The Bunny Family

The Bunny Family

Mr. C is out golfing today with his boys (friends) and I have the whole day alone!!!! Being retired is great, but sometimes it's just too much time together:-{. I love spending time alone, who better than with ourselves.  It might be because having been one of ten children there never was alone time either, […]

A Frugal Craft and A Spring Foyer

Spring Flower Pot

It's exciting that Spring is officially here..if only the weather would be too! Last week's weather was a teaser, some beautiful days and of course today is dreary and cold and snow is predicted for tomorrow. But the hope of spring's eternal inspired me to make a frugal craft and decorate our Spring foyer. This […]

What My Mystery Knit Turned Out to Be

knitted cowl

The weather has been a cold topic through the Midwest and will continue this week. I've been staying in and working on organizing the Charmer and knitting.  Oh how I enjoy knitting!  Whenever I knit my Mama's spirit comes to me, a strong magnetic pull, like she's sitting next to me again when

Knitting Retreat and a Mystere

mystery clue 2

Years ago sitting together, on my bed,  my Mama began showing me how to knit.  It was a memorable time between a mother and her eight year old daughter. It was unusual to have alone time with her, being one of 10 children, this didn't happen to often. These times together always involved knitting or […]

Valentine Embroidery Hoop Art

Valentine Embroidery Hoop Art

Valentine embroidery hoop art is a great craft project perfect for anyone wanting to decorate their home easily and inexpensively.  One of my favorite Valentine embroidery hoop art was done the year before I got sick. You can see how I made

7 Frugal Valentine Decor Ideas

Frugal Valentine Decor Ideas

Valentine's Day is a week from today! Both my curio and china hutch (share tomorrow) are all prettied up.  I've caught a bad cold and don't have a lot of energy.  So I came up with 7 Frugal Valentine decor ideas.  I hope you'll make, or be inspired by, these easy and frugal Valentine simple […]

Valentine Napkin Ring

Napkin Ring

One of my greatest pleasures is spending lots of time in my cottage kitchen doing what I love, cooking. Being a garlic lover I use garlic in just about everything I cook and have broken apart many garlic bulbs.  Garlic is not only essential in my cooking, but, also as a decorative element in my […]

Its All About The Hearts

Knitted Heart

To be honest once the holidays are over I  feel drained.  So many activities, emotions and hosting/partying has left me mentally and physically fatigued.   I usually just lag through until Valentine's day.  This year the Charmer is about easy and no stress decorating...it's all about the hearts, knitted hearts. I think I mentioned when fall […]

Women’s Christmas Retreat

Palos Center House

Saturday I attended a Women's Christmas retreat at the Center.  The Center is one of my favorite places to spend time for spiritual renewal.   It is a place for celebration, enrichment and healing.  Over 30 years I attended retreats, yoga, painting, weaving, teas, lunches and special holiday events. This was the first year the retreat […]

All About Knitting Stars

Knitted Stars

Once fall sets in, my needles come out, I start knitting. I think it's part of the nesting syndrome that happens with the weather turning colder. I've knitted since eight years old. My Mama taught me and we shared some great times together knitting and laughing. I have several knitting projects going on, one is […]