the end of this July, when hubby's project is complete, there may be changes brewing in our place of domicile. It depends on what his company has in store for him, and since that's not very far away, I find myself becoming anxious. We have put so much of ourselves into many projects in and around the house, and have become so attached to it. It will be hard to move, but change, as they say, is inevitable.

My sisters are planning a family "Scrap Bash" for next month in Myrtle Beach. It sounds like a blast, and I could use a break from the normal routine! Who doesn't love the beach?!!!

Til next time,

Mary

Monday, April 11, 2011

What's Blooming in South Carolina Now?

(Click on photos for an Enlarged View)


My parents had Candtuft in their garden, and I was so thrilled to see it pop up about a year after we moved into our house. To this day, 5 years later, I am discovering new volunteers that mysteriously appear each year!

Usually I can identify what they are by googling them ...



These Star of Bethlehem popped up in the grass last year and I dug them up and moved them to a proper bed!


Last spring I planted Forget Me Nots from seed and transplanted them into the garden. This weekend I was thrilled to see how beautifully they have blossomed this year!



And of course the dogwood are blooming ~ we have 2 large white ones, but my favorite is the pink one of course!



A couple of weeks ago I was at my parents' in the Atlanta suburbs and shot some wonderful photos of their gorgeous daffodils and narcissus!









Happy Gardening!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Free Vintage Easter Tags


It seems like ages since I've played with graphics! I've been playing all day and decided to end the day with a quick couple of vintage Easter tags to celebrate the upcoming Easter season. These would look so cute tied on a child's Easter basket. Who doesn't love polka dots!




Just click to open the image in a new window, click on to download to your computer, print out on cardstock, cut out, and punch a hole in the top for your ribbon or string. Enjoy!

2011 FLW Bass Fishing Tournaments

(Click to view larger image)

I was so excited to hear the news from my baby sister Peg that my nephew, Josh, has secured a sponsorship this year for his 2011 bass fishing tournament season! His sponsor, a local Chevrolet dealership wanted some photos, so she called me to design some layouts. We'll be rootin' for you Joshua!

(Click to view larger image)

This Winter has been so awful for sickness, and I, for one, am glad it is over. It started with hubby's Bronchitis he had while on vacation the week before Christmas, and then we passed it around a couple of times. Dad was in the hospital twice since New Year's with Bronchitis and/or pneumonia as well, but he's on the upside now and started pulmonary physical therapy yesterday to improve his lung function due to COPD impairment. Mom was also in the hospital with that stomach virus ~ a pretty severe case for someone in their 80's. But I'll be heading out tomorrow to Atlanta for a visit with them under much better circumstances! My sister Patty is coming down from Watertown, New York, so I'll get to see her during her annual Spring visit! Maybe we'll get to do something fun like visit a few of the antique malls. I haven't done anything fun in ages!

'Til next time,

Sign My Guestbook!