Friday, April 11, 2014

Peat Pots! Nests! Freebies!

Hello Friends!

Flowers are blooming, birds are singing...
Yes, it's Spring!!
Actually there have been some days here lately when it's been more like Summer!
I'm not complaining...but okay, I am a little.
  I am not ready yet to start wearing summer clothes!

I have been busy this Spring, creating and swapping.
I created this peat pot for a swap I was in
at Vintage Dragonfly.




 My partner was Mercedes, who makes such beautiful and feminine things,
and I wanted to make something I knew she would love, 
using beautiful lace, vintage flowers and a vintage rhinestone button.  

And, as the fates would have it,
we were on the same wavelength,
as Mercedes also had the idea to make a bird topiary!
I love the soft colors, vintagey materials,
and the adorable little felt birdie which she created from felt and vintage fabric:


Thank you Mercedes, I love it!

I joined a card and tag swap at
Wendy's Blissful Arts group,
and the theme was "Spring Nest". 
This litttle fairy image is one of my faves,
and when I saw this Nest and Eggs graphic,
I knew what I wanted to do with it:
 I stitched it onto a fabric piece and onto the card, with a few vintage flowers, lace and moss.

This nest is made with some fine kraft paper shred 
which came in a gift basket I received long ago...attached to a 
branch cut from a die that I've had for years
and I think this is the first timeI've used it, lol:




 I like the fresh look this touch of moss lends to them:

 They went to my partner Kimberly, whose work I love also.

In return Kimberly sent me these lovely cards and goodies:
Very sweet and Spring-y!
Thank you, Kimberly!

Here's some Spring Birdie freebies for you:

 





 
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More Friday fun to be had at Fabulously Creative Friday!  
Lots of great ideas at Show and Tell Friday!  
Lovely blues at Anything Blue Friday!
Lots of links to lovely pinks at Pink Saturday!
Creative living, decorating, and craft ideas at Inspired Sunday!
Lovely tablescapes at Seasonal Sundays!
Cute and crafty stuff at Make it Monday!
Vintage creativity at Knick of Time Tuesday!
Be inspired by Inspire Me Tuesday!
For links to lovely, shabby, chippy whites, stop by Blissful Whites Wednesday!
Beautiful greys at Grey Dey Thursdeys.
Lovely, cottagey links at Feathered Nest Friday!
 
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Have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bridal Shower! March Card and Tag Swap!

Hello Friends!
The themes for the Swap for All Seasons swap in March
were Spring and yellow.



I don't use yellow much in my crafting, but I love this image
that has just a splash of yellow.
I love the spring-y background and her wistful look.
I wanted to keep the card simple
and let the lovely lady be the star.
A bit of vintage lace and vintage millinery flowers:



And my tag:


They say April showers bring May flowers...

I was hoping the showers would wait until my shower was held...
I hosted a bridal shower at my home
for my daughter's lovely sister-in-law last week. 
The sun was in and out but no rain!
The décor was organic, garden-y,
with a bit of herbs, yellow, burlap and chalkboard.  :)
 Her sister and sister-in-law were the real hostesses,
I  did the décor
with a little help from the bubble girls
(flower girls who blow bubbles).
 
Nine year old Ainsley made the favors herself,
homemade bath salts (below).
Don't they look great?

I love how these champagne glasses look
lined up on the burlap ribbon:

One of the hostesses made these lovely little tags
with a different herb for each one
and the trait that the herb stands for (above).

The caterer made a beautiful table of delicious food:

I had fun making this photo op
with a French garden shop look :)


OK.  Now I'm ready for April showers!
We dearly need them in Southern California.

Some sunny freebies for you:




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More Friday fun to be had at Fabulously Creative Friday!  
Lots of great ideas at Show and Tell Friday!  
Lovely blues at Anything Blue Friday!
Lots of links to lovely pinks at Pink Saturday!
Creative living, decorating, and craft ideas at Inspired Sunday!
Lovely tablescapes at Seasonal Sundays!
Cute and crafty stuff at Make it Monday!
Vintage creativity at Knick of Time Tuesday!
Be inspired by Inspire Me Tuesday!
For links to lovely, shabby, chippy whites, stop by Blissful Whites Wednesday!
Lovely, cottagey links at Feathered Nest Friday!
 
♥♥♥ Thank you so much for visiting and for all your lovely comments!! ♥♥♥
Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Le Poisson d'Avril! Happy April Fool's Day!

Bonjour mes amies!

Ah, the French...who knows why they are the way they are...
Who knows why they what they do...
Who knows what thought processes went into
celebrating the first of April
with a FISH!
Le poisson d'Avril!


Well it is 2014 and we never have to wonder for very long,
thank you Wikipedia:
"In France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, April 1 tradition is often known as "April fish" (poisson d'avril in French). This includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim's back without being noticed.
Such fish feature prominently on many
late 19th- to early 20th-century French April Fools' Day postcards."

OK, well there you are...
Watch out for paper fish, and
enjoy good luck all month long!

And Happy April Fool's Day!!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Baby! Vintage Marketplace! Altered Peat Pots!

Hello Friends! 

Life has been very exciting around here!
The much awaited, anticipated Baby Colton is here!
Not without some drama and scares,
but Baby and Mama are now doing great!
They live about 1 1/2 hrs. from me,
so I have been going up about twice a week
to feed the parents, tidy up and revel in my new grandson!
Boys are new territory for me,
having had two girly girls,
but my heart is so full when I'm with him:


I know!!
He is a such a good baby as well!
Loving the whole Grandmother thing.

The fabulous Vintage Marketplace in Southern California
was held the first weekend in March.
I love it, it's so inspiring, a great shopping opportunity,
and a chance to catch up with some favorite vendors.
Here's a brief tour:


A closer look at the lovely ladies:





Fairy garden magic:

And of course it was a lovely day.
Looking forward to the June show!

I have been involved in a number of swaps lately, as well!
Here is an altered peat pot I made for my Paper Soiree group:



Covered the pot in a little French text papers, a little lace and a little burlap.
The bird is a wood shape which I covered in text,
on a wood birdcage, which was stamped in brown ink with a text stamp.
I was not able to attend the meeting, but I was delighted to receive
this adorable peat pot created by Michelle:

I love the fabric wrapped wire, and the twig with the birdie on it,
thanks so much Michelle!
I have another peat pot to share,
but I want to wait til my partner receives it,
plus more swap fun to share with you,
so please check back soon :)

Hope Spring is making its way to you,
especially to those of you who have suffered a harsh winter!

Some cute Spring-y images for you:


















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Thanks for stopping by,
wishing you all a lovely week!
More Friday fun to be had at Fabulously Creative Friday!  
Lots of great ideas at Show and Tell Friday!  
Lovely blues at Anything Blue Friday!
Lots of links to lovely pinks at Pink Saturday!
Creative living, decorating, and craft ideas at Inspired Sunday!
Lovely tablescapes at Seasonal Sundays!
Cute and crafty stuff at Make it Monday!
Vintage creativity at Knick of Time Tuesday!
Be inspired by Inspire Me Tuesday!
For links to lovely, shabby, chippy whites, stop by Blissful Whites Wednesday!
Lovely, cottagey links at Feathered Nest Friday!
 
♥♥♥ Thank you so much for visiting and for all your lovely comments!! ♥♥♥
Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

World Traveller Baby Shower!!

Hello Friends!

My wonderful daughter Jackie and wonderful son-in-law Sean
are expecting a new arrival any day now,
and a shower in their honor was held Jan. 25.

Being world travelers themselves,
and as that is the theme of the nursery,
they wanted a world traveler/airplaine theme for the shower.
I had so much fun making these decorations for them!

This wreath created from vintage maps, paper yoyos
and a chipboard wreath form I got for a song
at Michaels' after Christmas sale:



This collection of giant rosettes is about 4 ft. x 2 ft.
A festive photo op. :)

 
An OH BABY banner created from vintage maps.
The letters are on circles which are on pleated rosettes 
which are on flattened cupcake liners
 that I ran through the Vagabond and cut with a scalloped die.

 The dessert table:
 We found little airplane cookies on Etsy,



 and little globe chocolates on Amazon.
A friend of my daughter's made the "globe" cupcakes
and chocolate Eiffel tower pops!



This is a group photo of everyone...
Does it look like a nice sunny day in Southern California?
It was in the 80s!  Jan. 25th!
You can see my pom pom garland in the background.
I had a rope and attached the pompoms with ribbons,
as well as some paper lanterns and paper fans and honeycomb orbs.
Also hung some ribbon streamers.  
This was actually more work than I had thought it would be,
and that rope got really heavy once we hung all the stuff on it.
I had wanted to wrap map garlands around it 
as well and attach some map circle streamers,
but it got late and we were tired, and just called it good!

Me and my two darling daughters:
My adorable younger daughter Alison came from NYC
to take part and share the joy.

For favors we gave these little plantable seed bombs
that look like little globes.


Well, if you squint your eyes...;)
They are made from a pulp and seeds,
so you can plant them and they will grow into wildflowers.

Packaged them up pretty and put them in this little suitcase
with a Thank You  banner.

Wish I had more pictures, the food was lovely and fit the international theme:
 spanakopita/Greece, egg rolls/China, meatballs/Italy, gazpacho/Spain, and lots more.

It was a wonderful day with wonderful people!
I am so proud of Jackie and Sean for doing all they had to do
to make their dream (baby) come true.

Here's your freebies...baby-themed, of course :)




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More Friday fun to be had at Fabulously Creative Friday!  
Lots of great ideas at Show and Tell Friday!  
Lovely blues at Anything Blue Friday!
Lots of links to lovely pinks at Pink Saturday!
Creative living, decorating, and craft ideas at Inspired Sunday!
Lovely tablescapes at Seasonal Sundays!
Cute and crafty stuff at Make it Monday!
Vintage creativity at Knick of Time Tuesday!
Be inspired by Inspire Me Tuesday!
For links to lovely, shabby, chippy whites, stop by Blissful Whites Wednesday!
Lovely, cottagey links at Feathered Nest Friday!
 
♥♥♥ Thank you so much for visiting and for all your lovely comments!! ♥♥♥
Have a great weekend!
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