Remember that Bunting?

The bunting I showed you over and over again, in various stages of completion? It took hours for myself and several helpers to cut and sew and iron and attach until it was all done. Then it took hours and lots … Continue reading

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…

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With his little investigation cone sticking out for fresh air…

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

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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…

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and here’s the second one…

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Now, back to the sewing machine!

 

 

Color and a Flying Dog

I’ve been thinking about color a lot lately. I like to decorate with color, which is lucky since I moved into an apartment with an orange accent wall. My crochet creations are usually multi-colored, and I have a pretty colorful wardrobe as well. But lately I’ve been seeing lots of photos online and in magazines of primarily white rooms with colorful accents, and I like those too, especially the rustic white washed hardwood floors. Very Scandinavian. Maybe the next time we move I’ll have to try a white room….

But for now I’ll celebrate the color around me. My deck garden, although not as lush as I always imagine it being, is looking pretty lovely. My cheerful portulaca are thriving.

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And so are my tomatoes! This one appears to be a Green Zebra.

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I’ve got sunflowers popping up in every pot that the birds and squirrels kindly planted. A few toppled over in the bad storms we’ve been having, so I tied the remaining ones up to bamboo stakes.

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And common day lilies in random spots in the back yard, as well as some happy, flowery, weedy things.

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And a mulberry tree I think?

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Inside I have some funny little red-hatted moss named British Soldier.

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Farmer’s market color…

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And lots of color in the never ending wedding bunting project. I calculated how much I’ve done so far…..55 feet. Sounds good until I think of the dimensions of the tent (either 30′ by 60′ or 40′ by 40′) and realize that 55 feet won’t get me very far.  I can’t stop now though! I have a vision so I’m sticking with it.

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The title promised a flying dog….so here he is.

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Have a nice weekend 🙂

 

Color and Clotted Cream

I’m ready for winter to end. It’s cold and dull and grey and it’s making me cranky. I’ve also been sick, which doesn’t help. I woke up this morning and felt as though I was on the edge of a grumpy mini-melt down. Not good. I knew what I needed…some color and some clotted cream.

First the color… some lovely pink tulips

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And some delicious wool roving…Flower colors

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And Sky colors

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Which will eventually turn into more of these sweet little needle felted bird ornaments!

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Appropriately attired for this weather, no?

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Also some colorful wedding decor goodies. The collection is slowly growing. I hope it all comes together nicely, without looking like I bought everything at thrift stores, even though I have!

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And the scones and clotted cream. YUM.  With homemade strawberry freezer jam of course. Just like little bites of summer.

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I’m now disgustingly full, and ready for an early night. I think I’ll survive the winter.

Slow and Steady

I don’t have much to write, but there have been some complaints about the infrequent posts (father!), so I’ll do my best. Life is moving at a wonderful place. I feel so happy plodding along, through the heat of the summer. And I do mean heat. It’s been humid and hot and sticky and rainy here, but I won’t complain because I’m sure the farmers love it. My tomatoes sure do! And yes, that is a deck gnome.

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My peas have not fared so well. I think it’s much too hot for them, and the buckets of rain that have been dumped on us over the last week have washed the nutrients right out of the soil. Deck gardening is tough. I fear these two little guys are the only peas I’ll have this year, as 2 out of my 3 pea plants have already gone yellow and croaked. They were delicious.

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The lettuce lives on, and frequently finds itself in my lunch pail in the form of a crisp and tasty salad. I spotted some free packets of lettuce seeds on the curb in my neighborhood yesterday, so I’m already set for this fall and next spring.

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I had some glorious and long awaited girl time last week end when my best friend came to stay. Some good old nail painting, strawberry picking, wedding planning, Say Yes to The Dress watching girl time. Ad is still tramping around Idaho taking measurements and gathering rock samples, and my best friend’s other half very lovingly stayed at home so that we could do some serious female bonding. It was my first time picking strawberries, and clearly I was quite pleased with myself. The matching nail polish was no coincidence.

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I now have a freezer full of strawberry jam, and mashed up strawberries for shortcake. Strawberry shortcake is a personal favorite of mine, and I have yummy memories of having strawberry shortcake for supper at my Grandma’s house. The fact that we eat strawberry shortcake and apple dumplings as a meal instead of dessert probably explains my massive sweet tooth. I called grandma to get the strawberry shortcake recipe, assuming that it was something old and handed down and tricky. I had a little giggle when she told me it’s just the shortcake recipe from the back of the Bisquick box and mashed up strawberries. Right on Grandma! Easy is always better.

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And now for the obligatory wedding talk. I’ll give you a sneak preview of some bits I’ve been thrifting for the big day.

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Work has been busy, but I love my job (mostly). Ad has been away, but I’m spending time with other wonderful people. Life is moving slowly, and I’m just fine with that. Summers are meant to be slow.

So Many Good Things

My blog posts have been a little infrequent lately, but good things keep happening which has kept me pretty busy! Thankfully, my job has been bumped up from 16 hours a week to full time. The position is still only temporary, but at least I’ll get 40 hours a week doing what I like to do until it ends sometime in September. Along with the hours increase, I also got a raise which doubles my salary. The perks of being an MSW! Which of course brings me to the fact that I graduated a few weeks ago. Now, let the loan pay-off begin.

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Check out that sweet Master’s hood…

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And I got engaged! That one was a bit of a surprise.

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The wedding is two years off, but the planning and purchasing has already begun. Here’s a tiny thrifted taste of what is to come…

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My mom is visiting from Pennsylvania for a week, so we’ve been celebrating this excitement together. Our time has been spent thrifting, yard sale-ing (her first time ever!), and relaxing on the back deck.

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This sleepy bunny sat in the yard for at least on hour today while we enjoyed our tasty home grown purchases from the farmer’s market. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a rabbit lounge before…

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To top it all off, tomorrow I have friends coming to celebrate my birthday. So much goodness, my little heart could just burst! I hope things are going equally as well for all of you.