Sunday, August 17, 2008
Aren't these absolutely gorgeous!? I had planned on selling these, but the pink is just so perfectly cottage chic and the workmanship is amazing so they're staying with me. These are keepers for sure.
This pair of pink rose pillowcases are done with bright pinks and hunter greens. I love the pink hand crocheted trim that goes all around the openings. I can't even imagine how much time these must have taken to make. They're just beautiful!
My favorite color combination is pink and blue. This sweet pair of pillowcases are done with happy little tulips and tiny daisies. They're so perfect for the guest room. These are the kind of linens that definitely get noticed and always get happy comments from guests.
This is a simple but lovely design, and the workmanship is very well done, too. The stitches are so tiny! I just love vintage linens and never get tired of looking at them. Hope you enjoyed looking at these pretties!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
To make this sweet little pillow, all you need is about 9" to 10" of the open edge. Take off the back side of the pillowcase and reserve it for later. The front side of the pillowcase is usually where all the hand work is done and should measure around 20" x 9" or so, depending on the design and pillowcase size. Fold it in half, short sides together, with the wrong side facing in, and sew along the short end. Press seam so that it's centered on the back, and sew along the top. (I should have taken pictures at each step, but didn't think about it until it was too late).
For this pillow, I used the crocheted edge of the back of the pillowcase to use at the top. I just slipped it in before sewing up the top. Use the left over fabric of the pillowcase to make the little pillow for the inside. I used a scrap piece of fabric with tiny checks of pink and white so that the crocheted skirt would show off better.
I like the back to be pretty, too, so I added a pink bow and a vintage-looking pink rose in the center.
Now you know how to rescue a beautiful pillowcase that may have seen better days. You only have to sew a few straight lines, and that's it! Super easy!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Last weekend Hubby and I went to a couple little antique stores in the near-by town of Castroville. It's a tiny, sweet little town that isn't really known as a destination town, but I think that's sometimes what attracts me to visit. We picked up some treasures and I thought it would be fun to share with you.
This doll is really a bed light that hangs over a headboard. I'm not sure what she's made of and she's a little worse for ware. But I'm going to try to restore her as much as possible. This is definitely NOT my kind of thing to do, but I'm going to give it a whirl...someday...soon...I hope! (This poor lady was bald and some body tried gluing stringy doll hair to her with the toughest glue I've ever encountered).
What a find this was! This little table cloth is round and has three lovely Southern Belles embroidered on it. I didn't find much wrong with it except for a little mark that one can totally forgive and overlook. Isn't the embroidery wonderful?
Great colors on the tapestry! How cute will this be as a pillow or on a little foot rest? Oh, if I only had the time and space for all the projects I have going!
This antique looking iron is really a piggy-bank. I know I paid too much for it, but I just loved it for my laundry room. You know how you always end up with small change while doing the wash? Well, I'm putting it all in here. And how cute will this look in my laundry room when I get it all decorated with vintage treasures.
Sometimes I find awesome bargains, and sometimes I pay too much, but I guess it all evens out in the end. I treasure the time I spend with my wonderful husband who patiently follows me around and carries my purse when needed. Talk about treasures!
Monday, August 4, 2008
If you want to add some hankie angles to your life, please visit Cora's eBay site. Or just drop by her blog, Hidden Riches From Secret Places. I'm sure she'd love to meet you!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I don't mind sharing the bird food with this little guy. He's such a hoot to watch. The only problem is when one of my dogs notice him, there's no peace from either of them. She doesn't stop barking at him, and he sits high up in the treat chattering back at her.
This beautiful creature is an orb spider. This one isn't so big, but the very first one of her species that I saw was as long as my hand! It gave me the heebee jeebies at first because not only is it a big spider, but the web is really sticky. It's not "dangerous" to humans but it can leave a painful, baseball sized welt if it gets you. Thankfully I'm not speaking from experience; just what I've read.
This is a Greater Roadrunner and runs through our yard on an almost daily basis. I didn't think he'd come back after we put up our perimeter fence, but he just jump/flies over it with no problem. The dogs don't bother him at all and he'll come to the bird bath in the afternoons for a nice cool drink.
I almost forgot to show you our very first INSIDE visitor. This guy was about 1 1/2" long and I found him on my office wall! It was about a week after we moved in to our brand new house. They told us we might find an occasional scorpion in the house, but I sure wasn't expecting it that soon! I know we should have just let him outside, but my hubby got him with tongs and flushed him! Since then, we've found a teeny one on the master bedroom floor (I never ever step on anything that looks like lint on the floor because it might be a scorpion or spider) and a bigger one in the garage crawling above the door the leads to the house. Who wants to move to Texas with me?