weekend at Coral Cottage

Weekends have taken on a new meaning for me.

Switzerland arrives on Sundays with

food for the soul.

Vegetable Soup and corn bread

Vegetable Soup and corn bread


Somebody got into the pound cake before their dinner.  I’m not naming any names, but that isn’t my hand – just sayin’.

I had mine with my morning coffee – awesome.

Apple cake – I’ll have that with my afternoon tea.


A new thrift store opened near us a bit ago, I’ve been anxious to go.

 Mr. Cottage took me there on the way to the grocery store on Saturday.

Fire-up the Singer.



Among my many scores was this skirt.

I removed the zipper, and cut it straight down the middle.


A piece of black binding with orange rickrack machine stitched, and  a big bold green button.  I’m embellishing with a few embroidery stitches.  This will go around the top of the wrap.

Playing with the design.


I’ve pinned into place an old zipper, for extra funkiness, and some green pom-pom fringe.

I’m not done yet.

When finished, I will have a one of  a kind new wrap cape, all made with scrap materials.

Switzerland agreed to model it when the project was complete, she just didn’t know what she was agreeing to.  Ha the laugh is on you – girlfriend!

My holiday spirit is usually brimming over by this point.  Not so much this year.

Plugging in the little snowman to my usb – easy and  sweet.

He changes color as the glittery snow falls around him.


Giving up my 25 year tradition of cooking and hosting Thanksgiving at my house.

That’s a tough one to swallow.  The rest of the family is taking over this year.

 At least this year I won’t have to worry about any of the jokes about turning the oven on –  that’s another story.

The sun is shinning brightly today and it looks as though all things are possible.

My friends embellished my cornbread plate will little inspirational quotes.


I like this one for today:

Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.

Hope y’all had a lovely weekend.

See you later, Bye!


lighten up a bit

lately I've been feeling like an old dino

lately I’ve been feeling like an old dinosaur

Hi Y’all

Let me introduce myself and my new blog.

I’ve blogged here at WordPress for a few years, under my business name.

But now, I am going to let it all hang out.

Have you ever been to a party that you felt you stayed at too long?  Well that is how I was feeling about parts of my life and my old blog.  There were some things that needed to be changed and after long and careful consideration I felt it was time to reinvent some things that were not working in my life.  So here I am with a new blog and new beginnings.  I hope that you will join me on this journey wherever it may lead.

So what am I going to blog about?  I dunno.  My game plan isn’t set in stone.  But I’m thinking there will be days that I write about gardening, and cooking and crafting with lots of photos, because that is my passion.   I must say I am not a professional and I don’t alter my photos – no Photoshop here.  They are simple and natural, just like my cooking and me.

A few months ago for kicks I went with a group of ladies for a day filled with astrologers and readers and healers and all kinds of wacky new age people.  I spent time with three different readers in three separate rooms ( so they couldn’t over hear what was being said).  The skeptic in me showed up for the day, however I was amazed that I was told  by all three of these people  – in not so many words that I needed to lighten up a bit and to believe in myself more and to be in touch with that crazy artist inside me.  This is something that I believe they all accurately spoke of.

I’m a traditionalist and  I am a bit old-fashioned.  But I am also the crazy lady living in the coral cottage with purple trim in the middle of conservative country.

I like to color outside the lines – especially with purple.

 I like to drink tea at three and margaritas at five.

Now I’m getting old, I don’t go to church and I don’t wear underwear.

If you know what song that line came from, then you know me.

See ya later, bye