Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Aqua and Red

Gabi and Fern are my primos. And they're expecting their first baby. We're all so excited! And this guy and I, are just over the moon! They asked us to be the Godparents. To their beautiful baby girl.

Baby girl is due in November. Which means, the Baby Shower is nearing. Yes, I'm throwing the shower! And I need a few ideas.

Gabi just adores the Aqua and Red color combo! And that's the "theme" of baby girl's nursery. I also thought it would be fun, to throw a Baby Shower, in the same color palette. But I need some ideas. And quick!

So far I have 1 picture for inspiration. And of course, my primos' house. :) Do you have any ideas? For decorations, food, games, more themes, or ideas. I'd LOVE to hear them all!

I'm thinking something a little retro. Definitely involving cupcakes. And lots of fun. I'd LOVE to hear any ideas that you have. Actually, I'd really appreciate any help. You can also e-mail me your ideas at, SweetNightingaleSing (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks for all your help. I'm off to try, and bake me, some of these cupcakes!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Perfect for Marissa

Since Halloween, Marissa has been talking about Little Red Riding Hood. It might be because of me. But I've felt guilty. For almost a year now, I've been looking for the perfect project. The one to make her. Since she liked playing with my cape so much. But nothing felt right. Until I found this pattern.

Yes, the wee one, is having a birthday soon. And this just might be on my project list. ;) Cause every girl, no matter how big or small, should have a "Red Riding Hood Cape." You know what I mean? And the wolf, well, I just might have to figure out one, for her little brother. :) By the way, it's a pretty easy pattern too! ♥

Sunday, August 21, 2011

We Are Family

Our family, is having a Family Reunion today. And I'm being optimistic. You know, praying for the best. Not thinking about the worst. The tough part, about being from such a large family is...definitely all the drama. But you learn how to deal with it. And hope that it works itself out.

Today, I'm looking forward to some fun. Catching up with lots of people, that I haven't seen in FOREVER! And honestly, just enjoying the day. I don't get to come home often, and I rarely ever see my family. Other than my parents. So I honestly look forward to days like this. You know what I mean?

I also don't want to miss out on some of my family. The elders who are struggling. And I'm sure, have limited time with us. I look forward to chatting with them. Letting them know how special they are. And just how much, they mean to me. More than anything, I look forward to a good time with my familia! Happy Sunday! ♥

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Peaches & Cream Cheesecake

Our family is having a Family Reunion tomorrow. So in my "down time" this week, I've been working on some projects. The perfect gifts, for some of the elder members of the family. And a few good recipes. Since we were all asked, to bring our favorite dishes. And well, I'm a dessert gal. So I've been trying out some new and yummy desserts. This one in particular, just fit the bill. On so many sides! Thank goodness for Gooseberry Patch and their free Recipe of the Week!

Peaches & Cream Cheesecake

3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. milk
1 egg
1 t. baking powder
3.4-oz. pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
3 T. butter
15-oz. can sliced peaches, juice reserved
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. plus 1 T. sugar, divided
1 t. cinnamon

Blend together flour, salt, milk, egg, baking powder, pudding mix and butter; beat for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 9" round pan; arrange peaches on top. In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of reserved juice and 1/2 cup sugar; beat for 2 minutes. Spoon over peaches. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Serves

Yes, I made 4 of these, on Thursday. Because my friends all go to mass on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Afterward, we head to someone's house, and have dinner. These beauties were gone in minutes! They were that good. And now, I'm getting ready to make 6 for tomorrow. Happy Saturday! ♥

Friday, August 19, 2011

She Inspires Me

Do you have a favorite celebrity? One that you've followed for a long time. That you look up to because they're a good person. Not just a celebrity. You might really enjoy their style, or talent, but it's the person that really inspires you. For me, that person is Thalia.

I thoroughly think Thalia is a beautiful woman inside and out. Thalia has a "Heart of Gold." She gives us Latinas, someone to look up to. A woman who has stayed true to herself. Hasn't let the celebrity get to her head.

For years, I've followed Thalia. I watched her so many years ago, in Maria la del Barrio. I've listened to her music, for as long as I can remember. And when she came out with a clothing line, ya, I bought a few pieces. Her jewelry was really fun too!

I enjoy the fact that Thalia is just a natural person. She is who she is. If you've ever met her, you know what I mean. I've been extremely lucky. To sit down and get to talk to her. And she is just a very genuine soul.

I like that she's not afraid to get "Glamorous" for work. That she brings her Latina side out. And has fun with it. But she doesn't feel the need, to show all her goods. Like so many other celebrities.

Most of all, I like that Thalia is relatable. You feel like you might actually get to buy the shirt she wears. Because you generally like it. And she inspires so many mujueres. I LOVE hearing little girls talking about her. How they like that she wears t-shirts and jeans. I personally like that she is a more casual, easy going soul. Very much like our cultura. Yes, in a lot of ways, Thalia inspires me. Inspires me to take care of myself, do for others, and to be a happy person. That's what real role models should do.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Crepe Myrtle

What can I say about Crepe Myrtle? Either you're a fan, or you're not. It's pretty simple. Well, I'm a fan. Around my hometown, everyone seems to have a small bush, or a large tree. Somewhere in their yard. In other cities, I've noticed, they use it to line streets, or housing developments.

I just like the versatility of this plant. The colors. Oh, the splash of color. From bright red, to white, to lavender. The colors just make me smile! So, 2 years ago, I bought some. And carefully planted them in my yard. Hoping, one day to have a large tree in the front. And some smaller bushes around the yard.

Unfortunately, that insane winter freeze came. And I was saddened. Because I lost so many of my prized plants. The Crepe Myrtle being one of them. I hoped, that they'd come back. But they didn't. This morning, I went out and bought a large plant. When I got home, there were 5 in there! And I got to town planting. I'm crossing my fingers. I hope these beautiful plants take. They'd really add something to my garden. ♥

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fun Day!

Yesterday was such a fun and magical day! I have a brand new Goddaughter to love. She is absolutely perfect. I spent the wee hours of the morning, watching her take her first breaths. Enjoy every moment that my friends shared with me. It was amazing!

Then my sidekick, "Tio Berto, aka Nono" and I had a full day. We managed to sleepily have breakfast, and made sure that the new parents got breakfast too. Then we parted ways. Each of us going home for a few zzz's.

But we had promised Miss Maribel a fun day. And that was what we were going to give her. Our little princess, all decked out in a tutu, was ready to go. I picked her up, and headed back to her Nono's house.

We set our plans for the day, and set out. First stop, was to introduce her to Esmeralda. They were in love with each other, instantly! Maribel came with a ton of gifts. And we all enjoyed the excitement. My 2 Goddaughters were wearing their little tutus. Looking every bit the princesses that they are!

After making sure that Familia A had snacks, lunch, and everything they needed, we headed to a nearby nursery. We had promised Maribel her very own Flower Garden. 3 hours later, her garden was complete. With lots of fun touches, many beautiful flowers, and one happy little girl. Total success!

As she napped, I made a few phone calls. Albert was getting some work done. And we were thinking about snacks. Yes, the Godparents are worse than the kids. When Maribel woke up, we were all surfing the net, and thinking about eating. We quickly found this picture...

Yes, it was the perfect inspiration! We sat and made our own rainbow. And enjoyed eating it too! The perfect day. My "Pot of Gold" was definitely at the end of the rainbow. My beautiful Goddaughter. Yes, it was just the day I needed. Spent with 2 of the most beautiful little angels. My life is truly blessed!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Esmeralda

Dear Esmeralda,

Happy Birthday precious little girl! Your arrival was a much anticipated one. We've all dreamt of how you'd look. How very healthy you'd be. And how amazingly beautiful you would be. And guess what, you are 100 times better! Your mommy and daddy are so happy to finally have you here. To hold you. And love you.

I'm sure you're tired of hearing me, I'm your Nana, talk to you. How many times did I call your mom and dad? But I just wanted you to know, how very much I love you! And all those lullabies, I hope you enjoyed them. I have so many more. Perfect. And waiting just for you! Your Nono, he's pretty proud too. Do you remember hearing him? Singing, telling you jokes, playing his trompeta. Yes, we're your crazy Godparents. And we love you so much!

It was such an honor, to watch you take your very first breath. To be included in your family. And I truly feel like we're part, of the same familia. Your Nono and I will always be here for you. You are a very special little girl. Sent to us, straight from God. And we are so very grateful. Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!


Your Nana♥

Monday, August 15, 2011

Getting Crafty at Home

I'm home, for about a week. And I need to find some things, to keep me busy. You know, crafty adventures. So I went into my "Inspiration" folder, and found this picture...

Yes, I just love all of these blankets. The colors make me happy. The patterns are fun. And I happen to have an entire plastic container, filled with scrap yarn. Could you think of a better project? I'm not sure. If you can, leave me an idea.

cUntil then, I'm going to enjoy my day. I had a rough ending, to my evening, last night. And I'm looking forward to some "down time." Before my new Goddaughter makes her arrival! Happy Monday! ♥

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Mr.

Some days, it just about kills me to be away from this guy. Yes, that would be my Mr. This morning in particular, made my heart break. I had to leave early in the morning. To catch my flight home. I need to get home, for Amelia's Baby Shower. My poor friend, she's due any day now. And we still haven't given her a shower! Oh, and I'm going to be Baby A's Godmother.

So I knew, that I had to get on the plane. And it was early. On a "Work Day" for this Mr. Who is more used to waking up 20 minutes, before he has to be at work. So I quietly kissed him goodbye. Only for My Guy, to wake up. I got that, "Come back to bed. You really don't have to go. Do you?" Half asleep, he pulled me into a hug. Lightly kissing my cheek. The way he does, when I can't sleep. And he's trying to lull me back to my slumber.

My heart broke. I let him fall back asleep. And I gently got out of bed. Making sure not to wake the man I love. I made my way to the door, picked up my bags, and got in the car. The entire ride to the airport, my heart was breaking. I felt bad. I thought about all the ways I could head back. And still make it to the Baby Shower. I knew it wasn't possible.

Before anyone gets too sick over my little story, I do love this man. With every fiber of my being. He does so much for me! Taking care of me when I'm sick. And well, that happens to be all too often. He makes sure that all my needs are met. Takes his jacket off for me, because I'm always cold. No matter what. He calls my friends, to find out what I've been pining over. Then I mysteriously get it in the mail. And he loves me. I know this. With absolutely no doubt in my mind!

In our relationship, things are a little different than most. He works a very public job. Hence, why we keep our identities, a little more guarded on the net. At least 70% of his life, is lived under a microscope. So I try to make his life better. Easier.

I've worked out a way, to travel with him. Every week. And I try to make life easier on him. I get his schedule. I memorize it, and help him to stick to it. I make sure that he is up on time, dressed appropriately, and has eaten. I make sure there are meals for everyone on his team. I take care of crisis. Whatever I can do, I do.

At the same time, he takes care of me. Makes sure that I don't worry about day to day financial issues. Makes sure I'm taken care of health wise. We are there for one another. And especially from now until November, I feel like I need to be there for My Guy. It's tough. But it's what we know works for us. It's the best possible solution.

So on an important weekend like this, I feel bad. To leave him. And not be his supporter, biggest cheerleader, and just his best friend. Yes, we'll talk on the phone. And all those people will wonder exactly who he's talking to. He'll just smile. And be happy that we talked. I'll have a knot in my stomach. Because I should be there.

Sometimes, it's just hard to live this life. To live a private life, in a very public way. I'm positive that people know he's dating someone. But we've chosen to keep the "Who" a secret. It's tough to be apart. Especially when we need each other. But I also know, that for this thing to work, we need to have our own interests, and projects. And we look at it this way, the only way we're going to miss each other, is if we're apart. So, in a few days, I'll be over the moon. Because we'll be back together. Cuddling on the couch, catching up on life, laughing at silly TV shows. Until then, I have a Goddaughter to prepare for. ♥

Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Inspiration

I came across this picture, a while ago. And I really LOVE it! This is a crochet bracelet. And I'm seriously liking it. I just don't know what it is. There is something simple, fun, and unexpected about it. I'm thinking something in all white. Or all black. What do you think? I hope I have some crochet thread with me. ♥

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hawaiian Bells

A few years ago, I was highly addicted to eBay. At the time, my then boyfriend had an eBay Shop. This guy and I also had 3 successful eBay Shops. And when I wasn't selling something, I was buying something. Particularly, plants. Exotic plants, trees, bushes. Whatever I could get my hands on. I was trying to make my yard beautiful. That's when I first laid my eyes on these beauties...

They're Hawaiian Bell Vines. Also known as Stictocardia Beraviensis. I had purchased a few of them. And they grew magically on my back fence. Not only were these vines gorgeous! But they also provided a lot of privacy. In that they created a "wall," between me and the neighbors.

Unfortunately, I didn't have the vines for a long time. Maybe a year or two. Because one Fall, after they had died down, my parents came to visit. And I was muscling the lawnmower around my yard. My Dad offered to help me out. And before I knew it, a lot of my plants had been mowed down. He hadn't realized, that there were plants there. Everything from my prized vines to gardenias, hibiscus, peonies, bougainvilleas, and a few birds of paradise. Yes, I was so sad! And they never came back.

I was sad. Because I really liked the flowers. The vines were nice too. But there was something nice about the flowers. Something special. So I kept them on my radar. And searched high and low, every single growing season. With absolutely no luck! I couldn't find them anywhere. Not on eBay, not on the web, not in the nurseries.

Earlier this year, I found this website. And noticed they sold my favorite vines. The Hawaiian Bells. But they were out of stock. I contacted the owners. And they assured me, they'd be stocking up soon. That was way back in February. Every single day, I check this page. I so badly want some more of these vines. Why does gardening have to be so frustrating at times?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Monkey Bib

There are so many babies being born. Since July, I've been trying to just keep up. But I've fallen slightly behind on the gifts. All these Baby Showers. So many of my friends and family, are all having babies. And tons of them. I've got a fairly large collection of patterns. Most, like 90%, are for girls.

This has left me in a bit of trouble. As most of my family members have recently had, or are very soon expecting, baby boys. So I've been hunting high and low, for the perfect patterns. Little boys are a little tough to craft for. But I've found a few cute patterns. This one, being one of my favorites!

Oh my! Isn't this bib just the cutest thing ever? I thought so. And I've added it to my list of projects. If only I had a few days, to do nothing at all, except crochet. Anyway that I look at it, I need to make uh, 5 of these. ASAP! Oh boys! ♥

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fly Away Home

Last week, I laid my eyes on this book. Yes, I'd bought it months ago. And yes, I'd been excited at the time. But somehow, it fell between the cracks. I left it on the coffee table. Before I knew it, our cleaning lady, had put it up on the bookshelf. And I had forgotten all about it.

But last week, I was trying to take a nap. It was unsuccessful. And I was not having the best of weeks. Which lead to me, to not being able to concentrate on anything. As I laid on the couch, this book kept grabbing my attention. I recognized it. I remembered it.

Before I knew it, I was sitting there reading. On page 100. Totally engrossed in this book. That I remember buying, but don't remember what happened after that. How did I lose track of this book? I could almost kick myself, for not reading it. For putting it off this long.

Fly Away Home has been one of those books, that I just needed to read. For all sorts of reasons. It ties in, with some things, that I'm trying to process. You know, on the family front. And with some school work, that I was working on. It just tied so much in. What I call, "A perfect read, at the perfect time."

A little bit about this book. It's loosely based on political affairs. And some current events. What goes on, behind the scenes. How these women are able to stand behind their husbands. And how they are able to go on with their lives. The shame that comes with the truth. But also the story of their personal lives.

Yes, this was a good book. A total page turner. That left me reading the entire book, in one sitting! I thoroughly enjoyed the way the characters grew. Became stronger, more independent people. How their "picture perfect" lives, were really just fronts. Yes, this was a good book! It makes you think twice about the way you see other people.

Jennifer Weiner has been a favorite author of mine for a while now. She writes about women, for women. Some of the chapters are a little "racy," but the books are always so good! Books that I know, I will enjoy reading. And more times than not, I end up reading in one sitting. Yes, she's an incredible author! ♥

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

French Dip Au Jus

For as long as I can remember, I've been a big fan of the "French Dip." My parents have always been fans of eating out. As in, we're ridiculously good friends, with more waiters, waitresses, managers, cooks, and restaurants owners, than I'd like to admit to. Just because, how embarrassing, these people are closer than family! I'm not lying. :)

Anyway, because of our close relationships, I'd get to eat whatever I wanted. Yes, even as a 4 year old. They'd just turn it into a fun kid-sized meal. And my love affair with the "French Dip" began. Maybe that's why I almost died of happiness yesterday. When I found this week's, Gooseberry Patch, Free Recipe of the Week. Love I tell you!

French Dip Au Jus

3 to 4-lb. beef rump roast
1 c. soy sauce
1-1/2 oz. pkg. onion soup mix
6 to 8 hoagie buns, split

Place roast in a slow cooker; pour soy sauce over top. Sprinkle soup mix over roast; fill slow cooker with enough water to cover roast. Cover and cook on low setting for 10 to 12 hours. Slice or shred meat; serve on rolls. Pour juices from slow cooker into small bowls for dipping. Makes 6 to 8 sandwiches.

And so, that's what dinner was tonight. Yum, it was delish! A little bit of heaven. With homemade french fries, a yummy salad, and a summer cobbler. If I continue to eat like this, I'll be required to run 10 miles a day! But it will be worth it. ♥

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Beautiful Woman

My heart is breaking tonight. We lost a dear, and beautiful woman today. The world was blessed with 88 amazing years. Years that she shared her grace, beauty, and love. Miss M spread joy wherever she went. Shining bright. Open arms, and open soul.

She will be missed. I just can't believe that I won't get to have another conversation with her. We won't share another hug. Or amazing story from the past. But I am grateful for all the time we shared. Although brief, I learned so much. From this beautiful soul.

Our hearts go out to her amazing family. Their hearts are broken tonight. I pray that they find comfort in the coming days. Knowing that Miss M is in a better place. Celebrating a beautiful life with Our Creator. ♥

So Sweet!

Don't baby items just make you smile? There is something so sweet and innocent about them. And I've been completely immersed in baby stuff lately. So many of my friends, are having babies. And I'm expecting so many Goddaughters, in the coming months. Yes, I've been trying out new and old patterns. But this pattern, it just makes my heart melt.

I bought it on eBay a few years ago. I have no idea what it's called. But it is one of my favorite patterns. And right now, I'm working on a few of these little beauties. In the most amazing, and saturated colors. Oh, how I can't wait! Until my Goddaughters are here. And we can play dress up! :) Yes, I'm that kind of Godmother. That just has to shower her itty bitties in the prettiest little things. ♥

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Good Weekend

This weekend started out on the bumpy side. I just don't know how else to put it. I was all over the place. Emotionally, I was not doing so well. I think all my family issues, are starting to catch up with me. Do you know what I mean?

And even though we're out here, in the middle of nowhere, and the rain has been insane, I'm so glad that I'm here. This guy, makes it all better. No matter what happens. He just makes life better. And we've managed to have a lot of fun. You know, in between all these ridiculous rain storms!

It's also been nice to have one of our good friends,back here with us. A few months ago, he had knee surgery. And he's been on the mend since. Staying back home, and working on the other side of things. This was the first weekend, that he decided to try the traveling game again. Honestly, I hadn't realized, just how much we'd all missed him. Do you have friends like that? That make you just feel at ease. And crack you up with some silly jokes.

Although, we were so happy that he's back on the "Road Team," and he's happy to be back to his old job, you could tell that he missed home. And his little girl. You can't blame him. I always say that I'm lucky. I get to travel with My Guy. Most of the people in this industry, don't get to bring their families along. It has to be tough. To be away from your family, for at least 50% of the week.

We all made the best of it though. The best of all this rain. And being in the middle of nowhere. With really not much to do, besides the guys' work. So we headed to the Outlet Mall yesterday. All I had heard, for the last 2 months, is how good the shopping is. Do you remember when I went home? Ya, My Guy and his buddies were out here. And they did some shopping. So I hauled everybody back there yesterday. And we came home with lots of good goodies. :)

But the best part of our weekend has been all the time spent at the condo. Just hanging out. Enjoying good food. Lots of laughter. Some stupid jokes. Hilarious TV. And just a bit of being kids! Sometimes, even if it's for work, it's nice to just get away. To be somewhere new. And to do things that you usually don't do.

As I type this, rain is coming down outside. I'm sure the guys aren't too happy about it. It postpones everyone's work. But I'm quite enjoying the rain. And the little bit of quiet time. A much needed rest. Something that I haven't had much of lately. ♥

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy 100th Birthday Lucy!

Today, marks Lucy's 100th Birthday. Can you imagine? Yes, she past away more than 2 decades ago. But she is still a staple. One of my favorite actresses of all time! Yes, I LOVE watching I Love Lucy. There was a time when I'd get up at 3AM, just to watch an hour, of my favorite show!

There is just something about Lucy. And her show. Something iconic. And simple. It's about a time past. A life that was better than ours. A time when things were just better. And who can resists a good laugh?

Oh, how I wish! I wish I could travel to Jamestown today. But in my own way, I'll be celebrating. I found a Marathon of I Love Lucy. And I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my favorite Red Head! Happy Birthday Lucy! ♥

Friday, August 5, 2011

Steady As She Rose

A while back, I got the Pirates of the Carribean Collection, from OPI. No, I didn't buy it. I'm not that crazy! Who spends $45 on nail polish? Not me! But I got it as a gift. I was over the moon! More so, because it's one of those things that I really wanted. But would never buy myself.

Who in the heck can resist these colors though? They are gorgeous! It was immediate "LOVE at First Sight." No lie! These colors are right up my alley. Perfect for summer. With a few staples, that can easily work all year round. Like Steady As She Rose...

Yes, this color ranks way up there! The perfect mix of lilac and grey. Something different. Not completely out of the ballpark. But just perfect. A color that I longed for, without knowing about it. Yes, I'm actually going to go buy a second bottle. Why? Because I see this as being a staple of mine. A color that I reach for, because it's a fun neutral. ♥

Thursday, August 4, 2011


I've become an addict. Highly addicted to Cranberry-Apple Juice. A little sweet. A little tart. A 50-50 mix of juice and water, it's the best way to start my morning! Usually with a piece of toast and peanut butter. Yum! :)

Yes, I might just drink a bottle, in a matter of days. But honestly, this is the ONLY sugary drink, that I indulge in. And since I don't drink coffee, I'm clearly not a "Morning Person," and well I just need some help in the morning...this is a good compromise. Yum! I think it's taking over my love of Cranberry-Raspberry juice. ♥

Happy Birthday Enzo!

Today just happens to be Enzo's birthday. 31 years. Yuppers, my friends are getting old! ;) I'm just playing! But I wanted him to know, that I'm thinking about him today. Wishing and hoping he has an amazing birthday. Filled with fun and love.

Years ago, we'd come up with some elaborate plan. For all of our friends, to be in our hometown, on the same weekend. So we could celebrate. Having a fun BBQ. With tons of good music. And of course, a ton of food. Yes, those were good times. Then we all grew up, and became "real adults" with real responsibilities. It's been years since our fun get togethers. But I'll never forget those fun times. And I hope Enzo doesn't either.

Today is all about celebrating my friend. We've been friends forever. Literally, since my birth. And I can't think of a better friend. All I want for Enzo, is all of the love and support that he gives me. I want him to be happy, and to find the love that he deserves. Happy Birthday Zozo! I hope that it's a good one! ♥

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Enchanted Places

Do you ever dream of far away places? Something different. A little unusual. Or just unexpected. I think of lots of things like this. Sometimes, I think it helps me cope with my job. Working in hospitals can be tough. You do whatever you can, just to get through the day. And sometimes, that means I daydream. :)

I dream about long and lazy days here. At this beautiful farm house. With all it's breathtaking surroundings. Just imagine a lazy day of reading and exploring. Enjoying nature at it's finest.

Or spending the day, exploring this beautiful and lush forest. Pretending to be from a time long ago. Playing in this fun, little house. Enjoying all the charm and beauty of nature. Dreaming up wonderful things. A world that is a little more simple.

How about something fun like this? Honestly, this is right up My Guy and I's alley! I can just see us camping out. With this beauty. Lots of yummy toasted marshmallows. Some fun movie. Because did you notice in the picture? Ya, we could have fun with this little guy!

Yes, there are times and days, when I just dream. Dream of fun things. To help me through the tough things in life. Because, life is not always easy. And sometimes, you just have to pull out all the stops. And make things a little better. Daydreaming always makes life better! ♥

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Artistic Annie Doll

This little doll, well Marissa wants it. In a BAD way! She may have hinted, a few hundred times, that her birthday is a month away. REALLY? I had no clue! :)

No really, I'm downloading the pattern as I type this. But I'm still a little shocked, that she LOVES this doll so much. I'm not sure what it is. But if she wants it, well, I guess this Tia Bonita has got to make it. :) She may have also hinted, that she wants the doll to have red hair, and a green and blue dress. Totally doable!

Don't you just love kiddos? And their honesty. I do! And I love how this itty bitties really adore handmade gifts. And they really do believe, that I can make anything and everything. Hopefully, I never let them down. Now I'm off to go crochet. Happy Tuesday! ♥

Monday, August 1, 2011

New Girl

New Girl looks like it's going to be so good. Something light and fun. Just what I need in my life. Is anyone else as excited as I am? I don't exactly know what it is, but I'm secretly counting down the days, until it airs. I guess I'm just ready for some laughter. And a little bit of time, to just forget "Real Life." And for me, good TV provides both of those things. ♥