Getting Well and best wishes….

Surprising turn of events…

Mom was rushed to surgery Friday for emergent surgery thanks to a ruptured appendix. It has been very trying for her and us. She is improving everyday but it is going to be a long road back.  Totally doable, but she feels a little low right now. Bless her heart.

 On the other side dear hubby is to have a  hernia repair today.. Our fun has only just begun.. When life comes at you fast… I guess you better hang on tight.

Thoughts of love and best wishes to us all..Since I don’t have too many roses blooming now, I have to dig deep into my photo’s from Spring to find some blooms..

 Hoping for speedy recoveries and strength through our valley’s.

 New peaks will come….

 With grace and courage to continue on our journey.

A fall festival at school brought out our fairy. She had a lot of fun despite the rain and cold that has descended upon our town. It is yucky out there. Not a problem for the fairy. She danced and twirled all around, granted wishes and ended up with a bucket of candy. What fun!

trick or trunk??

Our little fairy had an event at school tonight called Trick or Trunk.  An alternative to the typical trick or treating. It is at the Church, supposedly in the parking lot…(that was the trunk part), but it is rainy and quite cold here. So, no worries, they will just “party in the gym”   (see the worry?)

So, with that problem solved it was off to the event.

 One final spin around….

 One last wish is granted!

 In case the magical skirt gets to be a bit much, there is always the lighter version..

 A wonderful time was had by all!!

Note: tap shoes still in use, fairy outfit made by Mom, McCall’s  M4887.

Fall fashions….. Wardrobe refashion update!

Well, continuing along the lines or reuse/recycling and the commitment I made to wardrobe refashion I made this skirt from 2 pairs of big sister’s outgrown pants. I have been saving them for quite some time, but with 8 years difference between the 2 girls~ it ends up being too much storage in too little space. Anyways, I also made a coordinating peasant top based on this tutorial.    These are  also made from big sister’s outgrown jeans and bits of the leftover pants from the skirt.
Here is a bit of a close up.. sorry for the blur,  my batteries were dying on me.  Do you see the little tap shoes? They haven’t left her feet (only to go to bed) since I bought them from the GW.

I heart my GW store!


GW is code for Goodwill.  I love my GW. I am not kidding. Ok, I started out at first being kind of embarrassed about going there. Browsing around, trying on things and always trying to keep a low profile.  I then started to open my eyes to who and  what was around me and  I began to really see the big picture.  Here is the skinny on my GW. 

One, all kinds of people go there. You’ve got the people who really need clothes at a cheaper price, you’ve got the work  crowd looking for their wardrobe fillers, you’ve got smart mother’s looking for hardly worn clothes for their rapidly growing children (this is where I started out), you’ve got the  hip crowd looking for cool vintage,  you get the point. The GW has something for everyone.

Two, it is so good for the environment because you are recycling, you are not wasting precious resources, you are giving care and love to items that someone did not want anymore.

Third, you can yourself recycle what you don’t need or want anymore, keeping things out of landfills, plus you know the drill one man’s treasure…

So, basically it is all good, and you can really get some things for a fraction of the cost. All you have to do is imagine… then it will be! 

Example.. my little girl wants to be a tap dancer… she taps in all her shoes, so, I imagined that she would need a pair of tap shoes…. big sister always needs tee’s. Mama needed new boots and a purse. Fun fabric and pretty brown bears can always be made into various pj’s and whatnot..and the bear, well, let’s think Christmas cheer!

So… here is what I needed and what I received.. all for $23.00

I heart my GW!!!

a warm fall day….

A sunny front…
front porch view
little girl in wild jungle ….

We had a really warm and sunny fall day today after a great soaking rain last night.
No hummingbirds in several days.. I think they all have finally left for good. I will be waiting to see them in March. Off to Mexico, lucky little birds. I will surely miss them. Godspeed little friends..

New dress for Em


In the spirit of the wardrobe refashion challenge, I made a little a-line dress for Em. It is from thrifted items. An old pillowcase and a linen tablecloth. I intended to the dress to be reversible, but somewhere in the mix I could not get it figured out. I had no pattern, I just winged the whole thing.  I guess I would fall into the “speed demon” category on this one. Oh well, she loved the dress! I did make  this cool headband to coordinatewith the dress. I just the leftover scraps. I can not say enough good things about this headband. It is so cute!!! It is easily adjusted for little heads to big puffy heads! These are extremely fast and sturdy. I think these would be great for holiday gifts. Stocking stuffer, gifts for the girls at work. So, love that project! Next I will be trying this little project. I think it would also be great for gift give-a-ways.

Ok, here are a few pics of the little dress….




I am joining in this wonderful challenge. Check it out! I love this idea and I have kind of dabbled in this sort of thing for about a year. I am now challenging myself on a deeper level. The idea of reusing, recycling, and re-purposing is really important to me. I do not like to waste and I do not like to spend a fortune on things that I don’t have to. I think it takes courage and creativity to be open minded about new beginnings. Want to try?