This is what happens when your favorite antique mall has a store wide sale…

Things are rather busy here. I’m frantically trying to finish some Christmas gifts before we head home to PA late next week, and Ad is working his little tush off to finish his thesis. Fortunately, I made some time to … Continue reading

Winter White

It’s good and cold here. Face-hurting, lung-surprising cold. Skelly loves to eat the snow, but hates to walk in the cold. He wears his sweatshirt inside all the time now, and then we throw a coat or two on over top of that when we go out for a walk. If he’s on his bed, he’s under his blanket. He has finally learned to gently stand up from his bed, walk to his food and water bowls with blanket still draped over his shoulders, and then mosey back to his bed to lay down with the blanket still covering most of his body. Since he and I are the only ones home during the day, we don’t turn the heat on. We just layer. I found him like this yesterday afternoon…



With his little investigation cone sticking out for fresh air…


I love catching the frosty bits that form on the windows before they melt every morning. Just think, late sleepers miss this!



I hit a few thrift stores earlier this week. I didn’t find a whole lot, but did bring home some gorgeous cloth hankies. As a little gifty to our wedding guests, there will be a basket of cloth hankies at the ceremony site for those who need them, to catch the happy tears. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for an extra-special one for me to use, and I think I may have found one. Or two? I can’t decide. I am a big old crier, so maybe I’ll need both! I’ll certainly need waterproof mascara.

Here’s the first one…




and here’s the second one…



Which do you think?

Stay warm!



Wedding Work

For the last few days, I’ve been in the mood to work on wedding projects. When these moods strike I must act, because there is so much to do! I still have 7 1/2 months before the big day, but that doesn’t feel like very long and there are so many things happening before that time.

The thrift store has been my best friend. I’m continuing to pick up cheap plates, with the goal of having a large and small vintage floral plate for each guest to use. At the last count, we were quite close!




I also scored pretty big in the fabric department at my last trip to the thrift store. I got just over 10 yards of colorful vintage fabrics for $11.35. Such a steal!




Now comes the hard work of cutting and sewing all of that fabric into bunting. The colorful bunting for inside the reception tent has been a work in progress for almost a year now. I’ve got others helping with this project, so I’ve no doubt that I’ll end up with enough bunting to create the colorful, fluttery effect that I’m envisioning.


I promise I don’t paint my nails to match my craft projects. It just keeps happening!


And lastly, the doily collection continues. These will be gently stitched together at places to create table runners, which will lay over beige table cloths. I love the varying colors of doilies, from bright white, to ivory, to ecru.




That’s 5 inches of doily right there! Yeah…I measured. These have been a lot harder to come by than I thought they would be, at least for a price that I could afford. I actually didn’t find most of these myself. Thankfully, I’ve had several family members who’ve been on the look out for them.


As you can see, Skelly has been of no help.


Now, back to the sewing machine!