Sunday, December 3, 2017

Art and my friend Jeanne

I love creating, I love art.  And I love Jeanne Oliver.

I attended one of her workshops, yes, she came to North Carolina.  I had the best time, laughed, created and made many new friends!

Now she has opened her new website and it is awesome.  And, she has a fantastic giveaway.  I almost didn't want to tell you about it but...go to her shop and look at wonderful item.

My art room needs more supplies!

Please go and congratulate Jeanne

Have fun looking, Di

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Favorite pieces

It has been 2 years since we moved to our new home.  When we downsized I did let go of many pieces.  I have so many special pieces in my home.  This truly has been my cottage wish come true. 

The way you style your home with your favorite furniture or accessories makes a statement that reflect you.  I grew up in Florida and anything to do with the water warms my heart.
I grew up with vintage furniture and seem to gravitate to unique pieces.  One of the pieces I use in different rooms and like to dress up is a antique cabinet.  I found this wonderful piece in Lakeland at Victoria's Warehouse.  Victoria gets crates of great furniture and finds from France.  You know, everything is better from France!!

This piece has a marble top and is accented with gold embellishments.  I have used it in the family room between chairs or as an accent piece as seen in this picture.  These wicker Charis were my aunts and I remember sitting in them, talking about family.
Accent pieces help make a statement.  It's even better when the pieces evoke a memory.  This sweet white pitcher is from my home town and was another family piece.  I walked around that lake many a day.

Back to the French cabinet...after or move to our smaller house, I have tried that piece in all my spaces.

I was on a mission to find the spot for my cabinet. It ended up by the counter top bar. 

What pieces do you move around?  di

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Families are so important
They support you during the hard times
Encourage you to dance
Flow with the ebbs of life.
We get to share happy and sad times together. This past weekend we traveled to South Carolina coast for our lovely aunt.

She was a classic beauty 
I was so grateful for her advice and life lessons.  She taught me that life is for living and not to hold in anger and grief.

Hug your loved ones.  Di

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mothers Day Thoughts

I send a shower of blessings to all moms. 
 I am a lucky lady.  I share my days with my wonderful hubby
 Have beautiful views along the way
 Take time to smell the flowers
 Create a lovey environment
 Try to stay off the ferris wheel of drama
 Spend time with loved ones
 Remember to thank those that came before me to pave the way
 Love my family
And celebrate my mom and dad

 So thankful for my home
 I treasure the memories from my childhood
 And prayfully ask for peace and love for all
 Happy Mothers day to my dear mom, grandmom and greatgrandmother.  I learned so much from all of you
 My hero, my dad
 My loving parents

 And a wish to have more Days by the beach
 And yes some eye candy for Too!
 Keeping my hopes up for that Ford Pickup Truck
 So happy mothers day to all my dear friends
Many sweet thoughts for you, Di

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fabric fun

I have been wanting a brush holder ever since I saw the ones created by Jeanne Oliver. Hers are made from vintage European grain sacks.  I love fabric, linen grain sacks and vintage curtains. I seem drawn to fabric when I am out and about.

Recent trip to Fletcher NC I found a roll of beautiful Maltese fabric for $19. I just old the leave it there. So I dug thru my fabrics and picked some favorites. Then, I surfed Pinterest and found a great tutorial. 

I followed the directions and started sewing. It became addictive. Each holder became my favorite. I made one for my nieces birthday present and she loved it. We can't wait to have a painting day.

I love toile and my favorite combo blue and white 
Even my brushes for painting with the chalk paints have their own folder made from a grain sack and vintage fabric 
 It even has that bit of rust (or is that dirt) .

I can't wait to try my next project!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Uncommon Hearts

I found a wonderful old, falling apart crazy quilt.  I couldn't leave it lying in the estate sale.  It was asking me to take it home.

Ok, I would be glad to have you in my safe arms.  The lady checking me out said, I hope you don't cut it up.  Did she read my mind?  Because it was ragged, the silk shredding.  I told her I have great plans for her.  Wouldn't it be better to share her with people than her being thrown away.

I feel so connected to the ladies that put these stiches in this fabric.  I wanted to create something special, so those hours, skills and special get togethers to create were not wasted.

When we got home she sat waiting for new life.  Then I remembered my great teacher, Susan Edmondson, made wonderful necklaces with her stiching.

So me and miss quilt had a date.  I started my series of "Uncommon Hearts" for a Common World.