Sunday, March 16, 2014

We took a hike in the Florida woodlands today.
Sleeping Turtle Preserve.
We have had lots of rain and everything is lush.

The river is full.
The alligators are basking on logs.
Dogs are relaxing in the dappled sunlight.
Humans are carrying dog poop through the forest.
What have you been up to?
Anne

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Olympics

The Olympic Stretch
Mary doing the Olympic Toe Nail Curls

Not much knitting going on around here. Just lazy days watching the Olympics and napping on the couch.
Angie performing the disappearing arm event. Oh so casual. 
Just The 2 of Us.
Angie and Mary
Angie is thinking Mary is ridiculous. 

Our moments in the sun.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Olympic Knitting

I have to say this is the silliest sweater I have ever seen.
I need my own knitting to get me through the Olympics.
Have had this in my to do pile for a long time.

  Diane Soucy Pattern Link


I am using Plymouth Yarns Jelly Beans. I have used it before and I love how it works up and is washable for kids.
On sale at Webs. Webs Closeout Sale
Now to get started.  I have been slogging through the winter time blues.  Not easy to do living in Florida, but there you have it. I don't always make sense.  Time to get some knitting underway and pull myself up out of the doldrums.  Just watching the Olympics will help.  Hard not to watch all that young healthy talent and not want to make the most of your own day.
Anne

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday Thrift Ship Finds

Thrifting 
My favorite past time on a Saturday morning.
I found lots of goodies today.  The shops are all having 50% off sales so that made it even more fun.

So many fun things to include in my shop WeeLambieVintage

I love finding books.

The Illustrations are amazing.
This story book Homer Price by Robert McCloskey the author of Make Way For Ducklings is filled with great drawings.  I remember this donut shop story from childhood.

The Wind In The Willows ....filled with color illustrations.
Illustrations by Ernest H. Shephard
This little toothpick holder caught my eye.
I love that little bird and wishbone!
Lots of brass and shiny objects caught my eye as well.
Little copper pans, a brass pear, filigree gold mirror, copper candlestick.....
It was all lots of fun and I got this great pink cotton purse to use for a knitting project bag.
This one is all mine!

Once again the top of my dining room table is hidden.
The table still has the extra leaves in it from Christmas.  All covered up now!
It was a fabulous morning!
Anne

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Chocolate Traditions

It just isn't Christmas around here without The Chocolate Angel Pie that my mother in law handed down to us.

Meringue crust with a whipped cream and German Chocolate filling.

Some strong coffee in with the chocolate and cream.


Ginka's Pie


Crust Meringue
1/2 Cup finely chopped Pecans or Walnuts nuts are optional here.
3 egg whites room temperature.
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 Cup sugar
butter a 9 inch pie pan bottom only.
heat oven to 450 degrees
Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Then add sugar a little at a time as you continue to beat.  At the end mix in the vanilla and fold in the nuts. Spoon into pie pan making a nest shape. Put in oven and turn off oven heat. Leave pie  meringue  in oven at least 3 hours or overnight as oven cools meringue will cook.
Filling
1 bar German Sweet chocolate. 
1 Cup heavy cream whipped to stiff peaks with 1/8th cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla.
2 tbsp strong black coffee
Melt chocolate stir in the coffee.  Cool slightly. Gently fold into the whipped cream. Stirring as little as possible.  Pile into cooled pie crust.
Chill at least 2 hours. 
That says Merry Christmas by the forkful.
Anne~
Daughter Amy started a new tradition by making a 1905 salad from the Columbia Restaurant. 
gifts and paper everywhere

Sammy unwrapping

Brennan with.....?

cousins loving the bounce house Fire Truck

Fire trucks by the score.

Uncles giving advise.

Happiness
PJ's on Christmas Eve

Getting on all the protective gear for skate boarding!

Nothing better than holding a cute baby !

Grampa  with Mya

A little egg scrambling!
We always cook too much!
It was bedlam and we ate so much!
Josh got us a magnificent prime rib and Amy got a huge Honey Ham
We cooked a huge amount of goodies.  
Daughter in law made a fabulous Pineapple souffle. I wish I got a picture of it.  
I am stuffed and full of memories. 
Family time is treasured. We live so far apart. Daughter had to leave before dinner to get to work so she will get lots of left overs tomorrow. 
Every moment of connection with each other a midst the hustle and bustle, the wrappings, the work schedules, shopping, phone calls, and endless interruptions of busy life is a blessing. The older I get the more I realize that life's memories are the string of pearls we make from these little moments in time when we are sharing our lives with each other. Time passes so quickly. We are all so busy and blessings come with the gift of time we spend with each other. 
Thank you to God for all our many blessings and Happy Birthday to our Lord and Savior Jesus. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wrapping Packages Etsy Style

I have been struggling to create a style for my very eclectic vintage shop Wee Lambie Vintage .
One singular identity from start to finish or as they say in the mega land of commercial advertising "Branding".
It is coming along but progress has been slow. 
I have my shop banner. Made for me by my Etsy friend Deb from the The Inspired Trader


Deb knows a lot about graphics and design and how to make them on the computer.  She also is excellent at creating an image or brand.


Cattle Brand

No not this kind of brand! The kind of brand that shows your vision, your identity, your logo.  

I settled on this photo for my logo.
Wee Lambie Vintage

Yup, that's me.  My Dad took the picture.  I love it. It expresses how I feel about my vintage shop.  To me vintage brings back memories, sweetness, nostalgia, a time long ago, a feeling you want to remember.  I never want to forget the little girl in this photo or the thrill of holding a newborn lamb in spring. A spring moment 58 years ago.
The tricky part is to marry all these together so that they are cohesive and quickly make my shop look like.... well my brand.
I went to Moo.com with my little lamb photo and had some cards and stickers made.
Moo.Com's Minicards.

I love these little cards.  Moo.com you are fabulous!  Look at the great little blue and white box they came in.  Moo obviously knows how to make things stand out and be identified.
I played around with tying them to packages.

I write my thank you on the back of the little card, but I didn't really like punching that big hole in it.  Now I am experimenting with just tucking it under the ribbon.
Then I had to have stickers.  I want the outside of my boxes to have the same look.


WeeLambieVintage Stickers
I want to stick these everywhere!
There is a lot more to do in my shop to get this whole brand thing finished.  
I am thinking my tissue wrapping paper should be all one color. This is a labor of love and as I said progress is slow. The little changes I have made are feeling good and I am pondering the future ones. 
Anne :)
aka weelambie.