Getting Back to Nature and a Sunday Saying . . .

I haven't been taking many outdoor photos lately so the other night I decided to take my camera with me when we took Megan to her gymnastics class.  There is just the beginning of a hint of spring in the air with the days getting longer and the energy starting to shift a bit. 

This is a squirrel's nest in a tree outside of the gym.  I honestly have never seen so many squirrels' nests as I've seen since we moved to Cornwall on Hudson.  I'm going to start taking more photos of them so you can see what I mean.  : )

One of my most favorite things about photography is that I see things in such a different way thru my lens.  I never would've spotted the hint of a rainbow that I saw.  It was a very clear night with no rain in the area and yet there was this beautiful piece of a rainbow.  Can you spot it?

The above photo was not edited at all.  It was such a beautiful sunset that night.  Mother Nature truly is a master painter!!!  I've said it before and I'll say it again . . .


We're having a little Super Bowl gathering later on.  I think most of us are rooting for Denver since he's Eli Manning's brother (the NY Giants' quarterback) and this could very well be the last game of his career before retirement.  When your team isn't in the Super Bowl it's definitely all about the food.  I went out yesterday and stocked up on chips, dips, shrimp, pigs in a blanket and all those other foods synonymous with the big game.  Add to that ribs, homemade mac and cheese, sloppy Joe's, potato salad and whatever else my sister's boyfriend is rustling up (it's so nice having a chef in the family!!) and you have the makings of a party!!!  : )

And now, your Sunday Sayings (I thought they went hand in hand quite well) . . .

Many blessings for a happy Sunday and a peaceful week ahead ~ Wendy


Buried Treasure . . .

My plan for today was to head to the nearest Old Navy and spend the $30.00 rewards cash or whatever it is that Old Navy calls the certificate they give you for spending money in their store.  Megan has been on a "dresses and tights" kick lately and all of her dresses are either princess dresses for when she plays dress-up or sleeveless summer dresses or are too small for her.  Upon further investigation, you had to spend $75.00 in order to use the $30.00 and it isn't valid until Thursday.  Oh well.  There went that road trip!!

So here I am, instead, going thru all of this deliciousness that I've dug up since I've been trying to organize my office in the new house.  I'll post photos when it's done but, to be honest, it might be a while.  There is just so much to do and so much to sort thru. 

And I'm taking my time.  I've been taking a lot of photos to share on Instagram.  It's my new addiction!!  Oh my goodness!!  I know I'm a late bloomer with this but better late than never!!!  If I don't watch myself I truly could spend hours on it.  If you'd like to follow me there, I'm crickleberry_cottage. (This is different from when I first posted this.  I figured out that I could change my Instagram name without losing any followers or photos.  : )

If you're on Instagram, please let me know what your account name is.  I'd love to visit/follow!!!

We're expecting rain a few days this week with above average temperatures.  I feel like I should be starting the Easter decorating instead of the Valentine's Day decorating!!  : )

Happy Monday ~ Wendy


Sunday Sayings . . .

When you see it explained like this it all seems so simple, doesn't it?  : )

Have a beautiful Sunday ~ Wendy


A New Gymnast . . .

A couple of weeks ago, Jim went to drop Megan off at a birthday party and ended up being a half hour early (my fault) so there was a little time to kill.  Megan has been mentioning that she wants to try her hand at gymnastics.  We've been looking for a class for her to join and found out about a great place in the next town over from us.  It happened to be right up the street from where the birthday was being held so they ventured in to check it out.  They offer a free trial class before you register to see if it's a good fit and last night was the class.  

 Megan had a blast!!  She ran around the gym, stretched and tumbled.  She did handstands and headstands.

 She worked up a sweat and made new friends.

We signed her up for one class a week to start.  She couldn't be happier.  This might also have something to do with the fact that the little boy in her class that she seems to have taken a liking to goes to class on the same night. 

 And so it begins!!!  : )

Happy Friday and happy weekend!!  ~ Wendy


Not Quite Ready . . .

I've been busy working in my Etsy shops.  One of my goals for this year is to build up my businesses.  While packing up for our move, I uncovered boxes and bins of things that had been packed away for years.  Things that I've collected with the hope of having a little shop someday.  I still would like to do that but I don't think this is the best economy for that at this point in time.  So, for now, I'm having lots of fun listing in my Etsy shops and oohing and aahing as I uncover more goodies. 

I recently uncovered these gorgeous vintage paper hydrangeas.  There is nothing like vintage millinery.  Can you still call it millinery if it's made of paper?  Not sure about that one. 

I also found these absolutely gorgeous vintage paper roses.  I'm so tempted to keep these!!

Without really thinking about it, I've been taking a lot of photos of flowers lately.  The photo above is actually a print that I saw in Target the other day.  I think it would have to be handmade.  I was trying to think of a place to put it in our new house but couldn't come up with one.  Maybe when we give Meggie's room a makeover.  Not sure if it would go with a purple "Frozen" themed room though!!  : )

I also fell in love with these mini-bouquets in our local farmer's market recently.  You get the prettiest little bunch of flowers for $15.00.  The perfect hint of spring!! 

The weather here has been pretty mild, especially for January in New York.  It's a little chilly today.  The snow in our yard has mostly melted.  I told my husband yesterday that it felt more like late March then late January.  I know spring is just around the corner once we make it thru February.  I'm not quite ready for it yet though and, honestly, I'm hoping for some more snow.  I love hibernating, sitting in front of our fireplace, making soup in my new extra large soup pot that my honey gifted me for Christmas (practical gifts this year!!) and spending time with my family when I'm lucky enough to have them all home at once.  Don't get me wrong.  I LOVE my alone time.  Always have and always will.  But as time marches on, I truly see just how precious these times are and I'm so very thankful to have them and not quite ready to give them up just yet.

Many blessings ~ Wendy


A Happy Girl and a Sunday Saying . . .

Well, the wait is finally over and this girl couldn't be any happier!!!  SNOW!!!!!

Our part of New York didn't get nearly as much as other parts did but it was still enough to make snow angels.  

 And it was still enough to help your snowman buddy make snow angels.  : )

 All in all, we got close to three inches.  Just enough to make things look pretty.

And just enough to make this girl . . .

 . . . QUITE HAPPY!!! 

Many blessings for a beautiful Sunday ~ Wendy


Some Vintage Goodness and Happy News . . .

Did this week fly by or is it just me??  I've been busy in my Etsy shops this week.  I've been pulling out some bins from the garage.  It's like a treasure hunt to me.  I never know what I'm going to find!!  I have bins that were in the garage at our other house for years and at this point don't have a clue as to what's in them.  Needless to say, I'm having lots of fun and also getting lots of new items listed in my Etsy shops.

A few of many vintage Valentine's I found . . .

 These two have been keeping me company in the studio. 

Is that a look of contentedness or what??  LOL!!!!

Definitely one of my favorites!!

I also found a bunch of vintage baby cards that I'm still going thru and hope to be listing soon.  They just don't make them like this anymore. 

I need to do some organizing and cleaning up before I take anything else out of the garage.  I'm beginning to not be able to see my counter tops!!

We also had this happen this week . . .

Hurray for Trevor!!!  His cast is now below his knee.  We thought it wouldn't be until the next visit so it was a very pleasant surprise!!!  He goes back in three weeks to have the cast completely removed and then he'll have to wear a boot and finally be able to start to put some weight back on it.  He'll also start physical therapy then.  There's still a long way to go but there is a light at the end of the tunnel!!!  : )
I wish you all a wonderful weekend!!  We're expecting rain here in New York.  We did get to see some snow in the last few days but nothing to write home about. Miss Megan has not one but two birthday parties to attend tomorrow.  She'll be making pottery in the morning and bowling in the evening.  She told me she wants to pick out her party outfit as soon as she wakes up in the morning.  Oh, the life of a five year old girl!!!  : )

Taken at last week's birthday party.

Many blessings to you all ~ Wendy