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Friday, February 17, 2017

And In The End…

…There will always be a question as to who really rescued whom.


Two weeks ago we shared that our beloved Franzie was ill.

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We had a stretch of warm weather that had him rallying a bit and we took advantage of this gift to enjoy all of his favorite things.

Walks.. err… rides around the neighborhood.

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Watching the ducks at the local park.

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Enjoying his first ice cream cone.

You can view the funny video HERE.


But despite all this I could see the pain increase in his eyes.

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He valiantly still tried to follow my every move. But his legs began to give out more and more.

This past week I carried him everywhere so that he could continue to do what he loved best~ be my faithful companion.

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Franzie was never a vocal dog.

He would lift his right front paw when he wanted to be picked up.

This and many more sweet, small signals between us became our own love language.

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A few days ago he warmed his old bones in the dappled sun while I planted a few spring flowers.

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Even with such pockets of happiness my heart knew and began to shatter at the unspoken words I did not want to hear.

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My beloved friend lived the truest meaning of unconditional love and loyalty everyday.

Nothing I did for him will ever equal this precious gift that Franz gave to me.

He will be deeply missed.

The very best thing I can do in Franz’s honor is to encourage you to adopt a dog (or other animal) that nobody wants.

The neglected and abused.

The older dogs.

If you’re real special, there are also sickly dogs that need a good foster home.

I promise, PROMISE, PROMISE that they will reward you 1000 times over with their loyalty, kindness, and love.

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Miss you sweet boy,


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This year I created small, simple vignettes here at Storybook Cottage using Grandma Jingles’ collection of antique Valentines and ostrich feathers.

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Some groupings were accented with the pearl hearts that I shared yesterday.

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The entire family will enjoy the holiday with a simple pasta dinner probably served in the cozy kitchen. 

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How will you celebrate?


Monday, February 13, 2017

DIY: Pretty Pearl Hearts

These pretty pearl hearts are so easy to make and add the perfect finishing touch to romantic décor.

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The Supplies

Wooden Heart Shapes

Craft Paint in shades of white

Craft Glue (I apply it with an old paintbrush.)

Pearls (I used a combination of vintage and new pearls.)

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For a smooth finish you could sand the hearts. I was in a hurry and didn’t. I simply applied a layer of white, then champagne colored, paint.

Some of the hearts were drilled with a hole so that antique lace ribbon could be strung through once the paint was dry.

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A thick layer of craft glue was applied to the entire top flat surface of the heart.

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Then pearls of various sizes, shapes and colors were sprinkled over the top of the wet glue. It takes about an hour for the glue to completely dry and secure the pearls. If any spots are missed on the heart just add a pearl here or there with a hot glue gun.

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The hearts were then tucked into various vignettes around Storybook Cottage.

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I may leave them out even after Valentine’s Day.

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They mix well with antique and vintage Valentine’s.

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Happy Crafting!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Very Best Home Furnishing

Earlier this week I was doing a bit of research for a historical presentation that I will be giving later this month. I was studying the book “Little House in the Ozarks”. It is a compilation of many columns Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote for the Missouri Realist. I found myself hovering over page 37. I read and reread the following:

“Let’s be cheerful! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant and happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture and the furniture comfortable and beautiful.”


I then examined myself.

I squirmed in my seat a little.

Had a sour mood of mine stole the brightness of the day from the people I loved most in the world?

Once again I was reminded that happiness in a home does not come from material things.

It comes from the love shared amongst the people who inhabit it.

In wishing you cheerful brightness I invite you to enter my giveaway HERE.

Here’s to pleasant and happy thoughts,


“When a person has an abundance, his life does not result from the things he possesses.” ~ Luke 12:15

Friday, February 10, 2017

You Are Invited To A Party For Laura Ingalls Wilder

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame (NCMHOF) will be celebrating the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder on Saturday, February 25th, 2017.


Laura was inducted into the Hall of Fame way back in 1984. It was her experiences growing up on the frontier and her pioneering spirit that garnered her the nomination.


Also inducted that same year were Caroline Quiner Ingalls, Laura’s “Ma”.


Laura’s sisters, including Mary Amelia Ingalls


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…and Grace Ingalls Dow were also nominee’s.


As well as Laura’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.


The NCMHOF is partnering with the Log Cabin Village Museum to present this special day. It will be a wonderful event for children too as pioneer themed crafts and games as well as butter making demonstrations are planned.

Drawing by Garth Williams.

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I will also be on hand with my family sharing pioneer era artifacts and reproductions as well as photos of the Ingalls family. I’ll talk about all things Laura, enjoy storytime and have a question and answer session.

The majority of the volunteers will be dressed in historic costume and attendees are encouraged to dress up as well.

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All the details for the event can be found HERE.

The museum address:

1720 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-336-4475

Hours of Operation:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

We hope to see you there!


I hope you have enjoyed the week of celebrations honoring Laura Ingalls Wilder here at Décor To Adore. Make sure you enter the Little House themed giveaway. It is open through next Wednesday, February 15th.

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Today is the 60th anniversary of Laura’s passing and it is amazing to think about how millions of people all over the world are still celebrating her wonderful life.


Please enjoy all of the other posts in the “Little House” series.

The Inspirational Faith of Laura Ingalls Wilder


Nellie Oleson’s Town Party

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Laura’s Country Party

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Little House ~ Laura’s Patchwork Napkins


Little House ~ DIY Throw Pillows


Little House ~ Christmas Tree and Decor

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Laura’s Log Cabin Tablecloth DIY

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Laura’s Gingerbread Log Cabin

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Laura’s Red Mitten Garland

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Little House Holiday Breakfast

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Little House Christmas Dinner

The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, ill. by Garth Williams:

Becoming Laura Costume Challenge

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Little House Pillowcases

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The Homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder