Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Blog Friends

One of my favorite blogs is Indulge Your Shelf. Laurie always posts photos of great stuff she finds at flea markets and thrift stores, like vintage linens, buttons, and other brick-a-brac (love that word!). 
She is quite creative and always seems to be fabricating delightful things with her treasures. One day a week or two ago, she made some cute tags and showed them off to her "indulgent friends" (i e, followers).

I thought they were so fun, so I complimented her on them and to my utter surprise, she offered to send me one! I was allowed to pick which I wanted and it was hard to choose.

A week later, it came and I was so excited to see it. I hung it right by my desk on the neck of a lamp.

What a treat!  Blog friends are so inspiring.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday...Caught!

Grow Your Veggies, Eat Your Veggies

This is the time of year for gardens. My backyard is large and woodsy and semi-rural, so we get a lot of wildlife...turkeys, deer, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, and of course, birds. One year we even saw a red fox and two babies!

In my mind I would love to have a vegetable garden,

 but it is a lot of work to maintain and, most importantly, it would need to be completely fenced in to protect it from the critters. So instead we have some flowers and bushes and loads of trees.

My favorite veggies would have to be the salad kind,

like cucumbers,

(Aren't these so fun?!)

  (with pickles, and why not?!)


and, of course lettuce.

(There are so many fun vintage lettuce items on Etsy!)

I tend to be lazy about salad dressing and generally don't make it from scratch, but it is good to do it once in a while. That would be a whole other post though, so I'll leave it at this.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother, Mom, Madre, Mere, Mutter

Celebrating all of the mothers out there, around the world...

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers  
~Jewish Proverb

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.   
~Author Unknown

No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you - life
Anonymous Quote

There is only one pretty child in the world and every mother has it.
Chinese Proverb

A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go
Author Unknown 

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A B C ... A Button Craft

I was searching on the Internet for some odds and ends to use in a piece of jewelry I'm creating for a show at the gallery that carries some of my bracelets. It has a cat theme, so I have already found some relevant charms and buttons. Wanting some other bits to use, I thought about looking for buttons or charms with initials or letters to spell out a specific word that would be intermingled with the other stuff. Suddenly I came to this site and was fascinated by the idea of sewing initials onto nine hole buttons. 

Why, I could do that, I thought, and went over to my stash...

...only to find, yes, you guessed it, they are all either one, two, three or four hole. not a 9-hole in site. Duh!

I won't bore you with the rest of this tale, as you either have to make them with sculpey clay or purchase them from the German site. I do want to share the website, Style-Files, where I found this cute idea.


They actually found it via the designers on a German website ABC Button .

On the spur of the moment, because I was so taken with them, I pinned the picture to my Brilliant Buttons board on Pinterest. Several minutes later, over fifty people had either re-pinned it or 'liked' it! There is definitely some buttonmania going on out there!