Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Balloon Flowers ...because the buds look like little balloons...(Campanulas)

Another Campanula...(Lady Bells with white Rose Campion)...

These are very pretty and very invasive...........
I love 'em anyway!
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean

Friday, July 24, 2009

An old friend of mine.......

We go way back together.............

One of my favorite candy bars is:

And we sell them at Sweet Boutique, our candy store.

Where they are made............

While I was on vacation in PA earlier in the month, my sisters and I went to the Boyer factory for some Mallo Cups. They have an outlet store there and they sell their rejects and seconds real cheap. They make lots of other candy bars and they even give out FREE samples. If you are ever in Altoona, PA, stop at the Boyer Candy Co. So delicious!
I realized that I will be coming up on my 100th post pretty soon, so I am starting to plan a Giveaway to celebrate the occasion. I will be getting the goodies together and I will be showing them soon. Stop back often to join in on the fun!
'Til next time. Love ya, Jean

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Meet Rudbeckias!

There are so many variations of the colors. I don't remember where I got these, if I bought a plant or if I planted seeds. I do know that these are amazing flowers, they last a long time and their brilliance is breathtaking!
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Garden July 15.....

Aren't these beautiful?

These are wildflowers (actually to most gardeners they are weeds). They are New England Asters and most people pull them out, but I like the way they grow so tall. They are so light and airy and I wanted something to fill this area, so I let them grow. I think they are just beautiful. I don't tell anyone they are weeds. Can you keep a secret?
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean

Saturday, July 11, 2009

TWO Awards for little ol' me!!!!

Shortly before I was due to go on vacation--(I'm back, by the way)--I received this award from Mayra of Life is Bananas. I am so honored to receive this award, but I didn't have time to pass it on as I was supposed to do. So, now I am trying to catch up and I will pass this award on.

So, these are the bloggers that I would like to pass on the award to. You are all so creative and I enjoy reading your blogs, looking at your beautiful pictures and reading about your lives and interests.

1. Sandra of Thistle Cove Farm
2. Brenda of Cozy Little House
3. Wendy of The Cozy Yellow House
4. Jacque of The Creative Gardener
5. Sara of Sara's Sweet Surprise
6. Marietta of Sweet Old Vintage
7. Betty of Betty's Double Wide Cottage
8. Andrea of Vintage Bella Studio
9. Kady of Life on the Edge
10. Marilyn of The cutest cottage lamps

What you do is:

1. Post the award on your blog.

2. Nominate 10 people that you would like to give the award to.

3. Link the nominees within your post.

4. Let the nominees know that you are giving them the award by leaving a comment on their blog.

5. Link your post to the person who gave you the award.

Easy! And enjoy the Lemonade!

Now for the second award that I received from Arlene of My Casabella.

As expected, it comes with rules:
1. put the logo on your blog or post.
2. nominate 10 blogs that show gratitude or great attitude or both.
3. link your nominees within your post.
4. let them know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. share the love and link your post to the person who gave you the award.

I am amazed at how many bloggers there are out there in the internet world. There are so many to look at and to choose from. But there are a few that I really enjoy reading, and looking at their pictures. The way they write their stories. How they take their pictures and post them. There are many creative bloggers out there and they're so much fun to read. So I chose 10 bloggers that I thoroughly enjoy and I want to give them this award.

So my nominees are:

1. Candy of Rockcandy
2. Yvette of The Charm House
3. Kim of Camp Whimsy
4. Suze of Junque Drawer Chick
5. Valarie of Glimpse of my World
6. Lorri of Cute as Pie Cottage
7. Michelle of Back Through Time
8. Kudzu of Bits and Pieces
9. Joanne of My little cottage in the making
10. Christine of The tin can cottage

I am having so much fun here in blogland, making new friends all the time, learning new things all the time, and hopefully sharing some of my life with you. Everyday is a new experience and I so look forward to visiting with you, sometimes way into the night.

I am honored to receive the two awards and I will proudly display the badges on my blog.
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Birthday Book Presentation......

An addendum to my previous post:

Here is the Birthday Book with the ribbons tied.Here is the gift bag that I decorated to match the book.........
Showing the detail.............(Sorry the pictures are so light)........I should have adjusted my camera, but didn't and now I don't have time to take new pictures.

I love the ribbons and the tissue that I used. I hope she does! I will be leaving in the morning for vacation. I'll let you know how it was when I get back.
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Birthday Book for Mom........

My Mom's birthday is coming up on the 29th of this month. She will be celebrating her 87th birthday. She is the best mother in the world. She raised 11 of us kids and always showed each of us love and understanding. I made her a birthday book and I wanted to share it with you. I saw one of these books here in blogland some time ago. I made one for my daughter's 45th and she really liked it. I'm not sure who made the book that I saw, so if you did, please come forward so that I may give credit to the originator!

So here are the pictures of the book~~~~~

OOps!..............I made a giant mistake!!! This should say Happy 87th Birthday, Mum! I hope I can peel that off and correct it!

I will be on vacation from July 3 through July 8, so I probably won't be posting until I get back. We are attending our annual family reunion at my Mom's in PA. It will be great to see my aunts & uncles, cousins, brothers & sisters, brother-in-laws & sister-in-laws, nieces & nephews and so on....There is always lots to do during the reunion; games, good food and great company! It's always so much fun!

This book was so much fun to make and I hope that she likes it! I will give it to her while we are there for vacation.
P.S. I made a new banner and pasted it over the old one. It says "Happy 87th Birthday, Mum!"
'Til next time, Love ya, Jean