lovin-texasHowdy Sugar Pie Darlin’s! Boy has my summer been a whirlwind of  fun! I know I’ve been missing on my blog and Facebook but I think you’ll see why! I just have not had time to sit down for long!  Between our out of town family visiting , road trips and a special birthday party I have been a busy honey-bee! My hubby and I took our daughter Summer and her sweet friend to the big Ol’ state of Texas and had a rootin’ tootin’ time!  I found out that I LOVE Texas! Like the old theme song for Green Acres…”Land spreading out so far and wide…honey I love ya but gimme that countryside!”  I love me some cowgirl boots, but didn’t get any this time.


Summer and her friend Bayley loved the pony rides! She is getting so tall this will probably be the last time she’ll be able to ride those little horse-ys!


I’d like a pair of each thank you very much! Such cute boots!


Loved the Stock Yards in old Fort Worth…such a cute western town!


There was just so much western character everywhere I looked! Cute cute sign for handmade boots!



I got to meet Terri Savelle Foy, Christian author, speaker and a missionary to France!  She wrote the books Make Your Dreams Bigger Than Your Memories and Untangle: Break Wrong Soul Ties and Pursue Your Purpose. She has a passion for the Word of God and inspiring others to reach for their God-given dreams. Her YouTube videos are so inspiring! She is just the sweetest gal EVAH and gorgeous to boot! Love her!
Summer, me and Bayley in front of that “don’t mess with Texas” star!


Don’t mess with Texas! (I love sayin’ that!)

picmonkey-collageThen my sweet grand-baby Kade Austin turned one! We had a super fun time at a local indoor water park called Splash Country here in Branson, Missouri! Here I am with Kade’s other grandma…Peggy. I’m “Grammy” and Peggy is “MiMi”. My son Dusty (he’s also my fab Web site designer) and daughter in law Kimmy in the upper right corner presenting Kade with his very first birthday cake!



Kimmy did such a cute job decorating for the party~


Kimmy and Dusty are carrying on a Birthday tablecloth tradition that I did for each one of my kids.  You take a flat white sheet and each year the birthday child would make a hand print  (by dipping their hands in a thin layer of acrylic paint) then everyone at the party writes a message to that child in permanent markers. You keep adding to it year after year. It’s fun to see the hand size get bigger and of course when your kids get older they love to read all of the special notes that were written just for them. It’s a keepsake to cherish.

img_7743Kimmy later added the date and year as well as where the party was held. As you can see Kade’s hands were a too busy to stay flat for the hand-print! They are precious just the same!


Aunt Summer and Kade


Continuing my whirlwind summer, I rented another space, this time at the Spring Creek Antique Mall and Tea Room in Ozark, Missouri! It’s an itty-bitty spot but I’m so thrilled to be here! The tea room has THE BEST HOME-COOKED FOOD! (I love the Chicken Salad Sandwich and Strawberry Soup!! OH yeah! And the huge variety of homemade cakes and pies!!) Unless you get there early there’s usually an hour wait. The guests can shop while they are waiting for their name to be called. My little spot is directly across from a cute church pew where folks can sit to wait for their table.


Come take a look-see!


My Georgia friend Amy let me borrow this adorable saying…”Jesus knows me…this I love”.  This quote just blesses my heart! (Thanks Amy!) I painted chalkboard paint on a vintage silver tray (one that was magnetic, not all of them are)   added one of my old silver magnet spoons with an antique photo and copy of Amazing Grace from an old Hymnal. Then of course  I wrote those sweet words with a white chalk marker.


Vintage Rakes…one says Grandpa’s Rake the other says Grandma’s. Very farm-y and would look cute with Fall decorations!


Three vintage heart pans with vintage spoon magnets and ephemera…photos and recipes. They would look cute hanging in the kitchen. It would be even more special to have your own mama’s or grandma’s handwritten recipes featured!


Every farm-style kitchen needs some cute eggs! These look and feel like the real thing!




I found this industrial metal drawer, made it into a chalkboard. I like chalkboards, can you tell?


I made this pie/cake stand from an old pie pan and a wooden candle stick holder.



I just love the warm glow from these primitive-style flickering battery candles.

These have timers that come on and go off the same time every day.


If you’re ever in Southwest Missouri you need to come to the Spring Creek Tea Room. It’s located at:

107 South 3rd Street  Ozark, MO 65721
(417) 582-1331


And just down the street is my other little booth at The Feathered Nest.

Such a gorgeous shop with TONS of wonderful home decor items!

The Feathered Nest

1603 South 3rd Street  Ozark, MO 65721
(417) 581-5090


I’m soooo excited that my wonderful gal-pals Sara and Abbey, from Sweet Magnolias Farm, have become one of my advertising friends!

img_7277_1-500x375These darlin’s know Farmgirl style! They are so stinkin’ talented! I want to marry everything they make!

il_570xn280706260I own several of their farm-y flour sack towels…which I LOVE! Seriously, can you get any cuter than this? No!

Here are some items from their Etsy shop.


wanna marry it!


wanna marry it!


wanna marry it!

OH honey! Look at how sweetly well worn these little boy shoes are! Oh what stories they could tell!  This is just a sampling of the AdOrAbLe things from Sweet Magnolias Farm shop! You gotta go see all the rest!

Well, Sugar Pies, I hope your summer is going well for you! I count you as wonderful blessings in my life. I never take for granted that you take the time to read my blog when there are a million to choose from and that you leave such precious comments that warm my heart! I’m sending you lots of hugs!

God Bless your darlin’ heart!

Love, Aunt Ruthie

P.S. I know many of you are missing my music! Me too!! My music server is not available anymore! boo hoo! If you know of another music player for blogs please let me know!!

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