Wednesday, September 30, 2009

These Days We Say "Repurposed"~~~~~~~~~~~

But, I can remember my grandma abiding by this little verse:

Make it Last
Wear it Out
Use it Up
Or Do Without

So, she would love these little bags that I have made from a book of fabric scraps that I got awhile back with several books of wallpaper. Some I left with their pinked edges showing. Some have my favorite common white string hand stitched through the tops as a drawstring. Some have ribbon. And some are just made as foldover pieces with a flap to keep things in. Perhaps to use as a little gift bag. I even made a little pillow out of one, with buttons added, of course!

Taking these to Indiana to give to all the ladies that come to a little tea party we are having. Kinda like taking my grandma along with me :)

I just love making things from something that would be just thrown away. What can you make today?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Big Trip to Land 'a Goshen (Indiana that is!)

I am busily scurrying around to make ready for a big trip. I have not been anywhere for 3 years! Well, I mean, any big trips like this. Plus, my friend Dianne and I have SO MANY plans that I am already exhausted. We are decorating a room for her grandchildren (7 and still counting!), having a tea party for a bunch of her friends, watching Anne of Green Gables together (she has NEVER seen it!), making gluebooks, and going to the fall show of the Michigan Button Society. If you live anywhere Near Big Rapids, Michigan and you LOVE buttons, you HAVE to try to come to this either Saturday or Sunday. You will see buttons like you have NEVER seen before and meet the nicest people anywhere! And, I get to see my dearest friend Sue and stay overnight at the show (can anyone say Baileys' Irish Creme?)plus a lot of other great button friends too!
So, have to get busy...........Less than two days now! (Can't you tell? I REALLY need to get away!!!)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Giveaway and Sale

Amy at Mod Podge Rocks is having her first Giveaway.
Check it out.

Also, the very talented girl at Art by Canace is having a 40% off sale on her graphic prints.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sewin' and Plannin' and Dreamin' and Restin"

I am busy getting ready for a long awaited trip to see friends. Been a long time since I have been anywhere. Today I made this apron to take to someone special. It is from a free pattern HERE

It did not call for buttons, but a day without buttons is like..............well, YOU, anyway, I just had to add some.

I know it is miles of days before Valentines, but this little image is my favorite button post card. I have been making so many of these little collages lately. In case you are, I do not use the actual card, but I scan and print on cardstock.

In between the doing and thinking and creating, I have to take little naps. Guess Grammy is feeling her age a bit.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Real Life and A New Cup

Been feelin' sorta funky the past few days.......... dealing with health and family issues......... anxious, wanting to sleep too much. So, finding a new little cup at the local antique shop helped a bit. It is so sweet, and the second pic shows just how tiny it is...........just 1 5/8 inches tall! Tea Party anyone?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's the little Things that Make Me So Happy

The other day my little granddaughter and I picked a bunch of little crab apples from the trees at the nursing home where my mother has lived for over 6 years. It is so hard to go there for me, but taking McKinley who loves to go, was a joy. We took her Great-Grandma outside with us and she watched us pick and held the ones McKinley gave her. I can still hear her saying "Look at the tiny, tiny one Grammy!"

Like Fall, which will pass before we know it, so will these young years for me with my granddaughter. How I cherish them!

Here is a felted wool Fall Leaves piece that I made for our front door.
Happy Fall Thursday!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Acorns are F~A~L~L~I~N~G ~~~~~~~~~~~

I know; Fall will not arrive for another week, but I love ACORNS all year around.
My acorn buttons are made from many materials: glass; both colored and black, brass, Bakelite, celluloid, plastics, pewter and steel.

They are mounted on a 9 X 12 piece of mat board that I first covered with a piece of wallpaper from a sample book. Then I used colored pencils to fill in some Dover letters to glue down the middle. Frames used by many button collectors are made to accommodate this 9 X 12 format. They have slide out backs so that you can easily open and add more buttons.

I just Love Fall and Acorns!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Thankful Heart AND Collage

I am not much of a Halloween girl, so I have moved right on to making some Thanksgiving collages. I am so THANKFUL for all my Bloggettes in Blogland!

And the Winner is...................

Hope from the blog Hopeful
Hope also has several Etsy shops. Tripletrouble is one where I recently purchased some great supplies.

Thanks to all my Blogettes for reading my blog and leaving a comment.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Darling Silhouette Find

I adore little silhouette pictures. Just look at that bunny! They seem to be harder to find; at least within my budget. SO, I was so happy to find this yesterday at the antique show after helping my friend Karen set up her space. Beth from Gathering Dust was there too with all of her goodies.

Don't forget! Tonight at midnight is the deadline to comment for the GIVEAWAY that I will announce tomorrow!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More to the Giveaway

Think the news of my Giveaway might have gotten lost below all those gluebook pages in my last blog!

I have added a bit of ephemera to the stash of love to go to one of my readers. This is to celebrate my 3 month anniversary of blogging. SO, leave a comment by midnight Saturday on what you like about my blog and have an opportunity to win.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Childrens' Gluebook and GRATEFUL GIVEAWAY

(Silly Grammy! I loaded these pictures backwards, so the beginning is at the bottom)

Used this 1940s Junior Crossword book to make a gluebook all about children. I took out about half the pages (saved for other projects) and left parts of the remaining pages showing. Love how some childs' penciled in letters show.


Saturday will be the 3 month anniversary of my blogs' birth. To celebrate how glad I am to have found my place in blogland, I will gift someone with a small stash of love----- Bookmark, 3 Bunny Dominoes and a sweet collage, all made by me and a card of beautiful dyed pearl buttons. Please leave a comment by Sept 12, midnight, telling me what you like best about my blog. OR, if you do not like to leave comments, e-mail me at My husband will randomly choose a name and I will announce on Sunday morning.


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