Thursday, May 24, 2018

Come and knock on the door

 Sammi hadn't even realized she made a butterfly shape with those leaves and that rock until I took this pic!
I REALLY loved the June issue of country living. There was a little spread of front door hangings and one was a wall basket. I bought a basket at ikea, painted it and shoved it full of flea market flowers. It's a bit too deep and I really liked the texture of the basket in the country living spread, but it'll do for now pig.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

First Grade Art Parade

I love that the art teacher just sends ALL the art work home on one day in a big portfolio. I can just snap a pic of all it and put the portfolio in their closets. 

This year's art, first grade:

 I love this one the most maybe.

 This Monet is pretty awesome too though...

This one is glittery!

Who am I kidding? I love them all.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mother's Day at the flea

 There was a picker's market within driving distance on mother's day that I had been tossing around the idea of attending. I keep looking at the pictures though and wondering if there really is anything there for me. It looks pretty rusty, industrial, farm, etc. I wake up SO STINKING EARLY right now - like 5 am - so I pondered and decided I was up early enough to just hit my old steady instead. And it paid off. Happy Mother's day to me!

A box of ornaments (and a bag of japan ornaments like birds).

 This is not even close to all of the horse ribbons I bought stuffed into a bag. There are more than 50. I guess I better get on that wreath making.
 A GORGEOUS tablecloth. It was really stained up. I bought some retro clean awhile ago (I hate it, I do not find it useful at all really), so I soaked it for two days in that. It was still so stained. I washed it with one of the green persil packs, laid it on the grass in the sun for two hours and boom! Clean. It's on the table this week.
And a real fur vintage easter bunny. Plus a ton of fake flowers I used on my front door project coming soon.

Dave's present? He took the kids grocery shopping. He would like me to know that he was worried because he didn't have a present (I didn't need anything really) and that as it turns out taking the kids to the grocery store is MORE THAN ENOUGH OF A PRESENT. LOLOLOLOL

Friday, May 18, 2018


 I used to think it would be SO awesome to have IKEA close. We used to drive HOURS to go! Now that we have one in town we go like twice a year. LOL I needed some more pots for my orchids (and a trundle mattress and another recycling bin, of course we left without both), so we went down to take a little IKEA cruise.

What I Did NOT need was this beautiful orange storage cube, but of course, it's what I bought. I wasn't even sure where to put it, just put it in the cart please.
I used it to replace this dresser at the end of my sewing desk. One drawer of the tiny dresser fits in one cube of the storage cubes (there are four), so I doubled my storage by using it there.

We are having one teeny little hiccup though - my flip up ironing board is not working anymore because the orange thing is particle board. That's a serious quilting problem!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A birthday

So I had a birthday this week.  I tend to be overly grumpy about birthdays lately. Not because of age, I don't actually care at all about the numbers, but, my family situation at this age just REALLY sort of chaps my behind. (It has probably been more than 5 years since my father has even called on my birthday.)

ANYWAY. I took myself to the goodwill because this is the last few days before the kids are out of school. Within three mins of being in the door this lovely lady was in my cart. I think based on her clothes maybe 1850ish? She is HUGE and gorgeously done in oils on canvas. 

People keep commenting on her stern look, but that's pretty typical of portraits! Come on.

So, happy birthday to me courtesy of an antique oil painting, a delicious cake homemade by Dave, a teen who was not assy that day and a quick jaunt around Ikea. :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Teacher gifts

 This year it seems I have defaulted to the madras tote for teachers. Sammi's teacher LOVES the cardinals, so I made her a cards version and will tie on an amazon gift card so she can buy something for herself or her classroom.
(Her teacher this year was AWESOME. I can only hope we get lucky again next year for both the little kids!)

Friday, May 11, 2018

One more favorite garage sale

 Once junk season started rolling it started rolling in fast. I need to sell off quilts already! LOL

Another favorite garage sale event just passed. I usually buy stuff other than linens at this, but this time? Nope, all the linens again.  This Is a very sweet little doll quilt.
 More tablecloths.
 (I have to sort out some more from the collection to sell off soon.)
 Boy I LOVE this wedding ring quilt. It's so scrappy and her blue. Just love.

A Version of a postage stamp.

 Teeny tiny start to a quilt project, they are so small! I am itching to finish this for her, but another quilt has to be finished first.

 I die from the cut on these pegs.
 And another quilt to sell.
Seems like luck is with me lately!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Garage sale time and it was a win!

 We went to a city wide garage sale a few weeks ago. I actually enjoy the city wide thing. Yes, its a LOT of baby toys and new home d├ęcor, but there are always some vintage treasures mixed in there in nearly every garage in the right cities! 

This frame was nutso huge! How would you even get it home?
 In the back of one garage was a pile of grandma's linens. The price was right so I took the whole pile. This pink velvet will be repurposed into part of a pillow. It is SO soft.
Doll quilt with grandma's label.

 Look at that baby blanket! Sugar and spice. I need to think of how to use it.

 I think that's an old pajama bag.

 This is on it's way to a new home already.

How were these gorgeous ornaments still sitting there at 10 am!  Love.

It was a great garage sale day that day for sure.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Hair cut time!

 With the end of school screaming down the calendar at me, I decided it was time to chop off Sammi's hair again. This is only the second time I have cut her hair. She had been asking for a few weeks if she could go short, so why not! It definitely is saving a lot of time and frustration for us both (even if it does look messy most of the time.)
Grant was NOT pleased that the stylist made his stick up. "Mom, my hair is wrecked!"  LOL

(Grant is the funniest damn kid. He is constantly making me laugh.)