Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Show and Tell Sunday!!
This week's Show and Tell Sunday theme is "Show us your favorite antique stores." I did that just a few posts ago, but I cropped the photos down this time and I am hoping you won't notice that they are the same photos!! LOL! So here we go!
I have been a winner twice lately! First I won a lovely paper flower from Laurie at Lori's Charming Designs!! Then I won this beautiful vintage table runner from Patricia from Vintage Linen Treasures!!
Also, I feel very honored to have been awarded the "Arte Y Pico" award by my sweet new blogland friend Bettsi from Tender Arts blog! The "Arte y Pico" award was created to be given out to bloggers who inspire others with their creative energy and their works, whether it be writing, artwork or more. When one recieves this award it is considered a "special honor". Once you receive this award, you are to pass it on to at least 5 others.
There are so many ladies whose blogs inspire me that I just cannot pick! So this award is for all of you!!
Michelle xoxo

Friday, April 18, 2008

Betty Bathing in Bling!These are my photos for "Show and Tell Sundays", a fun new group on Flickr. This week's theme is "vintage bling"! How fun is that? I love my adorable Betty Boop bathtub soap dish. I use it to hold my pretty vintage jewelery.
Doesn't this photo look SO luxurious? Rhinestones on piles of vintage lace! I also like using my mini dress form to hold my jewelry. I can't wait to see the other ladies photos and you can see them too, if you visit the "Show and Tell Sundays" Flickr group!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blue and yellowA few of my favorite blue and yellow treasures. The box is a boot box I found next to one of my neighbor's garbage cans. It was very clean and sturdy so I couldn't resist grabbing it. This is something I do sometimes and it embarrasses Sweet Husband to no end! Poor thing. I covered the box in some pretty gift wrapping paper I found at Walmart. I think I will use it to store some of my treasures. This pretty enamelware coffee pot my sweet Mama bought me as an early Mother's Day present. It is from T.J. Maxx and I think it is just as pretty as any vintage one! I adore that shade of blue!!This is my favorite pie bird- isn't she SO sweet??
She is sitting on this lovely plate which is yet another gift from my sweet Mama. Yes, I know I am spoiled rotten.
Next is one of my favorite of all my vintage plates.And here is a pretty little gravy boat. Have you noticed how much I love flowers?Here are a couple of close ups of a vintage tablecloth my sweet Mama gave me last Christmas.
I just love it!!A favorite sheet music cover. I think it is so pretty and the lady reminds me of my Mama. My kids say it's a picture of Gram!
My one and only barkcloth pillow, found at an antique mall years ago.
A vintage embroidered pillow.My Betty Fairy book- a reproduction. It has the sweetest illustrations inside!
A birthday card my Mama gave me a few years ago. Isn't it just magical??
A happy little moon.A small collage I created last summer.
A tag I made for a swap, but like it so much I had to keep it and make another one.
And last, a pretty vintage piece of silver with a perfect aged patina! No polishing silver in this house!Here I have filled it with some treasures.Oh, one more (not so pretty) thing to show you! I picked up this sad, beat up little stray in a neighbor's yard because it was free! I am sure I can make it pretty with some paint and papers! Sorry I had to embarrass you again, Sweet Husband!! You all should have seen the look on his face as he helped me put it in the car! I wish I had a camera at that moment! LOVE YOU, Sweetie!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Sleep Fairy
A new collage I created today. I really like this one. My favorite collages are the ones that are sparkling , magical and sweet!Here are a few random photos from around the cottage.A shelf in my studio, lovelies in my vintage sewing drawer,
and my chintz collection.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Missing them already......
My parents just left this afternoon and I miss them already. We had such a fun visit and antique shopping was a big part of that fun! Above is my mom and my sweet little guy.
He is so good to always pose for me and my millions of photos I take! This store always has so many wonderful goodies both inside and outside as you can see.
It was inside this store I found an amazing bargain. I found this gorgeous 16 X20 oval wood frame for only $10!!! I had them hold it while my mom and I looked around the store for more treasures. When I was ready to pay the man who worked there said "Oh, that has already been paid for by a benefactor- and admirer of yours." I looked at my Mama and said "DAD!!" Apparently, while we were busy shopping he was busy buying this for me. I thought he was just at the counter showing off his grandson! How sweet is that? Thanks Dad!!
Next is my new VERY favorite antique store! This place was loaded with all sorts of goodies that I love! Dreamy, isn't it? All the lovely shades of white?? It had lots of booths full of colorful goodies, too!It was in this store I found another treasure that I have recently been searching for........
this sweet carnival doll!!! My sweet Mama bought her for me. Isn't she SO cute??
I made her a little dress of lace and gave her some pink feathers for her hair.
I love this booth at yet another antique mall, but the prices were very high, so I just look here for fun and inspiration.
Oh, and here are some yummy colored vintage prom dresses. I loved the pink one in front. Sorry I didn't get a better photo. I wanted to take it home with me but it wasn't exactly in my price range!
Here are a few of my sweet Mama's beautiful vintage finds.....
Actually, I found these beauties for her. We were in a booth and I saw a huge wardrobe and I said "I wonder if anything is in here" but in my head I was thinking there wouldn't be. But there was! I found a big ziplock full of vintage millinery flowers! We went through them and each bought a few of the best ones. What a fun and lucky find!!
Here is a plate I gave my Mama for her birthday and some more of her vintage finds.
She found the entire set of rhinestone jewelry above for only $4- wow!! I guess the Antique's Fairy was watching over us and guiding us to the prettiest goodies and the best bargains!! LOL!!
Thanks for the fun time Mama and Dad!