Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Joyful Mish Mush

Hope you all have been doing well. I can't believe we are at the end of summer and facing Labor Day. The grandbabies are back in school as of today. The little one is going to Kindergarten. This is a big deal with riding the bus and all. The big one is 13 now. Where did the time go? They're growing up so fast! Love them to pieces!

I put my Flickr photo on last night. I hope to add lots more pictures for you all to enjoy

For this post, I thought I'd share some of my hat pins with you and other pretties at the bottom of the post. These are just an assortment of the black hat pins. Some are wood, some are stones with rhinestones and some sequins.

A little look at my hat pin holders. The one in front (better picture later) I got from a lady in Cape May who handpainted these and other lovelies. I'm not a rose painter, but I've always admired her work. she did the sweetest little business card holders as well.

Love those old shakers for the pins! Aren't they gorgeous! They look so pretty with the tall hat pin holder.

I've not always loved it, but Amber seems to be one of my new favorite colors. Maybe it's fall approaching?? But I love the depth of the color...

Amythest and pink glass. Love those 2 shades. They're so romantic and girly....

This is my first box creation. I worked with old wallpaper (which can be challenging). Don't look too closely as you'll see my mistakes. But, for a first attempt, I'm happy with the way it looks. A spray of ribbon roses on the left and a cluster of vintage buttons. Loved the little girl in the Acme Soap ad with her apron full of posies... Dark haired girls always remind me of my lovely daughter, Heather.

I put a little velvet ribbon inside to cover up the seams and used tiny pink rhinestone buttons in the corners. I had some difficulty deciding what to do with the inside lid. But, all-in-all, I am happy with the results.

Now these beautiful things I bought from Rhea. You all might remember her "Cherish" box that she sold a while back. I snatched it up quite quickly! Love it. Here's the contents. Lovely tags and Christmas tags and a hand painted shell and button and a little hankie. Oh, don't forget that sweet ballerina!
Don't ya just love this little girl on the box! She's just so sweet! Rhea is so talented! Love her stuff!

I loved the box contents so much I asked Rhea to paint me some shells and buttons. Originally I thought of them as gifts, but can I part with them? Oh, I don't know!?!?

Well, that's my post for today ladies. Hope you like the pictures. It's always nice to look at lovely things to inspire and just to take the blood pressure down a notch! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Just to Make You Laugh!

Alot of these pictures have been floating around the email system. But I just couldn't resist sharing these charming pictures with you. It's been a rough week for me and I needed something just to say "Ah-h-h-h-h" "How Cute"! And here it is..... Enjoy the photos...

Need I say more about this last one! That looks like just the right thing to do about now! Have a wonderful day! Talk to you again soon!


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Nice Matters Award....

Well, I can only say I am truly humbled by being selected by Rhea of Sweet n Shabby Roses and the most wonderful, sweet comments from Dawn of The Feathered Nest. You both are
so kind-hearted and sweet. If anyone deserves this award, the both of you do. God has certainly given you a lions share of talent! We are all truly blessed by your generosity of spirit and your lovely talents.

I'd love to quickly pass along this award to:

Kathy at Shabby Roses Boutique - welcome to blogland and for being such a sweet person.
Bertie at Aunt May's Cottage - you and Rhea were two of the firsts to welcome me to blogland. Thanks for being so kind and generous.
Natasha of Natasha Burns Artistic Creations - you were so welcoming to me and truly a lovely, lovely (and need I say talented?) person.
Sophie of Sophie Honeysuckle's English Decor - you are so very sweet and have such wonderful talent decorating your home. I enjoy your blog immensely.
And last, but certainly not least....
My daughter, Heather of Pretty Petals - I would never have had the ability to meet all of the wonderful people in blogland if it were not for your patience with me and your generosity of spirit. Love you, honey.
There are so many of you that I love reading your beautiful blogs. They inspire me, calm me, and fill my heart to overflowing, at times. Thanks to all of you for just being out there....
p.s. - Blogger seems to be messing up my spacing. Just ignore it... lol!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Snippets of my Home

I haven't had time to concentrate on pictures of collections, so I had these taken already and thought I'd show you around part of my home. It's been a trying week and a half due to hubby and me being down with a virus. (Must be going around!)

The dry sink above was an absolute find. It has a bucket bench built in the bottom that I use for crocks. A row of browns and a few very precious blue decorated crocks. If you haven't figured it out, I love to mix the primitive and the slightly fancy. A little bit of sparkle certainly doesn't hurt. A few of my favorite blue transferware plates and bowls are in the sink. I also have a very inexpensive metal candle holder that I just love with all the curves. I got these cute little battery votives on HSN and they just do the trick.

In the background is my "front room". It's a room that was added on to increase our living space, as our house is small. There's another picture later of that. My grandmother always called her "good living room" the "front room" as it was in the front of the house! lol! So, in honor of her, that's what I've named it.

My dining area and my cozy TV area runs together. Overhead is the latest light I've bought. The black wrought iron crystal drop chandelier is just the ticket with my 2 board red oak table and my bow back windsors. Above the fireplace I have 5 blue plates. 3 of the larger ones on the bottom are Bing & Grondall Danish plates. Each one dated for the year each of our 3 children were born. The top 2 are small Bing & Grondall's for our 2 grandchildren with the years they were born. I love the blue against the dark fireplace. In the foreground, on the table, is my silver tray that was a find at the Salvation Army. I'm thinking it was restaurant ware but I love it for display on my long 8' table. My millinery flowers are in 2 of the containers and my velvet strawberries are in another.....

Well, this is a shot of my kitchen. No remodeling has been done in this room yet. It's the last. I can't wait to start it. But here's a shot of my coffee pot collection. Just love those yummy blues mixed with the copper! The small little round iron thing next to the big blue coffee pot on the right is an ice shaver. On the bottom is a blade and they'd pull the shaver across a block of ice and wha'la', you have a snowcone! My oldest grandson got the 2 little pig salt and pepper shakers for me one year for Christmas at the school store. He thought they were kitty cats, so that's what we call them. Kitty cats.

A crock bench (can you tell I like crocks, just a little??) filled with the browns and a little yellow ware mixed in. The big fabric ball is solid with fabric - used to make those braided rugs. Couldn't pass it up at a sale. Never saw one so big!

A picture of my marble top tables, spinning wheel, and love that windsor chair in my "front room". These marble tops were found when I answered a penny saver ad looking for a youth chair for my first grandson. An older couple was moving out of their house and I got these 2 gorgeous tables and a Victorian card table (will show that later) along with many nice dishes, ironstone, etc. (More to come in later posts!)

My velvet strawberries and millinery velvets on a black and white transferware plate.

A little collection of pin cushions and such. The stack of white saucers I got at the Salvation Army and use as drip plates for my plants, when needed. Very handy, indeed.

My kids and my husband was good enough to get me the small sewing machine in the back for Christmas. I just loved it when I saw it at the local antique mall. Heather and I were antiquing a few months back and I found its sister! Couldn't leave her behind!

And last, but not least, a sampling of my mini oil lamps on my pie safe. Don't mind the dust. Didn't see that! lol! Guess I'd better get the old dust rag out! It's not easy being 5' tall. Some things you just can't see! lol! I have a nice collection of oil lamps and electrified oil lamps that I'd love to show you at another time.

So for now - have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!