My chorus, Top of the Rock, recently had our 4th Spring Tea. Mom and I once again co-chaired the event. This year the Tea was at the historic Albert Pike Masonic Center in downtown Little Rock on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon right before Mothers’ Day.

We had 120 guests–the biggest crowd yet! We will plan for even more next year!

Tables were decorated by members of the chorus. We gave the ladies free-range as far as decorating goes. You’ll see a variety of themes–from Christmas to farm to jewelry. Mine is the one with the yellow tulips!

Click on each gallery below to see the pictures better.

You must have some fancy food to go on those fancy plates!

Here is the menu we served:

Tea Menu2016

I had fabulous help in the kitchen, as always!

Some of the men from Accapella Rising, the Little Rock men’s barbershop chorus, helped us with the serving.

We had a FABULOUS vintage fashion show. A friend of Mom’s from high school, Wanda Cook (aka The Coca Cola Lady, be sure to check out this article from a few years ago) provided the fashions. Top of the Rock provided the models! Wanda has displayed her collection at Red Hat conventions, women’s luncheons and other events. She was so generous to loan her collection to us for the day! The fashion show was a HUGE hit! The models really got into character and made the clothing come alive.

Of course there had to be some singing!!

It looked like everyone had a good time!

A big thanks to my husband, Chip, for taking all the photos! He took over 500 pictures and walked over 11,000 steps that day!


For my birthday this year, my Mom promised to take me to tour P. Allen Smith’s garden home at Moss Mountain Farm.


I have had the opportunity to meet and miss Allen several times. Click here.

Having seen my blogger pals talk about going to Moss Mountain on many different occasions, I was very excited to finally get to go for myself!

I didn’t exactly know what to expect from the tour. I knew there would be lunch and a house and chickens. I had no idea what the “dress code” for such an event was.  I decided to consult my ARWB friends for advice.

I’m going to Moss Mountain Farm tomorrow. It’s my first time. How should I dress?

  • Debbie Horton Arnold-Is it for one of their luncheon/tours?
  • Stephanie Crampton Buckley-Cute and comfy. Comfy because there’s a lot of walking around and cute because you will take a lot, and will want to be in, photos.
  • Sarah E. White-Rain boots since it will be muddy?
  • Debbie Horton Arnold-Cute but not dressy. I’ve worn nice jeans, cropped pants, and slacks before. Always with shoes you can walk around in a yard and garden with. (no heels) I hope you have a beautiful, fun-filled day. It’s a beautiful place. Take an apple for the donkey:)
  • Peggy Cox Bayer-Thanks, y’all. For my birthday my Mom bought us tickets for the luncheon/tour. We are just now finding/making time to go. Pray the rain holds off!
  • Peggy Cox Bayer-Thanks for the “donkey tip” Debbie Horton Arnold
  • Paige Ray-You ladies have fun today!!
    After all of that I was even more perplexed!
    That morning I thought I had the a perfectly cute and comfortable outfit picked out for the day. The weather man was calling for rain, so I knew rain boots were a possibility.
    light blue gingham with floral skirt
    Cute enough–but I felt all fidgety in the skirt for some reason. Perhaps a different skirt was the answer.
    light blue gingham with denim
    No. This just was not right.
    Then I remembered a springy green dress.
    green dress
    I wore this to take the kids to school. It really needed to be ironed. My white sneakers were not so white. I WAS GOING TO A FARM! WHY DID I WANT TO WEAR A DRESS?!
    purple gingham
    Next up was my purple gingham shirt with jeans. Jeans would be much more comfy if I ended up wearing my boots. That was it! I would wear my Converse sneakers and take my boots.
    Don’t you HATE those days when nothing seems to be the right outfit?! UGH!
    I was running out of time AND patience. I knew the next outfit had to be “it” whether it was or not.
    I needed something on my arms because I tend to get cold. Apparently I was in a gingham mood, since I had already tried two gingham shirts.
    A gingham jacket was the winner! (I picked it up for 50¢ at Goodwill last summer.)
    gingham, converse, rain boots
    Hooray! Decision made. I wore the sneakers and threw the boots in the backseat.
    gingham jacket with converse

    As soon as we parked the car, my cute little sneakers went into my purse and on went the boots.
    I didn’t know if I would need to change shoes to go inside or not.
    stuffing shoes in my purse
    So, here is how I dressed to go to Moss Mountain Farm.
    arriving at the farm
    Jeans and rain boots turned out to be the perfect pairing for the day. No, they didn’t make me leave my boots at the door. I hauled my sneakers around unnecessarily. I was glad to have a jacket though.
    Stay tuned for more about the actual trip.
    Oh, in case you are wondering, I took all those clothing pictures days later. I wish I had actually taken a picture that day.  My bed looked like my closet exploded. I was not really planning to include a fashion post with my Moss Mountain adventures. However, when I relayed my fashion dilemma to my husband later that day, he got a huge kick out of it. I just thought y’all might, too!

I kind of feel like I’m playing dress-up this morning.


I picked out these coral colored capris thinking I would wear a navy top of some sort. Nothing I had looked quite right. I couldn’t just wear a plain white t-shirt.


I started with the necklace with the three large turquoise beads. The necklace actually has a second strand with brown and turquoise beads. That strand is shoved down the back of my shirt! Long hair is very handy sometimes!
Next, I added the necklace with all turquoise stones.  I liked it, but I felt like two strands was not enough. I had the long silver chain necklace that I thought would work since there was silver in the first necklace. I had to double the chain.

As if three necklaces was not enough jewelry, I decided to add some stacked bracelets, too!


I love this set! It actually came with a couple more bangles. I decided to go for the more subdued look–ha!

I was having a little trouble taking pictures of myself, surprise! One of the girls volunteered was drafted to help. We got a little silly.


Next, we have the frozen smile photo.


We decided this one looked like my shoulder hurt!


I still kind of look like my shoulder hurts in this one. At least I have a “normal” expression.


The point was for you to be able to see the bracelets and the necklaces in the same shot. Oh, well, fun was had!

Happy 2013 everyone!

The kids went back to school today. Therefore, life must return to “normal”. Normal, I suppose, includes a blog post! So, we have come to the point in the year, the first post of the year, where I tell you all the stats from last year.

Why? Why do I feel I must do this? Peer pressure? Everyone else is doing it!

If you are a regular around here, none of these posts will be new to you.

However, if you are new, maybe you’ll see something you like and go investigate.

Here goes…

According to the statisticians at WordPress, thank you very much, these are the posts that got the most views in 2012. (Strangely enough, all of the Top 5 are actually from 2011. I guess I can look at that in a couple of different ways…1) Stuff I wrote about in 2012 wasn’t as interesting as 2011 topics, or 2) These posts have staying power–like a little black dress! We’ll go with #2.

#5 Christmas Tree Tour

Bible made from a matchbox and alphabet pasta

Bible made from a matchbox and alphabet pasta

#4 Tie Dyed Fingernails

swirling polish 4

#3 Linguini Salad

Linguini Salad finished

#2 Christmas Party Food


#1 Dr. Seuss Snacks

proud moment

I had a hard time trying to decide my favorite post of 2012.

I have to say, I was extremely happy to finally finish the Impressionist series. You can see the entire series here. Part X is here.

waiting to go inside

I piggy-backed this post in the BLOGtober series I did with Arkansas Women Bloggers. That was fun too. You can see that series here.

I think my favorite new recipe I tried was Cannellini Beans. Y’all, it is just so good!

spooning beans

Looking back on 2012, we really did a lot! We ate great food, at home and off of trucks! We visited family and friends. We crafted.

My favorite thing we did last year was make a pirate movie with the kids and some of their friends, then hosted the premier for the movie.

The planning, the scrounging, the cooking…it was all good!

table 2

And now, here are the Critics’ favorites.

Critics’ Corner


Favorite dish–Pork Chops and Field Peas

ready to serve

Favorite Restaurant–The Bavarian Chef


Favorite Event–Movie Premier

watching movie


Taste–Bud Biscuits

15-hot biscuits

Coolness–Butterfly Cupcakes

completed butterflies

Creative Title–Help! I ate something green!

more kale

Fun–Bocce Ball

bocce ball 1

Gross–Welch’s Fruit FIZZ



Great Wolf Lodge!

main attraction

Strawberry Delight!

Strawberries outside

Thank you for following my little blog. Whether you are a subscriber to the blog or the Facebook page, get here from Pinterest, or stop by at random, your visits, “likes” and comments are appreciated!

Now I know why people do the “year in review” post…happy memories! I plan on making some more in 2013! I hope you are there to share them with me.

All this year the Goodwill stores in Arkansas have been celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the organization. The stores have had these AMAZING 85% off specific tag color sales. That is 85% off of the Goodwill price, people! Thrift addict that I am, I have been to all of the sales! I wanted to gloat over share with you one of my bargains.

I got this cute cross top for 54¢! The shirt had come from a resale boutique and had price tag that said $180. I can only imagine what the retail price was. I can not imagine ever paying those prices.

I suppose it was my pride that got the best of me. (I always think of this verse in situations like this. I’m sure I butcher the context, however.)

I could not get a decent picture for ANYTHING! I was home by myself, so there was no one to help. I was on my way to quartet practice, so I was in a hurry.

I finally gave up on taking the picture.

Days later, Chip was looking at pictures on the camera almost in tears from laughing so hard.  I figured it would be better if he were laughing WITH me than AT me, so I joined him. I guess that would technically mean I was laughing WITH him AT me–hmmm.

So, here is your laugh for the day! At least the shirt is cute, huh?

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P.S. In case you couldn’t tell, none of these pictures have been edited–ha!

P.S.S. If you have any suggestions for that big blank wall in the bathroom, I’d love to hear them.

I’m starting to like doing the fashion posts. Now, today I wouldn’t post what I am wearing. Worn out knit pants and a grungy t-shirt is just not what people want to see.

Last fall I bought a skirt at Goodwill that I really liked. A fuzzy leopard harvé benard skirt! It was about a size and a half too big, but it was only $4! I figured I could at least put a safety pin in the waistband for that price. Well, it has been hanging in my bedroom since I bought it. (I left it hanging from a floor lamp–not in the closet–so I wouldn’t forget to fix it.)

It seemed like I shouldn’t be wearing a fuzzy skirt after February. I really wanted to wear it this season, so I finally decided to take in the side seams.

Lo and behold! I found a similar outfit on Pinterest just before I fixed my skirt!

This came from The polyvore version is $1,893.80!

Here is my version…

I think my outfit was just a little cheaper. I went with a charm bracelet rather than bangles. Check out that Sweet Adeline hardware!

If you are ever on Pinterest, you have seen this cute outfit from…..

I don’t really get Polyvore, but I like seeing ideas from other people.

I really liked this outfit. I especially liked the red with the neutrals–and the shoes!

I’ve been looking for some shoes like these for a while now. I found a lot with little bows on them, which I didn’t like. Then I found some online that were $565, which I really didn’t like!

Then I found these…

Aren’t they cute?! Even better-they weren’t $565! With shipping and tax they were less than $20. Can you guess where I got them?

Yep, I had looked at Target. These are only available online.

Now for the rest of the outfit.

I had jeans and a white t-shirt, duh.

I had a cute tortoise watch my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago.

I had the cardigan. It was part of a silk sweater set my sister gave me a long time ago.

I had a red-ish beaded necklace, a cast-off from same sister. I thought it might work as a bracelet. No ring though, but that’s ok.

The main thing I didn’t have was a red scarf. I really liked the one in the picture. I just didn’t have anything quite like that. I guess I’ll just have to try to make something.

Well, the shoes arrived yesterday!!!

I was so excited! I just couldn’t wait until I had a read scarf to wear with them.

So, I thought I’d “test drive” my outfit. I didn’t really have any where to go.  At least I looked decent when my husband came home from work. haha

I used my necklace as a necklace since I didn’t have a scarf. It was okay, I still want to find/make a red scarf. It has to be just the right color of red, you know. My watch had silver on it rather than gold. I did like the gold in the original picture. I’ll try again once I have my accessories worked out. I am happy with the shoes though.

It was 80˚ around here the other day. Today it is in the 50s. How’s a girl supposed to dress??

I have not yet made the big switch in the closet from summer clothes to winter clothes. I really have to mentally prepare myself for that adventure-ugh! Besides, it is going to be in the 70s with storms by next week.

After hanging out in frumpy clothes for a couple of rainy days, I decided to spruce myself up a bit. Now, why I decided to take pictures of myself and tell you all about it is beyond me. Bear with me.

I have a new appreciation for all those gals who write style blogs. Like this one. It is no small task to take a decent picture of yourself.

First, I had to get out the tripod and figure out how to work it.

Then, I had to call tech support, aka my husband, to get instructions on how to use the timer on the camera.

After that I had to figure out which buttons I had accidentally pushed to make the viewing screen show me nine pictures!

All this just to get ready to go to Walmart-ha!

I’m sure you have seen that scarves are back this fall. Hooray! I still have all of mine from the 80s! I worked at the Limited when I was in high school. We sold a scarf with every sweater, jacket, and pair of socks! For some reason I could never part with my scarf collection. Today, I decided to wear one of my oldies by goodies. But what would I wear it with? I pulled out a hand-me-down corduroy jacket and a cheapo camel colored t-shirt.

What do ya think? Kinda’ looks like my head is floating.

Do you like that look of disgust on my face? I was fed up with taking pictures of myself with no head.

Check out those earrings. I have had them forever, too! I got them when I was in high school. My friend Becky and I used to hit the flea markets looking for jewelry. I found these on one of our trips.

Here is one of the chopped-off-head pictures. I was trying to get a close up of the scarf.

Outback Red-baby!

Here is a picture where I chopped off my leg!

I love my little gray Mary Jane shoes. I think my sister gave them to me many years ago. Look! I’m even wearing trouser socks that match my shirt. The ribbing is reminiscent of the cordoury jacket! Okay, I didn’t really plan that last part.

Well, what do you think? Did I embarrass myself at Walmart?

(Please consider it was Walmart! I did, however, only see one person in pajamas today.)

Have you been wearing scarves—new OR from the 80s?