Friday, September 26, 2008

Sweet Six Studio's Vintage Hanky Bunting

As I've been clearing off my dining room table, I've also been trying to complete a few projects.
Heather from Pretty Petals presented a tutorial the other day at Sweet Six Studio, on how to make these charming banners. They are so easy and fun to make! No sewing, just hot glue.
Gotta love that!
I'm running low on in need of more vintage millinery... I did however, have a few of these velvet and organza beauties and, I was really happy to find a few vintage hankies in my stash that coordinated so well.
I had a hard time trying to figure out where to hang my bunting. I'm lacking wall space! It looked pretty cute in our entry way hanging over the coat closet, but my hubby thought it would get in his way....
so now, it's hanging in the hallway.
I love the added splash of color!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Spoon Lampshade

Just a little while ago, Isabel shared a lamp shade she had made over using old spoons. When I saw hers, I knew I had to make myself one too!
I used six silverplate spoons that I had my hubby drill holes through.
Next, I tied the spoons to the lampshade frame with rayon seam binding.
I then wove tulle around the frame to soften it up a bit.
For the last couple of months, I have been in the process of rearranging and de-cluttering. I can't believe I'm not done yet... I get almost satisfied with the look in one area, then I mistakenly start rearranging in another. All of which end up in disarray! hmmmm
My cute little spoon lampshade sits in a newly arranged corner of our dining room. Sorry the picture is cut off. I haven't yet managed to get the area below picked up. hehe

Monday, September 22, 2008

18 Years Ago...

today, I married my best friend!
It's been so funny looking at our wedding pictures. We were so young! I worked as a bridal consultant for many years, which was extra nice while I was planning our wedding. I loved my dress! Check out the shoulder pads - so 90's, right? hehe
I am the most blessed woman in the world! I have a husband that loves me deeply and who I love more today then I did the day we were married.
Every once in awhile I really stop and take a look at him. I still can't believe he's mine! I had the biggest crush on him when I was younger (he's 4 1/2 years older then me) and I thought he was soooo cute. When I was in Jr. High and he in High School - he just didn't see me. hehe
I could have never dreamed the day we actually noticed each other at church in the summer of '88, that that would be the beginning our life journey together.
Life with my honey just keeps getting better and better!
Thanks for loving me always Mr. S.
P.S. I love you more! hehe

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Weekend In The Woods

We spent some time this weekend over in Eastern Washington at my brother's cabin.
It is so beautiful over there, especially in the fall when the leaves are just starting to turn.
The girls love to go exploring in the forest. Sydney wore her "Iraq" camo sweatshirt and would yell out periodically "can you see me?" She thought she blended in so well. hehe With 5 acres to explore, there are lots of neat places for photo ops...
These two can't ever get enough rides on the quad
Thanks Shannon and Megan!The vine maple is stunning right now - ooh, I love the colors!
I should have taken a picture of the almost 6 cords of firewood my hubby, brother and two friends got on Saturday. They worked so hard! I'm looking forward to some long winter nights being warmed by the fire. aaaahhh

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fair Happenings

We spent Sunday at our State Fair. The weather was beyond beautiful. It's been so nice having an Indian Summer this year!
The girls were so excited to see all the bunnies. I lost count how many times they asked their daddy "when can we get a bunny?".
They went on lots of rides. You can see by the look on Daphne's face, that the roller coaster probably wasn't her favorite....
It did get a little better about the 4th time around.
Daddy won teddy bears throwing darts.
Oh, the joy of sticky cotton candy fingers...
We always love looking at the Grange displays. The produce is spectacular. This pumpkin was huge weighing over 1,000 pounds!
This is what Daphne thought of the dairy barn.
We had such a great day!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Summer Endings Then Back To School

It's hard to believe that summer vacation is over....
We enjoyed every bit of our time spent up at the beach.
Here's some of what we did the last two weeks in August:
we spent time playing with friends picked wonderful blackberries at Grandma & Grandpa S's house
made blackberry cobbler's, pies, and even froze some berries for later use
witnessed more beautiful rainbows
went to a fun and fabulous tea party hosted by my sister-in-law Paula
enjoyed this gorgeous sunset while out on the boat one evening
did some antiquing and flea market shopping (I'll have to share my finds later)
The water looked like this the night we left to go home. It was smashingly beautiful! When the sun setting behind us reflected off the clouds, everything turned pink.
A fantastic summer was had by all in our household. We already can't wait for next summer!
- Back to School -
9 days ago Sydney started kindergarten.
She absolutely loves it, and can't wait to go each day. I wonder if it's because of the crush she has on the new cute boy she told me about..... hehe
Daphne started preschool this week. She informed me that her favorite parts of the day were recess and snack time. :o)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vintage Hanky Photo Board

I think this is project #5 in the Sweetsixstudio online art retreat which I'm participating in. I do have my plans ready to make project's 2, 3, and 4 - hmmm I just need the time....
Holly taught us how to make these photo boards. It was so fun to make! I'll be making more that's for sure. I used a vintage hanky for this one, and I embellished the board with vintage seam binding and rhinestone buttons. The little girl in the picture is my mom. I think the picture was taken in 1939-40 or there abouts. I've always loved this picture. Her double breasted coat with the fur collar is just too cute. Oh, and that bow on her head, isn't it the sweetest thing ever!?
I now have my new photo board hanging on this rack in our bedroom.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Art Retreat - 1st Project

I was so excited when the doors opened this week at the sweetsixstudio art retreat.
The first project was created by Natasha. She designed this pretty label for us to use - isn't it lovely?! If you're interested in joining the art retreat, check it out here.
I filled my bottle with pink bubble bath instead of the pretty bath salts that we were shown how to make. Only reason was because I had bubble bath on hand...
I'm now busily working on another beautiful project that was presented to us this week too. I'll post about it when it's completed. This art retreat is so fun!!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Local Coloring Contest Winner

I just have to brag...
A few weeks ago, Sydney entered a local coloring contest hoping to win two tickets to our State fair. When we got home late last night from the beach we had a message on our answering machine letting us know that Sydney's picture had been chosen as the winner! The picture she colored was the only one chosen out of more than a hundred entries from 5 - 12 year olds. I think she did really well for only being 5 1/2 years old.
Here's a close-up of her coloring. She had so much fun designing clothes for the kids on the picture. I love the little vest and buttons she drew on one of the boys - too cute. We're so proud of her. She was so excited to win and now, she can't wait to go to the fair!