Thursday, October 29, 2009

Just a little peek......... something I am working on.

Mama B's sewing machine.

A great old quilt from her house.

other little odds and ends,

Can you guess what it is?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Shades of Fall

Just a little of what Fall is looking like at our house.

Don't you just love pumpkins?

Vibrant colors.

Rembember that jelly?

I love the colors, and everything about the fall season.
However, it reminds me of change. Something I don't always welcome. It is a reminder that another year has come and almost gone, and I am sitting here wondering what have I done this year that really matters?
Really matters to God?
In the mean time, I will be reflecting, praying, and asking where do I go from here? What changes does God want me to make in my life?Changes that will bring beauty, just as this changing season does.
How about you what does this season look like at your house?
Have a blessed week!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


This is a challenge for all of you Georgia folks. The Georgia Baptist Convention will conclude the annual meeting with a Love Loud Light it Up Mission experience. This is the perfect opportunity to show the love of Christ in a real hands on way. Projects to choose from are as follows: haircutting, food distribution, vehicle cleaning, assisted living ministry, landscaping, home cleaning/repair and community prayer walking.  Just go to and hurry the deadline to sign up is October 23 which is Friday. I would love to meet you all there! Jackie

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

DIY Artwork

Today is DIY Day again over at ASPTL. Here is a little DIY art transformation done by my daughter. Thought you might enjoy this easy way to make a larger piece of artwork on a budget. She purchased the picture earlier this summer and didn't feel she needed to spend more on a second piece to go with it. Alone, the picture was not large enough for the space where she planned to hang it.

So here is what she did. I will try to get a few more details later if any of you are interested.
  • First she took some plain old yard sticks from the hardware store
  • Put them together to form a  square
  • Equally spaced the yard sticks and attached to the square frame
  • Spray painted the yard stick frame with brown spray paint
  • Backed it with burlap from a burlap sack that she already had
  • Attached the original artwork to the center and hung it over the bed in her spare bedroom
Looks great don't you think? When she was telling me about the project I definitely had my doubts. I am a visual person and I could not even imagine what she was trying to tell me. It looks great in her bedroom, and next she will be working on the windows and bedding. I will have to show you a complete look when she finishes. Here is a closer view of the yard sticks and burlap. She has a lot more creativity going on than me at the moment. For more transformations Shabby Chic Cottage is having Transformation Thursday.

UPDATE. Several of you have asked about her health and how she is doing. She responded well to the prednisone this time, and quickly which was a good thing. She has been backing down the dose also a good thing. Monday we went so they could do a baseline sig for the clinical trial that she will be participating in at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. It showed a lot of improvement since the one last month. Tomorrow she goes for the first infusion. Please pray that all goes well. She gets the infusion, then stays for an observation period to make sure she does not have any adverse reaction. Please continue to pray. I know God knows exactly what she needs, and He will provide. Got to head to bed. Subbing again for the next two days. They are keeping me busy. I had just walked in the door today when they called. I am blessed to have the work and the flexibility to be with my kids. God is so good! Have a blessed week. Jackie

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Food for Thought?

          Needless to say our Maine trip was not good for my diet! I will be playing a little catch up this week, and for the next little while. For the past 13 weeks I participated in a "Chubby Challenge." I am participating to improve my health, exercise habits and eating habits. This past 13 weeks my weight loss was 14.2 pounds, until Maine that is. I am back with it this week. There was actually a break in the rain today, and I walked and ran this afternoon.
     We felt as if we were eating from the time we arrived in Freeport, until we left Atlanta, and since we were attending my nephew's wedding, there was a lot of good food involved!  I will say all of the food was great! We did not eat a bad meal. There seemed more to choose from, than your typical chain food restaurants.

This little roadside stop was highly recommended to us, and advertised as one of USA Today's top 10 picks. By the time we parked the car the line had gone from three people to about 15 in a matter of a few minutes. It had gotten pretty windy so we opted for this little place instead.

Sarah's sign out front said,"As seen in Country Living Magazine", so we were hoping that meant it was OK.
We ordered some Haddock Chowder and salad. The chowder was delicious, and we definitely should have shared the salad!

Our table mates ate the rehearsal dinner.



                               And AFTER!

    If you guessed this is my daughter and her husband you are right.
Can you guess what we had?
Totally Yummy!
All this, and not to mention we still had the wedding reception to go!
Now it is definitely time to get back to reality!
Have a wonderful Friday!

Think Pink!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I encourage each of you ladies to have regular mammograms. My story is that I did not have those regular mammograms, and before I knew it 10 years had passed, without much thought. When it came time for my regular check up, I knew my Dr would be asking me about it again.  She was able to get me in the same day of my annual check-up since I  to travel an hour and a half  to Savannah. Well instead of getting word that everything looked fine, I had to return for a magnification which was not conclusive, and I ended up having to have biopsies in both breasts. If you think mammograms are unpleasant, I assure you it is nothing compared to having a biopsy. Everything did come back clear, but it was unsettling waiting on the news, and if I'd had those regular mammograms, I most likely would not have  needed the biopsies. I've had to have a couple in a year even after that to keep a watch on some calcifications but I have gladly complied. It is time for my annual exams, so I will be going in early November once again. Don't skip those regular exams like I did!  Jackie

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall in Maine

     We returned Sunday evening from our trip to Maine. The fall weather was beautiful! We left cool, crisp fall days and returned to our muggy South GA weather. Being in Maine during the fall was truly a treat!
     For those of you who are wondering, I did make it through the flight without freaking out. Thanks for your prayers! I wouldn't say flying was my favorite thing to do, but certainly was not the worst either.
     We stayed in Freeport, which had plenty of places to shop in addition to all the LL Bean stores. LL Bean Home was one of my favorites, and the bike store certainly had some great bikes!

     Friday we traveled to Pemaquid Lighthouse pictured below.

    We then traveled back to the little town of Damariscotta, where they were preparing for their annual Pumpkinfest.
Check out these PUMPKINS!

Many of the stores had these LARGE pumpkins out front. Each waiting to be carved or painted with something unique.

This gentleman had started carving while we were there. Just seeing all of these Giant pumpkins was a lot of fun!

I love this house that sat on the edge of the river. Nothing fancy, just very peaceful.
So  how did you spend your fall weekend? More on Maine to come when my camera battery is recharged. Have a wonderful week.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Giveaway Winners

     I apologize for the delay in announcing the giveaway winners. Between almost stepping on a snake outside my backdoor, and getting ready to fly for the first time, I was a little distracted. But here they are. Sylvia, Jessica from Life as I See It, and Gwynie Pie from The Pink Tractor. Please send me your mailing info and I will get your packages in the mail. I will be back later to tell you all about my trip and get busy checking in with all of you. Have a blessed week! Jackie

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Finished Gift

I know 2 posts in one day! I sometimes have a hard time getting one post a week, but it was a must that I finish this little project, because it is a gift that will be going with me to Maine. I am the family seamstress, and I  enjoy making these little aprons for gifts. I made several last Christmas, and they make a very unique gift. This is actually for my daughter to give, along with a family recipe book that she has made. I have even surprised myself and realized that I can add this to DIY day over at A Soft Place To Land.

I know this is a little blurry, but here is shot of the whole apron.

There is still a little time to enter the giveaway, and I just noticed I am coming up on 200 posts. That just might mean another giveaway is right around the corner! Have a wonderful evening. 

Leaving On a Jet Plane, and a Little Secret About Me

     In just a couple of days I will be on this.

Headed here.

     Now for the little secret........I have never flown!!!! I am a little nervous, and my husband knowing the Control Freak that I am, says that he does not think the pilot will let me help fly the plane, or give him driving instructions. You know, I sort of figured that one out all by myself.
     We are headed to Falmouth, Maine for my nephew's wedding. Everyone says the weather should be wonderful, beautiful leaves, and this South Georgia girl will probably feel like it is the dead of winter. We will have a little time to sight see, and flying will definitely be a new adventure for me. I hope to have lots of pictures to share when we get  back.
     Don't forget about my giveaway. You have until 10 PM EST to enter. I will probably be mailing the packages out when we return.  So, what new adventure are you headed on? This is just the first of "New Things" that I believe the Lord is bringing into my life. I will share more on that later. Have a blessed week. Jackie

Friday, October 2, 2009

It's A Giveaway!

A while back I asked my son for some of his artwork so I could incorporate it into a giveaway, and he delivered. He enjoys giving the things he makes and has given many pieces away. I have added a little something with each piece that I hoped you might enjoy. So here goes.

Three hand thrown pottery vases. Each one is different, and perfect for adding a little fall touch around the house. I will be giving them as 3 seperate items with a little something added.

With this little vase will be a copy of the book Vintage Treasures.
This one will have Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado.
Included with this one will be a copy of Decorating Junk Market Style with Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer.
Each one will also have a little surprise tucked in, to enjoy on those cool fall days. A favorite item at our house this time of year!

Here's all you have to do. Just leave me a comment on this post and you are entered once. Send a friend to comment and have her tell me that you sent her, and you are entered twice. I will be drawing next Tuesday. So how about, it I would love to hear from many of you and tell me what kind of handmade pottery you like.
     There are a BUNCH of Yard Sales here this weekend, so that is what I will be doing at least in the morning. There is even one that starts at 5:30 AM! Have you ever heard of such? and would you get up and go at that time of the morning? Hope you all have a wonderful Fall weekend! Jackie