Sunday, August 30, 2009

I Do

Last night we attended our neice's wedding.

Everything was just beautiful.

The bride was beautiful as well as her bridesmaids.

After the wedding we enjoyed a wonderful array of food.

It was delicious!

All of this was held outside her in-laws "to be" ranch.

Since it was an evening wedding we decided to go ahead and stay in a hotel instead of driving back home.

So, today we'll pack up and head to Salem as the State Fair is going on and that is something we always enjoy.

Isn't it amazing how you can continue to post on a blog even when you are away from home.

Pretty Cool!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Look What I Found!

Today I did a little running around.

Of course one of my stops was a thrift store.

I believe I found what appears to be new "old stock" of millinery flowers.

Each set of flowers was still bagged up with the price tags all in a row waiting to be put on the product.

I always think it's kind of humorous, blue roses.

I've never seen blue roses at any nursery.

Maybe I need to get out a little more.

I thought these green ones were pretty, I actually like this color.

Each bag came with a yellow card.

Maybe someone out there knows something about this company and can tell me the scoop!

Well, I guess that's all for now.

I just wanted to share with you my latest find.

You just never know what you'll find at those thrift stores.

Happy Thrifting!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Spoon Rings ~ Pretty Sweet!

Ok, so I'm told that "spoon rings" are pretty hip right now!

Wasn't that a 70's thing?

Ok, after doing a little research apparently they are 17th Century and they were originally used as wedding rings.

So there is a little history for you, I know, I know ... very little.

Since I don't have daughters I really depend on my neices for the inside scoop.

Yesterday while out estate shopping my #1 found me a spoon ring.

Boy do I feel hip now!

This was a petite little spoon, maybe a child's spoon.

So sweet!

I found these teaspoons today, they are small and sweet also.

They may have to turn into spoon rings!

I wanted to say thank you to Gail, Laurie and Elaine for letting me know about the pretty tree I saw yesterday.

Thank you so much for the information!

I'll have to put that on my list of "Beautiful Trees to Buy"!

Be sure to check out these gals blogs, you will enjoy yourself.

And as always, Thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday Finds!

Well, I hit the trail again today.

This time with my #1.

We do have a lot of fun together.

Here are a few things I found.

Flashcards were the item today.

I found about five boxes of 1964 flash cards at one sale and one 1942 set at another.

I couldn't believe I found so many.

I found a bunch of pretty 1940's curtains and a sweet rose bedspread.

You can see them in the first picture.

They all smelled like smoke so I quickly soaked them in oxi-clean and hung them on the line to dry.

Nothing like a beautiful sunny day and fresh laundry on the line.

One of the first things I found today were three child's wood hangers.

I always get a little thrill when I find them.

I think I've started another collection, I've got over three!

Then lastly, I saw this beautiful tree near an estate sale I went to today.

Does anyone know the name of this tree?

It has such beautiful pink flowers.

I know there are a lot of wonderful gardeners out there.

So, I'm depending on you as I have no idea of what it is!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Some Fun Finds!

I didn't know how the day would go today.

I set out with my list in hand ready to estate shop.

The first sale I went to was a bit discouraging as everything was overpriced.

There were some great things but I just couldn't do it at those prices.

As you will see the day did get better.

I didn't get a lot of small items but a little larger ones.

But, that's good too!

Here are a few smalls.

One of my most favorite finds were these large pictures, dated 1901 and 1896.

They are quite old the back paper is very fragile.

One is a Paul de Longpre the other one does not have a name but it appears to be the same artist.

I just love his pictures.

Here was a fun piece I found in the garage.

This piece measures about 4.5'x4'.

It needs a little work but I know my #1 can figure that one out!

My next stop I found a wonderful old dresser with a mirror.

This piece is still in the truck so I just snapped a small photo.

Here is a fun piece for the top of a desk or maybe in a studio.

So, all in all a pretty good day!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fun In The Sun!

Well, it's been a busy last few day around here.

A good busy though!

Sunday we decided to head to Eugene to visit my sister-in-law Kathy and her family.

We wanted to take a peek at their new store which will officially open the beginning of September.

We had a great time seeing the place and visiting. It was fun to dream and bounce ideas off each other.

Our tastes are very similar so ideas flow pretty easily.

Kathy is an ultra talented lady so this shop will be amazing.

It is going to be a wonderful place to shop in the Eugene area.

I hope you will stop by when you're in town and visit them.

In the mean time you can stop by their blog at Colby Cottage and get updates of the progress they are making.

You will also be updated on events, products etc...

It will be a real treat!

On a little different note,everyone needs a break now and then.

So we talked Kathy and the kids into coming to Portland for an overnighter and just hang out, shop etc...

This is one of the stops we made.

(This picture was taken before the kids hit the pool!)

Our friend, Jean, who is so generous, invited all the kiddos to come over for a swim.

The temperature in Portland has been in the 90's so it was a great way to cool off.

Besides being a good friend, Jean is a very talented lady and artist.

I wanted to show you a few pictures from her studio.

I ended up with quite a few blurry pictures but here are a few.

I love the sweet vintage curtain she attached to this cabinet!

Wasn't this a fun idea.

Here is a vintage metal stool and on top of it a pretty lacy skirt.

Another wonderful idea!

And last one of her many beautiful paintings.

I'm hoping sometime to take pictures of the rest of her home as every corner is bursting with creative talent.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Few Finds!

Ok, so visualize pretty rhinestones on the three tiaras in the above picture.

My up close pictures didn't turn out, I should of used "macro".

I'd take them again but I was efficient and priced them and took them to the shop.

Ok, so here's how it turned out.

The estate sales weren't to good today.

I actually did a lot better at the thrift stores.

I was so excited to find the old multiplication cards for $1.99.

I also found this pretty old gold frame at a thrift store today.

The glass was still in it and all it needed was a picture.

I've been looking for a frame for a picture I already have in my living room.

The frame that it came with was an old natural wood frame.

I was ready for something different.


When my #1 came home I had the frame ready and waiting for him to do the switch-a-roo.

This is one of my favorite pictures.

This is a 1945 print.

It reminds me of the value Jesus put and puts on little children.

The gold frame looks so much better then the wood!

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Roses, Something You Can Enjoy All Year!

As I sat in the kitchen my eyes glanced over at a small bouquet of pink roses.

I knew it was time to get rid of them as they had seen better days.

So, I went through and cut off all the roses or buds that didn't bloom completely.

I have collected a pretty good little stash of dried roses.

You know, for that project that just needs a little extra touch.

There's just something so pretty about dried roses.

I've bought roses from the store and sometimes they don't completely open.

When that happens they come out of the water and I turn them upside down and the drying process begins.

I seem to stay with pink and white roses.

But, I do have a yellow rose bush so yellow ones are dried as well.

Roses, something you can enjoy all year!

So, before you throw out that bouquet be sure to get your clippers out and snip off the ones that you can dry!

I hope you're enjoying your roses this year.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blueberry Picking!

Have you ever picked blueberries?

If so, you know that each little blueberry is like a piece of gold.

You don't want to drop any because it takes so many to fill up a container.

This morning my mother, my son and myself went blueberry picking.

My son always loves grab a handful of blueberries from the freezer when he can.

I'm a little stingy with the blueberries as I always want to save them for blueberry muffins.

I know how long it takes to pick those tiny things.

Well, today I told him, "Jon, go ahead and eat as many as you like while you pick, get your fill!"

Since he had been picking for awhile his response was, "Mom, eating them is an insufficient use of my time!"

I think he realized the time and effort it takes to pick those sweet little blueberries.

I had to laugh!

We only picked 20 lbs as the sun was getting hotter and we were getting warmer.

But, we had a good time and ended our picking with a Starbucks to cool us off!

Do you have wonderful recipes with blueberries?