Sunday, December 19, 2010

Passionate about Dogwood Blooms

I started collecting items with dogwood blooms on them some years ago and have received many items from my girls on special occasions.  Here are some I found just surfing around the web.  I really like it when I can find something vintage with dogwood blooms, pink or white blooms doesn't matter which.  

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Throw a Ways Saved

Here is my hand at upcycling vintage satin ball ornaments that could have easily been thrown away.  I cut off all ragged satin parts and dug into my vintage stash of sequins,ribbons,acrylics and glass beads to redo the sad looking throw a ways. 

My daughter from inspired me to  think vintage Christmas.  Still scowering yard sales and thrift stores for more.   Don't you just love the sparkle of these saved beauties?

Old,Vintage,and Antique

I call this picture: Old,vintage and Antique.  A black and white photo of me and my sister at 5 and 4 years old.  The frame is made from 100 year old cypress unfinished wood.  Old nail holes still on back of frame.
They all seem to go together well I think.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Yarn Leftovers enters beautiful

Oh how the smallest of things we get rid of can be turned into home decor and inexpensive decorations or gifts for that matter.   Lovers of vintage seem to bring out the best talents during the Christmas Season as should be especially if giving from the heart and of your talents.

The top one is from a starbucks, second is,and the fourth from myhouseof giggles.

The others I chose from other sources and wanted to make for myself and as gifts.

Love the idea of someone using their talents instead of just purchasing something for me. I am also joyful to say that my two daughters have the same feelings.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vintage handmade wreath

This one turned out nicely I think.  A vintage silk tie,vintage crochet and new crochet circles with glass button.  For the Holidays or any other day of the year.  Simple and striking for vintage lovers.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Yarn Fun

The wreath at the top is my version of the wreath shown in Better Homes and Gardens this month. I placed it over my fireplace for this Christmas Season.

The jars,bottles and cloches are on my rolltop desk next to the fireplace

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall and Winter Bulbs

Bulb pots on
The shops at etsy are great and I go searching them everyday. Found theses wonderful pots to make bulbs really pop in bloom.

Some of my favorite things to do in the fall and winter. Forcing bulbs are easy if you stick them in the frig in a paper bag for about a month. Now is the time to do so if you want them at Christmas or later.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Vintage Crewel

Beautiful handmade crewel embroidery on olive silk background. I am enjoying these beauties for a while in my home before listing on http://www.etsy.dogwoodflowerdesigns.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The bag, the belt and the upcycled ring or trinket dish are for
New to my etsy shops in Oct./Nov.

The cultured pearl earrings for
The vintage box and Norman Rockwell mugs go in

A piece of handblown artglass I just found. It is in perfect condition.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Handmade from the woods

Here are just some of the things around my home in North Florida. Red dogwood tree berries.
Painted white china berries

Dried china berries

Squirrel's after lunch specials, stripped pinecones.

Lots and lots of acorns.

Dried and cut palmetta,cones,and dried wildflowers or sometime called weeds.

Dried roadside grasses and goldenrod.

A wonderful fall wild berry bush. Leaves don't last long but berries will last for a week or more.P

Pine limbs and fruits.

I can remember when my mom used a holly tree from my uncle's farm for a Christmas tree and put blue lights on it and placed it by the front room window.

Take time to look around the yard,woods,roadside or even a florist shop will have discards for free or little of nothing cost.

Many things beautiful can be saved from being cut down or thrown away, just look around and a good walk at the same time.

Both my girls were raised to look around for treasures thrown away by someone else. With a little love and sometimes spray paint a beautiful centerpiece or home decor is ready in minutes.

Have fun with natural decorations and look around your yard and don't forget to look up.