Monday, August 30, 2010


Saturday, August 28, 2010


Quote by: Jimi Hendrix

Photo by: audrey

Work In Progress

Believe it or not, I really do make art from time to time. I saw this old shutter leaning on the fence outside of a consignment shop last week ~ had visions in my head immediately, so I ran in and purchased it.
I've been working on it for a couple of days. It might take some time to get it where I want it. I will keep posting my progress.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Dear Son

Casey and I at Sal's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria this week.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Casey is here this week - I haven't seen him since the wedding in May so I am very happy he's here. We spent the day together yesterday and last night we went to Blacksburg. He has to have a pizza from Sal's whenever he visits.
The Virginia Tech campus was bustling with activity! I had just made the comment to Casey about how much I love college towns because there's a feeling of excitement in the air all the time ~ then this colorful group came around the corner! They were more than happy to pose for me hanging out the car window with camera in hand!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


During my walk around the yard yesterday, I noticed how many mushrooms we have. Upon looking at them closely, they really are very interesting.
Doesn't this look like toasted marshmellow?

I like the color and the texture.

A cute lone little mushroom.

Sweet little fairy homes.

Whoa! Not so cute!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tag Sale Treasures

I keep forgetting to post things when I go to Tag Sales. I've been to several this summer and found some wonderful items to put in my consignment shop. I've painted several pieces of furniture ~ transformed them into shabby chic pieces and they have all sold. The past two weekends I've been to several Tag Sales and picked up some great items. I love this pair of vintage carolers - I think they may spend Christmas at my house rather than in the shop.

This old wood oval frame is in excellent condition and looks pretty good with the print that is in it.

I was planning to paint this cute little round stand, but my DH cleaned it up and put Old English on it. It looks too good to paint now, so I'll put it in the shop as is.

I bought these lamps at a garage sale for almost nothing. DH cleaned them for me today and they look great. I picked up a couple of shades for them this afternoon and off to the shop they go.

A close-up of the painted dogwood flowers on the lamps. Very pretty!

This vintage telephone stand may be staying at my house, too. I am going to paint it cream and keep one of my many plants on it.

I thought this 3 tier shelf unit was unique. It is in great shape and I will paint it off white and distress it. I'm sure someone will love it.

This vintage stand with the bookshelf below is a nice sturdy piece. I will paint it and put it in the shop. I'm liking it, but I can't keep everything. It is so tempting to keep things.

I love this cute vintage sewing bench. The top lifts off and it is meant to keep sewing supplies in there. I think it would be a nice place to keep old love letters.
Or maybe new love letters.
Going to the shop? Not sure yet.

I LOVE this old framed mirror!! I couldn't believe my luck that no one had taken it off the wall yet. I grabbed it up. The frame is gorgeous and there are no little pieces broken off.
It really should go in the shop. ):

A close-up of the detail on the frame. I am a sucker for old frames. I have way too many!!

I bought this small section of old fence while in Ohio in July. I thought I would use it in the shop for a Halloween display. I stained it purple and plan to put lights on it and maybe a wreath or a bat or something spooky. Fun!

Friday, August 20, 2010

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.
~Raymond Inmon
~ Photo by Audrey

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

No Energy

This is how I feel today. I have no energy or ambition. I just want to sit down in the middle of the room and do nothing. (Well, maybe look at some magazines that I never take the time to look at.)
I think these months of heat have taken their toll. I've had enough. I feel like a slug ~ moving slow and only because I have to.
Have you ever thought about the life of a cow? Boring! All you ever see them do is stand around. They don't even bother looking at you and if they do, they move their head in slow motion and look very uninterested. It doesn't even seem to bother them when the flies are walking over every inch of them. They stand around all day every day, some give birth, some give milk, and then some turn into hamburgers or steaks. I'm sure glad I'm not a cow.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


During our trip to Ohio this summer, Mom got to visit with her very special grand-daughter and her two precious great-grandsons. I just received the picture and I love it.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Yearning for Fall

After months of hot humid weather, yesterday brought us a day of constant drizzling and a drop in the temperature. It was a day of true comfort. The birds returned to the birdbath and feeder and the deer returned to do some casual grazing.

Today, the mugginess hangs heavy in the air and we are right back where we were. Yesterday was a teaser day letting us know that Fall will bring cooler temperatures and relief.

I look forward to those cool crisp days of Fall with the sound of crunching leaves, the smells of cinnamon and spice, and the glorious colors of pumpkins and autumn leaves.

I must remember to be patient. Fall is not far off.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Silke's Surprise Birthday Bash

SURPRISE!!!!!! Hey Silke! It's best to take birthdays with a few grains of salt! .................preferably around the rim of a margarita glass!!
I think we'll start the festivities with a MARGARITA CUPCAKE just for you. It looks REALLY good!!

After your cupcake, you must have a nice cold PINK MARGARITA! YUM!

Once you've enjoyed that nice pink margarita, you need to move on and have a COOL GREEN MARGARITA! UM UM UM!!

Well, let's see now. Pink and Green makes....... BLUE ???? Let's all have a BEAUTIFUL BLUE MARGARITA!

Now that you've enjoyed those margaritas, I think you should head off to MARGARITA ISLAND for a few days of Birthday R&R. Sound good?

While you're staying on MARGARITA ISLAND.......... you will enjoy lots of SUNSHINE!


What's a trip to Margarita Island without SAILING off into the sunset......

And LOUNGING at the shore........

A BIRTHDAY DINNER on the beach at night?

And.... a few CANS OF PAINT await your arrival so if the urge to paint hits you, just pick up this brush and paint away!

I hope you enjoyed your Birthday trip to Margarita Island, Silke!!!!!!
I wish you many happy, sunshine filled days!!
♥ audrey