|The little red price clip came from a general store long since gone away.|
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Heidi's birthday wish this year was to have a total room make over. It was time to move into a more mature style since she is, after all, getting more mature. She had been giving this a lot of thought and came up with all the main ideas for function, color and design herself. She started wishing for this last fall. Since it was going to be A LOT of work, we've been pecking away since fall. As her birthday approaches next week, I'll show you how everything turned out. Needless to say, I have been a busy bee. She is chief designer. I am chief painter, builder, seamstress, problem solver, artist, etc. Below is the closet transformation. We took it from standard clothes closet, to amazing desk cubby!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Dishes make me happy, especially vintage dishes. They just seem to
add more flavor and pleasure to any meal. We use them several meals a week.
On Sundays, after church, my family has a tradition of having a pizza picnic together. In
nice weather, we pull an old table, chairs and quilts out into the
gardens in our yard and eat together using fun vintage dinnerware. It's
amazing how good the same old pizza can taste when we eat it off
of mismatched vintage plates. The mood is happy and we end the
meal with spreading out the quilts and playing card or word games.
In cold or inhospitable weather, we 'picnic' in the living room at the coffee
table next to the warmth provided by the wood stove. Again, it's using vintage dishes,
glasses, silver and cloth napkins. It's a simple thing, but it completes the day.
Here is a new set of dishes I picked up last week at a shoppe near the
dairy that I venture to every other week. 35 pieces for $20. What a deal!!
Can you say happy pizza picnic?
What often attracts us to buying or wanting something? Colors, textures, patterns, PACKAGING! If I had a choice of a package wrapped plainly or one dressed up even a little, I'd choose the dressed up one. Even if both contained exactly the same thing, the decorated package shows care, attention to detail and the promise of something happy. I know that for me, eye candy is one of the happiest sweets. I try to wrap gifts, be they simple or fancy, in a way that pleases the recipient. Here is a package I gave away this past weekend. The contents were simple, but happy - a journal and lavender sachet - and the packaging made them even happier. It was a birthday gift for my next door neighbor. She loved the packaging so much that she carefully snipped open one end to slide out the gift and preserve the packaging to look at and save. It makes both the giving and receiving of the gift so much happier for both the giver and receiver!
I used plain brown paper for the wrapping; printed some vintage images and text onto sticker paper, pinked them and layered them on the front of the package; tied the parcel with plain white utility string; tucked in a vintage millenery flower; tied on a vintage key and finished it off with a vintage playing card turned gift tag with the help of a Martha Stewart stick-on label. A couple of impressions from an old "Special Delivery" stamp and it was all set to give away to a good friend.