Tuesday, July 31, 2012

High Heat and Random Thoughts

We've been busy around here as usual. Watching the Olympics. Getting loose ends tied up.
Paperwork and phone calls. Why is it that we spend so much time on making calls and businesses don't even have the courtesy to return our calls? I won't go on and on about this-just one of my pet peeves. These flowers are from when my Aunt was here-they are still pretty. The 57 Chevy convertable was a thrift store find.
I've got something new in the works, which involves more wool. I'm pretending it's fall and not 105 degrees outside. Hmmmm- not really working.
I'm into mushrooms lately. I got this idea from Kim K. at Musings From Kim K.via Let's Go Fly a Kite.Thrift store wood, spray paint and a few dots.
Viola! This will go into our little garden. I promise a pic of it soon.I'm be on the lookout for more wooden bowls.
Well, how's that for a bunch of randomness? I guess that's what happens to your brain when it's subjected to high heat.Back to the phones and sewing machine. Hope it's cooler where you're at. I can't believe it's going to be August already! Have a great week.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cute Things!

I made a hankie banner. I was so inspired by Renee's at My Vintage Mending I had to do one. I pulled out all my blue hankies and just strung them up on a ribbon. It looks so festive in my craftroom above the guest bed.
I won , I won! I was the lucky girl to win Elizabeth's beautiful creation on her latest giveaway at Creative Breathing.
He is the cutest thing ever. Look at that face and that cute little hat!
He's sitting on his little rocket that is constructed so wonderfully. E's workmanship and imagination are truly amazing!
I just love all the fireworks coming out the back. It is glittery and patriotic. Thank you so much Elizabeth for this cute little guy! He has a special place on my little red shelf.
I also received my hankie pocket from My Vintage Mending Shop on Etsy. It's so cute and again the workmanship is wonderful. What a great idea to use a vintage hankie to make this pretty little pouch.
I have it hanging in my craftroom too. The packaging that she did was the cutest! Thanks so much, Renee!
We had a wonderful weekend with my Auntie and Brother and Sister in law. There were a few events-mixed up flight schedule, huge rainstorm and AC breaking down for a day, but all turned out fine. All's well that end's well! Have a good week!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Home is Where the Heart Is

I’ve been busy cleaning house this week.Some of my relatives are going to see our new house for the first time. I’m getting ready for my Brother and his wife to visit from Minnesota and also my Dear Auntie Sylvia. She is flying in from California, stopping here in Dallas to see us, and then flying on to New York for a teacher sorority convention. She goes every year wherever the convention is held. That’s when she’s not in Las Vegas. Or Laughlin or taking care of the cutest California bungalow that’s she’s lived in for over 50 years. When she’ not busy organizing church dinners and singing in the choir or cooking and driving around her little town where her husband was Mayor for a while and then a judge until he passed away. She is the most optimistic person I know and makes everyone around her feel good. She’s interested in all that goes on around her and says she’s thanks God each day when she wakes up in the morning. I could go on and on about my Auntie. Oh- but did I mention the fact that she’s 90 years old (or twice 45) as we like to say? Here she is 2 years ago with my Dad(her brother) before he passed away. I can't wait to see her!

I've got houses on my mind. Here's a few I haven't finished-this is the house on Brookhollow Lane-that we moved from a year ago. It's made from recycled wool.
Still gotta add shutters and door knob and a few other details. This was inspired by Sally Mavors work.
This one has been sitting in my basket forever. It's the my first try at applique-probably my last.
Just have to make it into something.
Yes I've got houses on my mind. The collage above are all little houses I have sitting around here. I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. I know we'll be having a great time together!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Where Bloggers Create 2012

Welcome to my craftroom. I love vintage style and have decorated my space in bright colors of blue, red, pink and green. We downsized a year ago and I had to condense my space and I also have to share it with a guest bed.I love to scrapbook,embroider and sew using recycled wool and vintage linens. Let's check it out.I have 2 work areas-papercrafting and a sewing station. There's a Craig's List desk that I painted and an office chair that's been covered. I can reach everything from here for papercrafting.
I can grab a set of pens and put it on the desk to color or draw.I can see all my scissors at one glance.
Little embellishments are in my top drawer.
Here's some little mice I made out of recycled wool that sit on my thrifted clock.
This is my sewing station. I made the sewing machine cover out of a vintage linen.
Instead of an inspiration board, I have an Inspiration Shelf filled with little things I love.
These doll clothes were my dollies when I was a kid. I just framed them up.
More colorful inspiration.

This closet is half the size of my old one. So I've had to weed out and organize my stuff. I use alot of drawers and clear bins. On the right wall my threads and rulers and embroidery hoops are hanging.
My fat quarters all lined up and ready to use.
Ribbons, game pieces and blocks for shadow boxes.

My miniatures for small clothespin dolls that I make in an Ikea drawer.
My recycled wool stash-there's probably 15 of these bins, so I keep track of whats inside by the little color cards.
My favorite new thing. A door organizer from The Container Store. I have so much stuff in here! I love it so much, I put one in my pantry too.I keep my glitter, ribbons and paints in it.
You can see how I store my ribbons-I can pull them straight out and clip, or pull the whole ribbon spool out to measure and cut.
The little wire baskets are easy to take off and carry over to my desk.
Jars of buttons on the window sill are sorted by colors.
This is my storage cabinet. Underneath I keep more paper crafting stuff.
The Singer Featherweight was my Mom's and what I learned to sew on when I was a kid.
The painting is of me, dressed as a hobo for Halloween painted by my Grandfather.
My little corner where I can sit and do hand work or read a decorating book.
A small shelf above the window for more vintage goodies.
The Pinafore Pretties are my newest adventure. So there you have it. My space is colorful and fun and I love creating new things in here. Thank you for visiting and come back any time! I loved having you.
Have fun visiting all the beautiful craftrooms and studios and link on to Where Bloggers Create.
Have fun!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pinafore Pretties

I think most of you got my little teaser from last week. Yes, I made some dolls. I had so much fun making them!I'm going to call them Pinafore Pretties. This is the first time I've made up a doll pattern.
I have tons of vintage cutter linens that were just waiting to be made into something new and pretty. I absolutely loved making these little aprons. Adding rick rack and little bows.
I used trims and bindings from my Moms sewing stuff that I brought back after my Dad died.
Each one has it's own personality.
I will be adding these to my shop by the end of the week. I hope you like them!
Speaking of shops , don't miss Renee's at My Vintage Mending Grand Opening this week. I know she 's going to have some real treats in her shop!
A bit of randomness. This is what I pass on the way to Home Depot. The little donkey is so cute!
Son got back from Europe yesterday safe and sound and had a wonderful time in France, Belgium and Spain. I hope you are all cooling down a little bit. Have a great week!