Monday, May 19, 2014

Simply Sisters

I have studied this picture from 1983 of my Grandmother Nellie and her sister Flossy. They look so stoic and wise, emanating the kind of character that comes from a life well lived.

Notice the lawn chair in the kitchen instead of a real chair... silly me was wishing for new seat cushions the other day because I am "tired" of mine. Nellie is wearing a dress as always and I never remember Aunt Flossy without her pants. They both were unhappy with their names complaining that they were named after every cow in the county….maybe just a bit:)

Most importantly notice their hands held together. I imagine they spend many hours holding each other's hand through the challenges of life. They lived next door to each other for over 45 years.

Nellie was only 14, and Flossy 11 when their dad abandoned the family never to be seen or heard from again. She and her brother Vernon had to go to work to help support their family.
Nellie married my grandfather Albert at 17. Flossy married at 14.
They were both so talented. Nellie with her vegetable & flower gardens and Flossy with her extraordinary seamstress skills. They lived a life without fanfare or fame and yet there is something in me that has wanted to share a bit of them through Nellie's Cottage and now Flossy's renovated home for my new sleeping cottage.
I simply cannot decorate, design or work on the cottages without wishing they could be here. Without wanting confirmation that they are both happy with what I have done with their homes. I like to think they would be pleased.

This layout is to hang in Nellie's Cottage, a tribute to a life time of sisterly love and devotion.
Layers and layers of paper, trim, tags, and borders build this layout's foundation.
I chose the paper and silk flowers for Nellie's love of roses. The tape measure, buttons and zipper flower are for Aunt Flossy and her love of sewing. The colors are soft and subtle much like they were, no flash, no overdeveloped sense of "me time" needed…simply sisters.

p.s. I printed this picture from my older home computer just to scrapbook this page when I was "feeling it":) I will definitely get one printed from Sam's to replace it, quality is terrible:)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lil spit fire! Mother's Day winners

Congratulations to Gina & Kellie for winning a girls night at Nellie's Cottage! 
Sonja is the winner of a  "family" chipboard album kit:)

Gina gave me permission to share her entry on my blog. 
This entry was a fun read and really captured my theme "She is the voice in my head!" 

"I always thought my Mom had funny sayings. She is 4'11" and a lil spit fire. Her most famous was do you want a spanking? Did she think we would say yes? Or, say it one more time and I'll wash you're mouth out with soap and make you like it! Really Mom, make us like it? Or how about I didn't raise a pack of wolves, so stop ya howling(which stood for whining). I heard her say a thousand times, we aren't air conditioning Tyler County, shut the door! 

But then she had her sweet sayings. She always said if God had made her children any better looking, he would have kept us for himself. Or if we were any sweeter she could make her own sugar. She always said the angels were jealous because God had blessed her so much. There was six of us kids, and now with my five, I think how did she ever manage? She is a true blessing. She taught us love for Christ. Respect for our elders and ourselves. Kindness for others. She is the angel!"                                                Gina

Saturday, May 3, 2014

She is the voice in my head

We can't escape them.
We can't ignore them.
We can't re-write them
The words of our mothers are etched deeply into our mind.
You know…the phrases we rolled out eyes to, the comforting words when life went crazy, and the lessons repeated over and over again.
What are they?
What difference do they make in our lives?

This is the subject for my annual mother's day essay contest. 
The winners will receive a free night at Nellie's Cottage for up to 8 friends:)
You can turn it into a weekend for half price.

To enter:
1. Be a blog follower! Left hand side of home page, blue box, join this site, follow prompts
2. Write a paragraph or two about the words of your mother.
3. Email your entry to

The winners will be chosen by my 4 children:)

Good Luck!

A circle of sparkly yarn

Yarn is a wonderful thing.
Glue dots are a wonderful thing.
but…..Multi colored sparkly yarn and giant glue circles together are a fabulous thing!

These yarn flower circles are easy to make and so versatile for hair bands, frames, bows, and any other item that need embellishing. This Red Heart Boutique yarn comes in many different shades, and even sports team colors:) I bought mine at JoAnns.  

These giant glue circles are genius! I love them for making any kind of flower with yard or trim.

I have 4 granddaughters, so making bows is a constant project:) Layering the yarn flower on silk or paper flowers adds a bit of drama…perfect for little or big girls.

I can't seem to ever leave a frame plain!
These grey felt flowers were a finishing touch with the yarn flower.
Scrapbook pages are also always an option for these kind of flowers.

Making these is ever so easy, you simply begin with the yarn in the center of the glue circle,
Wrap tightly around and around until you reach the edge.
The other side of the circle is sticky as well.
Peel off the second covering and attach the felt circle to the back.
This is an easy project to take on trip, minimal supplies, maximum results!
I am seriously in love with yarn again and am looking around to see what else I can add one of these beauties to:)