Friday, February 26, 2010

In case you were wondering..........

How to Preserve a Husband

Be careful in your selection. Do not

choose too young. When once selected,

give your entire thoughts to preparation

for domestic use. Some insist in keeping

them in a pickle, others are constantly

getting them in hot H2o. This makes

them sour, hard to get along with

and sometimes bitter. Even poor


varieties may be made sweet,

tender & good by garnishing them with

patience, well sweetened with kisses

Wrap them in a mantle of charity.

Keep warm with a steady fire of

domestic devotion and serve with

preaches & cream. Thus prepared

they will keep for years.

I found this amidst a bramble of recipes in this

thrifted box.
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Thrifty Friday Finds

When life gives you a Friday off you pack up your bags boys and head to the once monthly vintage market.

Where you find these fantastic aprons, still crisp with sizing and a 57c price tag from this mostly gone but not forgotten place.

Okay you are happy- then you see this delightful little....

Fish. Plaid fish at that. Seriously.
And then......

I find this and this one makes three. A collection for me!

Friday, February 12, 2010


Winter has a way of sugar coating things.
Making a warm bed warmer.
The calm breeze crisper.
Painting her mirage of cleanliness.
In winter white.

Wishing you a sugar coated weekend.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Trash to Treasure:: Curtain Call

My sister had a Creamery in the 80's where she sold household items, crafts and country decor. I specifically remember the goose and pineapple themed items that were popular in country decorating at that time. She also had curtain samples. Several years ago, okay 8 years ago, she gave me a box of the curtain samples. The following curtain has lived its life in my head until yesterday.

I simply laid out all the samples, putting like widths together, trimmed them so that they could be sewn in four panels. I top-stitched the panels (to showcase their pretty edges) and then sewed the four panels together.

Conveniently enough there was a valance to top-stitch to the whole piece- it determined my finished size. I had just enough of the eyelet samples to make the above curtain. The trees are my favorite part. I did sew a hankie on and another piece of lace to cover up a stain that I couldn't remove. They have been living in storage for a long time. Now this curtain is rightfully out of my head and on my window. Coincidently I feel a little lighter in the noggin because of it, perhaps now a few new ideas can move in!!

A curtain like this could easily be done with different cuts of eyelet or lace.  I love the sheerness of it, we get great afternoon sun through this window- too much light for a bare window but this will allow it to shine through without rendering us blind and all squinty- quit commical at dinner- but uncomfortable.

Were you wondering about my little blue planter? Formerly known as a stool until it's seat broke.  Do you see it by the wicker planter? barely? Now that is a lot of snow and another snow day for us. 

That is why, my dear Tricia,you get to read yet another post from me.  Well that and I am procrastinating doing my homework.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Snow Day.....again

School was closed.  To illustrate the mass amounts of snow we have look to the above Photo taken in December.  As of Saturday the snow was up to that next wrung. Look at my little plant holder this morning.....

A little snow anyone? So what do I do with this suprise day off? I have done all of absolutly nothing except sit on at the computer and peruse blogs....sheesh I have got to take advantage of this. So I wish you all....

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Crafting old crafting new

Thanks for all your kind comments on my last post. For some reason I have not received the e-mailed version of the comments so I did not reply to anyone- something I like to do if an e-mail addy is provided. And yes, I am still in school, I have a year to go before I start student teaching!! Yay Yay Yay It has been a long 5 years.

I will admit it, I love Valentines Day. Yes, the all the flowery romantic business perpetuated by Hallmark, flower and other retail stores is fine but it is not the true reason I love it. No the reason I love it has to do with the interjection of pinks and reds and hearts and candy in the middle of a cold and white winter season. It is the last winter holiday and is a tease that spring is right around the corner. With all these spring colors how could it not be so?

Okay, I am also hopeless romantic at heart and a huge sucker for hearts and spouting love and all those perpetuated notions of Valentines Day.
~The above table runner I made about 10 years ago when my twins were just babies. The quilting shows my inexperience but makes me smile when I think of how far I have come!

The banner I eeked out last weekend and spells out FEBRUARY. I am pretty happy with how it turned out but think I need to applique around the letters so they pop out better.

I love the mushroom fabric of the Y.

For the universe, I just want to say that I would like a treadle sewing machine. (wink wink grin)
To the readers who have a happy, romantic, cheery, pink, sweet and lovely Valentines Day.
For last years Valentine inspiration click.
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Monday, February 01, 2010


Okay, Fine, I am not the most regular blogger. It is true, but this time I swear it was not my fault. After my last post my hard drive on my laptop took a permanent vacation to the South Pacific- it is way warmer there- so it is hard for me to blame it.
Then when I had some breathing room- I lost my camera cord. I am not a, word only, blogger type person. Is that because my words cannot stand on their own? maybe. Or perhaps I just need a picture for inspiration. I do think it is the latter.

For posterity (I know it is February) I am going to post some of the things that I created as Christmas gifts. I need a record somewhere and this has become the best place. Bare with me and I promise to get on to other things soon.

Above is a craft apron for my sister inspired from this awesome tutorial.

This apron was for my niece it is the Emmeline by Sew Liberated I was really pleased with how it turned out! Front is above and backside below.

Finally for the same sweet niece is a little personalized kitchen set, towel and washcloth. Yup it has a monogram on it. She is my God Child after all and recently announced her engagement!!

Next is a camera strap cozy and two coffee cozies - just to keep things cozied up! These items were for my other wonderful niece who happens to be apron niece's sister. Great things came out of that family for sure. Oh Yeah she has a monogram too!!

(That bottle up in the far right is medicine- oh man did we all get sick! I was the last to go. At about 12:30 in the morning after tending to 2 of my 3 son's and my husband (Lilli and Nolan were already sick earlier in the week)- I thought 'oh. no. I am the last man standing'- 3 hours later- I was down! Blach.

Finally, and yes a little blurry, (I was deathly ill just hours after these were taken) a Gramma and granddaughter set for another sister of mine! Maybe I can get a better shot at a later time?
I also made a number of the coffee cozies so it was an apron-y cozy year!

I guess I had one more... This is a scarf I made for another niece out of recycled sweater cuffs! Cute huh. I may post how to make this sometime. That is it. For real. Have a lovely week!


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