Friday, August 31, 2012

She's A Winner!!!

                I made a list........

                               I checked it twice.....

                                  Rolled up the names.....

                                      Being very precise!

                          They looked so sweet ....
                               Sitting in that jar......
                                  But I soon realized.....
                                      My hand wouldn't reach far (enough)!

                          So out they came.....

                                And into a hat.....

                                   Still rolled up tight....

                                      And that's a fact!

                         I shook and flipped....

                               And shook some more.....

                                   Unfurled the paper.....

                                     And y.o..u..r.."re...

                                    THE WINNER!!!

                                      HOPE ELLINGTON!!!!!!

Hope, would you please email me home address and I will get this ..

                                          and this........

                                 .... in the mail to you!                 

I sincerely thank all of you who entered and those that posted such sweet
and thoughtful comments!  Being my first give-away, it was kind of scary...
aren't all things that are new??  Would people respond?  Would anyone
even enter?  But you did!  And that just makes me feel so grateful!  Next time,
my give-away won't be a destination but something that will appeal to 
everyone no matter where you live.  I won't say a word now but just know it will be coming soon.... !!  Getting excited just thinking about it!!!

                             Thanks again!!!!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hey, Peaches!!

I just love roadside stands, don't you? Yes, every town seems to have their

farmer's markets but there is just something that resonates with me about

being out in the country and happening upon some farmer's stand.  Fresh from

the land ... homemade signs describing just what variety of vegetable or fruit

you're looking at .... produce spilling over the boundaries of the rim of their

baskets .... and the ubiquitous hanging scale for those things requiring special


Maybe the reason why I cherish these little markets is that I grew up 

in a rural area of Connecticut.  Stopping there for our fruits and vegetables

was a regular thing.  I can even remember being on family road trips where, if

someone spied out of the corner of their eye, a simple bench lined up with

bushel baskets of corn or pints of raspberries or bins of green beans, a shout 

of "LOOK!" would make all heads turn! The car would come to quick halt and 

be put in reverse. Car doors would open and we'd spill out ready to see if their

produce would meet our standards.  (Or in my case, it was an opportunity to be

freed from the middle of the backseat. Being the youngest in the family, that 

was my designated spot with no opportunity to change my position!)  That

evening, supper would be freshly shucked and boiled corn, green beans, and

fresh raspberries placed in cut glass dessert bowls... glistening with a dusting 

of granulated sugar. 

Resting on my kitchen counter were five fresh Michigan peaches that were

the cause of these memories coming back to life. I wanted to celebrate 

these moments and knew that baking them into a dessert for dinner would

be "just the ticket" (my grandmother's expression!).  Getting out my vintage

Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (another reminder of my grandmother),

I flipped through the pages and found this recipe.  Let me share it with you...

               Crunchy Peach Cobbler

6 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (4 cups)
1 cup of sugar ... I cut this down to 1/2 cup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 14oz. pkg. oatmeal muffin mix ...
   I used a package of oatmeal cookie mix
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg ...
  not necessary when using the cookie mix
1/2 cup butter

When slicing the peaches I used a potato
peeler.. who knew!  I knew you could place
them in a pot of boiling water for 30 secs.
and then rinse in cold water to easily remove
the skins.  But this was just as easy.

Combine peaches, sugar, and lemon juice.
Turn into 8x8x2-inch baking dish. 

In mixing bowl, combine muffin mix (cookie mix)
and nutmeg; cut in butter till like coarse
crumbs. Spoon over peaches.  Bake at 350 
degrees for 40-45 minutes. 

Serve warm or cool, topped with ice cream,
or not. Serves 6 to 8.

I know this recipe is not new to you.  But there were so many things I liked
about it.  Searching through my many recipe books and deciding on one from 
years ago. Going to the grocery store knowing that it would be hard to find
an Oatmeal Muffin mix.. thinking I was Miss Smarty-Pants by choosing the
Oatmeal Cookie mix only to find on the back of it is how to use this product
to make a cobbler. Gesh!! A simple recipe with loads of yummy flavor....
seriously delicious! And this last photo? The spoon is from my grandmother's
silver service set and the cut glass dish, (I have only three) that holds the peach cobbler, is from my aunt! It doesn't get better than that!
                         Linking to Stone Gable Tutorial Link Party
                           Find all kinds of great ideas to try!!!   

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shopping In My Garage

You read that right.... I went shopping in my garage and look what made its way back into the house!  Poor thing!  It was seeking solace with all the other "stuff" I had piled together. I had high hopes of having a garage sale with the intentions of preparing to downsize.  Neither one is happening quickly so there sat the Tom Thumb cash register looking all forlorn! Then, it hit me..... ok, the green is soooo not me... I have no intentions of taking it apart for the metal
number plates.... but it could be really cute in my studio.  Just needed some fixin' up! Filled with inspiration, I quickly snatched it and headed back into the house!

The result?  Meet the "after" version of a vintage Tom Thumb cash register!

Here is what I did.  Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and Annie
Sloan wax, in clear and dark brown....

... I had at it!  Yes, I have jumped on the Annie Sloan paint product bandwagon and felt this was the right product to use on metal.  No need to prep as it adheres beautifully!  After painting two coats (dry time is amazingly fast), I gently rubbed a bit of the paint off of the corners and edges to give it that time worn effect. Next came clear wax, buffed, dark brown wax (be stringent on this as a little goes a long way) and buffed once again.  There you have it!

However, now that I had covered the Crayola Crayon Green on the outside, the inside of the cash drawer screamed with blazing, Sunny Yellow!  Hmmmm... needed to correct that. I tediously glued paper from a vintage, french grammer book onto all surfaces.

I was so tickled with the transformation!  It sat on my studio table looking very demure.  Almost to the point where I needed to remind this girl, she needed to stop accepting sweetness and speak up!  She needed that bit of sparkle!  With help from a label image found at The Graphics Fairy site ..... ... plus, my creating the wording to insert in the center, this girl was starting to vamp it up with some oohhh, la, la!!

All I can say is that I'm glad I had a change of heart on this treasure.  I knew I loved it when I first found it.  After all, can anyone pass this by without pressing down on the numbers just to get it make that metal, clickitty sound?  Or punch down on the red button knowing the loud DING! would sound and the drawer would spring open?  Love It!!!

A makeover story that makes me smile every time I pass by!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Flea Market Giveaway

This frame is amazing, right?! All that chipped plaster detail ... the wonky

original picture wire.... the gilding. I was doing the happy-dance all the way

home when I spied it at Junk Bonanza and quickly snatched it up!  Who cares 

if I was at the mercy of a plane flight and all that that entails with people

jamming their belongings in the overhead bin.  I guarded it with my life,

shooting snarky anxious looks the minute someone else thought that bin was

theirs, also!

I attended Junk Bonanza, for the first time, last 

year and I now know why it gets written up as one of the premier shows to 

attend.  With 140 hand-picked vendors, Ki Nassauer has cultivated quite the 

following.  And for die-hard flea market attendees... or even those who just 

want to get their feet wet.... it is crazy good!!!  I was wise enough to purchase 

an Early Bird ticket.  The benefits?  You get in two hours ahead of the crowds 

which means more elbow room to poke around!  Wooohooo!!!

So, here's the news!  I'm sharing the love with one lucky winner of my

giveaway.  This is a ticket for the Early Bird entrance, on September 13th! 

You.... yes, YOU!.... will get to experience this adventure firsthand!  And you 

know I am all about experiences!  

And, as you know, you need a good sturdy bag to put all your stash in.  I'm 

here to help by ALSO giving away, with this ticket, a tote made by ME!

Leather handles.... vintage lace trims.... and fabric flowers with pearl centers!

Cute enough to get you in the spirit of the day!  The body of the bag is made of

sturdy canvas so no worries about overloading it.  I am so excited for the lucky 


                               THE DETAILS ON HOW TO WIN
                         Four... count them..... 4 chances to win!!!

1.  Become a follower of my blog by hitting the "google friend connect" button on the right hand sidebar. Up will pop simple directions on information needed.  When completed just hit "Done"!  Super easy!

2. Leave a comment on this post as to which flea market is your favorite.

3. Share this post on facebook.

4. Do a post about this giveaway on your blog! Please email me your link to your blog.  This is getting so exciting!

On August 31st, I will announce the winner.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for                        

                          And thanks so much entering!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Allegan Flea Market

Driving down country roads..

Through small towns...

Destination?  Allegan Antique Market held the last Sunday of the month!
Yes.... we finally made it arriving a half hour after it opened. 

And this show is one that will be marked on the calendar for more visits!!
Let me show you why!

Side note- I have to say it's reeeeally hard to think about taking photos when little pretties are being dangled in front of you!  When you know that your eyes need to be peeled for those treasures that are not in plain sight but are
intermingled with other things that distract you.  Add to that, the person
beside you who is chomping at the bit to snag it for themselves!  It takes 
strength and determination... an iron will.. to do this, people!  Ha, ha... it's a 
job but someone's got to do it.  Might as well be ME!! 

Now who wouldn't get excited about going through gates that have a giant 
rooster on the roof???!!!!  This is going to be a good day!

Grab your shopping cart and let's get started....................................

Great use for pie tins.  I can see that on a studio table loaded with jewelry bits.. or perhaps buttons... or paint bottles standing tall... or crystal salt shakers, with gleaming silver tops, filled with glass glitter!

Being a paper freak, I had to take more than one picture of these..
darling, aren't they?  This woman's booth already had a shop owner in it picking out things.  With finger pointed, I kept hearing her say, "I'll take that.... and that... and set that one aside for me, will you?"

I have a box of these at home.. I will have to put that on my list of things to do with them.  Of course, adding my own tweak!

The rust... the color.... need I say more??

Years ago, I repurposed an old commode but never thought of this idea!

Remember my side note?  This was a prime example.  The dealer noted that the paper was original to the box and as I'm snapping away I must have been
driving this other woman crazy.  Just as I turned to walk away, she snagged it!
She scored and knew it!

As you know, paper ... journals.... one of my first passions!

I ADORE this!  
Can't you just see this in the garden?  What would YOU plant in it??

                                   Ahhh.... american pride!

Small towns ... people gathered searching for treasures .... friendly people, at 
that!... time to sit a spell and just take it all in!  Lucky, aren't we???

Friday, August 3, 2012

And The Award Goes To.....

What little girl didn't spend a Saturday evening, once a year, with her eyes glued to the tv set watching the Miss America pageant?  Entranced by the spectacle of it all with the end result being a sparkly crown placed upon the bouffanted, hair sprayed, up-do'd head of the winner? Ahhhh... to be chosen!

Heck, I would have loved winning the cool, globe pencil sharpener Mrs.
Fisher (4th grade teacher) handed to the winner of the cow counting contest!
It was a way to keep us occupied on our field trip to the dairy farm. With nose
pressed against the school bus window I kept my eyes peeled for every 
jersey cow in sight as we rolled down the road. Apparently, my classmate,
Mary, was much better at finding three extra cows that trumped my total.
A three measly cow difference and she got to walk up to the teacher's desk
to retrieve my her prize!  She was the chosen winner.

There is no pity party going on over here, though!  After all, I was voted
Miss Happy-Go-Lucky, twice.. in junior high and senior year of high school.
I've got a reputation to uphold and I plan on keeping it... LOL! So, let me
explain where this whole subject is leading to.  At this moment in time....
one where I have rediscovered my love of writing.... my reward is knowing
that someone out there has found me and gets a kick out of what I chat
about. Well, not only did some unknown person find me, she presented me
with this......
Bring out the gown!!!  Throw on the sash!!  And where is my sparkly
crown??!!  I received the Liebster Blog award from Kimberly at .  For those of you who aren't familiar
with the Liebster award, it is an award that a nominated blogger passes
along to 5 other bloggers all who have less than 200 followers.  It might 
seem silly to some but having a reader hit the "follow" button means the
world to me!  It is like an award that says, "You're doing a great job...
keep at it because I plan on coming back!". So, thanks, Kimberly! You 
made my day!

Now, after basking in the glow of this honor, I need to pick 5 blogs to pass along this award.  Not easy as there are so many deserving people!  Remember, the key is "less than 200 followers".  So dust off your ball gown and get ready to catch the sash and crown being tossed your way! Jennifer is a young mother who has learned the art of seeing the beauty in a piece that is unloved and make it shine and sparkle.... great view into making a house a home. Blogging since January, Kristie took that giant leap of faith and started her own place in the blog world. Generously showing how she goes about recreating a vintage inspired home. Amber's gift with words will have you in stitches.... did I just say that??!! LOL An incredible artist with a flair for vintage inspired creations.. just the sweetest person you'd ever want to meet. Jean has been blogging since March and the information about repurposing furniture is priceless.

Now, nominated bloggers, here are the rules to picking up your award.
1. Post about your win on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented you with the award: (make sure to follow their blog).
3. Copy and paste the award button to your blog (you can right-click on the Liebster label from my page, save it to your computer, then save to your blog).
4. Present the Liebster Award to 5 blogs that have fewer than 200 followers that you think deserve to be recognized.
5. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

I hope you all will visit these women and hit their "follow" button.  And I would love it if you hit mine!  It's a great way to help a fellow blogger along in this sphere and you will reap the benefits of making a new friend!  Thanks a bunch!