Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Frenzied Fox Artwork Giveaway

Hey ladies if you haven't heard about the giveaway that The Frenzied Fox is having you need to head on over and check it out.She is one talented gal and sweet as molasses too. Seriously once you all see what she is giving away I know you are going to want to sign up.Here is where you can find out all the details:

Have a great evening friends!Hugs,Jen

Friday, July 29, 2011

Good Morning and a Makeover

Good  morning  everyone. Just wanted to drop in to say a quick hello and let you know that I have not disappeared or melted. I just about melted clean away Wednesday though...I decided that I was well enough to stand on the back deck and sand on a cupboard in the full blazing sun.It was only around 100 degrees !I will save you the trouble and call myself an idiot.Long story ,shortened I got to hot and landed my backside back in bed for the afternoon. I did manage to almost finish the cupboard and that is the above mentioned makeover. 

As some of you know ,I  have been tying to organize and decorate my craft room. I was out Tuesday running errands with mom and I saw this cupboard sitting on a the porch of a junk store.I fell in love with it as soon as my beady eyes landed on it.I was not thrilled with the color and thought hey I can change that easy peasy. Just a little sanding and slap a coat of paint on it.Boy was I wrong! Here is a before shot of it :

 Please ignore the flooring (it is hopefully going to have laminate soon) and all the clutter.I have the room in a total mess at the moment. Do you see the yellow striping on the cupboard ? Well it was pin stripping tape and a booger to get off. We had to take a torch and heat it up on the doors to remove it from the grooves. Easy peasy , remember ,yeah right!

This is not the best after shot but I tried to get one without showing all my mess.I had to stand on the stairway to get it.

 The color is a lot darker than it shows in the pic.We were at Wal Mart the night I picked up the cupboard and I just grabbed an oops paint, since hubby was in a hurry.The color is  called charcoal stone.I had intentions of painting the back of the top a lighter color but I was to shaky after getting to hot.Thought I better leave well enough alone.LOL!

Here is a pic with a few of my things on it . It won't stay this way I am sure, I'll be tweaking it as I clean.

Those small drawers are so handy.I am keeping tape,label maker and that type of things in them.The bottom of it is storing my plastic totes. 

Well I best be getting back to work . If you don't hear from in the next few days be sure to send out a search party. I may be buried under an avalanche of junk.LOL! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Hugs ,Jen

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Rusty Thimble's Giveaway!

Sweet Brenda over at The Rusty Thimble is at it again have to hop on over there and check out her fabulous five giveaway.Yep, you read that right,she is giving away five  of her super handmade  goodies.To top it off you have a chance to win more than once. How cool is that for a giveaway ? Here is where you can find out all the details...

Please be sure to tell Brenda that I sent you over .Hope everyone is having a wonderful day,Jen

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friendship And A Lesson

Good morning my friends !It is a nice day out  and looks like we just might get a little more rain.I am sure it will make my flowers happy to feel the cooling drops of rain .I love nice sunshine filled days but have always found  the sound of a gently falling rain to be comforting.

I was sitting here contemplating all the things my home needs and to be honest was a bit down about it, decided to check my emails and found just what I needed to pick me up and to make me think.I have things that need to be done to the house ,most of us do,but I have so much to be grateful for and should be ashamed of being down about the things I don't have at the moment. Life is meant to be a struggle at times I think so that we can be appreciative of the things that are easy . I have a very dear sweet friend that lives in Tennessee and her faith is amazing.We met several years  ago through an ebay purchase and she is always sending me little encouraging emails. Love her to death even though we have never met person to person.Amy is inspirational in my life and I am thankful to have become her friend.I would like to share the story that she sent me and hope that  you enjoy it.It really touched my heart and I felt compelled to share it.


Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs & rented the upstairs rooms to out-patients at the Clinic.

One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. 'Why, he's hardly taller than my eight-year-old,' I  thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body.

But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red & raw.. Yet, his voice was pleasant as he said, 'Good evening. I've come to see if you've a room for just  one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, & there's no bus 'till morning.'     

He told me he'd been hunting for a room  since noon but with no success; no one seemed to have a room. 'I  guess it's my face. I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says  with a few more treatments...'     

For a moment I hesitated, but his next words  convinced me, 'I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning..' I told him we would find him a bed, but to rest on the porch. I went inside & finished getting supper. When we were ready, I asked the old man if he would join us.  'No thank you. I have plenty' And he held up a brown paper bag.

When I had finished the dishes, I went out  on the porch to talk with him a few minutes. It didn't take a long time to see that this old man had an over sized heart crowded into  that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her five children & her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury.     

He didn't tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other sentence was prefaced with thanks to God for a blessing. He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer. He was thankful for the strength to keep going.    

At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children's room for him. When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded, & the little man was out on the porch.    

He refused breakfast, but just before he  left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said,  'Could I please come back & stay the next time I have a treatment? I won't put you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a chair.'  He paused a moment & then added, 'Your children made me feel at home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind.' I told him he was welcome to come again. 
And on his next trip he arrived a little after seven in the morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish & a quart of the largest oysters I had ever seen. He said he had shucked  them that morning before he left so that they'd be nice & fresh. I knew his bus left at 4 a.m., & I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.     

In the years he came to stay overnight with us there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or  oysters or vegetables from his garden.       

Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special delivery; fish & oysters packed in a box  of fresh young spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed. Knowing that he must walk three miles to mail these & knowing how little  money he had made the gifts doubly precious.

When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning. 'Did you keep that awful looking man last night?  I turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such people!'

Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice but, oh if only they could have known him, perhaps their illness would  have been easier to bear. I know our family always will be grateful to have known him; from him we learned what it was to accept the bad  without complaint & the good with gratitude.

Recently I was visiting a friend who has a  greenhouse. As she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms.  But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty  bucket. I thought to myself, 'If this were my plant, I'd put it in the loveliest container I had!'

My friend changed my mind. 'I ran short of  pots,' she explained, 'and knowing how beautiful this one would be,  I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old pail. It's just  for a little while, till I can put it out in the  garden.'

She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven.  There's an especially beautiful one,' God might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman. 'He won't mind starting in this small body.'

All this happened long ago -- and now, in God's garden, how tall this lovely soul must stand.

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'

Friends are very special. They make you smile & encourage you to succeed.  They lend an ear &  they share a word of praise. Show your friends how much you care.

Pass this on, & brighten someone's  day.
Nothing will happen if you do not decide to  pass it  along.
The only thing that will happen if you do  pass it on is that someone might smile because of you ! 
Never  look down on anybody, unless 
you're helping them up.
   "Life without  God is like an unsharpened pencil 
-  it has no  point."

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!Hugs,Jen

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Donna is back !

Hey girls just found out that Donna has started a new blog after having blogger give her one to many problems.Donna is a wonderfully creative gal and if you haven't been to her new blog be sure to check her out here : . She is good for a few laughs too. Hugs,Jen

Hot ,hot ,hot !

Morning my friends! It is hot ,hot hot here! It is already 87 with a heat index of 109 and the relative humidity is 91% ! Yikes but it is unbearable to be outside for long.Please remember all of your pets and  to give them cool water through out the day. It is also a good idea to remember our feathered friends and to place pans of water out for them .

I know that it has been a while since I last posted and I apologize for it.I have spent much of the last two weeks in bed with strep throat and I guess what is the flu.I am stubborn and did  not go to the doctor but I think sometimes our bodies need to be able to fight off infections on it's own. I have a lot of reactions to medications and that is the other reason I did not seek the doctor.

One of the things that make me smile are firkins .There are not many actual old firkins in my collection but lots of redos which id fine by me .Back in the day they were all about making do with what they had available . Why should it be any different for me? Here are a couple of ones that I found a while back and I thought I'd share their makeovers. 

 I love doing makeovers and giving things a new look. I have more that I will share at a later time.Please be safe out in the heat and take care of yourselves.I am off to try and catch up on all that I have missed.Big hugs and blessings,Jen

Monday, July 11, 2011

OLM'S What makes my heart skip a beat

Old Lady Morgan is having a giveaway to celebrate her whopping  187 followers and would like to know what makes our hearts skip a beat or two.If you haven't checked Marie's blog out then do because there is lots of fun to be found with plenty  of giggles thrown in the mix.Here is where you can find her :

Now what makes my heart skip a beat... why of course my family. They are my true treasures here on earth,but I am sorry to say I have no up to date pics..They are not the only thing though that gets my heart all a little fur baby Gretchen sure makes my heart dance when she greets me at the door a wiggling,crying ,,ball of energy.

This was her first Christmas ,lost several ornaments to her that year.LOL! She is my sidekick and shadow.

An old wooden dough bowl or trencher can send my heart into spins.Nothing feels quite like an old ,timeworn bowl does in your  hands.It just makes me think and wonder of all the things it held in the days of yesteryear. Here is a pic of a huge  trencher hubby bought me last year.Sweet of him wasn't it.
And of course a cute bunny can send the old heart into a tailspin too.After this little guy lost his mom ,I bottle fed him .

Painting on a gourd makes my heart smile.Here is a pic of one that I did a while back.Please excuse the mess around him.

The list could go on but I don't want to ramble to long and bore you.Last but certainly not least of all  is the friendships I have found online ! Each one of you are a  blessing that makes my heart skip a beat or two.Hugs,Jen

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Gift in the Mail and Birthday Goodies

I got the sweetest package in the mail yesterday from Linda at Parker's Paradise ! It was one of her ticking pin keeps ,and I love it.She  stitched Opal 1911 on it and it is darling.Perfect timing to because to day is my birthday.LOL! If you haven't been over to her blog then please be sure to pay her a visit at: .You will not be disappointed because Linda is one of the nicest people around.Thank you for thinking of me Linda! Here is a pic of my newest pin keep.

Yesterday was a good mail day. Tricia over at Hillcrest Home Prims sent me a sweet birthday card and a package of Sweet Pea flower seeds. Trish is another sweet gal .If you haven't been to visit her blog then you really should take the time . You can find Trish here : .She also has an online store and a little birdie told me that she will be adding new goodies to it before long.

My sister  bought me a wonderful gift a little earlier in the week and I was doing the happy  mouse dance ! She found a pair of firkin lamps and she knew I would be over the moon to have them.I LOVE firkins and wooden bowls. I will admit that I found the shades to be a bit ugly but that was an easy fix. She asked me what color are you going to paint them and was surprised when I told her I am not painting those lamps. So here are a couple pics the before and after :

 An now the after , the fabric I used on the shades is a brick and tan homespun. I couldn't get a clear picture of it.I found the fabric for a couple dollars at a second hand store.I love a good bargain. LOL!

The reason the shades seem to sit  crooked is because some dingbat took the taps off the top and forgot where she put them.I am another year older( my excuse)  and the dingbat that did it.Geez I seem to loose everything anymore. LOL! 

For the last few years hubby has been building me something for my birthday.I much prefer something he built as to something he went out and bought. One year it was my settle bench,last year it was my tv cupboard,and this year I asked for a prim sewing machine cover .Yep, I got it and love it !I have been blessed with a super hubby.He shakes his head and says no but he always comes through with things for me.
 Here it is :

Here is a closeup of the color , again I can't get a true color to show up.

The top two drawers actually open so I can store thread and things.Aren't I a lucky ducky? 

Okay I confess I bought myself a gift too.I found  a large long buttock basket at a good deal and could not pass it up.It is almost 24 inches long and 12 inches in height. I did do a makeover on it as well.It was unfinished so I stained it with Early American stain .I think it came out really nice.

After the stain :

I was on a roll so I stained another smaller basket that I had on hand.
 After the stain :

I hope that I haven't bored you to tears with all my pics today.I also want to send out a big thank you to all of my new followers and to the ones that takes the time to comment .I truly appreciate you all! Well I am off to have some birthday toast.Hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! Hugs,Jen

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

An awesome swap !

Warning that this will be a picture heavy post!

It has been a hot and muggy Wednesday here at the mouse house.Not much excitement going on either,to hot to do much .LOL! The older I get the less I am able to tolerate the heat.Do you think maybe my air conditioned home has me a tad spoiled?

I wanted to share a swap that I did with my friend Jody .Let me tell you she  sent a fabulous box of goodies .I was a squealing and dancing as I tore into that baby! No it wasn't a pretty sight ,me dancing that is , but hey I just could not control myself.LOL! So grab yourself a cold glass of tea or soda and be prepared to ooh and ahh!

Here is a pic of all my goodies !

Turn your head sideways now !Don't know what happened. 

Little summer hangers!

Glass ladybug and grubby tea light candle,and wooden watermelon slice.
Wooden crow and sunflowers garland:
My favorite !A rooster pin keep!

Here is the sweet little pillow,there was also a candle and a rooster notepad !

Told you ,she spoiled me rotten!
Hope I haven't lost you yet.LOL!
Time now for that refill because I thought I would share what I sent to her. First off a  couple of cupboard prints.

A fabric watermelon with a bee , a hand painted  tissue box, a bonnet ,and a needle punched framed watermelon slice.

A fabric crow:
Some felt flowers with needle punched centers and a couple of bees.Thought she could use them for bowl fillers.

A vintage flower graphic pillow and a sweet tea sign round it out. I had a blast making all these goodies for Jody.
I  hope that you all have enjoyed the show. I will say good bye but I wish you all a good evening. I will be back in a couple days to share some early birthday gifts.Hugs,Jen

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Anniversary !

Hello friends ,it is my hope that this post  finds you full of joy today ! I wanted to take a moment to wish my hubby a Happy Anniversary today. We are celebrating our 24 th year of marriage and no it has not all been  bliss. LOL! There have been good times and bad but we have always stood the test of time . We married young he was 21 and I was 18 years of age.The world lay at our feet or so we thought on that July morning ,when we stood in front of the judge, to say our vows.Neither of us wanted the stress of a big wedding . I can still recall how nervous I was but I can still hear my sweet hubby's knees knocking.Goodness he was shaking like a leaf.

There is a little story behind our wedding day and if you are ready for an early morning  chuckle I'll share it with you. First let me explain, that I have always  enjoyed dogs in the house ,at that  time my hubby to be  did not.I had a dog  named Peanut ,well he was an inside puppy and   I had no intentions of making him stay outside when I married .My hubby to be said no he did not want a dog in the house ,we talked, argued and talked some more about me keeping Peanut in the house. I told him if you love me then you have to take my dog too.My sweetie replied, I love you and not the dog.Our marriage day arrived and still the question had not been settled, he said  we will decide later  and I  agreed to wait. Well, we are saying our vows and hubby nervously makes his way through his part and it came time for me to say I do ,but  instead of I do I said ...does Peanut?   Well the poor judge did not know what to make of it at all ,finally Jerry says yes to Peanut . We finished the ceremony without any more interruptions.  So you see my hubby actually married my dog before he married me!  Poor man should have ran for the hills after that little escapade . Peanut has only been the tip of the iceberg as far as the animals are concerned.By the way Peanut lived to the ripe old age of 20 in  human years.

We may have started our life together out young ,but I will have to say that in my lifetime I could not have found a better husband. .He is my friend ,my confidant ,my husband and my soul mate to the end of time. He brings laughter and joy to my life .There are times I could cheerful choke him but I would be lost without him in my life .He is my anchor in the rough seas of life  so thank you Lord for blessing me with this man! Happy Anniversary Jerry ,I loved you yesterday ,today and hopefully many tomorrows to come.

Here are  a few pics of us on that special day 24 years ago .Our wedding may have been a simple but it was filled with love.

This is a photo of us waiting for time to pass so we could go and exchange our vows.Yes that is Peanut getting his ears scratched .LOL!

This was taken in my mom's yard .That is my little nephew.We used to take him with us on our dates .He would cry to go and Jerry could not refuse him.Told ya, he was a keeper !!

The kiss is over as well as the jitters ! 

All I can say is that we were much thinner , had less gray  in our hair,and much  more get up and go to our step.LOL !No one ever said being married was easy . I have always said that in order to stay married that you have to truly want to be married.It is a give and take on both sides.One of these days I  will get a pic of us now,and you can see how much we have changed .
Have a safe and happy holiday weekend !Hugs,Jen