Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What I'm working on.

I have been knitting a Silk Moon Crescent Shawl for a little while now.


I'm making mine in a cotton/silk blend.  The colors are all pastel (pink, blues, greens, white).  I really love knitting it-the yarn is so soft.  I was however, getting a little bored with this shawl.  I decided to knit 2 project at one time.  So I started knitting the Angel Wingspan Shawl.  This really is more like a scarf but I love it!!  Here is a picture of the Wingspan Shawl, but I'm doing the Angel Wingspan Shawl that has larger holes between each triangular section.  When I get a day that is good for photographs, I will take some pictures of what I'm working on.
My Angel Wingspan Shawl is in royal blue, turquoise, lime green.  It is really pretty!  I love learning new things.

Tonight my knitting group meets and I wonder what new patterns are out there and what wonderful new yarns Sara has at her shop!  It is all so very tempting!!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saturday Farmer's Market, Matthews, NC

This morning John and I woke up at our regular during the week time 5:45!!!  We were at the Farmer's Market in Matthews, NC by 7:05 a.m.  They ring a bell at 7:15 and then all the people are off to purchase all there wonderful home grown, homemade items.  There are veggies, flowers, herbs, eggs, meat, cheeses, honey, pottery, soap and breads to buy.

John and I purchased honey, brown eggs, yellow squash, cukes, potatoes, cinnamon rolls and flowers.  John has already eaten his organic cinnamon roll and he said he was soooooo good!  I put the flowers I bought in my crystal vase and that makes me smile!  We will have the brown eggs for breakfast tomorrow and put some of the local honey in our tea in the morning.  

Here are some photos I took when we got home from the Market:

 Lisianthus Bouquet from the Farmer's Market
 Closeups of the Lisianthus blossoms




 Organic Cinnamon Rolls from the Farmer's Market
 Pink Lady (Heirloom Tomato) and Beefsteak Tomatoe
 Yellow Squash and Cuke
Russian Banana Fingerling Potatoes



I forgot to show everyone the beautiful yellow begonia John bought me for my birthday.  I've put it on our kitchen table.  Every morning I look at them and they just make me smile-such a lovely yellow! 

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!!  I will be watching the Olympics, reading my new book, Gone Girl and knitting.  Enjoy!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fabulous Friday!!!!

It's Friday again and am I ready for the weekend to begin!!  Tomorrow a.m. early around 7:15 I will be at the Matthews Farmer's Market getting my veggies, bread and eggs!!  I have a Farmer's Market really close where I work but the Matthews Farmer's Market is so much fun!  We see some people we know, chat, buy our produce and then we go for breakfast at a little restaurant close by.  It is just a lovely way to start the day.  Not many other plans for the rest of the weekend, especially due to the extreme heatwave we have been having.  Sunday I will be knitting with my friends for a little bit at Dilworth Coffee but not much else planned.  If it ever cools down, John and I will probably try and take a walk on the greenway.

What are you weekend plans?  Hope it is something fun!!  ENJOY!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wonderful, Wonderful News!!!

We finally heard the second mortgage company has their act together and we have a mortgage.  This has taken so long with all the paperwork mishaps, etc., etc.  They will be able to start clearing our lot and building our house.  We probably won't be in until the end of October beginning of November, but that is all right with us just as long as it is full steam ahead!!

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers you've sent our way!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Birthday Dinner at Bonterra

Last night I went out with John, Jenny, Megan and Ken to Bonterra Restaurant.  Bonterra was an old church which they have now converted into a restaurant.  While we didn't take any pictures while we were there, I found some photos online.  The food, company and night was just fabulous!!


It is Charlotte Restaurant Week here now.  Which means you can enjoy a 3 course meal at quite a few select restaurants in Charlotte for $30.00 pp.  I had a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake for my appetizer, Seared Large Scallops for my main entree and Key Lime Mousse Cake for my dessert.  We all ordered different things.  Megan had duck, Jenny had Filet Mignon, John had the scallops also and Ken ordered the fish, which for the life of me I cannot remember.  Everyone said all that they ordered was so good.  I would definitely like to go back here again. I would try the restaurant again when it wasn't Restaurant week just because it was so busy.

I just love spending time with my family and they were very good to me-celebrating my birthday in style!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Today is my 53rd birthday!  I would like to say that I will be....

 wearing this gorgeous dress to a lovely party...
 or sitting on the beach sunning myself and just enjoying the beautiful of the beach...
 or cutting a huge bouquet of flowers to adorn my dining room table...
 or lounging in this gorgeous hammock...
or out on the ocean sailing in this beautiful sunny weather...

Well I am at work today but then tonight I will be having a beautiful dinner at a restaurant called Bonterra, which my daughter, Megan said is absolutely fabulous!  John, Megan, Ken, Jenny and I are going and that is a wonderful birthday for me!!  Oh and we will be having...

Everyone enjoy the day!!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Wonderful Decorating and Garden Ideas for a Friday!

It's Friday (finally!!)!  I was looking at some decorating and garden ideas and I decided to share them with all of you.  I thought it would be a nice way to wind down this rather hectic week.

(all photos are via pinterest.com)

I love everything about this porch!!  The wicker, red, white, different green color paint, everything!!
 The shelves in this kitchen are loaded with such cute bowls and cups.  I love the soft colors!  The polka dots are so cute!!
 Now this is one dreamy bedroom!  Look at that chandelier!  Very restful looking.
 I have always loved arbors and this one didn't disappoint me! The field stone pathway is something I would love to do at the new house.  I think the new house is going to have an arbor in its future!!
 I have always loved craftsman style homes.  The one we hope to be building would look wonderful with a front door just like this one.  Love the color too!
 As most of you know I am an avid reader.  This is my idea of a wonderful reading area!!  I love that chair!
Here is another lovely little porch!  I wish I was here right now!!

Hope you liked all the lovelies I found on pinterest.  I love to daydream, especially on a Friday!  Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Makeup Vanity

When we move into the new house there won't be a makeup vanity in the Master Bath.  We will have 2 separate vanities but no where I can sit down and put on my makeup.  The Master Bedroom is plenty big enough to have a makeup vanity.  I was looking on pinterest.com and found some wonderful examples.  I love them all, what about you!

 This vanity looks like it may have been a desk at one time.  That would be a good way to upcycle an old desk.

Don't you just love the little seat to sit on!!!   I love the mirror too!  This is my idea of a beautiful makeup vanity.  I'm going to have to see if I can find something like this when we are ready!

I love the green covered chair and the oval mirror on this vanity.  I have an extra harp mirror that I could probably attach to a lovely cabriole legged desk and make my own vanity!

So many ideas!!  Which one do you like best?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Where I grew up

Last week as you all know I had to travel to northwestern NJ because my Dad wasn't feeling well.  While I was there I took some photos and I thought I would share them with you!

This is the view down my parents driveway.  They are a long way from the road!
These are 2 Fordson tractors my Dad restored.  They are his pride and joy!!
 My parent house.  Dad built this house about 42 yrs. ago.
 My Dad's barn.
 The 2 steer he has on the property.
This is a very small section of my Mom's beautiful garden in the backyard.  My Dad built the fence and arbor and they have trumpet vine growing on it.  It is really beautiful!  You can see the white Victorian birdhouse my Dad built.  Just gorgeous!
 This is the fence down by my Dad's barn.  He grew trumpet vine on it.  He told me he trimmed this way back in the Spring, but look how it has grown even after trimming!
 A section of my Mom's gorgeous garden in their backyard.
 I was in the right spot at the right time to snap a shot of this gorgeous Monarch Butterfly.
 My Dad's corn.
This Indian Grinding Stone was my Dad's mothers.  I had just filled it with clean water.  The butterflies flocked to it as soon as I filled it.  
 My sister, Sue gave my Mom this beautiful Mandevilla Vine for Mother's Day.  Isn't it a beauty!
This is a shot from the road of my parent's place.
I am so pleased at how the shot of my Mom's zinnia came out!  I love the color!
My Dad has  few blueberry plants in his garden and they are loaded down with berries.

I hope you enjoyed a little view into my week last week.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

Fabulous Friday!!!

I really would love to be lounging around on the hammock today, but duty calls!  This entire month has been a whirlwind for me!  I am sorry I haven't been very good about visiting your blogs and I miss that alot.  Hopefully everything will be calming down for me soon.  I'm glad I have my job and I'm busy but sometimes I want to shout, "Calgon take me away"-LOL!!!

Everyone have a fabulous Friday and weekend!

Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!