Saturday, December 26, 2009


It is finally here! After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last December, Georgia had to learn how to test and monitor her Blood Glucose levels and give herself shots of insulin. Then she had to learn how to Carbohydrate Count. All of this was leading up to getting the insulin pump which acts as her pancreas, delivering insulin in a steady dose throughout the day and night. Her doctor finally said she had learned all she needed to and approved the pump. She has now mastered the pump and all of its workings as well. She is quite an amazing girl,and has taken on so much responsibility since her diagnosis last year. We are very proud of her. She decided to give it a name, and since it is green (she got to pick from several colors) and it came to us in December, she named it Mistletoe. I admit it was difficult to accept that a machine would be attached to my child. But it really is helping. I am grateful for good insurance and amazing technology! Till the next post, Love, Jodi


Here are some pictures of what we have been up to this month. We made cookies with my Mom (it would not be Christmas without them!)and Georgia made a nativity scene with her American girl dolls, how cute is that? We always decorate a gingerbread house, but this year the beagle ate part of it. We left her on her own for 5 minutes and the next thing you know, the gingerbread house is missing it's roof! Things like this make for great memories though...Share your holiday memories with me, I would LOVE to hear about them! Till next time, Jodi

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Darlenes sweet desert cottage

I have known Darlene for a couple of years now, however it was just this summer that I was able to get to know her and she has since become a very dear friend of mine. Around town she was rumored to be an incredible decorator, and I asked her if she would mind if I came over and took some pictures for my blog. She agreed and was gracious and welcoming. The rumors were true! Her home is all at once charming, darling and delightful. With walls the palest-fairy-wing-green and cranberry-red, and accents of both throughout. She effortlessly mixes antiques with new furnishings, and arranges cherished family heirlooms in a simple yet creative and fresh way. I was absolutly charmed by her beautiful home. Now I need to get her over here to work on my house....

Is this THE most beautiful bed you have ever seen? I love the simplicity and height.


The bright red mirror makes a gorgeous focal point in the master bathroom.

The charming guest bedroom.

A sweet mix of vintage prints and antique photographs.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What a beautiful contrast the fairy-wing-green and the cranberry-red walls make.

Shelves and even windows are made into displays.

Cozy, charming and delightful.

I love how she groups like colors together.

Isn't this color beautiful?

What time is it? It's time to paint your walls red!

I love the angle that the books are at. I plan on trying this myself.
The watch in the glass dome belonged to Darlenes husbands father, the crystal cracked so to protect it from dust, she placed it here.

This precious teddy belongs to Darlenes husband, it was his when he was a child.

A great way to add some charm to a doorway.

Antique china plates with the same color scheme.

How suprising and sweet to see a picture of two lovers tucked between a pair of teapots.

I love to see cherished family pictures, they make the diffrence between a house and a home.

Time worn and well loved, vintage sugar and creamer and silver spoons.

Cups and spoons ready for a tea party.

This chair was found at a yard sale where the lady selling it explained that her father had had carved it. WHY would you sell this treasure?

Oh how I love red checks! I am crazy about this chair! The red accents throughout the home are just right! Red can be overwhelming, but not here!

Darlene did some decorating work for a friend who had these chairs stored in her garage. When the friend wanted to repay her, she suggested giving these instead. She had them reupholstered in this darling fabric and when the friends husband saw how well they turned out, he actually wanted them back! Too late!