Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sunset Over Folly Beach

Although we did not lodge on Folly Beach this year, we did a quick visit the last night of vacation.  Folly Beach is hopping little hippie beach reminiscent of the 1960-1970 era.  Small, friendly open air restaurants line the main drag, music fills the air, laughter and friendly chatter are catching, casual attire rules and dogs are welcome everywhere.   It totally ROCKS!

We walked out on to the fishing pier to watch the sun set.  Here is what I captured.

Me and my "babies."

What compels someone
to write their name in the sand?

Thanks for reading, Rosie.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Chewing Gum Flavors

Tell me.....

Does the chewing gum lose it's flavor
on the street light post over night
even if the post is on the corner of
North Market Street and
East Bay Street in Charleston, SC?????

Just wonderin....

Thanks for reading, Rosie.

Doorways and Iron Gates of Charleston

“When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.”   Joseph Campbell

"Happiness often sneaks in through a door
you didn't know you left open." John Barrymore

“Everyone is an explorer.
How could you possibly live your life
looking at a door and not open it?”

“Kind words will unlock an iron door.”

“Money, you have lots of friends
hanging round the door.
When it's gone and the spending ends
They don't come no more.”  Billie Holiday

"A door is what a dog is perpetually
on the wrong side of." Ogden Nash

“Ten men waiting for me at the door?
Send one of them home, I'm tired.”  Mae West

I climbed up the door, and opened the stairs;
I said my pajamas and put on my pray'rs,
I turned off the bed and crawled into the light
And all because you kissed me goodnight.

"When God closes a door,
somewhere He opens a window."

My door is always open!  Love, Rosie.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Family Vacation at Seabrook Island 2010

I am on Seabook Island in South Carolina this week.   Seabrook is a small barrier island twenty miles south of Charleston, SC.  Seabrook boasts wide, uncrowded beaches and pristine dunes and it is true.   I walked the three and one-half miles of beach yesterday and encountered less than fifty people.  Of course, the area is still in the "off" season and I am sure crowds will increase after the Memorial Day Holiday, but for now, the area feels private and secluded.   Exactly what I love!!!!  My family rented a small three-bedroom beach cottage for the week through Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO).  If you've never used VRBO, this is a great way to find rental property for vacations all over the world.   We've had good experiences renting this way, and this experience was no exception.  In fact, this has been one of the most professional renters I have ever encountered.   Jim and Terri Edmiston from Charlotte, NC, own this little home and have been a joy to work with through the rental process.   Check out their site here and I highly recommend doing business with them.  Honestly, the site doesn't do this charming home or the area justice!

I am a bit under the weather.  I left home Saturday with a sore throat and it is still troubling me.  It is an overcast day and since I was on the beach most of the day yesterday, I opted to stay in to lounge and rest while the guys rode bikes to the pool this afternoon.  I am hoping to feel better quickly so that I can explore the island and get into Charleston this week.  Either way, it is beautiful here and I am enjoying the scenery, the call of the gull, the lapping of the waves and the enthusiasm of my boys.   I want to take some photos of the sun setting over the Low Country marshland and the horses at the Equestrian Center.  Plus, I want to try my hand at crabbing from a nearby dock.   And did I mention stuffing myself full of shrimp and crab legs????
I always find this area to be the epitome of Southern hospitality and graceful beauty.  I really think I could see myself owning a small shabby chic beach cottage in the future.   For now, I'll just gaze out my window and dream.

Thanks for reading, Rosie.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day - Giveaway Winner and Iris Slide Show

Happy Mother's Day!

Congratulations Colorado Lady! 
You are the lucky winner of the
Very Cherry Berry Apron!

The Iris is the Official State Flower of Tennessee
and they are in their full glorious bloom in our fair State.  Here are a few shots of my favorite,
feminine flower from my own small flower bed. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Vintage Thingies - Caned Chairs

Wow!  It's Thursday already and once again time for Vintage Thingies with Colorado Lady which is a meme I enjoy participating in when I can.  I have a few chairs I want to share this week.  Nothing spectacular, but something I love.   

This sewing rocker was given to me many years ago.  The caned seat was worn out.  My Father-in-Law, who knows how to cane, redid the seat for me.  I wish I had a mileage meter attached to this little rocker when my oldest son, Carter, was a baby.  I rocked many a mile with him in his early months on colicky evenings, and then as he grew older and could communicate with me, he would always want me to rock in the squeaky chair.  The noise seemed to comfort him, so we did a lot of rocking and reading. 

Beautiful cane work!

This chair is from Tunnel Hill Baptist Church (a little church in a local valley) and is quite old.  I image this was in a Sunday School classroom for many years.  Churches are so "comfortable" now.  Can you image sitting in this chair for hours.


You can see that the caning in this chair is much older and the wear more obvious.

I have a couple of these ladder back chairs salvaged from local places that have been refinished and recaned.  I love the simplicity of the lines in these chairs.   They remind me of Quaker furniture.  Again, my Father-in-Law did the refinishing and recaning. 


Oscar likes it too.

The table came from a flea market several years ago. 
It is little and somewhat impratical but I love it.

I am having a giveaway this week for Mother's Day!  
A Very Cherry Berry Apron.  
If you would like to enter, link here.

Thanks for reading, Rosie.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mother's Day Apron Giveaway

Giveaway!  Giveaway!  Giveaway!

Didn't think I would do it, did you?

Well, done and done!
(Much to my own surprise!)

What started as this -

Finally turned into this -

Along with this -
(Pardon the mannequin booty)

A Berry Cherry Apron for Mother's Day
(Shirt, jewelry, mannequin not included)

You can enter to win this apron two ways - 

Leave a comment on this post - 1 entry

Follow my Blog - 1 entry
(if you're already following, I'll count that.)

You can use both methods.
I also need to be able to contact you so

Enter until Saturday, May 8th,
9:00 PM PST

Winner will be announced
Sunday, May 9th, 2010,
Mother's Day!

Love, Rosie.