Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fruits and Stuff



Hello, Dear Ones!
I was excited a few weeks ago to find this 'pick it yourself' orchard off the island.
Fruits 'n Such...

Off the highway and down a little country dirt road.
Acres of sweet picking ~ blackberries, squash, eggplants, tomatoes, figs, peaches.
It was too late for the peaches and some of the other fruits and veggies were already gone.
But the blackberries were plentiful and H.U.G.E. and delicious.
The tomatoes, oh my Lord, to die for. 
They open up for business around Mother's Day and this is the last weekend you can go and pick.
Just wanted to show you around a bit.

I'm not too versed on my peppers.
Are these ornamental ones? There sure were purdy!!

A little lake.
Wonder if fishys are in there?

There goes Mr. Precious to the herb garden.
They were giving away the herbs for free but like a silly ~ I didn't get any.



Pretty, tranquil and I didn't pick any herbs! : (

Isn't this little bench the cutest?

Gorgeousness!

And look!!! Guineas!

Then God smiled down and just knew I needed to see a little bunny.
Thank you, Lord! :)


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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Heartland

When you hear twin fiddles and a steel guitar,
You're listening to the sound of the American heart.
And Opry music on a Saturday night
Brings a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.

Sing a song about the heartland,

The only place I feel at home.
Sing about the way a good man
Works until the daylight's gone.
Sing the rain on the roof on a summer night
Where they still know wrong from right.
Sing a song about the heartland.
Sing a song about my life.

There’s a place where mornings are an endless blue

And you feel mother nature walk along with you,
Where simple people living side by side
Still wave to their neighbor when they’re drivin’ by.

Sing a song about the heartland,

The only place I feel at home.
Sing about the way a good man
Works until the daylight's gone.
Sing the rain on the roof on a summer night
Where they still know wrong from right.
Sing a song about the heartland.
Sing a song about my life. 
~ sung by George Strait

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Scrap Room

Hello, Dear Ones!
I've shown you my sun porch before and I have shown you the screen I made using the shutters that I took off all of the windows of Note Songs cottage. 
You know how talented I am! ;)

Here's my screen, but....
today I'm going to take you behind the screen for the first time!
Be prepared.

EEEEK!!! 
I know I have totally scared my reputation showing you this mess!
Well, my 'scrap room' as I call it became the 'junk room'. 
Nasty nasty nasty!
I have been trying so hard to declutter and neaten up my home, so...

I decluttered, neatened and straightened.


Found a home for all my little tools.
These are in a little rolling cart with drawers that I keep beside my long table.
The bottom drawer holds my journals I write in when I travel ~ 
also helps when I am scrapbooking.

I have a great shelf on the right side of my table that holds 'scrapping' stuff.
Pictures in boxes on top, special paper crafting books, special scissors.

And lots of scrapbook paper.

Next to my bookshelf is another rolling cart and you can see I keep a basket here filled with my faux fruit in case I need a snack! :)

Then the drawers are filled to the rim with stamps. 

Now the other side of the room. 
This is a narrow space and I just do the best I can here.
Mr. Precious gave me these great metal file cabinets he had in one of his offices that he didn't need any more. 
Trust me, they are filled ~ neatly though ~ just in case you were wondering! ;)

These cabinets have given me lots of counter space. 
So I poked up a couple of little shoe shelves from Walmart or Target ~ it's been so long I've forgotten.

These little containers are great to hold my little embellishments and I've labeled each drawer so it's easier to find what I'm looking for.
I also keep some ribbons, brads, markers, etc. in this area.
Now I've had this set up for about 6 years or so, but had just let all my junk pile up in here.
You know how it gets sometimes.

I know I probably should think about unifying the colors of my pieces, 
but heck, I'm just glad to have them.
This bookshelf used to hold my scrapbooks but I decided to poked dishes and such in here.

See the big basket of flowers on top?
Well, that's the basket I have on my mantel at the moment.


Now this is the area right behind my screen I showed you.
This is not a table but a very olden metal office bookshelf ~ another present from Mr. Precious' office from long ago! 
I threw a table cloth over it so I could hide what's on the shelves ~ a gazillion scrap books.

Stuff I've poked on top.
I keep my paper cutter where the big basket of flowers are. 
I was just staging for you! ;)

Well, now that I'm totally too pooped to pop, I'll rest my most tiny bum (not) in this little chair my mother gave me that need recovering so badly!

We all have to do the best with what we have.
Well, unless you have unlimited funds and can do what you want! :)
It just makes me fell better knowing now my scrap room is all clean and neat 
and I can go to town crafting and find what I need. 
So remember...
how would you ever appreciate pretty if you'd never seen or made a mess! :)


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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave a you a little Note Song~

I Can See Clearly Now

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone

All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin?for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there’s nothin?but blue skies

Look straight ahead, nothin?but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,

I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.
~ sung by Johnny Nash


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Corners In June

Hello, Dear Ones.
Now I'm all for milking a subject here at Note Songs cottage and since my kitchen was all spiffed up for Jeanne and Bill's visit, I just had to show you my clean kitchen corners.
Don't get me wrong, the rest of my house was fairly clean too! ;)

If you visit me often, you know how I love to play in my kitchen corners 
so I set up a couple of vignettes for my two corners. 
This corner is kind of a more elegant Rooster vignette 
as most of the time I'm just falling down plumb silly vignetting! :)

My Most Handsome Rooster just had to be included here 
and he's carrying a bit of greens with him.

I poked down this new to me gravy boat with its attached underplate.
Since my favorite Rooster loves his fruits and veggies I added a few clusters of grapes.

Now over to my other kitchen corner.
I wanted this to be a girly girly corner vignette.

I know, I know, purple doesn't usually fit in a kitchen.
But my yellow bead board seems to be a great backdrop for almost any color...so purple it is! :)
Here's a sweet little tea cup being very girly girly.

See my cute little teaspoon?
Well, it's not purple, but it sure is cute, don't you think?

Then I added a sweet little tea pot with purple pansies on it. 
The cup and tea pot are sitting on a crocheted doily my granny made many moons ago 
and then it's placed on top of my square milk glass cake stand. 
See, I told you...girly girly.

I poked down a tiny little cloche with a little sprig of lavender (faux, of course) underneath the glass.
The cloche is sitting on a sweet little tray covered with purple flowers.

Since I'm all set for tea, I added a napkin and a cute little crescent roll (faux, of course).
Just in case you want to add jam or butter, I've poked down a tiny little bunny knife.
Cute and girly girly!

So I think I've milked my clean kitchen for all it's worth now.
I have a sink filled with dirty dishes and junk's all over the cooktop.
Shoot! Now I've got to clean up the kitchen again! :)


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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
Let's go girls! Come on.

I'm going out tonight-I'm feelin' alright

Gonna let it all hang out
Wanna make some noise-really raise my voice
Yeah, I wanna scream and shout
No inhibitions-make no conditions
Get a little outta line
I ain't gonna act politically correct
I only wanna have a good time

The best thing about being a woman

Is the prerogative to have a little fun

Oh, oh, oh, go totally crazy-forget I'm a lady

Men's shirts-short skirts
Oh, oh, oh, really go wild-yeah, doin' it in style
Oh, oh, oh, get in the action-feel the attraction
Color my hair-do what I dare
Oh, oh, oh, I wanna be free-yeah, to feel the way I feel
Man! I feel like a woman!

The girls need a break-tonight we're gonna take

The chance to get out on the town
We don't need romance-we only wanna dance
We're gonna let our hair hang down

The best thing about being a woman

Is the prerogative to have a little fun

Oh, oh, oh, go totally crazy-forget I'm a lady

Men's shirts-short skirts
Oh, oh, oh, really go wild-yeah, doin' it in style
Oh, oh, oh, get in the action-feel the attraction
Color my hair-do what I dare
Oh, oh, oh, I wanna be free-yeah, to feel the way I feel
Man! I feel like a woman!

The best thing about being a woman

Is the prerogative to have a little fun (fun, fun)

Oh, oh, oh, go totally crazy-forget I'm a lady

Men's shirts-short skirts
Oh, oh, oh, really go wild-yeah, doin' it in style
Oh, oh, oh, get in the action-feel the attraction
Color my hair-do what I dare
Oh, oh, oh, I wanna be free-yeah, to feel the way I feel
Man! I feel like a woman!

I get totally crazy

Can you feel it
Come, come, come on baby
I feel like a woman
~ sung by Shania Twain 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Come On Back Into The Kitchen

Hello, Dear Ones!
I thought I would bring into my tiny little kitchen today.

I got it all cleaned up for my visit with Jeanne and had to show it to you before I messed it all up.

I know I show you the same angles in here, but it's so small I don't have anywhere else to stand to snap! :)

I had set the breakfast room table pretty simply for our dessert.

Pulled out some of my colorful dishes.
They were blooming with flowers since it's summertime.

Simple.

Had to have a little centerpiece so I poked some faux hydrangeas and a doily in a little tool box!

Okay, see that shiny tin foil over there?

Well, I knew Jeanne was coming so I baked a cake.
A skillet cake!
I forgot to take a snap of it to show you, but it was pretty and chocolately.
Now trust me, this is a delicious cake. I've made it twice now and it's so yummy!
You make it in the cast iron skillet, bake it in the cast iron skillet and keep it in the cast iron skillet.

I found this recipe over at Tina's blog Cherry Hill Cottage.
She has a picture of what this delectable makes your mouth water chocolate confection looks like
and you'll find the recipe.
If you make it, tell her I sent you over!


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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked A Cake

Come in! Well, well, well. Look who's here.
I haven't seen you in many
a year.
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake, baked a cake, baked a cake
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?
Had you dropped me a letter, I'd a-hired a band, grandest band in the land
Had you dropped me a letter, I'd a-hired a band
And spread the welcome mat for you
Oh, I don't know where you came from
'cause I don't know where you've been
But it really doesn't matter
Grab a chair and fill your platter
And dig, dig, dig right in
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake, hired a band, goodness sake!
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake, baked a cake, baked a cake
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?
Had you dropped me a letter, I'd a-hired a band, grandest band in the land
Had you dropped me a letter, I'd a-hired a band
Spread the welcome mat for you
Oh, I don't know where you came from
'cause I don't know where you've been
But it really doesn't matter
Grab a chair and fill your platter
And dig, dig, dig right in
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake, hired a band, goodness sake!
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?
Howdya do-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-oo
~ sung by Eileen Barton