Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Finds: Vintage Style Calandar Towel

Friday Finds is a new series I have had in mind for awhile now. A fun way to share vintage and new finds with you!

My mom surprised me a couple of weeks ago with a little gift. She was so excited this towel calendar had vintage looking cherries and the perfect red and green to match the kitchen! Such a good way to add a bit of color to the kitchen too!  

Mom randomly found it on Amazon HERE. (Just in case you need one for yourself too!)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Thick and Thin

 I was so proud of myself this winter, working on only one or two yarn projects at a time. Efficiently, I worked through one project after another. Then Spring arrived... and a flurry of inspiration!

 I am not even sure how many knitting and crochet projects I am in the middle of right now. There are the class samples, the projects I take to work and the projects for evening movie watching.....

Two of my knitting projects are quite the contrast! A thick turtle-neck sweater on size 9 needles and a bright pink pair of socks on size 0 needles. Both are turning out nicely, but it feels odd to my fingers switching back and forth!

The sweater is Kate Davies' very popular Carbeth. It was love at first sight for me and I was so excited to find Hikoo Simpliworsted in the perfect shade of Aqua Mint! (It matches my vintage Pyrex bowls perfectly!) Progress is at a halt currently as I had to order another skein, but I have both sleeves knitted and joined to the body now.

 The socks are a blending of my favorite sock formula (with short-row heel and increased round toe) and inspired by this pattern. Instead of purchasing the pattern I just used my favorite cable that looks like a braid. The yarn is a lovely pink Trekking Pro Natura that unfortunately has been discontinued. 

Are you working on any knitting or crochet projects? Do you tend to start multiple at once or just work on one or two?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bunny Trails.....

We can feel Spring in the air around here! 

Most days that is. Yesterday a couple of inches of snow fell, but hopefully it will be our last one. That doesn't stop us from having Spring Fever! (Or maybe I should say Bunny Fever?)

Mom decided we absolutely needed spring pillow covers for the porch. And when she saw the Bunny Pillow Tutorial at On Sutton Place she knew we needed spring bunny covers!

 We followed the tutorial at On Sutton Place, except for using floral calico from our fabric stash instead of burlap. The flowered fabric really amps up the cute springiness!
The pillow covers are from Hobby Lobby like Ann recommended. Luckily we found a couple on sale for only a few dollars each, so it ended up being very inexpensive. We actually put the bunnies on the "wrong" side of the covers as the other side already had decoration on it. But that doesn't bother us! (We are planning on  covering the backs at some point though.)

We also got a little carried away and added vintage button tails and some hand stitching around each bunny. Either way you make the bunnies, they are so cute!

There are plenty of pillows on the porch and we didn't have time to cover them all yet. But we are thinking maybe buffalo check in aqua or light blue for the rest.

 The other bunny project I made is an Easter wreath for the front door. I picked up the little wooden bunny cutouts last year on clearance. I am glad I remembered I had them!
My favorite ribbon wrapped wreath, flowers from a previous year and the bunnies got arranged (and re-arranged!) to make the wreath.

 I ended up painting the little fellows twice. The first time around I didn't realize there was no white paint to make suitable Easter pastels. The colors didn't work at all. So I repainted them once I bought more white.

 I love mixing my own colors! So fun!

Now we are ready for Spring! 

How about you? Feeling a little Spring in the air? Have you brought out the bunnies and chicks yet?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Cozy Bedroom

We have been switching things up here at the bungalow. But before we get into that, I thought it would be nice to take a tour of how Mandy's bedroom looked before!
She has a completely different style then mine. A very cozy and warm bedroom.

 Mandy loves her animals, so horses and dogs are plentiful! She had an understate Western/cowboy theme. Warm reds, blues and browns with a pop of rustic wood!

Mandy has been collecting vintage horse pictures for years! I love the collected English gallery wall look. Gallery walls are always a work in progress!

 Isn't the vintage puppy plant adorable? He always makes me smile!

 It is a little hard to see in this picture, but the lower half of the windows have grain sack curtains for privacy during the day. Our houses are so close to each other in this neighborhood that anyone walking up the neighbor's driveway has a bird's eye view into the bedroom!

Yes, that is our pup Kerri over the dresser. It is an art print I made from a picture (aren't computers amazing!)

So there is Mandy's cozy comfortable room BEFORE we switched things up! Stay tuned for the switch!

If you want to see how Mandy's room has changed, here it is in 2014 and in 2013.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Flowers and Snow

Today the sun is shinning out of a blue sky, the air is soft and balmy and the snow is dripping! Spring are you around the corner??

Mandy and I took these pictures on Monday when we were out for the afternoon walk. Snow piles everywhere! It felt like all we did last weekend was shovel snow. The total count was over a foot. It has been a few years since we have had this much snow piled up at once.

Kerri and her favorite winter activity, Digging! She loves to dig and dig and then shove her whole face in the hole. We call it snow snorgeling. (Yes, even Kerri has an extensive winter wardrobe!)

But let's not talk about snow, let's talk about

 Mandy went to our favorite garden center today. We always plan a trip in February. Spring fever usually sets in by then and we are longing for the sight of something green and growing! She sent me a few photos. Aren't they lovely!!

I just want to gather them all up and bury my face in them!

Of course, Mandy brought home a few plants including a pink ruffled cyclamen!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Aren't these the cutest things ever! 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Clear and Cold

Hello Friends! Here we are in a new year. Have things fallen back in the normal pattern? All the Christmas decorations cleared away? Here too. We are mostly just trying to stay cozy and warm and not leave the house unless absolutely necessary. January isn't usually a bad month, sometimes we have a lot of snow, sometimes it is just cold. Either way there isn't much motivation (or reason) to go outside. So we all turn to cozy indoor activities. (Above is the view from my bedroom window, ice and all!)

Of course, the knitting needles are very busy this time of year. I finished off a new hat (Rikke Hat), a crochet cowl (Pearl Stitch Cowl) and am now working on a sweater for myself. Kerri is modeling a new sweater (Four Cable Dog Sweater) Mandy knit for a class at our local knitting shop. 

After all the "warm fuzzy" Christmas movies in December, I am always ready for a change of pace. Mandy and I have started re-watching the Lord Peter Whimsy mysteries. 
The same goes for reading. After the cozy lightweight romances of Betty Neels for most of November and December I am ready for a change. Last week I dug out our beloved copies of the Mrs. Polifax books and started on the first one; The Unexpected Mrs. Polifax. It was so fun to read it again! 

January in my mind always means clear cold sunny days and cozy nights. And dirty salty floors.... everywhere dirty salty footprints! The floors aren't even dry before another pair of feet track across it! Ahh well, January doesn't last forever.......

What about you? What do you do watch or read to stay cozy in January?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Shiny Brites on Display

I have two more Shiny Brite ideas for you today. The simplest is to just pile a bunch of ornaments in a bowl or vase and enjoy!

When I spotted this hobnail bowl at an estate sale this fall, I knew it would be perfect filled with Shiny Brites!

Here is a sneak peak at some of the new living room decorating. I haven't forgotten about it! It has just been a slower than anticipated process. I keep reminding myself it isn't a race! Anyway here is a peek at the shelves. Much cleaner and brighter!

One of our vintage nativity sets is on the top shelf. I love the sweetness of their expressions! It has been a few years since we have gotten it out. I love how well they shoe up against the white.

And on the third shelf, my cardboard houses. They aren't that fragile and can withstand a bit of poking and prodding by a little niece's fingers. 
But I think this has been my favorite this year! It was a bit of a splurge, but well worth it!

I first saw one of these ornament trees at an antique shop (displaying Shiny Brites, naturally!). It was love at first sight and I was crushed to discover a not-for-sale tag on it! Well, I rushed home and started googling, sure there was another out there for me.
Eventually I found it at Crate and Barrel! Not somewhere I usually shop or would have thought to look. And right now they are on sale HERE! There are several sizes and colors, so be sure to look around. (Maybe I need another one?!?) 

We have been enjoying the ornament tree in the middle of the dining room table. But I thought pictures would be nice on the buffet. 

So those all my ideas on how to display Shiny Brites! Do you have a favorite? Or do you have an idea on how to display them? (I am always looking for more ideas!)