Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Library Night

It’s Tuesday Night and finally some of my holds are starting to arrive, so you won’t be disappointed this week.



I was not able to scan any of last week’s book “Sewing Green” by Betz White. But what a great book! Her projects were definitely inspiring! How about recycled juice packaging made into a car sunshade?!?! I’ve seen purses and totes from Capri Sun and Kool-Aid packaging but she took the idea even further. Her projects were really cute! These one week book returns are killers. I barely make it from cover to cover before it’s due. Unfortunately I had to return Simple Country Wisdom before I finished it.

And off to my favorite junk store…


An honest-to-goodness Ouija board! I haven’t seen one of these since I was a teenager! Wordsearch & Dammen Hout were all wood game pieces so those will be recycled into mixed media projects. And brand new Rachel Ashwell’s Simply Shabby Chic window panels. I just finished painting my bedroom that gray-green color of those leaves too!!


Hope you had a simply chic Tuesday!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Red, White & Blue Tag Swap

Monday was the deadline to submit our vintagey, 4th of July tags to our most gracious and lovely hostess, Jessica. I have to admit that making those 17 tags was no easy task. I am in the middle of unloading my house to a storage facility for a whole house remodel.

So I left the dining room table and one chair in my empty downstairs room so that I could craft in-between moving all weekend. I was doing pretty good until Sunday. 2 1/2 hours hunting down my glue gun!!! And to boot I read her email all wrong and she wanted the tags BY Monday. Great first impression I made!!


A quick pic of the finished tags and a run to Fed Ex on Monday morning! I can’t wait to see the finished tag book!! And I promise I’ll share … pictures only, of course!

PS. The glue gun was in a box on the kitchen floor….go figure…

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Library Night

Wow! A whole week whizzed by and I haven’t posted…sorry.

Tonight’s library visit… only 3 books but one brand new Sewing Green I ordered before it was even processed. Definitely looking forward to reading this one!


And of course the thrift store is overflowing with donations from unsold garage and yard sale items. I even had a few things to donate myself! The bins were filled to capacity, so now I can’t wait til next week!


Loved the script writing on this leather cover and the pages were appropriately discolored! A steal for 99 cents!


Now I haven’t done cross stitch for quite some time, but I couldn’t pass up this vintage era ‘70’s of the fab five airlines. I actually started my aviation career with one of them, but that’s a tale for another day.


A whole bag full of rubber stamps for 2.99!! I was so excited when I saw “victorian” on both sets! Can’t wait to play with these!

Hope you had a great Tuesday!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Library Night

It’s Tuesday Night and not alot to show you tonite…


My book lists kinda get put on the back burner now that the weather’s just too pretty.

I did finish Flea Market Jewelry! It was all about repurposing your flea market finds into new useful designs to wear and decorate your home.


How cute is this idea?!


And check out these shoes being used as jewelry holders! Too cute!


Really a lot of great ideas in this book! Definitely worth reading if you’re a junk shopper like me!

Hope you had an awesome Tuesday!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It’s Graduation Time

When my children were little, they were quite the handful! What one didn’t dream up, the other one did! I had 2 very rambunctious boys 1 year apart. I did what any mother would do in my shoes – I prayed!

And I prayed and I prayed…

I didn’t pray for well-behaved children, I didn’t pray for peace and quiet, or even good grades. The only thing I prayed for was a high school diploma for each of them. In this sea of garnet and gray…


sat my youngest about to receive the answer to the last of my prayers.     


He was the very last student to receive his diploma.


Thank you Lord Jesus for answering my prayers. Amen.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Library Night

Another Tuesday already?!? Tonite’s reading pleasure…


The Altered Scrapbooking with Susan Ure is a DVD/CD set.

The Find by Stan Williams boasts “The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details” on the cover.  Now, just who among us doesn’t need this book!

The Inspirability by Pash cover is flocked and absolutely delightful to touch. I hope what’s inside is just as delightful as the cover!!

And speaking of flocked…at my favorite thrift store this evening



a vintage, flocked Christmas apron! A yard or so of pretty fabric…


and a few odd bits of wool, threads and beads.

Hope you had a feel-good Tuesday!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Victorian Tea Party

Welcome Friends! How wonderful to see you, again! Please, please come in…


Let me take your hats and gloves…




If you don’t mind, I’d love for you to sign my guest book.


Please come into the parlor and have a seat. Tea should be ready in a few moments.


Why yes, those favors are for you to take home. How have you been?

What have you been doing with yourself? You don’t say! Well that’s delightful!

The weather has been a bit dreadful the last couple of days.


May I offer you some strawberries and cream?

Of course I baked! Would you care for some cookies? Let’s see… there’s black bottom cups, sugar cookies, nut horns, thumbprints and lady locks…


Oh.. and pizzelles! They’re made from my Italian grandmother’s recipe.


The tea’s ready. Would you like cream or sugar with your tea?


I am so happy you were able to join me for tea today! We really should do this more often!


You must leave so soon? Well I must say I really enjoyed our tea and conversation! So nice of you to come by.

On to your next Tea Party hosted by the most gracious Kim at The Victorian Parlor.


Have a beautiful day and thank you again for coming! Take care!


Ahhh, nothing is spent better than a day spent with friends!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Company’s Coming…

I found my list, hurray!! Now to get busy!

Unpack teapots…check!




Bake cookies…check!






Off to the market!!

Now where’s my OTHER list?!?!

I will see all you lovely ladies tomorrow!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Library Night

Wow! It’s Tuesday already?! It’s just amazing how fast a week goes by. Tonight’s books…


A real hodgepodge! A couple of these were ordered months ago. Some waiting lists are so long, I just forget about them until they show up. I have one book on order that I’m number 19 out of 54.

And you KNOW I had to stop at my favorite thrift store afterwards. It IS on my way home…


Is this not THE basket to own?!?! I love wire baskets, but this one has two hinged flaps, to keep your contents in the basket. It was filled with fabric vegetables!!


A red velvet scrapbook with black pages inside, and a gilded blank journal. I love finding books with gold edged pages!

I hope you had a golden Tuesday!  

Monday, June 1, 2009

Company’s Coming…

Busy weekend preparing for Kim’s Tea Party on Saturday. Thank goodness my bestest aunt sent me a new apron for my chores! A Mary Engelbreit print! Too cute!! Thank you Aunt Patricia!!


I MUST get busy dustin’ and polishin’…



Tea cups, dishes and silverware need to sparkle…



Whew! I’m exhausted! And there’s still baking to do and tea pots to unpack. Now, where did I put my list?! Where did the weekend go??

Hope you had a happy Monday!