Thoughts and Ramblings…

I hope  you all had a very nice Easter...it was a beautiful day here.

It's been a busy few weeks and I  am sharing some of my thoughts and ramblings.

Last week Mr. C pulled his back out really  bad!  Now he's going to physical therapy too! Our deck remodel started and the first thing on the list was to have our green ash tree removed from the deck.

1929 Charmer Deck

The picture is hanging from the tree.  If it wasn't in such an awkward spot we would of kept it.  But it really limited our furniture placement. Both of us couldn't believe how big the deck looks without the tree there.

Oh, have I ever shared with you what a bull in a china shop I am?  Now the tree was just remove from the deck and guess what I did.  Yep, I was walking on the deck and fell through the hole!  My left leg is all black and blue and it hurt like h..l!

More to share about the deck later on.

One thing I haven't shared about myself is that I am a huge walker/hiker.  I am a leader of a hiking group and we went hiking Saturday at my most favorite place to hike, Palos Woods.

Hiking at Tomahawk Slough

I'm second from the left (white vest)  and we're standing in front of Tomahawk Slough.  This has become a favorite spot for me...I've been coming for a long time and always look for an old friend, a white Heron.

I didn't see him today so I'm worried if he made it through winter.

Duck at Tomahawk Slough

While passing by another slough we did see one duck...

My daughter-in-law, Jennifer and her family were coming for Easter dinner.  Our grandson Brian woke up very sick so his Dad, Eric, and Brain stayed home.

Jenny and Heidi

Jenny, and our granddaughter Heidi, make it down from Wisconsin and we had a very nice day. Mr. C. looked like he was drunk in the photo so he made  me cut himself out.  Note:  Mr. C does not drink!

This morning sitting outside on the deck having a cup of tea...

Raining outside the Deck

when it started to rain....but I didn't care.  I just sat there enjoying my tea!

Have a great day!

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Vintage Easter Card Mantel

Are you like me?  I always seem behind, you know with the season.  I've seen Easter projects and vignettes for months across blogland....but I just finished our Easter Vintage Card Mantel last night.

Am I the only one running late?  We do have good reasons this time, Mr. Charmer pulled his back the end of last week while we were gardening.  He has been in such pain!!!!  Our master bedroom is being remodeled and our deck is under a nice remodel...we are having our deck "covered" so we can use our outdoor space for 3 seasons instead of one.

Crazy busy lately with everything going on plus PT 4 times a week!

Moving on to the topic on hand...our re-purposed Vintage TeaTowel Spring Mantel into our Vintage Easter Card Mantel.

Vintage Easter Card Mantel

The first thing I did was flip the vintage tea towels so the back plain side was showing out...

Vintage Easter Card Banner

and attached the Vintage Easter Cards...

Vintage Easter Card Banner

to the ribbon using mini clothes pins from the Dollar Tree.

Aren't the cards just adorable, I found the cards (as well as towels) from my favorite secret Antique Store.  Selfie coming.....I won't share this store with anyone!

Vintage Bunny Luggage

In the center of this mantel I swapped out the pansy watercolor for this too cute vintage bunny luggage. Same secret shop.

bunny, planter and hager vase

The left side I swapped the vintage pansy plate for the bunny ($1) and pink polka dot planter ($1.50).  Filled in with eggs.

bunny, flower vase

Another pansy plate was swapped out for another bunny ($1) and thrift store vase ($2.00).  On both sides I added one of my favorite flowers, Stock.  Filled in again with more eggs.

Did you notice the cute tiny plants?

Mini Kalancoe Plant

I had to have them, so cute, found them at Trader Joe's, $1.69!

Vintage Easter Card Mantel

At the top I added some greenery from Hobby Lobby and more eggs.

Vintage Easter Card Banner

I'm so hoping the grandchildren enjoy it! They are coming for Easter dinner.

Savvy Southern Style


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The Very Bad Squirrel Brothers

1929 Charmer Deck

Do you remember me sharing a story about  Mr. Squirrel Jr. and his brother?  They are the cutest brothers who were born last year.  Mr. Charmer and I have enjoyed watching them grow. Introducing Mr. Squirrel Jr (his brother is identical), adorable!  But we knew from the start that they were trouble! If any of […]

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Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake {gluten, egg and diary free}

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Sunday’s Best #60 Par.tay

Sunday's Best Par.tay

I'm so excited about today...for several reasons.... 1) it's suppose to be near 60 degrees today and I'm headed out to work in my garden....and 2) I can't wait to see all of your creative inspiration So welcome to Sunday's Best #60 Par.tay... I  enjoy seeing what you've been up to.... what creative inspiration you've […]

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Out Junkin

Limoge Frange Coronet tea pot

I don't know if you remember me sharing last week's out junkin finds?   It seemed like everywhere I thrifted I was running into vintage/cottage dishes.  Well, that trend continued! Lately when I walking into the thrift store I actually think to myself "I hope that aren't any dishes"! So you're probably expecting dishe? Your […]

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Wicked Witch of Waterlogue

Wicked Witch of the West

I've been PEA GREEN with envy seeing all the beautiful watercolor pictures on blog land! Everyday, everywhere I kept seeing watercolors and I was so envious!  Now that envy can rear it's ugly head and can make you think bad things! It's not been fun everywhere I visit to to see beautiful watercolors!  But I […]

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Daffodil And Pansy Spring Vignette

Daffodi and Pansy Vignette

It was beautiful the last two days here in IL. Even though today is colder I'm staying in those moments of Spring.  Both Sunday and Monday I was out in my garden! This was very special since I wasn't able to work in my garden last year (sick)! Daffodils and pansies are Spring....last week I […]

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Asian Ginger Pork Chops

Asian Ginger Pork Chops

Mr. Charmer loves pork of any kind, he eats it (I usually eat fish) at least 3 times a week.  Last week I had a craving for Asian Inspired Pork Chops. The pork chops have really great flavor and are quick to make.  You can make them outside on the grill or inside on a […]

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I don’t care, if you want it, get it!

Ironstone Soup Tureen

It's 3:45 p.m, Mr. Charmer is saying "I don't care, if you want it, get it!  This is Mr. C's way of not making a decision.  He wants me to  make the decision!  Mr. C uses this tactic in case it doesn't work out...then it's not his fault. Does you husband do this too? Like […]

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