Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Whew!



I got it done! 
The shower is Saturday, so I had plenty of time left over. 





Simple granny rows with a double and single crochet 
border. 


I did a slip stitch row around the last row of shells.
I love how this outlines the edging. I did the same


Sofia Le Girafe.  Can anyone explain what the big deal 
is about this rubber toy? 
Apparently, it's "the thing" right now.
It's cute.... but I don't get it.



Pretty stacking boxes.







On to the next project! 




Friday, April 18, 2014


Happy Easter! 



Our teeny-tiny front porch is dressed for Easter Sunday Dinner. 

I hope you have a blessed weekend and that you experience 
His Love and Blessings this Resurrection Sunday!






Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Hodge Podge



It is Holy Week and we are in the process of celebrating. 
We will be attending Maundy Thursday or Good Friday Services and 
of course Sunday morning we will attend church and then have 
a family meal where we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. 


Our Easter table is a bit of a mash-up this year. 




I found these mid-century cups and saucers at Goodwill and they 
just reminded me of dirt and grass. 
Perfect for Spring, don't ya think? 


So I just went with that!


Everybody gets a chocolate chick!




Happy Easter and Passover!



I'm joining Marty for Inspire Me Tuesday



Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Book Review: The 19th Wife




For March our book club read: 

The 19th Wife 
by David Ebershoff






From the back of the book:

Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many, and never easy to explain. 

Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff's  The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense. It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family's polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.

Soon after Ann Eliza's story begins's a second exquisite narrative unfolds-a tale of muser involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father's death.

And as Ann Eliza's narrative intertwines with that of Jordan's search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith.
My thoughts:

I found the Ann Eliza story line fascinating. I liked the historical fiction and the details. I thought that Mr. Ebershoff did a wonderful job of weaving historical documents and fiction into a believable tale. I liked this part of the story so well, in fact, that I hated the entire second story line. I felt like it was completely unnecessary.

I'm not a total prude and I understand that this lifestyle still goes on and that it holds horrible consequences for the young men that pose a threat to the "community".  But I really felt that the graphic language was over the top. I usually try to avoid this kind of trash when I pick a book. I hate to be blindsided and frankly was embarrassed that I chose it for my group of ladies. 
SO if you opt to read this selection, my recommendation is just read the Ann Eliza story, or at least be forewarned that the other story line has LOTS of graphic language and adult sexual situations. 

I'm Joining in for Literary Friday








Thursday, April 10, 2014

What's been going on......



I'm sorry! 
I'm really, really sorry! 
I usually do some kind of wrap up after Fresh-Cut Friday 
and thank everyone for visiting and participating. 


Not this week. 
What I mean to say is, that I do appreciate you! 
BUT, this week
I finally gave in,  and had to admit that my trusty little friend, Mac, just wasn't 
going to cut it anymore.  SO! I took my year end bonus and went and got myself
a new Macbook Air. With the help of my hubs, I have been learning it and setting it up to my liking. 
I think I'm pretty happy.  I didn't realize how much time I was spending just 
trying to comment or load some of my favorite blogs.

Ahhhhh... progress. 




If you would like to make a note on your calendar, the next FCF will be May 2nd. 
And just incase your wondering, the flower of the month for May is Lily of the Valley. 



It signifies humility, sweetness and return to happiness.  

Isn't that the a nice thought?







Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fresh-Cut Friday April!



Heeelloooo Peeps! 
Welcome to Fresh-Cut Friday. 
It is April and the flowers are abundant! 

Did you know?

April's birth flower is the daisy which conveys innocence, loyal
love, and purity. It is also a flower given between friends to keep
a secret; the daisy means "I'll never tell." The other April flower
is the sweet pea. Sweet peas signify blissful pleasure, but are
also used to say good-bye.

 
Here is my little centerpiece featureing Gerbera Daisies. 
I decided to use my handpainted vase and then the rest of the table 
just kind of came together.  

I love the detail! 

I also broke out my Mom's Nippon lunceon set... 
I thought it all tied together nicely.


So those are my fresh flowers.... 
Where are yours?

I'm going to be joining:
Lavender Garden Cottage









Monday, March 31, 2014

Crochet the day away....



One of my favorite things to do (when I can get away with it) is 
to get up in the morning, 
leave my p.j.s on, 
and then proceed to crochet the day away! 

 This activity usually includes gourmet coffee or tea and involves several movies 
or a season's worth of episodes.
Previously viewed is best.
And of course a gift is the perfect excuse to set a day aside and start a
new project. 

 A gift for a precious future baby girl...


 This is one little project that I'm considering ripping apart
and starting over.... UGH!

 I love the pattern but I think that I've messed it up. 
It keeps getting wider. I can't figure it out.

I love how it looks like layers. 
I'm just going to have to call "Do-Overs"!


Don't forget this Friday is Fresh-Cut Friday.



I'm joining Marty for Inspire Me Tuesday.







Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hello Blueberry... Meet Mr. Biscuit!


 Who doesn't love blueberries?


Who doesn't love biscuits?



 Blueberry Biscuits


Yield: 12 biscuits

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven at 450 degrees F. Grease baking sheet. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening with a fork. Stir in milk just until flour is wet. Fold in blueberries. Drop by large spoonful onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes or until done.