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Monday, December 5, 2011

The giving Days of Christmas

Love this idea of an advent Calendar all about giving.  Every year I have bought my children (now 17 & 23) an advent calendar with chocolate for each day before Christmas.  What a joy it would be to share all of these notes of good deeds done over the years at the beginning of each holiday.  Simply put a garland with each day of the month represented.  It could be as simple as a bow to tie a note to, or a little container of any kind.  Each day, you each do a good deed for someone else.  A total stranger, an animal, maybe your whole family. And on Christmas Eve you can sit around a warm fire sharing.....imagine the joy of reading when your children are adults what they did at five, six and seventeen?  Wish I had done this, but it's never too late to do a good deed.  Let's all share the joys of Christmas with each other by receiving the blessings and happiness that comes from truly giving from our hearts. xoxox


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Moments like these

 You love your kids.  You want the best for them.  You want them to achieve their own personal best.  This was one of those moments that you want your children to have in their life.  Whether it's singing at a concert, doing a dance routine.....just for once in their lives to hear people CHEERING for you, Clapping for you!!! A moment where everyone is truly happy in a few seconds or minutes that you gave them.....He's a senior.  Last football game.  They were losing (by a lot)  No touchdowns...and then this!!
 He will probably never be a college player. ...but for this ONE moment he was and knows he has it in him.  THey still lost, but after his touchdown the other team did not score a single point....watching the team hug, helmet slap and cheer him after was one of the happiest moments of my life.......now, he knows he can do it....which is the first step to doing anything and everything he wants.  Being a mother is hard....but there are times like this that you wouldn't trade for anything in the world.....because they are your world.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sophie the Chicken Burglar

Just another day at home... Sophie comes in for a visit....and a little snack.  Notice how Betsy just watches as Sophie enjoys eating doggie dinner...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sweet Little Dolls

I have a fear that I could turn into one of those scary doll ladies.  I don't know what it is about them that I just adore.  I only have a few, and am parting with this one, but I search for them all the time on Etsy and Ebay.  Sometimes it's hard to know the reasons something appeals or calls to us.  Myself, I often wonder for me if it's the fact that I feel I missed a lot of my childhood because my mother died when I was young.  Maybe it's the cherished moments with that little doll that was the only one that really understood.
For whatever reason, I know that as a child these toys were like family to me.  I can remember being so innocent that I was so sure she had feelings.  Can't you?  Wasn't that a magical time?  

I guess it is the fondness that draws us back to items from our childhood.  I once had someone tell me at a Flea that we are all there re-purchasing our childhoods.....could be.  
Maybe these sweetly loved dolls are just that.




Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Emperor's New clothes.





Being a woman of middle age....I am beginning to think that the world has gone madd.  It doesn't help that I live in Orange County and happen to love to shop at Fashion Island, when having lunch al fresco means you can admire the parade of women who are sixty (not fooling anyone) and just looking like they are trying desperately to cling to their youth...while pushing their poodle in a stroller and wearing clothes they bought in the teen section.... Sure, I look in the mirror and notice things aren't the way they were 20 years ago.  So I get facials, use sunscreen, wear hats, eat well and try to get my beauty sleep..... I want to grow old gracefully and look good for MY AGE.... like Sally Field, Dianne Keaton..... not look like Barbie gone wrong.
Younger and Younger women are disfiguring themselves because this is becoming the "new look of beauty"  Orange skin, big lips, breasts that don't move, faces without expression.  Who is happy with that?  Whenever I visit small towns like Bend, Oregon (Where I secretly want to live), I think....YEAH!  Real women.  Women with style, grace and natural beauty...Honestly, it is getting to be so silly in California, and I am a true native that when I am 70 will look 70...with class, grace and my own face.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Narrowing it down

I have such a love of vintage.

Before this new endeavor, I designed baby clothing with vintage elements.  My husband always said that if I had my way I would decorate the house like Mary Engelbreit's nursery.   So it was a good outlet for me....thus....I have a lot of things to sell like this little muff for girls.

I also have a huge love of hats.  I wear hats all the time and I guess people are surprised when I don't have one on.  Thus, another passion to share....So Vintage and Hats......bliss!
This shawl was one of my best finds. I was thinking of selling it on my Etsy store...but I do have a vintage fashion section on my new website so I think this will go there.....Isn't it incredible? Bats!  I have never seen any like this.

So while working on my website I am cleaning out a LOT of ephemera and Estate sale items to put on my Etsy store.  

Organization isn't my strongest point.  I'm a little scattered and that's how I work....working at home it's hard to focus on my work if there are dishes, the chicken house needs to be cleaned, dogs to walk, laundry to do.....thus....it doesn't get done.  And throw in son's football games and forget about it.  I don't know if any of you have a hard time managing work at home....if so....and you have any suggestions...please feel free to share.  
(Except for the Shawl, these items are in my Etsy store right now --- minus the beautiful blue hat....just sold today.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ready. Set.....Almost Go!

Ok.  Inching closer to the web site launch.   Excited.  Scared.  Feeling like YIKES!!!   I am an INFANT at this.....
Jolia Jewels
Creating your business is bliss and at the same time a little like jumping off a cliff.  Sharing. Creating.  And the hope that what I love you will too!  These are an example of  one of the fun & unique lines I will carry:  Jody  Lyons is a New York Jewelry designer that I found at the L.A. Show and couldn't buy enough of!!!  Just Sayin.. whenever I wear any of her earrings I receive a lot of compliments.  You will too.  Stay tuned......

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I am a blessed woman.
   Today I received the wonderful News:


           Biopsy- NEGATIVE.  I have never had this worry before.
 I was frozen with fear and sadness while praying God would give me the strength and dignity to endure whatever came my way.....


Now, I feel like it truly is the first day of the rest of my life......All of the "what if's"  are being replaced by the "Just think...... of all I have to accomplish and how loved I am by all of those that prayed for me.....
                I am blessed.  Thankful.   Pondering.   Promising not to worry about the small stuff and to find gratitude and grace in every day.  xoxo  (This design is from my Baby Line that I used to have....but If it fit me...I would wear it today.)

  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Just trying to chill today while waiting for my dr. to call with Biopsy results.


  I am in  menopause with irregular bleeding.  Had to have ultrasound that showed some things so he ordered the ovarian cancer screening and then a biopsy of uterus.  One day you're thinking about what to make for dinner......the next... I've never even had an irregular pap so I am TRYING not to worry.......easier said than done.  But my house is really clean!
Finally, my sweet hubby got tired of watching me jump when the phone rang, and HE called my doctor....the results were there but the doctor wasn't.  Will find out tomorrow morning....feeling a bit nervous....
 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I adore Hand Embroidery. It reminds me of when I was little and my grandmother lived with us and embroidered all of our pillow cases. Some of which I still have.

I love the time and patience it takes and almost meditation. It is one of those things that is good for the soul and adds such a touch of love and memories to a home.

It is particularly hard to find one with such beautiful features and unusual subject matter. This was probably made to honor Amelia and her around the world flight. Beautiful lace enfolds the edges and gives it that beautiful antique finish.

These are some of my favorite things to collect, as I know that love went into them and I somehow feel like I am keeping that love going by giving it a home.....perhaps this is just the perfect one for yours? If so, skip over to my ETSY store and it is all yours.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Delightful Aunt Lillian


My AUNT LILLIAN is my inspiration and motivation as a woman. She is 93 years old, has style, grace and a great sense of humor. She lights up a room and is such a strong and positive person. I was blessed to be with her when my dear Uncle, her husband, passed away a few months ago at 98. It was just the three of us in that room and when he left her she lost the man she has been with since she was 15 years old and all she could do was thank him, sing to him, remind him of what a wonderful life they had together. I am so blessed to have been there and we are forever tied to that moment together and it was one of the greatest privileges I will ever know. She has lost two of her children, and their spouses in the last five years. Our family will never be the same with them gone, but seeing her strength and Joy for life gives me courage to face whatever lies ahead and I just pray God will give me the Grace that he has her when dark days come. Until then, she has taught me to dance in the light.

Friday, September 9, 2011

I adore words in a home.  It is like the soul or spirit of the place we love most.  I couldn't resist this beautiful piece in the most chippy, and stunning frame.  The embroidery is so sweet, and the best part is there is a final paragraph that I didn't ever hear..." If I should live for other days, I pray thee Lord to Guide my Ways"
I am sure many of you all remember saying this sweet prayer before bedtime.  I wish I had known about the happier ending then.  xo

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Little Things

 I just Adore Beautiful serving spoons.  Whenever I am entertaining, or even just a nice meal with friends and family, I love the extra~special touches that vintage serving ware adds to the table.  
To me, it is another way of saying how special they are and how much you enjoy serving them.  I have a servants heart and I know that one of the ways I show my love is through little things like this.  What ways do you have of reminding those we love how special they are when you sit down to a meal together?

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Having 50th birthday at my home this Saturday for the Hubby. Will post some of the finished pics later today. Making pompoms for decor. If you've ever done it, tips are welcome. I am watching it on Youtube later to learn how.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ta da!! The beginning of a new adventure.