There always has to be a FIRST........

THE VERY FIRST...........

Thank God for that bed and the Baby who slept there!

$8.00 shower curtain and valance

I was able to make a shower curtain and valance for the main bath for only $8.00 !! I wanted lots of color because the walls are's great having the option to use any color for accessories. So I looked in my fabric bin and found this:
This shot shows the true color of the fabric.
I had bought 2 yards @ $2.00 a yard.

I've made shower curtains over the years using sheets, fabric and tablecloths. Fabric is getting harder and harder to find these days many of the chains have closed and the quilt shops are quite expensive. I would usually make buttonholes at the top for the hooks but decided to try an easier way. I added a strip of stiffer fabric I had around to the top to add some stiffness. Then I added 16" pieces of ribbon where each buttonholes would be. (I just stitched it to the top where the straight pins are.)
Ribbon was $2.00....

And voila....quick and easy...
I may never make one any other way!!
 I can see a pretty green or blue pattern with ribbon for spring...:)
Then I decided to add a solid stripe to the yard @ $2.00 a yard on sale. I used about 16 " of it. That left me plenty for the valance of each fabric. 

I used 2 small pressure rods for the layered valance.
then added a little tie up with ribbon!

Found the wall decal at D*llar tree...

Quick and easy!

Gobble till ya wobble

Dear Friends:

Nothing better than spending time being thankful for good friends and family. 

Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.

For what it's worth........

It’s never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be.

There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want.

You can change or stay the same,
 there are no rules to this thing.

We can make the best or the worst of it.
I hope you make the best of it.

And I hope you see things that startle you.

I hope you feel things you never felt before.

I hope you meet people with a different point of view.

I hope you live a life you’re proud of.

If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage
to start all over again.”

Too friendly...

Came home yesterday and spotted this guy on our trash can.
He was interesting, but kinda creepy.
I wanted to get closer so that I could see his features
and I really thought that might scare him off...

But he was just as interested in me and
 proceeded to climbed up onto my camera,
showing me way too much detail... lol!

Sorry buddy, we can be friends but that's it. ☺

I'll be joining in over at "Little Red House" for Mosaic Monday. Come on over......

Mosaic Monday - A simplier life

No worried about gas prices or under age driving...

And I love the clothesline on a pulley between the houses!

Antiques, handmade furniture, shoo fly pie.....

A welcome sight away from the hussle-bussle of the city.

I'll be joining in over at "Little Red House" for Mosaic Monday. Come on over......

~ Still life ~

Just some shots of pretty things around my house...

that make me smile...

I'll be joining in over at "Little Red House" for Mosaic Monday. Come on over......


Indian corn and raffia
homemade soup
plump orange pumpkins
wood-burning fireplaces

bonfires and hayrides
piles of raked leaves
homemade crusty bread
tattered scarecrows

baskets of apples
bountiful harvest
geese heading south
crisp fall days

warm spiced cider
squirrels gathering acorns
canning jars of vegetables
warm bulky sweaters

And…vibrant autumn colors !!

Words for life's journey....

This week, I came across a humorous take on last week's post:

Keep smilin' and have a good week! :)

Words for life's journey

Any of you that are familiar with the Serenity Prayer realize just how powerful these three sentences are...

 "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
We spend so much time trying to change our circumstances and other people.We are powerless over that which is not in our control...give it over to God.

courage to change the things I can,
We can work on ourselves and with God's help, become "a better you."

and the wisdom to know the difference."

Pray for wisdom in all situations!

This prayer can be applied to every part of our, friendships, family, can change your whole way of living!

*Serenity Prayer*
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
(Although known most widely in its abbreviated form above,
the entire prayer reads as follows...)

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.