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Announcing "Our Modern Quilting Bee"!!!.....Interested Ladies Needed!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014


 I love quilts!.....I love their history, their cozy-ness & their practical beauty!.....and I am always wanting to make them!....So last week when my daughter told me about this super fun quilting idea, I jumped at the chance to get a group of us together to create quilts! Here is how it works!

  I am looking for a group of 12 ladies who would like to participate!....Starting in January 2015, each lady will be given one month. On your month, you can choose whatever quilt block design you wish & each lady will be asked to make 4 quilt blocks in your design!....You will send them to me & I will send the pile of 48 quilt blocks off to her & she will then have enough to make a fabulous quilt for herself! So throughout the year we each will end up with 48 quilt blocks!.....

  Now the ladies participating will be all over the country!.....& I even have one friend in Australia who I am hoping will also be involved!....Please let me know if you are interested, so I can begin to assemble our "quilting group"!!!.....


   If you also have a friend that might be interested, please ask her to join us too!...& let me know! However, we do need ladies who will be responsible & take this seriously, so we all end up with a lovely quilt!.....

   If you are interested in participating please e-mail me with your actual address....or if you have any questions please feel free to ask me!.....As soon as I have a group of 12, I will send out a detailed information sheet!......

  This is a modern version of a "Quilting Bee"!!...I so hope you will want to join me!....

Looking forward to hearing back from you all!......Your friend, Heidi XO


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"Summer....Autumn...& a Baby Girl"......

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It has been such a long time since my last post?...Not sure what happened, but time definitely got away from me!......I have so enjoyed reading many of your blogs, but have neglected mine terribly!....
 
Let's see.....our Summer was a wonderful one!.....lots of warm days, long walks & time spent in the swimming pool!....A wonderful July 4th with all the family, & extended visits with our oldest grandson Andrew throughout the summer!.....
I had grandiose ideas of a self sustainable garden, which ended up falling quite short of my expectations!.....The temps got so warm, that even with continual watering, most of my efforts turned  dry & unproductive?.....Oh well, such is nature..I did learn a lot & will try again next year!...Right now the garden has been cleaned up & is quite tidy..& I am just fine with taking a break from it! :)
I am thrilled to welcome in September & Autumn!....I am so very fond of this time of year!....
Also news that our oldest daughter Holly is expecting a baby girl in January!.....after two sweet grandsons, a tiny granddaughter will be wonderful!....
I look forward to posting more of our life here at The Homestead & sharing our day to day happenings again very soon!
 
Thank you for stopping by!
 
Your friend, Heidi XO
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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"Daffodils"......

Saturday, March 22, 2014

 
Daffodils.....

 
Daffodils....

 
and more Daffodils......
 
“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze
W. Wordsworth
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Heidi
xo

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"Shirley Temple".......

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

 
This morning I got woke up to the news that Shirley Temple had passed away.....
& it made me so sad.
 
   You see my mother is the same age as Shirley Temple, & was one of her biggest fans!.....As a little girl my mother saw every one of her films, had some of her books & wore some of the clothes that were offered at the local department stores!.....especially a pair of silk pajamas given to her by some doting friends of her parents!
   My mother you see was an only child leaving on a farm in the early 30's, so the movies & dolls & books of Shirley Temple were just thrilling to her!
   When I was a little girl, we also watched Shirley's movies & I loved this adorable little girl as well!...listening as my mom would recall how Shirley went from little girl to pre-teen to teenager, which unfortunately the audience did not really embrace, opting rather for the movies of her childhood...But my mom still loved her as a young adult, siting movies that she remembered & loved.
   I have not talked to my mom yet today, but I am sure it is a bit sad for her too. This darling little girl, that was such an icon of a certain time in our history, is now gone. However through her movies & of course through all she did as a diplomat in her later years, she will be remembered fondly.
   I believe that sometime today, I will pull out one of my Shirley Temple DVD's & watch it once again......& smile at that darling little face, blonde curls & big dimples.....
 

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"My Vintage Valentine Swap" has Begun!".........

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

 
Hello Friends!
 
I am so happy to say that my "Handmade Christmas Swap 2013" was such a huge success, with many of you asking about a follow-up!
 
 So with that in mind & with lots of excitement, I am announcing my....
 "Vintage Valentine Swap 2014"!!
For this swap, I am asking you to please sign up from now till Wednesday, January 15th.....
I will assign partners on Thursday, January 16th.....
and you will have till Friday/Saturday, January 24-25 to send your partner's swap box off!
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If you would like to join me, please know you are to send your partner a lovely box, filled with Valentine's treasures!...Some items should be "homemade", some "vintage" & maybe something "new"!
Use your imagination to create a charming box that has been put together in a beautiful way!...remember to send a box that you would love to receive!....but with your partner's style & taste!
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If you would like to join my "Vintage Valentine Swap 2014", please fill out the Information Sheet below & e-mail it to me at heididevlin@gmail.com!
 
Thank you so much!...Your friend, Heidi XO
 
Information Sheet:
name:
address:
e-mail address:
blog:
pinterest:
style:
colors you prefer for Valentines:
favorite magazines:
favorite desserts/confections:
favorite scents of candles:
collections:
hobbies/pastimes:
 
 
 
 
 

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"From Wood Pile to Wall"........

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


 
This morning, while picking up, I decided the wall behind my family room end tables, looked a bit too bland. The wall is white....the lampshades, white.....just a tad boring.....
    Remembering I had a pile of old fence boards in the garden area, I took a trip out there, brought in a couple boards & propped them up against the wall?.....O.K.....not bad?
    Another trip to snatch a few more & it was decided!...the boards are going up!
    I dragged in the ladder, some nails & a few minutes later....I am loving the results!
    The wall has such character now.....the quilt now looks even better & my lampshades are just fine!....
    One 1/2 hour....no money.....& one very charming family room!...
Off to vacuum!......Heidi XO
   


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"What a Difference a Year Makes"......

Sunday, January 5, 2014

 
My daughter Holly, one year ago.......
 
 
 And yesterday......my grandson Declan, 1 year old & at his darling first birthday party!
 
 
A wonderful photo of all the cousins!.....My particular favorites, are my two grandsons pictured at the right.....the handsome & kind Andrew (9 1/2) & the adorable whirlwind that is Declan (1 year) sitting on his lap!......
I think their cousin Sammy agrees with me!...she won't let Andrew go!...Keeps trying to hug him!...
Happy Birthday Declan!
Love, Nini XO

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"A Different Kind of Christmas"......

Thursday, January 2, 2014



 
Happy New Year to all of you!......

     I haven't posted for quite some time, but feel the need to actually get started being a good blogger once again!....I think 2014 will be quite promising for blogging!...
     I have so enjoyed reading many of your lovely blog posts these past few weeks!....glimpsing into  your homes & activities over the holidays, seeing how you celebrate the holiday season!....It inspired me so very much!
     I have to admit this year was a bit challenging for me ( & my husband!)....It was the first time in 30 years, not since our 1st Christmas together that my husband & I woke on Christmas morning to a very quiet house.....without any of our children or grandchildren here.
     I worried about this for some time & even had a bit of a "breakdown" one afternoon.....crying & trying to explain my feelings of sadness to my poor husband. He listened, explaining to me that it is a transition for both of us.....he was very sweet!.....He then told me to stop sewing ( I was still filling many pillow orders from my etsy shop??)....that he would help me bring in some of the boxes of decorations...we would turn on some Christmas carols.....& take one hour & just decorate one side table in our living room!.....
    Well I listened & did exactly what he had said......in no time at all, I was so much happier & felt much better about the whole situation!....
    A few days later, Christmas morning arrived.....as I made coffee & cranberry bread..... my husband was off wrapping presents?...nothing like the last minute, but somehow it was O.K.....As he walked into the living room with his arms full of tiny wrapped gifts, & a Trader Joe's bag being used as a stocking, handles tied with festive ribbon, I realized how very blessed I am...& spending Christmas morning with just him, was indeed a gift too. I was happy.....
    I hope you all had the Christmas of your dreams....& in case you're Christmas morning was a little more like mine...I hope you too found it to be special, sweet & memorable.
   Your friend...Heidi XO

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"Our Declan"......

Thursday, November 21, 2013

 
 Declan is my youngest grandson......turning 1 on New Year's Day.
A "smile-ier" child you will never meet!.....
Almost always in a great mood....
Almost always into something.....
 Almost always putting anything in his mouth....

 
 He looks like his mother.....
Has his Dad's coloring.....
And is his brother's pride & joy.....

 
He is "Our Declan".....
XOXO
 
Heidi
xo
 

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Announcing My Annual.... "Heidi's Homemade Christmas Swap"....

Sunday, November 3, 2013

 
It is that wonderful time of year once again, when we all began preparing and planning for the holidays!....
And for me that includes my annual "Heidi's Homemade Christmas Swap"!
Now I know that some of you are a bit hesitant to sign up for a swap, but I have to say that I have been hosting this swap for quite a few years now, and have met such wonderful friends, whom I enjoy blogging with on a regular basis!....I believe most of the ladies are tried and true fabulous swappers! So I very much hope you will sign up and join me in an old-fashioned  holiday tradition!
So this is how it will all work.....
* You can sign up, by e-mailing me at heididevlin@gmail.com,  from now until Saturday, November 16th, saying you would like to participate!...and be sure and fill out and e-mail me the information at the bottom of this post!
* You will need to send off your partner's swap box, no later than Saturday, November 30th
* You will need to create a fabulous swap box, for your assigned partner, which will include little, nicely made, vintage and/or homemade treasures!....Be sure and include pretty items that suit your partner's "holiday style/taste" and that you would love to receive!....approx. limit $25-30
 
Here are a few ideas...
* family recipes
* little old books
* decorations
* home décor
* candles
*edible treats
( make sure they have the appropriate shelf life!)
*vintage craft items
* gardening items
etc.
 
I so hope you will make my "Heidi's Homemade Christmas Swap" one of your holiday traditions!
Let me know if you have any questions!
 
Your friend,
 
Heidi
xo
 
Information Sheet:
Name:
Address:
E-mail address:
Blog ( if you have one)
Pinterest ( if you enjoy it!)
Christmas color preferences:
Christmas style:
Favorite magazines:
Favorite kind of ornaments:
Do you like glitter?:
Favorite candle scents:
Food restrictions:
( gluten free/low sugar, vegan)
 
 
 
 
 

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Jeanne Oliver's "Creatively Made Home....Home for the Holidays".....

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A few weeks ago I signed up for an amazing on-line class called....

 "Creatively Made Home...Home for the Holidays"!......
 
     The idea came from the very talented Jeanne Oliver. Jeanne came up with the idea to feature a group of inspiring women, who love decorating, crafting, cooking and entertaining....and present their individual ideas, tips and philosophies about the holidays, all together in this 3 week series of on-line classes!.....
Jeanne's feeling is to show us all how to focus on having a stress free holiday, where the emphasis is "home made" but not perfection. Slowing down and taking time to make the holidays lovely, but leaving the unrealistic expectations at the door....Something many of us strive for!
 
Well the classes began last week, and will continue through next week, however you will be able to enjoy all the information presented for up to two years time!....
 
Even though the classes have begun, you can still sign up! Many of the projects are ones you can do for the holidays or anytime throughout the year....all the ideas are very adaptable!
 
The classes are available through Jeanne's website...."Jeanne Oliver Creative Network"
You must go check this out!! You will be so happy you did!

your friend.....

heidi
xo
 
 

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"Thinking".......

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

 
 This morning I awoke early......It is quiet, misty & still quite dark.....but I am awake & thinking. Have you had those mornings?.....Thinking about the plans for the day. Thinking about the holidays. Thinking about getting the winter garden planted......
I am not stressing, just thinking.....mulling over ideas in the early morning.
 
 
 With moving to the country, we are at home much of the time. I find myself rediscovering my kitchen,....baking, canning & basically cooking constantly. I also am much more caught up with my pillow business....& there is not a day that goes by without some little corner of my home being fussed with, décor-wise......
These are the areas that I am forever "thinking" about.
 
 
For me, spending time at home.....thinking about all the aspects of home, feels right. I love having time to consider, to dream & to learn......about my home & myself.
So in the still of this morning, I am preparing a cup of tea & doing just that.....
 
wishing you a day of happy thoughts!
heidi
xo
 
 

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"A Little Halloween Sale".......

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

wicked pillow
Hi Friends, Hope you all are doing well!.....
 
A little note to let you all know that these very charming Halloween pillows are now on sale!.....Come visit me at my etsy shop Heidi Devlin Design & use the discount coupon HALLOWEEN2013 & you will save 20%!....
 
pillows usually $36, now only $29.50!!
 
Come over & see!
I would love to create any of these designs just for you!
 
Many Thanks!
 
Heidi
xo
 
BOO pillow

Spider pillow

skeleton pillow

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"Goodbye Summer.....Hello Autumn"....

Saturday, September 7, 2013






This summer has been a fabulous one!.......We bought a house & moved to the county at the very beginning of June, which has proved to be a great decision for us!.......We kept thinking it may be too far out, but as it turns out we love it! And with a little planning, "too far out" is just right!...at least for this family!
 So getting back to the actual "move".....I am going on record saying I will NEVER move again!....We have moved many times in our 30+ years of marriage, but somehow it has never been this difficult?....Maybe we're just getting old?.... or maybe it's the universe telling us we have finally found "home".....I am fine with both.....
 
This summer we have been painting, decorating & gardening ( more like cleaning up the garden).
 
And swimming in our pool!.....a pool with a 1960's blue slide....let's face it, maybe dated & a bit tacky...but who doesn't love a great 1960's blue slide!!
 
We have been enjoying the fruit trees & making lots of jam.
 
Our children & grandsons have been in & out all summer long....lots of barbequing, walks & adventures......so much fun!
So once again this summer has been a "keeper".....
 
Now with the arrival of September, I am looking toward Autumn.....
   & plans for more home improvement, gardening & family adventures.
 
Goodbye Summer.....Hello Autumn!
 
Heidi
xoxo
 

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"Happy Tears"......

Sunday, September 1, 2013


 
 
Today my youngest daughter, Mallory moved out. I know she was here with us on borrowed time & knew this day was coming for weeks....however it still hurts a bit.
You see both my daughters & my grandson lived with my husband & I for many years longer than most children do, which I enjoyed immensely. I loved having those voices greet us each morning & be the last ones you heard at night.
I loved how each day our lives were tangled up together, with 3 generations all under one roof.
Then a couple years ago my oldest daughter Holly, met & married a great man....& together with my grandson made a new family, now with the addition of another sweet son as well.
And then a few months ago Mallory also found a wonderful guy. Together they have become great friends & now a fantastic couple.
And today they moved in together....Into a darling apartment near the beach....They have been fixing up every square inch of their space,....painting, sewing, building, etc...making it their own.
This morning Mallory moved the last of her things.
My husband & I helped & went down to the new place to see how things were coming along.
It was crazy hot & humid, but in amongst the hard work, you could see the happiness in creating this home together.
My husband & I wished them well & left.....
We had a wonderful afternoon the two of us....
Tonight we drove to home.....out in the country....far from the beach.....
And as I entered the house & walked by Mallory empty bedroom...tears began to fall.....
I know we will see her often....
 but I will so miss hearing that voice early each morning & late each night.....
 
Heidi
xoxo

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"A Protrait".....

Thursday, August 29, 2013

 
A painting of my grandson finds a new home atop my jam cabinet!....
 
Holly, thank you for Andrew...
 
 & Mallory, thank you for the portrait!
 
Heidi
xo

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"Growing"....

Monday, August 5, 2013

 
Our one plum tree is dripping with fruit, so tomorrow will be an all out "plum-picking day"!.....I have everything ready for an afternoon of jam making!....so am very excited to preserve some of these beauties,.... so that glorious plum sweetness can be enjoyed in the winter months!

 
Now onto the zucchini....I have three plants, but of course that translates into zillions of zucchini!....The blossoms are just so amazing right now, along with a few small zucchini nestled in among those amazing yellow blooms!

 
And of course & possibly my favorite little crop, "basil"!.....It has grown from these straggly little plants into robust, fluffy knee-hi plants that are blemish free & just begging to be transformed into delectable "pesto"!....I use pesto in so many dishes,.... that I live for this time of year, when it is growing faster than you can possibly keep up with!
It is so true that growing your own small garden can give you an entirely different perspective....on healthy eating, growing organic & how it can simply enrich your soul to walk through, & spend the morning in a garden.
Go get your hands dirty!
xoxo
heidi

 

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"A Bit of Colonial Spain in my Living Room"......

Friday, August 2, 2013


Yesterday I spent the day with my daughter Mallory, working at the costume loft,.... at the theater she works at in Balboa Park. Such a nice day!....We work on all the costumes she is designing.... & sit, stitch & talk...& sit, stitch & talk some more!
   On our way to the theater this morning, we stopped at this darling antique shop on Adams Avenue, here in San Diego, called "Stuff".....It is a fabulous little shop with all kinds of interesting finds!....My daughter & I picked up some great items, & among mine was this incredible Old Spanish Colonial candelabra!..old & rusty with the perfect patina, I just scooped it up!
So happy I did! I think it looks amazing in this corner of my living room!
  Off again this morning for another day of antiquing with girlfriends!...Such a great way to spend a Saturday!.....
Wishing you a delightful August weekend as well!.....
xoxo
heidi

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"Ticking".....

Thursday, August 1, 2013

 
Who else loves "ticking"?.....
I simply adore it!.....always have.....
humble, utilitarian, strong,.... great virtues to have.....
I will find as many uses for ticking in my home as I possibly can!
 
xoxo
heidi
 
 
 
 

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"Buttermilk Granola Muffins".....great way to begin the day!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

 
I made a batch of these amazingly delicious "Buttermilk Granola Muffins" this last weekend!....The recipe comes for King Arthur Flour, which has become a "great go-to" spot for wonderful recipes!!
 Being a fan of buttermilk, I always look for recipes that include that magical ingredient!...& this new addition will not disappoint!.....
 
happy baking!
xoxo
heidi

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