Monday, February 25, 2008

Getting Ready for Easter

It was a busy week last week and then Friday the kids were out of school for a small ice storm that came through.  Luckily my daughter, my neighbor and I were still able to go out to dinner and then to the local playhouse to see the play "West Side Story".  I have never seen the movie before so I was surprised that it was a "tragic" love story, I always like the happy endings.  Well, another busy week ahead but I just wanted to post a few things I have been working on and bought.

These are the chenille bunnies and basket I made for a customer from Glitter and Grunge.  Hopefully I will get a few more done to add to my etsy shop.

Set of 3 chenille bunnies in my etsy shop right now.

These are work-in-process, still not done but hopefully will be done in the next few days.  I have run out of ribbon and need to get to the craft store, but A.C. Moores ad comes out on Wednesdays and they have the 40% off coupon that I like to use.  Michaels craft store also has the coupons but for some reason they didnt have an ad this week.

And look at this cute little bunny, he is perched up on one of Julies houses who has a shop on etsy called Piecefulbits.  The tiny bunny I purchased from Hazel, and her shop on etsy is called Blosson Hill Cottons, she has lots of different animals.  She was even nice enough to design a scottie dog for me, which I dont have a picture of because it has already been mailed to my girlfriend in PA. I have since found a cute little easter basket for him to rest in. 

Well, thats all for my update, I am off to take my dad to the doctor, his knee cap has torn away from his knee replacement he had 5 months ago and he has to have surgery to get that sewed back on.  Then Friday I have to take my mom to the doctor, her kidneys are failing so she has to start dialysis soon and they have to "make a vein" since hers are too small.  It is at that point in life where I have to take care of them instead of vice versa, but they are in their 80's so I guess that is to be expected.  Hope everyone has a great week!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Thrift Store finds & Recent Purchases

I hope everyone had a great Valentines Day, I really enjoyed looking at all the swap goodies, lots of great treasures!!  We havent really celebrated Valentines Day yet, after the kids parties at school and the school dance, I was too pooped to go out, so maybe this weekend.  My foot is feeling better, they gave me a "boot" to wear for a few weeks and orders to not do anything strenous.  SO, I figured shopping is relaxing for me and I headed to the thrift store.  Here are some of my goodies from Friday that I found:

Pretty Pink doilies for my bedroom dressers

I am going to use these for my Easter decorations, they look as if they are stained, but it must have been the lighting.

I love this earring and pin set, although I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet...wear it, display it, use it in a craft.  They still have the little "made in japan" hang tags on them, and for $2, I couldnt leave them sitting there.  I also bought the mouse just because it was cute, but I dont particulary care for mice (except the ones in Cinderella).  Now that I am looking at these pictures, I see some sort of shadow on the left side of all my pictures...must have been bad lighting.

Also, got these crocheted doll clothes, I have a few old dolls that I am hoping will fit these clothes.  Such a pretty spring color. 

Well that is it for my thrift store goodies, total for the day was $9 andsome change.  Now, I will go for the next few weeks and not find a darn thing, thats how it goes, you just have to hit it at the right moment.   I have also made a few purchases, first are these super super cute pastel houses made by Julie, she has an etsy shop called Pieceful Bits.  (Okay, I am not sure if I am doing this link thing right, hopefully it works) . I am going to set these little houses up with my Easter decorations.  I had bought a few of her houses "after christmas" and was sad to put them away, so I am so happy to be able to enjoy these for awhile.

I have alot of red in my kitchen, I like the retro diner look and when I saw these little coasters I knew they would be perfect, but I am hanging them up, they are not going to risk getting messed up by being used.  They are actually a little bigger than coasters, could be used as potholders.  I just love the the little tea pot and tea cup.  These come from Angela at or you can visit her at Glitter and Grunge or her etsy shop (there goes that link thing again).  She has one more set of these left...very cute and well made!!

And last I want to show you something my aunt made my for my birthday which was in August, but she just found it..LOL. I usually dont like my birthstone, but it looks pretty on this angel, but what I really like are the flowers.  She does quilling and all those little flowers are quilled.  Whenever we get a chance, she is going to sit down and show me how to do it.  I remember doing it quite a few years ago and getting frustrated with it, so now that I am older and have more patience (haha) maybe it will be easier. 






Friday, February 8, 2008

Murphys Law & The Bad Dog

Okay, so you ask what he could have done wrong, he looks guilty doesnt he?  He just turned a year old and is a very lovable dog, but as much as we like to think that he is "domesticated", there are times when his hunting gene takes over.  We live on about 200 acres, only 5 is ours, the rest is the neighbors, and we are about a mile back on a dirt road so the dogs around here are not tied or caged.  My neighbor about a 1/2 mile farther down the road from me processes deer during deer hunting season, which is now, and all the parts he does not use, get thrown into the woods or something.  Anyway, my dog being the great hunter that he is will go find these parts and bring them home to me as some sort of gift.  The other day he was scratching at the door to come in and there he stood with a big rack of deer ribs in his mouth, tail a wagging as if to say "Hey, look what I found, lets play".  I was like "EWW", I slammed the door and run and got a plastic bag to get it away from him, of course he thought I was playing.  Anyway, he has since brought a few deer legs and a few unidentifiable parts, luckily no heads.  Everytime I let him out I warn him not to go over there, and I watch him, but I think he is taking the back way because I am still finding things......I will be soooo glad when deer season is over!!

Now, onto Murphys Law...On Tuesday it was 70 degrees here, not the norm for Feb. so I decided to wash the kids sheets and hang them outside.  On my way out the back door, I feel down the concrete steps with the tub of laundry and sprained my foot.  I have broken my left ankle 5 times from the ages of 8-16 so I knew it wasnt broken and I continued about the day hobbling around washing floors, scrubbing toilets, etc.  About 6pm it started to really ache, was bruised and had a big goose egg on it, and the pain was getting worse.  So, my husband decides I need to go to the emergency room, but that is not the bad part.  I wanted to take a shower before I went, but NOOO, we had to go right then.  Needless to say I wasnt expecting to go inpublic that day and had my hair up in a ponytail, no makeup, cleaning clothes on and probably smelly, and that is how I had to go to the emergency room....and of course I had to run into a few people I knew, its always the way.  It couldnt have happened on a day when I was dressed for the occasion!  Anyway, I am off the crutches today and limping a little but its not bad (I even snuck out to the thrift stores while no one was watching).  Found some goodies too, a few things for ebay, more old easter grass and bunnies and a pink tote bag for my library books.  I am off to put all this stuff away before I am caught.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

DC Big Flea & Antique Show

Yesterday I went to Fredericksburg, VA, which is about an hour and a half from my house to the DC Big Flea & Antique Show.  My dads sister lives there, so I took him with me and dropped him off so he could visit with her for awhile and then me and the kids headed around the corner to the Expo center where it was being held.  Yes, I had to take the kids because my husband is on the night shift and sleeps during the day.  But the kids actually like going to the shows and looks at everything.  First of all the show was a many people and the booths are small, so if a few people are in a booth shopping you basically had to wait until a few came out so you could go in.  I think the guy said there were 400 booths.  The good thing was that their prices werent too high.  Although I still couldnt find what I went there looking for....DARN!!  Here are a few pictures...a big bag of old cards for valentines, christmas, birthday etc. , there were some really cute ones in there.

A set of 6 styrofoam sugared strawberries, when I saw them I thought I would they would look good in my kitchen (since it is red), but now I am just worried they may get messed up in there, so I think I am going to put them in my etsy shop.  They have strings for hanging them

A lady had a box full of bags with items in them for $1 so this is a few of the little things I bought.  I really love the little tin plates, they are so small as you can tell in comparison to the spools.  My kids got a few pieces of jewelry and coins.

After 4 hours of shopping and 3 exhausted kids, my cousins and my dad and aunt and I all went to Cracker Barrel for a little re-fueling.  I LOVE that place and Fredericksburg is the closest one to me.  Of course after we were done eating it was time for some more shopping and this is what I bought in their store.  The little felted bag was only $5.99 and the ornament only $2.99.

I have a few more vintage Easter decorations to show you that I bought, but that will be later.  Time to get the kids to bed and watch my movie....tonight its "Saw IV"....YES, I love gorry, scarry movies!!  Hope everyone had a good weekend.