Monday, April 12, 2010

Thrifty Treasures~ Tablescape Treasures

I am joining Rhonda from Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Treasures. Be sure to check out all the other great finds from all the other penny pinching bloggers. :) The other day, I stopped in at a local antique shop. Just browsing, I left with all of these goodies for 20 bucks and a quarter. Of course, I was thinking.....Tablescape Thursday!
12 of these little saucers for 9 bucks....what a deal!!!! Just perfect for spring! Don't ya think?

Grabbed these beauties immediately.....I was on the look-out for dinner napkins and such. Lovin' the buttery yellow color and detail. These were a steal at 3 bucks! So dainty and feminine.

These were another steal at 1 buck for six napkins. Notice the detail and cut work. This was better than yard sale prices......I thought!

Eight more napkins for 2 bucks.....notice the eyelet detail. All about the detail baby!

These items came from an half-price booth.....*happy dance* Candlesticks were 2 bucks and the little pedestal dish was 1 buck. Most of these items will be used in my next Tablescape Thursday. I was VERY pleased with my thrifty finds at an antique shop. Nothing is better than when you find a bargain. Be sure to check out all the other great bargains. Thanks for Rhonda for being such a gracious hostess.

Goats and more goats

My friend Charlotte and her family have some new spring baby goats. They are the CUTEST things! We finally got to see them last Friday. I took my boys, Noah and Sarabeth to see the little darlings! The kiddos chased the baby goats EVERYWHERE. The baby goats were screaming.....sounds just like a baby crying/screaming!!! After about 20 minutes of NONSTOP chasing, the goats were pooped. So, the kiddos could catch them easier! We left smelling like goats, but WHO CARES!!! They were soooo CUTE and PRECIOUS!!!!!

Look at these precious little cute!

Of course, I had to strike a pose with one. I NOT going to leave with petting or holding a baby goat!

It was so funny to watch them nurse. They are kinda rough when they are trying to latch on. Poor Moma goat......

Thank you Easter Bunny.....

The Easter Bunny hopped right to our house Easter morning and filled the boys baskets with lots of goodies. Caleb got a new Under Armor duffle bag and lots of candy, and Rylee got some new PJs, the Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakuel, and lots of candy. Of course, BB and Grandmoma gave them some goodies too.
We colored our eggs on Saturday, so they would be ready for egg-hunting after Easter lunch. Granny cooked lunch for the entire family (about 40 or so of us). After lunch, the kiddos had a couple of egg hunts. Thanks Easter Bunny!

Flowering Cherry Tree

A few postings ago, I mentioned how beautiful my Flowering Cherry Tree would be in a few days.....drum roll please......taa she is!
My Flowering Cherry Tree (of some sort) and all her GLORY!!!!

She was in FULL bloom for Easter.....great background for some Easter photo shoots. :)


The other day, Sarabeth (my niece) and I picked a bouquet of buttercups. We picked and we picked.....two different varieties. Looks like the petals were curling up and dieing, but we had just picked these beauties. There is a lot of shadowing from the petals.
Notice the difference? The one of the right is like a double buttercup.

Double least that is the name I have given it. :)

Regular ol' fashion buttercup

Their fragrance was sooo strong that it was almost too much.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


How exciting! Two terrific giveaways to mention! I am crossing my fingers, toes, and eyes in hopes that I will be the LUCKY one to win either one (or even BOTH)!!!! Drum roll.....PLEASE!

Nancy from Nancy's Daily Dish is offering a dishlicious giveaway from her Esty Shop. Debra from Bunnies Bungalow is unleashing her WILD side with a giveway that will tickle your toes. Be sure to check out these two fabulous giveaways. Good Luck Bloggers!!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring Cloche Party

I am joining Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for her Spring Cloche Party. Be sure to check out all the other talented bloggers that have been busy with their cloches, apothecary jars, or anything else they can put pretties inside.
This cloche was a gift from my newest SIL for helping with her wedding preparations. I know, how sweet and what a great gift!!!! Inside you will find, a little mini cup & saucer from Victorian Trading with dried flowers from special floral arrangements. On the saucer, you will find a charm from my childhood.

I have nicknamed this jar "fire hydrant". Don't you think it looks like one? Nestled inside is a little bunny (from Hobby Lobby) and bead fillers. I hope he has enough air! I like him sooo much....he may stay out for awhile. :)

You have seen this beauty before......same ol' pears....just added a few Quail eggs and bead fillers.

Under this little bell jar are Robin eggs and jelly beans.....very hard not to lift this jar for a little treat! Resting ontop of three pastel saucers from many years ago.

Last but not apothecary jar filled with Easter eggs.

I think it is difficult to photograph cloches and etc. Sorry some of these were a little dark. I tried to use natural light and my flash. Oh well.....about time for a new camera! Be sure to check out all the other talented bloggers and see what they have created under some glass. Happy Easter to all!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Exploring we will go....

Yesterday, Caleb, Rylee, Pepper, and I decided we would explore the woods that surround our property. We have lived here for almost 10 years, but we have only ventured out into the woods a couple of times.....snakes, spiders, poison oak....oh my!!! Have always kept me at bay! Well, the boys are older, and boys will be boys of course. So, they pretended they were Huck Finn and Davy we went into the world unknown. At least, unknown to us!
Our trusty companion, Pepper, is NEVER far behind.

On our journey, we found several natural springs. This was the first one. Dripping from a fallen log. We found about three other springs while exploring and other great finds of course.

What is this I hear.....a waterfall. But wait, I think I hear the sound of more water falling....could it be a larger waterfall??? A waterfall soooo close to our home.....

More water falling.......I still hear a larger relaxing. I could stay here forever if there were no spiders, snakes, or poison oak/ivy!

Have you noticed the moss growing? Wonder if I could harvest some of it.....let it dry....use it in floral arrangements and such???

Ahhh.....this is where the sound is coming from. Trickle....trickle......

Just imagine this beauty after a rainfall.......can you picture it now. Oh, I sure can! I can hear it and see it. You can beat your wet soggy shoes I'll be there after the rain.....mosquito bites and all.

Of course my imagination got a little carried away when we found this rusty ol' horseshoe. Could it be from long ago when people traveled by horseback? Could it be from ........I'll let your imagination it carried away.

Wonder where this little stream leads......maybe we will follow it someday.

Saw a lot of these curly q tree trunks/branches. Have NO clue what kind of tree it is. They were everywhere!!!!

We found a hideaway from long ago. Well, the boys think it is a cave. Actually, it is where someone has cleaned up the land above and pushed the brush/trees to the of the woods. Does kinda look like a cave.

Well, this is where we left the world of the unknown. Guess we were maybe a block from the house. I was a huffin' and a puffin' out of shape. Once you are at the bottom, you are surrounded by hills. We could not see our house. My MIL told me that I should take something with us in case there was a bad person down there. ......only her would think of that!!! It's like you are somewhere else....The boys had the time of their lives and of course they want to go back!