Sunday, July 14, 2019

~Small Summer Update~

Hello, dear friends, from HOT Arizona!!!
We are in the full heat of summer here
and believe me, whether it is dry heat or not,
it is STILL HOT!!!!
Also believe me when I say I am truly thanking God each day 
for AC!!!!


One of the benefits of staying indoors where it is cool
allows me to be able to do what I love and so 
I have a few new pieces that I will be making available to you if interested!

Here is a little sneak peek for you!

My Small Summer Update will be on my Picture Trail Selling Shoppe, 
Tuesday, July 16th, at 8 PM, EST!
To visit the Shoppe, click HERE

The album will be closed till then in order to load all the pictures, descriptions
and Paypal buttons!

I hope you can join me Tuesday evening!!
In the meantime, please stay cool and hydrated!!!


Wishing you cool moments during the lazy and hazy days of summer, my friends~

Julie xo

Thursday, July 4, 2019

~Happy Birthday, America~

The United States is the only country with a known birthday!
All the rest began, they know not when, and grew into power,
they know not how.......
There is no "Republican," no "Democrat,"
on the Fourth of July, -
all are Americans. ~ James Gillespie Blaine

Wishing you a Safe, Happy, and Blessed Independence Day, my friends~

Julie xo

Monday, July 1, 2019

~Hit 'n Miss~

Hello and Happy Monday, dear friends!!
A beautiful, but HOT day here in Peoria, AZ!
I was able to enjoy the cooler temps at 5 AM
during my morning walk, 
but will be staying inside for the rest of the day
as the weather will be a toasty 110 or more!!
Hope you will be doing the same, too!!!

Recently, I entered my friend Lauren's blog Giveaway
and was absolutely shocked and delighted to hear from her that I was the 
very lucky winner!!! Hooray!!!!!
Lauren is the author of Rugs and Pugs blog
and I enjoy her blog so much!!!
She always has something interesting to share about her life, her rug hooking,
and her beloved pugs!!! 
If you don't already follow her, I know she would love to have you!!!
You can visit her HERE! 


The package arrived in the mail the other day and after opening up the envelope
this is what I found!!!!!

Almost too pretty to unwrap, tied up with a piece of wool 
with a wool bow and tag!!!  

This is what I won!!!!!
A Gorgeous Hit 'n Miss hooked rug!!!!

Such BEAUTIFUL colors and beautifully hooked by Lauren's talented hands!!!

Even though I read the dimensions and she said it was a mat, it is a rug to me!!!

I love how she finished it on the back with the wool binding!
It looks just perfect!!
Such a labor of love and so beautifully hooked!!!


I had two spots in mind where I thought it might work and will share both of them!!

The first one is on the top of an old wash basin/commode dry sink!   
It sits in the living room by a big window and is an old red color!
The rug fits on the top perfectly!!

Now to add the accessories!!!

I really love it here, except for that big old window with those big old blinds!!!

Sadly, we really NEED those blinds due to our very hot weather, so there isn't much I can do about them!  sigh.....

The other place is a small jelly cupboard that sits at the end of my counter in my kitchen!!
Again, it fits perfectly!!!

Now to add an old basket of cookie cutters!

Finally, this old red divided carrier filled with old cutting boards!!
Simple and oh so primitive!!
I love it!!

What do you think of both places?
Do you have a favorite??
Would love to hear your thoughts!!


For now, I will leave it here and live with it for a bit and see what I think!
Your ideas and input may change my mind, though!!!
It is always fun to change things up and I know that no matter where I decide to put it, it will look wonderful!!!

I just want to say how much I LOVE this special gift from you, Lauren, and please know that I will cherish it!! Thank you SO MUCH for your very kind and generous gift!!!!!

Blogging friends are THE BEST!!!!!!

Wishing each of you kindness, generosity, and unexpected blessings, my friends~

Julie xo

Thursday, June 27, 2019

~Love Birds~

Hello, dear friends!
A most Happy Thursday to you!!
Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit with me!!


Several days ago, I happened to see something that really caught my attention!

These two birds were just sitting in the rafters of our patio
and were literally beak to beak and just staring at one another!

I quickly grabbed my phone and started snapping away
hoping I would not scare them!

Believe it or not, they didn't even move
and just kept staring intently at one another!

They stayed that way for quite some time before they finally 
just flew off.....together!!  It was such an unexpected moment
and really left an impression on me!!

It really amazed me and got me thinking about things
like love, and commitment, and life shared....together!!

I know they weren't actually real Love Birds, but their actions
seemed to say that they were In Love and I just thought it was a beautiful

It seemed especially poignant as the very next day,
Jeff and I would be celebrating our anniversary!

38 years together!
For better, for worse,
For richer, for poorer,
In sickness and in health,
To love and to cherish.....
Two Love Birds!

We decided to just have a low key day together,
walking around a local Antique store and just keeping it simple!

This was my favorite booth and of course, we found something
that had to come home with us!

In keeping with the theme of the day,
I found this wonderful old wall box 
with two birds on the top!!! 
How very cool and appropriate is that???

It now hangs on my wall under my calendar in the kitchen eating area
as a constant reminder of our love and life together!!
The Perfect Gift for our Special Day!!!
Two Love Birds!!

Then in the mail today, we received this sweet card from some dear friends
and I was so shocked to see that it also had two birds on it!!!
What are the chances of that???? 
Two Love Birds!!

Those two little "love birds" will never know how much they inspired me!!!

Wishing you moments of inspiration from life's simple gifts, my friends~

Julie xo

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

~Wild and Wooly Hooking~

Happy Tuesday, dear friends!

It's bright, sunny, and WARM, here in Arizona,
but the AC keeps us cool and comfortable!!
I truly think I would melt if we didn't have it so it is something we are
EXTREMELY grateful for!!!
Hope you are keeping cool where you are, too!!

Even though things may be a bit on the warm side here, 
that doesn't keep a group of ladies from doing what they love!
I'm referring to the group I meet with each month called
They LOVE WOOL and RUG HOOKING, plus other hand craft arts like
Punch Needle, Knitting, Crochet, and Wool Applique!

I took some time this past week to walk around and see what everyone was working on
and asked if I might take some pictures to share on my blog!!
Everyone was more than happy to oblige and some even let me snap their picture!

As you can see, there is LOTS OF TALENT among this group and they are a constant source of fun and encouragement to me!!  They are a JOY to spend the day with
 and I feel so blessed to have found them!!!

This is my own recent Punch Needle finish, a sweet design by The Old Tattered Flag called 
Are Ewe Patriotic!

  I just love how it looks with the old mattress ticking I used to back it with!  
One of these days I am actually going to hook something, but punch needle reminds me so much of little hooked rugs, so I am content for now!!!  


I hope you enjoyed all the wonderful rugs and have been inspired to either pick up your hook, or perhaps even learn about this wonderful art!!  There is no better time to start!!

Wishing you Happy and Contented days, doing what you love, my friends~

Julie xo