Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Ready to go Glamping

Last year, after a continual Craigslist search we finally found our 1984 Scotty camper.   It was the usual cream, brown and somewhat golden color of that year.  Pretty bland, ok, ugly.  Although I really wanted to find an earlier vintage camper they were always somewhere too far away.   I knew we could achieve the look of one if we tried.  It took us over a year to finally get it done but we put our heart in to it a few weeks ago and I am so happy with the results.  It's like a little beach cottage on wheels.
 I call it the Mermaid Cottage.  
 As you can see I am not a Purest.  I couldn't wait to do away with the original faux wood, fabric, and flooring.    First on the list was painting the inside and new flooring.
 I did keep the handles to the cabinets though just adding the turquoise touch.  Hubby made the table top to go over an existing antique table top.  I love it when he makes my plans work.   I added a few shells to the light cover.  And then I had a ball  shopping for the beach themed tableware, bedding and decor.  
 I found a chenille shower curtain and I love the texture and how it really works well for keeping the sunlight out.  The bed is hardly a full so you have to like cuddling.   A Goose down mattress top and coverlet certainly helped make it cozy.

 My absolute favorite is the kitchen.  For some reason they had taken out the stove and counter so all that was there was an off centered range hood and one overhead cabinet.   Hubby did his woodworking magic and this is the finished look.
 I love it, I love it, I love it.  Since we love to cook outside on the grill the loss of the stove was no big deal.  I have my mini toaster oven, coffee pot and microwave so I am good.

 The Mermaid will be off on a camping trip soon and she has certainly made me a Very....

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Think Spring!

 These beautiful pictures were taken by a friend of mine.   She is the daughter of one of my dearest friend and bless her heart she use to babysit for my children.  I think she captured the beauty of springtime don't you?

Thank you for sharing them with me Tina Salter.  Your photography and your eye for beauty is amazing!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Perfectly Imperfect

 I found this precious pin on Pinterest and with the Grand baby in for an Easter time visit from Colorado I wanted to try to for a sweet little photo shoot.  I grabbed the cotton balls and not wanting to place baby's little bare bottom in our rough St. Augustine grass we decided to use the faux Easter grass. Upon placing our sweet baby on the faux grass he clinched and stiffened and screamed out in protest and this is our perfectly imperfect Easter picture.  We will be laughing for years to come.
It's doubtful that you will see it on Pinterest but hey, we tried!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


I lost a friend this week.  She slipped unexpectedly to the other side.  Too soon gone.  I know she knew I loved her as those were our last words spoken.  I'm so glad I got to say them.  I will miss her infectious smile and the laughter we shared.  Until we see each other again I will hold your memory dear.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Here's to keeping our realistic goals in 2016.
Happy New Year!
It just feels like it's going to be a great one!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Dinner

It's time to dust off the dishes that have been in place on the table for weeks now and start to think about what to serve for Christmas dinner.  Will it be a fuss or no fuss dinner?  As I was pulling out cookie and candy recipes and searching for some good ideas for dinner it occurred to me that I had a sweet treasure in that basket.   Precious handwritten recipes from family and friends filled my basket and I realized  how blessed I have been  to have shared so many lovely meals and desserts with so many along the way.   

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas on the lanai

 The weather has been so nice it's hard to believe this is December and Christmas is only 10 days from now.  I have been playing with some fresh greenery on my potting bench.  My husband made it for me with bits and pieces we collected and I just love how it turned out.  
 This time of year we have an abundance of red pepper berries along the fence row and I just love them in the planters and tucked here and there.  However did you know that ants love them too? That's not faux snow on the bench but cornstarch which I heard was non toxic and would kill them.  Well it hasn't worked yet.  
 I learned another lesson too.  Plastic lanterns and candles don't work well together not even for a very short time.  I kept smelling something and it melted the top around the bow.  I was just trying to burn the candle  down just enough to add a battery operated votive in the burned out place.  
 So I pulled it out and I put it here.
 I found this sweet vintage red bird picture at a garage sale and the girl almost gave it away to me.  Her mother-in-law had given it to her and she did not like it and it appeared she didn't like her mother-in-law either.   
 And keeping me great company is our dog Sunshine.   We get our daily dose of vitamin "D" around here.
She is the sweetest dog and we love her so much.

So for now I am going to take a hint from my dog and REST more.
Christmas wasn't meant to be this hectic!  

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Love's Glow

I love the dining room in the old house for so many reason.   Mainly because it holds so many of my favorite treasures from my Granny.  The rose picture was in my Granny's dining room and her china and crystal sparkle around my table. There wasn't a better place in her home than around the table.  She was an amazing cook and dinner was as pretty to look at as it was delicious to eat.  

Unfortunately I didn't get her fabulous cooking skills.  I have her sweet handwritten recipes and each year I  make my very best attempt to place before my family something holiday worthy that would make my Granny proud.   The one thing they ask for every year is her orange, apricot jello.  ha! I am so happy that it's easy to make. And even though I could make it often throughout the year I don't to keep it special.  So here's to memories of Christmas dinners past and to all the love around the table which I believe makes everything, even my cooking taste good.