Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thai Dinner

On our way home from Pensacola last Saturday night we stopped at this place to have some dinner. I don’t know about you but I am all about some bling and some shiny.

Good thing I had my camera to because this place was really neat.

One thing, check out this mirror.


This chandelier was awesome! LOVED the shiny!


This picture inside the frame; this was carved!!! It’s all wood in there!



Close up of the carving.



And another close up.


And another….isn’t this awesome?



and another.



Last one, and the next one is of a carving in the table.



It has glass over the table top so you can see the light reflections on it.




Hope you enjoyed the pix, I know we enjoyed all the pretty things in there.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Decorating Ideas

Don’t know about you but I always look at magazines and online to get ideas for Christmas decorating. I like to get a color in mind so I’ll know what I want to do.

I’ve been putting up stuff and rearranging a little to have room for the Christmas things later when I/we start decorating.

Sitting here looking at Pinterest trying to get some ideas and found this link and thought this was so pretty!

ADVENTURES IN DECORATING I LOVE the nutcracker mantel pix. I wanted to do beads on my mantel last year and forgot about it SO I hope I can remember that THIS year.

I would love to put my Christmas tree in a spot where you could see it from the road but that’s not going to be able to work. We closed in the front porch for my sewing room last year and unless I sit a SMALL tree on my sewing table you wont be able to see my tree from the road. lol

Simple BUT pretty idea. I’d like to do something on this scale for beside my back door. That’s where everyone comes in at our house.





GORGIOUS STAIRWAY –I don’t have one to decorate but this is so pretty!




THIS is SOOOOO pretty! Wondering if I could do something like this on my china cabinet.




MIRROR IDEA to make your tree sparkle more. Going to do this! I have some already on hand from another project. Scroll on down the page until you see the little round mirrors. Mine are square but it doesn’t matter. Now IF I can find them! LOL I’ve moved things around so much in the past year I’m having trouble finding my things now.


I’m hoping to get our tree up this coming Saturday. Trying to do some de-cluttering now so the house wont be soooo packed with stuff.


You all started your Christmas decorating yet? Leave me a message so I can see what you’ve done.


Saturday, November 17, 2012


Wanted to show you some pix I took while at my Uncle Marks house a few months back. He had lymphoma cancer and hospice was called in to help. I went to stay a little while with them to be with him what I could.

This field is right across the road from their house. It’s been there for 29 years now. They always have something planted in it, winter, spring, fall whatever.


This machine you can see in the field is on wheels and it rolls along the field and waters it and puts out what needs to be put on the plants. They plant wheat, peanuts and cotton in this field.

Those little concrete things to the bottom of the pic are some little things my uncle was trying to sell many years ago.


You can see that machine better in this pic.


As you can see this thing is huge! While I was there the first time visiting with my uncle they sprayed something on the field. About 45 minutes later I was sick as a dog but it didn’t bother anyone else. Hubby said I really scared him because I was pale as a ghost. I thought I was going to wind up throwing up but I didn’t. I was so sick to my stomach it was horrible!


This field is HUGE as you can see on this pic. The small trees are in my uncles front yard.


You can see the field here.


A good shot of the field here. It goes all the way to the highway which is about 1/4 mile and then I don’t know how far the other way. This is looking across the field.


This is how far it goes back on this side.


They’re constantly spraying either water, a herbicide or a pesticide on this thing! I really believe this is why my Uncle Mark had cancer and was as bad as it was because you KNOW that can’t be healthy breathing that stuff. Look what it did to me just that one time! I think hubby was about ready to find a E.R. for me. I know one thing, it was really scary for me because I had no clue WHAT was wrong with me. I had to go lie down and everyone kept coming in there to check on me.

I sure do miss my Uncle and Thanksgiving without him just isn’t going to be the same this year! When I was a teen he gave me a real sewing machine in a cabinet! I’d always liked to sew even as a little child. He got me a little toy machine that really worked when I was under 10 years old and I just loved it! I made doll clothes with it. Anyway then he gives me this one when I was a teen and I thought I’d died and went to heaven. I think I was 16 at the time. Man how I wish I’d kept that machine! Anyway he’s also given me my Maw Maw’s old petal type sewing machine. I’m hoping I can get it soon since he gave it to me and there’s no way I will EVER get rid of that one!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Homemade Vanilla Extract


As you guys know vanilla extract can get pretty expensive. I am going to make some of my own using some recipes I found on these blogs.





Yesterday when I walked into the liquor store the dude asked if he could help me. I said I am looking for a cheap vodka and he thought I was going to make daiquiri's with it. I told him no, I was going to make some vanilla extract because I am tired of paying 4-5 bucks for a little bity bottle of vanilla. I think my bottle of vodka was like 7.80 tax and all. My vanilla beans I got off Amazon and they were under 10 bucks. Not bad for a huge bottle of vanilla. Then as I use it out of the bottle I just refill it with fresh vodka so it should last me quite some time.

Have you ever made your own vanilla extract? How do you make yours?



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Songs That Are a Blessing to Us

Isn’t it so encouraging to hear a good song that uplifts you or one you know that would uplift others? Was listening to my Hinson’s CD yesterday coming home and thought this was a very encouraging song! The Hinson’s sure did sing some good songs!

THE SEARCH IS OVER    (Click here to listen to the video here)

The Search is Over

He knows what you’re going through. He’s walked in your shoes! And He’s felt the pain till His tears fell like rain, and His heart broke into.
He knows how it feels alone, when all of His friends were gone, and He walked up that hill, doin’ His Fathers will, to die for you.

The search is over, you found a friend for life. He’ll lead you from the dark, into His heavenly light. The search is over, though your heart’s been breaking. Jesus is waiting, the search is over!

We all have a choice to make, there’s two roads to take. Have you carried sins load , went down the wrong road, have you lost your way? Now the Father stands at the door, and He looks down the road once more, He sees you coming home, you’ve wondered so long, now it’s home coming day!!

The search is overrrr, you found a friend for life. He’ll lead you from the dark, into His heavenly light. The search is over, though your heart’s been breaking. Jesus is waiting, the search is over!
The search is over, you found a friend for life. He’ll lead you from the dark, into His heavenly light. The search is over, though your heart’s been breaking. Jesus is waiting, the search is over!


by: Ronnie Hinson & Mike Payne

Friday, November 2, 2012

HAPPY HAPPY Birthday to Our Buddy




While looking at a cute little blog a few minutes ago I realized we missed our pooches birthday! Sad smile


I was thinking he was born in Nov. but we GOT him in Nov. Also was thinking he was 5 but he was 4! My poor brain isn’t working right these days so hopefully he will forgive me once we do something for his birthday!

It’s been a little while since I posted about him so I figured I would post some pix of him for you all to see. Several have asked about him and I sent pix but figured I would share these on my blog since I posted my link on her blog awhile ago. Was telling her about Buddy and how he was like her dog Chet. I think they got separated at birth! lol


This is his favorite ball.


Here he is close up. When you call him and you have the camera he doesn’t be still and most of them are blurry. IF you get on the floor with him to take a pic, most of them are MEGA close up! lol


Got milk? Milk kefir that is! He loves the stuff.


Wanna play ball?



ahhhhh come on!


guarding the ball and STILL waiting.Winking smile

Chair Cover



I bought this chair cover at the thrift store awhile back. In my cleaning out the sewing room I found it and was going to get rid of it and decided to see IF it would fit this chair. It’s too big for it so I turned it inside out and put it on the chair and let it stay for like 2 days trying to decide IF I wanted to tackle fixing it to fit this chair.

The main reason I wanted to fix it for the chair is this, I keep an old sheet in this chair because Buddy the Boston terrier likes to sit in this chair. Some folks don’t like sitting where a dog sits so I can take it off for visitors. So this looks MUCH nicer than the old sheet was my thinking since I am the one that has to look at it all the time. PLUS it can be taken off and washed!

See how much too big it is for the chair? See all the piles of fabric inside the chair part?  There was so much fabric on the arms of the chair that I decided it would be best to take the seams out there to take it up to fit the chair. This fabric is VERY thick!

Took photo’s in case anyone wanted to tackle doing this for one of their chairs with a chair cover they find.


As you can see on the right of the pic I have that seam taken apart. The extra fabric that is on the cushion itself will be tucked in around the cushion to keep it from having to be fixed every time someone sits in it.


See the gaping hole in this one? There was another foot of fabric width here that I did not need. I took it out and will sew this up and have less sagging fabric on the sides.


The piece of fabric on the floor to the right of the pic is the piece I took out of the side so I wont have so much sagging fabric there. Then the square piece that is on the floor, that will actually be on the outside when it’s turned right and this will hide the elastic they put in it. I took that off so I could make it shorter since it’s too long as well. 


I put the cushion inside the chair so I could see how much I needed to remove of the fabrics. Like I said the cover is inside out so I can pen it from this side or mark on it where the seams need to go.

From the looks of it I think I need to go ahead and take the rest of that seam out on the arms to so the seam can be at the top around the arms. See how the seam is hanging down and not where it needs to go? This cover was for one of those over sized chairs. I found it and figured I would use the fabric for something else because the fabric is so thick. But then decided to fix it for this chair.

Now for a pic of that Boston Terrier that likes this chair. See the chair in the background with the sheet thrown over it? I think this will look much better.



When I get it sewn together and finished I will post an update pic.