Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pixie Hollow

Yes, I do love a pixie...

Pixie Hollow is almost done, but since the houses are so fragile 
(I will re-do them as they fall apart)

I decided I better show it at it's newest,
even before the flowers and
ferns have had time to grow.

The girls and I decorated fairy houses 
a while back
for all of the fairies we know, 

I have
been told by more than one person
that Pixie Hollow is not for the 
grand girls but
for me....
and I must say there is more truth
in that statement then you know.  

I realized that I have
been decorating the play area 
as if I was going to
play there myself.  

I guess I must still be 
a little girl at heart.

Why is every little girl's favorite color Pink?

not orange....

not green...

...but pink!!

As I was taking a few pictures
of Pixie Hollow
a fairy flew by 
and offered to take this
of the new seating area for me.

A Fairies Eye View...

Some fairies don't like to have 
their houses in the
some just moved 
straight into the tree itself.

The little crocodile holding
the rose was my Grandmother Rose's.

My dad captured it from her yard after
she passed away.
He knew it would be perfect for me some day.

We have fun sparkling things hanging
from the branches...

and comfy pillowy places to sit
on butterfly shaped pillows...

 and little donkeys hiding behind trees...

This guy
was in my Grandma Mary's garden...
and now is in mine.

This little girl size bench was 
in my mom's garden 
as well as the
butterfly and dragonfly hanging on the trellis.

So you see this garden doesn't 
only welcome 
it welcomes memories and holds treasures 
from all the little girls
in my life....
old and young....
but most importantly.....

forever young at heart....

and forever little girls.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Weekend Happenings and a Bunny Spotting

We had a little luck this weekend...
the rain was only a little misty 
so we were able to get 
our patio covers up.

We were getting a little worried 
about the raw wood,
so Kevin painted
the beams to make sure 
they didn't warp and twist.

This is the
so nicknamed
by Madi...
from her own little imagination.

It stuck, so now we will be referring to
this area as the 

Here's the 

and here's the

"maybe we need a 
nickname for this area too...perhaps...
"The Dragons Lair"
or not"

and this could be the dragon

Here's the 
(of the Dragon's Lair)

and the
of the 

(Do you think somehow I can
put little castle-like flags on the corners
and a small turret or two ???)

We even had lunch there after 
Sean and Kevin hooked
up the was soooo nice.

A few other happening....

Grapes have been spotted on the vines.

The garden is completely in and planted
(Doesn't look like much
is happening right now does it?)

and we have finally had a
bunny sighting.

Just in the nic of time 

A little new spring feel on the door. 

and a carrot or two or three...
just to entice a few more bunnies.

We're almost
ready for the Easter
festivities on Sunday...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Favorite Things and This and That!

We are getting close to finishing our grove area...
well closer
than we have ever been...!!

I was out shopping for a little ironwork table and chairs
to put in Pixie Hollow for the girls
on Saturday,
but the little ironwork shop
in Murietta is now out of business.
So sad!!!

But as we were turning around we
came across a fountain and
water feature store.
I want to take our fountain
up by the house and move it down
to the new "Rose Garden".
 I had a style of fountain in mind
to replace it with, and I think I found it.

The one I want actually has a different basin, and
I think I want more of a gray stone look but this is
the basic design with the 4 iron spouts,
and I can order it in whatever color I want. 

It reminds me of something
I would see in an old English garden
and it has a lovely sound.
Now all I need is money....maybe
I should plant this first.
It would definitely come in handy!!

I recently painted my downstairs
bathroom and have been looking for accessories. 
My inspiration pictures
are butterflies of all things.

Ballard was having a sale on wall art,
so I ordered this set of 3 wall plaques.

I think they will be perfect in the bathroom.
They are all 3 different.

Don't you just love ordering things online? 
It feels
like your birthday every time something
comes in the mail.

We also planted the vegetable garden this weekend,
(partly in the rain)
and started plans for an herb garden.

The herbs and herb seeds are purchased ... now
all I need is a little water to my whisky barrels.
So much to do and so little time...........
P.S. Is anyone watching DWTS????

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring is Springing....

The weather is definitely not cooperating
with my Spring yearnings...

With a few gorgeously warm and
clear days last week, I was really feeling
Spring was going to be right on schedule. 

Little did I know we
would have snow in our local hills.... yikes.

The weather hasn't gotten in the way of fun however. 

Tammie hosted our
lovely March bunco,
embracing the green of the Irish.

with lots of food...
(that was friendly to the waistline)

It was a fun night....and I even won one of the
top prizes. 
I must have been channeling the luck of the Irish.

Thanks Tammie!!!

The Irish fun continued into St Patrick's Day!

The Rush's hosted
a delicious dinner which included all
the best things you would expect from the Irish.

Everything was so festive and fun....
and did I mention Green?

Tim took the opportunity
to speak with an Irish brogue for the day.
If I didn't know any better, he
may have some leprechaun in him.
(which he did an imitation of ...oh
how I wish I had gotten a pic of that)

The girls were sporting their new St Patrick's Day dolls
(I know really?  Mermaids??)

and of course most importantly...

The green beer...

We also had:

Corned Beef Rubens
Cole Slaw
Mac & Cheese
Soooooo yummy!!
and even a low fat chocolate and pistachio filled cake.

Thanks Tim and Kristi!!!!!!!
It was so much fun!!!!!!

On Sunday I had
2 projects I wanted to finish.
I wanted to put up a frame collage in my hallway
 (including new pictures)

which I did and LOVE!

As you can see the rug
is going to stay.
I think it looks great with the dark frames.

I wanted to do my entryway arrangement. 
I am happy to
report I got them both done.

Lastly, I would like to


with my new little sign

and my new and I think happy welcome mat.

Now if I can only get those bunnies out
and hopp'in.....

Happy 1st Day of Spring...tomorrow!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Bit of the Green a 


I tend to embrace the Irish traditions.  
I love St Patrick's Day 
and have already sent 
my little Bella some "

in the form of dollars...haha.  

Stacy will appreciate that.

Riley has decided she needs 
some sort of Barbie, 
so we
will be shopping today. 
And of course
Madi will do whatever Riley long
as it includes something extremely sticky and dirty.

So off we go to brave
the weather for an
adventure, while
Kristi cooks our 
delicious St. Patrick's Day meal.

Hope we see "Himself"
while we are out.
 and maybe if we can catch
him we can get some

I hope everyone has a .....

Don't forget your Green.....

Thursday, March 15, 2012

...and a Diva in the making...

I have been painting, updating and trying to refresh
my home without changing the major things like furniture.
(even though I would love to change the major
things like floor coverings...)

I purchased some inspiration pieces recently and I
just had to share.  This mirror is one of my favorite things
and will hang in my entryway as you walk in.

it looks old and worn, (like me) and seems to be
my new favorite look.

This is also for my entryway.
I was looking for some sort of vase like container
that was a little different.
We shall see how it looks when
I get it put together.

I have added a splash of yellow to my entryway.
Yellow is so happy.

I also found this yummy is getting mixed reviews
with the family, but I love it.
(and it is all about me)

I have been known for buying frames and leaving
the pictures (of strangers)
in my frames. 

In fact when my son was small he asked
who the lady was in the frame.
I chuckled and told him it was Aunt Gertrude.
(aka lady who came with the frame)
He promptly showed anyone
who visited the lovely photo of his Aunt Gertrude.
This was my first indication I had a problem.

I am happy to report, that so far,
all the new frames I have purchased have updated and very
fun pictures in them
(thanks Kristi)

The frame in the background is one of Pop Pop's favorites

and since my photos are so up to date I thought
it would be okay to do another round.

I got some new mantel accessories
that I have been
playing with. 
Notice the tags and wrappings are intact...just in case.

I am noticing I do love mercury glass, flowers and birds....
who knew?

and some happy color

As for the Diva I mentioned.

The new rose garden is beginning to show
some life and I do believe there is a
Diva trying to take over.

It's not my Barbra Streisand rose as I would
have suspected.
It's the other Barbara....

She is racing to have first bloom bragging rights.

Funny thing!
 St Patrick's Day is right around the corner
Barbara's nearest competition seems to be....

St Patrick Himself

So I will keep on working on the house
and try to fit some of my new treasures in with
my old treasures.
We shall see how it works out.

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