A Year of Lovely Finishes 2015-Update

This is sort of a long, odd story. With the move, I couldn’t find my sewing machine. The husband and I looked EVERYWHERE. Or at least we thought we did. After going through every possible box, and with it still not turning up, I ordered a new machine from Amazon. Within 24 hours we found my sewing machine in a window…behind a curtain. However, I didn’t cancel the new sewing machine…it’s too fancy and computerized and has more than 100 stitches and threads easy and…! With my new machine hooked up and ready to go, I was able to accomplish a little bit more on my Arkansas Crossroads quilt. Here is an image of my progress. GOAL: get the quilt top done by the end of January with A Lovely Year of Finishes 2015.

Quilt in Progress--January 10

Quilt in Progress–January 10

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Onions Delight

This Wife's Life:

I’m reblogging this to save this scrumptious recipe!

Originally posted on The Art of Monteque:


Jannie Vaught

Frost outside this morning and all the critter water is frozen.

 Time to bust some water.
But the winter green’s look so good!
The turnips are sweeter and the collard greens are thriving. And oh my the kale is huge! Time to make kale chips. If you haven’t tried this it is easy and tasty. Lets go back to the onion.
Did you ever think why the 1015 Texas sweet is called the 1015? Well, it started at Texas A&M University with a faculty member by the name of Dr. Leonard Pike. Who has the singular distinction of developing a sweet onion that was soon to become famous. The Texas Sweet 1015. And the name 1015 is the exact date the grower has to plant this specific onion. There were other names tried but that name stuck and is still one of the Lone Star State’s leading…

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A Lovely Year of Finishes


So, it’s 2015 and what can I say, but it’s time to set some goals. Sure, I have the regular eat right, exercise goals…but there’s more. I REALLY want to finish my quilt. AND I really want to get great at quilting. AND I want to make connections doing it. By happenstance I ran across this great idea to keep me motivated. My goal for January will be to finish the top of my Arkansas Crossroad quilt inspired by Fussy Cut.

Here’s where I am…

Arkansas Crossroads Quilt

Arkansas Crossroads Quilt In Progress

Paleo Dinner

The husband and I basically ate our way through the holidays. Honestly, we’ve pretty much been eating our way through life since July. We’ve had success with the Paleo Lifestyle in the past. He actually lost about 40 lbs. before and I went down a few myself. The Paleo diet is fairly easy. You eat what a caveman would have ate, which includes meat (beef, chicken, pork, lamb), fruits, vegetable and nuts. That’s it…no milk, bread or processed foods. Bonus, you can eat as much of it as you’d like. I will warn you if you’re considering Paleo, the first 3-10 days of your new diet, as your addiction to sugar wanes, you may have a massive headache and want to pretty much strangle anyone who crosses your path. But then something magical happens and you start feeling fabulous!

Last night I made this really easy skillet dinner for us. In a skillet brown 1 lb. of hamburger meat with taco seasoning. Once browned add a can of Rotel. Then scramble eggs as a topping. So easy and delicious.

Paleo Dinner Recipe

Easy Paleo Mexi Huevos Skillet Meal

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Vintage is Back

It’s really no secret of my love for mid-century modern “stuff”–vintage cookbooks, furniture, Pyrex, Fire King, sewing machines, patterns, advertising, clothing, scarves, and on-and-on. Over the past few days, we were able to go through some boxes and I was able to list some lovely vintage items that I won’t be using on Etsy.

Anchor Hocking Fire King Atomic Candle Glow 1 1/2 Qt. Casserole Dish without lid blue gold on milk gl

Anchor Hocking Atomic Candle Glow 1 1/2 Qt. Casserole Dish

Vintage Lines

Vintage Cross Stitch Table Napkins Excellent Lot of 5 with Blue Snowflakes

American Eagle Tray

American Gold Eagle Vintage Oval Tray Commemorating the Bicentennial for the USA

Old Navy Dress Gloves

Vintage Navy Ladies Short Style Dress Gloves

Vintage VERA NEUMANN Scarf

Vintage Fashion Mod VERA NEUMANN Sky Blue, White and Yellow Dot SCARF

Master Bedroom In Progress

We actually got smart and hired someone to paint the interior of our house. It’s really coming along. Below is the Master Bedroom in progress.

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom Before

And another before…

Closet View Before--Master Bedroom

Closet View Before–Master Bedroom

And in progress…

Master bedroom in progress with gray paint

Master bedroom in progress gray paint

Another in progress…

Painting in progress blue wall

Painting in progress blue wall


Navy blue wall in master bedroom

Navy blue wall in master bedroom

And freshly painted…

Navy Wall in Master Bedroom

Navy Wall in Master Bedroom