Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Kitchen Window

February...a month for cherubs, chocolates, roses, sweet sentiments...and lots and lots of red! Hanging in my window this month is a Mugwump Woolies small red and black striped heart, mounted on an old brown checked quilt piece, in a combed frame. Squiggly lines...stripes...and checks...love it! 

I've added a hanging wrought iron light this month. And, the tiny seed lights are now a favorite.

I have always loved this sweet girl...Polly Put the Kettle On...by Debbee Thibault. Wearing a lovely red frock she's dressed perfectly for the month of St. Valentine's Day.

Just a few wool hearts nestled in a box draped in twinkly lights.

Picked up a wonderful button fern heart topiary in Tallahassee yesterday. Our annual trip to our state capital always includes a visit to the Tallahassee Nursery. It was in full bloom with so many wonderful flowers and plants! I always wish I had more room in the car when we stop there!

Hope to be back later in the week with a few more bits of red.  

Enjoy the day,

Monday, January 12, 2015

...the weekend

Hope your weekend was good and that you were able to stay warm. We were chilly here in the Sunshine State, but it's back to sunny skies and warmer temps for the week.

I have not pulled a loop on my Maggie rug lately. I am putting all my energy into getting organized and cleaning out.  I did get some Mugwump Woolies cards made and ready to send to my friend's shop. 

Mr. MW ran a beach race on Sunday. 

When you enter a race you always get a tee-shirt. This is the shirt he brought home...an owl...can you believe it? Annie was tickled to add it to her wardrobe.

I'm off to tackle another closet. Have a great week and stay warm.

Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Our amaryllis is blooming...the grand finale of the season. The paper whites are long gone, but this beauty is just beginning it's run...there are two more buds ready to open. It's enjoying the sunlight coming through the front door sidelights. We are enjoying it's show...a gift from Mother Nature.

Annie's Owl Tree is enjoying a new addition. This sweet fluffy owl is a gift to Annie from Melinda  of Merry Wind Farm. Isn't he cuddly? Thank you, Melinda. He's right at home and most welcome. 

Gifts from friends and nature...a lovely start for the new year.

Enjoy the day,

Friday, January 2, 2015

January Kitchen Window

Ahhh...January...the month to reduce clutter...and waistlines. As is my custom for January, my Kitchen Window is simple...lean...and calming. After all the color of the holidays, neutral is necessary!

Just the usuals...and a little green ivy in my favorite basket...a couple pieces of stone fruit.

A Kolene Speicher print with a fierce feline hangs on the window.

I hung my smaller baskets on the old tool rack over the sink. 

A simple window for the beginning of a new year...and always, always a little something growing.


A wee bit of progress on Thistle Down Moon. I'm playing with the thistle. Lilac is a real stretch for me. I like the more muted, but don't think I have enough. Time will tell.

Enjoy the day,

P.S. I had an inquiry about the objects hanging from my mantle...they are iron "keyhole" spatulas from the 1800's...used to remove things from the oven. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

...a start..a new year..an angel

First, I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve with friends...enjoying their good company and eating things we only indulge in once a year. Christmas Day was quiet...just like we like it.

 Our tree came down yesterday and today will be spent getting things back in order. Annie's Owl Tree will stay up for a while longer.

My hooking chair has not been used for hooking in a very long time.

It's seat, however, was warmed for a brief while over the holiday. It's a start. 

I'm keeping with the colors of the original rug by Maggie Bonanomi and found in her latest book "Thistle Down Moon".


My Kitchen Window...again? Let me know.


As 2014 winds down, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! Hoping 2015 brings you all good things...health, happiness and memories made with those you love. And wouldn't it be lovely if we had a little peace in the world?

 Happy New Year!

Enjoy the day,

P.S. For those of you who shared your thoughts on our "anonymous giver" in my last post...I believe, too.

Monday, December 22, 2014

...an anonymous giver

On Sunday afternoon we attended a Christmas Open House at the home of a friend. Afterward, we visited a nearby mall. The place was teeming with people...beyond crowded. In addition to holiday shoppers, there were people looking at the new cars that were parked inside the mall...for sale by various dealers. We were having a peek at a nice little BMW when a tall, middle-aged, well dressed gentleman approached me. He asked me if Annie was my daughter and I answered yes. I thought he was a car salesman. He said, "Have Santa buy her something she would like." I thought he was handing me his card and I extended my hand, but stopped when I saw he had a folded bill in his hand. I said no I could not take his money. He said please a couple of times and again I refused. Then he said, "If you won't take it for her, take it for me." I looked into his eyes and they were glistening with the beginnings of tears. I took the bill and thanked him for his kindness and generosity. Then he was gone in the crowd. I caught up with my husband and relayed the story...I turned the folded bill over and saw it was a twenty. We stood speechless in the middle of all this shopping madness and just looked at each other.

I would never have taken the bill this gentleman offered had I not looked into his eyes and recognized his need to give it to me. There was such a look of...longing...the only word I can come up with. Perhaps, somewhere in his life he knew someone with Down Syndrome...a sibling, a childhood friend, maybe a child of his own. Perhaps, he was one of those individuals who gives out money to random people. Whatever the reason, our Annie was the recipient of his largess.

We decided we would indeed buy Annie something she likes since this was his wish. Whenever anyone asks Annie what she likes best for a gift her answer is always "office supplies". Those large packs of different colored computer paper are her favorite. She turns them into her very own masterpieces and gives them to her friends. Santa already had a pack wrapped and ready for her...now she will receive another pack...from an anonymous giver...a mysterious gentleman who picked her out of a crowd and bestowed upon her a gift of Christmas.

                                                                     Enjoy the day,

                  p.s. I have my own ideas about this "mysterious giver". I'd like to hear from you!



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Annie's Owl Tree...with a Horse

Coming in the front door of our home, looking into the family room you will spy Annie's Owl Tree.

This tree has become a tradition within the last few years. Annie is an owl fan...and she knows her stuff. Barn owls are her favorite...but all owls are admired and read about.

I started this little tree for her a few years ago and the word spread. Gifts of owls for the tree were joyfully received and added to the branches.

The large fellow in the lower right corner is new this year, a gift from a friend. It's there among the other owls...and...a little brown horse.

In early December, this sweet package arrived for Annie. A generous gift from the talented artist Angela Hillstrom from Of Cloth and Hand. 

Annie beamed and, without hesitation, placed him on her tree.

And so...Annie's Owl Tree now includes a noble steed. Among the owls... a little something different. Something not quite like all the others. A horsey with a shining presence all it's own. He brings an unexpected something special to this little tree. Something "special" like my girl...and the dear friends who bring such joy to her life with gifts of owls...and a little brown horse. Special indeed.

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Enjoy the day,