Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday Show and Tell

TGIF! Kelli at is hosting Show and Tell.
This week I would like to show you some of the Easter crafts I have been making. Easter is my favorite holiday!
This little funny bunny was made following a pattern in the Create and Decorate magazine. She was really simple to make and alot of fun to decorate. The flowers are millenary flowers that I bought at a auction sale. She is made from a damask napkin that my Grandmother gave me, so that makes her even more special.This little duck was made from the same damask napkin. (They were big!) I used the pattern in my new Tilda craft book called Springtime crafts. This was super easy to make and I love how it turned out.
Last but not least in this fabric egg also made from the Tilda book. Again super easy. The only thing that took very long of this was sewing the beads on. Last night I made 8 of these eggs in all different colors, one is blue with guitars on it for Yngwie! Isn't that a cute little stand? I found that yesterday at the thrift store for .25
No big plans for the week-end, thank goodness. I have kept the house pretty clean all week so I won't will guilty about sewing alot this week-end. If the garden isn't too muddy, I hope to get it cleaned out and tilled up enough to get some onions planted. I can't hardly wait until SPRING!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Deal of the Day or Trust your Intuition!

This past week I made a Easter rabbit from one of my favorite magazines called Create and Decorate. (I will share her tomorrow for Show and Tell). If you like to do crafts, check this magazine out. It's a little hard to find. I got my first one at Barnes & Noble then subscribed to it. Anyway, I love how the rabbit turned out, but thought I would like it even better if I had made it out of linen fabric. So, at lunch today I thought I would run over to the local fabric store and get some. As I was leaving a little voice in my head said "go to the Rescue Mission thrift store". (Yes, I'm hearing voices, so what!). So I turn toward the thrift store instead. When I get there I see they have set up an entire area with fabric. Guess what I got? 3 yards of cream colored linen for $1.00 and 2 yards of oatmeal colored linen for $1.00! Of course, I had to buy about 7 more pieces of fabric as well. It was all priced between .50 and 1.50.

Then as I was walking down the aisle I looked over in the toy bin and couldn't believe what I saw! Three Barbies from the 1970's! The photo above is not the ones I bought but the ones I bought are just like them. There were probably 20 Barbies in the bin and I asked the clerk how much they were and she said .25 each. I took them all! Plus 2 big bags of Barbie clothes for $1.00 per bag. I will keep the 3 old Barbies and give the others and the clothes to Yngwie's friends sister. She loves Barbies.
I love a good deal! The girls at work call me the "Thrift Store Queen" I wear that title proudly!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Easter Dress #2

As I mentioned, I am showing some of the wonderful handmade dresses that my Aunt Doris in California would make for me for Easter.

Green must have been her favorite color as several of the dress she made was the color.

This photo is from 1971 and I am 10 years old. My sister and I have matching mint green dotted swiss dresses. My mom is in the middle with the blue and white checked coat that she made. The only time she ever wore this coat was to church. Never anywhere else.

Check out that console TV in the background along with the gold drapes! I remember when we got that tv it was around 1967-1968. It was our first color TV and it came on Saturday morning when the cartoons were on. I was totally mesmerized! I had never seen a color TV before. I also see a seashell vase that my uncle brought us back from the exotic and ever so far away state of Florida!

I love to look at the objects in the background of photos. My scrapbooking buddies are always trying to get me to "crop out" objects in the background of my photos, but I usually won't. I want Yngwie to look at the photos when he is middle aged and laugh about our decor!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Easter "Baskets" (kinda)

Good Morning everyone.
Seems as if I have been neglecting my blog lately, but I have been busy crafting and cooking, and cleaning out flower beds, getting ready for SPRING!

The ladies in my family are big coffee drinkers. The minute one us walk into each others house, we will put the coffee pot on. So, this year I made cup and saucer Easter "baskets"

I found the cups and saucers at the thrift store for 50 cent. I filled them with Easter grass, then added some silk flowers, and egg pick, and a votive candle. Then I filled the saucer with jelly beans and wrapped them up! They look so cheery sitting in ymy craft room. I will get to enjoy them until Easter day.
Then I got busy on the "baskets" for the girls at work. Again, the thrift store had just what I wanted. I bought the stuffed bunnies for .50 each. The I found the flower pots at the dollar store. Walmart already has tons of Easter candy out and I found these Russell Stover Chocolate bunnies in beautiful pastel colors. I added some pencils, some bunny purse size tissues, and an Easter egg with some jelly jeans in them. I haven't wrapped them yet because I want to get a little more candy to fill in the empty spaces.
The front flower beds and the flower beds around the pond are now leaf free and are ready to greet the warmer days of Spring. I cleaned a little around the pool garden, but there is so much left to do. I haven't even begun to clean out the vegetable garden. They are the main order of business this week if the weather cooperates. I am also going to turn my herb garden into a Peter Rabbit garden this year. Be on the look-out for further posts about that garden. My head is spinning with all the ideas I have for this garden. Hurry Spring!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Easter Dress #1

While going through old photos, I came across several pictures of me at Easter. Easter was a big deal in our house. It meant a new dress, white gloves, patent leather shoes, a pretty corsage and sometimes even a new hat! Several times, my great aunt Doris, who live in California, would make my dress. She would phone my mom and mom would take my measurements while she was on the phone with Aunt Doris. Aunt Doris would then select the fabric, make the dress, and send it across the country to Virginia. It would always fit! I was so excited to see that box in the spring knowing it was a new dress made just for me! The above is a photo taken of her when she was in her teens. She was quite the flapper with that cloche hat!
I remember the dress in this picture so well! It was white satin underneath with a chiffon overlay that was white with green flowers. She also made the green coat to match. My Dad always got all of us a corsage for Easter and this one appears to be a rosebud. Check out that "bun" on top of my head. I almost always wanted a bun when I dressed up! LOL
I have a few more photos of the "made just for me" Easter dresses that I will share during the Easter season, which incidently, is my favorite holiday.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Old Photos

This weekend I was going through some old picture and came across this one. This is dated January 1967. I would have been 6 years old. This picture just shouts 1960's! Check out the gray formica table with the white and gray vinyl chairs. How about that Coppertone refrigerator? The red, white and black tea kettle and pots cafe curtains were just lovely! I do believe that is a TV dinner I was eating, way before microwaves you put these frozen delights in the oven and 30 minutes later, you were dining in style! I also notice the depression glass milk glass, though at that time we wouldn't have known it was valuable. There are also some brown melmac coffee cups on the table, Mom must have had someone over for coffee.

In the lower right corner, I spot the "vaporizer". Just looking at it brings back the smell of the Vicks salve that you put in it.

This looks like a typical day in my life in 1967. I have no idea why my mom or dad would have taken this photo, but I'm glad they did. Just a photo of every day life. A very simple, uncomplicated life. Something I yearn for as an adult. Confucius said "Life is simple, but we insist on making it complicated". How true!



Monday, February 11, 2008

Good Morning!

If any of you have never been to visit Seasonal Delights Quarterly than you don't know what you have been missing. Kelli and Phillip have a lovely website filled with recipes, crafts, poems, etc. They also include bonus recipes or crafts in between issues. Which is where I found the directions for these beautiful Valentine fans.These were so much fun to make. The most time consuming part is cutting out all the fan "blades", but after that it's pure fun decorating them. I am giving these fans, along with a small box of candy, to the girls at my office. One is also going to my Grandmother and another to my sister.

This one is my favorite! Mostly because it's purple but I also love the beaded fob at the bottom.

It's been very windy and cold here this week-end and the downed electrical wires have caused some fires in surrounding counties. Please pray that these are contained quickly and without harming anyone.

Have a great day!


Friday, February 08, 2008

Friday Show and Tell

Kelli over at hosts Show and Tell each Friday. Click on over to her blog and join the fun.
This week I would like to show you a few of my favorite pins. (Sorry for the bad photos, not use whats wrong with my camera.)

The silver angel and the back onyx pins belonged to my great grandmother. My Grandmother gave them to me for my 16th birthday.

This pin really isn't too old, but it is one of my very favorite. It can be worn as a pin or a necklace. It belonged to my mom, who passed away in 1977. She got it at a Sarah Coventry Jewelry party. Anyone remember those?
The cameo, black filigree, silver leaf, and etched amythest pins I picked up at yard sales and auctions.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

This and That

The weather here has gone from one extreme to the other. One day it is freezing cold and the next day it's in the 70's! I guess my bulbs have become confused as my hyacinths and resurrection lillies are starting to poke though the mulch. I covered them up a little more as we still have a month or so more of cold weather.

Last week went I went to Lowes I bought a few more packs of seeds. I have some kind of seedmania going on. I can't stop buying seeds! I have never had swiss chard before so I decided I would give it a try. It looks so pretty on the package. I really hope the Bells of Ireland do well because they totally captivated me with their pretty picture on the pack. My family love beets but I have never had any of the gold ones, so into the garden they will go. I have started a new kind of gardening journal, that I will show you when I get some pics. Hopefully this will help me remember what worked and what didn't in my garden.

With Valentines Day right around the corner, I have put out some of my vintage valentines and post cards. I love the colors on these and the little boys eyes move.

I am trying to think of something other than candy to get for my husband and son for Valentines Day other than candy. Anyone have any ideas for "guy" gifts?

Hope everyone has a blessed day!