Sunday, February 23, 2014

Holy Sheet!

 One of the many boards I have on Pinterest is entitled "Things I am on the lookout for".  It has odds and ends pinned to it of things I need to remember that I want if I ever come across them.  One of the things that I have pinned is vintage sheets.  A couple weeks ago I visited my favorite thrift store and guess what I found?  A whole bunch of vintage sheets!  Jackpot!  There were 4 different patterns and I took them all.  I paid less than $10 for them.  None of them were complete sets but that didn't matter to me.

 Yesterday we visited an Estate Sale and everything was 50% off.  I got another set of vintage sheets for $5.  The top sheet had never been used!  But what am I going to do with all these vintage sheets?
I am hoping to make myself a vintage sheet quilt.  I have no idea how to quilt nor can I sew a straight line, but I am bound and determined to make one of these if it is the last thing I do!  Anyone have any pointers for me?  The easier, the better.  It may take me a few years but I will have a quilt one of these days.  And I am still on the look out for more vintage sheets!
My in-laws go down south every year before Thanksgiving and sell Christmas trees.  After their job is over, they head to Lake Havasu to stay warm and hit the flea markets.  My father in law knows that I was on the lookout for gumball machines and look what he brought back for me!
 These dudes are totally getting a makeover of some sort, kind of like the one I did before, or maybe something totally different.  I can't wait to get started on them, whatever it is I decide to do!  But just look at this big, beautiful one that is on a stand!
 Apparently while my mother in law was selling stuff at the flea market, she kept my father in law happy and busy by giving him a weekly "allowance" so he could shop and buy whatever he wanted.  He found this before he got his allowance one day and had to go ask for it early so he could buy this for me.  He knew I would love it and boy was he right.  And how sweet of him to spend his allowance on me!
 I have been wanting a big one on a stand for a long time now and I finally have one!  I think this one will probably stay just the way it is and I can dress up the inside if I want.
  It isn't a super old one but it isn't brand new either.  The brand is Carousel and it has been around since 1913.  I will definitely have to do my research to find out more about it.  Thanks for thinking of me Sonny!
In other news: My nephew's baby was born on Monday.  I still haven't gone to meet her yet, but I will soon.  I love babies so much and holding them is my idea of heaven. 

Are you a Dateline NBC watcher?  Do you remember the episode entitled Deadly Desire?  It took place here in Idaho.  A young, married lawyer had an affair with an older paralegal that he hired and her husband murdered him in a Walgreen's parking lot.  His widow just started blogging about all of it almost 3 years after it happened.  I highly recommend that you check it out.  Her message is so powerful.  When I hear about something like this, I always have so many questions that I wish I could ask and this blog she has started to write is helping to answer these questions.  Many of the stories will bring tears to your eyes but her strength and willingness to forgive is so amazing.  The Moments We Stand is well worth checking out.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day Goodies

 Remember how fun it was to get Valentine's when you were in grade school?  You'd make some sort of a box or bag covered in construction paper hearts.  Then you'd either pick out a box of Valentine's to fill out or make your own.  On Valentine's Day, you would put your Valentine's in everyone's box and open them up.  Even though I am all grown up, I still love getting Valentine's from my friends!  I joined a swap at 521 Lake Street and it was so much fun.  My swap partner was Becky at The Capricious Crafter.  Below is what I sent to her.  Click on her blog name to see all the goodies I sent.  
(I had to borrow her picture since I forgot to take one...thanks Becky!)
 And here is what she sent me.  I love it all so much!  She made everything so cute and sweet.  All those extra touches were so special to me.
 Every bag had so many fun things and I can't wait to use them in my crafting.  The vintage images are adorable!
 I just love this box.  I have it proudly displayed on my Valentine mantle.  It had chocolates in it (but I already enjoyed them) and a beautiful chandelier crystal.  Do you see those sweet strawberry buttons?  I love strawberries and can't wait to find a fun way to use them!
 She really created some cute tags and cards for me.  Love her style!
 My sweet friend Donna at My Shabby Chateau sent me this pretty little card too.  It has so many of the things I love: sheet music, glitter, red  seam binding and an adorable vintage angel.  Thank you so much for thinking of me Donna-I love it!
 Do you know Miss Jenny from Jenny's Heart?  You should get to know her if you don't.  She is the sweetest friend!  Her New Year's Resolution was to send more letters to those who are dear to her.  I am one of those lucky few who gets a letter each month.  Don't you just love this beautiful card she sent me?  It is the perfect image to set inside my cloche.  Thank you dear Jenny for thinking of me!
 Getting Valentine's as an adult is even better!  Thank you sweet friends!

We got some crazy snow here this past weekend.  It snowed Thursday through Saturday and I loved it.  I had a snow day on Friday so I got a much needed 3 day weekend.  The snow was so beautiful as it fell to the ground.  As long as I don't have to drive in it, it can keep on snowing!  Look at these icicles hanging off of our out for those nasty things!
 We haven't gotten this much snow since I was just a little kid.  The bushes around our mail box are buried deep.  I would say we have about 2 feet or more in our front yard.  And since the sun doesn't hit the front yard, it will be there for a long while!  It isn't supposed to snow again for awhile, so it looks like I will have to go to work tomorrow, darn!
I did something to my back today and can tell a trip to the chiropractor is in order.  This does not make me happy at all.  Hope you all had a great weekend and an even better week!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Valentine's Day Decorating

 Yes, I am working on this post smack dab in the middle of the Super Bowl!  But I am pretty good at multi-tasking so it's not like I am missing out on anything.  Plus I wanted to share with you some Valentine's Day decorating.  First up is this heart wreath that I made yesterday.  Thanks to Laurel at The North End Loft for the inspiration!  I am in LOVE with this rag wreath.  I used 6 red shop rags (under $5 for 20 at Home Depot) and one metal hanger.  This is the perfect project to do while watching the Super Bowl.  Just cut strips and tie.  Easy peasy and so adorable!
 Speaking of the Super Bowl, here are the cupcakes that I made today.  Cody requested marble cake with chocolate frosting.  The cupcake papers and picks are from Michael's.  Even though Cody's team-the San Diego Chargers-didn't make it to the big game, we are rooting for the Seahawks since they are closest to us.

 And this is my view while watching the game.  Red wine, won ton tacos, quesadillas and corn bread chili bites were on our menu for today.  My favorite part is that it is just us and the entertaining or having to get ready for company!
 I finally put up my Valentine's Day decorations.  I changed it up a bit from last year, but the decorations themselves are the same.
 I am still loving my crepe paper rose topiary and vintage playing card bunting.
 My chippy door is so perfect and makes the red stand out so much more!

The mantel has a little bit of red on it too.  Can't leave it out of the festivities!
 Yesterday was my nephew's girlfriends baby shower.  I couldn't bring myself to go but I sent my present with my mom.  They are doing the baby's room in pink and grey elephants so I made them a mobile to match the bedding.  I hear that it was the favorite gift of the day!  That makes me so happy!
 This is the first time I have attempted to sew felt figures and I really love the way these elephants turned out.  The felt is forgiving and you don't have to make perfect stitches.  I used embroidery thread and it really pops.  I hope my new great niece will love this.  I really am looking forward to meeting her and giving her lots of snuggles and loves.
 Here is one last look at my new wreath just because it is so cute and pretty.  I think I might have to make a few more since I have all the supplies on hand.  I can think of a few people who would love one of their own!
So glad that January is done and over with.  I am sure that I am not the only one counting down the days until Spring.  Have a wonderful week!