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1. Surgery Day Arrived. The long awaited day arrived whether I was ready for it or not. There were hospital gowns and footies, visits to my room, IV’s, and lots of meds. My arm received purple sharpie marks. And I left with a floppy right arm….until the nerve block wore off…oofta.

2. I graduated to Jello and Triangle Triscuits. The first couple days were rough, as expected. Coming off of anesthesia isn’t a trip I highly recommend to anyone. I was excited to finally eat Vanilla ice cream, Jello, and any cracker other than Saltines!

3. Fluffy Puff against my leg. I had a number of visits for Clifford as he checked up on his Momma. There were even a few moments of him cuddled up under the blankets next to my legs. Such a goofy fluff ball.

4. When boredom sets in. Goodness, the amazing things you can do with you non-dominant hand when you get bored enough to try anything. I’ve always loved succulents, and have recently seen ones made of felt floating around Pinterest. I decided to give ‘er a try myself. I really can’t wait to see how they turn out!

5. Invites are ready to go . Well, most of them at least. There are those few last addresses we still need to collect, but just a handful. The others are ready to go! Although a little early, but as they say, “early is on time, on time is late, and late is never acceptable.” So early it is! Bring on the RSVPs!

6. And last, but certainly not least . Mother’s Day! We had a wonderful day, quiet and relaxing, just as Mom had ordered. She received part of her gift yesterday, the rest will be spread throughout the spring and summer as we help in the garden.

You may have missed:
1.  A special letter
2.  THE day
3.  Thank You Letters
4.  Mother’s Day love

I am linking up today with Elizabeth over at Oak & Oats for a little weekly wrap-up. Be sure to hop on over, she’s a doll. 🙂

Spring Swap 2014 – Reveal Day!

If you’ve been around these areas a while, you know I’m a gal who loves a good swap – and this one wasn’t any different!

Today is Reveal Day for Spring Swap 2014, put together by a gal whose blog I greatly enjoy, Katie at Tomorrow, With a Smile.  I was paired up with Suzi over at Heart of a Huldeen (and yes, I’ll take a little credit for the nudge to get her to start the blog!  Make sure you take a trip on over and say hello).  🙂  I had a great time getting to know Suzi (very quickly) through emails, stalking perusing through her blog, Pinterest, and Instagram.  She’s a sweet Indiana girl who loves her man (and her little fluffy pup too – Henry, what a stinkin’ cute name!).  I put a few things in her package to help inspire her as she started her blog, and an awesome vintage hook made from horse shoes – she’s an avid horse gal.  I also added in a candle that is one of my favorite scents.  We’re in debate if it’s honeysuckle or gardenia – either way, it’s a great spring scent!

What I sent off to Suzi:

My lovely package of goodies:

I was so excited when I found my package from Suzi on my front step, and I couldn’t wait to tear into it!  No worries, I did slow down just a bit to get some pics.  I first saw the yellow chevron box with Thin Mint Puppy Chow…oh dear Suzi, a woman after my own heart!  How did she know, puppy chow and I go way back.  And Thin Mint flavored?  I’ve been trying to ration it to make it last.  She also sent two glasses that she made for the Mr. and I filled with paper straws, a batch of Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub (smells divine!), and a Honeymoon Fund jar that is already ready to go out at our wedding this summer!  Love, love, love this swap, and the sweet lady who sent me the goodies!

This was a lovely swap, and it was great to get to know my swap partner before picking out the goodies.  Another successful swap!

Etsy Swap Reveal Day!

Today is the day!  Today is the day that we get to finally reveal all our Etsy Swap goodness!


My lady was Tina over at Fish Kopp.  I hadn’t met Tina before this, but let me tell you, I was glad to find another sewer/quilter in this blog world!  And I was a bit obsessed with her Pinterest since she had so many great boards!  As soon as I got her info, I started scouring Etsy to find just the items for her.

VW bus card // Slacker Sanctuary

Rainbow Yarn // Alice In Stitches Art

City Map letterpress cards // Gooseberry Designs

Owl ornament // Recut Designs



My package, oh my package.  It came for a wonderful gal, Lindsie from This Abode.  I had to laugh a bit, because as soon as I saw who it was from, I recognized the name.  Lindsie and I have been following each other on Instagram for a little while, and often like and comment on each others photos.  If you haven’t yet, you really should check out her Instagram or Etsy shop, she makes such adorable things!  And she is such a doll!





“hello” card and mug // Everyday Summit

Vintage fabric // In the Old School House

Journal // Cardtorial


I love each thing she sent, she obviously friendly stalked for a while. Lindsie definitely got my love for anchors, vintage and fabric, and journals down.

Make sure to head to Rivers and Roads  or Taking Steps Home to see the other goodies that got passed along. And if you get a change, join in during the next round. It’s great fun to get to know other bloggers from all around.

13 Things I Love About Myself


All too often, negative self-talk is heard from too many people these days. I know I am guilty of it just as much as the next person.  Whether it be something I’m not good at, something I would change about myself, or some bad habit I have that I need to give up.  Maybe it’s something I want to be good at, but just don’t have the skills for like that person over there.  You also hear it when a compliment is given.

You did a great job on that project.
I didn’t get to finish it like I wanted to.

This meal is delicious.
No, it doesn’t taste like I thought it should.

That dress looks great on you.
Really?  I think it makes my hips look big.

↑ – I’m totally guilty of that one.

It breaks my heart when you start to see children talking like this.  You may not think they pay attention to what you’re saying, but when they comment about how their legs look fat, or whatever the negative talk may be, you know that something must change.

To help combat the negative self-talk and help to try and break they cycle, I figure why flip to a little positive self-talk.

13 Things I Love About Myself  (Linking up here with Avoiding Atrophy)

1.  I am an artsy gal.  I make a mean quilt, and love giving a handmade gift over a purchased gift anyday.

2.  I am totally goofy, and not afraid to be.  I will laugh at myself in a heart beat!

3. I am low maintanance.  I don’t spend hours doing my hair or perfecting my make-up on the daily (make-up?  what’s that?)

4.  I have no problem standing up for myself or others.

5.  I have some pretty awesome eyes.  They’re actually kind of amazing, and have perty little sunbursts in the middle.

6.  I left a marriage that was not good for me, and finally decided to make decisions that were best for me.

7.  I am an optimist through and through.

8.  I have a fierce love for my family and would do absolutely anything for them.

9.  I can kick it with the guys one minute, and hang out with the gals the next.

10.  When I set my mind to something, I follow through.

11.  I have become more patient than I give myself credit for.

12.  I do my best to give new life to old things.  Antiques have a special place in my heart, and a story to tell.

13.  I make some pretty great faces.

I was working to make a list of ten, and then just kept right on a-going.  It was a bit tough at first, but then I got on a roll.  Ladies and gents, if you aren’t your own best friend, how can you expect others to be?  Love yourself!  Self-positive-talk the crap out of yourselves!  You deserve it!

Now, go make your list.  Post it somewhere you can look at it every day!  And know that you’re awesome!  (And don’t forget to link-up with Avoiding Atrophy.)

Artist Guild Link-up: Paint a Canvas

Today, I am linking-up Samantha at Elah Tree as part of The Artist Guild.  She has put together creative prompts for others to join in, create together, and become and artist community.  There is everything on the list from writing a poem to painting a canvas, doing a photo shoot to recording a vlog.  The link-up is every second Thursday through September.

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I was so very, very excited for the Artist Guild Link-up this month!  If you’ve been around a while, you know my first round of college was for my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  During this time, I also did a study abroad program over the summer of 2006 in London and Scotland for none other than a painting program.  It was incredible!  To explore the cities across the pond and paint while receiving credit – I’ll take it!  So as you can imagine, I jumped at the chance to join this group when I saw that painting was a part of it.

For this painting, I didn’t have a design in mind, I wasn’t even sure what colors I would include.  I got the canvas, brushes, and paints out, and just started mixing.  I found some acrylic paints that had been stored in my art supplies bin for years (oofta, almost 10 years or so), and to my surprise, they weren’t all dried up.  I cracked those bottles open, and it was like I had just bought them yesterday.  I wasn’t sure where my paint tray was – probably buried in another box – so I grabbed a lid to a plastic bin.


I then started mixing the paints until I got a couple of colors I likes, and off I went.  I knew I wanted to start with a green wash, then just winged-it from there.


I added layer upon layer, color upon color, and ended in an overall wash of a deep purple.



Here is the finished piece!  I must say, I’m rather please with how it turned out!  It reminds me a bit of a Scottish tartan pattern.  J said it reminds him of his military days when he would be prone in a field training, down in the grass with flowers and weeds popping up around him.  Whatever it resembles, I must say, I like it!


Be sure to stop on over and check out the other paintings done!

Monthly Wishes :: March


Hello March!  Already?  You would guess so if you looked outside, but you would be soon informed if you stepped in our house that it was March.  In fact, J’s birthday month!  His birthday isn’t until the 30th, but he has declared the month as his (saying he’ll share it with Grandma, Mom and our sister-in-law who are also all March birthdays). 

Along with the declaration of a new month, I’m jumping onboard with my Monthly Wishes list!  It’s been a while since I’ve done these, but not better time than the present.  So off we go!

• March Wishes •

→  Finish getting everything together for taxes and press submit!

→  Set 15 minutes aside each day for quiet time.

→  Celebrate J’s month with him!  And plan a little something for his birthday on the 30th.

→  Finalize time, order invites, and start projects for the wedding.

→  Stay under budget and throw everything left at debt!

What are your monthly/weekly goals?

I’m the kinda girl who…{link-up}

I’m hooking up with Holly over at Hey, Hollywood for a little link-up fun!  I know I’m a few days late, but hey – that’s how it goes sometimes.

I’m the kinda girl who…..

….. doesn’t know how to do any fancy – read: cute – styles with her hair.  It’s pony or down.

….. dances to the music in her head, no matter where she may be.

….. must take at least one silly picture for each “normal photograph”.

….. is head over heels for her little niece.

….. can’t sleep in total silence, music is always playing in the background.

….. rarely wears make-up.

….. cannot, I said cannot, go to bed before 11pm.

….. is trying to wean off of an umpteen year addiction to Dr. Pepper.

….. can eat popcorn every single day.

….. hangs out with the boys more than the girls.

….. swears a bit much.

….. gets distracted by her shiny ring when the light hits it.

What kind of girl are you?