Friday, February 26, 2010

Altered Art Dolls

Good Friday to all & I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend ! I have been busy creating , so I thought today I would share a photo of some of the things I have been working on !
Altered Art Dolls ! I used a copy of a vintage family photo , I have put names above them , but one is of my dad ... who is 98 now !!! How is that for longevity ! I love taking little pieces of lace,junk, wire and photos and creating something !

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Table Tops !

A quick little post to join in on A Stroll Through Life for table Top Tuesday !

This is a table in my living room that I have placed a few treasures on ,one is a tile that has "with God all things are possible " also sitting beside it is a family photo from when I was small ! I was the youngest , so that is me ...the smallest one !

Sorry for the glare & reflections.... so I am sure this will "date" me !!!
I also took a snap shot of a shelf I have in my office, holds some family photos and more treasures! Photos of some of my children and also the smallest one is of my niece Laura who is no longer with us but is dancing & singing in heaven with her dad! You can read this post from awhile ago about her also ! The little tea cup was one of the last things she had purchased and is a treasure now !

Have a fabulous Tuesday ! Thanks for stopping by & check out all of the other table tops !

Friday, February 19, 2010

Winter Cloche Party !

What can be better than a party for a Cloche ? One of my most favorite things ! After Valentines Day I took anything to do with winter & put it away ... I am hoping it will make spring arrive a little early, do you think it will work ?
Just a few of my cloche's I have around my home ... my family knows that I am addicted to anything under glass and on a pedestal !

A sweet little wire chair under glass , with the most adorable vintage handcrafted chair out of beads attached to the side !
Sitting on a table is a cloche ( re-purposed cheese dome one) a little angel figurine that was my mom's sitting in a bed of moss.
A vintage porcelain shoe , I have had this for many years , this also was my mothers. It is another re-purposed cheese holder that I painted and added a mosaic to the bottom.
Sitting on a shelf in my kitchen is another re-purposed cloche from various parts ! I added some vintage buttons and some silver vintage doll spoons to make the nest for the little birds ! The full view is the top photo!
On my kitchen table is a spring theme cloche !
On a shelf in my bathroom , small but filled with some vintage jewelry !
Another spring cloche that is on top of a vintage cupboard !
I hope you enjoyed the "tour" This is linked to A Stroll Thru Life blog winter cloche party ! Check out all of the wonderful cloche's ! Amazing !

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Simply Delicious !

I wanted to share with you a quick post on my most ever favorite way to prepare fresh cauliflower !
Roasted Cauliflower
* 1 head of cauliflower
* 2-3 gloves of garlic minced
* Lemon juice ( fresh is the best )
* Olive Oil
* Course salt ( I use sea salt)
* Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut cauliflower into florets and place in a single layer in an oven proof baking dish. Toss in the garlic ( I use organic minced garlic in the jar...convenience) .Squeeze the lemon over the cauliflower and drizzle each piece with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
2. Place casserole dish in oven uncovered for about 30 min. Test with fork for doneness, should be able to pierce.Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
Sooooo very good ! Hope you enjoy preparing this !

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Give thanks to the Lord,for He is good,
for His steadfast love endures forever.
Psalms 136: 1
I hope each of you has a very blessed Valentines Day !

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Repurposed Treasure Keeper Tutorial

Tutorial on how to create a treasure keeper from tin can !


Tin can

Can opener

Spray paint ( Ivory)

Vintage papers

Designer papers ( your choice)

Candle stick ( can be glass or metal)

Vintage glass knob


Charms, buttons beads or glass prisms

Silk floral's

Pen ( permanent)

Vintage book for text

Awl or nail to create hole in tin

Alcohol paint's or other paints of your choice

E 6000 glue or Gorilla glue

Fabric for the lining
First thing you will need is to prepare your can, I use a can that is about two inches tall and four inches across ( mine had chunk chicken in it ) ! The secret for being able to use a can without getting cut is to use a can opener that does not leave a sharp edge ! So you need to have a can opener that leaves a smooth edge.
Next to create the unique pedestal for your treasure keeper you will need to choose a candle holder of your choice depending on how tall you want yours.
Those trips to the thrift store have paid off now with your little stash of candle holders available !

Next you need to paint the tin can and candle holder. I used Krylon Satin Ivory spray paint , so easy to paint things with ! I used several coats till I felt it was covered good.

After everything has had a chance to dry well I used a punch or awl to make a hole in the center of the lid so I can attach my vintage glass knob. I place a wood piece under the lid and punch away.Don't worry if it gets scratched because it will be covered with paper.
Next you can prepare your flowers to use on the top , I used some silk floral's I had on hand and "painted" them with chalks to age them a bit and added some silver glitter to the edges for sparkle! I also took a vintage book that had seen better days and cut various text , these will also be added into the flowers for a dash of interest.

You can age them if you want with some chalks or however you like best aging papers!The fun part begins with choosing any kind of papers you would like and using Mod Podge or adhesive of your choice , cover the lid and sides. After your papers have dried you can also age the can and candle with paint or in this one I used Alcohol inks . I also cut a little fluffy circle for in the inside of the container.

Layer all of your flowers and attach to the lid with your glass knob or you can use a large bead, layer some buttons ect.
If you want to also embellish your tin with glitter or pens to add more interest you can also do that at this time ! You can glue the candle stick to the tin at this time , I used E 6000 , you can also use Gorilla glue , let dry till secure! Your Treasure Keeper is done , ready to hide a special treasure in or give as a gift!
I added some ribbons and a vintage glass prism to the candle stick part for a little added bling. You could also use charms,buttons or even a tag ! I hope you enjoyed this & will have fun creating your own ! So appreciate your comments!
Iam adding this to The Thrifty Home , check out her blog & more wonderful ideas !

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Button Love

Was going through some of my mass collection of vintage buttons today & thought I would snap a few photos to share a few little glimpses of some fun buttons ! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend !

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thrifty Find

I know many of you love to go thrift shopping , yesterday I made a stop at one of our local thrift shops , I was about to leave & I happened to look down and ......ahhhhhhhh...... there sat this vase just waiting for me to pick it up and bring it home !! I love it , it is big and white ( love white and cream ) So I plopped it on a side table , took a quick photo & thought I would just share my new little find. It is a Haeger also , so makes it more special as I have several other Haeger vases !

It is snowing today ....... so more white outside too ! Have awarm & wonderful weekend !

Monday, February 1, 2010

Vintage White Treasury List

This morning I got up & as I usually do I was going to check on my Etsy shop & could not believe it .... I was on the front page ! CottageInTheSun had created a lovely treasury list of vintage white treasures ! Not very often we see cottage style treasures on the front page so I was delighted !!