Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vintage Ribbon and Lace Paper Doll

 I have admired these beautiful works of art for many years.

Maybe it's the charm of rustling petticoats and the long flowing skirts that I love.

Probably, the romance of ribbon and lace.

Whatever it is, they're just beautiful.

 Sometimes, these lovelies can be pretty pricey.  

I was happy to find this one for less than twenty dollars, which I thought that was a steal!

 While going through an old Needlecraft magazine from 1920, I found this advertisement.

 I totally would have ordered one to make - especially for a buck!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Vignette Decorating

I've been switching things around here recently.

So I thought I'd share some close-ups of a few vignettes in our living room.

I'm trying to let my vignettes "breathe" by not over crowding the space with too much stuff.

Boy, is that hard for me.

'Cause I like stuff.

A lot!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Next Best Thing to In-N-Out

We are burger connoisseurs.

My husband is PICKY when it comes to burgers.  He won't say one is great unless it is!

Like my Daddy, he too would eat one everyday if I'd let him...

 Sometimes I get fancy with the meat, and add all kinds of stuff.

But lately... all I've been doing is making a special sauce.

The other night I made sliders since all I had were Costco rolls in the house.

The sauce made the tiny burgers so good.

Ya gotta try this sauce on your next burger.

You'll be so glad you did.

Burger Sauce 
(all measurements approximate) 
1/2 C mayonnaise
Couple tablespoons of ketchup
Tablespoon of white vinegar
Couple tablespoons of sugar
Couple tablespoons of sweet relish
Tablespoon of grated onion plus 2 tablespoons of minced onion

*I don't measure the ingredients - I just eyeball it to the color/texture I like.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Vintage Canning Jars Make Drinks Taste Better. . .

. . . don't ya think?
We're so excited 'cause summer has officially arrived here in the Pacific NW.

Time to enjoy icy cold drinks on lazy summer afternoons!

One of my favorites - Sweet Sun Tea.

Here is how I make mine:

I use a super cool large old glass jar w/ lid that holds approximately 9-10 cups of water.

To the water, I add 11 tea bags any flavor (I use the good ol' standard Rose Tea).

Place filled jar in a sunny location for a few hours to steep. 

Once tea is the desired color, I add about 1 and 1/3-1/2 cups of sugar and stir 'til dissolved.

Chill in refrigerator and serve over ice.

On a side note, some people freak out about sun tea since it never boils (something about bacteria, I  think).  I have made and drank it this way it for years.  Never have had a problem or gotten sick from it.   

Saturday, July 7, 2012

4th of July 2012

I usually try to make the girls something patriotic (well... with red, white, and blue anyways) to wear on the 4th.

As usual, I waited to the last minute to get something made.

So... I went simple this year.

We picked up a couple t-shirts from Target and appliqued a few vintage chenille flowers to 'em.

Super easy, inexpensive, and pretty cute too!

Monday, July 2, 2012

60's - 70's Mod

Do you like the colorful bold and funky prints from the 60's and 70's?

I think they're so fun!

Maybe I like 'em because they're so Brady... ha!

My girls love bright retro colors.

So, when I came home with this fabric (previously a curtain panel) they immediately fell in love.

Since both girls requested a dress, I whipped up a simple pillowcase style they can share.

It's perfect for summer (if it ever gets here).

Our only issue...whose turn it is, to wear it!