Saturday, February 28, 2009
Now I need to list 5 of my favorite things:
1. Family and friends!
2. Animals, especially shelties!
3. Decorating cottage style!
Now to pass it on to five others:
1. Cathy at Hazelruthe's.
2. Christine at Change of Heart.
4. Dottie at D & G Garden and Crafts.
5. Sue at Gossamer Creations.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Our local Salvation Army store has a rapid turnover so there's always hope of finding something new, unique, and interesting. Thrift stores are just too much fun! One person's junque is another's treasure. And who doesn't love searching for treasure? You never know what amazing cottage bargains you might find!
This is what we usually see. (Aha, Jim! Caught in the act!)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
The house we entered was a huge old Victorian with wide oak staircases and French doors leading to charming rooms filled with fine china, shelf upon shelf of books, Asian rugs, handmade baskets of all sorts and shapes, and art pieces of various textures and sizes from around the world. The prices on these ranged from $40 to $1200.
However, on a small table across the room from the more expensive art pieces were a few paintings the elderly woman had created herself in a watercolor class. While most shoppers seemed aloof to these, I was immediately attracted to them and bought two for $5 each.
I also collect old cookbooks so will, from time to time, get some of those ready to share. And I have quite a few recipes left by my mother in her own handwriting. Now those are the real treasures.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
I really enjoy having this beautiful indoor/outdoor view from my workroom! I have always been attracted to stained glass and finally found this awesome piece a few years ago. It's so peaceful to turn and see these radiant dragonflies shimmering in the sunshine.
Brings back memories of our family cottage and good times on Hagerman Lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, rowing out to the islands in the little robin's egg blue boat, and watching the turtles sun themselves on fallen logs.
I see them still: dragonflies of many colors flitting about, landing here and there, their iridescent wings skimming pink and white water lilies. Then speedily flying away to dart and dip in the light. More than ten thousand days gone by but the memory lingers long.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
My 6th picture from my 6th folder is this beautiful vintage postcard design from the book Babies from the Instant Memories ready to use scrapbook pages series. This is a wonderful book that comes with a CD containing hundreds of high-quality color images in a variety of scrapbook layouts and can be downloaded onto both PC and Macintosh computers. In this particular book there are whimisical storks, chicks, presents, infants and other nostalgic designs that can be used to create one's own unique projects.
Now I'm tagging the following cool people:
1. Jenny at quiltcrazygaljennalouise.blogspot.com
2. Beth at ragtoporiginals.blogspot.com.
3. April at appleblossomfl.blogspot.com.
4. BJ McCart at picturetrail.com/daughternature.
5. Sylvia at sylvias-journal.blogspot.com.
6. Laurie at http://indulgeyourshelf.blogspot.com
I think this is really fun and know many of you would agree. But I also know how busy we all are so am leaving the tag up the individuals who would like to participate to go ahead and leave their 6 and 6. Have fun everyone!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Each month, we received a quilt block kit to put together at home. Then when we returned with our completed blocks the following month, we were able to receive the next month's block.
I especially like the beautiful reproduction 1930's fabrics chosen for the quilt block kits. Everything looked beautiful against the plain muslin background!
This box makes me think of springtime and all the pleasures it brings: starting anew the gardens, the return of the robins, and the ease of warmer weather. Not that I really mind so much the colder weather; I don’t. Still it’s awfully nice to look forward to the coming of spring with all its magical charms of the season.