Monday, May 30, 2011


HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! Our day started out with a bang! Every year the village of Holly has a parade and a ceremony at the cemetary. I decided to get in on the action and decorated up the "bug". Jack and Ellie rode with me and passed out candy.

Neither one had ever been in a parade and they thought it was the greatest!

I had fun too, saw lots of familiar faces along the parade route.

Let us never forget our veterans. They are always at the beginning of the parade.

It seems like the group gets smaller and smaller with each passing year.

My husband (also a Viet Nam vet) drove a truck for the WWII vets that are no longer able to march. I had a lump in my throat this year, as this was Dad's favorite holiday and he is no longer able to even ride in the truck. Our Gannon marched behind the truck in Great-Grandpa's honor.

A parade wouldn't be a parade without Abbey. She decorated her bike and rode behind Gannon.

What a clan!! All EIGHT grandchildren showed up to cheer their Grandpa on today. Four of them were in the parade and the other four (little ones) had fun watching. What would we do without them???

Time to do a little cookout and spend some family time. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday.

Until next time...

Saturday, May 28, 2011


HAPPY HOLIDAYS MY FRIENDS! Got some great new goodies in the shop that I've been wanting to share with you. I know blue is coming back in style and we got this cute little drop-leaf table and two chairs ready for your breakfast nook. A small cupboard will be in the shop next week to match. Just perfect for a smaller dining area or kitchen.

Love, love, love this OLD wheelboro!

Another child's wheelboro, also great for your porch!

How about a "flower bed"? This one is a cutie with an attached burlap sack, old rake and sign.

This window is a Too Far Gone creation and I'm SOOOO tempted to bring it home for my own porch! (But I won't, I want to share these things with my customers.)

A very unique old gas/oil can with a verse, sunflowers and crows.

Carol found this wonderful old wooden box with advertising on all four sides. It is filled with herb markers for your garden.

How I wish my island was big enough to hold this old buggy seat. Wouldn't it be great for serving a buffet? The dollies love it too.

Funny old cat wreath is ready for summer with his watermelon.

More little girl's stitched dresses. They seem to be a "hot" item!

Do any of you know what this is? I sure didn't! It's the hoop and bustle to go under those long-ago dresses. Can you imagine having to wear this???

Do you have fun plans for the holiday? My husband is going to drive the vets that can't march any more in the parade and I think I'm going to be in it too. Our village has a wonderful ceremony each year and we always look forward to being there. Maybe we'll have a cook-out (if the rain stops) and spend some time with our family. Hope you all enjoy your days!

Until next time...

Friday, May 27, 2011


WOW! What a fun Wednesday we had in town! Zanie Janie (next door) let us use the front of her coffee shop for a birthday party for my mom. She turns 88 on Monday and we wanted to surprise her a little early. She has put in a rough two years with Dad in the nursing home and she needed something just for her. We had salads, munchies and beautiful cupcakes.

Daughter Ashley (Surre Cakes) made Grandma these beautiful cupcakes. They were almost too pretty to eat.

Daughter Ashley, Daught-in-law Kim and Mom.

Great Grandma and Lucy.

Great-Grandma and Abbey.

Thanks Zanie Janie!!!

The whole party! It was so much fun and we DID pull off the surprise!

She even got some presents. Happy Birthday Mom!

Last night I went over to help daughter Amanda out for awhile and these two little cuties had to put on party dresses. (Ellie and Caroline)

I could have just swooped them up and brought them home!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and lets all keep our fingers crossed that Blogger gets straightened out so we can start leaving comments!!!

Until next time...

Monday, May 23, 2011


Has your heart ever been so big and proud that you thought it would explode? I sure felt that tonight. If any of you know our Gannon, than you'll understand why. He was in his middle school talent show tonight and he did a fantastic job!

He was the first act and sang "Baby" from Justin Beiber. The whole auditorium was clapping along and cheered and cheered for him. I could have just cried!

Brother Jack and cousin Lucy loved it too. Jack did a little break dancing, and

Lucy partied too. It was adorable!

After Gannon finished his act he loved watching everyone else.

Me and "my first best boy". Yup, he'll always have a very special part in Grandma's heart.

Aunt Ashley gets lots of credit for coaching him with his singing.

Grandpa's chest was a little pumped too.

And, of course, Mom and Dad could hardly believe it! All in all, it was one great night for the record books.

Until next time...


I hope I can safely say that maybe spring is finally arriving in Michigan. I'll sure take it - even though it is late coming. Dick brought me home this beautiful bouquet of lilacs Saturday, one of my very favorites. The sweet aroma is intoxicating!
The weather was fantastic yesterday - upper 80's!! We put the top down on the bug and had a good ride. We stopped to visit Dad in the nursing home, took him outside for some fresh air and then went to visit Dick's sister Judy and her husband Jerry. We all piled in and went for an ice cream. We stopped at the armed service memorial in Swartz Creek and the news station pulled up. They interviewed Dick and he was on T.V. last night. We came home and made bar-b-que chicken, a big salad and pea pods. The best part was the rhubarb pie that Mom made while we were gone! YUMMY!!!
Today we are going to get some things put together for the shop. We're working on a new potting bench, some BIG crow garden stakes, a fun planter box and more, more, more... Hope to have it all in the shop by the end of the week. Tomorrow I hope to spend the day sewing and finishing up some fun things in that area too.
Well friends, who's it going to be on Dancing With The Stars and American Idol this week??? I'm hoping for Chelsea and Mark on Dancing and Lauren on Idol. Got any favorites?
Tonight we are going to watch our Gannon in his middle school talent show. Can't wait! His Aunt Ashley gave him some pointers and he is very serious about this whole thing. Hope to have some pictures tomorrow.
It rained all morning, but now the sun is out and shining bright. Time to get outside and get to work on our projects. Hope you all have a wonderful, creative day!!!
Until next time...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Good evening prim pals. Just had to pop in and show you one of my latest finds that I'M KEEPING FOR ME!!! Carol brought in this old, canvas bucket and I put it out in the shop for one day - then I couldn't stand it any longer and brought it home. I'm not quite sure where it will end up, but I just love it. Seems like all the good stuff stays at the shop, but once in awhile I just have to have a goodie or two.
I spent the day at the shop painting furniture, putting garden goodies together and stitching - it was a LONG day of rain, rain, rain. I'm starting to wonder if nice, spring weather is ever going to get to Michigan. The Wednesday car cruise was cancelled, so at least the day didn't last until 8 p.m.
Well friends, hope the sun is shining wherever you may be!
Until next time...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


What a fun day! Dick and I went up north to the "little house" and friend Debbie and I took off Sunday morning for Houghton Lake (Michigan). I went to this shop earlier in the winter, but it was fun to go back with a girlfriend.

Things are just starting to pop outside the shop. The weather still hasn't turned to summer, especially up north, but I'm sure there will be lots of goodies outside when it does.

Shopkeeper Sandy is as sweet as she can be.

There are little booths all throughout the back of the shop and mostly prims!

This old buggy seat would be so cute on a front porch!

There were some great birdhouses all throughout the shop.

I tried to get a little taste of what is for sale throughout the building.

This potting bench was adorable!

Crow pie anyone?

As you can see, there is a great mix.

I was crazy about the birdfeeders made out of the old pans.

Another full booth!

This gal had so many smalls done up. Everything from clothespin dolls, cats, owls, tiny dolls, stars and more.

There were some beautiful wool pieces done in old windows and frames.

You can see how full it is! If you are ever in northern Michigan, be sure to stop by and visit Sandy and see this cute shop.

Today I went on a school field trip with our Abbey to the Longway Planatarium in Flint. It was really fun to see how interested two rooms of third graders were - and how well behaved! I was so glad I was able to go on my day off. She came home with me after it was over and we are going to just hang out until after dinner.

Well friends, time to get busy on some of my own things for the shop. Have a great evening!

Until next time...