Saturday, October 3, 2009

Feeling Nesty

Today I was busy around the house doing some more fall decorating. The little topiary always sits in my front entryway and I decorate it seasonally. I found the cute little pumpkins to put on it at Dollar General. The Give Thanks pumpkin I think at Wally world. The coat rack in my front entryway I strung the pumpkins across it and it says Harvest. I got it at my all time favorite store called Simple Treasures. I plan on doing a post soon about this adorable store. I just didn't think ahead at the time when I went today to take my camera. I also got the Bless Our Home candle holder there too. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I'm off to do some baking. Traci

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Dream Home NOT!

Okay, I have a little confession earlier this year I had a little obsession with the HGTV Dream Home. I entered faithfully daily and mailed in roughly (I lost track) many many entries. My hubby was ready to have me committed. LOL I Truly believed I would win. I had figured out which pieces of furniture I would keep and which rooms would need repainted. Yes, I really was getting crazy. When I found out my sister-in-law lived less than twenty minutes away I knew I had to finagle my way out there. I needed to get some measurements and figure out where I would keep my dogs (was the yard fenced) those sort of details. My fortieth bday was coming up so I told my SL I wanted to take a tour of the Dream home for my bday. So off I headed to CA.
The morning of the tour we all had to meet at a beautiful old French hotel. It was very cold and rainy that day but, nothing would deter me. This was pre-blog so I apologize for no pics of the hotel. I was a little annoyed these other people were coming with us on the tour. My dear Sl appeased me very nicely that morning. Despite my inanity. When we first got there we were a little overwhelmed by the beauty of the house. Everything was so beautiful and very shall we say looked like a decorator had done it. We were fairly calm as you will see by the pics above.
The pics below will show by the time we got to the second story we were getting a little giddy. Yes, that is me sitting on the toilet in the master bedroom. Seemed like a grand idea at the time. Not so sure now though looking back. I think our tour guide was wondering what she had done to deserve the two loony ladies on her tour. Anyway I have to say it was a lot of fun and an experience I will never forget. As you all know by now the HGTV people did not show up at my house to give me the keys. Oh well there's always next year!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Yesterday I went to a very special man's birthday. My grandfather. He turned 95 years old. He and my grandmother still live on there own. He does everything himself such as mow,shovel snow, and still drives. When I think of all the things they have seen in their lifetime it truly is amazing! There were no radio's,tv's,and cars were a rare thing when he was born. I'm kinda jealous of all the amazing things that they have been through and witnessed. I don't think my generation will be able to say the same. Happy Birthday Gpa!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I'm so Excited!

Just wanted to put the word out I have been honored with being picked to be featured on Rachel's blog (romantic porches). She shares my love for old houses and beautiful front porches. So I 'am very excited! I haven't been in blogland all that long and yet I have won a giveaway, met some lovely gals, and now been picked to be featured on a blog! What a wonderful place this is to be! So thanks to all you fellow bloggers out there you have been fantastic.Looking forward to meeting even more people. Have a wonderful day! Traci

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It Has Arrived!

This morning as I was about to leave the house their was a package at my front door. It was my giveaway prize from Sandi at I of course excitedly ran back in to open it. So what if I was late for work! I have my priorities. Inside I found a lovely copy of Anne of Green Gables (one of my all time favorites!) A tin box with a pretty pic of Anne's house and her. A package of napkins called Anne on the quilt.(To pretty to ever use!) A piece of Heritage lace with a darling little pic of a watering can and birdhouse with the phrase "Whatsoever things are lovely, think on these thing." There was also a Prince Edward Island notepad. A lovely card enclosed from Sandi and my favorite thing was the sand and shells from the island! I know try not to be jealous. Sandi thank you so much! I love everything and will truly treasure it. My hubby still doesn't understand this whole blog giveaway thing. He swears there must be a catch. Men are so untrusting! We blogland gals are just a generous and sweet group.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Fall!

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone. Hope you all are having fun and being safe! I just worked on my front porch and did some fall decorating. I can feel it in the air. Take care!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

White Wednesday

TI thought I would do my first post on White Wednesday. This is one of my favorite places to sit and just chillax! The vine is called August Clematis vine.I can't wait till fall every year just to see this bloom.

This is one of my favorite white bunnies I have. I just can't resist
bunnies! I keep them out year round.

Here are some of my other white favorites. I love the child's stove. I usually display it in my kitchen. The ironstone gravy boat I recently picked up at a yard sale for $.50. The pitchers were both given to me from my Mom. Thanks Mom! The flowers were thanks to my hydrangea trees out back. I sure do love them and they just turn more and more pink.

Now of course I couldn't forget my favorite white dog Pete! He kept trying to get in the photos so I finally told him if he must have his picture taken to sit. So he did. Hope you all have a fabulous White Wednesday!

Monday, August 31, 2009

My How Time Flies!

This is what my youngest son's room looked like Saturday night. Was it really eighteen years ago when I first looked into those warm, loving eyes? First held those little fingers? My how time flies! Was it really all that long ago I was depended on for everything he needed and wanted? Seems like yesterday I was nurse, taxi service, counselor, judge, referee, cook, maid, cheerleader and mom to this young man! Well I always knew this day would come just not this fast! So we packed up his stuff, alooot of stuff! Yesterday we drove my youngest son to college. We joined hundreds of other parents on this journey. I tried to remain calm and cool. I was pretty sucessful I didn't break down into a total blubbering mess. Today, another story as I feel eerily sad and lonely for a part of me that has left. I just have to hope and pray I have taught him all I could and he has the knowledge and skills to survive out there in the big bad world on his own! I'm happy he is there with his best friend and they are also roommates.(hopefully this all goes well)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Not a braver battle was fought

Just wanted to say thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for my cousin and her family. That was greatly appreciated! She courageously lost her battle with cancer last Wed. I just take comfort that she is now free from pain and suffering. Her family held the most beautiful memorial celebration of life ceremony for her. Where friends and family just gathered to share memories and look at photo's. I was amazed to see the awesome scrap books she had made for her four kids since they were babies. She was an amazing mom! At least they will have those memories to remember her by. Good Bye sweet angel, Angi.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Houses in my neighborhood

I was recently reading a blog entry at Cottage state of mind. Dawn was telling the history behind her house. I find that kinda stuff very interesting. It got me to thinking about the history of my house and the block we live on. Our house was built in 1920 by a very wealthy family the Bellamy's best known for the fact they started and owned a little local telephone company. They actually owned the whole block and in each of the four homes were occupied by various family members. There was ma and pa Bellamy who lived in our house and then two brothers, and I guess the grandparents lived in the largest brick house. Behind our house was grandma's gardens and as our neighbor behind us Shirley (who eloped with one of the brothers) told us they had to wait for grandma to die before they could tear out the garden and build their home. So a lot of the old timers call it the Bellamy block. I guess back in the day they were all very wealthy and they actually had they're own parking lot and tennis courts across the street (they're are now houses there).

This home sits across the street but supposedly was on our block at one time.

This house sits next door to us. It is the oldest on the block built in the late 1800's. It was originally one story but during the 1920's the house was lifted and they made it two story. One of the brother's lived in it. It is also the house everyone tells me if they won the lotto they would buy?! I would probably go for the brick one personally. That's just me.

This is the big brick beauty the grandparents lived in. Let me tell you it's yard is always gorgeous!

This is our home where the parents lived and raised the two boys. I just think it is so fun to find out the history of homes and the people who once lived there or as my boys swear might still live there!

Monday, August 17, 2009


I was very elated to find out yesterday I won a giveaway over at Sandy is a real sweetie so, if you havn't seen her blog yet wander over and say Hi. I will be sleeping on my porch next to the mailbox for the next few days. If I don't blog that is where I will be! Haha!

my nieces

Wow did last week fly by! My darling nieces arrived from CA. We took them to Pella. A very picturesque town and got them some awesome baked goodies they loved!
My niece sure got a kick out the rainstorm we had one day. she insisted she had to dance in the rain. My sister-in-law and I managed to sneak off to go to a store I love in Pella. It is a furniture store bout they have lots of accessories too. We modeled the adorable red gingham aprons with crocheted roosters dangling from them. Unfortunately we couldn't justify the $59.00 for them.

We took the girls to the Iowa State fair one day too. I don't know how Holly could look so cute eating a pork chop on a stick?! Katey looked adorable with her hat in the wagon! My husband snuck off with Holly and to our surprise put her on a camel to ride! She loved it!

We ended the week by taking the girls to Mall of America. My older niece loves to shop! You can tell she is already a fashionista queen wearing her sequined hat with pink sunglasses. I think we wore out the younger one! We couldn't believe she was actually sleeping like that! All in all it was a really fun and busy week! I miss them already!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

My Sunroom

Well I have been busy today! Sitting here posting this is the frist time I have really sat down. I have been trying to finish up some projects I was working on and cleaning because only two more days til my darling nieces will be here from CA! (Of course I'm excited to see my sister- in- law and brother-in-law too!) I have been working on my sun room. I recovered my cushions with a green with delicate creme polka dot material. I stuffed some pillows, and covered them in a delicate pink ticking fabric with roses. I also added some more plants to my ladder and around the room. The little desk my husband brought home awhile back and kept harping about I should paint it. I decided I liked it the lavender color. It adds some whimsy to the room. I recovered my chandalier shades in the green fabric too. I have too say I'am very pleased with it so far. Sorry, I had to have the shades closed because, for the first time it got into the 90's today so, that makes that room feel like a really hot sauna! Well everyone have a fabulous weekend! I have to get back to cleaning and giving orders out to my family if I can find there hiding spots! LOL

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Life is unfair!

As I tossed and turned for the last two hours in bed dealing with a heavy heart. I decided to get on and try some stress relief writing. I just found out my beautiful cousin is in her final stages of her battle with colon cancer. She is a mere 36 years old. Just recently remarried. Has four beautiful children. I remember when she came into my life. I was around nine years old my uncle was going to marry her mother. She has two sisters. I was so excited to have some new cousins and girls! I only had one other on that side of the family. We had so much fun growing up together. I will always remember her as shy, loved to read,very funny,she had the most beautiful long dark hair(I was so jealous of),amazing complexion, great confidante and sweet. She lost her mother at the tender age of 13 to cancer. (also one of her sisters passed away at the young age of 24 to cancer) When she was 18 she had a falling out with my uncle so, we lost track of each other over the years but, had just recently reconnected through emails. We had spoke of getting together but never did. My heart aches for her and her family! They are trying to stabilize her enough so she can go home and die. She is currently incoherent and it doesn't sound like she will make it home. I just ask that everyone say a little prayer for her family, to prepare them for their long hard journey and the possibility of losing a wife, mother, sister, and friend.

Monday, August 3, 2009


Okay, with much trepidation I'm showing you pics of my kitchen. This room is a sore subject! I would love to rip everything out and start over while hubby tends to think we could start small with new counters and backsplash. Possibly some new flooring. I just don't see it. Anyway Keep in mind this house was built in 1920 and over the years people have done just that leading me to this hodge podge kitchen. I did some small things like paint the cabinets and change the knobs.Changed out the sink and faucet. But I have visions of (nice) white maple cabinets with marble counter tops and hard wood floors. WELL MAYBE SOMEDAY! I realize it could probably be alot worse! I guess I will just keep dreaming!