Thursday, May 22, 2014

Americana Summer 2014 part 2

Here is the living room/family room in our home. This is where we spend most of the time when we are in our home. Blogging friends look closely at the photos and you will see items that have been gifted to me or bought by me from blogging pals. I think of each of you when I unpack them each years.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Americana Summer 2014 part 1

Hubby and I have been busy! Hubby doing all the labor( Have I told you I have the bestest hubby in the world) and me supervising! The front porch is decorated, the red bricks chips have been put out, and the flowers and plants have started growing in the front flower beds. I planted lots of flower seeds that are coming up but I do miss the punch of color out there so I may break down and go buy some red, white, and blue flowers to plant in the planters on the porch and I need to get some hanging baskets for the front porch!

I have also changed out all the inside decorations to my Americana collections! I am a crazy American and Patriotic collector! I love the red, white, and blue. I started decorating the Monday after Easter and I am still finding things I forgot to put out. So, I am always tweaking my displays. I hope to get at good at displaying my collections as some of my blogging friends. I will share the inside pictures tomorrow. Since this would be a really heavy photo post if I did it all in one post!

I hope you all have a blessed day!

 If I can share anything with you that you will remember me for it is my passion and appreciation for our service members and their families. When my son joined the Army is 2006 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 where he served for 15 months our lives here on earth and our son as we had known him were forever changed! I beg you to pray for our soldiers still fighting in Afghanistan today. I beg you to pray for the families here at home. I beg you to pray for our wounded warriors and their families. I beg you to pray for our elected officials as they deal with the problems at the VA! Please pray! I will share with you that when my son was deployed I felt so guilty eating a hot meal, going out shopping, going out to eat, taking a hot bath or shower, talking on the cell phone, going to the kitchen to get a snack when I wanted to, getting online anytime I wanted to or needed to, having a cook out, celebrating holidays, and just living every day life because you see for 15 months if he didn't get back to his base in time after a patrol or mission, he didn't have a hot meal, he couldn't take a shower whenever he wanted to. The night we got a call at 1am and he asked me if I had mailed him a care package I said of course you have several on the way, he asked me if I had sent baby wipes and I said no I didn't, he said Mom, please go get me some, I haven't had a bath in 4 days and I stink and you know I can't stand to stink. After that phone call and me, his dad, and sister sobbing like babies, we left to go to Walmart at 2am. We bought  baby wipes in bulk and went home packed them up and was up in time to take them to the PO early Sat. morning to ship them off. His barracks where he slept was a good long walk to the mess hall, their were no stores on his base or any of the bases in Afghanistan at that time. They could shop at the locals market but they didn't have items  soldiers needed. I started asking for and collecting supplies from friends, family, and anyone else I could think of and I shipped box after box of supplies to the chaplain on the base to hand out to the soldiers. I was Mama Spence to my son and his friends and I loved these guys that had been together since basic training. I do not know if things have gotten better on the bases since 2007 but I pray they have. I continued to support the unit that took  my son's unit place in 2008 and 2009. My name and email was given to the new chaplain and he emailed me and told me he had heard how hard I worked and what types of packages I had managed to send and he hoped I would keep it up. So I did, I would go and talk to local groups and churches and tell them about the soldiers and what they needed. Then I would pray that we would get the items and the money to ship them. The new chaplain built like a little general store and he would put out all the items we sent him and the soldiers could come and get items as they needed them. When he left Afghanistan in 2009 I lost contact with him and I never heard from another chaplain. I had major set backs with my health in 2009 and I wouldn't have been able to be the go getter I once was. I didn't do it for praise , I just knew there was a need and I wanted to help out. Like I said earlier our family has been forever changed, my daughter says her brother died on April 22, 2007 the day he left to go back to Italy before he deployed the first week in May for Afghanistan. The man that returned from war isn't my son that left our home on April 22, 2007. The battles that he has to battle each time he closes his eyes to try to sleep is something that we can not understand, he can't sleep in a room with a door open, you do not put your hands on him to wake him up, you see they are still soldiers, they were hunted 24/7 by the enemy, just because they are home doesn't mean their mind knows they are not being hunted anymore. I pray daily for my son and his fellow soldiers that are battling these battles. I pray that the VA will recognize that this is a huge issue and yes the soldiers have issues with the PTSD name. They have this because of what they had to endure in service to our country. The shouldn't be labeled like this, I applaud President Bush's effort to get the name changed because it was an acquired disease as a result of battle. So, please Thank A Soldier this patriotic time of year! I purchased that sign off of Etsy in 2007 and I display it proudly each and every summer. God Bless the USA and all those that are serving and have served and their families!

 I love my country front porch and I thank my hubby several times a week for building it and for hauling home all the junk that I love to put on display out there. And yes, like the rest of our home, the decorations on the porch get changed out for each season and holiday! Summer and Americana are two of my favorite ways to decorate!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Happy 8th birthday Bella Boo!!!!

It is hard to believe that we have had this sweet little girl for 8 years. Bella Boo was bought and paid for by our daughter Dana. Sarge came home two months later!! Sarge and Bella fell in love, got married, had three beautiful babies, Hush Puppie, Kenzie Mae, and Cocoa Puff!!

Happy Birthday sweet Bella Boo!! You have provided us with so much love, joy, and pure bliss these past 8 years! Her birthday party will take place on Friday evening. I will take pictures to share.

I love you Bella Boo!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

cleaning out and selling some great finds!

This weekend I spent some time in my craft room cleaning out and organizing and I ran across the following items pictured below packed away in vintage bread boxes. I am changing my decorating style in my craft room to match the rest of my home, more primitive style of decorating. Wood boxes for storage, crocks, old jars, things like that. As well as decorating with Americana theme items and of course my dachshund collections.

So I am selling the items listed below. They have never been used or displayed. Below is copies of my receipts from Etsy from when I purchased them. I am selling them for what I paid for them and that price includes the shipping. So if you are interested let me know in a comment or email me at

I prefer to be paid by check or money order because paypal charges you for using them and I don't think that is fair do you?
Have a great week!

PS: I also found a bunch of vintage golden books, vintage Christmas cards, vintage baby cards, vintage wedding shower cards, vintage anniversary cards, vintage birthday cards, vintage cake decorations, and tons of vintage crafting items. If you would be interested in any of these items, let me know and I will take pictures and send them to you. I also have some of the Home Companion magazines that I want to sell also. Cleaning out and getting rid of stuff. If you want it let me know!

Purchased from MyVintageMending on July 18, 2012

$27.00 USD            
Purchased from CreativeBreathing on September 7, 2012

$34.00 USD

Purchased from MyVintageMending on July 22, 2012

$21.00 USD

Thursday, May 1, 2014

my fur grand babies

I thought I would show you two of the cutest and sweetest grand fur babies in all of the world. I am please to introduce you to Hush Puppie Buckshot and Kenzie Mae!!! They are brother and sister to my sweet Cocoa Puff and their Mom and Dad are Bella and Sarge! Bella and Sarge made some beautiful babies!! These babies have blessed our lives more than words can express!! Ok here is what you have been waiting for the pictures!!!

 Kenzie Mae
 Hush Puppi

 Kenzie Mae