Friday, August 26, 2011

~I'm Moving!~

Yep, I'm moving.  Packing my bags and heading for the hills.

Well, not actually heading for the hills.  And it's not actually me that's least not me as in the person, but me as in the blog!!!  With a whole new wardrobe and everything!   I'm keeping this blog but it will only be used to blog and post about the things in my online store, Dawggone Cute Creations.  Side note:  If you are interested in purchasing any of my items, you can go to my Etsy shop (by the same name).

Now back to the program.....  I've got most of the tweaks tuned on my new blog and still have a few more things I want to do, but I think that creating and maintaining a blog is always a work in progress, isn't it??
I guess you've been biting your nails wanting to know about this new blog, huh?  I know, it affects me that way, too.  Well, take a look....

This is my new blog!  What do you think??  The name, Down Our Country Road, was taken from the name of my B&B...Country Road.  In case you are, we no longer have the bed and breakfast, and, yes, we do live down a country road!  Name kinda fits, doesn't it? :)

The new blog will pretty much be the same.  Talking about cooking, decorating, sewing, etc.  So, other than a new wardrobe and a few extra accessories, it will not be much different.

I so appreciate those who have been following my new blog so far.  I do hope you'll continue to follow me on my new site.  I'm so enjoying this blogging thing!  Now that I've got most of the kinks worked out, I hope to be posting and sharing on a more regular basis.  I invite you to come check out my new blog and sign up as a follower there.  And I'd love for you to tell your friends and family about my site, too.  The more the merrier, right?  To make it easy for you, you can access it from here.....I know, I know, it was the least I could do.  Hehe.  Okay, click here....Down Our Country Road and I hope to see you there!

Love ya!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

~Undergoing Remodeling~

If you've been on this site lately, you may have noticed some funky things going on, maybe some things changing or maybe some things no longer there.  Well, that's cuz I'm in the process of doing some remodeling!

When I first started this blog, it was more like "let's see how I'm gonna like this blogging" than anything else.  If it wasn't what I imagined or not really up my alley, which I didn't think would be a possibility since blogging is like talking thru typing and, Lord knows, I do talk alot!!!  Hehehe....
.....then I would just change this site to feature the items I create and sell in my online store, Dawggone Cute Creations, and not blog at all.  Easy peasy, huh?

  Well, as it turns out, I LOVE doing this blogging thing!  Woohoo!!!  So, I have decided to create an entirely new blog with a name that fits the life that I live and the things that I love.  That's what I've been doing these last several weeks...the reason for my posts being somewhat infrequent.

This week I'll be moving my current blog posts over to my new site.  Since I've never done it before, I don't know what it will look like here.  I'm just giving you a heads up.  I didn't want you to freak out and think I've made a mess of things and left the country!!

Once the dust settles and my new home is ready for the big reveal, I'll let you know.  Just a few more days so be ready, okay?

Thursday, August 4, 2011


That's me.  In 1971.  My senior picture...40 years ago.  Mercy!!  This weekend, the class that I would have graduated with, is having a reunion.  I had to move to another large city in the middle of my junior year and graduated from there.  Something about going back and looking for old friends that I grew up with and new friends that I found during my high school years, friends whom I lost contact with, friends whom I haven't seen or heard from in those 40 years and wondering which friends are no longer with all draws me back.  I look forward to seeing them again

I met my classmates when I moved into the school district of William H. Harrison Elementary in the third grade in the large town of Oklahoma City.  Talk about classroom sizes...37 students in my class!!  For the life of me, I can't remember if there was another third grade class or not.  I'm sure there were, as I have it in my mind that there were two classes for each grade, K-6

My fourth-grade class consisted of another large class of students.  I remember being in an annex building that consisted of four classrooms.  During this year, our room faced out towards the basketball court not far from the entrance into the main building.  It was the only time I was in an annex room.
Each year it was always the same.  We pretty much knew who to expect in our two classes with an occasional surprise of someone having moved away or a new student moving in.  It was during my fifth grade year that President Kennedy was assassinated.  It was announced to us during class.  Even as a child, I remember feeling that this was definitely a sad time for our country.

In the sixth grade, our little family became closer, making and breaking friendships, going through childhood crushes and growing up.  This would be the last year that we would all be together in the same building.  Our seventh grade year would be spent in the extremely large high school with several thousand students where some friendships remained, some broken and some new ones were made.

This is me in my junior year when we moved to the big city of Tulsa. This is how my friends remembered me when I moved away. I remember I was the only junior who had a senior OKC, we were allowed to have them as juniors. :)   A lot of students thought that was pretty cool.  Being a new student in a large school wasn't easy.  I didn't have the ties with the students there and it just didn't feel the same.  But I made some friends...why wouldn't I in a school of several thousand??  And, I managed to enjoy my time there and made it through graduation.

So, here I am again as a senior.  Thankfully, I didn't wear the real beehive hairstyles that were popular during my school years!!  But they are coming back in a way, aren't they?  Maybe I should start wearing my hair like this again.  Had to sit there and park for a bit about the hair...hehe.

My class here in Tulsa had 429 students who graduated...not quite as large as the graduating class of students at John Marshall High School..  But my OKC school was always home to me.  My heart will always bring me back to where I grew up with my childhood friends   I just found out yesterday that my grade school closed its doors.  The high school that felt so large and intimidating when I first entered its doors is no longer open.  A very bittersweet thought knowing that we can never go back, walk down the halls and say "you remember when....?"  Sometimes, I have dreams about being in certain classrooms or down certain halls in that high school...strange, huh?  But there's something even stronger about the ties that we had with our childhood friends.  Was it because we were growing up together, still in the stages of innocence, in our cozy little school building where everything was the same year after year?  Maybe so.  I look forward to the activities of this weekend hoping that I recognize the faces of the people I see, sharing pictures, sharing memories, renewing friendships.  And then there's the thought...will they remember me? I plan to take lots of pictures and, I'm sure I'll have a story or two to share with you!

Have a great weekend ~

Monday, August 1, 2011

~One Very Happy Little Monkey~

This is sweet little four-year-old granddaughter who lives far, far away from us.  Actually, she lives in Omaha, but it is still far enough away that allows us to see her only a few times a year.  I asked her mama to take pictures for me when she got the skirt she wanted me to make for her.  The other two were bonuses...just because.

This is the first skirt she pulls out...the teal bandana skirt that "she needed for summer".  She is always so appreciative of the gifts she gets and so the expression on her face tells me all I need to know.

And from this really big smile, I think she likes it!

Of course, the first and most important thing is to check out the twirl factor.

Next is the striped skirt where I made a circular type pattern instead of the points and added the purple trim.

I think she's really liking the twirl factor quality, don't you?

And the last skirt is the bandana type fabric with the added eyelet trim.  This is my favorite and I can see her wearing cowboy boots with this one!  I imagine that she was getting quite dizzy from all that twirling and probably figured that this one twirled just as well as the other two.

Mama said she put one on and wore it for the rest of the day!  I think she likes them, don't you?

Have a happy day!