Monday, March 22, 2010

Finished Linen and Silk Spring Scarf

I finished the lovely crochet linen and silk scarf in light green.  It reminds me of linen clothes with so much more with the silk.  It is now for sale on my website on Make Mine Pink

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Show and Tell Monday

Please join all of us at Make Mine Pink on the forum for "Show and Tell Monday."  Here is my "Show and Tell"

1.  This is going to be a summer crochet scarf.  It is made with a silk and linen yarn, so yummy.  Really pretty and will go with many spring and summer outfits.

2.  Here is a bunny standing gaurd over two new house plants that I bought at Lowe's. 

Friday, March 19, 2010

What a beautiful day at Blackberry Cabin

It a beautiful sunny day here at Blackberry Cabin.  I opened some of my windows to get some fresh breezes and I hear this noise on the side of the mountain next to my house.  I thought it was the horse next door because he sometimes will walk down toward the creek.  When I checked though, it was a whole mountain side of wild pheasants.  I ran to get me camera but I scared them away.  There must have been 20 or 30 birds.  Here is a pic I was able to get as they ran away.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Crazy Tuesday

Today I had a doctor's appointment so I got ready to go to town, packed up the garbage and put it in my car,  when a tree run out in the driveway and hit my bumper.  Can you believe it? (HaHa)  I guess it was a good thing since if I hadn't hit that tree while backing out to my turning spot, I would have gone in the creek.  That would not have been fun.  I was so busy trying not to hit my porch that I forget the trees behind me.  Oh Well!

So I go to take my garbage to the dump and guess what?  It is Tuesday.  Which means it's closed.  I know this but somehow I forgot.  So now I have to go to town with a bag of garbage in my car.  When I get home -- I think -- what am I going to do with the garbage?  It is warm outside so it will smell by tomorrow.  I can't leave the window down because animals may get into my car.  So I just bring it back into the house and will take it to the dump tomorrow.

Does anyone know what this is?  What is the smoke stack for.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Turn dangerous baby beds into home decor

I bought this baby bed at an auction for $3 and everyone thought I was nuts.  What did I need with a baby bed anyway.  You can't use them for babies, or have them around babies, because they are not safe but this is what I did with mine. 

  • First I took it apart and since I didn't need the headboard or footboard I discarded them.  You may find uses for them though.
  • I took off the hardware and cleaned the rails that I kept. 
  • I then used one to hang dish towels and doilies in my kitchen.
  • I also used the other rail to hang a quilt in my bedroom. There are so ways you could use the rails.
I also love Mother's Plates -- here are a few I have collected.

Friday, March 05, 2010

To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump

On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 1/2 day on Saturday our garbage collection site is open for household garbage and some recycling.  Our site is 4 miles from me over some very treacherous mountains.  I have never had to take my garbage to a dump before so it was def a new experience for me. We have an attendant and he keeps things moving and cleaned up for us.  

Free Picture of Metal Garbage Can. Click Here to Get Free Images at Clipart

Here are my rules for going to the dump!

  • First, you have to make sure that you take your garbage out often because where do you put it if you don't.  You can't put it outside because the animals will get it and it will stew in the heat.  That would really stink up your car.

  • Second, I try to schedule my garbage visits with other errands, but sometimes, well you just have to go to the dump anyway. 

  • Third, be careful where you park at the dump.  Someone got their car hit a couple weeks ago. I can't figure out why unless someones garbage was so stinky they rushed in to get rid of it.

  • Fourth, make sure you have some tools with you for the dump: scissors or (knife see previous post and about knives and sissors), extra garbage bags, extra store plastic bags for trash in your car, odor spray, and a good attitude.
Trash can image provided by

Need to Buy a Truck

I need a truck here at Blackberry Cabin -- doesn't have to be new or fancy but by summer it will be a necessity.  Although I have a front wheel drive car, it is only a 4 cylinder and who wants to take their garbage to the dump in their car.  So, I have added a "Donate" button to my blog.  All money collected will go toward that purchase.  If donation is not your thing but buying books, electronics, and other items from Amazon are, just search from my blogsite and I will receive a small portion of the sale.  If you prefer to advertise on this blog, you can become a sponsor.  I truly will appreciate any thing you can do to help.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


I love hand embroidered pillowcases.  I am fortunate enough that I also love to do the embroidery myself.  My bed always has 6 pillows on it, 2 of them with matching pillowcases to the sheet set and 4 of my own hand embroidered pillowcases.

So when I purchase a set to sell, I am also doing something I love and love bringing to you to create your own bedding style.

You can find some pillowcases for sale at

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I Have A Mouse

Why in the world an over-weight, out of shape 56 year old woman with mild congestive heart failure and arthritis want to live way out in the country like I do here at Blackberry Cabin?  First I have the strong pull from the Blue Ridge Mountains is all I can say.  I love it here.  I feel free here, and I feel at home here.  Second, I have to get in better shape physically, which means walking out to my mail box, walking in this big yard, gardening, and a lot of other things I have not had to do in a very long time.

So after my first week here and surviving my first big snow storm, I fry some bacon for breakfast and in runs to the kitchen a little field mouse that has come in from the cold.  Well I shoo it away but can't find where it came into the house.  So I called my rental office to let them know I was fine after the storm and told them I had a mouse -- they told me to buy a mouse trap or pellets (they laughed and said this nicely -- I love my rental co).  It was a wake up call -- that hey I need to take care this, I need to do the things to keep the house safe and myself safe and in better shape.

Why is this a big deal -- I have rented apartments for years and they took care of the maintenance, then I lived with my grandmother for a year and my uncle took care of these things, and then I rented a house with my daughter and she and my grandson took care of these things.  So here I am and it makes me happy that I can deal with my mouse problem. 

It's a start!