Monday, July 18, 2011

Thrifty Treasures

Southern Hospitality is hosting her Thrifty Treasures Monday

A few weeks ago I attended an estate sale on its third day.
Even late I stll managed to purchase several pieces.
F B Rogers Silver Company, Taunton, Mass. service was priced right I just couldn't leave it.

Martha had passed away at 91 and never married.

She lived an interesting life in a beautiful southern home and she dearly loved her treasures.
My type of gal.  We could have been friends. 

If we were I would have asked her why did she love this tiny
china bird whistle so much to hold on to it for so long?

I must have purchased 30 misc. books, each holding 
cards, holy cards, notes or paper clippings.

    Martha's old prayer books hold the most interest.
It is lovely to see that since childhood
she held a close relationship with Christ.

Happy Treasure Hunting,  Kathy

Happy Sunflowers

Good Morning,
It's Mosaic Monday at Dear Little Red House blog

SUNFLOWERS - Adoration

They just shout HAPPY!  I dearly love
Sunflowers and it isn't summer
without them. 

Have a Happy Monday,

I am also joining all the newbies at Debbiedoos Blog.         There is so much I still need
to know about blogging being new is
no longer an excuse.  If you have less then
100 followers and/or newer then 5 months old, come on and follow me.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Where One Women Creates

 I have enjoyed checking out the studios and workrooms from My Desert Cottage's - Linky Party
"Where Women Create"

Even though I was too late to be featured it is so inspiring
to see your creative areas.  
It motivated me to sort, tidy, fold, label and clean.

I work in a spare room and it needed the attenton.
It is good to know I'm not alone when it comes to limited space.  Tomorrow I am moving my sewing
into my utility room.  You have given me
plenty of good ideas and thank you for sharing
and inspiring me.

Have a great week, Kathy

Friday, July 15, 2011

I'm Late


Where Bloggers Create Party is today, Yikes.  If you have dropped in
to see a studio then please forgive me for
I thought it started on Sunday.  Check Back Please.

See you Sunday,  Kathy

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Off to Work I Go

I am very blessed to be able to work
part-time for The Visitation Monastery.

The Visitation order is a cloister order committed to prayer
and is characterized by a spirit of humility and gentleness. 
These daughters of the Gospel, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, live a life "hidden with Christ in God."

The Visitation Monastery was built in 1832, very much inspired by the french who founded the order

This is a peek of the roof line, of one of the buildings now serving as a religious gift shop on the property.  The terra cotta Griffin watches over the property.

There is a peace you feel when you enter through the gates on
the property and you pray you can take it with you when you depart.
"Now we step beyond the gates to face a world of care,
to be a gentle presence in the midst of a violent world."

"This is what the Lord asks of you only this, to act justly, to love
tenderly and to walk humbly with your God."  -micah 6:8

Blessings come your way, Kathy

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Eye Candy

Join me at Faded Charm Cottage for the White Wednesday Linky Party
             Russie's sewing nook looks like the perfect image for White Wednesday,
 and the French Cupboards - French Inspiration Party

Stacks and stacks of antique lace from a very old French monastary
is just some of the eye candy in my friend, Russie's
sewing nook

Eye Candy

She is busy preparing lovely pillows and such for 
"A Tiny Cottage on Grand" Etsy shop which hopefully will be
launched soon very soon.

Today was spent photographing antique and vintage items for
our ETSY shop.

These are just some of my many friends that I have loved
dearly for decades. 
My tiny cottage is packed full  
so now it is time to scale down my collection 

Hope you enjoy a little peek at a few of my needful things before
their posted on Etsy.

I attended an Estate sale this past weekend and purchased lots of
needful things for the shop.   The homeowner was 91
and she never married, she traveled the world, worked for the city
and lived in a fabulous old estate. I purchased several
of her books which opened a window into her life.
Lovely poetry books signed by her many admirers.

Thanks for stopping by, Kathy

I am joining Northern Nesting, Summertime Give a Way
This wire cloche is terrific and I know I can use it in several places

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Cloche Party

  I fell in love with cloches in the early 80's, when visiting England, they were in every garden and shop.

 There was a time when
they were not as easily available here in the south. 
I think the first one I bought was
in Nashville at the Heart of Country show in the early 90's and from then on out I was in love.

I love to use them in the garden and especially bringing them inside with plants.

They are a great low maintenance way to enjoy plants    for a few weeks indoors.

As you can tell lots of condensation builds up so
you have be able to prop the
top open just a little.

They're fun to decorate with, showcase
your collection, use them for
entertaining but most of
all they look great
grouped together.
   I am joining others at A Stroll Thru Life's Cloche Party

Monday, July 4, 2011



          I just couldn't resist, aren't these just the cutiest things?
Spent the afternoon with a collector friend.
We thought you would enjoy
just a peek at some of her treasures.

You know how us girls just have to have our toys.

Guys please don't shove, your blocking Uncle Sam.

Happy 4th of July

Friday, July 1, 2011


I was checking out what was new in blogland and dropped by Ricki's great blog  ART @ HOME

Check out Ricki's BLOG then go directly to
Fresh-Cut Flowers,  Linky Party @ Rose Vignettes

   What do you do when your flowers are fading,petals are shedding and you see life leaving them? As a final effort this arrangement was made
up of a few seperate ones. Yes I can see only 1 Oak Leaf Hydrangea, I just could't resist.

At the cost of fresh flowers one must be creative.
1.  Change water daily (OK every few days).

2.  Cut a little stem off each time, in hopes they may drink a little more.

3.  At the very end, try the trusty low compact arrangement. Cut flower stem mostly off, stick in
wet oasis and arrange a compact form. 
This will get you another day or two.

I love flowers but usually I am not a Carnation type gal but these were free. 
Free is Good. Enough with the dead flowers.

Doesn't it just drive you crazy when you spend valuable time looking, and looking for the one thing that you just have to have?

Naturally it is only used once a year but you have
to find it.  Because it is time for the
annual 4th of July arrangement.

I will be out early tomorrow to buy flowers.
Happy 4th of July Decorating.
Blessings to you, Kathy