Monday, May 30, 2011


Yes, that's me, angrily sitting at my computer.  Blogger won't let me make comments on any of your blogs unless I am "anonymous".   Hopefully, the problem will be fixed soon.  Please know that I am continuing to visit your blogs and am enjoying all your fabulous ideas and stories!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hello!  There have been ups and downs here at Love and Life at Leadora, but nothing really blog-worthy!  However, I did recently rediscover my collection of Susan Paley vases...

I received my first one as a gift, and at the time I couldn't quite figure out whether or not I liked it.  Somehow, I acquired more, and then I realized what a cute group of ladies I had...

I remember, a long time ago, one of the kids breaking one, and then I decided to put my ladies all away.  I am so happy to see them out and all together again!  Speaking of kids, I couldn't let a blog post go by without sharing a prom photo of my beautiful oldest daughter...

My daughter, Zoe, will be graduating from high school this June.  I don't think she was the one that broke my Susan Paley vase, but even if she was, it wouldn't matter...I am so very proud of her!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Vintage Photo Feature Friday

Hello!  This week I am again joining Tricia's Photo Feature Friday at A Rosy Note.  The theme  is "vintage".  When I started thinking about what to photograph, I realized my old house, originally built in the 1870s, would definitely qualify as vintage!  To give my photo an even more vintage feel, I applied the sepia and softening effects from Picnik.

 It was originally a  "birthing home" (I know what you are thinking...what a delightful and pretty name!..hee! hee!).    Before there was a  hospital in the area, the women would stay here as their birth date due near, and then the doctor would be "summoned" for delivery.  We purchased "The Birthing Home" about 19 years ago, and there are definitely days I wonder if I'll be considered "vintage" when we are done! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Yesterday marked the beginning of birthday week for my youngest, Willow.  Yes, she has requested not just a day, but an entire week of birthday, and, since she is the baby at Love and Life at Leadora,  she will probably get it!  In fact, in honor of the commencement of her birthday week, I made these tissue paper pom pom decorations for her outdoor birthday table...

Of course, I got this idea from the files of Martha Stewart!   You can find the "how to" here.  Also look on You Tube, as there are some great videos on how to make these tissue paper pompoms as well.  I have to say, they were easy, inexpensive and impressive!   Best of all,  the birthday princess has requested to have them hung above her bed after the celebrations have ended!

With cafe lights and a little HDR-ish from Picnik, these tissue paper pompoms look pretty good at night too...

So next time you have a party, consider these tissue paper pompoms. They are sure to be a hit!