Friday, August 29, 2008

Flea Market Finds

Tonight, on my way home from work, I was able to stop in at the flea market since hubby was watching the kids... (YAY!). I am so excited to show you what I found.... firstly, this incredible book....
It weighs a ton.... cannot wait for a cold wintery night to dive into it..... then these.....
Two of my favs... forget me nots and babies..... You can't really tell by the photo but her hat has these little raised polka dots.... it is SO cute. Once of the sweetest post cards I have come across... and posted in 1904~ This old shorthand book.... falling apart, but I love the cover and the insides are great for artwork... all those old shorthand marks!
And finally, a vintage photo of three sisters....
Do you think they are triplets? Hubby thinks the one on the left of the screen and the one standing are twins but I think they all look identical. Love them. Love flea markets. Love free time!! Have a great Labour Day Weekend!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Saying goodbye to Summer

Where I am, on this little planet of ours, (Canada) it feels like fall. The leaves are beginning to turn, the pumpkins are getting orange on their vines, and there is a definate chill in the air. Not that I mind.... I love fall..... but it is so hard to say goodbye to summer. I think that is why I have been attracted to soft pastel colors, sea shells, and shimmery jewels these last few weeks.... maybe, in some way, I am trying to avoid the inevitable, and enjoy those warm summer days for a few moments more.....
I wanted to take a second to acknowledge and thank my friend Alisa . We have never met and yet each day she takes the time to visit me and share her thoughts. She is always encouraging, and positive, creative and interesting. Thank you Alisa for taking time from your life to be a part of mine! Thank you for reaching out to a perfect stranger and nuturing a blogging friendship.
Take a trip over to Alisa's blog, as I know you will enjoy meeting her as much as I have.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Baby Steps

I collect vintage baby shoes. Not sure why. Just do. Whenever I see a pair... hanging just so, from their sweet worn laces in some little antique store... I just cannot help myself. The problem is keeping them away from my 7 year old daughter who loves to put them on her dolls and bears. They do look cute in them. My husband's grandmother recently presented me with a little bag tied in a bow. Inside was my husband's baby shoes. I was so touched - I immediately had tears in my eyes. I think it effected me so much because I know how hard it must have been for her to give them up. She has been hanging on to those sweet little shoes for 40 years. She raised my husband and he has always been her little sweetie boy. I will treasure them... and one day.... maybe one of my sweet grandchildren can try them on for size.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


"May the Beauty we love, be what we do."- Rumi I love this quote and it comes to mind as I am enjoying my second week of home holidays. I love nothing more than to be at home and it has allowed me to relax and create some things that I really love. I think being at home is good for my soul. Maybe I need to think of someway I can do that full time! Ha! Enjoy the rest of your week... whatever it may be that your doing!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Camping surprise

Hubby took the two girls up north camping.... Kilarney. It is Northern Ontario, near Sudbury... about a 7 hour drive from where we live. Beautiful, rocky terrain. Lovely. Me and the boy stayed home to bond. My oldest daughter is a true to life tom boy. She'll pick up a toad, frog, snake... you name it. Well, you can imagine my concern when hubby called to tell me my daughter had found a rattlesnake. Yep.... see the rattle?? Thank god she didn't pick it up... because normally she would. She's only 9.... I didn't think she would know the difference between this and the garder snakes that live around our house. But she did..... they were at least 3 hours from a decent hospital.

I'm glad I stayed home. Camping smamping.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Imagine my surprise

Imagine my surprise when I came upon these beautiful millinery flowers. I have searched for so long and never been able to find the vintage faded ones.... and now after admiring them daily for weeks... I am ready to share. I will be listing some of these in my etsy shop. I figure maybe there are others out there that wish they could find some too! Just love them!

Saturday, August 9, 2008


I purchased Charlotte Lyons' book, Crafted, from her Etsy shop and was just delighted. I was immediately inspired to create a fabric collage and I know I have been promising you a peek.... here it is..... The button I used on for the door knob is one of my favorites. It is the palest light pink and has a beautiful sparkly rhinestone in its centre....
The trim across the roof is very old and handmade. It was in a big bag of vintage sewing notions I bought from an antique mall. I cannot imagine creating something so intricate....

I did some hand sewing, some machine sewing, and some gluing. It really was a fun project.

Thank you Charlotte for the inspiration!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sufferin Sukotash!

Look at the HUGE snake that showed up in my campfire pit...... okay.... so maybe not so HUGE.... but still!!
And this is what happens when Mommy does not want the snake in her lap.......

Ahhhhhh, the joys of summertime!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

vintage millinery find

Well, I use to complain to whomever would listen that I could never find vintage millinery. I cannot complain any more. Had 35 minutes to hit the antique mall today and I had way too much fun! More photos on my flickr site..... I'll be sharing some of this stuff on etsy too! Hope you all had a wonderful Wednesday.

Thank you

I just wanted to say thank you.... for all you support during my first week of Etsy selling. It has been so much fun and so great that so many of you offered, tips, suggestions, and support. I so appreciate your comments and thoughts on this, and every topic! I made my first fabric collage.... I think its cute.... would share with you if it weren't for my rotten computer which will not allow me to download photos right now..... (I think its on a break) but hopefully soon..... Thank you again......