Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween 2013

To me, the best part about Halloween, is decorating.  Ya know,  I never was into seasonal decorating (well...except for Christmas), until I had kids.  
They get so excited and that makes it so fun!
Each year, I like to add something new and change things up a bit. 
One thing I added this year -  the 'BOO' sign I painted for our front porch entry that is bat infested.
Inside, I made a bare branch tree swarming with bats - scary!
The girls and I cut out bats from black construction paper and hot glued them randomly to the branches.
Kinda into bats this year, as you can see - ha! 
I'll be hosting a Halloween themed get-together next week, and wanted an easy craft for the group to do. 
 I thought fabric pumpkins would be fun and something that everyone could enjoy through Thanksgiving.
I used scraps of vintage chenille, driftwood for the stems, and felted wool sweaters for the leaves.
Having all the supplies on hand was a bonus!

Most people think it's crazy and creepy that I collect vintage baby doll heads.  How can something so cute be creepy?
For my tablescape, I added masquerade masks to the doll heads - OK... maybe a little creepy, but in a cute way - ha!

Well, there you have it.  A peek into Halloween 2013 at our house.
Now, if I only I could get into the dressing-up part of Halloween...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tree Stump Table

 It's that time of year when outdoor project need to get done.

My hubby has been busy splitting rounds of firewood for us to burn this upcoming winter.
Meanwhile, I needed a little side table out on our patio, so I had him save me a round.

He was even so kind to sand the top smooth and brush on some polyurethane for protection.

It made the perfect table!

Now I can get back to the most important outdoor project of all.


Hope you're enjoying your summer!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy May Day! A Little Tutorial

May Day is one of my favorite days of the year.
When I was a little girl, I loved to "ding and dash" at my neighbors house, leaving a basket of flowers hanging on their doorknob.
My girls love this tradition too!
This year, I made a simple pocket for the flowers to hang on the doorknob.
 If you're interested in making your own, this is how I made mine.
a. gather saved paper towel or toilet paper cardboard tubes
b. squish tube at the bottom to flatten slightly
c.  hot glue bottom edge closed
d.  gather fabric, paper etc... of your own choosing, cut, fit, and glue around tube
e.  fold and glue bottom edge fabric and tuck top fabric inside and glue around top 
f.  punch holes on two sides
g.  thread string through holes and tie knots to secure handle
h.  embellish however you like
add a tag, some fresh flowers from your yard 
 and now you're ready to "ding and dash!"
Happy May Day!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Coconut Bar Cookies

Treats are something I make a lot of.  
The reason; I have a hubby that enjoys having a homemade treat in his lunch everyday. 
There is one problem.  I get tired of making the same favorites over and over!
No one here would complain if I only ever made chocolate chip cookies.  Well... except for me.
How boring can you get?
I like coming up with something new, that's yummy and that can be added into the "treats rotation" so I don't get bored with baking!
Last night I made these tasty coconut bars.
Kinda my take on the traditional Magic Cookie Bar.
If you ask me, they're even better than a candy bar!
Nuts were omitted since some that live in my house, aren't fans of any type of nuts being in a cookie.
I aim to please - ha!
Here's how I made 'em.

Coconut Bars

1 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cube (1/2 cup) butter, melted
2 Tablespoons sugar
14 oz package sweetened, flaked, coconut
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 package semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 teaspoon shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in a small bowl.
Press into a buttered 9x13 baking dish.
Mix the coconut and sweetened condensed together, and evenly drop/spread onto graham cracker crust.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until coconut is lightly browned.
Let cool completely.
Melt chocolate chips with 1/2 tsp shortening in the microwave and stir until nice and smooth. 
Drizzle over coconut.
Melt white chocolate chips and 1/4 tsp shortening in the microwave.  Stir until smooth. 
Drizzle over the dark chocolate.
Let chocolates firm up then cut into bars


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pink Roses

How could I not bring these pink pretties home with me from the grocery store?
Today I'm enjoying their beauty reflected in this perfectly aged antique plateau mirror.
 Just lovely.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Show & Tell - Vintage Valentines

Collecting vintage valentines is something I've be doing for many years.
If I come across one at an estate sale, it'll always come home with me!
Most I have collected are from the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's.
Some were made in Germany, but the majority were made in the USA.
My favorites are those that are "mechanical" in some way.
I love how the sweethearts eyes and drink change by tugging on the pull tag - precious.

A favorite, just 'cause the little cutie reminds me of my own baby.
Old valentines with honeycomb details are so beautiful to me.
This one from Germany is especially nice, since it hasn't faded over the years.
The red is still so vibrant!
Flocking (on the heart) is another detail that can make vintage valentines extra special.
Googly eyes get me every time! With a swing of her arm, this cuties eyes move with such expression!

Cards of the past are so adorable and full of charm.
Oh, how I love those rosy cheeks!
My mommy and daddy have always given me something extra special for Valentine's Day. 
For the past several years they have been adding to my collection of valentines.
This year, they found two, they knew I would love!
Isn't he the cutest bellhop ever?

I was shocked when I opened this sweet card.
It is by far, my most favorite now!
"Hawaiian themed" valentines are not easy to find.
I love how her hips sway and her little admirer comes peeking out behind the bush. 

The saying, "they don't make 'em like they used to" is so fitting, in regards to today's valentines.
It kinda makes me sad...
But... I'll happily keep collecting and preserving the old beauties I find from the past.
How could I not!?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentine Vignettes

When Christmas is packed up and put away for another year, I start counting the days 'til I get out my decorations for Valentine's Day.
Some of my favorite romantic themed collectibles are: vintage valentines,
old chocolate candy tins,

heart shaped candy boxes,

and vintage wedding cake toppers.

Do you enjoying collecting something special for Valentine's Day?