MY NAME IS BETTY .. AND THIS IS MY LIFE ..."WELCOME"


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A GIFT BASKET FOR TINA

It's funny how you can have three daughters
but they can all have different tastes..
Well, Tina and I share the same taste when it comes to
most things in our house and gardens...

We also enjoy giving each other had made things ... and thanks to my
"Blogging Sisters,"

as I like to call them ...I'm always finding new things to make...
Like these great lambs ear balls .. Thanks to Castles at "lottens vita och grona" ..
You've just gotta
check out her blog to see all the wonderful things she makes..
It will make you want to run right out to your garden and
create something.
I also made her the flower in the basket that I learned from
Linda at "Robbin's Egg Blues"
Be sure to visit her blog to find new ideas .. she is also always
having great giveaways. :^)
I was lucky enough to win one of them and it was so much
fun getting her little treasures in the mail.
*HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA*

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Saint Patrick's Day

I wish I could take the credit for this cute idea ...
but of course I saw something like this on line.
The one I saw was not for Saint Patrick's Day
but I thought I could make it work.
These are the things I used.

I didn't have a stencil to make the shamrocks so I stuck one of these chair pad things to the end of a pencil ... I don't have a close up of the "Shamrocks" to show you ..but I just dipped the little pad in paint and made three dots and a stem .... You get the picture. :^)
I cut the big "Shamrock" out of the plastic yogurt lid.

My grandson Frankie made the cup cakes ... We made this as a hostess gift to take to his mom's house ...She makes corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day every year ... Yummy

I have posted pictures of Frankie making the cup cakes on my last post.
He did a great job.



Frankie making Saint Patrick's Day cup cakes

You never know how your day will turn out when you wake up in the morning ... You know what they say ..
."Life is what happens while we're busy making plans"
Today was a great example of this ... I've had a lot on my plate, to say the least for the past couple of days .. but I was still trying to get in the grove of Saint Patrick's Day ... I have to admit that my heart wasn't in it ...then Frankie stopped by with his dad and asked if he could stay and help make the cup cakes.. Of course I said yes. :^)

It was so much fun watching him work and to see how proud he was about what he was doing ... Besides, I learned so much from him today ...


Can you believe that Frankie and his friend almost caught a Leprechaun today! ...Really! .. He said his friend stuck his hand in a hole in the ground at school today and "something" pinched him ...so they knew for sure it had to be a Leprechaun! ... I also learned from Frankie that Leprechauns are really very nice and that they would never embarrass anyone...
But ...they are very "tricky"

It's amazing how much you can learn from a 7 year old ..
and it's also amazing how a 7 year old can brighten even the glummest day.






Sunday, March 14, 2010

My Easter Table

I just realized that everything on this table
is from a yard sale ...I love that!

I love these little plates and little tea cups ...
I'm sad to say that I lost one of the cups in our big earthquake a few years ago. :^(

This is what the table looks like today ..
but of course it will change from day to day between now and Easter.




Our "try" at making Easter Baskets.

My daughter Tina and I were sooooo excited when we saw the "beautiful little baskets that Rhea made over at Sweet n Shabby Roses ... We could hardly wait to whip up 'a few' to give away as gifts..
Well ...after 4 1/2 hours and two glasses of wine
.. this is all we made!!
"Yes"... we know ...
They are not a bit as pretty as Rhea's ... but we did have a lot of fun 'trying' to make them ... and
"no" there will be no basket Easter gifts from us..lol

Can you believe the huge mess we made.. ..
and this is just a little corner of the table!
You've gotta go see the beautiful baskets and all the other amazing thing at
Sweet n Shabby Roses














Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Before and Afters









Well ...because of my friends in "blog land" ... I'm on a roll of staining 'everything' I find with coffee ... first the white flowers and then these little guys I found at the Dollar Tree .. There was a time I wanted everything sparkling white ...but now I want everything to look "O-L-D" ....lol

Darn! ...I forgot to take a picture of the chick and I already gave it away ..Oh well ..it looks pretty much like the bunny ..."O-L-D".

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

White Wednesday


I just had a birthday and my family showered me with beautiful flowers ... so I'm sharing these pretty pale pink roses ... my favorite color roses.. I know they're not quit white ..but 'almost' ... lol ...to say I am blessed with a wonderful family would be an understatement ... I am so very blessed.

"Wine cellar "AFTER:"

"Wine cellar "AFTER:"
This is another view of the cellar.

Wow!

Wow!
This is Louie running in the heat.

Congratulations Louie!

Congratulations Louie!

Michael & Maegann

Michael & Maegann
I got so busy that I forgot to post Michael and Maegann's birthdays .. They are brother and sister and they are both amazing young people .. I am so very proud of both of them and I am so blessed to be their grandma. ... Happy Very Late Birthday to both of you. ♥

One of my favorite gifts..This thing is 'huge' ..notice the Halloween pumpkin still on my porch.

One of my favorite gifts..This thing is 'huge' ..notice the Halloween pumpkin still on my porch.
I got so many wonderful gifts, but this one is really special ..Thank you Jennifer ♥

I love this hand made gift. ♥

I love this hand made gift. ♥
My daughter Tina made me this wonderful garden art .. The top piece lights up at night ... I can't wait for spring to find the perfect place for it. ..Thank you Tina. ♥

*HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM*

*HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM*
Grandma Queta turns "91"!

Job well done!!

Job well done!!
Congratulations Michael for another year helping raise $$ for Aids... So proud of you.... This picture is of Michael and his Mom ..my daughter, Jennifer. :^)

Michael..AIDS LIFECYCLE RIDE ..From San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Michael..AIDS LIFECYCLE RIDE ..From San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Last year my grandson Michael and my grand daughter Natalie both road in the aids ride to help make a difference..This year Michael and his friend Justin will be out there again ...I am very proud of these young people.. I will be posting more later to let everyone who would like to donate to Michael..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIET

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIET
Happy birthday to my wonderful daughter and one of my best friends.

*BIRTHDAYS*

January, February and March are our "birthday months" ... We have so many birthdays at this time of the year that it makes your head spin ... Although every single one of them is so important, we sometimes just can't celebrate each one like we should .. But we all know we are special and that we are loved by our big family.

There have been all kinds of parties and celebrations, some are big and some may be having pizza at our local pizza place ..but we always have fun.

One of the celebrations that stands out in our family memories is the one where my son-in-law invited about 20 people over for an early brunch since my dauther Jennifer works nights he knew she would be sleeping ... he had us all stand around her bed and outside their big picture window were everyone could look in and she could see everyone outside. ...Well, she woke up to a bunch of "fire crackers" that he lit outside the window... Oh yeah! ...It was not pretty when she jumped up out of a dead sleep ... Saying .."what the hell"!!!! along with a few other words #@%$$#&**##@!!!! .. especially when she raealized that there were 15 people standing around her bed.. she wanted to kill her dear hubby ..but she laughed and has never forgotten her 40th birthday ......So that tells you what kind of a family we have ... there's always something that is good for a laugh ...and it makes for great dinner stories.... So I am saying ....* HAPPY BIRTHDAY* to all of us who will be or has been celebrating a birthday .... I love you all ..and I am blessed. :^)

So that gives you an idea of what kind of a family we are ...

Kind of hate to see Christmas end.

Kind of hate to see Christmas end.

Daniel and Heather's wedding

Daniel and Heather's wedding

I made this from a plastic pumpkin

I made this from a plastic pumpkin
I wish the right side was not cut off .. that's the best part ..lol ..who can tell me how to fix this ...I know there is a way..."help somebody" ...lol

Fall is just around the corner

Fall is just around the corner
I just found some great fall decorations at the Dollar Tree .. Can't wait to use them ..."I LOVE FALL".

Joe & friend Wayne went backpacking..

Joe & friend Wayne went backpacking..
it was beautiful and he cought these great fish ... and ate it!

HAPPY 21ST OF JULY

HAPPY 21ST OF JULY

MY NEW FRIEND ...just had to share.

MY NEW FRIEND ...just had to share.
I guess this has been around forever ..but I just found it and "I LOVE IT" ... I think it's the best thing since sliced bread ( or tortillas) ... it works great on rust, coffee stains .. whatever! ..thanks Karen for telling me about it.

LUIS* GRAND KID OF THE WEEK

LUIS* GRAND KID OF THE WEEK
Luis ..or Louie as we call him in the family ... lives every man's dream life right now ... in the summer he is a river rafting guide ...

in the winter he works at a sky resort ...

just for fun he climbs mountains ...

OMG!

he's a hard worker...

...and he's one of the sweetest persons I know. :^)

Something "just for fun"

Something "just for fun"
I just couldn't throw this away so Tina and I thought it would be a fun addition to her garden. ... "I want it back" ....lol

Tina's Guest Cottage

Tina's Guest Cottage
Cottage 93422 ... she rents it out... I want to stay there ..it's soo cute.

GRAND GIRL OF THE WEEK*

GRAND GIRL OF THE WEEK*
MAEGANN ELIZABETH* Congratulations ... We love you and are proud of you ...Hugz ...Grandma Betty

She did it!

She did it!
Maegann wearing her lei. :^)

"WE DID IT"!!!! ( 2009)

"WE DID IT"!!!!  ( 2009)
Michael & Natalie .. I'm soo proud of you ... great job!

Update on the Aids Ride

Update on the Aids Ride
"IT'S RAINING"!!!!

Natalie ..Aids Ride ... 2009

Natalie ..Aids Ride ... 2009
Go Nat! ...I'm so pround of these two ...in this picture My grandkids are half way there! ... ready to sleep in their own beds ..but still smiling. :^)
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A LITTLE RED AND YELLOW OUTSIDE TOO.

A LITTLE RED AND YELLOW OUTSIDE TOO.

Louie Reade Fire Fighter

Louie Reade Fire Fighter
My brother Louie is a wonderful, wonderful man who always gives of himself and talks to children at their schools about fire safty... He is a wonderful brother and my good friend. ... Happy Birthday Dear Brother.

ME AND MY DAUGHTER JENNIFER

ME AND MY DAUGHTER JENNIFER
this picture was taken in the early 70's .. Jennifer is now 41 years old .. We are standing in the middle of what is now our lawn and gardens ..I love seeing the changes from 1915 to now ... It must have been morning since I'm still in my robe ...lol

YOU DON'T NEED A FACE TO TELL A STORY

YOU DON'T NEED A FACE TO TELL A STORY

A Birthday Gift From Louie & Yoly

A Birthday Gift From Louie & Yoly
My brother Louie & his wife Yoly gave me a gift card for my birthday back in Feb. .. I went shopping with my daughter Julie and she convinced me that I should not buy something like underware when you get a gift card ..she said I should buy something I don't need or would probably not buy for myself ...so I bought this great bike flower pot stand ... Don't you just love it? ... I still have to put some pots in it ... Julie was right .. Thanks Louie and Yoly. :^)

A GIFT FROM RITA

A GIFT FROM RITA
What a wonderful surprise I got today when the postman left a package at my door! .. I was having a regular day doing what I do ..then I found a package on my porch .. I had no idea who it was from .. then I saw that it was from my niece Rita Reade ..I can't tell you how thrilled I was shen I saw what she had sent me ..."A beautiful bag full of trinkets" ....I just love every single thing in the bag and the bag is a treasure in itself .. and guess what? .. It's not even my birthday!... I don't think I've ever gotten a gift in the mail for no reason at all .. and don't you just love getting packages in the mail? .. Thank you soo much Rita for all the beautiful things and for making my day soo special... I love you ... Hugz ...Tia Betty

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I love this little bag "tied" with an old clip on earing.

BEAUTIFUL!

I am feeling so special right now

I am feeling so special right now
THANK YOU RITA. :^)

Some Mexican Folk Art

Some Mexican Folk Art
When I was a little girl my Mother had a couple of these bird feather paintings in our living room ..so now I have a small collection of them in my home.

This is one of my favorites

My Mexican outdoor kitchen

My Mexican outdoor kitchen
Another old stove .. this one lives out doors in our Mexican patio / kitchen.

We brought a little bit of Mexico to our corner .. I'll show you more of the Mexican dining room when I get some new pictures ... This part of our yard is one of our favorite "out door rooms."

DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU.

DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU.

This is what $1.49 pot of ivy can do to your garden! .. This "was" my 'children's garden'.

This is what $1.49 pot of ivy can do to your garden! .. This "was" my 'children's garden'.
I've been working on it so I hope to show it to you soon without all the evy ..it's like "The Secret Garden" .. I'm finding all kinds of treasures under all the ivy ...Wish me luck!

My Purses

My Purses
One of my hobbies ...making purses. .. These are some I made last summer.

Old World

Old World

Sandy's Cottage

Sandy's Cottage
These are pictures of my friend Sandy's little "3 room" cottage ... It's always a treat to visit her and see what she has done new .. It's a little doll house.

living room

living room

living room

living room

She 'painted' her piano white!

She 'painted' her piano white!
She 'painted' her piano white!

more painted furniture

more painted furniture

Sandy put down used brick in all of the rooms and then white washed them on her knees.

Sandy put down used brick in all of the rooms and then white washed them on her knees.

yep... she painted the fire place too.

yep... she painted the fire place too.

Her big bed in her little bedroom

Her big bed in her little bedroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Sandy set this beautiful breakfast table for my birthday.

Sandy set this beautiful breakfast table for my birthday.

My Dear friend "Miss Sandra"

My Dear friend "Miss Sandra"

WELCOME TO MY HOME

WELCOME TO MY HOME

My Kitchen

My Kitchen
I love my red stove ... The stove is one of my favorite "prizes" ...it was a gift from my nephew Dean Reade ..Not a day goes by that I don't think of Dean when I look at my stove.

MY DISH WASHER

MY DISH WASHER
I told you my house is pretty much like it was when it was built in 1915 ... I have no dish washer, no garbage disposal, no trash compacter, not even a teenager to wash my dishes.

laundry room at Christmas time

laundry room at Christmas time

Yard sale weekend

Last Saturday was a city wide yard sale in a near by beach town called Morro Bay ...it's about a 15 minute drive from our town ...I went with two of my daughters, Julie and Jennifer. ..They picked me up at 6:30 am ...we wanted to be the "early birds" so we could get the best "prizes" ..of course everyone else had the same idea ... Tina, our oldest daughter also followed in her car with cousin Pam ... we had to take two cars to have enough room for our treasures ... good thing we did take two cars because they were both 'packed' when we came home ... It was such a fun day. One of the things I bought was a service for 12 set of Spring looking dishes .. but when I put them on my table they just 'didn't work for me' ..so Tina is going to try to sell them at her yard sale next weekend.... You can't win them all.

Easter

Easter
I love my bunnies

Dining room Easter table

Dining room Easter table
My first attempt at making a bunny out of clay

dining room Easter table

dining room Easter table
la la la ..Happy birthday to you " ..la la ..happy birthday to you ...la la...Happy birthday 'Dear Yolanda" ..happy birthday to you ...la la la

A touch of Easter in the kitchen

A touch of Easter in the kitchen
These eggs are kid's sidewalk chalk from the Dollar Tree

A BIRTHDAY "PRIZE" FOR YOLANDA

A BIRTHDAY "PRIZE" FOR YOLANDA
My sister-in-law Yoly loves hankies .. I could not find any in the stores so I hit the yard sales and found this old box and a bunch of old vintage hankies in the bottom of a box of junk .. I washed and ironed them and put them in this great old box .. under the hankies there is also a vintage apron. .. I love this kind of stuff... I hope she does too. :^)

hankies

hankies