Saturday, June 30, 2012

Vintage Weddings

I can imagine a whole wedding around these two items...
Bridal Party Hat
Country Farmhouse Wedding...
Wedding Silver

I imagine a summer wedding late in the afternoon.  On the lawn under the elms.  A romantic dinner prepared by family and friends.  Children playing in the grass, the family pets mingling with my guests.  Warm breezes tickling exposed shoulders and soft music to dance to.  Fireflies coming out as the sun sets...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Transplant Issues

A knitting friend has written in her blog about a transplant issue that boggles my mind...
I especially feel the pain from this on several levels.  One I have someone very dear to me waiting on a transplant list...
Two I too get to go on luxury trips to these amazingly expensive convention hosting Hotels.  So here is the pot calling the kettle black... My trips are paid for by Pacemaker corporations...
The same issues apply though... lack of money where it is needed most...
Of course buisness's need to make profits, and non profits...don't be fooled make money for the people who run them... naturally they need to make a living too. 
Politics aside isn't the person waiting for assistance the true and final issue? 
here is the link to my friend's blog:
I only know what is in my heart...
Organs need to go where needed as fast as possible...
Lily of The Field
Precious Life

Friday, June 22, 2012

Introducing My New Grandson

Birth by appointment... C-section is really very nice to plan around.  Our little man entered the world right on schedule and both he and his mother are doing perfectly...
and here he is...
Brennan Cole
Brennan Cole entered our world on June 20th, 2012 weighing 6 lbs 11 oz and 20" long.  He has his mother's eyes, his father's mouth and his big sisters hair...he is exquisite in every way.  He was born on the 100th anniversary of my mother's birth. 
We are all in baby bliss... big sister loves his little toes...and secure in her parents love she is showing her love for her tiny baby brudda.
first day

Mya discovers baby toes
Big Sister Mya

Dad in total bliss with his boy in his arms

all knit and wrapped up!

Brennan may you be blessed as you have blessed us.  We thank you God for this tiny life intrusted to our care from your eternal love.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Breathless with anticipation...
We can't wait!
getting ready
Phoebe knows something is up
Only 5 days left to wait!
So Darn Cute

We are all ready and waiting!...

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Simple Knitting Day

All my gears ground to a halt yesterday and I had myself a wonderful knitting day. You know the kind. Picking up an UFO and happily greeting it like the long lost friend it is.  Coming to terms with it.  Picking up where you left off and making what had turned into an "I don't love you any more" relationship into an " I love you so so much" reality.
I finished my second pink Camo cap for girls.

Pink Camo
Love the web it makes on the top
Rockabilly Chic Camo for Girls

sniffing the air after the rain
the garden after the rain
early morning sun

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Upcycling Shabby Chic / Vintage

Works in progress upcycling vintage to Shabby Chic with paint, bees wax and elbow grease. 

Etsy Vintage vs Etsy Handmade
When I tried to list my first upcycled vintage jewerly box on Etsy I ran into the problem of classifying items correctly.  I thought if something was vintage when I started repairing, sanding, painting it that it would still be vintage when I was done.  I was wrong... apparently. " Vintage is vintage and handmade is handmade"  or so I have been told.  This still mystifies me.  Many old vintage and even antique items have been repaired, painted, fixed up, given new life over the decades.  We still call them antiques and vintage.  If you do it on etsy you have somehow falsified the 'vintage' aspect and made something else, something new, something handmade.  I might even be brave enough or foolish enough to call it OOAK... an Etsy anagram for One Of A Kind. 
Now I have to come to terms with this as Etsy is inflexible on some points while it flexes wildly on others. 
I don't plan to rock the boat.
I just do. I step in a new boat...this time the boat of 'upcycling vintage' and the boat tips.
My survival will depend on how I manouver in this new boat.  The boat will not change it will still  float.  I will be the one tossed about and possibly drown.  Well isn't that a little melodramatic, but that is me always with the drama. 
I still call it upcycled Vintage. After all that is exactly what it is.  I will list it under handmade and tag it with both.  I just can't add my favorite teams tag to it as that has too much Integrity in it to go on something once vintag(still vintage) and now handmade.  I was told this today.   Remove the team's tag.  It stung like a slap in the face.  I have never been good at following rules.  It is in my nature to see things from many aspects, many angles, in many lights.  I am terrible at black and white, right and wrong, I always find other ways.  I am tolerent of others.  I am forgiving to a fault.  Something my mother told me could bite me in the butt. 
I probably should have been sent to a military school...gotten the rules drilled into me.  Instead I grew up Unitarian with some Quaker tossed in here and there.   So I give in and bend allow them to have their views of what is vintage and I will live with mine. 
This is my latest finished piece of Upcycled Shabby Chic
Upcycled Shabby Chic Vintage Jewelry Box
My recipe.
lightly sand
x 2
lovingly rub in bees wax and polish to a rich patina. 
decorate with pearls

be true to your God and your own compass it is probably pointing you in the right direction as God guides you on your way.
all hung with pearls and jewels

Friday, June 1, 2012

Shabby Chic Furniture Painting

Sanding down various jewelry boxes, shelves, trinket boxes...
Painting with antique white paint and sea breeze blue paint...
Antique White Paint Magazine Rack
Sanding and rubbing in bees wax for a soft lustrous patina.
Sea Breeze Blue Jewelry Box