Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Cheer.....

I am filled with Christmas cheer ,

Having my family and frieds so near,

I send you all Blessings your way,

Remember CHRISTmas is the reason for this DAY!



Merry Christmas to all.. see you after the 26th~!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Few more Touches of Christmas



A snowwoman who peers from the top of a hutch in the living room,


Always ready for guest and a cocktail!!



A sweet Christmas teacup filled with peppermints,,, are those snowmen waiting for a treat?


A great idea out of Blog Land to hold Christmas Cards... Loved this idea so much,, hade to use it!



A little Vintage sign in the kitchen to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Little more Christmas

Trying to finish up decorating... a few more things are done... I hope to be finished by the weekend..There just needs to be more days till Christmas!!

I dont' have a mantel, but a shelf full of Santa's and Snowmen will do..






My Christmas Tree...
and,,, Christmas in the Kitchen... Joy spread throughout the house...Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 6, 2010

SICK

I can't believe it's been since the day after Thanksgiving that I haven't felt well. I went to the doctors on Friday( three days ago) and got on some medication. It has still taken all this time to make me feel even a little better.
I have felt like some one threw me down and stepped all over me. I am completely worn out and have been able to do NOTHING!!! I was glad I put my tree up in my bedroom, or my house would have no decorations. My days have been getting up ... coughing, coughing, tea, bed, coughing, dinner, tea, tea, coughing and bed!
I finally feel a little better today so I may attempt to get some decorating done! Hope you all are well and no one else gets hit by this "bug".. bless your week!! Tracey

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas in the Bedroom

A little touch of Christmas in the bedroom....


My snowmen ornaments have found a new home on my white Christmas Tree that is now adorning my new bedroom... perfect way to start a wonderous season!

Monday, November 29, 2010

My First Child

Where do the years go? I don't know. I sit here today on my daughter's 26th Birthday. I am in awe at what a wonderful woman she has grown into and how much she continues to surprise me with her talents.
Twenty-six years ago, I was in Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine awaiting the arrival of my firstborn. I was scared and excited at the same time. My mother was there to help me through this and very excited as this would be her first grandchild.

Raising a child is a challenging task. I am thankful for my husband who helped raise my daughter and for the loving extended family who gave Jessica a wonderful childhood and bestowed gifts(even if age inappropriate).. all her life.

Happy Birthday to my wonderful little girl who has grown up to be a fabulous, inspirational, intelligent woman. A village helped raise her.....so I am grateful to all those as well!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bedroom Redo

If you have followed by blog for any amount of time, you know all about my daughter's HOT PINK bedroom.



Yes, it was HOT, HOT PINK!
Well, she moved out 2 months ago and I got to have the biggest room in my house back!!!
It's now MY bedroom.

Primer, Primer and Paint and the room is now a grayish/blue with brown accents and a beige accent wall for relief from all that blue.


She did int' like the closet doors so she used black curtains to cover the closet. Well, can't find the doors so I bought 2 brown table cloths and turned them into my new closet "doors".
Love the look and how it gives just more impact on that wall.

I also am in love with New Orleans... so, I tried to find pictures in a book, but instead, searched the Internet and printed off some black and whites of the great city and hung them in frames that use to house vintage handkerchiefs.



My daughters unused clarinet hangs all the wall to emphasize New Orleans Jazz.. Wreaths I made and my collection of hand mirrors on the other wall.


Happy, Happy, Happy describes how I am with the way my new bedroom turned out!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving and Post 200

I can't believe my 200th post would be wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving


Well,, Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends.... and be on the lookout for 200th post giveaway soon!!
Blessings to all!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Craft Fairs and White elephant tables

I love craft fairs...not so much for buying the craft items, but for getting ideas and seeing what people have come up with for sale! It's a big business here in the Lewiston/Auburn area in Maine.. and yesterday was the cream of the crop.
I started at the Church by the Lake craft fair. Then headed off to the Gingerbread craft fair, 6th Street Congregational, Holy Trinity and Jillson's Christmas on the Farm. Whew!! A busy day , but the things I like best are the "Hidden Treasures" or White Elephant tables.



I found these goodies for under 2.00... how fantastic is that?!!!! It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!



I also am aware this is my 199th post... a giveway should be coming up soon!! Have a great day and Enjoy the beginning of the work week!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A new member of the Family

First, let me say I can't believe this is my 198th post... only 2 more to 200. It's been a great ride that started two years ago. I love my blog friends and love reading posts that are so inspirational as well.
Next, my husband and I decided we needed a new addition to our empty nest.. we went to the Humane Society in Lewiston, Maine and picked up our new cutie...Chloe!!

She is a Shih-tzu / maltese mix and what a personality!!! I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed having her around and what a difference she has already made in our home!!


She isn't a barker, gets along with our cat and loves to play!! I can't imagine why someone got rid of her!


She has one eye, but that just makes her even cuter!! Wanted to share my joy with all of you. She has truly impacted me in such a positive way.. I love her!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day


Happy Veteran's Day to all who served and continue to do so! Thank you for your sacrifice and honor!

Monday, November 8, 2010

"It was a dark and windy night....."

It was,, really. Dark and Windy. Very, Very Windy! I thought the house was going to leap up from the foundation and head to Kansas...


or maybe Bill Pullman and Helen Hunt would stop by......


It was that windy. Trash cans blew around and left my yard. Tree branches fell. Water pooled in the back yard, Sump Pump on and then.... Electricity OUT!!! For about 6 hours we were without electricity. I made my husbands breakfast and lunch by candlelight and then headed back to bed in hopes the lights would come back on. Around 9;15am.. Lights, camera, action!!! WE were in good shape. The cellar emptied itself with water, the fridge was on and I could make COFFEE!!! A great day otherwise. Getting more done all the time now that I'm not working as much. Have a happy Monday night!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Busy Days at Home

Well this is my second week of not working my full part-time hours of 26 per week. I've been reduced to 13 hours per week and finding that I am more busy at home than I was at work.
I've been painting, cooking, baking, crafting, cleaning and organizing. Wow.. who knew I had so much to do??!!!
I've been making a lot of soups. Butternut Squash and broccoli soup has been my mainstay. I have a lot of squash from my garden and plan on using it up in my soup recipe. I am loving my time at home, but I have applied to a few seasonal jobs at places like Kohls, Jo-Ann fabrics and Borders. We'll have to wait and see if anything comes up.

Today I'm covered with primer... I've primed my daughters old room... (whose walls were hot pink)... I think it's about ready to be painted. I took most of the day, with filling in holes, and cutting in with a paintbrush,,,but I should be ready for the color this weekend!


What do you do with your days that aren't filled with an outside job?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A day in Salem, Massachusetts

Yesterday I had a great day in Salem, Massachusetts. I've never been so close to Halloween and it was well worth the trip. I loved the atmosphere. Everyone was dressed, there were people in costumes pretending to be statues. The Witch Museum, the food and of course my day with my friend Jenn,,,, so enjoy the pictures.
A ghostly graveyard, where Salem witches were hung....see the orbs?
Jenn,,,getting Bewitched in Salem!
This was an actor dressed as a silver witch
Actors arresting Goodie Bishop to stand Trial!
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A marker to remember Sarah Good
A museum all about Lizzie Bordon... did she take an Axe?
Me and Elizabeth Montgomery..
The Bronze Witch!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

No Exact Plans!

Well, Here I am sitting in my living room at 6;30 in the morning and haven't got a job to go to today. Yes, today starts my 2 day a week job! Only 13 hours a week,,,plenty of time to do other things I suppose.
I have a room to paint, outdoor furniture to put away, cakes to bake, rooms to clean, crafts to make and a volunteer program to attend at 9am. So, I guess I have plenty to keep my busy, but not going to work seems strange. You get use to a routine. Starting your day a certain way and then attack the day as it comes to you. I'm afraid, that once I get use to working only 13 hours a week, I won't want to go back to anymore.
This is a turning point in my life. I believe that God has placed this opportunity to develop what it is I truly want in my life and what I have a passion and desire to do. So I am going to embrace this time and do the things I've been putting off and really enjoy a time in my life that I can totally grab hold of!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

30 years later....

This weekend is my 30th Class Reunion~ Can't believe it's been 30 years since I graduated and was 18 years old. Where has the time gone?? Not sure. I am looking forward to it though. People I haven't seen in years and the music of the '80's.. gotta love it! So, of course I had to have my hair done and get rid of that gray.... a little blonder, please....
and so I'm ready to head out Saturday night, a blonder version of me, in a little black dress and red heels.. I think it will be perfect and comfortable. Not out to impress anyone,, I mean come on, we're all just about 50 and not the young teenagers we were back in the day. A little older, and a little wiser.

On another note, my hours were cut back at my job yesterday... that meant I went from 26 to 13.. so I'm going to take this opportunity to do some things in my home that I've been putting off and see just how much I can do on very little money!

It's a challeng I'm up for... I'll keep you posted on how well I can do! Have a wonderful day all and enjoy this 20th day of October!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A perfect ending to a unsettled week!

Yesterday was a lot better than the rest of the week held for me. I went shopping with my youngest daughter, and we had a great time. We went to Old Navy, Target and then lunch and then to the grocery store. It was fun to be with her. Since she moved out about a month ago, I've missed spending time with her a lot! One thing that has happened since she has left, we actually get along much better. We can spend our time talking about what is going on in her life, I let her lead and just listen (this is very hard for me)... but it's working!
We went back to the apartment she shares with my oldest daughter and I helped her put things away and clean up a bit. It's good to see her on her own, but I still miss the daylights out of her!

So, I came back home and my husband and I went to see the movie "Secretariat"...great movie.
I remember when he raced back in 1973, but the see the background story and see the race again, was wonderful! The story is so feel good, and about following a dream and never quitting. Made me realize that anything is possible. By the time we left the theater, both of us were teary-eyed. I have to say a great ending to a rather troubling week. Thank you God for reviving me and lifting my spirits! thanks for all the prayers too!! Love to all!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Challenging Week

After a wonderful weekend, this week has had it's trials. I am feeling extremely tired and out of sorts. Not sure what the reason is, but it has been a long and very uneventful week for me.
I'm not sure if the weekend just took a lot out of me or not? I have come home from work each night and just about dropped on the couch and fell asleep.
Changing seasons? Overtired? Not feeling well?? There seem to be actual reasons, but nothing I can really put my finger on.
I have put my zumba classes on hold, my Bible study on hold and have just wanted to nest in my house. Does anyone else go through periods like this??? I have another busy weekend coming up, and hopefully it won't suck the life out of me again..... am I getting old?? (yikes!!!)... I don't' think so,, just overextending myself and I need to pace things in my life and especially on the weekends.
Hope you all have a great day and this is post 190...only 10 more to 200. I think a giveaway is in order!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Last Fair of the Season

Friday was a beautiful fall day here in Maine. Perfect to attend the biggest and final fair of the season.




My husband and I left Friday morning around 8am and got to the fair around 10:00. We grabbed something to eat right away.. decisions, decisions.. anything fried you can think of, Thai food, Italian sausage, pizza, ice cream, bar-b-que, hamburg, turkey legs and the list goes on and on... we decided on french fries with cheese on top! Yummy!!! then a Pumpkin cheesecake Ice cream!
We went into the horse pulling ring,, yes, horses pull over 5000 pounds of weight and are given a five minute time limit to see how far they can pull.... it's great to see these great big work horses doing what they are bred to do..work.
Headed over to the race way later.. yes I bet and won! Harness racing is the type of racing in Maine!! It's fun and exciting.


We walked around for a long time looking at crafts, animals and exhibitions of Grange Halls in the state! It's a wonderful place to be and to just enjoy the farming and more low key way of life that is offered in Maine farming communities.


"One, singular sensation, every little step we take"



After a very long day.. home around 10:00am.... we headed home with a deep fried Twinkies in hand.... delicious!!
A couple of tired Mainers

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happiness

Do you ever wonder if there is such a thing as being too happy??? I know I do! I have been in a cycle of utter happiness lately. I wonder why that is? Nothing much has changed. In fact my daughter moved out, my oldest daughter broke up a 7 year relationship and I had a melt down a week ago, but still I AM HAPPY!!
A few years back, my life was very different. I was alone, and in a very unhappy relationship, but now.. things are so different I actually can't wait to see what each new day brings for me to enjoy.
I believe the difference is that I am trying to live a better life. Trying to do things the right way. Obey God and knowing that He is close to me and taking care of me and keeping Jesus a priority in my life and marriage.
I believe my treating others the way I'd want to be treated is key. I was making wrong choices and following the crowd and not my heart.. makes a big difference.
I am heading off to the fair tomorrow with my husband for the day.. I'll bring my camera to show off the a real Maine fair and let you know how the day goes.
Thank you all for being here and for being a part of my life in this world of "blog"... I am happy to have such wonderful, creative, inspiring women in my life!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Older and Wiser

Does this ring a bell?..when you were young you went along with other people and their wacky ideas.. you were to afraid to challenge them and go your own way. Afraid of what others thought if you decided to listen to your own drummer.
Well, I had an experience this past weekend that really made me happy I am an adult and a wiser one at that!
My girlfriends and I went to Sunday River ( a ski resort in Bethel, Maine) on Friday.... (we do a Zumba performance for a health fair every year)....Our plans were to do the performance and then go to one of the girls camps about an hour away.
So when we were finished, we gathered in our cars (I had my own,, lucky me) and took off to follow the leader. Before I knew it we were on an unfamiliar dirt road stopping by a camp I had never seen. Apparently the plan had changed without my knowledge. Now, I have anxiety/panic issues and if you know that.. you can see what is coming.
I had a full blown attack, sat in my car and with everyone knowing what was going on, the plans to move along didn't happen... I was short of breath, crying and upset. Not one of my friends said, "Lets leave and go about our plans as before".... I was devastated! In the past I would have continued to stay and be upset, but after calling my wonderful sister( Kathleen)... I decided, I have a car and I can leave!! That's what I did. Put that puppy in reverse and came back home!!
Was I too sensitive??? Too blind by panic to be reasonable..I don't think so.
But it's funny to me that in the past, I wouldn't have left. I would have been miserable and let others dictate to me how and what to do.. I'm glad I'm an adult and that I have come a long way to be a wiser and yes, older woman!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Maine has been Frosted!

Yeah.. it's true. This morning there is frost on the pumpkins, literally! I looked out my window and saw the frost covering my pumpkins. So, after trying to wake up a bit, I started a fire in the wood stove to warm things up a bit. I'm sure the temp will rise by noon, but there is something cozy and snug about getting the wood stove going.
My husband is away right now with the National Guard, so I'm home alone getting some things done and getting my home ready for Halloween. I love Halloween!! The vintage decorations, pumpkins and knowing that the heart of autumn is near.
I enjoy looking for decorations for Halloween, but I have to say I'm a little particular. I love the vintage, paper mache looking figures.... and the rest has to be not chintzy. When my kids were little, I loved all the fun, out there items, but now, since it's my home... I can do what I want and what I love. I've searched ebay, Christmas Tree Shops, and TJ Maxx for some fun items that remind me of 1950-60's Halloween items. Not too much luck, but enough to get myself going.



When I was at TJ Maxx, I saw a picture that was great, but thought,"I can make that",, so I came home, got a frame, a little vintage trick or treat bag, some pipe cleaners and some old letters for background and came up with the exact same thing...much less expensive too!



I also made a witches hat, (a blog last year made this and it was awesome) it's a fun piece to just prop up in my living room. So here are some pictures and some fun things to do for Halloween.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Redefining my life

Well, I suppose many of you saw this coming. I've been away for a while trying to really figure out where and what I want out of my blog. I think, in the past, I was writing for everyone but me. I've decided that it's time for me to write for me, and if that means losing followers, or not being interesting enough.. that's okay.
I have a lot of interest and I'm a very busy woman. My life is taking a new direction as my last child has left home to live on her own and it's just my husband and I now. Very different...believe me!
So, with camera in hand, (not always, I'm not good about bringing it with me).. I'm going to really post things I love, things that interest me and things that I create here in my home for my own selfish pleasure.
Do I get ideas from other blogs, you bet!! There are so many creative people out there, how can you not borrow these ideas and change them a bit to make them your own.
I've hesitated posting items like this, as I didn't want to be know as an "idea stealer"..lol!!! But I know now that's what the idea's out there in blog world are for... sharing and using the fun, creative, and ingenious ideas that is "Blog World"... so, as for me.... I'm heading to a new path (again) and this time the blog will be about what really interests me and what I love... hope you will stick around~!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Another New Tattoo!!


There is much to add to this piece. It will be continuing over my shoulder and connecting to a piece on my left upper back.... still fresh and a little sore!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New use for an old Ladder and Jelly

Grapes turn into a lucious, transparent, concord grape, bursting with flavor,

JELLY!!!!!!!




A Ladder turned into a place for vintage tablecloths in my laundry room.


Repurposing~~~becoming a way of life~~~