Saturday, October 20, 2012


Hey all~ back with another installation of yard sale saturday!
Here is what came home with me this week!!
Let me say that this one was both outside and in the house. I can usually find some older, vintagey stuff at these kind of sales. And this one was no exception~
First up, some old kids books from the mid 1950's. I just adore the  illustrations in these old books! And I also like the sometimes scribbling I find from previous little owners~

A vintage brooch that looks like a snowflake.

Some beautiful ladies, and a little Dutch girl from Occupied Japan...

An old milk bottle and a tub of old buttons...
And lastly, a little girl cabinet card, and a new Batik journal in a pretty blue with turtles all over it. Living by the ocean as I do, and being that this community is vey active in saving the turtles and their nests, I am surprised that this journal wasnt snatched up the minute the doors were opened.
 This sale combined 2 of my fav things, yard sales and vintage collectables! And everything you see here** a grand total of jusr under $11.00!!
This girl was in her glory!
Many thinks for stopping by...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mimis' Anniversary Card

My sister and her Husband celebrated their wedding anniversary last month.
 So this is the little card that I sent them.

The sweet little lady is a Kraftin Kimmie stamp. I love her wish stick skirt. I had to glitter it after I used a pale greay Copic underneath. It was N1. The sentiment was something I had printed form a digi stamp a while back. Dont know how its from.
Copic colors used were:
R08, R20, G24. E40, E53, E17, E000, E11,
Hope I didnt leave any out.
Many thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Today was an awesome yard sale day! we had so many to choose from, it was like Christmas morning to me! Honestly, I would rather shop at yard sales than the mall~
My husband and I both say its our favorite time of the week! Its the beginning of the weekend, we get to spend some time together, we bargain hunt, and then go and get breakfast before we head home with our treasures. We pretty much laugh the whole time, and we dont want it to end.
First up today was a community wide sale not far form our house, and boy did we score big here! I would guess that about 20 homes participated, and many of them you could walk from one to the other. We both found some awesome things, and I even found some new things that may become gifts in the future...

This photo has a brand new hand made dish towel with a crocheted hangar and a pretty cookie and tea pattern- price 10 cents! The other is a long sleeve T shirt for me with seaside themed embroidery on it- price 50 cents.

This photo has a large grouping of stuff. More on those up next...
Tiny clothespins to paint ($1.25 for 3 packs), new ice trays to make homemade pesto for the freezer (25 cents), a lined basket ($1).
Beaded lampshade for $2.00.
Iron  and beaded candle holder, $2.00. This will make a home on the ledge by my bathtub~
3 small wine glasses. My husband found these, as he is starting to make his own wine, and thought the little glasses would be great to taste the different wines. 2 of the glasses have the prettiest etching of a ship on them. 75 cents.
A like new magazine rack for $1.00!! This house also had thee cutest puppies for sale-- I may be back to that house sooner rather than later!!
A brand new, with tags, Vera Bradley lookalike bag for $3.00. This will be a Christmas gift for my daughter, as she loves mine, which looks pretty similar.

also for her, a "Friends" cookbook. This was a real score for us, as Theresa loves cookbooks, and is really into watching old "Friends" reruns lately.  New condition. That was 50 cents.
How cute is this? From Hallmark, you can see it above in its original box which had a $6.95 price on it. We paid 50 cents. An egg salt and pepper shaker set! OMG- so cute. Here it is closed~
Here it is opened~  Love!

We also got the Rubbermaid pitcher and a magazine holder that are in above photos for a quarter each. Not shown, a baby gate to keep our pups contained, as someone is always chewing on the ones we have~ Berklee, are you listening?? HAHA. $1.50. And a large wine making jug that holds 6 gallons of homemade wine for $15.00. That would cost about $50-$60 new.
I think this was a pretty great day, dont you?
Many thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Thanks For Waiting For Me

Hi all! I am now back from my not so little hiatus. It was a busy summer, and a sad one. My Dad passed away after a long illness at the beginning of the summer. Something like that surely takes the wind right out of your sails. Besides many other things, I had lost my creativity. I would go into the art studio and kinda just sit there.
I also spent much of the rest of the summer in New York, where I am orginally from, spending time with my Mom, and my oldest son who lives there also. I also got to spend some nice time with all of my extended family. My daughter actually stayed there with her Nana, for about 2 months. This good family time was great for all of us. We brought Nana back home with us when we left NYC. She stayed for 2 weeks and had a nice time. Some fresh ocean air is good for the soul.
Now that fall is upon us, I am back to crafting. And like the photo above, I want to thank all of you for sticking with me.
This was a card I made for a good family friend. It was the first time I made this type of card, and saw the tutorial on a Whiff Of Joy blog post a few months back. I used a Magnolia image, Basic Grey papers and Copics of course. The top two sentiments are from Stampin Up Sets.

This photo shows the card with all the tiers unopened.

I wrote her a message on the back of the card, although if you write rather small, you could do it on one of the pull ups.
Many thanks for stopping by...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Taking a little hiatus

Hello all! I am presently out of town for a bit, but I promise I will be back soon with some pretty things to share with you. By the way, the Red Lead Yahoo group that I made those tags for (in the last post) have chosen me Homepage Diva. my tags are the feature there!! YIPEE!!!! Many thanks for stopping by....

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Secrets Of The Sea

I have just finished my tags for a swap by Red Lead of St. Louis. I love to shop online with them, and would love to one day visit their store. They love vintage, as I do, so maybe its better I dont live anywhere near St. Louis. Well, anyhow, they talked about another swap, this time the subject being the sea. Since I live in a beach and river community, I was instantly intrigued~

I have participated in swaps before, but not for quite a while. Sometimes I got great stuff in return, but there were times the stuff I received was frankly- junk. I even got some clearance stuff from Big Lots when everything was to be hand made.  But I knew that this was to be a good one~ or at least I hope so. You had to make 3 tags with a rather large size tag, something like 4 1/2 by 8. You needed to use at least one of their stamps, and hopefully, also a collage sheet image.
I decided to make 4, so I could keep one of mine for me! I made each a little different.
Here they are~

I think they turned out great. I used some Artisan Inks and some air brush inks for the backgrounds. I wet the tags, and then spritzed the colors on with reckless abandon~ LOL! When dry, I stamped my images, then added the collage sheet pictures, which are adorable by the way, and added random embellishments.
I Love the tiny pom pom trim on the bottom of each tag. I dont remember where I got it, but I have been hoarding it for a long time! Dont worry- I still have some left!
This is the tag I kept for myself~

Here are the next three~

I love the doily tucked in behind the little girl!

And finally~

Well, there they are, I will show you guys what comes my way as soon as they get here.
Keep your fingers crossed for me~
Many thanks for stopping by...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Cooking Scrapbook Pages

We had our monthly class this week, I was teaching, and we chose the theme "cooking". While vintage style is my favorite, and I had many vintage cooking ideas in my head, when I saw these bright , cheerful colors in Michaels, I had to go with them. I thought they looked very summer-like, and the pattrerned paper was really cute. So my vintage will wait for another month.

We also went old school as far as hand cutting out all the images~ no Cricut used here! Since the images are fairly large, there was no complaining from our group of ladies-LOL.
All paper is from Michaels, the patterened paper is from thier own Recollections line. I think the cardstock is Bazzill. Here is one of the pages, cute huh?
The spoon and the mat in the bowl are not adhered to anything, this way if you wanted to write a recipe on it, you could take it out as needed to read it, and then return the mat to the bowl. The spoon was stamped with an older SU background woodgrain stamp.

Some of the edges were dusted with Chalk ink for definition.
The opposite page can hold many photos, recipes, kitchen notes, or a combination of all of those. Our group likes to do layouts that can hold several photos, so we oblige as much as possible.

Stamps on this page are by Crafty Secrets. Twine is from the Twinery. I am not happy with the stapled looked of the tags, so I had the class use a hole punch on theirs. I will have to help mine along somehow.

The whole layout~

Many thanks for stopping by....

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Yard Sale Saturday~

Another installment of one of my favorite pastimes- besides stamping of course!
This week has been so terribly hot, but we still managed to get a few sales in before we needed the AC.  More things for TT to play with  than much else, but we always have fun looking for our next treasure.
First up- a Sing A MaJig! these weird little dolls are so cute. They sing when you press their belly or hand, and their mouth moves in a creepy way. TT says she doesnt like them, but always picks one up when she sees one. They were super popular around a year ago, so I got it for the bargain price of 50 cents!

Next,  a Peter Pan Barbie~ always adorable! 25 cents!

Then we found minature wire stacking shelves. Big enough for cd's or other smaller stuff. They match the big ones already in TTs room. These were $1.50.

Now something for me-  a pedometer, to help me count my steps (50 cents) and a pretty color long sleeve shirt for 25 cents. I also got an Ott Light that had not been used for $3.00. Its in the back of the first photo. I paid about $40.00 for mine when it was new.

Lastly, an old metal candelabra that was $3.00. Im not sure yet what I will do with it, but I didnt want to pass it up. I sometimes see people on blogs that paint stuff like this pale pink, or a soft robins egg blue. So, it will have a new look sometime soon!

Many thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Happy Fourth of July to all my readers! My little town of about 2800 people swells to about 40,000 this week. we have the biggest " 4th"  parade in the state. Its really fun. We have a craft fair, food vendors. a 5k, art gallery shows, constant music on the waterfront stage... I could go on, but I will give you a few pictures.

Well, you get the idea~
There is also a naturalization ceremony, where yesterday, 117 people from 52 countries became citizens of the good ole USA!! A classic car show was also fun.

For me- this was the highlight of this years Fourth...

Josh Duhamel and Fergie are in my little town!! He is here to film the Nicholas Sparks book Safehaven. Its set in Southport, and is being filmed here. He plays the male lead, and Julianne Hough plays the female lead. Its exciting to say the least!
After the fireworks tonite, they came out of a little restaurant we were sitting near. Some people went  - ok ran- over to say hello. I was one of them. They were friendly and said Hi and waved. Josh even said a few words to us. I Fergie sat on a motorcycle that was all done up for the holiday. I took her picture, but it was pretty blurry, as everything happened rather quickly, and my flash wasnt on, but here it is.

She is right in the middle, with her back to me. Her husband Josh , is standing behind the guy in the patiotic hat. Fun!!! Hope you also enjoyed your day~
Many thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

End Of Year School Gifts

June means fun warm days, plans for summer fun, visits from family and friends, and most important to all kids~ the end of school!! That also means needing ideas for end of year gifts for your childs favorite teacher.
I am here to show you a quick and easy idea that is sure to please.

My daughter has 3 teachers/helpers that work in her room. So we needed 3 gifts. This idea is not my own, there are many different versions around blogland, but these are the ones I made up.
They are the insulated drink holders that come with a lid and a straw. They are also useful and adorable!
I had worked on a tag flag for them that had a picture and some color, but when I went to print them the nite before the gifts were going to school, my computer behaved very badly and would not let me print them. It was already late, so I had to come up with a plan 2, which was much more simple, but worked just fine.
Its basically a flag about 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 made from designer paper that was the color of each cup. I just hand cut the flag on the end. The left side has 2 slits made with my x-acto knife, wide enough for the straw to fit thru. The sentiment is computer generated. Notice the spelling of TEAcher~ as that is what is inside the cups!

This flag went on the other 2 cups~ for the helpers in the class. Had I realized the troubles I was going to have a bit earlier~ I would have colored these in by hand, and tried to stamp something tiny on them somewhere.
Here they are all together. And ready to go.
I filled the cups with these little drink packages from Lipton Tea. I also made a thank you card, theresa wrote in it and we put it in the middle of the cup. The little tea packs go around it on the outside, this way they stand up like tall little soldiers.
Hope you are all looking forward to a good summer like we are!
Many thanks for stopping by...