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Monday, June 13, 2011


How are you this beautiful Monday, the 13th day of June?
The Summer is fast approaching and I am really looking forward to it, for no reason in particular except that I love Summer weather.  I love long days, the hot sun, the occasional rain storm that we enjoy here on the prairies and the chance to have friends over.
Speaking of friends, this weekend we have had a very dear friend staying at our little cottage.  He is an Evangelist that we met about nine years ago and a year after that we had opportunity to get to know him and his wife at a deeper level.  He entered our lives at a time when we needed a friend, a listening ear, and a word of counsel.  He was "there" for us and we have loved him ever since and he and his precious wife have returned that love.  These kinds of friends are few and far between.  So in celebration of his visit, I made this.

 I thought he might appreciate it because he has a family of very creative people.  His wife and married daughter have the Etsy shop EW McCall, where they sell refashioned clothing and pretty hair accessories.

 It was a lot of fun to produce and I think I will use it again,  and again, I will just leave off the name.

I'm joining Mod Mix again, over at Mod Vintage Life check out this ladies gorgeous house, if you haven't yet. 


I took these photos a few weeks ago, they are so pretty that I want to share them.

This tree is one of my favorites... sits in front of our house and you can see at the back on the left, our apple tree was still flowering when this was taken.  As much as I love Summer, Spring runs a close second.

I hope your day is full of love and laughter!!!


Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

That came out so cute. Love that you can personalize for anyone. Cool!!

podso said...

Very sweet welcome for a special friend! You could get the whole alphabet eventually. Did you paint or embroider? Nice idea and your tree photos are gorgeous! So nice to see spring!

E W McCall said...

oh my goodness!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the banner! :)

also love your lamp shade!!

you are awesome!

Rosetta said...

Bravissima Cindy!!!Il tuo soggiorno è delizioso!Rosetta

Gail said...

O' Cindy, what a sweet Welcome! You are so talented.

Have a wonderful day,

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

I love that banner! I'm sure he liked it too! So glad you were able to spend time with your friend. He and his wife really are special people!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Cindy,
I love your fun to have dear friends spending the weekend with you!
What a special way to welcome them to your beautiful home.
Our weather is warming up too...I prefer cooler weather myself and yet I live in a valley where it gets very hot..LOL
Have a sweet day my friend, Hugs~Elizabeth

Brittany said...

I love the banner - I just may have to use that idea sometime =) It's so cute!

Anonymous said...

Hey Cindy!
Happy Monday to you! The banner is very neat and as always, you did an excellent job! I just love your little cottage. I so wish I could find one as special (and already updated inside!!!) like yours.

Have a great week!
P.S. on some sights I'm not able to post a comment and have to do so as anonymous.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet friend...

I came over just as soon as I read your sweet note, dear friend! How are you doing? I do hope that my note finds you and your sweet family all doing well!

Well my dear, if this isn't the sweetest thing that someone could do to welcome a guest into their home! I just love the pretty burlap banner that you created to welcome Tim! Bet he loved it as well! It is the special touches like this that really make someone feel loved and special! You are such a dearheart, Cindy! I am thinking that the Lord blessed Tim with you and your husband's friendship just as much as Tim is a blessing to ya'll!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful "WELCOME" banner with us today! always...I am sooo glad to get another glimpse into your gorgeous home! Thank you!!!

Love ya,

Olive Cooper said...

It is very pretty and shows your appreciation for a special friendship I think. Visiting from Nita's

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your welcome banner! What a wonderful way to greet and honour such a special friend. Enjoy your visit! Blessings, Pamela

Betty said...

Hi Cindy!
You are so creative. What a lovely welcome for your good friend. I'm sure he was delighted.
So glad you are experiencing more sunshine and looking forward to summer days. You deserve it after a long winter.
I love your blog :)
Take care,

Pondside said...

It's wonderful to have friends such as you describe - but then you have to be open to such friendship too, don't you.....
The banner is great - what a lovely welcome!

Ashleigh@Sincerely said...

Love the banner! What a special welcome :)

Wendy said...

Now that is just cute!!

Julie Harward said...

That is so nice of you and it sure would make me feel it! :D

Greet said...

The banner you made is very beautiful! I do know that you are a perfect hostess! Your friends will be just happy to spend some time in your cozy cottage! The pictures you took are fabulous!!And I do hope you will have a wonderful summertime!
Lots of kisses,

A Cottage Muse said...

What a wonderful welcome you've made for Tim!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Cindy the welcome sign is wonderful! I loved seeing the shots of your living room. Beautiful!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Cindy~ it all looks so inviting as always~ so glad you get to catch up with old friends and entertain in the the welcome banner, I know it made them feel special!


Carol said...

Great job on the banner! Of course, you are talented that way. I've seen the clothes you have made over, and they always turn out so lovely!
The blooming tree is beautiful and your house looks great!

Vintage Gal said...

Cindy~I absolutely adore that welcome banner~Just fabulous. LOVE IT! The blooming tree is just beautiful.
Have a great day ;-)

Pamela said...

I love this Cindy!!! YOu are just too creative!
I love your home...and the outside reminds me of my old street in Niagara Falls!!!
Lovely area you live in!

Enjoy your wonderful friends!

Pamela xo

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a wonderful way to welcome someone into your home!

Ana said...

Oh Cindy, I know that your friend Tim must have felt very welcomed and special with such a beautiful sigh you put up for him...You are truly a dear, sweet and thoughtful friend.

Love ya tons,

Jane Fortaleza said...

Nice banner. That really makes someone so special and welcome!

I love your neighbourhood!

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I love summer, too! Many people love fall, but fall is a bittersweet season for me because I know my dear summer is as far away as it can be during fall.

I love your banner. What a warm and unique way to welcome your dear friend.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. :)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...I love the banner! What a treat to come to your house and be welcomed by it. I liked being able to see the outside of your's so cute. Love all the trees. It was 104 degrees here today!!! Its been up towards 100 the last week...but to day was blistering. I don't know if I can live through three months of this. Thanks for linking up to my Mod Mix Monday!

Anonymous said...

Super cute idea for the banner! Hope you enjoyed a nice visit!! =)
Beautiful pictures.. your yard looks great! Always so fun to look at all of your blogs (even though I don't seem to come back often enough)
Love you tons!
<3 Krissy