Monday, November 23, 2015

Don't know where to start.

Have you ever had so much in your head that you don't know were to start? Well that's how I feel creatively and organizational wise. Been on a new mission to purge and organize our home. Boy is that hard for me to do. I have two sisters that are experts at this and can tackle and conquer any projects. I so admire people that can do that. But it's so hard for me cause I just want to keep it all, and you just can't. I think I'm getting old. I know it's just stuff and I'm always giving things away but it doesn't make a dent. Ok enough about my rant. 
This is my work desk today, one big mess. I've been working on some projects for some scrappy friends and I found a few things I want to alter for my space.  Wish me well. 

 Oh, and as if I don't have enough stuff, just found these at Target and I could not pass them up. How cute are these. I think the main thing is that I need to stop shopping. I know my problem, isn't that half the battle???

Sunday, November 15, 2015

My sister's annual Christmas fair. I want one of each, but they always sell out.

My sister China and her best bud Beth work really hard to pull off their annual craft fair. The fair is held on base and they do get a little help with the set up but, pretty much they're on their own. The area where they live in a beautiful rural country area that is prime real state for antiquing, estate sales, garage sale and year long junking.  I think they have the most fun collecting goodies to re-do and stock up their store booth. I  always make sure to  check on Monday, just to hear about their great finds of the weekend. Every year they do a great job with this event, but this year, OMG. I'm loving that red vintage suite case, oh those snow mans and the Santa dressed in camo, he's so cute.  

OMG, love the register. Where did they find that? Got to find out.  I sure hope they didn't sell it.  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Having a great 30th anniversary of my 25th birthday.

 Started the day by doing an early spinning class with my sweet friend Teresa, feeling great. Now relaxing with my hubby who is not working today, just hanging out with me. What makes my birthday extra special is that it's also our wedding anniversary, how great is that. 

                                         Love him, this man keeps me laughing everyday.

It's also my BFF's birthday. We met in Elementary school in an ESL class in Chicago, we had both just gotten to the states from Cuba, in 1970. I was just happy I found a Cuban friend and soon found out we shared the same birthday and we were born in the same hospital, just hours apart. What are the odds of that??? Now she also lives in Florida, about 4 hours from me.  This picture was taken at our 50th birthday cruise. Love Sonia, we had the best time in high school. She will always be a part of my life.  

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fall chandelier make over.

Totally forgot to post this. Any how, this is how I spruced up our little dinning room chandelier. I love the warm colors of fall and it looks so pretty against the white. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Some Hanky Panky.

I love vintage anything but I have to say that fabrics are my favorite. These are new to my collection of vintage handkerchiefs. I think they're so beautiful and I love the warm fall colors. Sometimes I'll put perfume on them and place one on top of my journal next to my night table and pretend I use them. I just like looking at them. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fall planting.

This year I decided to do my fall planting mainly from baby plants from the big box store. Most years I start my peppers, tomatoes and greens from seeds but not this year. It's been hot, according to my garden journal,  last year on Sept. 15th I had  started my seeds.  It was a drizzling and cloudy day, but I was out there all day long. I only came in because I had no more day light. I'll be at it again tomorrow. 

This is the beautiful Mariposa (butterfly), the national flower of of Cuba. It has the sweetest most intoxicating scent, and the flower feels like it has essential oils on the petals. She likes a sunny spot with  rich soil and lots and lots of water.

This is my Tilo (Linden flower). The original mother plant was my dad's and he went to be with the Lord over 25 years ago. We just keep passing it around, to family members that love gardening. Tilo  is a perennial ground cover.  She likes a rich soil with plenty of moisture and will thrive in a shady spot. Every Cuban grandmother believes that Tilo can cure just about every ailment under the sun. But, I love a cup of tea at night with mint to relax and for some reason when I have a cold is my go to tea.

          In my subtropical climate, not much happening in the fall, but I can still find beautiful colors.

This is my no fail soil recipe for tomatoes. I mix some compost, like 7 to 8 cups with 2 table spoons of Baking Soda. The Baking Soda helps with mildew and mold. I add about a cup of Epson-salt this will add the Magnesium.  Finally I add about a cup of dry milk, this is the calcium. I don't really measure, I just eye ball it. I mix this really well and add about a hand full on the bottom of a deep hole and drop the tomato plant in. This really works for me and it gives my tomatoes the best head start.
I'm really excited, I'm trying a Roma tomato this year. My sunny garden space is very limited , but this year I made room for a Roma.

                                          Some of the baby greens, I can taste them already.