Monday, September 29, 2014


I participated in Sandy and Deb's HALLOWEEN/FALL COOKIE CUTTER SWAP. They were a bit strict, mind you. Things like, "Make the package fun to open" and "Manners count, saying Thank You is a must". I dunno . . . I did my best! 

My partner was Pam of Virginia Retro. She sent her package to me a bit early as she was going on vacation. I was dying to open it, but I hadn't finished up mine yet and didn't want to be influenced by what she sent. It was hard to wait, but I sent her box out this past Saturday and opened mine on Sunday. That worked out well because the New England Patriots weren't playing yesterday (they're Monday Night this week) and I needed something fun to occupy my afternoon (although it didn't take 3 hours to open the box!).

Everything was wrapped up so cute in pretty colored tissue papers and tags of all sorts.

Here's what she sent:
This is the cookie cutter decoration she made. It's so lively with all the little punkins and buttons. I love the color combination!

She made a few cute little magnets:

Aw heck! I was gonna photograph, then open, each little package but I just plumb ran out of patience! Here's all the rest of the goodies: Pam went tag-happy and I'm glad she did - they now decorate my house!

Look at all that fun stuff! Vintage playing cards, yo-yo's, Fall-themed ribbons around spools, buttons, CANDY, and more!! Isn't that pumpkin face the happiest looking little guy? Of course, my favorite is the fat quarter of cherry-printed fabric!

Thanks so much, Pam, you did a great job with what you sent me - I'm happy and content (especially after eating the candy bar!). :) SPOILER ALERT: Pam, don't go below this paragraph if you haven't opened your package yet!

This is the cookie cutter and large tag (along with other goodies) that I made for Pam. I didn't have, and couldn't find, a round vintage cutter so I used a leaf-shaped one that I had. I just love craft swaps!

Friday, September 26, 2014


I was asked to show the small Avon thermos decanter with my thermos collection, so here it is!

Here is an Autumn-colored vintage hankie that just fits on my "lazy Susan"!

And, speaking of vintage hankies, these are some that I picked up over the summer.

Monday, September 22, 2014


One little birdie was talking with another little birdie . . .

. . . and I have no idea what they said 'cuz I don't speak bird!

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Some of you wanted to see my kitchen table set up, so here it is. I didn't bother cleaning up around the table or waiting until K.C. moved out of the pic! I only have one round tablecloth, a pale yellow, which doesn't match the kitchen, so I'll have to start a new hunt. All my rectangle ones aren't wide enough for this; I need to get some solid ones to put under the rectangle ones.

Mister says it's solid, without a veneer. And it has FOUR leaves!

I went to the thrift store the other day and found this wonderful Homer Laughlin Harlequin blue creamer. It will match my H.L. Riviera collection that I've started!

I also found this nice, long Christmas welcome banner.

And, finally, the Find Of The Year! A Christmas List box! Why is this so exceptional? Because it's "brand new", looks like it's never been used with no scratches and the band still around the dividers inside. And, mostly, because it was only ONE DOLLAR! These babies are now in the $15+ price range online. I love the pop-up Santa when you open the lid. Yay me!

Saturday, September 6, 2014


We've acquired yet another "new" kitchen table! This came from my aunt's estate; she passed in January. My sister and cousin have been cleaning the house and this was the only item left that no one else wanted. I was so surprised because it was my aunt's husband's dad's, then they inherited it. My earliest recollection is of it being in the same dining room in the same house in the early 60's up until the present. So I have no idea how old it really is. Mister can't tell if it's mahogany or not, and it's about 54 inches across.

Obviously, Mister hasn't had time to put it together yet - where do I put all my clutter until then? LOL!