Monday, January 31, 2011

Fresh Starts and Winter Whites...

So I've managed to do it again...
take such a LONG break from my blog that friends are wondering if I'm okay.
That's nice!

To answer that question, I'm totally okay.
Busy, tired...but okay.
And still remembering to find a bit of HAPPY in each day.

I actually thought a lot about my blog.
It isn't that I don't have time or ideas...
too many sometimes.
But I get sidetracked and feel bad about posting something new on my blog
when I have yet to answer comments and emails.
So I don't blog...and then wish I did.
On that note, guess what I am doing?
Turning off comments to my blog.
Just for a week or so...
and during that time I want to post...and go back to visit/answer those sweet comments.

Moving on...
have you heard of "Blogging without Obligation?
Tiffini came up with this because she saw people apologizing all over the place when they hadn't blogged.  (haven't read her site...just this post)
Her philosophy:
  • Because you shouldn’t have to look at your blog like it is a treadmill.
  • Because its okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.
  • Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.
  • Because sometimes less is more.
  • Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.
  • Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.
  • Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be “bloggable”.
  • Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won’t be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time. . .
I would say "what do you think"...
but my comments are off.
Now that's a bummer:)
But I think I like this blogging without obligation!

Here's what else I like...
Notice my new look?
Very white, soft...peaceful.
at least I hope:)
This is one of my favorite cookies...
whether in cookie or bar form...
WHITE Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
10 ounces white chocolate (chips or bars cut in chunks)
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped into chunks
Heat oven to 375 F. In large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt with electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, beat well. Stir together flour, and the baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture,beating until well blended. Stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. (Edges are golden brown and center is set.) Cool slightly, remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool completely.
These would SCORE big at a Superbowl party!

And lastly..
this is NOT what it looks like outside my window...
but I wish it did.
Crazy, I know.
But isn't it so pretty?
 Okay, so remember, comments are off for a few days.
Not because I don't want to hear from you
(I do have an email link you know...hahaha)
But because I want to get off to a fresh start with my blog...
new habits,,,old and new friends...
and tons of HAPPY thoughts!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

now THIS is going on my list... WISH list BUCKET list SHABBY CHICKS list someday i REALLY, REALLY want to go here list!

i love flea markets (the antique kind...not touristy junk) and antique shows...
especially the kind that are filled with LOTS of shabby, chippy stuff.
i have wanted to visit the Round Top Texas show for a long time...
2 shows a year...I should be able to make one, right?
wouldn't you think?

well, now there is another reason to go to this show...
Rachel Ashwell...
 Ms. Shabby Chic herself...
bought a Texas guest ranch a few miles down the road.
formerly the Outpost at Cedar Creek,
i saw this on her site in December...
The Ranch by Rachel Ashwell...
Here is how she describes it...
"A bed and breakfast. Seminars on inspiration, creativity and business.  A place for events...and dreams."
oh my gosh, i'm ready to make my reservations!

She held a sale and sold everything to make room for her shabby makeover...
and to get ready for her guests (that would be me:)
yep, I'm sensing a girls road trip someday in the future...
but then, since my husband is actually a fan of hers too,
he just might crash the party.
hmmm...don't think so;)

The ranch has several different buildings...
this is one of the cottages waiting for her chic, tattered touch...
 there is a barn cottage...
 take a peek at this...the prairie cottage...

(looks like somebody was already a fan of Rachel:)
log cabins...
and there is even an airstream 
 how adorable will THIS be when she's done!
bet it will be THE place to stay...
"a house becomes a home when life happens and memories are made"...Rachel Ashwell

i bet the kitchens will get a redo in the shabby style...
 and a comfy bed 
 with her favorite, white poplin linen and as Rachel called them
in her DVD I watched the other day,
"smooshy" pillows:)
 who wouldn't appreciate a LOVELY cup of tea in this dining room...
 bet she's busy in her workroom coming up with all kinds of goodies to decorate her new ranch.
but you don't have to take my word for it.
visit Rachel's blog (TELL ME YOU SUBSCRIBE...PLEASE!!!)
or you can also visit for a lady who is in the know.

Shabby Chic:  “Evidence of life.  Anything from children’s art to dog-eared magazines to fresh-cut flowers that aren’t perfect.” – Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic
and keep an eye out for her NEW, 7th book that is due out in October...
Inspiration & Beautiful Spaces
just in time for another LIST...
your Christmas List!

Friday, January 14, 2011

3 Little Gifts...

 It's cold...
not quite like the rest of the country but in south Florida,
38 degrees is cold.
(But don't get me wrong...I LOVE IT!)
So this morning, I bundled up...
put on jeans, tennis shoes (no flip flops this morning:),
my favorite fleece, gloves and scarf
 (we love scarves and gloves down here:)
and headed out for a walk on the beach.
Did I mention it was 38 degrees?
 ***Note to time, don't wear jeans with holes if you want to stay warm!'s cold...
 but beautiful.
Up ahead, there is one lonely set of footprints when usually there are many.
 Even the water LOOKS cold...
is that possible?  
 i tell you, it isn't blue and pretty but kind of sandy gray and cold...
But life goes on at the beach.
Looks like there was a party and I wasn't invited...
 a sea urchin party.
The little birds still play around in the surf.
 Shells and sea life still roll on shore...

 but those shell seekers are inside where it is warm...
except me!
And I doubt there will be many sandcastles built today...
I wanted a long, brisk walk along the beach...
and I did start out that way...
until I looked down and saw THIS...
 a sweet little sand dollar.
Do you know how special it is to find these on shore?
Usually we find them broken in lots of little pieces,
not surviving the rough ride to shore.
But not this little guy...he made it in one piece...
even though he didn't survive the ride.
He'd been washed up just a little bit too long.
But since I like sand dollars, 
it looks like I found my first GIFT!
Couldn't be happier.

On with the walk...and a few steps later I see this...
a heart shaped stone!  
 It's a sign:)

On my return walk, that's when I feel the wind...COLD wind in my face.
But in a strange way, it feels so good.
I'm so blessed to be here...and the only thing that would make it better
would be if I found a piece of the sea glass that I LOVE but is so hard to come by down here.
No luck there...
or so I thought!  Just before leaving I look down and there,
nestled in some tiny shells and pebbles...
is my sea glass.

It's a good day!
For a lot of reasons, of course, but for the simple reason that I love sea glass so much that
finding a lone piece MAKES it a good day!

Time to go home...
What a beautiful morning.
When I was diagnosed with MS this summer, 
I didn't know what the future holds.
I still don't...but I can't sit and wait to find out.
I kept thinking I wanted 3 things...
to be able to walk...or RUN if needed, whenever my girls may need me,
to be able to take nice walks with my fur babies, Maui and Freddy,
and to be able to walk on the beach, collecting sea shells and searching for that lone piece of sea glass.
This morning was special!

But there was a FOURTH gift in store for me.  
Walking in the door, cheeks still red and hair windblown from the sea winds...
to find a hot bowl of oatmeal waiting for me from Taylor.
And you wonder why I dread the day my girls are gone?
I'm spoiled!!!!!!
Happy Friday...hope you find a few gifts in your day too!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Looking for a baby crib...

No, this isn't some cute~crazy way to say that this 
lady is having a baby:)
Although, up until a few years ago I would have JUMPED at the chance,
even if it meant I might be the oldest new mom in history!

I AM looking for a baby crib.
When you see these photos, you'll understand.
(You would also understand if I told you my husband bought me a little shack
and told me to go live there and decorate it to my heart's content:)

It's because he knows I have leanings like this...
the kind that push things just a tiny bit too far but to me are SO amazing!
Where would I put this?  
Don't know...but I'd sure be willing to try and find a place:)
I'm learning from my scavenging that these old metal cribs are snatched up as quickly as 
someone puts them out...sometimes by people like me and sometimes
by shop owners who need a display OR simply a conversation piece.
See for yourself what I'm talking about...
photo: Country Living

Okay, so maybe I won't be getting a crib anytime soon...but I AM looking for a daybed.
The girls bedrooms are a bit on the small side and Taylor,
in her all white bedroom, is thinking she would rather have a daybed with loads of pillows
and a comfy, pretty chair to read or do school in, as well as her antique vanity.
But that was yesterday...
today may be a different story.
We've been checking a few out...they would be painted, of course...and on sale would be a plus:)
Not quite as "cutesy"...she IS 16 now, you know:)
Lots of white, some pink...
(even 16 year old girls have taste...shabby chic taste, of course!)
VERRRYY comfy, cozy and "smushy" as Ms. Rachel Ashwell would say!

very cozy...maybe  we DO need a daybed...
after all, if she got tired of it, Maui would LOVE it!

Hope you have a wonderful day and please stop by Faded Charm

for more White Wednesday posts!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


some random pinkness for your 
Pink Saturday!

nothing like starting your day off right...cocoa in a happy pink mug
hmm...let's see...the white one or the pink...PINK, of course!
 curl up on the pretty pink sofa..

looking good...

 okay...every pink, vintage, ballerina lovers dream...

 precious pink pup...

 life is good...

 pink sweetness...
enough said...

Dear Beverly...thank you for being such a gracious hostess once again!
Hugs to the PINK ladies!

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