Monday, June 18, 2018

Musical Monday: Brandi Carlile - "The Story"

I believe that this song is best played LOUD...and more than once at a time.  What do you think?
Embedded down below or listen HERE.

Some of the lyrics:
"....You see the smile that's on my mouth
It's hiding the words that don't come out
And all of my friends who think that I'm blessed
They don't know my head is a mess
No, they don't know who I really am
And they don't know what I've been through like you do
And I was made for you...

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them to
It's true... I was made for you
Oh yeah, well it's true... that
I was made for you..."

Saturday, June 16, 2018

My nice niece: Éponine Leigh

I thought that I'd share a few photos with you...some of my favorites:

I've been an Aunt for years, so that is not new- but holding a little person and you can say:  
"She has my brother's upper lip, and she has my hands!!!" ...that is a new experience for me!
And seeing my folks as real grandparents- that is fun too!

I look like I was pacing the hospital floors...but I did not- I was just road weary!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

Musical Monday: Mumford and Sons - "Nothing Is Written"

I hope that you enjoy this, it is my very favorite Mumford & Sons song...AND my very favorite version.  This is the version that used to play on the radio.

The other song I love is "Not in Nottingham".

Embedded below or listen HERE:


Thursday, June 07, 2018

Spring & Summer clothes: Teena Paige (1950's)

Don't you just LOVE these dresses???  My favorite is the "Dots and Stripes Forever".  =)

Date unknown- 1940's I guess:

Lizzie Bramlett wrote:
 "Teena Paige was a popular line of teenage dresses. They made dresses for day wear, but were best known for their party dresses. The label was established in 1944 by the Epstein Garment Company of New York. They reached the height of their popularity in the 1950s. There was no such person as Teena Paige." 

(That last bit was sad news to me, I was SO hoping that she was real!!!)


Monday, June 04, 2018

Musical Monday: Joshua Radin- "I'd rather be with you"

Lovely song, thanks Joshua!  And nicely added to clips from the movie "Wives & Daughters"... =)

Embedded below or listen HERE:

Friday, June 01, 2018

The Summer Of No Pants* 2018: Post 1

Dress number 1:
~Fabric: one of Hobby Lobby's vintage “Flour Sack” style (green print) from a few years ago. I had bought some blue and made an apron at the time, and then the green went on clearance, and at such a good price I had to get it, even though I thought that it was kind of ugly...I never knew what I'd do with it, but this spring I thought it was really quite nice..I sewed it up and I have a new house/town dress now!
~ I used the retired Simplicity #8071
~The zipper is a invisible zipper, set in the back.  I just love my IZ foot that Dad got me- I can't thank him enough!
~ This dress will likely go on my Almost Summer trip!  =)

*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants did have a Google+ group, but it has been sad!)

To learn more about SONP, please visit  
and put  Summer Of No Pants in the search'll be fun!  =)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Whatever Wednesday: Sewing for children 3

Another sewing project I just finished is matching shorts for the older 3 little ME children & I.  
(I think that I have enough to make pair for little Ben...but another day...or month...)
 I enjoy sewing for children (like doll clothes, but more fun) and I LOVE it when they love it.  And matching your niece and nephews is ALWAYS fun!

3 kinds of pockets for 3 kinds of people.
We had a fun afternoon  =)

Monday, May 28, 2018

European Cookies (not a recipe!)

Blogger just told me: "European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used and data collected on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent.
As a courtesy, we have added a notice on your blog to explain Google's use of certain Blogger and Google cookies, including use of Google Analytics and AdSense cookies, and other data collected by Google."

I don't know what I should do about the above statement, and I ignored it when they said something to me a few years ago, so this time, I thought that I'd just show you what they said, and you can decide if it applies to you, and what you would do about it!  =)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

DIY: Mini Pinatas

After looking at THIS blog and THIS blog, I made my pinatas with paper cups, crepe paper, tissue paper, twine, ribbon, tape & hot glue.  My parents have now forbid me use the hot glue gun in the house.  TOO stinky.
                                  (I got the free Fiesta banner over at "I Heart Nap Time". click here.)

 The possibilities of what to fill your pinatas with are endless...I'd like to try again and be more creative. Most of them ended up looking like crazy 1960's lamp shades or hats:

  I LOVE sewing crepe paper~ it is SO satisfying!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

New Grandma

I think that she likes her Grand baby: Eponine Leigh, 9lbs7oz 21" May 23rd



Thank you, Christine for taking this one!

Monday, May 21, 2018

New flowers on the block...

Indian Blanket with bug:

White Yarrow:

Wine Cups and Coreopsis are lovely together:

Some of the Scilla bulbs bloomed for the first time ever:

Larkspur and Wine Cups (wine cups smell really good and last a long time after picking)


Pretties Dad found some time...they make me think of ladies hats in the 1960's:

Monday, May 14, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

our Doce de Mayo dinner party

Doce de Mayo Fiesta....a Tex-Mex party really. Some friends came for Dinner & Games: Mexican Corn Bread casserole, Tex-Mex quiche & salad. Played Mexican Train Dominoes. 
The party favors were individual mini pinatas. Dessert: All you can eat Chocolate Chip cookies and 2 kinds of ice cream: Brown Sugar and Chocolate Buttermilk. =)

 (I got the free printable Fiesta banner over at "I Heart Nap Time" click here
My DIY Mini Pinata post can be found HERE.)

James would not wear a stick on mustache, so he took the photo of the rest of us.  =)
We had an open "bar": juices, sodas & coconut water--make your own mixed drinks! 

Party table:
(Yes, I had fun, and would like to have more of these parties in coming years!)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Musical Monday: "Moon River" sung by Reneé Dominique

Reneé Dominique playing Moon River on her ukulele~ just lovely!

(..."Moon River" is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song also won the 1962 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year....)

 (embedded below or listen to it HERE.)