Howdy darlin’s! Well, I’m havin’ a good ol’ time here in sunny Californy! I can’t wait to share with you all of the fun stuff that I’ve been doing and all the adorable gals I’ve met! Here I am on the “beach” with my daughter-in-law Tiffany! Lol! Actually we are at the Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow, California. Come on…I’ll show ya around!
My daughter-in-law Tiffany made this darling barn-wood sign to sell in my sister Sherry’s booth. So cute!!
Here I am with my sister Sherry from Glamarella JUnk. Take a look at my photos of her Cowgirl Chic booth…
Fancy vintage bottles…
Cute farmgirl candles!
Here’s another barn-wood sign that Tiffany made! Both signs sold. She’s very creative as you can see!
Here I am with my dear, dear, gal-pals Abbey and Sara from Sweet Magnolia Farm. These are two of the sweetest girls! And talk about AdOrAbLe stuff! Oh. My. Goodness! Their booth was so…ME! There was gingham everywhere! Everything was so yummy…so farm-y…so down-home charming! I wanted to live there! They said I could… but only for two days… ‘cuz that’s how long the event was. All I can say is that I felt right at home!
Seriously, is this the cutest or what? Come take a closer look…
Take a look at the ceiling of their tent…Abbey sewed a giant quilt to line it with!
Their tea towels were just darling too! I took home three of them! You can find them at their Etsy shop! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE!
Love the milk bottle toppers!
Have I said “darling” yet?
Looks like wash day down on the farm!
I also met Eloise the Junk Fairy! So sweet and so delightfully creative!
She makes these whimsical Cake covers.
Take a look at this lamp she made. Just behind the cute burlap flower you can see all the the layers of vintage tart pans and tea pots…it was quite tall and so unique!
More vintage cuteness!
This is my friend Joy’s booth from...The Vintage Rabbit! I wish I had my picture taken with her! ;( I also got to meet a couple of my super sweet-as-Sugar-Pie-Sistas…Lidy from the French Garden House and Nicki Glade from Mermaid Glade…Hi Lidy and Nicki!
Love the giant paper flowers!
It’s always fun to meet up with Christie Repasy!
Her artwork is amazing and she’s sweet as the roses she paints!
The Vintage Marketplace was jam-packed with such creative people and goodies! Their next event is in September!
While in Temecula, I got to spend some time with my darlin’ friend Cat from The Vintage Housewife! We used to be next door neighbors! We sure chatted up a storm, talkin’ about our family, our home and all things Vintage! She’s got on her sweet vintage farm-wife dress…and we were both sporting country-girl pig-tails on this hot summer day! (my fashion-police…my two daughters…weren’t around to tell me not to wear this hair-do! Yee-Haw! LOL! I’m gettin’ a little sassy at my age ain’t I! They really just tease me! They’re findin’ out their mama is a little bit sugar and a bit more spice!)
This past weekend I was so excited to find out that the adorable Heather Bullard was going to be at Vignettes in San Diego! We follow each other’s blog but I had not met her in person yet…so guess where I went with my daughters Summer and Tiffany?
Vignettes had a sweet welcome sign for Heather!
Not only does Heather share beautiful and inspiring ideas on her blog with amazing photography, but she is a Contributing Editor to Country Living Magazine AND she’s created her own magazine….SOUVENIR! I have it and love it!
” is a seasonal lifestyle magazine featuring gorgeous homes, beautiful ideas for entertaining, delicious recipes, simple crafts, lifestyle and travel stories and amazing shops and collectibles.” ~Souvenir Magazine
Best of all Heather was an absolute joy to meet in person! She was so warm, gracious, funny, adorable, cheerful, perky, fun and gorgeous to boot! We gabbed like we were old friends! She has such a sweet nurturing way about her…and I told her so! We found out what a small world it was when she discovered that my daughter-in-law Tiffany graduated from the same college her daughter is attending and the one she graduated from. They also realized they had friends in common! It was such fun! I got to meet her sweet mama and hubby too.
Heather also has one of the cutest chicken coops in the whole wide world! Her hubby built it! They even offer the plans for it here!
While at Vignettes, which is located just a few blocks from the Pacific Coast (you can actually look down the street and see the waves crashing on the shore) there was lots of vintage seaside goodness to see!
I met the gal who created this beautiful space…Robin from Vintage Beach House! Hi Robin!
Cute flags made from old maps!
It was a super fun day spent at Vignettes with my two adorables Summer and Tiffany!
Well, in just a few days I’ll be headin’ back to my home in the Ozarks, sippin’ sweet tea on my front porch…and catching up on my gardening! Until then I hope y’all are enjoying the beautiful summer goodness that the Lord has blessed us with! Hum a happy song today…it will put a spring in your step!
“My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to HIM in song. “~The book of Psalms
Hugs from the Old West! Wish you were here!
P. S. Sadly, my music player from “Playlist” has changed their terms…you have to go to their website to hear it :(…so I will be looking for a new server to play music on my blog. If you know of a good blog music player let me know!
HoWdY Sugar Pies! Boy oh boy have I been havin’ fun! A few weeks ago I met up with my darlin’ friend Kathie Truitt from Hillbilly Debutante. She’s been on the road promoting her new book The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe! I got my copy and plan to read it this summer out on my front porch rockin’ chair with a tall, ice cold glass of sweet tea! Kathie was born and raised in Missouri and her new book is based on her charming little hometown of El Dorado Springs. It’s always so much fun to meet up with this sassy-boot-scootin’- gal-pal O’ mine!
I also spent a day at one of my favorite places Silver Dollar City right here in my Hometown, Branson, Missouri! While I was there this adorable couple was getting married in the old log Wilderness Church. Don’t you just love their Old West wedding clothes? LOVE! The best part about that day was meeting one of my Sugar Pie’s, Amie! I was sitting on a bench relaxing with my hubby while my daughter Summer was riding a roller-coaster with her friend and Amie, along with her sweet family, were walking by and she recognized me! (Hi Amie!) It was a blessing to meet her and her darling family!
Well, I don’t know about you but I am so ready for summer!
Fresh air, sunshine, and warm breezes!
I’m ready to smell the aroma of Barbecue in the air…
Ready to do some gardening…picking my sweet home-grown,
sun-warmed cherry tomatoes from the vine…
Photo credit: Better Homes and Gardens
I’m ready to put my vintage tablecloths to use outside on my deck to enjoy a summer snack…
Speaking of a “summer snack” … a bowl of fresh strawberries with my favorite fruit dip is pure bliss!
It tastes like cheesecake!
The best part (besides tasting so scrumptious) is that it’s soooooooo easy to make! Just two ingredients!!
Just whip together with an electric mixer: 1 jar of Marshmallow Creme and 1 tub (12 oz.) of Cream Cheese!
That’s it! Keep it chilled until ready to serve.
(You can also rest your serving bowl inside a larger bowl filled with ice to keep it cold while serving it.)
Photo Credit: Better Homes and Gardens
I’m also ready to stock my cupboard with summer’s bounty…
(now is a good time to start gathering the supplies and recipes for canning your favorite jam!)
I’m ready to watch my grandbabies (Kade and Johnny) play in their little kiddie pool, splashing and giggling!
(Kade is 10 months and Johnny just turned two! I bought them matching swimsuits! Oh honey’s!)
How about you? Are you getting ready perhaps for an old fashioned family reunion this summer?
Or how about a camping trip to your favorite State Park? This is my honey’s Grandma and Grandpa vacationing in the beautiful High Sierra’s, just above the old west town of Bishop, California. Love their yellow and white vintage trailer!
Yes! I’m ready to celebrate the good ol’ Summertime!
Hey! For all of my Sugar Pie New-bees who have been asking about my Summer e-book
(titled Watermelon And Fireflies)
I’m offering it again for a limited time at half price!
My E-book, Watermelon & Fireflies, is a sun-drenched, farm fresh, sweet-as-corn-on-the-cob adventure to the good ol’ summertime! It’s jam-packed with a bucket-full of fun ideas! Although there are recipes it’s way more than a cookbook! Each page is decorated in full color with vintage images, photos, charming quotes and of course 51 farm fresh ideas including family fun tips, recipes, decorating ideas, encouragement for homemakers and so much more!
Darlins’, ”Watermelon & Fireflies” is just drippin’ with sweet southern nostalgia like honey from a honeycomb! Here is just a sampling of the 50 pages of pure, all-American nostalgia! If you don’t have it yet, I can’t wait for you to see all of the ideas I’ve gathered to bless your heart! Here are just a few of the idea titles…(there are 51 ideas!);
- breakfast in a bucket
- rise and shine!
- come and get it!
- sunshine fresh
- diner pie
- meet me at the fair!
- gathering joy!
- farm-girl treasure hunt
- dreamy strawberry butter
- jingle bells in july
- fresh farm style
- have a summer pie party
- golden moments
- yankee doodle macaroni salad
- sweet wonderful you!
- have a cow! (moo!)
- fresh as a daisy
- a splashing good time!
- going on a picnic!
Plus so many more! I’ve even included my recipe for Oh My Stars! Fresh Peach Pie…it’s my favorite pie EV-AH and everyones favorite! When you taste it you’ll squeal “OH MY STARS!” Linda said… “I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Summer day than to relax in a cooling afternoon breeze with an iced cold glass of sweet tea, a jar of yummy ”Farm Wife Banana Pudding” and Ruthann’s new e-bookWatermelon and Fireflies. Jam-packed with the best that Sugar Pie Farmhouse has to offer, it’s a joy to read and sparks the imagination quicker than fireflies at sunset. It is charming, homey and conveys in the sweetest possible terms Ruthann’s love for home and family and it will inspire you to make the most of this summer with your family. It’s at the top of my summer reading list.” Linda Lee Sister-in-Law to sweet Ruthann Marla Said… “What an incredibly delightful read! From the beautifully decorated pages to the precious stories and funny anecdotes, Watermelon and Firefliesmakes your heart sing and reminds you of all of the beauty of sweet summertime. Aunt Ruthie shares so many of her wonderful and creative ideas that inspire one to not let the season go by without “making a memory.” I’m excited to purchase this southern jewel for each of my grandmas, aunts, mom and sister and look forward to taking a little walk down memory lane with the women who were such an integral part of the summers of my childhood. Thank you Ruthann for sharing your amazing heart with your Sugar Pie Sistas! Marla Robison (Editor) Your Kindred Sista Also included are 14 of my Sugar Pie Sisters Summertime ideas and sweet memories of summer’s past. When I read these I could almost feel the warm summer breeze flow across my face and taste the fresh blueberry pie! And I could almost hear Grandma hummin’ an old hymn as she hung her linens out on the line…the wind snappin’ the sheets…and the bees a-buzzin’. I think you’ll find that Watermelon & Fireflies will remind you of an old fashioned country church picnic. The background graphics resemble homey kitchen tablecloths and the recipes are like the dishes women-folk of yesteryear would proudly set on the long tables, pot-luck style under the breezy shade of an old oak tree. The activities and ideas are family-friendly, easy on the pocket-book, and are sure to create many heartwarming memories and traditions. Since this is an E-book, you can download it immediately to read it on your computer. If you’re interested in printing the E-Book, I highly recommend going down to your local Staples, Office Depot or UPS store and have them print the PDF document for you. When I first released this e-book, there were a few gals who experienced issues with printing. The primary reason for this is the size of the PDF file (there’s just so much fun stuff!). Some computers and printers just can’t process such large files, so you may run into printing errors. Of course you can just read it online!
You can put your copy of “Watermelon and Fireflies” in a binder or bind it like I did; After printing it out on quality Premium paper, I put the pages inside plastic Sheet Protectors and then tied them together with 3 strips of wide gingham ribbon. If you cut the ribbon at a slant it’s easy to thread it through each hole and tie a double knot to secure it Tied together with ribbons adds to the vintage, down-on-the-farm look.
I also slipped a sheet of posterboard behind the front and back cover to give it a firmer, hardback feel.
So for a limited time only, I’m offering Watermelon & Fireflies for $9.95… a 50% discount from the original price. This discount will be available during the summer months and will expire on August 15, 2012. To get your copy and to receive the 50% discount click here or click the giant pink button below. Once you’ve purchased the E-Book, you’ll receive an email with all the download instructions. Just so there’s no confusion, I want all my sisters to know that this is a PDF document that you can download to your computer. This is NOT a printed book that you’ll be receiving by mail. Due to the fact that this is a digital download, I won’t be able to accept any refunds. If you have any questions about your download you can contact my son Dusty at (email@example.com). Please know that he has a full time job, a wife and baby at home so it may take a few days for him to get back to you. He helps me with my computer stuff out of the goodness of his heart when he has a few moments to spare!
So Sugar Pies, pour a tall glass of something ice-cold and yummy to drink. Relax and settle yourself into a comfy spot as you embark on this armchair adventure filled with delightful vintage charm and old fashioned fun!
Little Aunt Ruthie age 5 at Disneyland!
Well Sugar Pies, I’m headin’ to the Old West in a few days for a few weeks. I hope to do a blog post from there, but until then Plan now to make your summer the sweetest juiciest best!
As always I pray that God will bless your darlin’ hearts!
P.S. I’ve been asked by so many of you adorable gals if I plan on doing more e-books for the other seasons…the answer is YES! Slowly but surely I’m working on some new ideas for ya!