Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Lady Autumn, Queen of the Harvest,
I have seen You in the setting Sun
with your long auburn tresses...
You sit upon your throne and watch
the dying fires of the setting Sun
shine forth its final colors in the sky...
Lady Autumn, You are here at last...
~ Deirdre Akins

I am fortunate to own two beautiful oil paintings that reflect this most lovely time of year!  The first one was painted by someone very, very special to me!

Lovely shades of rich earthy colors!

A quaint country church!

Quiet and peaceful!

Signed and dated by the artist!

Wonderful treasure painted by my talented husband Jeff!  He painted this long before we even knew each other and it belonged to his mother!  When she passed away it was one of the special things I was happy we could give a home to!  Now it proudly hangs in the dining area and each time I look at it I am reminded of my husband's talent, of my sweet MOL and of my favorite time of  year!!  It is something I will always treasure and I hope that Jeff will pick up his paintbrush again someday and do more painting!  My daughter has already mentioned how much she loves it too, so I know it will continue to be in the family!!


The second painting was done by a special friend and is also filled with rich autumn colors!

Rusty reds, oranges and evergreens!

Colors reflected in the sparkling water!

Little rustic red boat surrounded by nature!

This was painted by my friend Pam Turpin, a very talented artist from WA.  She gifted me with this before we left to move to CA and each autumn I unpack it and place it with my fall decor!  It reminds me of our friendship and of our time in WA, especially during this time of year!!  I will always treasure it as well!!


These two paintings reflect the wonderful colors of Autumn and are especially important to me right now due to the fact that our weather here in CA has been anything but fall-like!!  Our temps have been in the high 90's and 100's and while many of you are pulling out the sweaters and turning on the furnace, I am wearing tank tops and shorts and turning on the AC and fans!!! 

 No matter, no matter!

   It is STILL my most favorite time of year and I will look at my two treasured paintings and think about crisp cool mornings, imagine the glory of all the gorgeous fall colors, hear the sound of  crunching leaves and smell hot apple cider and donuts!!  

For after all, "Lady Autumn, You ARE here at last......."

Wishing you all the lovely colors of Autumn, my friends~


Monday, September 22, 2014


There is nothing so infectious as a smile!
Wonderful pattern by Pineberry Lane!!

These little folk certainly bring a smile to my face each time I see them!

Lovingly handmade by me

Each one is unique, just like we are!

Sweet little bells on each hat!

Which one is your favorite?

Truly a tower full of Happy!

Wishing you a smiling face and a happy heart today, my friends!!


Saturday, August 9, 2014


I have a silver slipper
shiny gleaming bright
Glittering beads of beauty
Sparkling in the night....  ~ Bradley Lester

 Recently, I visited a nearby antique shop and was a bit disappointed!  Truth be told, the shop was not exactly my style and I was on my way out the door when I spotted it!!

A Silver Slipper Pincushion! Be still my heart!!!  

The slipper is a nice size, almost 6 inches long, and the pincushion is sawdust covered with a lovely piece of very worn red velvet!!

What made it even better was that these came with it!!

Twenty pins in various sizes!  Was I dreaming???

I already knew I wanted to bring it home with me, but when I saw the price tag, I had to pinch myself!! I took it up to the register to confirm the price, and it was indeed correct (YIPPEE) and then was told that there was an additional 20 % off that day!!  I must confess that I had to really restrain myself from doing a Happy Dance right then and there!!! 

Here is my sweet slipper, complete with all the pins!!!

What a special find!!!  

Now I know how Cinderella must have felt!!!

I was so happy I found it!!  It just goes to show that you never know what special treasures might be waiting for you to find, even in the most unlikely places!!  

Wishing you the joy of unexpected treasures, my friends~