Saturday, July 25, 2009

Oh No! Not My Mom!

Now my Mom has gone and had a heart attack, and is in the ICU!
She had almost 99% blockage in the 2 of the left arteries to her heart!
They did an angioplasty, and placed a stent in one artery but are waiting until Monday to do the same to the other artery.
Last night after the procedure her blood pressure shot through the roof, and gave everyone another real scare! I still just can't believe all this is happening!

What are the odds that your sister gets diagnosed with cancer and then your Mom has a heart attack all in the same month!

Anyway, I'll be taking a blogging break for awhile...

I would like to thank all of you sweet blogging friends out there for your support, sweet messages and prayers and for my sister, it means so very much to me!

I would be so grateful if you could please add my Mom to your prayers for me.... I'm soooo worried about her.

Please Lord, let her be alright!!

Thank you again my sweet friends!



Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Update on my Sister~

Update on my sister.

(Linda on the right, me on the left)

Linda and I are not just sister's but best friends!

Linda has had her surgery to remove the large tumor that she had. The bad news is that they found a very aggressive form of ovarian cancer .

The good news is that the cancer was only at stage II. Had she of waited another couple of months it would have been much more serious.

They removed the tumor and the cancer, and did a complete hysterectomy. She was also told her that she should have chemotherapy to take care of any remaining cancer cells.

So she is scheduled to start chemo July 31st.

She will have a total of 6 treatments, one every 3 weeks. They also told her that she will probably loose her hair too:(

Of course I'm scared for her and I feel so sad and awful for what she will have to go through. I really wish we lived closer so I could be there for her if she needs me. Hopefully I can at least go for a visit real soon.

But I'm soo thankful that the cancer was found early. She is in very good spirits and is always looking on the bright side of things!!

When I last talked to her she asked me to be on the look out for cute head scarves and matching earrings for her.

Of course I will sista... Love you!


On another note for some reason unknown to me, I don't think my Sunday Favorite/Blue Monday post didn't showed up on my followers dashboard's so for those of you who missed it I hope you'll please scroll down and take a peek!

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to give your loved ones a big hug!!


Saturday, July 18, 2009

French Bleu ~ Master Suite

Thanks for joining me for a double event today!!
This is my first time participating in the Sunday Favorites event
hosted by our very sweet friend Chari at
After your done looking around here please visit Chari's blog and have a look at the favorites she the other participants are posting!!
Then on Monday head over for a peek at
Smiling Sallys
for Blue Monday!
This is a repost of My French Bleu Master Bed and Bath suite
I first posted it back in April 2009 when I first started blogging.
Hope you enjoy the tour!!

My master bedroom suite was part of a large addition we added to our home several years ago. The antique reproduction furniture is made by "Pulaski". The fabric on the window treatments that I made are Waverly's "Sweet Violets" pattern. I was inspired to use this pattern after seeing it used in a model home and loved it!  Blue is a perfect restful color for a bedroom...

 Above is a framed, signed and numbered lithograph I love called  "French Tea Garden"
by artist  "Childe Hassam".    
She looks as though she is waiting for someone to join her...
I made this dust ruffle, and bought the quilt from J.C. Penney
I think they compliment each other nicely without being a matching set.

I also made this striped heart shaped box pillow, and goes nicely with this purchased pillow with the quote...
Love makes the world go 'round' !!!
 This cozy little window seat over looks the pool outside. The seat cushion I also made with the Waverly fabric, and then I added a few throw pillows on top, including my favorite pillow I made from a remnant of vintage barkcloth. The appliqued pillow I made from a blouse. 
I bought the iron scroll piece above the window from Ballard Design.
This cute little settee below, I made from a twin size head and foot board 
I got for free at the end of a garage sale when no one had bought it. 
I was inspired to build it after seeing one done on an episode of the HGTV's show 
"Decorating Cents" in the segment called "Trash to Treasure". 
I wonder what ever happened to that show ?? Is it still on??
Anyway on the wall behind it, I used the same wallpaper border that I also used in the master bath, and to save some mullah, below the border, I decided to apply a checked pattern using a sponge cut into a square and a little french blue acrylic crafts paint. 
It was a bit time consuming and a bit tough on the knee's though.
But well worth it!

The arrangement on top of my dresser has been changed from my original post. I had to make room for my highboy jewelry box I bought on my last thrift store shopping spree! 

I love Cheval mirrors and this one that came with my bedroom set
 was one that really made me say Oooo when I saw it :o
 The bunny buggy I bought at an antique store while visiting my mom.
It was a real trick fitting it in my suitcase to get it home!!

I made this window treatment below with checked tablecloths. 
They can be much less expensive to use than fabric by the yard, especially when you find it on sale! 
I used the Waverly fabric for an added ruffle and ties for the bishops sleeves. 
I added wire to the edges of the ties so they could be shaped.
It's very easy to add wire to fabric to make your own wired ribbon, just use a fine gauge wire, and hold the wire next to the edge of the fabric and use a tight zig zag stitch or (embroidery stitch) over the top of wire.

  Now heading into the Master bath,
 I chose this white Italian tile for a crisp fresh look to compliment the Waverly wallpaper.
My Mom hung most of the paper with some help from little ole me! 
On top of the vanity I have my collection of silver topped vanity jars, 
I also had this leaded glass window and the cute lil blue night light above the vanity custom made.

This large soaking tub is great after a stressful day! 
Just add a lot of hot water, bath salts, scented candles, 
some soothing music and a little glass of wine and ....... Ahhhhh!

I hope you enjoyed taking a tour of my French Bleu Master Suite! :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Foodie Friday ~ Lemon Chicken

Hi everyone!
I have a very easy and delicious entree to share with you today for
hosted by our very gracious friend at
Designs by Gollum.
Please visit her delightful blog after your visit here,
to feast your eyes on whatever she and the other participants are cooking up for today's event!
6-8 pieces of chicken
2 lemons
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. morton season salt
3 Tbl. canola oil (or enough to cover bottom of pan)
1 chicken bouillon cube or equivalent
3 Tbl. brown sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 cup of water
chopped green onion (optional)
Rinse chicken, squeeze the juice of 1 and a 1/2 of lemons onto chicken pieces, set aside.
Heat oil in skillet.
Mix flour and season salt in large plastic bag.
Add chicken a piece at a time to bag and shake to coat.
Place pieces in hot oil and brown.

While chicken is browning.....
Dissolve the chicken bouillon with one cup of boiling water, then add to that, brown sugar, grated lemon peel, and the remaining juice from lemon, then stir to mix.

After chicken has browned on both sides, pour the above mixture over the chicken. Bring just to a boil then cover and simmer for approx. 45 min. turning pieces over halfway through cooking time. Sauce should be "slightly" thickened when done. If not, remove cover and let reduce to thicken.

Garnish with green onion if you wish.

(click pic to enlarge)
This dish is one of my families favorites.
I hope your family will like it as well!

Thanks for visiting!

Have a happy Foodie Friday!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Thrifty Treasures & Met Monday~Table and Chairs

Today I'm participating in Metamorphosis Monday with our very sweet and talented hostess
I'm also joining the many other thrifty treasure hunter participant's along with our delightful hostess

After your visit here please be sure and visit Rhoda's blog and Susan's blog
and the other nifty thrifty participant's.

This rattan chair I bought at the G/W. It had really awful cushions on it that did not go with it. I made these cushions with the same fabric that I've used throughout my kitchen. I got the designer fabric for 3.00 a yd. at Wally World. Then trimmed them with a red checked piping.

The wrought iron plant stand was a yard sale find. The little table was made from a wicker bottom and a piece of cut marble a bought at a T/S. It worked well because the chair sits very low to the floor.

The lamp in this vignette I bought from a T/S, it was an awful shade of green, with an ugly old lamp shade. I painted the base white and then antiqued it. I bought a new lampshade and covered it in red checked fabric and trimmed the edges in dark green.

The little tassel I found at the dollar store. I antiqued the gold paint to give it a more depth and richness then removed the cheapy looking faux red jewels that were on it too.

This cute little occasional table above, I found at the same local T/S that I found the lamp at. The tabletop items I bought at local discount stores a couple of years or so ago.

The finish on the table was in very bad condition, so I painted it white. I really liked the design, but I thought it needed a little something extra....

Some ball feet!!! of course! so I added some!

I thought it was the perfect touch! Don't you think so too?

Now this chair was a real treasure I found at a junk store! It was painted dark brown and the bottom for the seat was gone.
I cut and put in a piece of plywood for the seat, then painted it white, and added a bit of crackling here and there.
I love to mix up patterns for that eclectic look.
So I put together this toile seat cushion I made with a vintage bark cloth throw pillow I made as well.
Btw, did you happen to notice a certain particular farm animal in each picture??
I give you hint....
If I don't get to bed soon I may hear one crowing! hee hee hee!
Well I hope you enjoyed your visit!
I hear my pillow calling me!
So gotta go for now....
Stay cool, Sweet friends!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th of July ~ Americana Style

This is my Americana Room!

I've been waiting for the 4th of July to post it!
Now it's finally just a couple days away.
Above is my antique trunk I got from a yard sale, in perfect red and blue tones to fit the Americana look!

Oh and here's the heart flag I made, that you might remember from an earlier post.
Teddy bears and Americana go together so well!

I guess I'm just a big kid a heart because I just love teddy bears....

Okay I have a thing for stuffed bunnies,
and dolls too!!!

Aren't these the cutest Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls?!!
They're extra special because my mom gave them to me!

Here's all kinds of goodies in this display!
More teddies of course, Uncle Sam nutcracker, antique kerosene lamp,
a game board I made, and large enamel pitcher filled with geraniums.

This large country flag I made from old wood lattice fencing left over
from what used to enclose our pool equipment.
It was very simple to make!
I added the pole with an old ducks head I got at an antique store.

                                          I felt a little like Betsy Ross when I made this flag.
Do you think she would approve? hee hee.

This quilt was rescued by me when my neighbor threw it out!!
She's the same neighbor who threw out the screen door that I rescued among ....other things.

A few more bears here, a neat antique lamp on the wall,
oh and don't miss the flying pig that
I made with my handy jigsaw and some scrap wood hanging on the wall behind the bed!!
Thanks for stopping by for a peek at my Americana room,
and I hope you all have a really fun and safe 4th of July holiday!!

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