~Just Drivin by~

While driving home from taking my Dad to an appt. I decided to take a few pictures of some of the pretty homes in the town of Hershey. These houses are in the actual town, not in the touristy areas. …….beautiful old homes from the time Milton Hershey was alive.
The two homes above were recently refurbished. Aren’t they pretty?
I love this one with the painted brick & great landscaping but couldn’t get a good picture. I could definitely live there, nestled in among the trees…it looks like a fairy tale house.
Speaking of fairy tales, how about this place…someone lives here, it’s not a business! I’d love to get inside, wouldn’t you?
There’s street after street of these lovely old bungalows.

If you don’t care for the bungalows, how about this sprawling ranch house? Probably very chic in it’s day.

Hope you liked that little tour, have a great day!

~SnipTuckWire Cloche~

The French developed the glass cloche, or bell jar, of solid glass shaped like a dome. It’s purpose was to protect garden plants from cold and frost. So, what’s the purpose of a wire cloche? Why, whatever you want it to be !

To make a wire cloche, you need chicken wire 12″ in height, goggles, gloves, wire snippers & a needle nose pliers. I found a whole roll of chicken wire at a yard sale for just 25 cents….. amazing what you find at yard sales…anyway….you need a piece approx. 22″ long.

When you cut the wire you’ll end up with these ends that you just wrap around the other end to join. Start by making a tube shape & then work on the shaping the top, which can be tricky. Very hard to photograph but, below, I’ve connected the center top and am starting to shape the roundness. Some of the wire will have to be cut away to get that shape. Just keep working it & crimping the wires so none are sticking out & soon you’ll have a wire cloche. It’ll end up perfectly imperfect!

Attach a knob, you’ll need a washer to hold it in place, spray it any color & voila, there it is. I painted mine black but white would be great too. Perfect for a seasonal display of mini pumpkins, ornaments, a special cupcake for you valentine,

pictures of your sweet granbabies, an african violet, Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, pretty pears, yellow lemons, birds nests…..use it to hang necklaces, earrings or a house for your pet rock…..

Put it on your desk or counter & clip on phone numbers , appt. dates, pictures of your sweetie and business cards or mementos. In the kitchen clip on recipes, shopping lists, coupons…..it’s uses are only limited by your imagination, however, I can’t recommend using it to pad your bra, strain macaroni or blow your nose!

GiveAway at Belle Ame

Belle Ame, beautiful soul, beautiful blog, stop by her 50th post Autumn giveaway! *******
I edited the link so now it works.

**** Many of you suggested ranch dressing to go with my fried green tomatoes or honey mustard, sure wish I’d have known………that would’ve been yummy. Thanks for the suggestions for the peppers too, I’ll be trying those for sure.

Have you been thinking of your favorite products & foods that you use all the time? The ones you buy over & over again……..nest week I’ll be asking you to share & post your favs.

~Northern Gal fries up a Mess a Green Tomatoes~

Every year about this time I want to try fried green tomatoes but I never have. What a shame to let those lovely green tomatoes waste away.
Just look at the beautiful colors. I didn’t think a green tomato would be so pretty. The recipe I found used buttermilk & egg, flour & cornmeal…just dip in batter & fry. So now, the verdict….well, my H thought they were ok, something different. I thought they were ok too, not fantastic. Am I missing something, are they meant to be dipped in some kind of sauce? Us northerners don’t know how to eat green tomatoes! I wanted to dip them in mayonnaise!
Come on you southern gals, tell me all about fried green tomatoes & while you’re talking got any ideas on what to do with these babies?

Hot cherry peppers, jalapenos & little red chili peppers that my H eats like candy! He loves them. He’ll eat hot peppers with sweat dripping down his face & tell me how good they are! I don’t get that at all. Now he’s trying to get me to saute them to keep in a jar in the fridge. No way do I want to do that! I’m afraid I’ll fill our house with toxic fumes. Got any ideas? ***

I’ve been cleaning up the basement & getting rid of some things. All this purging started when I cleaned out my sewing room closet. We even had a little yard sale on saturday, then hauled off the remains to the thrift shop in town. Yesterday I finished cleaning the basement & it’s now clean & organized! Yeah! There’s still 2 vanities waiting to be painted, a bed bench, 3 chairs that would be great recovered or slipcovered, various pieces for mosaics, some old benches…..well I can’t get rid of everything! BUT, it does feel great to get rid of junk!

~Lemon Chicken~

A wooden lemon reamer is a handy thing if you like cooking with fresh lemon.
Lemon chicken cooked on the grill makes a great meal.
I used basil fresh from my garden instead of rosemary, only because rosemary doesn’t agree with me or maybe I don’t agree with rosemary, (WHO?) at least my belly doesn’t! The smell is wonderful…garlic, lemon, basil… If you don’t like lemon you might try a little less……..or maybe even orange juice for orange chicken.

Now doesn’t that look like a great meal? They say you eat with your eyes first & this looks delish! I wish my eyes would fill up my belly, then I wouldn’t gain weight!
Debra Barone, Ray’s wife on Everybody Loves Raymond, was known to be a terrible cook, much to her MIL’S delight. The only thing she made that everyone loved was her lemon chicken. My recipe isn’t her recipe but I think of her whenever I make this. The lemon chicken posted on their website is cooked in a wok & there are some of the shows other recipes posted there. **

**** I had an idea, imagine that! With skyrocketing prices everywhere you turn, wouldn’t it be nice to hear about a product before you actually buy it? SO, What are your favorite products that you must have in your home, be it a certain brand of soap or the only bread your family eats? Start thinking about that…….next week we can share our fav products, sort of a product review & maybe we’ll see something new we might like to try. My H will only drink Tropicana OJ so I know not to bring home a cheaper brand or !$%((!!!!! ……stuff like that.
So start thinkin about it & get ready to post your favorites.

~Thrift Shopping & Fall Decorating~

White pumpkins are a hot trend again this year. The white one below is real & was grown by lil ol me. I managed to get 3 small ones before the vines just up & died. The tureen is from the thrift shop. It was just 5 bucks and has a bottom plate & a lid. I think that’s a great buy…but do I need another white tureen………..well…….
The leaves are dried & from my stash. Little gourds are real…from the grocery store.

I added a few twigs and there it is, a simple dining room centerpiece that should last til thanksgiving.

All over the house lots of faux vines have been banished & I’ve been trying to use more natural items. Two blue/white pitchers are on either side of the mantle

I’ve arranged & rearranged this so many times & this is not how it looks now but you get the idea….I’m trying out some blue/white in the family room which is gold & red.

Here’s the porch getting all dressed up for Fall. The wall pocket was sprayed black & framed on the door. Coleus in the planter are still going strong but won’t last much longer.

Love this little sign! Happy Autumn to you!

~Campaign Couture~

Michelle Obama is often seen wearing her Jackiesque choices.

With fashion savvy & polished looks who will be the next trend setter?

Could it be Michelle Obama, who’s constantly compared to Jackie Kennedy?

From The Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2008

Why Barack Obama’s Wife Is Fueling Visions of Camelot
March 1, 2008
As the Democratic race intensifies, comparisons between the Kennedys and the Obamas are mounting. With Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle, in the spotlight, there is also growing buzz about the striking similarities between her and former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. First there’s the hair. Worn flipped or curled under, Mrs. Obama’s style is reminiscent of the volumized “Swan” look that Mrs. Kennedy — who would later be known as Mrs. Kennedy Onassis — tucked beneath her pillbox hats. Then there are the accessories: single-strand pearls the size of grapes, as well as the three-strand version……..

Or could it be Cindy McCain ?

For this shot in Vogue, Cindy wore size 0 Lucky Brand jeans. That has to be wrong, I think there was supposed to be a 1 (one) in front of that zero! and that zero was supposed to be a 2….
While Obama is seen wearing dresses & suits, McCain wears mostly beautufully tailored suits.
I’m enjoying the colorful jewel toned choices, but wasn’t fond of the much scrutinized chartreuse outfit. That upturned collar threw me off & I really didn’t get it.
Regardless of their education or personal accomplishments these women will always be noted for their styles. Jackie wore a size 10 shoes and boy are they ever hard to fill!

I wonder which one will show up in a pill box hat.

In the next months we’ll be seeing lots more of this, personally I feel they both look great in their choices. Obama’s style seems too calculated, almost like she is copying Jackie to a T…..McCain seems uptight & contrived, however they both enbrace the power of their pearls….that’s a good thing.

It’s not only a political battle, it’s a couture clash & I’m finding it fasinating, how about you?

~More about spray painting~

If you happened to read this previous post, it continues here….
My craft/sewing room is narrow but this all fits in nicely. Here’s the yard sale $3 mirror painted black paired with the yardsale dresser. I added a bit of rub n buff to the raised detail. This old dresser has big drawers that are great for storing lots and lots of fabric. The sewing table legs finally got painted to match the chair. Here’s just a peek into the closet on the other end of the room. I got it all cleaned up & organized so now I can actually find things…..got rid of stuff too, even though it doesn’t look like it! Getting rid of things is so hard for me because I always think I’m going to use it one day…..so I’m lucky to have plenty of storage.
This mirror & shelf in the hall got painted with black spray too. Now it really stands out….I’m liking it! Now, about the blue spray paint……. I think it’s a new color…Bahama sea from Krylon.

I painted two old lamps for the blue guest room with this pretty color.
And here’s one of them after the makeover. The yummy chocolate brown shade is from the thrift store, just $4…..I snatched it right up! It’s beautifully lined in a pretty gold silk. There was only one shade so I’m working on a shade for the other lamp. Maybe one of the drum shades I got from a yardsale will work. Actually redoing the lamps was a pain! I had to take them apart because the new lamp shade needed a thingy that the original shades didn’t…….the old shades clipped over the bulb…..the new shade needed arms to hold it. I took apart old lamps that had the part I needed……blah, blah…..then I had to rewire ……boy was I afraid to turn them on when I was done! But while I’m no electrician, I now feel qualified to rewire a lamp.

It’s looks good in the aqua guest room! What are you painting? Have you ventured out from black & dared to try a new color?


Everywhere you look you’re likely to see this classic fabric. It’s bold swirls are showing up in clothes, coats, bedding, window treatments and just about anything. Personally I love it.

Definitions of Danask,

**From Britannica, a patterned textile, deriving its name from the fine patterned fabrics produced in
Damascus (Syria) in the European Middle Ages. True damask was originally wholly of silk, but gradually the name came to be applied to a certain type of patterned fabric regardless of fibre. Single damask has one set each of warps and wefts, or fillings, and may be woven in one or two colours; compound or double damask has a greater number of fillings. Damask is woven on a Jacquard loom, the satin field being produced by floats of warp that pass over from two to seven and in some instances nine fillings. The design is a plain or taffeta weave, the warp and filling being at right angles that create less lustre than the satin areas.

**Damask, a firm lustrous fabric (as of linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) made with flat patterns in a satin weave on a plain-woven ground on jacquard looms, from Merriam Webster online.

I’ve always loved the timeless look of black & white but damask can be any combination of colors.

This black & white collection from Target, above, would look fantastic in an aqua room. I’ve seen several examples recently and just love it! It’s so cute for babies too & not gender specific. Shades of blue, aqua & teal are currently a hot trend that’s enticing to many of us who have not been attracted to blue before…….like me…combine that with black/white damask & you’ve got the WOW factor.

Can you picture this yummy chair from Pier One in a soft aqua room? Love it!

This sofa from Anthropologie would compliment just about any color. It’s a great style, not for everyone & would definitely make a bold statement.

Cute coat is from Tommy Bahama. I might wear this. Picture a little aqua, teal, lime green, well any color scarf around your neck and VIOLA……… you’re oh so chic! I’d love, love, love to have a pair of these shades in my aqua guest room.

Is wallpaper slowly creeping back into popularity? This bold paper would look fantastic in a foyer.

This rain slicker I’m giving thumbs down, but the hoodie is cute.

Isn’t this little coat the sweetest! It’s from Kidz Kaffe.

Damask = the current trend. It’s popping up everywhere. You’re likely to see it on just about anything! How do you feel about this trend, love it or leave it? Since I love it, I’m adding small touches here & there .

I found these pretty plates at TJ Maxx and couldn’t resist them. I’m planning on adding some sticks or natural elements to the urn, soon as I get a rountuit.

Aren’t they great & these placemats are from Kohl’s.

Who knows how long this trend will last, tomorrow it might be totally passe.

Are you enjoying it while you can, before it’s gone like go go boots, disco and 59 cadillacs !

~The Power of Pearls~

June Cleaver had a secret. Her pearls had power and boy did she use it. Ward, her husband, ran the household, but only because she allowed it. She knew there would be no happy home without her & her pearls. Never a day went by that she didn’t wear them.

The pearl is the oldest gem—often referred to as the “queen of gems”—and believed by many cultures to possess magical powers that provide or improve protection, prosperity, and healing as well as feelings of love, peacefulness, and compassion.

Pearls are mentioned many times in the the Bible, “the price of wisdom is above pearls.” (Job 28:17-18 RSV) and I’ve read that Julius Caesar presented pearls to the mother of Brutus. The mystical power of pearls has been around as long as there were pearls. Look closely, Mary Todd Lincoln is wearing a pearl necklace. Let’s see who else …….

Eleanor Roosevelt, it’s well known what a powerful woman she was.

Mamie Eisenhower, was she the quiet power behind her man? I really hate her do…those bangs, why even have bangs if they’re that short? Princess Diana & the Queen. I doubt the Queen is ever seen publicly without pearls.

The powerful women of today are often seen wearing their pearls.

Condoleezza Rice and Nancy Pelosi. What statement do you think they’re making by wearing pearls?

Today we’re seeing these next women over & over again in the news. Do they know the power of pearls?

Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain, Sarah Palin pictured here, all wearing pearls.

So what do you think about all these pearl wearing gals? Is there some power in pearls? I think that pearls are a true sign of femininity…I’ve never seen a man wearing a pearl necklace…… diamonds, gold and silver yes, but never pearls. While pearl necklaces aren’t as showy as sparkling diamonds, they speak volumes about the wearer. To me they say, I’m serious but feminine. I’m comfortable in my femininity and I’m not afraid to be heard. It’s all about empowerment. Remember this song……..
I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can do anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman

Corny? Probably, but doesn’t it make you want to shout from the rooftops…..I AM WOMAN & I’m not taking any crap!

In the past week or so I’ve received these wonderful awards. Geeeze guys…..

Perfect Blend award from Sandi McBride at Holding Patterns. THANK YOU SANDI!

Brillant Weblog, THANK YOU STEPHANIE from It’s Toile Y’all.
From Rabbit Run Cottage, Your Blog award, THANK YOU SUZIEQ, who created this award for all her readers.

THANK YOU DES from Peeking thru the Sunflowers, the Diamond award & the Kicka** award.
Thank You Kat, JusrabeachKat, for this BFF gold card….gotta love it!

To honor these remarkable women I’ve created this award, the Pearls of Friendship award. So

this one’s for you! There are no rules. just pass it along as you wish!
Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:
Cultured or freshwater pearls are considered to offer the power of love, money, protection, and luck. Pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience, to quicken the laws of karma and to cement engagements and love relationships. They are thought to keep children safe.

Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons fought. Ancient legend says that pearls were thought to be the tears of the gods and the Greeks believed that wearing pearls would promote marital bliss and prevent newlywed women from crying.

So let’s show the world we mean business…..Unite and embrace the power of pearls, along with Sarah Jessica & me!

~Pssssst, I’m still here!~

I’m really late posting again…..BUT here’s what I’ve been doing.

Now this is a lovely pose! On your back with legs straight up in the air. Can you guess what’s happening here? Be nice now…..

Spray painting of course, this time not only black but blue too.
I found this yummy blue at Walma*t. More about that later. I’ve also been creating chaos in my sewing/craft room. Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ve skirted this issue long enough! I just couldn’t decide if I wanted to put it on rods, use hot glue or staple it…..I stapled it with my electric staple gun….a little pleat here, a little pleat there…… a skirt to stash tons of stuff behind. A girl can never have enough stuff, ya know.

TA DA! It’s just leftover fabric pieces. I even had to sew some together to get the length, but I did use fabric glue to make a nice hem.
What a great hiding place, that is, if I ever wanted to hide anything from DH! “No, it’s not new I’ve had that for a long time.” I even cleaned out the closet on the other side of the room…..we won’t go there!

It’s so much better now. BUT, I’ve been attacked by the P.O.O.P.I.E. people! Check it out. I’ve committed some serious violations here…..more to come……