Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Below is a craft I picked up from one of my fellow bloggers that was suggested with candles. I put my own touches to them and created a special candle for a Christmas present for my cousin which is shown in the last picture showcasing a vintage picture of our grandmother...
The one I designed for my cousin...she has it on her dresser in her bedroom. I made the silk roses and added some millinery flowers in her favorite lavender color and also incorporated a lonely lavender colored faceted rhinestone earring that was our Grandmothers and is located on the top left. Not sure if you can see it in this picture.
It came out so pretty and she was so happy with it..she even cried. She said it would definitely be an heirloom to her. I have since purchased a cloche to go over the entire piece for protection.
Had so much fun making these up, decorating and designing...
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Recently our little town enjoyed "Vine Street Walk, A Victorian Showcase of Christmas"...
This beautiful Ellen Clapsaddle card reminded me of that time, but long ago, when families dressed up and went strolling down the streets and admiring beautiful Christmas lights. Here in our small town of Paso Robles, we have a street strictly devoted to the beauty of arranging Christmas lights and decorating beautiful yards. Some are a sight to behold!
Some of the businesses offer warm cookies or hot cider to warm up with and visit with folks a little.
Blessings to all as you enjoy this Christmas season with your families.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A vintage postcard greeting to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with the ones you love.
I'm greatful to all of my blog friends and family...just wish I could hear from you more often. Please come and visit when you have time.
Thank you, God for all I enjoy and each day that I have...Blessings to each and every one!!
...(picture compliments of my friend, Rebecca, I just love it, thank you RN)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Below is a close up of the footed cake plate that is absolutely gorgeous. I hope the pattern shows up well in the picture. You can see the pattern of the branch and cherries and stem in the middle...just so beautiful.
Here is the beautiful "footed cake plate" and is lovely to put a cake on.
On the bottom shelf, I also have a small collection of vintage authentic Shirley Temple pitcher, mug and bowl in blue.
My grandmother was a BIG collector of depression glassware and had MANY different patterns she collected. She would pick up different pieces on her and grandpa's road trips between Kansas-midwest area and California where they lived. I could tell she loved the look and feel of depression ware and was enveloped by it's beauty. I too have an appreciation of it as well and she taught me at a young age how to detect the authentic pieces and rule out the reproductions. She had so much when they moved into her retirement home that some were sold and brought high dollars. Collectors from all over came to see and purchase Grandma's stash! They remarked that her collections were some of the best they had ever seen. Some items were one-of-a-kind. I learned many things from her and listening by her side. She had 3 granddaughters and each of us got a set she picked out for us. I cherish the knowledge she gave me and found time spent with her so interesting. I treasure my dishes and think of her everytime I look at them. Thank you, Grandma Frances...and love her heart for thinking of us girls!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
This ugly table painted a dark brown with a hodge podge top really needed painting and I was happy to get it completed. It will be used also in my sewing room as a work table with storage underneath...
I also added a vintage glass pull knob to the drawer. Originally I thought of putting a skirt made of pink and white roses around the bottom to hide the storage, but I like the legs with the groove details that showed up after painting.
This next one is my all time favorite and comes with a "little" story attached to it. Approximately 15 years ago my Mom wanted to have all of us siblings meet for an overnight with her and share with us some family history...she had 5 items that belonged to my Great Grandmother (her Gram) that she had passed down to her over the years and wanted each one of us to "draw" one to have! Among the items were "love letters" between Grandma & Grandpa, an antique press glass spooner, family portrait of the entire family, an old "dry sink" cabinet and another item I can't remember right now...well, as fate would have it, I drew the shortest straw and got "last pick"! I ended up with the old dilapidated "dry sink" and got "jabbed" and kidded about how ugly it was quite abit. Over the years when we were all growing up at home, it had been used (abused) in the garage by my brothers for their car projects and other hunting activities. I remember oil being stored in the lower area....anyway, I vowed to someday make them wish they had chosen this piece and show them another "vision" of it's potential...
I brought home the "poor thing" and it was stored in our garage this past 16 years...well, the other day I asked my hubby if he would take it out of the garage and completely wash it down and let it dry and I started the transformation that I dreamed of doing for so long.
I just love how she came out....someday I will show the others what they missed out on...LOL!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I love how it came out...elegant simple design...she was just a little princess all dressed up.
Our family is so blessed and happy to have little Lacee in our lives. She is truly a special spirit and God continues to bless us each day with her love and special things we get to share with her. Thank you, God!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Recently my Mother-in-Law and I snuck off for a wonderful day together...first we visited my daughter and new granddaughter at the hospital. She was thrilled to see for the first time her 29th great grandchild.
Then we decided to have lunch nearby at one of our local resorts that has been in the county for over 45 years...in honor of our granddaughter we thought it fitting to visit this "pink confection" of a building...it also has great food too. Thought you might enjoy going on a tour of some of the areas of this fabulous place.
The formal dinner area with ballroom area for dancing...quite fancy!!
The building houses a dinner house and coffee shop...this little beauty swings back and forth at the entrance to the coffee shop...quite the wonderland.
One of the staircases inside...carpet is all pink roses....
Another picture of the outside...