Giveaway at Pretty and Posies

Melanie from Pretties and Posies is hosting a darling giveaway from Cabbages and Roses.

The giveaway consists of a signed copy of Christina Strutt's book, " A Guide to Natural Housekeeping", a package of Cabbages and Roses Bicarbonate of Soda, a meter of Cabbages and Roses fabric range, Hatley Linen Pink and ten fabric covered hangers created from the Hatley fabric by Yours Truly.

Melanie is also throwing in some dried lavender!

I'm sure hoping I get lucky!

For a chance to win, leave a comment on her blog post.


Christmas {and a little Autumn}

Merry Christmas!

I had so much fun this year decorating for Christmas. But I don't feel like I had all that much. Going from decorating one bedroom to an entire {large} house, you know, it all spreads out.

Just real quick... before we get into Christmas decor, I have a little show and tell. My hubby got me a miniature poodle for Christmas. Her name is Belle and she is ever so sweet. I'm having so much fun!

Oh, Yes, that's her too... she loves popcorn.
{as you can see the mouth full of popcorn!}

My dear friend got me a Christmas tree, my first ever!

And my Aunt Judy started me out on my collection of vintage ornaments. I was so excited! The I had to mix some hand painted one in with them.

Hubby and I strung popcorn and cranberries at our first sweet little Christmas together!

Now... since I took a little break over Autumn I have just a couple photos to share with you.

Anyhow, I'll get more photos of other decor {besides just the tree} up soon!

Good tidings!


The Luncheon, finally

I just took a good long break... (not that I'm coming off of it!) Life gets hectic, you know!

Sometimes I need breaks from hobbies because they tend to become a task list in themselves.

I like to blog.

I like to scrapbook.

I like to organize, decorate.

I even am enjoying cooking quite a bit now days.

But when I feel like I have to keep up on all these things, I tend to get a touch grouchy at them, and tired, and stressed.

Therefore, I took a break!

Back to the subject. Here are some photos of the luncheon that I had promised.

We had lunch out back under the grape harbor, beside the garden.

Did I share why I did this? I can't remember?

So I'll assume I didn't and give you a quick deal-ee-O!

I live where my Mom was raised. (My grandpa was raised there as well!)

I decided to have a luncheon with Grandma, Aunt Judy, Aunt Carla, and Mom. I had them each invite 2 friends that would have been in the house a lot as teenagers!

I had such fun setting up the scene!

We started out inside with appetizers and a house tour.

Consisting of:
Fresh Fruit Salsa and homemade chips and a fruit mixture glazed with honey and lime.

I told them I wouldn't let them out of any room without at least one memory being shared (aside from, of course, the water closet, which at least half replied with "O I could tell a story about in there!"). I nearly had to shove them out of each room; they had SO many memories!

This is a photo that Sue shared with me. It's her and Aunt Judy. (Aunt Carla is in the back pouting because they wouldn't let her in the photo!

Nancy Wagoner, Mom, and Kay Flora

Aunt Carla invited Ruth King and Bev Bowman

Aunt Judy invited Dianne Rogers and Sue Flory

Sue and Aunt Judy had to dig through Aunt Carla's wallpaper to find Aunt Judy's.

When I finally got then out of the house, we went out back for lunch.

We had tea and water... served bread with oil while reading through Proverbs 31

Enjoyed some Pea Salad, Potato Salad, and Fresh Grilled Corn Salad.

I used a couple sprigs of fresh lavender with a tag for name places.

I have a thing for vintage linens. So for privacy, since we're in town, as well for feel, I hung some on the line.

We had such a great time. I loved hearing all the stories, and they still come to me at different areas of the house, different times of day, whenever they most apply.

For dessert Frosty Carmel, Chocolate, and Pecan Torte and Rugelach Cookies.

From back left, and around:
Ruth King, Dianne Rogers, Bev Bowman, Sue Flory, Nancy Wagoner, Aunt Carla King, Aunt Judy Landes, Grandma Hazel Wagoner, Lisa Hoblit {my dear mother}, and Kay Flora

To top it all off, Bev and Aunt Carla showed us their little secret handshake... Mmmm... I really wonder!

Thank you ladies for coming and making this such a wonderful highlight of 2010.

I can't believe the year is nearly up.

Here I am posting about gardens, fresh fruit, and outside when it's Christmas time.

Maybe I'll get some Winter shots up soon!



The event with the Wagoners I talked about happened a couple weeks ago! However, many other things have happened the last couple weeks and I haven't had time to blog about it... Here's a taste of the preparations and I'll get the actually LUNCHEON photos up soon, I promise!
Here is the invitation:

The weekend Abbey came over, we made most of the food just to test it and get to know the recipes since I had never made them before.

I dried hydrangeas and had roses from my wedding all ready for the setting.

The food turned out wonderfully and believe me, it tasted yummy! Here's a few things that we made. If you want recipes, let me know!

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Preparations we a lot of fun, but the luncheon was more fun... Stay tuned!
Thank you for being so patient!


Wonderful Weekend!

We spent a weekend a few weeks ago and took the Jamison's to Daniel Boone National Forest in KY.

Steve Gipe and Katy Marconnett helped us get this up. It started one day at work. Steve, Levi, and I thought it'd be fun to get Pam to go backpacking since the rest of her family liked it. We thought that if we told her we were taking them somewhere for the weekend and didn't tell her where, she would be excited and then have to go backpacking!

Well the closer we got to the event the more excited Pam got. Steve and I were talking at work and started feeling bad, knowing she wouldn't like it! So that day I found a cabin near the area and booked it.

We did day hiking but momma was happy because she had a shower and mattress!

She was even happier when we stopped at the new Cincinnati outlets on the way home!

{Levi and I bought matching converse tennis shoes!} We're a team!

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With a Dear...

Oh, Abbey, you're a dear.

Levi had to work {non stop} last weekend, so I spent the weekend with this doll:

She arrived at my house Friday night and we cooked for my "event" {post to come} coming up on Monday. We stayed up til about 4am cooking, tasting, and watching these intelligent people, and chatting.

Saturday we went to World Threads, Live Love. Scrap, and the little Tipp City stores and gobbled down a large beef sandwich with two sides at Hickory River, no problem. We are not afraid to eat.

I repeat.
We are NOT afraid to eat.
{remember what I just said about the night before}

When we were younger and she would stay at my house, we would sneak down to the pantry and eat. Then we would gather all the snacks that would fit in a walmart bag and carry them upstairs. Once we even make a full blown breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast and OJ while my light-sleeper of a Mother lay awake in the room next door. I always wanted the bedroom next to the kitchen.

And now I have that! {I say this while munching on popcorn... buttery popcorn}

Now, off the bunny trail and onto the time with Abbey.

More shopping...
That evening we were going to Frisbee golf with Scott and Levi but unfortunately Levi had to work more. So I became a third wheel and hung out with Scott and Abbey, and stayed with her that night as well.
Sunday we all four rode horses!Very good... VERY good weekend

{Aside from the fact that I wasn't able to be with Hubby all weekend until Sunday night.
But good weekend none the less!
Thanks for asking!


Wagoner Birthdays

Every 4 months the Wagoner family gets together for birthdays.
We just went to my Uncle Stan and Aunt Judy's home for a campfire,
visit to the turkey farm, and darlingly decorated birthday event!
{is "darlingly" a word? YES. It is. Because I just used it.}

We played outdoor games,

ate food... and had a candy table with candy left from my cousin's wedding.
We enjoyed our new gifts and watching Aylah feed her new "guckie".

We rode in the back of Uncle Stan's pickup to the turkey farm,

and held week old turkeys.

{notice how Gentri {the darling in the lower right hand corner of above collage} is holding the poor turkey. and how "Grandpa" teaches Aylah {the darling in the lower left hand corner of above collage} to old a dead turkey in her DRESS... of all things. Her mother would be appalled.}

I absolutely love my family.
I am so blessed, I really am!

And just wait... I'm holding an event with my Wagoner family
and it's going to be...




I have a count down of 13 days. I've been planning, brainstorming, and loosing sleep due to extensive dreaming about the event.

But really, don't get your hopes up! It's just crazy me being over-whatever-you-wanna-call-it.