Saturday, March 31, 2007
This pink egg is from the same line as the baskets and you may be able to find a few here at Miss Duffy's and you can also do an eBay search for "foil egg" or "foil basket" to find a few more. The egg opens so you can put goodies inside. The green and blue bunnies are from Cost Plus this year and they were so pretty and matched my little baskets so perfectly that I had to bring them home.
I dyed two batches of pipe cleaners today (pink and aqua) and so far, so good. I let them sit in the dye bath a good long time and I didn't rinse them, as the first time I tried it all the color came out! Hopefully they don't stain my fingers when I'm working with them. Tomorrow I hope to attempt some chickies and a basket. Wish me luck!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
And you realize that it's still March, and we're not out of the woods yet. Boo! March and April are technically the wettest months here in Denver, and we typically get about 12" of snow in March in an average year. This is actually the first snow we've had all month, so I guess I shouldn't complain. Talk about a rude awakening, though!
Even though it's wintry outside, Spring is in full force in my house. Just want to share one of my favorite new Easter decorations this year:
This is all covered by my tall glass cloche but I had to remove it for photographing. The big bunny is from Hobby Lobby and although he looks pretty convincingly like you could take a big bite out of his ears, he's actually ceramic. I put him on the slate platter that came with my cloche. The platter is covered with a doily and a scattering of foil-covered chocolate eggs. The large eggs are floral picks with the wires removed, and are also from Hobby Lobby. I'm all about the colored foil in my decorating this year.
I finally finished up an Easter craft I've been working on for at least a week now. These eggs are featured in the April 2007 Martha and as soon as I saw them, I knew I could make them:
Martha used real blown-out eggs but I think that's just silly when I could get papier mache eggs cheap at the craft store. The only other supplies needed were Mod Podge and canceled postage stamps, both of which I had in my stash. I was too lazy to make one of Martha's egg drying rigs so I was only able to glue one side of the egg at a time, which is why it took me a week to get them finished! If you want to try them, be aware that you are putting a flat item (the stamp) onto a round surface (the egg) so the stamps aren't going to fit smoothly. I had to use my fingers and really smooth the stamps down after they were saturated with the glue. The end result is that your egg will have a somewhat bumpy finish, but if you look close at the magazine photograph you can tell that Martha's eggs were bumpy too, so I don't consider that a failure!
Now that those eggs are done, the next project is --dun-dun-dun!-- the infamous pipecleaner chicks and baskets. I'm a little nervous, but I'm going to give it a whirl anyway! I'll be sure to report back, success or no.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
In my post yesterday about the package Rebecca sent to me, I hinted that there was another goodie that needed its own post, and here it is! You may recall that a few weeks ago I went on a thrifting binge and found the Hazel-Atlas sugar bowl shown on the right. A few days after I posted that photo, Rebecca emailed me and said that she thought she might have the matching creamer. She was right; it was a match, and she very kindly offered to send it to me so that the matching set could be together again at last! Don't they just look happy to be side by side once more? I think so. In Rebecca's words, "We're better than Match.com!"
Monday, March 26, 2007
Thank you all for the sweet birthday and well wishes for Miss Maren. I went to get her out of her crib this morning and noticed that her left eye was almost completely swollen shut! Immediately I worried that the pink eye had come back with a vengeance, even though it seemed to have cleared up. I got her in to see the doctor and her opinion was that it was actually an allergic reaction of some type, rather than an infection like pink eye. I have no idea what Maren could have reacted to but I've been giving her Benadryl to see if I can get the swelling down. Maren doesn't seem to be bothered by it one bit, which is a relief! Now if I can just get her cough and runny nose cleared up, we'll be set.
I was hoping to make a field trip to Hammond's Candies this afternoon to get some of these yummies, but by the time Maren woke up from her nap and ate lunch we couldn't have made it in time. I think instead we'll go first thing in the morning. I'm trying to watch how much junk I eat so I'll have to exercise massive restraint, but I'm also hoping to pick up some pretty candies for the Vintage Kitchen and Pink & Green swaps that I'm doing. I'll report back with my loot tomorrow!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Maren at TWO:
-is still small for her age, at 26 lbs and 36”
-favorite foods: black olives, dill pickles, and cheese
-loves to watch Elmo and Barney
-won’t let me put anything in her hair so it’s always a mess
-loves to be outside
-can identify the colors blue, purple, pink, white, black
-will not eat mashed potatoes
-has big beautiful blue eyes and golden curls
-loves bubbles and balloons
-gives sweet kisses
-will not listen to me. At all.
-is independent, headstrong, persistent, fearless
-receives speech therapy once a week
-likes to sing about the monkeys jumping on the bed
-has to be safety-pinned into her pajamas and duct-taped into her diapers
-loves our dog, Bronco
-has brought immeasurable joy to so many people in the two short years she's been on this Earth
-is the absolute light of our lives!
(p.s. This is actually one day late--her birthday was Saturday--don't tell, okay?)
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I haven't had a chance to get to the pipe cleaner critters yet. I had a couple of projects on the docket before them, which included making a couple of little bun-buns inspired by this one and getting my Easter decorations out. I'm working on the decorations right now so hopefully tomorrow night I'll break out the Rit and my mega-pack of pipe cleaners and go to town.
The pictures in this post are of a neat tin I bought a week ago at Cost Plus World Market. They always have the neatest imported holiday candy! This wonderful German tin is just larger than half a sheet of paper and the front scene is all embossed and beautifully detailed. The second picture is of the chocolate bars inside. They are too pretty to eat! Love the chickie and the little bunny couple snuggling under the toadstool. Too sweet!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
It took trips to 3 different craft stores, but I think I now have everything I need to begin construction on a flock of Martha's pipe cleaner chicks and a bushel of little pink baskets. Now I just have to hope that the dying process will yield similar results to the magazine photos. I bought the extra large package of white pipe cleaners just in case I mess up on a few (or a lot). Unfortunately, my crafting time is limited to Maren's nap time and bed time hours, which there just aren't quite enough of if you ask me. I'll post my results when I get them. Hopefully they'll be worth sharing!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Images from the April 2007 issue of Martha. Could you just die? Look at those wee pipe cleaner--oh, sorry, chenille stem-- chickies and baskets and pompom bunnies! They are approximately the cutest thing evah and I am headed to JoAnn's tonight to see if I can find the materials. If you're like me and wondered why your craft store never has lovely pastel-colored pipe cleaners, it's because they've used white stems and colored them with Rit dye. I have precisely no use for a passel of pipe cleaner baskets or a flock of chenille chicks, but I don't care! I must make them. Martha made me do it.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Natasha left a comment asking what the heck the Goblet of Fire is...here it is, Natasha! It's a feature of the 4th Harry Potter book. Last time I did a drawing I had my DH choose the name out of a bowl, which he referred to as "the Goblet of Fire". So there you go. :)
Instead of a real Goblet of Fire I had a little helper draw the names for the Easter card winners. I'll let the pictures tell the story:
Congratulations to luckie duckies Dana, Jane and Rebecca! Dana and Jane, please send me your addresses to fraulein_h at hotmail dot com and I will send your cards out tomorrow! Thanks for playing!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Bad tree placement is my fault, but I have no explanation for the magenta heavens. Freaky.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
This unusual piece of furniture resides in my front room, right as you come in the house. It is kind of out of place (okay, Husband, A LOT out of place) and I know that it will eventually have to be evicted when I finally get some real furniture in the room. But for now, this is the only place for it. I've never really figured out how to best utilize the shelves on top, although I had grand plans of a black & white photo gallery of some type that have since fallen by the wayside. At Christmas I display the cards we get in the mail and for Valentine's I use it to display my vintage Valentines. Those four great big drawers on the bottom are really handy; currently they hold most of my eBay junk that's waiting to be listed.
What is it? Well, that, my friends, is an old wooden greeting card display. I bought it off of Craig's List in July 2005. The man I bought it from had purchased the entire contents of an old drugstore in a tiny town in Missouri. I mean, the entire contents. The story was something like this: a man and his wife ran the drugstore from at least the 1960s on, probably earlier. The man got sick sometime in the late 70s or early 80s or so and the store was closed up, with things still on the shelves and everything. I"m a little hazy on the details, but you get the idea. The guy who sold me the card display purchased the whole store, lock, stock and barrel and had to drive to Missouri and bring it all back here to Colorado. He and his partner took what they wanted (the jukebox, the old soda machines, the soda fountain) and then were selling the rest piecemeal on eBay and Craig's List.
When I saw this listing on Craig's List, I think I nearly passed out! Included in the price was the entire contents of the display as they had found it. The guys delivered it to my house and unloaded boxes and boxes and boxes of old cards, wrapping paper, and other paper goods. It was truly like Christmas in July! Over the next few weeks, I got to go through all of those boxes of treasure! I threw away a lot because it was damaged from having sat for 30 years but I kept quite a bit as well with the idea of keeping some and selling some.
I haven't been as on top of it as I would like so I actually haven't sold anything except for 2 Rainbow Brite Advent calendars last Christmas. I attempted to sell some lots of Easter cards last year but had no luck, and in researching prices to get them ready to sell this year I have found that they won't bring much. Therefore, I'd rather just give them to people who I know would enjoy them than go to all the work of listing them for just a few bucks.
So that LONG story brings me to the Easter Giveaway! I have 3 packets of Easter cards (10-15 in each) that I would like to share with some of you, my dear blog readers. If you would like to be in the running to receive one of the packets, just leave a comment on this post! I'll put them all in the Goblet of Fire and we'll see who it spits out. :) I'm posting this late Tuesday night so let's say you have until noon M.S.T. on Thursday to get your comment in. I'll post on Friday who the three lucky duckies are and get them in the mail to you A.S.A.P.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Have you seen this blog? I only found it last week, when I was looking at the February Tie One On and saw this totally adorable ruffled apron and had to know who'd made that little cutie! Lucky for us, she posted the instructions for the darling apron here. You should definitely check out the rest of her blog, as it's full of great stuff! Today's super-cute button flowers, for instance. I definitely want to make some, and I bet you will too!
The chair is another thrift find from last weekend. My dad talked me into it, but at $6.99 he didn't have to do much convincing! Okay, it's ugly now--but you just wait! Once I change out that hideous fabric on the seat and get rid of the equally frightening paint job on the backrest, it'll look great. Look at the cute little claw feet, even!
One of my wonderful friends called me last night and offered to have Maren over this morning for a few hours so that I could have a little bit of time to myself. She has a daughter who is just about 2 months older than Maren so the girls played and ran around like crazy! I didn't do anything particularly fun, just ran some errands, but every mom knows you can get errands done a whole lot faster by yourself! And since I got all that done this morning, we're going to take a walk and enjoy the beautiful spring weather!
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Last weekend I found out that a local thrift does 50% off most things in the store every Saturday morning. It's not a thrift I usually visit because I find the prices to be a little high, but 50% off makes it completely worth it! Here are some of my finds this morning: 1) Making Memories magnet handle set. This company makes neat little rubber stamp alphabets that have magnets on the back, so this is the handle and metal plates that you use to put the stamps on. 2) Old Bingo cards from a very old Bingo game. These are for art projects. I have lots so I'll probably be sharing the wealth in swap and goodie packages for a while! 3) Very old Goody Magic Reader. This nifty little thing is a box with a lid that opens up at a 90 degree angle. Inside the top lid is a sheet of mirrored plastic and included are a whole bunch of cards that have a question on the top and then the answer is printed below, but it is upside down. The trick is you read the question, then put it up to the mirror to see the answer reflected back correctly. It really is charming! The date I found on it is 1929. This could be a fun little art project, as I think you could print up your own cards and manipulate the text in Word so it prints out backwards or upside down or whatever. A fun little find!
Maren loves to watch Sesame Street but her favorite part of the show is by far the "Elmo's World" segment at the end. Lately when it's over, she has been asking me for "More Lala?" I found these Elmo DVDs so now she can have precisely that! The other one is for me: The complete first season of Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and it was only $3.50! That one has me crazy excited. I loved that show when I was a kid and I can't wait to watch it all over again!
And now it's time for bed. I have to go change all the clocks in the house before I head upstairs. In the next few days I have more thrift finds to share (mostly from last weekend...I bought a lot!) and a little Easter blog giveaway! Have a good night, and don't forget to SPRING FORWARD!
Thursday, March 08, 2007
You may recall Maren's affinity for pink high heels, as seen here. Her Grammie Bunnie saw those photos and decided she needed some shoes closer to her size and managed to find these little pink lovelies! They're still a little big for Maren but that doesn't slow her down one bit. The 5-year-old in me secretly squealed when I saw these; if I'd had shoes like this when I was little, my poor mom would have had a tough time getting them off of me. Ever. Winter snows be damned, these would most certainly have been my every-day shoes. The fabric underneath is a vintage hankie, found this past weekend for about $.50.
Also found this weekend was this adorable dress for Maren. It's from Lord & Taylor and it's in great condition, with smocking and little pink roses across the front. A perfect spring/summer dress for church. And the shoes are a perfect match! Serendipity! :)
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
This sweet little pillow appears to be made from two child-sized hankies, stitched together. Could be a repro, I don't know, but either way it's charming! Just 50 cents on my thrift spree last week.
Maren woke up this morning at 5:55 a.m. Ugh. We had planned to attend playgroup at 10:30 but she got put down for a nap instead, and I believe I'm headed for a nap as well. ~yawn~
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Have you seen these super-cute dishes at Target? It's hard to tell from the photo, but they are a beautiful aqua color and the circles are raised. This is the dinner plate, but I also saw salad plates, mugs, and cereal bowls to match. They come in this aqua, pink, yellow and spring green--perfect spring colors! They're in the $1 spot in the front of the store, but these are actually $2.50 for a set of two (still a deal and a half as far as I'm concerned). If you want them, you had better hustle on down to your local Tar-jhay, because they were nearly gone when I bought these and since they're a special item they won't be restocked. So get going!
Monday, March 05, 2007
My surgery went fine and my eyes are doing great! I won't lie to you--that surgery was pretty uncomfortable. I will say that I'm sure a lot of that had to do with the fact that I was really scared and therefore very tense, and things are always more uncomfortable when your body is stiff as a board and you're gritting your teeth so hard your jaw hurts! I was given an Ativan to help relax me but for whatever reason, I didn't get it until about 5-7 minutes before I went into surgery, so it didn't exactly have time to kick in. After my surgery I went home and slept for about 3.5 hours (guess the pill finally worked) and after that I felt much better, and since then I've been just fine.
I'm not seeing 20/20 yet but there is still some swelling so hopefully when that goes down my vision will sharpen up. I look a little freaky right now because I have what look like big red blood clots in my eyes from where the suction device caused my blood vessels to break. Coupled with the fact that I'm not allowed to wear eye makeup for a week, I'm no beauty queen. I've been curling my eyelashes but I'm not sure it's really fooling anybody!
While my parents were here this weekend, I went on an enthusiastic thrifting spree. I hadn't been thrifting for several weeks and it was fun to shop with my dad, who shares my love of the thrill of the hunt, as it were. I bought lots of fun stuff but I'll spread it out over my posts this week. Here are just a few finds to get started. I especially love the little glass jar in the front left. It's shape matches some neat old Hazel Atlas jars I found a while ago but it isn't marked. I also love the yellow Hazel Atlas Platonite sugar bowl at the front right. I think it would be cute with some bright flowers poking out of the top. More thrift finds to come!