Thursday, July 31, 2008

Vintage Thingies Thursday/Roadside-Make-Over

For this week's vintage thingy,sponsored by "Confessions Of An Apron Queen", I thought I'd share my road-side finds.
This dressing table set was found on separate occasions,in different locations
...I wish I took before pics. The
table was a hideous shade of pepto-bismol pink..The chair
was a cast-off sewing table chair with a lift up seat in a
dark wood finish....I recovered the seat then
I painted the set gold, then spattered black paint with a
toothbrush! It is also skirted with a vintage drapery.
The mirror is a antique which was my grandmother's.
Here's a pic of the top. It now is glass-covered with my collection
of vintage/antique postcards displayed underneath the glass.
I thought my set turned out great!!! My husband doesn't even ask
"why are you dragging that junk home"? anymore! ;-)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Fun Graphics...

I thought this graphic was such a hoot so I had to share! ;-)
It came from Here there are many more and are for personal use only.

Vintage Thingies Thursday

Hi there!
It's Vintage Thingies Thursday again hosted by Confessions Of An Apron Queen
This item was a gift from my sister. It's a "Napkin Lady" from the early 1950's.
You insert napkins in the slots and it gives her a full skirt. Her hat also doubles as a candle holder.
I don't know who the maker was as there are no marks underneath. If anyone knows
who marketed this piece, please drop me a line!
Thank you, and you all have a great Day!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thank You!

All of my Christmas in July items have found a new home! Thank you Judy!
There is still a great selection of wonderful folk and primitive art pieces available at Lemon Poppy Seeds, so drop in if you have a chance.
I will have more items posted again soon, so please check back!
have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Awww, Thank You!!

My very good friend Annette of Huckleberry Arts bestowed onto me this
wonderful Brilliante award. I have never considered myself brilliant,
but after looking up the definition,..come to think of it... I have always been drawn to glitter! LOL!!! Thank you soo much Annette!!xxx
1: very bright : glittering a brilliant light2 a: striking, distinctive a brilliant example b: distinguished by unusual mental keenness or alertness, to shine.

I must now nominate 7 other friendly blogs who shine! ;-)
1Bloomies Etc....Chris
3Little Cotton Aprons..Kathie
4Calico and Cards....Ann
6Confessions of An Apron Queen...The "Apron Queen" herself LOL!!!
7Prims Down Under...Shagsy
The rules for receiving this award are
1) Put the logo on your blog.2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.4) Add links to those blogs on yours.5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

IF You Were a Housewife During the Depression.

1930s Marital Scale
I found this funny test thru Pleasing Procrastinator one of the links for Vintage Thingies!
I was intriqued by the title and had to see!!! thru my investigation, I found out,
this was really an actual test during that time written by some psychologist! Too Funny!!!!
No wonder I'm so exhausted before dark!!! It was fun though,
anyone else care to give it a try??? ;-)


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

Santa Clause Is Coming To Town.......Already!!??;-o

I made these Old World, German Belsnickels for the
Lemon Poppy Seeds Christmas in July Celebration. My rotation begins on the 15th of every month and since I'm going away for a few days,I just finished posting my offerings.
If anyone would like more information on these creations or just to take a gander, here is the direct link to my Poppy Shoppe.
Thanks for looking!!! I'll be back soon!!!

VIntage Thingies Thursday

Sorry to be a bit delayed, I've been rushing around preparing to leave for Philadelphia in the very early morning hours tomorrow.
Here is this week's selections from my collections I'd like to share...I love vintage linenes...especially the hand embroidered ones...
That's all this week!! Please visit Confessions of An Apron Queen to see more vintage goodies!!! YOu all have a great week!! Kristinexx

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Part 1...The saga of a homemade dress project.....The Good, The bad, and the Ugly!

First things first!! I finally had selected my fabric. I wanted to add an air of
thriftiness to this project, so into the linen closet I rummaged and found a decades old white sheet with eyelet trim. But I didn't want my dress to appear as if I was wearing an old I found some black dye!!Photobucket Oh! I had visions of a unique, folksy, black garment with vibrant embroidery!!!... BIG BUBBLE BURST!!... my fabric dying experiment yielded 3 yds. of grey!!!Photobucket a re-examination of the tag...50% poly!!! WHOOPS! Oh well...
I got used to the idea of grey plus the no-iron factor,(an added bonus) and thus my project continues undaunted....I'm sticking to my thrifty guns and shall go where-ever this project takes me! (big grin)....have a wonderful creative day everyone!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Independance Day!!!


Wishing you all a Safe and Happy 4th of July!!!!


It's Vintage Thingies Thurday!!


This is only a small portion of my vintage kitchen toys!!! Some used to belong to a dear friend who has passed away. They are my favorite collectibles!
To see more cool vintage stuff...visit the Apron Queen!! There are lots of gals linking up to this fun show and tell!!

Not Your Typical Recipe

Seems everyone I know is doing everything possible to stretch their dollars.
Blog Land is all a-buzz with this Laundry soap recipe!!! From the links I have traveled, this laundry soap recipe has gotten RAVE reviews!!! Plus the ingredients are readily available at local stores. So I decided I too must try it. My friend Terri at PrimCreek shared this discovery and so forth it continues!!
If you try it too, Please let me know!!

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

16 cups water
1 bar of soap (your choice but many sources suggest Ivory, Fels-Naptha, Sunlight Bar, Castile or Zote)
1 cup of baking soda or washing soda
1 1/2 cups borax

Before beginning, finely grate your bar of soap.
Boil the 16 cups of water in a large pot. While boiling, add your grated soap and whisk continuously until it completely dissolves. Remove from heat.Next add borax and baking soda. Whisk it up really well. Continue to whisk throughout the day as it cools. It may begin to gel over the next 48 hours, but you don't need to wait to use it.You may store in old commercial detergent containers or any other covered container as well.Use ½ cup soap per load.

You can also add 2 Tablespoons vinegar to the rinse cycle instead of fabric softener.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Time For A " Sew A-Long"!!!

I found a fabulous sewing project perfect for summer!!!! It's a wonderful pattern available as a instant download. Very inexpensive too!! ONLY 5.00!! A great deal!!!
I'll be posting my progress here....If you decide to join me, I'd love to know about it. Let's even get one of those Mr linky things to encourage one another!!!
If you decide to play...please say "hi"!!! ;-)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I Received A Wonderful Surprise......


Isn't it so exquisite?...My wonderful, sweet friend, Annette of Huckleberry Arts surprised me with this gorgeous, hand-painted charm!!! It is the teeny, tiniest, confection!! Annette is an amazing artist whom works in many mediums. She's the talented gal who put my pics together to create my banner too!!! If you are in need of banners, backgrounds, digi-scraps, or lovely gifts of the the heart..
Please check out her website. You can also find her on etsy, and the little pay-pal widget at the bottom of my page!!
I have the greatest friends in the world!!! (joy!) Thank YOU so much Annette!!!!
I would also like to thank my friend Flora of Bonehead Studio. Without her...this post would not be possible. She taught me about taking close-up shots with my digital camera!! Thank you Flora!!! Your suggestion worked!!!!