Saturday, February 26, 2011

Think Spring!

Just a springy photo from last year to cheer your day!

I will be taking a break here for just a bit...

Until I return...

...take care dear friends!
:) Laura

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Spring Anthro Purse

Spring is in the air... least down here in Florida.

Time to think about pastels and posies.

I actually bought this purse at Anthropologie before Christmas.
It was on sale and I thought that Kate would either love it... or not.

She didn't love it.
But I did.

 So, instead of returning it... I kept it.
It's cheerful and springy....don't you think?


Happy Thoughts to You!

... there is less time to post or visit these days but I know you understand.
 Thank you for all your comments and emails...
... your prayers for Mom and words of support and encouragement.
I will catch up with correspondence soon!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Yard Sale Finds

Early yesterday morning, my Dad and I slipped out of the house
 and went to the big yard sale down the street
 while sister Lynn stayed with Mom.

It was really fun to share this time with Dad and it was beautiful...
...warm and sunny here in Florida.
I found this pretty little pin with the initials IHP.

I don't know if the pin once belonged to
 Miss Irma Henrietta Parker or
 Ingrid Helga Pierce or Ilsa Hanna Pepper...
 or perhaps Imogen Heap Peabody.

But I like to think the initials stand for...
In His Presence.
And so I bought the little pin for $1.00

I also found these 3 crystal strands... all 3 for 50 cents.

I loved the graphics on the cover of this book of violin music.
As indicated on the cost $1.00 back in 1902...
 ...and that is exactly what I paid for it yesterday.

And just look at this old ironstone platter from the late 1800's... 
It was a steal at $3.00!

This rusty, old, heavy machinist tool box
 was the very first thing we saw. 
My Dad might have wondered why I was bothering to look at it...
 but even he did not flinch when I said I would take it...
 ...for the one dollar price!
The bottom drawer is my favorite...
...skinny with cool compartments.
I can't wait to clean it up a bit.

The old reader is not in great condition
 so I won't mind taking it apart for an art project or two.
 It has some great illustrations and fun words.

An old green Allspice tin.

An old Jiffy Kodak camera...
to set on the shelf with my other vintage cameras.

Just in case you were wondering about the old photo...
...that is my grandmother.. Mother's Mother...Hazel Laura.
Front and center.
(The one with the X on it that says Me!)
Do you know that Nana and I went to the same college?
She was quite a, headstrong and full of fun.
Just like my Mom!

Here are the little, child sized Swedish enamelware cups
 after I cleaned them all up.

So charming!
First, I found the little red and white enamel dishes
 and now these blue and white cups.
Oh what a lucky girl I am.

So that's all for today.
Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Pretty Collages Revisited

Staying close to Mom these days...
I was looking through some older collages 
that I may have posted here before...

Love these sweet spring flowers.

 Blue blossoms...layered with text.

...and one of my favorites....lilacs.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Although I could not get to Renninger's as planned...
...there is a possibility that I might make it
 to a yard sale down the street tomorrow morning.
Always hopeful!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Layers and Textures for White Wednesday

Just a few pretty photos...layered with some textures
photos by me...textures provided by Kim Klassen

Hope you have a lovely Wednesday....
 For more White Wednesday participants hop on over to Kathleen at Faded Charm.

Monday, February 14, 2011

How Many Loves Do You Have?

I could say that there are three loves in my life...
Mr. Flea, Dan and Kate.
But, really...I am blessed. 
There are so many more loves...
I am blessed with a beautiful family...
...a brother, two sisters, loving in-laws,
 nephews and nieces...

...and my wonderful and loving parents...
with whom I am spending lots of time these days.

I hope your Valentine's Day was filled with love too.
Have a wonderful week my friends.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Real Love...Sure Love

May your St. Valentine's Day be filled with real love...sure love.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Blue Layers and Collage

A few romantic blues for you this Valentine's Day weekend.

Hoping you can spend time with those you love.

I will be lucky enough to do so...
...hope you are too.

Monday, February 7, 2011


And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

 But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

If you miss me here over the next week or so,
 please know I am thinking of you all.  
Thank you for your continued prayers for my Mom and the rest of my family
 as we care for her with the help of the wonderful people from hospice.

Be well my friends and enjoy every minute of your day!


Be sure to visit Faded Charm for White Wednesday posts.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

$4 Worth of Little Red and White Flea Finds

While down south I managed to get to a few fleas
 and a couple of thrift stores.
(Mr. Flea was a willing partner as he was looking for a bicycle...)

One afternoon I spent an hour and $4.00 poking around.

This sweet pink rose sprigged doll blouse was 50 cents...
...the red and white clothespin bag it is lying on was one dollar.

Two dollars for the lot of red and white vintage
 child's enamelware dishes.

I had to dig for them in an old toy chest
 filled with crusty old junk that even I didn't want.

The last piece I found was the lid to the little coffeepot.
I held it up in glee felt like I hit the jackpot!
Mr. Flea just looked at me...convinced he married a crackpot.

...and one lonely* little* hand knit*creamy white* mitten
...for another 50 cents.

Four dollars for all these red and white flea finds.
Four dollars worth of fun.

Don't ask what I will do will them...
I have no idea...yet.

So far today I have eaten 3 chocolate cupcakes
 with plastic footballs on top.
 (Well, I didn't eat the footballs).

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Friday, February 4, 2011

What A Difference A Day Makes and The Winners!

Yesterday I was looking at this...

...and this morning...
...well, the sun is shining!

Here is my very own silvered bottle...

Didn't she look pretty sitting in the sunshine early this morning?

Thank you to all who entered and for all your comments...
I wish I had a bottle for each of you!

But, I don't...
 and I've tortured you long enough!

The two randomly selected winners
 of their very own silvered bottle
Ria from It's Me


And many thanks to Paula and Jennifer from Lulu's Designs
 and their Etsy shop Southern Shop Girl
for sponsoring this Give Away!
If you didn't win and can't live without your own silvered bottle there may be a few left in their shop!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Artful Blogging

I picked up a copy of the Spring 2011 issue of 
Artful Blogging yesterday....

It is a lovely issue with several of my talented
 blog friends featured in it.
 Also included are some wonderful blogs
 that I was not familiar with
 but am thrilled to know about and follow now.

And's true...
this issue also includes a little article that I was asked to write.
I hope you like it.

 All of the photos included were taken with
 my trusty little point and shoot... was before my birthday in November 
and in my pre- big girl camera days!

The editor chose the pictures from my blog and
 I thought it interesting that most of the 16 photos used
 were ones that I had altered and played around with
 in Picasa and Picnik.  

It's funny because I think that I would have chosen
 totally different pictures to be in the magazine...
 but I guess these were the ones they liked best!

In any case,
 I am honored and as my Mom would say, "tickled pink"
to be included in this beautiful publication
 along with so many talented and creative people.
Thank you!

Last call!
You still have a chance to enter the Silvered Bottle Give Away...
Two winners will be chosen at random tomorrow night!
Good luck friends!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Soft and Safe Place

My flight to New York was cancelled today... I have another day here in sunny Florida
 with sister Lynn, Mom and Dad.

I hope that you are all safe and warm...
...protected from the storm...
...surrounded by those you love.


Linking to White Wednesday with Kathleen at Faded Charm

Thank you for all your wonderful comments...
...although you may not hear from me...
your thoughtfulness touches my heart and your continued prayers for Mom are so appreciated.