Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Farmhouse Fun with SoMerSeT HoMe 2014 ~ Create your Own Milk Bottle Sign and Enjoy a Feedsack Runner

It Finally arrived !
The New Somerset Home Magazine for 2014 ...
Abbey and I have been awaiting it to arrive in our mail box this last week .. so excited to see a few of our items we offer featured inside !
Our Farm Fresh Milk Bottle Sign and Our Seven Roses Feed Sack Runner were both featured in this newest issue .. and we can't be more thrilled ..
Thanks once again to Christine and all of the staff at Somerset Home we are always so honored to have the works of our hearts and hands in the SH Magazine. We are so appreciative of the hard work that goes into styling , photographing, and laying out each artisans handmades. Your Magazines are true Eye Candy and the quality is just outstanding.
Well Gals...
Here's a sneak peek at the two items of ours in the Somerset Home 2014 Magazine ..

To see the remainder of the articles and get your "How To" info on making our "Farm Fresh MILK Bottle" sign grab your copy today at your local bookstore or online .. (Link Below)
Or if you prefer not to make one yourself but would love to have one for your Home Sweet Home they are now available HERE (Qty's limited)

 View our Feedsack Collection HERE

If you haven't purchased or ordered your copy of the newest Somerset Home Magazine and would like to,  you can do so HERE
Thanks to all of our Friends and Clients .. for encouraging us to create our Sweet Magnolias Farm Home Linens Line .. and for supporting us with your purchases. We have been so blessed by all of you !
And Thank You Lord for giving us the gift of Creativity .. Our life is full of working with our hands and what a joy that is.
Wishing you all ..

Friday, July 11, 2014

Please Join us in praying for Ashley....

To make a long story short ...
Abbey and I have become friends over time with Nancy and Kelly ( another mother daughter team) of Touched by Time Vintage Wedding Rentals through the Vintage Marketplace  we all have sold at the last 4 years.
Last March Nancy and Kelly approached us to begin working with them by creating items for Weddings and Brides etc. It was all green lights for us .. until my Dad became ill as many of you have read about .. and we had to lay that aside. This year with Dad healed and doing better we were able to revisit the idea and begin working on some projects for Nancy and Kelly and in working with them we have had the opportunity to be blessed by the work they do.
This week Nancy shared with us a special styling/pregnancy shoot they did and how it all came about .. and it really touched our hearts as we hope it does yours too ...
Meet Ashley....
Story below shared by Nancy Kruse Touched by Time Vintage Wedding Rentals FB
written by Lindsey Love Song Events
Lindsey of Love song events and photography  called us ( Nancy and Kelly)  on Tues and told us of this lovely young women and asked if we could help. We Immediately called on our friend Jen of Souiree design and events and asked if they had any flowers available asap of coarse they said YES!!! We literally had under an hour to pull all the props and flowers together...and It all came together beautifully all according to Gods plan and all in his timing...The reason we are telling you this and posting her story is so you can keep her and her family in your prayers...We believe in MIRACLES!!!
Here is what Lindsey (the photographer)  wrote about Ashley
Grab your boxing gloves because we together are going to help HER kill cancer!! Often I am asked why I do what I do and what makes me different then other photographers. Well I like to think, it's the person on the other end of the lens. My job is to showcase something you may never even knew was there. I try my very best to show my clients "real life" because you and I both know that everything isn't always perfect so why fake it and act as if tragedy doesn't exist. At times we act as if it doesn't happen. It is my job to find the good in every session I take on. I have made it my personal task to make my clients feel loved right where they are at regardless of what they are going through. I will admit some "Forever Loved" sessions are harder then others but this my friends has personally been the most compelling to me out of the hundreds I have shot.
 Meet Sweet 24 year old Ashley who is about to be a mama of 2. Quiencidently 7 people that I have never met went to my website and applied for a "forever loved" session on behalf of Ashley. It wasn't until the 8th person that contacted me about "Ashley" that I realized this girl and I had already spoken many months ago only then her situation was a bit different.

One day Ashley's knee was hurting and extremely swollen, she was also 10 weeks pregnant. She went to the doctors multiple times and was told she has arthritis. In December 2014 Ashley struggled with the ever increasing knee pain, nausea and loss of appetite. By this time, it was extremely difficult to walk and she could no longer straighten her knee. Work was becoming more challenging every day. Thankfully, she did finally get to see an orthopedist. The ortho reviewed x-rays that had been taken in November and informed Ashley that there was a 3 cm. tumor in the distal end of her femur (bottom of the thigh bone), and that more tests were needed. In January 2014, before the MRI could be authorized, Ashley ended up in the ER because she had numbness in her foot. An x-ray at that time revealed that she had a large tumor, measuring over 10 cm. Ashley had cancer. A hurricane of questions, concerns, phone calls, and frustrations started. Being 24 with bone cancer is bad enough... but to be pregnant, too!?? It was all so unbelievable. Ashley had the surgery to remove the lower half of her femur and replace it with a "fancy" knee replacement on February 25, 2014. Ashley opted out of chemo for the safety of her baby girl, there was a great possibility it would have killed her. Last month Ashley was experiencing terrible headaches and considering she was pregnant, her first thought was the headaches were pregnancy related. One morning she woke up and her tongue on her left side was totally numb. Ashley then went to her ER and found out the cancer had spread to her skull. They told her 2 weeks ago there was no cure, and that surgery was far to risky because the cancer is to close to her brain stem. They also told Ashley the devastating news...she has one year at "best" to live.
They are delivering sweet Paisley in 2 weeks so Ashley can get started on her chemo. They believe this will "buy her time" and allow her to bond with her family as one. At this time Ashley's spirits are positive, she believe it's in Gods hands. She wants her 6 year old son and newborn daughter to have their mom around, but she understands there is a great possibility that will not be the case. Therefore she wants them to always feel loved and remember how much she loved them.

Her story shows you the depth of a mother's love. The things we are willing to do for our child to give them life. I can't wait to meet this sweet baby, it is unbelievable how many already are in love with her. If you wish to donate to Ashley please click the link below. This family needs our prayers, so please join with me in prayer and keep them in your daily thoughts. I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES. Please feel free to share her story.

As Nancy and Kelly and Lindsey have asked above we too also ask that you would pray for Ashley and her family, I understand her mama was at her photo shoot Tuesday as well .. I Imagine as it is for so many who are out there diagnosed with fatal/terminal illnesses it's an absolute shock to the system for the person it is happening too and the family that surrounds them. 
Let's pray for strength for each day, grace to walk through each day, and let's pray for a miracle !
Thank you Dear Farmhouse Friends for your prayers .. I know they helped my family this last year through a very tough time with my Dad's illness and I know they can help Ashley and her family too !

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Flossie Chronicles ~ Sweet, Happy and So So Funny .. Tails of an English Springer Spaniel

Well .. I can't believe after looking through my posts tonight that the last time I wrote about my Sweet Flossie she was just 1yr old.
We are rounding the corner to 3 yrs old in November .. and my has she ever grown into a beautiful young lady ...
Since I'm a single gal with no children.. Flossies my sweet little girl .. She kinda has pig tails with those long ears of hers don't you think ? .. LOL !
I've had dogs for as long as I can remember ... Black Labs, Yellow Labs, a Lhasa Apso, Golden Retrievers and Now an English Springer Spaniel ...
I hate to say it because it may sound unkind but from the time I was a little girl I loved my animals more than people ..
I could spend hours on our little farmette ..playing in the barn, on the wood pile, riding my pony buttercup ... playing with my yellow Lab daisy .. and watching mom feed the chickens the horses Sugar and Star and the pig ( no name it was for eating) .
The animals were always a great comfort to me and I felt completely at ease when I was with them.
Although we don't have a farm full of animals today (even though I would love too) .. I have Flossie and she fills that maternal place in my heart which is a good thing !
As Many of you know My parents and I share a home together ..
So Flossie gets a Ginormous amout of Love seeing that they are both retired.
Dad Brushes and walks her twice a day.
Mom gives her carrots and sometimes potato during the day .. Flossies Favorite is carrots she eats 1  a day and sometimes 2( did you know carrot is great for keeping their teeth clean ) ..
Today we took Flossie out for a little photo shoot .. Dad's an avid skeet and trap shooter and some of the guys and gals he shoots with wanted to see Flossie .. But it's a long drive to where he shoots and it's a long day away from home which I'm not sure Flossie would be too thrilled about and I think the noise of the Guns would probably and literally terrify her .. so our next option was send pictures .. not exactly the same but at least they can see what she looks like ...
Here's a few of the photo's that we took ...



There are a couple types of english springer spaniels .. "Bench" and "Field" .. you may be more familiar with the "Field" type that has shorter ears and is more freckled .. they are typically bred for and used for hunting ... while the bench type which is what Flossie is .. is a "Show" dog .. they have a blanket .. the all black as you see on Flossie or in the case of the Liver (brown) and white springer a brown blanket on their backs and legs .. Flossie has a few freckles or "Sprinkles" as we call them 3 on her nose and a few on her lips.
She has a sweet disposition and is a major cuddler and lover .. Throughout my work day while at the sewing machine she loves to bathe my legs in kisses until I have to tell her enough ... She periodically uses her nose and pokes me in my thigh which means she wants a hug ... and once she gets the hug off she go's to visit Mom or Dad and get one from them too ..
She's quite the character and keeps us smiling all the day long ..and she's amazingly smart .. I've never had a dog in all my dogs as smart as her. She has a basket full of toys well over 20 . We give names to the toys when we bring them home and within 10 minutes she knows the name of her new toy .. Then we play the game of asking her to find in her basket a specific toy .. and she nuzzles through the basket until she finds the toy we have asked for .. I still don't know how she determines the right toy with the right name ..i'm in amazement...
She loves going bye bye but seriously what dog doesn't.. whenever we go shopping to a store that she can go in .. Home Depot, Lowes, Hobby Lobby .. we take her .. pop her in a cart and wheel her down the aisles and she is in absolute heaven ..
Well I could go on about all the wonderful things I love about her ..and Maybe I'll share that in another post .. I don't want to bore you all with my gushy proud mama moments ..LOL !
I just thought I would share some up to date pictures of her .. since it's been so long....
If you have a pet ... give it a hug and some love .. Animals have feelings too ..and they need attention and love ..
Wishing you all a beautiful and Fun Filled Weekend ..

Monday, June 23, 2014

Starting the week with just saying "I Love You" .. ~ Our Daily Bread

This morning I opened up my inbox to find my "Girlfriends in God" .. devotion waiting for me.
I love starting out my mornings with my devotions. It always gives me some good thoughts about myself and my relationship with the Lord throughout the day.
Today's devotion touched my heart .....
I hope it does yours also ..

I Just Called to Say, “I Love You”Sharon Jaynes
Today's Truth
‘Call to Me,’ says the Lord, ‘and I will answer you and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know’ (Jeremiah 33:3, NASB).

Friend to Friend
It was an unusual phone call from my son, Steven. It was the second week of his second semester, his third year in college.
“Hey Mom, this is Steven. I just wanted to call and say ‘hello’. I haven’t talked to you in a while and wanted to see how you were doing.”        
“Hey bud,” I replied. “How are you? How are your classes? Do you like your professors?”
We volleyed questions and answers back and forth. It was a nice intro, and I kept waiting for the request such as, “Could you put an extra $50 in my account for another Philosophy book I had to buy?” or “Does my car insurance go up if I get a parking ticket?”
But those type questions never came.
“Mom, how are you doing?”
“What have you been up to this week?”
“How’s the new book coming?”
After about fifteen minutes into our conversation, I reluctantly asked, “Is everything OK?”
“Yea,” he chuckled. “I just called to talk. Are you surprised?”
“Sort of,” I sheepishly admitted. “But it is a wonderful surprise!”
A few minutes later we said our “goodbyes” and “I love yous.” Then I sat there and savored the joy of knowing that my son had called…not because he needed anything or had a problem to solve, but just because he loved me.
Then God spoke to my heart:
Sharon, I want you to remember how you feel at this moment. Your son, who you love more than life itself, has just called to talk to you…not because he wanted anything, not because he had a question about a decision or a detail of life, not because he had a problem to solve. He called just to talk, simply to see what was on your heart—because he loves you. That, my child whom I love more than life, is the same way I feel when you talk to Me—not because you want something, not because you have a question about a decision or a detail of life, not because you have a problem to solve. That is how I feel when you talk to Me simply because you want to learn what is on My heart…simply because you love Me.
Steven’s call was a poignant reminder that the God of the Universe delights when His children call…just to say, “I love You.”
“Call to Me,” says the Lord, “and I will answer you and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3 NASB)

Let’s Pray
Dear Father, I love You. That’s really all I want to say today. I love You, not because of what You do, but because of Who You are…my Heavenly Father.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn
Have you told God you love Him lately? If not, one of the best ways to praise Him is to use the names of God found in the Bible. Let’s look at a few. I’ll give you the Hebrew name found in the Old Testament and the English translation.
God I praise you that you are:
  • Jehovah – The Self Existent Onewho had no creator and was before all things (Exodus 3:13-16
  • Jehovah-Raah – The Lord my Shepherd(Psalm 23
  • Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord Who Provides(Genesis 22:8, 14)
  • Jehovah-ShalomThe Lord of Peace (Judges 6:24)
  • Jehovah-Rophe - The Lord Who Heals physically, emotionally, and spiritually (Exodus 15:26)
  • Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness(Jeremiah 23:6)
  • Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is There(Ezekiel 48:35)
  • Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord my Banner(Exodus 17:15)
  • Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – The Lord Who Sanctifies(Leviticus 20:8)
Even Though I'm not a Mom .. and I don't relate to the above devotion in having your child generally call or come to you over something they need ..
I could relate to it on the side of being a daughter throughout the years and being that child (young and adult) that has gone to them numerous times with needs on every level. And Yes just going to them on many occasions to just say "I love You"
But it was a great way of showing our relationship with our heavenly father and how we go to him constantly with our needs which we are supposed to do .. We go to him in praise of all he does for us.. .. but how often do we go to him with "I Love You" .. Simply "I Love You "..
I can say in all honesty that most my prayers are for thanks, Praise and need of myself or other's with I love You mixed in.. but not as often are my prayer's just simply "I Love You's" .. with no other attachments.
It's something I can't wait to begin implementing in my walk with the Lord ..
And what a great way to start the new week .. a Monday that begins a week of Simply "I Love You's"

Wishing you all a Beautiful and Blessed Week ..

Friday, June 20, 2014

Flip ~ Flop ~ Flun ~ ...Kick off the Summer with some cute Flip Flop DIY Tutorials that are so easy !

June 21st marks the first official day of summer .. and it's time to slip on those summer flip flops !
However if you're one of those that live in the drier and warmer climates year round like we are ..flips flops tend to be the mode of transportation for your feet pretty much year round...
I own a dozen pair of flip flops and they are my first choice in footwear these days .not because I'm that in love with flip flops.. but my feet are. I've got feet that have lot's of issues and shoes and my feet don't make a happy couple.
I love cute flip flops ..but lately I haven't found any that have that cute quotient I'm looking for .. they all seem a bit plain so I started looking for ways to make them cute, classy and sassy !
And here are some super cute ways to dress up some inexpensive flip flops for yourself, your kids, or your friends ..what great summer gifts !
So this first pair is so classy ..
I could see wearing these to church with a beautiful long white skirt ... Or a summer wedding ..
I love all the pearls and beads ...and there's a step by step tutorial showing you how to  make them .. with all the fabulous beads out there for jewelry making these days you could get super creative and do these up in colored beads .. and they used a pair of the easily found rubber flips flops that I just saw at Wal -Mart and the Dollar store for Just a buck .. ( do you know why we refer to a dollar as a buck ?) check the end of this post for the answer. 

 Tutorial HERE

These cuties have been dressed up with ribbons by the ribbon lady ...
How cute would these be with a denim skirt or denim shorts ! .. and love the touch of the black jewel in the center of the ribbon rosette .. 
 Tutorial HERE

These just say "Summer Fun" ... I love the mix of the tie died rosettes and the striped flops ...
The color combo just makes me smile ..
I imagine just about any young lady or teenage girl would be thrilled to recieve a pair of these or even sit down and make a pair with Mom , Grandma and some friends ... so check out the tutorial ...and make a girls day to make some personalized flip flops ..

Tutorial HERE
For those of us who have more flips flops than necessary ..LOL  ..
I thought this tutorial for turning wire hangers into flop holders was awesome .. so so easy ..
And I love how they used metal shelf brackets  and pipe to create a low floor space hanger for organizing them in the closet ..

 Jean Lover's Unite !
For those of you that Love Denim and have some old jeans that you don't wear anymore ..this is a great way to upcycle them and make some blue jean flip flops ..
 I think I would refer to these as my Kick Back Flip Flops ...
 Tutorial HERE

Mom's and Grandmom's ... do you have a little snugglebug that tip toes around on those tiny little feet ...
Well here's some super girly ruffled flops that are absolutely darling... I want these in my size ! and I haven't dressed up my toe nails in polish in a long while but this sure makes me want to ...
over at the motherhuddle ..they teach you how to make these for your little snugglebugs ...
 Tutorial HERE

Cottage Charm for your Feet ... These remind of a day at the beach .. walking the boardwalk and letting the ocean breeze kiss my face .
I love the striped bows ..and especially the body of the flop dressed in a cute floral pattern ...
Another simple yet easy way to dress your flops for that summer vacation .
Tutorial HERE

Baseball Moms and Gals ... Here's the Flop for you !
Simple rubber flop with too too adorable baseball flower ..
I couldn't find a  link to show how to make these cuties .. But ...

I found this picture tutorial on how to take apart a baseball and turn it int a flower ..seems pretty self explanatory .. and pretty easy .. if you're young man plays ball I know that they end up with old baseballs they quit using so ask the coach for one of those throw aways ...
And Lastly ... with 4th of July on the way ..  I couldn't pass up these "Patriotic Cuties" ...
Looks like some cute "old navy" Flops .. wrapped in patriotic ribbon with ribbon bows ...
Another Fun and Easy way to dress up some inexpensive flops with the kiddos ... How fun for them to make a pair to wear on the 4th of July !  You could even add a few extra sparkly rhinestones !

There's dozen's more ways to DIY your own flip flops .. I was amazed at all the ingenious and yet simple ways to dress them up I found in my search .. If you have a pinterest account .. in the search box type " DIY Flip Flops" ..and the ideas are endless ..
~ Happy Summer Y'all ~
and Yep ..here's why refer to a dollar as a buck ...
The most likely explanation why a dollar is called a Buck is that the word Buck was derived from the word buckskin. Buckskin was used for trade between Indians, Native Americans and Europeans in the days of the frontier, from 1748. As the skin became a less common medium of exchange the word 'buck' was likely to have been adapted to use for the dollar currency which had replaced it.