Friday, April 30, 2010

Away for a few days.....

LOML and I are saddled up and riding out to the Hill Country to celebrate our anniversary!! Today is 4 years of wedded bliss and 9 years since the first kiss! ((I'm such a teen-ager!)) The journey we have had over the last 9 years has been filled with more love than you can imagine, tons of fun, laughs, tears, challenges, patience and teamwork.  I hope you enjoy your week-end and if you want to come celebrate with us ... you can find us here!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

2nd closing today!

I sold this commercial building north of downtown Mckinney. The building is cool on the inside has a fireplace and a vintage kitchen sporting a minty color tile from the 70's! The guys that purchased plan to use for a meeting place for their Harley chapter meetings, bbq's etc.. The property has a huge back area full of beautiful trees. They plan to start remodeling soon... so I will keep you in the loop and if you ride a Harley .... this may just be the next cool place to hang out and have a cold one!! Hugs!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What's on your nightstand?

On my nightstand, my favorite are the beautiful roses and mint from my garden, a few books I am reading now for personal growth... The Millionaire Next Door & Strengths Finder 2.0. Both are fabulous books and an eye opener!!  The old telephone sitting on the nightstand was one I found at an estate sale, LOML wired and it actually has the old ring... (love it!) and a crystal candle holder have had for years!  The red mirrors over the nightstand were goodwill finds and I painted them red ((of course!). What's on your nightstand??
Have a great day! Valarie

Monday, April 26, 2010

It was on the curb.....

Seriously while driving around attempting to find homes for sale by owner, or homes for lease, etc... I came across a home that was being foreclosed. HUGE pile of junk out front ... and I spotted this flower cart underneath it all!! I could not believe it! I walked to the door to make sure it was okay - the man said "Take IT"..  Doesn't she look like she has found a new home?  

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Happy Sunday ...

From my nest @ 1110 to your nest!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vintage Scale....

I found this little jewel at a garage sale last week-end! $8 bucks! I think it is really fun as a planter for my pink impatient!  Hugs! Valarie 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Easy Peasy Apple Pie

Kim @Daisy Cottage, had an amazing pie recipe on her blog ... so I tried it! Yummy! My photo of the masterpiece below is not that pretty ... I should have taken a great photo with a piece of pie on a vintage saucer, with a cute napkin tucked in .... and I did think about that. But.... when it came out of the oven LOML & the angel grandson could not wait... and then when I went back to take the photo..... well you know the story....

Easy Peasy Apple Pie

8 Granny Smith apples, cored & sliced
1/2 cup butter
3 T flour
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup water
1 box of two refrigerated pie crusts 
cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
Melt butter in sauce pan.  Stir in flour.  Add sugars and water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce temperature and simmer 5 minutes.
Place one pie crust in bottom of glass pie dish.  Fill with sliced apples.  Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top.  Pour liquid over apples.  Cover apples with remaining pie crust.  Cut slits into crust.  Set pie dish on top of cookie sheet and put in oven.
Bake @ 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 35-45 minutes. 

Thank you Kim.. it was amazingly easy to make and ohhhhh so good!!

Monday, April 19, 2010


Look what was delivered to me from LOML (love of my life).  A good luck bouquet for this week! Aren't they beautiful? Hope your day is off to a great start! Mine sure is!!  Have a great day! Valarie  

Sunday, April 18, 2010

1 2 3 4 5 .....

I found these little jars with numbers at a garage sale for $1! I loved them .... all lined up in my kitchen window with my beautiful roses.  I have one pink rose bush and it bloomed today! #3!
Hope you are having a blessed Sunday! SMiLeS! Valarie

Saturday, April 17, 2010

everything is coming up ROSES!!

These beautiful roses are in my ROSE bed overlooking the pergola area. Have you ever planted  DAVID AUSTIN roses? from East Texas!?  i planted these 5 years ago and as you can see below they are going crazy! My grandmother was a natural at growing roses planting  JFK Roses - I remember the smell of the roses and how she had them displayed beautifully throughout her sweet home in miniature vases.  If you love roses,as I do... I highly recommend these!   Easy to grow, very hardy and they really put on a show! 
Have a great Saturday! Valarie 

Friday, April 16, 2010

vintage enamel sink full of color!

One of my favorite things to plant in the spring... an old enamel sink full of colorful flowers! I blogged about this last year... here! It really is a focus now with the new shade garden in place! Happy Friday!! Happy Planting!! Valarie

Thursday, April 15, 2010

exciting news!!!

I closed my first sale yesterday!!!  This is what I sold to a dear friend Tracey! The photo above is the property, was the old greyhound bus station in Mckinney, the cute yellow cottage was attached. All zoned commercial. Located on Tennessee off the Historic Square! I can not share yet what Tracey is doing with the space... other than this.... Probably open June 1, it will be full of fun and funky things, that all you girls will love. This is a stop you will have to make when you come up for the Home & Garden Tour on June 12th.... oh and one more secret...  Tracey's garden is on tour... so you know the once greyhound bus station will open as something FABULOUS!! Make plans to come see us!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Goodwill find....

Found this little lamp last night at the only shopping place in my town... GOODWILL! for $6! I realize muted colors are in, burlap and linen... but if I spot a red lamp shade or anything with color I can not stop myself!!  This little find now sits on the bar between the dining & kitchen area with a few of my favorite cookbooks and few silver pieces!  Please tell me red will always be "IN"!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Garage sale beauty!

                                                                                                                                                       I found this beautiful silver bowl at a garage sale this weekend! $$5 BUCKS!
Love it ... filled it with a few of my favorites... lemons & green apples! Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Before & After Landscape today!! Shade garden!!

LOML and I started our day very early! PROJECT: Shade Garden
AFTER:  10 hours later!
FACTS: The shade garden is 50 feet long. We used one ton of Oklahoma chopped stone, 2 trailers of mulch, 15 hostas, 6 ferns, 3 japanese yew trees, 3 flats of liriope, 1 flat of impatients.  I added a few of my favorite concrete pieces I had collected from my friend Jo...  bird bath, doves, & a few angels. The plants are a bit sparse now but here in Texas with 75 degree days the ferns and hosta will grow rapidly, and come back year after year! Hostas are the best kept secret, very hardy, as well as ferns... if you have lots of shade and moist grounds these are the plants for you.  The next step is to pebble where the grass is .. then add flagstone for the walkway! Maybe in a few weeks.....  (if we recover from today!) hope you had a great day!! xxoox! Valarie

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Vintage Baby Bath & Pansies

A few of my favorite things in the spring..... the bird feeder, the mosaic birdhouse, the climbing roses, and of course the vintage baby bath tub filled with yellow pansies!!
Hope your day was sunny!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


I bought this old oil lamp last year from my friend JO and an instant planter for succulents it became!  I enjoyed it last year hanging under the pergola. Over the last few days noticing the  succulents have come back.. hardy as ever. Can't believe they survived the winter!  Don't you love the discovery of Spring and all it brings? Smiles! xxox!  Valarie

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!! & 400th post winner!!

Hope you all are dressing your nests with the finest to entertain your family & friends.... I am saddling up to ride out to spend time with Mama & sister in East Texas!
Before I go I would like to share the CROWNED CASA is the winner of my 400th post give-a-way! Winning a $50 gift certificate to shop with Laurie Anna!
Blessings to you all!

Friday, April 2, 2010

A gift that will last...

Grandson is turning 10!  Not every 10 year old would want this gift.. but I am the MIMI! AND he tells me " I ROCK" so maybe he will love it as much as I loved scrapping a collage of the special memories of the decade of his life!  Ticket stubs of movies we enjoyed, sporting events, camps, retreats, birthdays of the past, his first tricycle, his championship baseball trophy, the Mavericks ball kid, go carts, zip lines at retreat we attended, all of the memories and joy that grandchildren give us! 

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