Sunday, May 31, 2009

3 days left to Vote for us !!!

We still need Your Vote !!!

We posted a few days back asking for your Vote and we are asking once again if you haven't voted for us Please if you have a moment take the time to vote !

We have entered the American Craft Guide Red, White and Blue craft off with 2 of our patriotic items ..

Our Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue Band Box Drum is in Second Place with 33 Votes ..BUT we have one person to beat with 69 votes we need your help !!!

Just click HERE to be directed to the page our items are on scroll down till you see our pictures with our name Sweet Magnolias Farm on them and click the vote button below the pictures !!!

Thank you to all those who have already voted and Thank you to those of you who do so now !!! WE really appreciate it !!!

Hugs ..Sara & Abbey The Sweet Magnolias !!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Our New Farmhous Romance Collection now on Etsy

We Just released our new Farmhouse Romance Collection on Etsy ...Here's a sneek peek sure to come see all of our new offerings !

Our Patriotic Items Just Released !

We Just Listed Our new Patriotic items ...Here's a sneek peek ..see something you would love to add to your 4th of July celebration or your Americana Decor...then come visit our Website ..Sweet Magnolias Farm and take a look in the Grand Old Flag Room ... or our Sweet magnolias Farm Etsy Store.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Vote For Us

Vote for us !!!

We just entered 2 of our items in the Red, White and Blue Craft-Off

Just Click HERE to get to the craft off on the American Craft Guide and vote for our 2 items below.

1st is our Handpainted "Three Cheers for the Red,White & Blue Bandbox ..Which will be available on Etsy tomorrow.

2nd is our "Old Glory" recycled Wood Sign ..with a Vintage Parade Flag, sign lettering, and old chain to hang it from ...this is available on our Website Now HERE to see more picts of it and check out our other new patriotic offerings on our Site just listed Today !

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I was sent this message in an e-mail by a friend yesterday ...and although I think I have read this before I had most definitely forgotten and was surely thankful for a refresher of this information !!
~ Andy Rooney ~
DID YOU KNOW ??? As you walk up the steps that houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the worlds law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments !

DID YOU KNOW ? as you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Tem Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.

DID YOU KNOW ? as you sit in the courtroom, you can see the wall, right above where the Supreme Court Judge Sits, A display of the Ten Commandments !


There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal buildings and Monuments in Washington D.C.

James Madison, the 4th president, known as the "Father of our Constitution" made the following Statement:
"We have staked the whole of our Political Institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and off us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God"
Patrick Henry that patriot and founding father of our country said:
"It cannot be emphasized to strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Every Session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.


52 Of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established Orthodox churches in the colonies.


Thomas Jefferson worried that courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy (the rule of few over many)

The very first Supreme Court Justice John Jay, said:
"Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers"

How then have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional ????
Lets put it around the world and let the world see and remember what this great Country was built on.

chamber, U.S. House of Representatives
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After reading this I was once again shocked the ordacity of our government and how calloused their hearts have come. I cannot recall the exact scripture to mind ..but I do remember reading in my Bible that those in places of authority would answer to God in a higher accord. I cannot imagine what God Must think of this country now and what it has come to ..
May he have mercy on us !

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Funny Flea Market Sunday !

Well what a Funny Day it was yesterday !!

Well Abbey ...told me Saturday night that the long Beach Flea Market Special weekend was scheduled for Sunday and she wanted to go ..So I gave no thought and said sure ..Yesterday Morning we arose early all piled in the truck and headed down the road ..just a few minuted into our drive someone said's kind of strange they are having it over memorial day weekend ..and someone else replied Yah ..Then all of a sudden I remembered that I picked the flyer up for the special show and had placed it in the console of the truck ..will to double check we were headed in the right direction on the right day we pulled out the flyer


Wrong weekend ...Nope it's not till next weekend ...So we had a good laugh ..and then realized we were all dressed and pumped up for a great Flea Market day and now no where to go ..Well Gee one of us got the bright idea to turn around go home and google CA Flea Markets ...and see if there was one going on somewhere that we didn't know about ..LO and BEHOLD ..there was ..and it was only a mere 100 miles from where we lived ..heck that was just an hour and a half drive and we hadn't ever been to this one so we all would make for what we call " A fun Pooh Adventure" ....this happened to be the Santa Monica Antique Market !

Well after stopping for a Quick McD's sausage biscuit and orange juice and fill up on the gas tank we were off ...

Will first of all this Country Gal ..isn't much for big cities and never having been to Santa Monica I guess I never really thought about the fact we would be driving right near downtown L.A. ...I thought the drivers out where we live are nuts ..well I give it to you L.A. you are down right radical drivers ...I think they are all aiming for an early death !!!

We finally arrived to our destination about an hour and 10 minutes later ...grabbed our old roller cart and headed for the shops.

We had fun for any adventure we go on is always fun in some way ..but it wasn't as fun as we had hoped least for us Treasure Tramps. We love junking and if you want junk well at this show we really didn't find any. If you love Vintage Clothing, jewelry, High end glassware, and imports ,..then this is the show for you. Nope we were looking for some good old 100% bonafide Junk !!!

Well it wasn't a total loss as we did shop from 1 Gal ..."Judy" she had gobs of wonderful antique Linens and Our Favorite Antique Lace and lace trims ...French and Irish ..which Abbey and I have a sickness for ! Abbey and I have Gobs and Gobs of antique lace and trims .... we can't help ourselves every time we see a piece for a great deal it ends up coming home with us

Well below are a few picts of the show we shot for you to enjoy.

No the gal above is not either of us ...just a passer-by that happened to get in the shot
Nope Not us either !! LOL ..just a nice booth full of some really cute shabby'd furniture

O.k. here's the Booth we shopped from ...the tubs here on the end are loaded full of lace trims ..this picture is after we scavenged through and bought a whole bag full...Oh how we could have bought it all if Money only grew on trees ...!!

And there's Judy the gal we bought from ..her and her partner ..had some great stories of finding linens and laces ...Something many of us only dream of.

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Alright Now for picts. of the trims we bought ....

Aren't these just gorgeous !!! ...Abbey and I started making a new line of Romantic Country Dolls this week ...which we are using all the antique laces on ...can't wait to share them with you all ..we will be listing them on our various selling places this week and will keep you posted when and where ...

Some More Beautiful pieces and isn't that little Bib in the bottom right corner a cutie ..Abbey spied that little gem !!

O.k. Abbey was so ahead of me in finding some of the really cute pieces ..she found this baby bonnet in old tan check homespun, and these little Cotton undies with lace trimmed legs ..they are even monogrammed ..and then a piece of lace from a slip ..that is just breathtaking !!!

And Lastly ..some more Gorgeous lace trims ..that just make my tummy do somersaults !!!


The show was smaller than we realized too ...So it didn't take very long to get through and after we were done ..which was only about an hour and a half maybe 2 later we all kind of wondered now what ...considering we had traveled 100 miles ...Well our favorite Antique Mall was having a Memorial Day Sale ...and it was on the way home so we stopped there ..walked around for a few hours and then had lunch at our favorite BBQ Joint Lucilles ...Then it was home and were we ever exhausted ..but it was a good exhausted ...It was a fun day and a Great "Pooh Adventure" we found a little pot of honey and it was delightful !!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thought for The Day ! what's the climate of your heart ?

We have this little flip devotional that sits in our main bathroom. Each day someone flips over the new thought/Saying ...Everyday they are thought provoking or refreshing.

Yesterdays Thought was this:

The Weather of your Heart
Determines the Climate of your Day.

I really liked this thought because it is so true.

However your heart may be feeling is really how your day is determined. It's like our heart is the forecaster of our day.

Feeling a few a storm brewing well watch out ..

Light rain showers ..Possibly a little cleaning out of the dirt and dust layer for a refreshing start

Overcast and Gloomy ...look out for those moody blues

drizzly ..just totally confused about how to feel
Partly sunny.... Quiet and somber

Sunshine all day ... feeling like everything is all right and if it isn't it's o.k. !

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Oh I too confess that upon waking up the weather of my heart does determine my day ..some people have said "snap out of it" ..or you know it's up to you to change your mood or how you feel. And I agree How you feel is a choice.

There are times when the weight of the world can be on ones shoulders or just a sadness can be lurking inside ..and try as you might's really hard to shake the weather of your heart. I think we all do the best we can and that is all that Our Good Lord expects of us.

He tells us that he won't give us more than we can handle ..and he also warns us that things in this life are not perfect and that there will be storms and tribulations that we must pass through. And I think in these times ..we will have days that the weather of our Hearts determins the climate of our day.

Just too as the Sunshine in our life appears it always does along this journey of life ..Our Joy and our Happiness and contentment with life shall abound too and once again determine the climate of our day.

We were made to feel, If we didn't we would be mighty Shallow and Callous People.

Their is an opposite side to the Weather of your Heart and the Climate of your day ......And this is the Key of the Thought and the Lesson here !

Everyone else that you encounter is having weather in their heart and it is determining the Climate of their day. Rather it's good weather or Bad weather they have encountered ..Just as your weather may affect otherss remember this when someone elses weather blows your way !

This Last Sunday Night I went to a Ladys' Function at my sisters Church ..the Lady Speaker was great and she told a story ...of how she and some other church ladies were out to dinner and the waitress was just horrendous ..rude ..unfriendly and plain unkind ...Well one thing led to another and the group of them began to tease about her at the table ...She said upon leaving the manager asked how their service was and they told her not so good ..She let them in on the fact that this waitress's mother had passed away 3 days prior and how she was torn up from it ...and generally she is the best waitress they had.

So you see ...Her weather was and Earthquake that shook her world uncontrollably and left someone that is the epitomy of sunshine a state of a major weather warning.

The Speaker noted terrible the group of women she was with felt ..that they all immediately realized how wrong they had been and how they didn't give thought to why this gal was this way.

I think we are all guilty of this ...and yet when the weather of our own heart is stormy we expect others to understand and treat us with kindness. Really the road of understanding needs to go both ways.

So the next time your weather is dreary sure to remember not everyone will understand ..but try to understand others when their weather is dreary since you know what it feels like.

And the next time you are having a Sunny Day ..share it with whomever you can ..and maybe just maybe your rays of sunlight will touch them with the warmth and Love of Gods ..Hand !!!

Have a Beautiful Sunshiny Day all

your Kindred Friend ...Sara

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My first Soft Doll

I have been working all week on preparing lots of new offerings ...Especially Patriotic and Americana items ..which will be available on our Web Site starting next week ..I will keep you posted as to the exact day !

Today I ventured off into unchartered territory ..and made my first soft Doll ...I created my own pattern and just went for it ...I hope I got some of the techniques right ..because I had no idea if I was doing it right ...But I love how she came out ...

Meet Flora Bella ....

She is in shades of Whites and Creams ...a favorite look of mine..."Romantic Country"

She has a seed pearl necklace ...A lace Button Flower on her head...

And a Small Glass Shaker/Vase Full of Button flowers on copper wire ...poking out it.

I will be making more of these this week ...and they will be available on our Site as well starting next week ..I will keep you all posted to the day !

If you just happen to fall in love with Flora Bella ...She is available for purchase ..Just e-mail us for details ...

Alrighty back to work !!!
P.S. you can click on the pictures to see a larger view of her !!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Working on a Sewing Keep

Today ...I am working on a Romantic Country Style sewing Keep ...

This is my own creation ....I made one a month ago in Primitive Red and it sold from my Etsy shop ..well I haven't been able to get much creating done this last month with our website opening that took the majority of my time that it is up and running it's back to the creating board I opted to make another one of these sewing keeps ..this one is going to be a bit different than the last one ...I am already loving it ...!!!

The Fabric I am using for the base of it fabulous ..I bought this about 5 yrs ago in MO at a discout fabric store that sells overstock and discontinued fabrics ...I feel in love with this bought some and never used it ..I came across it a few weeks ago in a box ..and just knew it was time to make something with it ...the Fabric has a gorgeous Large floral desing all in muted tones and the fabric has a very aged look to it ..actually it is very reminiscent of the 1940's barkcloth in looks and even the texture of the fabric ...

I won't get much farther on it tonight sister invited me to church for a guest speaker for the womens Bible Study group I'm headed off with her ...Looking forward to it ...I really need this tonight !!!

Oh I gave Maggie a bath today ...usually she loves baths ..but today she really didn't enjoy it so much ...She's asleep ..Baths always ware her out !!! But boy does she smell better !!!

Oh and Abbey is working on 2 Romantic Farmhouse Aprons today Can't wait to share those with you is a half apron and the other a full apron ...they are really wonderful thus far ...I'm sure you will love them !!!

So what are you all up to this weekend ????
Your Kindred Friends ...Sara & Abbey The Sweet Magnolias

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Sweet Tooth that Wouldn't Die

Well's been a week ...and I have been craving homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies ..And today I Needed them !!!!

So I quickly threw a batch together and after 3 I felt just fabulous ..!!!

And Yes this is them ...Minus well we won't say how many now ...LOL !!

I like my cookies soft these are all gooey and falling apart .,...

Gosh I think I am talking myself into another right now ..

I think a good t.v. show and some cookies will hit the spot tonight

Oh how I wish I could share some with you ..Well maybe a few crumbs ...LOL !!

Here's a couple tips for Really good cookies know before they called for Margarine or Butter ..they used to call for Shortening instead if you just add shortening in the place of either of these will come out with a wonderful cookie ..

Now the trick to getting a good soft cookie ..Is Don't bake them the entire 10 or 12 minutes it says !!! ..just bake them until the tops look like they have baked over but aren't browned and they can even look a bit soft ..(I do all my cookies by eye not time) ..then remove them from the oven while the centers are still soft..

Take them immediately off the cookie sheet and put them on a rack ..and you will notice in just a few minutes the tops will start sinking and making crackly crevices as you can see in the picture ..and you will have a Very soft cookie !!

O.k. I am off for the night ...I think the cookie monster is coming out inside me right now ...!!!

KSGP Shoppe now officially Open !!!

The KSGP Shoppe is now open come on over for a visit and maybe you'll find a take-me-home too !!!

Here is a list of the Artisans Offering their wares !

Doreen from Aunt Reen's Soap Closet
Debbie of Barefoot Primitives
Ann ~ Crowing About Primitives
Cindi from Gracie Lou Originals
Bev ~ Heartland Creations
Angie of Hickory Nut Hollow Primitives
Kelly from Mystical Entities
Colleen & Donna of Prim Paper Thyme
Sue ~ Rabbit Hollow Primitives
Kathy from Red Barn Primitive
Mary ~ Sew Dear To Me
Sara of Sweet Magnolia's Farm
Maureen ~ Sweet Meadows Farm
Shirley from Skellyton Art
Kimberly ~ The Artful Attic
Patty of Toad Hollow Primitives
Kimmie ~ Whispering Prims
Xoch ~ Xochibear's Primitives

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

KSGP Gand Opening Friday May 15th

Have you heard ????

The Kindred Sisters Gathering Post is Gearing up for their Grand Opening ...

This Friday May 15th, 2009

15 artisans offering their unique One of a Kind handmades ...

Be sure to Stop by ..And enter for our Free Drawing ..

Debbie Of Barefoot Primitives sponsering the free giveaway.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What a Day this has been ......

What a Rare mood I'm in ...I think I may need a long rest ....LOL !!

I need whatever the Energizer bunny's got I know that ...

Been going and working non-stop now ......Seems there is lots to do and never enough time ...

Today Abbey and I have worked all day ...Getting more items listed on our site ..and on Etsy.

Below is a sneek peet at some lace trim which can be purchased on Etsy or our website ...there are more vintage trims listed and more to come too ,,

Plus I added some fun goodies to the Sleeping Quarters, the Back Porch and the Little folks Section on our site if you want to see the new goodies head over and check them out..

Blessings ...Sara

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day to My Best Friend

Imagine Being Blessed Before you were ever born ....

I was ! ...27 Yrs before I came along .....My Mother was Born into this world ..

Below Is mom when she was just a wee tot....wasn't she just Beautiful !

~ My Tribute to my MOM ~


Happy Mothers Day Mom ....Or Should it be for us Happy Best Friends Day.

It's hard to say there is a difference those two important things in life really capture the essence of US ...

Thank You Mom ....for first loving me with all your heart, for caring for me with all your being, for treasuring me like a hidden jewel. Each of these things I have always known without words spoken ...and that is the True essence of a Mother's Heart.

I have pondered where in life I would have been without you ....when I was but a baby and so very sick ...and you sat in that hospital room with me day and night ...I remember ...It's a memory that bonds us together in a Mother's Love. Or ..when I was but a child ...and all those times I fell down and scraped a knee ( which I have the scars to show for it) where would I have been without your tender caring touch ...when you placed the bandaid on my knee and told me all the Dr.s and Nurse's were rushing inside me to make it all better. Or later when ...My tender heart was broken at school by Unkind words ..and upon arriving home the tears flowed freely were always there to console me. You may not have realized then among these few things I have mentioned but you were the essence of a Mother...and you were passing down all those beautiful qualities of Love, Kindness, Caring, Compassion, Understanding, Gentleness, and so much more.

We have had the best of times together made memories with me that I shall Never forget ...The days you put a chair up to the sink and let me help you with the dishes, The homemade popscicles we used to make from Grape and Apple juice ..which as you know are still a favorite of mine today, Or how about all those homemade cakes you used to bake and you always let me have the icing off the beaters ...and later on in years when I got a bit older .. the times you let me stay home from school and we went to the beach, and had shaved ice together.

These are just a few ....there's so many I can recall made such lasting memories heart aches to relive those days that were so full of carefree Joy !!!

We've had our funny times over the years ....Like when I tried to beat a hole in the side of the barn ..trying to make you a window ..because you said it was too dark and you wished there was a window ...what was I 6 or 7 don't know how long I pounded away before you caught me .....trying to make a ray of light into the feed room. Or How Bout when I used to saddle buttercup ..but I was still to little and not very strong to get the saddle on tight ..and you would find me going in circles around the corral ..upside down under buttercup hanging on for dear life ..yelling for your help. Oh gosh ...and how bout the time I told you there was a lambie on the porch ..and I had actually been out with a coyote when you went to look. Now I look back and realize my love of animals started off quite early.

The years of a wee one passed us by so quick don't you think ? I remember thinking many years ago ...that my childhood flew by so quick. You made it so full and wonderful for me that the years smoothly went by and before we knew it ..that part was over and a new part had started.

My years of adulthood sprung on us both ...they had their rocky start I tried to find my way in this world ...but as the Mother you had always been you stood by me with Kind, Caring, Tough Love to see me through.

As years passed my eyes opened ....a new light dawned ...and life began to make more sense as an adult. And even in this time you were there celebrated my good times were there when I needed a good cry were there when I needed a good talking too....and through it all you Loved me.

I think we started off as Best Friends from the very beginning....and we have grown together in Love throughout these beautiful years together.

Now I ponder today ...what would I do without her ?

I wake up ..knowing you will be there , knowing your Love still is unending, Knowing you still care, knowing your tender touch is still mine, knowing that your guidance is still there, knowing that your Joy and laughter are still mine to hold dear to my heart, Knowing that we still have fun times to share, Knowing we can talk about anything, knowing that when I fall your still there with a bandaid to care for me, knowing that you are there to laugh with ...Just knowing ...Just knowing ..all these things ...what would I do without you ..where would I be without you ???

Mom I have said it before I will say it again ..beyond all these Most important things you have bestowed on me...there is one gift you gave me .....that I am blessed beyond words for ...and that Is the knowledge Of our Lord ...Jesus Christ. and taking him as my Saviour. Where would I be without such teaching? Lost I fear. You gave me that gift ...the ultimate gift ..the gift giver of gift givers ..Jesus Christ. I can only imagine the day you stand face to face with our Saviour ...His first words will be .." Well done my Good and Faithful Sevant."

And I must agree ........."Well done My Good and Faithful Mother"

I love you mom and I look forward to all the many years to come that we shall spend together as Best Friends ...May the Beautiful memories ...continue to be made. and May Love contine to bloom.

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Wishing you a Most Beautiful and Happy Mother's Day !!!
Love Your Daughter and your Best Friend ....Sara

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Drive Through Wine Country

Well We had a drive through Wine Country yesterday. We are located about 15 miles from the start of wine country in Temecula, Ca ...I guess you would say it is another Sonoma, CA in the making.

Everywhere you drive on the outskirts of the City Limits will find Wineries ..from everyday homes palacial mansions ...Grape Vines are growing everwhere.

I stopped and took a few pictures for your enjoyment ...what I shot is only a very miniscul representation of what's actually in wine country ...

This Shot was from atop a hill were some VERY nice homes are situated ..I imagine the homes atop this hill a few years back brought a heft 2 mil possible about a mil or a little less ...
Off in the distance on the hillsides you can see the rows and rows of vineyards ...

As I was looking at the above picture ...I saw something I had never realized before ..the wonderful layout of the vineyards ..actually gives a patchwork design on the hillsides like a quilt ,,,I only ever thought this possible in the fall in the midwest and east at the changing of the colors ..who thought it was in my own backyard !!!

This is a Beautiful Veranda Home ...Surrounded by Vineyards ..we used to drive by it ..years ago before the vineyards were ever put in ..Most these homes were just large estate style homes on acreage ...until wine country began growing it seems every home has vines growing.

This is my Favorite house of all !!! ...MY DREAM HOME !! I have oooed and awed over this house and the matching barn for years now ...I'm counting on God to provide this as my mansion when I die and go to heaven ...LOL !!!

Oh What I could do with the inside of that barn .....!!!!

Here's another shot of the Veranda Home up close ...

And here is I guess what would be the Guest house to it ...I'll Be a Guest !!! ...Me me me me me !!!

The rows of Grape vine are beautiful ..they have such an orderly and kept Beauty ...The Soil here is just perfection for the Grapes to grow ..and they are beautiful when the begin to hang from the vine.

No I haven't tried any of the wine as I don't drink ...but everytime we drive by ..the wineries are packed with cars, limos and on the weekends ...the Hot Air Balloons Dot the sky everywhere ...It really is a Beautiful Scene.

A Little Piece of the scenery from where I live ....

Your Kindred Friend ...Sara

*Click on the pictures for a larger view *

Thursday, May 7, 2009

It's Grand Opening Time !!!!

It's That Time ....

Time for our Re-Grand Opening .....


Now Open ..

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Be sure to checkout out our Farmhouse Favorites Section to participate in some fun !!!!

See you there .

Blessings ...Sara & Abbey ...The Sweet Magnolias

(We can do all thing through Christ who strengthens us...Phillipians 13:5)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


~ You Are Cordially Invited ~


Sweet Magnolias Farm

Re-Grand Opening

This Friday, May 8th 2009

We are so Excited ...the time has finally come ....

Once again this has been a long journey from start to finish. I can't remember how long ago I blogged that we were having a Web-Site makeover ...I know at least a couple months ago.

Well we collaborated with Sara of Graphic Pretties ...on the new design and layout of our site and we are so very pleased with how it has come out.

We have been working feverishly this past 2 weeks ...trying to re-set the entire site back up with all new items re-enter and add all sorts or new info. What a job ..It seems so easy ..and then you get into it and it's not that it's hard but ever so time consuming.

Well we are almost done ..have a few finishing touches to add ..and Wa La we will be having our Re-Grand Opening this Friday ...Yippee !!

We Hope you will stop in and join us on Friday ..We have filled the shop with wonderful Antiques and Timeworn Handmades.

And of course we will continue to add more in the weeks to come.

We Look forward to seeing you all there ...and if you stop in be sure to Sign our Guestbook on the main page so we know you came ...and join our mailing list too ..!!!

Alrighty See you on Friday ....

The Sweet Magnolias ....Sara & Abbey ...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The May KSGP "Free" Giveaway

Get on over the Kindred Sister Gathering Post for our Group's Free Giveaway ..

Donated this Month By Kathy of Red Barn Primitives

Kathy is an Extremely Talented Artist ...She Specializes in Penny Rugs, and Mats ...and is an Expert quilt Maker ...

She Has donated this wonderful Runner for our Groups Free May Giveaway ..Quite Generous if you ask me.

Well Hurry on over and Sign up ..This you don't want to miss out on ...

Blessings ..Sara

Oh and P.S. ...The Kindred Sisters Gathering Post will be having their Website Shoppe Grand Opening ...Friday May 15th....You can visit our group home page by clicking on the KSGP link in my right sidebar.

Kathy will be a contirbuting Artist to the KSGP shoppe you can catch her items for sale there starting on May 15th !!!

Feeding Your Hummingbird Part II

Dani a Follower left a comment in my first post on Hummingbirds that she has feeders but to no avail they leak and can you make bird feeders leak proof ?

Well Dani ...3 years ago when we started putting out a variety of Feeders ..We ended up running into the same issue. We even had the issue that the hummers just wouldn't feed from some of the ones we put out was as though they favored others.

Sad to say but we bought some of the Beautiful Blown glass styles and our hummers wouldn't feed from them ..So we retired them and kept out the ones we saw the hummers frequenting more.

As of leaking yes we had our share of leaking and I found out that this is a common problem. Not that any of the feeders are faulty ..but it's all science ! Which I will explain in just a moment.

The two feeders below are the ones we use currently ...the lighthouse is my favorite and we picked it up a couple years ago at the Armstrong Garden Center.

Then the second one decorative ..and the design works well ..I believe we picked this one up at lowes a few years back ..for whatever reason ..our little hummers really prefer these 2 ..and let me tell you we had about 10 before we got down to these 2.

Now as for leaking it's all about the sun the heat and pressure.

It's always best to fill your feeder brimming full start with so no trapped air gets inside and pressurizes the fluid to begin leaking.

Also if like me you keep your feeders ..out in an unshaded spot ..Well the sun beats down on them ..and air pressure builds up in the feeder and they begin to leak.

Here's a couple sites that may explain it better than me for you



Also Choosing the Right feeder for the amount of birds your get is important too


Well ...I hope this helps Dani in your quest to feed the hummingbirds ...and anyone else who may be facing the same issure or have faced it and given up.


Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers - a living prismatic gem.... it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description. ~W.H. Hudson, Green Mansions


Your Kindred Friend ..Sara