Friday, January 29, 2010

Pink Saturday

Pink Saturday is here AGAIN! My hat is off once again to our hostess,
Beverly from How Sweet The Sound.She has each and every pink link
on her post if you want to see more of this delicious color!

So.. while perusing the local antique shops before Christmas, I came upon
this beauty. A full size "vintage" pink cotton nubby bead spread. It also has
silver threads running throughout it. I was instantly smitten but having
been near to or over my Christmas budget, I didn't want to fork out
the $12. I know crazy right?

However this story does have a happy ending! I went back last week at
praise be, it was still there! I could be that I did a good job of burying it
under the other blankets, but let's not mention that, I don't want to
appear sneaky. Needless to say I was very excited and paid the full $12
for it. My only problem now? I've been thinking of using it to make
some craft projects, perhaps Christmas stockings? Are you all horrified?
It won't fit on my bed and it does have a few thin spots if it makes you feel
any better about me chopping it up. Lastly, do any of you have any other
ideas for it's use? I KNOW you super smart talented and creative ladies will
have tons of ideas for me!

Happy Pink Saturday to you all and have a loveleigh weekend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Auntie's Brag Book

I've got to do it. This Auntie needs needs to brag again.

The need hits every couple of weeks and I can't help myself.
It's an addiction, the cute Man Cub and the blogging,
but they compliment each other SO nicely.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Peek A Boo Tuesday

It's Tuesday, that means it's time for Peek A Boo Tuesdays with Cowgirl
JLynn at A Cowgirl's Grace. The object here is to have a surprise
waiting behind your door. It can be anything!

What's behind my door this week...

Yep, it's official. One year ago today I began blogging. January 26,
2009. 243 posts later I'm addicted. I admit it. My blog was private
when I
started and I knew NOTHING. I was a complete computer/
ignoramus, novice, innocent. That was me, finding a path
in the dark, stumbling my way through the internet, but
oh what a
thrill it was/is to learn the ins and outs!

While on this journey, I had many a header to top off my blog, some
prettier than others, some I liked more than others. I know most of
you haven't seen ALL of them, except family members
that saw my blog when it was private.

Do you want to take a peek? I'll let you take a gander but
no gawking at the disasters!

Header #1

Okay. Don't laugh
. I know this looks EXTREMELY amateurish. I tried to
do a manual scrapbook method and it didn't turn out so great. However I
still LOVE the concept. If I could ever figure out how to digitally scrapbook
I would try it again. The photos are all family pictures. The photos in the
loveleigh treasure chest are my Dad and my maternal Grandfather (Pappy)
Grandmother (Nana). The bottom row is my paternal Grandma,
my Mom
(the hostess of today's peek) and my paternal Grandpa.
They were cute
little buggers weren't they!

Header #2

Here I was beginning to learn my way around the computer. I
had discovered Picasa, a photo editing program that is lots of
fun to use and allows you to create collages. I took a bunch if
pictures of things I love, but the photo quality is TERRIBLE. Dark
and yucky. I needed to learn MORE about photo lighting and
editing. This was the header I debuted when my blog went public.

For better or worse.


I found this at Cute and Cool Blog Stuff! I asked Itkulilli if I could
use if for my blog and she graciously agreed. This one was love
at first sight for me! She may have to make a reappearance soon, I
wasn't ready to part with her yet but summer was on the way and
I had to fit the summer theme, right? Alright I was just having too
much fun playing with headers and wanted to try something new.

Header #4

But first I had to have a header for my PARTY! I had a Costume
Ball for my birthday and it was a complete blast! To see the
post click HERE.
Keep in mind the party was more extravagant, as I had a
matching background, party music to fit my theme and falling confetti!
Yes indeedy it was a splendid tim

Header #5

I also did a special 6 part post on a local Historic Site called the Borst
The photos in the header are members of the Borst family.
To see the posts click below:

A Borst House part 1
The Borst House Gardens part 2
The Borst House part 3
The Borst House part 4
The Borst House part 5
The Borst Schoolhouse part 6

Header #6

Summertime! Made from a free image. This one was easy and fit
the mood I was in. It may reappear eventually too.

Header #7

Moving into Fall. I found some free vintage images and created a
I loved this one too and kept it for quite a while! It was meant
to be, a few days after I finished it, I was looking for a background to
match and magically Shabby Blogs had a background in my colors with
a picture of the little girl in the pink bloomers above placed on the
side of the background. It was FATE. Sorry, I didn't mean to be so
dramatic about blog design!

Header #8

A time out for a little Gone With The Wind party I attended. Of course
warrants it's own header! To see this post go HERE.

Header #9

Another party header, this time for my "A Rose By Another Name
Party" where I reveal just how the heck I came by the name Sares!
If you don't know and want to find out click HERE. I took this photo
myself of some roses from the yard. The original rose was creamy
yellow, I altered it dramatically. Poor rose, it WAS pretty
to begin with.

Header # 7 again

I just darkened it up and antiqued it a bit for the Halloween
and Fall festivities!

Header #10

Christmas! I worked for HOURS on this one, Google-ing images, most of the

pictures are from Country Living. I had several other headers I made
which I didn't use, probably 4 or 5 more! Maybe neat year!

Header #11

For the new year, I wanted a soft and serene look This rose was
actually a sample
picture that came already installed on the computer,
I just gussied it up
a bit.

Back to header #9

I loved this one so much and barely got to use it, so I brought it back. I
thought it would ease me into the red of Valentine's Day. Hint... another
new header is on the way SOON, pertaining to that very holiday!

Thank you for strolling with me through the header sagas. Sorry to
say there will be many more on the way, it's one of my favorite
things to do! I placed a poll at the top of the blog if you want to
vote for your favorite header, I thought it would be fun to see
which ones you liked best. If any, LOL!

Thank you too for making my first year of blogging such a thrill
for me. Your presence and participation has been an enormous gift
and a wonderful blessing.

I adore each and every one if you my LOVELEIGHS!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pink Saturday

It's time for PINK, glorious PINK!

To find all the other PINK participants, head over to
How Sweet The
Sound and see Beverly!

I ran myself short on time this week to get my PINK post done, so I
took the easy way out and did the old Google of the PINK!!! I landed on
these pretty pictures from Country Living. I LOVE that magazine. I
hadn't seen any of these images so I thought I would share them.

Did you have a favorite? Mine was the cabinet of course, followed
closely by
the whole desk set up, that would really inspire a
PINKIE to get some work

This week I am also going to feature a fellow PINK blogger.
Most of you probably know her, Debbie from Ribbonwood Cottage.
I spent hours last night reading through her past posts and I now
have a full arsenal of DIY projects to try. I see some decoupage
in my immediate future. Happy Pink Saturday everyone
and have a loveleigh weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What's Around The Corner...

Blooms are blossoming,

Spring is on the way.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Peek A Boo Tuesdays

It's Tuesday, which means it's time to join my Mom at
A Cowgirl's Grace
for Peek A Boo Tuesdays.

For my peek today, I'm going to show you what can instantly transport
ME through the doorway back to childhood...


Once you're on a swing ,

your legs pumping back and forth,

flying up to the sky,

a feeling of freedom

of lightness

of endless possibilities

not a care in the world.

A time machine back to childhood.

That's the magic of a SWING.