Tuesday, September 30, 2014


It is Indian summer here in Alabama, and cooler nights have finally brought autumn's first blush to our woodland home.  The trees are slow to turn as summer lingers at our doorstep, kissing us a fond farewell.  It was a glorious summer for us - the best ever, I think.  And in God's great wisdom, mercy, and love, he gives us the gift of autumn to ease her passing.

Many of you have asked how the home school is going, and I am warmed by your thoughtfulness and caring.  To be very honest, it's harder than I thought it would be, and I knew it wasn't going to be easy.  Some days I feel quite overwhelmed, but other days I wonder why we waited so long to do this.  It's a tremendous commitment and responsibility, but like all things that are worth doing, the rewards far exceed the difficulties.  I feel so blessed to be able to home school my children, and I'm giving it everything I've got, so if I'm absent for long stretches, please forgive.  It's a lifestyle change, and I'm not sure how I will ever find time for regular blogging again anytime soon, but only time will tell.  Thank you for your visits and your kind words.  I am truly humbled by how many people I've never even met can be so kind and caring toward me and my family.  Bless you.  See you soon! xoxo

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Upcycling: Ugly Pants to Pin Cushion

This peony motif was excised from a pair of ugly, ill-fitting $2 thrift store capri pants.  The fabric is linen, and I really liked the color and print.  It just didn't make for an attractive pair of pants.

So, I embellished the peony with some stitching and beading, stuffed it with batting and a little lavender sachet, and voila'! A lovely little lavender scented pin cushion. Say that three times fast ;)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Embroidered Gecko Pillowcase

Stitched up this little pillowcase for my youngest. He loves it.  He named the stitched gecko "Lucky".  But, I know that I am the lucky one.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


We are quite literally enjoying the fruits of summer.  I think I may have mentioned in my last post that that tomato plant popped up in a flower pot in the back yard and I transplanted it into this big one, and now look at those little baby tomatoes!! Every single time that happens, it always feels like a miracle.  The blueberries are from the bushes planted by previous owners of this property many years ago, and the blackberries are wild.  My youngest son and I had such fun picking them this afternoon - he got so excited every time he found a big juicy fat one! Oh, how I hope and pray that excitement and pleasure sinks way down deep into his soul.  I hope he never loses that sense of joy and amazement at finding gorgeous food growing in the wild or in our own backyard.

Life is good, and my heart is full.  Here's wishing you all a happy Independence Day and may you also enjoy the fruits of summer.  Blessings to you and yours!

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Alabama Nature Center at Historic Lanark

The Boys and I had a fun day out last weekend at the Alabama Nature Center located at historic Lanark in Millbrook, Alabama.  We attended Hydrangea Fest where we were taken on a guided tour of the gardens surrounding the lovely old antebellum house.  There is a formal garden, a potager, and literally miles of walking trails through the surrounding forest.  They have a huge collection of both French and native hydrangeas surrounding the ponds near the house and we learned all about how to grow them successfully, how to propagate them, and even how to dry the flowers for use in crafts and floral displays.

The boys enjoyed the cool, shady, wooded trails that wound along the banks of creeks and through swampy cypress bogs; while I preferred the landscaped gardens around the house.  I've really been bitten by the gardening bug this year, and it was great fun for me to gather ideas about plantings and designs to take back to our garden at home.

It's too hot now to do much of anything except watering, but as I'm watering,  I'm planning a perennial border here, a shade garden there, a cutting garden down near the meadow, a vegetable know how it goes ;)

What's blooming in your garden?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


: Mushroom cap the size of a saucer! : blowing bubbles (through the front porch screen door) : gorgeous native oak leaf hydrangea : diy tomato trellis in the afternoon light : faux fossil clay pendants : pillowcase for the Little Boy (the one blowing the bubbles above :)

So much has happened in the last few weeks here.  School is out - for a very long time - as we have made the decision to homeschool our boys next year.  I am both looking forward to it and terrified at the same time.  When not Googling everything I can find about homeschooling, I am spending every available second outside.  The tomato plant in that pot sprouted in a flower pot in the back yard! So we went down to the woods, gathered up a wheelbarrow load of beautiful, black composted topsoil and filled up that huge pot with it.  Then we cut down some silver maple saplings (they grow like weeds here) and cut some long honeysuckle vines to secure it with - boom! diy tomato trellis. And finally, happily, I am making things again.  The stress of the past few months (jobs, finances, school) have melted away with the long summer afternoons.  I think I must be part plant.  I can feel myself unfurling.  Stretching.  Relaxing. Soaking up the sun.  Growing.

Love you guys. Thanks for stickin' with me.