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Welcome Home Baby Girl

It has been quite a weekend. It kicked off on Thursday night when my sweet baby girl, Licorice, decided she needed a little adventure. She’s strictly an indoor cat. She decided to explore the outside world a little and sneaked out. Micah spent 2-3 hours outside in the dark searching for an all black kitty. No Luck. We finally locked up, brushed our teeth, and went on to bed. I woke up at 6 o’clock in the morning and found my husband in the bathroom. He got tackled and sidelined by a stomach bug. The doctor who was by the way really kind and reassuring sent us to the hospital for lab work and an ex-ray. It was just a precaution, but scary and unnerving all the same. We finally made it home completely worn out. We both crashed. Then, Micah heard a scratching sound at the door, he peaked out, and there she was! Licorice is home, safe and sound! I could not have been more happy or exited to see her again. Micah is feeling much better and the rest of the weekend has been much more peaceful. All of this just to say Welcome Home Baby Girl!

My Dream Library

A library is place to read and so should be well lit. This is what one would think, however, my dream library is dark. I love natural light for reading and therefore will have a very large window. Near that a chaise lounge with a darling little side table. All the wood in the room must be dark and at least one wall needs floor to ceiling shelves with a library ladder. I adore library ladders! My library simply must have one. All other shelves/shelving must have glass doors or be open. I want to see all of my books! Another corner will have a leather chair and ottoman with a floor lamp. I also want a small writing desk for keeping in touch with friends and family. It must be a roll top or drop lid with lots of little nooks and crannies. I want dark hardwood floors with a huge rug and dark, thick drapes on the window. For decorations I will need some pretty bookends, a wall decal reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe, and a painting or two. I really want the painting of a girl reading which is pictured above. We had a copy of this painting in our house growing up and I’ve always loved it. It would make me think of home and warmth and coziness. As for colors, everything should be in dark browns, reds, and golds. And there you have it, my dream library courtesy of Olioboard.

What does your dream library look like? Please share!

Lissie Loves. . . .

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1. This awesome pillow found in June’s Traditional Home Magazine. Click here to order.

2. This piece of graphic art from João Lauro Fonte made me smile!

3. She Walks Softly has an interesting post about these picture records from Vogue.

4. The lovely clothing at Chic Wish.

Fortifying my inner child

Lately I have found myself wanting to build a fort just like when I was a kid. I think it may have something to do with these.

Aren’t these just gorgeous?!

Note: All of the above photographs were found on Pinterest.

Home Sweet Home

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We traveled to my hometown to spend several days with my family. We had a wonderful, happy time. Christmas Eve morning we watched The Muppets A Christmas Carol with my oldest nephew. It is a great movie. Michael Caine turns in an incredible performance as Ebenezer Scrooge. We all had a wonderful time and my nephew agreed that we need to make this an annual tradition. A bit later both nephews and I made pipecleaner ornaments for mom’s tree.

This is the one my youngest nephew made for me. He didn’t like curling the end. The book is where I found the idea for the ornaments.

Later, we sat around the table and enjoyed my sister’s enchiladas. I realize this isn’t a traditional Christmas meal, however, non-tradition is tradition for us. My sister does make wonderful enchiladas and most importantly the family is gathered around the table. After stuffing ourselves silly, we sat around the tree and opened presents. Nothing is more fun than watching little ones open presents!

She just loves to read!

He was so excited to receive those magnetic blocks which had arrived courtesy of UPS just in the nick of time!

Kane loved his bible with the horse on the cover!

My husband made the hat and scarf. My niece really seemed to love them.


I was quite excited about giving my mom her gifts. Hubby made her this scarf. We also made an apron. I embroidered some cherries on one pocket and did some hand-stitching. We had never made an apron before and didn’t have a pattern. It was my first real embroidery project. We were quite proud of the way it turned out and mom seemed quite pleased.

After gifts, we enjoyed my mom’s chocolate chip pie. This is a family favorite and one that I look forward to every year. Mom, Micah, and I headed back to her house a bit later. This lets my sister get the kids in bed and get ready for Santa’s visit. The three of us took the long way home and looked at Christmas lights. The real surprise came when we realized the rain had turned to snow. I can’t even remember the last time I saw snow on Christmas in Southwest AR. It was beautiful and magical!

The snow put us in the perfect mood for watching A White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Christmas Day was spent quietly and lazily. The day after Christmas provided us with a little adventure. At about 3 o’clock Mom, Kane, and I went to Wal-Mart to pick up a couple of groceries. We had been in the store for maybe five minutes when they announced that everyone had to leave because there was going to be a citywide power outage. So, we left with only part of our groceries, went home, and waited for the lights to go out. Nothing happened. We decided that it must have just been on the other side of town. We forgot about it until 7:15 PM when we suddenly found ourselves bathed in complete darkness. The boys panicked until we got a little light in the room. Immediately they began to ask, “What are we going to do now?” Fortunately Micah had Kung Fu Panda on his MP3 player and I had thought to bring our portable speakers. The boys were soon happily watching the movie on a 3 inch screen.

Micah and I played a little backgammon and then turned to reading and book lights for further entertainment.

The rest of the trip was less adventurous and quite pleasant. We visited the local flea market, caught the library book sale, and popped into Silver Ink Books. I love to visit this independent bookstore whenever we are in town. It’s beautiful and the owner is quite friendly. I found a 1971 issue of McCall’s do-it-yourself decorating which I hope to share more of with you at a later time. My favorite find was a 1939 edition of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I couldn’t wait to start this book and am enjoying it so far. I think the book itself is quite beautiful.

It seems that no matter how wonderful a time we have while traveling it is always nice to be home again! As Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home!”

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