Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What's My Gift? Can You Tell Me?

My mother always gets me the neatest gifts.

  It used to be new stuff that I wanted, but I no longer ask for new.  Now, I ask for vintage, old, antique, weathered...whatever you want to call it.  I guess the older I get, the more I like old stuff.

She got me a couple of really unique items for my birthday and one I want to ask you about.

It's probably something simple, but just curious if you know what this was used for...

It has Capacity 5 Liquid Gallons stamped into it.  It was hard to figure out what it said, but my smart mama took a piece of paper and a pencil and shaded over the wording and it came out more clearly on the piece of paper.  Very wise woman she is.

So, tell me what it is if you know...

Now, on to my other gift that I think is so awesome.

Love this chalkboard easel with all of it amazing scrolling information.

The piece at the top scrolls through all kinds of neat info.

I have to show you a little of what it shows, but I won't bore you with all of it.

Look with me...

Is this not a totally neat piece?  What is your opinion on it?  Have you ever seen one?  Do you have any idea how old it might be?

I would love this any way, but I especially do because I homeschool.  Just seems to fit in my house.

And, this is my sweet, pretty mama.

Thanks for any info you can share with me about my new gifts.

Happy Birthday to a Very Special Person

I don't know when you will see this but I (Keith) wanted to be the first to wish you a Happy Birthday before anyone else does. :D


and we are VERY VERY glad that you dont look like him!

We all love you very much and hope you have a fun and relaxing day.

Love Keith, Beth, and Faith (Especially Keith!) ;)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Happy Early Birthday, To Me...

I spent the day today with two of my best friends celebrating my birthday, which is tomorrow.  We had a wonderful lunch of taco soup, homemade bread, and delicious homemade strawberry cake.  (I love anything with strawberries, just in case you ever need to know)

And, not that I am all about the gifts, but I do have to show you what they got me. 

This little baby was hard to take pictures of, so I did my best.

Don't you love it? 

As always, I am not certain that this will be a permanent home.  I have to play around with her a little bit, but I wanted to go ahead and show you what my sweet friends had gotten me. 

These ladies know me oh so well.  Thanks, Daffney and Veronica. 

And, thanks to the sweet girls who made me a lovely birthday card with very kind words.  I am always humbled by thoughtfulness like that. 

Off to the drive-in tonight to see Toy Story 3 with the family.  We will have our lawn chairs, blankets and big stereo with speakers so we can hear the movie outside of the van.  Wish you could all meet us there for a large Diet Dr Pepper, popcorn and some good clean movie watching.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Another Trip To the Flea Market...

98 degree heat, concrete, shopping, and seven year old girls don't mix.

How do I know?

I took my youngest daughter with me to the Nashville Flea Market on Friday and left after an hour and a half.   The heat, the walking, the people were more than she could take.

I did find a few things that I had to have (actually wanted). 

LOVE my bench!!!

Got a shopping cart for Faith that she had eyed.  (it will be great for yardsaling and flea markets for mama)

See my little little wooden door back there?  Why do I love that little thing so much?  Really...I just think that it is great.  It's the perfect size with the perfect little rusty lock on it.  It will not be painted, just cleaned up a little before it comes inside and takes it place in a perfect spot.

Yes, I love these things also.

For a very quick trip, I think I did pretty good.  What do you think?

Oh yeah, and I bought a very small lemonade for Faith that cost $3.00. Good grief at the price, but it got me a few extra minutes of shopping so it was worth it.

Linking up over at Southern Hospitality.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sweet Carolyna

I have a sweet almost nine year old friend who is very special to me.  Her name is Carolyna.

Yesterday, Carolyna gave me this beautiful vase filled with gorgeous white Daisys....just because.  Because...she has the gift of giving and building others up.

You want to know what makes this gift so special?  Well, first, I love white flowers of any kind.  Second, I absolutely love Diet Dr. Pepper so this Dr. Pepper bottle for a vase was perfect.  And, third, is the most important reason.  This is a little girl who is beyond precious.  She is my very special friend and I love her a whole bunch.

Thank you, sweet Carolyna.


Monday, June 21, 2010

A Necklace To Go With Her Apron

What do you think about the little necklace that now adorns my pretty wooden ladder?

This little jewel was purchased at a yardsale this weekend for two whole dollars.  SCORE!!

Linking up over at Southern Hospitality with other thrifty shoppers.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

One Man's Trash Was Definitely My Treasure

What a sweet daughter of mine that got out of the van the other day to retrieve a beautiful wooden ladder from a pile of tree limbs, brush and trash.

Why would someone throw something like that away?

Of course, I'm glad it became trash so that it could make it's way to my house.

Isn't she lovely wearing her pretty hostess apron?


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

After the Rain

Don't you just love how things look after a much needed rain?


Monday, June 14, 2010

The Happiest Room In the House

I blogged a little bit on my daughter's room several months ago on my family blog, but I also wanted to show you guys her "happy room".

Most of the colors in my home are pretty much on the earth tone side except for my girl's bedrooms.

My youngest daughter's room is by far the brightest and, we all think, the happiest room in the house.

Isn't that the way little girl's bedrooms should be when they get to be a certain age?  Fun and full of life...

We traced and hand painted each of these circles at about midnight one night.

This is Faith's very own artwork.  Priceless...

This is where Faith sits and reads or watches movies.

Don't you love our little boa wreath we made all from Dollar Tree materials?  Yes, we got this idea from a fellow blogger, but I can't tell you who because I don't remember.

See why this room makes you smile.


Friday, June 11, 2010

A New Blog That I Love

Many of you may already know about Stephanie over at Keeper of the Home, but if you don't, you have got to go and check out her blog.

I have found some wonderful information from this lady that ranges from making my own facial cleanser and body scrub to learning how to be a more frugal and whole food cook.  She is loaded with wisdom that, I believe, is God given.

I just finished reading her book, Real Food on a Real Budget, and would HIGHLY recommend it to all of you.  It is packed full of great information.

Go over and take a look at her blog and see what I am talking about.  I think you will be happy you did.

Let me know what you think.  And, if you read something that is really neat, pass it along to me in case I missed it.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Where I've Been...

Back from an eleven day vacation at the beach with my family.

What a great time of rest and relaxation we had.  We all needed it, but especially my husband who has been working way too much OT lately.

Now we are back and good grief at the work that awaited me.

You know the work...weeds, yard, garden, laundry, mail, luggage, chickens...need I say more.

I want to go back!!!!

Missed you all.