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Monday, April 7, 2014

Irish Lassie in the Laces!

    Mom is sort of homebound with the continual snow up there in Pennsylvania and she has been using the winter days for crafting and to redecorate her studio. I am showing a sweet tote bag she created using some interesting linens my sister received from her Cioci Maryann and this Irish lass was on one of them!


I forgot to take a before photo, but, the little lady was part of a pillow top with photos of the Irish flag. 

Before a stitch was sown, Mom treated the little lady with a custom paint job!  She was brightly colored until it went into the washing machine and so Mom retouched her to bring her back to life!  I must say she mixed her colors perfectly, they blended into the original identically!!


She then surrounded her with vintage lace and mother of pearl buttons.  You can see some of My Mom’s vintage laces in the basket.


The last time Mom was sorting through her lace and ribbon stash she came up with the idea to wrap them on vintage postcards!  The postcards were a collection belonging to her grandmother.


Close ups of Lace wonderliciousness!!


Here we have the finished tote bag!


Mom carried her off to Bible Study the very next day!

Tomorrow, Mom and I are going to a ‘Quilt Hop’  in upstate New York!  I will try to get a post up about our trip later in the week.

Gone fabric hunting!


We are joining the parties below.  I hope you will stop by and say hello!  The Hostesses work very hard getting these up each week!

Make it Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House

Your Gonna Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings the Heart of Your Home

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style



Friday, March 28, 2014

Winter is still here!

Finally I am getting this post up!  I have had nothing but trouble with my computer today!  After running every antivirus scan I could think of, trying to research slow link connections, which was an exercise in futility, then not being able to download the pictures sent by mom, I gave up and did some housework…boo!...  Well at about 7:00 this evening I happened to comment on my miserable day at the computer and Captain Butler casually says “Oh, try again, I had to reboot the router”…what?   The router?!  Why didn’t I think of that earlier?! forgetmenot

Oh, well I did manage to unpack some new (to me) dishes and get them into the cupboard.  The new dishes have gardenias on them (we’ll see those in another post!).  I am trying to tempt spring to come into the house…or at least the state!!!

Speaking of Spring…since Winter has decided to stay put this year and gives no indication of leaving or even slowing down.  I remembered a tablescape Mom and Laur did for Mother’s Day last year at Mom’s church.  Even though it was springtime they thought a winter table would be pretty and unexpected! DSCN3191Mom’s church was having a Mother’s Day brunch and each of the 10 or so tables was decorated by a different lady.  I love any kind of tablescaping and seeing all the different one’s was a lot of fun!  Of course I think mom’s table was the best!…DSCN3192The three of us love rhinestone jewelry and have amassed quite a few brooches over the years.  The napkin rings are simply ribbon with a brooch pinned on to it.  The dishes are Italian Countryside by Mikasa and the chargers are silver and Mom added the turquoise glitter to go with the Tiffany blue ribbon.  sledSome styrofoam balls were rolled in glitter to bring snowballs to mind! Here they are piled up in the sleigh, ready for a snowball fight!  You can see a card in the sleigh,  it was sent to my great grandmother from her son on Mother’s Day at least 50 years ago. 

The pillar candles have been given the bling treatment too!  They simply warmed up the wax with a blow dryer and  pressed the little sticky backed jewels into the candle.  teacup Silk hydrangeas and a silver candelabra set on a mirror, make for a sparkly centerpiece.blur1

DSCN3229Hanging from the back of each chair was a lacy sachet.  Mom made each one with vintage laces and buttons she purchased at auctions over the years.  Besides decorating the back of each chair the sachets were given as favors to each guest at the table.trio

Here are Mom, Laur and Samantha.  Samantha is Mom’s oldest granddaughter!


Gone to search for crocuses peeping through the snow!!scarlet



Please take some time to hop on over to some of the parties we linked up with!  These ladies work very hard hosting and would love a visit from you!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Welcome 2014!

Finally!  I am sitting at the computer writing a blog post.  It is certainly a long time coming.  I can’t believe I let the blog go for so long!  I have made a promise to myself to bring the blog back to life in 2014. 

Even though you didn’t see me (us) this past year, we have been watching and reading all about you!

Laura, Mom and I

Mom even had a chance to meet a local blogger!  Be sure to say hi to Debbie from!

Of course we spent hours looking at tablescapes and furniture redo’s, upcycled clothing and mod podged surfaces.  We poured over lots of recipes and household tips and along the way Pinterest became a way of life!

Interesting stuff happened in our lives too!  After a two year search Laura found the perfect home.


She and her husband moved in this fall, just after their son Christopher married his beautiful bride Jessica.


  We even found time to sneak in a cruise to Bermuda in the midst of all that! 


Mom and Dad celebrated 57 years of marriage. 


Nothing can slow these two down! 

Mom kept busy with fundraising for the Dietrich Theatre.


and decorating for different functions at church.

Not to mention attending her weekly Bible study with the best group of ladies you could ever hope to meet!

2013 has been a year of change for me in that I got rid of 80 pounds!  I actually feel like an average woman nowadays and can sit in airplane seats with ease.


There you have it…a mini update on our lives!  Going forward I will try to do better and keep those posts coming!

Gone to write more posts!


P.S.  I thought we would link up to some parties to say hi and spread the word that we are back! 

Please check them out and let them know you were there! 

Dwellings... Amaze me Monday!

The Dedicated House...Make it Pretty Monday

Glamorous Bride...All Things Thursday

Monday, July 30, 2012

Under the Wire!

We finally finished our entry for the Bungalows and Cottages Autumn Talent Search!!!

You can see the creative entries over at WhisperWood Cottage.

We are linked to the party there and I hope you will check it out!


As you may know if you are a reader of this blog.  My Mom, Eileen lives in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania.  Since I became an empty nester as of July 1st! I decided to stay with my parents for a while and enjoy the bucolic beauty of their property.

Coincidently, my Sister Laur, the 3rd member of our blog team is staying with the folks too,  until her house closing. 

We have quite a crowd up here, don’t we?!

Well, the best part is we get to collaborate on our ideas and the creativity is really flowing around here!

I wanted to write one of my little stories about the people that would be passing by our little Autumn Vignette, however since our entry is linking up ‘just under the wire’ I have decided to forego the fantasy and just tell my tale!

Mom had a blue tool shed located near the house. It had a metal awning and was pretty ugly. Probably the reason we have no before pictures!  Anyway, she finally convinced Dad to paint it a pretty barn red, like her art studio.  After the paint job Mom decided to dress it up a little.

Laurie's idea was to use an old bicycle basket as a planter and she proceeded to fill it with a variety of low maintenance succulents. 

There is always an old window around here somewhere and Mom hung a pretty one right in the front.

Years ago my Uncle Dom worked for the city we lived in and somehow managed to find some iron bench ends!  Dad added the boards for the seat and the back and painted them to match the trim and voila! A really cute little place to take a rest.

Mom saw the umbrella idea on Pinterest and wanted to try it.  Fortuitously she had an umbrella in black and tan just like the door!  Yay!!

So, she dragged out the good old cattails and went to town!  We all love auctions and one of Mom’s latest finds is the little make-up suitcase.

We searched Good Will for a variety of plaid shirts and cut and glued and sewed a new lining and pockets for our little case.

The leather trim was painted in a great red to go with the plaids and our thermos received the cowhide treatment, a la Ralph Lauren!!

The silverware in our little picnic basket/suitcase was Mom’s everyday flatware from gosh knows how many years ago! Must be vintage!

Lastly, I wanted to try to make a lap robe from a sweater and it didn’t come out too bad! 

Tutorials for the lap robe and suitcase will appear in my next post. 

We put our newly created treasures together, threw in a rake or two and called it Autumn!

Hope you like it!

Off to write tutorials!