Monday, June 30, 2008

My daughter took this wacky image...kinda interesting...

Look at Bentley's face in the next picture...poor boy...

He's saying..."How could you momma! could you leave me inside without you." He won't take his eyes off me...he has to be at my side always! Such a snuggle-baby.

Hold on tight to your dreams...

Sunday, June 29, 2008

What a lovely Sunday afternoon!

I'm so excited to introduce you to Evangaline and Tess...two lovely girls I "adopted" from Christine over at Du Buh Du Designs. She's the talented one who created these belles femmes. I wish I were a better photographer so you could really appreciate them!

They are magnificant! They arrived right before our tea party, so I am still getting to know them better. All the girls in Christine's studio have such fabulous personalities. I hope my girls aren't too homesick.

I know their names...(and I adore their names) but I like to pretend that I am Tess...(if only I were that chic) and Evangaline is my daughter. Tess is taller, so this fits perfectly into my fantasy. See how I rested Evangaline's head on "my" shoulder. My daughter does this often. sweet. And look...we are in a cafe!

and look what I am holding in my hand!

Hold onto the magic as long as you can!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Whew! I've been at the party all day and my dancing shoes are ready to call it a night. Thanks for a great time. I met each and every one of you and tasted all your yummy tea treats.

I hope each one of you were able to capture some of the magic that Vanessa
sprinkled around blog land.

I know I did! Thanks again, Vanessa.

Bonne nuit! A tout a l'heure.


Thanks for visiting...don't forget your party favors!

oh look...someone's brought a magic wand...

Can I interest you in some strawberry lemonade?

Time to refill the teapot!

Shh...don't look, I'm taking off my mask...

Sorry to keep you was David at the door...have you met him? He's a jeweler.

He brought me this lovely gift box...I wonder what's inside?

Let me introduce Estelle...she just moved here and hasn't unpacked everything...but couldn't resist popping in to our little party to say hello.

Has everyone had some tea?

Thanks to our hostess Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist. What a fabulous party!

Let's take tea!

Welcome to the party! I almost didn't recognize you behind your mask!

Would you like to try on my crown? It's fit for a princess.

We're so glad you could join us!

Please take a teacup...

Let me introduce you to a few guests...

This is Bella, she just flew in from Sarasota.

Olivia plays violin!

These gals have known each other forever! Aren't they lovely in their pretty bonnets.

Yes, it's time for cake!

and candy...of course!

Please, make yourself at home while I get the door!

I'm at Vanessa's amazing tea party!
I'll be back to post as soon as I can!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Cherry Jubilee

We are lucky to live near an orchard that offers pick your own cherries!

The best ones are always up high!

one for the magazine

These are going to make a great pie!


my crew

by the handful

straight from the tree...into my basket!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Wednesday, June 25, 2008


I get by with a little help from my pies!

the "House that Love built"

Let me tell you about a wonderful, easy way to help thousands of families. Consider collecting pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities. My children and I have been collecting pull tabs for five years now. It all started when my middle son started collecting them just to see how many he could get. Then, I came across the information concerning the program and we all got very excited about this fabulous chance to help other children and their families when they really need it most.

It is such a habit to remove the tabs and store them in the drawer above our trash bin. We all remove the tabs whenever we drink a soft matter where we are. Sometimes, people wonder what we are doing pulling the tabs off and sticking them in our pockets. It must look a little eccentric! I now think it's impossible to throw a can out with a tab intact. I've been known to dig through the trash to retrieve a stray tab.

Ronald McDonald House Charities is an organization that provides housing to families when
someone in their family needs extensive medical care at a hospital away from their home. Our local House earns about $1,000 a month just by recycling the tabs that people donate! This money goes toward the operating costs of the House...things like food, cleaning supplies etc...

Unlike the rest of the can, the pull tab is pure it generates the most money when recycled. It also takes up less storage space and is cleaner.

Start collecting now! You can find information about your local Ronald McDonald House on the Internet...just Google it!

Kisses for hello
Pressed like snaps
onto each cheek.

Kiss for sleep-tight,
Planted on the forehead
Like a flag.

A handful
Of kisses for good-bye,
Like seeds or bubbles.

A spidery
Kiss that tickles
a sad feeling.

---from "Flashlight and Other Poems"

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

my daughter's new haircut

Find a way

Find a way
a path will take you there...or make your own