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Marblehead MA

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I love taking trips with my husband. I really do have a lot of fun with him and we work well together. So, when we planned our trip to visit his daughter we made a long weekend of it. I had never been that far north on the east coast, so I had no idea what to expect. But our love of history and historical places made it a lot of fun.
We flew into Boston and that was all I saw of Boston. We will be planning to do Boston on another trip. After getting our rental car we headed to our hotel to check in and then we would go pick up Jamie. We decided to stay in Salem. I chose the historical Hawthorne Hotel when we made our reservations and I thoroughly love it. After checking in we headed to Beverly to pick up Jamie.
For those who don’t know about Beverly, I suggest you check it out. Not only is it home to the North Shore Music Theatre where Jamie performed, but is the birthplace of our Navy. Ok, it is a rival of Marblehead for that title, however it is where the first ship of our Navy was built and set sail from. Anyway, it is a beautiful city and you will not be disappointed visiting.

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We head to Marblehead (settled in 1629) for lunch and take in the sites before Jamie’s show. I will be honest; my head was whipping from side to side trying to see everything. The beauty of the architecture made me excited and I just wanted to touch and look at everything. My obsession with corbels had me wanting to get a truck and take as me home with me as I could pack in it. The beauty of these hand carved wooden wonders used in the architecture of the time still exist today. I mean they are still there from before the American Revolution people! The houses and buildings still exist. Historical markers on the homes and the layout of the city make it easy to imagine how it must have been in the early years of our country.

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The Barnacle and Jamie

We decided to have lunch at The Barnacle, a quaint little bar/restaurant on the waterfront. The view was amazing, and I will admit they make a damn good Bloody Mary too. I know people probably were staring at me because I just was just like a kid at Christmas taking in the building. I found myself staring at the huge wooden beams. The bar was stacked with patrons and the dining room filled up quickly. I have lived on the Gulf coast of Texas off and on all my life but the beauty of the terrain here was so new to me. After a delicious lunch we head out to explore the town.

 


This was a walking tour and shopping for us. There are no straight roads and parking is not easy. You would miss all the wonders of this town anyway if you don’t walk. Carriage houses turned into garages and cobblestone driveways make these homes so endearing. I love the dental molding on this one yellow house that was being restored. And I must admit there was this pink or blush painted house with cream trim that made me smile. Maybe my sister needs a pink house on the ranch? I have always wanted to have a home like these where the history and simplicity of the times was still used with of course modern convenience. But the lack of air conditioning in most of these was where I would have to draw the line. I was amazed how many still did not have it but then again, it isn’t like living in the south. Taking such care of these historical homes and buildings is not an easy task and the pride of the owners taking on this responsibility shows everywhere. I applaud you and thank you!

 

 

Marblehead has museums and galleries as well as shops and local artists with work on display. We stopped in some of Jamie’s favorites called She as well as Bobbles and Lace where we proceeded to try on the cutest clothes. The Paris Galerie and Ship Shape caught my attention and the buildings themselves made the experience even better.

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With 369 years of history and beauty, Marblehead left a lasting impression on me. I want to go back and spend more time exploring the incredible history of this amazing town.

 

 

Family · Surprise · Theatre

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia
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She was in Mamma Mia!!! Yes folks, my step-daughter Jamie made her debut at North Shore Music Theatre in the ensemble of Mamma Mia. We could not be more excited for her. The pride on my husband’s face said it all as we watched her perform.

Jamie has wonderful parents who have supported her since she started dancing at the age of 4. Her mother has always been by her side as she learned and worked hard to master her art. We wished her brother Nick and step-sister Lacey had been able to join us and see her perform. Unfortunately, their schedules made it impossible. They sent their support and wished her the best. Love those kids! Look at a nice piece that was written about her from Dance Wear Corner.

For someone who isn’t a huge fan of musicals and having never seen Mamma Mia or even read the book, I was mesmerized by the show. What an incredible performance! Now I will have to see the movies. North Shore Music Theatre has such character. A beautiful round stage so the performers were coming down the aisles beside you, drawing you further into the performance. It felt like you were right there on the island with them watching as the story unfolds before you. I must say, I was impressed! And reviews agree. Broadway World Boston had a lot to say about it.

We are all very proud of Jamie. Family and friends from all over have come to see her in Mamma Mia. Now that the run in Beverly is over, she is back in New York on her next adventure. We can’t wait to see what she will be doing next. I will keep you updated!

Family

M.I.A.

Yep, that’s me. I have been MIA. Totally my fault. I have been meeting myself coming and going for the last few weeks. I bet you know how that feels!

I have so much to share with you. Been on a few trips, had the shower for my niece and the list just goes on and on. I don’t have long before I head back to Texas for the wedding. I still have more work to do on additional decorations. The bride will need her jewelry ready and I am also making a new headpiece after seeing the other on her. I will explain that later.

I just placed an order for more supplies. I already hit up Michaels and Joann’s yesterday. I am unpacking the extra supplies that I took to Texas. I am making sure I have everything I need and get my ‘To Do’ lists on my boards. I must get some things out the door so that they will be there for the florist and the hairdresser.

My sister has requested a few more things for the house too. I will be looking at designs and patterns for ideas. Her wonderful carpenter who did her kitchen renovations and a few more projects around the house gave her an idea of what I can do for another of his projects. I will remember that George!! He is fabulous, and I wish I had him here.

I am trying to catch my breath and get organized. I took a few days to catch up on my housework and spend time with my husband. I will share all the excitement with you. So, keep following and I will make it up to you. You’ll love it!

country life · flowers · Gardening

How Does Your Garden Grow

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I was worried about how my potted garden was going to make out. I have tried to grow things in the ground here before to no luck. I had roses bushes that were over 6 feet tall that had very little branching and maybe one or two flowers a year. My rosemary I planted a few years ago never took root and died. I had potted Indonesian peppers from my sister-in-law that did great for a while and then got a bug that just demolished them. My yard is primarily Bahia grass because of the heat and sandy soil.

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To my surprise my tomato plants are about 5 feet high with lots of incredible blooms on them. I have a beef steak tomato and I forgot the other one that I planted. Can’t wait to see how they produce. My okra has done amazingly well. I will be cutting a few of those tasty treats today to put on the grill for my dinner tonight. How exciting is that!

 


My lemon trees are growing well, and I have 2 lemons on each tree already. One tree came with a lemon but to see new ones growing already is surprising.

 


I have been clipping my herbs and using them for cooking. They did great and I have new basil already growing after it has gone to seed. My lavender and mint got a little beaten up the past few storms we have had but they are hanging in there.

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It is a sauna here most days and with the fierce rain storms we have been having I am just happy everything is still alive. While my sister struggles with lack of rain for weeks at a time, I am here hoping not to drown the roots of my little garden. We are expecting very little rain for the next few days, so I will be having to water. All in all, just the few months I have had my garden we are doing pretty good. I will be prepping for fall planting in a few weeks. I am excited to see if we can keep this thing going.

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Part of me would like to have a green house so that I can protect my garden. My sister is going to have one built since they freeze for long periods of time. She has A LOT of plants in pots too! I can’t wait to see when she gets that built. Oh and the changes to the ranch, I will take lots of pictures for you when I visit so you can see what she has been up to. She is so busy she hasn’t had a chance to share anything. Don’t worry, she will be back soon to show you what is happening!

We ate the pineapple already!!!!

Crafts · Family · Silhoutte · Wedding

Flag on the Play

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I have been busy working on wedding projects this week. One of my projects was to make flags for the wedding. I used my Silhouette to make a pattern for cutting out the duck cloth. I purchased a burgandy wine duck cloth to go with the wedding colors. I could have just cut it out with the Silhouette and save myself some time, but I forgot I could do that. Then I used my Silhouette to cut out HTV (heat transfer vinyl) for the wording on the flags. Once I was done with the Silhouette and had cut out all 45 of the flags, I used heavy duty Wonder Under and my Cricut Easy Press to make the flags. I love this little heat press. Then I pressed the little saying on the duck cloth. When all was said and done, I had decorated the flags up and prepared them for the final touches when I get to Texas.


Ashley had a couple requests for me to do. Again, using my Silhouette, I made tote bags for her wedding party. It took me a little while to find the font that I wanted but once I did, it was all magic from there. I purchased the beautiful rose gold HTV from My Vinyl Direct. I am so pleased with their version of heat transfer vinyl. I think they came out pretty good, don’t you?


I also made some vinyl decals for her. I don’t know how I ever lived without my Silhouette. I made these decals and they are ready to go on whatever she wants to use them on. I can tell you that I will be ordering from My Vinyl Direct again. My order was completed and out the door on the same day. I received it in a couple days from them and it was perfect. Great service and prices. Now, let’s hope that Ashley likes what I have done for her.

Sip Sip Hooray Stickers for Ashley 2018

Family · Food · Shopping · Vintage

Fancy That…

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Once a year, my husband and I go the Lakeland for the Fancy Flea. The Fancy Flea is not what I would call a ‘flea market’ but more of an antique or vintage market. It happens every year at the end of July in Lakeland Florida. They also have one in Plant City at the end of April which is always my birthday weekend. Lucky me! As I was saying, my husband and I do the Lakeland one together and make a date day out of it.

 

The Fancy Flea has a theme each time and it is always a treat to see how they decorate the entrance. After paying to get in and getting our hand stamped, I have to decide which side to start on or if I want to start with a mimosa! Oh yes, they have lovely drinks and food. Since this one is held inside, no worries about the heat. Just enjoy the adventure in the air conditioning.


I am sorry to say that I got so wrapped up in my shopping that I didn’t get to take many photos for you. But you can check out what they posted on Facebook. One treat was a wooden child’s murphy bed. I had not seen one of those in years and it even had the feather mattress. As I looked at all the vintage clothing and jewelry my wonderful husband watched and asked questions. I always go with a goal in mind of what I am looking for, so I don’t go crazy buying all the ‘wants’ I have. From old windows to unique jewelry, quilts, clothes and vintage kitchen utensils, you can find it and more when you visit a Fancy Flea market. I must admit, I found furs that I wanted again. It was so hard not buying this beautiful mink scarf I found.
One of my all-time favorites is the County Argyle. If you have not seen them at one of the many vintage markets here in Florida, then you need to check them out at The Lovely Boutique Market in Orlando. A few years ago, I picked up an incredible vintage snake belt/necklace. LOVE IT! This year I wasn’t so lucky in finding what I wanted from them, but I need to go hit up the boutique soon. You will not be disappointed when you shop with these gentlemen.

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After spending a couple hours shopping, we headed downtown Lakeland for lunch at Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille. A nice Cajun inspired restaurant that never disappoints. Had myself a nice dirty martini and a grilled chicken Cesar salad. My husband opted for a po’boy with his beer as we sat out on the patio area enjoying the gorgeous day. Lakeland had a farmer’s market that was wrapping up when we arrived but that didn’t stop us from walking off our lunch shopping downtown.

One place we must go to is Lloyd’s of Lakeland. What a treasure trove of vintage and antique wares! We met the incredible Ms. Ruby a few years ago when I purchased a vintage Whiting & Davis handbag from her. I sat and listened as she shared her story with us. What an amazing and wonderful lady. Unfortunately, she passed away and we will miss seeing her, but we always think of her as we explore Lloyd’s of Lakeland. When you visit Lloyd’s don’t forget to check out the upstairs. The incredible furniture you will find will be a delight.

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I just love this purse

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Scout & Tag is another favorite of mine. Furniture is amazing, and they do teach classes there too. The soaps and candles are smell incredible and I never know what I will find or what I idea I will take to try at home from them.

A town rich in history, Lakeland Florida holds fond memories of cobblestone streets, lake walks and family. I spent many a summer with our great-grandma Penny and Aunt Betty as a very young child. And every time I visit, it brings back those sweet memories. And every year, my husband and I make memories of our own walking the cobble stone streets of downtown Lakeland. And of course my goodies I bought at The Fancy Flea! The pink vintage top, costume jewelry snake necklace, vintage leather driving gloves and dog knife rests.

 

Crafts · Family · Party · Surprise · Wedding

So What’s New?

There is a great deal going on right now. We are down to the wire on the wedding shower for Ashley. That means I have a lot to get done before I head back to Texas. I had her brooch bouquet just about finished and torn the whole thing apart yesterday! It just wasn’t what I thought it should be. I scrapped the whole thing, ordered what I wanted for it and now I am waiting for my deliveries. Crazy I know, but it just didn’t speak ‘Ashley’ to me like it needed to do. I think my sister and niece were a little surprised at the news, but they know if I don’t like, ain’t nobody gonna see it.
I will be finishing up the rest of my to do list for the wedding next week. Bouquet, hair pieces, corsages, jars, flags, dream catchers…the list goes on and on. But I will be done and everything ready to head to Texas with me in a few weeks. I will be taking a few days after the shower to visit my daughter Lacey in Houston. She just returned from vacation with Abby and Maya, so I can’t wait to catch up on what is going on with her. I am hoping to see Amber and Chris while I am there. It will be great to see them. Their wedding is just after the new year! You will see what I am doing for Amber later this year.
We now have our official Facebook Page up and running as of yesterday. Look and ‘like’ our page so that you can see the latest of our adventures in your newsfeed. We are also on Instagram and will be posting little pictures and videos of our adventures between our blog posts. Our Pinterest boards are growing, and we are sharing the great people we have been following with you. We are also on Twitter.
It is all so exciting for us. Marie introduced me recently to an app called Marco Polo. On this app you send little videos for free back and forth instead of having to type out a text message. You can find it in the app store so check it out. We have had so much fun with it and when we shop it is easier to communicate when you need someone’s opinion. No longer must we take pictures and try to get them to send. We just make a little video and share.
In September we will be adding a series of blogs/posts called ‘Tips, Hacks and Cowboy Hats’. It will be where we share helpful hints and open it up for you to share your helpful ideas with us or questions. I always find it interesting when Marie and I cook or work together at the different ways we do things. And I am always learning about new tools, programs or apps from Ashley and Marie. They seem to know what is the latest and greatest that will make my life easier.
So, have a great weekend, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I can’t wait to hear from y’all and please share with us your ideas or questions. What are you working on? Is there something fabulous you would like to share? Hope to hear from you soon!