Sunday, August 31, 2008

And the winner is......

The winner of my first blog give-away is....insert drum roll here...........


who said"Charlie and Papa look pretty darn comfy to me!! Hooray a give-away! I have yet to win one but keep trying anyway! Glad your back and had a great time!"
Congratulations Viv. Please email me ( your address and your package will be in the mail to you this week. I am including some extra goodies since it's my first give-away and your first win!!!
This was fun for me and I thank all of you for your kind comments. It's nice to know that you're there.
I think I might do this again in September......
Have a fun and restful Labor Day everyone. I hope it's as nice where you are as it is in Pittsburgh.

I'll let my little friend, Amelia, know that our first drawing went well. She'll be so pleased!

Hugs to you all!


Saturday, August 30, 2008

Time is running out to enter...

Tomorrow evening I will be drawing a name to win a vintage prize package. If you haven't already left a comment on this post, it's not too late.

I wanted to show you the cards I made in Carolyn's class that she taught at Stamp Fanci. Four vintage looking Christmas cards. I guess it's never too early to think about these things. I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that Monday is September 1.

I also want to say thank you to Kendra, the Burp Cloth Babe, for pulling my name for her blog drawing. I won 3 children's books and a set of the most adorable flash cards. Kendra works for a company called Usborne, publishers of children's books. Take time to visit Kendra's blog-she is a very funny lady, and you can see sweet pictures of her little son, the "mini hunk", as she calls him.

Thanks Kendra, the books and cards are so nice. I know that Charlie and Amelia will both enjoy all the pictures.

Don't forget to post a comment for a chance to win. I'll be back tomorrow night.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Blog Candy!

I wanted to get these pictures posted so you could all see what you were signing up to win. My little friend, Amelia, is going to help me present the prize......

She was very excited about helping me today while she was brushing her hair....first are some vintage greeting cards with a floral theme and some copies of vintage images for you to use in your art projects...
then, a beautiful vintage handkerchief with embroidered roses....and.....Amelia was really excited about this embroidered dresser scarf with beautiful blue, pink & yellow flowers and a darling robin's egg blue pitcher that came from The Cottage. Linda told me it was from an old diner. How cute is that? So, it's not too late to enter. Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday, August 31 to enter to win. If you don't enter you'll have to deal with my bouncer.... Have a good day! Hugs & kisses from Amelia and me!

Our trip to The Cottage & The Old Lucketts Store

Last Wednesday morning, we loaded Charlie and all of his gear in the car and took off for Virginia. We drove to White's Ferry, Maryland (about 40 minutes from Eric & Jane's) and drove on to the ferry for a 3 minute ride across the river to Virginia. We then drove another 3 miles to the historic town of Leesburg. Leesburg is a a lovely little place filled with antique shops, stores and restaurants. We set up the stroller and did the sunscreen bit on Charlie, remembered the diaper bag, books, stuffed animal friends, baby ipod and food. After lunch, we walked up the street to my #1 destination of the day.................The Cottage, on King Street. I had seen many pictures and read many accolades on different blogs and it did not disappoint! Even the outside had great goodies! There were two floors, 12 rooms of eye-popping goodies. Do you think I longed for this lamp?Every room was filled with an eclectic mix of beautiful things; old, new and handmade. Linda, one of the owners, could not have been more gracious to me on my visit. She allowed me to take all the pictures I wanted and even let me snap one of her. We had a good laugh about some of the greeting cards I had picked out and she also gave me directions for our next stop, Lucketts. I look forward to returning before the holidays. Visit their website for more information about the shop and upcoming events. If you ever have the opportunity, stop in and allow lots of time for browsing.It was hard to make a choice as to what to take home but I managed to do a little Christmas shopping and also get the old suitcase for myself. (No, Charlie and I aren't running away...he had fun with Papa, walking around the town while I shopped)
The next stop was The Old Lucketts Store, which was just several miles down the road, north of Leesburg. Lucketts is an interesting combination of antiques, from old rusted wire furniture, gates and planters in the yard, to elegant antique silver and furniture inside. They, too, had some handmade items.I snapped this picture of the pedestal table and wire office items and then went back and picked up the 3-tiered basket. That ended up in our car. Wouldn't my dress form stamps look great piled in that large lower basket?We stopped very briefly (even I know enough when my 2 guys have had enough shopping for one day!) at On a Whim, also in the town of Lucketts. When you see a pink & black polka dotted silo, it kind of catches your eye. The old painted metal chairs out front were very cute and inviting. I'll have to spend more time there on the next trip.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

We're back and it's give-away time!

Who do you think was more exhausted after this visit...Papa or Charlie????
We are back from our trip to stay with our grandson, Charlie, and I have much to say and show but first I want to announce a blog give-away! Anyone posting a comment to this blog post will be eligible to win some vintage goodies! I couldn't decide whether to have a vintage prize or a Halloween-themed prize so I decided to do the vintage treats first and the Halloween things will come a little later. Please leave a comment (and for those of you who read the blogs but are not's an easy process to register to be able to leave a comment) and a name will be drawn on Sunday evening, August 31. I am still gathering items for the drawing but I can tell you that it will not include the little red car...sorry Laurie...although it is kind of vintage (and so is the driver, but I digress) It will include an item that I purchased at this wonderful store...

and I will post more about that in the next few days. The Cottage was even better than I imagined and Linda, one of the two owners, couldn't have been more gracious. She allowed me to take pictures in the store (12 rooms!!!!!). It was delightful!

But back to the contest. I will post some pictures of the prizes in the next day or two. While we were at Charlie's I managed to get a bug that he had when we first got there. It knocked me out for a few days and I'm just getting back up to speed.

Soooooo, all of this rambling will end for now to give you a chance to enter. I hope to hear from you...good luck!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Off we go.......

We're leaving tomorrow to visit this boy...

and spring him out of jail to play with us for a few days while his parents are tied up. (Ooops! No pun intended!) We will be doing a lot of this....
We will also take a day trip to this place....The Cottage, in Leesburg, Virginia. Charlie told me he's been dying to go there and Papa said he will take us.

Before I go, just a little sample of some recent garage/flea market sale finds....Yummy vintage seam binding...10 rolls of it. Yippeeee!!!!!!!! I'm also planning to take some supplies with me to work on some projects for our annual Holiday Boutique....more about that later.

My friend Michele and I, are going to meet at Panera's for dinner tonight, and then on to Stamp Fanci for a Christmas card class. Always fun with Michele.....we take lots of classes together.

When I return, I will have some interesting blog candy for you to win. I'll post about it on Monday, August 25. In the meantime....have a great week! We're off.....

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Swap

I have just signed up for A Swap for All Seasons, Artsy Autumn Swap. Sounds like fun to me and there's still time to sign up.

Michele's Birthday & other fun...

This is going to be a quick post because I have lots to do in preparation for my Book Group gang (and husbands) coming for a cook-out on Saturday.

Today, Mimi & I went to visit our friend Michele and celebrate her birthday. When we arrived, Michele had Constant Comment iced tea prepared for us with honey bear stirrers to sweeten our tea. We sat on her patio with our tea and these goodies....chocolate ganache, white chocolate cheesecake, chocolate mousse and a cookie crust. Decadent but delicious! (No, I didn't make them, Sam's Club is my friend!)

This is what I made for Michele....

a little Birthday Fairy artboard. Everyone has to have a cupcake on their birthday...with glittery sprinkles, and of course, a gold crown. Vicki Chrisman has me loving fairies and I have purchased a number of digital collage sheets from Patty at Lisa's Altered Art. She has great images and always a $1 special on Wednesdays. The Bingo card is a flea market find (I got a whole box of them) and this one actually has Michele's age on it but....I'm not telling!

This is the card I made for Michele, which was my adaptation of this card made by Dawn McVey. I loved the simplicity of it and the dimension of using the butterflies. Thanks, Dawn, I'm always inspired by your cards.

OK-I'm almost done now. Don't you think these flowers are cute?

I didn't buy them in a package......They are a font!Each flower is a letter of the alphabet. You can size them up or down. I printed them in black on cream colored cardstock, cut them out, layered them and used a brad for the center. How cute are they! Flowers, any time you want them! I love it! (my friends all know I am a font freak-I think I have about 550 fonts-YIKES!)

Well, that's it for today. Had a great time with some fun friends.....Happy Birthday Michele!

Until next time.......enjoy!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I'm on a Roll

I'm going to try to do 2 posts in one day...pretty amazing, huh?

I thought I would show you what I made at the most recent class I attended at Stamp Fanci. All of Margie's instructors are great and we always have a lot of fun in the classes. Carolyn (I wish she had a blog) Dewey taught this little Journal Book class. I am always drawn to Carolyn's classes...I'll be taking an acrylic card class of hers in October. This journal is amazing and I am planning on making more of these in different sizes. This one is 4X6-inches; perfect for jotting favorite quotes or putting in cute grandchild pictures or pics of your friends or pets....or your pets who are friends. I haven't decided how I'm going to use mine, for now, I'm just content to flip through the pages. Now if Carolyn had a blog she could do a tutorial, cause they're not too hard to make and we had so much fun making them. I've just shown several of the pages...
Thanks to all of you who commented on my last post. I enjoy getting to know you and visit your blogs. I think we all inspire each other and encourage one another. That's what makes this so much fun! Till next time........I really am thinking of some blog candy to give away.

Thanks to Bev, I have fixed this you can download it if you'd like.


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