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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Fun Mail

 This colourful cast of characters arrived in the mail the other day. All hand painted, some have names in writing on their bases and a couple have a typed paper label. They remind me of the Thornton W Burgess characters.

They are all about ten inches tall and made in the 1920s. That was some lucky youngster!  It always amazes me what lasts after all these years.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Found, Fix-Up, and Finished!

 I was excited to find this small suitcase at a local thrift store. I was surprised it was still there. When I opened it, I realised possibly why no one had bought it. There was an oval hole in the bottom. Turns out it was originally a record player.

 The guts were missing which was fine with me. I was going to  add it to my stack of suitcases.

 Hubs cut a piece of wood and glued it inside to cover the hole.

Then I lined it with wrapping paper that looked like old newspaper.  The natural background colour was a perfect match for the case. And, I actually got the little project done in good time as well.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Is This the Last Hurrah?

There were a couple of lovely days this week. Spring was in the air.  Everyone was in a good mood. The sun was shining and the sky was blue.

 I saw six robins while driving down a country road and then this wee sparrow. Still puffed up as the weather was a little chilly still. 

 Overhead you could hear the Canada geese flying over, while the snow came down.

Hopefully this is the last of winter before spring moves in for keeps.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

It may be Very Cold Outside, But It Was Hot Inside!

 While the bitter chill of winter continues, there are seeds growing inside looking toward the warming of springtime.
 It was a good time to pull some of last year's produce from the freezer and heat up the oven. Jalapeno poppers, made at home. Some spicy, cheesy and bacon-y goodness.

             For the record, the heat of the peppers is not diminished by freezing! Yum!

Monday, February 25, 2019

A Whole Bunch of Thifty Finds

 It's been a while since I posted any thrifty finds. These are gathered here from various places over time.
Printmaking paint tubes, house numbers, a damaged cloisonne egg, small pottery pitcher, a sweet goat, a jaunty red felt bunny, and party umbrellas.

 A few old photographs, a Holly Hobbie mug, leather address book, salvaged bottles in a lovely blue, glass candle rings, and a fabulous convex lens.

 A lovely wooden box with a girl on it, various salt and peppers, glass elephant earrings, souvenir pitcher from the Manchester Zoo, etc.

 Lovely German sugar bowl that looks like a sea shell, souvenir rooster, unusual salt and pepper, two wooden dogs, leather butterfly earrings and a lovely old bracelet.

 Slab of granite, cute wooden egg cups, curtain hardware- you never know when you might need some- a chunk of glass that reminds me of an ice berg and a flower frog.

                          I've not seen a flower frog like this before.

 I just love this assortment of sample sized food and cleaning boxes. The tin is for typewriter tape.

 I've seen a number of plaster/chalk ware ashtrays in similar forms but I love the bear motif and the fact that is says "Canada" on it too.  The plate is a Niagara Falls souvenir. I do love old Niagara Falls souvenirs!

                          Fab assortment of vintage fruit and vegetable labels for tins.

 Wooden blocks, knitting markers, a couple of elephants for Aaron's collection and vintage medical tape tins turned into thread holders. Genius!

                                          Various souvenir "Crestware" pieces.

                                        This stopped me in my tracks. So very familiar!

See the glass bowl beside the pottery piece? Exactly the same. Someone used a bowl just like the one I have as a mold for a newer pottery bowl. I found the glass pear bowl back when I was in high school in Windsor. It came from an estate sale down the road from where we lived. You just never know what you might happen across, or when.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

                                              Spread a little extra love today.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Early "Gal"entine's Day

 A friend came over for a visit and to enjoy some early Valentine's treats and crafting. It was a fun excuse to pull out some of my vintage Valentine goodies, collected over many years. I made the heart above a while back by adding antique and vintage lace and making flowers from more vintage trimmings.

                        These are some of the antique Valentine's cards my mom had collected.

 The small wall shelves at the end of the dining room are perfect for seasonal decorations.

 The other shelf and you can see the chip clip holding more vintage and antique Valentine cards.

 These cards are all from a husband to his wife, from an old scrapbook I got long ago.

                                                All ready for crafting, and snacking.

 So, I couldn't decide on what to do exactly so brought out a variety of things to choose from.

Thankfully, in spite of all our fun chatter, we actually made something! Wee shadowboxes featuring vintage Valentine cards and other embellishments. A fine afternoon was enjoyed by all two of us!

Friday, February 8, 2019

First Try at Marshmallows!

 Considering how much time I have spent in the kitchen over the last few decades, I have never tried my hand at marshmallows.  I do appreciate a good handcrafted marshmallow. I have read a lot of recipes and watched videos. Well, now was the time to give them a try!  With everything pre-measured and at hand, they went together easily.

A grand success! This is the jar when they were all cut and tossed in their cornstarch and icing sugar blend. The jar is somewhat more empty now. A hit with everyone. I had to make more this evening. They are for a special event coming up.  Have you tried making marshmallows?

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Cold Weather Fare

                               It is a sea of white outside and its been quite cold around here.
I found these two delightful pieces of Torquay Mottoware this week and I could hardly wait to make myself some porridge. You can't get any fresher than fresh soaked and flaked oats! I reminded me of when my grandmother used to make us Red River cereal for breakfast. She would put raisins and sunflower seeds on it.

The bowl says " Duee ave zum porridge" /Do we have some porridge?"
 The pitcher says: "May all your troubles be only bubbles"  LOVE IT!
Is there something special you only enjoy when it is cold out?

Monday, January 7, 2019

Christmas Came and Christmas Went

                    Finally convinced the hubby that a four foot tree is a fine tree to have.

                                    Tucked away in a corner, no dog tails can touch this.

                                    A "new" find this year, an old handmade wooden greeting.

Instead of a "kitchen tree" I made it into a tree full of ornaments from my childhood. some thrifted, some from the yearly Christmas stocking, and some after I got married.

 Most of these boxes are empty but they make for a colorful display from years gone by.
So few Christmas cards are sent now and even few letters.

 This Nativity was a find this season.  It fit right in on the wood stove. Thankfully, we did not need to use the wood stove!

 I found the second half tree a while back and now they fit perfectly on little shelves in the dining room.

Another find this year, a bottle brush Christmas star.   I hope you had a lovely holiday.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Eye Jewelry

 I finally found my own broken rake this past summer and Marty spray painted it black and hung it up for me so I could finally hang many years of thrifted necklaces on it. I do not wear jewelry but I do love the look of some of it. Mostly natural materials, warm colours. Lots of stone, shell, and fruit pit beads here.

 I am always looking for paper bead necklaces as well. This an old craft my mom taught me when I was young. These necklaces turn up occasionally and I am always excited to find one to add to my collection.   Here is a fun tutorial for making them, HERE.

Here are my finds so far, spilling out of an old silver plate bowl like the paper treasure that they are. Have you found any paper bead necklaces?  I love the colours and how each one is so different from the others.


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