Sunday, March 31, 2024

Saturday, March 30, 2024


 Well, I tried something different
this year by watering my garden
earlier on days when it was in the 
50's.  Yes, I see the bulbs blooming
 earlier than in the past. We didn't
 have much winter moisture. 

Right now I am in a pattern of 
watering just a little each day
unless it were to rain.  I am also
moving some forget me nots around
from an area where they are thick.
I find they are movable early on
but not later, especially if it gets
hot or if they have reached the
blooming stage.

I am thrilled to see many tiny
Hellebores plants coming up
underneath the large plants.

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024



Greetings from chilly Missouri.  I
believe most of the country is still
chilly these days.  I have been shocked
that in spite of the cold, we have had
an abundance of bulbs blooming in
our yard.

I recently found some old vintage
Laura Ashley fabric to make this
tablecloth for our Easter table.

The fabric has a lot of bold drama
which is a little different than what I
might usually choose.  I am using some
old vintage "English Abbey" dishes by
Taylor & Smith of West Virginia.

A close up of the dish setting:

We celebrate our Lord every day 
but also love this special time
of Easter when we focus on the
price He paid to forgive us for our
own sins and then His resurrection 
from the dead.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 21, 2024


 Even though the temperature has mostly
been in the 50's this week, we have bulbs
blooming here and there.

I was particularly interested to see
what bulbs might return this year.

I am also sharing a little tea cozy
I had made myself years back.  I
recently redid the style which had
elastic on the bottom initially.

How is your springtime coming along?
We are supposed to have warmer
weather tomorrow and then some
rain.  I hope we actually get that
rain because we sure need it.

This cozy is made from moire fabric
with an old vintage doily sewn over
the moire.

Here's wishing you a
happy springtime!

Saturday, March 16, 2024


 I purchased 2 more green transferware plates so now I have a full set. 
 This was not without issues
but let's don't even go there.

I also am including a few
Easter decorations.

I have shared the tea cozy I made
from a dinner napkin already.

Perhaps you have a spring
or Saint Patrick's Day table setting
going on at your house too.

I have gotten rid of some
of my old decorations
but one must have some!

Tuesday, March 12, 2024



Here is a new spring luncheon or
tea menu template - enjoy!

Just copy and fill in your menu and 
then print out on regular
sized 8.5 x 11 paper.

Monday, March 11, 2024


 So now that March arrived we 
have a few bulbs popping out here
 and there and more following behind.

The giant pussy willow is in full
bloom in our front yard.

I have been watering my bulbs
this spring as we had a very
mild snow winter.

Last year I never went back to organize my seeds in the garage potting bench so they are just stacked sky high.  Sometimes
you just have to make the best of things
as it happens so I will just deal with
that on a nice day.

Friday, March 1, 2024


March meant it was time for a change
in the hearth dining area. A bouquet
was simple since the pussy willow out 
front is now in full bloom.

My Grandmaw (that's what we called
her) made me this tablecloth
and napkins as a wedding gift, nearly 
56 years ago.  She worked on embroidery every night.
  The thread was bright green
and there were 2 tablecloths with 
matching napkins.

I recently started collecting Johnson
Brothers, The Florentine which I love.
It is an expensive transferware pattern
and hard to find since it is now 100 
years old.  I don't have a set yet but will 
continue to look and mix it with other pieces.

I had made this
tea cozy out of 2 of
the napkins a few
years back. 
Recently I redid
my design by
removing the elastic
bottom, putting a flat bottom piece on it.  I had also added
much more polyfil batting inside. 

Over in the kitchen, a decoration I
made years back: I guess I am old
school still loving crafts.

 The spring came suddenly, bursting upon the world as a child bursts into a room, with a laugh and a shout and hands full of flowers.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I am excited to say I found a little "Green Basket" bouillon cup and saucer on

 I have 2 more Johnson Brothers green The Florentine plates coming in the mail so I will have a total of 7 plates.  Right now I can't fill the table completely with just 5.