Friday, February 28, 2014

This Toy ROCKS!

One of the best $10.00 I've ever spent! 
I found the construction vehicles at my favorite discount store for around 5$, and the aquarium rocks at a local pet store for around 5$ as well.  The rocks are shiny and somewhat smooth so they are not "dusty" or create a dust at all...which is a good thing.
I was going to put play sand in the box, but then I saw the idea for "natural looking" aquarium rocks on Pinterest and used them instead.  The box we already had along with the handy-dandy wooden tray that we use for all kinds of things.

The kids LOVE this toy!  It's so popular, that I use it as a good behavior reward.  Towards the end of the day, if a child has been good, he/she gets 15-20 minutes with the diggers!  Woo-Hoo!

That's all for today!  Hope you all have a fun day!  God Bless!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Vintage Linens

One of my favorite things to collect are vintage linens and tea towels.  If it is a kitchen towel, I try to imagine the kitchen that it came from and the people who used it.  If it is a fancy towel adorned with needlework, I think of the time someone spent working on it.  Did she find the time after all of the supper dishes were washed and put away.  Were the stitches stitched by the light of a kerosene lamp or electric?  Was she able to sit and stitch for a spell in the afternoons, while sitting on her front porch swing?  Maybe watching her children playing nearby. 
I love kitchen linens but most of all I love their untold stories.
Here are a few items I've been able to pick up recently.

These cuties are bright and colorful, but they aren't in the best of shape.  I am hoping to be able to save them....somehow.

This beauty above is so precious.  I'm not sure what it was used for, maybe a decorative bathroom towel...maybe a wedding gift from an Aunt who lives in Iowa.  We'll never know.  Below, is the flower detail.

My mom bought me the cheerful little blue and yellow serviettes below, and I think they go quite nicely with the my yellow tablecloth!  These make me long for an old farmhouse type of kitchen table, white with two folding leaves that can pop up or down.  I'd decorate the table with these bright linens, and set a bouquet of daisies in an old fashioned milk bottle right in the center.  Instead of wishing for something that I don't have...maybe I'll try it with my little card table someday!

And finally, my mom and I spotted these at our favorite little vintage shop, Vintage City, and I just love them.  Merry Christmas to me!  Again, they are hand stitched and I wonder, "By whom?"  And I didn't even ask if the seller knew their story!  Shame on me!

Well, that's all for today.  Daycare projects have been taking up a good majority of my time lately, and I'll try to share some of those ideas with you all soon.  It's just so hard to find an hour or two here and there to do some blogging!  So, until another time, have a happy vintage day, everyone!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Some Recent Finds and Goodies

The Flea market was back in town in mid-February.  I walked away with a couple of goodies including this sample size of Sal-Soda.  It has a tiny hole in the front of it, but is unopened!  Here, it is pictured with the regular sized box my Uncle Stan gave me for Christmas a couple years back.

And this past weekend I found (actually my daughter saw it first) this neat old iron from (I'm guessing) the early 1960's.  It will be a back up to the other beauty I have from the 1960's.  They are the BEST irons!  Nice and heavy-duty!

Soon I'll show you some linen finds from January and February!  I just love vintage linens and hope you do too!  Until then, have a happy vintage day!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

This Dog Has Hands!!

This made me laugh so hard...and I am not a dog person.
Have a Happy Day everyone!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Embroidery Floss!

The local craft store had a sale!  Around here, DMC thread only goes on sale once or twice a year, so this time I went prepared with a long list of DMC colors I've been needing.

Once each thread was properly wound onto two bobbins per color, the next chore was fitting them into the thread boxes in their correct DMC order.  That took a couple of evenings to do.

With the bobbins in their correct places, the boxes look so full and pretty.


That's all I have for you today!  Have a happy week everybody!