selling texas

Every time I have a sale on Etsy, my phone goes “cha-ching”.  It’s a lovely sound.  Sometimes when it “chings” at work, someone will ask, “What is that”?  I’ve been known to answer, “I just sold Minnesota”.  They laugh, since they know I have a part time business on Etsy selling wall decor made from vintage road maps.  This is when I feel like a … Continue reading selling texas

christmas mantel

I found this lovely picture at our large fall flea market in September, and knew instantly I wanted to decorate my fireplace mantel around it for Christmas.  There was something about the picture that spoke to me and made me feel so peaceful. Snow falling and softly covering everything, always fills me with a sense of peace, especially when I don’t have to drive in … Continue reading christmas mantel

an easy one pot meal

If you’re looking for a hearty winter meal, made all in one pan, and that will feed a family . . . then this is it.  I found this recipe on A Family Feast blog, where there are hundreds of delicious looking meals, all in one convenient place.  This recipe is found under the “Easy Meals” tab, and is called “One Pot Tex-Mex Pasta”. Not only will … Continue reading an easy one pot meal

a diy winter wall decor

A few weeks ago I found this poster size reproduction botanical print at Elm & Iron, a local store which carries a unique and lovely collection of home decor.   I love the detail on this print and knew it would go nicely in my living room/dining room area which is decorated in greens, beige, and wood tones.   I started by cutting a piece of … Continue reading a diy winter wall decor

this week’s bake

It’s that time again when cool fall weather makes one want to turn on the oven and bake something that makes the whole house smell good. This week’s bake is “New England Apple Cider Cake” that I found on a wonderful blog, A Family Feast.  This may be called “New England Apple Cider Cake”, but I’m using Ohio made cider, so maybe I’ll change the … Continue reading this week’s bake

college football game day

Watching football has a long history for me.  While a kid, living at home, watching the Cleveland Browns every Sunday was what my Dad did.  And while I enjoyed the sound of football in the background, I secretly prayed I’d find a husband that wasn’t obsessed with it.  And I did marry a man who didn’t like football at all.  The ironic part is that … Continue reading college football game day

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet comes from the last flowers of my garden.  The echinacea are having their second bloom of the season and their last hurray. They started blooming in July and I think the heat and dry summer was just too much for them, as the flowers were pale and scraggly..  This second flush of flowers is much more vibrant and beautiful.  The deep jewel … Continue reading this week’s bouquet