Friday, July 1, 2016

Bentley and I Are Now on Instagram!

I just joined Instagram last night!   Finally!!  

Follow me and I will follow you.  This is going to be fun.  Bentley is
already excited about it and he wants to show you some of his favorite
spots for walkies :-)  Hope to see y'all there!

Link up to us here

Have a fun Friday everyone!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Country 4th of July

If you have ever lived for an extended period of time outside of the
United States, you come to understand how very lucky we are to
live here.  When I returned, I was so very happy to be home once again.

The many, many things we take for granted are not available to 
everyone else.  Being able to turn on the tap and safely drink a glass
of water.  Electricity that barring a major storm, is dependable every
single day.  Being able to safely drive your car down the road without
having the driver of the car in front of you decide to put his car into
reverse and back up at 45 mph because he wanted to stop for someone
or something he spotted a ways back on the road.  Sewer systems.  

Little things like that.

The rights we as women have.  The opportunity to elect our leaders.  
An educational system that is available to everyone.  The ability to voice
our opinions.  The access to excellent medical care.  

As we approach this 4th of July weekend, I believe we should take the
time to reflect on the greatness of our nation.  During this election year,
we hear of so much that is wrong with our country, yet I think we 
should be taking the time to be thankful for everything we have that
is so right.

God Bless America!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Cute New Infusion Mug

This is a very cute shabby chic style mug, but there is something
special about it ....

It's an infusion mug.  Under that lid is ....  

a mesh basket that is perfect for adding tea leaves or coffee.  It is
great for when I only want one mug of tea or coffee while I am 
working in my studio.

And most importantly for me ~ it's so darn cute!  I found it at
one of my very favorite shops, British Isles.  I have been
shopping at this darling shop since I lived in Houston back in
the late 1980's.  I never miss it and they are very dog friendly and
make Bentley feel so welcome.  It's a win, win for us.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Grandmother's Heirloom Quilt

Over the weekend, David's sister Cindy gave us a vintage quilt that belonged
to their paternal grandmother.  It's a lovely quilt and it pairs very well with
the pillow I made last year from a tea towel that Cindy found at a garage
sale, and some Ralph Lauren fabric and other scraps I had to create this
cottage style pillow.

I am not certain of the era of these fabrics, but I am guessing 1930's or perhaps
1940's.  The stitching is tiny and perfect.  A very pretty quilt in excellent 

I wonder when Grandmother Freeman had time to make it since she raised five
boys and was the wife of an Army Colonel who was transferred to military bases
across the country. 

I never had the opportunity to meet Henrietta as she and the Colonel 
passed away before David and I were married.  I hope she knows that
her quilt is loved and will be well cared for until it is handed down to
the next generation.

Family heirlooms give such warmth and uniqueness to a home.
Thanks for stopping by to see our new treasure.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, June 27, 2016

An Adorable Antique Lamp

David and I spent the weekend in Houston.  We had a wonderful time
visiting family and dear friends.  We love visiting because that's where
we met and have so many fond memories of the great times we had in
the vibrant city.  

We stopped at favorite restaurants and discovered some new ones 
we liked too.  And ....

Shopping for antiques in Houston is fabulous!  There are several
great antique districts and so much to see and ooh and aah over.
I found this adorable lamp on my very first stop. 

I love unique lamps and when I found this one, I fell in love.  
A charming old gentleman with his dogs on either side of him.
Of course you know my obsession for all things canine :-)

We spent a fun morning and early afternoon with family.  Our niece 
Kimberly and her husband Zack have a beautiful home near Rice University
and they had a party for their 5 year old daughter, Hazel.  Lots of kids and
friends and some family members we have not seen for a while.  It was
great fun.  Our niece Angela just earned her MBA from UT and our other
niece Julie is expecting her third child next month.  Her due date is
July 14.  We are especially thrilled because David's birthday is July 16,
mine is the 18th and David's sister Cindy (Julie's mom) is the 22nd.  
We have a long run in July!

Cindy gave us a beautiful antique quilt that belonged to David's 
grandparents.  I will show you that tomorrow.  It's quite a lovely
quilt that is beautifully hand quilted with the kind of fabrics we 
can't find today. 

I am busy today doing laundry and catching up with things.  The
sorts of things one does when returning home after a long weekend.
Have a great Monday!

By the way, Bentley had a wonderful trip too.  He's 
catching up on his sleep now ;-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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