Monday, July 20, 2015

New Farm~Style Kitchen Sink

Last weekend we had this awesome farm~style sink put in 
and I love it to pieces!

I have always had sinks with a divider 
and I wanted to try one big sink.
It is better then I imagined!
Pretty new faucet set and a very quiet
new garbage disposal too.
I love doing the dishes now and
going to bed with a shiny sink as the 
Fly Lady says to do!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Visiting With The Chickens!

Good day sweet people!

One of my favorite things to do each day
is sit and visit with my sweet hens.

Yes, we chit chat back and forth.
I go into the coop to hold them, love them,
 and check to see all is well physically.
It's a time I cherish and my cares & worries
stay outside.
I love tucking them in their coop each evening too.
They hear me coming and dash in from the chicken~run.
They feel comfortable enough for me staying in the coop, 
while they lay also.

Charlie and Sammie are my side~kicks 
and love visiting the hens also.
This darling young man is my Grandson Blake.

He helped keep the hens in tip~top shape while 
Hubby and I went out of town, 
with the help of his mommy Shelli.
My motto for this week …
"take time to talk to the chickens"!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Sweet Vintage Dinette Set

 Recently, I found this sweet, hand~painted  dinette set at my favorite antique shop called

I called daughter Heidi and she wanted the one I had,
so she called my other daughter Shelli and she wanted hers!
It sure was a busy day moving furniture from house to house … much of the furniture made a full circle again, keeping it all in the family.

This set is quite solid, and only needed some gentle scrubbing.

It's quaint and fits perfect in
The Beehive Cottage.
My silver Lazy Susan fits better on this smaller table.
It came with 4 chairs but I can easily add more when needed.
In the dining room we still have a large set for family gatherings.
Since I took the first pictures
I have added gingham chair pads in a linen & beige color.
The chair pads pick up the color in the family room couches.

I am so thrilled with my "new" vintage find!
Some things get better with age,
and this little set sure has!

Monday, June 15, 2015

My First Peonies

 Believe it or not, I have never had Peonies!
I have always admired them and loved their beauty. 
They remind my family of a very special person whom we love dearly, Roscoe. 

For my birthday a couple weeks ago, daughter Heidi gave me some!
 I did not know I was in for an ever~changing treat!

Each day from tight buds, the peonies got bigger and bigger.
 From long stems to short stems, from vase to vase, to place to place.
 What an absolute treat to witness!

I am so grateful I have these pictures to treasure for years to come!
I am in love with PEONIES!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Egg Laying in a Big Summer Basket

 My sweet hen Sadie is wearing a "chicken apron" for a while.
(More known as a saddle~apron for the hens when an aggressive rooster is tearing feathers & skin). 
 Her back tail feathers are being pecked on by naughty Daisy. 
She doesn't mind the apron and can still get a good dust bath!

I put this BIG basket in the chicken run in case the hens wanted to lay their eggs there.
Summer is upon us and the coop sometimes becomes warm inside.

Sadie took right to it, so I started taking pictures.
 Daisy became curious too!
I love how a chicken can s-t-r-e-t-c-h their neck!
Sadie is getting very annoyed and making screeching sounds.
What a "look" she can give!
 Okay now … 
back to what this nesting basket is all about!
 And there we have it,
a beautiful egg. 
The others followed, except one.
Nellie preferred laying in the coop.

Thank you sweet hens for your daily gifts!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Delicious Hard "Steamed" Fresh Eggs

Yes, steamed eggs!

Farm fresh eggs, and backyard chicken eggs
as in my 3 hens, are very difficult to peel when boiled.
The eggs were sticking to the shell and the eggs had big chucks wasted.
It was a disappearing egg act!

I have tried boiling, baking and now steamed!

This method I absolutely love and will never boil eggs again.
 I use a very large pot and a metal strainer that fits in the pot.
Hubby took one of the handles off for me so it would fit.
(Do not use stainers that are enamel~like, painted. Paint bubbles.)

Add about 2 inches of water to bottom of the pot.
Bring to a boil. Do not turn down because it needs to boil 
on the bottom of the pot the entire time.
 Add the eggs and strainer to the bottom of pot. 
I steam a dozen at a time.
Cover and let steam for 22-23 minutes.
 Immediately after steaming, 
put eggs in a bowlful of ice water.
Keep the eggs in ice water until eggs are cool. Then peel eggs.
 My heart be still …
perfectly peeled eggs!
I can never resist making a little half sandwich of deviled eggs after the eggs are cooled.

1 egg, diced
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise 
salt & pepper to taste
Mix & enjoy!

Friday, May 22, 2015


Photo taken by me, Maryjane
Called "Memories"

Inspired by my Mother's beautiful ROSES that surrounded our 
white picket fence and,
the STRAWBERRIES … Strawberry was my nickname growing up since I was 5 years old!

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

My Booth Setup From The Quilt Show

I had so much fun at our little Quilt Show at
 ROOSTER CREEK last week!
Thanks Bunches Rooster Creek for inviting me to be a vendor!

My booth was split in half due to the fact I was in a pathway.
It made for a great setup and 
I got to visit with all those who passed by.

It was wonderful having my daughters, friends,
 high school friends, and blogger friends come by all day! 
Thank you to all that did!
You made my day very special and I shall cherish it always.

I brought my little outdoor wicker set because I knew I wanted to sit and visit too!
 The next few pictures are of my wares
before the quilt show started.

Potholders, dishcloths…
 Everything I made had to do with quilting & sewing.
Large journals, mini journals, wood fridge magnets…
lots of my yoyo pincushions all about.
My daughter Shelli made these darling 
Mother's Day flower arrangements.
So pretty here & there!
 And back by popular demand I made more vintage pattern necklaces.
 I made some cute yoyo fridge magnets,
 gift tag sets & mug rug sets with mugs…
 and clipboards!
 All made with love.
The Beehive Cottage
Home, Garden, Chickens & Etsy

That's me!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Hometown Quilt Show

My hometown Quilt Show is TODAY!

I gotta cute booth set up! 
Come by if you can and if you can't, 
I will post pictures of it soon!
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Journals for the Quilt Show

 I just finished these journals 
that I will be selling at my little hometown Quilt Show coming up on Saturday!

The above journal is one of my favorites
because it reminds me of my sweet Grandmothers.
The lace is from a couple of old pillow shams.

After the Quilt Show I will be making more 
journals to add to my Etsy shop!