Saturday, November 17, 2012

Let's rock....

My family has always given me grief over the many chairs I've collected over the years.  I can't seem to pass up an old chair, even if it's in need of repair.  I have upholstered, refinished and painted several over the years.  No one seems to complain though when it's time to "sit for a spell".  It's interesting to see who gravitates toward what chairs.  
I'll take an "old rocker" over any if given the option. 

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What would be your chair of choice?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Finds and another Penny rug

Can't wait to try making these...My two favorites, brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookies...together!  It doesn't get any better.  The how to is on Pinterest.

"Show and telling" another  Penny Rug made by my mother.  The photo just doesn't do it justice.  I'm so thankful for her.

Happy Friday!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Finds

On a recent trip, I came across this handmade oak berry basket I couldn't pass up.

Can one ever have enough baskets?

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Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Moments

Yesterday, I received a package in the mail with a sampler worked by my mother.  This is a picture of the Fons and Porter sampler pattern she used.  My mother does beautiful work and I will cherish the one she made for me.

 My sister mailed the package for mom and she wouldn't be my sister without including something from herself.  Cindy is a "giver" and she included this beautiful book on buttons.

Do not forget to do good and 
to share with others,
for with such sacrifices god is pleased.

Hebrews 13:16

Linking up with Wow Us Wednesdays

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Finds and Pumpkin Muffins

This cross stitch picture was a "thrift store" find that had a white background and light wood frame.  (Sorry, no before pic)  After a little tea stain and paint, I like the way it turned out.  Great Friday find for fall!

I also found this yummy WW Pumpkin muffin recipe to try over at kalynskitchen.  

Happy Friday!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

All along the Spoon River Drive

The Spoon River Scenic Drive, which is the first two weekends in October is a highlight here in the Midwest.  In past years, it was also a highlight of my parents.  They relocated to Georgia a few years ago, and I know my mother misses the beautiful colors, sights and smells.  This one is for you mom!

This year being unseasonably cooler than most, we enjoyed our Spoon River tenderloin sitting in the vehicle. Now that's traditional...

 You can't go along the drive and not enjoy "kettle korn"

 or....the Methodist Women's "Apple Dumplins".

I had told my husband to be on the lookout for some bittersweet.  After I told him how much it was, he suggested we try growing our own next year.  He's funny!  

We went through several flea markets and antique shops along the way and my best find was a set of 13 American Country books for 10 bucks!

Spoon River ...keeping the tradition...

Hooking up with Sunny Simple Sundays

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Where oh "wear" has my button been?

Have you ever wondered where a button has been?  Who wore the garment that they were originally sewn on? 

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Tilly over at Tilly's Farmhouse encouraged me to post some of Mabel Jane's buttons.  These  buttons were originally sewn on velvet covered cards.  Many of the buttons are over 100 yrs. old.

Where have your buttons been?

 Hooking up with Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesdays...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mabel Jane's

Mabel Jane's is named after my grandmother Mabel Jane, that I never knew.  She passed away when I was about four years old.  I don't have any personal recollections...only those that others have shared with me.  I have been told that she was strong in all areas of her life.  A woman with purpose and determination.

I have a love for old buttons and I think that came from Grandma Mabel Jane.  Her beautiful button collection which was hand sewn on velvet covered cards was passed down to a family member and I have some that I treasure.  When I started my blog in June of this year, naming my blog Mabel Jane's was my desire to pay tribute to her and the creative women in my life.

Karen over at My Colonial Home is having a blog "challenge" on how your blog was started and when.  She is a creative lady with a beautiful blog and home.  I'm joining in the fun!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tuesday Moments...

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Many years ago (not quite as far back as Grandma Moses), I took Folk Art painting classes along with my sister and mother.  We use to paint anything that didn't move!

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Unfortunately, I haven't painted in quite some time.  Last week I decided to pick up a brush again and painted this little "prim" scene on a wooden charger.  I had forgotten how relaxing painting is.  

For everything there is a time and a season...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Never too sick to bake!

For the last couple of days, I have been home getting over an upper respiratory infection.  Today was one of those "never too sick" to bake days.   I guess that means I'll have to return to work tomorrow.

I came across All things heart and home blog today, and tried the following recipe:

Starbucks Outrageous Oatmeal Cookie

*1  1/2 cup oats
*1/2 cup all purpose flour
*1/4 cup dark raisins
*1/4 cup golden raisins
*1/4 cup dried cranberries
*1/4 tsp baking powder
*1/4 tsp salt
*6 tablespoons unsalted butter
‘*1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
*1/4 cup granulated sugar
*1 large egg
*1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
*1 teaspoon vanilla
*4 tablespoons dark raisins for topping
*4 tablespoons golden raisins for topping
Preheat oven to 350*. Blend together oats, flour, raisins, cranberries, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, cinnamon and vanilla, beat until combined. Gradually add oat mixture, beat until combined. Combine raisins for topping in separate bowl and set aside. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inch’s apart.
Place 1 mounded teaspoon of raisins on top of dough. Bake until cookies are golden brown but are still soft.- 12 to 16 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

They are yummy!...  I replaced the craisins and raisins with 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.  You may want to double or triple the batch as.....Let's just say, they disappear quickly!
We're having company Labor Day weekend, so I thought I would get ahead of things and baked a loaf of banana bread.  Normally, I would have used Grandma Lewis's recipe (which holds a secret)...but, I decided to stick with a littler healthier version and made Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread.
The smell of bananas and chocolate baking are a "guaranteed to feel better" fix.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Easy Peasy Bread & Butter Pickles

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enjoying the end of summer bounty....

Microwave Bread & Butter Pickles

2 large or (5-6 small) cucumbers, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. tumeric
1/2 tsp. mustard seed

Microwave on high for 5 minutes and stir well.  Microwave on high for another 5 minutes.  Cool.  Put in jars or containers and store in frig.  Keeps for several months.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Tuesday Moments

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I was looking through my books yesterday and came across this one.

Some books are read and passed on and then there are those that we keep for re-reading or for something in them that has touched us.

Sixteen years ago, when I was going through a very traumatic time in my life, my parents gave me this devotional book.  I will always cherish it for the inscription written by my dad.  Dad has always had beautiful penmanship and when this was written, he had not had Parkinson's disease all that long.  Now, at 87, he cannot talk much and writes little due to the Parkinson's.

Several years ago, Dad did a little woodworking as a hobby and this pen is one of the last things he was able to make.  I continue to treasure the simple reminder, but impacting statement made by dad all those years ago.

"I am the vine, you are the branches.  If you remain in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."   John 15:5

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Friday's Finds

I recently spotted this sweet copper plate in a local thrift store.  Had there not been a notecard  taped to the back, I would have never known that it is an Egyptian "tin washed" copper plate.  By the looks of the note I would guess it to be vintage.

 I did a little research and found a similar looking vintage copper platter that was priced around $90.  Let's just say, my "Friday Find" fits it's new home just fine.

Happy Friday!

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Feathered Nest Friday

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Moments

Source:  Country Living

Every morning around 6 a.m., I try to walk a mile outside.  This morning I decided to take a bag of our garden tomatoes and cucumbers along to drop off at my daughter's house five blocks away. 

As I walked, I realized my little bag of produce felt very heavy.  Switching from arm to arm, I couldn't wait to drop it off.  Once I did, it was a reminder that the Lord desires for us to give Him even the littlest of "burdens". 

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:6-8

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Friday Finds

Not long ago, I was looking for a way to organize my sewing, craft supplies.  Answer, vintage suitcases.  I found these all in the same shop.
I would love to know the sights they have seen and places they've traveled.

Happy Friday!

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Allen's of California Pottery

While in the service my husband's father, Walt, asked his bunk mate who he was writing to.  The bunk mate said his sister back home in PA.  Walt told him jokingly to "send her my love" even though he didn't know her. Two years later, that joke turned to reality.  They were married in 1947.  Walt asked Jean when he got out of the service where she would like to live, PA or in the "Midwest" which was his home area.  Her response was the "Midwest" of course.  No questions asked.  Here she is city girl meets country living.

One of the things we inherited from my in-laws were a set of their dishes.  When it came time to divide things up no one seemed to want them.  Even though they were of a rather peculiar color, I found them appealing.  Especially, when I turned them over and they were "Allens of California Pottery".  My in-laws last name.  Certainly they needed to be rescued.

Allen's of California Water Pitcher  (1940's)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Grandma Lewis's Rhubarb Pie!

This year, our Rhubarb patch has not produced as well as in years past.  We did manage though to transport some to Georgia a few weeks ago....just enough to make two pies for mom and dad.  The recipe was passed down from Grandma Lewis to Aunt Martha to me.

 Rhubarb Pie
3 1/2 cps. rhubarb, fresh or frozen  (1" pieces)
1 1/2 cps. sugar
2 tblsps. cornstarch
1/4 cup water  

Mix the above ingredients and pour into pie shell.  Dot with 2 tbsps. butter and place top crust on, piercing with a fork.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top.  Bake @ 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.  Place aluminum foil around the edge of crust to prevent the edges burning.

2 cps. flour
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup Crisco
5-6 tblsps. water

Grandma Lewis is the only grandma I knew growing up.  She was the best!  Over night stays meant sleeping in the guest bedroom with the sweetest smelling sheets and fluffiest pillows ever...We never took our own pajamas, as Grandma always supplied us with one of Grandpa's white T-shirts... which touched the floor on us.  You were princess for a day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


On a recent trip to Georgia, my mother gifted me with this quilted tabletopper.  The pattern is called "Twisted".  Mom has been sewing and quilting since she was just a little girl.  Growing up, I don't remember a day that she was not sewing, quilting or shopping for fabric for such.  She made everything from bathing suits for us to suit jackets for my dad.

Mom has never sold her goods for profit, but has reaped lots of compliments from gifting people with her beautiful pieces.  She has a God given talent and she has used it.  Her work is just as beautiful on the back sides as the front.  Thank you mom for being you!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Country Wilted Lettuce and special memories..

I was asked yesterday to find a recipe for a co-worker for "wilted lettuce".  I came across this recipe for Country Wilted Lettuce.  I hadn't thought about making this for years.  It brought back memories of my family picking and preparing home grown lettuce for a similar recipe.  Gardening was a big part of our lives when I was growing up.  My mother was a "stay at home" mom and she would freeze and can every summer.  I loved the smells of tomatoes and green beans simmering...waiting to be canned...along with waiting for the jar lids to "pop" while they were cooling.  Special memories...
For everything there is a time and a season...
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