Monday, March 28, 2011

Let's Enjoy "The Now"

Good Monday morning everyone and welcome Through My Back Door. It is cold and rainy here in East Tn and I have been complaining. I know I should be ashamed and told myself I should just embrace The Now. The coffee is on, its Kona today, and there is also hot tea if you'd like. How many of you like me have just been complaining about stuff? I mean little trivial things like the weather, that we have no control over? Well I decided I would just enjoy The Now. I went with Deb, Michael, and my sister in law this week end to Il to visit my granddaughter and her husband. They are doing their residencies  and don't get a lot of time off, so when they do we try to go visit. Well it was COLD! It even snowed. I thought well when I get home it will be warmer. NOT! It is cold here too,  and of course I complained. That is when I decided to just enjoy The Now. A lot of us are going through a lot of tough things right now and I am not going to complain about something I have no control over. I am saving my energy for more important While in Il we met our friend Carla and her husband, Darryl. It was like we had been friends forever! We are friends on a couple of forums and that is how we met.
Carla made us a beautiful cross stitch. Deb made her a little wax lamb. I bought her battery candles on a timer. I need to learn to make something. any ideas? It would have to be rather simple. Any way it was a good visit and we can't wait until we meet again.
I decided today I would share some of my favorite cultery trays with you. I just love these as you can use them for so many things. I mostly just leave them empty and set them around. You know I love hearts. I have found two that have hearts in the handle
This one came from my friends Sandy & Mike at Corner antiques in Clinton.
This one I got from my friend Iris at Corner Antiques a long time ago. Can you tell that is my favorite antique store?
This is the first one I ever bought. It is from Ohio and I have a candle box to match. I have had it for many years.
This one came from an antique store in Ky.
This one is walnut and I bought it on the worlds longest yard sale, from a Pa dealer.
This is my latest and guess where I got it? You guessed it, Corner Antiques! It is really small and not old, but I thought it was cute!
This is one I found at Gooodwill and Deb made it over for me. I liked the handle on it.
I won't bore you with anymore today. I just think they are prim and thought you might enjoy seeing them. I find it so nice we all enjoy seeing one another's prim finds. I really enjoy visiting your blogs and seeing all the neat things you find.
I hope each and everyone of you enjoy The Now with things and people around you that you love. Thanks for coming Through My Back Door where life is good.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

What a beautiful afternoon it is here  and I am so happy you chose to come Through My Back Door. It is still cool enough to enjoy a cup of coffee and today we are back on Dunkin DoughNut's Hazelnut. I just love to sit and relax with a good cup of coffee. Don't you? I have often wondered how many serious problems have been solved over a hot cup of coffee. We know a lot of friendships have been forged over it,  because look at us. We have had several cups together. I have been watching womens basketball tournaments today. I have to confess, I love womens basketball and just get real excited when it's March Madness. That is if my Lady Vols do well. I have some other teams I like too, if they are not our Enough of that and on to decorating.
Okay, I have another confession. I am not good at putting together vignettes. I blog hop, get on PT, and I am mesmerized by the beautiful groupings you all put together. Then I attempt it and I just think, shucks a monkey, they never look as polished as a lot of yours does. Any way I thought I would share a few bunnies that are hopping Through My Back Door.
I love these little prim bunnies and the pin keep. I got it from Deb, at Pigrims and Pioneers. I absolutely love her work. I had never had a pin keep until a few months ago. Now I want one for every season. Is that an addiction? (remember the stools) uh oh.
 A basket of homemade prim eggs. My friend Sharon,aka The Speckled Hen gave  to me.
This little rabbit was made by Deb.
He is an old chalkware bunny I bought at a yard sale for a dime.
I love him buried in these red tulips.
This not a bunny but a little yellow peep. I think he is cute in that basket.
When Easter is in the horizon, I love it when the Cadbury carmel eggs are found in stores!Oh my, I like them almost as much as ice cream! Have you ever put them in the freezer and eaten them half frozen? They are so good. Try it.
Well thanks for coming Through My Back Door  where life is good.
ps I appreciate all of you who have joined me on this journey. I read all of your comments and they mean a lot. I have come to the conclusion that some of the most wonderful people on earth are on blogs and forums. I am so thankful to get to know you through this medium. I have also joined the ranks of those on Face Book, thanks to my daughter. I have no idea what I am doing but it is fun!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Seeing Green, But Not Envy

Happy St. Patrick Day! Welcome Through My Back Door where I am seeing green. No, not envy, but green prim goodies. The coffee is on and today we are having Kona. I try to get it when I find it and sometimes it is hard to find. I'm more than happy to share with you, and lets drink out of the green cups today, okay? I am so glad you came by. Are you as excited as I am about the warm days and flowers blooming? I thought winter would never end this year. We had a cold, snowy winter here in the south. I usually enjoy those cold days, but had too many of them to suit me.
Oh well on with the green. I belong to the Primitive Pantry and we did a post your greens last week. I didn't think I had many greens but found a few more than I thought I would. So in honor of St Patrick Day here are a few of my greens.
I am sure you remember these from my stool addiction post.
A green firkin. I found this in Maine a couple of years ago and it is one of my favorites
 My stove board,  I found on the longest yard sale a few years ago and the shamrock dish towels my granddaughter gave me  along with a green cup another granddaughter gave me.
 A picture of my grandparents house, that my cousin Laura did several years ago. It hangs on my wall of things I love.
This Longaberger basket looks blue but it is green. That is all of my green, but I'll show you a couple of things from my friend Carol. Carol loves Peter Rabbit. Closer to Easter we are going on another field trip to her house. It is always a feast for your eyes and you won't want to miss it. If you remember we went in the fall and at Christmas.
I told you she loves Peter Rabbit. I hope you enjoyed a peak into her house.
Well I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful day and are able to share it with those you love. It is my opinion that being with those you love is the real pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Thanks for coming Through My Back Door, where life is good.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Let Your Light Shine, or in This Case Glow

Good morning friends and welcome Through My Back Door for the second time this week. Of course the coffee is on, and of course I want you to have a cup, and of course I want to share just a few of the candles that make my life glow. A few posts ago I did a blog on candles and candle holders, but Dolly over at The Primitive Pantry is hosting, Candles and Candle Holders, and I told her I would join in. Here's a few you haven't seen.

and one more. This is one I really like and can use it anywhere.
Well these are just a few of the candles that glow Through My Back Door, where life is good.
 Thanks again for visiting. I am  humbled each time you stop by.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Simple Yellow Bowl

Good Wednesday morning everyone. Welcome Through My Back Door where everything is clean and fresh. Oh yes the coffee is on and again we are having Hazelnut, from Dunkin Donut. Dunkin Donut is my favorite coffee. After DD my next favorite is Kona. While you get your coffee and find a seat, I'll show you this simple Yellow Bowl.
See, it is nothing significant at all. It even has a crack in it it.
Can you see it? Well I was washing everything in my house, after the skunk episode and when I washed this little bowl a flood of memories about it came rushing back. You all know my husband and I were in the antique business for many years, several years ago. As dealers you are always on the hunt for items. You look everywhere trying to find wonderful things. We always said, you kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince. Well needless to say, you didn't always dress up when you went yard selling. This one day we stopped at a little house and it was an older couple having the yard sale. We looked around and my husband found some tools. I kept picking up this little bowl, with the crack wondering if I could resell it. I decided I didn't want to have a cracked item and set it back down. Apparently the old gentleman had been watching me. When we got into our van to leave, he picked up the bowl, ran over to the van and said, "You like this and we want you to have it!" He was grinning from ear to ear. I tried to pay him and he said,"Oh no. This is a gift." He thought I couldn't afford it. So that little bowl has stayed with me all these years reminding me of the kindness of an old couple, my path never crossed again. Yet in that brief meeting they touched me with their kindness and generosity, that I have not forgotten.
That bowl represents much more than it appears to. We never know when we do a small deed or say a kind word that it will be remembered for the years to come.
That Simple Yellow Bowl fills me with a warm feeling every time I look at it? What is your Simple Yellow Bowl?
Thank you for coming Through My Back Door, where life is good.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Little Step Stools

Welcome Through My Back Door again. I am really happy you chose to come by on this rainy night. Oh yes the coffee is on. I hope you like Dunkin Donut Hazelnut, because that is what we are having. I enjoy good coffee or a cup of good tea so much. It really makes me happy that you do too. I thought since I had been gone for a while, we would talk about the summer I went stool crazy! It got so bad, that when we would go into an antique store, Deb or Michael would say, "No Stools", lol. They thought I was going to have to attend Stools anonymous, as well as ice cream eaters anonymous, but that's another story, for another time. (I like ice cream as much as I like coffee) Oh well, back to the stools. I bought several little stools over a short period, and had no where to put them. I just loved them. I thought I would share just a few that I thought were extra special.
You might know one would be red. lol
And one would be mustard! Actually this was an old shoe shine box. I really like it.
This one looks a little rough.I think it has been used.
This is an early one. Can you see the dove tailing on the top? I guess it is my favorite, even though I don't use greens.
Another red one! My husband built this one. It is special.
These are a few of my favorite stools. I don't even know why I like them, but I do. I hope you enjoyed them too.
As I was writing this I had a thought.(that could be dangerous). I don't need to join stools nor ice cream eaters anonymous! I'll just invite you over and we will sit on the stools and eat our ice cream! What do you think? Is that a plan?
Thanks for coming Through My Back Door again where life is good.(once again)