Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Pink and Green Dream

If a dream is a wish your heart makes mine must be wishing for pink and green. Gypsy Mermaids Pink and Green Swap that is.I received a dream of a swap box from my partner Tonya of Lecore Femme.
Lovely little packages waiting to be unwrapped, with the cutest tags hinting at what might be waiting inside.
What could this one contain?
A fabulous "Atomic Housewife" Apron made just for me! I absolutely am nuts over this fabric.
A tulle wrapped treasure of a journal, with prompts...I have been wanting one for a while, so I do not have to agonize over what to write. I usually end up writing nothing. This is perfect.
Lovely VERA vintage napkins...the tag said "Your blog told me that you liked these!." How thoughtful.
The pile is growing. A sweet tag to use as a bookmark for my journal.
OHHH and a cigar box sweetly collaged...I wonder what could be inside?
Are you kidding me? It is filled with all the little bits that us artsy crafty mixed media girls LUUUURVE!
Chipboard letters and stickers and scraps and seam binding and beads and buttons and vintage greeting cards....
a pink and green hankie and vintage wrapping paper and ribbons...
and millinery flowers and pages of music. What a sweet box of treasures. You know some of this is heading to Omaha this November. If I can stand not to use it all before hand.
Thanks Tonya! Girl, you are too much. I think we really "get" each other. Great swap, great partner, this is what blogging fun is all about.

Have a Thoroughly Lovely Thursday, P.

P.S. DO NOT FORGET, RAFFLE TICKETS FOR BELLA'S FUNDRAISER GO ON SALE TOMORROW, MAY 1ST ! Click the Junk Sista's badge on my sidebar to purchase tickets.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Junk Sistas Bucks for Bella

That sassy Texan Debbie at Talkin Trash has a beautiful little granddaughter named Bella Marie. Little Bella was born on March 12, 2009 at just under 24 weeks into mother Jenn's pregnancy. She weighed in at just 15oz. and was 10" long. She is a scrappy Texan just like her grandma and has been growing and improving daily. Today she is a whopping 2 pounds 8 oz., a little miracle! To read her story and to get a dose of Texas Junkin Joy, visit her Nana, Debbie and say Howdy.
Sweet Amy at Trailer Trash and Teresa at Garden Antiques Vintage have devised a way to help with Bella's mounting medical bills. They will be hosting an old fashioned fundraising raffle. If that isn't enough Amy has also created a blog just to handle all of the Fab-U-Lous (Debbie talk) Prizes! So, the Junk Sistas Raffle will begin May 1st. Get a handful of tickets because there are going to be some awesome prizes.
I am donating some repro retro goodies from Moda Home.
A square 52" Maison Rouge table cloth designed by Mary Engelbreit. It comes in it's own little pouch.
Brand new and never used.
Also a new vintage look cherry apron from Moda Home as well.
Get your forties housewife groove going with polka dots and cherries.
This is a reproduction apron with a very authentic look.

Do not forget to go to the Junk Sistas Blog and check out all of the fantastic prizes being offered. I am thinking you look mighty lucky today!

Say a prayer for Bella today, P.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swap Recipe

Found a box.Blinged it up.
Put a lid on it.
Stuffed it full of treats.
Added an egg shrine.
Sprinkled it with pink and green.
Packed it up.
Sent it to Tonya and she LIKED IT! Thanks Tonya and thanks to the Gypsy Mermaid for hosting this swap. So much fun.
Check back later and I will share the goodness that Atomic Housewife, AKA Tonya sent to me!

Have a Tuesday full of treasures, P.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

My Darker Side.

I did it. I changed my hair color. Dark underneath, a bit lighter on top. The blonde was making me feel very monotone. Like I was a big blob of beige. Now I feel a bit more artsy...more fun.What do you think? How about some pink and blue? Just kidding, I'm not that brave.
Thanks for allowing me all of this self indulgence. A little makeover now and then is good for the soul.

Have a colorful Monday, P.
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Posting While Pouting

So, my BBF ( Best Blogging Friend or Best Bella Friend or Both) Jodie invited me and another BBF, Sandy to New Orleans this week to visit. UH...Sandy is going but I'm not. Waaaaaaaa! My daughter is graduating high school in a couple of weeks and there are too many things going on for me to leave. Waaaaaa! Last night my dear hubby found a $200.00 round trip airfare to NOLA but NOOOO I can't leave Sadie. Waaaa! Sadie just informed us that she will be gone for the weekend with a friend to visit her friend's Dad who plays in a band. Waaa! OK, I just have to suck it up. Waa, sniff, sniff, wa. This will be the last whine you hear from me on this subject. In a few weeks I will be whining that my kids are both grown and no one needs me anymore.
All Better. Jodie and Sandy, I hope you have a marvelous time together and please post lots of pictures so I can feel like I was there too.
To comfort myself I am going to take you on a stroll down one of my very favorite streets, which coincidentally had a street sale last week on my birthday. So hubby and I spent the morning yard sale-ing through this lovely neighborhood.The sun was shining, the air was warm and all the trees were in blossom.
The fresh green only spring brings to the Earth.
Absolutely darling houses.
Each one is a fairy tale abode.
Many varied architectural styles.
See why I want to live here when I grow up?
We also visited a rummage sale in Indiana and a multifamily sale full of antiques. We came home with loads of goodies.
Bunches of broken jewelry for art.
Hubby found two old newspapers with events in Cincinnati's history.
Flour sacks... future pillows? curtains? any thoughts?
A musical jewelry box with a dancing ballerina and a tackle box for art supplies, $1.00 for both of them!
Books, and books and books. Sweet white cafe curtains.
Avon calling. A quarter for each of these cuties.
I am going to collage this jewelry box, it is plastic with a retro Asian kind of motif right now. I found a small bowl at GW that matches this creamer. More storage for the art room.
A wonderful mirror for a few bucks! I feel much better now, thanks for letting me have my pity party. Really, good friends who want to spend time with me, a gorgeous daughter getting ready to pursue an art degree, a hubby who likes to go junking, (oh and did I tell you we are taking dance classes as well?) and indulges my every whim. What the H**L do I have to whine about?
I hope you are all as blessed in your lives.

Have a fantastic Friday, P.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Clowning Karma

I was floored by the positive response to my wacky Monday post. I'm glad I gave you all a laugh or two, (I was a little afraid you might stop visiting because I had developed dementia) I was always told that clowning around when I should be paying attention would get me in trouble. So I guess I can put some blame on you too. Haven't you ever heard that laughing at the cut up only makes her act sillier? Hmmm, you think I would have learned that lesson at my age. Before I tell you how my silliness came back to bite me I have a gorgeous Texas gal to thank.
Ms. Fab-U-Lous herself, Debbie at Talking Trash has bestowed a lovely award on me. The award originated as a tribute from some caring women to their friend who is fighting stage four breast cancer. They tell their reasons for loving their friend this way...
Bella had the following to say about Renee:"Renee is one human being who has made such a difference in the lives of many just by being. Her honestly, wit, intelligence, and grit are a tremendous source of inspiration. She can elicit raucous laughter and guffaws in her banter, and then turn right around and offer the most heartfelt, gentle words of wisdom and emotional support. She is a spreader of love,simple and true. And her love is infectious."This is a brand new award and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed, watching it grow. I hope it finds its way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak, giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns..."Isn't that a lovely tribute? So of course first , Debbie, who has been one of my BBF's since I started blogging, certainly deserves to be recognized by this award...Now, I hope I am not wimping out, but instead of naming 8 more bloggers to pass this to, because, in Deb's words "You know y'all are my favorite, just don't tell the others." Instead, I would ask you to spread your acorns to Cody's Crew in support of finding a cure for Neuroblastoma, a form of very lethal childhood cancer. Pick up a gold ribbon pin for yourself, and a few to pass along, like acorns, to your friends and family. They are also having a logo contest for the site, all you artists out there should think about a submission. As acorns gather and the forest grows hopefully so will research toward a cure.
On to my punishment. As I was sitting at my computer reveling in your comments and sipping a cup of tea, with my kitchen not more than 16' behind me, I heard a strange noise. I even thought to myself, "What is making that noise?" Now, just so you know, my husband was on the couch in the same room playing a video game, and he did not notice a problem either. (although I am getting all the blame because, as we all know, blogging is not as important as a video game) Do you see my sweet little red and white tea pot sitting on the burner. Isn't it cute?
Not so much any more. The sound I was ignoring was the cute tulip teapot flaming away on the stove top while I perused comments. I swore that I had turned off the burner, but apparently I turned it to the highest setting instead. (Isn't this what starts to happen before someone decides you can't live at home any more and they ship you off to supervised care?) So we got the flames put out and the house didn't burn down...this time. But look what happened to my sweet little pot, not to mention the stove top.
That wrinkled red thing is the lovely plastic handle now welded to the stainless steel. Not too cute anymore, huh? Besides the sound of crackling flames that I was too busy to heed, you would think I would at least have heard the little tulip knob popping right off that sucker from the heat.
Luckily, this is one of the Jenn-Air cooktops with removable burner cartridges, so I only have to replace the 2 burner cartridge. After much scraping and reheating to melt the rest of the plastic off I think I will just live with this as is. I would rather spend my money on cute little tea pots. Tee hee. Do you think I have learned my lesson? Me either.
I did accomplish other things in between scraping plastic and throwing open windows. I sent several packages on their way.
My Pink and Green Swap box is on it's way to Tonya at Lecore Femme.
My pay it forward goodie is heading to Ms. Berlin at Shabby Thoughts,
as well as a little treat winging its way to Marcie of The Rustic Victorian, for posting the pay it forward.
I also sent off my Followers give away gift to Mindy at Primitiques N Poetry. Enjoy, ladies!
All right, I guess I better knock off the clowning, at least for today. Hey, do you smell something burning?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, P.
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