Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Come on take a seat, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Since I'm on the topic of travel I'd like to move onto another opportunity for travel.
There is nothing better than a cup of tea or fresh brewed coffee, a comfy quilt, and a book to get lost in.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
This hat is black, glossy, and tips to the front when worn. I can just imagine how beautiful the woman who first wore it must have felt. A fashionista of the 1950's, a chat for Sunday services, a night out on the town, the possibilities are endless.
The next thing that I uncovered was a pair of vintage earrings. I have a pin that matches these earring and I am looking forward to wearing them.
A soft pink peshmina really grabbed my attention. It is such a feminine touch to any outfit.
This plaid scarf is going to line a basket to be filled with pine boughs and pine cones come Christmas time. Apartment living doesn't allow us to have a real tree so it will be a way to bring in some natural items.
Again this is a poor photo but the pin and earring set is from the 50's and will be so pretty on a soft brown sweater.
I found two of these boxes and I think they would make a wonderful way to share a gift card with someone dear during the holidays. Or maybe a they will become hostess gifts filled with some special candies.
I can see a number of ways to enjoy this vintage scarf. With my winter dress coat, over a simple dress or a black sweater and jeans.
These next photos are of the details of a vintage coat I purchased for two dollars. It needs a little work such as button repair, and a good cleaning but it has such nice detail and the lines are so flattering to the figure.
And here is the coat!
Now as if that wasn't enough I was at an auction on Sunday and spent $4.00 on the find of the year! A portable Brother sewing machine!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
A vintage coat-$2.00
Until then have a wonderful day filled with special treasures of your own!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
While sitting on a bench outside one of the local coffee shops we noticed the building across the street and giggled trying to imagine why a door appeared leading to no where. John's humor...Watch the first step; it's a long one!
Just a few shots of the city taken from the car as we traveled the countryside.
This display was one of my favorites! I have seen pictures of bottle trees but had never seen one up close. This idea is going in my must have someday file. I'd love to see them sprinkled throughout a garden space.
Now all the walking and looking and all the sightseeing left us hungry. These were the best looking, best tasting caramel apples ever!
Here's John filling out raffle tickets. They were 6 for $5.00 and the money went to support a very deserving charity. They were raffling beautiful gift baskets.
The entire day was fun filled and best of all a terrific change from our busy work weeks. It was a bit of relaxing fun to provide some balance to our lives.
For more information on Galena, Illinois and all it's wonder go to: http://www.galena.com/
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
While driving home from school the other day my
friend and car pool partner took this picture at my request. The sky was so gloomy but if you look very carefully you'll see the hint of sun rays
peaking through the clouds. It's an apt metaphor for life. Even though it may seem to be nothing but dark days there is always the hope of light, joy, and brighter moments on the horizon. Not particularly poetic but real! I get these little gifts like the sun rays just when I need them. They are small reminders that I am powerless on my own but with God's help I can do anything!
Once home I made dinner and needed to do something that was creative in nature and reflected the warmth of home and hearth.
So...out came the fabric and I began planning a patchwork project with these awesome fabrics.
I love the letters, words, and numbers. The fabric is so fitting for a teacher and the color green is one of my favorites. I'll be sure to give you a peek at the finished project.
This is a coverlet in progress! I am ready to put the layers together and instead of tying it in a traditional way I am going to use small buttons in each corner of the blocks that make up the quilt. It will still be warm and comfy just a bit different then the average pieced quilt.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The weekend found us at a birthday party for a sweet 4 year old, a dedication at the county courthouse (John is a court bailiff since his retirement from the retail industry), and I was able to go to an auction. I really enjoy the opportunity to search out wonderful treasures for our home, gifts, and sometimes resale.
This beautiful little handbag is made of pearls and has a Carmel color lining.
I can see it with a classic black dress and the pearls my mother gave me when I was a little girl.
Dainty, feminine, and oh so pretty!
But this is only one of the treasures I
This hat was only .50 cents! It reminded me of something Audrey Hepburn would have worn.
This cabinet has found a home in our Den/Office for now.
I am suddenly inspired to bake something delicious...
Friday, October 2, 2009
This has been a week of mixed emotion and sadness. A funeral, a very sick friend, and questions of why these things have to happen to such good people? I understand that God works in mysterious ways. And that when life pushes you to your knees pray. So I am praying. I am praying for God's grace for those I love and care about to be blessed with the comfort that God is with them and protecting them through their pain and fears.
God help me through this feeling of helplessness and help me to be ready when needed.
God bless you and yours.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference
By: Robert Frost