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Monthly Archives: August 2014



Despite our triple digit temperatures, I know that fall is not too far away, especially when you walk into a craft store or fabric store.

They are displaying all things fall with different shades of orange, along with some great ideas for sewing and decorating your home.

The color orange is my theme today.

My orange  marigold had a strange visitor, a white spider.  It’s a little creepy.

Even my tropical canna is wearing orange.


So of course I bought some orange fabric.  A table runner is what I’m thinking of making.


I then cut some strips and  sewed them together.

Some pumpkin shapes will be cut out to sew onto the runner fabric.

I’d better get started so that I can use it this year!♥♥♥♥





Hubby and I love to go to estate sales when we get the opportunity.  You never know what treasures can be found.

I have found vintage fabric, garden tools, pyrex bowls, which I happen to collect and Mexican pottery, (I also collect these).  Hubby usually looks for tools that he can use.

There is a feeling of sadness for me when we go to estate sales; I always think about the person or persons that owned the items on sale. I do make it a point to promise myself that I will try and take care of any item I buy.♥

Not long ago I found a scarf, which looked brand new, for $1.oo.  I quickly grabbed it knowing that I could use it some way or another.

Well, as you can see, I turned it into a poncho-like top to be worn over a camisole or nice tee top.

To start the process, I folded the scarf in half and then cut a hole at the top for my head to go through.

I then hand stitched a narrow hem around the opening for a finished look.

For the $1.oo that I paid, I’m thinking that I made a pretty good deal.♥♥♥♥






Our internet was down for 2 1/2 days and it really inconvenienced us.  We are spoiled indeed.

Yes, I know the Amish do without all these silly modern things, but we are not Amish and have come to depend on getting our information quickly.

Well, we’re back up and now we’re happy.  Back to normalcy.

This project is not a new idea but still is fun to do, especially if you can find plain t shirts on sale.

I happened to find a brown tee shirt; but I love color, so I decided to add some color and embellish it.

Super simple!

All you need is:

t shirt

fabric (should have a design on it, flowers, etc. to iron on to t-shirt.)

glue (a good fabric glue)

sequins (optional)

fusible web ( to iron on to your fabric)

I happen to like bling, so I added sequins.

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Because of the scorching heat we’ve  experienced and because of my neglect, my roses are looking sad.

The temperatures have finally dropped and I know that they will make another show of pretty roses.

But there are some plants that are doing well.  My dahlia is blooming again.



My vinca is a pretty pink.


The marigolds are happy as well.


A fun look at my marigolds using my new app.


Thank you you for stopping by.


I love the look of shabby chic décor, but in my home I don’t have anything close to that particular look.

Sewing pillows has become a favorite pastime for me, so I decided to make some that had the shabby chic look.  They are “sew” easy to make.

The ruffles that I put on the pillows have raw edges so that they will fray with use and add more of a shabby appearance.

I’ve also made a few baby quilts with frayed edges.

A trip to the fabric store the other day gave me some more ideas on how to use my fabric.

The love I have for fabric makes me go a little wild when I purchase some, but it’s all used at the end for something.


Now, on to my next project.♥♥♥♥

What’s your favorite decorating style?




Today, I’d like to share my favorite recipe for banana bread.  My family really enjoys it and it makes me happy.

The recipe comes from an old cook book that I bought years ago.  I have tried other recipes, but I always come back to this one.



To make it my own I add about 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and I use canola oil, but you can use regular cooking oil if you like.

I also like to use bananas that are speckled with brown spots.




Recipe follows:

1/2 cup cooking oil

1 cup sugar

2 eggs beaten

3 ripe bananas, mashed

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips (optional)

Beat oil and sugar together.  Add eggs and banana pulp and beat well.  Add sifted dry ingredients, milk, and vanilla.  Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan (9 by 5 by 3 inches).  Bake in preheated moderate oven (350 degrees F.) for about 1 hour.  Cool well and then cover with foil and store overnight before cutting. Makes 1 loaf.

I usually just wait till it’s cooled and then cut into it.  I make sure to cover with foil to keep in the moisture.

It might not take a whole hour of baking.  You don’t want to over bake it.

♥♥♥♥ Enjoy!


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