Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
My afghans. I have many made by my Mom. They are not just for show, but used and cherished. Unless you use them and leave them balled up on the sofa or floor. That can get you banned from using them ;-) My brother Greg who loves a nap under one of Mom's afghans was banned for a while. It's like a hug, snuggling under those labors of love. The bottom one is a tablecloth I use under the Christmas tree. Our little bird touches it and says, "great grandma made this!" so sweet.
The old family photo my dear cousin Di let me copy. Seeing my Mom as a little girl for the first time was so special.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
osaic. All in all it was a fun evening, and a pleasure to spend it with my talented SIL. It was a little bit of Spring on a cold winter's night
Monday, January 24, 2011
I used my nervous energy for good yesterday, while watching our Bears lose to the Packers. I started crocheting these cute little hearts, from Little Birdie Secrets, and as you see, I was very nervous. I don't know what these little hearts will end up as, but they are quick and easy.
I recently met a wonderful blogger named Barb from Babs Just a Babblin'. We've been emailing back and forth, and I think we're kindred spirits. We are both of Polish heritage and both make our traditional foods and treats. She's crafty and talented and lovely. Barb has the BEST recipes on her blog. This is one of them. Oreo Cookie Balls. Made with oreo cookies, and philly cream cheese. The recipe called for bakers chocolate for the coating, but I had some vanilla melts, the kind you use for candy making, available at Michaels and Hob Lob in the Wilton section. SO good!
Thanks Barb for sharing your delicious recipes. It's been great getting to know you! And you, dear readers... What's up this week in your neck of the woods?
Friday, January 21, 2011
faux herbs. Sorry honey... He looks better in your office anyway!
We are freezing here in the Midwest, though they are promising a warm up, all the way to 18 by game time Sunday. A busy weekend awaits, stay warm and GO BEARS!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
It's been a busy week... Sewing for service, and for myself...
The lamp I'm working on is almost finished. A small problem with lampshade compatibility, but I am pleased with how it's turning out.
Still adding touches of Valentine romance...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Do you save catalogs? I do. Especially from Pottery Barn. So many good ideas, free for the asking. I've been holding on to this Autumn issue because of this lamp. It's all chippy and vintage looking and tall. I need a tall lamp.
I went to the goodwill looking for some items for another project, and the lamps were in the same aisle. When I saw this lamp, in my head I saw that chippy vintage PB lamp. It was about $7.00, a savings of $93 dollars, from the lamp in the catalog. I have everything I need to paint and distress the lamp. A trip to Ikea with a tape measure will probably solve my lamp shade problem. A project for a cold and snowy winter day. (Can you see in the back by the fireplace, I still have my Cinderella pumpkin from the autumn. It is still solid and beautiful, bought at the NaDa Farm Sale. I can't seem to throw it away.)
Monday, January 17, 2011
My Mom collected brooches, and I've kept them for years and years on this velvet pillow. The other night I decided to take them all off of the pillow, and gave them a good wash in warm soapy water and scrubbed them with an old toothbrush. Some are awful, some are really beautiful, but they are all special because Mom bought them all. One at a time she found them. This was before garage sales were popular in the city, so I'm not sure where they came from. One I made, the letter "I" for Irene I cross stitched, at the bottom of the first photo. I remember she wore the cameos.
They cleaned up really well. The sparkle and shine doesn't really show up in the photos.
I mounted a few on a linen like fabric in this frame, I painted and distressed. The rest are in a cookie tin, waiting to be reborn in another craft project.
Funny, these brooches, though they were Mom's, make me think of a woman I worked with long ago. Her name was Claire. We worked together at a Savings and Loan (A bank, for you youngsters) where we wore a lime green uniform. (The seventies were like that!) Well, Claire was much older than me, and wanted to set me straight. I was Mother Nature's daughter and wore no makeup, with very long and perfectly straight hair. (Obviously trying to hide the lime green polyester uniform) Claire thought me to be very unprofessional looking. She worked the lime green uniform, with her bright red hair perfectly coiffed and sprayed, and wearing a different brooch every day. God Bless Her, if Claire is still alive, she is well into her hundreds. I bet she never gave up that look, the bright red hair and the colorful brooches.
Well friends, the Bears won, HOORAY!, the snow is falling again and I have some projects to finish. Looks like a great day.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
are playing and I'll be cooking, Spaghetti and Meatballs. ( and a chocolaty dessert to be named later;-) Have a great Sunday my friends and GO Bears!!!