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  Javgrnd22 Storybook Woods

Javapresse  I have been getting into bulletproof coffee lately (I will write more about this later) so I got a Javapresse hand-grinder for my coffee, and wow, great product. First off they have the best customer service I have EVER had, sent me a new one (no questions asked) when I had problems with the one I bought. Great website full of helpful info and they have quickly answered any questions I may have. Well done Javapresse!


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Oil Cleansing. Now that I am in my 50's I am starting to deal with dry, dull looking skin. I don't want to look 20, but just maintain what I already have (thank you mom for my lovely skin ;-) Oil cleaning has really become my friend. I put it on when I get in my bath and just enjoy. I add some essential oils too, so it feels like a real spa treatment. I have been using this castor oil (I use on my hair too) and love it. Great product, great company. By the way I make small batches of the oil using half avocado oil, half MCT oil and a dash of castor oil. I just eyeball it. 



2-Minute Low Carb English Muffin   I miss tea and toast. It was a fav of mine on cold, rainy days before I started doing low-carb. Well, this recipe has brought back my love of tea and toast. It is simple (which I love), easy and quick to make. I like that I can just whip up toast and tea when the mood strikes. Make sure have have to good butter on-hand to have with your toast, it makes all the difference. Check out the recipe and video. 



DIY Canvas Clutch   I am keeping my eye out for old paintings, so I can whip myself up a clutch or tote. How charming are these?




The Grommet,  Looking for a gift for the grill'er in your life? Check out the grommet. I bought this for hubby and he LOVES it. "This innovative, bristle-free brush is a smarter way to clean your grill. The double helix design has two continuous springs to get the grease and food particles off the grill grates. No rough edges to cut you, and no need to worry about metal bristles falling out and getting in your food." Made in the USA, well built and works fantastic!



Their Finest  I really loved this movie (and cried my eyes out). A beautiful look at a part of WW11 I did not know much about. I will tell you there is a small, quick scene you would not want your children to watch. So check out the movie on your own first.


    Lastly I will leave you with these wise words ;-) 

PS. I was not paid for any of these recommendations. It is just things I have used and loved!!


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  Fal16 Storybook Woods

Things I love. What I really love about this time of year? Is just that, this time of year, Autumn. Between now and Christmas is what I love the most. The nip in the air, the deep gold light, smoky smells from the wood stove, the pots of hot tea and snuggling. It does not get much better than that!

Paper tablecloth

Paper Table Cloth, love the look and simplicity of this for the holidays!


David Lebovitz French take of the Cheese Ball!!


DIY Lip Plumper, so easy and just a swipe in the center of my bottom lip works well!




Sharpie Mug, I am thinking of making this mug for Christmas gifts! Image 2 from


Cauliflower Popcorn, I am addicted to this stuff. It feel satisfy and fill that salty, snack need. The trick is to keep the pieces really small, do not over crowed the baking pan and roast the heck out of them! Be generous with your spices!


Bye Bye Red, let me start by saying I am not paid to say how much I LOVE this product. I am not paid to say that about anything I talk about on my blog. So having said that, I have to tell you how much I love Bye, Bye Red. Hitting 50 my skin is really starting to change and my old makeup routine was not working for me. I had heard so much about IT Cosmetics, especially for those who are over the age of 40. I decided to get a free make-over (I know Ulta and Sephora will let you try make-up for free) and was just shock how much I love their foundation, but what I mostly loved was this product. I do not have much rosacea, just some red on my nose, cheeks, some broken capillaries. Basically what you would expect with someone my age. I do not want to look like I am wearing make up. I want to look like I have healthy, dewy skin. And boy did this product do that. A small dot, blended with a small brush and my skin instantly evened out. Plus it last all day, it lasts through my 1 1/2 hour work-out (I get really red cheeks when I work out), and you use such a tiny amount. I am loving it, and it is rare for me to say make-up with worth the high price but in this case I think it is. If your interested, go in and try some. See for yourself.













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 Thank you for all the congratulations on my 10 year bloggiversary. I wish I could send each of you a gift. Winner of Wishes Are Like ... Dawn at The Feathered Nest and the winner of the nest ring is Barbra Weaver xox

I was requested to do a Things I Love Post, so here you go. What are you loving lately?


Roses, oh my gosh ... what more can I say!!!


I think we all need to make a pair of cup-cake flats


I love this movie Little Boy A tear jerker and heart warming. It is directed by Alejandro Monteverde who I respect.


Ricotta has been my favorite cooking ingredient lately. This is on my to make this month list, Baked Ricotta Spinach Kalamata Olive and Sun-dried Tomato Timbales


Knit a Blue Bird of Happiness


Who says your too old for swag. Boy he inspires me, I love him!

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     I have been requested to write a "Things I Love" post. I will be honest, my life has been very small these last 6 months. I have been working on Wren 24/7, which I have to say, it should be published by the end of the month. So, this is more of a "things I would love to do" list, full of autumn themed ideas. I hope it inspires you!


For my family, I want to make this version of pizza

Pizza Pull-apart Stack Bread

  Pizza salad

Since pizza is on my NOT healthy to eat list, I will make this for me!

Pizza Salad with Pepperoni Chips and Roasted Tomato Dressing

  Tartan corner

I want to make a cozy reading corner in my living room. Wish I had this tartan chair for it!

Tartan Corner

  Fox pin

Would these make sweet Christmas gifts?

Fox Pin


I HAVE to make this for myself

DIY Wool Blanket Coat

  Apple bunting

I think this would be perfect for apple night/day

Apple Book Bunting

What is on your love to do autumn list?

Aging Beauty


  Beside cooking, my other passion in life since I was a little girl is fashion/beauty. Really this was a first love. When I was a little girl I would sketch outfits, designed my wedding dress and bought my first wedding mag at 10. I would sit for hours as a teen playing with make up. I have worked as a make up artist, gave classes on homemade facial and how use make a bunch of outfits out of only a few pieces. But then babies came along and instead of focusing on me, I had fun dressing these adorable girls. It is funny how life circles around. My girls are women now and dress themselves :-P When you are young it is all about you, then you have babies and it is all about them. Then it comes back to you. Well really a combination of them and you, as it should be. The best of both worlds!

    Also turning 50 my beauty needs have changed. What worked before, does not now. Plus have you been to pinterest or youtube? There are so many fun tutorials, new products, a better way to do things. So I have been playing. Something worked, some did not. I am fine tuning my beauty routine. I am also taking the time out each day to really take care of my skin and do my make up. I use to be the first one ready, now my family waits for me! Here are some products and ideas that I am really loving right now. What is your favorite beauty tip or product?


Henna, gray hair, ugg. I started off going to a hair dresser to get my hair dyed but could not afford it over time. Then I started dying at home but I did not like it (& it set my allergies off). So I decided to try henna and I have to say I love it. First off henna heals your hair. So over time, I am getting glossier, smoother hair. I find the color is subtle and looks more natural. The down side is washing the stuff out. Look up some tutorials on the subject first. I was not prepared for how it dries and you have to scrub and scrub to get the stuff out of your hair. Do not henna on the same day you have something important happening. It really takes a day before you feel like you do not have little brown flecks coming off your scalp. But after that you will have soft, healthy, gorgeous hair. I should say I am about 50% grey. I do not know how the henna would work if you had a lot more grey but read up on it. Lastly it is a really frugal choice. I spend $8.00 and can do 4/5 root touch ups with one jar. This is the henna I use.

Marula oil. I wrote about this oil in my things I love post.



Foundation brush. This is my favorite new tool, well ... new to me. A foundation brush. I watched video where they took a lemon and put foundation on it. They did it with their finger, a sponge and a foundation brush. The brush gave the best coverage. And it is soo true. With aging skin, I find it is best to do light layers of foundation. The brush gives such control. I can put it heavier in spots where I need it and feather it out where I do not. Plus it waste less make-up. I put my makeup on a little mirror and then use the brush. It picks it all up. I got an ELF foundation brush at Target for $1.00, so we are not talking about a lot of money.

Eye make up remover. Coconut oil makes a great remover.

Eye cream. For eye cream I use Young Living oil, 1 drop of frankincense oil, 1 drop of lavender oil and 3 drops of marula oil that I mix up each day. I put the drops in the palm of my hand. Just be VERYYY careful to not get any in your eye. It has really helped with fine lines, puffiness and blueness.

DIY make up setting spray. I make my own and added a bit of lavender oil. I like how it kind of melts the make-up all together and makes it look more natural.

Covering grey roots, Lastly I LOVE WOW root coverage. Because lets face it, if you have grey hair at all, roots are an issue. This is a powder. Think high pigment eyeshadow. It is easy to put on, stays a few days. I like it too because it is not a flat color, so it matches my hair and highlights better. I would also say I have had it for a month and have barely used any, so I think it will last a while. I got mine on ebay. Check out the video's on how the product works.


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I realize I have not done a Things I Love post in a long time, so here we go. If there is anything you have been loving lately, please share!

Emma Block  I am a HUGE Emma fan. Her work just makes me happy. Emma's shop


I started using marula oil on my skin and hair. I am LOVING it. My hair is thick and shinny, lines on my face are softening. It is extremely high in antioxidants, vitamin C and E. I buy it here and is reasonably priced. Also Bittersweet Soap makes an amazing Marula face and body cream            image above from


Trader Joes Turkish Honey

What can I say about this honey, except that I am beyond addict. I am not even that big of a honey fan but this stuff ... well think of a floral honey that has been caramelized. That is the best way I can explain the taste. Unlike anything I have had before. My favorite way to eat it, besides off the spoon? Drizzled over fresh pineapple or plain cheesecake. Heaven!

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Some movies I have been loving but I will say these are for adults. There is no sex scene (one does have a scene in a strip bar but you do not see anything). Like I said not family movies.Also all on netflix instant watch My fav is Barefoot. Also   Not Another Happy Ending and Elsa & Fred

Wren and Devlin's new song is I Fall For You from Lorne Balfe from the movie Not Another Happy Ending move. I just cannot stop listing to this song!!!


DIY Strawberry Milk

I love the whole idea of making my own strawberry milk (and I am not talking milkshake). As someone who drinks raw milk, now I can have strawberry milk!!



Rose tags, to print  These are just so dang pretty and that is enough!!



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Kitchen Printables, so charming.


Peg Dolls, I need to make some of these.

Peg doll

Fiori di Sicila, Have you ever baked with Fiori di Sicilia (or “Flowers of Sicily”)? It is a floral vanilla-citrus extract used in Panettone. But I love it in my french toast, chocolate mousse, sprinkled on fresh fruit. Here is a homemade version. Check it out.


Growing Rose Cuttings in Potatoes, I have not tried this but am going to try.

Rose potatoe

My new favorite cooking blog, Thyme, image at top!!!


 The Movie Departures

"When his orchestra disbands, Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) decides to start over and moves back to his small hometown. Desperate for work, he secretly takes a job as a “Nokanshi,” a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. But while working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he finally experiences the joy and wonder of living."

Thanks to Angie I found out about this heartbakingly beautiful movie. I was a bit squimish when I found out it was about a man who prepares the deceased for burial but I am so glad I watched. It was not gross, it was hearfelf and funny. My entire family loved it. Thank you Angie for recomending it.

It is on netflix instant watch and youtube

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  Napk ban

Vintage Napkin Banner

Little Paris Kitchen videos, thank you Jewles for turning me onto them.


Printable Jam Labels

    "With seven children and a home to take care of, Margaret wondered how her Mother could be so happy living a life that seemed all drudgery. As Margaret has new experiences, she comes to realize that “her mother was not only the truest, the finest, the most generous woman she had ever known, but the happiest as well”

A book to read is Mother by Kathleen Norris. Here is an audio version. This book makes me cry. I plan on the girls and I listening to it durning our tea time this fall.


My favorite food lately is blue cheese cole slaw, espically served in a BBQ sunday!!


Lastly this beautiful pincusion that arrived in the mail last week. A birthday present from Jody. I love it and I love you dear friend xox

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Sweet Land, thanks to Heather (thank you xoxo) I found out about this wonderful movie. It really touched me. If you have netflix, it is on instant watch right now. Check it out!

(just to give you heads up there is one scene where you can see her bum but it is not sexual. There are no sex scenes in this movie)

Hobo Wedding, this is the sweetest wedding I have ever seen. Thank you LaVonne for sharing it.

These volcano cookies, are amazing. I know the recipe sounds weird but it works, I promise!

Bookshevles Made From Pallets

Make a Doily Lamp

Plant a tea garden or a cocktail garden!! or both ;-)

Andrea's lace cupcake liners, so easy

Make your own appliques for furniture, check out Katty's blog, she has lots of wonderful ideas. She is quite brillant!!

Image above is how I picture Wren picking lavender in the field she and Devlin planted at Bay Farm. Image from

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Gathering Spriggs, the minute I saw this cross-stitching painting on a wall, I thought this was simply brilliant and was pinching myself for not thinking of the idea myself. What a fun, easy, granny chic way way to fill a wall !!!

Blueberry cobbler 
Draw and Cook Recipes!!


Make a 1950 Brooch

The Lightkeepers Movie, this is a sweet movie about love and forgiveness. I highly recommend it and if you have Netflix, it is on instant watch!!

Ckae plates 

Make Charming Square Cakeplates

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My Cozey Corner, my daughter Chloe has started a blog!!

Faux Gilded Votive

Natural Moisturizers for Winter

Guzaarish, I just watched the movie Guzaarish on instant watch Netflix and was memorized by this movie. It is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. It does deal with the very controversial subject of euthanasia, but I think they handled it well. Plus it is a subject that needs to have dialog no matter what you feel. Even though this is a sad subject, this movie is still a joyful one, finding blessing among hardship. I highly recommend it!!

Nutella Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cherry Glaze

Catch & Release scarf

Shoe Sugar Month, fun ideas to decorate your shoes

Home Comforts, did you know you can read this book on-line?




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Akkk, I am a little crazy getting ready for my book signing party. So here is some wonderful fall recipes (I wish I had thought of ;-) to enjoy. Remember to come back on Monday for Wren's coming out party. You can win a copy of Wren and there will be info.on how to get a signed bookplate.

I am off to ice 120 earl grey cookies {:-o        xoxox


Nutella Rice Krispie Treats 

Baked Oatmeal in a Pumpkin

Salad w/ Mulled Pears

Pumpkin-and-Feta Muffins

Apple Cider Maple Cream Tart

Pumpkin-Spiced Infused Vodka, great Christmas gift!!

Apple Caramel Peanut Butter Popcorn

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Upcycled garden markers, what a fun reuse of old silverwear, thank you Gina xoxox

The new Sherlock Holmes movie, love it. A very differnt take on Sherlock Holmes (I was obbesed with SH when I was a girl) but I like it !!!!

Orange Vinegar, for cleaning. Brilliant Nadine xoxo

Make Fabric Paper Tape, I will never use boaring tape from now on

A savory zabaglione, who would have thought of that, yummm

Season 3 Lark Rise On Candleford on youtube. Sighhhh, I want to live in Lark Rise

I have to make a Rose belt and a ruffel bag !!

PS, Gill made the comment

"Did you know that Flora Thompson was post mistress (assistant) in the same village that Conan Doyle lived in, at the same time as he was writing some of his Sherlock stories?"

Thank is sooo cool, I did not know that. How funny I should mention both in the post. Thank you for sharing and now I have a fun bit of triva xoxoxo

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I am in OR right now for a few days, a surprise anniversary party for my in-laws. Hopefully all will be well, I have been battle a stomach flu all week. I am living on herb tea and my homemade elderberry syrup from the freezer (so glad I made that). I can not believe am sick. None of us have been sick for like 2 years. But look at the killer shoes I got at Ross, $12, instead of $60. I love the polk-dot heels !!!


I hope you are having a lovely weekend and are not sick. Here is another list of things I love to keep you busy while I am gone and remember to eat something yummy and think of me xoxoxo

Make Your Own Flaxseed Hair Setting Gel, I have not made this yet, but it sounds interesting !!! By the way the picture (another picture I decided that was not right for the "project") is Chloe, doesn't she look so elegant !!!

Beautiful Painted Lanterns

Homemade Garden Scrub

Roasted Peach Ice Cream

Lots of Free On-Line Books To Listen To

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Honey harm

The amazing image aboove is from Samantha Lamb, check out her shop and blog. Beautiful, thank you Samatha for letting me share. Also thank you Audrey for posting about Samantha xoxox

My favorite new food blog is Passionate About Baking, really inspiring and yummy, be warned.

Grammar girl, she is my new best friend lately. She seems to be the only person who can explain grammar to me.

Make an Anthropalogie dish towel, then with all the money you save you can buy chocolate. I am living on chocolate right now.

Pink Grapefruit Perri, prefect for spring

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Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm, this is a new blog to me. Very inspiring !!!! above image from Rose Cottage.

Smartwool socks, now these are not the cheapest socks, BUT they are really wonderful, thick, guaranteed not to itch and are worth the money. I decided it was more frugal to invest in better socks, that if I take care of, they will last a long time and will really keep my feet warm. We have all wood floors and heat with wood. Our floors are very cold. Last years I could barely keep my feet warm. These socks I think will really help.

The Fox and The Child movie, I really loved this movie, it is just stunning. It is now out on DVD. If you get a chance, please watch it. Both adults and children will love it. Chloe and I want our hair just like hers !!!

Make Bulk Food Bags, talk about a charming way to spruce up your pantry !!!

Grown-up Pop-Tarts I could live on these. I make bittersweet chocolate and marmalade ones xoxoxox

Ginger Syrup, it is yummy but also good for upset tummies.  Really ginger has a lot of healthy properties.

On-line Handbook Of Nature Study By Anna Botsford Comstock. This is a very popular Charlotte Mason book, but I have to say I go to it a lot. It is a wealth of info and very interesting. I wish they still made educational books like this. You know we are all so blessed to be able to have these old, rare books on-line to enjoy. How did I live without the internet ????

I am off to start decorating for fall. Are you decorating yet  ????

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    I am starting to think fall/winter and what I can do to prepare, to do ahead of time. For example this last winter my feet really froze (we have no carpets) so I plan to knit (and buy) a few pairs of wool socks. There is nothing like wool to keep you warm. I have a wool shaw I knitted two years ago and it kept me sooo much warmer, then my polar fleece one. Yes, the wool is more expensive but it does the job.

    I also read in a Mary Jane Farm mag, the idea of taking veggies that are starting to go and drying them in my dehydrator. I just set up my dehydrator in my pantry, so I can add bits and bobs to dry. Here a few more ideas I am doing

Make your own elderberry syrup youtube

Here is another youtube on the subject

To help build up our immune system this winter. It only takes 1/2 to make, so it is easy to always have elderberry syrup on-hand.

Homemade Natural Deodorant

Sharon just posted this recipe, so I had to post it. Thank you Sharon xoxo

Make your own oil lamps

Last winter, I pulled out my two oil lamps and I loved them. Not only do I like the light but they put out heat (can you tell I was really cold last winter :-)

Simple Windowsill Chives

Tracey had such a brilliant idea of using broken stemware and a sprouting onion. Your soo smart Tracey xoxoxo

Make your own old French Grain Sack

Well okay this have nothing to do with winter, but it is just a rocken idea I had to throw in !!!

Parsley, Peppers, Potatoes and Peas

I am trying to be better about harvesting and preserving this summer. This is a book I really love. She covers a lot of veggies and fruits, beside the typical ones you always read about. Like celeriac, chestnuts, dandelions, herb roots, kohlrabi. She tells what does best canning, freezing, dry, etc. She even has ideas of what to do with corn husks and cobs, after you cut the corn from them.

Onion, Garlic Soup for Colds

This is a soup I am going to have in my "fight the cold" arsenal. I plan to have a nice batch in the freezer. Because once you get sick, who wants to make a complicated soup. I will add more garlic, when I serve it.

Make your own sprouts in a canning jar

My mom and I were saying sprouts are a cheap, easy green veggie to have in the winter.

I have more ideas, I will post soon. If you have any ideas, I would LOVE to hear them xoxoxo

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Entry in May 

One of my new favorite blogs Na-Da Farm Life and her Na-Da Farm Potager

A Number Of Things paper dolls. Alice is soo talented, you will love these.

This recipe for make your own strawberry lemonade concentrate, thank you Lorrie we LOVED this. We are going to make more for the freezer xoxox

By the way I just threw in all the ingredients in the blender and did not heat it up. The sugar (I used regular sugar) melted just fine.

T-shirt Twist

Youtube of the Hallmark movie  The Magic Of Ordinary Life, thank you Paula for telling me about it.

Homemade shampoo

image form Na-Da Farm

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One of my new favorite blogs is Styling by Coty Farquhar. I hope when I grow up one day I can create such a beautiful blog.

3349288749_a8af0983ea_b  Carrot Tutorial at Rose Cottage by the Lake

Dec-16-pics-001-500x375  Overnight chicken stock in crock-pot at Nourishing Days (who I found through Prairie Mouse, thank you)

Spring_basket  Spring basket at Maya*Made

Butter-rolling-pin  How to soften butter quickly at Simply Recipes

Larkrise460  BBC Lark Rise on Candleford on Youtube

Speaking of things I love, I have opened an Amazon Shop with recommendation of things I love. For each item I written why I think it is a worthy item. Rigtht now I have 7 things listed but hope to add more. The is a link on the right side of my blog.

Ad-featuredOn  Also thank you to One Pretty Things (which is a wonderful blog of creative links) and Whip-up for featuring my silhouette cake plate tutorial.


PS. just a reminder you can now get my posts e-mailed to you. Just click on the chair on the left side of my blog xoxoxo

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Sweet cottage dreams

A  blog new to me Sweet Cottage Dreams. I am ready to move in xoxoxo


Memories Of The Past, Books: Paris, London, New York, etc. I was in Costco and saw these wonderful books. I had to get one. While writing this post, I discovered there is an interesting site about these book.


Daniel Deronda, I really enjoyed this movie. It is sad but I liked how the main character worked through the challenges placed in front of him. Plus the costumes are amazing. For Netflix users, it is on instant watch !!!!

(I wanted to say, this is not a family film. They do not show anything objectionable but the film does deal with adult situations)


I am going to have to start cutting up some sweaters.


Seasoned seaweed. Okay some of you may go, seaweed, ewe. If you do not love sushi, misso soup, etc, you will not like this. But if you do, you will LOVE seasoned seaweed. It is sheets of seaweed toasted with sesame oil and salt. It is sort of the potato chips of seaweed. Very addictive. For anyone local, Central sells packs of 5.

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I was lucky enough to win this charming little owl cushion from Marmee Cratf. Isn't it wonderful. You also must check out her regency bonnet  inspired from Sense and Sensibility. I think we all need to make one. Thank you Marjorie xoxox 


Oh this is serious love Coconut Bliss ice-cream. Those who can not have dairy, will really like this. I had the vanilla bean, akkk I want some more, right now.


The girls and I (even my hubby, but do not tell anyone) love Penelope. It is charming, has amazing clothes and set, wonderful message, nothing objectionable (and I am picky), very funny (Catherine O'Hara is soooooo funny) and a dreamy vacation for a couple of hours.


The new Calico Petals store. She has the sweetest yo-yo potholders and vintage ephemera kits. Of course her yummy soaps. Well done Miss.Jill xoxoxo


Thanks to the new Artful Blogger, I have found Tammy Ficher. She has a lovely blog, with some great tutorials. But I really loved her scrappy blossoms


 You know I am really not one for kitchen gadgets. I tend to keep it simple, I would rather take my money and buy chocolates. But I have to say I really love my dough whisk. It cuts right through dough and batter so smoothly and really mixing all ingredient. Chocolate and Zucchini  has an interesting post about the dough whisk .

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I am not a car person. I really do not care about them, except I adore my heated seat. But now if I had Magnolia Pearl's car, oh this is a car I could love.

Image from Curious Sofa


Signature Creator, Thank you Cassie for the link.


This BBC Woman's Hour, Dales Woman Hannah Hauxwell


 Oh my gosh I LOVE this gathering apron, at The Cottage At Frog Creek. Actually I love the blog too.

Puttery post at Broncante Home 

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Well first, my hubby. Not only did he put in this amazing lamppost (we got at Costco) in the front of our home, but he dug a huge ditch and putting in all the wiring. We had no outlets outside. On a gray day (which we have a lot) it looks like the lamppost in The Chronicles Of Narnia.


Second my new print of Monsieur Hedgehog by Miss. Marjorie at Cozy Little Whimsy Nook. I had such a  hard time choosing a print, I love all of them in her shop. I think I may have to get her dapper fox for my library next !!!  If you have not been to Cozy Little Whimsy Nook, you should check it out. Marjorie is an amazing seamstress and you should the dresses she sews. Thank you Marjorie, I think he will be so charming in my kitchen xoxoxo

Third this fantastic vintage flash card tutorial by Everyday Cookies at Sweet Woodruff Acres !!!!!

Lastly a ribbon toilet paper holder from Harrington House. Very clever Katie.

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These wonderful Out Of Hands, Paper Roses. I love ideas of using what I already have around my house.


Susan if you read this post, I can not tell you how much we are enjoying China Bayles' Book Of Days by Susan Wittig Albert. I like that each page is just a bite of info. Not toomuch but very interesting. I have read a lot about herbs, but am still learning things I did not know. Aubern'e is also really enjoying it. She is really like the bits of history. At the beginning of the week, we check out the book for the upcoming week. This is a really wonderful resource for our homeschool. Susan also has  About Thyme podcast. If you go to the China Bayle link, you can sign up for a free weekly e-mail that is very similar to what is in the book. Thank you Susan.


Ohh my gosh what can I say about Harry and David's Moose Munch Bars. Well except you HAVE to try one. I got mine at Target. Heaven !!!


I rented Great Scotch Whiskey  at nextflix (Although I think it is called On The Whiskey Trail, but it is the same thing) and I have to say David and I loved this video. I am not into whiskey at all but it was like a wonderful travel video of Scotland. There is also the most fascinating history. It was like a little mini-vacation. There is also one on Irish whiskey. We enjoyed them soo much, I bought them for David.

Lastly, if you bought a copy of the petite-mag and your first page is the content page and not the cover, please e-mail me storybookschool@hotmail.com so I can fix it. Thank you xoxox


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Thank you ladies for all the understanding words and encouragement. It is nice to know you understand how I feel !! What a wonderful start to the new year. Speaking of the new year I though a "things I love" post would be a good way to start off the new year.

But first I feel soooo bad. How could I missed thanking both my good friends Kristin and Tracy for their Christmas gifts. I am soo sorry. Kristin gave me that gorgeous vintage pink ornament. I love it soo much I will keep it out all year.


Tracy thank you for this star. It makes me think of you and what a kind friend you have been to me over the years xoxoxo

I still have this nagging feeling I am misssing someone. If I am, I am sorry !!


When I saw this phone at Claire's Vintage Home and have serious envy (which equals love). Now I am thinking can I paint my phone ?????


Purl Bee napkin tutorial, I have been wanting to make my own napkins. I love the idea of making my own binding (which I did not know I could do?) Check it out.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a wonderful story on-line you can listen to. It is sad and I do not usually like sad, but I found the story draw me in. There are several other stories to listen to.

The Yellow Wallpaper

In this classic late-nineteenth-century story by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman, a new mother suffering from what we might today call 'post-partum depression,' is diagnosed with a nervous disorder. Instructed to abandon her intellectual life and avoid stimulating company, she sinks into a still-deeper depression invisible to her husband, who believes he knows what is best for her. Alone in the yellow-wallpapered nursery of a rented house, she descends into madness.


Salami Gorgonzola Biscuts    Well what can I say. Add a simple green salad, a good red wine and bit of chocolate to top it all off. Heaven !!!!!!!!!!!

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Chloe has decorated her doll-house for the season. It is hard to see she made little fimo lanterns and pumpkins for each window. She also glue gunned little leaf garlands. This was all her idea and it warms my heart. She is already planning for Christmas !!!


I love Debbie, well because she is Debbie. But also because she did a hot-pad tutorial and I could see all the things I was doing wrong : - )


At Target Method spiced pear cleaning supplies. Ohh my kitchen smells yummy !!!

Mantal of the Month Sighhhh total love !!!


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Aunt Dimity books

I love cozy mysteries and Aunt Dimity is one of my favorites. I do want to say not to be put off by the fact that there is a ghost in these stories. I actually would not call it is ghost. Aunt Dimity is dead and speaks to Lori through a diary. But it is small part of the book and a way for the characters to communicate together. My mother who is very sensitive about this type of thing, loves these books. So please give them a look before you decide what you think.


"Lori thought Aunt Dimity was just a character in a family bedtime story until a law firm summoned her to a reading of her relative's last will and testament. Lori will inherit a sizeable estate--if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters tucked away at Dimity's English country cottage."

Stramondo Organic Marzipan from Sicily

Now I know this marzipan is really expensive but it is really worth it. And it is hard to find. But if you are lucky enough to be able to get some and love marzipan, you need to try this. It is amazing. A fresh almond taste, a creamy texture and much softer to work with.


"From the ancient town of Salemi in western Sicily comes this organic marzipan of unsurpassed quality. The fine texture and clean, simple flavor makes cakes, candies and cookies more delicious than ever. Try it by itself as a candy. Contains only organic Palma Girgenti and Mandorla Cuore almonds, organic cane sugar, and organic vanilla. No milk powder, flour, or lecithin. This marzipan is also used in Italy to make a superb almond drink (latte di mandorla). Place 1 quart of water and 2/3 of package contents in a blender. Blend until all the marzipan has dissolved."

Photos (above) by Lacke Heemstra


If you love Victoria magazine you will LOVE Victorianne

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Krisly Designs. I love her use of nature resources in a new way. Her feather tree is a favorite and I am wanting to make a bark moss runner. Make sure you look at her objects page.

I also love Alpineberry but her espresso praline muffin  just make me pine !!

Looking for some inspiration, check out Just as I Am. Her day 19 above.

At Safeway they have these yummy O Organic Ice Cream Bars. I had the coffee one. I liked them because the chocolate was a very good dark chocolate and because they did not use corn syrup but evaporated cane sugar. Yummy and healthy !!!

Vanilla Ice Cream Bar With Dark Chocolate

Blackberry Ice Cream Bar With Dark Chocolate

Coffee Ice Cream Bar With Dark Chocolate

Strawberry Ice Cream Bar With Dark Chocolate


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Happythings I like this blog and loved her Mama Backpack Tutorial !!

I LOVE chocolate. The darker the better. My all time fav is Dagoba chocolate bar with Lavender and dried blueberries. Ahhhhh heaven !!! 

They have some wonderful recipes on their site. But my other favorite thing is red wine (especially with chocolate) I thought this list of pairing of chocolate with food and wine was very interesting.

I adore this cooking blog Cream Puffs In Venice. Just this Strawberry Tiramisù alone, makes me melt !!!!! 

Lastly I love Tongue In Cheek. Cory has an an amazing eye. But I had not seen her Pandora's Box. How fun is that. Very Inspirational !!!

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I just wanted to say thank-you to all who come to my blog. It is such a joy for me to write this blog and it is thrilling to think that anyone would want to come and hear my ramblings. There are sooo many wonderful blogs out there, more then anyone can read. So I am so blessed that you would chose my blog as one you would take time out of your day to read. I do hope you are inspired to play !! xoxoxoxo Thank you all again.
I realized that I did not share my other secret to strawberry shortcake. It is in the strawberries. An hour or two before I serve them I mix the berries with a couple of spoonfuls of sugar and 2 TBLS of rose water. You do not want to have a strong rose taste, so do not use to much. It should be a back note. But I find that the rose water enhances the strawberries. I also adore strawberries with lavender !! So if you bought that bottle of rose water, now you have another use for it. It would also be good in the sangria or lemonade.
I thought these patriotic irons for shirts would be a fun thing to do for the 4th. I hope to get some white tees this weekend.
Sangria. I ADORE sangria. Maybe because it is pink and fruity. The same has been said about me. Then there was the sangria incident but us CM ladies will not speak about that ;- )
I usually just take a bunch of ripe fruit cover it with rose wine (although you can use white or a light red or yumm champagne) and let it sit a day, but  not ifyou are using champange. It is better to let it sit and let the fruit juices macerate. You can eat the fruit too but be careful. It packs a punch.
Here are several recipes, recipes 2, recipes 3 !!!!
1 small, seedless watermelon
2 cups raspberries
2 cups strawberries
1 cup blueberries
mint leaves
super fine sugar to taste
1 vanilla bean
1 orange sliced a bottle of rose wine
1. Rinse the berries. Cut the strawberries in half or quarters depending on their size. Place on towels to dry.

2. Squeeze the orange. Cut the mint leaves.

3. In a bowl, gently mix the fruit with the wine, orange juice, sugar, and the chopped mint.

4. Cut the vanilla bean in half, lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds. Scrape the seeds into the wine/berry mixture.

5. Cut a small slice off the bottom of the watermelon, so that it will stand upright. Cut the watermelon in two.

6. From one half of the watermelon, scoop out the flesh, cutting it into small pieces. Add some of the pieces to the wine/berry mixture. Reserve the rest for another use
Lastly I have a new computer scrapbook. As you can see for the picture above I am having fun playing with it. Center image is from allposters