Summery fresh....

A while back, I made new valances for the kitchen... 

 I found this cute limey - green patterned material for $2.oo a yard with hearts, flowers, butterflies and birds outlined in black. Not something I would usually pick.
 With enough to make a runner for the window sill and the table.

I had these placemats and I think they go together well...don't you?
 While we were on vacation, I found these two small containers at the pottery outlet ...one to use for sugar and the other for teabags.
 I was lucky enough to find the matching salt and pepper and this tray somewhere else the next day...all discontinued and really cheap!
Even the flowers match!!

~ Weekly words to live by ~

 “Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.”
—Storm Jameson
(1891-1986); author


 " Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~ 
 
Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~


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Garden Lady...

I added something to my flowerbed, hoping to keep the deer away. We have a County park, five minutes from our house, with acres and acres of grass, wildflowers, and bushes ~

So why do they have to dine in my little flower garden??
Jack made me a cross with a 2x4 to go in the ground and a thin, lightweight board to form a " T " at the top...

I made her head out of a styrofoam disc covered with Spanish moss.




I secured the moss with floral wire and left the ends long enough to go around the wood stake.
I bought a straw hat for $1.25
and wired on some flowers from my craft stash.




I found the dress in my closet and added a lace doily to the dress.



She does add a lot of color to that corner!

~ Weekly words to live by

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ”
—Sophia Loren(1934-); actress




“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
—Helen Keller(1880-1968);
author, lecturer, activist


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Secret Center Cookie Cups


~36 cookies~


1 roll peanut butter cookie dough


36 miniature 1” candy bars


36 mini paper cups


Chocolate icing


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Heat oven to 375*


Wrap a heaping teaspoon of the dough around candy bar.


Cover completely, forming a ball.


Place into paper cup.


Put on cookie sheet.


Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.


Cool one minute.


Remove from cookie sheet.


Cool completely.


Add icing using pastry bag.


ENJOY!!

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN .



"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American....There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag..... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language..... And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt ~ 1913

What were they thinking ?

 Forty years ago, prom dresses looked like this...very conservative.

   
I'm all for changing with the times
 and I think these ladies look adorable... 

 But what's with this?

Could she only afford half a dress?
              Does she plan on taking belly-dancing classes?
   
 Wait, it gets better...


Winnie the Pooh


And here comes the bride

and there she goes...
I just bet her Daddy's so proud.

Weekly words to live by...

" I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward instead of forward."
Writer May Sarton

" The majority of people feel that they must be doing something all the time. Many who sit all day in an office or clean house or work in a factory think if they sit down at a sidewalk cafe, fold their arms and watch the people go by, they are merely wasting time. They are wrong. In watching people and enjoying life, they may only then be truly alive."

Musician Arthur Rubinstein



"The present is the ever-moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope." Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
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Lookin' back...

  
       Decades ago, when I was in high school, I went to Cosmetology School  nights and weekends in a nearby town. When I was lucky enough to get tips, a quarter here or a nickel there, I would go and have lunch at the little luncheonette across the alley from the back of the school. They made a sandwich there they called the "Skyburger".
(Hamburger, fries and a soft drink for $1.00 was the special)

A hamburger on toasted white bread, topped with american cheese and slice of sweet onion. Add another slice of toast and a fried egg, (over medium) and mayo. Top with a third slice of toast.

 After all these years I still remember how much I liked this...Think I'll have one for lunch today.

*Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus *

~ German Village ~
Columbus, Ohio
Converted from a brick livery stable in 1886 to a meat packing house and then later, a restaurant and beer garden. There are mostly German items on the menu, many created by the Schmidt family in the last five
generations.
The restaurant has old world decor with wood floors and brick walls.
Waitresses and waiters dressed in authentic costumes take your order,
and you can have your photo taken behind the painted figures outside.
Jack and I had the Reuben sandwich with a side of German potato salad…
EXCELLENT! We wish we had left room to share the “ half pound cream puff ” on the menu above.
Those things were enormous!
Schmidt's has provided food for the Ohio State fair for over 80 years.
If you live nearby...check it out!

Just Dreamin'.......


I like pretty things....I just do!

Remember when you were a kid and the Se*ars catalog would come...you couldn't wait to scan the pages... to see what was inside. I would circle my favorites, knowing very well that they would never be mine. But the enjoyment of wishing was all that I needed and I was content.
Well, now that I'm grow up, I realize that there is so much out there ( that I don't need ) but I still enjoy the eye candy!
like this:

and this:


How about these...too cute!

Pretty metal filigree...


Show me some of you favorite eye candy...

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Weekly words to Live by...

These two items were a birthday gift from a friend. The quotes written on them are two of my favorites!

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Ugly who?

I love the Ugly*Betty character.
Her personality is amazing. She's the peacemaker...  She's smart yet naive, loyal, determined, and has an supportive family.

But...Betty is your average "geek". She has frizzy black hair w/ fuzzy bangs, bushy "never been plucked eyebrows", blue braces, and dorky glasses. Her fashion choices are very bright, over styled, and just plain tacky. While I believe America Ferrera is absolutely gorgeous, I cannot believe how ugly they make her look.
Betty is such an infectiously happy character that it's easy to get swept up in her life. she's just so darn likeable. I'll admit that I've wished more than once that she were real and my friend.


How does someone like this .....
 really look like this?

and this:

And while were on the subject...
how does this:
become  this:
and this !

Amazing.....