Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

It's been a crazy week, with the tile being installed and then putting the house back together again. Bathroom and laundry room still aren't done. It will get there this week end-or else I can't do laundry. Oh- maybe that would be a good thing.
Remember a few posts ago I showed these plates and assorted stuff I got from thrift stores? Well, here is my first attempt at a tablescape. The only thing I bought new was the flowers and the candy in the dish. It was really fun putting this together .
I've got to find out how to put the silverware-I can't believe the fork is tilted! Anyway, my BFF came over yesterday and we had fun, pulling out different dishes and thinking about more tablescapes. My rule to myself will be, use what I've got or buy at a thrift store. Anyway hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Red Tea Sets

It's Rednesday! Thank you Sue from It's a Very Cherry World for hosting. Here is one of my childs tea sets.
I love children's tea sets. I think the graphics are great. I'd love to collect more , but the prices are way too high for me.
This set is plastic and is complete. I've never seen one like it. The tray has ladybugs on it.
Last is my thrift store afghan that I got for 97 cents! Love the shade of red.

I want to thank Sally of Sally Annie Magundy for my first blog award. The Trendy Blogger Award. I was so excited. I am having a hard time doing links today-Blogger is not cooperating.I can't get the image up. Sorry. I will pass this award on to some old and new blog friends. Please go check them out-they have alot to offer.
Rick Rack and Gingham
A Conversation at Goodwill
Linda Ruthies Aprons
Old Glory Cottage
Pretty Little Things
Georgia Peaches
Sawdust and Paperscraps

Thank you Sue and Sally. I hope you all have a great day!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Senior Mini-Scrapbook

Here is a pic of the Mini Scrapbook I have made for my graduating Senior. I did a collage in his name of all the things that have been important to him through his school years. Below is what I started with. A kids board book that I thougth would be the right size and number of pages.A GW find.
I did a little repair to the right corner and I sanded the gloss off of every page. That way the glue will stick.
I glued on primary color background pages. I weighted each page down with books until they dried. I wanted to keep it simple and schooly without going over the top. I was keeping him in mind-not me(otherwise I would have done a retro themed book)
I counted the pages and planned on one side per grade. Example-1st grade left side, 2nd goes on the right and so on.I shrunk down the pic's on the computer.I only put a few pics-things that he participated in or enjoyed. This is not meant to be a full record of school years-I have done that in his school scrapbooks.

I had 2 pages at the end left-did all the pics through the years and a little thought at the end.
This was my first board book. It was really fun to do and I plan on doing some more. Probably vintage next time around-I really had to restrain myself. I will give this to him on graduation day. I can't believe it's in a few weeks!

Have a good day!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Extreme Makeover

Here is the before-
And here he is after. Quite a difference. Max is sitting on my best thrift store find from yesterday. I almost missed it. The price-hold on to your hats-97 cents. It's full size and in great condition, I couldn't believe it!
These are small conductor scores-there was a bunch of them, I may go back and pick up a few more. Great for crafts.
I've been seeing all these wonderful tablescapes from alot of the bloggers and when I saw these all seperated at GW I felt a patriotic tablescape for two coming on. I've never done one-in fact my dishes are white. So I thought I might have fun with these. I even got the striped sheet to use as a tablecloth..
Of course I can't pass up ME stuff. Too cute. THose are my treasures from yesterday. I'll be holed up here next week-the tile is going down, starting on Monday. Have a great week-end!

Again I want to thank you all for your comments. I look forward to reading them all. I have a question-what is the correct way to respond to a question on the comments. Do you go to their blog to answer, email them, or post the answer on your own comments. Wasn't sure what to do on that. And I want to respond, but not get in the way of your blogs. Help!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

More Random Reds

I thought about these plates for a week and decided to go back to Home Goods and get them. Love them!
I love to sew and bought this at an antiques mall in Arkansas.
Story behind Raggedy Andy is-when I was 6 years old I already had had my Raggedy Anne doll for 2 years and she was my favorite. I slept with her every night. So of course I wanted Andy for Christmas. I saw the wrapped box under the tree and shook it and just knew that was it. Christmas morning I go to open that box and there were a pair of slippers! Oh my-disappointment. A few presents later there was the much awaited Andy Doll in a different size box. So there he is.
Little Tiddly Winks game in mushroom- what a cute game" box". Thanks you Sue at It's a Very Cherry World for hosting this party. Go check out everyone elses red and have a great Rednesday!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I Have A Little Shadow

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see. Words by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child's Garden of Verses. The Copy above is what started my collection. It was my Mothers as you can see from the penciled in name below-Gerlene,
She gave me her childhood copy when I was in high school and that started me off. I would pick them up through the years when I would see one. Mostly vintage but some newer versions.
This copy is a cloth book with the most wonderful graphics. I think that's partly what started my love of vintage. The graphics in some of these books is amazing!
I began to love all vintage children's books and artwork.
Love the cover on this one. My friend Donna and I were at GW last week and I found not 1 but 2 vintage copies in the kids book section.That was a good thrifting day. I have many more copies and will share more with you later. I hope you enjoyed my little book collection tour. What's your favorite children's book? I'd love to know.
But my lazy little shadow, like an errant sleepyhead, Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Red Boxes

Thanks to A Very Cherry World for hosting . Check out everyone's reds here.
I decided to share my red shadow boxes. I made one for my Hubby who is an ex Navy guy and one for My Son who is a Trombone Guy. I used vintage frozen charlottes and sheet music and books in them. I had so much fun putting them together and they are hanging on our hall wall.
I bet most of you don't know what this is. It's my Mom's vintage MahJong Game. She was an avid player-I have yet to learn. She probably got this one from a garage sale. It looks like it's never been used.
It opens up and you can see the trays of tiles. They are really pretty.
Hope you all enjoy your day. Happy Reds!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Buckets of Fun! Not!

Here is Max checking out all the commotion from upstairs. This is a favorite hiding place. He thinks we can't see him. What's all the noise about?
Our new favorite tool. Rented from Home Depot-and made short work of this messy job. What job you ask?
This is what we did all day Saturday. Ripped out our tile in kitchen, and entryway. We had 40 buckets of tile. I was pretty sore on Mom's Day, but felt good that we got it done. We are hiring someone to lay the tile(Thank Goodness). I don't think our backs would survive.
I'll show more pic's as this project comes to a close. Thanks for following along. Also thanks for some good advice and hints and your projects. That's what I am loving about blogging-I love hearing from you.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Mom's Day

This is a picture of my Mom who died amost 4 years ago. I'm not sure how old she was when this pic was taken.I think she was beautiful. She was a garage saler, decorator, Mah Jong player,golfer, sewer,knitter and a friend. I still miss her every day. To those of you who still have your Mothers-enjoy her each day. To those of you who are mothers-Enjoy your kids each day. Enjoy your weekend. Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Random Reds

I had so much fun walking around the house taking pic's of Random Red things. I noticed I have a lot of groups of threes-I guess that makes it a set. Almost all of this stuff was bought at garage sales, when we lived in Arizona. There were alot of retired peeps and so the bounty was endless.
I love vintage games and toys and will share more later. They have such great impact in a room, so graphic.
These are New Years Horns, I leave them out all year, even though they look like July 4th.
These plaid coolers are used for storage, but maybe some day I'll use them for drinks at a fall picnic or tailgate party. I can dream, right?
Hope you enjoyed my random reds. Take a look at more at It's a Very Cherry World.

I started ripping out the tile floor yesterday and am a little sore. Hubby is going to rent a tile remover thingie over the weekend-We'll see how that goes. It'll be faster than me, I'm sure.
Happy Rednesday!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Holy Guacamole!

Avocados are on sale 3 for dollar here in Texas.I always stock up-because we love them and they're good for you. I also like to make guacomole. Thought I'd show you how-if you don't know already. You need about 3 ripe avocados(you can tell if you push on it , it should give a little, not squish in- that's past ripe.t 3 green onions chopped, cilantro(if you like it), 1 jalapeno chopped,1 lime for juice, salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
Use the knife to get the pit out, just be careful you don't get your hand.
Put avocado in bowl and mash with a fork or a potato masher(if you like it chunky)
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with spoon.
Yea, I posted my first recipe. Let me know if you try it and what you like to eat guacamole with or on. I'm about to start tearing out our tile floor. Will update as progress is made.
I've been visiting so many new blogs lately and am amazed at whats out there! Thank you again for comments. I love reading them!
Happy Monday!