Monday, November 14, 2011

new treasures

Two parcels from England have arrived these past days and they were full of beautiful art from Cathy Cullis. There is the "Pointy Hat Chap" and he is just so whimsical, he always puts a smile on your face. There is also some stitched work (embroidered) and this one has some vintage mother of pearl buttons and they always intrigue me. There is also some beautiful original art work. I love the bright shock of red in this one. I am always happy to be able to add some of Cathy's art to my collection, now to rearrange things to make a nice display!  see her art on etsy...........

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Clean-up.

It is Fall clean up time around here and there can sometimes be treasures found curbside. Here is what I found today, a toy highchair. It needs a bit of paint, but that's it! It is in excellent condition. Jake was with me all day helping me run errands and you can see just the tip of his nose at  the bottom of the one photo. He is always there to help!..................... now to decide how to paint this darling little chair!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Autumn Inspiration

Autumn is here and the weather is cooler. Autumn is always a beautiful inspiration for me to start crafting again. This Summer was so brutal here, (100+ degrees for weeks on end!) and it really zapped me of all energy, especially the creative energy. I want to post my first Fall project. This was mailed overseas and the parcel finally reached it's destination, so I can post the pictures now. It was mailed to a lovely person, she loves nature, the forest, flowers, woodland animals and she creates beautiful jewelry inspired by it all. The forest inspired me to create this. It really was great fun and rewarding to finish it.

Friday, August 5, 2011

pretty sad!

Well I have changed my comment settings so that I will approve all comments made before they are posted for all the world to see. I am sad that I have to do this, but I had some really disgusting comments on my last post by a stranger and I will not give then an audience. So I leave you tonight with a happy picture of my best friend Jake.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

just a quick note

Just a quick note to say that I am able to post comments again. I am so grateful because Blogger is my favorite place to be! (thank you Enchanted Blue Planet for helping me on that one!)

Monday, July 4, 2011

some favorite things

I found that glass enclosed shadow box at a great bargain. I decided to put two of my Cathy Cullis pieces in it. Next to that is my newest piece from Julie Whitmore, an owl beaker that I just love drinking my chocolate strawberry tea from. That old crow is made from a recycled steel drum that I found at one of my favorite summer arts and crafts fairs in Washington. I remember trying to figure out how to get it home since we were on our motorcycle that day. :-)

Saturday, June 4, 2011


We had terrible storms here. We were under a tornado warning and a flash flood warning. I had never seen rain like that before, it came down fast and hard and did not let up for the entire night. The wind was wicked! The floods started around 1:30 am and stopped around 6:00am. When I was able to return home in the morning, I saw this little nest sitting on the side of the road. Some poor bird worked so hard just to have it blown out of it's tree. I hope that all the birds that made this home were alright, or maybe they were finished with it for the season. I had to salvage this and I will keep it somewhere special. This is probably the most perfect and beautiful nest that I have ever found. (and I only pick up ones that are on the ground, I would never take one out of a tree)....... Happily my home was safe from the storm. It is sad that some homes in town were flooded and there was some damage. There was also some damage to crops and farms. No one was hurt and that is the most important.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Can't post Comments

To all the lovely blogs that I follow............... For some reason after Blogger had that major down time, I can't post comments on about 75% of the blogs I follow. I am not sure why and can't figure out how to fix it either. So if I don't comment, it's not that I don't want to, I just can't!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Jake

My little sweetie turned 4 yesterday.......... Here he is in his birthday finest having his favorite treat!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Vintage Quilts and French Linen

Here is a darling clutch that I found and purchased from Hens Teeth Art. This is all hand made of vintage french linen and 1930-40's american feedsack patchwork quilt. Viv has also done some hand embroidery and put some vintage french MOP buttons on it. For more beautiful vintage art, you can find Viv at her blog, and then from there you can visit her Etsy store. (make sure you click on the photos to enlarge so you can see all the details!)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

My Space...........

I found these cute rice paper lighted garlands in town and thought that they would look nice draped on my vintage medicine cabinet. This space has become home to some of my new treasures. The embroidered brooches and the artwork is done by Cathy Cullis, a mixed media artist and poet. You can find her at , from there you can find out about her projects and find her Etsy store. If you click on the first picture for more detail, you can see my beloved tree pendant and my new necklace called Sweet Mountain Tranquility, made by Kristi Marcille Smith, a wonderful silver artist. This necklace just reminded me of the wonderful times I had in the Olympic mountains with Greg. You can find Kristi at and again from there you can find her etsy store, and you can even listen to some great music while browsing her blog............. love my cozy house!

Friday, February 18, 2011


I was inspired to post Dolly here after seeing an acquaintance post her Raggedy Ann doll on Flickr. I found Dolly in an antique shop when I was around 4 years old or so. My Mom and Dad always went antiquing on Saturdays and Sundays. I learned from an early age to love it. Well I remember picking her up and loving her and next thing I know Dad bought her for me and she came home. She was very vintage then and I am now 51. I wish that I knew her story, who made her and when, and especially what other little girl loved her. Well Dolly is still loved!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Staying in For the Next Few Days

Jake has the right idea! Stay in bed and rest, that's what I will be doing, well maybe not spending the day in bed, but not leaving the house unless I have to. I had to leave this AM to get special cat food for Luigi, my Mom has him and he has digestive issues. (which is why I can't keep him with all of my other kitties) and to get prescriptions for Mom and Dad............ well of course it was icy and I fell, AGAIN. My second fall in a few weeks. I am really hurting, nothing broken or sprained, I'm just sore, feel like I've been beaten. So maybe I can do some crafts or rearrange some more. (small stuff only) This is the top of my bureau, I am trying to "lighten" things up. I love my old medicine cabinet.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

woven glass jewels

I wove a necklace of czech, vintage, and other various glass beads, as well as a few pearls. This is similar to one of the ones I made for the pay it forward. I just thought that I might like to have one!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I have been busy cleaning, rearranging, and purging! I dug out my depression glass and vintage glassware and decided to display it in my kitchen. The green depression glass is something that I have been collecting for ages, I decided that I might as well use it, such a pretty shade of green! The crystal clear saucers and ruby red cups were my Grandmother's, as well as the little blue dessert cups. My Dad told me that she would save her pennies and buy a new cup and saucer when she could. They were inexpensive pieces from some sort of a 5&10 store in Brooklyn, but they were poor in those days. So I know she treasured these, as she worked hard to get them, I remember them displayed in china cabinet when I was young. So here they are now in my kitchen, i love how the colors just brighten everything up!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pay it Forward

I am in all day, I decided that I need a day to myself. We are all cozy, Jake and the kitties sleeping the day away, and me with a good cup of tea, in my pj's, finishing up my Pay it Forward items. This is my last gift and I will pack it up and mail it. I am sorry that I didn't take photos of the other things that I made. This is a wand that I already made and I finished this mini rattle to go with it. I really love making the rattles, I love picking out colors and buttons and sewing them up!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pay it Forward

I am participating in a "pay it forward" and here is one thing that I have made and put together.

Monday, January 10, 2011