~A Surprise In The Mail~

I got a surprise in the mail from our blogging friend…Jann of the blog “Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson”. She knew how much I loved mason jars and she gifted me her mason jar banner.


I hung it in our dining room yesterday on my old quilt and heard a crashing sound…as the banner was flying off the quilt. Turns out that the banner was too heavy to be pinned to the quilt. One of the pins went flying and I had to hurry and find it before the Yorkie girls did. The pin landed in one of the chairs in my living room!! Couldn’t believe that it flew that far.

So I took all the ribbons off of the banner…which helped with getting rid of some of the weight off the quilt. I really like the ribbons and I’m going to try to put some of them back on.


Thank you Jann…for this wonderful gift.

Guess it is no surprise to anyone that reads my blog that I love mason jars. I have a mason jar chandelier in my dining room.


And a mason jar print that lights up in my kitchen.


And a small mason jar print the lights up in my living room.


And a cupboard with some mason jars on display.


And of course…the mason jar necklaces that I make.


Which seeing these necklaces…makes me realize that I have to get busy and start making some new jewelry pieces for my upcoming 2 shows..one in September and one in October. So if you can’t find me…I’ll be in my crafting/sewing room making jewelry.

Until next time…..Blessings from me to you.

~Changes in the Dining Room and some Jewelry Pieces~

Why is it that things never go the way you planned. I was doing great with getting the wallpaper border down and then I got some pain in my right hip and foot…so I haven’t been doing any wallpaper removal. Hope to get back at it this coming week.

While taking it easy…I went searching online for a new farmhouse print to put in our dining room and I really like the one I got.


Why was I looking for something new to go up above the quilt…you ask? My hubby dropped the shutter as he was taking it down for me to remove the wallpaper border. It broke the word blessings into several pieces and there was no fixing it.


I had shared this photo below on my blog a few post back…and my granddaughter really liked the plaque with the saying on it…”It is Well With my Soul”.


So I went out to my favorite shop to see if they had another one…but no luck. However…I found a white one without the saying, so I kept that one for me and gave the aqua one to my granddaughter. Needless to say…she was thrilled to get it.


Well…it is getting to that time of year that I need to be thinking about what I’m going to be making jewelry wise for my upcoming 2 shows. After 30 years of doing craft shows…I have decided to let all of them go, but 2 small one day shows…one in September and one in October…and I might try to find a small one day Christmas show.

Thought you might like to see where I keep all the necklaces that I make and keep for myself.


I did a little jewelry making this past week for a bride-to-be. The bride’s grandmother gave her some of her old jewelry pieces to put on a flower…that was then pinned onto one side of the waist of the bride’s dress. All the colored netting pieces were the colors of each one of her bridesmaid’s dresses. Needless to say…she loved it.


Until next time….

Blessings from me to you…    ~Cindy


~Taking Wallpaper Border Off The Walls~

For those of you that have read my blog for awhile…know that we put in a new kitchen a few years ago and now we are ready to do some remodeling in our living room/dining room area. The carpet has been taken up in the dining room and will soon be coming out of the living room. I didn’t plan to be away from my blog for so long, but I’ve been busy taking some wallpaper border down…that has been up in our living room and dining room since around 1993.

Here is a peek at what the border looked like…


I really did love it for many years…and it looked great with my cottage style of decorating, but I’m ready for a change. I’m really loving the farmhouse decorating style and the simplicity of it.

So….back to the wallpaper border. It’s not a pretty site to take down the wallpaper border and find a scary paint color under it!!


I had forgotten that there was peach colored walls under that border…which was the color of the walls when we moved in to our home all those years ago.


I have the border off of three walls…one wall in the living room and two in the dining room. I have six more walls to take the border off of. If you look closely at the left corner of the photo below…you will see that the top layer of the border is off, but the under paper is still on there. This is the next wall that I’ll be working on…it is a very long wall that is in the dining room and the living room.


Did you see my huge letter D in the photo above? I took a break from working on the wallpaper and went to Hobby Lobby one day last week and got the letter D on sale for half price. I can’t wait to get it up on the wall.


Which unfortunately…will be after I get more of the wallpaper border off of the wall in the area where I want to hang the letter.

Going to take another break from the wallpaper border this Saturday. My sister and I are going to a Street Fair that is only 15 minutes from where I live. I’ll try to take some pictures to share with all of you.

Until next time…..        blessings from me to you, ~Cindy


~A Few Changes In The Living Room~

It was a quiet evening here last night.


So I did a little redecorating in my living room. I put a wood sign by my front door…it was made by a good blogging friend. Love the saying on it…”Live Every Moment”… “Laugh Every Day”…”Love Beyond Words”.


We have a console table that sits under our large front room window…and this is what it looked like for years with burlap baskets that had black birds on them. I have been wanting to replace them for a long time, but wasn’t finding anything to replace them with until a couple of weeks ago.

~old burlap storage bins~ BCS-8

That’s when I found some wire baskets at our local Walmart store…and they gave me the farmhouse feel that I was wanting. We use these baskets to put our shoes in. I’ve been looking for some numbers to put on my new baskets. Since taking the photo below…I have changed things up on the top of the console table. I’ll have to take a new photo to share on my next post.

~new wire baskets~ BCS-1

I will be working on the bookshelves too.


Oh….And I can’t wait to put up my new huge clock in our living room. I got it on clearance yesterday from Hobby Lobby.


It most likely will not go up on the wall for a week or two…because I have to get some old wallpaper border off the walls in my living room and dining room. Not looking forward to this job…but it is long over-do and needs to be done.  After taking the living room/dining room border down…then our master bedroom has a border that needs to be taken down too. No more wallpaper or wallpaper borders for me…ever!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit.

Until next time……blessings from me to you,  ~Cindy      

~Pillows, Pillows, and More Pillows~

I’ve not been on my blog for a little while, because I’ve been busy making more pillows. I shared this pillow that I made for my mom for her birthday on my last post. It has an old crocheted white doily and a small newer doily on it…with a vintage style pin that I made.


My mom liked it so much that she asked me to make her another one…so I made her one for her Mother’s Day gift. This one has some machine embroidery on it…with two old doilies in the middle of the pillow and two new small doilies on either side…and vintage buttons on each doily.


My mom has an old wicker trunk in their master bedroom and she wanted to display the pillows on it.


I think they look great on the old trunk.


After I finished up with the pillows for my mom…I decided to make one for my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. She loves birds…so I made this one for her. The bird pin in the middle of the pillow is an old pin that I have had since the late 80’s.


She has not gotten her pillow yet…because we are celebrating Mother’s Day and my hubby’s birthday this coming Saturday.

I had not thought about making pillows until the owner of my favorite ask me if I could make some pillows for her shop. I had made her these two pillows a few months ago.


and both sold very quickly.


I liked these pillows so much…that I made one for me too.


Hope to be back soon with some decorating changes that I’m doing in our living room.

Until then….  blessings from me to you, ~Cindy

~Been Busy Working On Projects~

It’s been beautiful weather here lately, but I’ve been inside working on some projects.

My mom had her birthday last week and she ask me if I could make her a pillow to put on their bed. She really liked this pillow that I made with the crocheted doilies on it…that is in my living room.


This is the pillow that I made for her. I used cream linen fabric and 2 old crocheted doilies.


I also made the pretty pin that I put on her pillow.


I’ve also been crocheting some scarves that will be for my first show of this year…in late August. I love these baskets that I got from LTD Commodities. They hold my yarn beautifully…until I’m ready to make another scarf.


I had a little helper while working on the ruffled scarves.


My birthday was back in late March, but I just had no idea what I wanted for my birthday. So my hubby ask me if I wanted to go to the Pottery Barn Outlet this past weekend to pick out a birthday gift. “Oh…yes, I would love to go there to pick something out for my birthday gift.!!”

We’ve had the Pottery Barn water jug for a few years…so I got the tin stand for it to go on.


I also got the 3 tiered tin tray.


So now I need to figure out what I want to display in it. Hopefully…I’ll be back soon to share whatever I do with decorating it.

Until next time……        blessings from me to you, ~Cindy

~Changing Things Out in the Printer’s Box~

I’ve had a printer’s box hanging on the wall in my living room for several years with lots of miniatures that was collected over the years…but it is time for a change.


So the printers box got a new look with some printer block letters and old vintage pieces of jewelry. I actually found these printer block letters at JoAnn Fabrics. I was thrill to find them, because I have been looking for old ones with no luck for several years and these block letters have that old look to them.


I also kept a few miniatures that I got on a couple of special trips that we took. A mini horse and buggy from when we went to Amish Country and a mini Mackinaw Bridge from our trip to Mackinaw Island. Two mini dogs for our beloved pets that we’ve had…and a silver Hershey Kiss that my hubby gave me many years ago. Also kept a few sewing miniatures and 2 tiny angels.


And of course, my Junk sign made out of scrabble tiles.


Hope everyone is having a great week.

Until next time….       Blessings from me to you, ~Cindy


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