The garland I have used for many years finally fell apart so I had to get a new one this year.  Every one I looked at was ugly, overpriced or both so I decided to make my own.

 It was so easy to make.

  I just picked out a basic evergreen garland in enough length to wrap around my front door and side lights. 

 I also chose a couple of garlands that brighten up the holidays to mix in (in the same length as my evergreen ones). 

I then twisted them together with some light strands and now I have a beautiful garland to light up my front entry.

  Hopefully it will last as long as the previous one.

~”It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”  ~W.T. Ellis


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We returned from our week long vacation and to my surprise, most of my plants looked pretty good. There was enough rain that most everything did well in my absence.  

 My tomatoes are turning red and they are so delicious.  We had blt’s for dinner last night.  Yum.  That is the taste of summertime. 

  Which reminds me that the end of the summer is coming right along.

 I plan on enjoying the autumn and the end of the gardening season as long as possible.

But before we know it we will be readying for winter time. 

But not just yet.

 There’s still plenty of summertime veggies to eat before then.



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I am posting again about this fun project from last spring.

We found some vintage windows on the curb, and they inspired this entire project.  With a bit of wood found in the garage and a quick trip to Home Depot, we had the makings of a fun weekend. antique windows

 On a gorgeous day early last Spring,  myhusband  got started on building me a cold frame.. web-kk-014

First he built it,web-kk-023

 then he put on wheels so we can move it into the sun or in and out of the garage if we have a bad frost coming.  


 Next we painted it, web-saturday-014

put the windows on with  hinges, web-saturday-245

and reused the window hardware as handles.web-saturday-236

He added a couple of heavy duty handles on the sides for lifting (you never know) web-k-002

and there you have it…web-saturday-247

a great cold frame to hold all my fledgling seedlings and give them an early start.web-saturday-254


~ All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar. ~ Helen Hayes


You may think the only thing I do is blog about boots,shoes and gardening.  Well, that’s not true.  Among many of the hats I wear, I am also the photographer for Gearcor’s online stores.  I thought I would take a minute and share a bit of the fun.  You know the old saying~ believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.  This can often be true in the world of advertising.  The seeing part, is what I am talking about here.   Creating images of products in their element isn’t always easy to do.  Part of the fun of photography is creating an image that captures people’s attention. 

 If you visit,  which is another Gearcor site along with  gardenshoesonline, one of the header photos you will see is this picture of the Kamik Elle rainboots in eggplant.  This shot looks like it was taken on a very slushy day, but in reality, it was dry and cold with no snow or ice at all.  This is one of the fun parts of my job~  I get to be part of creating an illusion with my camera.  For this shot, we brought in snow from a local ice rink.  When they resurface the ice, it creates (ice shavings) snow.

 A quick hosing of the parking lot in an uneven area with a few chunks of snow strewn about and we have a slushy, messy day that reflects the boots in the puddle.  Just the look we wanted to show you how great these boots can make you look in even the worst conditions (real or not) and your feet stay dry and warm to boot! (Sorry I couldn’t help myself on that one.)

For these Muck Boot Crocs, they wanted them next to a real crocodile. ( The model and I say thank goodness for photo shop)…but it made for another interesting photo shoot.  To see this photo I am referring to, you will need to click on this  link ~rainbootsonline~ then click on the  rainbootsonline logo in the upper left hand corner of the site until you see a couple of fun pics I took out in the urban jungle.  With a little photoshop effects, you have a crocodile on the city streets next to these great boots that look terrific in any setting.

~ And FYI ~no models, were eaten in the making of that shot.

So this is how it’s done, a lot of creative, rescourceful people, cameras and photoshop. 

I love what I do.




Hoping you are all ready to have a great New Years Eve!  Just enjoying the last bits of Christmas looking at my Pointsettias so I thought I would share them. 

  Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.  ~Author Unknown

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This is a Santa Claus tree topper that my son made in kindergarten or maybe preschool.  So it’s somewhere around 25 years old.  I used it for the top of our Christmas tree every year until it was just about falling apart. 

 Last year I decided to frame it and just hang it on the wall to be able to enjoy it and preserve it also.  I used a deep frame, laid it on red velvet and made squiggles out of silver pipecleaners just to add a little pizzazz.  Now I can still enjoy it year after year. 

~”Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. ” ~Deborah Whipp



I bought this Santa sign at a garage sale for $4.  I couldn’t believe my luck, that I had found it.  It stands about 4 ft tall and is made out of wood.   I think it may have been an advertisement of some sort long ago.  Whatever it was, it has new life now bringing Christmas spirit into our home year after year.


~”Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live. ” ~Dennis Miller ;)  

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  I made This Chrismas tree from vintage pins that were given to me. vintage pin tree

Each one of them is so pretty and unique.  They remind me of the person who gave it to me which makes it more special. pin tree

 It is about 15 inches square and each one is pinned to the red velvet and then I framed them in a deep frame.web-pin-tree-007

   What used to be jewelry is now a cherished Christmas decoration I bring out every year to hang on my wall.    It never fails to add a bit of cheer to the holiday season.


web-pin-tree-012 ~It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  ~W.T. Ellis




I made this wreath several years ago from vintage ornaments I have collected through the years. Most of them were saved from family, some from garage sales and ebay.  They are what I always decorate my tree with, but I had so many I decided to make some of the extras into a wreath so I would be enjoying all of them.  When I bring this out of the attic, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 



 ~”Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ~ Peg Bracken.


 I thought I would stay with the holiday theme and show my one Thanksgiving vintage piece.  It is a platter for turkey.  turkey-platter-004

 I got it at a garage sale a long time ago.turkey-platter-006

  I use it every year with out fail.  turkey-platter-005


I would also like to take this Thanksgiving day and Thank all of you for coming here to read my blog, and for all your kind comments~ also for all your fun and informative posts on your own blogs that I so enjoy.  I hope your Thanksgivings are filled with family, friends, good health, love and happiness .. and a lot of food.  



~”Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ” ~Mark Twain