Friday, December 5, 2014

It's In Pieces

Quilting starts with pieces.
Spice Berry Cottage
Snips and sorting...

stitch in the ditch

Arranging quilt pieces. A new little one will be arriving soon.
away in the manger

Our new little ones Great Gramma
Mum's bias tapes
ready for a binding
In need of a binding. Without enough fabric left to make my own bias tape. 
Mum came to the rescue with a bag full of bindings stored in her sewing box.

Our new little baby will have warm bedding.
All the parts were assembled.

Everything is part of the Whole Plan.

Preparing for the Season of Christmas.  The promise of blessings to come.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Celebrations

First and foremost the kids were all adorable on Halloween.

Elsa and Fireman South Station

Fireman North Station
Dusty Cropper

And then there were my matching socks. 

Never in history has this knitter made socks that match and fit. Thanks to  Vanilla Latte Socks and  Knit Picks Felici in Spring Mix. This was over the top exciting.

To add some excitement to the Thanksgiving table I have this funky Turkey Platter
Fun Turkey Platter from WeeLambieVintage
Bring on the fun this year in bright retro Mid Century color and design.
Mid Century Modern from RetrouverBiz

Fun all the way around. Kids, Costumes, Turkey, Mid Century Serving Pieces in Bright Colors and Happy Socks.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saving Vintage Memories

I went to an Estate sale on Casey Key, FL a couple of weeks ago.  It was in a mid century ranch over looking the Gulf of Mexico.  There are not many of these old homes left.  They have been bulldozed to make way for a plethora of mega mansions. In the home I found some treasures.  When I look through another's belongings it is often with a feeling of awe as I know I am looking at a lifetime of memories and history.
I found these tiny antique baby shoes.
Antique Baby Shoes from WeeLambieVintage

They had been saved and treasured by the owner of this home for decades.  I found them on the dresser.  So sweet they make me want to weep. I have photographed them here with a keepsake of my own.  The little plaster angel was my Mother's.  She hung it over her dresser next to her mirror for decades and now I keep it in my room.
Of course we can't save everything, but history is saving, remembering and sharing what we can.

How cherished these delicate celluloid baby rattles were to have been saved unbroken.
Antique Baby Rattles from WhimzyThyme
They would make a wonderful memento and decor for a new baby's nursery.  Sitting in a shadow box with some personnel photos a charming display piece could be created.

I was happy to learn that the little ranch house over looking the Gulf of Mexico would not be knocked down by the wrecking ball, but instead will be refurbished and kept as a guest cottage for the home behind it.  I walked away from that little sanctuary holding those darling white leather baby booties smiling to know the little cottage would remain.

Saving and collecting vintage and antiques is rewarding on many levels.
What will you save?
WeeLambie/ Anne

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Vintage Harvest Kitchen

If you lived with me you would know it was fall when you heard me banging around in the kitchen.
The new apples are in and the cool mornings and early evenings just beg for a pot roast or casserole.

 It's time to search for cherished heirloom recipes in Grandmother's recipe box.
Oak Recipe Box and Hand written recipes from WeeLambieVintage
 I have always loved this time of year. Every year I make the turkey and stuffing the way my Mother taught me.  It is one way I pass traditions on to my children.
Ironstone Turkey Platter from Untried
This vintage Ironstone Turkey Platter is large, strong and gorgeous.  Surely it would become a treasured possession and one the children would love to see carried to your table.

~My recipe for stuffing is made with 2 loaves of day old bakery bread cubed, 1 stick (or more) of melted butter, one medium chopped onion, 6 ribs celery with leaves chopped. Lots of fresh chopped sage and a heaping tablespoon of dried Bell's Poultry Seasonings.  Saute the vegetables in butter. Mix butter and veggies into cubed bread with the seasonings *. Ad kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Add hot milk 2 Cups more or less, enough to make the whole batch of stuffing stick together slightly.  Lightly stuff the cavity of your seasoned bird.  Extra stuffing goes in a buttered casserole dish and bakes til crispy on the top. * Chopped roast chestnuts, golden raisins, diced tart apples are sometimes added ~

Set a pretty table. Let the children hunt for fall leaves to fill an heirloom basket. Make something simple extraordinary with a Native American Indian Basket.  
Native American Winnowing Basket from lakesidecottage

Use some special handmade touches. 
Autumn Leaves Mug Mats by QuiltShenanigans
 Whatever your traditions are for the seasons ahead make them playful and fun. Mix and match. Relax and enjoy.
Fall Leaf Photograph from NewEnglandReflections

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Boho Fall From Etsy Shops

The rust, copper, reds, blues and amber of fall makes me go Boho.
Pulling on cozy jeans first thing in the morning. Wearing a pair of hand knit wool socks and biting into crisp apples from the new crop.
The Boho Fashions of Fall.
Yummy red fringed bohemian scarf.
Fringed Scarf from peggytrue

Wear a chunky Boho belt buckle over a loose soft tunic with your skinny jeans.
Vintage Tiger Eye Belt Buckle from WhimzyThyme
Slip on a pair of hand crafted maple leaf red Boho earrings.

Red teardrop earrings from LaughingDogStudio
Dangle a Boho bangle bracelet in rich brass.
Brass Bangle Bracelet from WeeLambieVintage

Wear hand knit lush colorful wool socks for cozy fall feet.

Colorful hand knit wool socks by LizSox

Go Bohemian and wear your fall colors with handmade and vintage items from Etsy shops.  Enjoy the clear fall days by taking a hike in the woods with your dog and eating fresh goodness from local farm stands and apple orchards. Take me apple picking will you?


Saturday, September 6, 2014

My Whole30 Continues

My Whole90 a 63 year old Gramma on the Mend.
Over the course of the last 4 months I have completed a Whole30 and continued it into a Whole90.  Ninty days of eating as explained in the best selling book It Starts With Food
In August (the 4th month) I reintroduced dairy and have not had any problem with it.  My segue into adding grains (brown rice and then wheat) was not as successful resulting in a feeling of having a stone in my stomach.  My free fall into a sugar/chocolate experiment resulted in full on misery. One escapade with the vile sugar left me with a migraine headache and becoming one with the bathroom as I swore never again.  I have been taking it slow and steady.  Panic hit when I wanted to try and eat some sugar.  I decided I had to try it and I learned an important lesson. This Whole30 experience and the reintroduction of food groups clearly shows me what my body needs to feel good.  Real healthy proteins, Whole 30 vegetables, healthy fats and oils, water. 

September 2nd I started a new Whole30.  I have come along way and feel much better. My blood pressure is lower. My arthritis and joint pain is no longer keeping me from being active. I have a long way to go. I learned I wasn't ready to stop Whole30 eating.  The reintroduction of foods had hit me on the head with how badly I need to keep doing this. I read the The Conservative Reintroduction by Melissa Hartwig and found some sound advise. Go slow do what works for me.
These little guys need their Gramma. 

The park in Florida in summer is one hot place, but this Gramma pushed her grandkids on the swings, took them home made their dinner, played, gave baths, and got them to bed.  
~ Anne~

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer In The Whole30

Having lots of summertime fun and my Whole30 Paleo diet has turned into a Whole90. 

 The weight is still coming off slow but sure and I am shopping in my closet finding smaller sizes to wear. 

The Avocado is my favorite summertime treat.  I think they are perfect in every way possible.

So glad to be getting fit and taking care of the grands this summer. 
We have stayed busy.

modeling Wooden Shoes

Playing in the suds
Visiting the beach
Looking out for Water Spouts over the Gulf

I have been knitting and the kids always have requests.
Susan B. Anderson Itty Bitty Toys

Slither the Snake has returned this time in green.
Now I have a to make a pink one. In between knitting pigs and Hippos.  
What are you up to this summer?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Talking To My Dog @ weelambievintage: Pig In A Basket

Talking To My Dog @ weelambievintage: Pig In A Basket: Make Me A Pig Gramma! Susan B Anderson's Pig from  itty-bitty toys I made a little change to the pig this time. I made the legs t...

Pig In A Basket

Make Me A Pig Gramma!

Susan B Anderson's Pig from itty-bitty toys
I made a little change to the pig this time. I made the legs the same as the arms
instead of shaping the foot separately and having to sew it onto the leg. I consider it a minor cheat!
Vintage Sewing Knitting Basket
from my Etsy shop.
I have so many project bags and baskets. There is always a need for more.  Any seamstress or knitter will tell you that!
Beautiful Antique Basket from LakesideCottage
Pigs have the cutest tails!
Petunia The Pink Pig
I got some knitting done this weekend while watching the  Grands play.
Marigold Eyelet Anklet Sock

My Whole30 turned Whole60 is still in full swing.
There is a whole lot of weekend vegetable cooking going on.  
Roasting eggplant and winter squash

 I plan ahead and roast enough staples like eggplant, squash, sweet potatoes, and any other veggies that happen to be looking good at the market .  Once they are all cooked and in the fridge in their containers I have no excuse not to grab them for easy fix meals.
I am feeling better and better.  I celebrated that little boys (pool picture) 2nd birthday this year with a Lara Bar ~ I felt wonderful about it.  I don't want any sugar for the first time in my life.

Pretty much sums up my week. Whole30 eating, knitting, listings for my Etsy shop and watching the Grands on the weekends. If they would just let me knit at my day job life would be perfect!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

A little girl's summer time play.

Having fun with the grands.