Monday, April 14, 2014

Estate sale goodies!

Good Monday Morning!  What an incredible, beautiful and warm weekend we had!  Was it pretty in your neck of the woods? 

I took 1/2 a day off from work Friday because I had a lot of errands to run, one of them being to an estate sale that looked like it might have a few treasures and it didn't disappoint.  The first thing I grabbed were these wonderful vintage patterns!





I loved all of these!  I especially love the one that's the tennis dress because I think I can turn that into a swimsuit that I will wear.  I am very uncomfortable in swimsuits because I am so tall and leggy, so one with shorts or a skirt works best.
After rummaging in a box in the basement I found this mechanical Santa who walks and rings his bell, though he doesn't work very well, but I still liked his face and knew he belonged with me.

And you know I couldn't leave this little guy there!  Yay!  One more pixie to add to the collection.  Don't you just love his ears?
I don't collect sifters, I don't collect sifters, I don't collect sifters.
I have 3, is that a collection?  Look at the colors of this, turquoise and gold.
These may have been my favorite find.  Christmas Idea books that date from the mid 1950's to the late 1960's.  You have no idea how much I have loved looking at those!  
And a couple of Needlecraft and House and Garden, all from the early 1970's, which I don't consider antique at all as I remember those days quite fondly, thank you very much!
 
I spent my afternoons this weekend sewing and have 3 pairs of shorts and a new dress to show for it, though I haven't taken photos of them yet.  But it was so nice to throw open the windows and sew and sew.
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
 
Blessings
 
Linda


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Easter Wreath

Happy Hump Day!  It's a pretty, sunny day today in SW Virginia.  Spring has finally sprung!

Last weekend I went to 3 estate sales and all were pretty much a bust.  I did find two huge boxes of a Sunbonnet Sue Quilt and a Teddy bear quilt, all cut out and ready to sew with all the fabric to finish them.  I bought those for my cousin who is a quilter.  I bought myself 2 cookbooks ( I needed like a hole in the head) one small glass pixie and 5 vintage patterns.  Nothing Earth shattering.
I did make an Easter wreath for my front door. 


I found the grape vine wreath at the Goodwill and all the flowers and eggs came from the Dollar store.
Kind of hard to take a photo without getting myself in it!  This one is really weird because you can see the back of the wreath reflecting in the mirror inside, along with yours truly.  See me? Hi!
 
I also found this hilarious garden flag
Hee hee!
 
Hope everyone has a great day!
 
Blessings
 
Linda

Friday, April 04, 2014

Cloche Swap!

Good Friday Morning!  It has been a beautiful week here is SW Virginia and the weekend is looking good too.  I am so enjoying all the trees and flowers blooming, it's just beautiful!

I am so glad that I joined Sandy at 521 Lake St 's cloche swap.  What a fun idea to take dollar store plastic wine glasses and turn them into mini cloches!  I was lucky enough to get paired up with my fellow Virginian Pam who blogs at Virginia Retro!  I got my package this week and was just blown away by her generosity and thoughtfulness.
Look at all this "Springy" stuff.  That little rabbit head ornament is adorable. He is hanging on my Easter tree now!
Isn't this the cutest cloche!  I love the tulle and Easter egg at the top, so frilly!
So much fun stuff!  I love the little wooden rabbits and carrots and I know that seam binding will come in handy.
See that Cookies 'N Cream Bunny?  Good thing I took a photo of it because it's gone now!  I love the little book about what it means to be Southern.  Pam wrote a cute note that said "I wasn't born in the South but got here as quick as I could".  Too funny!
Beautiful lace and doilies and a decorated egg shaped box.
Flower seeds!  Can't wait until time to plant these.
Beautiful hanky and table scarf.  Love the colors!
This was the best of all!  Look at that Pixie Pin!  OMG!  I have worn it every day since I got it!  He is so cute and creepy, he's perfect!  And behind him is the cutest little bird that I have clipped to my Easter tree and some beautiful springy ribbon.
 
I have had such a great time this week, tweaking my Spring and Easter decorations with all this goodness that Pam sent me.  She is such a sweetie and I am so glad I have gotten to "know" her through blogging.
 
I am headed to a couple of Estate sales this weekend, last weeks were a bust, I came home empty handed.  I am also planning on cleaning and decorating my front porch for Spring.  It looks so forlorn and deserted right now.  Everything needs to be cleaned and get a coat of paint to freshen it up.
 
Have a great weekend everyone!
 
Blessings
 
Linda

Friday, March 28, 2014

Easter Mantel

Good Friday Morning!  It is finally warm here in SW Virginia and even though it is supposed to rain today and tomorrow, I am not complaining!  At least it's not that dreaded "S" word.

Last weekend I got busy and decorated my living room mantel for Easter.  I had lots of fun making this banner as a reminder of why we celebrate Easter!  He Is Risen Indeed!
I love these bunnies that look like real chocolate!
Both of these bunnies were bought at thrifts stores and were made my someone who does ceramics.  I think they are cute but just a little creepy.  Exactly what I like!
I added in some silk pansies and some glitter eggs with my bunnies.  I love my glitter.
I love those metal wreath holders that they sell at Tuesday Mornings.  They are perfect for hanging stockings by the fireplace.  Easter stockings?  Yep!  Do you see my creepy 7-Up elf photo bombing?
I made these girl and boy bunny pillows several years ago.
I love these old German blown glass Easter eggs.  These belonged to my grandmother.
 
Hoping to hit a couple of estate sales this weekend, even though neither sounds very promising, but you never know!
 
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
 
Blessings
 
Linda
 
p.s.  I am linking up with Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rackin' Fracken' snow AGAIN!

 
This is what it looked like out of my office window yesterday.  Weatherman said we would get a "light dusting" of snow.  Does this look like a dusting to anyone???  I didn't think so!
 

28 degrees this morning, 20 degrees colder than normal.  Will it ever be normal again??
 
Spent 20 minutes de-icing the truck window this morning, then the truck's heater doesn't work and by the time I get to work I can't feel my hands or feet! 
 
I need to go back to bed and get back up on the right side!
 
Hope everyone else is having a better Wednesday than I am.
 
(Pity, party of one, your table is ready)
 
Linda


Monday, March 24, 2014

Where art thou, Spring?

Good Monday morning!  It's a balmy 29 degrees this morning in Southtown!  March came in like a lamb and it sure is going out like a lion.  Can you believe we are supposed to have snow/sleet tomorrow?  Then by Friday it's supposed to be in the 60's.  Crazy weather.

I have no idea what came over me this weekend but I cleaned from 7:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon on both days.  I didn't go to the grocery store or church, just cleaned, cleaned, cleaned.
Now that my house is sparkling, I set out all of my Easter decorations.  I know you are getting tired of seeing my buffet, but I love it so much.  It is my favorite piece of furniture in our house.  For this display I pulled out some of my pink depression glass.
This pink bowl belonged to my great grandmother.  It's the cabbage rose design.
I'm all about some glitter!  I saw these glittered eggs are Big Lots and they had to come home with me.  Both the pink bowl and pink platter belonged to my great grandmother.  I made those little pom-pom animals.
Another bowl turned upside down holding the cutest wooden bunny.
I love these little foil bunnies.  They look like real chocolate Easter bunnies from my childhood.  I loved the foil wrap so much when I was little that I would make little balls of it and save them.
See that purple bunny?  That is my favorite Easter decoration.
When Yngwie was in 1st grade the teacher had a game that taught the students how to count money and they could earn this money for being good, following directions, etc.. and she had a little store set up with things you could buy with your "cash".   Yngwie saved up all his "money" and bought me the purple bunny!  He could have bought any toy she had, but he said he knew how much I loved purple and Easter, so he got that for me.  He has always been such a sweetie. 
 
Hope everyone has a great Monday (is that an oxymoron, I think so).
 
Blessings
 
Linda

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tools of the Trade

Good Thursday Morning and Happy First Day of Spring!  Guess what I found?  When I say "I", I mean my dear son, Yngwie, found my camera in his boat where I had already looked.  I guess I am going blind in my old age.  I really like my 15 year old camera because it has a viewfinder, something a lot of the newer cameras don't have.  So now I can share my weekend pics!
Dear Husband and I spent several hours tilling the garden.  This shows how much he loves me because he hates to garden.
I raked the soil smooth and planted my radishes, lettuce, kale, spinach and onions. 
Then Yngwie called and wanted to know if we wanted to go for a boat ride while he had his bass boat out.  He had been fishing all morning.  Of course we wanted to go!
Doesn't the water look cold?  I love being out on the lake this time of year.  So quiet and peaceful.
He took me to one of my most favorite places on the lake.  I row over here in my kayak sometimes and just sit and listen to the water trickle down through the woods over the rocks and into the lake.  I love this little waterfall.
While we were sitting there Yngwie cast his fishing line and pulled in this bass!  He loves fishing more than anyone I know!
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful First Day of Spring! 
 
Blessings
 
Linda