This is what happens when your favorite antique mall has a store wide sale…

Things are rather busy here. I’m frantically trying to finish some Christmas gifts before we head home to PA late next week, and Ad is working his little tush off to finish his thesis. Fortunately, I made some time to … Continue reading

Winter White

It’s good and cold here. Face-hurting, lung-surprising cold. Skelly loves to eat the snow, but hates to walk in the cold. He wears his sweatshirt inside all the time now, and then we throw a coat or two on over top of that when we go out for a walk. If he’s on his bed, he’s under his blanket. He has finally learned to gently stand up from his bed, walk to his food and water bowls with blanket still draped over his shoulders, and then mosey back to his bed to lay down with the blanket still covering most of his body. Since he and I are the only ones home during the day, we don’t turn the heat on. We just layer. I found him like this yesterday afternoon…



With his little investigation cone sticking out for fresh air…


I love catching the frosty bits that form on the windows before they melt every morning. Just think, late sleepers miss this!



I hit a few thrift stores earlier this week. I didn’t find a whole lot, but did bring home some gorgeous cloth hankies. As a little gifty to our wedding guests, there will be a basket of cloth hankies at the ceremony site for those who need them, to catch the happy tears. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for an extra-special one for me to use, and I think I may have found one. Or two? I can’t decide. I am a big old crier, so maybe I’ll need both! I’ll certainly need waterproof mascara.

Here’s the first one…




and here’s the second one…



Which do you think?

Stay warm!



Wedding Work

For the last few days, I’ve been in the mood to work on wedding projects. When these moods strike I must act, because there is so much to do! I still have 7 1/2 months before the big day, but that doesn’t feel like very long and there are so many things happening before that time.

The thrift store has been my best friend. I’m continuing to pick up cheap plates, with the goal of having a large and small vintage floral plate for each guest to use. At the last count, we were quite close!




I also scored pretty big in the fabric department at my last trip to the thrift store. I got just over 10 yards of colorful vintage fabrics for $11.35. Such a steal!




Now comes the hard work of cutting and sewing all of that fabric into bunting. The colorful bunting for inside the reception tent has been a work in progress for almost a year now. I’ve got others helping with this project, so I’ve no doubt that I’ll end up with enough bunting to create the colorful, fluttery effect that I’m envisioning.


I promise I don’t paint my nails to match my craft projects. It just keeps happening!


And lastly, the doily collection continues. These will be gently stitched together at places to create table runners, which will lay over beige table cloths. I love the varying colors of doilies, from bright white, to ivory, to ecru.




That’s 5 inches of doily right there! Yeah…I measured. These have been a lot harder to come by than I thought they would be, at least for a price that I could afford. I actually didn’t find most of these myself. Thankfully, I’ve had several family members who’ve been on the look out for them.


As you can see, Skelly has been of no help.


Now, back to the sewing machine!



Cozy and Lazy

Dog and I have had a thoroughly cozy and lazy morning. I’ve watched an embarrassing amount of Murder, She Wrote while working on Christmas gifts, and Skelly has kept me company in his favorite place…the couch.

If you’re tired of looking at pictures of my dog (although how you could be is beyond me), you should probably give this post a miss!













And now we’ll both go for a walk to so we don’t feel so bad about spending the first half of the day on the couch.

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!


Happy Gotchya Day Skelly!

One year ago today, we made the hour drive to pick up Skelly from his old home. Ad and I openly proclaim ourselves as cat people. We both grew up with them, and neither of us had ever had a dog before. Our current landlord said no cats….so we took a leap and decided to get a dog. Greyhounds are about as cat-like as a dog can get. They like to sleep and snuggle, they don’t actually need a ton of exercise, and they rarely do what you want them to.   Sadly, Skelly’s previous owners had to give him away when they learned that their toddler was severely allergic to him. But I must say, it worked out very well for us. He had spent 3 years with them, so was already well trained and adjusted to living in a home, which can be a difficult transition if a greyhound is fresh off of the track. It took him a while to warm up to us. It was a good 6-9 months before his full personality began to shine.

And my gosh, did we quickly learn that this dog is a huge sweetie. He wants nothing more than to snuggle with you (or without you) on the couch or bed.  He even purrs……sort of. It’s more of a throaty mumble that starts up when he’s getting some serious snuggle time in. He loves strangers, including children, and has gotten used to being approached for pets and hugs during his daily walk. He’s actually quite confused when we pass someone on our walk who doesn’t want to pet him. He recently spent a long weekend at Nancy’s house, his favorite place to board when we’re out of town, and she declared that her next adoption will be a greyhound, because she fell in love with Skelly.

As most of you know, there have been a few snags. Our first year with Skelly was not an easy one. There was a broken tail, some digestion issues (to put it delicately), and at least 3 trips to the emergency vet – all of which are slowly being paid off (thank goodness for emergency credit cards!). But it’s okay because we love this dog, and he loves us. He has taught Ad and I a great deal about responsibility and love and loyalty and carpet cleaning, and has made our lives immeasurably better.






So….Happy Gotchya Day Skelly!