Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy New Year

I am home today taking down decorations and looking at this messy house LOL. I am just glad to be home today and enjoy being in my pajamas all day putting things away on my own time
This is a little post card I made I think a couple years ago? Just wanting to say hoping for another Happy New Year with friends and family and my cat Shirley




Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Quilt

Hi Everybody

I am busy and about like everyone else and as usual get stressed out so I have decided not to stress and just let a few things go until I have time, like a new post

Looking through some old pictures I found my red & white flying geese quilt  picture so showing it again, I use it for a tablecloth at Christmas . I bought this at a yard sale several years ago and just love it still

My little Christmas candles 

 OK lovely people I am on my way to get other things done , have a great Merry Christmas with your families and eat lots of good fating things, ENJOY


Linky Parties

Katherines Corner

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tree in a Boot

Well I am behind in decorating for Christmas, however I am not having anyone over till December 23rd so I have some time left.
Since I can't lift any thing of weight I decided to give away my 7ft prelite tree. I put it on craigslist yesterday under the free column and it wasn't 30 minutes and a man in a  truck picked it up. My son in law and grandson got it out on the curb for me . Now I have a choice of using 3 silver trees or a 6ft white flocked tree and think I will use all of them LOL

This little red boot has a hole in it or it would still be in use by a little boy who loves to walk in water  . It was given to me to use for my hen & chicks but I decided to work it into my Christmas theme up on one dish cabinet 

This is my paper calendar reindeer under my large cloche 

favorite Christmas picture


This is a Christmas picture taken in 1951 I was 5 years old my Mother was expecting my sister and this was my rich cousin (LoL) with me & my brother under the tree. I was always amazed they would come to the country for Christmas since they lived in St Louis Missouri , the city where Santa was at Famous Barr , didn't know that for a few years

Marilou & I both got a doll and the doll buggy was mine , this is what I can really say was Back In The Day
Marilou and I got reacquainted a couple years ago and I ask her if she hated coming to our country house in Mt Vernon Illinois for Christmas and leaving her beautiful house where she had a white canopy bed in her own bedroom?( That is what I remembered about my aunt & Uncles house in the city) She said no coming to our house was her best memories of Christmas. That warmed my heart        

Linky parties I have joined 


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tomato Spoons

Hi all

I am back from my 10 day trip out to PNW  that is Oregon & Washington state for you that don't know where the PNW is . I use to be one of those people that didn't know what that meant

I didn't get to do hardly any shopping like I like when I go out to Portland Oregon but this trip we was on a peninsula off Washington state on the coast  a little town called Long Beach Washington .

I had a new experience , I experienced hurricane winds like 100 miles per hour winds. I wanted to be like the weather men and see if I could walk against the winds LOL. It was raining so hard Sunday night the 18th when we got there we had no choice but to stay inside also the Monday . The local lighthouse clocked winds at 100,  scratch that event  off my bucket list LOL

In Long Beach Washington there was a real big metal building flea market type and I found a tomato spoon and then next door at a nicer shop I found a mother of pearl handle tomato spoon , I guess I collect these now and have 9  also 3  little forks , all for $1.00 one is a fish fork and not sure what the other two are if anyone knows let me know please. I love little sterling  silver serving pieces.
The Tomato spoons are for serving sliced tomatoes

These are for serving sliced tomatoes

This was in the shop

Oh and I have to show you Jake The Alligator Man, there was a whole long story about this ( fake ?) creature but I didn't read it . LOL  ugly I know. It was in a museum on the island. (I don't like this sort of thing but ? )

I know this is nothing like the beautiful Christmas decor everyone is showing LOL I will do better next time LOL


I got home last night about 8:20 pm and went to work this morning at 8 am

 Glad to be home

 me on the beach,  time share behind me. I loved walking the cold windy beach

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just been LAZY

Hi There

Well I don't have any excuse for not posting sooner, just lazy. I have been trying to get things cleaned out like excess vintage books. I have cleaned out cabinets like under the TV wall cabinet  and in my office and in the studio where I have old vintage books stashed. Now I have piles of books in every room .LOL  So I am down sizing thinking I might sell my house and go to a condo nothing in stone yet just thinking out loud.

I know there is no way I can move 20 years of collecting into a smaller house. My dream would be move down to Lake Ozarks on the water with a boat dock and a cruiser LOL  However would I have enough company to keep me busy?

I have been cleaning the silver for the Thanksgiving & Christmas turkey , long ways to go my pitchers are just black , however the silver butter dish isn't bad. This is my turkey cover and when I purchased it I thought it would cover a 20 lb turkey, however I could only get a 12 lb turkey under it . I just love vintage silver

Also while in the studio I seen my little vintage soft feather tree with my vintage glass ornaments on it so brought it into the kitchen already LOL I really think it's too soon but what the heck . I just wanted to reminisce about where I bought it and what estate sale I bought the entire box of old glass balls and the old garland . My friend and I call it  the Martha garland because once on her show she was flaunting all her beautiful vintage Christmas items and had some old garland like mine.

I have about 20 things to do today so must get started , look at the little rusty bell on the tree, the tree is 18 inches tall  including the little wooden base .
The sun is out today and I can work like a buss saw when the sun is out FYI  LOL, we sure had a dark rainy day Sunday so after church all I did was eat ice cream and tried to clean silver and couldn't get my new siver spary can to spray so had to take it back yesterday and get a new can  blah blah not interesting I know

I hope to come up with a more fun post soon . Hope you all eat lots of good things for the holiday      

Linky parties I joined in this week

Ivy & Elephants 
Savvy Southern Style
The Bramblberry Cottage
Pearls & Lace
The Coloradolady
 My Romantic Home    
Commond Ground                                                                                                    

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Purple transferware

I have been in love with transferware dishes for years and don't have every piece I want of course however I wanted to show the only 2 little piece I have of purple transferware which when I purchased them I got them at a very reasonable price I think. This is a small cup no handle maybe a demitasse  cup for tea?

I follow the blog Nancy's daily Dish and  I  looked on her etsy page to see if she had any dishes to match these and she does. She has the best assortment of transferware I have ever seen


This item I am showing from my childhood memories.My parents separated when I was 5 my little sister was 5 months old and my brother was 8. We moved in my my maternal grandparents and this hung over our kitchen  sink way up high. My Grandpa bought it at Ocean Aquarium in Hermosa Beach California back in the 1950's.They traveled out to California from Illinois our home state. Back then no air conditioner in the car I can just see it now. I always cried when they left on their trips? I guess because they were my security blanket. I wish my grandparents home was still standing I would purchase it and move home . Have you ever been homesick?

Quit Your Belly Akin

Grandpa didn't like anyone griping or complaining so I am sure that's why he bought this for our country home LOL  

I am home resting , I went back yesterday for the third steroid epidural  injection in my back where I have 4 bulging disks

              Linky Parties I joined in    

The Brambleberry Cottage  
Katherines  Corner
French Country Cottage
My Romantic Home
AT The Thrifty Grove

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Buttons & Shells & A pumpkin Oh my

I know I told a lie saying Oct 8th I was back. However my body just wasn't  ready to be back. Anyway you don't want to hear about a broken down  ladies body LOL

Also I have been itching to work on a small project so thought I would paint the inside of a large shell I have and put mother of pearl buttons in it . I have it setting by my mother of pearl button flowers on a silver table I have with a glass top.

These are before & after pictures. I used gold leaf paint and thought I had  purchased gold paint , it turned out to be silver which I already had silver , so just used it



I just love mother of pearl buttons


Talking about buttons I was in a button exchange with Button Floozies and Laurie over at Indulge Your Shelf was in charge and here is the altoid tin I received from my exchange  partner Cindy from Indianapolis Indiana


        Isn't this cute with the old piece of embroidery & little button on top of tin ?    

Look at those mother of pearl buttons LOL

 OK now that i'm up I want to surf around at some blogs I haven't got to visit for some time

Oh I don't decorate for Halloween much however here is an old plastic pumpkin from the 1950's that I have had for years and you put a C size battery in the bottom and it lights it up , it still works


   I thought I would show you the tin I sent my tin exchange partner Cindy  because I don't think she has a blog ?




  I really enjoy playing with buttons LOL                

Linky Parties I am joining in this week

Rednesday It's A Very Cherry World  
Wow us Wednesday          
Shabby Creek Cottage                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Monday, October 8, 2012

I'm Back

Yes I'm back and never want to go through that again. I had 3 bulging disks after 3 weeks I finally got out of the house yesterday and went to church, a friend picked me up however today I am going to drive to Dr Appointment them return to work Wednesday. One good thing I lost a few pounds LOL
laying in bed and can't get to kitchen will make you loose a few pounds. LOL

I need to get some pictures taken now to add to my blog

Girls I am still working on starting up my etsy page first it says name already in use then shop closed so I wrote Mr or Mrs etsy out in Internet world and finally got a reply ( after a week ) to change password and start again. I promise its going to happen and since I won't be setting up at shows and flea markets ever again unless I get a person to pack, carry ,unpack, carry, put away my items, which  that isn't going to happen, I am sure, so I have accepted this since I have inherited a bad back , a cousin told me this.

just so I don't post without a picture one of my vintage hats


This prom dress may be in the shop, this is back of dress and of course I will do a better picture


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Taking a break because

Hi guys I am down in my back and it has taken almost 2 weeks for me to able to sit . I am trying my best to sit long enough to let you know whats going on . I miss my daily running around the Internet to  all my favorite blogs

I get another steroid injection in my back tomorrow and hope it really kicks in fast . I have 2 ruptured  & herniated disks and of course pinched nerves goes along with this . It's been awful painful.
Hope to be back in another week


Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Treasures

 First I won this wonderful on canvas art piece by Laurie , her blog is Indulge Yourself I was so excited to get it . She does wonderful art and is another Button Floozie . I just got home from a friends and she gave me a few old buttons can't wait to play with them LOL You button gals know what  I am talking about first one I seen in the bag had RHINESTONES on it OMG !!!LOL

Lorene is 97 and I went out and vacuumed he house because she is having her bridge club over. Can you believe 97and still playing bridge , bless her heart. I offered to help her , she had told me couple weeks ago she couldn't push her vacuum,.


Thanks again Laurie

I went to St Louis with a girl friend Monday Labor day and found a wonderful jewelry box with little cupids on it . We hit a few thrift stores and the Galleria , guess which place I had more fun? Yup . the thrift  stores.
I did resist coming back home this morning not to stop at Goodwill LOL

I had to take one of my little suit cases full of vintage lace outside to get a good picture in the sun. I just loves my lace and the little jewel box looks so sweet on the lace. In that stash of lace is a cuff cut off an old dress with the snap on it and everything. I just realized that today I am going to sew on some MOP or rhinestone buttons on it and wear it for a bracelet.

I am working still on getting my ETSY page going , I just haven't set down long enough to figure it out , any advice is welcomed?

Anyway I am going to show some Mother of Pearl knives in their  original box , the box has the old antique  snap locks love them also as much as the knives, I am a box collector also

Getting back to the subject of the cupid hinged jewel box , what would you say is a great price for it? I bought one at an estate sale once and gave $35. I know that is  lot but I have seen them lot pricier 

well need to get busy my house needs my attention      

Linky parties I am going over to visit 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Odds & Ends

I have been in the studio rearranging and it looks so much better however the storage room is full and you can't hardly walk in it . I am going to be having a yards sale soon and really let go of some things . So you local gals watch and listen for my yard sale announcement . I put it on craigs list

First I want to show this little tea cup that has a music box in it's bottom . When you lift the cup off the saucer the music plays if you have it wound up anyway. I just love the little violets . This will go to a friend who has a violet room in her house


I have been practicing on taking close up pictures with my camera. It doesn't have very many adjustments  on it  

I went to an estate sale once and bought a box of lace and it had this wonderful tablecloth in it,  that scratch is on my table . I put the lace  it on my kitchen table today
I have been working on   my button and lace collar and have it about 1/2 done I will post a completed picture when done
This is another close up of some of my rose dishes I am collecting



One more thing to show I am working on I bought this mannequin at a resale shop and her bottom is broke she stands crooked but I think I can fit her I have a dress I want to put on her , also she is a full figured gal like me . LOL

  Now this  picture is not as crisp as I would like however I still like showing some of my rhinestone buttons

I changed Sally Stitch's dress , I took her tu tu off and put this size 2 lace dress on her also added a red hat to her outfit. I am going to get all the girls (mannequins ) together and get a picture of them I have 4 now

 aslo these last pictures needed more flash I think I took them with my iphone . This is a hodgepodge of pictures but felt I needed to add new pictures

Linky Parties

Ivy & Elephants  
Faded Charm          
Savvy Southern Style  
Katherine's Corner
French Country Cottage
        2805/ giveaway  
La Marelle Couture / giveaway
My Romantic Home      
The Shabby Nest            
Brambleberry Cottage    
Rooted In Thyme