Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fruit and Flowers Breakfast Table

I'm glad to join my first tablescape party with Between Naps On The Porch. Go check out many other tablescapes HERE. This is my vintage breakfast tablescape.
I had almost everything hiding around my cupboards. I had the 2 vintage tablecloths. The applique tablecloth is placed over a cherry plaid cloth. Vintage strawberry jam jar.
These vintage banded ring plates were my inspiration. I placed them over my everyday white plates.
Vintage painted fruit pitcher for OJ. Red pyrex bowl for fruit. Mary Englebreit vase holding flowers. I bought the fruit glasses a few years ago in an antiques store(they are not antique), but look old.
The red flat ware was from Target a few years ago. Napkins bought at a thrift store. I had so much fun putting this together, I've been checking out everyone 's tablescapes and have been totally inspired by you all. Thanks for coming by! Happy fourth of July!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Red Thrifty Finds

Today for Rednesday I wanted to show you some of my thrifted findsthat I got this week and last week. Above is a cute wind up toy that works. Definitely my colors.
This little ceramic tomato is really cute. It's missing a little spoon, but I'll find something to replace it.
I saw this at an antique store and loved the vintage looking bluebirds. I'm so glad I didn't buy it , because there was one at my favorite thrift store. See the little red flowers?
I've been meaning to show you this quilt. I looked for a few years to find an affordable red and white quilt-no luck. So I got out the old sewing machine and made my own. I just hung it in the newly painted family room above the couch. I won't show you the couch-cuz it looks really bad. I'm working on that issue.
Last is a tablescape that I made up using my vintage plates. I will be joining a Tablescape party tomorrow for the first time. More about this later. Join Sue at It's a Very Cherry World to see more Reds. Thanks for joining me. Happy Rednesday!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Kitchen is Done(Almost)

Monday mornings-I just love them. For some reason I always feel like getting organized on Mondays-paperwork, housework all that good stuff. Above is the after pic of my kitchen table area. I'm thinking of painting the table white(maybe with some red accents on the legs) and we need to get new chairs. These are antiques that aren't holding up to heavy use. I'd love to find some and paint them red. What do you think?
Here are some different views of the kitchen. We had the granite put in, I had already painted the cabinets white. We never had a backsplash, so we tiled it with white subway tiles.
Here's my little desk nook. Sorry about the glaring sun.Love this area!
Here's the before of the floors-Remember we had 6 different floors on our first floor. We now have 3-the new ceramic tile and wood in our living room and laminate in our family room. Much calmer.
Here's the same view-after.
Here work in progress-I was really glad to get rid of the tile counter tops. I don't miss them a bit.
Love the granite-even though I didn't think I would.
This rooster was made by my Aunt Ruth- every animal that she made (and she made tons of ceramics) have eyelashes! Little red toy stove was found in an antique store, on sale. This is in my window over the sink.
What we hired out-granite counters
tile floor install
What we did-painted the cabinets white
ripped out old floor and backsplash
tiled backsplash
painted walls
A few more little things to do, but hey that never ends. I was able to keep my vintage things witch I love, but kind of modernize the overall look.
Thanks for all your positive thougthts about BJ's wisdom teeth. He's coming along just great and will be tooting away on hist trombone soon!
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hutches and Cupboards

I just noticed while going through pictures I have 3 cupboards in my house. The one above stores my vintage and new jadite. This was one of the first antiques I ever bought-it was painted turquoise and was covered with about 1/2 inch of black grease. It must have been in a kitchen for about 50 years or so. We've had our TV in this-Hubby took off the back and made a plywood one, it's been on our porch and than I brought it back in and painted the original bead board backing white. It now stands in our entryway.This is the cupboard I decorate for holidays.
This hutch was bought at an antique store a few years ago. It was falling apart and Hubby redid it and made it sturdy. It has tons of storage and sits in our dining room. I almost took out the stained glass and put in clear, and I'm so glad I didn't. I love the different colored glass. It was already painted and it was meant to go that room!
My 3rd cupboard is in my craftroom, so you've seen that one. Love all the storage. What do you store in your hutches or cupboards? Any secrets out there?
My Graduate is getting his wisdom teeth out tomorrow, so we'll be at home for a few days. I plan on catching up on crafting and doing some sewing while he watches soccer and recoups. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

After the Party and Little Treasures

I am still trying to get through the list on Where Bloggers Create-I have found so many great ideas, and some really awesome craft rooms and studios. Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my space and on my dolls. Amazing how many creative women are out there.

Thought I'd show you a few garage sale and antique store finds from last week. Above is this cute little girl-she's the second one I've found. Does anyone know anything about these? No markings.It seems like they all have that little pattern on the dress and they come in different colors and always holding different things. Love the face.

I'll add this to my metal tea set collection-love the blue-it's alittle dented, but well loved.
Bought the embroidered pink and gray for 50 cents at a church sale and the Easter tablecloth below at a garage sale.
Many of the comments I received about my craft room were-how neat and tidy-well that was my space cleaned up. I took this before-this is what my desk looks like when I'm scrapping-I know- there's no place to work.
And here's my ottoman that you are supposed to put your feet on- more paper. The scraps are thrown on the floor. I keep big scraps and the trash finally makes it into the trash can when I'm done with a project. Sorry to mislead you all-here's the real room!
Hope you all have a great day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Bloggers Create

Welcome to the Where Bloggers Create Party. Check out many, many other great craft rooms- just click the button on the sidebar and enjoy.
Welcome to my Craft Room. Come on in! I am a scrapper, sewer, and doll maker. Above is my scrapping and all purpose desk. Bought at a thrift store of course!
I have to share my space with the guest bed. You can see my sewing corner. The quilt on the bed was made by my Great grandma and was the inspiration for the colors in the room. I had to add some red and a dash of pink.
I love vintage, so most of the accessories are thrifted, or from garage sales. The sewing table was from the thrift store-as well as the chair.
Here are my personalized little dolls. I've been selling these locally and am working on a web site as we speak. Welcome to my Small U world.
I keep my scrapbook supplies in the bottom of this cabinet. My vintage stuff is on the top-Oz books, Childs Garden of Verses and my Mom's Singer Feather Weight that I learned to sew on.
Close up of my desk. I love having my pens and scissors out where I can just grab them when I need them, my paper is above on the shelf.
I have a small walk in closet where I hide lots of goodies. I keep my paints in an old soda crate, my fat quarters in an old enamel dish pan.
In my desk drawer-my scrapping embellishments.
The whole other side of the closet is my wool. Shown here is my recycled wool clothing-some that I've dyed for rug hooking and other crafts. I also have my felted sweaters and other craft stuff in bins.
Here is my little cozy corner where I can sit and do hand work or look through my craft and decorating books. It's right next to the big window, so I get good light. I slip covered the chair-thrifted of course.
My craft room is my favorite room in my house. I love working,playing and creating in here.It's
full of memories, vintage treasures and things that I love.I hope you enjoyed your tour. Please come back again, I loved having you.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Reds and Blues and Silvers

I am in Flag Day spirit and also getting ready for the 4th of July. Most of the things you see were thrifted. Please join Sue at A Very Cherry World to see many other Reds for Rednesday!
I teach piano and always like to add vintage sheet music for the seasons. There is my little Texas Teddy Bear.
I used to have my boys room decorated in a Patriotic theme. Some of this is stuff from that. I love red, white and blue.
Here is a little table top vignette using an old school box and my patriotic horns. You've seen those before.
I know this stuff is Blue, but I wanted to share a little of my Sons graduation from last Saturday. I made these cupcakes and thought the liners looked a little graduation gowns. I added silver sugar(you can't really see it in the photo) and the little pics I made.
Last is a place setting from our Graduation breakfast. I got the placemats from Marshalls and had everything else. I tried to make the napkins look like diplomas and added a little navy tassle. We had a wonderful weekend in Blue and Silver. Come join me on Friday for Where Bloggers Create. I'm excited already. See you soon!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Baby Cards

I'm am such a ditz! While we were being nostalgic and looking through old pictures during Graduation weekend, I found these. They were given to my parents for me , when I was born. This is my fave, of course with the cute house.
I can't believe I forgot about them- and did a whole scrapbook without them . Oh well- thought I'd share these with you guys. I have a few more that I'll share later.
Just wanted to post today after our busy weekend. It was great! Company left this morning, so I'm trying to get back to my routine. Better get back to laundry. Happy Monday!

Friday, June 11, 2010

House Embroidery

I just thought I'd pop in(Hubby is at the airport picking up my Sister In Law.)My dear friend Donna gave me this wonderful embroidery for Christmas last year. I love it and have it on the back of my craft room chair. I'll be back to thrifting next week and plan on getting my Patriotic stuff up. Graduation this weekend. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Pink Gingham Apron

I’m participating in Cindy’s (Rick Rack and Gingham) Travelling Pink Apron Story. You can link on to these blogs:
Kelly at Chick'NCharge
Maryjane at Beehive Cottage
Cindy at Rick Rack and Gingham
to read some wonderful stories about this pretty pink apron. This was really fun to do-it forced me to use my imagination. Thanks Cindy!

Feb.15, 2010,

Dear Journal,

We had a nice Valentines Day yesterday. Mom made her special Double Chocolate cake and Grandma Bundy was in town. Her birthday was a week ago so we celebrated that and Valentines Day together. She was 82 years young (she always says). She does seem young at heart. She even likes to watch American Idol! I got to ask her some of the geneology questions I had prepared. ,She was able to fill me in on a few things I didn’t know. Grandma,Aunt Ruth, Aunt Hazel and Uncle Herschal lived on a farm in Sullivan.. She even had an address so that when I go to Southern Illinois, I’ll be able to drive by one of the houses that she lived in. Anyway, it was a nice get together.

March 4, 2010

Dear Journal,

I’ve been on the computer for 2 weeks non stop on and have done all kinds of research. Found Grandma Bundys birth certificate and an article about her Dad’s death in a Sullivan newspaper. I called her to let her know and she started telling me about life when she first got married to Grandpa. They lived in Sullivan and it was a small town. He worked on a farm and she stayed home. She told me of all the Sunday dinners, visits from her sisters and about my Mom when she was a little girl on the farm.. I think I’ll even make some kind of scrapbook to put all of this together. I love that era in history-about 1948. Pretty interesting stuff!

April 4, 2010

Dear Journal,

I got a package in the mail today from Grandma Bundy. Inside was an old cookbook, some old kitchen utensils and a pretty pink gingham apron. She had a little note inside and this is what it said:

Dear Abbey,

I thought you might like this cookbook-I’ve had it since your Grandpa and I were first married in 1948. There’s a lot of notes written in the margin-if it has a sad face-don’t make it! Must have been that your Grandpa didn’t like it. I was going to sell the old utensils at a garage sale but thought I’d send them to you. I know you collect old stuff, so maybe you can find some use for them. The pink apron was given to me by your Great Grandma Martin as a birthday gift to me when I first got married. Hope your doing well,

Love, Grandma

I love the stuff she sent. I’ll add the utensils to my collection. I can’t wait to use the cookbook. The apron will go in a shadowbox frame in my pink craftroom.April 14.2010

Dear Journal,

After going through the old pictures and slides that Mom dug out of the basement, I found the most wonderful surprise. There was an old black and white photo of Grandma Bundy standing outside this old house with my Mom when she was a baby and Grandma was wearing the gingham apron! I know it was the same apron, because it had little swirl designs on it. I will frame the picture and hang it next to the shadowbox. I can’t wait to call Grandma and tell her!

Story written by me. I thought I'd better post this, because it is graduation week and I've got visitors coming in tomorrow and Friday. Hope you all enjoyed the travelling apron series. It's been to Texas, Florida, California and back to Texas. Have a wonderful week.