As I sit here this New Year's Eve afternoon I hold a sleeping baby on my chest, my hubby and older children can be seen through the front window building a snowman in the frontyard before the sun melts the snow, the dogs are quiet, and the trees are remarkably still. I think back to the past year and realize how much has happened, the end of incredibly horrible pregnancy resulted in a perfect gift from God in May(the one now fast asleep on my chest), DH had a 2nd major job change in the course of a yr, and we were thus able to move home to Maine. We have a new house, have made some new friends, and we were able to see my parents several times this year(they do not live close). We also bought a new camper which let us take a small vacation in the beginning of the summer and is also what we stayed in during our trip back to Maine. I look forward to many family trips this upcoming summer in it and hope that we can show the children more of the country.
There have been ups and downs, but that is life, overall it has been a very Good year. Here's wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!!! And please be safe while traveling tonight.
I took my youngest DD to her friend's house for the afternoon, so my oldest DD and I decided to go to Riteaid and pick up some pictures we had developed and since Goodwill is right next door, I couldn't resist.
I was hoping to find some vintage fabric or a tablecloth, but when I spotted this on the shelf, my hands moved like lightening! I immediately "pinged" it to see if it was plastic, as how could anyone get rid of such a beauty made of glass. And sure enough, it was glass. My synical "tween" DD pipes in with, there are probably chips on it. HAHA, not a chip or crack to be found and I proclaim, it is mine! Now, I normally do not spend $5.99 for one item at goodwill, but this was worth it for me. Want to see what else I got?
Not really sure what intrigued me about this little guy(it is a guy?) but he begged me from behind the counter to come home with me and I couldn't resist for $.99.
I love old picnic baskets and this one is a beauty, nothing wrong with it that a little soap and water can't take care of. Price for this $2.99.
Fake oranges, why fake oranges, I really don't know, but they caught my eye and they are such a nice imitation(heavy and well made) that they too had to come home with me, price $.59 for the bag. Also got the wood bowl and matching wood plate for a total of $1.49. I collect wood bowls so this one will likely go a make over with some black paint to become a primitive bowl. As for the plate, it will probably go to black too or maybe red with the alphabet stenciled on it.
I also found a new in package world map for $.99, a baseball for my DS for $.49, and my DD found a glass dolphin(we have way different tastes) for $2.99(more than I thought it was worth, but she loved it).
A fairly good haul of thrifting, hope you don't think it's tacky of me to put the prices in, I just find it interesting to see what deals others can get so I thought you might be interested too.
One last picture for the day(because I really do have a lot of work to do)... we got some snow today(YIPPEEEE!!) and look what my very artistic DD made, can you guess who it is(think bikini bottom)...
My craftroom is coming along nicely, though I'm not quite getting the look that I had invisioned in my head(hopefully the look will come over time). The walls are painted, I put a pretty little valance up of about 10 different kinds of vintage hankies and napkins(this on the large window, still need to make something for the small window), dh and my oldest DS moved my work table and old treddle sewing machine up(I use it has a talbe for my machine), and the shelving units are assembled. I have about half my craft "stuff" moved up, but nothing is put away yet. I went down to the basement and started rummaging through boxes and of course made more of a mess, but did find a ton more decorations for the room. I know this is supposed to be a work space, but I just can't help decorating.
So, that should be enough of a project, but No, that would be too easy.... I decided that the family room needed to be totally rearranged too. See, DH had to have a new tv for Christmas, a flat screen that he hung over MY fireplace!! Don't get me wrong, I love the tv(takes up way less floor space) but it made the fireplace look aweful. Guess where the tv is now? On another wall:) Which entailed a lot of patching of holes, rearranging of furniture, and general thorough cleaning. I told my dear sweet hubby that this had to be done anyway, since my craft area was no longer in the room and I really wanted a play area for the boys in the room, he just grinned and nodded and did as told(oh how I love that man).
My house is now a complete disaster, everything is pretty much in chaos, but I know it won't last and hopefully by the end of the weekend everything will be in order(knock on wood). I can't wait to sew something in my new space and you all are invited for tea(I'm hooked on Celestial Seasons cinamon apple spice, yum, just add a little honey and a dash of milk and I'm good to go).
See what I mean, it had to go!(I'll take a new pic once I get the room back together)
If I can't have the real stuff, at least I have some homemade flakes. Really, you think by the end of December in Maine, we would have some snow on the ground, but no, the lakes aren't even frozen yet. These beauties were crocheted and stiffened by my good friend Debbie, she made me over 50 of them! She is so talented and has to keep her hands busy, she does everything from filet crochet(you should see her tablecloths) to beautiful quilts(I have the pleasure of having one on my wall).
Now I just need to decided what I will do with them. Next year they will go on a tree, but I want to still enjoy them this yr, so I may string them together and hang them in the french doors in the kitchen, like a snowflake curtain.
One thing is checked off my long list, I made the shelf for my kitchen window. I still need to "decorate" it, but at least it is made and fits like a glove(though I see from the pic that I forgot to paint the screws). My original plan was to put some of my collection of pedestal cake plates on it, but I chickened out. All I could think of was hearing them crash in the middle of the night. For now, I put a lace runner on it(nice find at a yard sale for a quarter(it's tattered in one corner but you can't see that on the shelf). Also on it is a small green glass(found it today at Goodwill), 2 canning jars, and 3 of my old drugstore jars(one of which is from a long gone pharmacy from our town, love Ebay).
Close up of one of the canning jars(it has felt pickles that I made in it).
Close up of the glass I got, thought the candy canes looked sweet in it, hmmm, what can I put in it next.
Some of the other treasures I found at Goodwill today... white tablecloth that I will use in my craftroom, vintage yellow sheer polkadot curtains(will make sweet aprons and dresses for prim dolls), wood basket, stencil book, vintage childrens book(great graphics), pink glass plate, and a red berry wreath(I love berries).
I was browsing for some inspiration for my craftroom(we got the walls painted!) and I came across this.... http://www.rompbklyn.com/html/items/wallpaper_zoo.html . The colors aren't my taste but I love the idea. Some rabbits and sheep or even puppies made from 40's paper would look aweseome in my craft room. Anyone have any vintage wallpaper in reds, pinks, blues, or sage greens lying around? Wonder if it would look the same done in fabric and starch on the wall.
My very patient and understanding hubby sent me to home depot this afternoon and I came home with paint and shelving for my new craftroom. I was mopey and moody all morning, just wasn't happy with the house so he said let's make you a real craftroom(instead of just the other end of the family room). I will be taking over the game room above the garage. We will still keep a couch and tv up there along with the xbox and board games, but for the most part it will be mine.
My whole house is pretty much early american primitive, done in navy, mustards, barn red, and creams but I also love the vintage looks of the 30s and 40s, so I decided to do my craft room in that. Now I can take my jadiete and cherry red stuff out of the basement and use it up there. Since it is separate from the rest of the house, has it's own staircase off the mudroom, i won't have to worry about keeping it spotless when I'm sewing either, guests don't have to see it. I will post pics in a few days when we are done(hopefully it won't take us too long to do).
Ok, I'll come straight out and say it, I'm feeling quite a bit intimidated/envious/inadequate at the moment. I found this wonderful circle of crafting/vintage loving/inspiring women bloggers and I love looking at and reading their sites, but at the same time I feel like I'm too far behind to catch up in the process of creating my own blog. I know, sounds trivial, but it just happens to be how I feel right now.
There are so many things that I need and want to get done in my house, I'm feeling overwhelmed with that too. I want things done yesterday but I know I need to be patient as we only moved in 4 months ago, and I do have a baby that takes up plenty of my time(not forgetting the other 5 munchkins). And I must keep telling myself that he will only be little once and I must treasure this time, the house can wait. And how I do treasure him, he is the sweetest little thing on earth, well, all my children have been the sweetest little things, that is why I have so many, I love my children:)
I always tell my husband that I'm still searching for my true passion in life(as far as craft or job goes). Maybe for this moment in time, I do have my true passion, My Children. I have plenty of time after they are grown to learn a new skill or focus on a particular craft. Right now they are my most precious and priceless passion in the world.
So, I may behind in the blogging world, but that's ok, one thing my children have taught me is everyone on earth starts with baby steps before they can run. My insecurities are fading, guess I just had to right that down. THanks for listening.